Ukiah Dispatch Democrat from Ukiah, California on February 20, 1948 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Friday, February 20, 1948
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COUNTY TAXHECAP |1,30454IF0II'48 Total Figures Are Eight Percent Higher Than 1946-47 SACRAME!NT0. Feb. 14 (WNS) —Taxpayers of Mendocino County are scheduled to pay $1,304,547 this fiscal year In general and special district tax levies, according to Thomas H. Kuchel, state controller. Kuchel said the figures illed with him Indicated the county levy as $715,100 for general, and $589,448 for special taxes. Total figures represents an 8% Increase over the 1946-47 fiscal year levy. Taxpayers in all counties, according to Kuchel, are subject to a levy of $451,322,846 this year, $210,702,328 of which is for general taxes, and $240,620,517 for • special assessments. The statewide increase for all counties over last year is 18%. The general levy in the county,' Kuchel's report shows, is brolcen down into the following categories: General purposes, $305,432; sal- ' ary, $152,451; hospital and relief, $203,959; advertising, $5904; roads \and bridges, $334; other purposes, $47,018. Ti}e special taxes, the report shows, are for maintenance, $280,527; high school bonds, $39,484; elementary school maintenance, $238,528; elementary school bonds, $16,391; junior colleges, $11,977; lighting, $392; cemetery, $21'45. Menielec?noCounTy*» Pioneer Newipajser DISPATCH-DEMOCRAT OFFICE: 164 East Standley St. Published for 78 Years Weekly Digest of Mendocino County Newi aty, Rural and County News From Every- Section of Mendocino County DISPATCi|-DEMOCRAT: Phone Ukiah Number O—N—B mocral VOLUME LXXIX UKIAH, MENDOaNOlCOUNTY, bALIFORNIA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1^48 NUMBER'20 Short Shifts For Burglars Officers Clear Up Robbery of TKe Ship At Ft. Bragg Sheriff Broaddus and Deputies Bill White and Ward Rels set something of a record Wednesday in fcleanlng up the burglary of The Ship, a Fort Bragg bar and restaurant, which was cleaned out some time after 2 o'cloclc Wednesday morning. . I^inl Bartalini and Millard Law, both 24 years of age, are in the county jail and Bartalini's confession of his part of the burglary is in the iiands of the sheriff, obtained at 4 o'cloclc Thursday morning, after the two men were arrested in a Santa Rosa hotel and brought to Ukiafi. Law's confession is expected to follow soon. The Ship, owned and operated by Charles Clapuscl, and located on IWain street in Fort Bragg, is next door to the postofllce. The place was closed at 2 o'clock Wednesday morning and the burglary was not discovered until opening time, at 8 o'clock, Entrance was made through the back door, and once inside, the burglars had to force their way through two other doors to gain the barroom where the cash register was looted. The cash contents of the register were $108.35. Chief Criminal Deputy William White was in Fort Bragg on other business and with Deputy Ward Rles of Fort Bragg was called in by Chief of Police Owen Hablutzel, who received the first report of the robbery. Sheriff Broaddus went to the coast later in the day and leads v/hich had been picked up were followed to Santa Rosa where Bartalini and Law were found in their hotel. The money taken from tlie register was mostly in silver with six five dollar bills. At the county jail each of the prisoners yielded three five dollar billi and a considerable amount of silver. Suspicion fell on Bartalini and Law because of their circumstances. Neither had been gainfully employed for six months but always had plenty of money. Law has been in trouble here several times and recently completed a term in jail for petty theft. In winding up the raid on The Ship, Sheriff Broaddus is confident that 10 other burglaries committed in the coast town will be cleared up by the arrest of the two men, and his investigations may reach be;-Old the confines of Mendocino county, to throw light on other similar crimes. Housewives Wary as Food Prices Unwind Ukiah's housewives and food merchants entered the second week of dropping food prices today ynth a ca,utious skepticism, but with the hope that several rediictiohs here and there on their food lists were omens of a definite break in the former trend of steadily > rising prices. Beloved Gard&ner Passes Begin Plans For Spring Festival Plans for the Third Annual Potter Valley Spring Festival were made Monday night at a special meeting at the Potter Valley Grange hall. The festival this year will be held on a Saturday an^ Sunday, May 22 and 23. Saturday events include a series of 4 -H Club displays, an afternoon baseball game and a dance in the evening. On Sunday there will be the traditional rodeo and barbecue. A colorful parade is also being planned for the May event. Following are the festival committee chairmen appointed at the first meeting: Don Hulbert, advertising; Lloyd Hughes, floats and parade; Reid Farnsworth, dance; Marvin Holman, rodeo; Paul Poulos, food; Harry Hopper, rodeo jcCreshments, "It's too early to make any definite predictions. Let's wait and see," was the usual rejoinder encountered locally when harassed local merchants were quizzed about the possibility of a general price drop. Today's late market leporls showed B halt in price reductions with some foods back on the upgrade after the weekend slump. Many of Ukiah's grocery purveyors harked back to last February when a similar drop in the price of meats, fats and oils was noted, only to have the skyrocketing trend come back with even greater momentum during the summer and early fall of 1947. However, local retailers, plagued with frequent protests about the price of their foods, sincerely hoped the present break in grocery prices would develop into a definite downward trend. Although city food stores reported definite reductions on as many as 00 items in their food lists, merchants here interpreted the situation as merely Indicative of localized price wars in those areas. Actually, reductions in the Pacific coast area have besin limited to prices on flour, sus;ar, oils and shortenings, bacon,. i..utter and margarine, fruit juices and some soaps. Some cuts of beet had been reduced in price slightly Friday and Saturday in Ukiah. Local retatlfjts reported price reductions as mucli as 83 cents off on 50 pounds of flour, 4 cents on 10 pounds of sugar, 2 cents per pound on Isird and shortenings, and 2 cents per medium sized package on granular soaps. "The one thing we noted particularly about this week's sales was an increased buyer resistance," one Ukiah food dealer pointed out. = In many cases, housewives accustomed to stocking up regularly on staple items decided to 'buy just one now—maybe the price'll be lower next week,' . . .rather than make any extended purchases." "For the first time in many, many months our list of price reductions was longer than the list of advances, this week," another local .nejchant commented. Another city food store proprietor noted, "Business was slower than normal this week, in spite of a few price drops. Our price changes consisted of a few reductions and there were still several increases outside the heavy staple lines." • "We've been deluged with phone calls from housewives inquiring about price reductions, but buying hasn't been as heavy as usual," was still another- report. "It was amazing to see the reactions of many of the customers. 'Gee, these prices have certainly gone down,' one feminine shopper remarked— and every grocery item in her basket was exactly the same price as it had been for weeks." "Most of the items showing reductions are the ones that have been the most out of line—probably indicating a certain 'conscience' on Che part uf somfe wholesalers and agents," one store manager remarked. "Canned goods and most packaged lines stayed at the same price." "Meat dealers making reductions on bacon and beef are doing so in anticipation of the reduced prices already announced by wholesalers," a local grocer maintained. "In general, manufacturers will tend to hold their prices a few more weeks until a c'efinite downward trend is evident. But, after all, why ask us about the price situation when even the experts in Washington are baffled." Nationally, the comment by economic experts has been tinged with a note of surprise. Ordinarily retail food price reductions lag three weeks to more than three months behind any drop in staple crops, such as the falling off of the wheat market last week. CountyRoads Ask $416,000 Sum Is Proposed As Needed For Work' On 4 Projects Govemcfr Warren's 1948-49 stale highway construction budget totals $50,006,000 lor actual construction work, according to rec^ oramendations of the California Highway Commission contained in the budget. In addition, construction engineering, minor improvements, rights of Way, preliminary engineering and design and contingencies bring the total to $83,146,662. Mendocino, county projects, showing the total estimated cost, given by the division of highways, which includes engineeirlng and rights of way, and the actual construction cost In the budget, follow: Three miles south to one mile north of Rattlesnake summit, base and surface four miles; $140,000 , total, $125,000 construction. j St. Ore's creek, grade, surface ; and culvert .5 mUe; $109,000 to- • tal, $86,000 construction. Big River bridge repair; $90,000 total, $77,000 coniitruction.: Virgin Creek, grade, surfac(^.and,f; culvfert .5 mile; $77,<)00 total, $65,- ' 000 construction. Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Ryan of Talmage left Thursday for San Diego where he will attend the meeting of the executive board of Dry Wine Growers Favor Separation Dry wine grapes throughout the state may seek separation from the producers of sweet wine and raisin grapes in solving their marketing problems. More than 60 grapemen, meeting in the St. Helena grammar school auditorium, February 13, took this position following a discussion of the divergent interests of the two groups. The vintlculturists, however, will not seek to separate themselves from the powerful Wine Institute, but feel that their best interests will be served if the 13 dry v.rine counties of the state band together in a nev/ unit to study their own marketing methods. It was pointed out that under the present setup, with no sharp distinction between dry and sweet wine grower mphasis, the more influential sweet wine interests hold the balance of power. Since the aims of the sweet wine and raisin grape producers are often in conflict with the objectives of the dry wine producers, they feel separation is the wisest course. Att'y Joseph Rattlgan Joins Preston & Folk Attorney Joseph A. Rattigan of Mountain View recently became affiliated with the law firm of Preston & Faik, He is a graduate of the Stanford University Law School, and recently admitted to general practice. Attorney Rattigan is a veteran of World War II, serving with the navy in the South Pacific as & Naval Reserve lieutenant and as captain of P.T. boat 488 and executive officer of motor torpedo boat squad 33. Mrs. Rattigan and their 14- month-old daughter are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gubisch of Washington, D.C. GROK ANNUAL SHEARMOOL Experts Coming to Boonviile Exhibition Next Saturday The Mendocino County Wpol- growers Assoc^latioi) holds its second annual sheep shearing school next Saturday at the county fair grounds in Boonviile, In cooperation with: the California Wool- growers Association. E. A. Warner, livestock specialist of the Sunbeam Corporation, will teach the Australian method of shearing, which takes off the entire fleece in one piece, which is both desirable and profitable, as the method adds to the value of the wool. • Discussions on the production and handling'of wool and tying the fleeces will be conducted; by Dr. J. F. Wilson and Prof. R,: F. Miller; both of the Davis College of Agriculture. Future Farmers, 4 -H Club members, range and farm flock owners and amateur and professional shearers of several counties of this area attend these .schools. Farm Advisor R. D. Foote, Maurice Tindall, president of the county association, John Ornbaun of i Elk, vice president, and others are assisting in the arrangements. Ex-Con Fails As Salesman Funeral rites for Sam u e 1 Mitchell were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Eversole Mortuary with Dr. Richard Van der Las, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment an the Uikah Masonic Cemetery followed. Mr.'Mitchell was born in England 76 years ago and had been a resident of this community for the past 37 years. He was a gentleman of the old school, always kindly and courteous, a helpful neighbor and friend, active in church work, with a lively interest in cun;ent. events. He passed away Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ann Richey. Surviving members of his family are three daughters, Mrs. Ann Richey and Mrs. Gladys Richey of Ukiah, and Mrs. Dasie Richey of Petaluma; three sons, Swert, James and Jack Mitchell, all of Ukiah; 11 grandcliildren and four great-grandchildren. His wife preceded him in death 28 years ago. Pallbearers were George Anderson, Paul Mathews, Lllburn Gibson, Harold Fauli, George Warti and Carl Hinds. HENRY F. HANG SERVICES Funeral services for Henry F. Rang have been set for Saturday afternoon , at 2 o'clock from the Ukiah Funeral Chapel, complete arrangements pending arrival of relatives from the bay districts. Mr. Rang passed away in Ukiah Wednesday, February 18. He was the father of Mrs. Jack Cowen of 407 West Henry street. Mrs. Joe Bigham and son Joe were guests at the Palace Hotel Thursday night, coming up from the American Legion on Saturday I their home at Modesto to visit and Sunday, ' anc! transact business. THURSDAY ROBBER lAOE SELECT HAUL A burglar who took only radios, with apparently no designs on whatever cash might have been in the till, broke into the Willford Enterprises store on Luce avenue Thursday morning of last week and took with him four such instruments and one spotlight. A check of missing articles showed there were a Motorola auto radio, a portal .e and a table model and one aerial model. The burglary took place some time between 2 a.m., when Officer Simpson tried the door of the building, and approximately 8 o'clock, when John Cla'k, a salesman, was there and left a note saying he would be back. Evidence found by the police indicates that the first attempt to enter tiie place was made on the office window, where a hole was broken in the glass. The back door was tried next, and with success. A square mesh screen on the upper half of the door was broken, so the burglar could climb in. After gathering up the radios and flashlight, he walked out the front entrance. It was a good, clean job, with nothing left in the way of clues for the police, and the chances of recovering the radios are almost nil because the invoices failed to give the model and serial numbers of those stolen. Estimate $10,604,500 Needed For Forestry Total expenditure of $10,604,500 for the state division of forestry, an increase of $1,375,042 over the $9,229,458 estimated expenditure this year, is requested hi the 194849 state budget. Capital outlay for Mendocino county projects include: Acquisition of property near Boonviile, $2000; Covelo, $750; Hale's Grove, $2000; Tomkl, $1500; Point Arena (Gualala), $1000, IBONS CONFER 948 OUTLOOK The Mendocino County Democratic Central Committee met last week end for a discussion and analysis of the 1( cal and national situations as regards the coming elections in 1948. The greatest concern of the committee is to secure registration of those people who have moved recently, into this county, that the greatest number possible be eligible for the primaries. A spokesman for the party called attention to the great increase in population Ihroughout the state and said that if California is to continue to com- man the respect of our national and state leaders her citiezns must be prepared to vote. It is the duty of this committee, he said, to provide information and urge the registration of newcomers in the county. To tie in with the national theme. Register America, funds were set aside for publicity in our local papers, urging registration of all persons, regardless of party affiliations. Plans for places of registration have already been completed at Hopland, Calpella, Redwood Valley and Potter Valley. New Jersey Couple To Establish Home Here Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ready of West Orange, New Jersey, are in Ukiah on a visit to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Ransdell. Mrs. Ready is the former Emma Ransdell, whose wedding took place at Santa Rosa on February 2, 1946, just after Mr. Ready returned from overseas. At West Orange, Mr. Ready v/as assistant supervisor of the export department of the Monroe Calculating Machine Company. He has come west to establish his home and will be on the lookout for a situation as soon as he has had time to get acquainted with his surroundings; i Ray Cloran, recent arrival in this' section, made himself a temporary berth at the city jail when he offered to sell Chief ,of Police 'Viareiigb the 'Maple" ;Cafe'styjb writer for $30, the first of the week. Cloran, whose receord of brushes with the law extends from Pasadena in 1931 through way points with all stops, to McNeil Island, Washington, from whence he was released on New Year day, came into Ukiah at the weekend, and finding the Maple machine sitting around loose, picked it up and walked out. Almost immediately, it appears from the police report, Cloran became a typewriter salesman and had offered his stock to two prospects. At the third attempt, he found a man who not only was suspicious, but who transmitted his suspicious to Viarengo, who dropped in, disguised in a raincoat and .hat, and took an immediate interest, in the transaction. Negotiations were still in progress when they rounded tl)e corner at School and Perkins and the red light over police headquarters showed Cloran in which direction he was headed. He wanted to drop the matter there. Cloran Is 33 years of age and came to Ukiah from San Francisco. Grand Jury Asks For Bond Election In June The Mendocino County Grand J-.:ry were in session Monday and Tuesday oil a special call from Foreman Arthur Schilder, and devoted their time to considering the matter of a new county coiurthouse and county hospital, two matters that have Busch Cites Vets' Needs Disabled Service Men Need Hospital Facilities Paul Fahrney Is Operations G.M. Appointment of Paul L. Fahrney as general manager of operations in its marketing department, has been- announced by Standard Oil Company of California. Fahrney, since 1942 the president of American Bitumuls Company, a subsidiary, succeeds the late HoUis B. Fairchlld. He Is a brother of H. L. Fahrney of Ukiah, wholesale distributor for Standard Oil. In May, 1929, Fahrney became district manager for American Bi­ tumuls at Baltimore, Maryland, directing operation of a refinery and the manufacturing and sales work in that area. In 1941 he was appointed general sales manager for the company, which is now operating throughout ihe United States with nine bitumuls factories and sales offices and two asphalt refineries. GOES TO S. S. CONVENTION Rev. J. R. Edgar, pastor of the Assembly of God church, left February 11 for Springfield, Missouri, and the national Sunday school convention of that church. During his absence of two weeks, Mrs. Edgar will carry on the work here. .State cooperation may be necessary to alleviate the acute shortage of beds for disabled veterans. State Senator BUrt Biisch of Lakeport said in a 'statement at Santa Rosa Tuesday, soon after his return from a tour of investigation in southern California as a member of the senate interim committee on military and veterans affairs. The situation within this state calls for immediate attention from the federal government. Senator Busch said, in stating his belief that the coming state legislature should give early consideration to this and other veteran probleims. As a member of.the interim committee. Senator Busch has exhibited a lively interest in the welfare of veterans aiid is: working on legislation in their behalf, to be presented at the session'in March. Senators Quinn, Dily/orth and Ward participated in the surVe,y of veteran hospitals with Busch, which was climaxed by a hearing on veteran problems in general, conducted,.at.ljasjj^geles.,, ;.. r Cleland President Of Bar Association The annual meeting of the Mendocino County Bar Association was held Friday night at Andy's Place, south of WlUits, where 16 members of the asso-'ation enjoyed an excellei.l sceak dinner. Election of officers followed the dinner, when Thfimas Cleland of the firm of Preston & Falk was chosen president; Norman Johnson of Fort Bragg, retiring president, was elected secretary; John Nelson, deputy district attorney, vice president. Members present were Judge W. D. L ; Held, retired, Superior Judge Lllburn Gibson, Charles Mannon, Irving Brazier, Hale McCowen, Charles Kasch, Wayne P. Burke, Newell Rawles, Harry Falk, Thomas Cleland, Joseph Rattigan, Henry Spurr and John Nelson, all of Ukiah; D. T. Bennitt, A. G. Lyons and Attorney Porter of Willits. Ab.'.ient members included District Attorney James E. Busch, W. S. Van Dyke, Harold Brunner and Leo M. Cook of Ukiah and Norman Johnson of Fort Bragg. Attorney Joseph Rattigan is asj/5ciated with the firm of Preston & Falk. been imder consideration for several years. As regards the county hpspital, haste is now urged, both by the board of supervisors and the grand jury, that some material accomplishment be made. It is understood that meetings will be arranged between the architect and heads of the county departments interested in the hospital and detention home, to consider changes which may be desirable. . At their Tijesday afternoon session, -the Grand Jury approved a set of recommendations which were filed with the board of supers visors, and which the board!,now has under consideration. One recommendation caUs for immediate steps in preparation for a bond election to be held at the time of the June primary, for the purpose of presenting themat- ter of the sale of bonds necessary for the construction of and equipment of a county • courthouse, which would include an adequate county jail. r . The Grand Jury also called ior consideration of the proposition of abolishing all offices of; township constables and delegating the matter of serving papers and keeping the peace to the office of the county sheriff. . , The jury recommended that consideration be given to the proposition of transferring the office of public administrator to the office Qf the di.'jtrict attorney. -Adequate toilet facilities for the offices of the county recorder also were called for. Hamilton Services Tuesday Afternoon Funeral services for Mrs. Angle Hamilton, the mother of Don Emerson and a sister of Mrs. Rice Neff, both of Ukiah, will be held Tuesday afternoon, February 17, at 2 o'clock from the Eversole Mortuary with Rev. Leonard, Brown, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. MrS. Hamilton had been a resident of this vicinity for the past 37 years ancl her home was on the Low Gap road at the time of her death. She was ill for only a short time. Pallbearers will be Harold Hull, George Ward, William Bromley, Harold Zimmerman, Elmer Sweet and Edson Witherell. Interment will be in the Ukiah Masonic Cemetery. Crop Improvement Group Meets Here A regional meeting of the California Crop Improvement Association on certified seed production wai be held at the farm advisor's office at Ukiah • on Wednesday, February 25, at 1:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to permit growers, agricultural extension service representatives, agricultural commissioners, and seedmen in the district an opportunity to discuss local problerns and to make recommendations for seed improvement to the board of directors of the Crop Improvement Association. ' Attending the meetings wiU be Emro Bruch of the state department of agriculture, Julius C. Deubner of the California Farm Bureau Federation, and Loren L.. Davis, extension field crops specialist. They will be prepared to discuss the activities of their respective organizations as related to seed certification. " A cordial invitation is extended to all interested in seed improvement to attend the meeting, i. , . Wrecked Butane Truck Endangers Motorists PHILO, Feb. 14.— Traffic was held up on the Haehl Hill west of Cloverdale for several hours Tuesday afternoon because of the danger of butane fumes. A truckload of butane coming west went out of control on the hill and' tli'e driver, realizing the danger,'steered the truck into the bank. As there was a ditch, the truck slowly settled" on its side. Tiie driver went for help and in the proce?,'5 of righting the truck the outlet valve broke and several thousand gallons of butane covered the highway. This halted traffic, as the danger of igniting butane is very high. Several of the valley people shopping in Cloverdale did not get to their homes for several hours. The Morrison Creek bridge has been completed and accepted by the county. FIRE DISTRICT ON COAST A petition for the formation of a fire district near Mendocino is on file with the county supervisors, who set March 8 for the hearing, in the Mendocino high school gymnasium at 10 o'clock. 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