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ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY OREGON, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 27. 1929
Highways, Dairying and
New Executive In State
The sudden death ' of Governor
Isaac L. Patterson in his home at
Ecola, Saturday night, came as a blow
to the people of this state, who jhad
been informed only Saturday morn
ing that the Governor, who had been
ill for several days had developed
pneumonia and was a very sick man.
He died at 8:10 Saturday evening,
after an absence of only two weeks
from his office.
It had been believed by the public
that he was suffering from a slight
cold, but towards the end the cold
developed into pneumonia, and' Satur
day, when it was announced the crisis
had been passed, there was a change
for the worse. The governor was 70
years old. " ' '
Born in Benton county, September
17, 1859, Mr. Patterson was reared
on a farm near Independence, Polk
county. As a young man he was a
clerk, then a partner, in a store in
Salem. He was elected to the state
Benate from Marion county in 1893,
and later was elected from l'olk and
Benton counties. Altogether, ha served
six legislative sessions. President
McKinley appointed him collector of
customs for Portland in 1898 and he
was re-appointed by President Roose
velt. The body lay in state in the hall of
representatives at the capital in
Salem during the forenoon Monday,
from where the funeral with full
military honors was held in the after
noon ab 2:15. "
Albin Walter Norblad, 48, Astoria
lawyer, and president of the Oregon
state senate, became governor at
11:25 o'clock Sunday,' when he, took
the oath of office administered by
Gu's Moser, state senator, notary
public and Mr. Norblad's friend.
Interviewed by the Morning Ore
gonian, Governor Norblad said he
favored development of the state
highway system, encouragement of
dairying, support of movements to
open up the hinterlands of the state,
improvement of the fishing situation
from the standpoint of both the
sportsman and the commercial fish
erman, establishment of sufficient air
plane landing fields all these are on
the platform of Albin Walter Norblad,
new governor of Oregon, "to be ad
vanced as rapidly as sane business
methods permit." ; :
: "I am interested in the development
of the hinterlands of the whole state.
The cities will grow and prosper as
the hinterlands develop. '
"'Open up Oregon' might well be
the slogan of my platform always,
however, with the restriction that this
must be done in a sane and business
"I am a strong supporter of the
cross-state road which ha3 been or
dered by the interstate commerce
commission, which will develop many
millions in wealth. I want all sec
tions opened up."
Mr Norblad is a man who, from his
appearance, should have little trouble
with illness in carrying on the duties
of his office and pushing his program.
He is 48 years old and with hard
muscles. He is 6 feet 1 inches in
height, weighing 178 pounds, and jeal
ous of his health. He stands straight
as the proverbial string and his move
ments have striking alertness. He
wears glasses, has strong -blue-giay
eyes, and his hair, which is thin, is
parted and tight to his head. His
hair is brown, gathering gray. ; He
has a good voice, with ,of course much
practice in speaking politically and in
Mr. Norblad is a member of the
Presbyterian church, but was raised
as a Lutheran. He is a member of a
number of lodges.
He comes to the governorship in
the late middle age of a life that in
its beginnings saw much hardship.
His parents brought him to America
from Sweden as a small boy and they
settled in Grand Eapids, Mich. The
elder Norblad set up as a stone
At the age of 12 young Norblad
He sold newspapers in the streets,
hot dogs at the fairs traveled with a
circus band, worked as police reporter
four years in Chicago, worked his way
through the University' of Chicago
law school, and did a lot of hap
hazard traveling salesmanship. Miss
Edna Cates, Michigan girl, whose an
cestry goes back to the revolutionary
war on both sides, came along and
they were married. He served as dis
trict attorney in Telta county, Michi
gan, and in 1909 moved to Astoria,
Or., where he had visited a friend the
year before and learned to love the
country. There he has reared his
two children and risen to jOTmisence.
William M. Booher Dies
Suddenly at His Home In
Athena On Christmas Eve
William M. Booher, well known and
highly respected citizen of Athena,
died suddenly Tuesday evening at his
home on Third street, as the result
of heart failure. .i; '':
Mr. Booher had been in declining
health for some time but the end was
unexpected by family and friends and
the announcement of his passing
caused deep sorrow.
Funeral services will be held at the
Christian church this afternoon at
two o'clock. The Masons will have
charge of services at the grave.
Mr. Booher is survived by his
widow and three sons, Jacob of Bon
ners Ferry, Idaho and Harve ; and
Elmer of Condon. One 'of a family
of ten brothers, Charles Booher of
Spokane, is now living. . The deceas
ed was born at Darlington, Indiana,
September 7, 1861. His family mov
ed to Missouri and at the age of 17
he crossed the plains with an elder
brother to Oregon, settling northwest
of Athena. Later he moved to Mor
row county," where in 1886 he was
married to Miss Lucy Lane. One
child, Jacob Booher was born to this
union and the mother passed away.
In 1892, Mr. Booher was united in
marriage to Miss Louise Moore, who
survives and is the mother of Harve
and Elmer Booher. ,
Mr. Booher had been a member of
Dolph Lodge, A. F. & A. M. for many
years and for a long time a member
of the Christian church. .
Vodvil As Presented
By Local Talent, Pleases
A new departure in amateur stage
craft left a marked impression on the
audience which witnessed members of
the Athena high school junior and
senior classes in vodvil at the audi
torium Thursday night of last week.
Under capable direction of Miss
Beulah Smith, Miss Dorothy Brodie
and Mrs. Areta Gurney of the high
school faculty, the numbers present
ed had the swing and pep of real "big
time" vaudeville headliners, and the
cast went through the evening's per
formance with a self confidence sel
dom seen in amateur productions.
The Tiptoe chorus was stunning, the
Romeo-Juliet stunt in Swedish dia
lest was a scream The boy's quar
tette had to be omitted on " account
of the illness of one of the principals,
Carl Calvert, but a girls' quartet
filled in very satisfactorily.
A one-act play, "The Trysting
Place," was cleverly given, while the
"Spanish Burlesque" brought down
the house. "Hard Studies," a dia
logue, was well received, ani "Wild
Nell," in pantomime, was just about
as wild as they make 'em. "The
Dream Chorus" was perhaps the nob
biest number on the program, while
the coon skit crowned the success of
the show. ; .
The junior-senior classes gave the
show as a benefit for their annual
banquet fund, and the performance
Mrs. Charles Norris Dead
Athena friends were grieved to hear
of the death of Mrs. Charles Norris at
home in Portland, last Friday morn
ing. Mrs. Norris was taken seriously
ill on Sunday previous to her death
and gradually grew worse. Athena
relatives were summoned and return
ed home after the funeral, which was
held Monday afternoon, interment
taking place in Rose Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Norris was 64 years of age, and
had spent most of her life in Athena
and neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs.
Norris moved to Portland from here
several months ago. She was an
estimable woman and was held ; in
high esteem by a large circle of
friends. Mrs. Norris is survived by
her husband, one brother, Amiel
Schubert of Athena, and one sister,
Mrs. Lottie Howell, of Rosalia, Wash
ington. , ..
a . Archie Amond Here
Forty years ago Archie Amond at
tended school in Athena, when the
late W. D. Jarvis was prinicpal of the
Athena schools. Archie is here now
on business connected with sale of
British Columbia farm land to local
men. His father in early days owned
the Piper place, northwest of Athena
The Amond family left Athena in
1890. Mr. Amond now devotes his
attention to reclamation of British
Columbia farm lands.
. Pleasant Social Afternoon
A very pleasant social afternoon
was spent on Wednesday of last week,
by the ladies of the Methodist club
when nineteen members gathered at
the home of Mrs. R. W. Singer,' Mrs.
Willard Crabill and Mrs. Ethel Mon
tague assisted the hostess during the
tea hour. The next meeting will be
held on January 22 at the home of
Mrs. Ethel Montague.
Pleasant Social Meeting
The open social meeting held by
Pythian Lodge, Knights of Pythias,
Wednesday evening of last week, was
well attended and the evening was
pleasantly passed by, all in attendance.
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forth. "We're In plenty f
time," they said.
"WeH," said one, "you
know we hear so much
these days about doing
your Chjistmas shopping
early that we wanted to
be Just as punctual."
"It's nice to see every one again,"
one of the others said.
"Oh,' yes, and this cold, crisp air
does agree with us so well. We feel
so glowing and so full of health and
gayety."' , ,
At that the word "Glowing" and
the word "Health" and the word
"Gayety" all looked so pleased.
They had come tumbling out of the
dictionary where they spent a good
deal of their time,
but now they
would be out all,
the time, they
It was their very
own season. Each
word bad all its
family along, too.
They were quite
large families. In
fact It seemed as
though they were
quite large enough
to fill the world's
orders for them.
All the words
were , feeling so
was the word
"Hclly" and there
was the word
were the words
"Christmas Greens." There was the
word "Merry." There was the word
"Happy." . -
Tflere was the family of "Compli
ments of the Season."
There were nil the "Good Wishes."
They were an enormous family.
There were the words Tuktide"
nnd "Christmas Dnj" and "Christmas'
Eve," and there was the family of the
"Spirit of Christmas." j
And the word "Evergreen" came
out, too, and the word "Snow" and
the words "White Christmas." ,
Then came the words "Christmas
Tree" and the word "Ribbon" had
linked arms with the word "Red."
The word "Tinsel" looked as bright
nud sparkling as .could be, and the
word "Stocking" Just looked as
though It would burst with pride.
- The word "Children" was right In
Its element, and the word "Peace"
looked so happy, so relieved. The
words "Good Will" were on hand, too.
And all these words, such beautiful,
happy words, had come tumbling out
of the dictionary to stay until the
Christmas season was over, for they
knew they would be In such great use.
They had come In plenty of time
there was no fear about that. And
then the word "Peace" spoke.
"It would be so perfect," Bald
"Peace," "If human beings, all over
the world, would make a real friend
of me. There Is no one who will be a
better friend. I will make It so that
instead of troubles, agonies, miseries,
waBte and destruction coming along
people will be able to do great deeds
and think great thoughts. They will
be able to make Auuillf;?
life richer and
more beautiful for v&, jft .
all about them.
They will accom
plish great peace
and deeds. They
will work to do
away with poverty
and trouble. That
would be the most
mas every one In
the world could
give to every one
else In the world.
"Oh, I should
like to see suspi
cions and doubts
put away, to see
trust and belief In
people by other
people. Ton know
bow one, always appears one's best
with ft person who thinks a lot of
you so with trust . and faith the
world will think more, each of the
"Then, beautiful Christmas Words,
we could be around so much more of
the time than just at Christmas.
"There Is no season like Christmas.
But to make the spirit of Christmas
last throughout the whole year would
be the greatest gift that human beings
could make to Christmas. For years
Christmas has given people cheer,
happiness. Now, wouldn't It be a
good Idea for people to give Christ
mas ft great and mighty present?
"I should so love to be a present to
the world a real, lasting present"
. Asi aQ the wrd. ipokej mors djfc
lighted than ever. ' "That is a beauti
ful Idea, Peace." they said, "and we
all hope that that Idea of yours will
really, really grow until all, all take
you as a gift not only to themselves
but to every one else In the whole
So the Words were ready for the
sreat Christmas season. But of all of
them Peace was tho one hoping the
vtp.test, greatest hope of all I
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HRISTMAS eve and Judith
Ross found herself alone
at last but still very lone
ly. Her only relative, her
kid brother, Paul, had just
gone away,' taking a bride
"One of these days, Ju
dith, Paul will go and marry some one
and then you'll be left alone," her
sweetheart, Ralph Reed, told her two
years before on Christmas eve, Just
after Judith had refused to go with
him Into Canada. Ralph's prophecy
had come true Paul had not sacri
ficed his lore affairs to remain at
home with her and she hadn't expect
ed it, and yet she was thinking how
unfairly life had treated her.
Judith gave a sigh and looked about
her, for there were the wedding deco
rations, including the mistletoe,' the
flowers, the wreaths, the huge bell and
the banked altar in the library.
Just as she donned a great coverall
apron the electric buzzer warned her
that some one stood In the cold await
ing admittance to her cozy home.
' "Ralph," was all Judith could say.
"Yes, it Is me, Judith. Two weeks
ago tonight I listened in on the radio
In my little shack up there In the
woods and heard a Pittsburgh radio
station dedicate a number to Paul and
his bride-to-be, and then it was that
I knew you needed me, Judith. I Im
agined they womd be marrying about
Christmas, so I started out the very
nest morning to reach here in time,
but old Tim down at the station told
me they had gone already." Ralph
blurted It all out and then opened his
arms r.nd Judith crept into them,
knowing her troubles were alt at an
end, and she "was to" ta" repaid for
the years she had sacrificed for her
"How did you know I would still be
waiting for you, Ralph?" she mumbled
from the depths of bis great coat
"Love takes a lot for granted you
knowt dear, and then, too, a few
weeks ago, I heard you sing "Still
Waiting For You, Dear," from the
radio station, and didn't I recognize
that favorite song of mine even be
fore I heard them announce the sing
er? I knew you'd not be singing that
If some one else bad claimed you."
Just then the buzzer brought them
back to earth and Judith arranged her
tumbled locks as she went to answer
the ring. There stood the little old
parson who had Just left the house a
few hours before.
"Have you forgotten something?"
"No, I believe not; Tve my book
and the promise of two witnesses who
will be along in a minute," Parson
Henderson assured her.
"Witnesses r she asked.
. "Yes, dear," Ralph answered, for he
had followed her Into the hall, "I
took a lot for granted, phoned the
parson, and now we can be married
on Christmas eve, Just as we had
planned to do, when Paul refused to
go back to Canada with us."
True to their word, a few moments
later the parson's sister and her
daughter Joined the little group at
the Ross home. Underneath the same
wedding bell, before the same flower
banked altar in the library, In the
shadows cast by the same flickering
tapers that had furnished the setting
for her brother's wedding, Judith
promised to "love and cherish" Ralph.
There had been oceans of food left
over from Paul's wedding feast and
the little bride, Judith, herself, set
out the remaining salad, cold pressed
chicken and the other goodies. "Just
a pot-luck wedding dinner, folks," she
Her eyes grew starry as Ralph re
torted: "It might be a pot-lack din
ner but It's not ft pot-luck Christmas
eve, for It Is the happiest Christmas
eve in my whole life, folks." As he
made the statement be slipped a most
generous fee Into the parson's hand,
making It the happiest Christmas eve
for the parson, too. Judith had no
ticed bis movement so she followed
by slipping to the two women folks
two tiny jade pins which she had
purchased sometime ago to give as
presents, but hadn't found a place for
them before. "After all," thought Ju
dltli, "Christmas Is synonymous with
, love, and leva la a syaoByoj for
Account of Washington's
Funeral Found in Clip
ping From Old Paper
Mrs. Ross Catron hands in the fol
lowing account of the funeral of
George; Washington, contained in a
clipping from the Ulster County
Gazette, of Kingston N. J., published
in January, 1800, which she found in
an old scrap book:
"Georgetown, Va.,' Dec. 20, 1799.
On Wednesday last the mortal part of
Washington the Great the father of
his country and the friend of man
was consigned to the tomb with
solemn honors and with funeral
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"A multitude of persons assembled
from many miles around at Mount
Vernon, the choice abode and last res
idence of the illustrious chief. There
were the groves, the spacious avenues,
the beauty and sublime scenes the
noble mansion but, alas, the august
inhabitant was no morel The great
soul was gone! His mortal part was
there, indeed, but, ah! how affecting!
How awful the spectacle of such
worth and greatness thus fallen! Yes,
"In the long and lofty porticos
where oft the hero walked in all his
glory now lay the shrouded corpse,
the countenance still composed and
serene, still expressing the mag
nanimity of the spirit which had
dwelt in that lifeless form. There
those who paid the last sad honors
to the benefactor of the country took
an impressive and farewell view.
"On the ornament at the head of
the coffin was inscribed 'Surge and
judicum.' About the middle of the
coffin 'Glorio Deo,' and on the silver
plate, 'General Washington departed
this life on the 14th day of December,
1799, Age 68.'. :
"Between 3 and 4 o'clock the sound
of artillery from a vessel in the river
firing minute guns awoke afresh our
solemn sorrow. The corpse was moved.
A band of music with mournful mel
ody melted the soul into all the ten
derness of woe. The procession was
formed and moved on in the following
Cavalry, Infantry : (with arms re
versed). ,, Guard.'
-- . Clergy. '
The General's horse, with his saddle
holster and pistols.
Colonel Simms, Colonel Ramsey, Col
onel Payne (pall-bearers).
Colonel Gilpin, Colonel Marsteller,
Colonel Little (pall-bearers).
"When the party had arrived at
the bottom of the elevated land on the
banks of the Potomac, where the fam
ily vault is placed, the cavalcade halt
ed; the infantry marched toward the
Mount and formed their lines; the
clergy, the Masonic brothers, and the
citizens descended to the vault and
the funeral service of the church was
performed; the firing was repeated
from the vessel in the river, and the
soupd echoed from the woods and
hills around. '
"The sun was now setting. Alas,
the Sun of Glory had set forever 1 No!
The name of Washington, the Ameri
can president and general, will
triumph over death! The unclouded
brightness of his glory will illuminate
FARM BOARD PUT
IS IEAT PRICE
Double Header Basketball
Game, Local Court Tonight
A doubleheader girls and boys bas
ketball games will be played on the
local court tonight, when Eddie buck s
Prescott, Washington, teams will
moot "Pike" Miller's Athena high
schools teams. If Buck's coaching is
as good as his refereeing Athena will
be in for a fleht to win from the Pres
cott quintets. The new suits for the
Athena girls are expected to ne nere
in time for the game tonight.
Miller took his basketball players
to Walla Walla Friday afternoon and
sent them against Dimmick's Wa-Hi
crew in a practice game, which proved
to be a thriller. At the end of the
last half the score stood 12-5 for Wa
Hi. nd during- the half teamwork and
close checking showed up well for
In the last half Wa-Hi cashed in
16 points against Miller's secot.d
stringers and but little scoring was
done in the fourth quarter.
Touchet is coming to play Athena
on the local court, New Year's eve.
A curtain riser is offered by the first
appearance of the season of Athena
and Adams graders.
Farm House Burned
The small farm house on Mrs.
Templeton's place, west of Athena,
under lease to Chase Garfield, was de
stroyed by fire Sunday afternoon, to
gether with contents in the upper
story. The fire, which presumably
started from the flue, was discovered
by. the Hughes family, who were oc
cupants of the house, at 4:30 o'clock
and it had gained such headway that
nothing could be done toward sav
ing the building. Furniture ami house
hold goods were saved from the lower
Suggestion of Support Puts
Enthusiam In Chicago
Chicago. It needed but a gesture
from; the farm board to suggest it
would support the wheat market if,
necessary, as was indicated by the
co-op bid of $1.18 for No. 1 hard
winter wheat at Chicago to bring
about a violent change in sentiment
regarding the trend of values in all
of the leading world's markets.
The co-op failed to result in any
purchases overnight and was restrict
ed to country grain. ;
Speculators who were credited with
having been the heaviest of wheat
futures were said to have been the
largest buyers Saturday, and offer
ings were light until May went above
$1.30. At that figure overholders
of offers were free-sellers and there
was also profit-taking by operators
who bought at the opening.
The entrance of the co-ops into the
cash wheat market as buyers of grain
to arrive caused a great deal of dis
cussion among traders. While , it
was generally felt that little gram
would be obtained, at the same time
the impression prevailed that a new
factor had developed in the situation
and that from now on the ideas of
the farm board as to what constituted
a fair price would have to be given
consideration, even though the price
of the futures at Chicago is based on
the grade of No. 2 hard winter, where
as the co-operative bid to the coun
try was for No. 1 hard, and farm
board loans are also based on that
grade. Heavy acceptances of offers
of cash wheat aboard overnight were
reported, and it was estimated that
sales in all positions aggregated
around 2,000,000 bushels. However,
the trade is looking for abnormally
small North American clearances dur
ing the past week, and a substantial
vutiiifiAr tn nvmlia nn nAfln nun
sage is generally expected. Last'
weexs toiai was o,oo4,uuu uushuip,
the smallest since September, 19 2o,
and with that exception the smallest
since August-September, 1915, when
the total dropped to 18,848,000 bush
Three Rules That Make
Love a Simple Matter
had a pronounced success. Then it
was forgotten for a while. But Rich
ard Dix discovered it three years ago
and wanted to do "The Boomerang"
into a movie. The fulfillment of this
wish came with his assignment to the
Paramount picture, "The Love Doc
tor," which is the screen adaptation of
the stage play at the Standard The
atre New Year's night.
The story is that of a young doctor
who is wise in the ways of love, shies
at all marriageable maidens and is
madly loved by two of them. Enter
a patient with a strange malady
known as love. The doctor bundles
the patient oft to the country with
a nurse who loves the doctor. A
young society deb is now left with a
clear field for the doctor's heart.
The doctor lays down his three
rules of love for his patients. Fir.it,
if you fall in love say so, if you like,
but never let the loved one be quite
sure you mean it. Second, make
yourself scarce. Be as devoted as you
like but don't always be on hand.
Third, try and make the loved one
jealous. Then he promptly visits his
patient feels himself falling for the
nurse and leaves to go back to town
arid forgets all about it. But on the
way back the canoe tips over and the
doctor becomes involved in an affair
that keeps him from going back to
Arleen Myrlck Won Prize
Miss Arleen Myrick won the $25
Toilet Set In the voting contest at
McFadden's Pharmacy, which closed
at 8 o'clock on Christmas eve., receiv
ing 50428 votes. Miss Mary Tomp
kins was second, with 45166 votes
and Miss Dorothy Burke third, with
11475. The voting was spirited
throughout the last days of the con
test and the best of feeling prevail
ed among the contestants lot the
prize. Miss Myrick requests the
Press to express her thanks to all who
cast votes for her. Miss Tompkint
and Miss Burke are gratified and
thankful for the support given them
by friends through the contest.
Athena Roads Listed
Among the roads of the county list
ed for improvement during the com
ing year by the county court are
Wild Horse, 4.86 miles; Adams
Spring Hollow, 3.84 miles; Athena
Helix, 2.76 miles; Adams-Sand Hol
low, 2.17 miles; Eagle Creek, 4.31
miles; Adams-Thorn Hollow, 6.44
miles; Gerklng Flat, 4.51 miles.