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Register Now for Home Defense !
Register at Selective Service Headquarters, Masonic Building, Estacada
M ARY M. SURFUS DIES A T AGE
OF 89 Y E A R S; CROSSED THE
PLAINS IN CO VERED WAGON
Funeral services conducted by the
Chapman Funeral home for Mary
Matilda Surfus were held from the
Elwood church Wednesday, Decem
ber 24th at 2 p.m. Rev. Bert Hen
derson o f Sa".em offciatlng. Inter
ment and final services were in the
Mary Matilda Park wias born in
Illnois March 22nd, 1852 and died
December 20, 1941 at the age of
89 years, 8 months and 28 days. In
1873 she was united in marriaige wi‘ h
Isaac Surfus who pieceeded her in
death in 1904. In 1883 with her fa
mily she crossed the plains by wagon
train locating first in Oregon City,
later moving to Maple Lane and in
1902 located in Elwood where she hua
since made her home. She was a mam
ber of the United Brethren church
affiliating with that denomination
in early life.
Surviving relatives are one son,
C. E. Surfus of Estacada, two daugh
ters, M'is. Wyona Stahlnecker o f El.
wood and Mrs. Izella Osterud of
Ashland, Va., two brothers I. M.
Park of Estacada and James Park of
Overland, Kas., and one sister Mrs.
Amanda Hatch of San Diego ,Cali-
forna. 15 grandchildren and 6 great
grandchildren and numerous oothei
relatives and friends
G ARFIE LD PIONEERS TO
CELE B R A TE A N N IV E R SA R Y
Friends and relatives o f Mr and
Mrs. Lee Wills o f Sandy Boulevard
former pioneers o f the Garfield dis
trict are invited to attend open
house after 2 p.m. Sunday Decem
ber 28th in honor o f their golden
wedding anniversary at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Calagno. Go to
148th and Sandy Boulevard, turn
south one mile anc turn left on pri
H ORACE D A V IS DIES A T
ABERD EEN , W ASH.
Horace Davis .brother o f Elmer
Davis of this place died on Thursday,
night o f last week at Aberdeen,
Wash. Elmer Davis, Anna Lawden,
Clara Ross, Herman and William
Davis and Grace White went to Aber,
deen this week to attend the funeral.
SUGGESTIONS MADE IN
REG ARD TO SIREN
It has been suggested that the
blowing o f the siren at 12 o ’clock
noon every day in Estacada be dis
continued until after the emergency.
The Japs are clever and if they stag
ed an air raid at noon Estacada resi
dents would most likely think it was
just the regular 12 o’clock siren in
stead o f an air raid alarm.
A PPO IN TM EN T OF MORALE
CO M M ITTEE IS ANNOUNCED
Realizing the importance o f mor
ale in civilian defense a committee
with Mrs. Lester Underwood as chair
man has been appointed for the Es
tacada community. Other members
are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Teats, Den
zel Piercy, L .D. Meade, and Bernard
Schoenbuig. To date members o f the
committee have not been advised the
scope and extent o f their duties.
DARK NESS— A C T IO N — LIG H T
Mary Martin and other actresses
may “ kiss the boys goodbye” but
the people of Garfield at long last
have kissed me lamps farewell. Now
they are able to see what they are
looking at, at any time after sun
It was unfortunate that the Co-op
got started during a national emer
gency. These are enough setbacks tc
such an undertaking during normal
times but during this period every
setback brot along a large and an
noying tribe to cope with.
It is not given to many persons to
watch their dreams come true but
the dream of light in rural districts
has .now materialized .
The wandering spirits o f Indians
who roamed this district long ago
will likely be astonished to see houses
and barns brilliantly lighted these
winter evenings or hear the rhythm
of the pumps supplying the former
bucket.carrying housewives with hot
and cold running water.
But isn’t it the irony o f fate that
just as the light came, Japs and the
This was the fi'ist self-help pro
ject in Oregon and the members of
the Co-op early got into the neighbor
help frame of mind that is fostered
by the REA, thte American spirit.
Members met members from as far
•way as twenty miles .acquaintance
ships ripened into real friendships.
The road was often rocky and dim,
full of discouraging bumps and ruts
but it was remarkable how sunny
all the members kept. They cheer
fully gave time ,use o f cars, the o f
ficers received no pay.
There were some obstructionists
it’s true, real progress has never run
on a green lit grade .
To the friends and neighbors who
had electricity b,ut who stood on the
side lines and cheered a big “ thank
you” tied up in holly and tinsel and
to the splendid people of the Co-op
in Garfield and all the other districts
who now enjoy the benefits of
lighted homes and to the editor of
the Clackamas Comity News who
gave generous publicity space a very
Merry Christmas and a Propserous
New Year.— Mary Helen Dice.
Clackamas county personal proper,
ty tax payers are now receiving
blank forms from the Clackamas
county assessors office for return of
taxable personal property owned or
in possession in Claskamas county
as of January 1 ,1942.
In faimer years the assessors o f
fice lias tried to contact personally
all residents o f the county owning
or having possession or control o 1
personal property subject to assess
ment for taxation. That process was
slow, expensive and wasteful o f time.
This year the o ffic e is using the
economical and business like method
of supplying blank forms listing per
sonal property returns. The law in
the matter will be found in a dis
play advertisement elsewhera in this
In preparing the return the tax
payers are asked to state the true
cash value actual or estimated ,of
the several items o f personal pro
perty owned. No percentage or ra
tio o f true cash value is to be ap_
plied. The assessors office will equa
lize the assessment o f your property
with assessment o f other properties
in the county.
Taxpayers are asked not to delay
the important matter of filling out
these personal tax returns as requir
ed by law and to have such return
in the assessors office by March 2,
CONTINUOUS PERFO RM ANCE
E ST A C A D A
D EFEN SE
HIGH SCHOOL A T ESTACAD A
FORMED A T M EETIN G A T THE
AS H O SPITAL SITE
C ITY H ALL M O N D AY E VE
The Clackamas county court is
considering the old high school build
ing at Estacada now owned by grade
school district No. 108 as the possi
ble site for a county hoapital.
Although the heating system In
this building has been condemned
the building itself is in fair shape
and could be converted into a hospi
tal as a nominal expense.
With war dangers growing hourly
bhe need for an emergency hospital
in the county to take care o f sick and
woi^nded is becoming a necessity.
The present hospital faciliities in Oie
gon City and Portland could not be
gin to cope with the situation should
a real emergency occur.
The establishment o f an emergen
cy hospital in the old high school
building at Estacada would cost less
and get bigger results than most any
other war preparation this county
could do at the present time. Such a
hospital would serve the entire eas
tern half o f the county and relieve
the load which otherwise would have
to be carried by the Oregon City and
Register Today !
Every citizen of this territory both
men and women should register ai
once for home defense. Registraton
blanks aire at the office o f Clacka
mas county selective service board
No. 2 in the Masonic building .Esta
cada with F. E. Dooley in charge.
ELECT NEW OFFICERS
Ted Wahlstrom the eagle eyed elk
hunter from up Selwood way was
elected foreman of the Riders o f the
Cascades at the annual election of
officers o f that organization held on
Saturday night o f last iweek at the
home of Mir. and Mrs. Geo. Gill in
Redland. Other officers chosen by
the local western riding club were,
Top hand, Roy N. McIntyre of Sell-
wood; tally, LaFaye Fouts of Red-
land; Gold Digger Roseanne Meade
o f Estacada; sheriff Lester Rupp of
Canby; and drillmaster Stanley Fouts
o f Redland. From among the old
cowhands the folowing wranglers
were elected. Richard Wagner of
Redland, “ Buster” Tunnell o f Cur-
ttinsville, Ray Tracy o f Viola, Larry
Meade of Estacada and Walt Green
o f Portland.
George Jackson foreman of the
Territorial Riders of Oregon City was
a distinguished guest and. made a
An interesting part o f the even
ings program was a discussion of
various breeds o f horses each mem
ber of the club relating some per
sonal expei ience with their favorite
A Christmas party and refresh
ments topped one o f the most en
joyable meetings in the history of
the Riders of the Cascades who will
celebrate the first anniversary o f
the founding o f their club sometime
The next regular meeting o f the
club will be held at the home of
Mrss Janet Pederson in Dodge.
MRS. J. F. REEH ER DIED
ON TU ESD AY
ON N EW Y E A R ’ S D A Y
A L B E R T K ITCH ING INJURES
HAND IN TU R K E Y TUSSLE
There will be a continuous show at
Broadway theatre rn Estacada on
Thursday, January 1, New Years day
from 2:15 p.m. Feature picture is the
great technicolor maaterpeice "Dive
Bomber’ starring Errol Flynn and
Mrs. Agnes Reeher wife o f J. F.
While attempting to argue a tur Reeher o f this city died Tuesday at
key into getting ready for the holi
the Oregon City hospital at the age
day dinner Albert Kitch’ng last week
o f 82 years.
accidentally stabbed himself In the
Funeral services wh!ch will be in
left hand. The wound was rather deep charge o f the Chapman Funeral
and painful but Mr .Kitching says home of Estacada are now pending.
he’ll be 0 . K. azain soon.
S. E. Lawrence commander o f the
Carl Douglas post o f the American
Legion post was named chairman ol
the Estacada defense council at a
meeting held Monuay evening in the
city hall and which was attended by
approximately 100 people o f the com
munity. Frank Chevron was elected
vice chairman and Miss Dorothy Kig-
Sheriff Fred Reaksecker made a
talk in which he outlined the princi
pals of civilian defense paying par
ticular attention to blackouts and
fire fighting. He also covered com
munications bridges, transportation
etc. Sheriff Reaksecker described the
incendiary bombs in action and meth
od o f combating this menace. He
said these bombs burned from 15 to
55 minutes and that above all things
a fire extinguisher should not be
used on them but that the bomb
should be lightly sprayed with water
Another speaker was Robert Mul-
vey deputy district attorney who
talked on supporting the local de_
fense units officers.
Mrs. Alice Maxwell Red Cross
chahman who has charge o f first
aid .nursing .housing ,etc. was un
able to be present..
The theme o f the meeting was to
build defense fo r permanency. In
cluded in the program was the cata.
logiing o f all buildings in Clackamas
county in event o f evacuation. It
was pointed out that there is going
to be particular danger in these parts
during the hot summer months when
extra lookouts will be required in
the national forest.
The Estacada defense council has
been named as a supervising unit of
defense work in this teiritory and
will work in coordination with the
defense units o f bpriragwater, Gar
field .Eagle Creek and other nearby
AM ERIC AN RED CROSS
Due to the date of our next regu
lar Community Red Cross meeting
falling on New Years day the meet
ing will be held on Friday, January
2nd. We expect a large attendance.
A fter this as usual our meetings
will be held at the city hall on the
first, third and fifth Thursday. Pleai-e
mark your calendar.
Red Cross Drive
The Red Cross roll call feir its
1942 membership is now completed.
The Estacada distr ct responded no
bly to this membership enrollment.
This district is substantially the same
as the Estacada union high school
ditrict and every section o f the dis
trict is well represented by members.
The Red Crooss must have a wai
relief fund and wants it immediately.
It must be prepared to carry on its
essential war work.
Every individual business man and
organization is asked to contribute
liberally to this war fund. Do not
wait for volunteer workers to ask
you for your contribution. Be a vol
unteer yourself and bring or mail
you icontribution now. Official re
ceipts will be given you.
Frank Shelton, Estacada Dis
trict chairman, Clackamas
R. R. COOKE PRESENTS
TROPHY AT PROGRAM
Masons - Star
The annual Christmas program of
the student body o f the Estacada un
ion high school was given Tuesday
LOREN CYRU S, MRS. M ABELLE
afternoon in the school auditouium.
Award of the Cooke trophy was
H E W ITT
O F F !-
made at this time by R ,R. Cooke.
CERS. FINE PROGRAM GIVEN
A program o f Christinas songs and
Christmas music together with a pan-
tomine “ Santa Claus is Coming to
With Past Master Loren Cyrus act
Town” completed the program.
ing as installing officer and R. O.
Reed as marshall the newly elected
officers of the local Masonic lodge
CHEVRON AD VISES KEEPING
took their posts on Monday night of
T A X RECEIPTS
this week. Officers installed were
Frank Chevron had an experience Earl Gunter, master; Walter Smith
the past week which leads him to be senior warden; S. L. Campbell junior
lieve it is advisable to keep your tax warden; Tom Watson treasurer; W.
receipts. It seems the county was go C. Scrutton secretary; H. L. Glover
ing to foreclose and sell property be senior deacon; Jack Watson .junior
longing to Mr .Chevron on which the deacon; F. C. Bartholomew chaplain;
taxes had all been paid including the J. C. Tunnell marshall; Rex Orser sen
ior steward; Bob Guttridge junior
The error in bookkeeping was cor steward; and Chas. Colson tyler.
rected when Mr .Chevron produced
The retiring master Loren Cyrus
his tax receipts.
was presented with a past masters
ring by the lodge past master J. C.
Tunnell making the presentation.
The ne»vly installed master Earl Gun
ter received gifts piesented by his
If you find yourself believing,
daughters Misses Betty June and
This old world’s a total loss,
Why not perk up and start knitting Jeanne Margaret.
Mrs. Mabelle Hewitt retiring wor
Sox and sweaters for the Red Cross,
thy matron served as installing o ffi
cer for the Star with Mrs. Ruby Tun
If you think life’s against you,
nell as marshall. Officers installed
And you’ve more than you can bear,
were: Mural Robley .worthy matron;
Why not .write a cheriy letter,
Walter Smith worthy patron; Mary
To a lad in camp somewhere,
Reed associate matron; O. E. Smith
associate patron; Ruth Keeth secre
If the blackouts and the war news
tary; Gertrude Scrutton treasurer;
Make you jittery and tense,
Elsie Campbell conductress; Florence
Why not go at once and sign up
Glover associate conductress; Rose,
With Civilian Defense,
anne Meade chaplain; Mabelle Hew
You’ re needed.
itt mashall; Eloise Johnston organ
A. Nonny Muss.
ist; Bertha Gunter, Ada; Elizabeth
Allen, Ruth; Grace Eliassen Esther;
Eva Taylor .Martha; Lucille Jenkins,
Electa; Bessie Colson warder; W .C.
As part o f the installation pro
ram a vocal duet was rendered by
Starlee Sparks and Mona Hayden
Estacada and Sandy homes and
accompanied by Mis. Grace Eliassen
places o f business must be able to
on the piano. Mrs. Constance Hutch
blackout in one minute under orders
inson and Mrs. Grace Eliassen also
set forth by the 4th army headquar.
favored with several songs accom
panied by Mrs. Eloise Johnston. Bev
Both cities have passed “ blackout”
erly Kitching, Joan Cyrus and Donna
ordinances violations o f the provi
Lee Osborne delighted with a tap
sions o f which will call for a maxi
dance number and Mr. and Mrs.
mum fine o f $300 and a 30_day jail
Jesse Foster rendered a violin and
Mrs. Mabelle Hewitt retiring wor
W OM EN’ S C IVILIAN DEFEN SE
thy matron was presented with a
TO O RG AN IZE
jewell by the lodge Mrs .Elsie Camp
bell making the presentation. M s.
All women o f Estacada and vicin.
Mural Robley incoming worthy ma
ity are urged to attend a meeting
tron received a beautiful jewel
at the high school auditorium Monday
from her husband and Mrs. Hewitt
December 29th at 2 p.m. to meet
presented the lodge with a personal
with Mrs. Alice Maxwell, Red Cross
gift o f two large candlebrum.
county executive secretary for organ
Installation ceremonies were fol
ization o f a women’s unit o f civilian
lowed by refreshments served in the
defense in Estacada. This is a very
dining loom. Both the lodge hall and
important meeting and all v'omen
the dining room were prettily decor
are urged to atttend and learn how
ated in accordance with the Christ
they may help in an emergency.
60 Seconds Given
E ST A C A D A RANGERS W IN
DOUBLE V IC T O R Y
Both the junior and varsity basket
ball squads o f the Estacada union
high school won over Sandy in a
game which was played last Friday
The varsity game was close. The
score at the half was 17 to 8 in favor
o f the Rangers and in the last half
both sides scored 18 points making
the final score 36 to 26 in Estacadas
Esacada’s junior squad easily won
b ya score o f 39 to 16.
G ERM AN EX ILE TO SPEAK
A T SCHOOL
Dr. Martin Hall a German exile
will speak at the local high school
auditorium on January 8th his sub
ject being “ Inside Germany.” One
o f the most important points o f his
RAINS DAM AGE CA R V E R ROAD talk will be a relation of inte.views
About 200 feet of the pavement
on the Clackamas river road between | Orchids (if we had any) would
Carver and Barton has settled two go to Postmaster A1 Fasel and his
feet or more mostly on Saturday staff o f workers at the Estacada
night, due to the heavy rans. The postoffice. They did an excellent job
road was closed on Monday and traf o f handling the mails diiring the
fic was being detoured.
W IL L ELECT CHIEF AIR RAID
W ARDEN AND HELPERS
There will be a meeting this ev
ening .Friday, December 26, at 7 :30
p. m. in the city hall for the purpose
o f electing a chief air raid iwarden
and assistants for the city o f Esta
cada. Plan to be there.
EGG1MAN HERD IS G IVEN
N ATIO N AL RECOGNITION
A cow in the herd o f William H.
Eggiman, Oregon City, has complete!
an official record in the herd Im
provement division qualifying her for
admission to the advanced register
o f the American Guernsey cattle club
according to Karl B. Musser .secre
A 3-year old cow In the Eggiman
herd, Jane’s April of Oldarres 623-
062 produced in 366 days 6113.4
pounds o f milk and 336.7 pounds
o f buttter fat in class EHI.
Alfred T. Newman who is a car
penter In the CCC camp at Silver
Creek Falls spent several days this
week visiting at his home in Currinse