The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, December 22, 1929, Page 1, Image 1

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Salem, Oregon, Sunday Blorning, December 22, 1929 .
No. 232
mu n.
Rank of Major-General is
Conferred on Salem
Man Yesterday
Local Guardsman to Be Put
In Command of Entire
41st Division
WASHINGTON, p. C. Dec. 21.
(AP) Promotion of Brigadier
CSeneral George A. White of Ore
gon to the rank of major-general
and assignment to command the
41 Ht division, was provided in re
cent war department orders. It be
came known today. General
White's assignment and promo
tion have been pending since last
October, but no announcement
was made until the preliminary
procedures had been completed of
ficially. The 41st division comprises na
tional guard troops' In Oregon,
Washington, Idaho. Montana and
Wyoming. A group of northwest
ern governors Joined with Gover
nor I. L. Patterson of Oregon in
recommending General White's
selection for the post, and the
promotion to Major General was
recommended by the commanding
general of the 9th corps area at
Ban Francisco, Major-General
.John L. Hlnes, former chief of
staff of the army, and the Major
General William G. Everson, na
tional guard chief ia the war de
partment. General White Is a World war
veteran and a graduate of. the
command and general staff school
at Port Leavenworth and., the.
army war college here. He Is one
of the few men under 60 to re
ceive the rank of major general
Headquarters of the division
are placed at Portland.
The promotion of General
White to be major general com
manding the 41st division was
confirmed at National Gnard
headquarters here late yesterday.
The promotion became effective
some time ago, but not announce
ment made until official an
nouncement came from Washing
ton. General White took tLe oath
et office during the past week.
said Major Elmer Wooten, act
"In executive officer.
Tha division comprises national
guard troops In Oregon, Washing
ton, Idaho, Montana and Wyonv
While General White was In
Portland to attend the tnnnal ball
given by the Portland reserve of
ficers. It was learned from off!
cers at the Salem office that he
will take up his new duties dur
Ing the present month. His new
command consists of four regi
menta of Infantry, three of field
artillery, one of engineers, an air
service squadron of IS planes,
tank company and other division
headquarter troops now formed
and located among the. five states
of the division area. He will con'
tinue, also, to command the Ore
gon national gnard most of which
1s a part of the 41st division.
The division was formed at the
time of the World war and sent
overseas among the first divisions
In command of General Hunter
Liggett. Lat-jr it was commanded
by Major General Alexander, bow
retired, and by Major General
Paul Malone, now commanding
the seventh corps area. The pres
ent strength of the division is ap
proximately COO officers and 7500
enlisted men.
General White Is the first
'northwest resident to be appoint
ed to division command.
(AP) Official announcement
was made tonight of the dis
covery of several plots against
the government.
United States Congress
iourns For Christmas
(AP) Congress adjourned for
the holidays today, having filled
the nation's Christmas stocking
with a $160,000,000 income tax
reduction and a $16,000,000 hos
pitalisation bill as part of Us busy
three weeks work since the reg
ular session convened.
. The approach of Santa Clans
far outrivaled Interested in legis
lative business and only brief ses
sions were held in both the senate
and house as the two weeks' re
cess began.
A few house . members still in
the capital joined in passing a
. senate bill to advance Commander
Richard Byrd, now exploring at
the South Pole, to the rank of
General White
Gets Promotion
George A red White
Salem Kiwanis Club to En
tertain School Chil
dren of City
Arrangements for a Christmas
tree program and treat for all the
school children In Salem below
the junior high grades, have been
completed by the Klwtnis club.
and the event, probably the most
elaborate and Inclusive of its kind
to be offered in Salem this Christ
mas season, will be held at the
iY. M. C. A. Monday .night, be
ginning at 7 o dock snarp.
Ralph Cooley, president of the
Kiwanis club, estimated Sat
urday night that 1500 children
would attend, basing this on the
indications given a group of Ki
wanlans who carried the lnvita
tlon to all the schools in the past
few days.
Anticipating that number of ju
venile guests, the club has pro
vided 1500 pounds of candy and
nuts, seven cases of oranges, and
a large stock of toys, all of which
will be distributed by Santa Claus
In person as the climax of the ev
ening's program.
The entertainment feature will
be built around the showing of an
"Our Gang" comedy entitled
"When School Begins." After the
showing of this motion picture, a
contest will be staged in which
each school will enter a group Im
personating the members of
"Our Gang." these groups to per
form antics similar to those of
the famous film folk.
A valuable prize will be pre
sented to the school which has the
best impersonating cast.
The program will be conducted
in the gymnasium at the T.
Judging of the entries in the
second annual outdoor Christmas
illumination contest will start at
7:30 o'clock tonight All entrants
have been advised by the contest
committee of the Salem Advertis
ing club, sponsors of the affair,
to bare their displays in proper
shape by that time and fully Illu
minated. The Judges of the contest as an
nounced yesterday will be Miss
Katheryn Gnnnell, F. G. Delano
and B. B. Flack. Miss Gunnell Is
of the photographic firm of Gnn
nell and Robb. Mr. Delano Is a
real estate in the city. Mr. Flack
is an ex-electrical engineer.
The judging will be done in
each of the four divisions of the
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Rear Admiral on the retired list
of the navy.
The senate adopted a resolution
of condolence to the family of
Representative Kaynor, of Mass
achusetts, killed in an airplane
crash here yesterday. Otherwise
the hour's , meeting was devoted
principally to an address by Sen
ator Brookhart, republican, Iowa,
on cooperative business accom
Weary from the months of
work during the extra session and
the subsequent opening t this
regular session, the - legislators
hare called oft everything for the
two weeks respite. Even the busy
senate loony investigation com
mittee plans a full holiday until
i congress returns on January 6.'
Shadow of Imminent Trou
ble Falls Across Offices
At Court House
Judge McMahan Starts Ball
Rolling Among Grangers
Of This Section
They are mixing the brew of
doubt la 'the country spaces of
Marlon county. The grange.
which has had little to agitate
It ilnce the last election and the
session of the legislature with Its
ensuing lawsuit over whether the
legislators could vote themselves
extra pay in the guise of expense
money, is having its attention di
rected to ways that are strange
at the county conrt house. Judge
McMahan.' veteran of many politi
cal forays and himself a granger,
is reported as having visited some
of the granges, told tales out of
school. It Is even intimated that
the grange will appoint a "com
mittee' to Investigate. This
grange grand jury would hold
high inquisition, though whether
it would reach the height of a
senatorial inquiry or a Joseph-
Mannlx disbarment suit is In
doubt. Nor is it settled that the
grange will actually carry for
ward an investigation. Perhaps
it will, perhaps it will get the la
bor union to join in an Inquiry.
County politics will be rather
quiescent in 1930.
Smith Hole Commissioner
Cp t or Reelection
The only county official whose
term expires Is J. E. Smith. evm
mlssloner. The other officers
hold over till January, 19 S3 ex
cept the county judge whose term
does not expire, until January.
1935. But that does not prevent
the "inquiry" from having the ef
fect of stirring political waters
that hare long been stagnant
Here are some of the "wrongs
which the grangers may be Invit
ed to try to set right, or at least
w expose io puouc gate wnuwr
"Bl or w?
una oi me eniex compiainis
laid before the grange has been
iwb ui an attorney ew
ui fisvv iu me settlement oi un
Dr. Byrd estate when it is claimed
that the work required Justified
no such fee. The estate wai val
ued at 112,000, and the fee waa
based on the bar association per
centage; but the law empowers
the county judge to fix a "reason
able" fee. Some of the heirs pro
tested the fee claimed because
most et the estate was in bonds,
there were no debts and no real
estate sales. The county Judge al
lowed the fee over the protest.
Business Declared
Unusually Lengthy
Another reported complaint Is
that while the county court need
to meet and transact its business
in about ten days, allowing claims
ana hearing reports, now the
court sits the whole month and
much of the time has nothing to
do. The two commissioners are
paid on a per diem basis of $5 per
Then it is asserted - that the
court pays its member lOe a mile
for operating their private, cars In
going about and viewing roads
over the county, which is claimed
to be excessive and higher than
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t API Hone that the federal
farm board will renudiate agree -
ments tor handling grain reported
to have been reached at a recent
conference between Alexander
Lesrse. its chairman, and several
graln operators, Including Julius
H. Barnes, head ot President Hoo
ver's business advisory council.
was expressed today In a letter to
Legge from Chairman Caraway of
the senate lobby committee.
"I truly hope the board will re
pudiate your agreements and the
place and time In which you saw
fit to announce them.". Caraway
write. "It must be so. If it wish
es to retain the confidence of, not
only the , farmers, but all those
who earnestly sought by legisla
tion some means ot relieving the
distressed condition of agricul
ture."" : . r -
-' Replying to a letter from the
farm board. Chairman Caraway
offered him an opportunity to ap
pear before the lobby committee
to explain the conference. Legge
had written Caraway an explana
tion of the' farm board s policy In
advancing money to cooperative
farm, organisations,.
Death Mourned
By Entire State
Isaac Lee Patterson
Campaign for Money is Now
Near Its Close; Goal
Not Yet Sighted
Reported $1, 058.8a
Addle M. Brant . . 1.00
No Name 29.81
A Friend 7.00
F. E. Mercer .... 2.00
1. H. Thorn .... &.00
Mickey Mouse Club
Elsinore Theatre 18.05
Sweet Briar Club 6.00
Employes MacMarr
and Market 69. . 8.00
Kettles, Dec. 21.. 62.60
Total to date, .f 1,190.77
To be 74 years old and alone In
the world is bad enough, but
when a perg0B ,jBO ,lckf de
sp0ndent and penniless; that is
mighty tOUgh.
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PORTLAND, Ore., Dec 21.
(AP) Police tonight blamed an
automobile for the serious wound
Ing of Gay Westtall, 2$, formerly
of Great Falls. Mont., and the su
icide of Noel F. Womack, 28, who
J two months ago bought himself
I out of the army at Vancouver Bar-
racks. Vancouver. Wash. Phvsl-
I elans believed the young woman
I would live, although her right
lung was nunctured by a bullet
I from the. ex-soldier's pistol. .
The quarrel between Womack,
whose home Is at McMlnnville,
jTenn and Miss Westtall, poliee
I declared, began last night when
she refused to let him use her au
I tomobile and was resumed when
I he returned to her hotel early
today after taking the car despite
her protests, he threatened to kill
her then, poliee said.
Late today Womack went to
the young woman's hotel, officers
declared, and was told by Miss
Westtall that she "never wanted
to see him again." he took a note
from his pocket she told police
drew a gun and fired at her. Wo
mack then turned the gun on him
Miss Westtall said she met Wo-
1 mack soon after her arrival here
I from Great Falls. She was on
I ployed in a beauty parior nere,
I Womack's note, addressed to "the
I authorities," asked that his sui-
I cide be kept from his parents.
Looking Backward
Looking Forward!
- WTissr!?uv "
fTTHE year of 1929 soon draws to a close. It has been a
X busy, prosperous one for the people of Salem.
? In its annual edition of January 1,1930, The Oregon
Statesman will tell the story of the year . . . industrial
development, bunding construction, governmental ad
vance, educational progress. -
And in addition there will be depicted the outlook for
1930 as leaders of Salem and the state foresee it.
You will want extra copies.? Make reservations Hew
for extra copies as only a limited number will be printed.
The price is ten cents. . 7
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Announcement Is Issued Few
Minutes After News of
Elevation Heard
ncoming State Chief Will
Make Campaign to
Succeed Self
ASTORIA, Ore., Dee. 11(AP)
Albln Walter Norblad, president
of the Oregon state senate, who
succeeds to the governorship
with the death of Governor I. L.
Patterson, announced tonight that
he would leare for Portland at
8 o'clock tomorrow morning and
that he would go directly to the
home of his aged and invalid
mother, Mrs. Bessie Norblad, be
fore whom he will take the oath
of office.
Governor Norblad said he would
ask State Senator Gus Moser to
administer the oath of office. He
added that he would become a
candidate for the governorship at
the expiration of the term be is
now entering.
Haste in Getting
Into Race Explained
"I made this announcement,"
he said, "with due respect to the
memory of Governor Patterson.
my dear and valued friend, and
with whom I have often discussed
the matter. We had an under
standing that I would not enter
the field against him, but that as
soon as his term expired I would
become a candidate. In view of
this discussion, I feel that I can
properly make this announcement
at this time."
The new governor of Oregon is
48 years old. He -was born at
Malmo, Sweden, and emigrated to
this country with his parents
while a little child. They settled
at Grand Rapids, Michigan, and
the family being in reduced cir
cumstances, Norblad started out
In the world for himself at the
age of 12.
Early Career Is
Of Varied Nature
He peddled newspapers, sold
hot dogs at country fairs, played
the clarinet in a circus band and
did many odd jobs, returning at
last to his home In Grand Rap-
Ids, to enter business college.
Later he worked as a furniture
salesman. He entered a night
school at Dixon, Illinois, and ob
tained enough credits to enter the
Chicago school of law. He worked
his way through thlg school and
nassed the bar examination in
Norblad then started practice in
Delta county, Michigan. In 1906,
he was married at Escanaba,
Michigan, to Miss Edna Cates. In
1908, during a trip west, he visit
ed Astoria and was impressed with
possibilities here. In 19D9. he
brought his family to Astoria and
has resided here since that time.
He has served as city attorney.
school director, attorney for the
Port of Astoria, and five regular
and two special session of the
state senate. In addition he has
served twice as president of the
Astoria chamber of commerce and
taken a 'prominent part In civic
He is a' member of several
Masonic orders, the Elks lodge.
and Knights of Pythias and is a
member of the Presbyterian
Mr. and Mrs. Norblad have two
children: Albln Walter, Jr., 21
who is a student at the Universi
ty of Oregon, and Eleanor, IS,
who Is- a student at Astoria high
school. m
An investigation by a Joint con
gressional committee into the pay
situation o fthe army was urged
in a letter today to Chairman
James of the house military com
mittee by Secretary Hurley.
T 1
End Comes Suddenly At
8:10 Saturday Evening
From Pneumonia Attack
Chief Executive Well
- Known and Liked
in State
Birth Occurs in 1859
in Log Cabin, Ben
ton County
Isaac Lee Patterson was born
September 17. 1859, In a little log
cabin at Kings Valley In Benton
eounty, Oregon, his birth occur
ring In the same year in which
Oregon attained statehood. His
parents were early residents of
this state and were married in
Oregon. F. A. Patterson, his
father, came from Belleville, 111.,
and his mother, who was Caro
line Tatom, fro 91 Missouri.
The family moved to farm in
Polk connty when Isaac Lee. the
eldestchlld, was about 6 years
old. Until he was 19, the fu
ture governor made his home
there, except for a year when he
attended Christian college at
Monmouth, later the state nor
mal school.
All Ten Children
Of Family Work
There were ten children in the
family, and the governor was
fond of recalling that all worked.
At the age of 19, Isaac, then six
feet three Inches tall, decided that
he was big enough to. make his
way in the world, so be went to
Salem and obtained a fob in the
grocery store of McCully and Gil
bert. He worked for his board
alone for several months, and
then as his serrlcea became more
useful, $40 a month was given
him in addition to his room and
board. Within five years, young
Patterson had saved $1000 and
he then bought an Interest in the
Early in life the future gover
nor began to take an Interest in
politics. In 1894 he was elected
to the state senate from Marlon
county, and was made chairman
of the ways and means commit
tee, one of the most Important
and Influential positions in the
state senate. He also was made
chairman of the committee on
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A. W. Norblad of Astoria, pre
sident of the senate, will succeed
as governor of Oregon in accor
dance with the state constitution.
Called by the Statesman over the
long distance telephone Mr. Nor
blad said:
"I am shocked by news ot the
death of the governor. It Is so
sudden that I am unable to state
my plans definitely. I plan to go
to Portland Sunday and be sworn
In by the bedside ot my mother.
Mrs. Betty Norblad who has been
a helpless Invalid for forty, years.
I shall go to Salem probably on
"Governor Patterson and 1
were members of the senate to
gether in 1919. We were warm
personal friends. I had expected
to be a candidate for the gover
norship when Mr. Patteraon Arms
through. Now I shall probably
be a candidate to succeed ' myself
in 1980."
Mr. . Norbald requested The
Statesman to arrange for Miss
Beatrice Walton, the governors
secretary, to continue in her po
sition. Governor Norblad was born In
Sweden March 19. 1881; his first
American residence was with bis
parents at Grand Rapids, Michi
gan. He worked at various jobs
in Chicago, attending night school
and studying law.
He worked as a reporter to ob
tain his law course, also studying
medicine. He was admitted to
the Michigan bar in 1904, moving
back to Grand Rapids in 1905.
That year he was appointed dis
trict attorney In Michigan, an of
fice which he held until 1908,
when he came west to Astoria.
He served a brief enlistment In
the Spanish-American war, was
the first president ot the Astoria
chamber of commerce, an office
to which he was subsequently re
elected. He was instrumental in
organising the Port of Astoria,
and was its first attofney.-He was
city attorney of Astoria for sey
era! years.
He Is married and has two chil
dren., one son in the University of
Oregon J he Is. past exalted ruler
of the Elks, Mason, Shriner and
Knight of Pythias. He belongs
,te the Presbyteria ehurch.
Salem People
Mourn Death
Of Patterson
0. P. C0SH0W, chief justice of
state supreme court: "I very sin
cerely regret the pausing of Gov
ernor Patterson. I hate felt un
der obligation to him alnce as
suming the chief justiceship
since he has been very considerate
of my position and the responsi
bility, it entails, ills death is a
grer, loss to the state and diffi
cult to appraise at this time."
DR. CARLO. DONET. president
Willamette university: "We have
appreciated the governor as a
friend and have regarded him as
a loyal servant to the community
and to the commonwealth."
BROWN E. SISSON, president
chamber of commerce: "Mr. Pat
terson's death comes as a great
shock to Oregon. The governor
will be missed by the chamber of
Salem, and by the citizens of Sa
lem and of Oregon. He attended
our meetings quite often and was
an active and valued member."
CARLE ABRAMS, secretary
state board of control: "It has
been my opinion that Governor
Patterson has made in many re
spects the most satisfactory gov
ernor the state has ever had. He
has been subjected to less criticism
than any governor in memory but
he has been fearless and at the
same time has Instituted a num
ber of reforms of great benefit to
Oregon. I have come to admire
him very much in personal asso
ciation because of the fearless way
he work and the keen method of
arriving at vital points before
him. In all the vexing questions
I saw him handle, I never saw
him riled nor in any way lose bis
poise but rather, by diplomatic
questioning and reasoning, he not
only settled matters his way but
won the opposition to his. way of
T. A. LIVESLEY, mayor of Sa
lem: "Governor Patterson's death
Is a terrible shock. We have known
him since we came to Salem 40
years ago and were long-time
friends. We regarded him very
highly. His death was a terrible
blow to the state and an especial
one to this county. He was a man
beloved by all and proved him
self a wonderful governor. No
one can tell now what his loss will
mean to the state."
R. J. HENDRICKS, former edi
tor of The Oregon Statesman:
"Governor Patterson was mak
ing a splendid governor. Without
ostentation, he was efficiently di
recting the business of the state
in ways making for both good ser
vice and economy. From the
very first part of his term he
showed a thorough grasp of the
far flung business of the state
government, and he quietly work
ed tor Improvements in all Its va
rious branches, and secured re
sults constantly. He was as a
young man true and faithful, and
he grew with the years and with
opportunity - and responsibility.
His term as governor of Oregon,
though cut short by over a year
through his untimely taking off,
will go down in the history ot
the state as an outstanding one.'
JOHN H. carkin, tax com
missioner: "Due to a friendship
dating back to when we were
both in the legislature, and more
Intimate association when I was
speaker of the house and In tax
work while he has been governor.
his death comes as a great shock
to me. He has served his state
faithfully and well. Oregon will
miss his conservative yet con
structive leadership."
SAM A. KOZER, state budget
officer: "I am greatly shocked at
the sudden passing of Governor
Patterson and will miss him both
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Patterson Funeral Will
Be Held Early This WeeU
No plans for funeral services
for Governor Isaac Lee Patterson
were made last night thought it
is expected the services will be
held some time Tuesday. ' There
was no Intimation from the home
of whether a state funeral, such
as characterised the final rites oa
March C, 1919, for . Governor
James Withy combe, would be held
for Governor Patterson., r -,
Governor Wlthycombe was laid
to rest with military honors, an
entire) eadet company from O. A.
Patterson Has Relapse.
Late Saturday Aft
Illness of Little Over
Week Kept Secret
From Public
Isaac Lee Patterson, gov
ernor of Oregon, died sudden,
ly at 8:10 o'clock Saturday
night at his farm home in
Eola, Polk county, seven .
miles west from Salem. Death " t
resulted from a weakened
heart condition brought about
by pneumonia.
The sudden passing of the
governor was a blow to the
citizens of Oregon who had
only two days ago learned
that he was ill and that his
sickness was caused by a
slight cold from which he was
expected soon to recover.
Governor Patterson's illness,
which did not come to the pablk
attention, reached a suppesed ,
crisis Thursday night when the
fever caused by pneumonia sub
sided and he was thought to have
taken a turn for the better.
Heart Action Becomes
Very Weak Friday
Physicians were alarmed Fri
day when his heart action ap
peared very weak. His condition
was grave Friday night
Saturday morning, however.
Drs. Morse and Power found the
governor somewhat stronger and
in brighter spirits. Nurses al
lowed him to be propped In bed.
At 4 0 clock Saturday after
noon every indication pointed that
the governor, although in a grave
condition, was on the way to re
covery. He talked clearly to him
attendants and physicians were
About o'clock the governor's
condition suddenly turned for the
worse. His heart action, weak'
since he became ill a weak ago,
was markedly diminished and be
slipped into a coma. He never
recovered consciousness. Death
came at 1:10 p. m.
Governor In Cheerful
Mood Early In Day V
After the governor s death it
was learned that he was extremely
cheerful Saturday morning. He eat
up la bed and talked with mesa
berg ot his immediate family and
his physicians. He smoked and
discussed affairs ot state. Later
in the day he suffered a relapse.
His condition steadily became
worse and at 8:15 p. m.. Or.
Morse made the announcement
that stunned the entire state.
The governor contracted a cold
while in Portland three - weeks
ago. Subsequently he went 0
Hubbard Springs, Ore., where he
attended a banquet in honr et
Henry H. Ererding, prominent
Oregon sportsman and does -
friend of the governor. He bathes!
In the mineral springs in an et-
tort to break the cold, but ts no
avail. He then went to his home at
He was ordered to bed by his
physician and remained there un
til claimed by death.
Atlantic Flyers
Rio De Janeiro
NATAL. Braxil, Dec. 21 AP)
Major Tadeo Larre-Borges and
Lieutenant Leon Challe.he Urn
guayan-French aviation tease
which flew from Seville to a joint
near here, left at 11:20 a. m., to
day in an Aero-Postal plane. They
are expected to reach Rio Janelra
tomorrow afternoon where they
will be guests ot the Braetliae
C. firing three volleys over lh ,
masoleum as the final tribute te
the executive. The ; body laid In
state for two hours prior to the
Bervice ai me u , jneiuuujei
church under bodyguard of cadets
from; the college. - Honorary and
active, pallbearers .were chosen
largely from official ranks, -- A
band, with the cadet company and
color guard from the state college,
led the march to the cemetery and
the. general military staff of Ore
gon marched in solid formation to.
the ceremony. r- -