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August 13, 1913

Gathers Evidence Against Sinclair

Because of activities with the I. W. W. in this city in the early part of 1912, and alleged anarchistic beliefs, citizens of Arlington have undertaken to have the teacher’s license of J. E. Sinclair revoked by the board of education. Sinclair has been employed recently by the school board of Arlington to teach in the schools of that city.

L. N. Jones of Arlington spent several days in Hoquiam last week gathering evidence and affidavits relative to Sinclair to present to the state board, the purpose of his work being to show that Sinclair is not a fit person to be training children.

Sinclair was a teacher in the Hoquiam schools in 1912 when trouble with the I. W. W. came up here. He was actively associated with some of the leaders, and as a result of his activities and statements he is said to have made attacking the flag, he was practically forced out of his place here.

Affidavits from city and school district officials, from business men and parents, were gathered by Mr. Jones and will be presented to the state board of education this week, according to his plan while here.

Hodgdon Building Completed in Month

The Hodgdon building on Eighth street, between J and K streets, will be ready for its occupants by the first week of September, according to a statement made yesterday by Contractor Ed Hannan. Work has progressed rapidly since the arrival from Los Angeles of the handsome glazed cream brick for the front and there will be no more delays until the building is finished. The cost of the building completed will be about $23,000.

The building is 50 by 120 feet in dimensions and will provide for two store rooms on the ground floor. The upper floor will be devoted to offices. A six-foot stairway leads to the second floor. Provision has been made so that more stories can be added when needed. The foundation and walls will suffice for a 10-story block.

The south storeroom will be occupied by the Variety store, which, under its present owner, W. L. Leighton, is now located on J street. The north room will contain one of the finest confectionery and ice cream parlors, H. T. Pierson, the proprietor, states, in the Northwest.

August 14, 1913

Drowned on First Afternoon at Work

E. W. Porter, within two hours after he had gone to work as a longshoreman, fell from the Eureka dock into Grays Harbor and was drowned. The accident occurred as the steamer Temple E. Dorr was being docked at the mill after shifting from the National mill about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

An effort to save the man was made by Capt. Nelson of the steamer, who stripped off his coat and dived over the side of his vessel as Porter went down, but it was unavailing. Up to a late hour last night the body had not been found, though dragging operations were being carried on, and it was believed the strong ebb tide current had carried it down stream.

Porter leaves a widow and 20-month-old daughter. The family, which came to Hoquiam only about three months ago, has been living at the home of the widow’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McFeeley, 510 K street. Porter started to work yesterday afternoon at longshoring, securing work in the loading of the Temple E. Dorr. After taking some cargo at the National mill yesterday afternoon she shifted to the Eureka and Porter was walking along the edge of the dock with one of the ship’s lines, when he missed his footing and fell overboard.

Hoquiam Population Estimated at 11,000

The city has a population of 11,000 and is growing at a rate of about 25 per cent a year, according to careful estimates just compiled by the R. L. Polk Directory company and forwarded to the secretary of the Commercial Club from the head office in Seattle. The following statement was made by the directory management:

“The population of Hoquiam within the corporate limits on January 1, 1913, was estimated by the department of commerce and labor, bureau of census, Washington, D. C. at 9,695. The directory estimate, based on returns from the canvas made in July, just ended, shows a populaltion for Hoquiam and its environs of about 11,000, thus approximately confirming the official estimate of the bureau of census on January 1.”

A number of things bear out this increase in population. Postal reports and the school census both indicate heavy growth, while the increase in number of telephone subscribers has been in even heavier proportion. It is almost impossible to secure a house for rent in Hoquiam at present, and this despite the fact that over 100 new homes have been erected since the first of the year. Home building is very active in all sections of the city at present.

August 15, 1913

Sheriff Must Answer For Having Elk Horns

MONTESANO — Prosecuting Attorney Stewart has been instructed by the county game commissioners to file complaint against Sheriff Schelle Mathews and arrest him on the charge of bringing out of the woods and failing to turn over to the commissioners a pair of elk horns. The commission decided by a vote of two to one to prosecute the case.

The horns as previously reported, are supposed to have been from an elk that the bandit, John Tornow, shot. Mathews admits bringing them out of the woods and that it was his intention to have mounted them as a relic of the great criminal hunt. The horns, however, disappeared from his woodshed a few nights after his return and he says he does not know who took them.

Mr. Stewart has taken no action on the information given him by the game commissioners yet this evening. He was asked who would make the arrest if one was made, and said he presumed it would be the coroner, but had not looked the matter up.

The sheriff says his conscience is clear in the matter. He regrets a break has come between the two offices, but says he has nothing to hide and that he will make no attempt to avoid arrest.

Build Splendid New Church in Aberdeen

The contract for construction of the new Episcopal church, corner of G and First streets, has been let to Fred Knack of Hoquiam, and work will probably begin next week so that the edifice will be ready before Christmas. The new church will be 93 feet long by 46 feet wide. The structure will be artistic in both exterior and interior. It is estimated the new structure will cost $7,500.

Plans for the building were drawn by Heath & Gove of Tacoma. Mr. Heath has a wide reputation, having drawn the plans for the Tacoma stadium and planned and superintended the remodeling of the old Tacoma hotel into the fine Tacoma high school.