The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, March 13, 1931, Image 1

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On Charges of. Violating a
Federal Law, Classed as
a Misdemeanor.
Walla Walla. The six Milton-Free-
water men arrested last week on
charges of violating a federal law
will likely have their trial at the Pen-
dleton term of federal court begin
ning April 7, if the defense can pre
pare its case by that time. The men,
all officers or directors of the Prune
Growers Co-Operative association of
Freewater, were arrested , under a
law, which it is stated has never be-
fore been invoked. They are accus
ed of having failed truly and correct
ly to account to growers for the pro
ceeds of the sale of prunes during
the 1929 shipping season. The six
men ' claim the association had the
right to withhold certain amounts
from those who sold through the as
sociation. .
According to the information be
tween August 20 and Sept. 5, 1929,
the association, which was engaged
in a commission business, received
prunes from various growers m the
Freewater district by virtue of agree
ments with the growers to pack, sell
and ship them at the actual cost
The association is charged with with
holding amounts representing each
growers proportionate cost of equip
ment used in the packing process" as
well as the cost of labor and ma
terials. The defendants claim this charge
for equipment was a legitimate ex
pense. The government alleges the
association went beyond the provis
ions of its agreements with the grow
ers by withholding this amount..
Growers were not expected to pay
for the cost of machinery, it is claim
ed by the government.
The offenses charged are only mis-,
demeanors, so no indictments have
been asked by the office of the dis
trict attorney.
Missionary Conference
The ladies of the Baptist church
of Milton entertained members of the
Pendleton, Helix and Athena mission
ary societies at a luncheon, Friday,
March 6, following which this pro
gram was given: Devotionals, led by
Miss Hickenbottom of Milton; talk on
"The Crusaders," Mrs. A. F. May
Pendleton; "Worldwide Guild," Mrs.
Kohler Betts, Athena; vocal duet,
Mrs. Floyd Pinkerton and Mrs. C. E.
O. Montague, Athena; paper, "In
dia," Mrs. Louis Stewart; "Men and
Missions," Mrs. H. A. Street; round
tnhlo. pA hv Mrs. William ,: .. Alber.
Pendleton. Those attending from
Athena were Mrs. Joe Anderson, Mrs.
Charles McFarland, Mrs. Ross Payne,
Mrs. Lola Payne, Mrs. Clarence Zer
ba, Mrs. Kohler Betts, Mrs. Arthur
Coppock, Mrs. Charles Betts, Mrs.
George Banister, Mrs. Louis Dowd,
Mrs. Floyd Pinkerton, Mrs. C. E. 0.
Montague, Mrs. Zeltha Mclntyre,
Mrs. Louis Stewart, Mrs. Frank Wil
liams, Mrs. Alfred Kibbey, Miss Mil
dred Street, Mrs. H. A. Street, Mrs.
E. B. Foster, Mrs Fred Pinkerton,
Mrs. Fred Pittman, Mrs. Jesse Gor
don, and Captain Hall.
High School to
Present Vodvil
For Two Nites
Herman O'Harra Married
Herman O'Harra, formerly of Wes
ton and prominent member of Athe-na-Weston
American Legion, was
united in marriage to Miss Margaret
Davis at Yakima, February 23, says
the Weston Leader. The bride is a
graduate of St. Joseph's hospital, Ta
coma, and the bridegroom is station
ed at Toppenish as the employe of an
oil company. He grew to manhood
at Wenton and has a host of friends
there. He was educated in Weston
schools and Oregon State college and
!i o wnrlH war veteran, havin? serv
ed as captain of infantry. The happy
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young coupie win matte meir. nome
in Toppenish.
Progressives Meet
A renewed appeal for the export de
benture plan of farm relief was made
by Senator Borah of Idaho a.t a meet
ing of republican and democratic
independents in Washington. The
Idaho republican said the farm board
had failed because there was no ele
ment of permanent policy in its plan
for dealing with the farm relief pro
blem. He argued there was no dif
ference between the protective tariff
for manufactured products and the
payment of debenture certificates to
fanners for the products they ship
ped abroad.
Garden Showers
The glorious growing weather, ac
companied by showers of rain, have
been an incentive to start early gar
dening in Athena. " A number of plots
of ground have been plowed or spad
ed this week. As usual, Billy Pink
erton is among the first to begin gar
dening. He has his onion crop set
out and a number of rows have been
seeded to peas.
The vodvil which is to be present
ed by the Athena high school stu
dent body on Thursday and Friday,
March 19 and 20, is going to be a
bright, peppy and colorful perform
ance. The Glee club pirate skit, will be
presented in gay costumes. "The Pi
rates Chorus" which is sung by both
boys and girls will make you believe
you are living in the old days of pi
rates. One will feel he is sailing the
seas with these bold men and their
captives, when he hears the boys
sing the "Pirate's Song" on their
ship. You will be taken captive by
this catchy number. . The girls will
sing the swinging song, "The Cabal
lero," and a clever dance by Marjorie
Douglas will be a feature v of, this
number.' Then once again the com
plete mixed chorus will sing you back
to the days of Captain Kidd.
"In a Hawaiian Garden" is the title
of the act the band is presenting. Visit
them and as you .hear them play "Na
Lei 0 Hawaii," float into that beau
tiful island with them. Betty Eager
and Marjorie Douglas are singing as
a duet, "Hawaiian Moonlight," a
pretty melody of dreamy Hawaii.
When the band plays "Aloha Oe"
you will realize that it is time for
you to leave their garden and once
more return to Athena.
A one act play, "The Valiant," will
also be presented by the following
James Dyke Roland Wilson
Josephine Paris Betty Eager
Warden Holt Stafford Hansell
Father Daly...... ...Solista Pickett
Attendant George Pittman
The price of admission will be ten
cents for all grades, and thirty-five
cents for adults and all others.
Scenes and Persons in the Current News
County Health Nurse Reports
Helen J. Samson, county nurser has
made her' report covering the months
of January and February. All towns
in the county were visited by the
nurse, including Athena, where with
the assistance of Dr. ' Blatchford a
dental survey ' was made - at ' the
schools. Dr. Blatchford cooperated
with the county nurse in making a
dental survey in the schools of Adams
and Weston, also. The annual meet
ing of the county public health as
sociation was held at Pendleton, Feb
ruary. 20, with approximately 50
members present. Mrs. J. P. Stew
art was elected president, Mrs. James
Hill vice-president, Mrs. George
Stangier secretary and Mrs. Herbert
Decker treasurer.
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1 Thomas A. Edison untying the ribbon across the new $500,000 bridge over the Caloosuliatclile river at Fort
nlyers, Fla., named for him, on his eighty-fourth birthday. 2 Building of the Smithsonian Institution In Washington
which will be razed to make way for a new street 8 Governor Emmerson of Illinois, the Japanese ambassador
and MaJ. G. L. Swift, representing the President, at -the rededlcation of Lincoln's tomb In Springfield. 111.
Death Comes to A. M.
Gillis Unexpectedly at
the Home of His Son
Oleo Measures Will
Become Laws June 5
Salem. Two measures affecting
oleomargarine sale and use have been
signed by Governor Julius L. Meier
and will become effective June 5, or
90 days after the adjournment of the
legislature. The third bill introduced,
which would impose a license upon
manufacturers and dealers in oleo
margarine and butter substitutes,
was killed by the house after it had
passed the senate.
House bill 294, providing for an
excise tax of 10 cents a pound on all
oleomargarine, was introduced by the
house committee on food and dairy
products. It was signed by the gov
ernor last Saturday. The bill did not
carry the emergency clause, so will
not become effective until after June
5. Reports of a referendum move on
this bill have been received at the
state house.
The other measure which survived
the legislature prohibits the use of
oleomargarine, imitation cheese and
other dairy product substitutes in
state schools and institutions. This
bill, senate bill 78, was introduced by
Senator Joe Dunne of Multnomah
- Boys Enjoy Party
A number of boy friends were in
vited to attend Billy Hansen's 11th
birthday party, Saturday afternoon.
The following boys were present and
enjoyed the afternoon: David Lowe,
Teddy Miller, Gene Miller, Donald
Jones, Billy Johns, Dale Jenkins,
Tillman Taylor and Gale McLean.
Games of all kinds, and such as boys
enjoy were played during the after
noon and the feature of the party was
toasting weiners over the , embers
of a campfire. Other goodies were
on the menu, including a delicious
birthday cake, which featured a 12
o'clock luncheon.
Murnau Killed in Wreck
F. W. Murnau, who directed the
Fox motion picture, "Our Daily
Bread," later produced under the
title, "The City Girl," filmed on the
Harold Barnett place at the head of
Thorn Hollow, a couple of years ago,
was killed in ah automobile - wreck
near Santa Barbara, California, early
Wednesday morning. He recently re
turned to Hollywood from the South
Sea islands, where he filmed a pic
ture with natives taking the roei.
; Death came unexpectedly to A. M.
Gillis some time Tuesday night at the
home of his son, Lloyd Gillis, near
Washtucna. He came to the Gillis
farm Tuesday evening from Walla
Walla, and turned his attention to
work on income tax papers. Next
morning he was found dead by his
Only few particulars are known
here, but it is surmised that a stroke
caused Mr. Gillis death, he having
suffered a slight stroke a number of
years ago.
Mr. Gillis had a large circle , of
friends in Umatilla and Walla Walla
counties. In the late 80's he came to
Athena, then Centerville, and follow
ed contracting and building with his
brothers, the late John Gillis and
Daniel Gillis, now residing in Cali
fornia. The firm constructed a string
of warehouses and elevators on the
Athena-Pasco branch of the North
ern Pacific, then known as the Hunt
Later Mr. Gillis engaged in the
lumber and fuel business here, dis
posing of a portion of his interests to
the Tum-a-Lum Lumber company. He
was a stockholder in that company
and occupied the position of auditor,
having his office at Walla Walla and
making frequent visits here and to
the company yards in other towns.
Mr. Gillis was 67 years of age and
is survived by three sons, Ralph and
Lloyd Gillis of Washtucna, and Her
schel Gillis, who is a salesman for
the Petroleum Products company of
Albuquerque, New Mexico. His wife,
the former Ida, Campbell, whom he
married in. this city, died several
years ago, and one son, Everett pre
ceded him in death. Mr. Gillis was
a prominent member of the Masonic
order. He served as councilman and
city marshal while residing here and
after removing to Washington state,
as one of the commissioners of Adams
county. ' ,
It is undertosod here that funeral
services will be held at Ritzville with
interment taking place at Seattle,
where his wife and son are buried.
Rural Route Difficulties
Otto Purcell, rural mail carrier on
the Basket mountain route was in
jured in a runaway about ten days
ago and during his enforced vacation,
the mail is being delivered by Ray
Jones. Snoy .drifts and deeply cut
roads have rendered traveling al
most impossible and the heavy rains
of the past few days have added to
difficulties. Wednesday, Mr. Jones
was forced to leave his car 9 miles
up the mountain. Walking 2 miles to
the Jones ranch he procured a team
and. sled, with which he struggled a
mile and a half farther where he was
able to borrow a hack. With this he
proceeded the remaining three miles
to the Basket mountain school house,
the end of the route. The trip home
was made in the same order of relays-,
and Thursday the trip was re
peated. v
Extending Wing
Work on the extension of the wing
to the city well is under way this
week with several men employed un
der supervision of J. W. Pinkerton of
the city council water committee. Un
covering of the present wing develop
ed a satisfactory state in the con
dition of the material in the top cov
ering, which it will not be necessary
to renew. The wing excavation was
cleaned out and additional extension
of 100 feet will proceed. '
Seeding Peas Earlier '
This Spring, Than Last
The seeding of land to peas is well
under way in this section, beginning
at a much earlier period than last
spring. Manager Sloan of the Washington-Idaho
Seed company, states
that there will probably be a larger
acreage in this district sown to peas
than before, but he was not in a posi
tion to estimate the approximate
acreage for the reason that new ap
plications for seed continue to be re
ceived. Last season was considered fair
for production, but the present early
seeding should favor a still larger
yield, making it possible to begin
harvesting the crop in June. This
will be an advantage- to the company,
in that the Athena cleaning plant,
which gives employment to forty
women and girls and several men
will be assured of a long run, once
the harvesting of the new crop be
gins. The plant is now running full time
and has been for the past two weeks,
taking care of the remaining few car
loads of last season's crop.
Seth L. Ha worth Dies
After Lingering Illness
Seth L, Haworth, a resident of
Athena and vicinity for about 20
years, died at one o'clock Tuesday
morning at his home in the northeast
part of town after a lingering illness,
at the age of 77.
Mr. Haworth had been in declining
health for some time, and but recent
ly returned to his home here from "a
hospital. His wife died in Athena
several years ago. He is survived
by the following children: Mrs. W.
R. Martin of Seattle; Sam Haworth
of Tacoma; D. M. Haworth of Athe
na; Seth Haworth of Seattle and
James Haworth of Newmarket, Tenn.
James Haworth came by automo
bile all the way from Tennessee, ar
riving here Tuesday morning, short
ly after his father had passed away.
The other children were at the bed
side of their father when death came.
Funeral services were held at the
Christian church Wednesday after
noon at two o'clock, with C. A. Sias
preaching the sermon.
Pendleton Defeated Adams
Will Represent the District
Pendleton swept the board clean at
the district basketball tournament by
defeating Adams by the score of 49
to 16 in the finals, having previous
ly handed Mac-Hi a lacing.
Mac-Hi eliminated Athena, winner
of the Helix tournament, in the Fri
day preliminary game by the score of
43 to 20. The first quarter was close.
Crowley was high point winner on the
Athena team with seven. The line
up: Huffman center; Crowley and
Jenkins forwards; Rogers and Han
Bell guards; Jenkins, Weber and Pick
ett substitutes.
New Chemist Laboratory
A new laboratory for chemistry has
been added to Preston-Shaffer Mill
ing company plant, and John Milli
gan, chemist, will arrive here shortly
from Waitsburg to take charge. The
new building, 10x18, has been con
structed on the west side of the mill,
opposite the office. - It will be equip
ped with modern machinery for flour
testing. . ; . ,v ;
' Thursday evening of last week ma
chines driven by Chas. DuPuis and
Francis Lieuallen 'collided on the
gravel highway leading to Thorn
hollow, . '
Sand Dunes Are Moving
- and Are Coverine Over
Desert "Lost Forest"
Bend. The "lost forest" of inter
ior Oregon, a five-mile-square tract
of pine timber on the Lake county
plateau southwest of Wagontire
mountain, has been reached by ad
vance waves of huge sand dunes,
some more than 50 feet high, and
some of the big sentinel pines on the
outposts of the tiny forest already
have been covered to their tops.
The big dunes are creeping from
the southwest before prevailing winds
at the rate of about 12 feet a year.
Whether the little forest of the iso
lated plateau eventually will perish
under the sands is problematical, but
it is known that nearby junipers
which were covered by dunes many
years ago were killed. The trunks of
these sand-killed junipers, stripped of
bark and foliage, stand like ghost
trees, white and gnarled, amid sage
brush which has attained root in re
cent years.
The huge dunes are moving toward
the "lost forest" in a series of waves
which reach many miles into the
southwest. A number of residents of
the Wagontire mountain country,
Lake, Cliff and the Christlake coun
try believe that the sand will not kill
the pines, but will gradually spread
out as it reaches into the sheltered
timber. The sand movement among
the trees will be so slow, it is said,
that young pines will gain a foothold
on the new soil and will succeed the
mature trees.
Soil where the isolated pines are
growing, more than 30 miles removed
from the nearest pine -belt, appears
to be peculiarly suited to the conifers.
The pines are unusually large and
even junipers growing in the desert
forest are much larger than those on
nearby hills.
Because of the long period of dry
years, the advance guard of the rest
less sand dunes moved toward the,
forest with considerable rapidity in
recent years. The dunes are spread
over a front of several miles and will
cover practically all of the south
western part of the desert forest in
the next few years.
Revival Meeting
Crowds Overflow
Baptist Church
The revival meetings hpinc rnnHnct-
ed under the leadership of the Meade
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avangeustic party have been so well
attended it was necessary to find
larger quarters to accommodate the
Umatilla County Man Mem
ber of Committee That
Will Pass on Loans.
Harold C Meade
Director of Music and Children's
crowds, and the meetings are now be
ing held in the Christian church.
From the very first night a spirit
of interest has been evidenced and
it has deepened nightly. The sing
ing in this meeting is an outstanding
feature. The song service led by the
large chorus choir is an inspiration
to the congregation. The special
music is delighting the audiences
nightly and the preaching is of the
highest type. No ranting, exaggerat
ing, or sob stories come from the lips
of the evangelist. A number of de
cisions have already been made and
many conversions are expected be
fore the week is over making Athe
na a better town to live in. The re
maining services are as follows:
Tonight, state night everyone sit
ting according to his native state,
subject: The Library of Heaven.
Saturday night, children's program;
subject: The Mayor's Wife. Sunday
morning, The Christian Life. Sunday
evening, The Unpardonable Sin.
Farmers in some nortions of TTmn.
tilla county who may need assist
ance in financing coming crop opera
tions may find relief through definite
steps taken by the secretary of agri
culture, accordinz to a renort f mm
the Portland Oregonian's Washington
news oureau. ine report says:
"The secretary anbnintirl r M
Mackay, Condon; W. H. Steiwer, Fos
sil, and G. W. Rice, Pendleton, to act
as a committee passing on loans.
"ihey will establish an office and
install an executive secretary. As it is
almost impossible to make loans from
the $45,000,000 seed and fwrf fArtii;-,-
er bill because the law provides that a
mortgage must be given on the 1931
crop and Qregonians need money to
fallow for the 1932 crop, there is lit
tle hope for northwest relief from this
"Senator Steiwer stressed the nrar-
ticability of help from the $20,000,
000 bill, as half is set aside to lend
to agricultural credit associations.
Under this bill the capital of such
associations can be augmented.
"Mackay, Steiwer and Rice can in
crease the capital of The Dullesi Km.
pire Credit association, The Pacific
wool urowers' association or the Ore
gon Livestock Loan association, nr
set up loan organizations of their
own, or ao noth.but acting with the
intermediate credit bank at Snnlcnn.
the secretary of agriculture wants
loan ortranizationa financed GO nor
cent, contending that the associations
should have credit interests in the
Missionary Society
The Missionary Society of the
Christian church met at the home of
Mrs. Stella Keen Wednesday after
noon. Following the business ses
sion an interesting program arrang
ed by Mrs. W. McPherson was en
joyed by the members. Mrs. Mc
Pherson reviewed a paper, entitled,
"This Fine Pretty World." The de
votionals were led by Mrs. Charles
Sias; "Mountain Mothers," Mrs.
Keen; "Grayson City, home of the
normal institute, ' Mrs. F. B. Boydj
"Seeing the Sunny South," Mrs. Wm.
Pinkerton. The feature of the next
meeting will be the annual election
of officers and the place will be an
nounced later.-
Death of Mrs. Molstrom
Mrs. W. P. Littlejohn was called to
Pendleton yesterday by the death of
her mother Mrs. Abe Molstrom which
occurrred Wednesday night. Old
residents of Athena and vicinity will
remember "the Molstrom family as
they resided on the present Barrett
ranch near town during the '80s. Mrs.
David Nelson of Pendleton Is also a
daughter of Mrs. Molstrom. '
Move for Referendum
Once again the Rogue river fish
fight may be decided by the voters of
Oregon. F. B. Postel and 10 other
Curry county fishermen filed prelim
inary papers for a referendum on the
bill passed by the last legislature,
Many Veterans in This
State Apply for Loans
More than 8000 applications for ad
usted service certificate loans had
been received and nearly 2000 had
been paid, or prepared for payment,
by the Oregon veterans bureau head
quarters at Portland Monday morn
ing. Three thousand more will prob
ably be paid this week, providing
money is received from Washington
as needed.
The Portland bureau had expected
call for no more than 8000 loans dur
ing the whole month of March.
Total sum received, and disbursed
up to Saturday was $485,000. On that
day funds ran out and payments
were stopped until $500,000 more was
received by telegraph from Washing
Officials ofl Athena-Weston Ameri
can Legion Post report a number of
ex-service men, members of the local
post, have applied for loans.
Rebekah Entertainment
Members of the local lodge of Re
bekahs entertained at a St. Patrick's
day party Tuesday night. Guessing
games, bridge and pinochle were fea
tures of entertainment, following
which a delicious supper was served.
Places were laid at tables decked
with green center pieces and candles.
The menu carried out the selected col
or scheme, sandwiches and cakes in
the same tints being served. About
forty-five guests were present, a
number stopping in for supper fol
lowing the meeting at the church.
The N. A. G. R.
N. A. G. R. club was charmingly
entertained Wednesday evening at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Max Hop
per. Yellow jonquils centered the
dinner table and a St. Patrick's day
note was accented by the use of green
tapers and attractive cards mark
ing covers placed for twelve guests.
Bridge was the diversion of the eve
ning and James Lieuallen won high
score. The club will next be enter
tained at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Lieuallen in AdamB.
Gas Price Down
Gasoline prices on the Pacific coast
have continued to fluctuate downward
this week. There Is an unevenness
noted In price schedules, California
points being much lower than those
of Washington and Oregon. The
slash reached Athena and prices
dropped from 26 cents to 21 cents
per gallon at service stations.
"Birthday Night" a Success
"Birthday night" at the revival ser
vices being held here was well at
tended. Mrs. McKinney who is in
her 89th year was the oldest
lady present and was presented with
a birthday gift. H. H. Hill, 74 years
of age, held the same distinction
among the men. The oldest lady
bachelor and bachelor were also re
membered. Representatives from
19 states were present as follows:
Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arkansas,
New York, Oregon, Washington,
Idaho, Missouri, Rhode Island, Michi
gan, California, Illinois, Montana,
Kentucky, Utah, North Carolina, In
diana, Kansas, Maine and Canada. A
basket dinner has been announced at
the close of the Sunday morning ser
vice to which everyone is invited. An
additional meeting will be held Sun
day afternoon at 3 o'clock when Rev.
Meade will speak on the subject
"Heaven, its riches, realities, inhab
itants and rewards." Mrs. Ortis Har
ris of Portland will sing at this service.
Bridge Luncheon
A profusion of violets and a St.
Patrick's day note accented by place
cards, confections and other table ap
pointments were attractive features
at the home of Mrs. Glenn Dudley
when she entertained the Athena
Bridge club at luncheon Friday after
noon. Covers were placed for six
teen and following luncheon four
tables were in play. Honors for the
afternoon were won by Mrs. H. A.
Barrett who made high club score
and Mrs. M. L. Watts second. The
guest prize was presented to Mrs. E.
J. Burchill of Pendleton. Other guests
were Miss Helen Hansell and Mrs.
Justin Harwood.
One Vetoed, One Signed
The creation of a new state game
commission of five members, to be ap
pointed by the governor, four to be
recommended by the Oregon Game
Protective association, the Oregon
Council of the Isaac Walton League,
the State Grange, and the State For
est Fire association, was vetoed by
Governor Julius L. Meier. The rules
of the road measure was signed by
the governor. This measure provid
ing for a uniform traffic code, elimin
ates the set speed limit of motor ve
hicles and provides a new code for
traffic on highways, conforming to
codes being adopted by most of the
Marion Jack Estate
' The net value of the estate left by
Marion Jack, who died at Pendleton,
June 24 last, has been set at $44,-
968.76, according to the first account
and report filed in county court by
the First National Bank of Pendleton,
acting as administrator.
Wa-IIi Eliminated
For the first time in five different
years that Walla Walla high school
has entered a team in the Washing
ton State basketball tournament, a
Wa-Hi quintet was eliminated in the
first round of play when Enumclaw
I noted out a thrilling 31 to 29 victory.