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The terrible earthquake in San Francisco of April 18, 1906, was on all pages of Douglas County Press on April 26 of that year. The residents of Waterville had friends and family in the Bay Area. Beyond that, the news was exciting due to the surprising destructive power of this natural force. Another article in the newspaper indicates how a group of citizens gathered quickly after the event to decide on a plan to provide assistance. The group decided to charge 150 pounds “of the best flour” immediately, and “consulted with the governor on the advisability of sending a potato car.”

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Almost everyone here seems to have a friend or relative in San Francisco, and worrying about them is almost as if Waterville was in the throes of disaster. So far, no one has lost a relative or friend that we have heard of.

FZ Alexander, from Spokane, has bought half a stake in the business for his brother FM, and will acquire it on May 1. He has been in the Spokane print business for some time.

The Supreme Court begins next week – May 1 – and the way homicide cases have piled up in the past few days, promises to be a powerful and interesting term. It appears that a little hemp will have a health effect on the reckless disregard for a human life.

FM Long has opened a recruitment agency in the city and is in good shape to secure assistance for you, as he is in contact with those who are looking for work and may only have on his list the men you want. Call and learn about its conditions, then register. It also deals in lands.

The city is laying pipes on the street crossing south of Hunt livery barn and had to do some rock blasting upon (sickness). The noise caused panic among some people who worked on the “Fresco Incident” and thought we were hit by the earthquake.

Reverend Campbell received a letter from his family who reside in Berkeley, Cal. (Near San Francisco), first of the week. Written in the evening after the earthquake, it was mentioned that I had barely left a chimney in Berkeley and everything was in a state of panic and disorientation. But one word would do it appropriately and that was “atrocious”.

The Maltbie writer received a letter from a party in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and signed his name as a “court clerk” who wanted to know about the “wild ponies” group, which he read in newspapers about to take place in Efrat. He mentioned that he was interested, and wished Maltbie would inform him when the relationship would start.

Spring sowing has progressed very positively and this week will see most of the grains in the ground. The first seeding is coming well, so far prospects are good. Of course one can never be sure until the harvest is harvested from what one has. Should deal with mitten from squirrel pest, such as children, chicken pox, whooping cough, measles, mumps, etc.; But a healthy child can tolerate a lot of this, as well as a healthy crop. The crop has been put in healthy condition, and with little rain in time it will undoubtedly be good.


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