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ATIIENA, UMATILLA COUNT Y, OREGON. FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 20. 1929
LaDee, Dole Conflagration
Spreads As a Breeze '
Portland. Apparently' a general
rain is the only force that will cope
successfully with the forest flies rag
ing in Western Oregon and elsewhere
in the Northwest. .'
The pall of smoke which has en
shrouded Portland for a week was in
tensified Sunday when an east wind
fanned forest fires to the north, east
and south into uncontrolled infernos.
A thick coating of fine white cin
ders settled over the city, borne by
the wind from the La Dee fire on the
slopes of Mt. Hood. The blaze, one
of the worst now raging, according to
H. M. White, assistant in the office
of forest fire control, is spreading up
the Roaring river canyon, and 210
men working under the leadership of
T. H. Sherrard, supervisor of the Mt.
Hood forest, have been unable to get
Some hope was held Saturday of
getting the fire under control, White
said, but an east wind, said to be
blowing with a velocity of 30 miles
per hour, carried flames onward and
out of reach. , '
Another forest fire out of control,
the Dole fire in the Dole valley,
which started August -4, has leaped
all man-made barriers and swept to
ward the Washougal river. The
burning area is north of the city of
Wa3hougal, on the southwest corner
of the Columbia national forest.
A spot fire in this area, north of
Silver Star mountain, sighted late last
week, has been spreading rapidly and
with the east wind is menacing sev
eral thousands of acres of forest
plantings, according to White.
A natural growth of trees, 25 to 27
i years of age, in an area known as the
-1902 hum near Washougal, is seri-
i mi1v threatened if this fire is not
brought under control.
Never before in history has a worse
control situation prevailed s in the
northwest forests, believes White. No
relief is in sight. The east wind will
not chance soon, according to a re-
nrf frnm the weather bureau to
White. .- '.
F. H. Brundage, thief in the office
of fire control, is in the Olympic
national forest directing efforts to
handle a heavy blaze there, accord
ing to White. ', '
One thousand acres in the Umpqua
national forest, near Tiller, are blaz
ing and the fire is spreading, accord
incf to a renort sent White late Sun
day by Major John D. Guthrie. Fifty
additional men were sent from Port
land to augment Guthrie's force of
200 fighting the main fire and several
small spot fires.
These fires burned fiercely all Sat
urday night, Guthrie reported, and
the effect of the general east wind
was also felt, whipping flames onward
V through the trees. Exceptionally low
humidity readings were recorded in
Southern Oregon. Two other fires, in
the Siuslaw forest and the Siskiyou
forest, were still out of control,
Survey Shows Deer
Plentiful In State
! When the open deer season, post.
;poned by proclamation of Governor
Patterson on account of fire hazards
in the forests, finally gets under way
after the first general rain, hunters
: In all parts of Oregon will find both
'blacktall and mule deer more pien
tiful than they have been for many
; years, This is the concensus among
field deputies of the state game com:
mission, scattered all over the tte,
r A questionnaire was sept out to the
deputies by Harold Clifford, Ptate
game warden, last month and replies
from every eounty have been received.
In no single instance was lp j.
ported that deer will PS rcer,
' . Every deputy declared that the n
dications all point to the best shoot
ing ever known In Oregon.
Dan Cupid a Busy Boy
Three cooplas were issued wedding
licenses at the county clerk's office
Saturday, according to 'official rec
ords. The couples who received the
: licenses were Cyril G. McAtee, 25 and
Doris G. Done, 18, both of Pendleton;
Milton W. Kenoyeer, 21, Albion,
Washington, and Alice A. Hittle, 22,
Freewater; Oliver T. Ball 25; and
Thelma Buskirk, 25, both of Pendle
ton. . :' ' '"' '
Gov. Patterson Is Chief
Speaker At Dedication
of the Til Taylor Statue
Pendleton. Dedication of the Til
Taylor statue occurred at 10:30 Wed
nesday morning, - For the ' occasion
the entire block around the park was
closed to traffic. Seats were provided
for relatives of the late sheriff and
for pioneers. Others attending stood
during the brief program. , Cowboys
in Round-Up regalia were grouped in
the street east of the park and the
Indians in the street just west of the
park. Peace officers1 here for the
dedication met" at:' the, -court v house
and wenVto the park in "a body under
the direction of Vayne Gurdane, de
puty sheriff .h 1
The official program for the oc
casion was as follows!
J. R.' Raley, member Til Taylor
Memorial committee, master of cere
1. Musical prelude, La Grande
Municipal Band. ; " '
2. Invouatiqn, Rev. Melville l.
3. Welcome, L. J. McAtee, mayor
4. Presentation of sculptor, A,
Phimister Proctor, New York.
5. Address, Allen Patawa. (Full
blooded Umatilla Indian, who was
accompanied by the hereditary chiefs
of the Umatilla, Walla Walla, Cayuse
and Nez Perce tribes.) '
5. Memorial address, Hon. -1. L.
Patterson, governor of Oregon.
7. Unveiling of statue, by iilman
D. Taylor, nine year old grandson of
Sheriff T. D. Taylor.
8. Star Spangled Banner.
Oregon Grid Atlileles Ready for Strenuous Campaign
Lela Saiing, Favorite -
Singer, Again On Radio
The many friends and 'admirers of
Lela Saline throughout the Athena
and Weston countryside will be glad
to learn that this gifted and charm
ing soprano will be heard again this
fall over the radio. say3 the Weston
Leader.' ' .
Mrs. Saiing, who is now a resident
of New York City," has decided to
again appear before the microphone,
and to that end she ana anotner iaay
singer are taking special lessons ft
Bridgeport," Connecticut, while on a
vacation trip in company with one oi
the highest paid radio artists in New
York. This artist is training them m
harmony numbers. Already a delight
ful and highly trained singer, Mrs.
Saiing will be m a better position
than ever to please the thousands and
hundreds of thousands of radio fans
who will hear her this coming fall.
Already well known on the Pacuc
coast, she will become better known
than ever to the nation's music lov-
Athena and Weston people who
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Mrs. T. P. DeFreece
Dies At Her Home Near
Walla Walla, Saturday
?-TrSi, Thomas P. DeFreece died at,,
her home near Walla Walla, Saturday,
at the p.ge of 71 years, after an ill
ness of several months as the result
of a fall which caused the fracture ef
For many weeks she was confined
in a hospiial at Walla Walla,- where
all' possible was; done to start her
on the road to recovery. Efforts fail
ing there, the patient was removed to
her home, where she gradually de
clined until death relieved her of fur
ther suffering. ' ' "
Alice Rodman was born in Keokuk.
Iowa, May 9, 1858, and died at her
home near Walla Walla, September
14, 1929, aged 71 years, four months
and five days. She came to the Wal
la Walla valley in 1865. She mar
ried Mr- Derrick, and from this
union one daughter, Mrs. William
Glenn of Nyssa, Oregon, survives. In
1881 she was united in marriage to
Thomas P. DeFreece, who with three
daughters Mrs. Sims Dickenson of
Athena; Mrs. Ada Cockburn of Waits
burg, and Kliss Myrtle DeFreece of
Walla Walla, survive her.
Funeral services were held at the
Methodist Episcopal church in Ath
ena, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Narcissa Rebekah lodge of Walla
Walla, conducted services at the
grave. ' ' '
FIRE HAZARD DDES
OT STOP PLANE
Here are feur University of Oregon football stars and Coach McEwan. Oregon will have a tough schedule
this season, which includes 10 games, A '. 1 ' y:"-' ' : '' . '
The New Rail Cut-Off
Opens a Fast Route
Over S. P. at Alturas
Th Pnening Game
The opening 'game of football tor
the season is scheduled for this after
noon n the local gridiron, when the
fiifty Sermisien high achooj gladia
tors come to grips with "Pike'' Mill
er'B young hopefuls. The game is et
for 3 p. m., sharp and the boys are
expecting a big crowd on the side
lines during the fray. The admis
sion jrfo U IS
in years past have heard her in person
at pioneer picnic exercises, win oe en
abled to hear her again by radio
across the continent. While Mrs.
Saiing is at Bridgeport her daughter,
Miss Lois Saiing, is enjoying a well
earned vacation at a popular lake re
sort Miss Lois, who received busi
ness training after finishing school,
has a position with a New York bans.
Athena Bridge Club ,
Mrs, W, S. Ferguson entertained
charmingly Friday evening when
members or wie Atnena pnage vuu
and several additional friends were
her guests. The attractive rooms oi
the Ferguson home were gay with
autumn flowers; zinnias, cosmos and
gladioli being used in profusion. Three
tables were in play, Mrs. H. I, Watts
holding high club score, Mrs. Marion
Hansell high guest score. Mrs. . ?.
LeGrow , received the consolation.
Following the play the hostess served
a dainty slipper. The club votd P
add a table to the original three, and
Mrs. Chase Garfield, Mrs. Glenn Dud
ley, Mrs. E. C, Prestbye and Mra.
Marion Hansell were invited to t3
members, . .
Stevenson Fire Center f
Stevenson, a little town of 806 in
habitants, 30 miles north east pf Port
land on the Washington bank of the
Columbia river ,Vas iteraljy the cent
er of fqrest fire activity in the Pacific
northwest Tuesday, Defeated on two
other fronts, at Yacojt in Washington
and Estacada in Oregon, 39 miles
north and 35 mijes southeast of fort
land, respectively, the sweeping red
menace had swung around and was
advancing on Stevenson from three
directions north, east and west. The
town was saved Wednesday, when the
fire burned itself out, virtually killed
by its own backfire.
Takes Over Gas Station
J. D. Huggins has taken over the
gas and oil service station at the
Hoffman Garage at corner of Main
and Second streets, and will hereafter
have charge of that department,
A Round-Up Window
Down' at "Badtke's Department
Store. Lew McNair has a tine look
ing display window in which is artis
tically arranged goods appropriate o
the Hound-Up season,
William McBride is here from Port
land this weekr looking after business
matters and incidentally taking in
We" KttsftMfy rt PwuTeWB.
Umatilla Project Fair
Is Greatly Enlarged;
Has Interesting Events
Portland. The Southern Pacific
company, in completing the 96-mile
Klamath Falls-Alturas cutoff that was
dedicated Saturday, is putting itself in
position to compete on Puget sound
with the northern lines for through
freight to Chicago and points east,
according to intimations from South
ern Pacific officials. It proposes to
go after, as never before, all Seattle
and Tacoma long-haul business to the
Mississippi valley. This would in
clude a great amount ef freight from
the orient, and it would pass through
Portland instead of going straight
over the Rocky mountains as at pres
For the Southern Pacific will have
the fastest of all transcontinental
routes, say officials of this company,
and they mean to keep it busy .The
new piece of construction, which
President Shoup of the Southern Pa
cific has termed one of the finest bits
of railroad in the west, and upon
which his company bases jts hope for
a successful northern invasion, elim
inates two or three days time over the
old Sacramento valley route by tying
together the Cascade line in Oregon
v.ith its Overland route to the east,
From Femley, Nev., where the cuts
off connects with the Overland route,
the road is double-tracked almost the
entire distance to Chicago.
"There," says James A. Ormandy,
assistant passenger traffic manager,
"is where we have the bulge on com-
rct'.tors. When out trains hit that
stretch of double track they're mov:
ing. lherg are n waits no delays.
And Chicago and the east isn't so far
away for any freight train that isn,'$
'holed up' along the line.''
Portland will have an eighth morn
ing freight delivery to Chicago, and
from Chicago to. here, according to
Southern Pacific estimates, It wgultl
be a ninth morning delivery far
as Puget sound is concerned, but
company officials believe that will be
ample for them in their new sales
onslaught in that territory.
Hermiston. Preparations are
reached for the completion for Herm
iston's 17th annual Umatilla Project
Fair, October 4 and 5.
We have now, an interesting fea
ture appearing in the annual Uma
tilla Project Fair. A substantial re
ward will be made for exhibiting the
three most profitable cows, the prof
it to be determined by the cow test
ing association records from Decem
ber 1, 1928, and herd books to be
submitted for inspection.
The Umatilla County Beekeepers
Association is sponsoring a contest
for the general exhibits of food cook
ed with honey, and the live stock di
vision will give special awards for
Guernseys. Over $1500 in cash will
be divided among the farmers in the
various divisions. Many have enter
ed live stock exhibits and all indica
tions point to the most successful
year in the history of the fair.
"Arrangements have been made with
the Shield-Clark Flying Service, for
an airplane and experienced pilot to
be here for the show. The airplane
will be equipped to take up passen
ger? at a nominal fee, and a para
chute jumper and wing walker will
be here to provide tome interesting
stunts for the crowds.
The local post of the American Le
gion will be in charge of all cone,?
sions, and a merry-go-round, will be
on the grounds for th amusement of
' There will be special free shows, In
the evening, open to the puWio and
will be followed by dancing each
evening. The plans call for the reple
tion of the 49 shows in connection
with the dances.
Family Airplane Ready;
Speed 110 Miles an Hour,
20 Miles On Gallon Gas
j Following up the Columbia river
winter fog trails, huge volumes of
smoke from the Stevenson forest fire
have cast a twilight haze over this
part of the state, since Tuesday noon.
With 6tipging nostrils and red eye
lids, many of our people are becom
ing accustomed to what rea forest
fire condtions are like. It i said a
cessation of smoke clouds depends
wholly upon a general rainfall.
(South Mission Road
Construction work is being rushed
on the market road leading south
from the Mission from the Old Oregon
frail for a distance of nine miles.
Two shifts are being employed and
tin rVd will iWn tm CUinylVWd.
Owing to the Round-Up, there will
be no picture program at the Stan
dard Theatre, tomorrow, Saturday,
night. There will be a matinee Sun
day afternoon at 3 o'clock, with an
admission charge of 10 and 25 cent.
The Sunday night show wil be at
regular admission rrW5, 10-25-35
cents. The feature of the program
for Sunday, will be Zane Grey's
"JStaira'' of Sand," starring Walia.ce
Beery and Jean Arthur.,
Colorado Springs. A cabin mono
plane, designed to meet the needs of
the average American family by fly
ing 20 miles on a gallon of gasoline
at 110 miles an hour, is ready for
production here on a f'plane a day"
basis. r '
It accommodates four persons and
a dog, which its builders have found
to be the size of the average Amer
ican family. Equipped with a 100
horse power engine, the plane has
flown 130 miles an hour at full throt
tle and cruises at 111 miles an hour.
J. Don Alexander, president of the
corporation producing the plane, says
its market is limited only by the
numbers of fathers and sons who are
capable pilots. It is estimated that
the number of private piano pilots
will be increased by mora than 1000
Named the Eaglerock "Bullet," Its
designers have employed several re
cently developed features designed to
cut down planes' resistance to the air
and increase their performance.
The cabin has been designed to
give it a bullet-like streamlining,
while the landing gear folds into
streamlined pockets beneath the
fuselage while the plane is in
Ik, employs a low cantilever mono
plane wing, which its designers say
increases safety in case of a bad
landing or mishap, and adds to the
plane's easy flying ability.
Two fuel tanks holding 40 gallons
of gasoline are in the wings. They
sare said to be sufficient for a flight
of from 600 to 800 miles, depending
upon wind conditions.
Shatter-proof glass windows per
mit five-direction visibility from the
pilot's seat. A large window over
the pilot's head makes possible a
split- second parachute exit in case of
The landing gear is visible to the
pilot whether it is drawn up or ready
for use. A double safety lock keeps
it in its landing position. It is drawn
up by a hand wheel, and when the
pilot wishes to land he releases it by
a trigger. The gear locks itself in
First Fall Meeting
; The Ladies Methodist Society will
hold the opening meeting of the fall
at the home of Mrs. William McLeod,
next Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. J.
C. Burke and Mrs. Lee Johnson will
Montana Crop Short
The wheat crop in some districts
of Montana is about fifty per cent of
normal, says Dave Nelson, promin
ent .Umatilla county wheat rancher,
who also has a wheat ranch in Mon
Pendleton Boy Scout
Returns From ' Jamboree
Athena Boy Scouts will be interest
ed to learn that Rudolph Crommelin,
Pendleton Scout, who attended the
International Jamboree of Boy Scouts
in England has returned to his home
The East Oregonian reports that
Crommelin returned to Pendleton a
much wiser Boy Scout than the one
who left there last June for a trip
that took him half way round the
earth. A reception to Rudolph held in
Pendleton, was given Tuesday evening
at 8 o'clock in the club room at the
Umatilla county library.
Rudolph is a member of the Elks
Troop No. 42, and ha was sent on the
trip by the Elks lodge, sponsors of
the troop, and other organizations
in Pendleton. The trip came as a cli
max to his Boy' Scout career.
All Boy Scout troops of Pendleton
went to the library in a body for the
reception and all parents of Boy
Scouts as well as the general public,
was also invited to attend.
Johnny Ifft, who was the delegate
to the Jamboree from Walla Walla,
was at the reception with Doug Haw-
ley, Boy Scout executive for the Blue
Rudolph Crommelin is the son of
R. M. Crommelin and was graduated
from the Pendleton high school last
May. : . , "
Miss Bateman Entertains
A group of Athena friends motored
to Milton Saturday night and were
entertained at the home of Miss Mil
dred Bateman. The affair, was in the
nature of a farewell party for the
hostess who will leave next week for
Portland where she will take up work
in the University of Oregon Exten
sion division. Bridge was the diver
sion of , the evening, six tables being
in play. Mrs. Paul Lieuallen oi
Adams and Arthur Douglas maae ine
high scores of the evening and Alex
Mclntyre and Mrs. Arthur iougias
received the consolations. Dainty ices
and confections were served by the
hostess assisted by her mother. Those
who enioved the hospitality of Miss
Bateman were, Mr. and Mrs. Annur
Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn liuaiey,
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McEwen, Mr. and
Mrn.Laurence Pinkerton, Miss Beulah
Smith, Miss Dorothy Brodie, Mr. and
Mr. Taul Lieuallen, Mrs. Fred Pink-
crinn. John P nkerton, Mr. and Mrs
nnHo nli Cook of Helix. Mr. ana
Mm. Alex Mclntyre, Mr. and Mrs,
Lloyd Michener and Mr. and Mrs. M.
I. Miller. Athena people regret the
depar.lure of Miss Bateman who was
a popular teacher in the high school
for the past three years.
AH Hunting Closed
Not only the season on deer, but
tVia otipn season on birds also has oeen
closed under the proclamation of
Governor Patterson, until general
rainfall relieves the fire hazard situ
ation. The bird hunting status was
given by Attorney General Van
Winkle in answer to the question
raised by District Attorney Proebstel,
to settle a controversy raised by Uma
tilla county hunters.
Pilot Joe Taff, Varney Line
Dares Deadly Menace
V On First Flight.
Portland. While virtually all other
planes were in their hangers on ac
count of the deadly smoke hazard,
Joe Taff, Varney Air line pilot, took
off from Portland airport at 5:20 p.
m. Sunday, initiating direct air mail
service between this city and New
An immense crowd 1 cheered and
cried farewell to the doughty pilot as
he roared from the field, made one
graceful circle overhead, then climbed
eastward to be almost instantly
swallowed in the smoky pall over
hanging the whole Northwest.
"If anybody gets through, Joe will,"
was the word that rose from other
pilots and spread through the throng.
The plane carried 28 pouches of
Portland mail, 15 opuches from Seat
tle and four from Tacoma. The local
consignment contained about 14,000
letters. It included $500,000 from the
First National bank for Mississippi
valley and Eastern banks. , Armed
guards were on hand to guard the
The connecting plane from Seattle
arrived at 5:05 o'clock. It came down
out of the smoke-blanketed north,
flown by Kenneth Neese.
Taff expected to hold a fairly high
elevation to eliminate the hazard of
high tension wires, trees and house
tops until he reached Crown Point.
There he will drop down into the
Columbia gorge and roar eastward
just above the river's surface.
A plane was scheduled to leave
Portland for Pasco at 6 a. m. Sunday.
Pilot George Buck started out with a
load of mail, but was forced to re
turn in a few minutes on account of
the smoke density. He said that it-
was impossible to get through.
Fliers report conditions worse than
at any time this year, not excluding
the winter storm periods.
The coastwise mail planes main
tained their schedules notwithstand
ing these dangerous conditions.
Trained Dogs Effect
Total Cougars Killed
With another month to go before
the fiscal year of the state game de
partment ends the records show that
25 more cougar have been killed in
Oregon than in the year ending Sep
tember 30, 1928. Last year a total
of 254 cougar were killed while dur-.
ing the eleven months of tha cur
rent year 279 have been killed.
Harold Clifford, state game warden
believes that this increase is in a
measure due to the fact that hunters
are realizing the great inroads the
cougar make among deer and are
making efforts to wipe the predatory
pests from the forests. Another
thing is that many hunters are equip
ping themselves with trained varmint
Only dogs trained for predatory
animal hunting are of value in tak
ing cougars. The offering of $500
in cash prizes in addition to the regu
lar $25 bounties to the most success
ful cougar hunters will undoubtedly
make a heavier killing in the coming
Death of Mrs. Mumford
Mrs. Elizabeth Mumford, aged 86,
a resident of Umatilla county since
1883 and a resident of Pendleton for
the past 29 years, died at her home,
203 South Perkins. She suffered a
paralytic stroke a week ago. Mr.
Mumford died in 1914 and the two
were ' well known pioneers. Mrs.
Mumford was a member of the Meth
odist Episcopal church, the Ladies of
the Grand Army of the Republic and
the Pioneer club. Mrs. Mumford is
survived by a son, C. W. Mumford of
Wallowa and a daughter, Mrs. B. F.
Brown df Wnwwvwr, Wathiinfttm-.
In New York
Word has been received from Reeve
Bette, who is in New York, on his
overland motor trip to Boston, where
hf will study medicine at Harvard
Mrs. Betta is in New York also, and
w'th his mother. Reeve will visit rela
tives there before proceeding on to
Under proper care and precaution
a conhidcrable amount of grass and
weeds have been burned in Athena
dirring tmt jfjrst VAV.
Land Open To Veterans i
In the Vale Project
Fourteen golden opportunities in
land and water on the Harper unit of
the Vale irrigation project, In Mal
heur county, await 14 world war vet
erans who can meet Undo Sam's
qualifications. An applicant can make
homestead entry if he is a farmer,
and has $2000 in cash or its equival
ent in farm machinery and posses
sions. The 14 tracts vary in size from
13.4 to 99.8 irrigable acres. World war
veterans have a 90-day preference
right, expiring December 5, 1929.
These farm units have been ap
praised by government soil experts
as first class irrigable land. Home
steaders will have only the usual
entry costs and water charges to pay
and they will be getting farms in
a government water project. A atate
highway is now being built through
the Harper unit. It is served by a
railroad. A splendid opportunity is of
fered. Applications for the land should be
sent to Bureau of Reclamation. Vale,
Oregon. To date two applications
have been made but no assignments
have been issued.
Just a Reminder
Bert Richards found the following
truisms somewhere and slipped them
to the Press for publication:
"A cream check a day keeps the
sheriff away; with egg money you're
never broke. The thoroughbred hog
with less care than a dog, wakes the
hrgh- CWt tit living JWrt."