A BIG JOB, BUT ITS DEAD EASY It would be a big job to tell one hundred people any thing that would interest them in your goods, but its dead easy if done the right way. This paper will tell several hundred at once at nominal cos NOT ONE DAY CAN BE FOL in the week but that you do not heed static gome sort or other. We furnish neat, clean at tha yery- lowest rates. Fast presses, modern modern work, prompt delivery. Entered at trie Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as Second-Class Mall Matter VOLUME 50. ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY MORNING, AUGUST 16. 1929 NUMBER 33 MASS PRODUCTION APPLIED TO FARM Kansas Scene of Operations On a 10-County Ranch , Yielding Wheat. We have some good sized wheat ranches here in Umatilla county, but imagine a train of 200 freight cars filled with grain from a single farm project covering more than j0 square miles! '' ' That degree of mass production has been achieved in 10 north-western Kansas counties by the Wheat Farm ing company, a $1,500,000 corpor ation, which owns and farms 33,000 acres. Without using a single horse, the concern this year is harvesting a grain crop, mostly wheat, that prob ably will total 400,000 bushels enough to fill more than 200 freight cars. A yield of nearly 300,000 bush els of wheat alone is assured. This company, whose stockholders exceed 800 and include retired farm ers, doctors and field workers, has pioneered in large scale production in the wheat belt. It is the largest farm project in Kansas and probably in the entire southwest. J. S. Bird of Hays, where the world's largest farm experiment sta tion is located, is the company's president. Formerly a college chem- l istry professor, he has a background of years of experience in Kansas dry farming. Experts manage this gigantic factory-like enterprise, The land in di vided into units of approximately 8,000 acres, with a foreman in charge of each, A production manager, a specialist in soil management and machine farming, supervises opera tions, Grain is sold under the direc tion of a sales manager. The concern's equipment includes 22 tractors, 11 combined harvester threshers and swathers, several heavy trucks and a proportionate amount of. other . machinery. That outlay is capable of cutting and threshing upwards of 2,000 acres of wheat daily. The swather, a new machine in the ; wheat belt, is used because it cuts grain at an earlier stage than is pos sible with a combine. Cut stalks are strung ouj; jn long windrowsby swath ers, and combines thresh it a few days later. ' go efficient are production, methods on thiff farm that wheat can be rais ed for Jess than hajf he amount com mon to unorganized farming. The company's cost accounting system Shows. $4.64 per acre as the cost of production. Most Kansas farmers list $10 for that expense. Last year the company paid a divi dend of 12.5 per cent. A dozen similar concerns are being organized in efforts to equal that record. Washington Farmers Facing a Pood Year A. g, Gqsg, masfer of the Washing ton state grange, declares that the farmer thjs year faced more actual prosperity, was receiving higher prices for his produce and that his land was worth 5 per cent more than it was last year. "Farm land valuation in Washing ton," he asserted, "has increased in value by 5 per cent, and crop prices are better than the average for the last several years." "The prices of land has reached its lowest ebb," Goss continued, "and there js a general stiffening of farm prices apd ' farmed " are considering land purchases "as 'good .buys.' This improvement in pricjes is based. on the general feeling that the deflation of i agriculture has reache( its lowest limit.'! ' .. s Seriously Injured Sims Clark was seriously injured while at owrk on the Jesse Gordon ' ranch north of Athena, Monday. The young man was kicked by a horse and his injuries were such that he was removed to a hospital for treatment Leave For Vacation Mrs. Fred Kershaw and daughter are spending several weeks at Payette Lake. They made the trip by motor and are the guests of Mrs. Castle man who has a summer home at the lake. - The mercury hopped $ around the 100 mark Monday and Tuesday in Athena. Wednesday was considerab ly cooler, with a wind coming out of the southwest Large Yield of Hay There is a much larger yield of al falfa hav at Hermiston this year than last, and most of the second crop is harvested and quite a lot of it is be ing ibid" fdr $11.00 pit Wn. Pump Gives Trouble At Legion Swimming Pool; May Yet Furnish Water With a head of water backed up by a temporary dam in Wild Horse creek near the Legion swimming pool at City park, the big tank is still dry because the temporary pumping out fit has failed to work properly. The pump is one formerly used in the auxiliary plant at the head of the city's gravity water system. It work ed admirably in hoisting water from a deep well into the feed pipes and could always be relied upon to func tion to its full capacity. But for some reason of- other it has been a jinx since being installed in the creek to supply water for the pool. The delay has already put a crimp in the season's proceeds from the natatorium. People have wanted to bathe and swim more than ever since the pool went dry, inspiration to do so being helped along by the very hot test period of the summer. No water, no swim, no money com ing in to cut down the indebtedness incurred in construction of the nata torium last year all of which does not look good to the Legion Post, as present conditions place it on the wrong side of the ledger and disap points the swimming public. However, the boys are keeping everlastingly at it, and hope to have the pump in operation in time to have water in the pool for Saturday and Sunday swimming. ; t : Brakes on 566 Cars Found to Be Defective Are the brakes on your automobile 100 per cent efficient? The brakes of two out of a num ber of every seven cars tested by state traffic patrolmen at Walla Wal la proved defective, according to a summary given by the officers. The brakes of 1,968 automobiles were tested, showing defective brakes on 566 cans satisfactory brakes on 792 and excellent brakes on 620. Twenty eight per cent of the cars in the Walla Walla district have brakes that are defective, the test showed. , All drivers found with defective brakes were given state highway patrol cards indicating the trouble and requesting to have it corrected within five days. Prior to coming to Walla Walla the highway department had tested ap proximately 4g,000 cars this summer. The percentage of defective brakes runs from 24 to 30. A Splendid Picture Those who ' have seen Richard Dix in "Redskin" at the larger theatres, .. . i i ' jjj ; j pronounce 15 tq pe a spienma picture. PVintocmnhed In technicolor, the beautiful and impressive natural scenery of thp hills and valleys of the Navajo Indian country in Arizona is graphipally brought to tne screen in ail its splendor. Plot and story blend in making this one of the best nhntonlavs the DODular actor has ever appeared in. Mr. Dix has a part that exactly hts his type ana ne is ably, supported by Gladys Belmont, Jane Novak, Tully Marshall and Larry Steers, with a cast of Para mount's Famous Players. The "Red skin" will be at the' Standard Theatre for two nights, tomorrow and Sunday. Bee Sting k'Ns Infant The cie-ht monthsrold boh of Mr. and Mrs. John Quimby, of Walla Wal la died at a hospital Wednesday morning from the poison from a bee sting. No one saw the bee sting the baby but from the mark's on the child's arm and the symptoms and cnmnlications. which resembled those caused by a bee sting, doctors thought the baby's death was due 10 mat kause. Umatilla Forest Lucky The Umatilla forest area is lucky an fur this season in loss from fires, by comparison with other districts. Twenty-four fires have been reported in the forest this summer, but they resulted in no "extensive damage to timber. ne was started from a camp fire. Five fires were started by careless smokers; two were started from sparks of railroad locomotives and 16 from lightning. Electricians At Weston The Preston-Shaffer electricians are still employed at Weston in replac ing the old service with new equip ment Foreman Singer and his force of men will finish the erection of new poles and string heavier copper wire throughout Weston until next week. Then two weeks will be spent in Athena, completing the replace ment work here.. Two Months Without Rain There has been no measurable rain fall in ihe Walla Walla valley since June 10, according to records in the weather bureau office. The last trace of rain came on June 18 and was preceded by a comparatively heavy rain on June 16. For 55 days, counting yesterday no rain has fallen, although twice during the period slight traces of moisture have been recorded. Ccast Guard Cutter Shelling an Iceberg It """", x$ ft ' i . - - f" ? ' - - i - In the course of their work for the protection of Ail.uiiic liners the coast guard vessels seek to destroy the huge Icebergs that float down into the steamer limes every summer. The picture shows the men of the cutter Tampa helling a big berg. . ,j . , .: Attractive Singer in Sunset Trail Pageant I" ' V 1 k ' - ' p f ' s illlllllllllllli! , -3 ,f;:) ' ' s s f it ? lliliiiiiliiiiii! & $ 61 :.-k:: mmmmmm$mmm ?r '-h ' " fA "r - ' ,,,.:,: , ix "ipSPflSl wsgmrnm :J:...:i.o-..:y.-:;'J"-:v;;.-:2v:' X' V,', I Mis Nacy fhjelsen, surnmer chqql Student of VJnivei-sity ef Oregon, wha was Sacajwea in Sunset Tra.il Pftgegnt, Fifth Drowning In Week At Points Near Yakima Yakima. The fifth death by drown ing in the. Yakima valley in thrge days occurred Sunday when Alta Frick, 16, was suddenly seized by cramps -while swimming at Joyland park, near Mabtoij. The girl fought off two men, Hairy and George Sparks, who jumped in the stream to save her. Harry man aged to catch hold of her once hut Miss Frisk dragged him under three times and he wa forced to relinquish his hold. Alta was the daughter of Charles Frick of Mabton and in addition to her parents is survived by her twin sister, Alma. Last week three members of the Praetorius family and a relative who was visiting them were drowned when their sailboat capsized on Rim rock lake near here. t Rankin Makes Flight Tex Rankin, flying a tiny mono plane, carrying '100 gallons 0 gas, powered with an $0. engine, was suc cessful Monday in his non-stop flight from. Vancouver, g. to Caliente, Mexico. He made the hop in a lit tle over 13 hours, establishing a record for the coast flight - Farm Bureau Speakrrs Miss Edna Flanagan, county health nurse and Miss Olsen, county li brarian, were speakers at the Farm Bureau Auxiliary meeting August 2 at Columbia park Hermiston. There was a good attendance of; the mem bers and a social time was held after th yrdgrwa. - t Pioneer Freighter Dies At Walla Walla, at 84 Walla, tyralU. H. H. Van Nattan, 84 year old pioneer of the Walla Walla valley died Monday evening. He had been in poor health fpj the past two years. Mr, Va Nattan was born in r ort Madison, Wisconsin:, September 12, 1845. at the age of 17, in 1862, cross ed the plains to Walla Walla with a wagon train. The youth- came with out any older members of his family, driving his own ox team. From 1862 to 1869 he operated a bull team freight line between Wal- lula and Boise, taking up a home stead at Pomeroy in 1869. He lived at his homestead until 1903 when he again came to WalIa""Walla where he has since made his home. He is survived by his widow, and a daughter, Mrs. Roy. Mosher of Se attle, and six sons, Victor, Raleigh and Jack of Walla Walla, Bert of At talia, Harry of San Francisco, and Roy of Bele, California, Held For Murder "Red" Crane former manager of the Seattle Coast League baseball club, has been held without bail at Harrisburg, Pa., on two murder charges. Crane shot his ex-sweetheart and his rival, when he came upon them in a roadhouse. Annual Picnic, August 25, formei residents of Il linois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio, of Hermiston, and in fact from other parts of 'the touhty, will hold their annual picnic in Columbia park, threVtouw featf hi Hermistou Flames Are Ravaging Many Timber Districts The Morning Oregonian summarizes the forest fire menace of the week as follows: i;i'.w . With fires of varying magnitude reported in nearly every wooded sec tion of the Pacific northwest, from northern California to British Colum bia and from the Coast range to the Rockies, attention of the . greatest number of fire-fighters was center ed on the Dollar mountain fire in Colville national forest and the Camas creek fire in Chelan national forest, both in Washington. The near est fire to Portland was one which burned over 70 acres of Sandy Lum ber company land, near Sandy, and was controlled by 50 fire-fighters from Portland. The Dollar mountain fire spread 15 miles into the valuable timber stand of South Sherman valley since Tues day afternoon when flames jumped a' four-mile canyon,. The Camas creek fire in Chelan national forest also was driven on by a high wind into the Methow river drainage. Some of the crew which managed to get the American fork fire under control were sent to the Sheep creek fire, which was uncontrolled. Both are in Colville national forest. In addition to the 15,000 acres burn ed to Camas creek, the Chelan forest has had 1500 acres burned over at Timber Wolf creek, 3500 acres at Wolf creek and 6000 acres at Remmel lake. The .Chain of Lakes fire in Wenat chee national forest, which burned 3000 acrea, was reported in good shape, but the White Pine mountain fire in the same forest was causing more trouble than ever before and was threatening good stands of Doug las fir, pine and hemlock. The Daley road fire near La Grande was unofficially reported under con trol after burning 200 acres of dense insect-killed lodgepole pine jungle. Favorable weather helped the 275 men fighting the fire in Rainier na tional forest get the blaze within bounds. A fire burning some 600 acres of yellow pina and fir timber near the California-Oregon boundary was re ported controlled by rangers of Siski you county and fire-fighters of the Klamath Protective association. About ISO men are estimated by the region state forestry department to be fighting a timber fire east of bublimity which started in Four s Logging company operations. Seyeral threshing crews are fighting to keep the fire out of grain fields. It was definitely established that the Dollar mountain fire was not caused by lightning, as was at first thought, but by careless campers. No electric storms had passed over that district. A camping party is known to have been near where the fire broke out. Umatilla Products Will Be Exhibited At Cali ' fornia Diamond Jubilee Salem. Umatilla county's products, along with those of the whole state of Oregon will be exhibited to the people of California in that state's Diamond Jubilee, during the ten days from August 31 to September 10 at Sacramento, it is announced here by Governor I. L. Patterson. The cooperation of the Commercial clubs and . chambers of commerce throughout the counties as well as the county court and other local agents, is asked by the state in getting up this exhibit, which iB being sponsor ed by the Oregon State Fair Board, with D. M. Lowe, of Ashland, in charge of arrangements. i The exhibit will make particular appeal to tourists, who will be able to see there Oregon's great beauty of flowers and trees, and her wealth of wild game and fish, as well as of agricultural and industrial products. It will be. as representative of the whole state as it is possible to make it. W-J;' : . r; -r. ,. A live Oregon buck, a whole colony of live beaver, a large quantity of live wild ducks, wild pheasants and quail, two pet bear, as well as numer ous agricultural and industrial pro ducts, will all be a part of the ex tensive exhibit, which will occupy a space 34 x 68 feet in the machinery building at the 75th aniversary of the California State Fair. . 3i The booth will be returned to Salem in time to be shown In its entirety at the Oregon State Fair, September 23 to 28, in order that Oregon people may have an opportunity of seeing it PRESIDE LINKS But Little Threshing Left But little threshing remains to be done on farms tributary to Athena storage facilities. Henry Koepke, who began the season on his ranch near Helix, has some grain yet to harvest on the farm south of Athena. W. J. Kirk, who has a big crop this season, and who had some difficulty with his machine, in not through threshing and has added the Charles Kirk machine to his equipment for the time being. Former Walla Walla Man II. W. Bayuany, 48, prominent Klamath Falls business man dropped dead at his office Wednesday. Bath iany was an active member in the Masonic lodge and organised the ord er of DepioJay chapter in Klamath Fallit, Prior to going to Klamath Falls he was engaged in business in Walla Walla. lie is survived by his VMtf fd tod children. - Contemplates Establish ing Complete Auto Camp C. T. Booth, who recently purchased the acreage property and service station on Third street, near City Park, of D. A. Pinkerton, contem plates making extensive improve ments there in the near future. It is Mr. Booth's intention to con vert his two acres of land into a tourist park, with modern camping facilities. - Mr. Booth, who formerly resided in Adams county Washington, is accom panied to Athena by his daughter, Miss Mira Booth, who s will remain temporarily. Miss Booth is instruc tor in music at the Montana State Normal school in Dillon, and will leave for that city when the fall term of the normal school begins. A son, Herman Booth, at present in Idaho, is expected to come to Ath ena to assist his father in conducting the tourist park and service station. Geese In Early Flight With conditions perfect for the take-off a band of geese started the first of the week on their first lap of the annual migration to the South land. The fleet was sighted here winging in usual formation and by the speed of the flight it is esti mated that the travelers will soon reach their southern destination. There being no official airport in this vicinity, no landing was made here, though the Umatilla wheat fields often prove a lure and a perfect re fueling station. . It is unusually early for the departure of our feathered friends and those who believe in signs might consider . this an omen of an early fall. T FEDERAL Ai SIAIE Results of Cooperation Is Shown In California Program. . Washington. Cooperation between the federal government and the states in the solution of their Droblems was presaged in the announcements today Dy resident Hoover that his admin istration and the .officials of Califor nia have reached an agreement for the appointment of a joint commis sion to determine the policies to be pursued in the develonment of th Golden State as to irrigation, flood control, navigation and power. The president lone haa been on. posed to the haphazard and often con flicting action of different federal and state dealing with these problems, and is determined to exert his influence to coordinate the work of these various agencies to brin about a comprehensive program of development. His views on the sub "net wen net forth during several of his campaign aaaresses in which he declared for complete coordination of the work of improving the inland waterways of the country for navigation, irrigation, nood control and power. . j. ' Coordination of effort between the federal government and Florida in controlling the flood waters of Lake UKeecnoDee already. has received the attention of the resident as a result of his nersonal insnection nf that district during the days before his in auguration. Government aid is soue-ht there anil appointment of a Joint commission to make a comprehensive survey is like ly. ,. --. .- Increase In Pension A. T. Metz, one of the few remain ing Civil , war veterans in this part of the county, has been granted an increase of pension to $72 per month by reason of being incapacitated by rheumatism, reports the -Weston Leader. C. W. Avery, local attorney, interested himself in behalf of Mr. Metz and in turn interested Congress man Butler, with the result that the increase was granted within two weeks. ' ' Prune Harvest Ready Prune harvesting will start on Mon day, August 19, in the Walla Walla valley according to shippers. The harvest is due to continue for twenty or twenty-five days, however, small ameunts will be shipped out of the district until the middle of September or the first of October. All indica tions are for a good crop, with es timates running from 1200 cars to 1800 cars. Sawmill Burns The Wilson sawmill and yards on Graves creek, fifteen miles north of Grant's Pass, were destroyed by fire of unknown origin. Nearly 200 acres of forest land was burned over by the fire. The loss to the mill was esti mated at $200,000, the plant was not insured. Recent labor trouble and litigation incident to unpaid wages caused an investigation of the fire. Portland Jr's. Are Champs The Portland Gyro Cards became the American Legion junior base ball chsmpions of the state Friday afternoon when they defeated the Silverton club, 5 to 2. Schwab pitch, ed excellent ball for the losers, strik ing out 12 opponent. His support failed him t trolal timer, toWe?. Tomatoes Stop Moving In Outside Shipments , -v.r V O. . .. , Athena housewives mav look for ward to a ' "marked improvement in the quality of tomatoes for pannin? purposes, and maybe further reduc tion in prices. Yesterday all tomato dTninmenta tn outside points and also to canneries, stopped' in the Milton-Freewater district. This would indicate that other sections are now in the markets with their tomato crops, forcing the Umatilla county product to seek local sales for the remainder of the season's product. Until recently local markets were supplied with a brand of tomatoes that were decidedly of the cull order, and they brought fair prices at that. rirst grade tomatoes here were quot ed at higher prices. Will Teach In China Miss Rose Leibbrand of Milton Freewater, sailed from Stattlo for Shanghai, China, on August 9. Miss Leibbrand goes to accept a position at the American university there. She will head the music and physical education department and be libra rian. Miss Leibbrand graduated from Whitman college and has taken work at the University of Washington. For several years past she has been teaching in the high schools of Ken newick and Pilot Rock. Barn and Cows Burn The barn at the Van Slyke brothers' slaughter house several miles north of Freewater burned to the ground Sunday evening between eight and nine o'clock. Some twenty-five head of cattle were in the building when the blaze started but were turned loose by neighbors and all but two escaped. Equipment for packing the prune crop of the ranch was destroy ed but was insured. The cause of the fire was unknown. Death of R. M. O'Brien The Weston Leader reports the death of R. M.. O'Brien, which tran spired recently at his home in San Diego, California, from paralysis, at the age of 83 years. He was at one time one of Weston's most prominent farmers, and was known throughout the countryside as "Bud" O'Brien. He left Umatilla county for Califor nia in 1910. Mr. O'Brien is survived by his widow and two sons. ' Sheriff Finds Still One of the largest and also one of the most unusual stills ever captured in this county was brought to Pen dleton Tuesday by the sheriff's of fice. It was the second large still taken in the Albee district within the past two weeks. No arrests have yet been made in connection with the plant. Janitor Found Dead Jim Neil, for several years janitor at the Umatilla county court house, was found dead in the furnace room, Saturday last about noon. He was supposed to be in usual health and in dications pointed to a sudden heart, alfcfcfc.