Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Adams County Makes the News - Adams County Leader #38

The Adams County Leader        Published Weekly On Friday
Wm. Lemon Editor and Manager
Member State Editorial Association 
Member National Editorial Association
Official Paper of Adams County Price $2.00 Strictly in Advance

July 17, 1931

J. W. Wheeler can not be accused of being accustomed to "seeing things," so when he reports he saw a monster meteor speed across the heavens Tuesday night about 9:45 o'clock, we are sure he did see it.

Describing the incident, he says it was many times the largest meteor he ever saw—as big as a full moon, and it left a string of blaze behind it like a comet.  It disappeared, on its eastward plunge, over Council Mountain.  It was so high in the heavens that he felt sure it would not hit the earth.  This sight was described as truly wonderful and he is wondering how many others saw it.

July 24, 1931

Are college girls really the best women?  Is the fact that a girl is in college proof of her superior character or intelligence?  Or is it merely proof that her Dad has money or influential friends whose “pull” was used to get her in?  Or perhaps simply the result of raising so much Cain at home that the folks were glad to mortgage the old place and let her go to get a little peace?  Isn’t sometimes greater proof of fineness for a girl to refuse to go to college, refuse to accept the sacrifice which a college course entails?

But granted, she’s there and everyone’s pleased—then what?  What is there in campus life to develop a girl into a better wife than the stay-at-home or the working girl?  True—she attends interesting lectures, meets worthwhile people.  But what does she get out of those lectures or those people beyond a transient interest or stimulation?  Are they really any more “educational” than a job as a first class secretary would have been?  They give her the feeling of culture—but do they make her more cultured?  Does she learn more about those qualities on which marriage is based—patience, self-control, generosity, common sense, sympathy, courage, endurance, fair play?  She thinks she does.  She’s sure those four years of college have given her a better brain and a bigger heart as well as a diploma.  But have they?  The truth is that many a good plain cook was spoiled to make a bachelor of arts.
July 24, 1931

I have just finished reading the proof on the above column, wherein you reprint a lot of “hooey” about college women—“hooey” is the best way I know how to express it.  The exception I am taking to it at this time, and wish to comment on, is that which refers to “working” girls as distinguished from college girls.  Just as if the girl in college doesn’t work.  I venture the assertion that there isn’t a girl out of college who works any harder than does the college girl.  Of course, there are exceptions, in and out of college.  The college girls who do make their grades, have to work, and work hard.  Get up at 5:30 in the morning and dig into long difficult assignments and continue at something all day long, charged with nervous anxiety every minute and throw herself onto a bed at 10 p.m., utterly exhausted.  This is a day after day drag, and if she sandwiches in any sort of social activity between, it means nine months of grilling that only those who go through it understand.

Girls who do not go to college but “work” have no conception of the college grind.  Believe me, I do know, and I do not count myself as a dumb bell, either, when it comes to getting my assignments.  As to which kind of work, that of the college girl or that of the girl who gets a job or helps at home, is the most conducive to a broader understanding of life and its obligations—that may be debatable.  I am taking exception to the work insinuations in the article.  There are other phrases of that article that I would like to tear to pieces also.
Charlotte Lemon.

November 25, 1932

Mr. Editor, Adams County Leader
Dear Sir:
Is it not about time that fishermen and hunters of Adams County (who buy about 600 fish and game licenses, $1200 cash) woke up to the fact that they must get together and do something or find that a half dozen city sportsmen located in Twin Falls, Pocatello, Idaho City, Boise and Lewiston, will control the state Fish and Game Department—tell you when you may fish or hunt, which of you own streams or lakes you may fish and when you may fish them; the streams to be planted, the kind of fish and the amount for each stream or lake, and then tell you how much you can pay for a license.

I believe we should have a game club in Adams County without any membership fee, a fish and game license being a certificate of membership, and have the fish and game of Adams County in the hands of all the license holders to decide what is best for our county.

A small assessment of less than 25 cents per member would pay all expenses, unless a big meeting or feed once a year is wanted—that expense would have to be raised by assessment or donations.
Very Truly Yours, Billie (W. R.) Brown

October 7, 1932
By Dr. Alvin Thurston

It is natural that there should be a great deal of discussion in the community at this time about Diptheria, in view of the recent epidemic in our near proximity.  From the very onset, your local physician has been pretty much in touch with the situation.  Adams County has no funds available for a County program of immunization against communicable diseases.  Any action that is taken is only done at a time when there is an actual epidemic or epidemic scare at hand.  It would require the hiring of a County Nurse and such other aids as would be necessary to get all the work done that should be done to protect our people from the communicable diseases.  However, the community is in no financial shape to take on this need.

The Department of Public Welfare in Boise provides for each county a sum of money each year to be expended on materials for immunization purposes.  Adams County was granted some $16.00 for the cost of materials this year.  Our share was claimed last March but to date there has been no countywide program, owing chiefly to the lack of funds to finance the work.  However, we have now in the County the materials that will be necessary to test at least one hundred persons, and enough of the immunity material to immunize about thirty more persons.  Your doctor is prepared to give these tests to any and all who so desire.  Should the school districts care to have them done, it is but a matter of making it known.  Unfortunately, a charge for such service, enough to cover the cost of administration of the material, will have to be made, as there are no county funds available to pay for this work.  As long as our supply of State and County material holds out, the determining of immunity may be had at very low cost to each individual.  As in the case of the administration of the Spotted Fever serum last spring, $1.00 will be charged for each injection.

compiled by Eberle Umbach


  1. What a choice line:
    "The truth is that many a good plain cook was spoiled to make a bachelor of arts."

    Dang. I wonder what my Master's Degree did to my cooking skills!

  2. In terms of that first piece : How strange - it was Tuesday night and about 9.45pm and I checked the latest news headlines and it said that America had been shaken by an earthquake. That meteorite, no doubt.

  3. Hi Raquelle & Alan

    Raquelle: From what I see & read about on Thoughtful Eats, I don't think it did any harm at all! Thanks for stopping by :)

    Alan: Must have been! The East Coast folks aren't as used to the quakes as the West Coasters, but that was a fairly significant shake from what I hear.

  4. Saw a monster meteor myself in Wales once. There must be alot of them about.

  5. Hi Dominic: Wow! Well, no giant meteors for me, please!


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