The Athena press. (Athena, Umatilla County, Or.) 18??-1942, June 19, 1931, Image 1

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Entered at the Post Office at Athena, Oregon, as Second-Class Mail Matter
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
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
: 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
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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
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.
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
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,
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-
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