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May 21, 1920     Shelton Mason County Journal
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Pl s .... i i i I MASON COUNTY GRAPES ARE IN GREAT DEMAND ONLY PUGET SOUND SECTION WHERE GRAPES ARE COM- MERCIALLY IMPOR- TANT The Puget Sound Grape Growers met at Detroit, Mason County, to hold the annual election of officers. The following were elected: Adam Eckert, President; E. C. Suiter, Vice President; J. F. Rauschm% Ed. Wil- son, Jacob Wingert, Directors; Chas. Somers, Jr., Secretary. A letter of appreciation was sent to the Commissioners of Mason County and the County Engineer for push- ing to successful completion the new Stretch Island bridge, spanning' 390 feet of water at high tide. This bridge will make it possible to reach the vineyards on Stretch Island by auto from all points, where at this time the best vineyards are located. A letter was received from Smith & Bloxom, wholesale commission mer- chants of Seattle, complimenting the growers on the quality of the fruit and assuring ready market for the produce the coming season. A letter was received from the Chautauqua & Lake Erie Fruit Growers' Association, of Westfield, N. Y., which includes 42,000 acres of grapes. Their returns show an average crop for 1919 of 3500 Ibs er acre; price received for 5%-Ib. asket, 28c to 36c; returns averaged $200 per acre, expenses $100 per acre; net profits, $100 per acre. Puget Sound's vineyards, 1919 crop averaged 7,000 pounds per acre; price at Seattle for 6-qound baskets averaged 55c wholesale, gross re- turns per acre, $641; expenses, $200 per acre; net profit, $441. The following review of the year was made by President Eckert: "In greeting you at this, our sec- ond annual meeting, it is with great pleasure and satisfaction that your officers can report substantial ben- efits to our industry, gained by olr being organizd to act as a unit in disposin,;" of our products, not only in the growi:g and selling of our i Would it not prove advantageous to you to make a special pack for this trade ? Smith & Bloxom of Seattle, to whom you made consignments the past season, at their own expense furnished each member with a special stamp to be placed upon each basket, the stamp being numbered and a record made of who held that num- ber, thus making it an easy matter to know each shipper's manner of packing. "Those who wish to cater to this fruit stand trade in large clusters, have but to notify our secretary who will report it to the commission house for their guidance and no doubt the shippgd will be amply rewarded in the r'urns received.. Believing that the grape in this vicinity is the very best and most profitable fruit to grow, yet it is never to be recommended to" confine ourselves to end particular crop, ap- plying, the adage of having all our eggs in one basket. With this in view, I have made a special trip to inter- view the proprietors of the Olympia and Puyallup canneries to obtain their advice on what fruits most ad- visable for us to grow, not overlap- ing into the grape harvest. Above all others they advised the Cuthbert red raspberry, never getting enough of them and the demand 'constantly increasing; next in order, the logan- berry, then the Clark's Seedling and Marshall strawberry, Montmorency sour cherry, Champion gooseberry, black currant; in plums, the Shrop- shrei Damson, Imperial and Italian prune. While the Evergreen black- berry was also advised to an limited extent, their requirements for the blackberry were generally supplied. The Cuthbert raspberry was the one fruit wanted, thought the Puyalhp cannery is very desirous of getting our grapes for jelly purposes. If there are any who fear that these fruits may become a drug on the market, I can report that the Olympia Cannery Co. paid 20c per pound for the Cuthbert raspberry this last season and their wants being so :far from being slpplied that they have purchased 250 acres and ,are phmtin this season, 25 acres to raspberries, 35 acres to Clark Seed- ling strawberry, and 25 acres to the Montmorency sour cherry. This planting to be increased in the fu- grapes, but el' all fruits grown by our memhers. "Our first year'; eondgmnents to the commision house selected to han- dle our products was very unsatis- factory, but profiting' by the exper- ience 'ained a chang;e was made to another house which has proven em- inently satisfactory to every mem- ber as far as I have been able to learn,--not only in the retulms re- ceived, but in their promptness in making returns as the goods were sold. "Without any attempt on our part to control prices, only agreeing by ourselves to ship to the one house at Seattle and Tacoma agreed upon we were successful in obtaining the highest returns per basket for our grapes ever received, these ranging from 60c to 70c per 7-pound basket. "By careful records our grapes averaged three and one-half tons per acre, this was considered a nor- real or average crop, while not as large as that of the previous year, yet a fair average one. On this basis it is an easy matter to figure tle average returns per acre. "While speaking of the prices re- ceived, I wish to call your attention to the system of packing that may be of decided benefit to those who may make a special effort to get the ;Crude of the fruit stands. It has been reported to me by our efficient secre- tary that certain fruit stands selected the largest clusters from each basket =and retailing them at 20c per pound. ture as the land can be prepard and plants obtained. I .r  , Y " o ihe C/ark Seedhng strawberry xs not as prolitic as the 3larshall, btt is !greatly, pretTerred for canning. No other scction oil out" state is or can be (ompared to our vic nity I f'o ' the product im of these fruits anlI bring transported by water are not covered with dust and dirt. "The Olympia cannery having their own launch will make regular trips calling at your landing for your fruits, and furnish stch packages as you may require to contain the fruits as you may have. "There is another matter quite outside of fruit growing, to which I wish to call your attention, that is the developing of the surrounding undeveloped lands, this can only be done by opening up good roads and community developments; quoting from a recent bulletin, the writer truthfully says, 'the business of a community goes to those of its cit- izens, who go out and get it and the leadrs of any locality are those who advertise in one form or another. A neighborhood is strikingly fortunate when one or more of its members reaches out and extends its view points. When he brings in new trade he is building not only for his own and neighbor's future development, but for posterity." Bearing this truth in mind, then let us as a body give what assistance we can to all individ- uals and communities to better con- ditions, whatever tends to their suc- l I MASON CUNTT JOURNAL [U | II I , ,, ' ' i " r BAKER POULTRY FARM I SEPARATE SKIRTS AT ALLYN PROSPERS RULE THE SEASON 00ows ,,oos A PROFITABLE COMBI- 1 The Baker poultry farm at Allyn is gradually developing into an in- dustry that promises splendid re- turns financially to its promoters, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Baker. The industrious family of white Leghorns are installed on a pretty elevation just above the big Bay Side hotel and in full view of the waters of the Sound, the pens being located in the center of a five acre tract of land, the attractiveness of the place being enhanced by a fine freshly painted bungalow. The farm now has 270 old hens and 1,000 three-weeks old chicks purchas- ed at the Queen hatchery in Seattle. An idea of the valuable character of the flocks cared for may be estimat- g I ed from the results from one pen of fifty feathered money makers who rewarded their owners with 47 eggs the day the correspondent visited the farm. The farm is equipped with modem oil burner brooders and it is the in- tention of Mr. and Mrs. Baker to raise their own chicks in the fu- ture, it being cheaper than buying them at 25 cents each and transport- ing them from Seattle. In addition to the poultry the farm has three pure blood Jersey cows and some porkers and all of this has been developed out of a five acre tract of land that was covered with dense undergrowth when it came into I i the possession of its present owners. I cess will also to some extent be to[ our own benefit. ] "In the development of our vicinit i we should have more assistance from our county scat. Were the people of Shelton alive to their own interests they would take a more active inter- est in the development of the many and varied industries surrounding them. It may be necessary to go there an(I attempt to arouse them, 1)ut some new life into them, that they may realize the great possibil- ities knocking at their door. We are fortunate in having a board off county commissioners who are alive to those po:sibilities and al'e (l,ing all tileir limited means will pcrnfit." The summer of 1920 will likely be known to women in the future as "the extra skirt season." It is the growth of the "sport skirt" idea, permitting a riot of color wbic! all women like. The skirt, which buttons on front or side. is quite th thing this. year../ Politicians 0rdored Palmer to Fix Price Causes and effect in the setting of a price for Louisi- ana sugar by Attorney Gen- eral Palmer were set forth before the House inquiry committee at Washington by Representative Tlnkham. He read into the record state- ments of Representative Martin to slmw that a num- bar of Louisiana politicians saw Attorney General Pal. mar and told him to etraighten out the sugar situations in that state; also, that the attorney general did straighten it out by fix- lag the price there at 17 to 15 eent at a time when ugar could be bought in uba for $1o$ een. All of which .explains why the eon- |umer is paying an exorbi- tant price for sugar today. I I I " II SMOKERS' HEADQUARTERS Cigars, Tobaccos and .High Grade Candies. Guns, Ammunition & Sporting Goods Try our fresh roasted peanuts W.ll. All the Daily Papers t % i :: CORD TII00S OOD mileage, good looks, good traction--all to an extreme degree -- are features of these tires. In their making and in their selling, tho Fisk Ideal is a vital f:ctor. The Fmk Ideal: "To be the best concern in the world to work for, and the squmrest concern |n zxiaonce to do btmlnesg witK n SHELTON GARAGE Phone 391 S H E LT 0 N INDEPENDENT toStages ii im Leave Shelton- Leave Olympia 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a. m. 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a. m. 2:00 p.m. 1:30 p. m. 4:45 p.m. 5:30 p. m. Shelton to Old Kamilche.. .50 Shelton to Snider's Prairie .75 Shelton to Olympia ...... $1.00 Olympia to Sniders Prairie .50 Olympia to Old Kamilche. .75 Olympia to Shelton ..... 1.00 Leaves Olympia from Braeger's Place, opposite Bus Station FRED THOMPSON AND RUFUS DUNBAR Headquarters: Shelten, Hotel Shelton. Olympia, Knox Garage Mason Cont]'a, t0, BRICKWORK PLASTERING and CEMENT Now open to contracts for cement block build- ing. WALTER RUSSELL Tahuya, Wash. II FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1920 Children's ' 'L' 00ISORDERS of the stomach and constipation are y the most common diseases of children. To correct them you will find nothing better than Chamberlain's Tablets.  One tablet at bed time will do the work and will make your child bright and cheerful the following morning. Do not punish your children by giving them castor oil. Chamber- lain's Tablets are better and more pleasant to take. RE-OPENED Burnett and Lonie Plemons have reopened the Webster & Cagle Garage for business. Repairs of all kinds. All work guaranteed. Gas--Oils--Accessories Battery charging, vulcanizing and car storage. Service car always ready. Expert mechanic. TRY US The Olympic Garage Phone 461, Shelton YOU'LL BOTH APPRECIATE the appearance and enjoy the flavor of our brick ice cream. You'll know at a glance that such dainty look- the cream must be good. And the first spoonful will justify your opinion. Comes in all flavors as well as Neapolitan. PAULSON'S SOFT DRINK STORE: SHORTY THE ONLY TAILOR IN TOWN New spring amples have arrived so order I at new suit now Cleaning, Pressing and Altering Ladies Suits sponged and pressed . . 1.00 Suits cleaned and pressed 2.00 Skirts ...... . . 1.00 Jackets ...... . . 1.00 Dresses .... " . . . 1.75 up Fancy Dresses cleaned and pressed  . ...... 2.25 up Gentlemen Suits sponged and pressed . . $1.00 Suits drycleaned and pressed . 2.00 Coats 1.00 Pants .... 1.00 Pants slonged and pressed . . Overcoats dry cleaned'and pressed 2.00 Overcoats dyed ...... 5.00 Suits dyed ........ 5.00 J. T. WALSH, Box 216, Shelton WHEN VISITING IN SEATTLE--TRY Hotel Holland Modern and Fireproof Reasonable rates for transient and weekt rates for permanent guests. Fourth Ave. at Jefferson Opposite new court house, four blocks froz depots and docks Eugene Brunner, Mgr. STR, S. G. Sl MPS ON I THE SHELTON-TACOMA ROUTE Single Fare $1.51. Round trip $2.72 (Daily except Sundays) Leave Shelton 7 a.m. Leave Tacoma 3 p. m. The morning trip. connects with the II o'clock Tacoma to Seattle boat at Municipal Dock. Passengers from Seattle to Shelton should take the steamer leaving Seattle at 1 o clock p. m. Seattle freight should be delivered to Pier 3. SHELTON TRANSPORTATION COS'ANY