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ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON. FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 28. 1928
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Telephone Typewriter Installation at Police
' Headquarters, New York City.
BY means of the printing tele
graph service, or the tele
phone typewriter as it is com
ing to be known, Instant transmis
sion of communications between
distant offices, factories, etc., is
made available, providing each
connected unit of the organization
with . typewritten copies simul
taneously. In other words, the
telephone typewriter makes pos
sible typewriting at a distance.
The telephone typewriter service
was first used in 1917 by one of the
large press associations whose ex
acting requirements it met admir
ably, but recently it has been
adapted to other commercial users
and particularly to large industries
having a widespread organization.
As one feature of the program
involving the new communication
system of the New York City Po
lice Department, a telephone type
writer switching system has been
installed which provides communi
cation between General . Police
Headquarters, Manhattan, and all
the borough police headquarters
and to all the Manhattan precincts,
also from each of the four borough
headquarters outside of Manhattan
to each precinct station in that
borough and to other strategic
points. The complete system com
prises more than 100 telephone
This service was officially turned
over to the Police Department by
the New York Telephone Com
pany, Mayor Walker sending the
opening message in the presence
of President McCulloh and other
telephone and police officials. The
following day a stolen truck con
taining $10,000 worth of merchan
dise was recovered forty-flve min
utes after its loss was reported,
through a description sent to all
precincts in Manhattan by the aid
of this system.
The system is arranged so that
an operator at headquarters may '
send from a keyboard to any one
precinct, to any group, or simul
taneously to all precincts, the mes
sages being printed automatically
in page form at the receiving ma
chines, which are placed close to
the desk of the officer in charge of
the precinct. A signal lamp is as
sociated with each line so that the
receipt of a message may be
acknowledged by each station.
Lines are also provided for Incom
ing messages from the headquar
ters in the other four boroughs.
Telephone typewriter service la
also being furnished on a some
what smaller scale to the police de
partments in St Louis and Boston,
and to twelve cities in Connecti
cut whose police headquarters are
Til Taylor Statue
To be in Pendleton
Early This Winter
Pendleton. The Til Taylor Mem
orial statue is practically finished
and will be here early this winter,
says A. Phimister Proctor, sculptor
who made the statue arid who has
been a Pendleton visitor.
"I am most pleased with it in
every way," says Mr. Proctor, who is
nationally known for his skill. Mr.
Proctor, began the statue in Rome
and completed it in Brussels and in
both cities it received the highest
of praise. The king and queen of
Italy were especially interested , in
Mr. Proctor was a personal friend
of the late sheriff. To aid in securing
an authentic likeness, the gloves,
boots and spurs worn by the sheriff;
the saddle in which he rode and the
bridle with which he reined his horse
were sent to Mr. Proctor. Pictures
in many different poses, were also
used by the sculptor.
The statue is to stand in Til Taylor
Memorial park. The three reflecting
pools, which will mirror the statue
and its background of green trees,
have been built and with the placing
of the base, arrangements for the
erection of the, monument will be
Besides the funds for the statue
itself, additional money has been sub
scribed for the base. Moreover,
some sums have been given for im
provement of the park. The reflect
ing pools were made possible through
the generosity of the Pendleton Com
mercial association which gave $1,000
for" permanent park improvement.
"The Legion of the
One of the best pictures of the
year, starring Garry Cooper and Fay
Wray will be seen in the presentation
of "The Legion of the Condemned"
at the Standard Theatre tomorrow
Sunday night Bebe Daniels comes
in Paramount's fine comedy drama,
"The 50-50 Girl." This picture was
changed over from last Sunday night,
in order that "The Cardboard Lover"
could be booked.
"Two Arabian Knights," "The Sky
scraper" and ""Metropolis" are three
. big time pictures that have been book
ed for showing at the Standard with
in the next three weeks. This is
greater movie season, and the Stan
dard " is showing the cream of the
Athena Plays Wa-Hi
Here This Afternoon
Plenty of games serve to keep foot
ball teams in trim, and banking on
this method of form-building, Coach
Miller is booking scrimmages for his
high school proteges.
This afternoon at 3 o'clock on the
local gridiron, Athena will take on
a battle with the Wa-Hi second team
and thrills a plenty are expected by
the fans and supporters of tne home
In the Pilot Rock game la3t Friday,
Miller gave every one of his subs a
chance for action, and if the going
this afternoon is not too strenuous,
the bench-warmers will again oe led
into the fray. Wa-Hi's second string
ers are said to be in fine fettle, and
it may be that Miller will have no
time to fool away in halter-breaking
his cubs. Will we all be there? Yep.
"Pete" Bags a Bear
Will M. Peterson of Pendleton and
M. L. Watts of Athena, spent a por
tion of last week at Bingham Springs
in the Peterson summer home. While
out hunting, "Pete" virtually "saved"
the Umatilla river live stock industry
from probable extermination by slay
ing a ferocious brown bear under
very trying and difficult circum
stances. Being a dyed-in-the-wool
democrat, the only protection "Pete"
vouchsafes the herdsman is destruc
tion of predatory animals, so when he
saw the monster bear he deliberately
walked up to it and dispatched it with
a well directed shot between the eyes.
When dressed, the animal weighed
24 lbs. We take Marvel Watts'
word for the weight of the beast.
Idaho Hunting Trip
Fay LeGrow, Sam Pambrun, Her
man Geissel and Everett Rothrock
left Athena Tuesday morning on a
hunting trip into the Selway district
in Idaho. Two trucks were taken to
move their camp and pack outfit.
Marion Hansell had intended to be a
member of the party, but was detain
ed on account of business matters.
Last year the Athena party had a
very successful hunting trip in the
Clay Ink Bottle
Many, many years ago, when your
great grandfather wrote his. letters,
he dipped his feather quill into an
ink bottle made out of potter's clay.
One of these old-time ink bottles has
come to the Press editorial desk,
through the generosity of Ed Welch,
who found the relic tucked away in
Hybrid Wheat Seeding
Operations Under Way
Federation To Follow
Farmers in the Athena district are
preparing for seeding Hybrid wheat.
The soil is in proper condition for
killing weeds and receiving grain
from the drills. Hybrid wheat will
stand earlier seeding than Federa
tion, and the farmers who will sow
the former variety, will begin opera
tions at once.
" Seed wheat is being treated now
for smut prevention, and a number of
new drills have been purchased by
those who will for the first time seed
their acreage with tractor-drawn out
fits. The sowing of Federation will be
gin later on account of the quick
growth of this variety. It is said
that early sown .Federation is more
susceptible to injury from frost than
if sown later in the fall. It is esti
mated that of the two varieties about
half the Athena acreage will be sown
to Federation this fall.
With employment of a large number
of tractors in this section, the season
of soil cultivation and seeding opera
tions will be shorter than usual.
Tentative Potato Show Dates
Weston Leader: Dates suggested
for the annual Umatilla county
potato show at Weston are the 16th
and 17th of November. The idea is
to hold the show later than usual in
order to give the mountain growers
a better chance to get their exhibits
in, and also to accommodate Yakima
growers who want to attend the show
but found the former dates incon
venient. If these dates are adopted,
the Weston show will be sandwiched
in between the Portland Livestock ex
position, which comes the week beiure
and the Spokane potato show, which
is held a week later.
One Hundred Per Cent
The Baptist church is out for a one
hundred per cent attendance at Sun
day school next Sunday mornnig. A
special program is being arranged
for the occasion. Miss Alberta Kirby
will be at the piano and Kohler Betts
will sing. Each department of the
Sunday school will participate in the
Preview of Picture
Outdoor scenes for a western
picture now being filmed at points on
the Umatilla river by Director
O'Brien, in which Amie Bergevin is
the featured actor were previewed at
the Standard Theatre, Monday evening.
ROAD OPENS UP
Highway 60 Miles Long
and More Than a
," Mile High.
: An article in the Sunday Spokesman-Review
gives the following ac
count of the new Skyline Highway
along 4he summit of the Blue Moun
tains, leading from Langdon Lake at
Toll Gate north to a point near Day
The work of opening a road from
Godman Springs on the summit of
the Blue mountains, 28 miles south
of Dayton, to Toll Gate, a point on
the summit, southwest of Walla Wal
la, was completed recently. It brings
to an end one of a four or five years'
project of road building by the
forestry service in the Umatilla
For three years, as the road work
progressed, it has been the ambi
tion of many Columbia, Walla Wal
la and Umatilla county people to be
the first over the . new road and
around the loop which this piece of
work completes. It fell to a Day
ton party to open the way. A Day
ton newspaper representative had
been keeping his ear close to the
ground all summer, awaiting the
moment when it was possible to get
a car through.
Most of the road from Dayton to
Godman is in a fine shape, the worst
of it being only a little rough and
dusty, between Bartholomew and
Mountain Top. Frorn Stockard to
Godman the road condition continual
ly improves. From Godman to Table
Rock this mountain road is a boule
vard. It is narrow in places. Many
curves hold the speed of your car
down to probably an average of 15
to 20 miles an hour, although in some
places stretches are available for 25
miles an hour.
No finer mountain scenery exists
anywhere than that found from
Mountain Top on through to Toll
Gate. As your car follows the ever
winding and changing road along the
tops of ridges or around the steep
side of some lofty peak, a spellbind
ing panorama unfolds before you.
It is continually changing. Deep
canyons loom immediately below you,
hundreds, almost thousands of feet
below you. Out on the open ridges,
above the timber line as it is at
Table Rock, hundreds of miles of
visibility, with a plain view of peaks
in the Cascade range, which across
the intervening country, unfolds to
the watcher like, another world.
Thirty-three miles from Dayton
brings the party to a fork in the
road. The one to the left goes to
Twin Buttes, which is developing as
a seat of operations for fishermen
and huckleberry pickers.
From here, one goes fishing in
Butte creek, in the Weneha river in
Oregon, or in Twenty-mile, or in the
Forks. This section is the last
natural fishing ground of the resi
dents of the Inland Empire. Each
summer, as transportation facilities
improve, larger crowds invade this
paradise of the fisherman.
The road to the right continues
the "loop" and leads on to Table
Rock. At Table Rock, the pioneer
ing party spent the major part of an
hour looking over the country.
This point is 6370 feet above sea
level and affords a view over the en
tire country, extending from the
Cascade range on the west as far as
the eye can reach on the north into
Washington and over the top of the
Oregon mountain range on the south.
The sightseer does not realize the
significance in the name Table Rock,
until he gets around on the west side
where he sees this point rising above
the surrounding country in what
looks like a perfect circle. It is form
ed of rim rock which gives it the ap
pearance of a high circular altar
more than a table.
At Table Rock you are 43 miles
from Dayton and about one-third of
the way around the loop, which
measured, by way of Milton, is 140
miles. Many beautiful camping places
have been passed getting thus far,
with many cold springs to refreshen
the tired or thirsty.
The road construction crew has
camped this summer at one of the
most delightful spots in the moun
tains, seven miles beyond Table Rock.
Toll Gate was reached 33 miles be
yond Table Rock, or 76 miles from
Here the party enjoyed boating and
swimming on the lake, which is a
"mountain jewel" in a green setting.
The name of this lake is in dispute,
some knowing is as Bellows lake,
while others heartily maintain that
it is Langdon lake.
Lunch was eaten here, 5114 feet
above the sea, and after a two-hour
stay the party drove on. This end
of the road was strange to all mem
bers. When it came to choosing be
tween the road via Weston and one
to Milton, the mistake was made
which led them by the latter way.
Fourteen miles of bad road was
followed. A choice of the Weston
way would have supplied a fine
gravel road almost the entire dis
tance and would have made the trip
only about 10 miles longer.
The mountain road in either case
connects with the Oregon state high
way, which gives the traveler pave
ment for the home stretch. The
trip's total time was ten hours, with
less than seven hours driving time
The little Ford sport model coupe
made it on a gas consumption of
seven gallons. Thus far no mention
has been made of the transportation,
but not because it is less deserving.
That tic model' Ford took the rough
road and, the steep places with the
The completion of this road opens
up a new playground for the Inland
Empire. It is not improbable, but,
on the other hand, quite probable
that next summer will see people
coming from Spokane for a week-end
From Spokane and way-points, the
week-ender can come into Twin
Buttes on Saturday afternoon, enjoy
a Sunday morning of fishing, and in
the afternoon go on around the loop
and be home again Sunday evening
in time to get cleaned up gefore bedtime.
Athena High School
Swamps Pilot Rock
By Score of 12-0
"Pike" Miller's Athena High
School football gladiators swamped
Pilot Rock Hi in the first game of
the season by a margin of two touch
downs for a score of 12 to 0, on
the local gridiron, Friday afternoon.
The Rock kicked off and Athena on
returning the ball, opened a baffling
offense which resulted in a touch
down within a period of two minutes,
Gross going over the goal line after
carrying the ball 25 yards. The
trial for point failed,, when Gross
boosted the oval low.
Pilot Rock had the ball at, the open
ing of the second quarter, and lost it
on downs. Then followed two plays
for the second touchdown, Myrick
breaking through for a dash of 62
yards, j On a trick play, Athena again
failed to convert the odd point. " "
The second half opened and ended
with the teams plugging away on
more even terms, with Athena seem
ingly content to hold her advantage
gained in the first half, and the. boys
from the. Rock lacking the necessary
punch to make gains at critical
stages. The ball remained in mid
field for the greater part of the
Crowley brought the crowd up to
a high pitch when he got away for a
sprint that would have gone for a
touchdown, but for the clever inter
ceptance made by Pilot Rock's fast
and capable safety.
Athena's weakness was shown in
defensive tactics, but on the offensive
the team showed up well. In the
first half the Pilot Rock line Was
shattered at will, and the ball was
well handled by Athena.
Officers were: Brace, Weston, Ref
eree; Leonard Geissel, Umpire; Jack
At W. C. T. U. Meeting
Two short speeches were enjoyed by
the ladies of the W. C. T. U. at the
home of Mrs. D. A. Pinkerton Tues
day of this week. The importance of
the aggressive campaign on the part
of the Union, as well as individuals
who would see our country protected
against the Demon Alcohol was
stressed by both Mr. Dow the Bap
tist minister and H. Jackson Perry
the Christian minister.
There were eleven members and
three visitors present. Refreshments
were served. Mrs. Read and Mrs.
Perry were elected as delegates to
the county convention to be held in
Helix October 5. It is hoped that all
the members of the" local Union will
attend this convention. Arrange
ments were made to- furnish trans
portation for all who wish to go.cars
will be at the Athena Hotel at 9
o'clock, a. m. of October 5th. A "Pot
Luck" dinner will be served, so all
who go are requested to take one
article of food for this lunch. A
great time is assured all who go.
The necessity of registration was
stressed by the ladies and arrange
ments were made to furnish informa
tion and assistance to all who have
not yet registered by calling Mrs. C.
L. McFadden. Every one who hasn't
voted in your precinct for two yean
must be registered. You cannot be
sworn in on election day as hereto
fore. MRS. H. J. PERRY, Reporter
Alick Johnson Dead
Alick Johnson, well known Weston
farmer, died at his farm home early
yesterday morning, while talking to
his son Karl. Mr. Johnson had been
in ill health for many months, but
his death was wholly unexpected by
his family and friends. Funeral ar
rangements had not been made when
this edition went to press.
SAFES IN ATHENA
Marion Hansell Loses Two
Medal Trophies Valued
Burglars opened two safes in Ath
ena business houses Friday night and
lifted about $60 in cash and Marion
Hansell'a diamond studded shooting
tournament icedals, valued at $2,000.
The Rogers & Goodman hardware
store was entered through the coal
chute into the ; basement The big
safe with double doors was expertly
cracked by knocking off the knob and
punching the knob-stem back through
the combination mechanism and thus
releasing the lock bolts. The job re
vealed the work of an experienced
cracksman who left no clue behind
The safe at the Zerba Garage was
rifled of a small amount of change
and a revolver. The door to this safe
was unlocked, hut the cash drawer, a
metal box, was pried out, carried
back into the repair shop and smash
ed open with a hammer.
The Sheriff's office was notified of
the burglary early Saturday morning,
but to date no trace of the cracks
man has been found.
The Friday night robbery is about
the biggest haul of loot that has been
made during a series of robberies in
the county which have transpired in
the last three months. During this
time one robber was shot and killed
at Pilot Rock, when caught in the act
of robbing a store, by a couple of
citizens. Perpetrators of other rob
beries have not been apprehended. '
Bob Crosby King
of Cowboy Tribe
Bob Crosby, thrice winner of the
Roosevelt trophy, was crowned king
of the cowboys when the Round-Up
came to a close Saturday evening.
By winning the trophy this year,
Crosby gets permanent possesion of
the beautiful silver prize, which has
been offered since 1923. The condi
tions of the trophy were that the
high point man at Cheyenne and Pen
dleton win it, and that permanent
possession not be given until the
trophy was won three times.
Bob won it in 1925 and in 1927 as
well as winning it this year. He won
also the Hamley all-round cowboy
belt; is world's champion steer roper
and calf roper. The Roosevelt trophy
was first won in 1923 by Yakima
Canutt. . Other winners are: Paddy
Ryan, 1924; Bob Crosby, 1925; Nor
man Cowan, iD26; Crosby, 1927 and
Championships won at the Round
Up this year are as follows:
Roosevelt Trophy winner Bob
World champion aH-round cowboy
World champion steer roper Bob
World champion calf-roper Bob
Northwest E. Woods.
World Tuck Greenough.
Mrs. W. H. Keen Dead
Funeral At Spokane
Mrs. W. H. Keen, who was taken
to a hospital at Walla Walla, a couple
of weeks ago, died there at 9 o'clock
Monday forenoon. Death is said to
have resulted' from Brights Disease.
Before her marriage to Mr. Keen,
the deceased taught school in a dis
trict northwest 6f Athena. Since her
marriage she and her husband have
resided on the farm. She was born
in Missouri, July 14, 1884.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Keen is
survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. M.
Bentz, of Spokane, and one son, Cecil
Wilson of Spokane, also three sisters
and three brothers, Mrs. W. II.
Evarts, Greenacres, Washington;
Mrs.E. C. Good water, Sprague; Mrs.
V. II. Clapp, Spokane; George F. and
Elmer Macklin, Spokane, and Walter
E. Macklin, of Huntington, Oregon.
The remains were taken to Spokane
for interment and funeral services
were held in that city, Wednesday.
Frank Rominger has taken over
the mechanical department of Thomp
son's Garage. He Is beinir assisted
temporarily in automobile repairing
Dy ueorge Measuay. Mr. Rominger
has come here to reside, his wife be
ing employed as a teacher in the
Athena grade schools, and is now
teaching in her second year here.
Two Bucks Brought In
Lloyd Michener, Herb Parker, Dick
Winship and Amos O'Dell, who left
Athena Sunday for the John Day
Hunting grounds, returned early
Wednesday afternoon, bringing In two
buck deer as trophies' of their hunt.