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2" uni.qu AXES nu RIlLLS SEEN r." v' Completes Tax Roll Ex- 8i0n This Week; Fewer Taxes To Be Collected On Greater Prop- erty Valuation of work extending the tax rolls has been complet- week by Assessor War- coln and his deputy, Mrs. county auditor to be and audited before they find their way to the treasurer, who uses same Leg-3... ‘1’ y tax statements for 1942. assessor's figures show a~ increase in total prop- ‘5‘ aluations in Mason County M 7" 41, yet $6,570.57 less taxes is . assessed against this val— than last year. ay of explanation, Asses- », coln pointed out that the i‘ valuation total is due ally to increases in the as , “ Value of personal property 3 provements to waterfront y throughout the county in 4'» .t year. Personal property Showed a $214,301 increase 941. berland Value Falls g res weren‘t imm ediatcly r , 1e on waterfront property S. but the two together with a- quarter of million to spare the $133,144 drop :r. of the valuation increase f.._ attributal to a one-point ln ratio of assessements W, the state tax commission " the county for 1942, As- Lincoln said. ,4 decrease in total taxes as- “,j against Mason County prop- ~ due to the fact that fewer districts in the county havo levies, he explained. Only - Tahuya, Harstine Island, M. Knight, Camp 3 and Lil— districts passed specials. lfalr Pays Heaviest . . est levy in any district for 'u‘ Will be paid by property ‘ L. of the Belfa'ir district, 48.34 mills have been ap— W i and the lowest will be Inills. shared by several dis- it' In the Shelton district the 3’: ‘ cut will be on a 44.64 mil] ‘ drop from 54.02 mills for ‘ ation purposes. ' how for the arithmetic. To- ‘. ‘ 2 valuation on all county is $5,814,330. Taxes ex- ;g. on the rolls on that basic ,j. 14,112.85. e City of Shelton the valu- L; totals $2,289,339 on which a if; f $37,316.14 taxes have been ed. Carrying the breakdown decrease in utilities valua— ‘- '; “'1 road district one is 5 on which taxes of $2,- have been extended: sim- Dective figures $1,580,081 340.23 for road district two: '775 and $3,170.35 for road three: $446.784 and $1,- f01‘ P.U.D. 12 $5,347,546 and -09 for P.U.D. 3; and $2.- , and $36,387.24 for Shelton district 309. »" v :‘a, . ,es Must Be i, 4| ‘4!» Car By Jan. 1 i it expect any leniency if you Year's Day without 1942 plates for State Patrol- iff Aden is giving fair I that none will be given. “Orders from State Patrol .I‘ters are to begin making - immediately the new year " of drivers who operate‘ "’ehicles without the proper minutes. —A series of silences for a Blast for two Dutcher, and turned over. king out personal and real, i tlll'ther, valuation on DYOP'l ht driving your car af-r MOODY. D. O. 6017 S. E. 86TH PORTLAND. GREGG” 46 I l I": l ‘fi . ‘1 . berland valuations and a Joseph and the child . . to know that He was in the manger. Would That His Spirit Should Prevail No king was so proud and mighty that hc did not deem it fitting that he himself should travel to 306 the child. No gift in royal coffers was so rich or so rare that it could be withheld as an offering to this blessed babe. So kings came from many lands . . . brilliant trappings. They came and knclt, bestowing gifts, bcforc Marl , . and the Three Wise Men who had been first So the world’s riches were laid at the feet of the infant Jesus. But as He grew in stature and wisdom, worldly things became of dimin- ishing worth to Him; and more and more zealously He sought the simple beauty in men’s souls, Then, when the words of God were spoken to Him, He forsook all values less than Faith and Love and Honor, and these became His philosophy . . . religion . This Christmas commemorates the date of His birth---not without sadness. For if His spirit were truly in men’s hearts the dark veil of war and intolerance would be lifted from us, and brotherly love would be the only dictator of men’s deeds. This Christmas, let there be a prayer in our hearts that His word will be re-hcard and remembered around the wOrld; and that it will leave an unfolding echo of the soul- satisfying stillness of peace. o. CIVILIAN DEFENSE LEADERS HERE TO ATTEND THREE-DAY SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION Shelton and Mason County civ— ilian defense leaders have been' named to attend a civilian de- fense school of instruction to be held in Olympia next Saturday. Sunday and Monday being staged by the Chemical Warfare Service of the War Department: From Shelt’on will go Police Chief Andy Hansen, chairman of the auxiliary police unit of the civilian defense council; Fire Chief Dean Carmen, chairman of the auxiliary fire unit; and E. E. Brewer, city air raid'warden. From the county arm 01" the de— fense unit will go County Coordi- nator Frank Heuston, Fire War- den Charles Ogg, Martin and Air Raid Warden J. W. Graham. Intensive instruction will be giv- en some 250 civilian defense lead- ers from Southwest Washington in the technique of handling and extinguishing bombs of various types, including the much talked of and commonly used incendiary bomb. as well as instruction in every phase of civilian defense, including medical plans, war gas- es, protection against war gases, decontamination of gassed areas. blackout technique moral, hand- ling incendiaries, bomb effects, warden organization, communica- tions for civilian protection, train- ing principals, air raid incidents exercise, plant plans for air raid ‘protection, plant watchman and police service, sabotage, plant fire brigade and protection of installa- tions. Classes will last from 8 a. m. t0 9 p. m. each day, taking out just sufficient time for meals. DEFENSE DOPE Final appointment of commun— ity registrars for civilian defense registration was made MOHday evening at Lilliwaup and Lower Skokomish when that busy group of defense leaders completed their . rounds of the county. This Is Your NEW i'jggIR-RAID WARNING SIGNAL ‘ CITY FIRE SIREN A continuous, undulating Blast lasting for two POWERHOUSE STEAM WHISTLE five-second blasts s e p a r a t e d by Three-Second two-minute period. ALL CLEAR SIGNAL—Continuous minutes. lll‘ Sheriff Gene i At Lower Skokomish, Frances Gladwin At .Lilliwaup, Bert Davis Twenty communities outside of Shelton were visited by the group in a period of ten days A: ’5 Mrs. More volunteers are needed for the Aircraft Warning Service lis- tening post in Shelton, reports Chief Observer Maurice H. Need- ham. So far he has adopted a policy of waiting for members of the post staff who have already sign- ed up to volunteer to take certain watches, rather than arbitrarily assigning watches, but lately the volunteers haven’t been sufficient to stretch around the clock by some little bit and it is throwing too great a. burden upon those who have volunteered. Timbers for the listening tower which is planned for the Shelton observation post have been deliv- ered and actual construction is ex- pected to begin this weekend. The tower probably will be erected on Hillcrest, Needham said. The Aircraft Warning Service has been described by military au- thorities as “our first line of de- fense” against air attacks for un— less the observation posts flash warnings of the approach of ene- my planes they cannot be inter- cepted effectively by defending air forces. , ii: >l= Out. at Matlock, Chief Observer Don Nye and his staff have al- ready constructed a special listen- ing post atop “Mouse Mountainf’ back of the Matlock store and have increased the visibility of the Aircraft Warning Service staff in that vicinity by many miles to the westward, where an enemy at- tack is most likely to come. A telephone line has been run into the newly constructed tower and a map has been placed under glass on a small table so the ob- servers can get a more accurate idea of direction and distance. =k * The Japanese may seize on the Christmas holiday let down to strike at the Northwest, Lieut. Col. Walter J. Belong, State Director of Civilian De- fense, warned today. He asked all Civilian Defense Units to maintain sharp vigil against any surprise attacks while the pop- ulace is thinking of other things. Shelton Library On News Bulletin Cover One' of six Washington library buildings sketched on the cover of the December issue of the Lib- rary News Bulletin, issued by the State Library, is that of the Shel- ton Library. The' issue is neatly done in greenink to carry out its Christ- mas motif. AII‘. llll l'lllllllll‘ . . teaching. SHELTON, WASHINGTON, Thursday, December 25, 1941. i. with many camels in 33g ON IN FORMATION 0N DRAFT CALLS Names. Numbers, Dates of Future Quotas to be Kept Secret, Draft Board Ordered ’ No further infoEiation hereaf- ter will be released by the Ma- son County draft board on names, numbers and dates concerning fu- ture selective service calls for the Army, Chairman Ed Faubert an- nounced following a meeting of the board Monday afternoon. The local board is acting on in- structions from State Selective Service Headquarters, he said. The local board has also been instructed to discontinue the Class IV-A classification of selec- tive service registrants predicated on previous military training and to re-classify men already placed in that category to determine their availability for additional service in the armed forces. “The action was necessitated by the entry of the U. S. into the war against the Axis powers and the resultant cancellation of pro- visions of the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 which granted deferment to certain ex- servicemen in time of peace,” the order to the local board read. Heretofore. men who had serv- ed in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, National Guard, Officers’ Reserve Corps, Naval Merchant Marine Reserve, Volunteer Naval Reserve or Vol- unteer Marine Corps Reserve whose service in those forces came within a certain period prior to the selective service registration had been granted deferment from further peace-time service and placed in Class IV-A. ED TAYLOR SICK Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Taylor were called to Seattle Tuesday to visit Ed Taylor, who was taken sick while enroute to the city Monday and is in the Virginia Ma- son Hospital there. Thanks To You! 125 Youngsters Get Xmas Toys Editor, The Journal, Shelton, Washington l Dear Sir: We wish to express our appre- ciation to The Journal and to the people of Mason County who gen- erously supported the toy reno- vation project. Because of your help and con- tributions, renovated toys will find their way Christmas morn- ing into the hands of 125 Mason County children. Very truly yours, MASON COUNTY WEL- FARE DEPT, Glenn Ratcliff, Administrator torney Charles R. Lewis. LID CLAMPED DOWN! PHOTOSTAT NOW ’ RECORDING A I. I. COUNTY D E E D S New Equipment Put lnto Use Yesterday; 80 Record- ings Made in Hour Another page in the. volume of progress was turned yesterday in the history of record keeping ' by the Mason County auditor‘s of- fice when new photostatic equip- ment was put into use for the first time. Instruments filed since Decem- ber 9 were “mugged” in the first hour the machine was put into use —~the photostatic copies covering some 80 pages in Volume 75 of. the deed records. First deed to be recorded by the photostatic pro- cess here was a warrranty deed, ‘from Melvin L. Kolmorgan to l Frank C. Willey drawn up by At- l The photostatic process will el- iminate errors in copying instru- ments and will also eliminate much time and effort in the re- cording of instruments as no longer will it be necessary to copy by typewriter, a time-eating ac- tion, with its attending task oft comparison, requiring the time and effort of two clerks. each in- strument filed with the county auditor. Mrs. Ida Rex Loughnan, re- cording clerk on the auditor's staff, will be in charge of the photostatic equipment. She was shown “the ropes" yesterday by C. R. Dixon, representative of the Remington-Rand company, which manufactures the equipment pur< chased ,_by the county, and John! Walker, 8. member of the Secre— tary of State staff in Olympia. The two men set up the equip- ment and put it in working or- der yesterday and supervised the first recording by photostatic copy ever done in Mason County, A developing room has been built in the rear corner of the vault room of the auditor's of- fice but the drier hasn't yet been delivered, the only missing part of the equipment. Due to gov- ernment priority the drier is not expected here before January 15. In the meantime Mr. Walker is going to do the drying on the state’s equipment in Olympia. The only treatment necessary on instruments now before they are copied by photstat is writing on the volume and page number and applying carbon lightly to the county seal so that it will show up in the copy. Bid ReCeived To . Buy County Farm; Date January 17 So help us, it looks like the county farm is about to be sold, at long last. The county commissioners this week received and accepted an lapplication for the purchase of the fertile county-owned property located in Isabella Valley which has variously been used as a poor farm and a choice spot for con— ducting gardening projects of var- ious kinds the past several years. The applicant is Marion W. Eve- leth of Shelton, who indicated he would be willing to pay $300 cash down and the balance of a $2600 purchase price in ten annual in- stallments drawing five per cent interest. The commissidners have set January 17 at ten o’clock on the front steps of the courthouse as the time and place for conducting the sale, at which the public will have an opportunity to bid on the property. After holding the matter under advisement for a week, the county board accepted the bid of’ the Fairbanks Morse Company to fur- nish an 1800 horsepower deisel mo- tor for the new Harstine ferry with the qualification that the mo— tor can be returned within thirty days if found to lack sufficient power for the purpose. The bid was at $750. The $3500 revolving fund orig- inally set up a year ago to oper- ate the food stamp plan in this county was returned to the coun- ty current expense fund by order of the board Monday inasmuch as the fund is no longer necessary now that the stamp sales are be- County auditor’s office. , An additional $25,000 bond for County Treasurer Omer L. Dioon was inspected and approved. JIM BATSTONE UNCHANGED ‘~ in Shelton on his way to his Hood ing handled through the Thurston , Lester Vallet Relates Details OI Had it not been for adverse elements the United States would have one more badly needed mer- chant ship in its maritime fleet for the fine new motorship “Ore- gon,” 6,400 ton deisel freighter launched in Tacoma last summer, , would have been able to make port under its own power after being rammed 200 miles off the Mr. Vallet said. Oregon On Maiden Voyage 1 Massachusetts coast December 11, The Navy ship was one escourt~k Canal home at Hidden Cove. Mr. Valle-t was the last man with the exception only of the captain to abandon the Oregon and was one of the 25 men in the crew of 42 rescued. He lost all his personal possessions except his maritime commission and the clothes he was wearing. “We were within 40 miles of port, “Mr. Vallet related to a Journal reporter, “when a severe storm struck us and evidently caused the watertight bulkheads separating the cargo holds to give way. The ship sank within five minutes after we abandoned it." 17 Shipmates Lost Seventeen fellow crew members were lost in the mountainous seas when one of the two lifeboats, carrying 21 men each, capsized in the huge waves. Only six men in that lifeboat were saved, while two who had lowered the boat in which Mr. Vallet was rescued leap- ed into the sea and were lost when they were unable to swim to the boat and it was unable to get them because of the heavy going. The rescued men were in their lifeboat only two hours before be- ing taken aboard a tanker which had been standing by and had succeeded in picking up several from the capsized lifeboat. “The temperature was freezing along with the gale and when spray hit us it froze right on us,” Mr. Vallet recounted. “The water itself was only 46 degrees and even then felt warmer than the atmosphere.” The collision which resulted in the sinking of the Oregon occur— red about four o‘clock in the morning while the Oregon and the Navy ship which rammed it (not identified in any reports of the accident) were running without lights due to blackout restrictions, its chief engineer, Lester Vallet, related yesterday upon his arrival ing a convoy of merchant vessels but the Oregon was proceeding on independent course for (Continued on Page Six) an Carl Wescott Safe In Hawaii Christmas will truly be merry in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Westcott, who live on Mat- lock Route near Dayton, for they received word this week that their son. Carl, was safe at Pearl Har- bor and had survived the surprise assault on the Pacific Ocean na- val base which brought the Uni- ted States directly into the war on December 7. The Dayton couple received an air mail letter from Carl yester. day telling them of his safety. RAINS BROTHERS REPORT IN SAFE Additional airmail news receiv- ed this afternoon informed Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rains of Isabella Valley that their two sons, Carl and Bob, also survived the Pearl Harbor surprise attack. They were stationed aboard the Pennsylvania. The letters, mailed December 14 and 16 respectively, arrived here yesterday. . Outdoor Lights Judging 7—930 Saturday Night Shelton homes which have been decorated with outdoor Christmas illumination are re- quested to be Sure to have those illuminations turned on- between the hours of 7 and 9:30 p. In. this coming Saturday evening for that is the period during which judging for the Garden Club’s contest' will be held. . The judges - Mrs. Walter Kullrlch, representing the spon- soring club, Mayor William Stevenson, and‘ President Ed Faubert of the Chamber of Commerce—will make a tour of Condition of Jim Batstone, ser- iousTy injured in a Bayshore road auto accident a week ago today, remains "about the same," a Shel- ton hospital bulletin said this af- ternoon. inspection of the entire city during that period and select those illuminations to which they will give honorable men- tion. No prizes are to be awarded this year. n.¥uun. -EN|;IST NEW UNITED‘ STATES ARMY OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER Ship Sinking L. M. Employes Given $25 Bonds With Xmas Bonus Part of the annual Christmas bonus which employes of the Lumber-men’s Mercantile com- pany received this afternoon consisted of $25 defense bonds, each of the 42 employes of the firm receiving one bond of that denomination, the rest of the bonus being in cash, General Manager Walter M. Elliott re— vealed today. This, it is believed, makes the L. M. the first Shelton store in which 100 per cent of the em- ployes are possessors of defense bonds. “The company is urging its employes to add to this start by continuing to buy all the de- fense bonds they possibly can,” Mr. Elliott added. Each employe of the L. M. annually receives a. Christmas bonus, the amount of which is determined on a combined merit and share-in-the-profits basis. MRS. BEN WILLEY DIES AFTER SIXTY YEARS IN COUNTY True Pioneer of West Claimed at Advanced Age Tuesday, Last Rites Friday, 2 P. M. Death claimed Mrs. Sophie C. Willey, 82. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace Dickey. at B‘ayshore, Tuesday morning, clos- ing an extended illness due to her advanced age. Funeral rites will be held at the Witsier Funeral Home on Friday at p.m., with the Christian Science Reader service, and inter- ment will follow in the family plot in Shelton Memorial Park. Deaceased wasthe wife of Ben. C. Willey, and with' him was a true pioneer of the Pacific Coast, she being born at Marysville, Cal., April 1, 1859, and coming to this territory in early life with her parents, the Ready family, which settled in Lewis County. She was married to Ben. Wil- ley at Centralia in 1880, and came directly to this bay to make her home at Oakland, where her hus- band was engaged with his fa- ther, Enoch Willey, in operating a sawmill. Most of her . life has been spent in this vicinity or on Hood Canal, where Ben. Willey was engaged in logging and mill- ing. although retired to their home at Oakland some five years ago to the Bayshore store and resort. In earlier years Mrs. Willey was interested and helpful in school‘ and neighborhood work, and was esteemed by those of pioneer days who knew her best. She is sur- vived by ters, Mrs. Grace Dickey and Mrs. Blanche Lincoln, both of Bay- shore, her son J. Conley Willey of Olympia, a sister, Mrs. Edith Smith of Hoquiam and two grand— children, Barbara and Mary Ca- therine Lincoln. Masons Install Saturday Night! New officers of Mt. Moriah Ma- sonic Lodge will be installed at public ceremonies to be held in the Masonic Temple here this Sat- urday evening starting at eight o’clock. Retiring Master Maurice H. Needham will act as installing of- ficer, inducting Horace H. Crary as the new worshipful master, Don Clark as senior warden,- W. S. Val- ley as junior warden, Charles E. Runacres as treasurer, and J. L. Catto as secretary, the latter two having they have held for several years in the lodge. v The public is cordially invited to :yesterday received at her husband, two daugh- been re-elected to positions, DEFENSE BOND SALE SPURREI) HERE BY WAR Local Agencies Report Volume in Past 2 Weeks Around One—Fifth of Total Since Sale Began Under the impetus of war, Shel- ton and Mason County citizens are rallying strongly behind Uncle Sam through the medium of the purchaSe of defense bonds, a check of the three local agencies au- thorized to sell the bonds revealed yesterday. Since the United States was forced into war with Japan on December 7, the Shelton postoffice has sold $6,- 450 worth of defense bonds, which is twice the amount sold in the entire months of October and N o v., ac- cording to figures an- nounced yes- terday by Geo. Dun- ning, clerk in charge of defense bond sales. In the same 13 fis- cal days, the postoffice sold $778.75 in defense saving stamps, he added. $21,500 in 13 Days The Shelton branch of the Seat- tle-First National Bank, since De— cember 8, has sold a total of $21,500 in defense bonds, which figures out as approximately one fifth of the $105,050 total value of defense bonds sold since they were first placed on sale away back in the spring, reports Bank Manager Laurence Carlson. The majority of the bank’s sales have been in the Series G bonds, some running as high as $5,000 in value, he said. The bank is the only local agency authorized to distribute Series G bonds. Down at the pulp mill where the Rayonier Federal Credit Un- ion is a third local agency vau- thorized to distribute defense bonds, the rush was so great that the supply of bonds ran out after $487.50 had been taken in dur— ing the first week of the war, re- ports Harry Carlon, credit un- ion treasurer. Supply Exhausted Until yesterday the credit union had been unable to replenish its supply of $25 value bonds, he said, and then wasn‘t able to-get its order in full. During that period of “sell out" twelve applications for $25 bonds and a half dozen of $50 bonds were received, Treasurer Carlon added. In the entire spring and summer prior to the war’s outbreak the credit union had sold only approx— imately $1500 worth of bonds, he commented, clearly indicating the great impetus the‘war has given the sale. The postoffice, likewise, ran out of $25 denomination bonds but partial sup- ply on its order so will be able to furnish “investors in Ameri- ca” for a short while. Ample sup- plies of higher denominations are on hand at the postoffice. A size— able portion of the sales of bonds have been in larger than $25 de- nominations, Dunning said. Woman Injured In Accident Today Mrs. Emma Fourre of Potlatch Route will find Christmas Day a little unpleasant physically for she suffered back injuries and bruis— es shortly before noon today when a car she was driving and another driven by Vern Hawk, also of Pot- latch Route, collided near the air- port on the Olympic Highway. Both reports blamed fog and a road grader which was operat- ing without lights for causing the accident. The Fourre care over- turned. _ Unlisted damage but no injur- ies were inflicted on cars driven by Locie W. Avery, Route 3, Shel- ton, and R. J. Streich, Route 1, witness the installation ceremon- ies, which celebrate the annual Masonic Saints John Night. Puyallup, Tuesday when they col- lided at Cascade and Olympic highway. Early Editions Next Week With New Year falling on Thursday, it will be necessary for The Journal to shift its publication days to Monday and Wednesday next week. The cooperation of advertisers. correspondents and the public will be very much appreciated.