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HEPPNER, OREGON, FRIDAY, MAY 31, 1918.
The most destructive fire in
the history of Heppner occurred
Monday afternoon entailing a
loss of from $25,000 to $30,000.
The fire started in the rear of
the opera-house building at Gale
and Willow streets, and so rapid
ly did it spread that before wa
ter could be turned on the entire
building was in flames. A high
wind from the north prevailed
at the time and for awhile it
looked as though the entire town
The opera house was a very
high two-story building and the
high wind carried firebrands all
over the upper end of town, start
ing innumerable grass and roof
fires but vigilant citizens put
them out as fast as started.
B. G. Sigsbee and Oscar Otto
'had a narrow escape from death
in the opera house, on the second
floor of which Sigsbee had his
photosraoh studio. Thev were
in me studio ai tne iront or tne
building, while the only stairway
reaches the upper floor at the
rear, and before they knew of the
fire escape was cut off by way of
the stairway. When they were
discovered at the window a short
ladder was procurred and by
holding it above their heads the
rescuers were able to make it
reach high enough for the en
angered men to let themselves
down from, the window ledge
until their feet reached the lad
der and they climed down to
safety. Otto was the first-to
make the trip and he was almost
overcome with the smoke. Sigs
bee was pretty badly singed and
blistered before be got down, but
both were fortunate.
The fire immediately spread
back to Luther Huston's and
Mrs. Marlatt's residences, both
of which were total losses. It
also qnckly jumped Willow
street to the south and wiped out
the Coates residence with most
of its contents. Mrs. Coates'
new piano was moved out on the
street and there allowed to burn.
The Gonty residence, next to
the south from Coates', was on
fire several times but was saved
and the fire on that side of Gale
street slopped there. Across
Gale street the city hall was
soon on fire as were the bell tow
er and city jiil. The jail Is tf
concrete walls but the roof was
not fireproof and it burned off.
The old M. & M. building, occu.
pied by a restaurant and room.
ing house, was quickly wiped out
but the concrete walls and tire,
proof roof of the Roberts build
ing, occupied by the Gazette
Times printing office and the
telephone exchange, withstood
the heat and stopped further
pn gress In that direction. Mi
nor & Co's. warehouse went next
with Schwartz' stable and ice
housj quickly following. The
buck end of Mclloberl's livery
barn was burned iff but by a
miracle the hosemen controlled
the flumes at that point.
South of Willow street the old
link building, owned by Frank
Huberts and occupied by John
Vaughn a a tutorage place for au
tomobile, was quickly in fUroes
and some hard and Lot work was
done there avir.g the old crip.
pled curs littek of the rink and
fronting on Willow street were
three buildings owned by Clyde
1 Wells and occupied by Bradford
the painter and Hill's gsrage. all
i of wh'ch weie practically toUl
I loss". Some hot work dont
in that quarter In laving the
i MVm street frontage of that
I blxk. The substaotial brictf
The second Red Cross drive in
Morrow county was very suc
cessful, the quota for the county
being exceeded by more than
12500. Following is the amounts
raised in each district in cash
Heppner $835 50
lone 5 00
Eighimile 19 00"
A grand total of $12,526.27.
Masonic building, however, stood
the test and a small army of will
ing workers fought the flames to
a fare-you-well and finally won
When the fire started the wind
was coming straight up Gale
street and had it not veered more
into the east, thus carrying the
firebrands away from the build
ings and more up on the hillside
nothing could have saved the
upper end of the town.
Early in the game a firebrand
from the opera house was car
ried by the high wind and drop
ped on the roof of the water res
ervoir, far up on the hillside.
Dick Johns, employed in the
Hill garage, who roomed in the
Shelly Baldwin residence, went
to bis room to save his personal
belongings and was severely
burned about the head and face
as he was leaving the building.
He is in the hospital.
The opera house building, own
ed by Frank Gillim and Robert
Hynd, had been insured for $2500
but the insurance expired a few
days ago and had not been renewed.
The old rink building had been
sold by Frank Roberts to Leo
Hill for $2250. The deed had
been prepared that day by Wood
son & Sweek and was to have
been delivered during the after
noon. There was no insurance
Te losses, as nearly as can be
approximated at this writing,
Opera house.... $6000
Frank Roberts, rink 1000
.Clyde Wells, 3 buildings 2(00
I M. &. M. building 1500
City Hall, etc 3500
Minor & Co., warehouse 2500
Henry Schwartz, ice house . 500
W.T. McRoberts. barn 250
Luther Huston, residence 2500
Mrs. Marlatt. " 2000
Claude Coates, " 1500
Shelly Baldwin, " . . L'iXK)
M. J. Bradford, paint shop OMJ
Leo Hill, garage
B. G. Sigsbee. studio 1500
J. B Sparks and W. H. Park.
inson, who eacti occupied house,
keeping apartments in the opera
house building, lost everything
Subscriptions Are Now Due
June 1st is the date upon which a large number of
subscriptions to the Heopner Herald become due and
we take this means of calling attention to that fact
for the reason that a little matter like $1.50 is easily
overlooked by many people who are always busy with
other things. ,
The country newspaper business is not exactly a
profiteering stunt under present war conditions, and
it is an open secret that every country publisher in
Oregon needs every cent of subscription money due
him as well as a year in advance in order to make it
possible for him to pay his bills promptly, contribute
to the Red Cross, buy an occasional Liberty Bond and
generally to hold up his end of community affairs as a
reputable citizen should.
The newspaper business is a legitimate business
as much so as raising wheat, growing stock, running
a store or operating a bank, and yet if the people en
gaged in these pursuits were obliged to dispose of
their products, their merchandise or their money in
small amounts of a dollar or two in a place, and if
their customers often forgot about the matter because
it involved such a small amount they would, perhaps,
come to the time when they would not only realize
the aggregate importance of a vast number of small
accounts but would take steps to induce their custom
ers to come to a similar realization.
Such is the purpose of this article to make it
plain to every subscriber who is in arrears or whose
subscription is about to expire, that the Herald need3
this money, even if it is in the individual case but a
small sum and that it is onlv a straight business pro
position that the attention of subscribers should be
called to the situation, and that they should promptly
send in a check or call at the office and secure a re
ceipt for the amount due.
The subscription price of the Herald has not been
advanced, as has the price of almost every other ar
ticle you could mention- It is still only $1.50 a year
and for that small amount the publisher is making
every effort to make th paper a real news medium
for Morrow county, as well as' to make it a reputable
business concern in the city of Heppner.
To those who are a year or more in arrears the
Herald is sending statements of account and it is ex
pected that settlement will be made at as early a date
as possible. Should any statement be in error in any
particular it will be cheerfully corrected when called
to our attention.
STREET IRK BIS
Tonight, at the Heppner high
school auditorium, 11 young peo
ple will receive their diplomas as
graduates of Heppner highschool.
They are: Loa Briggs, Isabel!e
Wilson, Neva Hayes. Florence
Ralston, Anna Doherty, Norma
Froderic, Arthur Campbell. Car
nett Barratt, Vawter Crawford,
jr., Leo Nicholson, Norton Win
nard. Earl Gordon.
The commencement exercises
to be given at the auditorium this
evening at 8 o'clock follow:
1. Piano Solo
"Fifth Nocturne" (Leybach)
2. Song "Drift My Bark"
Girls of Eighth Grade.
3. Vocal Solo,"Matiuatta"(Tosti)
4. Commencement Address.
Rev. R. E. Gatiimll,
First M. E. Church, Pendleton
5. Chorus, "Come Where the
Li Hies Bloom" (Thompson)
High School Chorus.
6. Presentation of Diplomas.
W. B. Barratt,
7. Chorus. "The New Hail Col
umbia" (Chad wick)
High School Chorus.
School Closes Successful Term
The upper Willow Creek school,
taught by E. S. Payne, closed
Wednesday with a basket picnic
in the beautiful grove on Skin
ner creek. Practically all the
residents of the district worn
Information About the Home Guard
C. L. Sweek. adjutant of the
Morrow county Home Guard
gives the following valuable in
formation concerning the organi
zation: The Guard is organized
under the sheriff and subject on
ly to his command. Members present and a most enjoyable day !
take an oath similar to that tak- j was spent. Old fashioned picnic !
en by deputy sheriffs. Members games were played before din
are supposed to attend drill twice ner and everyone had a fine ap
a week unles3 excused but any 1 petite for the sumptuous spread !
reasonable excuse is accepted a; which whs served by the ladies'
the members are busy men whose of the neighborhood. Following
business sometimes necessitates the dinner F. Ii. Brown, county
their absence. The object is to Himcultural agent, made a splen i
protect life and property in Mor-'.did address explaining his work
row county, and fhould occasion in the county, following which it
arise members will guard ware- whs decided that the community 1
houses, wheat fields, etc., with- would not organize a council but;
out charge. would act with Heppuer in that
The organization has received work. i
the approval of the Govenior.but S. K. Notson, chairman of the
in order to become a member of County Food Conservation Com
the state organization each unit millet, also spoke along the lines
must have o7 members regular of his work and made plain tint
attendants at drill. Heppner urgent need for conservation of
Guard has 70 members enrolled heat and cured meats for the
but not more than SO are regular next few mouths. His address
thing in the way of household attendants at drill. We n I was right to the Mint and whs
goods, clothing, etc. I more men in order to make up a well received. Mrs. Shun. coun.
Origin of the fire has not been state unit and receive Mate ai l y school superintendent, was
definitely fixed except that it; All present members are busy
started from a spark In some ex ' men who are giving up their time
celsior snd other rubbish which at a ncrsonal sacrifice. Tho-e
ay again, me wait oi tne I ho are not mcmliers should l-
lean io uu wi tipern nouse
Runaway Victim Recovering
William Geise, of near Hard
man, who was thought to be fa
tally injured when his team ran
away on a steep grade near Rock
creek last Friday, is reported to
be rapidly recovering from the
effects of his terrible experience
and is now considered out of dan
ger. Ernest Wyland, who was
with him at the time was not
seriously injured. Geise was
hurled from the wagon over nn
almost perpendicuiil, bluff and
fell and rolled over rocks and
ledges 500 feet to the bottom.
Searchers were two hours finding
the injured man and he did not
recover consciousness for many
hours. The team escaped with
Street improvement work is
progressing rapidly and Mayor
Smead reports that the rock will
be mostly all in place as far as
the city limits near the depot by
the end of the week. The two
blocks on May and Main streets,
already finished, seem to be giv
ing good satisfaction and the
number of those who predicted
they would not stand the traffic
is growing less.
However, the city officials are
figuring on giving thi three
blocks on Main street and one
block on May street a light coat
of asphalt to be sprinkled with a
light covering of the finest rock
screenings and then thoroughly
rolled; the idea being to bind the
fine material on the surface and
give it a chance to pack and ce
ment together. A trial of this
sort of finish will probably be
made at once and if it proves sat
isfactory after a few weeks the
four blocks will bo so treated- It
is said such a finish will cost only
about $1000 for the four blocks.
' A movement is also on foot for
the improvement of the county
road leading from the city limits
up the canyon toward Heppner
flat and Hardman. This is the
principal wheat road leading into
Heppner, and it is also said to be
about the worst piece of road in
A 1 i .
uie county at certain seasons.
The city, according to Mayor
Smead, is willing to improve
Main street to the city limits if
the county will improve the coun
ty road through the bad section.
It is said that oni prominent
fanner on iihea creek has ad
vised the city authorities that ho
is willing to guarantee a dona
tion of at least $1)00 from his im
mediate neighborhood to aid in
the improvement if the county
will go ahead with it It sounds
like a reasonable proposition.
come such and the exeu-n- that
they have not the time is t,"t
valid, for present membt rs are
taking the time
report ssys that a box of hot
ashes had been put outside, an
other that rubbish was beinir
burned In a neighboring yard
J II. Cox, who was working near.
by. saw the Are and was able to
extinguish it on the around, but
not before it hud caught on
edge ot the r"oi above Ms reach j priced at from
At that time, he says, a qusrt of j n,)W (() htt (
water ana a soon owner wouw 1
have stopped It. but before he ;i'nr''"-
could secure either it
also present and spoke very en-
terlmngly of the Junior li
Cross work in the schools. urging
the ladies of thj district fo keep
i he work nine during the sum
iner vacation the children will
o reHdy for work nxt fall with
'ul any lost time"
K. S I') lie, who lits been tne
All Henderson, m rinrev successful teacher for the past
the.snd Gosssrd corsets, ri gutm t o years, presided at llm speak
to l" "".
greatly red iin I
Csll and make your
was too 'lections early.
Mas L, G. Hi ni, i
ing exercises and also rejmrted
itist every pupil In thn s:hl
t.u l signed a pledge to buy a "j
-nt Thrift Stump during the v.
csiiun pyiiod. Mr I'liynv's work
Young Men Must Register
Who? All men 21 years old.
When? June 5th.
Where? With your local board.
:railure to register means a year
III Jilll. I
for all men 21 years old is June 5
( you are away from home, hp
ply now to nearest Draft Hoard.
Protect yourself and do it now.
Illness will not excuse you Irom
registering on June 5.
If too sick to register in ncrson.
send a friend lo your
local board to fill out your card.
The following rcgist rars have
lieen appointed ami you should
call upon them and he regis
tered June rth:
V. H. Robinson, lone.
W. O. Hill. Lexington.
O. A. I'.li-iikman, Hardman
and Parker's Mill district.
W Ik. VHipole, Inr llllfuh
I ft . i r .
j a. 'iiiiii'iii lor i.ouriliunn
V. O. N iil for Pit,.-1 My an
vicinity (at Null's home. (
John I'.roMian for l oa km
vinrutv (at llroMian's home.)
T II. IHWe for I 'ei an I i
In:al I'.oard a' le poi r f
llepptier Hil l s m imtv.
in tin" iliini uhiiiily fcpiki'ti
of by pal roiii if lie' si 1,1,1,1, as
well as ') Hi" mIii'I tupirin
Morrow County School Notes
The graduating exercises (f
the Ciiiiin liif'h school of Hard
in hi were held at the church on
I'liesilay evening. ?.!hv II.
The prog rum began by all pres
nt. singing "Ainei ieii," followed
ov a sululoiy address by Miss
It' iilia lliiys, "Tho Class His.
ry" by Miss I'eiill Ward. "('lass
I'lopheey" Oy Miss Kva McDon
ald (oniiion), America" hv
Miss Dorothy I'allivni relnlel.
ed in her iileitsiiii! Voire. "Some
where in Fi alien Is Daddy," ac-
coinp inied on tho pi, .no by Miss
Muriel Cison. both from llepp.
tier Mm :h lie 11 1 My encored
1 1 1 I responded 1 1 y siiijiiil: "The.
Folio ving this W is the rhi-s
molto I'oi uiud," an olation Ov
Iterjle Prophet, ot :l Ion. "A IIM'I I
I'unisin" l,y NisK.it Mrhoiialil.
mil Ilie Viileduloi y Oy Miss Na
omi W y lit ml . These essiys ami
orations were entirely oiijjimil
Hid relied j;reiit credit upon liotli
i he ti IK her ami t he iiils
The pi l lie pi!, I! o ll li d I'ellf.
Ii i V red mi a II i e-, hi '.
t 'nn it si I ' ll :u i, i d M in. " w huh
pol 1 1 ri V ed lit I he r l is s I he lid all
l.lt'es of II hieher I d'leill :.l
I 'i.IIo lllg I his I lr , I i...,! e.. V,l
VllliTS delivered II Veiy l-Xeel.
I - f address lo tne el.iss. the
"iiuiity Ndioul Supi-i n il mleiil
in ele a (eA I em 1 1 K s. I he , ,.,
is pres. i id Ihir di'l.nis l,v
III .III V Kiel s mi l the i xi'lll.
.i s i I'.sed v nil sii.yim' iiur
niiiuli il hlhll ' I Ii.' .Nl.ir ;si,ni.
Med I'll, IHl
'I he lifllhe s i.f the Ul,i,il
1 1 IT V .IS S.I lie I r te ll h" I I he spe U
is and iii'isii'Utis, m il' invited
'ii it liieini 1 1 ul I'lli'i ie in IMI
I' i'lloAs h id iii honor of the grad-
l.l v, hsti I Sm kit.
Count) S! houl Supt.