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ATHENA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, NOVEMBER 27, 1931
FIRS! Ill POWER
U. S. Engineers Will Urge
Hugh Development Pro
gram for Stream.
In a recent report made by United
States army engineers, congress will
be told: "The Columbia river offers
the greatest opportunities in the
United States for development of
hydro-electric power. The enormous
power potentialities when fully real
ized would change the economic as
pect of the whole Pacific Northwest.
"Judging this from background, the
unprecedented size of power develop
ment on the Columbia river is mere
ly a measure of the extraordinary
benefits which may accrue there
Two dams of enormous size are pro
jected in the scheme of development,
one at The Dalles and one at Grand
Coulee in Washington.
Acting on the report of the engin
eers, the Portland Chamber of Com
merce appointed a committee for con
sideration of the engineers' recom
mendations and this committee report
ed back, its endorsement of series "D"
dams at The Dalles and Warrendale,
which if built would make a pond of
the Columbia river back to the mouth
of Snake river.
The hasty action of the committee
came as a surprise to those who had
pioneered the Umatilla Rapids pro
ject to the point where it is scheduled
for decision at the coming session of
By friends and supporters of the
Umatilla Rapids project it is con
sidered that selection of The Dalles
dam would serve merely to delay river
improvement for decades, if not for
ever. This by reason of the huge cost
of construction. The Rapids project
calls for an expenditure of $45,000,
One at The Dalles, would be 20,
000 feet long, 330 feet above sea level,
260 feet at shore height and 440 feet
at its crest above the deepest point
of excavation. It would generate
1,504,000 horsepower of electrical en
ergy at a cost of 1.55 mills a kilo
watt hour on a basis of 55 per cent
load factor and money at 4 per cent.
It would pool the Columbia to a point
15 miles above the mouth of the
Snake. Supplemental to this dam is
one at Warrendale at the foot of Cas
cade rapids, which at a height of 54
feet would pool the river to the foot
of the dam at The Dalles. The cost,
including both dams, would total
The second great dam is to be rec
ommended at Grand Coulee in Wash
ington. It would supply water by
pumping to the Columbia Basin irri
gation project and for an area ap
proximating 1,500,000 acres. It is pro
posed as a substitute for the gravity
supply originally considered for
1,883,000 acres from the Pend d'Oreil
le river at Albany falls in Idaho. The
estimate of cost, including dam, pow
er house and irrigation of 1,519,890
acres, is estimated at $475,835,231.
The generating cost of power at 79.5
per cent load factor is placed at 1.40
mills a kilowatt hour and on the same
load factor the generating cost at The
Dalles is placed at 1.38 mills a kilo
R. A. Ball came down from his
mountain ranch Monday to do some
trading. He reports snow about two
feet deep in his neighborhood and un
til the roads were broken, they were
GIVE THANKS FOR
HOW well I remember that old
Thanksgiving dinner I Father at
one end and mother at the other end,
the children between and wondering 11
father ever will get done carving the
The day before at school, we had
learned that Greece was south of
Turkey, but on the table we found
that Turkey was bounded by grease.
The brown surface waited for the fork
to plunge astride the breastbone, and
with knife sharpened on the jambs of
the fireplace,' lay bare the folds of
Give to the disposed to be senti
mental, the heart. Give to the one dis
posed to music the drumstick. Give
to the one disposed to theological dis
cussion the "parson's nose."
Then the pies I For the most part a
lost art What mir.ee pies! in which
you had aQ confidence, fashioned from
all rich ingredients, instead of miscel
laneous leavings which are only short
of glorified hash! Not nines pies with
profound mysteries of origin! But
. mother made them, and laid the lower
trust and the upper cmst, with here
and there a pur.ct e by the fork to
let you look through the light and flaky
surface into tha scb-.tcace beneath.
T, DeWitt Talmagey D. D.
Fists On Patron
Paul Bulfinch, former Weston boy,
is now postmaster at American Falls,
Idaho, and recently a Washington, D.
C, press dispatch gave an account of
his pummeling a patron of his office.
Said the dispatch:
A postmaster may beat up on a
patron of his office and get off with
a reprimand, though he is officially
advised to recall the words of Wood-
row Wilson and at all times be "too
proud to fight." If he ignores this ad
monition, and a second time uses the
post office lobby as a prize ring, he
will lose his job.
That is the ruling laid down by the
post office department in the case
of Paul Bulfinch, postmaster at
American Falls, who, on encountering
J. F. Kosanke, proceeded to pummel
him plenty for having preferred
charges against the postmaster with
Congressman Addison T. Smith and
Prior to becoming postmaster, Bul
finch engaged in the real estate busi
ness. Kosanke charged the postmas
ter was transacting real estate busi
ness in the post office during office
hours. Later when Kosanke called
for his mail, Bulfinch, who had heard
of the charges, met him in the .lobby;
words were exchanged; then blows,
and the postmaster, reputed to be a
diminutive, pacific type of man, is re
ported to have "beaten up" his "ac
cuser," a much larger man, giving
him a black eye among other souve
nirs. Kosanke then filed new charges,
of assault, which the congressman re
ferred to the department; the depart
ment referred them to the inspector,
and the. inspector found them to be
partially true, at least there had been
a fight and the postmaster came off
So the department wrote Post
master Bulfinch saying in part:
"Your meeting with Mr. Kosanke
did you no credit. It is regrettable
that an . official of the postal service
so far forgets himself as to engage
in a street fight with or without pro
vocation. There must be no repeti
tion of such conduct if you desire to
continue as postmaster."
As to the real estate business, the
postmaster was advised that while he
may continue that as a sideline, he
must do so outside the post office and
after office hours.
Coach Miller Says Basket
ball Prospects Not Bright
From his statement made to The
Press, . "Pike" Miller, Athena high
school coach, is not very favorably
impressed with basketball prospects
as they appear on the eve of begin
ning the scholastic schedule with
Umapine at the Athena gym on the
evening of December 1L
"Prospects are hot so bright, said
Miller, "as many of the boys are low
in their grades and some are small in
stature. At this time two of the best
prospects, Leo Geissel and Jack Web
er, look as if they are going to be in
eligible on account of low grades.
Only fifteen men are out for basket
ball and all are inexperienced except
Lowell and Leland Jenkins. The team
looks as if it will comprise the two
Jenkins boys, Sol Pickett, Ralph
Moore, Kenneth Rogers, Bud Weber,
George Pittman, Roy Moore, Gayle
Zerba, Raymond Murphy, Lester
Towne, Bud Miller and Bob Campbell.
And some of these are on the border
line in their grades."
Six regular games have been
scheduled, as follows: Umapine here,
December 11; open date for December
18; Adams here, January 15; Helix
there, January 22; Umapine there,
January 29; Helix here, February 5;
Adams there, February 12.
Efforts are being made to secure a
practice game here for the evening
of December 4.
Health Nurse Comes Here
Miss Heingardner, county health
nurse, will give the first of a series of
lectures on methods ol prevention lor
contagious diseases at the high school
auditorium next Thursday afternoon,
December 3 at 2:30 o'clock. The lec
tures are open to the public and
promise to be interesting and instruc
tive. No admission fee will be charg
ed and an informal period will be held
after the lecture when questions may
be asked and general discussion will
be in order. It is hoped that a good
number will be present to take advan
tage of the helpful suggestions which
will be made.
County Clerk Dies
Robert T. Brown, county clerk, who
has been ill for the last three weeks,
died suddenly at his home in Pendle
ton, Tuesday. Mr. Brown was born in
1870 in Missouri, and has lived in
Pendleton since he was six years of
age. He had been identified with public-
work for many years, and had
previously served as deputy assessor
and deputy clerk. He is survived by
his widow and two brothers, Gideon
Brown of Long Beach, Cal., and
Frank Brown of Weston.
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Made Day National
Persistent Woman Editor
United the Nation in
The impression seems to prevail In
some quarters that the women of the
United States never accomplished any
thing worth while before they were
given the right to vote. Talk of that
character Is a million miles from the
truth. The women of America have
always been doing fine, big, worthwhile
things, H. O. Bishop writes In the Na
At this particular season of the year
It Is appropriate to tell about the
woman who, after twenty years of
patient effort, succeeded In having an
annual Thanksgiving celebration In
this country observed on the same
day by all of the people.
The name of this woman was Mrs.
Sarah Joseplia Hale. Few women, ei
ther before or since, have accom
plished more big tilings for the better
ment of men and women. Probably
few persons of the present generation
have ever heard of this gifted woman.
She was born at Newport, N. H., Oc
tober 24, 1788, and died in Philadel
phia, April 30, 1S79. She was not a
college woman, but was taught by her
mother. In 1813, at the age of twenty
five, she married a lawyer, David Hale,
a brother of Salma Hale, historian anil
nt one time a member of congress
from New Hampshire. Nine years la
ter she was left a widow with five cliil
dren. She was a genuine, old-fash
(oned American woman, 'and did not
clnnior for governmental or individual
aid. She was quite content to go to
work. In 1S28 she became editor of
the Ladies' Magazine, which had re
cently been started In Boston. She
successfully edited this publication un
til 1S37, when It was merged with God-
ey's Ladles' Book. She continued with
the latter publication until 1877.
Much Work Well Done.
Editing a magazine Is usually con
sidered a pretty big Job in itself. Mrs.
Hale, however, seemed to find time for
many other things. She organized the
Seaman's Aid society in Boston, which
Is the parent of similar organizations
now existing In most ports. The com
pletion of the Bunker Hill monument
was also partly due to the efforts of
this little woman. She persuaded the
women of New England to raise $50,
000 for that purpose.
The plan of educating women for
medical and missionary sen-ice In for
eign lands was inaugurated by Mrs.
Hale. She devoted a number of years
to this effort, finally succeeding
through the organization of the Ladies'
Medical Missionary society of Phila
delphia, and the Woman's Union Mis
sionary Society for Heathen Lands, in
Throughout her editorial wwk Mrs.
Hale urged the practical advancement
of women, advocating their employ
meat as teachers and the establish
ment of seminaries for their higher ed
ucation. Thanksgiving in 1777.
It was In the early forties that Mrs.
Hale began her campaign for making
Thanksgiving a national holiday and
its celebration on the same day all
over the country. It was then the
custom for different localities to ob
serve the occasion on "whatever day
happened to strike their fancy.
Following the surrender of Burgoyne
at Saratoga In 1777, the Continental
congress had appointed a committee to
recommend Joint thanksgiving for "the
signal success lately obtained over the
enemies of the United States."
In 1778 Thanksgiving was set for
December 30, most of the states con
curring In a uniform date, but there
were other ThaeVsgivIngs In May,
June and December as the various
states saw fit to order them.
It was not until January, 1795, that
Washington was authorized by con
gress to proclaim a national Thanks
giving, which he did for February 19.
For twenty years Mrs. Hale wrote
editorials In her magazine, and per
sonal letters to governors and Presi
dents, In behalf of a national Thanks
giving day. Her efforts and patience
were rewarded In 1803, when Abraham
Lincoln saw the wisdom of her sug
gestions and decided to adopt the plan.
From that day to this Thanksgiving
has been celebrated by the entire na
tion the last Thursday of November.
After the 1795 day of Thanksgiving
In February,' the festival was skipped
for twenty years. In 1815, when peace
with Great Britain followed the War
of 1812, congress resolved that "a
Joint, committee-of both houses wait
upon the President of the United
States and request that he recommend
a day of Thanksgiving to be observed
by the people of the United States
with religious solemnity and the offer
ing of devout acknowledgments to God
for his mercies and In prayer to him
for the continuance of his blessings."
Long Lapce After 1815.
The day fixed for observance was
April 13, 1815. but thereafter Thanks
giving as a national celebration fell
by the wayside, not to be revived until
Mrs. Hale's campaign moved President
Lincoln to act In 18C3.
Mrs. Mule's persistent efforts had
won favor for the Idea in most states
by the time the Civil, war had arrived.
Some states already had begun the
Jack H. Smith of Los Angeles, a
member of the celebrated Smith fa ra
lly of Jamestown, Va and ail points
west has had the temerity to step Into
the new thought arena, and state bis
views on man-lag. He state it this
"Jinny a man would still be a bfic-h-lor
If his wife hadn't hated the !-i-a
of VOat an old maltt.": - , -
observance of a full Thanksgiving day
nearly ten years before the national
day in November was set aside. New
York was one of these, and her repre
sentatives In congress tried repeatedly
1o Induce that body to name a day. In
1803 there were actually two Thanks
giving days, the northern states hav
ing observed one In August for the
victory at Gettysburg.
Following the assassination of Lin
coln, Mrs. Hale feared the holiday
might be allowed to drop. She urged
the necessity of keeping the national
fall festival na a "Thanks day for all
good things given us by the Heavenly
Mrs. Sarah Josephs Hale.
Father." Mrs. Hale wrote to ministers
all over the country, urging them to
The First Congregational church of
Washington responded to Mrs. Hale's
plea, and sent a delegation to Presi
dent Andrew Johnson requesting lilni
to Issue a Thanksgiving proclamation.
He accepted and the Presidents since
have followed Ills example without be
Ing petitioned, the states Issuing sep
arate proclamations In keeping with
tiie national edict.
Mrs. Hale wrote many books and
poems. The most famous of her poems
were "Mary's Lamb," "The Light of
Home" and "It Snows." Perhaps the
best known of her works Is "Woman's
Record, or Sketches of All Distin
guished Women From the Creation to
the Present Pay," first published In
1853, and enlarged In 1809. She went
on writing verses and Jingles for chil
dren, articles and novels for grown
persons and editing her magazine until
shortly before her death In 1879, ol
which time she was ninety-one years
Woman Medical Pioneer
Elizabeth Kluckweil. who was grad
uated from Geneva Medical college In
1849, was the first woman to obtain
a medical degree In the United States.
She and her sister. Emily, started In
New York the Infirmary for Women
and Chlldn n In IS5.V the first Institu
tion of Its kind conducted solely Itj
women. She was afterward connected
ivith other forward steps Ui medical
Wu'-ntlon, both l.tr und in England.
Gets Full House
On Second Night
That "Second Childhood," high
school play, was good is evidenced by
the patronage it received from two
rousing, big, appreciative audiences.
The attendance on the second night,
Friday, almost taxed the seating ca
pacity of the auditorium as it did on
The two-night presentation of the
play grossed $87.25. Expenses were
held to $10, giving a net of $77.25. To
the unemployment fund went $20,
leaving $57.25 for the high school
treasury. . The admission price, 25
cents for adults and 10 cents for chil
dren, was the lowest ever quoted for
a school play in Athena. Children
were admitted free on the second
Both audiences were warmed up by
the, mirthful and perplexing situa
tions abounding in the three-act
farce, which elicited spontaneous ap
plause and there were many, many
climaxes loaded with laughter jolts.
Dan Tilley's high Bchool orchestra
gave several well rendered selections
and Mrs. Bloom's glee club of mixed
voices sang in one intermission of the
play, both organizations pleasing the
As for the acting, as usual Mr.
Bloom, who directed, succeeded in
giving the parts to those who seemed
peculiarly talented, with the result
that the cast appeared to be well bal
anced and went beyond what would
naturally be expected of amateurs in
conception, delineation and acting.
As the "Professor" Ralph Moore
handled the lead in a very capable
manner, and his laboratory assistant,
Fred Singer, did everything possible
to get him into and out of trouble
as opportunity offered. Marjorie
Douglas made a very capable "Mrs.
Wellsmiller." Mildred Hansell acted e
splendid part as "Silvia Relyea,"
daughter of the professor, and Wayne
Banister fitted the role of the "Gener
al" to perfection almost, and Velma
Ross as the talkative neighbor. "Mrs.
Vivert" was fine. "Mrs. Henderson,"
her mother, was worthily protrayed
by Goldie Miller, while Helen Bar
rett was excellent in the role of
"Marcella Burbeck." Lowell Jenkins
made a good "Judge," and Leland
Jenkins won his spurs in personating
It Now Represents Total of
$123,300,000 Wheat and
Death of John Spencer
Athena friends of John W. Spencer
were shocked to hear of his sudden
death late Monday afternoon at his
home at Adams. Mr. Spencer who
seemed to be in excellent health had
been busy with his usual duties all
day. Heart disease is said to have
been the cause of his death. He has
been section foreman for about forty
years and lived at Blakeley, then
known as Eastland before moving to
Adams. He is survived by his wife
two sons and a daughter. Funeral ser
vices were conducted by Rev. G. L.
Drill of Pendleton, at the Adams
church Wednesday afternoon, and in
terment was at the Athena cemetery.
Utah, champions of the Rocky
Mountain conference for the last
three years, will be the opponent for
Oregon State in the final game of the
season in Portland, December 5. AH
receipts from the game, after ex
penses of both teams are taken out,
will be turned over to the unemploy
ment fund. '
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Miller have gone
to Portland to spend the winter, leav
ing Athena Saturday morning,
Washington. Carl Willinmo
board member for cotton, told the
senate agricultural committee that
tne board now had a paper loss of
11 cents a pound on its stabiliza
tion cotton purchased with federal
funds. At that rate the loss would
represent $72,093,195 if the cnttnn
were sold now.
Paper losses on 189.fiKfl.1R7 tmahnla
Of Wheat now held bv tho hnnrrl nf. on
average of 27 cents a bushel would
aggregate $51,207,170. ,
The full story of the oft-times spec
tacular operations of the federal farm
Doara was revealed at a dramatic ses
sion of the senate agriculture committee.
Chairman James C. Stone told the
committee that if wheat had gone 2
cents lower in November, 1930, whan
the farm board entered the market
with federal funds, the financial struc
ture of the country might have col
lapsed. Sixty banks in Arkansas and the
National Bank of Kentucky closed
the day before the farm hoard
ed buying wheat, Stone said. The
Doara Knew that larger institutions in
greater cities were in trouble, that
banks held 60,000,000 bushels . of
wheat which would have gone on the
market 2 cents lower down. He added
that conditions were almost equally
serious about a month ago but there
had been great improvement in tho
last four weeks.
Stone told Chairman McNnrv fhnt.
sales of wheat abroad had been fit. nn
average price of 53 to 55 cents a
bushel but that it would be impossible
to figure the extent of farm board
losses on wheat until it all has been
Athena Athletics Take
Game From Pendleton
The local town basketball tonm do-
feated Pendleton here Mondav
ning by the score, 41 to 27.
Athena started with a five point
lead when DeWilde. Pendlotnn fnr.
ward dropped a basket from under
tne loop and followed with another.
The locals added two more points to
their lead. Score at quarter time, 7
The Athletics started a fresh team
in the second Quarter and Ppndletnn
was held to six points. Half time
score, 17 to 10.
The locals showed good team work
in the last half and counted 24 points
while the Bucks wero cnthprtno- 17
Although the game was the first one
of the season, the Athletics worn in
fair condition and showed prospects
oi navmg one of the best town teams
in a good many seasons.
The lineup for Athena was Myrick,
Taylor, Crowley, Hansell, forwards;
Harden, W. Pinkerton, centers; Mich
ener, Watkins, D. Pinkerton and Rog
ers guards. Pendleton lineup: Ray
mond, De Wilde, Irwin, forwards;
Beltz, center: Toner. W. Alhen. Kin.
dall, Estes and Albee guards.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Elder, residing
on the Laurence Pinkerton farm,
dressed fortv-four turkevs for tha
Thanksgiving market. They have a
nocic oi w birds m reserve for the
m m w
Thanksgiving Dinner in 1621 Hardly What Would
Be Considered Much of a Special "Spread" Today
A modern, transplanted to Puritan
New England, wouldn't give many
thanks over Thanksgiving day dinner.
He would And It pretty bad fare.
Cranberries were available in 1021,
and wild turkey if the head of the
house was a good marksman. There
were nut trees In the woods, and wild
grapes. But the stock of perishable
foodstuffs was meagre. Probably grain
was to be had to supplement the small
supply of Indian corn, but butter, milk
and eggs were almost unheard of In
Plymouth 310 years ago. Maybe they
had potatoes In 1621, but If they did
they came by ship,
A modern expert In nutrition, given
a Puritan Thanksgiving dinner to an
alyze, would have several conniption
fits. Dr. Walter II. Eddy points out
In Good Housekeeping that be would
find flew green vegetables, no milk, a
high preponderance of proteins and
"Wild fruits may have helped to
avert scurvy," says Doctor Eddy, "but
this disease was always Imminent in
the winter, and probably much of the
so-called winter rheumatisms were due
to scorbutic Joints."
Pneumonia and what was called con
sumption wiped out whole families In
ctd Mk Ecftand, Doctor Eddy points
out, because the food did not have the
proper vitamin content.
"Palatablllty and quantity were in
those days almost the sole guides to
dietary adequacy," he says. "But fami
lies were large and, in spite of high
mortality that would produce a scan
dal In health circles today, they man
aged to survive and gradually Increase
tpROM time immemorial, the bring
1 ing in of the last sheaves of corn
and the cutting of the last of the fruits
of the land have been accompanied by
feasting and all the outward expres
sions of Joy and happiness. It Is a time
for reunion of families, for hippy
greetings, for the renewal of friend
ships and of general gaiety.
THANKSGIVING day is only our
annual time for saying grace at the
table of eternal goodness. James M.