Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, September 22, 1932, Page PAGE FIVE, Image 5

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John P. Schaffer Is visiting at
the home of his son, Elvin R. Schaf
fer on Freezeout, having recently
arrived from Texas where he was
looking after farming interests In
the Panhandle. He has land there
surrounded by oil fields and found
conditions very bad due to the low
price of crude oil and the reaction
from the shutting down of produc
tion of many wells through order
of Governors Murray of Oklahoma
and Sterling of Texas. While the
closing order had the effect of
doubling the price for crude oil, the
small Independent producers were
badly crippled by It, Schafter said.
Responding to word of the crit
ical illness of Alfred Medlock in the
veterans' hospital at Walla Walla,
Mrs. Medlock left for that city Sun
day evening, and Mr. and Mrs.
Henderson Stout accompanied Mr.
and Mrs. James Hayes there Mon
day. Word at that time was that
Mr. Medlock was rapidly sinking
and was not expected to recover.
Bert Johnson and A. A. McCabe
of the lone vicinity were business
visitors in the city yesterday. A
heavy frost was reported in the
lower country Tuesday night that
caused the alfalfa to turn and curl
considerably. The frost was said to
be earlier than is usual for that
Students returning to the U. of
O. this week to resume studies with
the opening of the school term in
cluded Miss Jeanette Turner, Glenn
Casteel, Vawter Parker and Miss
Teressa Breslin. Mrs. F. W. Tur
ner and Anabel accompanied Miss
Turner to Eugene in the Turner
L. L. Ormsby, old time sheep buy
er who made Heppner In the "good
old days," accompanied Asey Will
lams, Idaho sheep buyer, to this
city the first of tie week and en
joyed greeting many old friends.
"Buck" Bigbee of Portland came
up from the city the end of the
week to make his annual' quest for
the big mule deer in company with
his old university pal and frater
nity brother, L. Van Marter.
Ostin Gentry was brought to
town from the Emll Groshens farm
the end of the week, suffering a
broken leg sustained from the kick
of a horse. He received treatment
at Heppner hospital.
Miss Louise Thomson has return
ed to Yakima after spending the
summer with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. J. G. Thomson, to resume her
duties as a teacher In the Yakima
Miss Anna Wightman went to
Portland the end of the week to
visit at the home of her friend, Miss
Isabelle Dutton. Miss Dutton spent
the summer at the Wightman home
will be at the HEPPNER HOTEL
on Sept. 28, hours 10 a,Nm. to 5:30
p. m.
Ellis and Earl Thomson departed
Tuesday for Eugene to be present
for opening of the U. of O., where
each will resume studies.
Ralph Butler who farms on lower
Willow creek and gets his mall at
Willows was a business visitor in
the city Saturday.
Rod Thomson and Ben Robert
son hied themselves to the moun
tains Monday on a deer hunt
Charles Bartholomew of Pine
City was transacting business in
the city Saturday.
Chas. Swendlg and family enjoy
ed a deer hunt the first tw days of
the open season.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
Wise in this city Saturday morning,
a daughter.
Earl Eskelson was another hunt
er who was out for the season
Mrs. Claude Cox and daughter,
Miss Nancy, who left last week for
Virginia where Miss Cox was to
have entered school, returned home
Monday evening. The return was
occasioned by the illness of Mrs.
Cox, who was taken suddenly ill at
Fremont, Neb., where they visited
Mr. and Mrs. Gay M. Anderson
and daughter June returned home
Monday evening from Vancouver,
Wash., where they went to attend
funeral services for Mr. Anderson's
mother, held Sunday. Gay, Jr., re
mained in Portland where he is at
tending aviation school.
Lost Black car trunk cover,
about two weeks ago, between
school house and town. Leave at
this office.
A clipping from the Coos Bay
Times of August 3, just received
by this paper, gives a more com
plete account than formerly pub
lished of the marriage of Mrs. Lil
lian M. Curtis, of interest to Hepp
ner friends. The clipping says:
Coming as a surprise to their many
friends was the marriage of Mrs.
Lillian M. Curtis to W. F. Piper of
Coos River, at 11 o'clock today at
the home of Mrs. Curtis. Dr. D. T.
Robertson of the Presbyterian
church performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Piper has long been a resident
of Marshfleld and for the past year
has been connected with the Well
man Peck company and Western
Meat company, taking over the
business of her late husband,
Charles Curtis. She is the daughter
of Postmaster and Mrs. W. W.
Smead of Heppner. Mr. Piper, well
known Coos River resident, is the
son of the late W. B. Piper. The
only witnesses of the ceremony
were Mr. and Mrs. John C. Mer
chant. Following the ceremony the
couple went to the Piper home on
Coos river, where they will make
their home.
A conference of Churches of
Christ of Morrow county was held
in the local church Tuesday eve
ning with C. F. Swander, field
worker, and .Guy L. Drill, pastor
of the Pendleton church bringing
the principal messages. Strong del
egations from the churches at lone
and Lexington were present. A
bounteous pot-luck supper and an
entertainment program were fea
tures of the evening. Mr. Drill an
nounced that he had been called to
the Salem church and that he ex
pected to accept the call shortly.
Indian Summer
Uy Albert T. Reid
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In the matter of N. A. Clark, Bank
rupt, In Bankruptcy. No. B-17598.
To the creditors of N. A. Clark, of
Heppner. Morrow County, district afore
said, DanKrupi.
Notice is hereby given that on the
19th day of September, 1932. the said
N. A. Clark was duly adjudicated a
bankrupt and that the first meeting of
ills creditors will be held In the office of
the referee in bankrupty of the above
entitled court in Pendleton, Oregon, at
11 o'clock in the forenoon of the 5th
day of October, 1932; at which time
and place the said creditors may (and
the said bankrupt MUST) attend,
prove their claims, appoint a trustee,
examine the bankrupt and transact
such other business as may properly
be brought before said meeting.
Done and dated at Pendleton, Ore
gon, this 20th day of September. 1932.
Referee In Bankruptcy.
To all persons having claims against
Heppner Farmers Elevator Company, a
corporation :
You and each of you are hereby noti
fied that on the 16th day of September,
1932, the Heppner Farmers Elevator
Company, . a corporation, assigned to
the undersigned all of the assets of
said corporation for the benefit of all
of the creditors of said corporation.
You are further notified and request
ed to appear at the office of Heppner
Farmers Elevator Company in Hepp
ner, Oregon, within 60 days from the
date of first publication of this notice,
and at that time make and file proof
of your claim against said corporation.
Dated this 20th day of September,
Assignees of Hennner Farmers Ele
vator Company. 28-29
A Sketch of Heppner
(Submitted on request to radio
station KOAC through the Hepp
ner Commercial club for broad
casting purposes. It is printed here
to help Heppner people sell their
town, and to give readers on the
outside a glimpse of the city. Ex
tra copies of this issue for the pur
pose of disseminating this story are
available free of charge at the Ga
zette Times office.)
Heppner Is a little city of 1188
persons, nestling In the rolling foot
hills of the Blue mountains. It lies
in what was once a bunchgrass
meadow in the Willow creek valley,
12 miles from the timbered region
which provides its artesian water
supply and much of Its fuel. By
way of the Oregon-Washington
hlehway. at present the principal
connecting traffic artery with the
outside world, it Is 47 miles from
Heppner Junction, where the Oregon-Washington
route joins the
Columbia River highway.
Heppner is the county seat of
Morrow county. It is the county's
largest town, and the trading cen
ter for a wheat and stock farming
district within a fifty mile radius.
The town is typical of those to be
found in the wide open spaces of
Eastern Oregon, where broad vistas
of checkered grain fields throughout
the sage-clad hinterland, drifting
off Into the blue haze of the moun
tains, are 'afforded from most any
hill-top. From the high plateaus to
the south and west of Heppner on
a clear day may be seen the snow.
canned ceaks of the Cascades in the
distance, gleaming In the sunlight
like opals. It may have been tne
view had as much to do with stay
ing the westward trek of the cov
ered wagon pioneers as did the
bountiful bunchgrasa which pro
vided the foundation for many for
tunes before it was depleted and
cultivated cereal crops largely re
placed It as the backbone of the re
gion's Industrial life.
Few traces remain of the early
day Heppner, built amid the strife
of conflicting elements of human
nature under pioneer conditions
reflected In the glowing stories of
the "wild west." Flood and Are
have obliterated many of the old
wooden landmarks of the past,
while others were razed to give way
to the many brick and concrete
structures of modern design that
now largely compose the city's bus
iness district. Swaggart's saloon
the Brewery, and the rest of the
eleven public drinking and ganv
bllng houses of the colorful old
town are but memories. The old
Palace hotel, once one of Oregon's
finest hostelrles, is no more, though
It has been succeeded by a large
three-story concrete hotel more
suitable to modern needs. The little
old wooden courthouse that first
housed the county offices, was re
placed by a large stone building
surrounded by a well-kept lawn, at
testing to the progressive Bplrlt of
the first generation of citizens.
The city's godfather, Henry Hepp
ner, was an early-day merchant,
and the county took Its name from
his pnrtnor, J. L. Morrow. There
wore 28 families residing tributary
to Heppner when these sturdy pio
neers opened the city's first store In
1872. At that time the site was
known as Stansbury flat, taking its
name from George W. Stansbury,
whose cabin near the fork of Hin
ton and Willow creeks was the first
The older residents of Heppner
date the city's history before and
after the "flood," which catastro
phe on June 14, 1903, inflicted a
scar that is seared deep in their
minds. The Heppner flood, taking
a toll of more than 200 lives, was
heralded by the press of the day as
one of the major catastrophe's of
its kind in modern history, and
news of it carried the city's name
into the remotest corners of the
The flood, a physical phenomenon
not at all likely to reoccur, removed
many of the city's finest residences
which were built along the creek
banks, and was responsible for a
great change in its geography.
Though there are more and proba
bly finer residences today, they
have been built away from the
Heppner now has many fine
homes. The citizens pride them
selves on their lawns, gardens and
trees, which present the aspect of
an oasis in a desert in the warm
summer season. Its streets are all
improved, being lined with con
crete sidewalks brought about by
mandate of foresighted city fath
ers. The Oregon-Washington high
way goes through Main street, and
the city and state governments
were responsible for the building
of three concrete bridges of attrac
tive design across Willow and Hin
ton creeks within the city, while
the city itself built a fourth bridge
of like nature across Willow creek
on Gale street, one of the main
Four churches, all in attractive
homes, a school plant with two fine
buildings costing $70,000, many fra
ternal organizations, three of which
are housed in fine homes of their
own, contribute much to the social
life of the community. Heppner Is
the smallest city In the United
States having an Elks lodge.
The Industrial life of the com
munity is confined largely to serv
ing the farmer clientele through
the usual businesses and trades.
There are two practicing physicians
each of whom maintains a modern
hospital; two dentists and four at
torneys. It is believed Heppner is
the smallest city In the state main
taining two banking Institutions.
It has yet to experience its first
bank failure, and all of its mercan
tile establishments have weathered
the recent business recession.
Heppner's newspaper was adjudged
Oregon's best all-round weekly
newspaper in 1931 in a contest con
ducted by Oregon chapter Sigma
Delta Chi, national professional
journalism fraternity.
A large grain elevator and sev
eral warehouses, located near the
yards of the O.-W. R. & N. com
pany, assist In the marketing of
the county's wheat and wool crops.
Heppner is among the largest coun
try wheat shipping points, in
amount of grain shipped, and has
ranked first In the amount of wool
shipped, In the state.
More than a million pounds of
wool and more than a million bush'
els of wheat are shipped from Hepp
ner each year. With one crop be
ing taken off in the spring, and
the other in the fall, the income of
the citys patrons is stabilized,
keeping business on a very even
keel the year round. The farmer'B
cash Income is augmented by the
cream check he receives from the
local creamery, a thriving business
housed In Its own concrete build
ing and modernly equipped.
The city has twenty-four-hour
electric service, and both local and
long-distance telephone service,
which add to the many conven
iences enjoyed by Its citizens. Its
theater shows the latest talkie pic
tures, using very modern equipment
Heppner people are lovers of the
outdoors, and they find ample rec
reation facilities afforded by the
Blue mountains at their very back
door. Good fishing Is enjoyed In
the many mountain streams; Chi
nese pheasants and: Hungarian
partridge abound and may be hunt
ed In season, and each year the city
Is the mecca for many outside
sportsmen who find it a convenient
port of entry to the stamping
grounds of the famous mule deer,
the prize of all hunting prizes.
But if her people haven't time to
go fishing or hunting, or perchance
these sports ore not at the time
permitted, they may take a short
walk to the hill on the east side of
town and enjoy a round at the good
old Scottish pastime. A nine-hole
golf course with sand greens is
maintained, which is especially pop
ular in the spring when the grass
is green and the buttercups, bird
bills and grass lillies are in bloom.
More popular during the warm
summer days is the concrete swim
ming tank provided by the local
American Legion post. Here, un
der the guidance of a Red Cross
swimming instructor, the youth of
Heppner are taught to swim, and
the child in Heppner who doesn't
know how to swim is the exception.
A public park and playground is in
course of development as an ad
junot to the plunge, where public
tennis courts are contemplated.
Each year Heppner relives the
old west early in September with
its own rodeo. This is staged in a
natural amphitheater, owned by the
city, which also provides one of the
best baseball fields and football
gridirons to be found in eastern
Oregon. The rodeo is put on thru
the combined efforts of the business
men of the city, with committees
of local men in charge of the var
ious features. While the show was
started with the idea of using local
talent, it has come to attract lead
ing talent of the rodeo world. .This
year the rodeo association ran Its
own amusement concessions, hiring
only a merry-go-round, with local
men In charge, with the idea, of
keeping all the money possible at
home. The venture proved suc
cessful. Music for the show was
furnished by the Heppner school
band, an organization of 30 pieces.
Heppner's trading territory is
served by many macadamized mar
ket roads. One of these, the Hepp-ner-Spray
road, is being extended
through use of federal and county
money to make a through route that
will join the Oregon-Washington
highway at Heppner with the John
Day highway at Spray. Grading
of the entire route with the ex
ception of six miles has been com
pleted, and it Is expected all of the
grade will be surfaced by early
next year. The remaining gap is
almost certain to be taken care of
in the near future. When this road
is finished people travelling to or
fr i
from the east headed south or north
via central Oregon will find this
route a time-saver, as well as scen
ic, going as it does through the
Blue mountains.
If you haven't been to Heppner,
drop in, and enjoy the brand of
open-hearted hospitality bred by
the wide-open spaces.
More Irrigation Wanted.
Sheridan So much interest has
been shown this summer in increas
ing Irrigation in this region that it
has been decided to make a prelim
inary survey of a west Sheridan
district to see whether water could
be carried by gravity over a large
area. County Agent White reports
that this survey will be made this
fall. Inspection of irrigation sys
tems already established in this
county show that where they have
been fairly well cared for, irrigated
pastures have been supporting from
three to four cows all season.
Scappoose How to make grape
juice that retains the piquant flavor
and the vivid color of fresh grapes
is described by a Scappoose home-
maker who has canned quantities
of grapes by this simple method:
Wash the grapes. Place them In
a sterilized jar, filling the Jar half
full of grapes. To each quart jar
add one-half cup of sugar. Fill the
jar with boiling water. Seal and
Richmond By fastening a short
length of hose to the faucet it is
possible to fill the wash boiler with
out having to lift and carry heavy
buckets of water, reports a Wheel
er county housewife. She makes a
saving of from three-fourths of an
hour to an hour of time a day as
follows: "I keep my sugar, salt, soda
and baking powder all on my cab
inet That saves many steps in
breadmaking. I measure dry In
gredients first, then the liquids so
that only one cup Is needed. I make
the children understand that their
toys and school books are no longer
welcome in the kitchen. I find that
water near the stove saves many
steps in filling the boiler for wash
ing." 3 years for $5 where can you get
more for your money? The Q. T.
Check Up Now
Your car has been serviced for
warm weather driving with light
grease and light oil. Cooler au
tumn days require lighter grease
and lighter oil for the best effi
ciency. Your battery, too,
should be checked.
Means you can have you car re
quirements whatever they may
be-filled here quickly and econ
Battery charging - Gas - Oli - Parts
d Ace
$50.00 in CASH by Peters' Arms Co.
$40.00 Winchester 55 Rifle by the
Peoples Hardware Co.
will be given to the person weigh
ing in over our scales the heavies
buck, killed anywhere in Oegon.
Buck to be hog-dressed.
Peoples Hardware
Lower License
Fees Must Come!
Secretary of State Hoss insists that au
tomoble owners are entitled to lower license
fees. We agree with him but also believe
that the license fees now imposed on small
privately owned trucks should be reduced.
Because, for years, automobiles and small
trucks have been carrying the load of high
way construction and maintenance while
the heavy truck and trailer outfits, operat
ing for compensation and hogging and de
stroying our roads, haive been escaping with
ridiculously low fees.
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1932,
the state collected, in license and mileage
fees, 6,548,000. Of this amount the freight
ers (Classes 4 and 7), nearly 3000 in number,
paid but $300,000 or around $100 per vehicle
for the year.
In the year 1931 the State Highway Com
mission was obliged to spend over $7,000,
000,000.00 for reconstruction, betterments
and maintenance burdens imposed largely
by the operations of heavy vehicles. ,
Our proposed Highway Protection Law
makes ti the duty of the State Highway
Commission to classify all traffic on our
highways, determine the burden imposed by
each and make recommendations to the Gov
ernor for a redistribution of all licenes and
mileage fees.
When this is done lower license fees for
automobiles and small trucks should follow.
Vote 314 Yes
Highway Protective Association,
By Oswald West, President.
Ry. Exch. Bldg., Portland, Ore.
(Paid Adv.)