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Volume 48, Number 2.
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Summerfallow, Hyde
Tells Steiwer.
Local Banker Condemns Ineffective
ness of Administration; Farmers
Urged to Write to Board.
Morrow county farmers may at
last receive some financial assist
ance from the government accord
ing to word just issued by Secretary
Hyde that farm relief loans will be
made for summerfallow operations
in eastern Oregon. This word fol
lowed protests from Senator Stei
wer and W. P. Mahoney, Heppner
banker, and the resignation of Mr.
Mahoney as head of the advisory
board in Morrow county.
R. L. Benge has been appointed
to a place on the local board and C.
B. Cox has taken the chairmanship.
The protests of Mr. Steiwer and
Mr. Mahoney, as told in a Wash
nigton news dispatch in yesterday's
Oregonian, declared that only one
drouth relief loan had been made
in Oregon, and that the farm relief
measure was a farce as administer
ed in this section. Mr. Mahoney
contended that those in charge of
the Grand Forks, N. D., office had
no conception of farming conditions
in this section, as shown by their
answer to one application for a
loan of $250 on 250 acres of wheat
land, In which they advised the
farmer to diversify and rejected the
application. Only one loan has been
allowed In Oregon out of 114,600
made, Involving $17,445,600, the re
port stated.
Field Man to Visit
In addition to the ruling obtained
by Secretary Hyde from the solici
tor of intermediate credit that loans
be made for working summerfallow
for the 1932 crop, ex-Governor Da
vis of Idaho was detailed to con
fer with Oregon people and it is ex
pected that he will visit Morrow
county within a short time, accord
ing to word given out yesterday by
C. W. Smith, county agent.
Mr. Smith advised that It would
be well for all farmers in this coun
ty who have made applications for
loans to write the county board a
letter explaining their situations
and the urgent need for relief, then
a full showing may be made to ex
Governor Davis when he arrives to
make his Investigation.
Report of the protests of Mr. Stei
wer and Mr. Mahoney as given In
the Oregonian dispatch, follows:
Mr. Mahoney informed Secretary
Hyde there has been no man on the
various administration boards with
a knowledge of northwest condi
tions. "Without practical know
ledge they expound to us theories
about dlversiiied farming in eastern
Oregon wheat sections. No amount
of theoretical talking and letter
writing will change climatic condi
tions In the territory mentioned to
enable It to become a diversified
farming district"
RWief Measure Fails.
The well-known banker specially
mentioned Morrow, Gilliam, Sher
man, Wasco, Umatilla counties and
detailed how farming is conducted
there. Warming up In his Indigna
tion, he told the secretary that it Is
a sad commentary on present af
fairs "after so many brilliant prom
ises of relief for agriculture" that
there should be "failure to provide
any immediate or permanent relief
in any particular."
From Oklahoma today Senator
Steiwer telegraphed Secretary Hyde
that the relief machinery has done
nothing In Oregon and reiterated
his assurance no worth-while re
sult Is possible unless an office for
direct loans Is established in the
northwest, as Grand Forks accom
plishes nothing.
Credit Would Help.
"Indirect loans from the interme
diate credit bank," telegraphed Stei
wer, "will be most helpful If genu
ine, prompt effort is made to supply
ndenuate aeoncles and provide cap
ital loans for credit corporations. I
hope you will see that effective ac
tion is taken. .
As a result of these proddlnga,
Secretary Hyde tonight telegraphed
Senator Steiwer that a ruling had
been obtained from the solicitor
that loans needed In Oregon for
summerfallowing can be made. This
ruling Is very Important, as hereto
fore the department has Insisted on
the 1931 crop as security for loans.
Summerfallowing this year la for
the 1932 crop. Money for summer
fallowing operations has been the
big Oregon need.
The manuscript of Earl Thomson,
local high school student, has been
accepted for entrance In the Ore
gonian state oratorical contest. C.
L. Swcek Is contest director for this
district. Dates and places for com
petition were not known, when the
report was made.
Word received by Frank Turner
this week from Kenneth J. Ackley,
who last summer was a reporter on
this paper, states that he Is now
with the Record at Baker. For
merly a weekly paper, the Record
has now become a dally, being Is
sued as a morning paper.
Instructors Elected
For Heppner Schools
Selection of the list of teachers
for the Heppner schools for the
coming school year was nearly com
pleted at the meeting of the board
of education on Tuesday evening.
It is expected the full corps will
be chosen by this week end. Nearly
the entire teaching force of the
present year has been retained, and
the new teachers will fill the places
of but three, and possibly only two,
that are going elsewhere. Theo.
Lumley of the high school has ap
plied for another position in the
county and may be accepted, as
Mrs. Lumley may also have a place
in the school as a grade teacher.
Should he not receive this place, he
will be retained at Heppner.
Those elected at Tuesday's meet
ing were Beth Bleakman, 1st grade;
Elizabeth Dix, 2nd grade; Helen Ol
sen, 3rd grade; Adelyn O'Shea, 4th
grade; Juanita Leathers, 5th grade;
Miriam McDonald, 6th grade;
Blanche Hansen, 7th grade; Harold
W. Buhman, grade principal and
teacher of 8th grade; Paul Menegat,
high school principal; Jessie E. Pal
miter, home economics; Charlotte
E. Woods, music; Neil Shuirman,
supervisor physical training; Alice
Montgomery, English and Madge
Coppock, commercial.
At this meeting the school board
also closed a deal for the land ly
ing on the fiat east of Willow creek,
with J. L. Morrow, which will be
added to the campus, making a fine
playground that has been a long-
felt want.
Golf Course Improved ;
Is in Good Condition
Heppner's golf course presents its
most inviting appearance this
spring, having undergone much im
provement under the personal su
pervision of Roy Ohleschlager, re
cently named president of the club,
and devotees of the grand old
Scotch sport are enjoying added
zest given their game by the im
provement Since work was started several
weeks ago all the greens and tees
have been smoothed, new cups
placed, and part of the fairways
dragged where most needed. In ad
dition, the course of the road going
up the hill to the links has been
changed, eliminating the bad rocky
place on the old road and making
the course easier of access for auto
mobiles. Repainting of benches
and signs, with distance of holes
marked, has also been undertaken,
and adds much to the appearance
of the links.
Dental Clinic to be Held
In School Next Week
Miss Edith Stallard, county
health nurse, announces that dental
examinations will be held for the
Heppner schools, starting on Tues
day morning, March 31. It Is es
pecially urged that all children who
will enter school next fall attend
this clinic and have their teeth ex
amined. The parents should bring
them in and take advantage of
this opportunity.
Drs. McCrady and Barr, local
dentists, have kindly consented to
conduct the examinations, and they
are free to all who will take advan
tage of them.
Star Theater to Install
New Talkie Equipment
The Star theater will be closed
next Monday and Tuesday, when
the present talkie equipment will be
replaced with more modern equip-
mcnt that will assure theater-goers
of this vicinity much better sound
reproducion than was before possi
ble, B. G. Sigsbee, manager, announ
ced yesterday. In connection with
the new installation, acoustical
properties of the theater will be In
proved also.
The new equipment will use films
which carry the sqund reproduction
perforations, eliminating all chance
of sound and picture being desyn
chronized as often happened with
the old disc equipment, Mr. Sigsbee
said. The theater manager called
especial attention to the good show
on Sunday, with Marion Davies In
"The Bachelor Father," that will be
shown the one night only due to
the shut-down for installing the
new equipment.
The past week end has been the
time when there was noted a mark
ed increase In the population of
Morrow county, and the new arri
vals have all been boys. From the
oftlce of Dr. McMurdo we report the
advent of a 9-pound son, born on
Sunday, March 22nd, at Heppner
hospital to Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Lov
gren of Hardmnn; to Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Cohn, Saturday, March 21, a
9-pound boy; on Friday, March 20th,
to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McElligott of
lone an 8'4-pound son. At the
same hospital on Sunday, March
22nd, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Drake of
lone had born to them a 13-pound
boy, whose death occurred at the
time of delivery. At the maternity
home of Mrs. Lillle Aiken on Sat
urday, March 21st, a 9-pound boy
was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Jepson of Rhea creek. Dr. A. B.
Gray reports the arrival of a son,
Bruce Dixon Smith, born Thurs
day, March 19, at Herrcn's hospital
to Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Smith of
lone; Saturday, March 21st, to Mr.
and Mrs. James Botts of lone, a
pound boy; and on Sunday, March
22nd, to Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Ad
ams of Hardman, a 7-pound son.
utrlng Marlon Davies, SUNDAY
ONLY at Star Theater.
Eighty Attend Meet at Lexington;
Paul Menegat Delegate to Na
tional Education Conclave.
RUTH DINGES, Correspondent.
Teacher's institute was held in
Lexington, Friday, at the school
house. Exhibits of the work being
done by pupils in Morrow county
was displayed in the various school
rooms. In the morning Mr. Riggs
of lone led In singing several songs
and the regular business meeting
was held. Mrs. Irl Clary of Alpine,
Mrs. Lilian C. Turner of Lexington
and George E. Tucker of lone gave
talks on their experiences at tne
last annual meeting of the O. S. T.
A. in Portland. S. E. Notson spoke
on various phases of the teacher's
work, stressing the Idea that the
building of character was more im
portant to the pupil than mere book
learning, a great deal of which will
probably soon be forgotten. Mrs.
Dawald of Irrigon spoke on "The
Dull and Retarded Child," explain
ing something of his psychology and
giving a number of suggestions for
teaching him.
At noon the ladies of Lexington
P. T. A. served dinner In the Leach
Memorial hall. About eighty teach
ers were served.
In the afternoon there was more
group singing, after wnicn a voie
was taken to determine who would
be the official delegate to the N. E.
A. convention at Los Angeles. Paul
Menegat of Heppner was chosen.
Mr. Marschat, principal from
Boardman, spoke on the ethics of
the teaching profession. After his
talk the meeting broke up Into sec
tional groups.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barton, and
their daughters, Barbara and Shir
ley of Portland, are visiting at the
home of Mrs. Barton's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. W. J. Davis.
On Wednesday, April 1, Lexing
ton grange will meet as usual. Mas
ter S. J. Devine desires the pres
ence of all members who can come,
as there will be much important
business to discuss. Although it
had been planned to initiate new
members at this meeting, the in
itiation will be postponed until a
later date.
Fred Kuns, who has for some
time been 111 at his home in Lexing
ton, has been obliged to return to
the Heppner hospital for treatment.
On Saturday evening, Lexington
grange held Its regular social meet
ing. A program was given, after
which those present were divided
into groups, who competed in a
series of games. The committee
preparing the evening's entertain
ment was Mrs. John Miller, chari-
man, Mrs. Ed Kelly, Mrs. Harry
Shriever and Mrs. Harry Dlnges.
Demonstrations of the old and new
ways of doing housework were giv
en. Eva Wilcox, Helen Smouse and
Alice Palmer gave a skit and Dan-
.ny Dlnges gave a reading.
Mrs. Nellie Dinges and Mrs. A.
w. Jones of Portland are visiting
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Miss Helen Valentine returned
Thursday, March 19, and will spend
her spring vacation with her par
ents. Buster Gentry came home from
Corvallis on Monday.
Saturday morning Miss Helen
Falconer and Miss Helen Wells ac
companied Mrs. Frank Turner to
Walla Walla where they spent the
week end.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Furtney
of Portland spent the week end at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burton
Peck. Mrs. Furtney was formerly
Arlene Morey. Mr. and Mrs. Furt
ney returned home on Monday
Mrs. McNeil of Portland, accom
panied by her son Gordon, is visit
ing at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. Harry Shriever.
Mrs. Laura Scott entertained a
group of her friends at a "500" par
ty on Friday evening.
Among Morrow county students
attending higher institutions of
learning who visited at home dur
ing spring vacation this week are
the Misses Marjorie Clark and Pa
tricia Mahoney, Merle Becket, Vaw
ter and John Parker of Heppner,
from the University of Oregon; the
Misses Erma Duvall and Helen Val
entine of Lexington from the U. of
O., and Terrel Benge and Roderick
Thomson from Oregon State col
University of Oregon, Eugene,
March 25. Marjorie Barton Clark
of Heppner has been selected to ar
range the features for the April
Frolic at the University of Oregon.
The Frolic Is for university wo
men and for senior high school girls
who are prospective students. It Is
a costume affair, and stunts are giv
en by the various classes.
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Thorn of
Pomeroy were guests over Saturday
night and part of Sunday at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Reav
Is In this city. Mr. Thorn, formerly
of Heppner where he was lcoal man
ager of Pacific Power & Light com
pany, holds this position at Pom
eroy. Howard Kcithley, who has been
111 for several weeks from pneumo
nia, underwent a major operation
at. Heppner hospital on Monday.
His recovery has been slow and It Is
hoped that the operation will assist
in restoring his health.
Many men about town remem
ber the good time had a few years
ago when a twilight baseball
league was formed In Heppner.
And many have been heard to re
mark, "Why can't It be done
There's a lot of fellows who
admit they can play better ball
than some of the fellows who ap
pear in uniform on the town team
each year. In fact, If any fellow
ever played baseball, he is prone
to deny that he cant play just as
good as he ever did.
But that's not here or there.
The idea is, If a fellow ever really
played baseball, when just the
right "feel" to the air comes In
the springtime, he "Itches" to get
hold of the "old apple" again.
All of which leads to the case in
point The "feel" Is in the air
now, and some of the fellows have
arranged a time and place to start
twilight ball this year. They have
given out word that any and all
men between the ages of 6 and 60
who ever did, or who think that
they would like to, play baseball,
should report at Rodeo field at 5
o'clock tomorrow (Friday) eve
ning. The purpose will be to
choose up, or otherwise select
teams, to play a series of five
Inning games two or three eve
nings a week.
Nobody is barred ; all are urged
to turn out
O. S. C. Band Appears
At Arlington Tomorrow
Attired in new and colorful mili
tary uniforms, the Oregon State
college band will arrive in Arling
ton early tomorrow in time to make
several public appearances before
their concert that evening at the
high school gymnasium. The band
will stage a street parade in full re
galia some time during the day.
The concert in the evening is be
ing sponsored by the high school. A
dance in the high school gymnasium
with the selected college dance or
chestra as music will follow the
Forty-five of the best college mu
sicians are in the band, which in
cludes a saxophone quartet and an
eight piece collegiate dance band
composed of band members and se
lected as the pick of the campus
The band itself will feature such
famous numbers as "WHilam Tell
Overture," "Semiramide," "Stars
and Stripes Forever," including a
number of college medleys used in
Chicago. Ted Gilbert of Albany, a
radio singer of considerable exper
ience and a member of the band,
will contribute several selections.
Incidentally he won the local audi
tion in the Atwater-Kent contest
last year and competed In the state
contest In Portland. In addition to
the regular concert numbers a va
ried program which includes vocal
and instrumental solos, quartet fea
tures and two reels of campus life
will be offered. Even the campus
clowns will be at large.
During its stay in Arlington, the
band will be quartered at the Ven
dome hotel.
Local Wool Cooperative
Gets Optimistic Report
Encouragement to wool growers
Is seen in late wool market reports
received by the Pacific Coopertaive
Wool growers from the National
Wool Marketing corporation. The
ten-year-old Pacific organization Is
one of the 26 unit members of the
national sales agency and last year
delivered approximately one-ninth
of the huge national accumulation
of 119,000,000 pounds.
"There is a decidedly better feel
ing throughout the entire wool man
ufacturing Industry," says the
March 21 report Issued by the na
tional corporation. Fall goods lines
are opening with promise of in
creased volume of sales.
"Woolen mills are getting more
business. London prices have been
fully maintained. All foreign mar
kets are strong. The Brisbane sale
closed March 12 with prices about
30 per cent above January lows
Only about 400,000 bales of the Aus
tralian clip are left to sell out of a
total clip of about 2.100,000 bales.
Stocks of wool In domestic mar
kets will be low by the time the new
clip comes on in volume. The mar
ket Is witnessing a much greater
demand for three-eights wool,
which has not had a real call In
eighteen months.
"There Is growing belief among
close followers of the textile Indus
try that the Improvement witnessed
during the past month heralds the
opening of a period of strong prices.
While no one expects any very rad
ical upturn In the near future,
steady advancement as conditions
warrant seem to be fairly generally
Wools are beginning to arrive at
the warehouse of the Pacific Coop
erative Wool Growers at 12th and
Davis streets, Portland. The asso
ciation has for several months been
making preshearlnir advances to
gffcwer-members In Oregon, Wash
ington, Idaho, California and Ne
vada and wool advances are avail
able upon delivery of the clip. It Is
expected that the Pacific's 1931 vol
ume will at least equal Its 1930 ac
cumulation of ten million pounds
Miss Virginia Dix who Is a stu
dent at Whitman, arrived home on
Tuesday to spend a short vacation
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W,
O. Dix.
Many Attend Dinner for W. F.
Palmateer; Week's Activities
Of Neighbor City Told.
Mr. and Mrs. Hal O. Ely were
hosts Sunday at a most enjoyable
dinner party given at their home on
Second street The occasion was in
celebration of the seventy-third
birthday anniversary of Mrs. Ely's
father, W. F. Palmateer of Morgan.
Besides the hosts and honor guest,
those present were Mr. and Mrs.
O. E. Lindstrom, Mr. and Mrs. R.
E. Harbison, Mr. and Mrs. R. L.
Ekleberry, Mr. and Mrs. Rood Ekle
berry, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Ely
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin
Ely and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Earl Morgan and children, Mr. and
Mrs. Bert Palmateer and children,
George Ely and son Frances, Wal
lace Matthews, W. G. Palmateer,
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Troedson and
daughter Francis, Edith and Mar
garet Ely, Rev. W. W. Head and
daughter Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs.
Martin Bauernfeind and son, Mrs.
Willard Farrens and Mrs. Delia
Corson. A most delicious dinner
was served by Mrs. Ely, and after
a pleasant afternoon the guests de
parted, thanking Mr. and Mrs. Ely
for their kind hospitaltiy and wish
ing Mr. Palmateer many happy re
turns of the day. Mr. Palmateer
was born at Estacada, Oregon, Mar.
22, 1858, and has been a farmer all
his life. Thirty-three years ago he
bought the farm near Morgan
where he still makes his home. He
is a loyal son of Oregon, only hav
ing been out of the state a few
times, and then only for short vis
its. He enjoys good health. Four
of his five children live near him. A
daughter, Mrs. DeShazer, resides at
The school declamatory contest
was held Friday evening in the aud
itorium with the following contest
ants named as winners: dixision 1,
oratorical, Donald Heliker, first;
Helen Smouse and Francis Ely tied
for alternate; humorous, Jean Hus
ton, first; Walter Bristow, alter
nate; dramatic, Minnie Normoyle,
first; Elizabeth Head, alternate;
division 2 (grades 5-6-7-8), humor
ous, Junior Mason, first; Stuart
Rankin, alternate; non-humorous,
Carl Lindeken, first; Eugene Nor
moyle, alternate; division 3 (grades
1-2-3-4), humorous, Harold Buchan
an, first; Van Rietmann, alternate;
non-humorous, Mary K. Blake, first;
Paul Rietmann, alternate. Judges
for the try-out were Alice Mont
gomery of Lexington, Paul Mene
gat of Heppner and W. W. Head of
lone, Mrs. Earl Blake substituting
for Mr. Head in dramatics.
The high school divisional decla
matroy contest between the winners
from Heppner, lone, Hardman and
Lexington will be held at this place
March 28. An admission fee of 15
and 25 cents will be charged. The
divisional contest of the grades will
be March 27 at Lexington, with
representatives from lone, Lexing
ton, Heppner and the near-by rural
districts competing.
The O. E. S. Social club met in
regular session on Friday afternoon
at Masonic hall. Mrs. W. J. Blake
was hostess. Other members pre
sent were Mrs. R. E. Harbison, Mrs.
A. A. McCabe, Mrs. Oliver Kincaid,
Mrs. Peter Timm, Mrs. Roy Lieu-
alien, Mrs. Carl Feldman, Mrs. John
Krebs, Mrs. George Krebs, Mrs. Ella
Davidson, Mrs. Ray Beezely and
Mrs. Harlan McCurdy.
All of the lone teachers were In
attendance at the institute held Fri
day at Lexington. Our 4-H Sewing
club has completed the work for
the year and this work was exhibit
ed at the institute. There are 12
members of the club. Miss Hilde-
garde Williams, third and fourth
grade teacher, is the efficient leader
of the club.
David Grabll was taken to Hepp
ner Friday where he entered the
hospital for treatment
(Continued on Page Six.)
Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall, presi
dent of the University of Oregon,
has accepted the Invitation to de
liver the commencement address to
the graduating class of Heppner
high school on May 15, announces
W. R. Poulson, superintendent. Kev
Thomas D. Yarnes, Methodist min
ister of Salem, has accepted the in
vitation to deliver the baccalaur
eate address to the same class on
in the school auditorium.
May 10. Both exercises will be held
The lone I. O. O. F. lodge is donor
of the silver loving cup to be award
ed the school winning the lower dl
vision of the county spelling con
test, announces Mrs. Lucy E. Rod
gers, county school superintendent
George R. Barker and F. A. Doty
of Portland, and Fred, Dean and
Bob Owen of Everett, Wash., ar
rived here Wednesday and proceed
ed to the Fischer mill on Rhea
creek. These gentlemen come fully
prepared to take over this property
and It will be" put Into operation
Immediate v. so this paper is in
Mrs. Joel R. Benton's young peo
ple's class of the Christian church
was very pleasantly entertained at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Bar
ratt, east of town, Tuesday evening,
a taffy pull being the main feature
on the program, while many amus
ing games were played.
Lexington Couple Enjoy
50 Years of Wedded Life
The home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J.
Davis near Lexington was the
scene of a very happy gathering on
Wednesday, the occasion being the
celebration of their fiftieth wedding
anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Davis
are pioneers of this county, having
settled at Lexington in 1883, and
that place has been their home con
tinuously ever since. They were
married at Durham, Cal., March 25,
1881, and it was two years after this
event that they came to Oregon.
Nine children have been born to
this union, and all of these were
present on this occasion but two,
Lottie S. Allison, deceased, and Glen
Davis, residing at Bend. The other
children present for the occasion
were Lucy E. Pointer of Oakland,
Calif.; Clark T. Davis, Jas. L. Dav
is and Mabel C. Gray of Lexington;
Leona A. Slate of Bend; Nettie V.
Barton of Tulalip, Wash., and Glad
estine C. Mikesell of Toppenish,
Heppner Schools Choose
Declamatory Entrants
Elimination contests for the se
lection of entrants in the sectional
declamatory meets were finished in
the Heppner schools the first of the
week, and representatives of the
school were named.
Theodore Thomson will enter the
oratorical division of the high
school meet; Earl Thomson, the
dramatic, and Ralph Currin, the
humorous. In the grades, Hene Kil
kenny will represent the upper di
vision non-humorous, and Francis
Rugg, the humorous section. Alice
Latourell will appear in the lower
division non-humorous and Mary
Moore in the humorous section.
The high school sectional contest
In which Heppner will take part
will be held at lone on Saturday,
the 28th, and the grade school con
test at Lexington on Friday, the
27 th.
Oregon Gets Forest
Highway Moneys
Oregon will receive $1,344,741 out
of the allocation of $9,500,000 in for
est highway funds to be expended
in 33 states and territories in the
fiscal year 1932, according to an
nouncement issued today by the re
gional forester, Portland.
The total for the United States
Is the same as that available for
the current fiscal year, which in
point of highway construction on
the national forests is to set a new
record. The 1931 program Is being
rushed to aid in relief of unem
ployment, as well as to open up na
tional forest areas to use and to
facilitate protection of forest and
watershed against fire, according to
the regional forester.
Oregon ranks second of all the
states in total amount received, be
ing exceeded only by California.
The funds are used in the states
having national forest lands within
their boundaries and apportioned
on a basis of acreage and value of
these forests. Construction and
maintenance of forest highways is
handled by the Bureau of Public
The highway-building program
for the national forests was more
than doubled for the current year,
$5,000,000 having been added by
congress to the amount appropria
ted annually in recent years. Re
ports from many communities in
dicate that road building in the na
tional forests is proving helpful in
relieving the local unemployment
The forest highways are first-
class roads, generally linking up
with state highway systems. The
Forest Service Is also expending
$3,000,000 on forest development
roads and trails within the national
forests in fiscal year 1931, as part
of an annual program of develop
ment and forest protection.
Sectional contests in the Morrow
County Declamatory league, includ
ing all the schools of the county,
will be held tomorrow and Satur
day. The grade school contests
will be held at Boardman Saturday
and at Lexington tomorrow. The
high school contests will be held at
Alpine Friday and at lone Satur
day. Schools tributary to the va
rious points will journey to the
places named. County finals will be
held in Heppner April 11. A change
In the dates has been made from
those appearing in these columns
last week.
A county road crew under Henry
Taylor, foreman, moved onto the
McKinney creek section of the
Heppner-Spray road the first of the
week. Camp has been established
and work will start immediately In
grading the new survey. George
Bleakman, commissioner, said all
the right-of-way had not been clear
ed for the new route, but that the
court expected to complete the
grading of the four-mile stretch this
season if possible.
John Turley has returned to the
county after spending the winter at
Coburg, Lane county, and Is again
helping tend the sheep flocks on the
D. O. Justus farm.
Elils Thomson Is home this week
for the Easter vacation. He is at
tending the university at Eugene
Marlon Davies In THE BACH-
F.LOR FATHER, Star Thcate
For Sale White I'ekln duck eggs,
50c per setting. Beulah Nichols,
Lexington. l-3p
Traffic Officer Is Friend
of Motorist, Giving
Much Assistance.
Club Gives Thanks to Charter An
niversary Helpers; Notson to
Attend State Chamber.
The motoring public is rapidly
learning that the state traffic officer
is its friend and not its enemy, L.
H. McMahon, highway patrolman
for this district, told members of
the Heppner Lions club at their
Monday luncheon. The old name
of "speed cop" no longer applies to
the khaki-clad boys who ride in
white automobiles, he said, as the
majority of their work is giving as
sistance to the motorist who meets
with misfortune, and only about
one out of ten cases handled by
them is an arrest for speeding.
Mr. McMahon stressed the im
portance of drivers not allowing
their minds to wander while travel
ing. A car traveling 35 miles an
hour covers 51.3 feet in one second,
at 60 miles it covers more than 80
feet a second. Loss of attention for
only an instant at usual traveling
speeds means an uncontrolled cov
erage of distance that may easily
end in an accident There will be
no change in the speed law from
the maximum of 35 miles an hour
until the new traffic code goes into
effect on June 6, he said. "Another
thing," Mr. McMahon emphasized,
ho driver may expect leniency
from me, even though he be my
best friend, if he is found under the
influence of intoxicating liquor.
Gasoline and whiskey absolutely
will not mix."
280 Killed In 1930.
The officer quoted statistics show
ing total number of automobiles in
operation in the world, in the Uni
ted States and in Oregon. Uncle
Sam has 76 per cent of all automo
biles. In Oregon there is one motor
vehicle to every three persons. More
than 250,000 out-of-state cars vis
ited Oregon last year. To patrol
the highways and keep all these
cars in order the state maintains a
force of 65 traffic officers at the
present time. Oregon is among the
first six states in fewer automobile
fatalities in proportion to miles
traveled. Last year there were 280
persons killed by automobiles in the
state. The per automobile fatality
rate in the state showed a decrease
from the year previous.
To better give assistance to the
motorist who meets with misfor
tune most of the state traffic officers
are now adept at applying first aid,
Mr. McMahon said. He said he was
attending a Red Cross school at
The Dalles evenings and expected
to have his first aid certificate in a
short time. The officers' automo
biles carry extra gas, oil and water,
fusees, shovel, first aid kit and a
large number of tools to help mo
torists in trouble. Any motorist so
afflicted is subject to help by the
traffic officer and should not hesi
tate to call him. This is a real
worthwhile service, he said, to
which many motorists do not know
they are entitled.
Origin of Sheriff Cited.
Mr. McMahon spoke on Invitation
of the day's program committee, W.
W. Smead and C. J. D. Bauman.
Mr. Bauman spoke briefly on the
origin of the name sheriff, and
cited the similarity of the duties
of his office, as such, to those of the
first sheriffs in England. S. E. Not
son, as president of the Heppner
commercial club and director of the
Oregon State Chamber of Com
merce, said he expected to be in at
tendance at the meeting of the lat
ter body in Portland today, and
urged all who signed the member
ship roll of the local club to pay in
their dollar to Dean T. Goodman,
secretary, in order that the club's
membership with the state chamber
might be taken. Special entertain
ment numbers were given by Miss
Jeanette Turner and Ralph Currin,
high school students, who gave
W. R. Poulson gave a financial
report of the charter anniversary
celebration of the Monday previous,
showing the occasion to have been
self-supporting. A vote of thanks
was given Wise brothers for cook
ing the meat, Central Market for
obtaining the meat, and the ladies
who assisted with the entertainment
and serving.
District Attorney S. E. Notson
and M. L. Case departed Tuesday
night for Portland, where they were
called on business. While In the
city Mr. Notson expected to attend
the meeting of the State Chamber
of Commerce on behalf of Heppner
Commercial club.
W. L. McCaleb motored to Port
land Tuesday to visit with his wife.
Mrs. McCaleb, who has been 111 for
several weeks, will be removed from
the hospital but is not yet able to
return home.
Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Parker left
Tuesday for their new location at
Dayvllle. Mr. Parker will have
charge of the big hay ranch of R. L.
Ford near the John Day valley