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Volume 44, Number 20.
HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 1927
Subscription $2.00 a Year
Miss Katherine Bisbee to
Reign; 'Bob' Fletcher
Comes With Band.
Bulldogging and Pack Race Are New
Events; Bluebird Missed from
Local Bucking String.
C. W. McNamer, president of the
Heppner Rodeo association, announces
full arrangements for the 1927 Bhow,
to be held September 22-23-24, rapid
ly drawing to a head. Miss Kathrine
Bisbee of this city was this week
chosen queen. The R. W. Fletcher
band of Pendleton was contracted, as
was also the French Amusement com
pany. Queen Katherine was an attendant
of Queen Eva last year, and proved
very popular in the role. She is an
accomplished young horselady, being
renowned locally for her skill. The
choice of the committee is expected
to meet wide favor, and the regime
of Queen Katherine should prove one
cf the happiest in Heppner Rodeo his
tory, according to plans now nearly
"Bob" Fletcher needs no introduc
tion to Morrow county folk, as his
popular "Round-Up" orchestra has
flayed for dances in different parts
of the county on many occasions. He
will bring his orchestra and a 16
piece band to furnish music at the
i rounds and dances, the contract hav
ing been signed this week. The
French Amusement company will
bring twenty concessions and four
rides to help Rodeo visitors enjoy a
real festival fete.
The program for the show itself is
now completed, with bulldogging and
pack races added to former events.
The old bucking string, acknowledged
one of the best in the west, will be
on hand with one exception. Blue
bird, who bucked in every Rodeo final
before, has bucked his last, having
been run into a barbed wire fence in
his summer pasture, ruining him for
Plenty of tough buckers are left,
however, and - the bucking contest
rhould equal and surpass former
years, Mr. McNamer declares. Calves
!:ave already been obtained for the
calf roping, and real long horn, bull
bogging steers will be on hand when
tne show opens. The bulldogging will
replace the steer roping of former
To make the race even more cxrit
in;r, the Morrow County Derby has
been lengthened to three heats, in
steuu cf the former two. l;iis race
takes place on Saturday the 24th, and
tho 100 first prize is expected to en
tice many of the fastest three-quarter
ponies from miles around. Other
races vill Include chariot, pony cx
P'?b3, quick change, Roman, pony and
saddie horse races. Mule tnd bare
back riding will help give variety as
The dirt track was banked and grad
ed this Bpring and should be in the
best of shape. In fact everything
p-ints to a successful Bhow, accord
ing to the president.
World Record Believed
Made on Misner Farm
Twenty-two hundred acres of grain
makes a pretty big field, and prepar
ing this much land for seeding and
putting in the crops is not a small
job, and when it is done by just two
people, it is a record to be proud of.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Misner did
this Job. They plowed the ground,
cared for the summerfallow, and
planted the seed for this season's big
crop, doing all the work in connec
tion therewith, as well as looking af
ter other chores about the ranch, and
had no hired help until harvest time,
and Mr. Misner believes they have es
tablished a world's record and chal
lenges all comers to beat it. The sys
tem used on the Misner ranch has
been fully explained before, and it
was through this organization that
they were enabled to accomplish the
great amount of work required in
bringing the crop to maturity.
DESPONDENT MAN SUICIDE
The funeral of Alfred Crampe, aged
ebout 25 years, was held on Tuesday
afternoon from the undertaking par
lors of Case Furniture company, Rev.
F. R. Spaulding, pastor of the Meth
odist community church, conducting
a short service at the grave. The
young man was a stranger here and
had been at work for a short time for
Chas. Erwin on Hinton creek. He
evidently became despondent while
there, and the fore part ef last week
made an attempt to destroy himself
by falling under the wheels of a
heavy laden wagon. Failing this, he
was brought to town and his slight in
juries treated by a physician, after
which the man secured a room at the
Bucknum rooming house. About noon
Thursday last, he killed himself by
shooting, using a .22 calibre rifle, the
Bhot entoring his forehead. Coroner
Case took charge of the body when it
was discovered about throe o'clock,
and did not consider an inquest nec
essary. The body was held until
Monday, awaiting word from his rela
tives who live at Elmore, Minn.
THE YANKEE CLIPPER, the "Cov
ered Wagon" of the sea. Star Theater,
Sunday and Monday.
It has frequently been charged that
the publie schools of Oregon are suf
fering through lack of support on ac
count of the sale of the school lands
early In the history of the state, and
at inadequate prices. We are fre
quently reminded that the State of
Washington pursued a more business
like policy by holding their lands and
leasing them, so that today they have
a public school fund many times the
size of the Oregon school fund. How
ever, this is a matter of ancient his
tory. It is too late to get the lands
Through the Portland papers we
learn that sand and gravel companies
operating in Portland are petitioning
the State Land Board to reduce the
royalty on gravel, and to allow them
to take sand for nothing. The Legis
lature in 1920 passed a law under
which sand and gravel may be re
moved from navigable streams pro
vided the person taking the sand and
gravel pays the state a royalty there
for. This law requires that this roy
alty be put in the irreducible school
fund, so that, we understand, this
produces an income of from $30,000
to f50,000 per year, and in time would
in a small way, make up for some of
the money Oregon lost by improvl
dently selling its school lands.
We also learn that these gravel
companies have been taking the Co
lumbia River sand and paying nothing
tor it, and now are asking the Land
Board to charge them little or noth
ing for what they have taken, and
let them continue taking the state's
sand and gravel at a nominal charge.
The state has been collecting ten
cents per yard for the gravel which
tne gravel companies have renorted.
It is obvious that the state has not
kept a close check on affairs, other
wise these gravel companies would
not have taken Columbia River sand
for seven years and paid nothing for
it, without the state bringing suit to
collect the royalty.
We hear a lot about the depleted
condition of the state treasury. We
know that taxes are intolerably high;
we also know that the interest on the
irreducible school fund helps to main
tain the public school system. We
rise to inquire why should the State
Land Board show a leniency toward
these gravel companies which would
result in a direct loss to the public
school children, and a burden to the
tax payers. Let us hope that the
State Land Board will, in deciding
this matter, bear in mind the rights
of the tax payers and the school chil
dren, and compel these concerns who
have grown fat in handling state sand
and gravel, to make proper restitu
tion to the state for the material al
leady taken, and charge them a reas
onable price for what is taken in the
Most of the sand and gravel is used
in Portland, but all of the sand and
gravel in navigable streams belongs
to the state, and is the heritage of
all of the people in Oregon, and is not
the private affair of the few gravel
companies in Portland. Every parent
and every school child is interested
iu this matter, and we hope our of
ficers at Salem will do their duty in
'his important matter.
Aged Lady Dies Suddenly
At Home This Morning
Mrs. Virginia Matteson died sud
denly at her home near the depot in
this city at about 6:30 this morning,
being the victim of a Btroke of par
alysis. Mrs. Matteson was aged about
73 years, and is the widow of the late
Robert Matteson. With her at the
time was her brother-in-law, Alfred
Matteson, who has been making his
home there recently. Mrs. Matteson
had arisen and started a fire in the
cookstove, when she was suddenly
stricken and passed away in a very
few minutes before medical assist
Mrs. Matteson was a respected pio
neer woman of this section, having
resided here for many years. Her
maiden name was Virginia Triplet.
She is survived by the following chil
dren: Robert, Edgar A., Walter and
Newton Matteson of Heppner, and
Mrs..Viola Gabler of Monument. Fu
n6ral arrangements had not been
made at the time of going to press.
Smut Explosion Destroys
T h re s h e r at Padberg's
The big stationery threshing ma
chine on the W. H. Padberg ranch
in Clark's canyon was totally de
stroyed by fire on Thursday after
roon last. The fire was caused by
an explosion of Bmut, and by heroic
work of all hands present the flames
were kept from spreading to the sack
;l wheat and getting into the uncut
grain. The explosion came without
any warning and was very severe, ye.
none of the men workl.ig about the
machine was injured.
Mr. Padberg came to town Imme
diately and secured a couple of com
bines and the work of gathering the
crnin is moving along aj though noth
ing had happened to prevent,
GET YOUR FIRE PERMITS.
Fjiest Ranger Clnrk asks us to call
attention of those who go to the
mountains, that they should have
their permits from the forest depart
ment to build camp fires. For the
convenience of the Hoppnor people
and others going through this city to
the timbered area, these permits can
be had from the office of County Agent
binith, where there is always a sup
ply on hand. They can also be ob
tained at the ranger stations and the
Arbuckle lookout station. Whether
jou intend camping in the Umatilla
forest or on private lands located
within the boundaries of the forest,
you should have tho fire permits.
Just Dying of Curwsity
E. R. Huston is in receipt of a let
ter today from a bonding company
informing him that he had been ap
pointed justice of the peace. This,
however, is the only word Mr. Huston
has received regarding the matter.
He was recommended to Governor
Patterson for appointment to the
place made vacant by death of Win.
Ayers, and his official notification
will no doubt be forthcoming within
day or so, providing the bonding
tompany has the right "hunch."
Mrs. W. F. Barnett of Lexington
met with an accident while getting
out of a car on Friday last, her arm
being Injured. Not getting over the
hurt, she was brought to Heppner on
Tuesday and an x-ray picture taken
by Dr. McMurdo revealed one of the
bones broken. The injured arm was
r.plinted and the break should heal
in due course of time.
Allen J. Olson, in charge of con
struction of the new gymnasium
building for Heppner school, arrived
from Portland on Tuesday and im
mediately put a force of men at work
preparing the ground for the founda
tion work. Mr. Olson expects con
struction to move along rapidly, as he
agrees to have the building completed
inside of ten weeks.
Frank Frates and Fred Akers were
in for a few repairs to their thresher
tins afternoon. Harvest is moving
jk.ng fine in the Eight Mile section
und all reports are to the effect that
the grain is turning out better than
early estimates. The Frates grain
made 23 bushels and is good quality.
Dr. A. H. Johnston was elected
piesident of the Eastern Oregon Med
ical association for the coming year
at a meeting of the association held
at Wallowa lake last week-end. He
reports a profitabe meeting and a
line time at the lake resort.
Mr. and Mrs. W, P. Mahoney and
their daughter, Miss Patricia, return
ed home from a visit to Portland on
Saturday. W. P. was laid up for a
few days suffering a spell of ptomaine
poisoning. He was able to be at the
bank on Wednesday.
Mrs. R. L. Bcnge returned home on
Monday from a visit of a week or
more at the home of her father, See
Driskell, in Newberg. Mr. Driskell is
in very poor health, and Mrs. Benge
reports that his condition is not im
John Hughes had the thumb and
two fingers of his right hand crushed
on Wednesday when a header box he
was working with fell on the digits.
His injuries were attended by Dr.
Little Donald Robinson of near
Hardman, who has been suffering
bloodpoisoning in one of his fingers,
reported by Dr. McMurdo to be
getting along nicely and quite well re
Mr. and Mrs. Percy Hughes are vis
iting here for a short time. They
came over from their home at Uma
pine on Wednesday.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Lester Good-
lich of Lexington. Thursdov. August
4, a 10-pound girl, at Morrow Gen
eral hospital. 1
THE YANKEE CLIPPER, blazing
the trail of the commercial high seas,
Star Theater, Sunday and Monday.
O'NEILL GIVEN $250 BOND.
J. J. O'Neill, arrested for intrud
ing Bt the Harry Davis home last
week, was given $260 bail before R.
L. Benge, county judge, on Thursday,
when he waived investigation. Fail
ing to furnish bond, he is soiournlnir
in the county jail, awaiting action of
the grand jury.
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: I ! PLAN ROOM I II
OPTIMISM IS A NEEDED TONIC.
"I wish that Bomeone from Bend
could take a trip through Jefferson
and Morrow and Sherman and Wasco
counties and catch the spirit of op
timism from the farmers in that
wheat belt, and then come back and
translate that spirit into print so
that the people of Bend could catch
A friend of ours was talking on
his return from just such a trip as
he described. It was evident that he
had caught the spirit.
Really, there is no reason why
Bend should not catch it from the
farmers of Jefferson and Morrow and
Sherman and Wasco counties. They
are wheat raising counties, it is true,
but is is a troism that the lumber
demand, especially the demand for
pine lumber, has agricultural pros
perity as one of its most important
There is just such prosperity in the
offing, not merely in Oregon, but in
tne middle west wheat belt as well.
Crop conditions are the best in years,
and should be reflected in industrial
conditions in the northwest. Econ
omically, too, Bend is basically sound.
Advtiso financial occurrences of the
spring have been weathered in a
most inspiring manner happenings
which would have meant business par
alysis in many communities. Now
Bend is on the up grade again.
We are not a worshipper at the
shrine of the unreasonably cheerful
Poilyanna, but we can see that thee
is, in Bend and the surrounding
country, a great deal to be sincerely
cheerful over. Perhaps a little dose
of the wheat farmers' optimism would
be just the thing in the way of a mid
summer tonic. Our friend assures
us that if this prescription is fol
lowed the Bend community will have
tne old pep back by fall.
ENJOYING POOR HEALTH.
The above is a descriptive phrase
which is true enough of some folks.
It wlil also be the subject of the eve
ning sermon at the Church of Christ.
In the morning the subject for dis
cussion will be "Peter."
Remember that Bible school begins
at 8:30 during August. It worked
fine last Sunday. Be there and stay
for the church service which follows
Christian Endeavor at 8 o'clock.
MILTON W. BOWER, Minister.
We have added a-new driveway and un
loading platform so we can give you real
Deliver your wheat to us no delays and
your weights ready as soon as your load
We are in the market with a good price
for your grain.
Brown Warehouse Co.
Phones: Warehouse 643, Residence 644
-By Albert T. Reid
Body of Dr. Huston Is
Recovered From Yukon
E. R. Huston received word this
week that the body of his son, Dr.
John Huston, who was drowned on
July 16th in the lower Yukon river,
Alaska, was recovered on tne 26th,
Just ten days following the accident,
and burial was at Mountain Village,
ten miles up the river from the point
where the drowning occurred.
No communication other than tele
trams announcing the death of Dr.
Huston and the finding of his body
nas been received, though Mr. Huston
is daily expecting letters now giving
me particulars of the accident.
Wool and Grain Show
Scheduled Next Month
Morrow county will have one of the
largest, if not the largest, wheat crop
in the history of the county. When
ever a county can produce grain of
ouality in large amounts the world
fhould know about it. According to
all reports Morrow county wheat is
the best quality wheat grown in the
state. What better way is there of
proving to the outsiders what can be
done than by showing the produce.
Now that we have the crop let's ad
vertise the fact by supporting the
Grain and Wool show that is to be
held in conjunction with the Rodeo.
Last year a sample of grain from this
county took first in its class at the
Land Products Show in Portland. It
can be done again.
Save the best sack of grain that you
harvest, clean it down to a bushel
and exhibit it at the show. Anyone
not having equipment to clean grain
can make arrangements at the Coun
ty Agent's office to have it cleaned.
Peveral sacks of grain and a number
of fleeces have already been booked.
Samples winning first and second
money at Heppner will be sent to the
Pacific International at Portland.
Remember the sack sewing contest.
Sixty dollars in prizes. Premium list
will be published later.
Oral Scott suffered severe burns on
his arm Tuesday, hot water from the
combine radiator boiling over on him
when he removed the radiator cap.
He came to town for treatment.
Contract Awarded For
New School Building
At, a meeting of the school board
on Friday evening bids were opened
for the construction of the new audi
torium-gymnasium for School District
No. 1, at which time prpoosals were
received from three contractors for
the general construction work. Th
board was agreeably surprised to find
that there was a great reduction in
the price over that of some three
weeks ago, when they were compelled
to reject all bids offered.
The successful bidder was Geo. F.
Reeves of Portland, represented at
the meeting by Allen J. Olson, his
bid being $20,200. T. G. Denisse of
Heppner was next with an offering of
$20,878, while the bid of Lee R.
Cooke of Eugene was for $23,488.
5 here were no bids on plumbing and
wiring and these items were absorbed
by Mr. Reeves for an additional $3000
which was added to his contract. The
contract was duly executed and work
is to begin on construction imme.
diately. The plans call for concrete
construction throughout, and there
were but slight alterations in the or
iginal drawings and specifications.
Pendleton Show to Have
Fine Talent This Year
Pendleton, Ore., Aug. 10. The fin
est array of talent ever assembled
in the Pendleton Round-Up will be
here for events of track and arena
at the coming show, September 14, 15,
16 and 17.
There will be the famed Drumhel-
ler outfit, George Drumheller bring
ing his speedy racehorses and skilled
liders from Walla Walla; the Irwin
and McCarty aggregations and many
otner performers who have won hon
ors all over the United States.
With McCarty will come Chester
Byers, trick roper; Carl Arnold, Phil
Voder, Ben Jomison, Billie Wilkinson,
uicit ijnelton, Bob Crosby. Norman
Cowan, Paddy Ryan, Bob Askins. Geo.
weir and f red Lowry; a man's relay
string, two women's relay strings; a
pony express string; a Roman race
entry; entries for all the flat races
and one or more entries for the derby.
iiwm will have similar entries, as
well as Sam Garrett, trick roper;
three trick riders, five or more steer
ropers, three bulldoggers and three
Pendleton has this year chosen a
real cowgirl for queen of the Western
Epic. She is pretty Mabel Strickland,!
popular with Round-Up crowds not
arlp for her unquestioned skill as a
ridei and steer roper (she is the
only woman steer roper in the world)
but for her beauty and charm. She
is a dainty bit of femininity and her
slender figure belies the strength she
shew!, in her handling of steers and
Livestock which has already ar
rived for the Round-Up i-icludei twu
big carloads of the wildest Mexican
fleers. The buckers will be here by
Brown Warehouse Builds
New Platform for Wheat
Brown Warehouse company has
completed a new platform, replacing
the old one, which will be used ex
clusively for the handling of contract
wheat. A new driveway facilitates
unloading at the platform and the
wheat is moved ropidly onto the cars.
Ihe warehouse loaded out four cars
last week and are now loading on
their fourth for this week.
With the slight price jump of last
v. eek this company bought upwards
zu.ooo bushels, the number one
grade selling for $1.15 at Heppner.
Other local buyers were also busy,
and a little flurry of selling took
place. With the price decline, selling
has slowed up, though the Brown
company reported a buy of some 8,000
bushels the first of the week.
TRUCK TURN'S TURTLE.
While making the turn in the high
way near the schoolhouse yesterday
afternoon, the truck of T. G. Denisse
turned turtle and it was by the great
est good fortune that Mr. Denisse es
caped serious injury and possible
death. Striking the soft gravel on
the shoulder of the highway, a front
wheel broke down and the truck
flopped over bottom side up and the
driver was caught in the cab, which
proved of sufficient strength to pre
vent the weight of the machnie from
coming down on his body. Workmen
on the grounds at the schoolhouse
rushed to his assistance and turned
the machine right side up, finding Mr.
Denisse had escaped injury entirely.
The cab on the truck was pretty well
smashed and the steering wheel brok
en, but Denisse came up smiling and
still puffing his cigar, apparently not
the least excited over his experience.
INSTALLS NEW MACHINE.
A Diathermy electrical machine, re
cently perfected nad placed on the
market, has been installed in the of
lice of Dr. McMurdo, taking the place
of the machine formerly used by the
doctor in his practice here. This ma
chine was under process of perfection
in Germany at the outbreak of the
war, and was not completed until the
close of the world conflict. Dr. Mc
murdo made the purchase when at the
Northwest Medical association meet
ing at Boise, recently. It is highly
beneficial in the treatment of such
diseases as pneumonia and neuritis
and has been the means of reducing
to a minimum the mortality rate in
the former ailment,
Charley Jones has finished com
bining his grain which hus turned
out well. His federation wheat made
better than 30 bushels, and the forty
fold threshed out something over
y Arthur Brisbane
The Average Farmer.
Know Yourself, Add 10
An Expensive Spanking.
O.H. Kahn,Wise Father.
How would you like to be the aver
age American farmer? Hia farm ia
315 acres. His investment $16,308.
His average net return for 1926 was
He could make more money than
that driving a street car, getting "egu-
tar sleep, not worrying about weather,
Itme horses, sick cows, rust on wheat,
bugs on potatoes, blight in the or
The puzzling question it why la a
More important to millions of
Americans, cotton has gone to a new
high price for this year, three times
on three consecutive days.
When cotton, not long ago, sold at
half today's price, this writer said to
Mr. Clarence Dillon, ingenius New
York financier: "Buy yourself plenty
of cotton and you will make a great
deal of money."
Dr. Sherman, of Columbia Univer
sity, shows that man's "vital years"
can be increased by the right diet.
thciency can begin earlier and last
longer if men eat enough of the right
nings. Chemistry applied to diet
will soon add ten years to the work
ing period of human life.
Mrs. Aimee Semnle McPherson.
whose conversion of sinners proves
her inspired, fights as well as she
converts. Her former choir leader,
Mr. Nichols, says: "Confess what
really happened when you were sup
posed to be kidnaped." Mrs. Aimee
Semple McPherson replies: "I told
the truth, walked in the light, and
you are only looking for advertising,
which you need." There is nothing
ike courage to take you through. Mrs.
Aimee has it.
In Washington. Mrs. Fader snanked
her three-year-old son, Bruce, because
ne would climb the White House iron
fence. During the spanking her S3.000
diamond bracelet flew off and was lost.
Bruce saw the bracelet in the air but,
busy with his spanking, said nothing.
Whipping children causes greater loss
than that of any bracelet, when it de
stroys the child's affection and respect
Another American, Lieutenant C.
C. Champion, Jr., of the Navy, sets
another flying' mark. He is believed
to have broken the world's altitude
He fought a temperature 90 degrees t
below zero and his plane caught fire.
An ambulance rushed to meet him,
found him grinning instead of dead
as was expected.
Our atmosphere is 500 miles high,
or deep, so thin at the top that a
feather would not float in it
How high up will men go? Will
they be astronomers looking through
thinner air at the universe outside
Lieutenant Champion's estimated
altitude of 47,000 feet is questioned.
He says he will go up again and
Mr. Chamberlin, Atlantic flier, tries
something new in commercial shipping-aviation.
In a little sport bi
plane he flew from the deck of the
steamship Leviathan, showing how
passenger and mail transportation
can be speeded up by flying from big
ships as they near port.
Soon flying machines will cross the
ocean more safely than boats do now
and in one-fourth of the time. Then
a combination steamship and plane
will seem strange, but it is a useful
A wise father lets his son do what
he wants, within reason, for what a
boy wants to do is usually what he
can do best.
One of his boys liked music and
wanted to lead a jazz band. Mr. Kahn
said: "Go ahead and lead it." He
kucw the jazz band fit would not last
Now, young Mr. Kahn, nineteen
years old, has taken to flying, ia hia
own pilot, and skillful. That does not
make his father and mother sleep
more soundly, probably, but Mr, Kahn
ays: "Go ahead and fly."
If more Americans with money
woud let their boys fly as thousands
of normal American boys would like
to fly this country would soon lead
the world in aviation.
RUN OVER BY COMBINE.
George Chandler, a young man
working with one of the combines at
Ihe ranch of W. H. Padberg, was run
over by the machine Wednesday fore
noon. He was doing some oiling un
der the combine as it stopped, and the
driver misunderstood the signal and
started the team. A wheel passed over
both of Chandler's legs and it was
thought they were broken, as his pain
was very severe. The man was im
mediately brought to the office of Dr.
McMurdo and an x-ray picutre taken.
This revealed no broken bones, but
both legs were badly bruised and the
injuries caused much pain.