The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, April 28, 1922, Image 1

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The cAthena Press circulate 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 Mall Matter
Observes That No interest Taken
In Fire Department or Fire
Fighting Organization.
Following is a portion of the re
port made by deputy fire marshals to
the state department, relative to con
ditions as found in Athena' when the
survey was made by them recently.
The ?ity is built on level ground
anr the surrounding country is al
most level open farming land. The
streets are wide and all paved in the
business district, and graded in the
residential district. The sidewalks are
mostly cement. There are alleys one
way in the business district.
Practically sixty per cent of the
mercantile buildings are brick, five
arc two story. The chief conflagra
tion danger exists in the frame range
consisting of six frame buildings
which are on Main street. The res
idential district is slightly scatter
ing and buildings frame. The spec
ial hazards consisting of flouring mill,
warehouses and feed mill, are so .far
enough removed from the city to
practically eliminate exposure hazard.
The police service consists of a
day marshal, no night service. The
fire loss for some years has been
comparatively small. Inspection re
vealed electrical wiring to be general
ly defective, house-keeping and other
conditions fair, some rubbish in back
yards and alleys.
The water system is owned by the
municipality and is a gravity system.
It flows from springs by gravity to
the reservoir, which has a capacity
of 360,000 gallons and is located three
miles southeast of town at an eleva
tion of one hundred and twenty feet
above Main street. Additional supply
comes from a well ten feet square
and twenty feet deep located at pump
ing station near the flour mill.
The fire department is composed of
volunteers twenty-four in number,
eight men to each of the two hosefl V Members
companies and eight men to the truck
company. The chief is Sam Haworth.
There is no interest, however, man
ifested in the organization as neither
meetings or drills are held.
The equipment consists of one hose
cart, Main and Railroad, carrying five
hundred feet of 2 inch hose, two
open play pipes and one ax; Fourth
and Main, one hose cart and five
hundred feet of 2 inch hose and
one open play pipe, 3rd and Current,
one village hook and ladder truck.
The fire alarm bells are located at
each station.
We recommend that the city use
its police authority to cause the re
moval of the old frame buildings oh
Main street. If such a policy is adop
ted and followed out with discretion,
owners can be in most instances per
suaded to improve the property b;
the erection of fire resisting build
ings. If not willingly, the city can
require it. This action will very
greatly improve the city in every way
and will eliminate the conflagration
We recommend that the city pur
chase .a small motor car with chem
ical tanks, hose bed, ladders, etc.
There is no chemical equipment at
the present. A city the size of
Athena cannot afford to be without
up to date equipment. The old hand
reels have served their purpose but
are now entirely inadequate. The
motor rig should carry all necessary
fire fighting equipment and paraph
ernalia and be reedy to respond to a
call at any moment. Athena's fire
protection cannot be considered ad
equate until such a car is installed.
We recommend that the city im
mediately proceed to reorganize its
fire department. Without a trained
department, Athena is surley taking
great unnecessary risks. Water sup
ply and fire equipment are of only
limited value unless men are trained
to use them. The department should
be active and have regular drills, in
order to know the use of apparatus
and be able to cope with the emer
gency when it arises.
Roosevelt Highway Traverses Continent
From "Portland Maine, to Portland Oregon"
Representatives of the Oregon Tour
ist and Information Bureau, an or
ganization created by legislative act,
were in the city Tuesday in the in
terest of the proposed Roosevelt High
way. They were: Jos. P. Jaeger and
Sydney B. Vincent. The party left
during the forenoon for Milton. The
gentlemen were on a soliciting visit,
desiring funds to defray cost of ad
vertising the highway an apportioned
Athena's share at $25. '
A branch office of the Oregon
Tourist and Information Bureau will
be opened in Pendleton, May 15th,
according to announcement made by
the party while in Athena. The fol
lowing concerning the Roosevelt
Highway is from the Oregon Jour
nal. This week an expedition will leave
Portland for Eastern Oregon cities.
Its mission is to increase interest in
the Theodore Roosevelt national high
way. It will be headed by represen
tatives of the Oregon Tourist and In
formation Bureau.
It is impossible to estimate the mo
tor travel which would be attracted
to the West by such a highway. Mul
titudes would traverse such a route
the first season.
It is intended that ultimately the
Roosevelt highway shall be such a
paved thoroughfare. Its distinctive
importance above other named high
ways is that it leads from "Port
land, Maine, to Portland, Oregon."
Its constant influence is to define
Portland, Oregon as the destination
of all Western-seeking travel.
The route of the Roosevelt high
way is international. It leads
through the placid and semi-rugged
vistas of New England. It threads
the Great Lakes, now on the Amer
ican, now on the Canadian shore.
It reaches to the rim of the horizon
in the Mid-Western wheat zone,
crosses the Rockies and via Spokane,
Lewiston, Walla Walla, Athena, Pen
dleton, Umatilla and the Columbia
river highway, reaches Portland.
of the Civic Club, who
have interests of City Park in charge
were disappointed to find that trees
had been cut from the west end
the park and removed for fire-wood
purposes, 111
On investigation it appears that
Charles McFarland was given per
mission to fell tin trees, and to con
vert them iito stove-wood for his
use. it further developed that trees
of healthy growti were among the
number authorized for removal, a
committee from the club, who met
with the Hoard of aldermen found,
Monday night.
Inasmuch as a tree is a tree, in
the estimation of the committee, and
the depletion going on at the park
does not ioeet with their approval
in the leasyKe council"jgaK8 ffie'
ttee to understand'that no more
trees wouTdbe ordered cut at pre
The Club committee made it known
that their organization had in mind
permanent park improvement, and
that it was contemplated by their
members to add trees. to the park.
The committee was informed that wa
ter would be piped into the park and
two hydrants installed.
Radio fans will be glad to know of
a new magazine on the suject called
"Radio Broadcast,'' which has just
been placed upon the tables at the
county library. The May issue, which
is the first one to be published, gives
a great many helpful articles, includ
ing the "Commerical Side of Radio."
"How to Build and Operate a Very
Simple Radio Receiving Set." "A
Compact Portable Wireless Set" is
the title of yet another, and radio
notes from home and abroad are given.
Frank Boling, well known black
smith of Athena, and Minnie Wickerd
of Pendleton, were united in marriage
at Pendleton, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs.
Boling will reside in Athena.
Dr. F. D.
Sheepsheanng u progressing
throughout Umatilla county this
week, and from reports received, an
average clip of wcol of good quality Taylor Hardware Co., which have been
if being realized by growvra, ' overhauled and equipment installed.
Watts has opened his
office in Pendleton, for the treatment
of eye, ear, nose and throat His
location will be in rooms over the
Ralph E. Thompson, engineer in
charge of construction of the Black
Canyon dam near Emmett, Idaho and
representating the United States rec
lamation service, was drowned in the
Payette river Thursday afternoon.
With one of his workmen he under
took to cross the river in a small
In mid-stream, the skiff was over
turned by the rushing current and
was hurled violently against an iron
pipe casting of a test hole. The work
man caught hold of the pipe and
clung there until a fellow workman
crawled out on a cable and threw a
rope to him. By this he was drawn
to shore.
Thompson, a strong swimmer,
struck out for the shore, but was
drawn under by his heavy clothes and
disappeared 20 feet from shore. His
body has not been recovered. The
drowned man was 36 years of age.
He is survived by his wife and four
small children. Their home is at
Middleton, Idaho.
The program for the May Day ex
orcises at the school building are be
ing carried per schedule. A large
number of people attended the exer
cises and greatly enjoyed the dinner
served under supervision of the Parent-Teachers
Association. This af
ternoon Athena and Milton are con
testing in the first ball game of the
season between the two teams. This
evening, beginning at 8oclock in
High school auditorium, the evening
program will be given.
' The accidental discharge of a shot
gun which he had propped between
his knees while riding in a wagon
caused the death Friday afternoon
of Trafton Doan, aged 25, a resident
of the reservation for the past 18
months. The load of shot tore a hole
in the victim's neck, almost severing
the head from the body and causing
instant death, according to Coroner J.
T. Brown.
e'(7 Another consignment of cinders
of i , J ,L. V A.
this week. This makes the second
shipment of cinders received for this
work, which was instigated by the
Parent-Teacher's Association, When
completed, the west and south por
tions of the grounds will be covered
with cinders.
Car Driven By Ray McCarroll of
Pendlenton Swerves Into a
Collision, Head-on.
Dr. F. V. Prim of Hermiston, was
seriously injured Friday evening on
the highway east of town, when a
car driven by Ray McCarroll of Pen
dleton collided with the doctor's auto
mobile headon.
The smashup from all reports is
attributed to reckless driving of Mc
Carroll, who was accompanied by
Bruce Bender and Jack Miller of Pen
dleton. McCarroll claims that Ben
der who was drunk, grasped the steer
ing wheel and turned the machine in
to Prim's car.
Both machines were badly wrecked,
Prim's car was brought to the Zerba
garage in Athepa, and McCarroll's
car was taken to Pendleton.
Dr. C. H. Smith of this city found
Prim's injuries to consist of a cut
over one of his eyes, scalp wounds,
one at the base of the skull and a
cut on one wrist, besides various bru
ises. Mr. Bennett of Salem who was
riding with Dr. Prim was not ser
iously injured.
McCarroll had one of his shoulders
jammed up in the wreck, and Miller
had a cut across the bridge of his
nose. Bender fled after the collision.
Earlier in the day he was fined $25
in Judge Richards' court for speed
ing, having been caught at Weston on
complaint of the traffic officer and
brought to Athena for his hearing.
A Pendleton paper says he was but
recently released from the county jail
after serving a term for bootlegging.
He formerly drove the Troy Laundry
delivery car;
McCarroll has been in trouble be
fore for reckless driving, and a year
ago had his driver's license revoked
at Pendleton. The district attorney's
office announces that McCarroll will
be prosceuted for driving the Bender
car with only one light.
Reports are to the effect that al
falfa fields have been greatly bene
fitted by the winter and spring mois
ture, and an unusally large crop is
expected by growers in every sec
tion of Umatilla county.
State Traffic Officer Lleuallen
was in the city Wednesday. He called
at the Press office, and for informa
tion of the public issued the state
ment that hereafter all automobiles
will be required to have two head
lights and one tail light, as provided
by law.
R. A. Thompson has put in a line
of fishing tackle at the Thompson
garage on Main street. Dick says
that he does not have time to do
much fishing himself, but he has
friends who have the time, and these
are the felbws he likes to talk "tac
kle" to.
Athena-Weston Post American Legion Has
Completed the Organization of Rifle Club
The Athena Higp School May Day
exercises are in progress today in
the gymnasium of the school building
where there is a large crowd in at
Practically the entire community
was on hand at 10 o'clock 'this fore
noon, when the exercises began, and
everyone er.' - H the dinner served
;n cafeteria style by the Parent
Teachers Association at noon.
The May Day decorations are elab
orate, and members of the different
classes took especial pains and devo
ted considerable time in the work.
Evergreens from the mountains
greatly freshens the decorative
scheme throughout the gym and ev
ery detail of the program is a suc
cess. ,
This afternoon at 3 o'clock, Athe
na high school plays Milton high
school in their first conference base
ball game of the season on the lo
cal grounds. Tonight at eight o'clock
the evening program, as published in
last week's Press will be given in the
It is said that the Yakima district
did not feel the recent depression
and no wonder. Money is coming in
for something or otherall the time.
The forecasts of the 1922 crop, made
by H. A. Glen, agent of the Northern
Pacific at Yakima and a recognized
authority, are as follows: 13,155 cars
apples, 480 cars grapes, 334 cars
prunes and plums, 2540 cars pears,
154 cars peaches; total, 18,263 cars
of fruit to be shipped during the
Two fine pictures will be shown
at the Standard Theatre on tomorrow
and Sunday evening. Elsie Fergu
son will play "Sacred and Profane
Love" tomorrow night, a Paramount
picture. A two-reel Western and In
ternational News is also offered. Sun
day night, popular Wallace Reid
comes in the "Love Special" also a
Paramount picture of sterling qual
ity. Pathe Review and Aesons Fab
les, complete the program.
Editor O'Garra, of the Helix Ad
vocate was in Athena Tuesday on
business. He reported his town to be
in a flourishing condition, and the
prospects favorable for a good wheat
crop in his section of the county. Hfi
estimated that the growing grain was
further advanced in his neighborhood
than here.
Members of the Pendleton Red and
Gun Club are making preparations to
entertain shooters in the Northwest
Tournament, which will be held in
Pendleton, May 12, 13 and 14.
The local post of the American Le
gion have organized a Rifle club
which will be affiliated with the Nat
ional Rifle Association of America
and have extended an invitation to
the Local sportsman.
The dues so far are $2.50 per year.
This entitles the member to the use
of the range and the use of a gov
ernment gun anl 120 rounds of ser
vice ammunition and 200 rounds of
Sub-caliber ammunition. It also gives
the member the privilege of buying
a gun from the government at a
very nominal cost of about six dol
lars and ammunition for same at the
rate of one cent per each shot.
This is a wonderful chance for lo
cal sportsmen to get an exceptionally
good gun for very little money. This
same gun would cost $75 to $100
were one to buy it elsewhere. Those
who have been buying ammuniton for
a rifle in the past will readily see
that the price of the shells are only
a small fraction of what they have
been paying.
The club intends to have a good
time and good practice at the same
time. The membership to date is as
follows: Arnold Koepke, President;
F. S. LeGrow, Vice President; G. S.
Prestbye, Sec-Treasurer; Dr. C, H.
Smith, W. E. Haynie, C. L. McFadden,
M. W. Hansell, H. J. Hurd, Harold
W. Haynie, Carl J. Sheard, Robert
Proudfit, Omar Stephens, William R.
Winship, Dean Dudley, Henry Dell,
Glen Dudley, Forest Zerba, Amos
Odell, Marvel Watts, A. W. Logsdon,
Geo. A. Winship, Elmer Stockstill,
Everett Zerba, S. C. Stone, Penn T.
Harris, Ralph Haynie, L. E. Stiff, G.
M. Thompson.
The prosecution in the case of
Charles Vonderahe, charged with the
murder of Matt Jepson, recluse of
Government mountain, last August,
came into the open last Tuesday and
began forging the chain of circum
stantial evedence it hopes will lead
the jury to voto for conviction of
the accused.
In the opening statement for the
state Monday night, District Attor
ney F. I. Keator gave no inkling of
the character of the evidence which
has been amassed against the defen
dant. Tuesday it was made plain
that no direct evidence was in the
possession of the prosecution which
would link Vonderahe with the crime
and that the effort to convict would
be based entirely upon circumstan
tial case. The jury consists of the
following persons: Percy E. Haskell,.
Harry Ballou, Frank Garrett, Herman
Roehlk, M. Harm:-., Bessie Wyrick,
Wiliam Purchase, Norman A. Hum
phrey, Ed Schanapp, Sterling Parris,
Joe F. Fisher and Hugh Bell.
A party of Athena men and women
made a trip to the Walla Walla river
Saturday, the gentlemen to fish for
salmon, and the ladies to cook over
the campfire. The fishermen found
no salmon, but the ladies found plen
ty of cooking to do.
With real baseball weather and
both pitchers goinfc good, Athena an
Umapine high school teams put u
the best game of the season so fa
on the home grounds, Friday after
noon. Each team is credited with two hits,
so there were no broken bats during
the game. Hodgen got 14 strickeouts,
fanning the first three batters to face
him. Records for Umapine was only
one strickeout behind Hodgen, thirt
een Athena batsmen whiffing at his
It wasn't a good day for bings,
Athena scoring two runs in the sec
ond on errors, and three in the third,
when only Alton Hodgen's single fig
ured in the run-gotting.
Umapine scored a run in the sec
ond, and two hi the eighth, when
E. Records swatted one for three
bases. A total of eleven errors fig
ured in the result of the game. The
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Batteries Hodgen and Hodgen; Rec
ords and Copeland.
Athena and Milton will play their
first conference game of the season
today at 3 o'clock, on the Athena
grounds. Last year these teams
broke even with one game each, Mil
ton being the . only team to defeat
Athena High during the season.
Philip Withycomb, of Yamhill, with
drew as candidate, for the republican
nomination for governor, stating in a
letter he was requested by Mabel
Withycomb, daughter of his deceased
brother, James Withycomb, late gov
ernor, to withdraw. Withycomb in
dicated he had no personal ambition
merely desired to give publicity to a
platform embodying his brother's
George Lattin, truck driver for the
Standard Oil company found roads
on the reservation, southwest of
Athena in bad condition, when he
made country deliveries this week.
Near the Frank Curl place, an oxcavaf
tion nearly caused the truck to cap
size. Only prompt assistance by
Vert Muslin, who threw a fence post
under the rear wheel, prevented the
truck from toppling ovw.
Apparently No Direct Evidence
Is In Possession of Prose-cution-A
Woman Juror.
New residences to be built in Athe
na in the near future are one 'by A.
A. Foss, who recently purchased a
tract of two acres, adjoining city
park on the south. Jim Ashworth'of
Weston, has the contract to construct
a modern home for Mr. Foss. F. B.
Radtke will probably begin the con
struction soon of a fine home on up
per Fourth street, in the near future.
Bert Honkins plowing for Sheldon
Taylor, thinks he is making a fair
plowing record with a two-bottom
gang and 10 horses. Since beginning,
Bert says he has averaged 10 acres
per day.
A corrugated iron addition has been
uilt on the north end of Bert Log-
sdon's meat market building on Main
street. Y Other recent improvments
have ybeen made lo the premises by
Mr. jLogsdon.
900,000 Shop Craft Workers Asked to
Ballot on Walkout.
Chicago, 111. Threat of another rail
way strike was Indicated here when
the railway employes' department of
the American Federation of Labor
(shop crafts employes) voted at its
biennial convention to send out strike
ballots to Its 600,000 members.
Seven unions are Involved, Including
the six federated shop crafts and the
3wltchmen's Union of North America.
The chief grievance of the men, ac
cording to B. M. Jewell, president of
the department, is over the alleged
violation by the railroads of rulings
of the railroad labor board through
the "farming out" system of handling
railway shop work. The unions charge
that the roads, by contracting with
outside shops to do railway repair
work, are in reality resorting to sub
terfuge to evade the rulings of the
Princeton Professor Succeeds In Imi
tating Luminous Insects.
Princeton, N. J. Professor E. New
ton Harvey, after eight years of ex
perimental work with luminous bodied
Insects, has discovered the means
through which cold light may be pro
duced, it was announced Friday at
Princeton university.
A form of light giving a continuous
glow, like that In bodies of the Insects,
has been developed by t li . professor.
He is making an effort to Intensify
and perfect the light so that'll will be
of practical use.
Will Pay Pensioners Monthly.
Washington, D. C After July next
everybody on the government pension
roll will be paid monthly Instead of
quarterly. The house agreed to senate
amendments to the bill ordering the