A century ago in the Washingtonian

Feb. 25, 1913

County Seat Firefighters plan a hall

MONTESANO — The Montesano Volunteer Fire department plans to erect a $15,000 building on its lots on the corner of Broad and Main streets. The front of the building will be occupied by city offices on the ground floor, the back by the fire department. The upper floor will be one of the finest lodge halls in the Southwest. The lot is full length with a 75-foot frontage.

The department, beside owning, free from debt, the lot and the old building on it, has two hose carts, two emergency hose carts, two hook and ladder rigs, a chemical apparatus and 2500 feet of hose, and has $2500 in cash.

The organization is one of the oldest and best in the state and has always been managed on a business basis. The only time they ask for funds is annually on Thanksgiving night, when they give a ball. The officers of the business organization are: President, Clarence Glenn; vice president Claude Pickering; treasurer, T. F. Brown. The firefighting officers are Chief Joe Healy and Assistant Chief Gaston Moch.

The new building, according to present plans, will be started early this spring.

Feb. 27, 1913

Wealth of Olympics is beyond estimate

Wealth of the Olympic Mountains cannot be estimated, is the declaration F. H. Stanard of Seattle, explorer and prospector, made yesterday before the Hoquiam Commercial club during an address at its weekly luncheon at the Hotel Grayport. Mr. Stanard was the principal speaker at the meeting and made an interesting, instructive and comprehensive talk on the wealth of the district and the effect conservation is having on development as it pertains to the Olympic Monument.

Mr. Stanard made a scathing attack on Congressman Humphrey and his activities in connection with the proposal to change the Monument to a National park, and also on the conservation idea as it is carried out, especially with reference to the Olympic district.

Six years have been spent by Mr. Stanard in exploring and prospecting the Olympic mountains, and he says he as yet has only begun the task. The announcement that he would attend the luncheon attracted one of the largest crowds that has attended this year. Most of the business was sidetracked to give time for the address.

Assistance of the club in preparing proper resolutions to be sent to Congressman Albert Johnson relative to the opening of the Olympic Monument was asked by Mr. Stanard and the matter will be taken up at once.

The vastness of the Olympic mountains and the extent of the mineral deposits, the principal ones of which so far as known, are copper and manganese, cannot be realized, Mr. Stanard declares. He predicts tens of millions of dollars’ worth of ores will be taken out of the country, whenever development is allowed by a change in the Olympic Monument.

Before the address of Mr. Stanard, during the business session, eight new members were elected to the club, as follows: H. C. Thomas, Louis Krull, K. A. McLenman, F. H. Shainholts, E. P. Smith, H. W. Patton, George A. Horn, and C. A. Bitar.

Feb. 28, 1913

Fine library is owned by county

MONTESANO — Probably few people in Chehalis county know that the county owns one of the best public libraries in the state. It is the county school library and contains over 3,000 volumes.

Over 2,000 of these books are generally loaned out. At the present time there are only a few hundred of them in the county superintendent’s office.

About two thirds of the books are good fiction. The balance are made up of travel, history and science subjects. They are sent out to the schools in boxes containing from 30 to 50 books, which are supposed to be returned within three months, and they go into the remotest districts of the county, to places where they are probably the only literature of any kind outside of the cheapest and trashiest novels. Where they prefer doing so the teachers are given permission to make the selection of books to go to their school, and where they do not Supt. McKillup or his assitant, Miss Hemmingway, use their judgement in making up the collection.

The reference books — those of science, travel and biography — are selected with great care and with a view of interesting, especially of young minds, though they are all of interest also to older people, and Miss Hemmingway says that young students often carry home books that it is the father and mother who are most interested in. From 200 to 300 books are added to the library annually.