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Skagit County Times (Sedro-Woolley)

April 2, 1903, Vol. XIII, No. 11

      Woolley and Sedro. Owned, issued and operated by Ketchum Printing Co., Seneca G. Ketchum, manager. Subscriptions $1/year. Ads: $1/inch/month, reductions for time and space. Published Thursdays.
      Ed. note: This was one of the last issues under Ketchum, wildman-journalist/editor in his native Canada, Fairhaven and Woolley, and the former very-brief police chief of Nelson, B.C. Ketchum died in August 1903 and you can read his full biography in Issue 34 of the optional subscribers-paid Skagit River Journal online magazine. We only found pages 1, 5 and 6, so we are not certain if Ketchum was still active at that point. Clearlake historian Deanna Ammons received copies of the newspaper from an anonymous person.
      As with all these newspaper transcriptions, we provide annotations that are based on our extensive research of each Skagit County town where the newspaper was published. We welcome your corrections and additions, should they be needed, and we especially encourage you to send us copies — we don't need your originals — of any newspapers, separate pages or even clippings from rare old newspapers. By that, we mean newspapers pre-1920, and especially from the many newspapers that burned in various fires and originated pre-1905. We also love to see clippings of history research posted by editors in later newspapers, especially copies of the annual Puget Sound Mail (LaConner) Pioneer Picnic editions, published every August through 1981.

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News of the Day
On the Goat Trail to Slate Creek mines
      Farm from the busy haunts of men, way up the picturesque valley of the sometimes placid and anon restless Skagit, are many scenes of surpassing natural beauty and delightful effect. Starting from Sedro-Woolley, the gateway to the great timber and mineral country to the east and the traveler in search of business, sport or health must perforce follow the devious course of the grand old river which has for centuries flowed down to the sea over rugged precipices, by vast forests of giant trees and along virgin valleys of wonderful possibilities.
      Perhaps in no other region of like extent on the. Pacific slope has nature been so lavish in her gifts of wealth and beauty. To reach the famous Slate Creek gold fields, on the western slope of the Cascade mountains, it is necessary to traverse the perilous and wearisome Goat Trail, a rough and narrow pathway over precipitous cliffs and yawning chasms that every moment threaten the life of the venturesome traveler. Although less than ten miles long this trail is pronounced by the hardiest old prospectors to be about the toughest. bit of hiking on earth."
      Some seven miles along Goat Trail is the Devil's Corner, one of the most interesting and romantic of the upriver beauty spots. The Devil's Corner is said to have received its name from the circumstance that the Ruby Creek Hydraulic Mining Company, in undertaking to repair and shorten the trail down the river, found this particular corner a "devil" of a hard place to get around.
      The illustration shows that a portion of the solid mountain of granite has been blasted out to make room for the trail, leaving overhead an awning of natural rock of thousands of tons in weight. The other side of the pathway is bordered by the top of the deep and narrow canyon through which the waters of the Skagit dash and foam in their contracted bed a hundred feet below. [See photos and more stories about the Goat Trail and Devil's Corner at these Journal websites: here, here and here]

Logging, Mills and Shingles
The Shingle Situation
From the Mississippi Valley Lumberman
      Speaking of the drop in the price of shingles, the Lumberman says
      "There are just two alternatives that present themselves in the present emergency, and it ought not to be hard for the manufacturers of shingles to choose between them. One is to keep on manufacturing shingles in the face of the light demand. The trade cannot be forced, and the market prices kept up. The light demand is undoubtedly due to a large extent to the execrable condition of the roads in the country. The farmers cannot buy lumber and shingles when it is impossible for them to haul empty wagons. The result of this course is easy to see.
      The market will continue to weaken and the prices will fall to a very low point. The other course is to shut down the mills until such time as the demand is large enough to take care of the output. The manufacturers might as well look the situation squarely in the face and act accordingly. It ought not to be long until there will be an opportunity to get rid of the surplus of stock. At present the railroads are unable to furnish transportation facilities east of Chicago, and practically no shingles are going east of that point. But navigation will soon open and that difficulty will be remedied to a considerable extent. Until then the mills might as well be shut down.

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Sterling Mill Co.
      The Sterling Mill Co. is putting up a large one-story addition to their mill at Sterling, which is to make room for some new machinery which they intend to add to their plant at that place. Mr. Peter Herr Most Woodlin, who secured the contract for putting up the building, will have it ready for the new machinery by the first of April. — Burlington Journal.
      Ed. note: Read details about the Sterling Mill Co. in this Journal story about Mr. Ritchford/Richford and his brother Ratchford.

Skagit Manufacturing Company
      The Skagit Manufacturing Company's shingle mill at Anacortes was completely destroyed by fire last week. The dry kiln and other adjacent property was saved by hard work on the part the firemen. The loss is about $6,000 with insurance exceeding $3,000.
James Bell and Green Shingle Co.

Miscellaneous news items
Councilman Hughey loses wrestling match with his wheel
      Went Broke. Councilman Henry H. Hughey had a prize fight with his bike on Sunday morning, the bout ending disastrously for Henry. It happened just as he went to turn the corner at Jameson and Township streets, homeward bound, when the wheel [another term for bicycle at the time] humped itself like a bucking bronco and threw its rider 300 feet [really, Henry?] into moist atmosphere from whence he had presence of mind enough to return. in the course of time. In looking around for a place to alight, however, Mr. Hughey indiscreetly selected a spot on the other side of a ditch where a rugged old plank reclined, and being in a hurry to lie down himself he thoughtlessly shoved his collar bone up against the outside of the plank and broke it (the collar bone, not the plank). This angered him so much that he got up and kicked it and cast it away (the plank, not the collar bone), and afterward took it to Dr. Mattice to have it (the collar bone, not the plank) dressed.
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The Governor's Fix
      Washington is a $3,000,000 state all right, but unfortunately she has a $2,000,000 income, and that fact is costing Governor McBride a whole lot of anxiety and votes. The legislature could afford to be good fellows and vote money for every worthy project in sight, but the governor is not so happily situated, and his veto power is being used with discrimination, but decision. He has cut out a total of $399,960. The omnibus road bill, carrying $110,000; the beet sugar bounty, $100,000; Lewis & Clark exposition, $50,000; and coyote bounty, $50,000; were the principal items eliminated, though a number of other items, some of which are of the highest merit, went the same road, simply because the state cannot pay the fiddler from its revenues. — West Coast Trade.
      Ed. note: Henry McBride was a Utah native who moved to Washington territory in 1882, moved to LaConner in 1884, and became an attorney with a practice in LaConner and Mount Vernon. He was elected lieutenant governor of Washington state in 1900. After governor John Rogers died in office in 1901, McBride became governor, but he was not renominated by the Republican party in 1904. Read a biography of McBride at this Journal website.

A Double Desertion
      A pathetic story of child desertion by a Skagit County girl comes from Everett, where the desperate young wife of J. C. Allen was detected a few nights ago in the act of leaving her three weeks-old baby boy on the door-step of a house on Chestnut street.
      The child was taken to the home of Officer Hubbard and the mother placed in the care of the police matron. To the latter Mrs. Adams told this brief but distressful story:
      "I was married about a year ago at Mt. Vernon, and my home is at Birdsview, in Skagit County, where my father is postmaster. We lived at Skykomish until last Christmas, when I went home for a visit, and my husband was soon to follow me, but I have not seen him since then. I do not know of any reason why he should have left me. The boy was born at the Home hospital in Seattle, and his name is George Stanley Allen.
      The forlorn young mother's tearful but straightforward story touched the hearts of the big policemen of Everett to the extent that a temporary relief fund of $15 was raised for Mrs. Allen, and Officer Hubbard has adopted the lusty foundling.

Mortimer Cook's new grandson
      The much respected name of Mortimer Cook has been bestowed upon the baby boy just lately born to Mr. and Mrs. Budlong, at Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Mrs. Budlong, as is well known to many residents of this city, was Miss Nina Cook before her marriage, and the good friends of herself and family are very pleased to learn that her son has been baptized Mortimer Cook Budlong. Mrs. Mortimer [Nan] Cook is living with her daughter, Mrs. Nina Cook Budlong, at 126 South Scoville avenue, Oak Park, Illinois. [See our extensive Journal section about Sedro-founder Mortimer Cook and his family.]
IOOF, Odd Fellows
      The following members of Hope Encampment No. 10, I.O.O.F., of LaConner, went to Sedro-Woolley last Saturday evening to attend a meeting of Union Encampment No. 30, I.O.O.F., of that place: P. Wingren, B. L. McCormick, C. D. D'Arcy, F. H. Ewing and Elmer Stotler. Four candidates were initiated into the full mysteries of Odd Fellowship and became full-fledged members of Union Encampment. Grand Patriarch W. H. Leuders of the Grand Encampment of Washington, assisted by several three-link brethren from the Everett encampment, who put on the work, also conferred the Royal Purple degree on C. D. D'Arcy and F. H. Ewing of this place. The local quintet returned Sunday, and say they had a very enjoyable time. — LaConner Puget Sound Mail.
Opera House
      The Margarita Fischer Co will appear at the opera house for a season of. two nights, starting Thursday, April 2, in a repertoire of late, standard successes, introducing new and funny specialties between each act, doing away with the long waits and delays. Miss Fischer is only 16 years of age but has the steadiness, ability and above all the art. As "Jean Ingleside" and "Mah's DuBois" in the society comedy, "The Queen of Wall Street," she has no equal, and is supported by a well-balanced company away above the average, Every lady attending the opening performance will be entitled to a beautiful souvenir photograph of Miss Fischer. Popular prices. Reserved seats now on sale at Holland's Drug Store.
      Ed. note: See this Journal feature about the Opera House on State Street, which later became the Moose Lodge hall.

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