A BIG JOB, BUT ITS DEAD EASY It would be a big job to tell one hundred people any thing that would interest them in your goods, but its dead easy if done the right way. This paper will tell several hundred at once at nominal cost. fte NOT ONE DAY CAN BE FOUND m the week but that you do not need stationery of some sort or other. We furnish neat, clean printing at the very lowest rates. Fast presses, modern types, modern work, prompt delivery. Entered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as Second-Class Mail Matter VOLUME 44 ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, JUNE 19, 1931 NUMBER 25 RAIN IS GENERAL THROUGHOUT STATE Athena Crops Are Benefit , ted Boy Drowns in The Dalles Cloudburst. intermittant showers commencing Friday night in Athena district cul- uminated m a drenching rain storm of several hours duration Wednesday evening, greatly benefitting growing - crops. The 3000 acres of peas tributary to the Athena grading plant of the Washington-Idaho Seed company was materially benefitted, as sufficient moisture for maturing the crop is now assured. The rain came too late to be much of a factor in re claiming damage caused by hot weather and drouth in the light soil sections of the county and the In land Empire in general, but the cool er weather of last week and follow ing rains held back the quick ripen ing of grain fields in the immediate Adams-Athena-Weston section, where it is claimed the yield had been "pinched" to some extent. Mountain farmers, who have just finished planting their potato crobs : welcomed the rain, as it came just at " the right time to boost the . spuds along. Central and Southern Oregon saw a long drouth period ended by heavy rainfall. Near The Dalles, gullies and canyons were engulfed by flood stage waters when a cloudburst -descended on the hills. A four year old boy in a family camped in a dry gulch was swept to his death after the cloudburst had filled the can yon with a rush of water and hail stones. The father, mother and an other child escaped. , The body of the boy was removed from the gulch a half a mile- below the camp. Damage of thousands of dollars was done near The Dalles. Several houses were washed away, orchards were torn out and gardens ruined The cloudburst was the second in two days. : The heavy rains have caused seri ous damage to the cherry crop, grow, ers reported. Wasco county orchard- ists are trying to find some means of salvaging the crop, since inspection indicates 50 per cent or more damage : from splitting caused by the warm rains. While heavy hail storms occurred along the Deschutes river in south ern Wasco and Sherman counties, re ports here indicate wheat fields es caped except in limited areas. Twenty miles from Bend the branch of the Union Pacific was blocked by slides, and bridges were damaged. The Shaniko branch also was blocked. The Old Oregon Trail was said to be inundated near Rufus. The Deschutes river rose four feet in 30 minutes af ter the storm. Southwest of Grass Valley a 20 minute fall of egg-size hail stones destroyed 600 or 800 acres of wheat, knocked shingles off a farm house oc cupied by Glen Fairchild and dented tops of automobiles in the path of the storm. " Mrs. Dick Reckman was pummeled by hail stones until unconscious while attempting to care for young chick ens. Medford streets were flooded and upper Rogue river valley orchards drenched when rain of near cloud burst proportions f ell. Though some hay was spoiled and cherries were split, orchardists gen erally welcomed the downpour. Rain over the week-end covered a wide area in the Inland Empire, farm ers reported most of it in eastern Washington. In Spokane more than .04 of an inch fell. Ritzville and Wilbur had heavy downpours. Yaki ma had intermittent showers. Rain was scarce in North Idaho. Mrs. Ernest Bell Called by Death in Fatal Illness Mrs. Ernest Bell answered the sum mons of death in a fatal illness, re sulting from Caesarian operation at a Seattle hospital in giving birth to baby daughter, which survives her. Mrs. Bell passed away Sunday, the operation having been performed on the previous Tuesday. Mrs. Bell went to Seattle May 5th and before going to the hospital re mained at the home of her sister, Mrs. Inez Upcraft. Announcement of her death was received here with much sorrow and regret and " sym pathy is deeply lelt tor the young husband. Mrs. Bell (Leota Wagner) before her marriage was a popular teacher in the Athena schools, and she had many friends here. She is survived by her husband and little daughter; her parents, Mr. and Mrs E. E. Wagner of Pasadena, Calif.; two brothers, Stanley Wagner of Pas adena, and Erby Wagner of Seattle; two sisters, Miss Seatta Wagner of Pasadena and Mrs. Inez Upcraft of Seattle. Funeral services were held yester day afternoon at 2:30 at Bomboy's funeral parlor in Pendleton. Inter ment took place in Olney cemetery. ; Ninety Get Their Degrees To the processional, played by an orchestra under the direction of Don ald E. Sellew, 90 Whitman seniors marched into the college amphitheatre for the 72nd annual commencement Monday afternoon. The procession, led by Marshal Edward Morgan, Palo Alto, was in the following order: class of 1931, alumni of the college, the faculty of the college, board of overseers, board of trustees, and the president of the college, Dr. S. B. L. Penrose. Miss Rash Elected In a spirited school election held at Pendleton, Monday, Miss Delia Rush, a former teacher in the schools there, defeated M. L. Thompson, drrggist, for member of the school board. The vote with one exception, was the larg est ever polled at a school election in Pendleton. Many University Graduates The University of Oregon Monday conferred degrees on more than 650 students in exercises which reached their climax in the processional of students in their scholastic robes. Special Arrangements for Legion Stopovers Corvallis, Of special interest to lovers of Oregon's famous beach re sorts, is the announcement by the 1931 Legion convention commission here that a special reservation ser vice will be offered those visiting the state convention August 6, 7 and 8, for stop-overs in the coast commun ities on the way home Saturday night. The Corvallis chamber of commerce will handle the service. -Under arrangements it will be pos sible for anyone to make reserva tions here before leaving for cot tages, cabins, hotel accommodations or camping privileges at any of the beautiful resort spots on the coast highway between Waldport and Sea side. It will be possible to leave Corvallis late in the afternoon or eve ning with the assurance that desired accommodations will be waiting at the beach. The local committee will arrange its liason with the beaches through use of the telephone and telegraph without cost to guests. Ferry fees at Waldport and Newport have been discontinued, also, eliminating that expense on the Waldport-Newport Loop. Duncan in Jail Robert Gordon Duncan, 60-year-old "Oregon Wildcat," at 11:15 a. m. Wednesday started to pay the pen alty for using obscene, indecent and profane language over the radio at Portland last year in a series of at tacks on prominent businessmen and firms as the outgrowth of a campaign he started against chain store organi zations. He was taken to the federal section of the Multnomah county jail by United States Marshal John L. Day after Federal Judge James A. Fee had denied his application for a parole. . .. . ... Work May Start Soon Those in touch with the road de velopments in the Blue mountains say it is likely the forestry department will do some work on the Tollgate Elgin stretch of road this year. The road will not be finished, but a start will be made. Next summer, it is re ported, there is likelihood that the gap in the Weston-Tollgate highway will be completed, but this year mo torists must use the old dirt road. Catching "Yanks" at Wallowa Motorists spending the week-end at Wallowa Lake report, good fishing for "yanks" in the lake. Fishermen use periwinkles, salmon eggs and worms for bait and employ the Btill fishing method from row boats. The fish which average from 8 to 10 inches in length are blue and the meat is red like salmon trout and a delicious delicacy. These fish run in about a month at this time of year. New Speed Boat King of Waves JJL ? 4 m 5 if mm 1 Knye Don with the speed boat Miss England II established a new world's record for speed boats hy making a speed of 103.4 miles an hour over a meas ured course in the River Pnrnnn nt Buenos Aires. BOY IS AIR PILOT mmmm. immj,... .,i ..xM)uimi mm phi .mini , . v i 1 'is Hugh Shepherd, sixteen of Detroit. Mich., litis Just successfully passed liis flying tests and lins been warded a privnte airplane pilot's license. Cinders To Be Used on School Parking Strip The directors of School District No. 29 have decided to cover the parking strip parallel with the curb and side walk on Fourth street with cinders, the parking to be used by school buses and private cars used for trans portation of pupils. Three carloads of cinders will be used in surfacing the new parking and it will be put on as soon as the leveling of the ground , is completed. Heretofore buses and cars have been parked in the street during school hours and the practice has been considered dangerous for the reason that there was always the chance for an accident due to traffic. The new parking . strip will afford facilities for removing the school cars from the street thoroughfare entirely. Slay Many Coyotes Wielding shovels, guns and traps, coyote hunters killed 1,345 animals during May, the Idaho state sheep commission reported in ' compiling bounty claims. Bounties average $5 a head and totaled $6,897. In addition 20 wildcats were killed. May Purchase Warehouse Announcement has been made that the storage facilities of the Walla Walla Farmers agency at Walla Wal la and Dixie will be purchased by the new Farmers National Warehouse corporation. Light Cherry Crop With only a 25-cariv3d shipment of cherries from Milton - Freewater this season, in comparison with 100 carloads last year, the picking of a very light crop has beea completed. Cowboy Convention The annual cowboy convention will be held at Ukiah on July 3 and 4, with a big opening dance at Jazz Canyon on the evening of July 2. There will be straight horse races, pony express and relay races, steer roping contests, bucking contests and other events that go to make the Ukiah annual exhibition popular with the big crowds of people who always attend. , Highway improvements will make getting to Ukiah much easier than heretofore. The morning of July 4 will be devoted to patriotic speeches. Heavy Rain at Pilot Rock One of the hardest rains that ever struck Pilot Rock was experienced there Tuesday when .93 of an inch fell and residents of the town became, frightened and fled to the hills. Yards were filled with water and hailstones and considerable damage was done to fields. The high water damage cov ered a scope of about six miles. Will Study River The district engineer for the war department, stationed at Portland, has been assigned to consult with Pendleton officials regarding flood control on the Umatilla river, with the object of - advising on plans to strengthen and "improve the levies now protecting the county seat dam age by high waters. . . ' i . Southern Idaho Driest In Years; Dams Below Normal, Mountains Bare Boise. South Idaho faces a dry year with deficiencies in moisture, ir rigation dams below normal and for ests without snow, recent federal and state reports have indicated. The Arrowrock dam, storing water for the Boise valley project has 135, 000 acre feet compared with 238,000 acre feet a year ago. Reports esti mated the water will last on reduc ed rotation until July 25. Early crops are maturing and are not bothered by a lack of rain. Three hundredths of an inch was recorded in May while one hundredth of an inch has fallen so far this month. The fall represents a deficiency of two and one-half inches since January 1. The central Idaho country, the wheat belt, in the vicinity of Grange ville and Nez Perce, reports rain is needed badly for spring crops. Burn ing by recent heat is reported. Cooler weather over the week-end brought relief in most sections and stock and sheepmen report mountain ranges still are providing good feed. Athena Golf Course Is Popular With Players Laurence Pinkerton's new Athena golf course is proving to be popular with out of town players as well as with club members. Sunday there were about fifty play ers on the links during the day. A number were from Pendleton, others were from Milton-Freewater and Waitsburg and all were surprised and pleased with Mr. Pinkerton's new course. A number expressed their intention to return frequently and play the game here. Mr. Pinkerton is working constant ly on the fairways and grounds and with improvements contemplated, hopes to have a golf course that will compare favorably with others in this part of the state. Many Entries for Legion Regatta at McKay Lake Pendleton. Entries are coming in fast for the Third Annual American Legion water Regatta, at McKay Lake, June 20 and 21, and much in terest is being manifest among driv ers of the Pacific coast in the speed events. Familiar faces who have already registered their boats for the races are Arthur Peck, Klamath Falls, driv ing the Klamath Queen powered by a Johnson 24 motor; Laurence Peck ert, of Spokane, , driving Flaming Mammie, powered by a Johnson 32: Joe Pedicord, of Spokane, driving the Peddy Boy, Jr., II powered by an Evinrude 4.60; and Fritz Helphery, of Sand Point, Idaho, driving Peddy Boy, Jr., powered by a Johnson 24. Other drivers who have sent in their entry blanks are Glen Collins, of bpokane, driving Little Ceasar, powered by a Johnson P. R. 55; Bob Tillotson, of Boise Idaho, driving Betty Korner, powered by a Johnson S. P. 55; W. B. Earscourt, of Spokane, driving Skip, powered by a Johnson 24 and 30; and the famous Flying Cloud 11, piloted by Harold McCarty, of Boise, Idaho, and powered by a Johnson P. R. 55. McCarty has es tablished a reputation for himself in the Boise valley and will be here to uphold it among the fastest competi tion of his racing career. The number of entries for 1931 is expected to exceed those of last year, at which time Pendleton had the largest list of the Northwest, and in- cidently, the best races. Swimming floats and diving towers are being erected this week at Mc Kay Lake, and logs are being brought from the mountains for the log roll contest. The Regatta dance at Happy Can yon, Saturday night is expected to surpass any of the previous like events. A, R. Shumway Is New President of Grain Growers Warning Against Firecrackers State Fire Marshal A. H. Averill has issued warnings against the sale or explosion of firecrackers over two and a half inches in length and five eights inch in diameter. The law covers all sections of the state, Averill said, and further that it is unlawful to sell or give any child under 14 years of age any explosive articles. His warnings were issued particularly in connection with Fourth of July celebrations. Violation of the law carries a penalty of from $25 to $50 fine. Today Is Field Day Crop rotation, grain variety trials, fertilizer demonstrations, date and rate of seeding winter wheat,' will be among the interesting phases of the first field day program to be held at the new field station near Pendleton this afternoon, beginning at 1:45. Farmers and all who are interested in the work of the station are invited to attend. Deeds Recorded Warranty deeds filed in the office of the county recorder this week in clude: A. H. Kibbey and Ceicel M. Kibbey to F. B. Wood and Elizabeth Wood, lots 5 and 6 in block 2 of Kirk's fourth addition to Athena; F. B. Wood, et ux, to A. H. Kibbey et ux, a tract of city property in the neigh borhood of Hunt and High streets, Athena. License Plates Available New license plates for the coming year were available Monday, and from now on only new license plates will be obtained at the automobile bureau of the department of state, it was announced. . While the regis tration season actually starts on July 1, the legislature has provided two weeks of grace prior to the fin al date. - Makes First Trip The first Pendleton-Portland round trip of the daily schedule inaugurated by Pendleton Airways Inc., was made Monday with a four place Ryan plane, carrying three passengers. Mayor Lewis of Pendleton was one of the passengers to make the initial trip. Baptist Sunday School in Program and Pageant The Baptist church was filled al most to capacity Sunday evening when the Sunday school rendered a Children's Day program, including a pageant. The program follows: Opening Song....Primary Department Exercise "God Made Them All".... ....Ida Clemons, Betty Jean Booher Solo "The Best I Can" Laura Jean Payne Recitation ..Marian Stewart Recitation "Staying Awake" Maebelle Clemons Duet "Beautiful Roses" Clara Flock and Gene Zerba Pageant "In Childhood Realm" Characters: Wisdom, Arleen Foster Truth, Annabel Payne Love, Va lerie Cannon Happiness, Roberta Cannon Courage, Bryan Kibbey Loyalty, Paul Kibbey Service, John Robert Stewart Spirit of Children's Day, Genevieve Barrett Opportunity Mildred Alkire. Group of children:Beverely Barrett, Helen Alkire, Iva Mae Booher, Fran cis Alkire, Dwayne Payne, Harry Stewart, Raymond Kibbey. The church was beautifully deco rated with lattice work and flowers. The choir consisted of Clara Flock, Bonny Alkire, Laura Ross, Velma Ross, Gene Zerba, Mrs. Watkins was accompanist with Kohler Betts as sisting with the violin. Fourth of July Plans Walla Walla will have a real Fourth of July celebration this year, with something doing from early morning until late at night. The American Legion will have full charge and will have the cooperation and support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veter ans and the Spanish American War veterans and their auxiliaries. Spokane. A. R. Shumway, Milton, Ore., is the new president of North Pacific Grain Growers. Inc.. north west regional marketing cooperative. ne defeated F. J. Wilmer, Rosalia, Wash., who sousrht re-election Mon. day night. Wilmer's defeat came as a mirnrise to many stockholders who predicted his re-election, but was exnecteH Hi. rectors said, because of his unsuccess ful fight against direct marketim? be tween local units and the Farmers' National Grain corporation, key unit in the setup. The directors accept ed this plan recently and stockhold ers adopted it. Other officers are; Victor R. Hyslop, Deer Creek, Wash., vice president, and Albert C. Adams, Spokane, treasurer, re-elected. Election of a secretary-manager was deferred. The following directors were re elected: F. J. Wilmer: W. J. Sutton. Che ney, Wash.; Orris Dorman, LaCrosse, Wash.; V. R. Hyslop; A. C. Lineham, Genesee, Idaho; R. R. McAllister, Kalispell, Mont.; J. W. Sweazey, Waitsburg. was elected to the board to succeed O. T. Cornwall, who de clined re-election. I d HDM Dlir ml w run ir III DIM IS ALL SET TO ML GO Naming of Two Chiefs Ex pected Soon; Economy Measures Shown. Mrs. Lenna Read Is Re- ' elected School Director At the annual school meeting of District No. 29, Monday afternoon, Mrs. Lenna Read was re-elected to serve on the board of directors, her previous term having expired. J. F. Kershaw was re-elected to the office of school clerk. The meeting was held from two to three o'clock p. m. as required by the school law and voting on adoption of the school budget was by ballot. The annual report as read by the clerk, showed that the bonded indebt edness of the district had been reduc ed to $7000, by recent payment on bonds of $2000. Bonds are being re tired at the rate of $2000 per year, so that in three and a half years, the district will be free from bonded In debtedness which was incurred when the present building was constructed at a total cost of $32,000. ' Better Mail Service Given by Department Through concerted efforts of post masters in towns between Pendleton and Walla Walla, the postoffice de partment has given better mail ser vice. Mail is now. received at the Athena office at 7:50 a. m., by Union Pacific motor stage from Pendleton. The new service was inaugurated Sunday and supercedes the mail ser vice by train, which delivered the mail here around 11 a. m. Previous to that service, mail was received in Athena at 8 a. m., by motor stage from Walla Walla. Eagles in Convention The fraternal order of Eagles is holding the annual state convention at Pendleton, commencing yesterday and continuing in session over today and tomorrow. Mayor George Lewis, representing the city of Pendleton, de livered the welcoming address yester day morning, followed in order by E. B. Aldrich, Col. J. H. Raley and Har old J. Warner. This evening the ladies' auxiliary of the Pendleton Eagles, will serve a banquet to be fol lowed by a dance. Attended Growers Meeting R. L, Wilson, manager of the Farm ers Grain Elevator Co. of Athena and Joseph Cannon represented the Athe na local at the meeting of the North Pacific Grain Growers Inc., at Spo kane, Monday. Mr. Wilson says that interesting reports were read before the meeting, and that the different locals will soon receive copies of them. Improving Station Property James Huggins, owner of the Hug gins Service station, corner Main and Fifth street, has been making exten sive improvements to the property. The yard in front of his dwelling has been graded and filled in with Chi nese elm trees, shrubs and flowers, A border of rock fronts the house along the sidewalk and these will receive a coat of white paint. Unemployment Held Worse Unemployment conditions in Ore gon this year are far worse than last year, the department of labor reports. Just what the conditions will be this fall cannot be anticipated, but the de partment indicated no improvement would be seen as far as new jobs are concerned, with Eastern Oregon per haps harder hit than the Western sec tion, , Many Workmen Affected More than 140,000 workmen are af fected by the compensation law in Oregon industry, the state industrial accident, commission announced. Of the employers in the state about 19, 000 are operating under the act. The employer contributes 85 per cent of the accident fund in the state. Isaac-Dyer Charles Isaac and Miss Lenore Dyer were married at Hermiston at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Dyer. An informal re ception followed the wedding. Mr. and Mrs, Isaac will make their home near Pilot Rock where Mr, Isaac is engaged in farming. Not Much Swimming With the return of cooler weather accompanied by showers of rain, there were not many swimmers at the Le gion pool in City Park the fore part of the week. With higher tempera ture in the offing, attendance at the swimming pool may be expected to in crease, ,: ... . Salem. Organization of the' new state department of agriculture will probably be completed within the next week, according to Max . Gehlhar, Salem lawyer-horticulturist, selected by Governor Meier as the director of the new department, who has been de voting his entire time for the past month to the work of reorganizing the several departments included in this consolidation. The act creating the department provides for its organization into five divisions, each headed by a "chief," but Gehlhar has announced the abol ishment of the division of markets, grades and standards whose functions will be distributed among the other four divisions, thus reducing the number of chiefs to be named to four. By virtue of a provision in the leg islative act Gehlhar as director of the department is also made ex-officio "chief" of the department of admin istration and J. D. Mickle, present state dairy and food commissioner, is also taken care of in the reorganiza tion as "chief" of the division of foods and dairies. This leaves only two chiefs to be selected, one for the division of plant industry1 and anoth er for the division of animal indus try which is expected to go to Dr. W. H. Lytle, present state veterinarian, whose department is taken over in the consolidation. - , Dissemination of crop and market news now handled out of the Salem office of the state marketing agent will be discontinued after July 1, ac cording to Gehlhar, and this service will be centralized in the college at Corvallis which now maintains a sim ilar news bureau. Gehlhar, in addition to the execu tive function delegated to him as di rector of the new department and the supervision of agriculture statistics, publicity, fairs and exhibits which the act places under his direct control, will also take over direct supervision of the grain inspection division, the largest and most important branch of the department. Elimination of the market agent will, it is estimated by Gehlhar, re. suit in a saving of at least $7300 a year in salaries and is only one of a number of economies which it is hoped to put into effect ur.der the consolidation. The consolidation will include 12 state functions now operating as sep arate departments. These ' are the board of horticulture, pure seed board, livestock sanitary board, state veteri narian, dairy and food commissioner, state chemist, state bacteriologist, ad visory livestock brand adjusting board, stallion registration board, board of state fair directors, state market agent, lime board and the standing committee on agricultural, lime. Examiners Named Nine examiners of automobile op erators' license applicants have been named by Kent Shoemaker, head of the automobile examiners license bu reau. New applicants for driver's and chauffeur's licenses must under go examinations after July 1, while the law compells all chauffeurs to have their licenses renewed. Present hold ers of operator's licenses are not re quired to renew licenses, but the new law provides these must be renewed some time within the next three years. Henry Lizcar will have charge of this district with headquarters at Pen de- ton. Work Speeded Up Starting at midnight, Saturday, three shifts of men were put to work on the grain elevator at Milton, tho site of which adjoins the Milton Box factory on the west It is being erected by C. G. McNichols for the Farmers' National Grain corporation with the completion expected by July 6. The elevator will have a capacity of 80,000 bushels and will cost in ex cess of $25,000. It is expected that H. F. Murray, Freewater, will be ap pointed local manager. ' Joseph Memorial Unviled Elaborate ceremonies had been planned for the unveiling of the Joseph memorial monument on Clat sop Plains Tuesday, when all com panies of the 186th and 162d infan try of the Oregon National Guard joined with the state in paying hom age to the memory of the late Sena tor George W. Joseph. Miss Thorsen Resigns Miss Blanche Thorsen, Athena zrade teacher, elected to teach hera next year has resigned and accepted a position in the grade schools at The Dalles. The local school board have a number of applications on file for tha vacancy.