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LA GRANDE OBSERVER
LA GRANDE, OREGON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1959
MERRY CHRISTMAS Little Keith Andrews is trying
to tell mamma soim-tiiing, perhaps Merry Christmas,
as he arrived at 5:40 a.m. on Dee. 25. He is tha first
child horn to Mr. and Mrs. James R. Kchwalt, 503M!
Washington Avenue. He was born in the St. Joseph
Hospital and weighed in at six pounds, 13 and a fourth
ounces. (Observer Photo)
Seed Crops Show
(Editor's Note This it the
final article dealing with the
Union County gross farm in
come roundup for 1959. The
article it bated on informa
tion provided by the Union
County Extension Service.)
By BILL BEBOUT
Observer Staff Writer
Seed crop, due to increased
acres and production per area,
increased gross inccme by $100,
000 this year. A tolal of $1,530,
8l5 was realized from seed crops
wilh fine fescue accounting for
almost a third of this income.
Tine fescue prices dropped
from 35c F"r pound in 1958 to
26c per pound in 1959. Total pro
duction Jigurees show increased
production this year with 2. 109.
000 pounds of fine fescue as com
pared to last year's 1.600,000
Studies conducted by Oregon
State College in 1958 indicated
that the average cost of produc
tion totals 28c per pound for fine
fescue seeds. On the basis of that
study, seed producers suffered a
two cents per pound loss for ev
ery pound of fine fescue seed
produced in 1959.
Green peas represented a gross
income of $104,000 for the county
Crested Wheat Grass
Crested wheat grass income
was up this year with $25,875
gross income for 112.500 pounds
and compared to $21,600 for 120,
000 pounds last year. The price
was 18c per pound last year and
23c in 1959.
Tall wheat grass accounted for
$18,000 in 1959 for 120000
pounds as compared to $22,800
for 142.000 in 1958. The price
dropped from 16c to 14c this
Meadow foxUil production was
up this year with 25,000 pounds
at 85c per pound bringing in $21.
250 as compared to last year's
17.500 pounds at 85c and a tolal
LONESOME FOR GRANDCHILDREN
Ike In Quickie
WASHINGTON UTIl Presi
dent Eisenhower, lonesome for
his grandchildren at Christmas
time, left the White House this
morning for an unannounced trip
to visit them at Gettysburg. Pa
The President, who returned
here Tuesday after his 19 - day
goi.d will tour overseas, spent
Christmas Day at the White
House waile the four grandchild
ren were at their Gettysburg
home with their parents, Maj. and
Mrs. John Eisenhower.
The White House said that Ei
senhower left by car alut 8: 15
a m. est. after learning that high
way conditions were less hazard
,ous than Friday. Mrs. Eisenhow
er remained home.
Associate White House Tress
Secretary Anne Wheaton said the
President wanted to see his grand
children and their Christmas toys
for an hour or so and then return
Immediately to Washington.
The President is flying south to
morrow to rest and put the fin
ishing touches on major reports
and recommendations to the re
Barley prices remained even
with last year's $35 per ton but
production dropped from 880,-
C00 to 840.000 bushels. Total in
come this year from barley was
$705,600 as compared to $733,
250 in 1958.
See SEED On Page
White House Official's
Charged With Woman's
HERRIN. 111. L'PH-A brother
of Brig. Gen. Andrew f. Good
pasler. White House Stalf Secre
tary, charged today tth hV
Christmas murder of a 51-year-old
But Waller J. Goodpaster. 4C.
a Carterville, III., optometrist, re
fused to make a statement or
discuss the slaying with police.
Goodpaster was held without
bond after Justice of the Peace
Elmer Farmer charged him with
He was accused of the fatal
shcoling of Mrs. Margaret Strunk.
One .Day Late
CANOGA PARK (LTD Mrs.
Donald J. Doles got her biggest
Christmas present a day late to
day, permission to take home her
infant daughter, once believed
"too little to live."
"It seems like a miraeele, es
pecially coming at this time of
year." said Mrs. Doles.
The infant, Christine Michele.
weighed only 1 pound. 13 ounces
when born in October. Doctors
who kept the infant alive in an in
cubator at Valley Presbyterian
Hospital estimated her chances at
1 in 100,000.
But Christine Michele now
weighs 4 pounds, 12 ounces and
is gaining steadily.
The Chief Executive and Mrs.
Eisenhower plan to leave after U
a.m. e s t. church services for the
Augusta. Ga.. National Golf Cluh.
one of the President's favorite
spots for getting away from it all.
Eisenhower wants to rest from
his arduous 23.000 mile, 19-day
"peace and friendship" tour ol
Europe. Africa and Asia. He re
turned to Washington last Tues
dav. But (he vacation won't be all
play. The President must com
plete his State of the Union mes
sage, the budget for the fiscal
year starting next July 1 and his
report on the nation's economic
All three will be submitted to
Congress shortly after Jan. 6.
In addition, Eisenhower will re
ceive reports on the unresolved
steel dispute and will be kept ad
vised of international develop
ments. The President's Christmas' holi
day was interrupted by the ar
rival of a message from Soviet
WARSAW. Ky. ilPP Families
h te Christmas was shaltecd
by a gas explosion in a bottling
;l-il dug through the dehris oi
heir wrecked homes today lor
unowned presents mid personal
Filtecn stale troopers stood
guard throusih the night against
looters. The Led Cross aided vic
tims. Officials estimated 15 homes
were destroyed and 30 severely
damaged Friday when the explo
sion ended Christmas festivities
An all-night search yielded no
bodies. Kleven persons were taken
to hospitals wilh injuries but eight
have been released, police report
"It just about blew everything
all to the devil," said Mrs. Heth
Abbott who lives two blocks from
the Jack Smith Pepsi Cola Co
plant in which the explosion hap-
M:s. Abbott said the blast blew
out windows, djors and door cas
ings in her home. She said her
grandson, Billy Bradley, 29, who
also lives near the blast site
"uus blown clear out of his
house. He had just gotten out of
fi.e bathtub, and the bathtub was
blown out too."
Reports Theft Of Tire
Arch Hiatt, 803 Grandy Ave., re
ported to police the theft of a tire
and wheel from his garage some
time Wednesday. The stolen items
were valued at $50.
51, Carterville, and the wounding
of. her companion, Bernard Do
braski, 32, Herrin, in what police
said was a cluaoMe an argument,
over a barking dog.', : '
Body Found In Pit -
Mrs. Strunk's body, shot twice
in the head, was found floating
in a water-filled strip mine pit
near Guxlpaster's home. Dobras
ki, who also was shot twice in
the back of the head, was taken
to a St, Louis Hospital.
Sheriff Dean West said Mrs.
Strunk was separated from a hus
band in Arizona and had "five or
six" children at home and "four
or five others away from home."
Dobraski said he and Mrs.
Strunk were heading home from
a Christmas Eve round of taverns
when their car broke down near
He said they walked toward
Goodpaster's home to look for
help, but a huge dog began bark
ing at them.
Order Blanks Ready
For Forest Trees
Order blanks are now avail
ab'e at the Union County Exten
sion Service office for forest tree
orders to the Oregon State Board
Trees should be ordered as soon
as possible, including trees for
spring plantings, according to Ted
Sidor, Union County agent.
Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev
agreeing to a Western proposal
for a summit conference but sug
gesting other dates.
Eisenhower was given a trans
lation of the message. But the
White House' had no immediate
If he fellows past practice, Ei
senhower will spend a few hours
each day working in an impro
vised o.fice above the golf pro's
shop at Augusta. He and Mrs.
Eisenhower will stay in "Mamie's
cottage" near the club house.
The President and the first
lady spent a quiet Yule and gay
holiday decorations at the White
House. The shouts and laughter of
children which have echoed
through Jls rooms on past Christ
mases were absent.
The four Eisenhower grandchil
dren and their parents. Maj.
and Mrs. John Eisenhower, cele
brated the holiday at their Get
tysburg. Pa., home.
Among the youngsters' gifts
were toys and other presents from
At EOC Will
Dr. Margaret Morris, associate
professor of physical education and
hei'lth at F-ast:"rn Oregon College,
will adoress the Oregon Associa
tion of Health. Physical Education
and Recreation conference sched
uled Monday and Tuesday in Gear-
Dr. Morris, whose topic will, be
"Values and Uses of Selected
Playground Equipment in the E'e
men tar y School," will also present
a film produced by EOC's depart
ment of audio-visual aids.
The film d'-monstrates the
use of special equipment designed
by Dr. Morris as a part of her
graduated study at the State
University of Iowa.
Generally fair tonight; In.
creasing clouds Sunday with
chance of few snow flurries
north portion; high Sunday 12
4t; low tonight 15-2S, locallyq
Dobraski said he threw stones
at the dog and cursed it and
Goodpaster came out and threat
.ned ISj wjt! a gun,. ... ....t
You've Had It"
The couple continued to walk
up the road, Dobraski said, but
a few minutes later Goodpaster
drove up in a truck, got out and
said, "You've had it.
"Don't.. .don't shoot." Dobraski
said Mrs. Strunk screamed. Then
shots rang out.
Dobraski said he stumbled into
a nearby home and called po
lice, who found Mrs. Strunk's
body floating in the pit 93 feel
from the scene and arrested
Goodpaster at his home.
Police said the murder weapon,
which Dobraski described" as a
derringer, was still missing.
La Grande police reported only
one accident in the city during the
hrst two days of the Christmas
Oran F. Howell, 1315 Jackson
Ave., and Victor S. Rayburn,
1805 Spruce St., were the drivers
of two vehicles that collided on
Spruce Street at 9:30 p.m. Thurs
day. Howell was driving east on
Spruce and Rayburn was ti avel
ing west at the time of the acci
dent. No one was injured.
Lloyd W. Dayley, Lost inc. was
cited by officers for driving while
under the influence of an intoxicat
ing liquor at 12:20 this morning,
at the intersection of Adams Ave
nue and Spruce Street.
Richard A. Cunningham, 2711 N.
Fourth St., was charged with reck
less driving between V and X Ave
nues on Pine Street at 10:40 p.m.
Ellis Elmer Speer. 1809 X Ave.,
was cited for a stop sign viola
tion at Hemlock Street and Adams
Avenue at 10:55 yesterday evening.
Bail was set at $5.
.Virgil E. Jeffries, Portland, was
issued a citation for violation of
the basic rule on Adams Avenue
at 5:30 p.m. He was cited for
traveling 45 miles per hour in a
35 mile zone. He posted $10 bail.
Michael L. Keffer. 504 Penn St.,
was also issued a citation for viola
tion of the basic rule for traveling
50 miles per hour in a 35 mile zone
on Adams Avenue at 5:24 p.m.
yesterday. Bail was S"t at (15.
Eldon K. Hiatt. 2010 Birch St..
was Issued a ticket for running a
stop sign at Second Street and Y
Avenue at 1:23 a.m. Friday morn
ing. Bail was set at $5.
Noel D. Klilz. 2206 Washington
Ave., was cited for violation of
the basic rule, failure to have
his vehicle under control. Klitz
was arrested on Adams Avenue be
tween Depot Street and Elm Street
Wednesday alternoon. Bail was
set at $25.
United Press International
The Christmas holiday weekend
passed the half-way mark today,
and highway dealhs were running
perilously close to the rale which
safety officials ha I feared.
At noon est. tin- I'nited Press
lute' national count showed 271
persons dead in highway ac
cidents. Fires killed 18 persons,
plane mishaps three, other acci
dental causes 51. The overall total
California had 21 traffic deaths.
New York 20, Pennsylvania and
Texas 18 each. Michigan and
Ninth Carolina 15 each.
The Natio al Safety Council
winch had is mated that 530 per
sons might die during the 78 hour
holiday period which began at 6
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A PEEP AT SANTA'S WORKSHOP
Santa's workshop is portrayed in this unique setting in the yard of the M. L. Dodge
family, 1608 K Avenue. Due to the vast decorations, this photo only shows a part of
the entire setting. The Dodge family each had a part in making the pieces, from de
signing to cutting of plywood and the fini shing paint. (Observer Photo)
Pose Hazard In Holiday Travel
United Press International
A wide band of rain, snow and
sleet straddled the nation's mid
section today, posing a hazardous
driving problem for millions of
travelers heading home from
The weather bureau said the
moisture belt would stretch from
border to border and from Mon
tana, eastern Utah and New Mex
ico in the West through Michigan,
Indiana and Mississippi in the
Freezing rain was forecast for
northeast Minnesota across Wis-
12 Crew Members
SA DIEGO, Calif. (UPIl A
Japanese freighter Friday rescued
all 12 crew members from the
sinking tuna clipper. Sea Boy.
The Coast Guard said the
freighter, Laplanta Maru respond
ed to the 125-foot Sea Boy's "May
Day" distress signal, and the en
tire crew was transferred safely.
The clipper was still afloat when
abandoned but water had reached
the 10-foot level in the engine
room and a fire had started in
the pumps. The Coast Guard said
it had not confirmed whether the
The Sea Boy, owned by the
Franco-Italian Packing Co. of Los
AngHes, had sailed from that city
earlier this week. It was left to
drift 330 miles south of here off
the coast of Baja, Calif.
It was not known what caused
the ship to take, water.
EX-DP SHOWS GRATITUDE
NF.W YORK lUPli Miss Ni
na Zozulin. 35, a native of the
Ukraine who came to "this coun
try from a French displaced per
sons camp and set up a grocery
store seven years ago, said she
tried to think of some way to
show her gratitude to Americans
Friday she served her cus
tomers as usual but refused to
let any of them pay.
p.m. Thursday, issued a new plea
to motorists on this day allei
Many of the automobile acci
dents adding to the mounting toll
look three or more lives in a;
single crash In one of the latest,
four high school hoys were kilted
and lusscd burning from a cat
that hit a bridge support early
today near San Antonio. Texas.
A fifth liy was burned seriously
During the lust Christmas hull
day ol comparable duration, in
1953, 523 persons were killed on
the highways. In liLVi, with a
four-day holiday period, 712 were
"We are faced wilh a combina
tion of treacherous roads, uncer
tain weather and extra traffic."
cousin and Michigan and in parts
of New England. Dangerous dnv
ing warnings were hoisted in the
The weathermen predicted snow
for parts of the central plateau,
northern Rockies and northern
Light rains were predicted ov
er the rest of the plains. Midwest
and parts of the Ohio Valley, with
a few showers forecast for the
fur Pacific Northwest.
Light rain and snow fell Christ
mas night from Arizona and New
Mexico into Montana. A few driz
zles were reported from Northern
California to the Canadian border,
from Texas into the central plains
and from the Gulf to the Ohio
River. Scattered snow flurries dot-
STEEL UNION TO BE POLLED
ON 'STRIKE OR WORK' PACT
PITTSBURGH (UPI) A beat
of drums swelled behind the car
ols and jingle bells In nearly
.tOO.Oho American homes Christ
The rat-a-tat -tat was not rolled
out by the fumbling fingers of
children, but by prof e s a i o n a I
drum-beaters press agent va
riety. They were wielding their stickp
in an all-out effort to grab votes
in an election unique in the na
tion's history. In the 20 days fol
lowing Jan. 6. the National Labor
Relations Board will poll the coun
try's steel workers to get their
verdict on a management propo
sal for settlement of a bitter
wage dispute with the United
Nofotiations In Progress
With a government injunction,
which ended a record-smashing
116-day nationwide steel strike,
due to expiie in 30 days, the
workers had their choice at their
holiday tables of reading, listen
i a cnum.il siNikesiuan said, we
La:1 ony apH.aj u,at motorists
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.Mn'l'-.ie.Mii acci.i. nis uk.k a
terrible l" l ight persons were
killed and three critically injured
when an overloaded car slammed
into a concrete stanchion near
llavcrslrnw. N Y. Police saad the
car was "smashed to hits."
Kills 6, Hurts 17
Six persons Inst their lives and
seven others were seriously in
jured in a grinding hend-on col
lision on a stretch of highway
near Yazoo City. Miss. Police said
one car apparently swung into the
Five New Yorkers died on sliv
pery highways near Kilty Hawk,
ted central New England.
Temperatures wcrmed as much
as 30 degrees over the eastern
two-thirds of the nation. The mer
cury shot from near zero to a
round 30 through New England
during Christmas Day and Belle
rourche, SI)., reported a freak
reading of 54 after Ihc tempera
lure rose 18 degrees from 30 to
48, during 15 minutes early in the
The weather bureau said tern
peratures would continue to rise
today in the Great Lake states.
the Ohio Valley and parts of the
Central and Southern Atlantic
stall's. But cooler weather was
predicted from Nevada into east
era Montana, southern Idaho and
the northern plains.
ing to or watching union and
Government-sponsored efforts to
'-nd the dispute through "volun
tary" negotiations still were in
progress. But steel management
stuck to its "non-inflationary" of
fer of a wage benefit package
which it estimated would cost the
companies 33 cents per hour per
man over a 36-month period.
USW President David J. Mc
Donald and his union associates
sought a package which they es
timated would cost the companies
"slightly more' than 221 cents
an hour per man over a 20
month period. The union proposal
was based upon set 1 1 f m e n t s
reached with Kaiser Sleel, the big
can making companies and the
major aluminum producers.
But money on the barrel-head
issues were dwarfed by the furnace-hot
quarrel over the "local
working conditions" provisions of
the previous lalior agreement,
now in effect until Jan 26 under
N.C., when their car skidded
through a bridge rail and plunged'
into Currituck Sound.
A Louisiana boy and four Tex
ans were killed in a head on
smushup near De Quincy, La.
Three, x'rsons were killed when
their car hit a Continental Trail'
ways bus nc.ir Weslaeo, Texas.
Four persons died in the collision
of a tractor trailer and a car'
near Nashville, Tenn.
Among the dead was Charles
llenkel, 27, of Caledonia, Wis.,
the father of three little girls,
llenkel died in an auto crash
while wearing the red Santa
Onus suit with which he planned
to surprise and delight his chil
dren. Vets' Tax :
Ante High :
Union County war veterans paid
$23,318.62 In property tax for
1959-60, according to information
released by the Oregon Depart
ment of Veterans' Affairs.
There are 171 loans hi Union
Wallowa County veterans paid
$21,703 84 on 141 loans, the de
partment figures indicated.
The average ex-GI with an Ore
gon veterans' farm and home
loan paid a property tax of nearly
$194 as compared to $168 last year
and $145 in 1957.
The figures were reported fair
Roy V. Bell, auditor of the de
partment, which paid the 1959-40
luxes last month on the properties
of 14.915 World War II and Korean
veterans who have state loans.
The total amount paid in taxes
was $3,626,343. , .
The borrower pays his taxes
monthly to the department along
with his loan repayment. The de
partment in turn pays the tax col
lector and does so before
Nov. 15 to earn the veteran k
three per cent discount. The dis
count this year saved veteraftj
provisions , of a Taft-Hartley In
Seeks Freer Hand ' -
Management seeks a freer t1
in making crew assignments, reg
ulating working hours, penalizliit
workers for wildcat strikes, aojl
setting standards of performance;.
The companies propose bindiflk
arbitration. The union wants 5
study group with its findings tuft,
ject to open negotiations. J
The issue was the "big bonet
as the steel workers downed theft
holiday fare with their famlUesTar
toasted each other in the tap
rooms of the mill towns. ,
The management publicists cei
pled with catch ,. words sjch e
-efficiency" and "featherbaal.
ding" in their bid for the wort.
era' favor. The union Uexlesa
countered with "union bustinaT
and a flat charge, "if the ootsV
panies get their way, lM.OOt Mall
workers could be knocked eiaTTt
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