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Volume 44, Number 27.
HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 1927
Subscription $2.00 a Year
More Buckaroos Than Ever
Are Here For Sixth Rodeo
Weather Bright, Warm
for Big Send-off Today
Carnival to be Here; Band Coming Tomorrow;
Two Relay Strings, Many Race Horses Here;
Old Champions Back;. Bulldogging New Fea
ture; Queen Katherine Ready.
Radiantly colored streets are fast filling with an
enthusiastic throng as time for the first performance
of the sixth annual Heppner Rodeo diminishes into
Old Sol is smiling brightly today, with not a cloud
in sight, to greet visitorg at the big amphitheaer. No
prettier weather could be asked for, and it is believed
the largest crowd ever will be here by Saturday.
Riders, new and old, for the high strung bronchos
who threw their riders right and left Sunday, are
nere in numbers. In fact,
everything i is yet for the
best Rodeo since its incep
tion. And worries of the kid
dies are over, too. For
there will be a merry-go-round
after all. The Boucher-French
company will not be here,
i j it i t
dui anotner nas oeen se
cured to take its place, and the youngsters are assured
the opportunity for plenty of fun.
Queen Katherine has her entourage nitact, and is
fully prepared to rule with a mighty (pretty) hand.
All everything is set, and when the first per
formance starts with the gun at 1 :30 this afternoon,
events will move rapidly for a new chapter in Rodeo
Yesterday evening headquarters was packed with
cowboys, and shortly after books opened for entries
the bucking lists were filled. Many old and new per
formers were there, eager to have part in the show.
Little apprehension is now held for
the success of the 1927 Heppner Ro
deo, The news a few days ago that
the Boucher-French Amusement com
pany had refused to come cast a spell
of gloom for a while, but the com
mittee immediately got busy and se
cured the Sussman Amusement com
pany from Portland with a merry-go-round
and some concessions, who
were expected to arrive thi morning.
The kiddies are thereby assured their
share of entertainment.
What the cowboys think of our
show was evidenced last night when
many old faces appeared along with
many new ones at headqunrters. Bert
Troub, winner of last year's bucking
championship, is here and will get
a good send-off on Colored Boy. His
brother Dewey is with him, from Col
fax, Wash. All other former cham
pions are here as well, Lloyd Matte
son, Jack Terry and Jack French,
though Matteson is the only other to
idc. He will be up on Terry, Jr., to
day. Kenneth Depew, runner up in
last year's contest will be seen on
Rim Rock today. These boys all have
tough horses, with the chance of elim
ination at the start.
Bucking Contest Changed.
This year a new arrangement is be
ing made in running off the bucking
contest. Due to the large number of
entries the list of entrants was split
at the drawing last night, twelve to
ride today and eleven tomorrow.
Those qualifying today and tomorrow
will go into the semi-flnals on Satur
day with the chance of getting into
the finals later. Twenty-three buck
aroos are entered in the contest.
Fletcher's Round-Up band from
Pendleton will be here this evening
to furnish music for the dance, and
will lead the parade tomorrow and
Saturday as well as furnish music at
ail other events. They have a wide
reputation for their success as a ro
deo band and will lend much pep to
the occasion, Queen Katherine and
her escort will head the parade, and
the popular young ruler will other
wise be prominent.
Old Outlaw All Back.
All but one Bluebird of the un
tamed outlaws of last year's show,
are ready for the snubber'i rope.
And here let us write a requeim to
Bluebird Bluebird, who has bucked
in every Rodeo final championship
contest of former years. A' good
horse, liked by the cowboys, a victim
PAST RODEO BUCKING
1922 Lloyd Matteson.
1923 Jack Terry.
1924 Jack Terry.
1925 Jack French.
1926 Bert Troub,
of an invention of his own west
Ben Bolt, Colored Boy and Black
Diamond, who also bucked in last
year's finals, are as full of fire as
ever. Then many others: Whirlwind,
Whistling Rufus, Fred Crump, Brown
Boy, Bobby Burns, Miss Heppner,
Uutter Creek, Rim Rock, Roan Gur-
dane, Muckamuck, and still more, if
needed, will keep any and all would-
be champions looking to their laurels,
or they may be found on the ground.
Bulldogging New Event,
The most hazardous of cowboy
sports jumping from the back of a
running horse 1
horns of a
horn steer, to
throw the steer and hold it bulldog
ging is an added event this year. It
will be a feature tomorrow and Sat
urday with prizes offered for com
petition. Thrills aplenty will be
"On the program at the arena today
will be the saddle horse race, pony
express race, calf roping, boys' pony
race, mule riding, bareback riding,
bucking contest, relay race, pack
horBe race, cowboy race. Tomorrow
bulldogging will be added for two
days with the big Morrow County
Derby on Saturday. The derby will
be a throe quarter-mile race for 3100
first prise, J60 second and $25 third
Many of the best horses in eastern
Oregon are already here for this
Housing Accommodationa Good.
Housing accommodations in Hepp
ner residences are being furnished
visitors who are unable to obtain
rooms, through a committee consist
ing of Frank Turner, George Thom
son, and C. J. Walker, who may be
reached mornings through their re
apective businesses, Mr. Turner at
his office iu Heppner hotel building,
THEYTtE UP 1
HORSES AND RIDERS IN THE
23 Dugan Smith on Whirlwind
4 Tom Zelm on Connie Mack
3 Tim Dery on Fox Valley
5 Homer Grimm on Prohibition
7 Freddy Moore on Wlckynp
11 Dole Case on ..Rolling Pin
16 Bob Ruaaell on .. Black Diamond
2 Ben Carroll on TNT
19 Jack White on ......Teapot Dome
13 Bert Troub on .. Colored Boy
3S Kenneth Depew on... Rim Rock
28 Llyod Matteson on Terry.Jr.
44 Milt Summerton on Speed Ball
43 Ralph Reade on ...Miss Heppner
C Eden Larson on Wild Aimee
8 Em. Moore on Whistling Rufua
12 Dew. Troub on Snow Mountain
17 Nick Omar on Roan Gurdane
29 F. Watson on. Geo. Bleaknun
22 Oscar Hanks on Butter Creek
27 Walt Wlggleaworth on Bobby
31 H. A. Happold on .Steamboat
37 Ned Bottenberg on Grey Eagle
Mr. Thomson at Thomson Brothers
store, and Mr. Walker at hia law of
fice in the Odd Fellows building. Eve
nings they mar be reached through
Rodeo headquarters. The committee
desires anyone having rooms to please
list them immediately.
This paper does not intentionally
overlook anyone or any item of news.
We made quite a spread about the
number of buck deer brought to town
last week, and as is human, we erred i
in overlooking some. Our apologies
to Ried Buseick, for one, and to any
others whom we may have likewise
overlooked or never knew about. Mr.
Buseick brought in a nice buck, of
whieh he is justly proud.
H. R. Smith, Rock creek sheepman,
was here yesterday and reports every
thing coming along 0. K. on the east
side of Gilliam county. Mr. Smith
was engaged for many yeara in wheat
raising in the Jordan butte country,
and after retiring from that game he
has been running sheep, and we are
glad to note that he is doing fairly
well in this venture.
Dr. Johnston reports that R. I. Cris-
ley of lone is suffering from a badly
infected finger, caused from opening
a water blister and allowing dirt to
enter. Prompt treatment is clearing
up the infection.
Miss Rita Crawford will leave by
tonight's train for Monmouth, where
she will enter the State Normal for
the winter. Miss Crawford was a
graduate from Heppner high sell I
Marion Rainey of Lexington was ill
on Monday with an attack of acute
appendicitis. He has recovered and
it was found not necessary to operate,
by his physician, Dr. Johnston.
Miss Audrey Beymer, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beymer of Hinton
creek, is leaving today for Monmouth
where she will be a student for the
winter at the State Normal.
Allan Loughney, brother of Mrs.
Walter Moore, is vacationing at Hepp
ner from his home in Tacoma, and
is a guest this week at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Moore.
R. B. Wilcox, farmer and dairyman
of below Lexington, purchased a milk
ing machine from the Morrow County
Creamery company this week.
Misa Laura Williams, a graduate of
the 1927 class, Heppner high scnool,
departed this morning for Monmouth
to enter the State Normal.
George Peck of Lexington, who has
been ill at Morrow General hospital
in this city, was able to return to his
home this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Boyer are over
ftom their home near Monument to
take in Heppner's Rodeo this week
LOST Conklin Endura fountain
pen between school house and Thom
son's store. If found leave at Buhn's.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Sepanek of Al
pine were visitors in Heppner Wed
AT THE METHODIST CHURCH.
During the absence of the pastor,
Rev. F. R. Spaulding, who is now
attending conference at Salem, the
services have been conducted by the
lay members, and on last Sunday a
discourse was given by S. E. Notson
on the "Trial of Jesus by the Jews,"
from a lawyers standpoint. The ad
dress was very instructive, as many
of our laws arc based on the laws of
the Jews, and the speaker brought
cut clearly the injustice of the trial
of Jesus. Mr. Notson will speak again
next Sunday on the "Trial of Jesus
by the Romans." A cordial invita
tion is extended to all. There will
be special music. Those who heard
Mr. Notson last Sunday greatly ap
preciated his splendid address.
ALL SAINTS' EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
Morning prayer and sermon at 11
Sunday school at 9:45 o'clock.
"Unto thee, 0 God. do we give
thanks: for that thy name is near
thy wondrous works declare." Ps. 76-1
Wool-Grain Show at
The Morrow County .' Wool and
Grain show and Rodeo headquarters
occupy the same room in the Garri
gues building on east Main street.
Both have been open since yesterday
evening and already many people have
visited the exhibits on display.
Though the grain on a whole is of
good quality, considerable mixture is
present in most all the exhibits. The
turkey red wheat, too, is lighter in
color than in former years. The fact
of mixture in wheat has been noted
quite generally over the county this
season, according to Charles W.
Smith, county agent, indicating the
need of seed selection and certifica
tion. The grain will undoubtedly be
graded down considerably on this ac
Wool exhibits are not so large as
in former years, due largely to the
poorer quality of clips caused by in
sufficient flow of grease at shearing
time, and the consequent disir.clina
t;on of wool men to show. The ex
hibits are a poor criterion of the
amount of wool produced in the
county, nearly a million pounds being
shorn last season. Cold weather late
in the spring, responsible for heavy
clips, at the same time reduced the
grease flow and the quality of the
Mr. Smith has done a great deal of
work in preparing charts on yield',
smut-resistant wheats, plowing, and
other facts pertaining to the grow
ing of wheat and wool in the county
which ere instructive and interesting
and wch worth the time of anyone
interested in either of these indus
tries to take fime to digest,
The grain exhibits will be judged
by Geo. Mitchell, expert from the
Moro experiment station, and the
wool by Edward Ludwig, of the Pa
cific Wool Growers association. Win
ning exhibits will be placed on dis
play in the wool and grain divisions
at the Pacific International Livestock
exposition at Portland next month.
Jail Breaker Now in .
Custody at Lewiston
Word received by the sheriff's of
fice at Heppner oi Tuesday that Har
ry Graves, who made his escape from
the Morrow county jail last May, was
in charge of the officers at Lewiston,
It was on Friday the' 13th day 'of
May that Graves made his get away
from Heppner, after having cut his
way out of jail, through the roof, and
fince that di-te his whereabouts have
been shrouded in mystery. He was
taken in by the Lewiston authorities,
however, on a liquor charge, and is
being held there pending the outcome
of this offense. Proper papers have
been made out here asking for a re
quisition from Governor Patterson
for the return of Graves to Morrow
county, and it is likely that the fed
eral authorities at Lewiston will turn
the prisoner over to our officers, who
will go to Lewiston armed with prop
er authority for taking him in charge.
'25 WINNER CRIPPLED
Jack French, winner of the buck
ing contest championship In 1925
and a rice-president of the Rodeo
association, is on the job again
but not to go on the top of any
broncs. Jack was crippled recent
ly in an automobile accident, that
caused him to be laid up in the
hoalptal for awhile, and he is atill
wealing his right arm in a aling.
He is a handy man to keep things
moving, and though he will be
missed as a star performer by his
many friends, he will have a large
part in the success of the show.
CHARLIE VAUGHN GETS BEAR.
A real coup d' grace was made by
Chariie Vaughn last Friday when In
a search for deer he shot a good
sized black bear, which weighed 250
pounds. Charlie came to town for
assistance and brought the bear in
Saturday to be viewed by many Inter
ested persons. After having it on
display for a day at the Heppner
garage, he skinned it and will have
the skin made into a rug. Charlie's
only lament was that his eye isn't as
good as it used to be. "It was only
forty yards away," he said, "and I
meant to hit it in the eye." As it
was, he shot it squarely between the
eyes. The coup was made near the
head of Ditch creek.
BUS TRANSFER MADE,
w T rmwfnrd of Portland was a
visitor here on Saturday in the in
terests of the Columbia Gorge Motor
Coach Bystem. This company recent
ly took over the Case Hus system of
tlnnnnpr and is now operating out
of this city, the bus making daily
round trips on regular schedule be
tween Heppner and The Dalles, in-
tund nf on v to Arhnittcn as hereto
fore. One of the larRC busses of the
Columbia Gorge system on the run is
operated by Allan Case. Further Im
provements in the line out of Hepp
ner are under consideration by the
Portland company, Mr. Crawford
Mrs. John Wood of Arlington was
.li.itn of tha linnie of Mr. and Mrs.
George Sperry over Wednesday. Mrs.
v,i i. awter of Mr. Soerrv. and a
pioneer resident of this part of east
ern Oregon. She returned nome to
SKEETER BILL AND
FAMED RODEO PAIR
Skeeter Bill Robbins and Dorothy
Morrell have been headliners where
ever the word "rodeo" has wafted.
Today they are in Heppner to take
part in the three-day performances.
In London Skeeter Bill was intro
duced to Rudyard Kipling, peer of all
modern poets, as a brother poet for
Skeeter Bill, too, has made verse,
verse that will live because it is west
ern and rings true the cowboys' life.
Kipling asked for and was given
some of his poems, that were com
Dorothy Morrell won the ladies
bucking championship in Cheyenne in
1914, the saddle for which she still
rides. This saddle has been around
the globe, taken part in rodeos far
and wide. It was made in Pendleton
and is good for years to come. If it
could talk it would tell a story of
rodeos, vaudevilles, round-ups and
bright lights to fill several volumes
with glamorous reading.
Skeeter Bill and Dorothy Morrell
are vj -satne. Tney ride ana rope
equally well. Trick roping is a spec
this Una won
ition at the
e r is well
is long, lan-
a bit as he
" ready smile,
and chin be
lie his quick
eyes, deep-set, are prima facia evi
dence of experience dearly earned.
A colorful pair, these two, to help
gladden the time of Rodeo visitors.
The accompanying sketches were
drawn by J. Pisani for "The Referee,"
a London periodical, when Skeeter
Bill and Dorothy Morrell were in
London in 1924.
Here'a one of the poems that Kip
Skeeter Bill Poet.
1 m from Wyoming,
And Skeeter Bill is my name.
I am six-feet-four in my stockinged
And as slim as any crane.
I went to Cheyenne, Wyoming,
To ride in a contest,
Where they gave world championship
To the ones that rode the best.
Now I had to ride Steamboat,
A horse of Wyoming fame.
I mounted to his middle
To world reknown my name.
1 said to the sun-up man,
"Raise up the blind
Step out of his way
And watch me unwind."
He blinked a the sunlight,
Tied his back in a knot,
Stuck his head low
And went from that spot.
His mouth was wide open,
His neck it was bowed;
From the way he went at it
I was due to get throwed.
He went up facing the east,
Came down facing the west,
To stay on his middle
I was doing my best.
He only weighed seven hundred
He was as slim as a crane.
The cowboys all know him,
For Steamboat is his name.
When I tried to ride this little horsey
He left the earth having wildcat
With his hind feet perpendicular
And his front ones on the bit.
But I stopped upon him
'Mill thi choerincr of the crowds:
And half a second later
We went up among the clouds.
And that is where I quit him
And beat him to the ground,
And I see the whole state of Wyoming
wniic 1 was coming down.
THE DEVIL'S WHITEWASH BRUSH.
This is what the Devil furnishes to
help us keep up appearances. It will
also be the subject of the Sunday
evening sermon at the Church of
The morning subject will be "The
Righteousness of God."
Be on hand for all services of the
day including the county rally Sun
day afternoon at 2 p. m.
MILTON W. BOWER, Minister.
Past Rodeo Performer
Killed Near Lakeview
"Slim" Harris, a past Rodeo per
former at Heppner, was murdered
near Lakeview September 2. The
following facts of interest to those
who knew him here were contained in
an item from The Dalles Optimist:
Lorena Trickey, famous cow girl
and for a number of years a resident
of the Shaniko section, has been
bound over to the grand jury in Lake
county for the murder of her hus
band, "Slim" Harris, also a famous
performer at rodeos and frontier
shows. Harris was murdered at Lake
view September 2. Lorena was taken
into custody the following day and
was held on suspicion of murder until
Tuesday afternoon when she was giv
en a preliminary hearing.
Charles H. Combs, Lake county
prosecutor, who ordered the rodeo
star taken into custody, used four
witnesses in asking that Lorena be
bound over. A clerk in a local hard
ware store, Truman Hartzog, was the
first witness. He identified Mrs. Har
ris as the woman who bought a long
bladed knife from him, such as "Slim"
was stabbed with, a few days before
"She asked for a dirk knife at first,"
Hartzog said, "but we didn't have any
The slender girl rider was not in
her usual elaborate rodeo and range
costume. She wore a plain black
dress and hat and sat with eyes low
ered as this testimony concerning the
knife was offered. The knife was not
introduced as evidence.
It also was revealed through the
testimony of Sheriif E. A. Friday of
Lake county that Mrs. Harris told
conflicting stories. She first said.
it was disclosed, that a man leaped to I
the running board of the Harris ma
chine and stabbed "Slim." The next
story was that a man stopped the au
tomobile between herself and "Slim"
and stabbed Harris after the ma
John Strawn, a Lakeview resident,
told of hearing cries and of discover
ing Harris lying on the street mortal
ly wounded. He died within a few
minutes, the witness raid.
The grand jury will convene this
Three Deer Bagged
By Party of Five
A party'of hunters consisting of
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. H. Latourell of
this city and Messrs. E. M. Condit, D.
W. Ackley and Clint King of Tilla
mook hied themselves to the moun
tains south of Heppner on Saturday
and spent Sunday in quest of deer.
The results of their efforts were the
bagging of three bucks, Mr. and Mrs.
Latourell getting one each, and the
Tillamook hunters the other. This
last was a fine specimen and the vis
itors were well pleased with the re
sults of their hunt.
Messrs. Condit and Ackley are the
Ford dealers at Tillamook and with
Mr. King were guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Latourell while here. ' This is
not the first deer to the credit of. Mrs.
Latourell as she is quite successful
as a big game hunter.
Rhea Creek Grange Gives
A Pleasing Entertainment
Rhea Creek Grange sponsored an
entertainment at its hall on Tues
day evening, featuring Mrs. Walter
Johnson, reader and impersonator,
from Idaho. The hall was filled with
a large, aprpeciative audience, which
voiced its praise both of Mrs. John
son and the musical numbers which
served as interludes.
Mrs. Alex Gibb sang "The Japan
ese Love Song., and responded with
"The Fat Lil' Fella," both songs be
ing heartily encored. She also ac
companied Miss Donna Brown who
sang beautifully, "The Parade of the
Wood Soldiers" and "If No One Kver
Marries Me." Mrs. Lieuallen played
two piano solos while Mrs. Hcinie's
school gave a flag song.
LEGION AUXILIARY MF.ETS.
The American Legion Auxiliary met
on Tuesdy evening, Sept. 20th, with
twelve members present. The follow
ing committees for the candy sale
were appointed: Weighing and .lack
ing, Mesdames Burgess and Smith;
selling, Grace Buschke and Bernice
Bauman. Will the members please
make abcut three pounds each, and
take it to Mrs. Ilurgess' house by
8:30 a. m. Friday?
The monthly bulletin was read and
in this the need for hospital work was
urged. This is more needed than
before as the Red Cross has been
taken from our hospitals, and the
American Legion Auxiliary must car
ry on the work of the Red Cross.
The unit planned to make pneumonia
jackets soon for Hospital No. 77.
There will be glee club practice on
Tuesday evening, Sept. 27th. Let us
have a good attendance. Secretary.
Walter Corley of lone suffered quite
a serious accident on Thursdny last
while at work in one of the ware
houses there. In stooping over his
head came in contact with a board
with a nail in it which tore the eye
lid and slightly injured the eyeball
and came near destroying the sight
of the eye. Prompt attention by Dr.
Johnston of Heppner doubtless pre
vented serious consequences.
The ladies of the Methodist church
will hold a cooked food sale, and will
also serve sandwiches and coffee all
day long during each day of the Ro
deo. You will find the ladies at the
corner room in the Fair building.
j Arthur Brisbane
Who Will be the Man?
The Vanishing Bob.
Progress and Sacrifice.
Now is the time to pick your can
didate, with President Coolidge "not
choosing," which means that he doea
not intend to be a candidate.
Hoover, Mellon, Hughes, Lowden,
or a dark horse, who will it be?
Charles Evans Hughes is back from
Europe, with "nothing to say to re
porters," a dangerous sign with a na
tional convention near.
Mr. Hughes never said, "I am too
old to be President," that would be
preposterous, from one of the most
hard working men in public life. He
did say, "I am too old TO RUN for
Secretary Mellon is back from Eu
rope, also "with nothing to ay to re
Secretary Mellon was walking up
Park avenue in New York City last
week, looking about half his age and
going at a rate that would have taken
him from his desk in the Treasury
building to the front door of the
White House in considerably less
than a minute and a half.
The Smithsonian Institution will
have a weather station in southwest
Africa. There, high up in the air, in
the dry, clear atmosphere, science
will study the sun, calculate solar
radiation, and, if hopes are realized,
predict weather as much as a week
or a month, and even one year, in
It has taken men a long while td
find out that what they have and
what happens to them depends largely
on the big star that lights their short
A gentleman, occasionall posing as
a nobleman, was arrested recently ac
cused of marrying fifteen women and
getting a million dollars in money
and jewelry from them. There is
nothing to be said about that except
that it is in the nature of a woman
to trust men, unfortunately for wo
"Curls are coming back," says a
professor of physiology, even "puff
girls" and the "Shingle" will pass.
Common sense is with the bob. Ro
mance with the puffed carl. You
could not imagine Martha Washing
ton with a bob.
No great thing is achieved without
sacrifice. Those distressed by loss of
life in flying may remember that th
total number of deaths in trans-Atlantic
flying is smaller than the num
ber killed automobiling on any fine
Sunday. The thing is to keep on and
C. V. Miller of Toronto left brewery
stock to seven Methodist ministers
and Ontario Jockey Club shores to
opponents of race track gambling.
At the end of nine years, the pro
ceeds of his estate go to the parents
of the largest family born in the
province during that time.
Methodist ministers, to get the
$75,000 brewery stock, must draw the
dividends and vote on the company's
management "to see whether their
avarice for money was greater than
The ministers, of course, will do
what is necessary to collect the mon
ey, and use it for prohibition propa
ganda, thus thwarting Satan.
Great Britain intends to protect ig
norant investors against get-rich-quick
stock salesmen and other
schemes. Peddling stocks from door
to door is to be stopped, selling stocks
through the mail restricted and
watched. The oil, real estate, and
mining schemes that rob investors in
this country would not be possible
in Great Britain. -
CASE OFFICIALS ENJOY HUNT.
F. R. Washburne, manager of J. I.
Case Threshing Machine company,
George Steele, northwest representa
tive, and son Gordon Steele, enjoyed
a ten-day deer hunt around Desola
tion lake in the Greenhorn mountains
in company with W. G. McCarty and
L. Van Marter, returning the first of
the week. The party bagged three
bucks. The city men enjoyed the hunt
immensely, said Mr. Van Marter, who
declared he was never out with a bet
ter bunch of sportsmen in his life.
A. A. McCabe, Rhea creek farmer
and ranchman, was attending to bus
iness affairs in this city yesterday.
Rodeo Rooms Wanted
Anyone having rooms to let dur
ing Rodeo, please communicate
with one of the following commit
tee immediately. Full cooperation
will be appreciated.
FRANK W. TURNER,
CHAS. J. WALKER,