100 years ago in the “Washie”


Sept. 22, 1913

Dry Campaign To Be Made In State

SEATTLE — Seattle, as the metropolis of the state, will be made the battle ground for a fight which will begin January 1, 1914, to make Washington dry through the initiative, and already the various temperance organizations of the city who will work with the church and the Anti-saloon League, are perfecting plans which are expected to render their campaign effective.

Mayor Cotterill, who is considered one of the most radical prohibitionists in the state, and who has talked state-wide prohibition for some time, is expected to be one of the leaders of the local forces.

Lester E. Kirkpatrick, a Seattle attorney, is drafting the prohibition measure that voters will be asked to adopt at the 1914 election, a task assigned him by the Anti-saloon league.

Indicating that the church will be a conspicious figure in the prohibition warfare, Superintendent Conger issued a call for alll ministers to divide their congregations into squads in order that the campaign may be made more personal than ever before.

Each squad will be in charge of a regularly appointed captain and will be sent into the field at the earliest possible moment an advantage may be obtained.

Sept 24, 1913

Peter Sonneveldt Gets Kangaroo Trial

“Twenty dollars and costs” was the penalty established by the “inferior court” of Hoquiam for the offense of removing to another state and entering the state of matrimony without consent and advice of one’s local friends. This rate was fixed by Temporary Judge C. C. Pinnick, who was elected to preside at the trial last night of Peter Sonneveldt, a pioneer, who is here with his wife after an absence of three years in California.

The arrest by Patrolman Fred Brotherson had all the appearance of genuiness to the defendant. The Californian was made to believe he had violated the traffic ordinance by leaving Pete Nelson’s auto headed in the wrong direction in front of the postoffice, and he couldn’t convince the officer a mistake had been made. He was much agitated, also indignant, when he arrived at police headquarters and declared the wrong man had been “pinched”; that it wasn’t his auto; that he couldn’t even drive one, and that Pete Nelson was the man wanted. Pete and about 40 of their “tillcums” kept out of sight until after Sonneveldt had been locked in the padded cell, and Mr. Sonneveldt didn’t realize it was a joke until they appeared.

All formalities of regular court practice were followed in the mock trial, with many laughable “extras,” the packed jury being Adam Dimler, G. Tucker, Joseph Koch, S. Peterson, H. Hoffman and W. M. Johnston — all engaged in the cigar business. Pete Nelson acted as prosecutor, and although the defendant pleaded guilty he was ably defended by Fred Isensee and Harry Ennis, with Olaf Oberg acting as bailiff.

Half an hour’s entertainment was followed by a verdict of “guilty” and a fine of $20, which amount was started circulating as soon as the crowd could get down town.

Mrs. Sonneveldt was “made wise” soon after the arrest, after first being notified that her husband was wanted for forgery in Chicago.

Big Party Returns From Viewing

Jefferson Company Property —

Two More Wells To Be Drilled

This Winter on Lacey Land —

Outfits Are Due Next Week

The oil well of the Jefferson Oil company at the Hoh river is down 300 feet and the drill is in a shale formation. Work is being prosecuted 24 hours a day and satisfactory progress is being made.

The above is the report brought back from the Hoh last night by an Aberdeen party consisting of C. M. Weatherwax, W. J. Patterson, W. A. Rupp, T. H. Bruner, Charles Scurry, Mr. Donovan and President J. D. Crary. These gentlemen went to the Hoh on Tuesday by boat from Point Granville, and report a splendid trip, replete with interest from beginning to end.

“I was much impressed with the indications of oil on every hand,” said Cliff M. Weatherwax, “with the excellence of the drilling outfit and with the appearance and character of the men who are doing the work. They all seem to be experts and to thoroughly understand their business. It seems to me a certainty that some company will strike oil in the district as there is no question about the oil being there.”

Sept. 26, 1913

Northwest Pioneer Pays Harbor a Visit

Among the notables visiting Hoquiam this week was Mrs. Jane Johnson, daughter of one of the old Hudson Bay “voyeugers” and widow of Capt. James Johnson, who operated a “plunger” between Oysterville and North Cove in pioneer days. Louis Haggo, her father, hired out to the Hudson Bay company in France, came to Vancouver in 1835 and took up a claim where that city now stands and where the company established a trading post — one of several it operated along the Columbia before the territory of Washington was carved out of Oregon. He brought seed from Liverpool and raised one of the first crops of wheat grown in the Northwest.

Mrs. Johnson was seven years old when the peace treaty was signed with the Indians at the point where Cosmopolis is now located. She will make a pilgrimmage to that spot upon her return in a few days from a visit with her son at Moclips. While in Hoquiam she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Freeland at 616 J street.

Citizenship Sought By Hoquiam Finns

Finlanders of Hoquiam, if they keep coming in the steady stream of the past few days to make application for final citizenship papers, will be able to control that city’s policies in the course of time — if citizenship is finally granted them. In the past five days 11 Finlanders have filed their applications for final admission as citizens, and nine of them are from Hoquiam. In the same time only one representative of any other nation had made application.

Following is the list of applicants: Otto Simon Antero, Finn, 1027 Washington avenue Hoquiam; Gust Makela, Finn, 1019 Washington avenue, Hoquiam; Wayno Henry Hall, Finn, 2421 Aberdeen ave., Hoquiam; Andrew Maki, Finn 712 Second street, Hoquiam; Matt Naranen, Finn, 1203 Cushing street, Aberdeen; John Aaro Backman, Finn, 215 Ninth street, Hoquiam; John Poukkula, Finn, 412 Tenth street, Hoquiam; Matti Gibson, Finn, 416 Tenth street, Hoquiam; Herman Peltonen, Finn, 2511 Cherry street, Hoquiam; Frederick Gootlub Howenstein, Swiss, 112 North I street, Aberdeen and Anton Rumpu, Finn, 1116 Perry street, South Aberdeen.

During these same five days eight foreigners have filed their first papers. They are: Victor Kuchan, Austrian, 308 North E street, Aberdeen; John Habrich, Austrian, Aberdeen; George Manger, Canadian, 214 Chenault avenue, Hoquiam; Isaiah Manger, Canadian, 214 Chenault avenue, Hoquiam; Joseph Woltek, Austrian, 524 Eighth street, Hoquiam; Kaarla Kaste, Finn, 215 Ninth street, Hoquiam; Esko Karha, Finn, 614 Tenth street, Hoquiam; Carl John Mattson, Swede, 704 Wishkah street, Aberdeen.

Sees Cougar Close To The City Limits

Guy Halferty of the Sea Beach Packing company saw a large cougar cross the road near New London yesterday morning as the salmon and clam king was coming to the city in his auto. He notified A. R. Kellogg and Mr. Kellogg and J. R. McKee and dogs returned to the spot with auto crowding speed limit. The weather, however, has been so dry for several days that the dogs could not follow the trail.