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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 29, 1914

Petty politics forced Water Superintendent George Tranna to resign, according to his resignation filed with Mayor Purdin yesterday afternoon, and accepted by the council at a special meeting last night. City Engineer Arnsolger was named to fill the vacancy, provided his duties as street commissioner and city engineer do not suffer.

Tranna's resignation says "obstacles much to his displeasure" have been put in his path by members of the council. Then Mayor Purdin and Councilmen Porter, Miles and Hargreaves are thanked for their cooperation. The unthanked are Councilmen Sargent, Medynski and Emerick, hence it is inferred they caused the "obstacles" heretofore mentioned. They have shown extreme interest in water affairs lately, and a week ago Councilman Medynski charged "stupidity" in the laying of the water pipe as the cause of leaks near the intake.

Another point was the purchase of Wm. Ulrich's cash register for $150, and the refusal to buy material for the water department for some time on the grounds of economy.

Tranna held the water superintendency for more than three years. He said yesterday he was "disgusted" and that owing to strained conditions he decided to accept a position in California that offered more chance for advancement.

Enforcement of water regulations during the summer months made Trenna the storm center, and friends assert that this formed the nucleus that led to his retirement.

Frank B. Rhodes, aged 63 years, a brother-in-law of George Andrews, died at the home of the latter this morning from the effects of a kick from a horse Monday morning, received while he was hitching up a team.

The funeral services will be held from the Perl chapel Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the Rev. W.F. Shields officiating. Interment will be in I.O.O.F. cemetery.

The open season for quail begins Thursday, Oct. 1, and many hunters are ready for the field. Game Warden Hubbard has issued a warning against shooting bob-white quail,  Hungarian partridges and, of course, Chinese pheasants must not be shot. There is no open season on them. Several ranchers have served notice against hunters. The season lasts 30 days. Most of those posting trespass notices say the depredations of the past made the step imperative.