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NOTE: The following articles originally ran in January 1920 editions of the Albany Daily Democrat.

Tuesday, January 13

Have you seen the census taker?

How is Albany coming on with her census? Will every man, woman and child alive on January 1, 1920, be counted and listed with Uncle Sam? Is anyone being overlooked by the busy enumerators? Are you doing anything to see that no one is being overlooked?

The census of the country is vital to Uncle Sam and a proper enumeration of Albany and Linn County is vital to these places. So many things are based on the census that it behooves the community to see that every available person is accounted for.

In Salem, Eugene, Portland, Pendleton and many other places in Oregon, as well as throughout the United States, the Chamber of Commerce are taking a hand in the matter and ordering all aid possible to the enumerators. There should be some such a move here. There should have been a move earlier.

The count in Albany will be finished on the 17th, and there should be a careful re-check to see that everyone is counted. The count in the rural districts will continue for another few days after the 17th.

If you know of anyone who has not been enumerated be sure to notify the Chamber of Commerce or some interested party and an effort will be made to have them included.

It is the patriotic duty of every person in the city to see that Albany receives a full count. Much depends upon it and no one should be passed by. The enumerators should search every building in the city for lodgers. All persons making their home in hotels should be included. Let's be up with the times and get a full representation. Let's do our part.

House is saved by two women

LEBANON — Pat Shields, who resides in the Tennessee district, almost had a disastrous fire Saturday when the roof of his home caught fire from the stove pipe. But for the quick work of Mrs. Arthur Burkhart and Miss Eva Densmore, who were nearby, the contents would have burned, as Mr. Shields is very old and feeble and lives alone. Miss Eva climbed to the roof and Mrs. Burkhart handed up water. Before any men had reached the house the fire was well under control. The men at once went to work to repair the roof. The fire occurred at about 2 p.m. and by dark the house was well-repaired.

False alarms peeve firemen and Chief Price

False alarms are becoming tiresome to Chief Clark Price and members of the fire department who are forced to leave their beds in the chilly night and make their way to some point on a wild-cat chase. Last evening about 7:30 p.m. an alarm was turned in without cause.

Chief Price believes last evening's alarm to have been the work of a small boy attracted by the accounts of Saturday night's runs; but the previous alarms were the work of larger boys bent on meanness, he thinks. An effort is being made to apprehend the culprits and if anyone is caught in the act they will be given the full penalty of the law.

Thursday, Jan. 15

The census man (editorial)

The census man is on his rounds. Be nice to him, or her.

He is not a book agent nor a lightning rod agent nor a salesman for wildcat mining stock, nor merely an impertinent inquirer into what is none of his business.

Uncle Sam has to know the life story of each of his nephews and nieces once in 10 years. He sends the census man to find out the necessary little details to keep in his confidential records. Everyone can help Uncle by not wasting the census man's time.

Insist, first of all, upon seeing his credentials. Nothing is to be gained by entertaining raffles unawares. Having satisfied yourself quickly but thoroughly that the man at the door is indeed the government emissary, answer his questions quickly and accurately, and the deed is done and over with.

Friday, Jan. 16

Inauguration of Prohibition in country is noted at the college

Albany College students, faculty and a few citizens who went to chapel today celebrated Uncle Sam's climbing on the water wagon.

It happens that January 16 is the day when national prohibition goes into effect. It was interpreted by President [Alfred Melvin] Williams [1920-1922] as one of the world's history events that should be noted in the passing.

Dr. G.H. Young spoke on the historic movement that has led up to a saloon-less nation. He gave chief place of credit to the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and to John H. Gough and Frances E. Willard, the two great characters of the temperance movement. [NOTE: Gough was a 19th century "temperance orator" who delivered nearly 10,000 lectures on the subject; Willard stood among the WCTU's founding members and later became its national president. Both were long deceased by this time.]

Dr. W.H. Lee told of conditions in Albany when there were 10 saloons, of how the movement began in 1888 to oust the saloon from a dominating place in Oregon, and of how Linn County went dry 10 years ago. He told facetiously of how a local paper, which was then wet, printed a hard-luck story the day after the county went dry and said that a large number of people had left Albany on account of prohibition going into effect. In the list of those who moved away on this account, Dr. Lee's name was included, he having moved to Seattle as assistant pastor of the first Presbyterian Church.

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