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THE PRESS, ATHENA, OREGON SEPTEMBER 25, 1931
An Average of Two Bushels
per Acre Over Fall
(Walter A. Holt, County Agent
This letter is about the desirability
of spring planting federation instead
of fall planting it, and is also to give
some facts about the Bmut situation.
First, in regard to federation, some
growers in the county have been
planting federation in the spring on
summer fallow instead of fall plant
ing it and the movement is increas
ing. This has some advantages and
some disadvantages, which are listed
below. "The advantages are:
1. At the Pendleton field station,
Jhe spring planted federation has out
yielded the fall planted an average of
two bushels per acre for the three
year period 1929, 1930 and 1931. A
comparison of spring and fall plant
ed federation, together with hybrid
128 and albit is shown in the follow
' ing table: -
Variety Yield 1929-31
Federation 41.3 bushels
Federation , 39.2 bushels
Hybrid 128 34.3 bushels
Albit 32.2 bushels
These figures may not hold good
for every year, but they have not
varied much at the station during
the past three years.
2. by spring planting, the smut
problem almost disappears. Spring
planted wheat, if properly treated,
very rarely has any smut. During
the past few years smut has been
greatly increasing in the fall planted
3. Spring planting eliminates the
hazard of winter killing, which oc
casionally makes replanting . neces
sary, but tnore often makes thin and
weedy spots in parts of the fields.
4. Spring planting allows one more
chance at the weeds and so results
in cleaner fields and . less all-around
trouble from weeds.
6. The spring planted grain usually
has a higher testweight per bushel;
it also has less dockage, these two
points resulting in a higher price per
bushel, - j
6. There is generally less straw
growth when spring planted and this
makes harvesting easier, makes less
trouble in plowing under, and is an
advantage in following crops as less
fertility is removed from the soil.
7. In those parts of the county
where peas can be satisfactorily
grown, spring planting of wheat
gives a grower a chance to consider
pea acreage and in years when the
market outlook is good for peas, he
can better increase his pea acreage.
8 .This year there is some possibil
ity that the farm board may have
something to offer along acreage re
duction lines. If the Walla Walla
plan for example is accepted, the ac
ceptance may come after the fall
planting season has passed, thus al
lowing participation only by growers
who spring plant.
To partially offset these advantages
there are the extra operations of soil
preparation necessary if summer fal
low is allowed to go over for spring
seeding. Also run-off is worse if
there is no fall planted crop. This is
particularly serious on steep land.
This spring planting idea is pre
sented particularly for consideration
by growers in the regular federation
section of the county. ' Spring seed
ing does not offer the hope .in the
light land section that it does in the
heavier yielding sections. Shallow
soils will not store as much moisture
as deeper .soils and spring crops are
more apt to suffer than winter crops.
Therefore we cannot recommend
spring planting in the lighter land
areas. At the Sherman county ex
periment station where conditions
are-more or less similar to those in
the lighter land areas of Umatilla
county, the best spring seeded wheat
has averaged about 5 bushels less per
acre than the best fall seeded variety.
Cattle Outlook Better,
Say State College Reports
Oregon State College. An uncer
tain outlook for the wheat market
and a relatively favorable future for
the cattle industry is seen in produc
tion and market reports assembled by
the agricultural economics depart
ment of the extension service and
just issued in the current situation
and outlook report.
The average farm price of cattle
and calves is now at the pre-war
level, the outlook report continues.
Compared with most other farm pro
ducts, however, beef prices are rela
Reduced consumption rather than
increased supply is blamed for the de
cline in beef prices. The per capita
supply of beef in 1930-31 has been the
smallest on record during the past 31
years. Since this supply is still small
as compared to population, any up
turn in general business conditions to
better the buying power of the con
sumers will mean an immediate im
provement in the cattle market, ob
servers here believe.
Fred Eiffert, Auctioneer
Fred Eiffert, 71, well-known auc
tioneer, died last week at his home
near Twilight station, in the east part
of the county. He had been a resident
of Umatilla county for 27 years. He
is survived by his widow and six
children, Frank, F. W.f W. F., W. H.,
Mrs, D. B. Herndon and Mrs. Earl
Keen Disappointment Over
Rejection of Plan by the
Walla Walla. Keen disappoint
ment marked the reception of inform
ation that the federal farm board had
rejected the Walla Walla plan of
"lifting" the surplus of wheat from
the market. Farmers were joined by
business men and bankers in denunci
ation of the action of the board whose
statement of reasons for rejection
was pronounced as failing to conform
Threats against the governmental
organization - in its local operations
were made by farmer proponents of
the program who declared that the
farm board urged acreage reduction
but refused to accept a method for
this which would help the farmer fin
ance his reduction.
Banking interests which had fur
nished money for the committee to
make the trip to Washington also
were vigorous in attacking the action
of the farm board.
Return of the committee from
Washington is expected to bring a
call for a Northwest meeting of pro
test. The Walla Walla plan called for
the optioning of stabilization wheat
to farmers who would contract to
withhold plantings from sufficient
acreage next season to care for the
"purchased" surplus from the govern
ment. A meeting of wheat growers
from all Northwestern states ' ap
proved the plan and joined in its sup
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High School Notes
Mae-Hi Downs Athena
The Hac Hi "Pioneers" defeated the
Athena team Friday by the score 32
to 2."- As this was the first game of
the season, the playing was ragged
and quite a few fumbles occurred.
The first quarter the Athena boys
held Mac Hi, but after that
they could not stop Crimmins, Mac
Hi's star player. Several Athena boys
received injuries, but they will be
back in the lineup next week. All
the players who made the trip were
able to get to play sometime during
the game. The Athena lineup was as
follows: Leland Jenkins, le; Lester
Towne, It; Jack Weber, lg; Fred Sing
er ,c; Robert Campbell, rg; Glenn
McCullough, rt; Wendell Shigley, re;
Solista Pickett (captain), q; Bud
Miller, rh; Ralph Moore, lh; Lowell
Jenkins, f. Substitutes: Aaron Doug
las, Kenneth Rogers, Leo Geissel, Roy
Moore, Norman Moore, Max Johnson,
Hugh Steele, Gail Zerba, Norbert
Walters, Buddy Weber and Raymond
Frosh Give Wiener Roast
The annual freshman weiner roast
was held after school Monday, at
Thornhollow. This affair is the
freshmen's treat to the high school.
They provided lots of weiners, coffee
and buns. Out door games and
amusements were enjoyed.
Valuable Racers Die
In Closed Express Car
Ellensburg. A string of 33 valu
able racing horses belonging to Yaki
ma valley Indians en route to the
Western Washington fair at Puyallup
suffocated between Wapato and El
The horses were in one express car
"n which the doors and ventilators
tisH been closed, and those that were
not victims of suffocation were tram
pled to death by the frightened ani
mals in an attempt to get air at a
small crack at one end of the car.
Twenty-seven of the horses were
dead, three expected to die and three
were able to walk around, but in a
weakened condition." '
The plight of the animals was dis
covered by Ellensburg trainmen when
the Northern Pacific passenger train
carrying the horses arrived here.
Steam was discovered emitting from
the cracks of the doors and upon in
vestigation a pile of dead horses was
found crowded in one end of the car.
These horses were shown in races
here recently at the Ellensburg rodeo
and are believed the property of Jim
Drums Added to Band
Drums have been added to the in
strumentation of the band. Solista
Pickett is playing the snare and
Glenn McCullough is beating the bass
drum. Besides these new members
there are several rapidly progressing
beginners who will soon be playing in
First Meeting of Girls' League
The Girls' League held its first
meeting of the year, Monday, Sep
tember 21. Plans to attend the Girls'
League Convention at Milton were
discussed. A committee to outline a
program of activities for the year
was appointed. Betty Eager, Helen
Barrett, Mary Jane Miller and Arleen
Foster were appointed on the com
Art Club Formed
An Art club for high school stu
dents was organized Thursday after
noon, under the supervision of Miss
Calef. About twelve students met
with her in the study hall and plans
for the courses to be pursued were
discussed. Among the subjects to be
studied are interior decorating, dress
designing, pencil sketching and char
Mary Emily Isaac
Following the death of her hus
band, Charles B. Isaac, less than a
week, Mrs. Mary Emily Isaac, aged
60, died at Pendleton Saturday, tone
was born in Umatilla in 1871, being
the daughter of Henry J. and Helen
Albertine Kane Kunzie, early settlers
of this county. She is survived by
the following children: Mrs. Herman
Snyder, Mrs. Herb Green, Charles W.
Isaac of Pendleton; Mrs. Ruth Ran
dall of Milton and Mrs. Frances Turn
er of Caldwell.
Beea Figure in Wreck
Would be rescuers at an auto wreck
two miles north of Woodland, Wash.,
where five persons were injured Sun
day nieht were literally stung into
inactivity when a hive of bees being
transported in a truck which was in
the accident were released from cap
tivity. The insects, alarmed and an
gered, lit upon the face and arms of
several persons who sought to render
first aid to the injured.
The city of Pendleton will hold a
special election November 7 to vote
on two mill tax to be used exclus
ively for unemployment relief. Funds
to be raised by the tax will be applied
mainly to the city levee system, al
though the ordinance calling the elec
tion is so worded that they may be
used on other projects of public neces
sity if need arises.
Fire Danger at Jail
Declaring that prisoners in the
county jail would probably roast
alive with no means of escape should
fire ever break out in the court house,
the county grand jury in its formal
report to Judge Calvin Sweek recom
mended that an external exit and fire
escape from the jail be constructed,
says the East Oregonian.
A Dead Man's Tap
Proves Very Startling
to Big Jake Kauffman
Big Jake Kauffman of Walla Wal
la, is well known by many people in
Athena and the following story in
the Walla Walla Union of recent
date, will be read with interest:
It is not given to all men to com
mune with those who have passed be
yond the veil. Jake Kauffman is one
Walla Walla man who has done this,
however. A long time ago when J.
J. Kauffman wore a star which told
the world that he was the chief of
police of Walla Walla, a man was
found dead in a warehouse. '
A coroner's inquest was held and
the man was identified as Mort Mon
petit, former soldier at the garrison.
Men who had soldiered with him were
positive and said so emphatically.
There was one doubting Thomas that
insisted that a mistake ' had been
made, that the man was not Mort, but
someone who looked like him.
lhen up spake one who knew Mort
"Mort," he insisted, "had a peculiar
mouth full of teeth, there being a
double row of food gnashers inside his
lips, if this chap has 'em he's Mort."
Examination revealed the double
row of teeth.
"Now, we'll clinch it," he said,
"Mort was a man who believed in
personal cleanliness. Not only did he
often wash his feet, but he kept his
toenails manicured. Now if this fel
low hasfeet like I say it's an abso
lute cinch that it is Mort."
So the body was examined. The
feet were clean, and the toenails were
manicured. The coroner's jury did
not even leave its seats, but returned
a verdict that one Mort Monpetit was
dead." The body was buried and Jake
Kauffman was one of the pallbearers.
The case was forgotten, Kauffman
continued his police activities. Some
three months later a man tapped him
on the shoulder. Jake looked around
and met the grinning glances of Mort
"there and back" quickly
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