The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, April 21, 1922, Image 1

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The cAthena Press circulates in the
homes of readers who reside in the
heart of the Great Umatilla Wheat
Belt, and they have money to spend
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Entered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as Second-Class Mail Matter
Noted As Home Town With Good
Schools, Paved Streets and
Dependable Resources.
1 po-t of
The common practice of the small
boy on a bicycle holding to the rear
end of a fast-traveling automobile,
proved disastrous to hJdwin McKwen
The following article on Athena,
was written for the Umatilla county
booklet recently issued by the fed
crated commercial clubs of the county
and the county court:
Located in the heart of Umatilla
county's chief industry wheat rais
ingAthena is situated midway be
tween Pendleton and Walla Walla on
the hard surface state highway. It
haa a population of 627 as given by
the last census enumeration, strict
ly speaking is a "home" town in every
sense of the word, being endowed
with all essentials for meriting the
No climate is more healthful than
that of the foothills of the Blue
mountains, and no water more pure
than that which flow3 from their
springs. The records of Athena phy
sicians disclose the fact that for 30
years past there has not been one
rase of typhoid or malaria here but
that the patient contracted it in some
other locality. Athena'3 municipal
water system comes from springs by
gravity flow into concrete reservoir
and is supplemented by a pumping
system, used for emergency purposes
The streets of Athena are broad
and clean and there are more paved
blocks to be found here than in any
other town of like population in the
state. For permanent street improve
ments, $80,000 has been expended in
the, past two years. The residence
streets are parked, with the appear
ance of a cool, shady grove. Her
homes are for the most part mod
ern, and well-kept lawns attest to
the pride the average resident takes
in beautifying his premises.
There is more "school spirit" to the
square inch in Athena than can be
found anywhere, populaton consider
ed. One of the best appointed build
ings; in the county, a live board of di
rectors, an efficient faculty and stu
dious pupils blend as a whole in put
ting Athena in the front rank of the
accredited schools of the state. In
cluded in the construction of this
splendid high school building is a
gymnasium iiDrary and auditorium. U SMASHED THE LAMP POST
ILV nam ennuares live aim one- V
halt acres of land in the south part
the city. It is well shaded and
skirted on one side by Wild Horse
creek, making it a most inviting place
to while away the hours in summer.
Free camping grounds are maintained
by the citv in a portion of the park.
Five religious denominations are re
presented in Athena, Methodist, Epis
copal, Christian, Baptist and Catholic.
Social conditions are all that could
be desired. The people are hospita
ble and of entertaining inclination.
Women's clubs flourish in the com
munity and there are local lodges of
all the leading secret orders. The
American Legion is also represented
The commercial interests of Athena
are headed by the Athena commercial
club, which has well furnished and
commodious quarters.
Surrounded by thousands of acre3
of the most fertile wheat land on the
Pacific slope, it naturally follows
that the principal industry here would
be the manufacture of flour and mill
stuffs. A large flour mill operates
on a 24-hour-a-day basis 3C5 days a
year giving employment to 25 men.
This mill has a capacity of 500 bar
rels of flour per day, consumes in
the process of grinding approximately
600,000 bushels of wheat per year,
handles 2,000,000 pounds of barley and
distributes 200,000 grain bags to the
wheat raisers.
Delivered at the Athena warehouses
each year are approximately 450,000
bushels' ef grain. The farmers own
and operate a modern concrete eleva
tor of 101,000 bushels capacity for
bulk wheat and in addition a ware
house of 60,000 sack capacity for
sacked grain. In addition there is a
chop mill of 20 tons capacity daily.
The financial pulse of a cummunity
throbs through the strength of its
banking institutions and from them
our arteries of trade and commerce
are to be gauged. The First National
bank of Athena was established m
1891. Its present capital stock is
$50,000 and it carries a surplus of
S60.000. with deposits of $824,642.
The Athena State bank opened for
business in Jan. 1920, with a capital
stock of $25,000 and a surplus of $5,
000, and it now resources over the
$100,000, mark.
The O. W. R. & N. and Northern
Pacific railroads serve this commun
Glen Dudley Is
the President of
County Legions
Dudley of the Athena-Weston
the American Legion, was
elected president of the Umatilla
county council of the American Le
gion, at its organization meeting held
in Pendleton.T7
Four of th mgn posts in the
county were represented and the oth
er3 are expected to have representa
tion in the council as soon as possible.
Arr old Koepnke, Glen Dudley, Dr. C.
H. Smith and C. L. McFadden of the
Athena,-Weston post, E. J. Kingsley
and C. M. Voyen of the Hermiston
po&t, I. M. Peterson and C. S. Mudge
of the Echo post, and Joe Harvey,
Tom Murphy, Tom Keating, Cyril
Proebstel and Dr. Fred A. Lieuallen
of the Pendleton post, were the rep
resentatives at the first ses3ion, Fred
E. Kiddle, district committeeman of
the state organization, was present
and explained the work of the council.
Plans for a joint celebration on Ar
mistice day were proposed as was a
county convention of all Legion mem
bers in the section. Naturalization
and Americanization work in this con
nection was discussed at length and
it was decided that the members of
the council report to their posts that
investigation of naturalization ap
plications be made.
The council is formed as an instru
ment for better cooperation between
posts and will handle such matters
as the unemployment question, the
exchange of equipment and ideas of
posts and united action on legislative
Decision of the council was that
the congressional delegation of Ore
gon be requested to vote in favor of
the adjusted compensation bill now
before the senate.
Regular meetings of the council
will be held at Athena, the first
meeting being on Friday, April 28.
A Dutch lunph will be served at 7:30,
to which all members of the local
Post are urged to attend.
Commencement Exercises
r "I
Upper Lucinda Dell, Superintendent O. C. Hadley, Herman Geissel, lla Schubert, Frank Miller, Dorvrn
Phillips. Lower Gwendolyn Mclntyre Kohler Betts, Savannah Smith, Maebelle Duncan.
at the Vic Harris place south of the UiK? ,, miuti,
Tuesday eveningdwin
was Lnruwn hi cue pavement wnen ne
lost control of his bicycle after re
leasing his hold from the automobile.
He was later found unconscious on
the roadside by a party passing in a
car, and was brought to the St. Nich
ols Hotel, 8tHijutfhjJMia-RaJph
Mc-Eiiui, nulifkd. The lad was taken
to Dr. Smith's office, who found a
broken tooth, cuts and bruises.
A - .!,.;,..... U.. T It-. 1J
, iyi " -nL unveil uy 1 enuii-Lun iau,y,
?' (trashed into the lamp post at the cor-
rler of Main and Third, Sunday, and
demolished it. The car was damaged
also. Evidently the driver was in
experienced, and in making the turn
at the intersection, she was unable to
clear the curb, with the re3ult that
the car came headon against the
lamp post in front of the Watts &
Rogers store
A Walla Walla dispatch says that
Earl S. Rowe, 33 year old cashier of
the bank of Freewater, who disappear
ed from his home in Freewater dur
ing the first of February, was found
dead in the hills of the Wallula road
Saturday morning by Dave Cochran,
a sheepherder. The man was adjudg
ed to have been dead for at least six
The body was found seated among
the rocks, with the 32 calibre Colt's
automatic still clutched in his right
hand. Five bullet.- still remained in
the gun with the one shot cartridge
and another bullet was held in the
left hand of the suicide. The shot
that ended the life of the young bank
cashier had entered the right temple
and death had evidently been instan
taneous. The body was on the George Lamb
din place in the "horse-heaven" coun
try, four miles from the road in the
Wallula hills. Rowe had evidently
walked to the most desolate and iso
lated spot he could find, and had
there ended his life.
The body was brought to Walla
Walla and is now at the MacMartin
and Chamberlain mortuary. Papers
and letters on the body were the first
means of identification of the man
who disappeared over two months
age. At the time of his disappearance
Rowe's wife and two children were
living at Freewater where he as em
ployed. Since that time, however,
they have gone to Spokane, and Mrs.
Rowe is at present employed in a de
partment store.
tome time ago the de3erted car of
Rowe was located on the Wallula
road, and at that time it was feared
thai, some accident had befallen Mm
itv and compete for freight and pas- At that time, however, the suicide
f A: ..a i: 11 ft .Umm hBA nnft At,4 itu wav in iho
seneer tratric, anoraing exceueni
shipping and transportation facilities.
The entire main street of Athena is
paved, with no poles or wires over
head. Athena has large lumber
yard, five garages, a department
litore, a dry goods store, two grocer
theory had not found its way in the
matter arid the finding of the car was
held as one of the deep mysteries of
his disappearance.
While in Union and Baker counties
ics, two restaurants, a meat market, ; this week, J. H. Gwinn republican can
two banks, a harness shoo, a hard- i didate for congress from this district,
ware and implement store, one thea- against N. J. Sinnott, present incum
klv nowannner two black- bent, encountered enthusiastic sup-
smiths, a paint store", a furniture and port. Gwinn finds that protection of
undertaking parlor, one hotel, a laun- j the free public schools is a subject
dry a drug store, a jewelry store, a that is causing people to sit up and
branch library and two barber shops. 1 take notice in tnis campaign.
The baccalaureate service for the
graduating class of the high school
will be held in the Christian church
Sunday morning May 7, at 11 o'clock.
All the churches of the town will join
in this service. Reverend Howard
Stover, pastor of the community
church at 'Freewater, has been sec
ured to deliver the sermon on this
oc asion.
The program as arranged is as fol
lows :
Invocation Rev. E. B. Johnson
Response Choir
Hymn . Congregation
Solo Mrs. David Stone
Baccalaureate Sermon
Rev. Howard Stover
Hymn Choir
Benediction Rev. F. E. Russell.
Commencement Exercises
The annual hign school commence-
mei t exercises will take place in the
high school auditorium at 8 P. M.
May 12.
Rev. M. E. Bollen of Walla Walla
has been secured to give the com
mencement address The class oration
is "American Ideals. Maebelle Dun
can, Lucinda Dell, and Kohler Betts.
collaborating, will write the oration.
Ihe program which has been ar
ranged is as follows:
Invocation Rev. F. E. Russell
Selection Etude Club
Class Oration, American Ideals
savannah bmith
Solo L. H. Basler
Presentation of Class Gift
Kohler Betts
Instrumental Solo Lucinda Dell
Commencement Address
Rev. M. E. Bollen
Presentation of Diplomas
B. B. Richards
Presentation of Awards
O. C. Hadley
Benediction Rev. C. L. Lowther
Five girls and four bovs comnrise
the graduating clsss this year. They
are Lucindu Dell, Lela Schubert.
Gendowlyn Mclntyre, Savannah
Smith, Maebelle Duncan, Herman
Geissel, Frank Miller, Dorvan Phil
lips and Kohler Betts.
The public is urged to attend the
recital which will be given in the
High School Auditorium Saturday
evening at 8 o'clock by nine of Miss
Lois Cassils young pupils. Each one
of them has conscientiously tried to
do his or her part toward making
the program interesting to all.
Mis3 Cassil's pupils participating
in the recital arc: Kathleen Radtke,
Genevieve Rogers, Lucinda Dell, Sa
vannah Smith; Dale Stephens, Ellen
Henry, Fred Radtke, Edna DeFVeece,
Lois Johnson, and Miss Cassil gives
Scherzo by Brahms.
Miss Cassil wishes to take this op
portunity of announcing that her en
tire class will appear in a recital
during the last week in May.
Left to Right Johnny Pinkerton, Lorain Shick Wilbur Harden, Brooks
Anderson, Leon Kretzer, Dorvan Phillips', Beryl Hodgcn, Professor Basler
Coach, Herman Geissel.
The track meet for the Athena sec
tion will be held in the city park at
Athena, commencing at 1:30 P. M.
Saturday April 29.
Contestants are expected from He
lix, Adams. Weston, Athena and the
country districts. The contestants
in the grand meet will be divided into
groups according to weight as fol
lows :
Division A 70 pounds and under.
Division B 100 pounds and under.
Division C 115 pounds and under.
Division D Unlimited.
The schedule events will be as fol
lows :
Boys, division A 25-yard
baseball throw for distance.
Boys, division B 60-yard
running high jump; running
Boys, division C 60-yard
running broad jump, running
Girls, division A 25-yard
baseball throw for distance.
Girls, division B 60-yard
baseball throw for distance.
Girls, division C 60-yard
baseball throw for distance.
Girls, division D 75-yard
Dasketbali foul throw.
The events in the Jiigh school divi
sion will be as follows providing con
testants are entered: 50 yard dash,
100 yard dash, 220 yard dash, 440
yard run, half mile run, mile run,
high jump, running broad jump, pole
The winners in this meet will rep
resent this section in the county meet
which is t be held in Pendleton May
A smaU charge of twenty-five
cents for adults will be made to de
fray the expenses of the meet.
da3h ;
Athena high school defeated Uma
pine on the Umapine grounds, last
Friday by the score of 10 to 2.
t i . i i e a.i I ii .
McKcnzie Chapter, O. E. S., was
hostess Wednesday evening to Loyal
ty Chapter of Milton and Crescent
Chapter of Weston, the former ex
emplifying the work of the order. A
large number of guests were present,
and a splendid spirit of fraternity was
manifest. Refreshments were served
to Ihe entire company, the committee
inning, two in the second, four in the
fifth and one in the eighth. Uma
pine's scores were made in the third
and fifth innings. The Athena 8th
graders, with Vernon Miller pitching,
defeated the Umapine grade nine by
the shut-out route, winning 3 to 0.
Dairymen of Pendleton and vicinity
are working to free their herds from
tuberculor infection. Dr. J. P. Mad
den of the bureau of animal industry
is now there assisting the dairymen
in the work. Dairymen of other towns
in the county, it is understood will
take action to have their cows in
spected, so it is understood.
reporting eighty-five plates served.
tend a like fraternal reunion next
Tucssday night by Bushee Chapter of
Damage estimated at $25,000 was
done early Saturday morning at Pi
lot Rock in a fire of incendiary ori
gin, which caused a loss of $10,000
in wheat and the warehouse building,
owned by H. W. Collins of Pendle
ton, and a loss of $15,000 in wheat,
hay and warehouse facilities of the
Pacific Coast Elevator company.
This was the third large fire to
occur within the past three months in
Pilot Rock.
Shortly after 2 A. M. the 'ire was
discovered by a woman and seemed
to come from the center of the Pa
cific Coast Elevator company's ware
house. Citizens were called but the
fire equipment did not permit hose
to be used and a bucket brigade was
all that saved the Farmer's Mutual
The Pendleton fire department
rushed 600 feet of hose to the town,
but all efforts to save the two build
ings were unavailing. The losses
were fully covered by insurance and
both companies announce that they
will rebuild in the same locations.
A peculiai coincidence in the three
fires is that all started at the same
hour in the morning. A fire fiend is
thought responsible by the people of
Pilot Rock. One hundred and fifty
tons of coal, belonging to the Pilot
Rock Lumber company was burned,
$2500 worth of wool owned by the
Cunningham Sheep company and six
boxcars of the O. W. R. & N. com-Dany.
Last fall O. L. Bernice drove a
large flock of sheep from the graz
ing lands on the slopes of Mount to winter quarters near
White Salmon. En route forty sheep
and a dog became detached in a fog.
Last week the dog turned up with 39
of the sheep. The faithfui animal
had herded the sheep throughout the
long winter months, protected them
from predatory animals and only lost
one of his charges. The case is said
to be without precedent.
The Walla Walla bears won the
initial Blue Mountain league game
from Milton-Freewater, Sunday, by
the score of 8 to 4. Pendleton-Day-of
the Oregon trail will not be until
at the May meeting of th commission.
Chinook salmon are reported to be dition
running in numbers in the Walla Wal
la river and tributaries. Improve
ment of a fish ladder in the lower
river, is raid to be responsible for the
saimon run.
Apricots were in bloom at Walla
Walla on April 12. This is the lat
est date on record for apricot blos
soms, the earliest being March 16.
The country roads are ranidlv drv
ing up and are now in passable con
A considerable amount of
road work has been done bv the
county this spring, including the re
pairing or several bridges.
FIRE LOSS $20,000
The loss caused by the fire at Pilot
Rock, which caused the destruction of
the Pacific Coast Elevator warehouse
and warehouses owned by Henry Col
lins of Pendleton, has been placed at
May Day Fete
Will Be Held
Friday April 28
The May Day Fete will be held
Friday April 28, in the school gym
nasium which will lie transformed in
to a fairy-like woods. Fifty fir trees,
loads of boughs and apple blossoms
and colored lights will tend to trans
foim the entire gymnasium into a
bower of loveliness. The color scheme
this year will be pink, green and
The Maypole dancers dressed in
dainty ruffly costumes of pink, green
and white will head the procession,
singing "All Hail." Next will come
the two little flower girls. Jean I .at t in
and Mildred Hansell strewing rose
petals in the way of the Queen.
Queen Lucinda I will be preceded by
little Leo Sanchez who will carry the
crown on a satin cushion. George
Miller and Howard Reeder, dressed in
white suits will act as train bear
ers. Next in line will follow the mem
bers of the various dances, who will
t a3 court attendents to the Queen.
At 10:30 Sunt. W. W. Green will
crown Lucinda Queen of the May, af
ter which the dances will be given.
Much hard work has been snent on
the various steps and perfection is
fast being reached.
ihe morning program is as fol
At noon everybody is invited and
expected to come with well filled bas
kets. The Parent-Teachers have the
cafeteria dinner in charge and re
quest that the baskets contain salads,
sandwiches, pickles and cakes. Cof
fee and cocoa will be made at the
school house. This lunch is free and
a large crowd is expected. Last year
over four hundred partook of the din
ner and it is hoped as many will come
this year.
In the afternoon at 2:30 a base
ball game will be played with Milton.
Considering that last year Athena
won a 14 inning game from them
while they won a 10 inning game from
us. tne contest will be very hard
In the evening to defray the ex
penses of the day, a program will be
given consisting of four one-act plays.
A general admission of 25 cents will
be charged, which if the house in
packed, will just meet the expenses
oi tne uay.
The.evening program is as follows:
Entrance of the procession singing
"All Hail"
Crowning Lucinda 1 by W. W. Green
May Pole Dance .... High School Girls
Elf Dance Primary
Tarantella (Italian) Eight Girls
Sunshine Fairies Dance
Marjory Douglas and Betty Eager
r lower nance High School Girls
wooa mympns Six Girls
(Jalesthentic Drill
Students of Dist. No. 30
Clown Dance Eighth Grade Girls
iz:uu Dinner served by I'arent-
i enchers
2:00 p. m.
Ball game Athena high vs. Mil
8:00 p. m. Plays. High Auditorium.
Admission 25 cents.
A Big, Good Natured Crowd Sees
Clean Contests and Clamors
For Another Go Soon.
The Civic Club met Tuesday in reg
ular session, with Mrs. H. I. Watts,
president, presiding. Mrs. Charles
Betts had charge of the program, her
subject being "Landscape Gardening."
Mr.;. Betts gave an iastructive talk
on the subject, and was followed by
Mrs. Michener with a paper on city
home grounds, and Mrs. Clarence
Tubbs on the improvement in coun
try home surroundings, each of which
was received wit'i highest praise.
Discussion followed, and roll call was
answered with suggestions relative
to the planting season.
The president appointed a commit
tee from the Civic club to confer with
the city park commiitee of the town
council, relative to conserving and
plaiting trees in the park. This com
mittee consists of Mrs. F. B. Boyd,
Mrs. H. H. Hill and Mrs Charles
Betts, Mrs. Le Grow, Mrs. Dell.
The annual silver tea will be held
next regular meeting day, May 2nd,
and committees will insure a success
of Ihe occasion. Clubs from other
towns as well as all the women of
Athena and vicinity are invited to at
tend. Mrs. Anderson of Walla Walla,
wil! be invited to come and give a re
view of her book, "The Off Islander."
Mrs. Anderson's former visit was un
avoidably prevented last winter.
The heads of the various commit
tees having the silver tea in charge
are: Mrs. E. C. Prestbyc, Mrs. D. S.
Fisher, Mrs. M. L. Watts and Mrs.
J. L. Michener.
The committee having clean-up day
in charge reported that owing to
the inclement weather, not so much
has been accomplished as planned,
but in cooperation with the city, the
work will be pushed to completion,
Mrs. O. O. Stephens will entertain
the Star club next Tuesday after-
Bids were opened by the highway
commission this week, and it was
found that they were much lower than
has been paid for some time. At the
low price of $1.85 per cubic yard, thlU-WANT ANOTHER SMOKER
u d:i : V on... e i : m
contract for the Pilot Rock-Vinson
section of the Oregon-Washington
highway was let. The contract for
the completion of the Kamcla section
of the Oregon trail will not be at the
May meeting of the commission.
It was so good that everybody wants
to see another.
That would express the general
sentiment pertaining to the first box
ing card presented by Athena-Wes-ton
American Legion Post, which was
given before a packed house at Leg
ion Hall in this citv. Saturday nicht.
The good-natured crowd was a re
presentative one from the towns of
Umatilla county and a large delega
tion from Walla Walla. A rmmher
of ladies were in the audience to wit
ness the contests.
The preliminaries ooened with a
20-minute wrestling bout between
Ray McCarroll of Pendleton. And Man
Clever of Portland, in which McCar
roll was given the decision over his
lighter opponent by aggressiveness,
the clever agility of Mr. Clever pre
venting the Pendleton man from win
ning a fall.
Of the main boxing contest, and thn
preliminaries, Clark Wood, who cov
ered the smoker for the Press and the
weston Leader, says:
uniy tne main bout was a disan-
pointment and this by no means be
cause it lacked merit, but because it
went only one round and the spec
tators wanted more. The men met at
catchweights and milled it merrily.
rankie Neal of Pendleton was fast
ter than his heavier rival, Earl White
of Los Angeles, and put him asprawl
and somnolent into his corner as the
first round was nearing its closet
While it lasted, though, it was a good
Snip Snider of Weston and young
Watts of Walla Walla put up a fast
and lively bout, Snip gaining the de
cision. He plainly outclassed his man
and also had an advantage in pound
age. Watts was game to the core,
however, and took his punishment
Mose Banister of Athena had too
much weight and strength for Gale
Simpson of Weston, who was groggy
and bleeding at the end of the second
round. Referee Buddy Stevens ended
the bout by raising Banister's arm.
Herman Geissel of Athena and
Elmer Brooks of Pendleton fought a
Pfetty and exciting battle to a draw.
The heavyweight class was repre
sented by Bauman and C. Lieuallen
of Heppner the latter being well
known as state traffic officer. These
men are said to be pals, but they
mixed it in the ring as though the
wing of friendship had moulted all its
feathers. For heavies they were fast
on their feet and sneedv in .ti.,,.
Bauman seemed to have a shade by
reason of better condition and more
aggressiveness, and Buddy gave him
the decision. Bauman and Lieuallen
will be a drawing card at any time
they care to go on together again.
A pleasing feature nf the ,,t;,-,.
cartl was the manifest willingness of
t c mi y8 10 Ilgn na and to fight
fair. Throughout the entire event;
Athena's most ambitious and success
ful emprise in fistiana there was no
symptom of stalling and no attempt
at a foul. In only one bout was Bud
dy Stevens' judgment questioned,
some of the spectators thinking that
Geissel had a shade or two the best
of Brooks. -
Six baby coyotes, which had not
yet opened their eyes upon a cruel
world, were dug out of a, den, on
Pine creek near the Watts place
Saturday by J. E. Jones, Ray Jones
and Vernie O'Harra. The fuzzy lit
tle youngsters looked far more at
tractive than the adult specimens,
and attracted much attention when
shown about in a box on the streets
of Athena and Weston. Subse
quently their pelts were cashed in at
the rate of three dollars each at the
county clerk's officefor eventually
baby coyotes become big ones. The
find was made in a snot which has
been a veritable coyote mine for
Vernie O'Harra for the past five
Tomorrow night Fred Stone comes
to the Standard in a superb R. C.
Western picture, "The Duke of Chim
ney Butte" and Harold Lloyd will
help out the program in one of .the
be?t comedies he ever made, "Num
ber Please," Sunday night, Bebe
Daniels, always a favorite here, will
be seen in "One Wild Week." Inter
national News. Pathe Review, and
other reels of interest will make the
two night's program of unusual interest.
Reports from different streams in,
the county, would indicate that the
opening day of the trout-fishing sea
son was satisfactory. Pendleton pa
pers report that a number of fisher
men of that town caught the limit.
The fans are clamoring for another
boxing card and Legion smoker under
auspices of the local post. It is pro
bable that a second boxing card will
be put on here by the Legion in the
near future. . . , .,.rl. ,