The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, August 16, 1929, Image 1

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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
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
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
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
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,
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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
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
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- 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 . , .:
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Mis Nacy fhjelsen, surnmer chqql Student of VJnivei-sity ef Oregon,
wha was Sacajwea in Sunset 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
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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
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
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
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.
Results of Cooperation Is
Shown In California
. 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
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
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
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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
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,