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1922 Vashon Island News-Record Summary (Mike Sudduth)

January 1922
January 6, 1922

  • The report of the financial condition of the Vashon State Bank at the close of business on the 31st day of December, 1921 showed total assets of $170,320.86.

  • To Exhibit Craft Work In New York City – Miss Ruth A. Brown, ex-secretary of the Camp Fire Girls, who have a camp here on Vashon Island, is going to New York on the 6th of this month to place on exhibition the craft work of the girls.  One feature of the exhibition given by the Seattle Camp, or the Vashon Island Camp will be a group of large colored photographs, about 50 subjects, illustrating the work that the girls are doing here, and showing the most beautiful scenery on Vashon island.  A real Vashon Island group.  Our photographer, Mr. Norman Edson, has sent his best work and the best subjects. 

  • Vashon Heights – John Olson has opened a confectionary stand in the “Ferry Inn” on the Heights dock.

  • Local News – A small fall of the beautiful on Tuesday night whitened things up a bit, but a warm kiss of old Sol soon dissipated it into nothingness.  In other words, it snowed and melted the next day.

  • Local News – The rules of nearly all local papers is to print free all religious notices, but where an admission is charged, then a charge is made by the paper.  This is the rule of the News-Record to which we will adhere, believing it fair to the churches, the public, and the paper.

  • Local News – We are requested by G.W. Blekkink to announce that funds available for indemnities in tuberculosis testing of cattle is being used up very rapidly, and for that reason all Vashon-Maury owners of cattle over 6 months of age are requested to sign an application form at once, the form can be obtained from Mr. Blekkink, Vashon.

  • Cove – We kindly offer a suggestion to our road boss.  If a few loads of gravel could not be hauled to fill up the deep ruts in the road near the Renouf place.  D.S. Sigrist got stuck with his load the other day and B.A. Hunt pulled him loose with his horse.  If D.S. wasn’t a pretty good natured fellow there would have been some tall cussing.

  • Lisabeula – Work has started on the new dock and we hope it won’t be long until it is finished for the boat could not land here Sunday morning.

  • Maury Island – A crew of men are at work on a new bridge for the county near the Kellogg Corners.  Wm. Kellogg has charge of the work.

January 13 1922

  • Vashon Island Hens Still Hold First Place – For the Second Month of Contest the Pen of L.C. Beall, Jr., Outclasses All Others – The L.C. Beall, Jr. pen continued the heart-breaking pace with 142 eggs from five birds for the month of December.

  • $350 Loss in Saw Mill Fire At Burton Last Week – C.J. Williams sustained a fractured collar bone last Wednesday while trying to crank a truck at the mill, which moved forward pressing him against a board shack.  We understand the accident would have been much more serious had not some of the boards broken loose allowing him to extricate himself.  The next night fire was discovered at the mill which resulted in a $350 loss before being extinguished.  How the fire originated is not known.

  • Births Out-Number Deaths Four To One – The Registrars for Vashon –Maury islands report fifty-six births and thirteen deaths for the year ending December 31st, 1921.  This does not include the births and deaths of island residents which occurred away from the island.

  • Gump Boys Visit Island – Alfred Bridgman was host Sunday to Messrs Charles Gibson and Kenneth Heath a couple of Seattle lads.  Mr. Gibson is a former island boy.  These young men are putting on a dance at Bay View Pavilion on the night of the 21st and promise everybody a good time. 

  • Vashon-Maury Burns Club Organize – Membership Limited to First 100 Who Apply – Sale Positively Closes 20th – Pursuant to the call of President John McIntosh, a number of Burns fans met at the News-Record office last Friday evening to decide if the poet’s birthday should be kept here this year.  It was the unanimous wish of all present to observe the night.  After much discussion as to the best plans to pursue it was decided to organize a permanent club of 100 members, to be called the Vashon-Maury Burns Club.  The membership fee is set at $1.00 which includes the supper and entertainment.  Already half the cards have been paid for.  When 100 are issued, the membership roll will be closed.  The following committees were appointed by the chairman: On place – J.M. Ogilvy.  He has engaged the Burton High School and the entertainment will be held there on the evening of the 25th.  On Supper – Mrs. W.B. Mackie, Mrs. John McIntosh and Mrs. John Gordon.  Program – D. Mackie and W.B. Mackie.  Piper – P. Monroe Smock.  Executive – J.M. Ogilvy, D. Mackie, Wm. Scales, John McIntosh, Mrs. D. Mackie, Mrs. J. McIntosh and W.B Mackie.

  • Burton – Phil Green is taking a special course at the State University on different processes of curing fish herring, etc.  He expects to go north in the spring on a fishing trip and will apply all the knowledge gained along that line.

  • Burton – The young son of J.M. Staples discovered the barbershop – a few feet from the pavilion – on fire last Thursday evening and gave the alarm just in time to save both buildings from destruction.  The fire started from the oil stove which stood in one corner of the shop.

  • Burton – Mrs. J.J. Robinson of Tacoma has purchased the furniture of the Burton Hotel and moved in this week.  She intends to conduct a neat, up to date, attractive boarding and rooming house.  We wish her success in this venture.

  • So. Heights – At about midnight on Friday night of last week a fire started from some unknown cause at the lumber mill belonging to C.J. Williams.  Mrs. Hannah Hofmeister who was alone at the time succeeded in forcing the door of the office and obtained help by telephoning.  The damage done will amount to about $350.

  • Local News – C.F. Deppman is building a portico, or wooden awning, or stoop, or what-you-call-it, over the sidewalk fronting his cement building, thus giving an added tone to the arrival of General Prosperity on the island this spring.

  • Local News – Dr. Orlob announces that he has made an arrangement with Mr. Middling whereby one of the stage cars will leave for the theatre every show night from Vashon Heights at 7:45 and from the Telephone office at Center at 8:05 p.m., which will permit those who haven’t their own cars to attend the show.  The car will leave Vashon immediately after the show to return you to your homes.

  • Local News – Those who attended the movies last Saturday evening were delighted with Miss June Cowan’s playing on the violin.  Miss Cowan has talent and gives promise of being one of the island’s shining lights.  Every Saturday night will see some new feature added to the show – sometimes vaudeville, sometimes singing or dancing and sometimes – well come out and see for yourself.

  • Cove – Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Petersen spent last Wednesday in Tacoma visiting friends, coming home via Steamer Virginia III.  Thursday afternoon they witnessed the burning of the fishing launch Nevada of Gig Harbor, beached on the Statelen waterfront.  The Virginia stopped in her course, and pulled toward shore as far as possible to investigate if any help was needed.  No persons could be seen around the burning boat.  We learn a leaky gasoline tank caught fire, and that one tank was blown clear ashore.  The sailors aboard the Nevada escaped unhurt after she caught fire.  She lies a total wreck with a burnt and twisted mass, and only half of the hull left to tell the tale.

  • Dockton – The new bridge is finished and now some of the Maury island traffic may go right through.

  • Dockton – The Community Club held their monthly meeting in the hall on Saturday evening, December 31st.  A program fitting the season had been arranged by the entertainment committee and was greatly enjoyed by a packed house.  The most interesting numbers on the program was a suit case race, in which Mr. Chas. Keen won 1st prize and Mr. C. Petersen won the consolation prize.  We congratulate ourselves on having so much talent in our home town, as was shown in the program.

  • Lisabeula – The new dock will be completed some time this week.

  • Maury Island (Chas. Martindale) – The Pembroke Investment Co. have a new and larger pump which Tim Collins and a crew of men are installing at the company’s gravel bunkers.  This new pump is expected to greatly increase the output of the plant, and enable them to fill the increasing demand for gravel.

  • Vashon Heights – The bus carrying the school children from the north end met with quite a serious accident last Friday afternoon coming from the north end.  No one was seriously hurt but the car will be laid up for some time for repairs.

January 20, 1922

  • One Hundred Ten To Enjoy Haggis, Bagpipes & A ‘That – Complete Membership Roster, Tentative Program, and High Lights for Wednesday Evening, January 25th – The one hundred members have all been issued a membership card to the Vashon –Maury Burns Club.  Ten complimentary tickets have been issued, so there will likely be 110 persons sit down to the banquet table.

  • Well, if eggs have dropped in price, our Vashon-Maury hens are not quitters, nor eight-hour agitators – for they are working overtime, to make up the loss in price, with an increase in the quantity of output.

  • Maury Island (Chas. Martindale) – Mr. Denning of the lighthouse is suffering from a broken arm.  He left his car in the garage at the north end while he went in on the ferry to Seattle.  The self-starter was tampered with while he was away, and attempting to crank the car by hand, the accident occurred.

  • Maury Island – Two weeks ago the house of Capt. And Mrs. Hubble was entered in their absence and a number of articles stolen, largely things to eat with dishes, silver spoons, etc.  A little earlier in the season this elderly couple had eight Rhode Island hens taken from their chicken house one night.

  • Local News – It’s ‘snappy’ weather all right this week, but we choose the frosty air of Puget Sound to the earthquakes of California.

  • Local News – C. Middling is building a “double deck” porch fronting his hotel property.  It will be a favored site to watch the passing of airplanes in the summer time.

  • Local News – Rumor has it that Paul Steinbach is contemplating building a new building on his property west of the bank corner to be used as a skating rink, bowling or soft drink parlor.

  • Cove – We are informed that the Twilight Club is going to finish the interior of the old Colvos hall to use the same for a meeting place.

  • Glen Acres News Items (Mrs. O.S. VanOlinda) – A number of cars have been stuck in the hog wallow where the Glen Acres road strikes the concrete, but unless they have sunken clear from sight, there are none there at present.  The rest of the road is very good.  The Glen Acres dock is completed and we expect some boat to land here almost any time now.

January 27, 1922

  • New South End Ferry Boat – Through the courtesy of the Tacoma Ledger we have obtained a picture of the new ferry – “City of Tacoma” as she appeared on her trial trip to Tahlequah, Pt. Defiance, and Gig Harbor, Saturday, December 31, 1921.  The new ferry was built for service between Tahlequah, Point Defiance and Gig Harbor under a five-year contract with the Pierce County Commissioners, guaranteeing daily service which can be depended upon.  The people of Vashon-Maury island can now depend on the service for at least five years, and it is up to us to supply business enough for that service to feel that five years is not the limit, but that it will always be maintained as a prosperous as well as a convenient thoroughfare.  She has a capacity of thirty to thirty-five cars and makes the trip from Tahlequah to Point Defiance in about ten minutes.  The recent cold spell has upset the roads considerably to the south end of the island, but Mr. Landers has a force of men and teams that have been working them whenever the weather permits, and promises to have them in good condition soon, however they are passable now, and no one need worry about getting through on them.

  • Burns’ Night Was Fittingly Kept – Long Program Given With a Splendid Dinner and Good Time – At the banquet table seats were provided for 110 persons and every seat was occupied.  Artist Norman Edson of Burton was present as the “official photographer” and made a flash light picture of the gathering.

  • Beall Greenhouse To Expand – The statement has not been disputed that the Beall Greenhouse is the largest plant of its kind west of the rocky mountains.  But it isn’t big enough yet.  More room is needed and more room they are going to have.  They will erect at once an additional house 45 x 400 feet which will give them approximately 25,000 square feet of additional room.  It will be used for the growing of tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers.  This plant now has over 150,000 square feet of space covered with glass.  The lumber will be manufactured on the island, and the glass will come direct from Belgium.  The work will be done by island men.  The Beall Greenhouse is directed by L.C. Beall, Sr., and his two sons, Magruder and Wallace.

  • Maury Center To Hold Revival Meetings Soon – Beginning on Thursday evening, February 2nd, there will be meetings each evening for ten days.  Rev. Baker and wife of the Missionary Alliance are to be the evangelists.

  • The Tacoma Ledger of last Sunday had a page write up of Vashon island, with a road map showing the highways, and a general description of the industries and life of the two united spots which dot Puget Sound like two diamonds in the same setting.  The page was printed in colors and was a credit to that paper and will do Vashon-Maury good.

  • People’s Forum – Oh, do you remember the years long ago, when the McDowell boats, Defiance, Dove, Dart and Daily made their regular daily runs from Seattle to Tacoma calling at all the docks between on both the mainland and the east side of Maury and Vashon?  And do you remember how we all grumbled about our inadequate boat service?  We could go to Seattle three times a day if we wanted to for 16 cents a trip if we bought a commutation ticket or for 25 cts if we purchased a single ticket, and carry a whole family of children free until they were old enough to get married, for the children never seemed to grow up – to the McDowells.  But there were those who grumbled even then about the price and about the boat schedule.  They wanted the fare reduced to 10 cents, and they wanted an evening boat to take them to the city to the theatre and bring them home afterward.  There were those who grumbled because the boats were too slow or too cold or too hot or too dirty or because they had to pass through the engine room and the smoking room to get to the ladies’ cabin, when the floor hadn’t been swept or the furniture dusted.  But do you remember how on the old Defiance, we sat on comfortably cushioned seats, facing one another, chatting sociably together and getting acquainted with our island neighbors whom we could meet in no other way?  We all went to the city frequently in those days and made friends on the boat, and exchanged recipes and neighborhood gossip, and helpful hints and farm and garden knowledge and general information that was valuable all around.  And if you had come a long way to reach the boat and came aboard chilled and miserable, do you remember how the “Old Man” (grouchy old fellow they called him, but he kept a warm heart under his jacket) or our genial captain John, would invite you down to the little galley mess room for a cup of hot coffee and a bit of toast, or mayhap a fresh egg and a slice of ham fresh from the hot skillet!  Or maybe it was something else that was hot and cheering but it was hospitality of the good old-fashioned kind that you found if you needed it!  But people grumbled about the boat service.  They wanted a better boat and the Daily was built and put on the run – new and shining.  She was more formal than the Defiance had been, and we sat with our backs to one another.  There was less chance to chat with everybody as we had done before and some of us whiled away the time by whittling the new woodwork or by cutting our initials in the mahogany finished wood, or otherwise defacing the newness of the boat.  And the “Old Man” who had built it and loved it was grouchy!  They all carried freight – these McDowell boats, and we grumbled because we had to wait at the dock while the freight was being transferred to and from the boat, but we could get hay landed at any dock for fifty cents a ton, freight costs, and other freight at correspondingly low rates.  And then came smooth-tongued men who told us what great things the county commissioners would do for us in the way of ferries if we would vote for them, and we voted!  Ah, but wouldn’t we Mauryites and East Siders like to see the old McDowell boats back on the run again! However, taking it all for all, if grumbling counts for anything, collectively speaking, we are getting just what was coming to us, but individually, the present boat non-service hits some of us pretty hard, and it remains to be seen how long we are going to passively endure the present state of no transportation on our side of the island.  –Frances S. Cliff, Ellisport.

  • Local News – Dr. Orlob has bought a dental office in Seattle at 4th and Pike street, and has closed his office here in Vashon.

  • Local News – Mr. Edson phones us that he got an elegant negative in his flash light picture of the Burns banquet.  A sample can be seen at this office.

  • Local News – The Cove News Notes this week were lost somewhere between Cove and the News-Record office for which we express regret.  Uncle George did his duty, any way.

  • Vashon High School Notes – Gladys Stevenson and Pauline Weiss were awarded eighth grade diplomas.

  • Local News – Work has commenced this week by the Standard Oil Company on the service station at the Portage dock.

  • Local News – The big Frederick and Nelson truck was on the island Tuesday, and we are informed this is the first visit of this nature made by the big store.

  • Vashon Heights (Miss Corbin) – The county is putting in a new draining system on the east side of the pavement in order to protect it.

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February 1922

February 3, 1922

  • Stricken Down Without Warning – L.C. Newby Dies From Heart Failure Without Moment’s Warning – Respected Citizen – Mr. Newby was 63 years of age.

  • Winter’s Practically Thing Of The Past – Groundhog day came and went and Mr. Groundhog failed to even get a squint at his shadow.  There was snow flurries all day, with low flying clouds so that we are now assured of an early spring.

  • Blindness Causes Island Suicide – John B. Green Hangs Himself, Following Permanent Blindness – Because he could no longer endure life with total blindness, John B. Green, age 71, killed himself Saturday night.  His lifeless body was found in his bed room closet, where he had strangled himself with a dog’s lead strap. – Strangulation Was Gradual – Coroner W.M. Brown, who was called on the case, is of the opinion that the man died early Saturday evening, and that his death was caused by gradual strangulation.  There was no evidence of a struggle.  Green was sitting on a box, and from his position it was evident that he could easily have saved himself, if he had changed his mind after tempting to end his life.

  • Cove – Cove berry growers are enjoying an unusual treat this week for all shipping members of the old association are being mailed checks varying in amounts from five cents to $88.00.  At a meeting held on January 24th, the surplus left at the close of 1921 berry season was ordered distributed among the members.  The empty crates left on hand were auctioned off and the amount added to surplus.  A few bills were ordered paid and a sum was left which will give nearly five and a third cents for each of the 5600 crates shipped by the association.

  • Local News – The young folks and some of the more peppy older folks are enjoying delightful skating on the lake west of Vashon.

  • Glen Acres News Items (Mrs. O.S. VanOlinda ) The Ladies’ Good Roads Club of Glen Acres was organized on last Thursday and Friday morning our road was repaired and both events were celebrated with a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Dumbleton.

  • Maury Island (Chas. Martindale) – It is reported that the Hoagland place, better known at the old Tinkham place is to be turned into a gravel pit, and that work is to commence at once.  And that the Grand View boulevard is to be widened and graded this spring.  A long looked for improvement, which would meet the approval of the mail carrier as well as a large number of other Maury islanders.  And that King county will build a new road to Dockton so the people will be able to get up on the islands and visit with their other neighbors by next winter.

February 10, 1922

  • State College Will Hold Demonstration – On Saturday, February 18th at Lisabeula and Center Orchards – King county is to have a series of field meetings to demonstrate the latest methods of pruning and spraying, during the week of February 14th to 18th.

  • McLean Mercantile Co. Changes Ownership – A deal was made whereby the McLean Mercantile Company go out of business at Portage and the purchasers are Messrs Harry Lee and Don Parker who will conduct the business under the name of Lee and Parker.  Both of these young men are well known on Vashon island.  Mr. Parker is a civil engineer by trade, but has at last struck his right gate as his smile from across the counter is sure fetching.  Everyone knows Harry Lee who operated in and around Ellisport for some time, then took a position in the store at Portage which he now becomes a partner in. 

  • Burton P.T.A. Holds Interesting Meeting – Good Attendance, Interesting Program and Delicious Refreshments Served – The regular meeting of the Burton Parent Teachers Association was held at the school house on Tuesday evening of this week.  The evening was rainy, but the auditorium was comfortably filled.  Mrs. T.B. Allison presided.  The audience stood and sang America, led by Prof. Leggett.  Rev. Berringer gave a talk on “Religious Inheritance.”  Mr. Smock followed with a talk on “The Law of the Land.”  The Boy Scouts gave some very interesting demonstrations of actual Boy Scout work.  A Court of Honor was called, examined nine applicants for promotion, and each was passed by unanimous consent.  The three Second Class Scouts were Joe Hofmeister, Malcomb Bruce, and John Gerum.  The three First Class Scouts were Walter Hiett, Eddie Burreson and Richard Akehurst.  The three Merit Badge Scouts were Clifton Morris, Ornus Spencer and Arthur Small.

  • Dockton – Cards have been received announcing the marriage of Miss Lucy Virginia Meyer of Sedro Woolley to Mr. Lawrence W. Riehm of Dockton.

  • Vashon Heights (Miss Corbin) – Mrs. G.K. Coryell met with quite a serious accident Friday of last week, by falling down the stairs of the ferry West Seattle, while it was landing at the Seattle dock.  She received medical attention in Seattle, but was soon able to return to her home.

  • Local News – The work on the Standard Oil Company’s supply station at Portage is nearing completion.  The local agent here will be Mr. A.W. Connett who with his family will reside in the Green cottage at Burton.

  • Maury Island (Chas. Martindale) – Grand View boulevard is getting a light coat of gravel.  A little will be plenty for what is needs is grading and drainage.

  • Burton (Mrs. A. Hunt) – Photographer Edson secured some good views of the barkantine “John P. Lewis” as it slowly swung into the harbor near Dockton Friday.

  • Burton – Phil Green has purchased the Don Green property in Burton, fixed up the house and has rented it to Mr. and Mrs. Connett of Bremerton, while Mr. Connett is working on the gas station at Portage.

  • Center – Miss Vera Touhey, was united in marriage to C. Johansen of Vashon February 4th.

  • School Notes – Burton High – The basketball teams were greatly disappointed when they arrived at Kent last Friday night to find that the lights had gone out.  As the lights did not come on, the game was officially called off.  So they came back to Tacoma on the nine o’clock train.

February 17, 1922

  • Former Vashon Boy Weds Everett Lady – Fred Wiman Joins Army of Benedicts Winning Heart and Hand of Miss Winter

  • Ferry Officials To Visit Island Next Wednesday – The heads of the Kitsap County transportation company which now operates the North End ferry are coming over to the island next week to meet some of the island people, and to spend the day visiting some of the island industrial plants.

  • Highland Park Poultry Ranch Issues Catalogue – We have delivered this week to E. Morgan, proprietor of the Highland Park Poultry Ranch, as fine a poultry catalogue as we have ever seen issued.  It is eight pages, 9 x 12, printed in two colors from ink blended particularly for this order by the Geo. Russell Reed company, printed on fine lustro enamel paper, and profusely illustrated with halftones, made from actual photographs some of which were taken by Norman Edson of Burton.  The reading matter was prepared by Mr. Morgan himself and sets out among other things what free range will accomplish.  Many of the birds shown in the catalogue were posed by Judge Coats.  “Laddie” and “Don” are certainly fetching in their appearance, and we understand Mr. Morgan has already booked about all the eggs he can produce for 1922.  Mr. Morgan has built up a poultry plant at his place crowning the Quartermaster hill that would be a credit to the life-work of any man. 

  • Cove (Geo. McLean) – The Cove highway has surely become a great white way.  The bright, dazzling electric lights, illuminating the home, the chicken houses of which there are many, beaming on either side – even the barns at eventide lend their aid.  Some homes are a star like gleam, another like Dr. Stockley’s seems a tourists hotel as such a flood of light comes from all those double windows.  Conrad Anderson has a big area light on his place and can be seen for miles up or down the road.

  • Maury Island – Tim Collins has a crew of men at work enlarging the Pembroke gravel bunkers.  The demand for course gravel has caused the company to increase the capacity of their plant by installing a new pump, new motor and enlarging the bunkers.

  • Burton – F.B. Vye has eight incubators running with a capacity of 4150 eggs.  As soon as this batch is out, he will re-fill for other parties.  When asked if he was not afraid the market would be clogged with so many poultry raisers in the field, Mr. Vye replied he would like to see many more on the island in the same business, then an organization could be formed and poultry products shipped east by the carload.

  • Dockton – The Bark Hawaii is anchored in the harbor awaiting a cargo.

February 24, 1922

  • Lisabeula Boy Receives Promotion On Ship – John Hiersch, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Hiersch of Lisabeula, has been promoted from his position as oiler to second assistant engineer of the motorship “Charlie Watson” of the Standard Oil Company of California.  He was employed as oiler for only seven months.  Marine officials put him on record as the youngest engineer on any ocean going vessel of any class on this coast, being but nineteen years of age.  The “Charlie Watson” is the first steel motorship to be built by an American firm on the Pacific coast.

  • Cove (Geo. McLean) – Geo. Walls came near losing his home by fire last week.  About $100 in damage to the upstairs part.  The little boy was sent upstairs to get a lamp and in lighting must have thrown the lighted match on the floor.  It is the only explanation Mr. Walls can think of.  His little girl going out after water later noticed smoke coming out of the winder and seeing the room all afire, rushed to the incubator house where her father was at work.  A few buckets of water soon had the flames out, but it was rather too close a call to be comfortable Mr. Walls things.

  • Cove – I. Danewege has been putting in some pretty good licks considering our weather conditions.  He has a new brooder house finished, foundation for a new chicken house 12 x 120 feet with cement floor all laid, cellar dug for his new house which is going to be up to date, too.  He is some worker.

  • Cove – Dr. Stockley was called to the city last Saturday on school matters.  As president of the Columbia school board it was a case of have to.  It may seem strange, yet true – it being the first visit the doctor has made to the city in the twelve years he has lived on the island.

  • Maury Island – The new gravel pit and bunkers seem to be an assured fact, as there is a crew of men employed in putting in some test holes above Racco.

  • Maury Island – L.T. Eyre and several other leading men of the new gravel company were out looking over their proposed bunkers sight on Tuesday of this week.

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March 1922

March 3, 1922

  • Vashon P.T.A. To Organize Nutrition Class – Mrs. W.R. Nichols to Lead in the Building Up of the Little Folks Bodies – For many years the government has been sending out experts to diagnose the diseases of pigs, cows, horses, etc.  But the greatest asset of a community – its children have been neglected.  The military draft in the late war awakened us to the fact that a large percentage of our young men are physically unfit; and in many cases this unfitness was due to defects that might easily have been rectified in childhood.  Presumably the percentage of unfitness among young women would be as great were they subjected to a similar physical examination.  As a result of the revelations of the draft, the physical welfare of the boys and girls of today has become not only the business of the parents but of the state and nation.  In the first four grades of the Vashon school fifty-four per cent of the children are under weight.  A nutrition class is to be organized under the supervision of Miss Edna Walker, and with Mrs. W.R. Nichols as leader.  The aim of the class is to bring these children up to weight. 

  • New School Law Is Constitutional – A decision was handed down last Saturday by the Supreme Court of this state upholding the new law as enacted by the last legislature concerning school, and other elections.  Hitherto the school election was held in March but the new law makes it in May.  Instead of electing directors on next Saturday, March 4th, the election will not be held until May 2nd.

  • Dockton – The Community Hall is now fitted with electric lights, and we appreciate the good work done by the “Forresters” who wired the building and paid for the material.

 March 10, 1922

  • Sudden Passing Of Vashon Pioneer – Nels Petersen Dies in Seattle at Home of His Sister-in-Law Monday – Nels Petersen, proprietor of the Pioneer Meat Market at Vashon, died at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. C. Petersen, in Seattle, last Monday afternoon.

  • Berry Growers Of Cove And Colvos Organize – A group of berry growers of the Cove-Colvos community met in the Cove Community Hall January 17th and organized a local association affiliated with the North Pacific Cooperative Berry Growers.  The name of the local is Vashon-Maury Berry Growers Association.  As the name indicates the association is not limited to west side growers but welcomes any growers on Vashon-Maury.

  • S.S. Virginia V Launched Thursday – New Boat of the West Pass Line Took to Water Like a Duck – The hull of the new S.S. Virginia V. was launched last Thursday morning at 7:05 at the Maplewood Ways where she was built.  This is the brand new boat being built by the West Pass Transportation Company who operate between Seattle and Tacoma on the west pass. 

  • Cove – Captains Ole and Carl Edwards docked with their fishing boat, the President, last week.  The boys report a very successful fishing trip in Alaska waters.

  • Cove – The S.S. Harvester from La Connor Flats docked at Cove last Monday.  She brought some 500 sacks of oats for our merchant P.A. Petersen.

  • Cove – The election of officers of the Cove Community Association held at the hall last Saturday passed off very successfully.  The report by the retiring treasurer stating something over $700 had been paid in and disbursed; the mortgage cancelled; debts all paid, and about $20.00 on hand in the treasury.  The retiring secretary, Mr. Renouf, remarked the building of the hall has done much to place Cove on the map, is a great item in community good fellowship and a great public good.

  • Cove – The gentlemen of the Community Hall will hold another Smoker March 11th.  Mr. Prigg has promised, as chief mogul, to shake hands with all strangers and see that everyone gets enough to eat.  Leave it to the men folks when it comes to nice refreshments.  So all you card, cribbage, chess, and checker players turn out.  Tables enough for a good time.

  • Burton High School Notes – Mr. Edson took pictures of the boys’ team which were very good.  Many of the students purchased them to remember the fast team of ’22.

  • Local News – The Standard Oil company is now using their trucks in delivering oils and gases to the different retail points on the island.  Mr. Connett the local manager is being very kindly received by everybody.

  • Ellisport (Frances Scott Cliff) – We wonder why the Standard Oil Co. after carefully inspecting every port on Vashon-Maury Islands decided to build its recently completed distributing oil station at Ellisport despite the fact that our expensive county ferry dock has been abandoned, and we are still pegging along without a still more expensive concrete roadway.  The Standard Oil company is not swayed by politics, but by the soundest business acumen.  Can it be an endorsement of the best judgement of the majority of the voters of the Islands and former county commissioners who decided not once but thrice that this was the logical port of entry for the Islands?  And when we see the great trucks that have been imported for use in delivering oil we know that our splendid gravel roads and easy level access to all parts of the Islands are recognized as superior to any other for the heavy traffic that is necessary for their use.  For this recognition we rejoice.  We wonder if this also is the reason the great scow loads of coal and feed that is being hauled to Beall’s greenhouses and other parts of the Islands land at our dock.  We rejoice that some use can be made of the great dock that we tax payers are still paying for, and next week we want to ask some questions about the ferry that we hope somebody can answer.

 March 17, 1922

  • Fire Burns Kolmitz Farm Residence – A fire starting from an unknown source completely destroyed the farm house of S.M. Kolmitz on Tuesday night of this week.  The residence was located on a scenic view point overlooking the east pass.  We are informed that it was insured, Mr. Kolmitz had been living in Seattle since last fall, but had been paying visits to the island looking after his ranch property.

  • Advertisement - Insure your property against fire loss in the old reliable “Netherlands” Insurance Company.  P. Monroe Smock, Agent.

  • The report of the financial condition of the Vashon State Bank at the close of business on the 10th day of March, 1922 showed total assets of $162,344.23.

  • Dockton (Mrs. Claude Petersen) – J. Danielson has gone halibut fishing with his gasoline boat, the “Harvester.”

  • Burton (Mrs. A. Hunt) – The Vashon Navigation Company have the contract to carry the mail to Magnolia Beach, Burton and Dockton for the next four years.

 March 24, 1922

  • Important Business Changes On Island – A Three Way Move Adds Another Distinct Line of Business.  P.A. Petersen, A.J. Marsh and Axel Petersen the Three – A.J. Marsh Buys Store – In the first place A.J. Marsh who operated a store for some time at Portage, and who has been looking hither, thither and yon for a business opening, investigating dozens of other places, has decided to again cast his lot on Vashon Island.  He has purchased the entire business of P.A. Petersen at Cove, with the exception of the egg and feed part of it.  It includes the general merchandise stock and the post office department in connection with the store. – P.A. Petersen Branches Out – With the wonderful development of the poultry business on the two islands P.A. Petersen has found out the egg and feed end of the industry will soon be one of the biggest businesses to be found.  In a modest way Mr. Petersen installed a mash mixer some time ago and got hold of the approved Shoup formula and went to putting out his own mash.  As a result of the west side poultry men are using fully 95 per cent of the Petersen mixed mash.  Mr. Petersen has taken over the egg and feed end of the business at Vashon formerly handled by Axel Petersen.  He has made a term lease on the concrete building owned by C.F. Deppman, will have it re-arranged and carry at all times a supply of feed, hay, grain, and straw.  He will also have a large warehouse at Cove. – C.F. Deppman’s Part Of This – C.F. Deppman has made a contract to do all of the P.A. Petersen hauling at so much per ton.  This will assure the best of service and in order to be up and a coming Mr. Deppman and his partner, W.D. Clark (lovingly known as Tim) have purchased a brand new $5,000 truck.  – Axel Petersen Also Has Part – Axel Petersen, who has been in charge of the Vashon store since the same was sold by Mr. Gammell, in partnership with his brother, P.A. will handle the general merchandise part as heretofore excepting P.A. Petersen will have no interest in same.

  • The Passing Of A Noble Mother – R.J. Hall of Vashon Mourns The Death of His Aged Mother – Emma M. McGregor was born in Michigan, December 30, 1834, the daughter of a Methodist circuit rider.  At the age of nineteen she was married to John C. Hall.  About two years ago she came to Vashon to make her home with her son Russell J. Hall and here she passed away on March 17th at the age of 87 years.

  • Burton – Chas. Akehurst is the last Burton addition to the poultry fraternity and has just erected a poultry house 20 x 80 feet for a starter.

  • Burton – M.H. Morrissey has leased, for two years, the old post office room in the Hatch building for a meat market – a proposition he would have considered some time ago could he have rented by the year instead of by the month.  A shop of this kind is needed in our town and means one more industry to help build up the community.

  • Cove – O.E Ramquist had quite an accident driving his Lizzie one day last week.  Coming down the hill hear the M.E. church, his machine skidded on the soft road, turning turtle.  Ed was not hurt but his machine was somewhat wrecked.

  • Local News – We are in receipt of an offer of a lot of Texas oil stock in exchange for advertising.  The stock is not to cost us a cent in cash – only advertising space.  We are assured from the offer it is a big money maker but we are forced to decline it, as our columns are filled with ads from Vashon Island and the cities of Tacoma and Seattle.  But if any of our readers desire the address of this particular company that will make “you rich over night” you might call and we’ll….

  • Dockton (Mrs. Claude Petersen) – The codfish which have been stored in the fish house here since last fall has been sold to an Anacortes packing house, and K. Andersen with a number of men assisting him are putting the fish in bales ready for shipping.

 March 31, 1922

  • Proposed Water District For Part Vashon Island – Petition Being Circulated Asking County Commissioners to Call Election to Vote on Matter to Cover North Half of Island – This week a petition is being circulated over the north part of the island asking the county commissioners to call a special election to vote on the question of establishing a water district to provide water for domestic purposes. 

  • Dockton – Frank Claus of Manzanita has purchased the skeleton ship that has been laying on the beach at Dockton for some time.  He is cutting the frames down and will use them for the building of a bulkhead.

  • Local News – A meeting was held last night at the T. Hansen residence for the purpose of organizing a Vashon-Maury Island Shriners club.  As it is a secret organization we can reveal none of the hidden mysteries.

  • Local News – E.J. Mace has been busy this week installing a 600 gallon gasoline tank at his Vashon garage.

  • Lisabeula (Mrs. Dyer) – The work on the ten cottages is progressing rapidly.

  • So. Heights (Mrs. J.W. Forrest) – Land surveyors are at Tahlequah laying off the government land there and holders of claims are beginning improvements in confident expectation of an early settlement of the question of ownership.

  • Cove (Geo. McLean) – O.E. Ramquist has been planting some 200 pear tree for Banker Hansen.  As our genial Ed is somewhat of a horticulturist we know he can do a good job.

  • Cove – W.D. Covington, not to be outdone by the other fellow is putting up a fine new chicken house too.  Feed portion 20 x 20 feet, and according to the “Missus” will extend house clear across the place and over the fence, only our neighbors won’t let us.

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April 1922
April 7, 1922

  • Operetta “Sylvia” Gets Capacity House First Nite – Large Audience Delighted With Music and Action of Troupe of Local Talent.  Prof. Butler at Piano – A capacity house greeted the opening night of “Sylvia” at the Vashon high school auditorium last night, and we predict a capacity house tonight.

  • Prof. Charles S. Tilton Dies At Seattle Home – Word came to Vashon Island last Friday of the death of Prof. Charles S. Tilton at his home in Seattle very suddenly and interment was made in the Washelli cemetery.  Prof. Tilton was a Vashon island pioneer and taught school for three years in the old sided school house which was located where the present old Vashon school building stands.  This was over thirty years ago.  He married Carrie Blackburn, one of the pioneer families of the island who, with a number of children, survive.

  • The surprise wedding of Miss Kristine Johnson to Mr. Harry Smith was published.

  • The Proposed Water System (Editorial) – Since printing the petition last week for the proposed water district, we have heard a variety of comment.  Some favor it and others are very much opposed.  This is a regrettable condition which should be overcome.  It could be overcome if we had a wide democratic body of islanders, responsive to the islands’ needs.  Such a body would discuss such undertakings and carefully decide whether such efforts were wise or unwise.  Then when such mattes were brought up for general action the plan would be either killed before it got started, or go through with a whoop.  On the water district matter we are entirely in the dark.  We do not know who is back of it, nor whether it is responsive to the interests of the island’s welfare or not.  Under such conditions, how can anyone intelligently act?  If it is a good thing we are in favor of it, but if it is a scheme of some one to promote something that isn’t on the square, we are opposed to it.  Why not have a public meeting or two and hear from all sides about it?  It means a lot of money, a lot of time, and lot of thought.  If it is a bad thing we want to know it now – and if it is a good thing, nothing could be gained by keeping back any facts concerning it.  Unless we know more about it, the NEWS-RECORD remains like Ring Lardner – nootral.

  • Local News – C.F. Deppman has put an elevated floor in his garage to make the loading and unloading of freight easier, it now being truck high.  Mr. Sundberg, in charge of the P.A. Petersen feed store which has leased the building, is now here on the job and Vashon welcomes him to our community.

  • Advertisement – The Furbush company is again doing business at the same old stand.  Polar cakes, “Cream of Quality” ice cream, cigars, tobacco, and fountain drinks – The Furbush Company, Ellisport.

  • Peoples’ Forum – Want to Know the Reason Why – We have recently received some interesting facts concerning the ferry Washington, and we people of the east side who are still suffering because of the lack of transportation facilities, want to know the reason why.  A committee of east side residents appealed to the County Commissioners and to Mr. Anderson, superintendent of transportation, when the ferry was taken off the Des Moines – Portage run in the fall, and asked them to help us keep a boat on the east side run.  Capt. Christensen offered to keep the Virginia IV on the run if the county would assist him with a necessary subsidy during the winter months amounting to not over three hundred dollars per month.  But after carefully counting the expense, the four wise men decided that they could not afford to help us and we have been without a boat to Seattle ever since.  The jitney rates and inconvenience of the trip via the north end ferry have been almost prohibitive for the majority of us, and we can go to Tacoma for about one fourth the cost of reaching Seattle.  Tacoma is the gainer and Seattle the loser, by many hundred dollars a month.  The County Commissioners and Mr. Anderson are supposed to be wise men beyond the ordinary run of men.  They are supposed to be careful, conservative, business men, who are using the taxpayers money as carefully conscientious business men would use their own money in business of their own.  The taxpayers have trusted them to the positions of trust that they hold, and we expect them to do the best they can for us.  When they told us that the county could not afford to help us, we meekly submitted to their decision because, if the county could not afford it, that was the end of it, and we have remained marooned ever since, to an extent never known before, since the pioneers paddled canoes back and forth to and from Seattle.  But now here are the facts that I mentioned in the beginning – The County Commissioners leased the Washington to the Kitsap County Transportation Co.  That company must have some business men in it who have a keener knowledge of the value of dollars than our County Commissioners have, or even Mr. Anderson, who is about the shrewdest man one cares to transact business with.  We are told on reliable authority apparently, that the running expenses of the Washington has been cut down in salaries alone approximately five hundred and sixty-five dollars per month, and yet she is running as satisfactorily as she did under the County Commissioner’s supervision and on the same schedule.  This is just one small instance of the vast difference between the manner in which county and private business is conducted.  We east siders and Maury Islanders now know if our County Commissioners had managed the ferry business in this one case as carefully and as economically as the Kitsap County Transportation company is doing, they could have provided us with comfortable and reasonable transportation all winter, saved a fair surplus of dollars and made a lot of friends who might come in handy when they run for office again.  Whose fault is it that our county business is not managed as carefully as a private business can be managed?  It is the fault of the men we elect to transact our business for us, or is it our own fault?  Whose ever the blame may be, the fact remains that our taxes are much higher, and our transportation facilities are much less satisfactory than they have been within the memory of the oldest inhabitant.  While taxes increase, the actual value of property has depreciated and business is dead, and will not revive to its normal condition until reasonable transportation facilities are restored to the east side and Maury Island.  –Frances Scott Cliff.

  • Ellisport (Frances Scott Cliff) – It is suggested that a supply station for feed, grain and hay might be located alongside the oil station near the Ellisport-Portage dock to great advantage.  If grain, straw and hay could be brought to the island by barge loads as coal and oil are brought and delivered from such a station, it would lessen the cost of such supplies to the many chicken men and dairymen on the islands, and prove a good business venture.

 April 14, 1922

  • For General Election May Second – Next Month – Official List of Polling Places and Members of Election Board on Vashon-Maury’s Precincts – Burton, School house, District No. 137, Inspector Mr. W.C. Whitfield; Cove, Colvos Hall, Inspector J.C. Walls; Dockton, Stuckey Hall, Inspector Theo Berry; Dolphin, residence A. Mathiason, Inspector K.J. Fjeld; Island, residence Geo. Sheffield, Inspector Fred Pugh; Lisabeula, residence W.J. Rupert, Inspector E. Kneebone; Maury, Maury Hall, Inspector F.D. Kingsbury; Quartermaster, I.O.O.F. hall at Center, Inspector C.F. Van Olinda; Vashon, Vashon Island News-Record office, Inspector P. Monroe Smock.

  • A Small Cannery (Editorial) – Vashon Island need a small fruit cannery.  Anyone with a few hundred dollars to spare, and a liking for really doing things, could make a good living from the beginning, and develops a business that would grow in volume and profit each succeeding year.  It shouldn’t start with a hurrah boys noise, but should begin acorn-like and grow.  A lady at Des Moines started a kitchen cannery there some time ago, has developed the industry into a thriving business, and we understand was on the island this week contracting for certain kinds and amount of fruit for the coming season.  Why let a Des Moines woman outsee us?  Why fold our hands, curse Louie Hart’s poll tax law, talk about the backward spring, and give it to the profiteers for raising the price of bread?  Such tactics will get us nowhere.  It is easy enough to complain, twice as easy to whine and cry, but let’s get some iron in our nerves, pep in our blood, grit under our soles, roll up our sleeves, spit on our hands, and GO.  The News-Record will give a full page ad for one issue to any person who will start a bona fide cannery on either Maury or Vashon island.  We have the strawberries, we have the blackberries, we have the loganberries, we have the raspberries, we have the sour cherries, we have the asparagus, we have the ---.  What’s the use to itemize all we have, when we have about everything excepting a cannery to take care of the stuff when it’s ready to be harvested?  If there is any wide-awake man or woman who wants to start a neat little business and grow up with it, start a small cannery.  If you don’t want to start a cannery start a bakery – one is badly needed.  If you don’t want to start a bakery, start an ice cream factory, or a candy factory, but quit whining and START SOMETHING.

  • Local News – We are asked to warn islanders from buying any nursery stock, bulbs, shrubbery and the like fro Queen Anne Hill which it is alleged is infested with earwigs.  We don’t know what earwigs be, unless it’s some covering for the ears.

  • Cove – Colvos folks are all enjoying a touch of “city life” these days, having recently connected up with the electric light company.  They think they are as good as the other fellow now.

  • Cove – D.S. Siegrist of the Siegrist Hatchery, has built an 80 foot brooder house, and is busy fixing attachments for hatching chicks by electricity.

 April 21, 1922

  • Warning – Some ones boys have damaged and destroyed government property on the rifle range at the lake.  This is a very serious offense.  Boys to not realize what it means to be up against Uncle Sam. –Stephen J. Harmeling.

  • The Passing Of An Old Veteran – Mr. John Brink, Sr., died at the Soldiers’ Home at Orting on April 11, 1922.  He moved with his family to Vashon island in 1891 and settled on the West Pass and was instrumental in getting the first post office at Lisabeula and was its first postmaster.

  • The Pigeon Industry (Editorial) – We believe some of our island people are passing up a good bet in not looking up the industry of growing pigeons.  In some parts of Europe more attention is given to pigeons than the Alaska miners used to give to the mining of gold.  There are certain parts of Europe where the daily conversation clusters around pigeon flying, just as we discuss Babe Ruth and his home runs in baseball parlance.  And these Europeans make money out of pigeons, too.

  • Local News – W.D. Johns is building a fine modern pigeon house on his ranch west of Vashon.

  • Local News – W. Coy Meredith of Burton was in Vashon Thursday with a representative of the Columbia box factory of Puyallup, rounding up orders for strawberry crates for this season. 

  • Local News – Magruder Beall and T. Hansen have bought the five acre Gorsuch corner in Vashon and expect to have same platted and will sell off the lots for business purposes.  The tract contains the Weiss and Thorsen store building and the two-story house now occupied by Mr. Trediga.  Watch the island smoke this summer with over heated axles.  This is going to be a buzzer of a year.

  • So. Heights (Mrs. J.W. Forrest) – On Friday, April 7th, Mr. Joseph Caster died suddenly at his home on the West Pass.  Mr. and Mrs. Caster have lived on the island for over twenty years.

  • Burton – A five-hundred gallon gasoline tank with a new modern pump was installed by the Burton Trading company in front of their store on Friday of last week.

 April 28, 1922

  • One Hundred Three Years of Oddfellowship – Island Members Observe Anniversary at Center Thursday Evening – Fifty Odd Fellows and Rebekahs gathered in ‘open’ meeting at the big Center I.O.O.F. hall Thursday evening to properly observe the 103rd anniversary of the order in America.

  • Island Shriners Have Social Time – A bunch of island Shriners enjoyed to the full the hospitality of the Francis M. Sherman home for the purpose of considering fully what steps are necessary in order to be affiliated with a Mother Temple.

  • The First Peep Favors Festival – Your suggestion of having a Strawberry Festival is a splendid one, we had several very successful ones in the past and I consider that they were the best advertisement the islands ever had.  Let’s get busy at once.  I will be only too pleased to help. –R.W.F. Martin.

  • Local News – Next Sunday the P.I. will run a special Vashon page.  It will contain a write-up of the island and ads of progressive Vashon-Maury business men.

  • Local News – Spring is more than two weeks behind the 1920 schedule.  On April 15th, 1920 the black republican cherry trees were in full bloom.  On the 28th of April 1922 there is only an occasional white bloom seen.

  • Local News – Dr. F.A. McMurray has leased the M.E. Parsonage in Vashon and is moving into it this week.

  • Burton – Extensive improvements are being made with the Burton water system in the laying of large quantities of new water pipe.  The old trestle in front of the Keating place will soon be a bygone memory, and the new pipes will bring a larger supply of water better serving the people on the hill who have heretofore been unable to get the flow they were entitled to.

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May 1922 
May 5, 1922

  • Nutrition Club Closes – Mrs. Nichol’s nutrition class came to a successful close after a six weeks course on Friday April 28th with a treat of chocolates and goodies for the youngsters.  The whole number of pounds gained were 41 3-8 which was an average of 2 7-10 pounds gain per pupil in spite of an epidemic among the class during the time.

  • Lisabeula – The Virginia III towed the new Virginia V to Seattle one day this week.  We suppose the new boat will soon be on the run on the West Pass.

  • Lisabeula – Monday – May Day – looks like snow.  The young folks won’t hang any May baskets this evening, for they can’t leave the fire.

  • Maury Island – This spring time weather keeps the strawberry men busy cutting grass and dandylions out of their berry patches.

  • Maury Island – Several representative Maury island citizens have been making a fill in a large washout on the Fernheath road.  This work had to be done so they could get the use of the Fernheath dock.

  • Local News – We have a communication from Engineer Weld concerning the proposed water system for the north half of the island.  It is too lengthy for this week’s issue.  We suggest a better plan would be a public meeting to discuss this very important matter.  From what we gather, the majority of the taxpayers around Vashon do not favor the plan at this time.

  • Local News – County Assessor Hull has just ordered a general reduction in all Vashon-Maury real estate assessment to become operative at once.  This will mean a saving of something like $12,000 in taxes next year.  Hitherto this land has been assessed as suburban property but Mr. Hull thought it was not justly assessed with other relative King county property.

  • Local News – A deal was consummated this week whereby Edward Zarth becomes sole owner of the garage and bus business formerly conducted by W.J. Malloch.  Mr. Zarth has bought the entire outfit and equipment of Mr. Malloch, including the bus franchise and promises added improvement as the business grows to warrant. 

  • Local News – All persons interested in reviving the Vashon Island Automobile club are asked to meet at the I.O.O.F. hall at Center on Monday evening for the purpose of considering a number of important matters for the welfare of the island.

  • The Seattle Bakery has about had everything on the islands its own way for several years, but the big Matthaei truck is now seen making its regular rounds and leaving lots of their “Honey bread” with the different island merchants.  It costs no more, is baked fresh each day, and there is none better on the market.  We know, for we’ve tried it.  Ask for “Honey Bread” and thus patronize the firms who spend part of their money on Vashon-Maury island.

  • Vashon High School Notes – Playing in the rain for ten innings to a tie score 3 to 3 and then calling the game off on account of losing all the balls either team could afford to buy is what happened when the Vashon baseball team journeyed to Burton last Friday.

  • Burton – On account of our severe winter most of the dahlia bulbs left in the ground froze during the cold spell.  They say “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good”  As a consequence, the Sheffield Dahlia Farm has been doing a “land office business,” the Burton postmaster is reaping results from stamp cancellations, and the country from the New England states to the coast will know the beauty of the dahlia that has been sent from Vashon island.

 May 12, 1922

  • Popular Islander Weds Seattle Lady – T. Ross Magowan – Catharyn Cochran Nuptials Celebrated in St. Paul Church Wednesday.

  • Portage Ferry Meeting – Attention all who are interested in the matter of the Portage Ferry.  A public meeting will be held next Monday evening, May 15th, in the Burton High school to consider important matters in connection with the ferry.  –C.H. Bruce.

  • Richardson Market Closes For Summer – V. Richardson closed his meat market this week for the summer, as he believes he can do more business by putting a wagon on the road to supply the summer campers in addition to the regular trade.

  • Death Calles A Darling Child – Three Year Old Child of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Beall Meets Untimely Death – A pall settled over the entire Vashon community on Friday evening when the news was passed from trembling lips that little Richard Beall was dead.  The sweet little child had been to Seattle where he had been all fixed out with new clothes, an event that pleases children alike, whether old or young.  He was playing with other children on the ferry which brought him home in the afternoon, and his Mother pleased him by trying on his new suit, after which he went out in the yard to play – happy as a little lamb that jumps and plays in the May sunshine.  Soon supper was ready, and although he had only been away from the house half an hour, when the other children called for him, his little body was found wedged in a shallow hole, head downward, and the spirit had winged its way upward to His Savior.

  • Politics (Editorial) – Locally, the result of the Present Grand Jury investigation in regard to the Ferry affair of Lake Washington, will determine largely the line up in King county.  If the Grand Jury indicts the county commissioners and Mr. Anderson, a new line up will at once spring up.  On the other hand, if the Grand Jury gives the commissioners a clean bill of lading, it will entrench the present county officials in the confidence of the public, and practically assure a continuance of the present regime.  What King county wants is able men as officials, with the courage of their convictions, without regard to “race, age, place, or previous condition of servitude.”  We watch the findings of the Grand Jury with interest.

  • Lisabeula – There has not been any new developments in the post office robbery.

  • NOTICE – Effective on and after May 15 the Ferry will leave Harper daily except Sunday, at 6:30 a.m., Vashon Heights at 7 a.m. sharp.  This change is made at the request of a number of patrons who desire to reach the city before 8 o’clock.  The present schedule leaving Harper 15 minutes later does not permit the ferry to leave Vashon Heights at 7 o’clock which is the present schedule time – Kitsap County Transportation Company.

  • Local News – J.M. Silvey has put the Morgan hill road in first class condition.  It is a pleasure to swing around the winding curves now either going up or down.

  • Local News – The Monday night’s frost did some damage to strawberries, and may have thinned out some of the cherries.  But according to Seer Harmeling no particular damage has been done to tree fruit.  The newspapers report killing frosts in the Yakima and Wenatchee sections, with a greatly reduced crop of peaches, prunes and apples.  Again it’s “favored Vashon.”

  • NOTICE – Vashon Island – Effective on and after May 28th there will be a Sunday morning steamer for passengers only, leaving Vashon Heights for Seattle at about 8 a.m. – Kitsap County Transportation Co.

  • The report of the financial condition of the Vashon State Bank at the close of business on the 5th day of May, 1922 showed total assets of $167,028.72.

  • Glen Acres News Items (Mrs. O.S. VanOlinda) – Mr. and Mrs. Treat of Dilworth Point had their home broken into while they were attending the election at Vashon on Tuesday of last week.  A $300 coat belonging to a guest was taken, as well as other articles of minor value.

  • Glen Acres News Items – Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnston, of Seattle, were over on business the latter part of the week in connection with the bakery they hope to have in operation by the first of the month, at Vashon.

 May 19, 1922

  • To The Residents Of Vashon Island – It is contrary to law to run sewage into public ditches until it is purified to such an extent that it will not contain the germs of putrefaction or otherwise be a menace to public health.  The coming summer weather makes it imperative that this law be strictly enforced. –King County Health Department.

  • Bro. Garvin Boosts – Two weeks ago a good bunch of patriotic citizens met at the cemetery and spent the day pulling Scotch broom and otherwise cleaning up the grounds.  The trustees have dug a well just west of the cemetery and will have a pump in so you can get all the water you want.

  • So. Heights – Neighbors were shocked last week to learn of the death of Mr. Kingstead of Bates’ Beach.  Mr. Kingstead who was living alone had grown ill and despondent and had taken his own life by shooting himself through the head.  The body was not discovered until a day or two later.

  • Local News – Ewald Petersen is anything but behind the times, as is shown this week by his having a dandy ice box built in his Pioneer Meet shop.

  • Local News – The Ferry hearing scheduled to start yesterday has been continued until next Wednesday, the 24th.  About everyone on the two islands are expected to testify on one side or the other.

  • Vashon High School Notes – Sumi Taki has an average grade for her four years of high school of 87 and Bjarne Rindal 86.  Sumi will be valedictorian and Bjarne will be salutatorian at the commencement exercises on next Friday night.  The Baccalaureate services will take place Sunday evening at the Vashon Federated church.  The members of the Senior’ class are Bjarne Rindal, Sumi Takai, Alice Eaton, Neal Waldron and Nesario Naidas.

  • Glen Acres News Items – Mr. N. Hoshi took his little son Henry to Seattle last week to be operated on for serious ear trouble.

  • Cove Comments (C.A. Renouf) – I have two cherry trees that were sick last fall but the moths were not wise to it so laid their eggs which hatched this spring, and the caterpillars all died in their infancy because there was nothing to eat.  I am not blood thirsty by disposition but it pleases me and if I had all the caterpillars under one big stone I would let it drop suddenly.  I also have a small apple tree and it was so plastered with caterpillars that it looked a hopeless job to clean them off and I was told to use kerosene, so I took a lard pail and a paint brush and in two minutes the job was done.  One dab on each bunch and they were dead.  Don’t know if it will hurt the tree but it certainly hurt the crawling nuisances so it is satisfactory.

  • Center – Burton baseball team will play the Tacoma Smelter nine Sunday at the Burton high school.

  • Maury Island – Tim Collins has three shifts at work in the Pembroke gravel bunkers and there is something doing every minute – night and day.

 May 26, 1922

  • Commencement Week Vashon-Maury Schools – Closing of Successful Year Makes Home and Schools Rooms Hum With Animation – Now is the time for all good parents to bite their lips and refuse to smile as the Young American appears upon the platform to solve the international problems of the world.  Even the modest N-R will take a back seat this week, while the young ladies talk about “hitching their wagon to a star” and the young men will tell us that “beyond the Alps lies sunny Italy.”  Even old Lord Tennyson caught the idea of “Commencement” when in his Princess poem he reels off something about “prudes for proctors, dowagers for deans, and sweet girl-graduates in their golden hair.”  Of the two schools – Burton and Vashon – each will hold their exercises tonight.  In the Vashon class of ’22 there will be five members, Alice Eaton, Nesario Naidas, Bjarne Rindal, Sumi Takai, and Neal Waldron.  At Burton there will be nine in the class of ’22 composed of Ruth J. Aldrich, Alfred Johnsen, Vera Lamoreaux, Lloyd Larsen, Thelma M. Larsen, Paul A. Mills, Alfhilde Nilson, Earl M. Odion and Ralph Westover.

  • Brick Block Sold To Mace – The Building and Ground Owned by W.J. Malloch Bought by Local Men – C.B. Taylor, the hustling Vashon island real estate dealer, has closed the sale of the Malloch garage building and lot to E.J. Mace of this place.  Mr. Mace is an island pioneer and has seen his garage business outgrow his present quarters and had to either expand or get swamped, so he has chosen the former plan.  He will remodel the building and after it is in apple-pie order he will move his machinery into a new permanent home, where he will be glad to “eat ‘em alive” – with reference only to your car when it goes bum.

  • Dockton – The Stuckey’s Way gave employment to a number of men last week when the freight carriers V.P. Handy and T.W. Lake were on the ways for repair.

  • Dockton – The Stuckey Hotel was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning, the origin is not known, but it started in the roof of the building and when discovered the whole roof was afire, and in little more than an hour the hotel was burned to the ground.  Thanks to the towns people who worked so heroically a good deal of the house hold furnishings on the first floor was saved, but was unable to save much from the second story and practically all of the beds burned.  The fire is a great loss to the Stuckeys, as the building was only partially insured.  The hotel was built by the Puget Sound Dry Dock Company in 1892 and was operated by the late Mr. J.F. Riehm until the Dry Dock was sold to Mr. Hefferman, of Seattle.  After a number of years without a tenant the hotel was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Stuckey, by Mr. Herbert Griggs, of Tacoma, representing the Fidelity Trust Co.

  • Burton – County surveyors, last week, were surveying the beach road from Burton to Shawnee dock, the county road.  Quit claim deeds from the property owners along the beach are all in excepting one.

  • Burton – Mr. and Mrs. Paul Marsh will move to Cove, June 1st, where Mr. Marsh will be in partnership with his father, A.J. Marsh, in the general merchandise business.  Paul has been with the Burton Trading Co. since coming here from Minnesota over a year and a half ago.

  • Burton (Mrs. A. Hunt) – Tuesday morning, Burton people were witnessing the burning of the three or four story wooden hotel building across the bay at Dockton.  Several years ago Burton got a spurt on, purchased a second hand hose from Tacoma, fixed up several ladders, painted two dozen galvanized pails and stored it all under the Woodman hall.  The old hose did valiant service at the fire here over a year ago, the use of which saved part of the town.  The hose has not been tried out since, only a few pails left.  What would Burton do in case of fire?  Ought we not to wake

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June 1922

June 2, 1922

  • Judge Rules Against Writ – The whole of the two islands have been interested in the Superior court case of George T. Thompson et al, vs King County Commissioners.  An action in which the Plaintiff asked for a writ of Mandate ordering the County Commissioners to re-establish the Portage-Des Moines ferry.  The News-Record has chosen to keep out of this fight as a newspaper.  Personally the Editor was most heartily in favor of having the ferry put back on the run.  It seemed to us a most unjust act in taking of it off.  We do not presume to be running the county affairs, but were in hopes the writ asked for would be granted.  The hearing closed Wednesday afternoon, and after considering the evidence for a few moments, Judge Griffith who heard the testimony refused to issue the writ.  Thus the case is lost in the Superior court by the Plaintiff.  We do not know whether it will be appealed or not, nor have we an opinion as to the wisdom of such a course.  The people of Maury island, and the east side of Vashon island, are entitled to some means of transportation.  How it will be worked out remains to be seen.  As a NEWSPAPER we offer no advice.  As a TAXPAYER and CITIZEN we are heartily in favor of BOTH ferries – and believe that both boats should now be making regular runs.

  • Decoration Day Fittingly Kept – Large Assemblage Gather at Island Cemetery to Decorate Graves of Loved Ones

  • Moonlight Fete At Rosebank – Japanese Lanterns, Gypsies, Music, Ice Cream, Cake, Strawberries ‘n All – Hear ye, all ye faithful Vashon-Maury islanders, unto the announcement briefly made last week of the moonlight fete on the Rosebank lawn on Friday evening, June 9th.  It will be given under the auspices and for the benefit of the Federated Ladies Aid of Vashon.

  • Vashon Movie Shows Good Film – Pauline Frederick Appears in “Salvage” to Many Delighted Movie Goers – This little squib is not a paid ad.  It is the opinion of the Editor man who attended the Movie show at Vashon last Saturday.  A great change has come over the class of pictures being shown now and what was shown a few months ago.  The drinking, suggestive stuff has been largely emasculated, and the whole tendency now is to entertain, and incidentally lead up to the lesson that virtue triumphs in the end and selfishness and avarice brings its own punishment.  So long as Dr. Orlob gives us such pictures the people of Vashon-Maury island should return him cordial support.

  • A Huckleberry Farm (Editorial) – Stephen J. Harmeling, whose head is as full of sense as an egg is full of meat, suggested to the Editor man an idea which the more we consider, the bigger the thought becomes.  It is this – what is the first thing the “down easterner” thinks of when he gets his room in some Seattle or Tacoma hotel?  It is the old, old, question of “where and what are we going to eat?”  Having decided the place, then comes the choice of food.  Granted so far you say – let’s keep on.  What is the first thing you ordered when you got to Baltimore?  Oysters.  What was your first fish order in Detroit?  Lake Superior White fish.  What did you eat in Philadelphia?  Scrapple, of course.  And baked beans and brown bread in Boston.  In other words, nearly every city has its distinctive food specialty.  Let’s make Puget Sound famous in more foods than one.  Let’s put it on the map as furnishing the finest crab in the world, as it now does.  Let’s add strawberries, for it has other sections bumped off the earth when it comes to this fruit.  Let’s add the third in the berry that makes the most delectable pie known to man – to wit, the little purple huckleberry.  Huckleberry pie is relished all over the world.  It is one of the really non-disappointing dishes that’s always good.  But the wild huckleberry is fast disappearing, and unless something is done along the lines suggested by Mr. Harmeling, it will be a dish that will vanish from the menu entirely, due wholly to the fact that the berry cannot be bought.  Hundreds of acres of these most delicious of all native berries is being cleared off and plowed up in the Puget Sound section every year.  Soon they will be all gone.  The huckleberry will vanish as completely as the white oak logs we have helped cut into stove wood thirty years ago, or the buffalo that was shot down on the prairies of Nebraska merely for the sport of killing, and left there to decay under the sun and rain.  This is the BIG idea - why not huckleberry farms?  The poorest of gravel soil will grow the huckleberry to perfection.  It is a hardy plant and once started would need but little care.  It is a prolific bearer.  The berry can be picked when ripe for two or three months.  It is now the “poor man’s crop”, and soon may be made the “rich man’s hobby.”  It would always pay a safe profit. 

  • Anyone could go into the business.  With a little attention and cultivation the berry could be grown larger in size and more abundantly on the bush.  The price has been steadily climbing each year for some time past, due to the production being far behind the demand.  With Seattle and Tacoma in sight of Vashon-Maury island, representing a half million hungry mouths which would water at the thought of a piece of luscious fresh huckleberry pie, the man who has the fruit to sell, can practically name his price and get it without haggling or argument.  Samanthy Allen’s advice was “to buy when everyone wants to sell, and sell when everyone wants to buy.”  The theory of the News-Record is to “plant when everyone is digging up”, for soon there’ll be no modest huckleberry to pick at random unless we begin the “planting” of the bush at once.

  • So. Heights – Ross Bittinger is just completing the construction of a speed boat at Bates’ Beach.  The boat is 28 feet long and is about ready to launch.  This boat is the product of Ross’ ingenuity as the engine it contains was taken from an automobile.

  • So. Heights – Surveyors are at work on a proposed county road to follow the gulch where the old Mummy shingle mill was located and come out at Bates’ Beach or Paradise Cove.

  • So. Heights – Mr. T.R. Hadley and his friend Mr. Cameron were guests at Forest Home Ranch Sunday.  Mr. Hadley come in response to a hurry call to observe and to check as far as possible the ravages of the caterpillars in his orchard.  These pests are far more destructive this season than commonly and the folks at Southern Heights have spent many weary hours battling with them.

  • Cove – We are having a pretty serious scourge with the caterpillars this spring.  Some folks with big orchards are infested with the pests quite seriously.  They have divested the tree of every vestige of foliage.

  • Cove – Mr. Marsh our Cove merchant has installed in the store a fine enamel wash basin with hot and cold water attachments.  No, not so much to give the ladies going to the city a chance to “primp up” as for his own convenience.  This serving gasoline, coal oil, onions, etc, then serving butter, bread cakes and other groceries, chasing up stairs to wash hands for a man of Mr. Marsh’s avoirdupois was some task.

  • Maury Island – The Republicans of Maury met in caucus at Maury hall on Saturday and named Frank Kingsbury and William F. Johnson as delegates and J.H. Hayes and Geo. Carty as alternates to attend the Republican State Convention at Seattle.

  • Local News – T. Hansen took his family via his Franklin on a hike Tuesday, visiting Maloney’s grove beyond North Bend.  He said the roads were lined with cars as thick as caterpillars on a Vashon island apple tree.  Pretty thick, eh?

  • Local News – Spraying is on in full blast for the tent caterpillars which is infecting all varieties of fruit trees.

  • Local News – The first reported ripe strawberry this season are from the Elden patch at Cove.  We cannot corroborate the report, but if a couple of boxes were sent in to the office would be sufficient evidence.

  • Dockton – The steamer “Vashona” underwent repairs at Stuckey Ways Friday night.

 June 9, 1922

  • Consolidation Of Transfer Business – Vashon Transfer Inc., Bought by Deppman and Clark – Better Service Had – A deal has been consummated whereby the entire Vashon Transfer Inc., has passed into the hands of Deppman and Clark.  E.C. Thompson started this transfer line about two and one half years ago under the name of the North End Transfer and built up a nice business.  About a year ago the name was changed to the Vashon Transfer Inc., a Washington corporation, and it was licensed and did business under that name up to the time it was sold last week.  Both E.C. Thompson and C.M. Sawyer were hustlers, and by obliging service had established a very fine business.  But with the multiplicity of licenses, taxes, rentals, insurance and a thousand and one other things to contend with, it was conclusively demonstrated that if the whole transfer business was consolidated on Vashon-Maury island, it would reduce some of the overhead expense, duplication of routes, and mean better service for the people of the two islands. 

  • “Virginia V” – Will make her bow to the waters next Monday, and Captain Christensen is going to cut her wide open for a free excursion to Bremerton and return.  It will be a big day, especially for the westsiders.

  • Maury Island – The road men have been doing a fine piece of work in straightening the road in front of the Fred Nelson place.

  • Maury Island – A crew of the road men are widening and regarding the road between Pembroke and Dockton.  This is a much needed piece of work and we can congratulate the people of Dockton for this beginning of the fulfillment of their needs.

  • Maury Island – There is a very lively timber fire burning south of Mileta, and also west of Pembroke, we have not heard of any serious loss by anyone.

  • Cove – The strawberry maggot is working much havoc in some fields of berries this spring.  It is a pretty bad calamity to see your field just coming into the ripening stage, the vines wilt and dry up.  Mr. Jorgenson, who was expecting about 900 crates, now thinks he will not have more than 200 crates.  Messrs. Siverson, Saterbo and Hunt’s fields are infested.

  • Local News – Our old Maury island hayseed, A.D. Kingsbury, had his picture in the Seattle Daily Times last Saturday in connection with a reunion of confederate veterans which was held in the big city.

  • Burton – The Woodman Hall, now owned by Geo. Coates, was attractively decorated Saturday evening for a party of dancers who kept time to the music furnished by H.L. Penny and Miss Ahlberg.

 June 16, 1922

  • Island Girl Become Bride – Charming Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Garvin is Married to Mr. William Bradley Van Wert, or Roy, Wash.

  • “A Boost For Virginia V.” – Aboard the Virginia “V” June 12th, 1922 – WHEREAS the West Pass Transportation Company has this day launched and christened the S.S. Virginia V, which will ply between the two largest cities on Puget Sound via the West Pass, and WHEREAS this new steamship is a large, modern, safe, sane, and beautiful boat, able to take care of and render all necessary and reasonable service to the communities which is will serve now therefor be it RESOLVED that we the people who are aboard the boat on this, her maiden trip, representing the communities served by this vessel and desiring to express our true feelings to this advanced boat service do unanimously further RESOLVE that the West Pass Transportation Company has our confidence, and we pledge it our continued support, and we extend to Captain N.G. Christensen, and the other members of the company, our expression of appreciation for the courtesies of this day, our backing in freight and passenger business, our congratulations for such a magnificent boat, and our hopes that prosperity and “good luck” may attend the Virginia V on every trip she may make.  Be it further RESOLVED that a copy of these resolutions be presented Captain Christensen, copies furnished the papers of Seattle and Tacoma and a copy be published in the VASHON ISLAND NEWS-RECORD.  H.P. Nelson, chairman, I.M. Krokset, sec. treas., Unanimously adopted by acclamation as read.

  • Rosebank Scene of Merry Making – Games, Vocal and Instrumental Music Make Successful Fete – At the Rosebank farm the lawn fete given under the auspices of the ladies federated aid society was well attended in spite of the chilly evening.

  • Petition For Gravel Road – Last week Messrs. George Sheffield and A.J. Bachelor were busy with a petition to have the road graveled from Burton high school to the south end ferry dock.  They left a petition at the Vashon State Bank which is being generally signed by the people of this section and other petitions are being circulated in different sections for this improvement.

  • Virginia V (Editorial) – Another new boat for service to and from Vashon island.  On Monday Captain Christensen’s new vessel, Virginia V., made her maiden trip, carrying over 300 excursionists to Bremerton, and home via Agate pass and Seattle.  This marks an advanced step for Vashon island boat service.  This island which is surrounded entirely by the salt waters of Puget Sound is entirely at the mercy of boat and ferry.  To bridge the waters of the Sound is out of the question, to use airplanes is fraught with too much danger, to swim the pass would take too long, and to walk upon the waters from island to mainland requires too much faith.  Maybe the folks who live on Vashon-Maury could get sufficient faith to make the mainland by walking on the water, but we doubt if ever Tacoman’s could make it, and we know the Seattleite never could turn the trick.  So it resolves itself into either boat or ferry or both.  Vashon island now has both.  A ferry at the north end, a ferry at the south end, a boat from Tacoma to the south end and a boat from Seattle to Tacoma via the west pass.  And she is a beautiful boat.  It is slightly larger than the Vashona, takes to the water like a huge swan, is decked with all modern conveniences, and stops at all docks on both the west side of the island and the east shoreline of the mainland.  Capt. Christensen started out a dozen years ago with a launch.  He has worked make friends, developed business, saved his earnings, and has now put on one of the finest boats on the Vashon run that sails the waters of Puget Sound.  The Virginia III will take her summer run on the east side.  For the convenience of the eastsiders, and especially the Maury islanders, it is hoped this boat may be kept on the run regularly.  What the islands need most is better service, and as soon as the people settle down to support the boats and ferries, and get the population of the islands doubled in number, the sooner will both ferries, and the three boats begin making good money, the people have some established way of getting on and off the islands, and permanent growth to the islands be made possible.  Last year we got the fine new Vashona, this year the big, modern Virginia V, and it is now up to the islanders to back up our different modes of transportation with a good work, cut out the everlasting backyard gossip, hide our hammers, and start sawing wood.

  • Dockton – The home of Mr. and Mrs. Roncevich was destroyed by fire Tuesday of last week, the fire evidently started in the kitchen and when discovered it was impossible to get into the house, and everything the family possessed was burned, they have a family of eight children, none of which were in the house when it caught fire.  The people of Dockton showed their generous hearts in coming to the rescue of this stricken family with clothing and household necessities.  Mr. Roncevich has taken the old Masterson place where they will make their home for the present.

  • Dockton – The freighter, “T.W. Lake” had a new pilothouse built on and other alterations while in Dockton last week, the work being done by Mr. A.J. Stuckey.

  • Glen Acres News Items – Mr. Kenneth Johnson was knocked unconscious and badly cut and bruised Tuesday while changing the auto tire by the tire blowing the lock rim off.

  • Local News – The cable which conducts the electric current from the mainland to the islands broke suddenly last Wednesday night and as a result Vashon-Maury were without either light or power until Saturday night.  As a result folks have been silently sitting in darkness these evenings, without even a News-Record to read.  We hope to be back to “normalcy” this week.  The cable parted in about 700 feet of water, but Manager Moore lost no time until he had it raised, spliced, and at work again.

  • Local News – The two story brick building which has stood in Vashon for many years has had her “top” taken off, so she is but one story high.  An addition will be built to the building on both the south side and the west side and it will be the workshop and residence of Ed Mace.  The work is being done by Martin Tjomsland and Fred Bridgman.

  • Local News – The room formerly used by the Richardson meat market is being put into shape for an office room for the Deppman and Clark Transfer company.

 June 23, 1922

  • Burton Community Hold High Jinks – Despite the Absence of Electric Lights the Entertainment was Big Success – The Burton Bunch never lay down.  They had announced a community gathering at the church for last Friday evening and then the cable broke, the two islands were without light current, but the moving spirits, down Burton way, dug up some gas lamps, strung them in different parts of the church, and at the time announced for the “curtain” the house was comfortably filled with people from different parts of the island empire.

  • The obituary of Carrie Waring, married to Douglas J. Pierson was published.  She died June 13, 1922 from the effects of being seriously burned March 7.

  • Vashon Berry Crop Yield Good Return – Strawberry Acreage Declining Because of Diseased Ground – 100 Acres of Raspberries; 500 Strawberries; 550 Loganberries on Island.

  • Old Resident Passes – William Henry Boothroyd dies Tuesday at 11 p.m. at his home on Maury Island.  He was married Aug. 13, 1870 to Miss Eleanor Watterson.  Internment was made at the Maury Island Cemetery.

  • A poem, “The Vashon Isle Strawberry”, by P. Monroe Smock, was published.

  • Maury Island – Henry Faulhaber has shipped over three tons of gooseberries from his little plantation this season.

 June 30, 1922

  • Editor’s Residence Destroyed By Fire – Building Complete Loss With Most of Contents Saved – Fire started from a defective flue in the fireplace of the Smock residence last Thursday afternoon at half past three.  Within half an hour after, the building which was 30 x 60 feet, was in ashes.  Most of the contents were saved by the neighbors who worked like beavers every minute possible.  A private library of about 600 volumes was destroyed, also all dishes, cooking utensils, canned fruit, most of the pictures, and other minor things too numerous to mention.  There was no insurance on the contents, and $1500 on the building.  We expect to rebuild at once on the same spot, and in the interim are cosy in the Mrs. Harrington house near the Lutheran church.

  • Dockton – The class of six, who successfully passed their eighth grade examinations have received their diplomas and plan to enter high school in the fall.  They are: Mabel Martin, George Harrison, Edith Keen, Phyllis Collins, Ida Hastings and Elmer Swartz.

  • So. Heights – Strawberry people at Southern Heights have had an uphill time of it between the caterpillars and the drought.  Some say that the crop is not a third of what is should be.

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July 1922

July 7, 1922

  • The report of the Vashon State Bank this week shows this local home institution to be as safe as the “Bank of Montreal” for the deposits are more than double the amount of the loans.  Total assets of $175,239.11 were reported.

  • Paulhamus Gives Fruitmen Advice – Recommends Standard Montmorency Cherries

  • Local News – The strawberry season has just passed the peak on the island and due to the dry weather was cut shorter than usual.  Buyers are still operating on the island.  The Mukai 60 acres will last about two weeks longer.  Cherries are commencing to move.  The Governor Wood are ripe and the quality is excellent.  Next will be the sour varieties, and the Royal Ann, Bing, and Lambert will soon appear.  Logans and raspberries are ripening and are big crops.  Prices are fair and everybody that wants work on the island can now secure it.

  • Local News – Any afternoon you can hear a radio receiving set demonstration at the Vashon Machine Shop.  Parts, supplies, machine work, battery work and service.

  • NOTICE – On and after July 1st all freight charges coming out of Seattle must be prepaid.  On account of the expense of keeping small accounts on our books we find this regulation is made necessary.  We have 183 different accounts on our books the month of June ranging from 50 cents to $1.00.  Vashon Auto Freight.

  • Wanted – strawberry pickers.  Can earn good money for two weeks.  B.D. Mukai.  Phone Blk. 172.

  • Burton – A 28 x 40 colonial bungalow cement basement is in the course of construction at the Whitfield ranch west of Burton, under the management of A.J. Lewis and son.  While laying the cement foundation, a box containing the Vashon Island News-Record, Tacoma Tribune and other records were placed in one corner by Miss Ethel Whitfield for future generations to peruse when the foundation is no more.

  • Cove – The Ice Cream and Strawberry Festival was an old fashioned entertainment.  The people enjoyed the evening more than any for some time.

 July 14, 1922

  • Bank Or Bay – B.W. Tillery, a salesman for the West Coast Grocery company was called upon to decide a very important question Thursday and he had only two seconds to make his decision.  While driving a Ford coupe on the Dockton road he was confronted with a choice of going into the bay or running her into a bank.  Not being a Baptist he chose the bank and as a result his car was pretty badly smashed up.

  • Cove – The members of the Cove Community hall have found their building too small to accommodate the crowds who attend the entertainments and dances, so they are going to hold a nickel Carnival Aug. 11 and 12 to help raise the necessary funds to build on a stage, dressing rooms, and new kitchen, using the old kitchen as a gentlemen’s cloak room.

  • Glen Acres News Items – Mr. W.S. Cahill and little son have been quite ill from the effects of the spray used on cherries they had eaten.

  • Local News – Judge Van Olinda’s court was busy Wednesday evening fining some young fellows a dollar each for cutting up some kind of dido.  It is getting now so that everyone had “better watch their step”, or the ‘goblins ‘ll git you.’

 July 21, 1922

  • Rose Club Will Show Vashon Spirit – Ladies to Add Their Part in Showing the “Battleship Boys” a Good Time – It is the desire of the flower committee of the Chamber of Commerce to have the outlying districts furnish flowers for the battleships which will be in our Seattle harbor July 21st for nine days. 

  • Fire Threatened Camp Sealth – No Lives Lost and Action of Fire Fighters Save the Girl’s Pretty Camp – The Lisabeula boys made another record last Tuesday, when work came from Southern Heights that several of the homes and ranches along the country road were in danger from the big forest fire that has swept the sound end clean from Tahlequah north for two miles and extending from the West Passage to Quartermaster Harbor.  Finney Shattuck received word from Mrs. S.W. Lara, of Flower Acres, that help was needed.  Quick work on the telephone and “Dad” Stewart’s stentorian call to arms gathered the boys in a few minutes.  C.E. Carpenter of the Carpenter Mercantile company unlimbered his big Ford truck, the gang piled in armed to the teeth with shovels, and a record run was made south, picking up Sam Bittinger, Mr. Johnson and “Dad” Russell enroute.  Miss Margaret Carpenter accompanied the “back-firers” to render first aide which she certainly did most efficiently when Mrs. Lars served the coffee and sandwiches.  On the arrival at the fire, which had jumped the Spring Beach trail and was roaring rapidly towards the Lara home and Pugh Ranch, the boys in ten minutes had a trench dug over a thousand feet back from the road and started a back-fire that did the trick.  The two fires met about midnight and effectually stopped the spread of the flames.  “Long John” Brink and N.B. Bullard remained on patrol for the night watch. 

  • Water Question Again Discussed – The following article was handed us for publication.  This matter is of such importance to the north half of the island that the fullest consideration should be given it.  “The water question is again uppermost in the minds of many Vashon island residents.  It was the chief topic of discussion at a well attended special meeting of the members of the “Vashon Heights Community,” held at the north end Saturday night.  C.E. Bragg is president of the “Community,” which is duly incorporated under the state laws; Attorney, Alex Steward is the secretary.  The meeting unanimously voted approval of the tentative plans for the installation of a permanent water supply.  These plans are for an ample supply of pure water to be piped to every home within the district, which is to include the top of the island from the Heights to the end of the paving and extending for one-half mile on each side of the road.  This excluded all of the beach residents who have separate water sources available.  The cost will be distributed on an acreage basis, according to state law, and the preliminary estimates indicate such a complete water system will not amount to more than six dollars per acre.  –Edgar C. Snyder, Sec. Pro Tem.

  • Local News – Word is passing on the street today that Miss Gladys Jacobs has been appointed postmistress of the Vashon office.

  • Local News – Strawberries are about gone, raspberries are selling around ten cents per lb. and the quality is good, logans are tipping the scale at better than 6 cts. Wild blackberries are thick and plentiful – and cherries are everywhere in evidence.  Vashon-Maury island is the fruit-lovers mecca.

  • Maury Island – A fire recently on the beach spread up the island on the east side causing no little excitement for the folks living in that vicinity.  Judging from the dense smoke, fire must be over the entire surface of our state.

  • So. Heights – Forest fires toward the south end of the island became so threatening yesterday evening that gangs of men came from Burton and Lisabeula to help in the fight.  Flower Acres, the home of Mrs. M. Lara, was seriously endangered, and 200 Camp Fire girls were sent to their homes because of its encroachments upon Camp Sealth.  So far, however, no damage has been done except to the trees.

 July 28, 1922

  • Burton Stage Goes Into Field – Leaves Pavement and Turns Half Over.  Mrs. R.B. Hayes Injured – A serious accident occurred last Tuesday morning about ten o’clock at the turn in the highway just west of the K.J. Fjeld residence about two miles north of Vashon.  The big Buick stage driven by the owner, J.M Staples left the pavement and turned half over in a field a few feet from the concrete road.  In the bus were the driver, Mrs. R.B. Hayes and daughter, Miss Mabel, Mrs. George Dowd and her baby scarce a year old.  Aside from some bruises and scratches it seems none of the occupants were seriously injured, excepting Mrs. Hayes who sustained a broken leg just above the ankle.  The bus was making its regular run from the morning ferry from Seattle to Burton with the passengers above named. 

  • Henry Whinery Succumbs – Henry Whinery, a former Vashon High School student and one of the brightest young lads that ever lived on the island succumbed from tuberculosis at a Colorado Springs sanitarium whither he had been taken for treatment.  Death called him last Friday, July 21st, at the age of eighteen years.

  • Notice to Telephone Subscribers – Notice is hereby given that effective immediately all calls for telephone service will be answered by number only.  We have recently gone to the expense of a new telephone directory, and are going to the further expense of running current changes each week in the local newspaper, and in order to avoid mistakes and delays in making connections all persons are notified to call BY NUMBER ONLY. – Washington Coast Utilities.

  • Local News – H. Steen is busy cutting logs and lumber and fingers to beat the band.  Last week he got low on shingle material and for a change cut off one of his fingers on the hand which had already been slashed up a few times.

  • Local News – The old sheds erected next to the dental office by the Kaiser Paving Company a year ago have been torn down this week and removed.

  • Ellisport – Fuller Bros. are erecting a new building to be used in connection with their saw mill and green house business.

  • Dance at Rodda Hall August 2.

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August 1922
August 4, 1922

  • Vashon Holsteins Go To Kodiak, Alaska – Two Sires Bred by J.W.P. Dunlap of Paradise Valley Are Bought For North Land – The last issue of the “Carnation Stock Farm News” contains a write-up of a couple of Holstein sires which J.W.P. Dunlap bred on his ranch and which have been purchased for service in Sitka, Alaska.  These two individuals are Shadford Segis Hartog and Shadford Segis Hartog II.

  • Respected Citizen Instantly Killed – Gilbert Olson’s Skull Fractured and Death Immediately Ensures – Hans Gilbert Olson, one of Vashon island’s most respected citizens was accidentally killed last Saturday afternoon at his home two miles north of Vashon.  Mr. and Mrs. Olson were in the pump house where they had a gas engine installed to furnish power for running certain household machinery.  Mr. Olson had started the engine and shortly after the belt came off, it caught in the magneto, and was going at such a tremendous force that it snapped off the magneto, which struck Mr. Olson on the temple of the head and death followed in less than five minutes.

  • Vashon Hens Lead In Puyallup Contest – Frank E. Gilbert’s pen Skoot by all Opponents and Register ten Eggs Ahead on August 1 – Out of ninety odd contestants from every section of the U.S. and some from Canada, Frank E. Gilbert’s pen has steadily climbed the records one by one and at the close of the ninth month was ten eggs ahead of its nearest competitor.  Second place was held by a pen belonging to Mr. Parkin of Banks, Oregon.  Mr. Gilbert had 1078 eggs to his credit and Mr. Parkin had ten less.

  • Burton Baptist Assembly Program – Big Doings at Burton – Hundreds of Baptists Will Be There – The annual assembly of the West Washington Baptist Young People will be held at Burton beginning August 8th and will last for ten days.  A big pavilion has just been built and the program will be both interesting and instructive. 

  • Burton News – The Auditorium at the Assembly grounds is completed and will add much to the comfort of those attending the Convention which begins Aug. 8 and holds ten days.  The building is 44 x 64 with a seating capacity of about 500.  Rev. Wightman of Tacoma is out having the lights put in and is also wrestling with the water proposition, which we hope in another year will be settled by putting in a larger pipe that will better supply the people on the hill.

  • Burton News – The Thousandth Book – The thousandth book of the Burton library was recently purchased and given place on the shelves.  Pursuant to the determination of the purchasing committee to raise, somewhat, the standard of the reading matter for which they are responsible, this thousandth book was a book of travel, “The Lure of the Mediterranean”, by that well known globe trotter and prince of biographers, Albert Bigelow Paine.

  • Cove – The Beulah Park meetings are in full sway now, and quite well attended.  A large number are expected next week.  Remember all evening services are in English.

  • Henry Morris Whinery – Popular Young Man Is Mourned By Many Friends Here – His obituary was published.

  • Local News – Ira H. Case, well known Vashon island man, formerly editor of the Vashon Island News-Record, Wednesday filed his declaration of candidacy for the Republican nomination as representative from the 40th district. –Auburn Globe Republican.

  • Maury Island – The heavy fog the past few mornings this week not only kept the lighthouse men busy but the doleful shrieks of the fog horn keep those folks in that neighborhood quite awake, perhaps though the dew recompensed for the noise for a few growing things took up courage for the hard fight against the monster, dry weather.

August 11, 1922

  • Fire Rages On South Vashon – C.W. Hall Place Destroyed And Other Damage Reported – Fire swept the C.W. Hall place on the Southern Heights road last Friday, destroying practically everything and making a clean sweep of the 40 acres.  A large well-constructed house, several sheds, two barns, smoke house and shop building were a total loss.  Mr. and Mrs. Hall, who have been residing in Tacoma for the last three years, came over Sunday.  Mr. Hall stated that he was considering plans for rebuilding as he intended to return to Vashon island.  He carried $1,500 insurance and estimates his net loss at perhaps $1,500 more.  The fire that has been burning over Southern Heights for the last two months, and which threatened the Lara home some weeks ago, crept upon the Hall place for several days, but because of the smoke its danger was not appreciated.  Neighbors noticed the flames creeping up that morning.  About noon it was seen to be nearing the buildings.  Two of the nearest neighbors, Mr. Pugh and Mr. Bruckart, made a desperate effort to hold the fire until other assistance could arrive, but the wind was against them.  Mr. Sheffield, Mr. Norton and Mr. Sproule arrived just too late.  Later joined by Mr. Pritchard and men from the Camp Sealth this party of Southern Heights residents stopped the spreading fire at the Miller place, and effectually back-fired along the Camp Sealth trail, fighting the flames until ten o’clock that night.  Their prompt action stopped the flames from further destruction to the north, saving the Miller and Berry places.  Fires north of that point have since sprung up but have been of other origin.

  • The wedding announcement of Miss Cleo Cheney to Mr. Charles Bowman was published.

  • Second Reunion Of Students and Teachers – The students and teachers of Vashon college which has become a permanent organization meets every year on the first Sunday in August.  About 60 people were assembled at the pavilion and enjoyed an old-fashioned picnic dinner, after which Prof. A.C. Jones acted as toastmaster.

  • Tradesmen Getting Scarce (Editorial) – Unless conditions change, the next generation will find it more difficult to obtain the comforts of life than the present generation is finding it.  Follow any line of “tradesmen” down to actual conditions and the result is very surprising.  Look over a gang of carpenters on any of the new houses going up on Vashon-Maury island and see how many are bald headed, and how few are under fifty years of age.  There are very few young men in the carpenter’s trade today.  The same is true of masons, and bricklayers, and shoemakers, and plumbers, and tanners, and other kindred trades.  Where are the young painters, or plasterers (outside of Finney Shattuck) or printers, or shinglers, or lathers, or other lines of trade industry?  Very few young men are starting in to learn any of the old-time trades.  Take the women folks.  Where would you go today to get a good “hired girl”?  And after you had secured one, what would she know about house work?  Our mothers used to make soft soap, and boilt cider, and sauer kraut, and mince meat, and spin wool, and weave carpets, and raise babies, and somehow managed to get along seventy years or more without fussing about “household drudgery” or visiting the divorce courts.  Not so now – the hired girl has an electric iron, stationary tubs with electric wringer attachment, electric sewing machines, an O-Cedar mop, and every Saturday off beside.  We’re glad for the modern kitchen conveniences and urge everyone to put in everything possible.  Machinery is cheaper than human life.  With the modern convenience, the hired girl has become almost obsolete.  What are we going to do in order to get good wholesome food cooked?  Most households have swung from the old-fashioned cellars filled with potatoes, and cured meat, and sauer kraut, and pickles, and dried corn, to the tin can method.  Night settles over the average home without any thought as to what’s going to be served for breakfast.  No more are the buckwheat cakes “set” the night before, the art of making “light bread” is fast passing into innocuous desuetude.  Open a package of corn flakes and a can of “carnation” and breakfast is ready.  We are drifting away from the big feeds of mother-days, into the scrimpy feeds of mother-in-law days.  Maybe it’s all right, but somehow we can’t compare the average fifteen year old flapper with the seventy-five year old mother, and believe the world is getting better.  We rather believe Bryan is right and Darwin, who taught evolution, is wrong.  Our schools – we mean the schools of America – are missing something of vital importance in the work they are doing.  We don’t know what it is, nor do we know who is to blame, but young boys are going out as graduates who have nothing in their heads, and the young girls are going out as graduates who have nothing on their backs.  The final examinations seem to be for the boys who can jump the farthest, and for the girls which can bob their hair the cutest.  The old-time questions of arithmetic and spelling and legible writing seem to be in the discard.  We really wonder what’s ahead of us.  Meanwhile we are glad to be living, know that everything will work out for the best; that tradesmen will be found some way, and that the flappers of today may become the “Mothers in Israel” tomorrow.

  • Local News – Rain started Wednesday night which has cleared up the air and settled the dust, and has broken the record dry spell – 80 days without a drop of the restful Puget Sound rain falling.

  • Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! – What are we going to do about it?  I have been looking up fire extinguishers and find we can get a 40-gal. chemical extinguisher for $350 new or the same thing that was used in the ship yard a few times and has been in storage for two years and will be recharged and put in first class shape for $150.  Then we could get the regular two and one half gal. chemical for $15 each and get as many as we needed and have them in different and handy places.  There were at least six men at the Smock fire in time to put it out with a two and a half gal. extinguisher and if we had had that Mr. Smock would not have had to build a new house today.  Let’s get busy and get something either a big one or several little ones and have a little fire protection anyway –W.D. Garvin.

August 18, 1922

  • Republican candidate for County Commissioner, Frank H. Paul, Speaks At Theatre – Big Crown Hears Him Discuss The Affairs of the County – Declared he favored the shore line road from Mileta to Dockton, the graveling of the road to Tahlequah, the construction of the road in Paradise Valley to connect the Lisabeula road with the Center highway, and repeated again and again that if elected the three Vashon-Maury road bosses would “be fired.”

  • The obituary of Beall Martin, beloved sister of Mary Estelle Martin and niece of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis C. Beall, was published.

  • Ellisport – Fuller Bros. have been busy the past week installing meters for the Ellisport Water Co.’s patrons.

  • Ellisport – Ellisport residents had an exciting fight with the fire fiend that raged through the gulch close to town during the past week, and they owe the fact that they still have roofs over them to the valiant work of men and boys, old and young, and all the available women who could handle a shovel or wield a wet gunny sack.

August 25, 1922

  • Columbia School Has Fine Record – Dr. Stockley Reviews Past Year with Interesting Data – The enrollment for last year was 96, and 13 pupils were graduated from the eighth grade.  They were: Ruth Petersen, Mayreld Ramquist, Katherine Guthrie, Mabel Holland, Stella Johansen, Sigrid Steen, Albert Hotchkin, Melvin Paulson, Herbert Bjorklund, George Walls, Lauren Walls, Folger White and Alfred Jorgensen.

  • B.D. Mukai sold his Overland for $250.  The purchaser was a charming young lady, and when she wrote a check and signed her name as Morgan and handed it over, Mr. Mukai was enchanted.  Half an hour later he presented it for payment.  Charley shook his head and said, “No funds.”  Mukai got busy.  A deputy sheriff found the young lady and the car.  She was only taking a little spin.  She turned the car back.  Mukai turned the check back, and the band played “Annie Laurie.”

  • Ellisport – Ellisport rejoices in a new and bountiful supply of pure water which is pumped up by a ram from springs guaranteed to be perfectly pure.

  • Local News – E.J. Mace is this week moving from the Petersen building to his new garage home in the brick building opposite the hotel.  Mr. Mace has a fine new office room, a big storage room and a work bench with light sufficient to see to thread a needle at midnight.

  • Local News – A band of Gypsy fortune tellers came over to Vashon-Maury this week to have their divers dirty hands crossed with silver, for which one was to tell the “past, present and future,” while other members of the band were pilfering around for what they could find.  Mrs. Furbush was one of the many on whom they tried to “ply their trade” and after they had swiped seven dollars she reported them to the officers who brought them before Justice Van Olinda.  We understand they dug up the seven dollars and costs, and accompanied to the ferry and told to depart, with an additional fine of $5.00 for good measure.

  • Burton – J.M. Staples Auto Transportation Co. is now organized into the Vashon Island Transportation Co. 

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September 1922

September 1, 1922

  • Cove – The summer home of Samuel Ostrow at Colvos burned to the ground Monday.  Nothing was saved and the family is without even bedding.  Kind neighbors gave them shelter until they could get back to town.

  • Dockton – M. Bostich has returned from the fishing season with his boat, “Kanaka Boy.”  Mr. Bostich was one of those who made good.

  • Ellisport – Mr. Cliff is busy these days burning out a large stump in the roadway that has been a menace to autos ever since the road was opened years ago.

  • Last Dance of the Season – A heap big time - You will enjoy it.  At Bay View Pavilion Burton – Saturday evening.  Under Auspices of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Swanson – Miss Stone’s 3 Piece Orchestra – Admission Gents $1.00 Ladies Free

  • Local News – Last Tuesday morning Captain Bradford, captain of the City of Tacoma, the ferry plying between Tahlequah and Tacoma, was found dead in his cabin.  He slept on the boat nights and when the rest of the crew came to work they found him dead.  He had succumbed from heart failure during the night.

September 8, 1922

  • Rev. J.H. Berringer Asked To Return – General Board Unanimously Votes for Pastor’s Return – A unanimous request for the return for another year of the Rev. J.H. Berringer as pastor of the Vashon Federated Community church has been made by the general board of the church and formally sent through official channels to the Puget Sound Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church of which Rev. Berringer is a member.

  • Election Officials For Vashon-Maury – Auditor D.E. Ferguson Announces List for Coming Election – The nine Vashon-Maury precincts are Burton, Cove, Dockton, Dolphin, Island, Lisabeula, Maury, Quartermaster and Vashon.

  • Burton – Sixty-eight pupils registered at the high school Tuesday, the first day, and 71 in the grammar school.

  • Dockton – A.J. Stuckey is now sole owner of the water system, having recently purchased the interests of J. Cuculich.

  • Local News – The different bus lines have consolidated, we understand, and formed a joint corporation, they three stockholders being C. Middling, Fred Stevenson and J.M. Staples.  We are informed a new 25 passenger White bus has been ordered and will be on the island to begin a regular run in a few days. 

September 15, 1922

  • Frank H. Paul Wins Out In Primaries – Has Leas of Over a Thousand for Commissioner Over Jones – The three nominees for state representative appear to be John Soule, A.J. McKinnon and Ira D. Case.

  • Vashon School Notes – This year Vashon boasts a large enrollment.  The membership by class is as follows:  Freshman, 30; sophomore, 31, junior, 16, and senior 8.  Total 85.

  • Local News – The Hansen-Beall Realty Co. is building a new garage on the Weiss & Thorsen corner for use of the store in housing its delivery cars.

  • Local News – W.H. Hall, for 16 years a resident of near Vashon, but now an inmate of the veteran’s home at Retsil, was here this week, visiting old time friends.  He returned yesterday evening.  Altho 83 years of age Mr. Hall maintains all of his faculties and has the appearance of a man 20 years his junior.

  • Local News – Alex Olson, a son of John Olson of the Colvos section, was accidently drowned on Friday of last week while on duty as a deck hand on the Dauntless.  It seems he started to shave, and was going after hot water, when his foot slipped off the outside ledge of the boat and he fell into the sound off from Point No-Point.  His body was sucked under, he could not swim, it seems, and when the boat was stopped it was impossible to find the body.  He was about 19 years old and was a popular young man with all who knew him.  At this writing the body has not been recovered.

  • Dockton – The steamship “Florence K” underwent repairs at Stuckey’s ways one day last week.

  • Dockton – Mr. Roncevich, who recently lost his home by fire, is building a fine, modern house.  Mr. Mauck of Burton is in charge of the work.

September 22, 1922

  • State Orders Black Currants Uprooted – Inspector to Visit Every Farm to Enforce this Order – W.S. Smith of Kennewick, a horticulturist connected with the state department of agriculture arrived Wednesday to make a thorough inspection of the island with a view of destroying every black currant bush to prevent the spread of white pine blister rust.  This disease has been slowly working southward from British Columbia.

  • Captain Christensen Expresses Thanks – Captain Christensen of the Virginia V was presented this week a beautiful engraved brass plate for the pilot house of his boat to remind him and all others of her maiden trip on June 12th of this year.

  • Southern Heights – A representative of the Post-Intelligencer has been on the island with a camera this week.  An interesting account of what he saw and heard is expected to appear in the Sunday issue.

  • Cove – The Holland ranch is a busy place these days.  The new chicken house is completed and houses 550 pullets.  It is one of the best houses on the west side, having a concrete floor, and mash boxes.  It is a regulation Shoup chicken house.

  • Dockton – A.J. Stuckey is installing an additional ram for his water supply, hoping thereby to save labor in the operation of the pumping plant.

  • Local News – The S.S. Thurlow publishes a schedule this week and is now making regular runs from Seattle along the east side of the two islands.  This will be a boon to the people who are on the east shore, giving them easy access to the city.

  • Local News – Sheriff Matt Starwich and about ten deputies swooped down on our quiet little insular home on Wednesday of this week in search of alleged “moonshiners” and took back the bacon with them to Seattle.  We understand they copped two men and the proper paraphernalia near the lighthouse and one man down the Lisabeula way.  It appears they got the stills, mash, and some of the goods as evidence.  The way of the Volstead transgressor is hard.

  • The report of the financial condition of the Vashon State Bank at the close of business on the 15th day of September, 1922 shows total assets of $179,878.08.

September 29, 1922

  • Young Folk Wedded – Two of Vashon’s most popular young folk, Bertha Morehouse, a former high school girl, and William Garvin, a Vashon high school alumnus, were quietly married at Tacoma Monday evening.

  • In Memory Of Miss Gertrude McClintock – Miss Gertrude McClintock, one of Vashon Island’s early pioneers, passed away at the Seattle General hospital on September 16, 1922.  Here obituary appeared here.

  • Superintendent Opposes 30-10 Plan – Mrs. Josephine C. Preston Requests that Her Objections be Made Public

  • Editorial – Why not “Vashon-Maury” day at the Puyallup Fair?  There will be a lot of our folk go over there and if we could arrange to go the same day, get some Vashon-Maury banners for our cars, take a picnic dinner together in the berry city, what heaps of fun we could all have.  And what an advertisement it would be for the island.  With Vasho-Maury day advertised by the fair officials and in that manner we would become a regular fair fixture.  This is only a personal suggestion, without authority, but some body of citizens, responsive to the island’s needs, should have such matters brought before it for action.  We would accomplish wonders if we’d pull together.

  • Local News – J.W. Forrest is adding a fourth large cistern to the water supply of the Forrest Home ranch.  He says the drought this season was a warning to be prepared for such times and with plenty of roof space there is no call to be short.

  • Notice to Contractors – Bids are invited for construction of a one-story brick building to be erected at Vashon.  Plans and specifications are to be seen at Vashon State Bank.  The right to reject any or all bids reserved, and all tenders must be submitted before October 10, 1922.  C.F. Van Olinda.

  • Dockton – The machine shop in the Martinolich shipyard was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning at 3:00 a.m.  It was not known how the blaze originated.  It was discovered by the owner and neighbors who were awakened by the light from the fire.  It is reported that Mr. Martinolich carried but a small amount of insurance.  The damage to the machinery and loss of material are of great loss to the owner.

  • Burton – The beautiful new home of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Whitfield was the scene of a very pretty wedding Saturday afternoon when Miss Mae Bixby, daughter of J.L. Bixby, was united in marriage to C.B. Hostetler.

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October 1922
October 6, 1922

  • New Bus In Commission – The new passenger bus of the Vashon Island Transportation Company arrived last Friday and was put on the Burton-Vashon Heights run the following day.  The vehicle is electric lighted and is heated from the exhaust.  It is upholstered in Spanish leather and is the last thing in automobile building.

  • Find Body Of Man At Cross Landing – Floater Identified as John Sulich, an Austrian of Tacoma

  • Building Edition of News-Record To Be Issued Soon

  • Mrs. Nichols, elected delegate to the State P.T.A. by local P.T.A, Favors Proposed 30-10 Plan – Vashon Lady Fails to Agree With Mrs. Preston’s Assertions

  • School Notes – Vashon – Emery Campbell, a grade school pupil, was out of school for four days because of injuries which he received while playing football.

  • Burton – Mr. and Mrs. O. Tjosdal and family have purchased the Pankratz home at Newport and will move in immediately.

  • Do you know what this 30-10 plan means to your district?  It means that your board will receive from the state $30, from the county $10 per census child for the expenses of the school.

October 13, 1922

  • Two-Day Vashon-Maury Island Fair Announced – Community Exhibit to be Staged at Vashon High School Building Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 – Want Many Entries – The Vashon-Maury Island Community fair will be held under the auspices of the Vashon Parent-Teacher association at the Vashon high school.  General Rules – 1. All exhibits must be placed before noon.  2. Every article must be entered in the name of the owner or maker.  3. No article deemed unworthy shall be awarded a premium.  4. No article shall be withdrawn from the fair before 6:00 p.m. last day, without permission of the committee.  5. The management will not be responsible for the loss or damage to any of the exhibits.  6. Exhibitors must take entire charge of their exhibits at the close of the fair.  7. No entry fees will be charged on exhibits except chickens.

  • One Vashon Island Baby Scores 100 – Out of Nearly Seven Hundred Babies at Fair Only Three “Perfect” – Vashon island scores again.  It isn’t strawberries or White Leghorn pullets this time, but babies.  In the Puyallup contest 673 babies, ranging from infants a day old to laughing girls, giggling at the age of three years, were examined.  Out of the whole bunch there were but three that reached a perfect score of 100.   One of these was Baby Joyce Cheney, whose daddy and many were former Burtonites.  Baby Joyce has another sister who isn’t a baby any more, being 29 years old, and is none other than Mrs. Charles Bowman.

  • The obituary of Mrs. F.C. Heilge was published.

  • Cove residents were shocked to hear of the death of Bill Collingwood of typhoid fever at Wenatchee where he went to work in the apple harvest.

  • Southern Heights – Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Bachelor sustained heavy losses, in spite of some insurance, in the loss of their home by fire last Friday.  The source of the fire was a gasoline lamp which fell and broke the stem, the air-charged bowl spraying burning gasoline over the room and causing the conflagration.  Little was saved but the phonograph and sewing machine.  They are living for the present at the home of Mr. Bachelor, Sr., just above Tahlequah.

  • Local News – I.O. Thomson of Portage has just installed electric lights in his home.

  • Local News – Mrs. C.M. Harrington and children again occupy their convenient cottage west of the bank, recently vacated by the editor of the News-Record.

  • Dockton – Theo. Berry has bought the store building and corner lot adjoining the Nils Nilsen store on the hill, from N. Nilsen of Newcastle.

  • Maury Island – Henry Faulhaber has sold his fine apple crop to the Waterhouse Co. of Vashon.  The purchasers will take the crop at the orchard.

  • Maury Island – The logging operations of Frank Kingsbury’s crew has added a new melody to the hum of the island’s industries.  Mr. Kingsbury has a large logging truck and a donkey engine at work east of the Corners and is booming the logs at the cove near Clarence Potter‘s home.

  • Maury Island – T.C. Collins, foreman for the Pembrook Investment Co. gravel bunkers, is preparing to improve and enlarge the plant at Pembrook by building a new addition to the bunkers and installing a pipe line to the top of the bluff to carry the water to be used to hydraulic the surface from the ground above the gravel pits.

  • Tribute To A Noble Christian Mother – Mrs. R.G. (Melvina Metcalf) Brown of Burton Passes Into Rest Triumphant

October 20, 1922

  • The Passing of Mrs. Elizabeth McDowell – Her obituary, written by Frances Scott Cliff, was published.

  • Road Boss Pool Surely Filling Up – Seven Men Express Desire To Secure Place If Paul Is Elected – In the order of their “filing” the following is the list up to Thursday noon:  Francis M. Sherman, W.D. Garvin, F.J Shattuck, C.H. Merry, R.B Hayes, J.M. Silvey and E.C. Thompson.

  • Forward – Full Speed Ahead ! (Editorial) – If people would cease talking about the “hard times” and sweeten up a bit, how much good it would do.  Not but there are wrongs to be righted all right enough, but the best way to do it is to show some lion-hearted courage.  All over Vashon-Maury island new homes have been going up this summer and fall.  Tuesday ground was broken for a new, modest Vashon sky-scraper to be built by C.F. Van Olinda.  The building will be 36 x 40, constructed of brick-tile, and will be modern throughout.  It is understood it will be used for the post office in one part, and an ice cream and confectionery store in the other.  Good for the men with money to spend, and spends it in new buildings for the island.  May his tribe increase!

  • Local News – President T. Hansen of the Vashon State Bank has been soliciting funds this week from Vashon business men to pay for four electric lights to be used in lighting the Vashon streets the coming year.

  • Local News – Men and teams are at work this week on the new Van Olinda block to be erected opposite the post office store.  Mr. Randolph is the contractor.  It is expected to have the building completed within sixty days or less.

  • Local News – The Vashon Heights community is singing the praise of L.C. Beall, Jr. these days as Mr. Beall has donated to the community a number of springs with sufficient land surrounding them to afford protection.  He also donated certain water systems, platted streets, etc, which makes the folk at the Heights feel mighty fine.

  • Burton – A large barge of straw and feed from La Conner is being unloaded at the wharf this week, thus indicating the immense amount of feed the poultry men of Burton and vicinity are using.

  • Burton – Due to some misunderstanding it was stated in the last issue of this paper under the Maury news that the Waterhouse people had obtained the fruit from Henry Faulhaber’s place, which in truth, belongs to Frank Enochs, and he is shipping as it is picked.

October 27, 1922

  • Sisters Participate In Double Wedding – Selma Nelson Weds K.J. Van House and Helen Nelson Weds A.A. Rickert

  • Exhibits At Community Fair Exceptionally Fine – High School Basement and Gymnasium Filled to Overflowing with Exhibits of Poultry, Vegetables, Fruits, Canned Goods and Fancy Work.

  • “Four Were Added; That Makes ‘Leven” – Story of the Progress the Paul Plan for Road Boss is Making – Since we went to press last week four additional candidates have jumped into the political pool for road boss.  We named seven last week, so add to those seven names those of Fred Sherman, A.H. Hiersch, C.C. Bridgman and B.C. Saterbo.

  • Burton experienced a great deal of excitement Monday evening when the Curry home on the front of the beach burned, at the same time burning the entire hillside at the rear, endangering the homes of Mr. Small and Mrs. Hunt.

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November 1922
November 3, 1922

  • Vashon Island Hens Hold World Record – Gilbert Pen Breaks Every Record Known for Year’s Steady Laying – Maybe you don’t think Frank E. Gilbert, Vashon poultryman, isn’t stepping high, wide and pretty this week – and if any man has a right to feel proud it is he.  In a hotly contested laying contest, with 92 entrants from all sections of the United States and Canada, Mr. Gilbert’s pen of White Leghorn hens outclassed all competitors and established a world’s high record.  One year ago, in the same contest, D. Tancred of Kent, Washington, took first place in a spirited contest, establishing a new world’s record with five hens haying 1384 eggs.  This year Mr. Gilbert’s pen of five laid on official count 1419 eggs, and after the hour for closing the contest had ended, his prize hen, Lady Vashon, deposited a fine egg, making the real record for the year, 1420 eggs, and her record at 322.  Another Vashon contestant deserving of great credit is a new poultry entrant in that of Mrs. W. D. Covington.  Mrs. Covington had only been at the business a few months when she selected her own pen of birds, and they stood at fourth place from the top with 1294 eggs.  Other entrants from the island failed to get their names among the first ten, but when the scope of territory covered by the contestants is considered, Vashon island can feel indeed proud of capturing first place and holding a world’s record for egg production.  Mr. Gilbert was offered $2,000 for his five birds, but laughed at the person who made the tender.

  • Plan Three-Day Poultry School For This Island – Extension Department of State College Sets Dates for Nov. 9, 10, 11 – A.B. Nystrom, agricultural agent for King county, announces that the extension division of the State College of Washington will hold a three-day poultry school on Vashon island on November 9, 10 and 11.  The program covers planning a commercial plant, yards and green stuff, relationship of flock and owner, incubation, brooding chickens, common Western Washington diseases, maturing young stock, market production, hatching egg production, culling of the two grades, and buildings and equipment.

  • Ellisport – Some of the residents of Ellisport have evidently forgotten that there is a herd law that they are breaking, much to the annoyance of the neighbors.  No one likes to report or complain of a neighbor who willfully breaks a law or ignores the rights or convenience of the neighborhood.  It is to be hoped that the cattle which are wandering in our streets and incidentally into our gardens, will be taken up and confined in pastures before stringent action is of the law that should protect the streets and gardens.

  • Dockton – Mr. Martinolich is building a freight boat at his yard at this place and has quite a number of men working for him.

  • Thank You, – People of Burton, Newport and Vashon and all who worked so valiantly to save our home and other property from burning Monday evening when the Curry house on the beach was destroyed by fire.  Our home looked like a million dollars on “the morning of the day after.”  -Mrs. A. Hunt and family.

 November 10, 1922

  • Nearly 900 Votes Cast On Vashon-Maury Island

  • Paul and Gaines Sweep The County – Frank H. Paul is the new county commissioner for this district of King County.  One of his planks was to let the voters of the island say whom they wished for road boss.  In the advisory election C.H. Merry received a “reasonable plurality” of all the votes cast – getting 38 more than his nearest competitor, W.D. Garvin.  It is now up to Mr. Paul to appoint Mr. Merry and we at once promise him support.  Another of Mr. Paul’s plans for Vashon-Maury is in road building and improvement.  A shore line road to Dockton, the Tahlequah road graveled, the road out of Paradise Valley into Lisabeula opened, the old Lamme Road opened from the Cove section south, and the Peter Woeck (Sawmill Creed) Road opened from Colvos to the highway.  We await road work on Vashon-Maury island under the new regime with great anticipation.

  • School Notes – Vashon High School – The sad news of the sudden death of George Walls, on Monday night, was made known Tuesday morning.  The faculty and students join in expressing their deep-felt sympathy for his parents and sister and brothers.  George was a freshman student of Vashon high, and was popular with his fellow students.

  • Local News – George, the 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Walls of the Colvos section died rather suddenly Tuesday morning from what the physician diagnosed as bulbur paralysis.  He received a heavy blow on the spine, which later caused paralysis of the throat.

  • Center – A new family of Japanese has moved onto the Bonnell place, now the Williams farm.

 November 17, 1922

  • Record Hens Sells For Big Price – Frank Gilbert Accepts $2000 for Winners of Egg Laying Contest – Four hundred dollars per hen for five hens that broke all known world records at the third Western Washington egg-laying contest, was the sum accepted by F.E. Gilbert last week from the Queen Hatchery of Seattle.  Mr. Gilbert at first refused the offer for his pen, but later reconsidered and this week the merits of the famous birds are being advertised and exploited by the new owners.

  • Middling Remodels And Adds To Business House – Will Put in Stock of Groceries and Provide Waiting Room for Bus Business – Extensive additions and improvements are being made by C. Middling this week which will result in a complete revolution of his present establishment.  The partition between the hotel dining room and the confectionery is being removed and the confectionery stock and soda fountain will occupy the space now utilized for the dining room.   A lunch counter will be installed in that part to replace the dining room.  The back partition of the present confectionery store will be set back and the enlarged room will be occupied by a cash and carry grocery.  The room at the rear of G.L. Leslie’s barber shop will be remodeled as to make a waiting room for the patrons of the Vashon Island Transportation Co.

  • Vashon Island Men Win At Fruit Fair – Wrest Prizes from Exhibitors from Yakima and Wenatchee Districts – Vashon Island fruit growers this week entered fruit in the Pacific Northwest Fruit exposition at Seattle in competition with all varieties grown at Yakima, Wenatchee and Okanogan and took six first prizes, four seconds and two thirds.  The exhibitors were S.J. Harmeling of Vashon, Peter Erickson and John Huppman of Portage and Tom Lawson of Vashon. 

  • The obituary of Geo. Walls was published.

  • Cove – The George Walls home is under quarantine as an act of safety.  The exact cause of George’s death is not known, but as a precaution it was thought best to institute a quarantine.

 November 24, 1922

  • Paul’s Program Pleases People – Plans Performance Pre-election Promises – Publicly Proclaims Program – In an interview a few days ago Mr. Paul announced to the News-Record some of the things he has already decided upon.  In the first place, he will cut out all road bosses but two.  He will have one on the mainland and one on Vashon-Maury island.  These men will draw a straight salary by the month – all other road workers will be paid by the day for actual days worked, and when the job is finished the pay will stop.  Mr. Paul announces he will appoint C.H. Merry as road boss for Vashon-Maury island.  Among some of the plans of Mr. Paul for reducing county expense is the combining or annulling of five heads: the superintendent of garage, superintendent of docks and wharfs, superintendent of property, right of way agent and superintendent of buildings.

  • Local News – Vashon is all “lit up” this week as the power men have strung wires across the two streets and installed several street lights which is an added charm for the “Village of Vision.”

  • The obituary of Lydia Frances Bonnell was published.

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December 1922
December 1, 1922

  • Vashon Pioneers Wedded 50 Years – Mr. and Mrs. Erland Klockstad Feted at Daughter’s Seattle home.

  • Contributors To Street Lighting Fund – The following persons and firms are subscribers to the advance payments for four street lights for Vashon for one year: Vashon News-Record, A.H. Petersen, Weiss & Thorsen, Vashon Auto Freight, Vashon State Bank, W.D. Garvin, C. Middling, Vashon Garage, O.C. Spencer, Dr. F.A. McMurray, E.E. Van Olinda, Wm. T. Nye, C.S. Morehouse, Dr. Orlob, Ewald Petersen, P.A. Petersen and F.E. Bridgman.

  • Vashon Football Team Banqueted – One Hundred Eighteen Folk Attend Affair Last Friday Evening – At the conclusion of his talk, Coach Hardinger awarded letters to Carl Bridgman, Dayton Depue, Reginald Cutler, Leigh Cornell, Ernest Severson, Norman Harrington, Ray Martin, Douglas McClinton, Lawrence Scales and Roco Okubu.

  • Burton – The county nurse, who visited the local schools last week, quarantined several families of the south end of the island for scarlet fever.

  • Burton – “Sunshine Hill,” a region on the east side of Burton, which is made up of the homes of Peter Smith, Al Hyatt and the Rev. Yarboro, is in the process of improvements of all kinds.

  • Burton – The Chas. Myer house caught fire early Sunday morning, but fortunately the blaze was discovered and extinguished before much damage was done.

 December 8, 1922

  • Lloyd N. Marsh At Scout Convention – Represents Vashon Island as Senior Patrol Leader at Everett

  • College Fights Tax Sale – Grounds and buildings of the Vashon College and Academy, located at Burton, were included in the 2,000 parcels of King county property offered for sale by Sheriff Matt Starwich for delinquent taxes, said the Seattle Post-Intelligencer of the date of Sunday, December 2.  Only a restraining order issued by Superior Judge Austin Griffiths on petition of the institution’s attorneys prevented its sale for $2,481.94, the accrued taxes and interest since 1916.

  • Five-Acre Poultry Farm – E.B. Morrill is getting a five-acre farm started in the Southern Heights district of Vashon island, says the last issue of the Washington Farmer.  At present Mrs. Morrill is doing most of the work, as she herself puts it.  She is taking care of 130 White Leghorns, which are a foundation for a commercial poultry flock.  Mrs. Morrill told how they were getting a few good fruit trees started in order to have something else to sell besides eggs and chickens.  There are about 30 trees of Winter Banana apples, since the trees do well, and there is a demand for the fruit.  A few Grimes Golden and Spitzenbergs are also among the new plantings.

  • School Notes – Vashon High School – The “Vikings” is the new name of our athletic teams.  This name was chosen by the “V” club.

  • Death Takes Noted Authority On Mines – Saxe Milton McClintock Answers Last Call After Noble Struggle (his obituary was published)

  • Will Give Opera – An enthusiastic meeting of the Vashon-Maury Opera Co. was held at the residence of A.W. Ganly last Friday, December 1, with Mrs. Ganly, the president, in the chair.  It was decided to give the opera, “O’Hara San,” early next year.

  • Cove – The man driving the P.A. Petersen truck, in trying to turn at B.A. Hunt’s place, backed off the road, down against the well, smashing the curbing and caving in the well somewhat.  It took another truck and a block and tackle to get the machine back onto the highway.

  • Maury Island – What, ho! Some white blanket Maury island has spread over herself.  The snow is some hard slap at the mail carrier and the delivery men.

  • Local News – The News-Record is one day late this week, but don’t lay it at our door – the power was off all day Thursday on account of the lines being down.

  • Lisabeula – The First Presbyterian church of Seattle has purchased several acres of beach property near the store for summer homes and will make a lot of improvements by putting in electric lighting line, cut down a number of hills, etc.  The purchase includes Christensen and Bateson properties.

  • Local News – This week has been a real old fashioned winter.  It commenced to show at Tacoma and Seattle on Sunday, but it was Tuesday before Vashon-Maury got a taste of the falling “beautiful.”  Since then it has been snowing more or less, and today (Friday) it is coming down in “gobs.”

  • Southern Heights – There seems to be but little substance to the scarlet fever scare.  Three families have been quarantined, but the illness was so slight and the children are now so well that the restrictions now seem like an unnecessary hardship.

 December 15, 1922

  • Local History To Be Compiles By Club – Ellisport Club Makes Valuable Collection of Reminiscences – On Thursday, December 7, the Women’s club of Ellisport was delightfully entertained by Mrs. Cunningham.  The program, which was rather a novel one, proved to be most enjoyable.  Each member gave reminiscences of her first impression of Ellisport (or Chautauqua Beach, as it used to be) and of Vashon Island.  These short talks were so interesting that the ladies were asked to hand to the secretary for filing these reminiscences, also any data, pictures or material of a historical nature concerning this place or the island.  Several photographs and paintings made by loved pioneers, since gone to their rest, were brought and these and others will be gladly donated to the Vashon-Maury Historical society, should one be formed.  It is the hope of this little club that other clubs and organizations will unite in an effort to collect and preserve material that might be of interest to future generations.  Someday the island’s past might be shown in pageant.  Perhaps our genial editor will volunteer to help the work along, and, for the present, be the keeper of the archives.  Doubtless he will be glad to give space in the paper at times, to brief historical articles, reminiscences by pioneers and others, etc.  Perhaps someone can tell of the first house on the island; the first church, school, lodge, etc.; of the first marriage; the first white child born, early transportation, etc.  Among other interesting things given at the club meeting were several facts regarding the naming of places, sent in by W.P. Bonney, secretary of the Washington State Historical society.  Mr. Bonney also related a Nisqually legend, told to him several years ago by Henry Sicade:  “Many, many years ago the northern Indians used to prey upon the Nisqually tribe, carrying of their property, their women and children.  Finally, one of their warriors proposed to train a navy of canoe men to resist these invasions.  This Navy was brought together in Quartermaster harbor.  When the northerners appeared, coming from beyond Alki point, the Nisqually canoes went through the passage where the Portage is now.  The men had been trained to throw heavy stones and when they came into contact with the enemy, they threw the stones into the canoes with such force as to make holes in the bottoms, thus forcing the northern warriors to take to the water, where they became easy prey to the Nisquallies who soon dispatched them with spears and other weapons.  Out of one hundred canoes from the north, the legend tells us, only three escaped to go home and tell of the great defeat.  By the way, attention may be called to the correct pronunciation of “Alki.”  Pioneers tell us that the last vowel in the word is not long, but short.

  • Darkness Results When Cable Breaks – Alaska Cable Ship Summoned to Mend Break Out from Des Moines – Vashon-Maury islanders harked back to the Abe Lincoln period for a few days this week when studious school boys were crouched around fir knots, studying their lessons by a flickering light from a tallow candle, and young school girls had to apply the lip stick by feeling rather than by the reflection of a plate glass mirror.  It all came about from another break in the cable which transmits the electric current from Des Moines to the islands.  The break occurred about 4,000 feet west of Des Moines, and at once Manager Moore sent out a S.O.S. call for the Alaska cable boat to come to his assistance.  The boat came promptly, and by working day and night the cable was lifted, spliced, and the “juice” turned on Saturday night at 10:30 o’clock.  The News-Record did not have any chickens to suffer, and no damage was done except to delay the publication of the paper a few days, and compelling Robert Burns to open his eyes on the same kind of artificial light that greeted, for the first time, the “lad from Kyle,” after whom he was named.

  • Dockton – Messrs. Kiddall and Nilsen of Seattle, who represent the Panama-Pacific Commercial Co., spoke in the community hall Friday night.  Their company recently purchased the interests of the Bering Sea Fish Co. at a receiver’s sale.

 December 22, 1922

  • Vandals Enter Library – Three times during the past few weeks the door of the Vashon public library, which is housed in the rear portion of the theatre building, has been entered, books scattered about the room and on one occasion considerable damage done by throwing a number of books in the stove.  Mr. Barton, the librarian, is not certain as to the time it was entered as the library is open but once a week.

  • Island Folk Get Publicity – Vashon-Maury island folk and farms have come in for quite a little valuable publicity the past few days.  The magazine section of the Sunday Post-Intelligencer (and by the way this appeared in all of the Hearst newspapers) in the article on Western Washington poultry, made mention of Frank Gilbert’s world record breaking hens.  Then the Washington Farmer, published at Spokane, in last week’s issue, made mention of three Vashon farms.  One was a little story of R.J. Dowling’s poultry and berry farm.  Another given mention was L.C. Beall, Jr.   Nearly a column was given over to a description of his poultry plant.  The other is a short article descriptive of J.A. Campbell’s sour cherry and gooseberry “plantation” located near Vashon.

  • Local News – The upper Cove literary society held a meeting at the home of S. Huffman on Tuesday.

  • The Lisabeula store has changed hands again.  Mr. Carpenter having sold his interests to a Mr. Weber of Seattle. 

  • Burton – Shortly after midnight last Tuesday a fire was discovered in the roof of the pool hall.  It was put out with difficulty by Milton Staples, with the aid of other men.

  • Southern Heights – All of the children, Melvin, Ely, Nellie and George Norton and Jack Forrest, have now been released by the school nurse from their scarlet fever quarantine and have happily returned to school.

 December 29, 1922

  • Street Lights Damaged – Two of the street lights were blown down one night the latter part of last week.  The light in front of the Petersen feed store went down, breaking the globe and damaging the shade.  The light at the front of the News Record office suffered similar consequences.

  • Nonagenarian Of Burton Passes On – S.S. Heath, Island Pioneer with Iron Constitution, Finally Succumbs – Death claimed a stubborn foe on Tuesday morning of this week when S.S. Heath forever closed his eyes on earthly things at more than ninety years of age.  (His obituary was published.)

  • Local News – The front of the Vashon Auto Freight Co. building was remodeled this week, to give two entrances into the building for the housing of the big trucks.


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