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Valley News & Views Page 5 November 17th, 2011 November 20th, 1891 The Drayton Echo A pyramid of 400 pianos, all connected by wires to a keyboard, which is to be operated by a woman is to be one of the features of the World's Fair in Chicago. Whether it will rival Pat Gilmore's cannon accompaniment to the music at the Boston Peace Jubilee, it will at least give those who hear it an idea of what the music of 400 is like. The very stiff, frozen clod of cold weather which Manitoba threw over the international boundary line several days ago, struck North Dakota pretty firmly "below the belt," and caused some temporary injury to the "banana crop." Much wheat was unthreshed, houses unbanked, some stock unhoused and our people generally unprepared for the sudden unexpected ordeal. Some of the bretheren kicked about it a good deal at first, but as most of them had on their summer slippers they couldn't hurt anything, so finally settled down and acclimated themselves to the situation. Of course the "cold snap" could only make some uncomfortable for a few days. The thermometer struck for "deep water" Monday night, and registered 16 below zero. Out door promenades are over for this season, and the cold night air is too acute for the young folks to remain long to whisper o'er the gate their charms. It is a hard- hearted parent who will now refuse to let the "children" court beside the kitchen stove. A large number of the St. Andrews farmers have not threshed yet. In those places wehere the land is low, it was impossible to thresh before the freeze-up, and now it seems hard work to get sufficient machines. Some of the threshers have already run their machines in to winter'quarters. We have been having quite a run of sleighing in this vicinity during the past week. Of course it was moderately thin, but it was sleighing never the less. ' kh here it is snapping cold weather, the ground is frozen, and that house isn't banked yet." So soliloquize many of our town people. Mrs. NeilMcCallumreports that over one hundred of her house plants were frozen by the cold snap of Monday night. J. D. and H. W. Wallace will build a large underground stable, in the side hill in rear of H.W. Wallace's block. Excavations are now being made for that purpose. November 19th, 1920 The Drayton Echo Washington - Home brewing was brought actively under the prohibition ban when it was learned that enforcement officials had ruled against the sale of hops and malt to other than bakers and confectioners. Los Angeles - Mildred Harris Chaplin was granted a decree of divorce from Charley Chaplin in the Superior court here. Mr. Chaplin whom Mrs. Chaplin charged with cruelty, was not in court but was represented by attorneys. Thursday November llth was Armistice Day and a number of the local business places in this city were closed in honor of the second anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. In the evening a dance was given by the local post of the American Legion. The dance was discontinued for a while, at which time an address was delivered by R.J. Stewart. The subject discussed by Mr. Stewart was "The American Legion and What it Stands For." The address was carefull prepared and well delivered, impressing on his audience the real meaning of this great organization. Miss Lillian Halfpenny, a former Drayton girl and a returned Missionary from Tien Tsin, China, arrived here the latter end of last week accompanied by her mother MRs. W.H. Halfpenny from Ontario, California. The services in the Pittsburg Church will be discontinued until spring. Teien Breezes Friends and relatives gathered at the Norwegian Lutheran Church last Friday evening. To surprise Mr. and Mrs. John Hansen a purse of eighty five dollars was given them as a remembrance. Bowesmont News The Wessler Bros. will run the garage during the winter. Mr. Hess having left for Minnesota to spend the winter. A number of people from town attended the supper at Drayton on Wednesday evening served by the Catholic Church. November 19th, 1937 Red River Valley Leader Bismarck, N.D., Nov. 15 - North Dakota hunters shot envious glances - but no shells - skyward today as great flocks of mallard and bluebill ducks and geese winged southward. Scarcely a week after federal regulations put an end to duck shooting in North Dakota, the annual fall flight, reported the best in recent years, began. Something new and different in boosting sales of Dakota Maid flour manufactured by North Dakota's own state mill and elevator at Grand Forks is being launched this month. Out of the probable 85 bakeries in the state, those who use Dakota Maid flour are being supplied with red wax bands to be wrapped around each loaf. The bands will read, "Buy bread made in North Dakota, as this loaf was, from flour manufactured by our own mill, the State Mill and Elevator, Grand Forks, N.D., and Get the Best!" Ronald Larson met with a painful accident Tuesday morning. He was carrying a pail of water and made a misstep on the ice and fell and broke the bones of his nose in four places. The Methodist Ladies Aid will serve their annual Thanksgiving supper in the church Thursday evening, November 25. This is an annual custom of fifty years and looked forward to by the people of the entire community. Large shipments of turkeys to furnish Thanksgiving dinners to residents of New England states and the larger cities of the east were made last week from Drayton. The Drayton Creamery Co. dressed and packed 16,000 pounds. This along with shipments from local stores would bring the total to about two carloads. November 17th, 1944 Red River Valley Leader ThePittsburgHomemakers Club met last Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. FrankW. Bellamy of this city. The lesson on Soy Beans and Soy Bean Products was presented by the Project Transystems mission is to provide excellent employment opportunities in a sate, financially stable company. Transystems vision is to be recognized for our service innovation, and dependability. Transystems drivers enjoy scheduled days off, stability, and benefits. - Wanted- Class "A" CDL Drivers (Full-time & Part-time positions available) Drayton Project Supervisor Crookston Project Supervisor Apply online at: For more information call 8(X)-557-3520 On November 3, a committee of the Legislature received testimony and considered the merits of the initiated measure that proposes to repeal all property taxes in North Dakota beginning January 1, 2012. The legislators were not impressed. Having a working knowledge of the property tax and also having participated in the effort to repeal the personal property tax, I am the first to admit that the property tax has flaws. In fact, the committee supporting the measure is using my statement to that effect in its campaign. Even though the property tax has flaws, passage of Measure No. 2 would spawn more and greater evils than ever existed in the property tax itself. The unintended consequences of passage would be substantial. There are already scores of unanswered questions that suggest major pitfalls. First of all, the timing of the measure is terrible. According to the ballot title for the measure, all property taxes will cease on January 1, 2012. However, the measure will not be on the ballot until June by which time the administrative work for the 2012 property tax cycle will almost be completed. By that time, hundreds of assessors will have invested thousands of hours assessing property for the 2012 levies. If the measure passes, there will be no levies and the time will have been wasted. Since the Legislature will not meet until 2013, replacement revenue will be unknown and unavailable. With no property tax revenue levied for 2012 and no replacement taxes provided, local governments will not be able to do any rational budgeting. The measure fails to deal in a reasonable way with the outstanding bonded indebtedness across the state, payment for which has been guaranteed partially by property tax revenue. Fifty-eight school districts have outstanding bonds, certificates of indebtedness and/or school construction loans for a grand total of over $300 million. Theoretically, property taxes will be continued in those districts to finish the payment of these obligations, with the levies placed on the value of property in the areas with bonded indebtedness. Continuing assessments on market value to deal with bonded indebtedness means that the present machinery for administering the property tax will have to remain in place. Assessors will still be needed to determine market value. Sponsors claim that abolition of the property tax will result in cutting 11,908 public sector jobs. That absurd figure is 10 times the number of employees working on property taxes. The sponsors' answer is that other public employees, unrelated to the property tax issue, can be fired in other state agencies. No explanation is given for firing employees unrelated to the property tax issue. They go on to claim that the repeal will result in 11,789 new private sector jobs. Here again, there is no explanation. It seems to be a figure snatched out of the air. Many of the sponsors' arguments are based on a dubious report issued by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston. The report is full of unfounded assumptions, offering a few sketchy graphs without documentation as to methodology. It advocates state budget cuts but Measure No. 2 commands the Legislature to raise new taxes to replace the property tax. The measure does not provide for making up for the loss of the property tax by firing public employees. It is obvious that the ramifications of Measure No. 2 have not been seriously considered or anticipated by the sponsoring committee. It needs to back up and start over again. That is why legislators did not greet the measure with a resounding "huzzah!" Leaders, Mrs. Wm. ]. Bellamy and Mrs. Leo Schuster. A petition was circulated on Wednesday and largely signed asking the City Dads to change the time from Central War Time to Mountain War Time. Those favoring a change think the time as we have it is causing unnecessary burning of lights in the morning, especially at the school. The question will meet with disapproval by others who think the change is out of harmony with the train, radio and Red River Valley time in general. The Teen Canteen held the first meeting of the Fall season Thursday evening, November 9, in the High School Auditorium. There was a fine attendance under the supervision of Mrs. John Along the Way Continued From Page 4 for the blessings that flow in will help us maintain our grip within the world's uncertainty. Today I am thankful for my big brother's smile, for the moments when the pain eases and he is able to show his personality. I am thankful for our family who has stuck together through the good times and the bad, for friends who shower me with grace when I need it most, for our small town where I [i feel safe, for the gravel road I have walked many miles and i spent many hours in prayer on, and for the moments we -q have yet to experience and the memories we hopefully will hold on to and cherish [ as the seasons change and our lives trudge forward ] through the fog and flurries we encounter. Holler and Mrs. Harold Ferguson, hostesses. Several of the teachers were present and joined in the fun. A number came in masquerade and Cameron Ferguson, Donald Holler, and Elwood Olson won prizes for the most outstanding costumes. Dancing was enjoyed to the music of the Nickelodeon and later, refreshments were served. November 17th, 1960 Drayton Leader Motorists kill more deer in North Dakota than do Continued on Page 6 5:00 - 7:00pm Public School $20.00 per family - $5.00 per person Baked Potatoes and Loads of Toppings -- Dessert Sponsored by Drayton Knights and area Churches Donations also accepted at KodaBank