IF YOU WANT ALL THE NEWS OF MORROW COUNTY WHILE IT IS NEWS, READ THE HEPPNER HERALD. WE PRINT IT FIRST V. VOLUME X HEPPNER, OREGON, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1923 NUMBER 25 HEPPNER AT TOLD BYlTELEGRAM MAN OXCE PEACEFUL COMMUNITY NOW TOK.V BY DISCORD Supposed Preacher Who Organized Klan Said to Lack Or dination Papers Oregon newspaper readers do not nejed to follow the news stories from Oklahoma to get plenty of thrills re garding Ku Klux activities according to the following story written by a member of the Portland Telegram staff who was sent to Condon re cently to get the facts about the re ported trouble in that town. Oregon seems to have a few pretty good thrills of its own. The story is re produced here because Heppner and Condon are next door neighbors and we are all more or less interested in each other's activities: The simple cell of a yeast plant is about one three-thousandth of an inch in diameter, but in the form of a Ku Klux germ, given a little time to ferment, it is suffiient to make a peaceful community rise up and divide into armed camps. That is the situation here today, where I un dertook to delve into motives under lying the so-called "shooting up of the Klan hall" and the abduction of Frank Smith by persons, some of whose identities are as yet a mys tery. The first and most interesting fact I panned was that the alleged Klan tiall is not a Klaa hall at all, but the Congregational church parsonage, a modest but comfortable dwelling owned by the church organization, for many years the home of peace loving and God fearing ministers, and now again about to be occupied by the church's newly appointed pas tor, the Rev. James N. Pendleton, who comes from Idaho. The former preacher, Charley, has been discharged by a vote of the congregation. The trustees do not believe he was an ordained minister. All Once Peaceful It is a tortuous story and the church angle will be given in this installment. Prior to a year ago in Condon no ripple was seen on the surface of local religious harmony. The few Catholics in the town main tained a little hospital, the Protest ants contributed to its support, as 'the Catholic citizens also contributed to Protestant and nonsectarian proj ects. Protestant business men con tributed to purchase an operating chair for the little hospital and the American Legion took up a collec tion to buy an X-ray machine. It was the only hospital in town and was sufficient to the need. There was no Catholic school In town, but the sisters at the hospital would, if applied to, give evening lessons in a few special courses. I found a leading business man who had learned bookkeeping in that way. Neither in politics nor religion was there any sign of ferment. There is harmony at the Court house. The offices have no Catholic incumbents. STAR THEATRE Sunday, Monday and Tuesday OCTOBER Metropolitan a. Play 14 People 14 S SHOWS IN ONF 2 DRAMA AND VAUDEVILLE ALL NEW PLAYS - - - - - - - VAUDEVILLE Entire Change Each Night BIG FUN SHOW L APPROACHES CLOUDBURST IX SOME SECTIONS Big Hail Fell North of Lexington; Damage Not Heavy in Any Section An unusual storm visited Morrow county last Wednesday evening sweeping over many sections of the county in a terrific downpour of rain which did minor damage to roads and fences in a widespread area. . At the Carty ranch in Juniper canyon it is said that no such down pour of rain had been witnessed since that section was first settled more than 40 years ago. On the ridge west of Carty's a heavy hail storm accompanied the rain and W. B. Barratt, who spent the night at Carty's and was forced to leave the canyon road and take to the ridges to reach Lexington the next morn ing, says that hail was still pil,ed against buildings and fences many inches deep as he drove through late in the forenoon Thursday. At Lexington a flood from Black horse canyon swept through the town but aside from leaving mud and de bris on the streets and partially flooding the Barnard filling station but little serious damage resulted. Mrs. Harrison of Boardman, an agent for the New York Liife Insur ance Co., was spending the night at the Duran home in Lexington when a telephone call from the Duran ranch in Blackhorse warned them of the coming water and Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Duran hastily donned their clothes and gave the alarm to neigh bors on the lower grounds. Mrs. Harrison says they waded water knee deep before they finished their mis sion. Ranches along Willow creek be tween Lexington and lone perhaps suffered most, some fields being flooded and hay damaged. Some damage was also done to the high way in a number of places whore water from the gulches swept across the macadam leaving much mud and debris. The railroad track was also flooded in a few places. Some damage was also done to roads and ranches on Rhea creek and heavy rains were reported from all sections of the county. Heavy thunder and lightning ac companied the storm in Heppner, which is an unusual occurrence in thi3 section for mid-October. M!1S. ELLA B. YOUNG ENDS HER LIFE B OWN ACT Mrs. Ella B. Young, 60 years old and a well known resident of Hepp ner for several years, ended her life 1 last Tuesday afternoon while suffer ing from despondency by drowning in Willow creek near the Gale creek bridge. Mrs. Young who was the mother 21-23-23 All New Plays Planning to Get Out the Woman Vote I 0 YOU tsnw i 5j w X-Ik Hi I A ffml The women political leaders are coming to the fore and are canvassing the country from const to coast to get n line on the political views of the wom en voters. Mrs. Elliot Cheatham of Atlanta, Ga., director of nine southern states and the District of Columbia, visited headquarters in Washington with the exhibit which she will use at county fairs in the various states this fall to Interest women In voting. GOT DEER ON LONG SHOT WHILE ON HUNT FOR GILLIAM Orve Rasmuss, Lou Bisbee and Dr. Farrior made up one of the searching parties that went out last Monday morning to search for Len Gilliam, who was lost in a dense fog on Black mountain Sunday )c evening. As it turned out, Len didn't need anybody to find him, for as soon as daylight came he smelled coffee and bacon odors drifting through the fog and he made a bee line for the spot, which happened to be the Joe Hays ranch on Butter creek about 15 miles away. Orve and Lou and, Doc therefore fail ed to find their man but they did find a fine big four-point buck, which they brought home with thorn after Lou's trusty rifle had laid his buck ship low. Orve says the buck was all of 1000 yards away when Lou sighted it and going lity? an army airplane, but all that was a mere bagatelle to Lou. Doc had remark ed on the way up the creek that morning that he had heard many such stories from deer hunters but he'd be doggoned if he believed them but after Lou's demonstration he was forced to revise his opinion. Any reader who doesn't believe thi story can ask Orve. of Mrs. A. J. Westoff, had been sub ject to spells of despondency for some time and about two weeks ago made an attempt on her life in her room in the Ayers apartments on Chase street by taking chloroform and a few days prior to that she had tried to buy a revolver at a local hardware store. Tuesday morning Mr. Westhoff took her to the Westhoff home where she could be looked after. She left the hou.y in the afternoon and was last seen at the postoffice, probably going from there direct to the creek where she threw herself into a shal low dam a short distance below the old foot bridge at. the Harry Cum mings property. As soon as she was missed from the house Mr. Westhoff started a search for her, and it waB he that found the body. Coro ner Case was at onc,e notified and assisted in removing the body from the water. Mrs. Young is survived by two children a daughter, Mrs. A. J. Westhoff of Heppner, and a son who resides at Palm Beach, Florida. The funeral was held Friday aft ernoon from the Methodist church, Rev. F. R. Spaulding conducting the services. Thrown From Wagon by Team Joe Hayes was thrown from 1 wagon last Wednesday when the Wightman farm team ran away an': was somewhat bruised but not se riously injured. Teams are beeom ing so scarce on Heppner streets t ha the equines perhaps feel that thej ned to create some excitement oc casionally just to let the buzz wagon: know they are still on the Job. - "?Krv 6.M.8LAKELY WILL RUN SHEEP ON ISLAND OF UNALASKA G. M. (Mart) Blakely is ono of the directors of a new Oregon cor poration called the Western Pacific Livestock company, which has been organized for the purpose of stock ing Unalaska, one of the Aleutian group,,, with breeding ewes. It made its first snlpment of selected stock on the steamer Oduna, which sailed from Seattle the other day. Tho trip will take about eight days. The ewes, which were selected by Mr. Blakely, are halfbloods, Lincoln and Merino cross. The rams wore select ed by Peter L. Jensen, and are full blood Romneys. The company expects to become one of the greatest producers of wool and mutton in the world. It holds a concession on the Island of Unalaska from United States government to exceed half a million acres of per petually green grass, which is free from predatory animals and all other pests which are detrimental to the growth of sheep. This concession is free for three years, thereafter the foe is not to exceed that charged on the government reserve. Peter L. Jensen, an experienced and successful sheep man of Top penlsh, Wash., accompanied by Mrs. Jensen, will reside permanently on the island. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen are heavy investors in the company. Mr. Blakely, who is a well known successful Bheep man, is making the trip to render any assistance that may be necessary to get this project under way. Mr. Blakely will return in about 30 days. Contrary to the gpneral opinion, the climatic conditions are moderate. The island lies 1700 miles westerly from the mouth of the Columbia river, in the same latitude as Mid dle England, and is tempered by the Japan current. The company will continue to ship as conditions permit, until its foun dation flock of 10,000 ewes are placed. Fossil Journal. ROttYOUB. OWM WITH RX11ACMXX """"iiViililBr - BiaSiP jS FORMER HEPPNER IN KILLED IN GUN FIGHT JAP GRIFFITH KILLS SHERIFF IS HIMSELF SLAIN Baker Scene of Double Tragedy Lnst Thursday Morning; Moon shine Cause A dispatch from Baker to the Ore goniau under date of October 10th says: J. E. (Dad) Griffith, 6 5, crazed with drink, swore he would "get the police force" for the arrest late yes terday of his son, E. M. .Griffith and the latter's wife, on a liquor charge; and today Al Hugglns, deputy sher iff of Baker county, 23, lies dead as a result of that threat. Griffith, shot twice by Waldo Vaughan, police chief, died at 4:55 A. M., three and one-half hours after Huggiins. Although the corner's jury at noon today found that Hugglns met his death at Griffith's hands and that Vaughan was justified In kill ing the latter, liquor was sllentlv indicted as responsible for the flash of guns that took the life of Ex Convict Griffith, and left a brld,e of little more than a year to mourn the loss of her husband, killed in the performance of his duty. Whole District Terrorized The affair occurred at 1:30 this morning, after officers, attracted by the noise of Griffith, hMieved drunk, who from the lobby of the Central hotel, which he operated, cursed, challenged and threatened to kill the .entire police force, had terrorized the district. Griffith fired more than a score of shots from his position of vantage. At what they believed an opportune moment Hugglns and Vaughan rushed the door of tho ho tel. Hugglns dropped Inside the door with a bullet through his' heart, and an instant later bullets from Vaughan's gun bored Grffith's abdo men and forehead and all but fin ished him. County authorities are holding Lang Carleton, who, drunk with Griffith during the night, it is claim ed, had persistently urged and in cited Griffith to kill. "Get good aim, Dad. Don't let them put anything over on you," are statements credit ed to him by officers. Mining Days Uncalled Not since the day's of the old min ing camp has Baker witnessed such a clash between officers and their citizens. It is generally believed here that CHRISTIAN ENDEAVORS HOLD ANNUAL BANQUET Members of the Christ Ian endeavor society of the Methodist church held their annual banquet In the church parlors last Friday evening when about 30 covers were laid and a most tempting dinner was served. Pre ceding the dinner a short program was given, which consisted of a vocal solo by Dorothy Pattlson, violin solo by Stanley Peterson, musical reading by Bernice Woodson and a musical strut by Stanley Peterson and Charles Notson. Games followed dinner and tho young people present all report having had a fine time. THANKS ! JfK T 4K this spare to thank the public for their hearty support the past nine months we have been in business. Such support has en abled us to hammer prices down and place our products within reach of all. It'e are pleasing new customers every day. Tell your Jriends. IVe thank you! BIG WHEELER GO. SOLD TO PORTLAND GILMAX-FREN CH PROPE RTX ' CHANGES HANDS One of Finest Stock Plants In Thl Section and Contains 31,500 Acres The Gilman-French com pany'a nfnehes have been sold at last. Theso 34,500 acr(es the cream of alt Wheeler county's magnificent stock raising land changed hands Octo ber 1st for a consideration of about a half million dollars. B ytho terms of the transfer S. F. Wilson, Portland capitalist, becomes owner of the land. At the sam(e time tho land was leased by tho Oregon California Livestock company whoso headquarters are at Klamath Falls. C. L. Jamison, livestock superinten dent of the company, is now superin tendent of the Oilman -French ranches. J. B. Younce is to remain with the new company as general ranch manager. All ranch foremen and employes have been asked to re main with the new company and no change is expected. The new com pany assumed control October 1, The Oregon-California Livestock: company will commence shipping; stock to their now leasing immediate ly) and the ranch will be stocked tc its utmost capacity this fall. It is understood that the sale ot the Gilman-French company's ranched will greatly assist the liquidation ot that company's bank assets at The Dalles. Rumor Btates that the bank, which la In the hands of a receiver, will now be able to pay all depssitors in full and about three-fourths tot stockholders. Something like $25,000 delinquent taxes on the Gilman-French land will likely be paid at once. Another deal for the GIlman-Frencn timber that was reported pending was thus in terrupted by th(e sale of the complete holdings to Mr. Wilson. Fossil Jour nal. Huggln's fearlessness was responsi ble for the ill-timed rush. Griffith is believed by local offi cers to have killed three other m,en. and it is said he served 14 years at Salem for murder in Morrow coun ty. Griffiths was raised on what is now known as tho Guy Boyer ranch on Hinton creek a few miles east from Heppner on tho highway and spent his early life here. Ho married a Heppner girl of good family but because of dissojute ways sho di vorced him after a few years and he went to Malheur county, where he got Into trouble and was sent to tho peni tentiary at Salem for ono year on an assault and robbery charge. After serving 11 months ho was released and went to Idaho wliero ho engaged In the sheep business and for a few years made good but again got Into trouble and shot a man for which lie is said to have served a long term. Reports reaching here several years ago were that he was also once charged with murdering a sheep herder who had worked for him but that was never proven. Old timers who knew him well say that the re port that he nerved time for killing; a man In this county Is not true. THE CENTRAL MARKET G. B. SWAGGART, Prop.