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VOLUME 44
ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, MARCH 6, 1931
NUMBER 10
EXCISE BILL AND
INTANGIBLES PASS
Senator Bailey Alone Votes
Against Rate Raised to
8 per Cent. -
Salem. With Senator Bailey regis
tering the lone negative vote, the sen
ate Monday afternoon passed the new
intangibles tax act. Twenty-nine sen
ators, cast their vote for the bill al
though several of this number had
previously objected to specific .pro
visions in the measure and attempted
to get,, amendments to meet these ob
jections. '
Having disposed of the intangibles
tax measure, the senate next turned
its attention to the amended excise
tax bill, which it passed with a un
animous vote with Senators Billings
ley and Burke absent and not voting.
Bankers and representatives .of
building and loan companies, accord
ing to Senator Eddy, were satisfied
with the provisions of the bill and no
opposition developed to the measure.
The old act passed in 1929 had been
amended in the new bill to provide
for exemptions of $500 to meet a
popular demand, according to Senator
Eddy. The new bill also attempted
to avoid the weakness uncovered in
the old act by the supreme court in an
opinion holding the 1929 act to be
unconstitutional. With the increased
exemption and the deductions for in
terest paid and other items, Eddy ex
plained, the new act with its 8 per
cent tax would raise no more reve
nues than was obtained under the
old act with its 5 per cent rate, re
gardless of claims put forth by op
ponents of the measure to the con
trary. - '
By way of illustrating the opera
tion of the intangibles tax act, Sena
tor Eddy explained that the owner of
$20,000 5 per cent bonds would pay
a tax of only $40 a year, whereas the
owner of a $20,000 farm would pay
an average tax of $520 a year. In
stead of the act being oppressive and
confiscatory, as charged by its op
ponents, Eddy declared that the tax
was very mild in its operations.
In spite of the fact that intangibles
wealth in the state is fully equal to
the tangible wealth, Eddy pointed out
that under the terms of this bill the
former would contribute only $1,500,
000 in taxes a year as compared to
$5,000,000 by the owners of real and
personal property. -
Opposition to the act, he declared,
was based largely upon a failure to
understand the operation of the tax.
- Admitting that the principle of the
'intangibles tax should be established
in Oregon, Senator Bailey expressed
regret at his inability to Bupport this
bill, which, he declared, sought to
circumvent the constitutional 6 per
cent limit by levying this additional
tax for 1930 after the limit had al
ready been levied under the consti
tutional limit.
Senator Moser expressed the hope
that the time would soon come when
there would be no property tax what
ever for state purposes. He was in fa
vor of an intangibles tax and ah ex
cise tax but he did not believe that
the time had come to jump the rate
from 5 per cent to 8 per cent. While
some of the bigger taxpayers had
been somewhat changed in their
views toward this bill the general
public of Portland, he declared, was1
not in favor of this measure. He was
opposed to the higher rate and moved
that the senate go into committee of
the whole for the purpose of amend
ing to provide for a 5 per cent rate
instead of the 8 per cent rate, al
though he agreed to vote for the bill
even though his suggestion was not
accepted.
Gardening at 89
One of Athena's most interesting
residents is Mrs. McKinney, mother
of Mrs. Frank Little, who makes her
home with Mr. and Mrs. Little on
Fifth street . Mrs. McKinney who is
89 years of age is in possession of all
her faculties and is interested in and
able to discuss topics of the day. She
also takes a great interest in garden
ing and a favorite pastime at this
season is raking the leaves from the
lawn.
Rebekah St. Patrick's Party
The Rebekahs are planning a St
Patrick's day party to be given at
their hall Tuesday evening March 10.
The guests are to be the members and
their families and an interesting eve
ning is planned. St Patrick's day
games and refreshments being fea
tures. Lodge will convene at 7 o'clock
and the party will be at 8 o'clock.
Carload of Valvoline
A carload of Valvoline lubricating
oil was received at Athena this week,
the shipment being equally divided
between Rogers & Goodman and the
Athena Garage. These two firm are
dealers in Valvoline for the Athena
district
Revival Opens
Tuesday With
Muck Interest
. , ' (Contributed)
The community-wide Evangelistic
meetings which opened Tuesday night
at the Baptist church, are drawing
large and appreciative audiences
nightly. Over one hundred people
greeted the Meade" party at their
opening services and it is evident the
'
L. A. Meade, Evangelist
Baptist church will be crowded night
ly. A large chorus choir is being or
ganized under the direction of Harold
C. Meade and the special music is
delighting the hearers. Negro spirit
uals, trios and duets are rendered
nightly by the Meade party. A large
chorus of children from the ages of
five to fourteen are drilling for a big
booster program to be given Satur
day night. The young people of high
school age are meeting nightly at
7:15 under the leadership of Mrs.
L. A. Meade.
Rev. L. A. Meade, evangelist and
leader, is a pleasant, yet fearless and
dynamic speaker. His messages are
gripping and logical, yet with all
kind and winsome. He spoke last
night on "Needless Poverty in Athe
na;" tonight, his topic is "Choked to
Death;" Saturday night, "Family
night," big booster program, subject:
"The Old Fashioned Home; Sunday
morning and evening the Christian
and Baptist people will worship to
gether. Meetings will continue night
ly to March 15th inclusive. A cor
dial invitation is extended to all.
Children Will Sing
One of the most' interesting fea
tures of the evangelistic meetings is
the children's department. A sun
shine choir is being organized by
Harold C. Meade and is meeting daily
at 4 o'clock. Unusual interest is be
ing shown by the youngsters which
was evidenced by the attendance at
the first meeting, 53 being present.
Songs and yells are being rehearsed
and it is hoped a street parade will be
possible Saturday afternoon. Chil
dren's night will be a feature Satur
day when the big choir will be heard.
Quota Two for Citizen's
Military Training Camp
Vancouver Rarracks. Wash.. Uma
tilla ronntv'a nnnta of students for
the citizen's military training camp
at Vancouver Barracks tms summer
has been set at 2 youths between the
ages of 17 and 31.
Camn Hurlburt. that forest border
ed area above tbe historic old parade
oTound. will onen June 18 and close
July 17, after 30 days of vigorous
outdoor life for the hundreds oi
young men who will come from all
noints of the state of Oregon, and
from five southwestern counties of
Washington.
Last year there were 4 boys from
TTmatilla countv at Camp Hurlburt.
While the camp quota had orginally
been set at 560, there were nearly 700
annlir.anta. more than 100 of whom
were too- late to be admitted. Those
attending from Umatilla county last
year were as follows: Rex P. Baum
gartner, Burke Hayes, Merrill
Ploughoff and William B. Temple all
of Pendleton.
Steelhammer Promoted
Friends of Louis R. Steelhammer
will be interested to know that he
has been named assistant manager
of the new business department of the
Prudential group of savings and loan
associations. Mr. Steelhammer is
well known here, having been asso
ciated with Bond Brothers of Pendle
f or several years. Since going to
Portland he has been with the Bishop
Woolen mills, Bedells and Sears &
Roebuck Co.
Automobiles in New York Receive a Blessing
Will Improve Play Grounds
Lots belonging to the city of He
lix have been released by the school
district The lots will be improved
for play grounds, including space for
baseball and football and fanners of
the district will furnish teams and la
bor will be donated to put the plot in
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Automobiles were blessed In front of the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family In New York city, known
as the "Church of the Motorist." It was the first such public ceremony. to be held In this city. Here Is seen Rev.
Daniel De Nonno, pastor of the church, blessing the cars. t
Athena High School Bas
ketball Team Won Dis
trict Tournament, Helix
Playing stellar, consistent basket
ball, Athena high school took the
championship at the district tourna
ment held in Griswold gym at Helix,
Friday and Saturday.
Athena opened her undefeated
series of three games against Uma
pine, defeating the players from the
alfalfa-raising town in easy fashion
by the score of 39 to 16. Athena led
at the half, 16-9.
The locals got away from Stan-
field in the second contest, 25-10. In
this game Athena was extended in
close checking and faster floor work
than in her previous appearance on
the floor. Helix went through un
defeated in the preliminaries against
her opponents, and one of the big
gest crowds to witness a district
tournament was on hand Saturday
night to witness her championship
game with Athena. "
And it was some game, Athena
winning by the score of 24 to 22.
There is no doubt Athena played the
best game of the entire season. From
start to finish, the players keyed to
the very highest pitch, some of the
cleverest checking, passing and bas
ket throwing wa3 in evidence. In the
first half the locals spotted a 6-point
lead but were unable to hold it, at
the half Helix had crawled up to a
one-point lead, 9-8. Scoring was close
in the second half. In the last few
moments of the thrilling contest,
when the crowd was yelling itself
hoarse, Crowley, who had been the
star of the tournament, looped two
through the hoop. He was follow
ed an instant later by a toss from a
Helix player and the score of the
game was crystalized, 24-22.
The playing of Crowley during the
tournament was surprisingly spec
tacular and consistent throughout He
was high point man of the tourna
ment, having a total of 42 points to
his credit for the three games.
Athena plays Mac-Hi tonight at
7:30 in the district tournament at
Milton-Freewater. Arlington and
Umatilla open the tournament this
afternoon at 3 o'clock, followed by
Adams and lone at 4, and Pendleton
Helix play at 8:30.
Improve Seed Potatoes
flrcranization of the Weston Moun
tain Seed Potato Improvement asso
ciation was completed at a recent
meeting in the uplands of interested
growers reports the Weston Leader.
Its name sets forth the object oi tne
group, which is the constant improve
rs Tlt f the seed notatoes that have
already brought a favorable reputa
tion to the mountain region. Mar
WiW is not anions' its aims. Ten
leading growers are on- the member
ship roll, i . " .
Umatilla Ferryman Here
William Switzler. Umatilla ferry
man was in Athena Tuesday, en route
home from Walla Walla. Mr. Switz
ler has recovered from a serious ill-
nesH. havinsr been a Datient for some
time at St Vincent's hospital in
Portland.
Moved to New Home
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wilson and
daughters have moved into the Bap
tist parsonage residence property at
corner of Third and Jefferson streets,
from . their former residence - on
Adams street . " ; , V
S. A. Barnes, accompanied by his
son-in-law, Bert Vaughan, .were in
Athena Wednesday from Weston. Mr.
Vaughan is occupied in bridge con
struction wvric fat the Sound district
Silver Tea Wednesday
Was Enjoyable Event
One of the most enjoyable events
of the spring season was the silver
tea sponsored by the Missionary so
eiety of the Christian church, Wed
nesday afternoon. The parlors of the
church were seasonably decorated
with pussy willows, ferns and song
birds.
The wonderful display of hand
some quilts was a feature of the af
ternoon. Many antiques were in evi
dence, perhaps the oldest being 110
years old. Others fashioned of quaint
calicoes and materials of by-gone
days were most interesting. The en
tire exhibit accented the idea of artis
try and patience to an unbelievable
degree. About 75 quilts and woven
bedspreads were shown several be
ing over a century old. It is believ
ed that Mrs. Cass Cannon and Mrs.
Williams of Milton had the oldest
quilts and Mrs. Anderson the oldest
spread.
A most attractive program con
sisting of musical numbers and read
ings was presented. Tea was served
from an attractively appointed table
centered with a blue cinersria. Those
presiding at the samovors included
Mrs. E. J. Burchill and Mrs. Charles
Gerking of Pendleton, Mrs. J. M.
Arant of Milton, Mrs. Laurence
Meade, Mrs. M. L. Watts and Mrs.
Will Read. Approximately one hun
dred guests called during the after
noon and the sum of $28 was realiz
ed from the affair.
Out of town guests included Mrs.
L. E. Coyle of Walla Walla, Mrs.
Charles Gerking and Mrs. E. J. Bur
chill of Pendleton, Mrs. Marvin Price
of Weston, and Mrs. Addie Talbert,
Mrs. E. J. Davis Mrs. Effie Williams,
Mrs. L. H. Moon, Mrs. Will Steen,
Mrs. Edith Ireland, Mrs." Kate Hud
son, Mrs. Dora Harden, Mrs. Cyrus
Powell, Mrs. Maurice Frazier, Mrs.
Mae Martin and Rev. and Mrs. F. M.
Arant of Milton. The ladies of the
society desire v to thank all who so
graciously contributed to the success
of the occasion.
Henry Schroeder Returns
Henry Schroder returned to Wes
ton from Spokane this week. - Mr.
Schroder has materialy improved in
health from treatment received in
Spokane, and his wife is also enjoy
ing better health. Henry will leave
shortly for a visit to his old home
near Flint, Michigan, where he will
visit his relatives for some time, be
ing at present unable to pursue his
occupation of carpenter and builder.
Order Eastern Star
McKenzie Chapter, O. E. S. met at
Masonic Hall Wednesday night. Fol
lowing the business session a social
hour was enjoyed. Mrs. Chase Gar.
field was presented with an attractive
gift and the regrets of the members
were expressed at her prospective de
parture. WnuMeCorkell at Hot Lake
Mrs. Joseph Sheard, accompanied
by her sisters, Mrs. Rothrock of Pen
dleton and Mrs. Albert O'Harra of
Weston, and her daughter, Mrs. Lizzie
Haney, motored Sunday to Hot Lake
where they visited her brother, Will
McCorkell, who is in the sanitariam.
They found the patient improving.
State Trap Shoot
Following a meeting with members
of the Washington Trap-shooters as
sociation in Yakima, .Sunday, Dr.
Guy York, president of. the Walla
Walla club, and Frank Jackson, sec
retary, announced that the state trap
event will be held at Walla Walla on
June 0, $ am! 7.
Commission Grants An
other Delay to the Rail-
roads on Grain Rates
Washington. The interstate com
merce commission , has postponed
from April 1 to June 1 the date when
revised freight rates on grain and
grain products are to become effec
tive. The revised rates were ordered by
the commission several months ago
but a number of extensions have
been granted the railroads.
The revision was prescribed as a
result of a lengthy investigation un
der the Hoch-Smith resolution direct
ing the commission to establish low
est possible rates on agricultural pro
ducts consistent with service.
In general the revision is down
ward and applies throughout the
western territory and on shipments'
to the east and south.
The commission estimated the car
riers would lose $15,000,000 a year
in revenue but some railroad esti
mates have increased the figure.
The extension, was requested on
the ground the carriers could not pre
pare the revised schedules by April 1.
Vodvil Will Be
Presented by the
AthenaHi School
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Pythian Benefit Dance -The
Knights of Pythias lodge tt
Pendleton sponsored a benefit dance
at the Eagle Woodman hall Monday
night. A group of local people motor
ing down for the event included Mr.
and Mrs. C. M. Eager, Mr. and Mrs.
Laurence Pinkerton, Mr. and Mrs.
Lloyd Michener, Mr. and Mrs. Will
Kirk, Mr. and Mrs. M. I. Miller, Mr.
and Mrs. Archie Mclntyre, Mr. and
Mrs. Flint Johns, Mr. and Mrs. Lowe
and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pinkerton.
Wheat Sales Reported
Heavy Over Week-End
At some points in the county sales
of wheat are reported heavy. At Pen
dleton many farmers unloaded what
wheat they had on hand last week
with the result that one Pendleton
dealer took in approximately a quar
ter million bushels Saturday, says
the East Oregonian. The heavy sell
ing is attributed by another Pendle
ton dealer to the apparent belief
among farmers that it "won't do any
good to hold wheat any longer."
There was no apparent splurge in
wheat selling in Athena. In fact, Lee
Wilson, manager for the Farmers
Grain Elevator company here, states
that most of the wheat which had
been in storage in his plant was sold
prior to the present movement, al
though he has been buying moderate
lots from day to day,
Drouth Aid Dropped
A community movement which was
thwarted at its inception was that in
tended to aid the drouth sufferers of
Kansas. Committees had been ap
pointed and were ready to start work
soliciting food when word was re
ceived by Mrs. Ross Payne, chairman,
that it would be impossible to pro
cure a car for shipping. Consequent
ly the committees have been dismiss
ed and the work dropped.
Circulation Increase
All branch libraries in Umatilla
county showed a circulation increase
for 1930 over 1929, with the Athena
branch says Mrs. W. P. Littlejohn,
librarian, leading all branches in the
county, with the exception of Stan
field, with an 11 per cent increase.
Stanfield reports a 22 per cent in
crease. Weston has a 3 per cent in
crease; Milton, 7; Freewater, 4; He
lix, 2; Echo, 8; Hermiston, 6; Pilot
Rock, 2 and Umatilla 1.
Athena high school will present a
vodvil show on March 19 and 20. One
of the numbers is the one act drama,
"Ihe Valiant." This is a compara
tively new play and one of the best
short plays ever written. It took
first place in the play acting contest
at the University of Oregon last
spring. -
The cast will include Betty Jane
Eager, Roland Wilson, Stafford Han-
sell, Solista Pickett and George Pitt-
man. Ihe members of the cast are
well adapted to their parts and they
are working hard and promise to give
a very effective performance.
Another number will be a pirate
skit given by the glee club. There
are to be several choruses, among
which will be a boys chorus, and an
other spenal chorus by the girls. In
cidental dancing will be done by Mar
jorie Douglas. The following musical
numbers are to be used:
Pirates Chorus
" Gilbert and Sullivan-Huffer
Pirate Song Henry F. Gilbert
Caballero Kotte
The school band is putting on a
short act, "In a Hawaiian Garden."
The scene of this skit is laid in a
garden on a Hawaiian Island, and the
following numbers are to be featured
Na Lei O Hawaii Charles' E. King
Alaho Oe... Queen Liliuakalani
There will also be several other
skits offering a program of variety
and entertainment.
NATIOI
ES
lit. SALES
North Pacific Grain Grow
ers Will Sell Through the
Farmers National.
Circuit Judge Candidate
There are seven or more aspirants
for appointment to the vacancy on the
bench of the Sixth Judicial district
caused by the recent appointment of
Judge Fee to tho Federal bench at
Portland. Homer I. Watts, well
known Athena attorney, who has
practiced law in state and federal
courts tor about 25 years is a candi
date for the circuit judgeship and his
friends are lending their endorse
ments to his candidacy. The vacancy
is temporarily held up on account of
a filibuster taking place in the last
few hours of congress, when Judge
Fee's appointment to the federal
position was not made. His appoint
ment will now be made in recess by
the president.
Smelt Blocked at Sandy
Just a little more water, a little
clearer passage from the Columbia
into the Sandy river and the annual
smelt run will be on. That was the
word Friday from Troutdale, it being
reported that the fish had reached the
mouth of the Sandy and were waiting
to cross the Sandy "bar." William H.
Roach, deputy game warden, gave
first notice of the approaching run af
ter he had taken seven short sturgeon
from some fishermen Thursday and
had found their stomachs to be fill
ed with smelt. Extent of the fish
horde has not been determined.
Farmall Tractors
Rogers & Goodman, local dealers in
International farm machinery, thresh
ers and trucks, have added to their
spring stock two Farmall tractors
made by and marketed by the Inter
national Harvester company. The two
tractors were assembled last week
and one is on display in one of the
Rogers & Goodman store rooms. The
other one is in the warehouse. Both
machines are ready for the field, and
are the first Farmalls to be intro
duced to the local trade.
Wauna Camp Fire Group
Wauna campfire group met at the
home of their guardian, Mrs. Bert
Logsdon, Monday evening. A new
project being taken up by the girls is
the making of a quilt and a pattern
has been selected.. Each member will
piece a block and later plans will be
made for finishing. A number of the
girls are working for honors and will
take ranks at the oeremonial in Wal
la Walla March 28.
Tacoma Veteran First
Harry E. Woodward, Tacoma gas
sed World war veteran, and unem
ployed for nine months, will receive
the first loan check from the region
al office of the veterans' bureau on
his adjusted compensation certificate.
Woodward has a wife and two chil
dren and has received no compensa
tion from the government since 1922
when he was listed as "rehabilitated."
Will go to British Columbia
Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Rogers and
their little three weeks old son, Ro
bert Dudley, arrived this week from
Walla Walla and are visiting at the
E. C. Rogers home, before leaving
next week for Washtucna and their
home at Creston, B. C.
t Sunny Days Bring Work
Sunny days have been the impetus
for Athene people to investigate the
growth of their bulbs and to prepare
the ground for early gardens. Sever
al are plowing and regular spring
wic n in progress.
Spokane. Directors "of the North
Pacific Grain Growers, Inc., meeting
here last week unanimously adopted
the proposal of C. E. Huff and G. S.
Milnor, respectively president and
general manager of the Farmers' Na
tional Grain Corporation of Chicago,
that farmers' connernMva Wol.
throughout the Inland Empire sell
tneir wheat direct through the Farm
ers' National.
Since the organization of th Mnwh
Pacific, the regional organization of
the farmers' locals, wheat has been
sold through the regional body. Huff
ana Milnor, who attended a meeting
Of the North Pacific direetora nt thair-
previous session, tendered the sug
gestion at that time, exnrpsalnw tVioi
belief by eliminating duplication and
simpnrymg the sales machinery In
land Empire wheat irrowera rnnM
Save Vi cent a bushel in nnnrilinc
charees.
The Farmers' National also offer
ed as an inducement for the change
the financing of warehouse and ele
vator facilities for all the locals re
quiring such. ,
Officers of the North Pacific would
not venture to estimate the amount
of funds required for the construc
tion of facilities in this rao-inn Tt
was stated, however, that out of 59
locals in the Inland Empire 50 would
require facilities and that no elevator
and warehouse construction costs
could be estimated far from $25,000
to $30,000 each. At thn smBlW. nil.
culation this would call for $1,250,-
000.
Construction of elevators by the
Farmers' National would bo followed
by the installation of the National's
own manaeer. although, it wn stnr!
the organization not nprpssnrilv
would go out of the country for its
man.
Elevator construction nlnn it
stated, would trend to the handling of
wheat in bulk and the eleminatmg of
all sacks, thus efTppt.inn- a Bovine nf
from 3 to 5 cents a bushel.
Weston Boy Advances
Weston Leader: Claude Snider, son
of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Snider of Wes
ton, has resigned his position in the
government patent office at Washing
ton in order to accept a responsible
post with the Draper company, which
manufactures looms and is the larg
est concern of its kind in the world,
having a capital of $25,000,000.
Claude will be at the head of its
patent department, and because of
his qualifications was selected by the
company management to fill a va
cancy caused by resignation. He is
now a mechanical and aeronautical
engineer, a patent attorney and an at
torney at law. Mr. and Mrs. Snider
will move soon from Washington, D.
C, to Hopedale, Mass., which will be
the scene of his new duties.
Detective Work Wing
Persistent detective work on the
part of the sheriff's office has result
ed in the recovery of a welding ap
paratus stolen from the blacksmith
shop of Jens Jensen in Athena, over
a year ago, and the arrest 6f Law
rence E. Harris, charged with steal
ing the equipment. Harris was em
ployed by Jensen, prior to the dis
appearance of the mechanism of the
welding machine. Jensen is at pres
ent at his old home in Denmark, but
is supposed to return to Athena this
spring.
Police Car Turns Taxi
E. B. Jackson, chief of police at
Baker, says the limit has been reach
ed. The police prowl car has been
used as a taxicab. At 3 a. m. a po
liceman was called to a hotel and
made the trip in a growl car. He was
greeted by a cheerful youth, who
patently was under the influence of
liquor. The youth nonchalantly asked
to be taken home. The officer took
but warned him in no uncertain terms
that if such a call was made again
the ride would end at the city jail.
Armory for La Grande
The house Friday passed the Ecklev
bill appropriating $40,000 for con
struction of a new Armory at La
Grande. The vote was 38 to 21 with
one absent. The bill drew the ob
jections of the farm bloc, which rose
up en masse to protest against .any
measure which would increase taxes.
The bill had its defenders in the ser
vice men of the house.
Here From B. C.
Charles Kirk, accompanied by Mr.
Garrett of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, is
here from his ranch near Creston, B.
C. Mr. Kirk reports a mild winter in
the British Columbia district where
be" mlde's. '