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THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT VOLUME IlI ORTONVILLE, MINN, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1922 NUMBER 22 INJURED IN SERIES OF AUTO ACCIDENTS Car Collides with park- ed Auto; One Strikes Bug- gY With Lady Occupant And Another Hits Two Buggies. a car parked on a main without lights, d case of and one of carelessness in three accidents in this within a few days, in which persons received injuries. first of the series of accidents on Friday night near Clin- when Lena Larson, daughter of and Mrs. Martin Larson, who was to town in a buggy was struck :an automobile driven by C. B. The accident occurred two cars turned out to pass the from the rear. The first car, was traveling rapidly, raised of dust and the car that was driven by Drenner, who was by it, struck the buggy, tip- over. Larson was quite badly bruis- and shaken up but her injuries said not to be serious. second accident happened on on the Yellowstone this city and Odessa, Axel Nelson, of Trent, S. D., with a Ford car, that had left standing on the side of the Without lights, when he attempt- Land Reported Moving In Other Sections; Price Fair Altho no land sales have been made in this section reports have it that several sales have been made in other parts of the state and in Iowa and South Dakota. At Milbank, Paul Kohter, dealer there, reports the sale recently of a 830 acres. The Eisham half section farm in Grant Center township was sold by Mr. Kohler to R. B. Koenigs- berg, of Milbank, at $125.00 an acre and a 510 acre farm in Blooming Val- ley township in the west end of the county, at $60.00 an acre. According to a newspaper at An- then, Iowa, the former home of Jas. A. McNiff, of this city, a quarter sec- tion sold last week for $150 an acre which was about 7 miles from town and not considered an average farm in quality. A party that was here yesterday from Orange City, Iowa, who was on his way to Fairmont, N. Dak., wade the statement that conditions in that section were greatly improved and the general feeling among the farm- ers was one of optimism. Conditions most everywhere in the stock raising sections where dairying and hog raising are the principal industry, he said, are better and it-seems to be the feeling .that agriculture will again come to its own. Johnson Recovering John R. Johnson, living east of Ortonville, is now able to be up and around again after having been in- jured about three weeks ago in an accident when he was cutting corn. Mr. Johnson alighted from a binder to make repairs to the machine and as he was about to get back on he sliFp- another ear that was aP-ed and fell, his foot becoming caught from the west. Bright under the bull wheel. He was held on the car that Nelson met, he in that position for more than 10 blinded him and be crashed with the car parked. Nelson Cuts about his face and head several bruises. He was taken hospital where his in- were dressed, leaving on Men- afternoon for his home. His ear the one that he collided with were damaged. the series was an ac- near Graceville when two bug- passing each other, were by the crash of an automb- by Thomas Burns, cans- to George Fleming, driv- minutes, before his hired man could relieve him.   . Studying Diversified I Farming In City Schools "I am a boy in the seventh grade of Douglas school," wrote Leonei Weiss, of Minneapolis, to the editor of this r, "and we are studying di- versified farming in Minnesota. I read your article appearing in the Minneapolis Journal, boosting Orton- vile and Big Stone County and I one of the teams. He was would like to learn further lrticu- several feet into the air as a lars about your stock and crops. of the impact, Andrew Wbelan, Thanking you in advance and hoping in the other buggy was injur- buggies were traveling in direction when attempting Fast driving on "the pm of is said to have caused the ac- Digging Nets Ross More Than 35 Tons for clams in this part of] has proven to be a profitable I according to infsl:mation [ by parties engag in the j among whom is J. J. Ross, i Stone City, S.-Dak. who has been diggingelams past week or two between and Ortonville, in the Min- River bed, has secured upward tons. The clams are and the shells shippe" to points where button factories are lo- All of the clams taken are be of excellent quality. They in the neighborhood of $40 per ton. the stage of water in the a few inches deep, work in clam is greatly augment- Stone County Leave For Morris the necessity of getting farming",, which calls study, seven boys Stone County this week en- the West Central School of at Morris. They are, Smith, of Pleasant Valley, Milton and Walter Gus'i Carl Rolen, Frani Keith Morrill, of Malta. who is a son of J. P. Rolen, will take pos-graduate as will Francis Whitten. Yeomen To Hold Meeting of the Yeoman Lodge will be held on Oct. II time officers wilt be istall- W. E. Harley, of St. Paul, the state manager of that or- will be served. K.T RETENTION QUESTION UP TO TOWNS OF STATE Crookston Association of Public Affairs Seek View of Citizens in Towns From Canadian Boundry to Or- ville. Efforts are being made by the Crookston Association of Publfc Af- fairs to determine whether or not the people living in the towns along the K=T highway, between the Can- adian boundry and Ortonville, favor the retention of that highway in Min-! nesota territory. Personal letters have been written to three representatives in everytown along the route, asking for replies as to their opinion, with the result that up to Sept. 30th five towns had answered. From extracts of a letter received from the Crookston Association the town of Wheaten reported: "dispo- sition of matter postponed until later date pending another visit of General Manager, Pratt." Wolverton, report- ed,'rrail located 5 miles to eastward of town. Might be interest if located to pass through towm Otherwise not." Hendrum reported: "Not be- lieved community interested, as mat- ters stand at present," (presume to refer to status of organization, though not stated.) Warren reported: "Not particularly interested now that state system of highway established." Crookston is reported as similar to that of Warren, but would be in ac- cord with ,majority of other points if they wished to retain membership and routing. 0rtonville's position in the matter has not as yet been given, but it is pre- sumed that the city council will favor strongly the retention of the routing. Parties familiar with.the travel up- on the King of Trails highway have seen a wonderful increase in the past few years and predict a very bright future for the trail. Starting from the Gulf of Mexico and continuing north to Winnipeg, Canada, the route offers to the trav- eling public a hard-surfaced road most of the way, with competition in the field very limited. In addition, you will answer seem '' the Trail is well marked and is be- The interest ma--"est ...... coming well advertised fr2m one end ....... afl . ea .oy me lax1 of the country to the other. 'no og r, ae mle o w-2b. Ztr- j Taking the position that the tov. n nea o everyzaran m._  .tone[ of Warren has, in offering the state- touny, followed up wits a ew neaa| o,+ h, h,, virtue of the state hih- d pud stoc. k would work won-] way system of roads there is little ers m ms secmm l " - be -" to theKT-r In a conversation with "Bill" Hall] use .pay.rag m. enll .rsmp "r .- o t the other day, who is one of the lead-] amzacmn. isdnaatUal uldonhe ing dairy farmers in this part of the ,nrearemeomve er an nationall known country and a pioneer in the business,[ r. eel .er .y . y- , he said, "I have always advocated a mgnwav oes not come rom any one chane from small -rain farmin tn] particular state through which the[ tk+  ,;,-, qo ollow o ] road passes. In the case of the K-T, [ i''craz:f-u" t I--low'tis muc-- while Minnesota has excellent roads,] and that is tat when I was depending Yet, this road !s far superior to other upon small grain farming I was al- mgnways morner smes ancl when a ways "busted," but now I always have tourist is started over the K-T; for money." This section of the country needs more farmers like Mr. Hall, who Hves over in Dakota a few miles and more farmers like J. P..Reich, who has one of the finest herds of dairy cattle in this part of the state. Mr. Rolen is another pioneex dairy farm- er and has thru his years of hard labor built up for himself one of the finest sets of improvements that stands upon any farm in the county. While condition at this time are not as favorable as they were, yet Mr. Rolen is a strong advocate of dairy- ing. Indian Goods In Demand H. W. Palm sold $300 worth of In- dian goods today to three men from New York City, who were here for the hunting season. This is the sec- ond large sale of Indian goods, Mr. Palm has made to parties living in Nw York in the past few months. Tears Top Off Car L. A. Lien, of Graceville, when backing his Winton car into the re- pair shop of the J. Arthur Matthews' Garage here yesterday received slight injuries to one of his hands when the .op of the ear was forced down upon him after striking the door which was thought to have been raised high en- ough to permit entrance. Mr. Lien was accompanied by W. T. Utley, who was uninjured. The wind shield and top of the car were smashed. arrests of hunters was] the first of the we6k on Lake! .se When an even dozen were t [ into custody by game wardens t Johnson, of South Dakota, with having hunted in the South Dakota, xithout .a li- those arrested were five Wheaten. arrested all of the men were from boats stationed close Dakota shore-line. A1- had not landed on the Da- and notwithstanding the they each possessed a Min- and had their perman- on the Minnesota side, it of the Sakota war- they had violated the South laws in that they had licenses. The men Hunters Arrested, Charged With Violation of S. Dak., Laws $ were all fined'it is said. The affair has caused considerable exitenent in Wheaten and this part of the state and it is understood that those arrested intend to fight the case to determine the interpretation of the law. While attorneys differ as to the rtght of Dakota wardens in this re- spect, the Minnesota law says that game wardens shall have jurisdiction over the entire boundry waters of this state, and concurrent juridiction of the courts and administrative officers of the state of South Dakota, over all boundry waters between such states. This point is clear. But it is doubted if game wardens of either state can arrest parties because they do not possess licenses from both states, especially when they are hunt- ing from the shores of whatever state their license was issued in. instance, from St Louis, northward to Canada, in all probabilities he will stick to this highway thru Minnesota, irrespective of the fact that other -oads running north and south may be equally as good. This is a matter it is believed, deserving of serious con- sideration on the part of every town iu question and should call for coopera- tion. If other towns are in doubt as to the value of a lighway such as the K-T, their attention is called to the record being made each year by the Yellowstone Trail Association. At the outset there were but few towns that saw fit to pay dues to that or- ganization. Now there are but few, if any, whose representatives hesi- tate. District Court To Open Monday; Ordinary Grind With the grand jury called to ap- pear on Monday, October. 9, at 11:00 a. m., the regular fall term of the distrleb court will open with Judge S. A. Flaherty on the bench. The petit jury will appear on Tuesday at 10 a. m. OnIy the ordinary run of cases are listed on the calendar of which there are thirty-eight in number, including several  cases that appeared on the calendar of the spring term. There are no cases listed of a sen- sational nature. A number of cases are listed arising from tax proceed- lugs. On the criminal calendar there is but one case listed, that of the State of Minnesota vs. Gust. Rothi and this it is believed will,be dropped owing to the decision of the Supreme Court reversing the decision of the lower Court. No cases appear for divorce and there are no applicants this term for citizenship. Sells Property Here Sales reported this week include a lakeshore lot with cottage, owned by H. W. Palm, to Edgar Often and eight lots formerly own.l by Mrs. E. el- son, near the depot, to Tom Foley, ction foreman, of white Rock, S. D. The consideration in both are said to be fair. Young Man Arrested A young'man by the name of Wil- :mar Brooks, giving his address as, "Texas," was arrested Tuesday morn- ing by W. P. Mittelstadt on complaint of George Miles, whb charged him with disorderly conduct. Brooks was ordered out of the country. Council Lets Contract For Water Main Construction Construction of a water main be- ginning on Second Street near the Jas. A. Bailey home along the lake- shore road to A. L. Moore's residence and thence north to connect with the water main on Stevens Avenue is to be made and the work started imme- diately. Bids for this were received at the regular meeting of the city council held on Monday night, with the co,t- tract being awarded to the Benson Construction Company for the sum of $3629.50, including a charge of $7.00 per cubic yard for dirt removed as l a result of encountering rocks. Other bidders were the Morris Con- struction Company with a price of $3916.50 and the Cornstadt Brothers Construction Company of Marshall, with a price of $3609.40. In levying the taxes the council made a reduction of 1 mill for li- brary fund on account of the crea- tion of a large fund as Abe result of their last levy. No change was made in the levy for other-branches such as highway, park purposes, or sink- ing fund. No ether'business except the allowing cf bills came before the meeting. Cliff Will Speak Senator F. L. Cliff will address a meeting on Tuesday evening, October 10, at 8 p. m., at the court room of the courthouse. Senator Cliff will speak on political subjects. The meeting it is expected, will be attend- ed by a large mtmber of women as well as men. Civic Department Meets The Civic Department met Tues- day at three o'clock at the home of Mrs. J. Karn. An hour was given over to the study and discussion of work that would be beneficial to the community. After the study hour refreshments were served, Hunter Fined For Driving. Ducks In Open Water Charge with having "driven ducks," in" open water from a boat, Axel John- son, of Litchfield, Minnesota, was ar- rested by O. S. Briggs, state and fed- eral game warden of this city and taken before Justice, Frank Meyers, of Appleton, who fined him $10.00 and costs. With Johnson were, G. H. Martz, and Al. Borden also of Litchfield, who were arrested for having hunted after sunset. They were also fined $10.00 and costs, each. The charge against Johnson un- doubtedly is a new one to many hunt- ers of this section of the state. While the law on tins point is not specific yet many violators of Sec. 62, Gen- eral Laws of Minnesota, have been taken tnder that charge and fined. The section follows: "Water fowl may be taken during the open season from the land, from a stationary blind used to conceal the hunter, from a boat or canoe propell- ed by paddle, oar or pole (other than a sail or power boat), when the same is within a natural growth of weeds, rushes, flags or other vegetation, or in pursuit of wounded birds, but may not be taken from power or sail bdits uIon the open water, or from aero- planes." Johnson was charged with driving. ducks in open water for the purpose of keeping them flying while compan- ions were stationed on passes about Drywood Lake in Swift county. Rebekah Lodge Initiates Members of the Rebekah lodge met on Wednesday evening and conferred the initatory degrees upon the three Christiansen sisters, of the Ortonville Style Shop. District President, Mrs. Rose Knutson, of Wheaten, was in attendance. There were also present, sixteen members of the Wheaten or- der. Refreshments were served. Barn And Contents Burned To Ground Near Hancock Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the barn on the Frank E. Healy farm near Hancock last Wed- nesday, together with contents, which included 1000 bushels of oats, 500 bushels of barley, 15 head of hogs, all harness, 40 tons of hay and other articles. A machine shed nearby was also burned including machinery. Mr. Healy, accompanied by another party, was in Ortonville today in connection with the matter. Mr. Healy was awakened, he said, by the sound of an automobile but whether the fire was the work, of someone with a malicious intent is not known, al- the indications would point that way. Study Club Meets The Study club met for the first time this year at the home of C. W. Kollitz on Wednesday. The subject for this years study is "Active Citi- zenship". The programme for Wed- nesday was as follows: Roll Call, Facts, for and against the Primary Election Law; Main top- ic, "The Organization and Methods of Political Parties", Miss Helen MichelL Discussion Music--Vocal selec- ons--Mary Shumaker and Helene Micbell; Piano selections--Mary Shu- maker. Refreshments were served. Camp-fire Girls Meet Both groups of Camp-fire Girls met Tuesday evening at the Library. Personal records of each girl were taken. The evening was spent in making articles for the bazaar the girls plan to hold in the near future. Miss Lucille Seholberg is assisting with the book work at The Ortonville Foundry this week. 'PHONE COMPANY HANDLES 31010 CALLS AN HOUR 0rtonville Exchange of N. W. Telephone Company Keeps Operators' Fingers Pliable. Have Plenty to Do Day and Night. Sometime when you happen to be wandering about wanting to go some place, wanting to see some thing, it will be interesting to visit the opera- tot's room of the-Ortonville exchange of the Northwestern Telephone office. To repeat the lhrase, "number please't, number please ?" three thou- sand one'hundred times a day you will realize a little of the daily work tele-! phone operators in Ortonville have to do. ai Then too, when you complain to friend that you waited nearly five minutes to get a call through, re- member that the operator handled about fifteen calls during 'that time, at the rate oi" three a minute or 200 an hour. This rate is the average for the dy. During one of the busy hours, 425 calls were handled at the local office. The usual busy hours are in the morning and the early eve- ning. Toll lines are busiest from 91 o'clock, when the night rates go into effect, until 12 o'clock. Afternoons are usually rather quiet, an operator said. Yet to watch her fingers fly over the keyboard connecting up calls one would be inclined to become sea- sick. Visiting the telephone office you would find many interesting facts gbout the service and an understand- ing of the effort and expense on the i part of the company would be gained. In Ortonville there are a total of 415 local phones and 160 rural, or an av- erage of one for every eleven and one-tenth persons, locally. To han- dle this business 10 people are em- ployed here by the Bell Company, two in the commercial and plant depart- ment, five operators and a chief op- erator, Miss Lulu Richart. Long distance calls placed through the Ortonville Exchange total on an average of 678 a day, of which 100 are placed by local parties; 113 come under the classification of relay, .,meaning those placed in other towns which necessitate attention of the lo- cal operators; 145 known as "in calls," and 206 "through" calls and the bl- once in number coming under other classifications. These calls are timed by a ealculagraph, a machine which i stamps a ticket at the time the two parties began speaking and again when the conversation stops. This machine makes it impossible for the operator to make a mistake and leaves a permanent record at the office so that calls may easily be looked up. Installation of a telephone is the first task of the company. For this Luce Line to Reach Clara City in Spring, Luce Says Laying of track on the Luce Elec- tric Line from Hutchinson, Minneso- ta, is progressing at the rate of half mile a day, according to Col. Erie D. Luce, president of the company, who states that completion of the line is expected to be made this fall as far as Roseland. Extension of the line early next spring is expected to he made at far as Clara Citg, near Montevideo, according to Col. Luce's statement. This announcement is of much in- terest to people of Ortonviile and Big Stone County as it will be retnembero ed that a townsite was laid-out in Ar- tichoke by representatives of that road a few years ago. While no def- inite announcement has been made relative to further activities in this section it is the general opinion tha officials of that company intend to build thru this county. When solicitors of the Luce Line were in this territory last, which was a few years ago, it was the plan at' that time to build the line thru Arti- choke, Ortonville and then South to Watertown, S. Dak. Some talk was also rife that the line would pas thrn Clinton and Prior township and then to Ortonville. At any rate the fact that the company is at work ex- tending its line this way is creating much activity in the prospective town- sites along the way and great enthu- siasm is being shown among the farmers who have waited many year for a railroad. Hunters Take Tame Ducks Complaint was made this week to O. S Briggs, state game warden, by Andrew Steen, farmer living near Or- trey Lake, that hunters have killed several of his tame ducks. Mr. Steen avers that he is o the belief that the ork of the hunter was deliberate, giving as his reason the statement that on different mornings he has found several of them floating in the water. He stated that he has heard hunters shooting on the lake as early as 3 a. m., and as late as 9 p. m. Rev. O. J. Kvale Booked To Speak Here October 7 Rev. O. J. Kvale, of Benson, Min- nesota, independent candidate for congress from the Seventh Congres- sional District, who has the indorse- ment of the Democratic and Farmer- Labor Parties, is scheduled to speak at the court house in Ortonville on Saturday evening, October 7, at 8 o'clock. Rev. Kvale, who is making a tour of the district opened his campaign at Benson last week and plans to cover every town and section of his district before the general election on No, vember 7. It is expected a large num- ber will be on deck to hear of his promises and his criticism of Andrew J. Volstead's record in congress. Legion Carnival Receipts Close To $2,000 Mark Checking up the total gross recepts for the American Legion Carnival, which closed last Saturday night, af- ter a three night stand here, it was fomd that around $2,000 had been service a charge of $1.75 is made to taken in from all sources. This was the patron, although the material and pronounced by those in charge as time costs the company from $15 to very satisfactory and Legion mere- $50. This is but a small item in the bers have expressed their thanks to cost of giving telephone services, tak- I the general public for its loyal sup- ing but 15 per cent of every dollar I port. paid by subscribers. Sixty-three] Expenses connected with the carni- cents of every _dollar is used for san ] val,.it is reported, will consume the aries, 7 cents for taxes, 3 cents for I largest portion of the receipts, not- rent and 12 for miscellaneats expen- withstanding the fact that all work ses. On account of the tremenduous connected with the affair was gratus investment involved, the company] on the part of the members. must do business on a cash basis and Selling tickets on the radio that adhere to the policy of extending no credit. All linemen of the Bell Company are required to study first aid, and to keep the lines in repair it is necessary that they respond to "trouble" in all kinds of weather. Never forgetting its duty to the public as a public service utility the company teaches its employees to eonstmtly give service. To this end every operator strives faithfully and an appreciative public will deal with them in the same courteous manner. Otto W. Harris, local manager of the Northwestern Telephone Com- pany is amking arrangements for a visitor's day and announces that when condition permit invitations will be extended to everyone, thru the press, l to visit the local operator's office and] learn at first-hand some of the re-] quirements of his force [ The Woman's Relief Corps requests 1 that all members possible be present at the regular meeting, October 11, at 2:30 o'clock. was given away Saturday night brought in a considerable sum of money that otherwise would not have been possible to obtain. The outfit was won by C]s. Hed, who is travel- ing salesman for the James Barn Equipment Conrpany. 4 Marriage Licensee Issued Marriage Licenses issued Tuesday of this week by Clerk of Court Hay- den French, are as follows: William A. Weller of Calloway county, Mis- seuri to Florence E. Reynolds, o Clinton Raymond H. Engeihaidt of Stevens county, to Murol Enid Hag- gas, of Artichoke; Edward John Van Erem of Grant county, to Martha Frances Wittneble, Ortonville, and Thomas Thompson to Alma S. Ander- son, both of Otrey. The Lakeside Club will hold a busi- ness meeting at the Hesse school house Saturday, October 7, at 8 p. ,m., for the purpose of getting up a club order for flour. If you wish to order flour be sure to be there Sat- urday night. '- County Poultry Association Plans Purchase of Coops For Next Show Officers of the Big Ston e County Expressing himself as to the pros- pect for this year's show, E. L. E1- Poultry Association in a meeting] dred, president of the association, said held here on Monday decided to raise] that he believed more interest will be the necessary funds to purchase coops] shown this year than ever. "We be- in preparation for the-annual show lieve we voice the sentiment o all which is expected will be held the when we say, there is no product in first week of January. America today, that brings .into a Decision of the officers to purchase the coops came as the result of con- siderable inconvenience and expense caused the association through rental from different fair associations. An expense of around $50.00 each year has been caused the local associatioh for the rent of coops and many as- sociations have objected greatly to loaning them this year. It is planned to raise enough money by public subscription to Imrohase 100 coops, figured at a cost Of abca out $2.25 "each. Little difficulty/in' rais- ing this is expected. ( community so much money, for the money invested as does poultry pro- ducts," he said. In behalf of the association he urges the produgtion of more and better poultry. Atten- tion is called to the fa that the poul- try show serves as the store hoAme from which all knowledge in thatline is derived and "citation wa made of the wonderful  already shown as a eons eqtmn o awa held in this coun)f the past fs. Officers and dinmt, as- sociation ask that don to the coop fund be as liberal as