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The Kadoka Press (Newspaper) - March 7, 1924, Kadoka, South DakotaPress, Vol. 16, N0.43 KADOKA, S. D., FRIDAY. MARCH 7, 1924 THE KA OKA PRESS Reporter VoL 16, No. 40 RE-ROUTE C. B. HIWAY FISHER TELLS OF WISH OF COMMITTEE AND DIRECTORS AS ADDING LIVE TOWN The Philip Pioneer-Review car- ried the announcement last week that their county seat had been placed on the Custer Battlefield Hiway thus turning the road from west of Kadoka into Cottonwood north from here to Philip and thence to Cottonwood. Last Sun- day morning the Rapid City daily confirmed this story as coming direct from Mr. Fisher. Last Sunday the Press editor met Mr. Fisher at Philip and received confirmation of this news from the secretary himself who was at the Haakon county seat to collect in person the first installment of a five year pledge of SSOO each year made by tho Philip commer- cial club to get the hiway to come their way. * Mr. Fisher stated that the com- mittee had reported this change favorably at the annual conven- tion at Sioux Falls last fall and that later a majority of the di- rectors had sustained this report. He claimed in no wise to be con- nected with the result, but re- affirmed that no town was cut off but another live wire town added which was willing to pledge itself to the tune of $2500 to replenish the much drained purse of the association. He fervently pleaded the need of money and the hard struggle to get it in these hard times to keep the route favorably before the touring public in keen competition with the Lincoln hi- way and the Yellowstone trail both of which were being financed by wealthier communities than the territory serving this route. That both of the routes compet- ing were graveling and even pav- ing and aided in this program by state and large commercial club grants. All the communities served by the C. B. H. will have all the travel they can possibly handle next summer he claimed. "Deadwood scorned us for years he continued, “but when they saw the blessings of the tourists they have asked to enter, offering a goodly sum to get ‘on our route. We have taken them in but have not deserted our old friend the town of Whitewood, which has loyally stood -by us all these years Deadwood will be on a loop and miles could be saved by deserting our old friend White- ood, hut such is not our policy’’. He continued with t' e s‘.ory of his hard fight to ge the r ute through Montana, of the bitter financial, struggle in that s ate, of j his securing SIOO,OOO from the state highway commission there. Of the financial situation in the city of Lftwistown, Mont., where six banks were closed and when he finally tried to cash the membership checks recived there found them worthless for the* seventh and last bank in this formerly prosperous city of 7000 souls had just closed. “Is it true” he then asked, “that some of your citizens living on or near the C. B. H towards Cotton- wood are circulating petitions to your county board to stop all hi- way work as is reported in a dis- patch in one of the Sioux Falls papers?” “Well, there willbe some traffic that won’t annoy them this summer and their wish will be at least partially granted. Fisher went on to Sioux Falls, Des Moines, lowa and Chicago after the big game. One of his lady assistants is now working the towns between here and Ra- pid City drumming up member- ships which includes this year free towing service. She will be in Kadoka next week. CAN VOU BEAT IT? Last week the Press printed the story of several broods of spring chicks arriving at the home of Mrs. Lars Rygh. When this in- teresting little tale got to our readers, friends of Mrs. Geo. Mc- Donald brought the item that Mrs. Mrs. Rygh was not entitled to first honors for early chick rais- ing. Mrs. McDonald has had a ively brood for fully three week* and expects some of them to crow right soon. Who can beat this? Where -Do Our i County Taxes Co? AN ATTEMPT TO SHOW lIOW THE COUNTY TAX .MONIA IS IbSi lilid'TEi) The Press has been reliably iu- -1 formed that several men from the -west side of the county were cir- jeulatmg petitions over the county ¦asking the county commissioners ito cease all road work for two years, to close up the county*gar- age and dismiss the hiway com- missioner, to cut off ah deputy help for the courthouse with the exception of an allowance of S2OO for the auditor. We did not see this petition and repeat the most reliable reports we. have been able to obtain. At Kadoka they obtained a few signatures, but at Belvidero none. Repott has it that the canvassers received so little encouragement that they refrained from present- ing it to tin* commissioners now in session. A personal call on the commissioners reveals the truth that there is no petition to this effect before them. These gentle- men then and there extended through the Press an invitation to each and every tax payer to come before them to sec how his county tax money is spent and it is hoped that no few will avail tht nselves of this opportunity to find out first hand rather than accepting 'hearsay as th ¦ gospej truth. I We have tried to secure compet- ent authority on the county taxa- | tion question and present the fol- ilowing for the careful study of [every one interested and then ask ! them to j]ra\v their own conclu- sions as to whore the money has : V’i and what efforts have been 'made to reduce taxation: We have gathered from the files at the courthouse the following facts: I lit 1922 the total valuation of the county vas $8,411,550. and ini 1923 it was induced t08,012,702.00|a reduction < f 398,848.00. In 1922 the tax levy was 9.30 mills and in 1923 it was r< duced to 9.20 .fills, a reduction of .01 mills in spfie of the reduced valuation. This .04 ! mill tax on Jie former valuation I would have yielded the county! ! $33,646,200. The .04 mills if added ! to 1923 tax i: o' would have yield- I ed $32,050,80 . It is thus plainly j I evident that the county has saved! its tax payers a total of either of l these sums. The former if based jon the 1922 - ajuation and iu tualiy jtho latter based on the reduced j {valuation aid the reduced rate. 1 Figuring even the 1922 taxes on I the rate of 1923 there is a saving I of $1592.392-. To effect this saving (we refer any one te the minutes of the commissioners when they made up the levy : nd the records at the courthouse) the following budget was put up £sept. (j, 1923: Special salary was left at .85 mills. Wolf boun y was cut ofi’ used lo ' be.l 4. Custer sanitarium stricken off. Bridges were 1.00 mill cut to .25 mills. Mothers pension was .11 now .1 | mill. Unorganized roads cut. from 4 to 8 mills. County road left at .2 mill. County g neral fund was 2.75 ! now 3.00 mills. | State levy left at 1.90.mi115. Total 9.2 b mills. Deduct from this the 1.90 state tax and there is left a county levy of 7.3 b mills. We have taken five typical quarters whose owners we do not know. Four of these are organ- ized and one of them is unorgani- zed. Their description, valuation land taxes for the different pur- poses are as follows: Cottonwood Twp. SEVi Sec. 2 IS 18, valuationsl,9oo, State tax s3.bl i County Road tax $3.80, all other County taxes $10.19, Township tax $3.50, School tax $11.07, total tax $65.77, Little Buffalo Twp. SEU Sec. 2 2S 20, valuation $1,910 State tax $3.63 County Road tax $3.82, all other County taxes $10.23, Town- ship tax $14.65; School tax $25.64, total tax 557.97. : WCSI to c I ODD FELLOWS HOLD RALLY Last Saturday night 31 men came out to the office of J. E. Buckmaster where the adivse- ability of starting a local branch ¦of the order was discussed. As , matters stand and have stood for some ‘time in the past, local Odd Follows have been obliged to go to Bel vide re to attend lodge No. 243 there. This has always been a great inconveriieneb' for some of our local folks and few would bravo the wind and weather regu- larly to be in attendance at Bel- videre. The rally was for the purpose of ascertaining what could bo done to organize a local lodge. Count- ing those who are members and those who have signified their in- tention of joining, there are 54 | men here to start things going and it was the opinion of those assembled to go ahead with the organization of a local branch. FREELAND-TRIMBLE i Announcement is made of the i inaYriage of Mrs. Sadie Trimble of Pomona and South Dakota, to R. M. Freeland of 925 North Gordon street, yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kate Perry, 1349 East Sixty-third street, with Rev. Cobbs of Los Angeles Second Brethern church officiating at the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Freeland came to pomona following the cer- emony and are making their home ! at 925 North Gordon street. Mrs. Freeland has been living in Pomona about Tour years, having gone east several months ago to visit relatives in South Dakota and returning two months ago. Mr. Freeland has retired from business. The Progress, Pomona, Cal. o GLOBF TROTTER PASSED THROUGH Ret Croslev, Director of the In- [ ternational Editorial Association of Chicago who is making a 10,000 mile “hike” across the country with bis “Remember the Girl in Your Old Home Town” song and i designating Ret Crosley Song [Shops on route, is wintering in Hot Springs. Crosley is taking a few weeks tour of Eastern Dak- J nta booking the Mississippi Melo- deon Orchestra and made arrange- ments for their appearance in Ka- doka, while stopping over last Friday. Crosley ha.- walked 3340 miles at intervals since April 1919 and “hiked” from Scenie to Conata thence to Belvidero from Kadoka just to keep in shape. He will re-j sume walking in May for the Pa- i icific Coast. j Kadoka Twp. SE>4 Sec. 5 2S 21, valuation $1,900, State tax $3.61 County Road tax $3.80, all other County tax $10.18: Township tax j $10.83; School tax $60.98, total tax $19.40. 'Belvidero Twp. SE‘t Sec. 1 2S 24, valuation $1,920, State tax s $3.G5; County Road tax $3.8*1; all other County taxes $10.29, Township [ tax $6.32, School tax $32.25, total i tax $56.35. Unorg. Twp. SW 1 1 Sec SIS 24, val- uation $1,980, State tax $3.76; County Road tax $3.96, all other County taxes $10.61, Unorganized 1 Road tax $5.94• School tax $29.70, total tax $53.97. i If there is any more evidence needed to show that the commiss- ioners are doing the best they can to reduce taxes, the problem so '.dear to the heart of not only the good people of Jackson county, but of the entire United States, we|do not know how to show it. These facts certainly tell their | storv and any one can see where ! their taxes are sjient. It is also 1 plainly evident now that the ! county road is not getting the ; lions share and responsible for high taxes a* claimed in the alleg- ed petition. These figures do not lie and if we still are not convinced let us go right to the commissioners and , ask them to explain. They are in- viting the light of competent in- Ispection and will gladly tell any one what they have done and what the} arc doing. “Ye shall know th<* truth and the truth will make you free” says the Good Book and this is also true of taxation. Facts will remove unwarranted suspicion if brought for examina- tion into the light. LAW DEMANDS VOTERS REGISTER VOTERS MUST REGISTER BE- FORE NEXT MONDAY TO VOTE MARCH* 25 j In .some parts of the state there is a move on foot to advise the voters not to register for the pri- mary election March 25th. One of the reasons given for not register- ing is tho statement on the regis- tration card that the registrant “intends to vote the ticket of tho party, for which he registers,; next fall in the general flection”. This has been misconstrued by some to mean that the voter, by signing the registration card is bound both legally and morally to vote the ticket of the party for which he signs up at the primary. This would be partial disfranchise- ment of tho electorate and would no doubt bo welcome by politicians of a certain brandy who could thus carry around every mans vote in their vest pocket and figure by methods of simple arithmetic just what the outcome of the big con- test in the fall would be. The intent of the law however, is that at the primary a true ex- pression of party sentiment be brought out to prevent members of one party from assisting to nominate a weak sister of the opposing party* who would be an easy vmtim for them to defeat in the general election. This pro- vision of law exists in many states and is commendable. The law does not intend to hogtie voters for the general election. Every voter will Ik* both legally and morally free to cast his ballot as he chooses. Another reason given by some for not registering is the fact that a provision of the law states that an affidavit may be made out at the time of election by the voter. This is true, but it should be noticed that there is a modifi- cation to this, which states that a voter must produce evidence that be had good and just reasons for not registering. Otherwise a special force of clerks might be needed to swear in votes and the election delayed seriously. Let no voter throw away his inalienable right in free and unbiast expres- sion of his preference of the can- didates he wishes nominated. 11 voters fail to register, it will moan that a few will pick the candidates that are to 'run and for which voters will have to east their bal- lots in the fall whether they want to or not. paper goes to press, there have been registered in Jackson county a total of 5G6 out of 1200 registration cards sent out or less than 50 percent. In Washabaugh county registrations have come in from 105 voters of 300 cards sent out. The Press desires to make a last appeal to the good people of Jack- son and Washabaugh counties to send in their cards and to do it while they are reading this. The law says that registration must I** complete within ten days before election which is March tenth or next Monday. MORE NEW SETTLERS Another emigrant car arrived last Saturday morning from Stick- ney, S. Dak. It was Fred Tritle with his car loaded to the top with all the necessities of successful ! farming. He will move onto land in Washabaugh county. Tom Sperl and family arrived from Chamberlain Monday in their automobile. Tuesday morn- ing two cars of goods came for thorn. Our rejiorter found them i loaded to the roof with all the ! needed modern agricultural im- | plements and tools, in fact they had everything needed for real and successful farming. Included in their load was a fine bunch of real milch cows. They will move out at oner; onto their ranch 12 miles south of Ka- doka, where they will start build- ing at once and turn the fertile sod of Washabaugh county into real producing soil at which task the Press wishes them success. A.. S. White deserves to lie congratu-J lated on bringing such splendid I families here for settlement. South Dakota. STILL HAPPY THOUGH SINGLE The Press came out with the announcement the other day of the wedding of Alfred Pettijohn at Arvado, Wyoming. When A1 came home he was surprised that the Press had married him off without his knowledge. He took this mighty serious occasion in the best of humor for he soon found out that some one had played a good one on him. The truth of the matter is that Al. sent a telegram to the folks here from Wyoming saying that “Bill and I will be home the last of the week”. Now Al. gave some friends this message to put on the wire and the latter being a practi- cal joker scratched cut the first word of the message and inserted “Inez”. Now the folks at home well knew Bill the traveling com- panion of Al., but they also were familiar with Inez and therefore surmised the worst. Everything was gotten shipshape at home to receive the son and his new com- panion. The Press heard of the happy event and told the world. Great however was the surprise when Alfred stepped off the cars accompanied by his old pal Bill not Inez. Now whether he gets mar- ried or not, that is his business. When we heard he was married we told his many friends and that was our business as a newspaper. We’ve done our duty it is now up to Al. KADOKA TOWNSHIP ANNUAL ELECTION The annual election of Kadoka Township was held in Kadoka last Tuesday. The caucus of last Sat- urday was a harmonious one there being only one candidate named for each of the offices except the office of the constable where Hor- ace Engelen and Floyd Briggs were entered as contestants. As a consequence the almost total absence of rivalry for~*tbe r different offices, only a light vote was cast. Only seventeen electors showed up to register their ap- proval of those running. Con- sequently all received seventeen votes with the exception of the constable where a little flurry made the outcome uncertain until the last ballot was counted. Two voters marked the squares for both men and were consequently thrown out. Of the remaining fifteen Briggs received eight and Engelen seven, thus electing the former. The officers to serve for the coming year are as follows: Carl Taute,Supervisor for three years; A. C. Long, Treasurer; Ed. Collins, Clerk; H. W. Rhodes, Assessor; Geo. H. Decker, Justice of the Peace; Floyd Briggs, Constable. o CHURCH NOTES, MARCH 9. “We live but once”. That ex- pression is true, all right, but usually it is said with a careless air implying, “What’s the use?” Make the most of it for your own selfish benefit or pleasure.” Like many another true saying, it is mishandled and misinterpreted. We do live but once. However, this fact should make us live the very best life of which we are capable. Surely you have some pride of workmanship, and you’ll never be given another whack at this job of living. And as a general thing these quoters of “We live but once” say it with a - sort of air meaning, “You’d better hurry up; it will soon bo over.” That’s ivhere they are the furthest wrong. “We live but once”; yet that is al- ways. Every impulse to which we give momentum —mental, spirit- ual, or moral—will linger on and on in the world as a part of some human yet to live. The breadth of our influence and of the influ- ence of those we influence will de- termine the extent of the good or harm we shall permanently add to the world. Surely we live but once; yet that is always.”—Strick- land Gillian.) Sunday school 10 A. M. Junior congregation (Marie Dith- mjr) just before the Senior con- gregation 11 A. M. Preaching 7:30 P. M. -¦ ¦ • STERLING MEETING NEXT WEDNESDAY Friends of senator Sterling have arranged for a meeting favoring his candidacy here next Wednes- day evening at the local theater. State senator Percy Helm of Hot District Court Is Nov in Session i CIRCUIT COURT OPENED TUES- DAY, THREE JURY CASES TRIED • Judge Bartini; arrived from his home at Ocoma on the morning- train Tuesday accompanied by court reporter Boyles of Kenebec. Court was formerly opened Tues- day afternoon and the court case of J. B. Campbell of Interior ver- sus Neil Rounds was called, Geo. Flavin of Rapid City representing the plaintiff and A. G. Granger the defendant in the dispute over a land deal in Washabaugh County. The judge listened to the evidence and then ordered the lawyers to file their briefs within ten days, after which he will make known his decision. Wednesday morning the case of the Dacotah Backing Co. repre- sented by Schrader and Lewis, against Arthur F. Keil, represented by Johnson and Johnson of Pierre as councelors was called. The de- fendant never showed up. After hearing the evidence of the plain- tiff, the judge ordered a verdict in favor of the Packing Co. The con- sideration involved is a note of $750 given by the defendant for some cattle and which he was un- able to make good. It is said that the defendant is now somewhere in Alabama and the plaintiff may yet have difficulty in collecting. Wednesday afternoon the case of F. C. Kemper versus the Indian Creek School District of Jackson County was heard and aroused much local interest. Harold P. Gilchrist of Kadoka and H. F. Fellows of Rapid City appearing for the plaintiff and F. P. Car lisle* as attorney for the school district. The case was hard fought neither side yielding an inch to the other and spectators wondered what the verdict would be. The jury went out at five o’clock. At six bailiff E. K. Gilchrist took to supper since they had reached no agreement. They were then again locked up until eight when they announced a verdict of $l4O for the plaintiff. This case is of interest inasmuch as it involved the transportation of children belonging to one school district to another, because their own district was too far away. The plaintiff laid claim to $220 or $2.50 per day for eighty days of school that he transported his children to school. The district offered the legal allowance of i about SIOO. The jury has now in- creased this amount by S4O. We have not heard whether the school district will appeal or not. It is claimed in some quarters that they will ask the supreme court to pas- on it. Thursday morning the case of the Farmers State Bank of Kadoka versus Fred Sears came up before the jury. Attorney Flagg P. Car- lisle appeared for the bank while Harold Gilchrist represented the interests of the defendant. The court instructed the jury to re- turn a verdict for the plaintiff by default since the defendant did not show up. The case involved con- cerns the payment of a certain note alleged to have been given the bank by the defendant. This (Thursday) afternoon ,the case of the State Bank of Interior represented by attorney Harold P.! Gilchrist, versus J. F. Sigrist as administrator of the estate of Weber is on. The defendant is represented by attorneys Bangs, Wood and Rudesill of Rapid City. The issue concerns the claim and delivery of eight cows and seven calves. As we go to press this case is still ponding. Five criminal cases, four of which were for alleged bootlegging and one for peace bond, were con- tinued over the term. Springs will speak here. Sterling is covering the Hills and on Fri- day is scheduled for Midland and Philip and it was hoped that he would see fit to plead his cause here in person. Just why the change we have not learned. Any- way* give the man a hearing and come out. A. •v .. • "

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