Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Adams County Makes the News - Council Leader #16

The Council Leader
Published Every Thursday by the Council Publishing Company
Fred Mullin, Editor


Last week’s Meadows Eagle asks why this haste for a courthouse?  No haste at all, brother, but why not a courthouse?  It’s the same old story: what’s the use locking the stable after the horse has been stolen?  Would you consider it good business policy not to insure your property against fire? And how many men do you find who really see how they can afford to buy an insurance policy?  Yet they are buying them every day, because they realize the need of protection against accident that would cost a hundred fold the price of the premium.

If not a courthouse now, then when?  Would you wait until the county is of age?  Why buy anything for yourself and family until you feel that have that much surplus money that you don’t know what else to do with it?  Why do any work on the public roads as long as you can beat you poor old horse through the mud?  Why build a bridge as long as you can ford the river?

There are more failures in life through procrastination than from any other cause.  Then why wait?  Do we want county affairs run on business principles, or do we want them along political and sectional lines?

Why be a tightwad all your life?  Do you expect to stay in this old world forever?
June 12, 1914


The Meadows Eagle last week published a letter purporting to be from J. A. Ellswroth of Iowa, in which he is supposed to say that he intended to come to Adams county, but hearing that there was a prospect of voting bonds for a court house, he would not even come to look at the county.

Now the Eagle failed to give the post office address of this man, and as the letter smacks very much of the style of the Eagle editor as evidenced two years ago, we shall have to believe he is “at it again” unless he produces the address.

If this was a real letter, and the writer was the unprogressive moss-back that the Eagle would make him appear, a man who would want to come in and live off of what others had done without its costing him anything, Adams county doesn’t need him.

And further, is it the policy of this county to be dictated by one man back in Iowa?  The Eagle has been loud in its howlings against one-man dictation.

Give us his address, brother.

March 14, 1913

The State Fish and Game department announces that a large number of eastern brook trout will be ready for distribution during April and May.  These fish are well adapted to the smaller streams, but may be planted in the larger streams where the water’s temperature is not too high in the summer.  Announcement of the time for the distribution of rainbow and native trout will be made later.  Those desiring fish for small streams are urged to make application to the State Game Warden not later than April 1st so that an equable and intelligent distribution can be made.  Application blanks will be furnished upon request.

July 31, 1914

The following letter was received by the county clerk and is self-explanatory.
Dear Sir:
The supreme court of Idaho recently decided that the Live Stock Sanitary board had no legal authority to inaugurate the bounty system in the Predatory Animal department.  This, of course, means that no bounty claims can be paid in the future, and nothing can be done with those claims already in this office which have not been paid.  No feet will be cut off or accepted by any defooter in the future.

V. C. White, State Veterinarian

November 21, 1913GOLD DISCOVERED

Word comes from Goodrich, ten miles southwest of Council, that gold in paying quantities has been discovered near there.  It is said that assays of some of the rock show values in gold and silver as high as $400 per ton.  Three or four claims had been staked Wednesday and a number more have been taken since.  There is considerable local excitement over the find and if it pans out as good as reported, a great deal of activity will be felt there next spring.  The snow that is falling now will probably stop further prospecting at present, but just keep your eye on that spot.

May 9, 1913
OBITUARY: Alex Kesler, Settled in Council Valley, 1877

We asked Robert White, a fellow pioneer, what he knew about Alex Kesler, and he said:
“He was one of the best men in the world: friend to everybody.  I lived neighbor to him, and through all the years we never had a dispute.  He had three hobbies.  First, he was a man of deeds and not of words.  Second, he was very fond of music, which he wanted at all times and sent off and got a music box in the early days.  But I think the happiest moments of his life was when he had his Winchester up to his shoulder chasing a buck deer.”  Then Uncle Ben meditated for a time and continued:  “You can’t say anything too good about him.”

Such testimonials from men who were partners in pioneering are more forceful than anything that could be said by the present generation.  We know not what he has gone through, and we can simply bow our heads at his departure.

May 9, 1913

A very quiet wedding took place at 8:30 last Wednesday evening at the M. E. parsonage when Otto E. Brauer and Miss Iola DeGaris were united in the holy bonds of wedlock, Rev. I. E. Getman officiating and Misses Lila Brown and Florence Getman acting as witnesses.  After the ceremony, a delightful wedding supper was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Brown, only relatives and a few friends being present.  The dining room was handsomely decorated with apple blossoms and bridal wreath, the color scheme being pink and white.  Four courses were served.

The charming bride is a niece of Mrs. W. R. Brown.  She is well known and popular and is a figure in business circles as proprietor of Council’s millinery store, which she has conducted for some years.  The groom is the popular, good-natured meat-cutter of the firm of Weed & Brauer and a prominent member of the Council band.  Both of the contracting parties are among our best young people and it is a pleasure to join with their host of friends in extending congratulations and best wishes.

compiled by Eberle Umbach


  1. Hmmmm... Faked letters to the editor to try to influence political opinion and action. Times haven't changed all that much, have they? Well, except for the fact that the fake "evidence" gets a larger audience nowadays.

  2. Hi Roy: Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose, eh? I don't know if you've been following this series, but the battle between the Council Leader editor & his Meadows Eagle counterpart is a running theme.

  3. "There are more failures in life through procrastination than from any other cause". Wise words indeed. I shall go out and build myself a Court House first thing in the morning.

  4. Hi Alan: They are wise words--if only I could remember them!

  5. "There are more failures in life through procrastination than from any other cause".

    They are certainly wise words.

    I, myself, have been meaning to implement them in my personal and professional life for a while now.

    I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

  6. Hi Cody: Thanks so much for stopping by & leaving a comment--I hear you on that procrastination business!

  7. This made me laugh: unprogressive moss-back

    Agree with the thoughts on procrastination; when you step back it becomes clear to you that you shouldn't indulge in it so much, but then when you're in the middle of it all, and letting the time slip by, it becomes an inertia that you're too apathetic to struggle against.

  8. Hi HKatz: In case you didn't know:


    1. an old fish, shellfish, turtle, etc. with a greenish growth of algae, etc. over the back
    2. Informal an old-fashioned or very conservative person

    Procrastination is a constant struggle for me!


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