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THE ORTONVILLE INDEPENDENT III ORTONVILLE, MINN, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1922 NUMBER 31 REASONS Pioneer Meat Market Sold iBROTH FROM STEWED To Jasper, Minnesota Man OF u E. R. Halverson, of Jasper, Minne- ! sota, is the new owner of the Pioneer ]k tMeatl Market of this City, as the re- DUIlVO suit of a deal made on Monday th the former owner, Oscar Erickson. Bulletin Ad-I Mr. Halverson took immediate pea- , session and has moved his household Consideration In! goods into the Dr. Bolsta residence ,-, , ' property near the hospital. H is an of ecQmmenaa- experienced cutter, havingbeen engag- Next Legislature. confidence that for first trunk highway next legislature will be favorably, if fully and cor- a new bulletin highway- department following: Good Business. of in the state-- to build schools, as good or better Tea- to build roads, also is good, exceeding debts for every man, woman the state. in Road Taxes. state constitution only and federal aid can the trunk highway and and other savings thru already more than offset truck taxes, owners Taxes Dropping. [tinder the Babcock plan of of improving and [ the main highways, coun- and cities and villages road and bridge taxes, $1,300,000 having come Economy Prove& tests by recognized that the savings possible and tires alone would pay interest, of paving system of Min- in a period of Policy Sound. like other states is put- half of its highway con- into foundations etc.---good for all time and good business de- of costs over the will be used. Organization Now. highway dep.ment, the last 18-months' xec- that the public should e highway program and economically whether the state is biggest results and ed in the butcher business for sev'al years. Mr. Erickson, former owner has not decided upon a new- locationl as yet. White A Good Farmer O. O. White, farmer living jus north of town, shipped a number of fine Poland China hogs to the Central Co-operative Livestock Shipping Asso- ciation, South St. Paul, the first of the week, for which he received praise for the condition they were in. "Of the hogs that w e have received, this is the best lot that have been weighed on our scales in a long while," stock men of the association Said. Mr. White, came to this city two years ago from Pipestone, Minnesota, and is a firm believer in the slogan, "Better farm- ing Pays." SHOU00 {)UT OF SHIP BUSINESSt Senator Nelson Gives Reasons In Let- ter Why He Favors Ship Subsidy "The Government itself ought to get out of the business of operating sps; it has proved as expensive a luxury as the Government operation of our rail- roads," says U. S. Senator Knute Nel- son of Minnesota in writing to a woman constituent why the Shipping Agreed To. Amendment No. 1, 1 vote, provides for bond issues which believed were being rot- the provision is but one a model scheme of experts agree. More Money At Home. porgram is only betterments the would be spent for more new cars, gasoline, ami is not of additional money motor vehicle .tax Prices Are Low. on highway improve- show that prices now low levels, probably state may profit" by general condi- to secure extensive with a mini- Speeding U look to its reptrm. state, now that: greater funds for with $100,- $116,000,000 and of bands ,$40,000,000 and A yeax, wm Stone Friday basket ball tabm in this section to go at. the hands of the Post team of the of this city. At hope that will be held :gmne which wil be lida,i'day evening of thls ; their hopes for vic- list all the old on the .' t Gofer, Ber- and Loy. also out for po- states that games day and that be disposed of month The game for 8 o'clock sharp Pickering and for their home They had been at the Wayne PickeTing was of this city. Bill pending in Congress should be passed quickly. A copy of Senator Nelson's letter was given by aim to the National Merchant Marine Associ- ation and released for publication. It is written to Mrs. Susie W. Stageberg, head of the Women's Missionary Fed- eration of Red Wing, Minn., and reads as oliows: "My dear Mrs. Stageherg: Your far vor of the 24th, relative to the ship Subsidy matter, is at hand. I think you are laboring under a misapprehen- sion. The facts are that during the war and for two years mflitient to the Armistice, at an afftp of u: wards of three billion d.lars, the Gov- ernment constructed "something like 600 wooden ships, hastily built, of reen timber; 19 concrete ships of ce- ment; and something like 1,600 steel ships ,'Of these ships, the wooden ships turned out to be utterly wortldess and have been sold in a lump, tor a mere song. The concrete ships are of no value. Of the steel ships, we have in the neighborhood of 400 in operation mates and Ate Flesh.i Pleads For Foodstuffs and Clothing. Eight millions of people face death from hunger in Russia this winter, among them one milliorL orphaned Children. Such is the report made by Murray S. Kenworthy, Chief of the Quaker Relief in the famine district of Russia last winter, at the court house here last night. Mr. Kenworthy spoke from first-i hand information and experience of the relief work, having returned re- cently from Russia. He said that dur- ing the famine last year people mixed powdered grass, weeds and bones with the flour to make bread. Sometimes I they'stewed harness leather and drank[ the broth. Children were known to I have been tied in different parts of the i house to keep them from gnawing] each other in their hunger; that they / were known to have killed their llay-[ mates and eaten their flesh for food. 1 "In December we were walking around dead bodies in the streets of uzu- lnk," he said. , The government of Russia did an immense amount of relief feeling," Mr. Kenworthy stated. He branded as false reports about the failure and carelessness of the government ,f that country. "We, in America, cannot imagine the extent of the famine," Mr. Ken- worthy declared. He said that he be- lieved that it extended to practically every section of Russia; that at lea.t ninety-nine per cent of the food ship- pod from the Atlantic ports rrived i safely in the famine area, t He said that twenty-three per cent I of the people, in the area where the I Quakers fed, died of hunger before[ they could get enough food in to stop the death rate; that there were vil- lages just outside their territory where everybody died because no one was feeding there. Picturing conditions in the famine area, the speaker said that seventy- "ive horses out of every hundred per- ished, as did most of the small ani- mals, and more than ,half of the cattle. The people sold their extra ciotheand. family treasures where they could find buyers. " People who lived in the famine area up to last spring were exhausted, ac- cording to Mr. Kenworthy. Thous- ands of them .had nothing to eat ex- cept the new grass and weeds and the fourteen ounces of corn per day which was given them on behalf of the American Relief Administration. They could lot plant a full crop because of lack of horses, seed and the physicial GAqP[IGD - District Butter Prize b/-llll P 11 Won By Local Creamery SUBSISTENCE OF STARVING RUSSIANS For the second successive time the Ortonville Ice Cream and Butter Corn- @ puny of this city has won the first Kenworthy Says Children In] strength to do it. One of the villages prize for butter for the 27th district r where there are 900 people hs only 4 as awarded at the Minnesota Butter- Famine Area Killed Play-i horses. Mr. Kenworthy, said in part: maker's Convention, which was held "In June the rains ceased and it turned very warm. The hot winds ruined the prospective crops so that thousands harvested nothing. A re- cent letter from that area says that in one township (Michaelook) where there are 7,150 people, 6,084. faced starvation this September and in one of the best districts, (Nova Serge- evka) out of 6,609 people, Z,675 need- ed food in September." The speaker said that all of the re- lief organizations are remaining in Russia another year, but unless horses and tractors are obtained with which to put in a good crop next spring, the famine must go on even longer. Mr. Kenworthy appealed for money, corn, foodstuffs and warm clothing. TCnese, he said, can be sent to Robert V. Webb, Treasurer of the Minnesota Russian Relief Committee, Minneapo- lis Trust43o., Minneapolis. " Katherine Amend, a lady member of the relief work in writing to a Minne- sota contributor, said in part: "This is my first winter in Russia and tho the snow is not yet here, I wear as much clothing as I ever wore in a Chicago winter--and more. When I think of this and realize that the cold is more than 40 below zero later, I eatmot but wonder how these chiklren carl ever be clothed for the vrinter. The children here are as  bright and sweet and dear as any I've evdr seen. We have a center 'here for feeding 35,000 souls and the it is along way from you, you may know that your gifts axe appreciated." Dr. Sparrow Visits Here Dr. Cecil Sparrow, of Minneapo- lis, spent Thanksgiving at the home of his mother here, Mrs. J. Sparrow. Dr. Sparrow left Friday for Sioux City, Iowa, where he delivered a lec- ture on dentistry. He is recognized as one of the leading authorifie's of hi profe.,sion and has delivered !ectures to classes in the countries largest uni- versities. Dr. Sparrow, who was born and raised in this city, is a brother of Mrs. W. Kelly. Will Testify In Elsie Salisbury Murder Trial Miss Arline Hildebrand, stenogra- pher for Gold & Company, of Big Stone City, S. Dak., was called to Montevideo on Tuesday as a witness for the state in the trial of Elsie Salis- bury, which was begun there today. Miss Hildebrand was working in the Milwaukee offices at Montevideo be- side Miss Salisbury -hen the murder of Oscar Erickson was commit*ned. Miss Salisbury is on trial eaharged with the slaying of Eriekson. by the Government, but we are opera- .ling them at an annual loss STONE O00,O00aycar. In roundnmnbers, we COUNTY LIVESTOCK MEN have onteriorating our hands, ly'mg idlein value, somewhereand de- COMING TO THE FRONT IN HOGS I around one thousand steel ships, vary- at the Minnesota State Fair from O. A. Lahum, of Cottonwood, Minneso- tab This fine bohr was out of the first prize futurity fitter at the Minneso- ta State Fair that year, and Js still used by Mr. Babbitt es his senior herd sire. This year, Mr. Babbitt added to his herd, one of the finest young boars ever seen in this countryLakeview tnsation, No. 472489, which he bought of Jewel Bros., of Luverne, Minnesota, recognized as among the largest Duroc Jersey breeder in the state. This boar is, without a doubt, a real "show boar", and attracted considerable attendtion when Mr. Bab- bitt brought him through Ortonville last fall. He is a son of the grand champion junior yearling boar at the Minnesota State Fair, 1921. Babbitt's Durac's are well grown out, large boned and good to look at. Mr. Babbitt plans on holding a sale sometime during the month of Febr- uary. Besides engaging in the raising of pure-bred cattle and hogs, Lakeview Farm, which Mr. Babbitt has named it, is fast gaining an enviable reputa- tion as the .home of prize winning Buff Orpington hickena Mrs. Babbi has taken great pride in ,her flock and her efforts have not been futile. She has received many blue ribbons cn birds exhibited at the county, stateand national shov:s, Hei" latest prize win- ner was g cockerel, exhibited in com- petition with the best the country affords, at the 1lational Poultry Show, 1922, on which she was awarded first prize. recently in St. Paul. Announcement of the award was made today in a letter from the as- sociation's secretary, In the 27th dis- trict are several western Minnesota counties. The prize won by the teem company speaks highly for the quality of it's product. Take "Chicks" to New York Andy Hausauer left the fore part of the week for New York City, with a car of chicken from the Tracy-Shu- maker Produce House. He was accom- ing from a tonnage of 5f000 up to 10,- 000 each. "The question what to do with these ship- that we now have on hand is of a threefold chacter: (1-) Shall we try to sell them to our comtdtors ir k Europe, if possible? T, his would make it easier for our competitors in to drive us from the ocean. (2) Shall w e schp them, throw them  all into the scrap pile and mark it all aS a dead loss  63) Shall we make an effort to put them afloat under tre" American Flag and ericourage our own people to buy the hips and operate them in competition with the countries of the Old World ?- This is the real situation of the "Owf6g to the high cost of living and the higher wages we this'coun- try to otw officers and seamen, it co.$ more to operate our ships  the Shil of foreign governmenta, and the object of the so-callel subsidy ;is to make it possible for our tmoIfle o earn= pete with the various countries of Europe by braking up this difference in cost of operation. "It is estimated that the subsidy proposed to our shipping will not ex- ceed $25,000,000 a year. We are now operating such ships as we have in the service t a loss of $fiO,000,00G a year. This subsidy plan will cut down the present loss of $50,000J}00 a year one- half, and it seems to me that in vew ofthe situationin view of the fact that we have a thousand ships idle--it is cur duty as good American citizens to aim to put these,vessels afloat and in the service under the .American flag. ".The Government itself "ought to get out of the business of operating ships It has proved as expensive a lurary as the Government operation of our rail- ,roads. "I think when you have looked al the situation in the light I have paint- ed out, you will entirely change your views. "vouw w trulv, (Signed) "Knute Nelsom  Bert Babbitt Among List Of Principal Pure Bred Hog Breeders In This Sec- tion of State. That the value of pure bred sires in herds of cattle and hogs is thoro- ughly recognized by wide-awake farm- ers of this vicinity is evidenced by the fact that each year there are many farmers who purchase stmh breeding stock from breeders t quite  dis- lance from Ortonville. Many prospective buyers today are ot aware of the fact that some of the finest herds of hog and cattle are raised right here at home. For the purpose of atimulating increased in- terest in "Buy at Home" movement, as it pertains to the livestock indus- try, this lPer will preznt from time to time an arte carryiug informal, ion of benefit to prospective purchasers of breeding steeld Te articles will bring before the livestock breeders the quality of stock that breeders of this section are raising. Well known to everyone in the im- mediate vicinity of Ortonville, is Bert Babbitt, who owns what is known as the old Dew Hurley farm, located 3 miles north of this city on the lakeshore road. Mr. Babbitt, a native of Iowa, bought this fine 240 acre farm in i910, with a small paYment down. Sin.ce taking possession Of the place, Mr. Babbitt, has, by hard work and the use of pure bred sires, in both his cattle and hog herds, not only improved the farm by the addition of new buildings, but ,has substantially reduced the indebtedness on the land to such an extent that he will soon be out of debt. Not content with ,raising hogs for market, Mr. Babbitt entered into the pure-bred Duroc Jery brininess in 1921, u6dng as his her boar, Sesn- tion Improver No. 424907, purchased Discussed Political Subject The Study Club met Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. F. M. Birkenmeyer. The main topic, Gov- ernment-owned Railroads was given by Mrs. M- Sehoen. Doings of Con- gress was given by Mrs. Rifenbark. A general discussion of these topics was taken up after they had been given. Mrs. C. A. Zwiener gave :everal pMno selections. Refreshments were served at the close of the discusdon. J. H. Carol of the Federal Joint Stock Land Bank of Milwaukee, Wis., was here the latter part of the week appraising farm loans. ASKS BRIDGE BIDS; LETS GRAVEL JOB Commissioner Babcok Pushes High- way Work While Prkes Are at Low Levels George L. Mower'y, of this city, was awarded the contract for graveling 8% miles of Trunk BSghway No. 54, east of Herman, Minnesota, at a cost of $13,698, according to announcement made from the offices of Charles M. lbcock, state highway commissioner. Contracts awarded for 150 miles of new graveling and other winter work at low prices and a call for bids on Dec. 28 on nine new bridges for Min- /nesota trunk highways toward taking further advantage of favorable condi- ,tions and speeding needed road im- provements, were also announced. Wintar work was let at low figures as a year ago, bids being nearly 20 per cent under engineer's estimates, ac- cording to John H. Mullen, assistant commissioner and chief highway en- gineer. Highway officials agreed that the tow figures lrurnished strong argu- ment for issuing trunk bonds now to get needed improvements at bargain ,rates. Many bids from local contrac- tors in many parts of the state helped to make the savings, and there was record-breaking competition, 60 bids being received on one undertaking alone. The first exclusive call for bids on important bridge improvement under the Baboock plan made public by J. T. Ellison, assistant highway commis- sioner and chief bridge engineer. Six concrete and three steel bridges are estimated to cost nearly $175,000, he said, and all are badly needed on the trunk system. Mogt of he jobs listed by the de- partment include improvements to be made in other sections of the state. Those listed closest to Ortonville ae: T. H. No. 10, Benson to Clontarf, 6 miles, graveling; T. H. No. 54, east of Herman, 8 miles and T. H. No. 2, Sauk Center to Westport, 12 mile Of the bridge jobs proposed ahere is one over the Minnesota River at LeSueur 400 feet, of steel, with creosoted wood block floor, to be pushed to complezion. Injured While Skating Frank Kerno% traveling salesman for Farwell Onun, Kirk and Co., eceived a cut above the eye when he was skating near the peninsula Sun- day The back of one of his :skates came loose causing him to fall in such a way that his eye was cut and he was rendered unconscious for several minutes. He received medical atten- tion and was able to resume his work Monday morning. N. W. Telephone Employes Celebrate Birthday Party Employees of the Ortonville Tele- phone Exchange entertained members of the Graeeville, Beardsley and Ap- pleton exchanges at a party on Wed- nesday evening, the occasion being the birehday of three members of the local exchange, Mrs. Anne Sackett, Mrs. Cora Struck and Miss Myrtle Stain. Pool, cards, dancing and vari- Ous games were played during the evening. Oyster stew was served at a late hour. Those attending frmv out Of own exchanges were: Dorothy Gray, Evelyn Broadbent and F. E. F aler, commercial manager, from A.ppleon; Mr. and Mrs. Sargent and daughter, Katherine and Mrs. Manthire, of Graceville, Lucy Clark, Theresa Hock, Frank Lonesborry and Stanley Mor- ro of Beardsley." Mrs. E. D. Petersen entertained at a Chow Mein supper Tuesday eve- ning for Miss Reurke, Miss Hovelmul, 1,:ss Persch and Miss TheHn. The nn*ed hv Avo 1 TLaslen. The by:: 'how Mein was brought home by Miss -,ere scheduled to arrive in New York. .. ke n her return frdm Mnna- Wednesday. t polls. RURAL SCHOOLS WILL CONDUCT COUNTY CONTEST First Will Be Held Next Spring. County Institute Attended By Every Rural School Teacher. "Good Citizenship" and the "Essen- tials of Good Citizenship," were the subjects stressed at the annual Big Stone County Teacher's institute held here last week, at which every rural school teacher of the county was in attendance. Miss Bieri, of the Moorhead Normal, in speakirtg on the subject of citizen- ship, laid emphasized particularly on the essentials of t good citizen, which she said consisted of his being qua!i- fled and able to pull his own load in the work of the world--he should in- terfere as little as possible with the rights of others, and he should con- scientiously try to aid in the progress of the community. Discussion of the good citizen project was taken up m- dera state-wide movement and folo lowed the line of work carried on by the institute last year. County contests will be" conducted in the rural schools in spelling, read- ing, arithmetic and delcamatory, it was decided. These will be held some- time next spring. They /viii start in the different districts, and be car- ried to the townships and then the county contest held. Winners in the oral and written spelling and the de- clamatory contests will then compete in the state contest to be held later. ]ach will rcceive free railroad fare and other expenses. Contests of the nature outlined above were conducted in the county last year with the exception of the declamatory contest. To conduct this branch of work t will be necessary that there be twelve contestants en- tered. It is believed that there will be little difficulty in getting that num- ber of pupils to participate. Other subjects taken up at the meet- ing included that covering library Work and. exhibits at the county and state fairs. More interest in exhibits of differ- ent kinds was urged by Miss Martha Rothwell, county superintendent o schools, who was in charge of the in- stitute. "This year, work that Was sent to the state fair for the purpose of listing them under imfividul exhibits, was arranged by those in charge ia a county booth, and an award of $20.00 for this was received," Miss Rohwell stated. Besides this many individual prizes were awarded the pupils, which included several far poster and book- let work. District No. 42 of which Mrs. Esther Olson is teacher, won the first prize at the state fair for the Map of Minnesota, drawn by Miss FAvera Mathison. Money that was received from the state in prizes rids year will be used in defraying expen- ses in preparing a more extensive ex- hibit next year. Library work which was takeu up at the meeting .followed closely the work of last year. Considerably time was devoted to the subject of reading, by Miss Randall, also of the M0orhead Normal. Snow Is Here So Watch Out Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Rabbitt With thirty-two hunters' names al pearing on the roster for the rabbit hunt and with the ground already covered with snow, next unday will undoubtedly be the day set for the big event, it was inferred today by Emll Ostiind, captain of one of the teams. In order that proper arrangements may be made for the hunt, persons interested in the affair who have not already signified their desire to par- ticipate, are requested to leave their name With either Emil Ostlind or Wayne Kelley, captains, before Fri- day evening, Dec. . A .n:?etiag of all interested will be held, it is planned, on Saturday evening, at which time the captains will draw e&eir team. Notice of the meeting will be ent to the different participants and t is hoped t&at everyone who has signed the list will be present. Does your name appear on this list? If not you had better see one of the captains awa list it. The more the merrier. W. Kelly," Ed. Gowan, J. A, Matt- hevs, A. S. Halls, Dicl Hendr[ckson, Oscar Everson, Jas. A. Smith, C. C. Schaible. N. A. Beck, R. E. Hauck, ' Louie Foster, A. L. Sturges, Ros Kaercher, Crab Wiley, J. Alfred An- derson, Carl Grosenick, Chas Radtke, Emil Ostlind, Ed. Shult, Harold Shult; Oscar Holmqdst, Otto Hais, L.  A. Iercler,  J. Inldmmer Lightfcot, "Dutch" Hau'sauer, Bill Utl, Dr. Cain, Hank Baily, Glenn g Hudson, Re,ben Pflueger, Kee WelcI% Wm. Gowan. Mrs. Paul S;ith " " ....... '-'- S a. ........ ... at the Pioneer Store during b b;ey ruqh.