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ATHENA. UMATILLA COUNTY. OREGON. FRIDAY. MAY 28, 1909.
Mike Ryan, whose oue sbot last
Thursday eveoiDg killed Edward Dix
on and wounded Jaoob Sobnbert, was
taken to Pendleton Friday evening by
Sbeiiff Taylor and placed in tbe coun
Ryan says he bad do quarrel with
Dixon and regrets killing him, bat
that the two men were forcing him
and that Disou tried to take hold of
his gnn before he sbot. He alleges
tbe two men were going to whip bim,
and that he shot to prevent himself
being beaten np. The killing, as stat
ed in tbe Press, lead np from trouble
over Sobnbert nsing a road leading
diagonally aoross Ryan's field.
On tbe evening of tbe killing Sobn
bert tried to use the road and Ryan
forbade his doing so. . Sobnbert left
his team and returned with his bired
A qnarrel ensned, one word bring
ing on another, and Ryan says the
two men kept advancing toward him,
despite repeated warnings, with Shu
bert keeping his. bired man iu front of
him. Tbe prisoner Bays be told Dixon
eight times not to come any closer to
him and at the same time be kept
backing away. He says this was kept
np until be backed up against tbe
feuoe, whereupon he told his oppo
nents not to advance another step or
be would fire. He says that at that
point Dixon rushed for him and at
tempted to grab the' gun, whereupon
he pulled the trigger. He says Dixon
. .called him a - bluffer and dared
him to shoot
. Ryan then fired and tbe bullet en
tered Dixon's right thigh near the
waist line and passing on through,
struck Ssbubert's leg further down.
Both men hobtledoff, Sobnbert reach
ed home, bat Dixon bled to death in
.the Held, a short distance from where
tbe shooting took place.
Aocording to Sobnbert, who was
'taken to Walla Walla to have his
wound dressed, Ryan has been aggra
vating bim tot several years. Both
men were unarmed at the time of the
ebootiug. Sobnbert tells tbe follow
ing story of the shooting:
. "I had been to Milton yesterday for
a load of chop, and coming home it
was necessary to cross tbree or four
fields and also go through a party lane
between property owned by Ryan and
another man. Ryau has been playing
all kinds of mean tricks on Us ever
.since we have been on tbe ranob, and
sinoe we owned it be has done bis
best to keep us from getting through to
our plaoe. He had it in for me espec
ially and had no grievanoe against
Dixon. Yesterday when I got neat bis
plaoe and almost to tbe beginning of
the lane I stopped to talk with a neigh
bor. "Ryan went Into the bouse, got bis
rifle and ran on ahead about three
fourths of a mile. I oalled tbe atten
tion of tbe neighbor to this and said
he had better watoh out, as Ryan bad
threatened to kill me, telling Mr.
Dixon that he would do this the Sun
day previous. I drove on and just be
fore I reached the lape Ryan, who
was standing there, ordered roe to stop
or be wonld kill me. He scared my
team and I jumped off and tied them
to the fence, and then tried to argue
with Ryan. He would listen to noth
ing and tried to show me that he gave
most of the land for the lane and that
it was bis. I then decided that I
wonld go get Dixon for I wished to
start suit again Ryan the next day and
needed a man as a witness. While 1
;was gone Ryan moved the team
through tbe lane and tied them on far-
. tber, 80 that he could show that he
was not stopping me.
i "We got baok about 8 o'clock and
missed the team. We saw a man lying
in a field, not Ryan's, or at least we
thought it was a man. I oalled to bim
tbree times, calling bim by name eaob
time, and asked him where he bad
pat tbe team. I received no answer.
Dixon tben suggested it might be a
. horse or oow and we started to ivesti
gate. . He climbed through tbe fence
!and I followed. When we got near
the object it jumped up and we dis
covered tbat it was Ryan. He ctied
out that U we oame any closer he
wonld kill us,
"He took aim at me and Dixon kept
tetwseu us, edging closer all tbe time.
; 'I'll kill you.' said Ryan, and Dix
on told bim be wonld not dare, as he
was in another roan's field and we had
as much right there as he.
"Dixon kept getting closer all tbe
time while Ryan kept moving around
to get a shot at me. I kept Dixon
between us all the time. Dixon finally
'got too close and Ryan warned him
'Sboot, then, said Dixon, and
Ryan tired, tbe bullet going through
Dixon and bitting me in tbe leg. Both
of ns dropped and I oalled out 'I'm
shot,' in a feeble tone in order to fool
Ryan. Dixon responded, 'So am I,'.
Pretty soon I crawled away, as did
Dixon. In a few minutes I got far
enough to feel safe in walking and
started toward tbe bouse. I heard
Professor Klemme's Graduating Class, Walla Walla Wash., High School, '09.
Tells of the Trouble Which Caused
Ryan to Kill Dixon and the Af
fray in Which he was Shot.
- rkir fft' X rC lH Y iCi
--By Courtesy Seattle "P. I."
From left to ligh.: Baok row Clifford Staok, Ida Stubblefleld, Harry Bowers. Clara Hunt. Mary Ringhoffer, Irene Hayward, William Steel, Harry Cowan
Veva MoGrew, Gilbert Woods. Second row Meryl Kepler, Henry Reborn, Grace Moulton, Christina MoRae, Floreuoe Graves. Myrtle Huber Primrose
Rupp. Grace Huber, Myrtle Robinson. Front row Ruth Ringhoffer, G'en Morgan, Etta Kennady, president; Verne Dresser, Beth Stevens Walter Pauly
AH ARTESIAN ILL
Expert Will Prospect for Athena Land
& Trust Company City Well
May Be Used.
S. F. Wilson, secretary of the Ath
ena Land & Trust company, was in
Walla Walla Tuesday, where he went
for the purpose of securing the ser
vices of an exert in artesian well drill
ing, to come and look over tbe Athena
field with the view of sinking a well
The expert will oome bete at once,
ana if after investigation, he finds this
locality baa good prospects for arte
sian water, it is understood tbe com
pany will oontraot witn bim to sink a
Atbeha already has a deep well and
it might bo tbat arrangements could
be made whereby this well would be
the looation of tbe artesian operations.
The Press understands tbat individual
property owojrs have offered to con
tribute financial aid in conneotion
with tbe oompany, in drilling the well.
Artesian wells are destined to be tbe
means of reclaiming practically as
muoh arid land in the Walla Walla
valley as the streams have reclaimed.
At present there are several wells in
tbe vioinity of Walla Walla, the prin
cipal one being located on the Blalook
ftuit ranob. One of these flowing
wells is a gusher and has a oapaoity
of irrigating 500 acres of land.
The acquisition of artesian water
would mean a great deal for Athena
and vioinity. In tbe event of striking
a gusher, pressure would be sufficient
to foroe water into the reservoir, with
out tbe expensive use of maobinery.
Should tbe oompany strike a moderate
flow, tbe city would be justified in
sinking a well at the head of tbe
water system with tbe object of turn
ing water into the reservoir by means
Victor Dorris Coming.
This prinoe of tbe platform and pul
pit will deliver bis great leoture, "Man
in tbe Brightest Limelight" at tbe
Christian church next Tuesday night.
A rare oppoitunity is offered tbe peo
ple of Atbena, in tbe lecture of Victor
Dorris. - He is a man of coontry-wide
reputation as an orator, and comes to
us witn an inspiring tbeme. The
nominal price has been put within
reaoh of all. No one should miss this
rare opportunity to bear one of tbe
foremost lecturers of tbe day, Adults
will be charged 25c. children under
twelve lac Tbe Christian oburob
has already establisbd its record in
putting on tbe best talent, and expects
to maintain it. You will be pleased
with his leoture. Remember tbe time,
Tuesday evening Jane 1, at eight o'
Sales Day Funds,
Byion Hawks, secretary of tbe Ath
ena Sales Day committee, bands tbe
Press a statement of tne receipts and
disbursements of tbe funds used to de
fray tbe expenses of carrying on the
sale. The statement shows tbat tbe
sum of fa2.50 was snbscribea ana
111.50 netted from sale per centage,
the total receipts being 164.00. Tbe
total expense amounts to $64.15, leav
ing a deficit of 45 cents.
PRINCIPAL KLEMME TQ ORGANtZE EftRLY
Prof. E. J. Klemme, tbe newly
elected principal of tbe Athena High
Sobool, will oome to Atbena from
Walla Walla imediately after dosing
tbe Walla Walla High Sobool, where
Prof. E. J. Klemme,
to his new field early, so tbat he may
be in touoh with prospective hig h
sobool pupils and patrons of tbe sobool
and thus have ample time to oonstruat
the basis of organization for the foture
years work. Prof Klemme has been Everybody will be accorded
Real Scottish Welcome Will Be Accord
ed All Who Attend the Big two
Days' Picnic Here.
be graduates a class of 26. Tbree
years ago Prof. Elemme's class numb
ered 33 and last year, 32.
The new prinoipal proposes to oome
Walla Walla, and the Press takes
pleasuie in publishing a half tono
pioture of bis present graduating class
that our readers may be enlightened
bb to tne qnaiiDoauons oi tbe man
whom the school board has employed
to build up tbe Atbena High Sobool
to tbe plane it no riobly deserves
By way of introduction it may be
said tbat Prof. Klemme's preparation
ror eduoational service inoludes his
graduation from tbe Butler High
School, of Butler, Illinois. He next
graduated with high honors from the
Central Normal College, Danville.
Ind.. with A. B. degree. He after
ward acquired the degree A. M., from
Northwestern University and holds a
life diploma from tbe states of Illinois
His experience as an educator em
braces two years teaching in a distriot
school; ton years service at Murphys
toro, Illinois, six years of which be
served iu oapaoity of prinoipal and
four years as superintendent of school;
tbree years principal of Walla Walla
High Sohool. ,
NORMAL'S LiST EXERCISES
Program of Exercises at Weston That
Closes Schools Career.
A What may perhaps be tbe last com
mencement oxeroisea of tbe Eastern
Oregon State Normal Sobool, began
Sunday with the Baccalaureate ser
vice in tbe Chapel of tba Normal
building at Weston, Sunday.
Monday was given over to class day
exercises, and in tbe evening tbe an
nual alumni banquet was spread in
the commodious gymnasium hall.
Commencement exercises proper, were
held in tbe assembly room Tuesday
evening, when tbe following program
Instrumental Dust "Zampa," Her
old i Cecile A, Boyd, Lnoile H. Kemp.
Chorus "Hail, Hail, Smiling Morn"
Invocation Rev. J. R. Reeves.
Salutatory and Address "Tbo Nor
mal Sobool and the Teach ei," Claud
ia J. Kelley.
Vocal Solo "Whisper and I shall
Hear," Picoolomini; Lois M. Powell.
Instrumental Solo "Minuet," Pad
erewski; Bernice Riobmond.
Address "Present Eduoational
Trend," Benj. W. Curry.
FINED IN RECORDER'S COURT
Chas. Grant Pays $10 for Abusing
; Rush Bannister and Taylor.
dad" Boilielieu: Marjorie M. Miller
Chorus "The Lost Chord" Snllivan.
Address by Judge Stephen A. Lowell
Instrnmeital Solo "Air de Ballet"
Cbaminade; Luoile H. Kemp.
Valedictory and Address "The
Special Work of tbe Normal Sobool"
Lillian S. Holman.
Presentation of Diplomas, President
Robert C. French.
Chas, Grant, of the "Corner" joint,
was fined 10 by Judge Riobards Tues
day for abusing Ed Rush in his plaoe
Tbe evidence went to show tbat
Grant had called Rush into his saloon
and aooused him of circulating tbe
report tbat be, Grant, had been run
out' of Helix. Rush denied Grant's
allegations and tbe matter of a 75 cent
debt was introduced into a controver
sy tbat bad assumed the proportions
of a first class enssing stunt on Grant's
part Henry Wood was tbe principal
witness and he was on Rush's side of
of tbe case.
"Bill" Taylor, thoroughly saturated
with booze, bunted for something pic
nic day and got it from tbe brawny
fist of Walter Bannister. Bill was put
down and out in tbe rear of Grant's
"Corner," and did not come to until
a couple of hours later. The hearing
was sot for Thursday bat Bill was uot
able to appear, so tbe boys will tell
Judge Biobards Monday, bow it happened.
VS ; Eieth Grade Examination.
(Instrumental Daet "Caliph of Bag-Emery Wortbington, Herbert Par
ker, X'cbed Moray den, George Win
ship, Dale Campbell and Kittie Ghol
son, pupils of tbe eigth grade class in
the Atbena sobool, were successful in
the recent examination Tba remain
ing members of tbe lass all passed
with sufficient average except la one
study. History and grammar proved
the stumbling block and eaob has tbe
opportunity of taking the examination
again iu Jane.
uine Soottisb woloome whon they
oome to attend tbe tenth annual pio
nic of the Umatilla County Caledon
ian Society in this city, Friday and
Saturday, June 4 and
.Lbe members of the sooiety, to a
man, are doing everything possible In
tbe way of preparation to make this
gathering of the clans, the largest and
most suooessful in the history of tbe
organization. President MoEwen and
secretary Barrett have sent out invit
ations to the different Caledonian so
oieties in tbe state and tbe expecta
tion Is tbat a large number of Scots
and their friends from a distaooe will
be in attendance.
'J he program this year will inolude
many new features not heretofore pie-
sented by tbe sooiety. A grand picnio
dinner in tbe park, will be a novelty
of reoreative pleasure not heretofore
enjoyed at these gatherings. There
will be balloon asoonsions and base
ball games eaob day and in addition
there will be the ever interestinc
Sootob games and sports.
Two of America's test pipets have
been secured for tbe ocoasion and ac
companying tbe inspiiing note will be
soon tbe graoefnl juvenile dancers,
Agnes and Jessie Pottage, Jessie Best
and Masters Hood and Rennie.
Classical Scotch songs will be suns
by Miss Jnstin, soprano, of Portland ;
Miss Hoben, oontralto, of Portland:
Prof. Alex Robinson, baritone, of
Condon, These singers will be ac
companied on tbe bagpipes by Piper
Major MoDouald, of Walla Walla.
Jook Coleman, tbe clever and pop
ular comedian will again be seen in
Harry Lauder's songs and specialties,
and onr own Andy McEweu will
doubtless favor bis friends with a
Highland step or two.
Hon. Stephen A. Lowell, one ot
Oregon's best orators, will deliver tbe
annual address. Mr. Will M. Peter
son, Mr, a. V. Wilson and Prof. E. J.
Klemme of Walla Walla, rooently
elected prinoipal of tbe Atbena High
Sobool are also on tbe program as
Athena's beautiful new park, with
its velvety green sward and luxuriant
foliage, offer special advantages for
pleasure and in tbe afternoon of each
day, songs, Soottisb dances, reoita
tions will be prominent features.
Tbe program in detail will appear
in tbe next issue of tbe Press.
Two Thousand People Participate In
Farmers First Annual Picnic In
This City Saturday.
America, sang by everybody
lea oy tne Athena band.
Souk, by two little piils.
Address of Weloome, Mayor Mo-'
Response, F. A. Sykes, of Milton.
Song, by Children of La Mar Union.
Address, W. H. Bleakney of Pen
dleton. Song, Pendleton quartet.
Address. A. A. Elmore, State organ
izer of Washington.
Vooal solo. Mrs. R. G, Saling, of
Reoitaticn, Mrs. Harris of Athena.
Vooal solo, Jos. N. Scott, of Athena.
Address, Dr. N. G. Blalook, of
Vocal solo. Miss Zelma DePeatt, of
Short addresses will be given by Dr.,
Campbell, James Johnson, Alva
Shumway, D. C. Kirk. Chas. Hill. F.
A. Sykes and others, interspersed with
songs and instrumental musio.
Chairman, T. J. Lieuallen. Mm-uhnl
of the Day, A. L. Swagoart.
The Pioneers at Weston.
Atbena will be practioally depopu
lated today aod tomorrow. The Four
teenth annual reunion of tbe Umatilla
County Pioneers is being held at Wes
ton, and a.i usual, tbe attendance of
people from his city is large. Excep
tional effort has been made to insure
success of Weston's aonual event. A
splendid program for entertainment of
visitors has been given careful con
sideration and arrangement, the result
being that a joyous good time is sobe
duled for all.
Was tbe Procram nnd nvnrv.
body and bis bired man find n onnri
time. Tbe tadge of good-fellowship
was worn by all and the first annual
pionio under the auspices of the Far
mers' Eduoational and Co-operative
Union of Umatilla Conntv wsnt
in histoiy under the banner of success.
lbey oame from everywhere, on
trains, in automobiles. oarriBces and
on horseback. The soeoial excursion
train from Pendleton was crowded and
the oue from Walla Walla brought
many mote to swell the ranks of the
merrymakers. Everythina took place
as scheduled exoept the weather and
the man who runs it down at Portland
turned on too muoh of bia Alaskan
current and tbe Union should put him
iu oold storago and thereby give him
some of his own medicine.
To begin with the most appropriate
parade ever witnessed on the streets
of Atbena was pulled off under the
leadership of Grand Marshal A. L.
Swaggart. Mounted on a fiery steed,
bearing soeptor-like, a hoe, he was
followed by 15 automobiles owned and
driven by farmers. Tbe appropriate
ness of the parado in connection with
tbe occasion was at once suggestive
and impressive because of the fact
that if anyone hereabout can afford
to own and ride in automobiles it is
The program bristled with cood fea
tures, principal among wbioh in tbo
forenoon was tbe sons by tbe little
girls from La Mar Uuion; singing of
farmer songs by the Holdman trio, tbe
Pendleton quartet and Dr. Blakenov's
and Dr. Blalook 's addresses.
Ihe pleasures of the basket dinner
were somewhat marred by tbe oold
weather, but nevertheless the contents
of many baskets were spread on tho
grass and partaken of by tbe soores of
In the afternoon Mr. Elmore, de
livered the prinoipal address and held
tbe attention of a large and apprecia
tive audienoe. Short addresses were
made by others, including Prof. E. J.
Songs and recitations were inter
spersed with these addresses and were
greatly enjoyed, especially the eloou
tionary renditions of Mrs. Harris and
tbe vocal solos of Misa DePeatt. and
Mis. Saling, of Weston. And, by the
way, one of the best numbers of the
day and which was uot announced on
the piinted program, was tbo aoro-
batio stunt put on by Cuss Cannon.
Mr. Gannon performed feats of midair
equilibrium gyrations tbat simply as
tonished his large audience by proxy,
ne aia. uass' act was all riant, all
W. C. T. U. Organization.
A local organization was effected
rooently, of the Woman's Christian
Temperanoe Union in this city, with
21 charter members. Tho first moot
ing was held on May 14th at tbe resi
dence of Mrs II. U. Hill, when the
following officers were eleoted: Pres
ident, Mrs. II. II. Hill; vloe president.
from tbe Baptist obuiob. Mrs. Lola
Payne; vice presideut from tbe Chris
tian oburob, Mrs. E. B. Harris; vice
president from tbe M. E. oburob, Miss
Mattie Coppook; secretary. Mrs. U.
E. Ryder; treaaoier, Mrs. Chas. Betts;
press superintendent, Mrs. A. R. Boo
her; superintendent Of literaturo, Mrs.
Geo. Dunlap. Tbe next meeting of
tbe organization will be on tbe 18tb
of Jnne, at tbe home of Mrs. Brooks,
in the north part of town.
Milton Strawberry Day.
It has been decided Ly tbe general
committee on arrangements to set
Tuesday, June 8 for Milton's annual
strawberry day and stook show. This
decision has oome about after careful
consideration of the conditions which
Lave prevailed this spring.