The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, September 07, 1928, Image 1

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, Entered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as Second-Claes Mail Matter .'
Last Year 136 'Enrolled
School Begins This Year
With 151.
Thft Athena schools opened for
work Tuesday with a. total enroll
hient of 151 pupils, fcjinjit a total
of 136 last year. This year's enroll
. ment divided between the grade and
high school departments, stands vi
enrolled in the grades; 58 registered
in Viiirh school. Enrollment in the
err a Apr in as follows:
First and second grades, Miss
Brvant teacher. 26. ,
Third and fourth grades, Miss
Thorsen teacher, 23.
Fifth and sixth grades, Mrs. Rom
inr teAcher. 15. .
Seventh anrf eiehth srrades. M. I.
Miller teacher, 29.
In the high school division, the en
rollment of 58 is distributed as f ol
Freshmen, 16; Sophomores, 15
Juniors, 12; Seniors, 15.
Tuesday was taken up mainly by
registrations and preliminary de
tails and Wednesday morning the
school was settled down to its rou
tine work. :
A course in shorthand is being of
fered in Athena hieh school this year
which completes a full commercial
course of study, which according to
Superintendent Meyer, places the
Athena school on a par with leading
schools of the state.
The department of athletics is look
ing up remarkably well, and Coach
Miller is optimistic over the school's
prospects for this year. Already
light football practice is under, way,
and several new men are giving a
good account of themselves in their
try-out positions.
Are Burned To :
Death In Auto Crash
Eddie Wognild, 22, and Clifford
Underwood, 20, of Arlington, Wash
ington, near Everett, were return
ing home from a dance when their
machine was struck in the rear by
one driven by W. G. Countryman.
The youths' machine turned over and
instantly burst into names.
The fire beat back those who tried
to rescue Wognild. They threw a
rope to him, but, with one foot pin
ned under the machine, he was un
able to move and he cried: "Kill me,
kill me I can't stand it."
When finally rescued, his legs and
lower part of his body severely burn
ed, he was rushed to a hospital,
where he died a few hours later. The
charred body of Underwood was
found when the death car was right
ed. '
A Big Fish
To date victory in competition for
the prize fishing rod offered annually
by Rogers & Goodman of Athena, for
the largest trout caught in the
streams of Umatilla county, is held
t by Amos O'Dell who brought home
11 a 24-inch Dolly Varden trout, dres
sing five pounds and four ouncea,
from Salmon river. Mr. O'Dell was
accompanied on the fishing trip by
Herbert Parker. The O'Dell catch
outpoints one from the same river
taken by Fred Hendricksen, which
measured 23 inches, and weighed
three pounds and six ounces.
Death of Grover Hayes
Grover Hayes died at Portland
Saturday, after a short period of ill
ness. Announcement of his death
was received in Athena by his sister,
Mrs. Berlin, who was accompanied
by her daughters immediately de
parted for Portland. Mr. Hayes had
long been employed by the city of
Portland in its street improvement
department. The deceased was a son
of the late J. M. Hayes, a former
resident of this, city, and he grew to
manhood in Athena.
A recent event of interest was the
marriage of Miss Alta Kennedy,
daughter of Mrs. Henry Schroeder
of Weston, and Fred Morton - of
Wrangel, Alaska, which took place
at Ketchikan, Alaska, reports the
Weston Leader. The groom 'holds a
responsible position in fishing in
dustries of the north country and
the young couple will reside at
May Issue Proclamation
Governor Patterson has determin
ed to issue a proclamation deferring
the opening of the deer season Mon
day, unless rain comes in time to
counteract the present fire hazard
exisiting in the forests of the state.
A number of Athena hunters have
made preparations to be in the
mountains for the opening of the
Sixty Per Cent of Hickman
Money Goes To Pend
leton Men.
The two Oreeon officers who
rested ;. William Edward Hickman,
bringing, to a close, the man-hunt lot
the kidnapper and : slayer oi ; ntue
Marion Parker, have been awarae
atvtv ner cent of the $27,728.38 re
ward collected by a radio broadcast
iner station. .
The division of the reward was
allocated bv the award committee
headed bv Mavor Georee Cryer
Under its provisions, the two Pendle
ton, Ore., officers, x. ts. uuraane ana
C. L. Lieuallen will receive $it,oH
or $8,318 each.
; The remainder of the reward was
ollnfod hv the committee as follows:
Ten percent, or approximately $2,-
. - i t rj.
772 t.n (iporce v. wiuouenDy. seat-
tie haberdasher who received in pay
ment for clothing one of the $20 bills
of the Parker ransom money, anu
then gave the police the information
which turned the man-hunt to tne
Ten percent to Fred King, operator
nf a casoline service station at Port
land. Oreeon.. who sold Hickman
cnsnline and who eave the police in
formation as to the road taken out
of that city by the fugitive.
Five ner cent or $1,336 to Koy w
McHueo earage' owner of Kent,
Washington. .
. Five Der cent to be divided be
tween James T. Nelson. Jr.. and
Irwin A. Mowrey, who were given a
ride by Hickman on tne slayers
flight north, and who notified the
Seattle police of their identification
of the hunted man. '
Three ner cent iointly to H. H,
Antle. a. W. Marshall and W. H,
Rappold, Los Angles First National
Rank emnloves. who informed the
Dolice of their suspicion that Hick
man, a discharged employe was
guilty of the murder of the daughter
of an official of the bank.
Douglas Fairbanks
In Black Pirate
Douglas Fairbanks will be at the
Standard Theatre tomorrow night in
his big super-picture, "The Black
Pirate," which will be played at
regular admission prices. Fair
banks is a popular screen favorite
with Standard patrons,' and the fact
that the "Black Pirate" is one of the
best pictures the great actor has ap
peared in, presages large attendance,
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence rmkerton,
violin and piano, will interpret the
music score for the "Black Pirate
Sunday night, two favorites oi tne
screen. John Gilbert and Joan Craw
ford will be seen iii "Four Walls,"
Matro-Goldwyn's stirring human
message from the narrow environs of
New York's East side gangland. A
splendid picture bringing to you the
interesting story of the regeneration
of a boy who went wrong. No finer
acting on the screen.
. , Campfire Officers .
The first meeting after summer
dispensation of Wauna Campfire Girls
was held on the lawn at the Fred
Pinkerton home, and the officers
for the ensuing year elected: Presi
dent, Nylene Taylor; vice-president,
Arlene Mynck; secretary, Betty
Eager; treasurer, Mildred Hansell;
song leaders, Esther Berlin and Mar-
jorie Montague; scribe, Marjorie
Douglas. " The Campfire girls will go
to Bingham Springs this week-end
and will be chaperoned by mothers
of the girls, Guardian Hilda Dicken
son and assistant Guardian, Mrs H.
Wade LeRoy.
Douglas County Turkeys
Douglas county will have approx
imately 75,000 turkeys for the
Thanksgiving and Christmas market
this year, present estimates indicate.
Fairly good prices last year, coupled
with the fact that the present season
has been a good one for the maturity
of turkeys, with-a larger crop than
Funeral of Mrs. Kidder
Mrs. Ruth C. Kidder, widow of the
late B. C. Kidder, a former resident
of Athena, died August 25 at San
Anselmo, California at the age of 84
years. The body was shipped here
for burial, and the funeral services
were held at the Baptist church
Saturday afternoon.
Orchestra Returns
Bob Fletcher's Round-Up orches
tra has returned to Pendleton after
a tour of 500 miles through seven
states in the Northwest. The
orchestra is composed of members of
Mr. Fletcher's family, and is a
popular organization.
University of Oregon Sorority lias High Scholarship Rating
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Port'lan? Portland; Maizle Richards, Portland; luclle Brown, Burns; Edna EUei Bell,
University of Oregon, Eugene.
Tho Alpha Phi sorority placed high
eit in scliolastie rating of all living
organizations at the University of
Oregon for the past term, it Is an
nounced by Earl M. Pallet, registrar.
Members of the organization are also
active in campus activities. Highest
place was won in competition with
more than 40 living organisation!.' '
Advance Ticket
Sales Indicate a
Record Attendance
Pendleton. Pendleton wears an air
of expectancy these, days and in
deed, there's a reason! For the
Round-Up, September 19, 20, 21, 22,
isn't far away and heaps of work and
preparation -is going on. .
Pendletonians have donned their
Round-Up attire and bedazzle the eye
with' their colorful splendor. On
September 8 the decorations go up
and the whole city will be in gala
dress for the annual autumn epic.
Cowboys and cowgirls are arriving
and the livestock is here for tKe
show. Besides the Round-Up's buck
ing horses and Mexican steers big
aggregations of relay horses, buck-
ers, roping horses, etc., are arriving
from outside. The buckers are fresh
from the range and promise some un
usual entertainment for the cowboys.
Advance ticket sales show a decid
ed increase and a record crowd is
expected. Among distinguished vis
itors will be Philip Ashton Kollins ol
New York, author of "The Cowboy"
and other books, and notable as a
magazine writer also. Mr. Rollins
has seen the show on other occasions
and it was he .who conceived the
novel idea of giving a sack of oats to
the most notorious bucker at the
Round-Up. This trophy was won by
the celebrated No Name, who died
last year after nine glorious year3
of the very choicest bucking at the
Round-Up. The sack of oats, most
appropriately, bore a casket plate
with fitting inscription when present
ed to the late No Name.
. Bull fights in Spain have been seen
by Miss Elizabeth C. Bridge, promin
ent resident of Maine, and she has
witnessed the Passion Play of
Oberammergau; now she wishes to
see bulldogging and to witness the
Round-Up, the epic drama of the
West. Miss Bridge and party will
motor here.
Miss Bridge, in making reserva
tions, said: "I keenly anticipate see
ing an exhibition which is so typical
ly American-
Petition to Move Office ;
Postmaster Barrett of the Athena
office has been circulating a petition
for the removal of the office from its
present location on Main street, to
the vacant Athena State Bank build
ing at the corner of Third and Main.
The specific reason for the removal of
the office as set forth by Mr. Barrett
is that the bank building is equipped
wih vault facilities for taking care
of stamps and postoflice records,
which be is deprived of at the location
now occupied.
Labor Day
Labor Day 'was observed in Athena
by a general closing of business
houses and almost complete exodus
of workers and their families to out
of town points. Walla Walla and La
Grande put on extensive programs
for the entertainment of visitors.
Goes to O. A. C..
Clifford Wood, member of Athena
high school graduating class of last
year, will enter Oregon State Col
lege at Corvallis, where he will take
rpecial course in agriculture.
State Hospital
Echo Postoflice
Grocery Robbed
A series of robberies in Umatilla
county, beginning at Athena last
week, when the meat market, Kil
gore's Cafe and Steve's Grocery were
Entered ' presumably by yeggmen,
culminated this week with robbery
of the Echo Postoflice, the safe at
the State Hospital and a Pendleton
grocery store. : v
, The East Oregonian says the three
recent robberies netted the thieves
over $1400 in cash.
Over $160 in silver was taken from
the safe at the Cox and Howland
grocery store 823 Main street. En
trance to the store was gained
through, a sliding door at the rear of
the building. The door was pried
open with a crowbar, taken from a
truck parked near the rear of the
The sheriff says that he has few
clues to work on at present, but he
is continuing his investigation. The
combination of the grocery store safe
was worked by fhe yeggman and only
the money taken. .
; Silver and currency, totaling over
$1200, was taken from a cash draw
er in the vault at the Eastern Ore
gon State Hospital some time Satur
day night or early Sunday morning
No arrests have been made and there
is but little evidence offered which
might lead to the apprehension of
the criminal.
According to Sheriff Cookingham,
who was called Sunday morning to
investigate the robbery, the book
keeper at the hospital had been
negligent in handling the large sum
of money there.
On receiving word of the hospital
robbery, C. W. Curtis, criminologist
at the Washington state penitentiary
at Walla Walla, was called to Pend
leton to assist the sheriff in his probe
of the robbery. Efforts were made to
locate finger prints.
The third robbery of the week-end
took place at Echo, according to re
ports reaching the sheriff's office.
Charles Hoskins, chief deputy sher
iff, received the call and went to Echo
immediately to look into the robbery.
Though few details of the case reach
ed Pendleton it was rumored that the
Echo postoflice had been entered and
money taken from it.
Sheriff Cookingham said- that in
his opinion a professional yeggman
is operating now in Umatilla county.
In both cases at Pendleton, the rob
bery was done quietly and meth
odically. Fix-McMinimee
Walla Walla Union: The marriage
of Miss Elizabeth Fix, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fix, and Mr.
Clayton McMinimee was solemnized
at, the home of the bride's parents,
118 Newell street, Sunday afternoon.
The ceremony was performed by the
Rev. H. T. F. Wittrock in the pres
ence of immediate relatives.
Walla Walla Fair
The Walla Walla county fair is in
progress, having started yesterday
morning, and will close tomorrow
night. The livestock exhibit is said
to be exceptionly good, and the races
have attracted many visitors. '
Finley Plays Goat
To Take Pictures
In High Rockies
William L. Finley, noted natural
ist, author and lecturer, returned yes
terday from a long expedition into
the northern part of the Rocky moun
tains with Arthur N. Pack of Prince
ton, N. J., president of the American
Nature association. He brought back,
says the Oregonian, 10,000 feet of
motion pictures of moose, mountain
goats, bighorns, bear, elk, deer and
other wild animal life taken along
the roof of the Rockies. The photo
graphs of big game are but part of
the story which was full of thrilling
adventures such as filming goats
that' play the part of expert steeple
jacks on the highest cliffs of the
continent and bull moose that proved
dangerous subjects. ; .'
Finley has tried for many years
to get pictures of what he considers
the most difficult of American game,
the mountain goat. This time he
played the trick by dressing up in a
white goat costume with imitation
ears, horns and beard and stalking
along the ledges with an Eyemo mo
tion picture camera tucked in next to
his chest His ' strategy " worked
almost .too well one day when an
old billy disputed his right - to a
certain high ledge on Chapman peak.
The real billy looked at the imi
tation, twiddled his tail, lowered his
horns and started for his rival. But
the buzz of the camera halted him
and the telltale wind gave the secret
of human scent. "I got near-up pic
tures," said Mr. Finley, "but it was
perhaps fortunate . I didn't smell
goaty for I was on the narrow ledge
of a very high cliff."
By making a blind near a lick
where moose were accustomed to
come. Finley and Pack got an old
bull too close to get photographs.
They were in his trail and were near
ly stepped on. When tho huge
antlered bull discovered the camera
men, he lowered his head and shook
himself from head to foot, with the
brisles of his neck standing erect,
which is the challenge before a
charge. With only brush for pro
tection, the photographers had to lie
perfectly quiet and this saved the day,
for them because the moose finally
turned his attention to a cow and
calf that came in to the water hole.
Morning Glory Treatment
Weston Leader: After a compre
hensive campaign against wild morn
ing glory on the York and Killgore
holdings north of town, the pests
have all received a liberal dOse of
the K. M. G. treatment. The weeds
have since turned brown, indicating
that the chemical has taken hold. K,
M. G. is tough on shoes and clothing
as well as morning glory, as Jess L.
York is in a particular position to
testify .
Seattle. A last salute was fired for
Wallace Gaines as his bodv was low.
ered into its crave in the vptprnn'a
corner of a cemetery here today.
wniie Kev. William J. Getty read
the funeral services, the little chapel
was crowded with friends .if tho man
who was hanged Friday for the mur-
aer or nis daughter.
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Problem, of Lower Priced
I Wheat Helped Out
By Machinery.
i Walla ; Walla. .What would tha ,
wheat farmers of the Walla Walla
valley do if , the price of wheat be
came constant at 80 cents, a bushel tl
Would the great grain fields be
abandoned or could the farmers meet
the situation and raise wheat for less
than 80 cents?
Farmers who say they cannot pro
duce wheat at the present price of
about a dollar, declare they will walk
off their ranches if the price goes
lower. Others, more optimistic, think
the solution for the wheat farmer is
riot higher prices but more efficient
methods. '
F. S. Dement, rancher and grain
dealer, , when asked whether the
farmer could evolve a method of rais
ing wheat for 80 cents replied that
they have done it before and could,
and undoubtedly will, do it again:
However, a radical improvement of
methods will be necessary for sur
vival he declared.
Perhaps the jnost important and
certainly the earliest step in the more
economical production of wheat is the
substitution of mechancial power for
men and horses. An indication that
the farmer is realizing this fact is
shown in the tremendous increase of
production of tractors and tractor
driven machinery. At first the trac
tor was used merely as a substitute ,
for horses, but with the adaptation
of machinery to tractors, the
capacity of man power is being increased.
Thomas D. Campbell, who as presi
dent of the Campbell Farming cor
poration directs the farming of 95,
000 acres of land in Montana, telle
in the June issue of the Magazine of
Business, his own experience with the
economy. of motor driven machinery.
"Labor costs per acre on our' job,"
he says, "at $6 a day for engine
operators, are less than they were
30 years ago when the standard wago
for hired help on the farm was $ 26
a month and board.
"We have developed large power
units and hitches whereby we can
plow an acre of land at a labor cost
of 27 cents, seed it for about 7 cents
an acre labor cost,, double disc it for
ten cents an acre, and harvest it and
thresh it at a iabor cost of 40 cents
an acre."
As the labor cost is the chief ex
pense it stands to reason, Mr. Dement
points out, that ,"ith such use or
tractors, wheat can be raised at a
profit at rather low prices, where
land is adapted to their use. Some
land of course, he says, cannot be
worked with tractors and if more
careful farming will not increase the
profits, perhaps would have to be
abandoned with continued 80 cent
prices. However, he points out, much
larger crops might be raised on al
most all the land now larmed with
a more careful conservation of
moisture by the proper care of fallow
Chemical research and engineering
progress will undoubtedly aid the
production of cheaper wheat, and
with the decreased cost of labor per
bushel, the grain farmer will sur
vive, Mr. Dement is sure.
There is another side to the medal
of lower labor costs, Mr. Dement ad
mits. It is perhaps largely due, he
says, to the lower production costs of
wheat raised on the large tractor
powered farms of the mid-west
prairies that has lowered the price
of wheat to the level at which it
stands today. If this is the case the
only possible solution for the Walla
Walla country is to adopt the same
methods and by careful farming, out
produce the mid-vest grain fields.
Killed Two Bear
Two bear, mother and cub. were .
shot and killed by Bob Cutler and
Charley Payne at their mountain
wood camp, east of Weston, tho fore
part of the week. The second cub
made its escape. The mother bear
was a large one, weighing over 300
Leased Adams Ranch
Rich Thompson and Barney Foster
have leased the Walter Adams ranch,
southeast of Athena, the deal having
been closed a couple of weeks ago.
Mr. and Mrs. John Stanton, who were
employed by Mrs. Adams, have re
moved from Athena to the ranch, and
will reside there.
Fire At Tollgate
Fire covering six acres broke out
Sunday in the territory about six
miles south of Toll Gate between that
place and Elgin. The fire is the
worst this season in the Walla Walla