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ATHENA. UMATILLA COUNTY. OREGON. FRIDAY. MY5."1922.
Four Corking Preliminaries and a
Six-Round Contest Between
Mitchie and Crooks.
In view of the spendid reception
and patronage extended the initial
smoker given by Athena-Weston
American Legion Post at Legion Hall
in Athena, on Saturday evening, Ap
ril 15th, and the general demand for
another, the members of the post have
decided to put on their second boxing
card tomorrow night.
The first card being one of emin
ent success, the committee arranging
the card for tomorrow night was
called upon to put on contests that
would equal that of the first smoker,
and this it has done. If comparisons
in talent count for anything, the bouts
W. A. Crooks
for tomorrow night will be superior.
The top liner for tomorrow night
will be a six-round go, between W.
A. Crooks of Walla Walla, and Pete
Mitchie of Portland, the men weigh
ing in at 138 pounds. Crooks has
been a successful boxer in the ring
and his victories are many. Mitchie
who is hard as nails, is in the front
rank boxing class of his weight, and
has put up many a hard bout.
For the preliminaries, all of which
will be of four rounds, the following
boxers will respond to the gong.
Stanley Ketchell of Walla Walla,
vs. Danny Edwards of United States.
Dick Barnes, Walla Walla, vs. Bal
dy Bennett of Washington.
Stahl of Adams, vs. Big Bill Mur
ray of Athena.
Mose Banister of Athena, vs. Sam
Luten of Pendleton.
Seroy of Walla Walla, will referee
the contests. Ladies are specially
invited to attend the smoker.
Boys Strip Ford
Lowell Wilson and Everett Pam
brun were before Judge Richards
Monday to answer to the charge of
stealing the radiator from Richards'
Ford truck, which was kept at his
The radiator and its connections
was stripped from the Judge's truck
and put on a Ford car in young Wil
son's possession. When brought in
to court, young Wilson confessed and
The matter was referred to the
juvenile court at Pendleton, and Of
ficer John Hailey came to Athena
Wednesday. The result of his inves
tigation was that the boys and their
parents will be cited to appear be
fore Judge Schannep for hearing.
It is said that the Pambrun boy
has been in the juvenile court before.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Pambrun, and Lowell Wilson is the
son of Mrs. Clyde Sands. The Pam
brun boy has been staying at the
home of the Wilson boy in Athena.
GWINN CONTINUES TO GAIN
Friends and supporters of J. H.
Gwinn, the republican candidate for
congress, out to beat Sinnott, present
incumbent, contend that he is mak
ing gains wherever he appears and
announces the straightup platform
on which he is making the race for
office. Jim's friends are legion over
the entire district, and they are pre
dicting his nomination and election.
MORROW CANDIDATE HERE
E. M. Hulden of Morrow county,
republican candidate for joint rep
resentative for Umatilla and Morrow
counties was in the city Tuesday.
His opponents for the nomination on
the republican ticket are: E. P. Dodd
of Hermiston, and Mr. Smith of Pi
MILTON TAKES GAME 8Y
CLOSE SCORE OF 3 TO 2
In a close game, in which every
variety of baseball, good, bad and in
different was played, Milton wandered
home with the fat end of a 3 to 2
score, in her game with Athena high
school on the home lot, last Friday
The cousins Hodgen occupied the
mound and in the pitching duel, the
Athena cousin had a shade the
better of his Milton kinsman, in that
he allowed but two hits and whiffed
six, while the opposing Hodgen wag
nicked for seven clouts, and sent six
Athena batters back to the cushions.
Athena lost the game twice on
snoozley base-running, and Hodgen's
masterly pitching went for naught.
Milton showed nothing except ab
ility to get around the bases when
once she got on. and a fairly good in
field. The score:
Milton 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 03
Athena 01010000 02
Batteries, Hodgen and Sevey; A.
Hodgen and B. Hodgen.
At the regular meeting . t the At! -na-Weston
Post of the American Le
gion Monday nicht, it was reported
that many communities had been re
cently annoyed by beggars and ped
dlers seeking to raise funds by rep
resenting that they were needy ex
service men or that they had the
sanction of the American Legion to
ply their trade. Those men are tin
posters pure and simple and the lo
cal post is absolutely opposed to all
such practices. Should this commun
ity be invaded the general public is
requested to cooperate with the Le
gion by refusing to grant their re
quests or buy their wares, or by not
ifying some of the Post officials, that
steps may be taken to rid the com
munity of their presence. The post
is prepared to care for the immediate
needs of all worthy exservice men in
distress, but they believe in giving
short shift to the professional hobo
It was voted that the representa
tives of the Post '.j the County Coun
cil be instructed to vote favorably to
the plan of a combined celebration to
be put on in one town by all the posts
in the county.
The state convention at The Dalles
was discussed and tentative plans for
several auto loads of local Legion
aires to attend were made.
Plans for installing a large radio
receiving set were discussed, final
action being delayed a few days until
further information could be secured.
It was decided that the phonograph
dance would be held within the next
three weeks at which time the holder
of the lucky number would be pres
ented with the $250 Stradiva. The
date will be announced as soon as a
desirable orchestra can be secured.
Only holders of tickets will be admitted.
WOMAN AUTO DRIVER RUNS
DOWN AND INJURES BOY
County Committee is Formulating
Plans for Raising Funds to
Guilty By Jury
A small boy was run over and
badly hurt Sunday at a point near
the J. L. York place on Dry creek,
by an automobile driven by a woman
who lost control of the car. The
youngster, who was with an outfit of
movers, was walking alongside the I
state highway when struck by the
car, which plunged through a fence
and into an adjacent field. The boy,
who was taken by a passing motor
st, Lester O'Harra, to a hospital,
had an arm broken in three places
and sustained other serious injuries.
He was one of nine children in a
family named Stark. A man accom
panied the woman in the car which
struck him, and the two are said to
have been "spooning." The identity
of neither was discovered. The wo
man fainted and was for some time
MEMORIAL HALL BENEFIT
A number of Athena people saw
a good comedy drama produced with
Weston talent in the cast. Tuesday
night, when they attended the Mem
orial Hall Benefit at Weston. "The
Old New Hampshire Home," with
typical New England settings, was
staged in a manrer worthy of prof
essional effort, and the acting, es
pecially the comedy roles, qualified
the characters in much higher de
gree than is usually encountered in
ar.iateur theatrical)'. A goodly sum
was netted the Memorial Hall fund.
X SQUEEZED BY TRUCK
ichard Thompson narrowly es
caped -serious injury one day this
week, when cranking his truck, which
was in gear, the machine forced him
against abuilding, pinning him up
against it. AA horje tied to the truck,
became scared, pulled back and its
weight was instrumental in releasing
Mr. Thompson from his perilous pos
ition. He received bruises as a res
ult of the squeeze.
AUTHOR ON PROGRAM
AT ANNUAL SILVER TEA
A most satisfactory and success
ful function of the Civic Club, was
the annual silver tea, held Tuesday
afternoon in the reception rooms of
the Christian church. The principal
feature on the program was the ap
pearance of Mrs. Florence Bennett
Anderson of Walla Walla, author.
Mrs. Anderson gave a reading of
several of her poems and also a short
story, entertaining her audience in a
delightful manner Other numbers
on the program were piano and vo
cal music by members of the Etude
Mrs. Anderson was accompanied
from Walla Walla by Mrs. Frank
Robinson, and ladies from Waitsburg.
Weston was representend by several
ladies from the Saturday afternoon
club, and the Athena women were
loyal in support of the tea. The sum
of $25 was added to the club treasury.
J IMPROVEMENT CONTRACT
i fSie city council let the contract
f forVmproving Hunt Avenue on the
I West side, to Pat Lonergan, at a re
cent meeting. The improvement of
the street, which har long been needed
consists of grading, macadamizing
FINE GROWING WEATHER
yUSSA showers of the past day or
two have been ideal for boosting gar
Jens and growing crops. Favorable
prospects are in evidence at the pres
ent stage of. vegetable growth.
FARM WORK ADVANCING
With better weather conditions
farm work, including plowing, has
made progress in the Athena wheat
raising district. Many of the farmers
will finish plowing this week.
BOY SCOUT TROOP IS
COMING ON SPLENDIDLY
Under command of Scoutmaster,
O. O. Stephens, the Athena Boy
Scout Troop is coming on nicely.
Weekly meetings are being held and
the troopers are evincing much in
terest in their handbook studies.
The trooo is officered with a sec
retary and treasurer, Melvin Cop
pock acting as secretary and Reeve
Betts is the troop treasurer. Elbert
Stiff, ex-service man has been meet
ing with the troop and drilling the
At the meeting Monday evening,
which was a special one, the Scout
master examined the troop members
in their knowledge of the handbook
requirements, and all showed a re
markable aptitude to learn. The
special meeting was held in the base
ment of the Baptist church, and the
regular meetings will be held there
on Wednesday evening of each week
until the arrival of summer evenings,
when outdoor meetings will be held.
The Protestant Hospital Association
has purchased from F. E. Judd a
tract of four and a half acres lying
just west of Walters mill on the upper
side of the road leading to the East
ern Oregon State Hospital, reports
the East Oregonian. This was an
nounced by the association in the fol
lowing written announcement by the
"The Protestant Hospital Associa
tion of Umatilla county offers the fol
"The site where the $200,00 Prot
estant Hospital will be built is on the
west side of Pendleton, on the slope
;ust beyond Walter's mill, on the
right side of the road leading toward
the State Hospital. The property
consists of 4 acres, the deed to
which has been made out to the Pro
testant Hospital Association by F. E.
Judd, the former owner of the pro
perty, the consideration being $2500
"It should be distinctly understood
that this hospital is a Umatilla Coun
ty hospital, and not merely a Pendle
ton institution. It is not to be a stock
corporation, by which dividends or
profits come to any one, but purely
charitable institution. Also, it is not
a church or sectarian establishment,
but is humanitarian in the broadest
sense. Although Protestant in name
and control, the Catholics will be giv
en opportunity to contribute on the
same ground as Protestants have con
tributed toward the Catholic hospital.
"The preliminary plans previously
submitted are subject to change in or
der to meet conditions desired by the
people of this county. Suggestions by
any one in regard to this matter will
be given careful consideration.
"A temporary suspense in procedure
was occasioned by the above mention
ed negotiations. Bat now since this
is definite! determined, a city-wide
solicitation for funds, involving par
ticularly the resident sections, will
begin on Wednesday of this week. The
city has beer, districted under 12 cap
tains who, with their helpers, will
enter at once upon their work.
"So far, the response from the var
ious business interests of Pendleton
has been very encouraging to the
committee who have as yet called
upon only a portion of the business
bouses. From most of the firms
solicited, the donations range from
$250 to $1000. Thus far the banks
have not been asked for any donation.
MAY DAY EXERCISES IN
ATHENA WELL ATTENDED
Charles Vonderahe was found guilty
of the murder of Matt Jepson, by the
jury, which reported its findings and
delivered its verdict to Judge Phelps
of the circuit court in Pendleton, Sat
urday night, after deliberating only a
few hours, and after having asked
the court for instructions but once.
Judge Phelps sentenced Vonderahe
Thursday, to a life term in the pen
itentiary at Salem. Council for Von
derahe will ask for a new trisl, ac
cording to str.toments made.
The case v. a: Lrwght to a dramatic
close by the address to the jury by
Judge James A. Fee, special counsel
for the state, and an impassioned plea
for fairness by Frederick Steiwer,
chief of defense counsel. Everett
Smith of Walla Walla, also addressed
the jury in closing for the defense.
Jepson's body was found August 13,
1921, in an old well on his place. The
head had been crushed by an axe. It
is presumed that the murder took
place either July 22 or July 23, air
though this has not been definitely
Vonderahe, who is 35 years old,
pleaded guilty in the spring of 1981
to operation of a still. He paid his
It is the contention of the state
that he suspected the aged hermit of
"turning him in" to the officers and
that Jepson was killed in a spirit
Vonderahe in court denied that he
suspected Jepson of "turning him
in" and told the jury that to this
date he did not suspect "the old man."
Much of the state's case was based
on the testimony of detectives who
claimed that at frequent intervals in
the months fololwing the murder,
Vonderahe had practically admitted
that he killed the hermit because he
believed he was a "stool pigeon."
In his closing speech Steiwer at
tacked the testimony of detectives
and pointed out that statements
which they credited to Vonderahe
were not made in the presence of wit
nesses. Steiwer admitted that Vonderahe
made "foolish statements," but he
said he was of a talkative nature.
The attorney pointed out that the
defendant has helped the detectives
in solving the mystery and told the
jury that the officers had turned to
him and arrested him in desperation
when the case appeared too baffling.
On account of his knowledge of the
case and because he had been arres
ted for moonshining, Steiwer said
the state Had built up a case that
had no foundation in fact.
Especially distasteful to Steiwer
was the suggestion by detectives to
Vonderahe that Vonderahe might es
cape a murder charge by going to
Mexico. By refusing to go Steiwer
said his client had deprived the state
of an important point in their effort
to fasten the guilt on the Freewater
Means More Fish
Umatilla county is to have a big
branch hatchery for the raising of na
tive rainbow trout this year, when
work which is now started at Bing
ham springs is completed, according
to M. L. Ryckman, state superinten
dent of hatcheries.
With the securing of a 99 year
lease for the use of all necessary
land by the state commission from
Herman Rosenburg of this city, work
has been started on a hatchery build
ing 24x34 hatched last year, is to be
thoroughtly making a total of 20 for
hatching eggs, and the construction of
a small house for the hatchery sup
erintendent, Ennis Raney, who is now
on the ground in charge of the work.
The ice pond, where about 750,000
eyed eggs from other hatcheries,
were hatched last year, is to be thor
oughly scraped and deepened, and
more nursing ponds are to be con
structed. The ice pond is to be used for the
raising of 100,000 brood fish which
after four years of handling will be
giving all the eggs which are neces
sary for the hatchery, without the
shipping of any to this section. This
change in the system means that the
project which before last year was an
experiment is now a practical reality
and no more will the sportsmen of
this section be dependent on other
parts of the state for eggs.
Eyed eggs of the native rainbow
will be brought from other points in
Eastern Oregon this season, as soon
as possible, according to Superinten
dent Ryckman, who believes that this
will be in May or June. "All fish
work is delayed by the cold weather
this season he said. It has not yet
been determined just, what number of
eggs will be secured this year, but
it is believed that the number will be
greater than the preceeding season.
TRACK MEET. ADAMS
Winners Elegible to Enter As Con
testants In County Meet At
COUNTY OVER TOP
Umatilla is numbered among the
first five counties of Oregon which
have completed their quota in the
Woodrow Wilson Foundation. "We
raised the money here privately, with
out any drive and with little effort,"
says E. B. Aldricb, chairman for
Umatilla county, in the letter trans
mitting check covering Umatilla's
CARL McCONNELL INJURED
Friday, at the HaMow Richmond
place near Helix which he is farm
ing, Carl McConnell was seriously
injured by a mule which collided with
him as he ran out the bam door in
an effort to intercept the animal and
drive it into the barn. He sustained
a badly broken shoulder.
The May Day exercises at the high
school building were attended by
large crowds, both day and in the
evening. Ihc gymnasium was a
bower of beautiful decorations, and
May Day fete was held there.
At noon the assemblage partook of
a splendid cafeteria dinner, served by
the ladies of the Parent-Teachers as
sociation. The program wa3 credi
tably carried out in its entirety, and
it was greatly enjoyed by all who saw
it. Business houses closed for the
occasion during the day.
In the evening a large audience
congregated in the auditorium to wit
ness the exercises there, and every
number on the program received en
thusiastic receptiof. The four play
lets presented were catchy and af
forded novel entertainment, and the
colored quartet were recipients of
A number of baseball fans in Athe
na would like to see an independent
team in the field to compete with
Weston, Helix and other towns of
the county. Considerable interest is
being manifested in the independent
game this season, and with the ad
vance of the season, this interest is
E. P. DODD. CANDIDATE
E. P. Dodd, republican candidate
for joint representative for Umatilla
and Morrow counties, was in Athena
Monday, interviewing the voters of
his party relative to his candidacy
in the coming primary election.
HOOT GIBSON VS. BILL
HART AT THE STANDARD
HORSE PL0N6ES DOWN IN
CESSPOOL, CARRYING RIDER
f A horse ridden by Forest Gholson
l plunged into a cesspool in the rear
of the Haworth-Harris barber shop,
Wednesday eveningy carrying the rid
er with it. However, the young man
caught hold of a fence, and hanging
on, was thus saved from being pre
cipitated to the bottom of the pit
with his horse.
The cesspool had been covered over
with timbers, which had become rot
ten, and gave way under the weight
of horse and rider. Gholson had
ridden up to the fence with inten
tion of tying his hor&e there.
A crowd soon aollccted, and a ditch
leading into the cesspool was dug,
ropes were secured to the horse, and
with this assistance, the animal made
its way out Gholson had his right
leg badly bruisedJin the accident,
supposedly by befig scraped by the
horn of the saddle, when the horse
dropped from under him. Dr. Smith
attended tho youn;r man shortly af
ter the accident occurred.
One of the niftiest programs of
fered at the Standard Theatre for
some time-programs with nip and
plenty of actionwill be screened
Saturday and Sunday, when the of
ferings will be Hoot Gibson in "Head
in' West" and W. S. Hart in "The
Gibson will be given right of way
over the silver sheet Saturday night
in one of his new five-reel Western
photoplays in which this popular
young actor is given opportunity to
size up his histrionic ability along side
of the indomitable personality of Bill
Hart, long the idol of Western pict
ure fans, who will be seen in one of
his best screen productions, Sunday
The comedy for Saturday night
will be found unique as the charac
ters are negroes and their parts in
.he presentation of "The Custard
Nine" will be uproariously funny.
Sunday night Snub Pollard will come
'ii the Rollin comedy, "Bubbling Over."
A number of farmers and others
interested in tractors, witnessed the
demonstration of the Fordson tract
or and Oliver plows by Shorty Gra
ham of the Simpson Auto Co., on the
Kilgore place, Monday of this week.
The Fordson pulled a 14 inch two
bottom Oliver plow at a depth of 10
inches around the field with appar
ent ease. Another demonstration
will be made in the Weston neighborhood.
MRS. BASLER'S PUPILS
WILL APPEAR IN A RECITAL
The pupils comprising Mrs. Loren
Basler's beginners class will be
heard in recital st high school aud
itorium on Wednesday evening of
next week, May 10, beginning at 8
o'clock. The public is cordially invi
ted to attend the recital. The pro
Piano Duct Streabbog
Charlotti Fisher, Areta Kirk
Robin's Lullaby Krogman
Chasing Moonbeams Anthony
A Merry Hornpipe Fletcher
Ding Dong Bell Spaulding
A Fairy Echo Spaulding
Betty Eager, Marjorie Douglas
Pixies Waltz Brown
Sunbeam Wultz Martin
The Mocking Bird Zeiler
Piano Duet Brownfield
Marjorie Douglas, Betty Eager
Chasing the Squirrels Reed
To Spring Grieg
In Slumberland Spaulding
Piano Duet Herald
Eva Gries, Mrs. Basler
The sectional track meet, embrac
ing the schools of Adams, Athena,
Helix and Weston, and LaMar Dis
trict No. 80, was held at City Park,
Athena, Saturday afternoon, with a
long list of entrants competing.
In the grades Athena won with 76
points to her credit; Adams second
with 59; Weston third, 19; LaMar
fourth, 16; Helix fifth, 16.
In the high school events, Athena
and Adams tied at 35 points each.
Weston was second with three points;
Helix third with one point. Follow
ing are the winners in the meet:
25 yard dash Kirk, Athena, first;
McEwen, Athena, second; McCollun,
Baseball throw Kirk, Athena, first;
McEwen, Athena, second; McCollun,
60 yard dash Bilton, Athena, first;
Stoll, Adams, second; Dausner, He
High jump Bilton, Athena, first;
Johnson, LaMar, second; Stoll, Ad
Broad jump Haynie, Athena, first;
Bilton, Athena, second; Johnson, La
Baseball throw Graham, Weston,
third; Mclntyre, Athena, second;
Clark, Helix third.
High jump Taylor, Athena, first;
Pinkerton, Athena, second.
Broad jump Taylor, Athena, first;
Mclntyre, Athena second.
60 yard dash Taylor, Athena,
first; Graham, Weston, second.
100 yard dash L. Parr, Adams,
first; J. Parr, Adams, second.
High jump Tozier, Helix, first;
Parr, Adams, second; Parr, Adams,
Broad jumrA L. Parr, Adams, first;
J. Parr, Adams, second; Tozier, He
Relay, 440 yard Adams, first;
25 yard dash Pitman, Weston,
first; Whitley, Adams, second; Parr,
Baseball throw Pitman, Weston,
first; Green, Athenn, second; Barker,
60 yard dash Geissel, Athena,
first; Smith, Athena, second; Craw
ford, Adams, third.
Baseball throw Parr, Adams,
first; Booher, Athena, second; Smith,
60 yard dash DesVoigna, Adams,
first; Holliday, Weston, second; O'
Harra, Weston, third.
Baseball throw DesVoigna, Adams,
first; Wallen, Adams, second; Des
Voigna, Adams, third.
75 yard dash Hannsell, LaMar,
first; Rogers, LaMar, second.
Summary of grade school points
Athena, district No. 29, 76; Adams,
district No. 85, 59; Weston, district
No. 19, 19; Helix, district No. 56, 11;
LaMar, district No. 30. 16.
50 yard dash Farrell, Adams,
first; Harden, Athena, second; Sni
der, Weston, third.
Mile run Marlow, Adams, first.
One half mile run Crawford, Ad
100 yard dash Farrell, Adams,
first; Harden, Athena, second; Bul
finch, Weston, third,
High jump Kretzer, Athena, first;
Harden, Athena, second; Lieuallen &
Murlow, Adams, third.
Broad jump Lieuallen, Adams,
first; Kretzer, Athena, second; Far
rell, Adams, third
Pole vault Kretzer, Athena, first.
Discus Kretzer, Athena, first;
Harden, Athena, second; Tozier, He
One fourth mile Farrell, Adams,
first; Harden, Athena, second; Kre
tzer, Athena, third.
330 yard relay Weston, first; Ad
ams, second; Athena, third.
Athena high school, 35.
Adams high school, 35.
Helix high school, 1.
Weston high school, 3.
CLOSING UP ASSESSMENT
Deputy Assessor McLeod is clos
ing up his work of assessing the tax
able property of this district. He has
his territory about covered,.