The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, August 05, 1927, Image 1

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Entered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as 8econd-Claee Mail Matter
Washington Legion
Elected Alexander
Army Officer Named Com
mander at Spokane .
Convention. '
Spokane, Wash. Major-General
Alexander, retired, ex-commander of
Camp Lewis, was elected department
commander of the American Legion
r this state at the concluding' se
slon of the ninth annual convention
Centralia was awarded next year's
General Alexander, .whose world
war command included the famous
"lost battalion," was unopposed lor
the office of state commander.
Other officers elected were William
D. Welsh, Port Angeles, a navy man,
vice commander;! Stephen M. Chad
wick, Seattle, national committeeman;
Captain Storrey, Fort George Wright,
departmental chaplain, and Dr. Owen
Taylor, Kent, Wash., departmental
historian. . . .
Delegates to the national conven
tion at Paris will be Dr. S. B. Rosen
thal, Spokane; A. F. Brunkow, Spo
kane; Sol Zwang, Marcus; K. C. An
gle, Shelton, and Past Commander
Raftis, Colville.
Resolutions adopted by the conven
tion favored preparedness on the basis
of the 5-5-3 naval ratio; increased per
sonnel for the navy,- and immediate
work on the battleship to be assigned
to the Bremerton navy yard; , univer
sal conscription of man power and
wealth in the event of "another -war;
adoption of a national code for flag
salutes; exemption of legion property
from taxation; greater interest in
Memorial day, and fraternizing with
. the" Canadian legion.
Mrs. William Scales of Centralia
was elected state president o the
legion auxiliary.
Mrs. John Walker
Died at Her Home
After a Long Illness
': Death relieved the suffering . of
Mrs. John Walker, at her home south
of Athena city limits, Saturday even
ing, after a long illness. Death was
due to paralysis. : Mrs. Walker was
born in Ontario Province, Canada,
August 12, 1862, and at death was
aged 64 years, 11 - months and 18
She is survived by her husband,
one son and three daughters as fol
lows, Clifford Walker, Athena; Miss
Jennie MAiWalker, Athena; Mrs.,. J,
R. Booher, Pendleton; Mrs. R. Rich
mond, Walla Walla. Also a sister,
Mts. F. Snyder of Pendleton, three
brothers in Canada and one brother
in Montana, survive.
Mrs. Walker had been a resident
of the Athena neighborhood for 37
years, residing with her family oil a
farm Northwest of this city until
two years ago, when she removed to
the present home. She had been in
failing health for a long time and
bore her illness with marked brav
ery and fortitude. .
Funeral services were held at the
Christian church in Athena, Wednes
day afternoon at 2:30, interment tak
ing place at Weston cemetery.'
Machine Fires From
Grain Dust Curtailed
Number of Explosions Have
Been Reduced Since! .
Cause' Known.
Kverett, Wash. Edward Sickles, 24-year-old
murderer, who escaped from
the Snohomish county Jail while un
der sentence to be hanged, died here
early Sunday from wounds sustained
in a gun battle with two' deputy sher
iffs who had been trailing him .for
Sickles shot and killed Percy Brew
ster, Sultan marshal, in the Sultan
Jail March 2. He was convicted on
March 23 and sentenced to be hanged
May 13. He escaped 13 days before
his sentence was to be carried out.
Sickles was located in a shack in
the woods 20 miles from Everett by
Deputy Sheriffs Youngblood, Johason,
Ryan and M. B. Waller. The outlaw
had driven to the cabin in an automo
bile which be had stolen in Seattle.
As Sickles left his car after driving
up near the cabin, Deputies Young
blood and Johnson, with sawed-off
shotguns trained on the fugitive, ad
vanced and ordered him to surrender.
Sickles reached for his pistol and both
deputies fired. As Sickles reeled he
succeeded in getting his gun clear of
the holster and fired one shot, which
was ineffectual.
Motor Fatalities for Eight Years Are
Higher Than Army Casualties.
Washington, D. C. More people
have been killed by automobiles in
the United States during the last
eight years than the American soldier
dead In the world war, according to
(he National Automobile chamber of
From January 1, 1919, to December
31, 1926, 137,017 persons were killed
by automobiles while the total casual
ties of the war In the American army
forces were 120,050. - The injured in
automobile accidents, however, were
8,500,000 since the armistice.
Twenty-six per cent of the killed
and Injured were children under the
age of 15 years, according to the fig
ures.' Last year it was estimated 23,
000 persons were killed, an increase
of 1000 over 1925 and the largest
death toll ever recorded by automo
biles for a year. ,
Dublin. Ireland paid unusual honor
to Frederick Sterling, first minister
from the United States. Sterling was
given a military escort and proceeded
tatwara raws of buildings decorated
witi American flags, when ho went
to present his uoversor
Lindbergh Comes to
Standard Tomorrow
As a special offering on tomor
row night's program, the Standard
Theatre will present a one reel feat
ure picture comprising "important
scenes .of Lindbergh's non-stop ? At
lantic 'flight. ' This feature- will be
shown promptly at 8 :15, ; preceding
the showing of Peter B.' Kyne "The.
Understanding Heart," with Joan
Crawford, . Rockcliffe -Fellowes and
Francis X. Bushman, Jr., In the
leading roles." Itfi'-'-
Sunday night the much talked of
Cosmopolitan production, "Captain
Salvation, stunning story of the
sea, . starring Lars Sanson., uljiie
Starke and Ernest ToTrence, will be
shown. The usual comedies, news
reel and Review, will appear on the
State to Buy Bridge
Steps were taken Monday by Wal
la Walla and Pasco citizens for a
Northwest-wide celebration of the
purchase by the state of the Pasco
Burbank bridge. This bridge was
built by Walla Walla and Franklin
counties in 1921 and has been op-;
erated as a toll structure since then.
The last legislature , approved funds
to purchase it and the last step in
making the structure toll-free is ex
pected shortly, -
Superintendent Meyer Here
Lee A. Meyer, superintendent of
Athena schools arrived in the city
Tuesday from Marshfleld, where he
has been spending the summer. Mr.
Meyer recently underwent a success
ful operation for relief from ap
pendicitis. Mr. Meyer' returned to
Marshfleld today. . He has secured
the Sherman residence on the West
side to live 4n - and with his family
will return to Athena about August
Once a half -million dollar farm
hazard, grain dust explosion has been
lowered in the past decade to a po
tential damage of from $15,000 to
$75,0OQva -year, the I United. .States
bureau of chemistry vavers. .
The bulk explosions occur in the
Pacific northwest, during the thresh
ing season, bometimes mere is a
loss of life, the separator is destroy
ed and large quantities of straw and
grain are burned.
While a number of causes are as
signed for dust explosion, greatest
danger lies in the threshing of smut
ty wheat. Scientists advance the
theory that small particles of smut,
found more abundantly in fall wheat,
become electrified when the kernels
are broken up by the cylinder teeth.
Supporting the theory, investiga-
tion has shown that 76 per cent of
the explosions originate back of the
cylinder, or near it. .'-
Explosions occur in separators of
all types and sizes. Danger reaches
a; peak from 1 P. M. to 7 P. M., and
is present particularly on hot, dry
days conducive to electrostatic igni
tion. T Sometimes friction parks,
caused by gravel, flint or metal Btrik
the cylinder knives, are responsible
for- explosions. -. .
It generally is conceded -that dan
ger exists chiefly when, grain. dust is
dry, suspended in the "atmosphere,
and so diffused that the mixture of
dust and air will Ignite with . suf
ficient rapidity and violence to prop
agate explosion. - Frequently two de
tonations are heard' The first is
sharp and quick, the , second a . loud
roar, giving rise to.. belief that heat
Uuid- tlame-of-a. protkbhji. light.!
ignition stirs up sufficient du
various" parts of the type generally
followed by, serious (ire.
Machinery wired in grounding
scheme tests have operated through
entire seasons without an expio&lon,
Blower fans to- keep the. separators
dust-free are in wide use.
"To prevent dust explosions," 'the
department of agriculture says, "it
is necessary either to eliminate the
dust cloud, or the source of ignition,
or to change the atmospheric condi
tions in such a way that combustion
cannot occur."
Tests show that heavy charges of
static electricity are present in many
machines, not infrequently more than
50,000 volts,
Meteorite Sets Forest Fire
Umatilla forest rangers report that
a naming meteorite set nre to tne
timber in the Walla Walla district of
the forest The meteorite broke off
a tree about 20 feet from the ground;
lodged in the remaining stump, and
the fire, attributed to lightning, re
Boy Keeps Pledge
Roy Biggins, 17, arrested for utea!
ing, upheld the faith County Judge
I. M. Schannep placed in him when
he reported that he has arrived safe
ly at the state training school at
Salem. He was placed on his honor
by the' judge who allowed him to go
alone to the school. ? '
A Miniature Waterspout
The highway at Blakeley Station,
west of Athena was under water for
a short time Monday afternoon a?
the result of a local cloudburst, which
struck in that vicinity. Only nomin
al damage to crops in a few fields
where the water fell in .torrents, is
Cal Telia 'Era
Here's what the world has been
waiting for: ''I do not choose to run
for president in 1S2S," was written
on small slips ci paper and passed
out to newspaper representatives at
the summer capitoL by President
Miss Jeanne Bell of Pendleton, won
the eastern Oregon woman's singles
titles by scoring over Mrs. Fox of
Union,. 8-6, 3-6, 6-3, . '
r4 ?
jl I
- Prof, K, D. Glir.ka, director of the
Soviet agricultural experiment station
at Leningrad and one cf the foremost
agricultural ee'entioia in the World,
has been chosen president cf the In
ternational Congress of Sell S;ience,
composed cf delegates from 30 nations.
Manual Training Will '
: Be Re-Established at
. Athena High School
Captain Sumpkin in
a Portland Pow-wov
The manual training department
will be reTestahlished at Athena high
school during the coming year The
members, of the sohool board have
decided to purchase additional equip
ment for this department and estab
lish it on a thorough, practical basis.
. ; The board has secured the set ices
of Harold Frederick of Chehalis,
Washington to instruct the manual
training . ' classes. 1 Mr. Frederick
ajaut. au&htjmaJual trafnijjg at Newport, The
ist on "'nENrnarria
Atnena very nigmy reeqmmenfleq.
Several years ago "Athena high
maintained a manual training de
partment, and there is at the pres
ent time quite a lot of equipment
available. With the purchase of ad
ditional equipment by' the board, it
will be possible to carry out this
branch of school work very success
fully, In addition .to high school
students, it is proposed that schol.
ars of the seventh and eighth grades
will qualify in manual training.
Wheat Theft Charged
Two brothers named Maynavd,
conducting a dairy et Mission, on
the Umatilla rlvei are under arrest,
charged by officers with the theft qf
sacked wheat Some of the sacks qf
wheat have been identified as the
property of John Todd and Sam Bit-tner,
Says Palefaces Not Travel
ing on the Real Oregon
Says the Morning Oregonian:
Wearing two, shirts, smoking a cig
arette, his white locks in two braids
in front of his ears, his feet encased
in moccasins-and a masonic jring on
his little finger, Captain Sumpkins,
89 years oR had man of the Cayuse
Indians, held ap-w-wow with the
state highway commission the other
) "Tourists think that they are rid
ing on the Old Oregon trail, but
they're not. They step on the gas
and rush along, not looking for the
sections of dirt road at the side which
was the real Oregon trail," spoke the
sage of the Umatilla reservation,
through Leo Sampson, interpreter.,
The highway commission wants to
preserve the natural surroundings of
the highway. A number of Indians,
principally members of the SKiUal
family, own the land along the road
side, and they are Cutting the timber
and selling it in Pendleton for $15.' a
cord. The commission, through an
arbitration committee, supposed it
arrived at a settlement until in walk
ed Captain Sumpkin, Allen Patawa.
Tom Shallal and Leo Sampson. Tho
arbitrators figured that $8 an acre,
with $1 a 1000 for poor timber end
(3 a 1000 for good timber, would be
about right. The Indians refused
these terms, nor would they consid
er leasing the land to the commission
nor exchanging the acreage for a
similar body of land along the north
east boundary of the reservations
"I come with an open heart," spoke
the venerable wiseman of tho tribe.
"I come as a friend : not as an enemy.
Indians do not want to lose .their
ndrTfiS"Cnd Oregon Trail TeadVup
to Cayuse and then down the river.
Travelers do not know this for they
step on 'er."
And Captain Sumpkin should know,
for' he was born in 1838, several
years before the covered wagon, ox
drawn, rumbled and creaked and
boiled up clouds of dust through the
Blue mountains. It has been a long,
hard journey for a man of his years,
but he took it because his friends
asked him to. Negotiations were fctill
in the air when the aborigines filed
out of the council in the courthouse.
Combine Engines Fires
Grain and a Machine
Near My rick Station
A-grain fire started by backfiring
of the gasoline engine on John Plant
ing's combine, destroyed about 75
acres of grain near My rick station,
west of Athena, Monday afternoon.
Mr. Planting had cut about 40 acres
on the Mumford place and the sacked
grain .from this cutting was destroy
ed in addition to standing grain on
the Mumford place.
The fire crossed the road and burn
ed a small lot of the standing wheat
on the farm of. Mrs. G. W. Planting.
So rapidly did the fire "spread after
starting that the stpek was released
from the buning machine with dif
ficulty. The machine was totally
destroyed, as wus also 700 empty
grain bags. , - . '
The grain was insured and was
averaging about- 37 bushels per acre.
Over a hundred persons responded
to fight the Are, otherwise the loss
would have been much greater.
Tube Into Stomach
Increases Appetite
Frank Lewis, a lifer in the Wash
ington penitentiary, is making oip for
lost time in his eating. ' For several
weeks Lewis has been unable to eat
because of a cancerous growth in the
aesophagus. At first his condition
was not ascertained, but after an
x-ray picture by- Dr. J. W. Ingram,
prison surgeon, had disclosd the
trouble, Lewis consented to an opera
tion which permits his being fed
through a tube in the stomach.
Lewis declares his appetite is the
greatest in tha 66 years of his life
and that he thoroughly enjoys his
meals. Lewis was sent to the prison
from Spokane in 1921.
Pendleton Girl Weds
Miss Mildred Berkeley, prominent
Pendleton girl, became the bride of
Fred Merryficld, Instructor at Oregon
Agricultural college. Miss Berkeley
is a graduate of the University of
Oregon and a member of a pioneer
family of eastern Oregon.
Pony Express Revived in Black Hills
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Lorain Shick of Athena, and Miss
Helen Whited of Portland, were
united in marriage by the pastor of
the Christian church of Walla Walla,
at that church, Sunday afternoon.
MisS Whited has been the guest of
friends in the vicinity. of Athena for
spme time. Tho groom is the only
son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Shick of
this city. He is employed by the
Pendleton Trading company, and the
couple will make their home in that
Coolidge Announces
He 'Does Hot Choose'
Decision of President Made
in Statement at Summer
White House. '
Rapid City, S. D. President Cool
idge Tuesday issued a statement say
ing: "I-do naif choose to run for presl
deat in'' 1928.'' ' ' '
fThe statement, which was typewrit
ten on small pieces of paper, was
handed out at the summer White
House by the president on the fourth
anniversary of his becoming chief
executive of the United States, with
out comment. "
Calvin Coolidge Tuesday ended four
years as president ot the United
States to which he succeeded upon
the death of President Harding.
One year and seven months remain
in the four-year term to which Mr.
Coolidge was elected as president in
the fall ot 1924 a little more than a
year after he first took office.
In this period it. will be decided
whether he will or can succeed him
self for another election term of four
years whtth would entitle him to the
office of president for a longer period
than has been served by any other
chief executive of the nation and
two regular terms totaling eight years
added to the year and seven montha
of Mr. Harding's term completed by
him. ; -
Round-Up Material Selected
Returning from Frontier Days at
Cheyenne, R. B. Chloupek, secretary
of the Round-Up Association, reports
that he was successful in contract
ing for the appearance of nationally
famous performers for the anrual
Round-Up show nexc month. The
Trwin and McCarthy racing and buck
ing stock, riders, ropers, bulldoggers,
bronc busters and trick riders have
been engaged, in addition to a large
number of independent rodeo stars.
Grain Thieves Busy
The East Orcgoniari reports grain
thieves active in Umatilla county, ac
cording to growers who have been
missing sacked grain from stacks in
their recently threshed fields. Under
cover of darkness the thieves find it
easy to back a truck into the fields
unnoticed and take several sacks
from a pile. One farmer renorts a
loss of 47 sacks.
Round-Up Queen
Mabel Strickland, cow girl, skilled
in relay riding, trick riding, bronco
busting, who is the only successful
woman steer-roper in the world, will
be queen cf the 1927 Pendleton
round-up on September 14, 15, 16 find
17, according to the announcement
made by the directors.
Curtiss Field, N. Y. The first dem
onstration flight intended to : show
how two days can be cut off the
traveling time between New York and
Europe succeeded here Monday when
Flarence D. Charnberlln landed io a
Fokker biplane at 9:30 a. m.
Charnberlln took oft from the docks
of tho liner Leviathan 150 miles out
from New York at 8:14 and flew
through fog to Long Islund. ,.
Hnsbrouck Heights, N. J., was his
original destination but because of tho
poor visibility he found the field hero
a better lauding place.
"I was In the air before I reached
the end of the runway," Charnberlln
told officials of the United States
Linos, regarding his takeoff. "I had
no difficulty In reaching land and tho
plane, after inspection, shows no ill
effects from the takeoff or tho flight.
Officials of the steamship line ex
pressed pleasure at the hihtcss of
the flight. Charnberlln arrived at tha
field sooner than was expected. It was
supposed he would not land before
10:14, two hours after his takeoff.
Announcement will be mado later
by stetimshlp officials of the exact ef
fect Chnmberlln's flight will have on
the inauguration of ship to land service.
The pony express of frontier dnys rcvlvnl In the lllsick 11:11 f Koutl pakolM V-l'i'ii htir iu'i deliver..' 1
an invitation from Cov. Frank O. Kinen-x it Wyoming to l'rehidcnt O'lldj,'', ut the Hummer White House, u
visit the Frontier day celebration at Cheyenne Photograph nhows Clyde Jouvs, head of the t'U' ter Stale j;;irk r.iug.'i;,
delivering the mcisage to the Presidcpt, , . .
Athlete Killed
John Mackenzie, 22, college athlete,
of Spokane, was killed six miles west
of La Grande on the Old Oregon
Trail highway late Saturday. He was
found dead beneath his overturned
Pool Hall Robbery
The sheriff's office is investigating
the robbery of a pool hall at Free
water. Tlje , robbers left finger
print; behind, them, and officers are
working on that clue.
Hunnish Invasion
Units were u Mongolian race who
Invaded Europe durina the Fourth
century of the Christian era. They
wu;,Td war Willi the (ioths, then In
habiting central Ktiroio, mid druve
them south Into Sm!n, Ituly urn) the
CulkaO penlosulH, Urns Indirectly
causing; the dext ruction f the West
era Koumn empire. The Huns reucbcJ
as fur wcht ait Gaul, now Frauce,
An Alarming Drop in Membership
Reported by Committee.
Philadelphia. An "alarming" fall
ing off In church membership in Pro
tectant communions at the rate of
500,000 a year is noted In tho report
of the continuation committee to tha
Inter-church conference made public
here by the offices of the Presbyter
ian church In tho United States of
Amerlcu. The conference was held
hore April 19 last.
The report of Dr. H. K. Carroll,
Flainflcld, N. J., the committee secre
tary, has been issued In anticipation
of a movement In which all churches
affected by the losses are expected to
ola In an effort to relieve the situu-
"In 13 communions with a grand
total of 15,100,170 members," tho re
port summarizes, "the losses o?gre
euto 2ii!i,060. As tho total of evau
?"lf'al membership Is upward of 2!V
'tOO.OOO, the total yearly loss, if other
communions besides the 13 were in
cluded, would approximate about half
x million."
High Court Seals Daath or Uames.
OlympU, Wash. Wallace C. Gaines
3JUSI pay me ucaiu peuatiy iur vun
.TiurJer of bis daughter Sylvli en tea
.-light t,t June IS, 102C, tho suprwm
ccurt held In an cn banc iIeeaion,
written by Justice Jehu F. Mam. at
firailos; jinlgm' nt of the Kin;j county
ccurt, which Ccund him guilty of lir.t
ilesroe murder.