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From the Past . . .

From the files of The Jamestown Sun...

Jan. 19 – Jan. 25

1889 – 125 Years Ago

The statements of business done by the Northern Pacific show an increasing volume each month. Last year the gross earnings for the second week in January were $117,779, while during the second week, of January, 1889, they were $238,478, or about 75 percent more.

1914 – 100 Years Ago

Inspected State Hospital Herd.

Assistant Dairy Comm’r. Greenwood was at the state hospital today making an examination of the dairy herd, and looking after other matters along that line in connection with the institution cattle.

A bull calf one month old was shipped by express to Woodworth, the purchaser paying $20 for the little fellow, which, although a grade, was marked in every way like his thoroughbred sire.

1939 – 75 Years Ago

President Urges Income Tax On All Federal And State Salaries

Washington, Jan. 19 —(AP)— President Roosevelt urged congress today to make all private income from all government salaries and all future government securities subject to the general income tax laws of the federal and state governments.

Federal tax officials have estimated that federal revenue would increase, as a result, as much as $300,000,000 annually. State governments also would benefit by large revenue increases from reciprocal authority given them to tax federal salaries and bonds.

In a special message Mr. Roosevelt also advised congress that recent supreme court decisions had made some state salaries and some state securities subject to taxes. He asked legislation to prevent the persons whose income would thus be taxed retroactively from suffering inequalities.

“Unless the congress passes some legislation dealing with this situation prior to March 15,” Mr. Roosevelt said, “I am informed by the secretary of the treasury that he will be obliged to collect back taxes for at least three years upon the employees of many state agencies and upon the security holders of many state cooperate instrumentalities, who mistakenly but in good faith believed they were tax exempt. The assessment and collection of these taxes will doubtless in many cases produce great hardship.”

“Accordingly, I recommend legislation to correct the existing inequitable situation, and at the same time to make private income from all government salaries hereafter earned and from all government securities hearafter issued subject to the general income tax laws of the nation and of the several states.”

“I repeat,” he added, “that it is not unreasonable to hope that judicial decision would permit the elimination of these immunities.”

Recalling that he had urged congress to pass a measure of the sort he urged today, Mr. Roosevelt said that decisions of the supreme court rendered since his earlier message, “particularly the decision in the port of New York authority case, have made an important and constructive contribution to the elimination of these inequitable immunities.”

1964 – 50 Years Ago

Kensal Couple Uses Native Woods To Help Promote State’s Image

By Earl Forkner

Sun Staff Writer

There are 90 different known types of wood growing in North Dakota. A Kensal area couple has at least 68 of these woods and uses them to promote their state.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Schlosser of Kensal, a Stutsman County village about 30 miles north of Jamestown, are wood carvers. They change these native woods into amazingly colorful souvenirs of North Dakota by skillfully carving them into earrings, bracelets, necklaces, candle holders, lamps, salt shakers, and a variety of other items.

During the summer they pack up their carvings into odd shaped suitcases and boxes and take to the road. Throughout the several mid-year months, they travel from city to city, to camps, special schools, industrial and business meetings, and show their native products.

1989 – 25 Years Ago

Omega tower operation steady

By Michael Breen

Sun Staff Writer

LaMOURE, N.D. — When a federal blue-ribbon committee recently prepared a list of military bases that should be closed or reduced in scope, a U.S. Coast Guard station that is located about as far from any coastline as it is possible to be would have appeared to have been a candidate for that hit list.

But the Coast Guard’s 1,250-foot-tall Omega radio navigational tower at LaMoure still serves its intended purpose. It is one of eight similar links in a global navigation system chain.

“The plans are to remain operation through the year 2005,” Chief Warrant Officer Melvin Pulsifer said. “Beyond that we don’t know.”

The longevity of the LaMoure station depends mostly on the speed at which a satellite system can be developed. For now, Pulsifer said he is confident the Omega program is essential.