Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, March 16, 1933, Image 1

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Volume 50, Number 1.
Subscription $2.00 a Year
Demand for Sheepskin
Money Comes From
Far and Near.
Looking in on Legislature is Theme
of Gazette Times Reporter Who
Saw Session Through.
A Bhort time ago the Heppner
Lions club In a series of meetings
discussed the question of putting
Heppner on the map. That end
has been accomplished, but not by
any of the means then talked,
Spencer Crawford, president, told
the club Monday noon. It came
about through the Issuance of the
Heppner sheepskin scrip, a demand
for which has come from the far
corners of the country.
Among outlying points to which
scrip has been transmitted by the
committee on request, the president
made known the following: New
York City, to the Chase- National
bank and the department of edu
cation; Plymouth, Mich.; Rock
ford, 111.; Bemidja, Minn.; Witchl
ta, Kan.; Chicago, San Francisco,
Spokane, Seattle, Portland, Berke
ley, Cal.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Quantities of the scrip have gone
to towns n all parts of Oregon and
elsewhere, with that sent out by
the -committee being augmented
by that sent out by individuals, it
was said, indicating a large popular
demand. One request for scrip waB
accompanied by the statement that
a picture of it had been seen In a
Minneapolis newspaper, indicating,
President Crawford said, that the
picture had been disseminated over
the country by some picture feature
Turner to Speak.
"On the Outside Looking In" w x
the topic dsicussed by Jap Crawford
of the Gazette Times staff, as appli
ed to the 37th Oregon legislative
assembly, a feature of the program
presaging a talk next Monday by
Representative J. O. Turner, enti
tled "On the Inside Looking Out."
Crawford told of the privilege
' that was his of sitting in on the
legislature throughout the regular
and special sessions, and gave some
glimpses of the legislature in action.
, While the special session helped to
get the legislative machinery in mo
tion, the regular session got up mo
mentum slowly, largely due to the
many new members, who numbered
40 out of the 60 in the house with
a slightly less proportion in the
senate, said the speaker. The get
ting acquainted process was slow,
and both old and new members
hesitated to move until they "got a
line" on each other. Bills were
thrown into the hopper slowly, aivd
it was necessary for Speaker Snell
and President Kiddle to urge speed
ing up of the process several times.
Publio Heard Often.
Probably more than ever before
it was the custom of this assembly
to take the public into their confi
dence on every important measure
that came up, and hardly one of
these but had one or more public
hearings held upon it, which served
also to slow up action and cause a
new record to be set for length of
any session.
Apparently no one knew the exact
financial condition of the state at
the outset, and it was a long, ted
ious job to work out the budget, ef
fect necessary economies, and
evolve a revenue program to meet
expenses for the current biennium
as well as clean up the deficit for
the last biennium, which the state
constitution requires the legislature
to do. It was late in the days of
the session before many bills touch
ing these matters were ready for
The long spurts of oratory be
came shorter and shorter as the
session progressed, and it was In
teresting to see how the machinery
moved faster and smoother as the
days passed. Long speeches in ex
planation of votes that were a habit
in the early days of the session,
were cut to one minute In Inncth
In the latter days, and members
who had previously spoken on a
question were barred from this
right entirely In order to speed pro
gress, A glimpse of the physical facil
ities of the legislature was given by
the speaker. The house chamber is
located in the south and the senate
chamber in the north wing on the
second floor of the statehouse, with
the lobby between. Running thru
1 the middle of the lobby floor and on
through the third story floor is a
large round aperture guarded by a
brass rail about which the lobbyists
work. Eaoh chamber is similarly
arranged, with, each senator and
representative having his own desk,
large enough to accommodate hi it
self and secretary. A fence, known
as the "bar," divides the floor jf
each chamber from the gallery, and
no one is permitted within the bar
except members, officers and those
extended the courtesy by members.
The desks of the president and
speaker, respectively, are situated
on a large dais in front, with the
chief clerk and assistants having
their quarters juBt below on plat
forms of slightly less elevation.
When Vlo Meyers, Washingto i's
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The Heppner boxing commission
is sponsoring a 24-round boxing
card at the fair pavilion in Hepp
ner tomorrow night, beginning at
8 p. m. Admission prices are set
at 40 and 20 cents with !'Sheepskin"
accepted. Ted Myers of Lone Rock
and Earl Redding, local, will stage
the main event in the light heavy
class, going lor eight rounds. Rus
sell Wright, Lexington, and Bill
Massey, lone, also light heavies,
will go Six. rounds in the 3eml-final
event, while a four-round go will
be staged between Bill Johnson of
Hardman and Ralfe Forgey, local,
weighing in at 155 and 160 respec
tively. Other good preliminaries
are announced.
Maybe a little belated, but they're
here at last: those little odd shaped
pieces of cardboard, which, when
properly placed together make pret
ty pictures to gaze upon, but which,
in the process of assembly cause
deep furrows of concern and con
centration to appear on the faces
of the workers. Yes, Heppner now
has it's proportionate population of
jig saw puzzle fans, mostly among
the older folks who keep thus en
gaged while the youth of the city
make sport on roller skates up and
down Main street.
After enjoying several days of
balmy and sunshiny spring weather
several days this week, Jupiter Plu
vius added to the bounties of en
joyment last night and this morn
ing by turning the sprinkler over
gently on Morrow county. Yard"!
cleaning and garden making are
now the order in Heppner.
Facilities of the Heppner Elks
club were augmented this week by
the installation of a ping pong table
which is proving quite popular with
the members.
F. & S. Bank Depositors
Name Committeemen
Depositors having funds with the
Farmers & Stockgrowers National
bank, now In process of liquidation,
met at the court house Saturday
afternoon for the purpose of select
ing a committee to represent their
Interests. Named on the commit
tee were Charles W. Smith, T. J.
Humphreys, L. E. Blsbee, Anson
Wright and W. F. Barnett. Chas.
Thomson was temporary chairman
of the meeting, attended by a rep
resentative group of those inter
ested. It is expected the committee will
be of assistance in checking up on
Information necessary to the ob
taining of seed loans, as well as by
acting in an advisory capacity to
J. L. Gault, receiver, who welcomed
its appointment.
A - real Chinese atmosnhera su
captured by members of the group
in cnarge or tne woman's Study
club program held Monday evening
at the W. O. Dix home MY ni
Mrs. Earl Gilliam and Mrs. Lucy
Rodgers, who were the program
and hostess committee, greeted the
guests at the door garbed In Chi
nese costumes, with long black
queues adding to their oriental nn-
The Daner orOETams were most
attractive, shaped like pagodas and
printed in Chinese type lettering,
which had been done by Virginia
Dlx. The evening's program con
sisted of: "Chinese Serenade," by
the Missildine trio, with Virginia
Dix accompanying; may study, Mrs.
H. C. Case; Chinese history, Mrs.
George Thomson; Chinese culture
and religion, Mrs. Walter Moore;
readlnir from "Lotus PetaU " a Into
book by Princess Der Ling, Miss
Jessie Palmiter; "Chinese Love
Song," Hazel Beymer, Anabel Tur
ner, Jessie French, Winifred Case,
with Miss Woods at the' piano;
Women In China, Mrs. George Ma
bee; Chinese poetry, Mrs, J. T.
Lumlev: review of "Peklns-
Mrs. Kodgers.
Following the program the host
esses served Chinese noodles with
chicken and ees. sov mime
Chinese tea, using real Chinese
aisnes for the service. About half
the guests were furnished with
chopsticks and reauired to eat thalr
noodles as best they could with
tnem, ana the other half acting as
a gallery to urge them on in their
The Anrll meeting will rnntlmtn
the study of China.
Owing to lack of funds, the relipf
road work carried on by the county
during tne past months, has been
suspended. While in Pendleton for
a short time the past week end,
Judge Campbell learned from offi
cials of Umatilla county that they
were applying for funds through
the agency of the state aid machin
ery, ana snouia tnis ce received,
emergency relief work will be con
tinued there. Our county court has
not yet deoided to make applica
tion ror a portion of these funds,
but may decide to do so, following
a closer Investigation of the mat
Lawrence Becket, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Becket of Eight Mile,
underwent an operation at Heppner
hospital Monday night for ruptu'ed
appendix, having been brought to
town from the farm home shortly
before In a verv critical condition
He withstood the operation under
local anesthetic and some signs of
Improvement were noted In his
condition, still reported as being
quite critical this morning,
Long-Time' Resident of lone Dies;
Funeral Rites Held; Other
News of the Week.
Margaret Finlayson Low was
born near Edinburgh, Scotland, Oc
tober 3, 184S. When eight years of
age the family came to America in
a sailing vessel. Five weeks were
required for the voyage. They sH-
tied in Kendall county,. Illinois,
where there was a large Scotch set
tlement. She was married at New.
ark, 111., June 26, 1870, to Clinton A..
Low, a civil war veteran. Mr. and
Mrs. Low lived in Illinois, Michi
gan and New York, and moved
Iowa in 1880. They lived in that
state until 1910, when they came to
Oregon, making their home in lone.
Mr. Low died twi years ago, and
Mrs. Low passed away March 7, at
the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Laxton McMurray, after having
suffered from poor health for the
last seven years.
Mrs. Low was the mother of two
children. One daughter, Julia E.
Howe, died at Tampa, Florida, In
1927. Surviving relatives are one
daughter, Jennie McMurray, thrae
grandchildren, Mrs. Vera Pugsley,
Caldwel, Idaho; David Howe, Gil
more City, Iowa; oNblan Page, Iowa
Oity, Iowa, and an adopted grand
daughter, Mrs. Mabel Fanning, Sac
City, Iowa; one great greatgrand
child, Bennie Pugsley of Caldwell;
two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Gray, Lyn
wood, Calif., and Mrs. Elizabeth
Harbaugh, Kenosha, Wis.
Mrs. Low became a member of
the Methodist church in early lite,
but united with the Congregational
church after coming to lone. She
joined the Eastern Star in 1910 and
was a charter member of the chap.
ter at lone.
Funeral services were held at the
Congregational church in lone on
Friday afternoon, with Locust
Chapter, O. E. S., in charge of the
services. Rev. Glen P. White of
Heppner precahed the sermon. In
terment was in the I. O. O. F. ceme
tery at lone.
Mrs. Low was a devoted Christian
and a kind and helpful neighbor
who leaves a host of friends to
mourn her passing.
Churchgoers at the Baptist
church Sunday enjoyed a rare treat,
tnat or Hearing addresses from two
missionaries, home on furlough.
The first to speak was Miss Irene
Downing whose work is with the
Christian Alliance and whose field
is in Equador, South America, A
few short years ago, Miss Downing
as a little girl attended Sunday
school in the Baptist church where
she spoke so entertainingly Sunday.
She enjoyed speaking to former
neighbors and friends as much as
they enjoyed listening to her tell
of her work among the people of
Equador, where with others she is
spreading the Gospel. She has been
in the work for five years and ex
pects to start on the return trip to
South America next week.
The second speaker was Miss Od-
veig Thompsen who works with the
Scandinavian Alliance mission in
South Africa. She has been on the
African field for eight years and
during her present leave of absence
has been taking hospital training in
New York that she may be better
able to carry on her work among
the black people. She is deeply in
terested in her work, and had the
undivided attention of her audience
as she told, of the prmlltive life of
the natives, their lack of any relig
ion, and of their great need of the
Christ Miss Thompsen expects to
be at the home of- her brother,
Nicholl Thompsen, for a month or
more, and it is hoped will speak at
the church each Sunday morning
following the Sunday school hour.
Rev. George A. Pollard of Port
land conducted religious services at
the Congregational church Sunday
evening, coming over from Condon
where he had held services Sunday
morning. He was accompanied by
Mrs. Pollard. They were Sunday
night guests at the Paul Balsiger
The special meeting in Pentecos
tal mission will continue through
out this week.
The Willing Workers of the
Christian church met Wednesday
at the home of Mrs. John Bryson.
Danity refreshments were served
at the close of the afternoon's work.
Mrs. J. W. Howk was an out-go
ing passenger to Portland Monday
night. She returned home Wed
The Hard Times dance at Cecil
grange hall Saturday night, spo-i-
sored by Willows Grange, drew a
large crowd and those present re
port an enjoyable evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wright and
three children motored over from
Baker Saturday afternoon, arriv
ing here In time to join other mem
bers of the E. J. Bristow family at
Cecil hall and participate in the
dancing. AH' members f the party,
except Edmond Bristow, returned
Monday to their homes In Baker.
Mr. Bristow remained In lone for
a more extended visit
Mr. and Mirs. Earl Murray of
Walla Walla were week-end guests
at the M. R, Morgan home. The
Murreys, one time residents of lone,
and who for years have operated a
north side wheat ranch, have de
cided to give up the wheat game
Hugh Murray, also of Walla Walla,
plans on taking over the manage
ment of the farm.
From Mrs. M. ' R. Morgan we
learn that her son-in-law and
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First Compositor on the Heppner
Merlin, Ore., Feb. 20. To the ed
itor of the Gazette: Fifty years ago
just about this time I was "laying
the cases" with the bright new type
from Palmer Sc Reys foundry, pre
paratory to getting out the first 13
sue of the Heppner Gazette, which,
as I remember it, was about the
first week In March, 1883.
J. H. Stine was the moving spirit
' in launching a paper in Heppner.
He was a sort of a chronic news
paper starter. But to start them
was about as far as he would get.
He would drop Into a promising
newspaperless town and prevail
upon the business men to put up
twelve or fifteen hundred dollars
to pay on a plant with, a Washing
ton hand press, of course, in those
days they to receive their money
back as they could get it after
ward. It would take him several
weeks working the thing up, gettLig
the plant, and the paper started, by
which time his hotel and bar bills
would be of such proportions that
he would rather sell his equity,
clean the slate, and start looking
for a new town. '
The last paper he started before
coming to Heppner was at Weiser,
Idaho, and the next place after
leaving Heppner was at Indepen
dence. Stine was not a bad fellow;
he just simply associatetd too much
with King Alcohol. Poor fellow,
heard thkt he died at Indepen
dence, from being shot .
I was foreman, compositor and
pressman for the Gazette's first
three years. My last work In the
printing business was at Everett,
Wash., where my partner and I hid
the first commercial printing plant
using electric motive power in Sno
homish county. After six years in
the business there, and It being
rather hard on my health, I decided
to try to break away from it and
live In God's great outdoors. So I
sold out to my partner and moved
with my family down here to the
valley of the Rogue. That was
thirty-five years ago. Was In min
ing some years, then In horticul
ture nearly twenty, now back In
mining again.
I would like to see Heppner again
although I know there are but few
of the old friends left there now.
When I start on some of the motor
ing trips that I feel I owe myself,
Heppner will surely be on my itin
erary. Long live the Gazette.
In a letter from Waillams, Ore.,
under date of Mrch 3, '33, Mr.
Keyte writes as follows:
Vawter Crawford, Heppner:
I want to think you for your nice
letter and the information it gae
me, the greatest of which is that
my old friend, Nels Magnuson, is
still alive. I have often wondered
If he was, and that a number -f
times I would write and find out.
Nels was one of our party from
Marshall, Mo., to Heppner, Ore., via
tne Southern route, San Francisco
and boat to Portland. There was
no railroad to Portland at that
time. The Oregon Short Line was
building. ...
I was surprised to see that you
have stayed with the Gazette until
you have grown together. I was
not acquainted with your wife, but
knew of her Miss Spencer. Her
mother married Jas. Sperry, broth
er of "Lish" Sperry, father of lone.
I was well acquainted with both
the Sperrys. ... I am wondering
if Mac Clark, Elmer Slocum and
Will Irwin are still there. If so,
please give them my regards, also
Dave McAtee and Nels. Again
thanking you,
Yours very truly,
Mr. Keyte may be -remembered
by some of the older residents of
this community still living here, a
number of whom have been con
stant subscribers and readers of
this paper since it was started la
1883. Their ranks are thinned,
however, and should Mr. Keyte
make the contemplated visit to the
little city he will note how time has
left its marks of change, not only
in the passing of faces once famil
iar, but also in the physical and
material transformations. This pa
per appreciates being remembered
by Mr. Keyte, as he called to mir.'l
his part in the beginnings of the
Gazette 50 years ago.
Large Gift of Books
Received by Library
Heppner public library acknow
ledges the receipt the past week of
a shipment of 100 volumes of books,
the gift of Mrs. Alice Cummlngs
Wlngo of Sacramento, Calif., and
formerly of this city. For this gift
the library officials are very grate
ful and they sincerely appreciate
the motives prompting Mrs. Wingo
In thus remembering her old home
The list Includes books by many
of the most popular writers of the
day and this addition of 100 vol
umes will be very acceptable to the
reading public of Heppner, it is be
The Flying Eagle patrol (Ameri
can Legion) had a patrol meeting
last Friday in the high school room
8. There was a good attendance.
They planned for a hike next Satur
day to their camp where tests will
be passed and preparation for the
first aid and signalling contests
which will be held in the near fu
ture. The next meeting will, be
Friday night at the home of the
patrol leader where they will get
together some of their first aid
equipment and practice signalling.
Enjoyable Program Held; Ingles
Goes to Boardman ; Socials
Feature Week's News.
A pleasing program preceded the
business meeting of Lexington
grange Saturday evening. LaVerne
Wright played two guitar solos,
"Old Folks at Home," and "Aloha
Oe." Mrs.. Chris Brown gave a
reading. A one act comedy, "The
Marriage Shop," was presented,
The cast of characters included
Bertha Dinges, Edith Miller, Emma
Peck, Lorena Miller, Beulah Nich
ols, Harry Dinges, Karl Miller, S.
Wright and Elmer Hunt The con
cluding number was a guitar duet
by James T. Lumley of Heppner
and Paul Brown.
A class of four received the third
and fourth degrees. They were Mr,
and Mrs. Chris Brown, Mrs. Elsie
Beach and Miss Ellen Nelson. Or-
ville Cutsforth gave a short talk on
"Rodent Control." This subject was
also discussed by County Agent
Smith, Mr. Smith complimented
the agricultural committee of the
grange on their cooperation with
him in his work on agricultural pro
jects. J. O. Turner, chairman of
the legislative committee, gave an
interesting report on the recent
session of the state legislature
which he attended as a representa
tive from this district He discuss
ed the various measures which
were presented to the legislature,
including the tax bills,' warehouse
bill, dance hall bill, sales tax bill
and bills on mortgage moratoriums
and bank moratoriums. George
Peck, chairman of the fire insur
ance committee, gave an interest
ing report The resignation of Bert
Johnson as overseer was accepted
and a new overseer will be elected
at the next meeting.
After the business meeting a so
cial hour was enjoyed with Mrs.
George Peck, Mrs. Harvey Bauman,
Mrs. Ed Kelly, Mrs. Harry Dinges
and Mrs. Karl Miller as hostesses.
Adrian Bechdolt of RnrHmn
was calling on Lexington friends
one day last week. Mr. Bechdolt
taught in the Lexington schools
two years ago.
The Luttrell zirls entertainprl
with a pleasant party at their home
Wednesday evening. Games and
refreshments were enjoyed during
tne evening. Those present were
NaOml McMillan. Edith Rmnrtlov
Rose Thornbure. Edith Tucker'
Grace and Doris Burchell and
Ruth, Faye and Fern Luttrell.
George Gillis snent the week end
at his home in Portland. I
Edward Rice left reeentlv for
Boulder, Nevada.
Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Ine-les and
Verl who have been the guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Ingles for the
last several weeks left Friday
morning for Vancouver. Wash
From there they will go to their
name at Cambria, Calif.
Miss Eva Wilcox was a recent
visitor in Portland.
Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Burchell nf
Sheridan were recent guests of u.r.
and Mrs. Ed Burchell.
Dr. MoMurdo of Hennner w
calling on Mrs. Margaret McMillan
Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Mvles Martin Is confined tn
her home by illness. Miss Helen
Smouse is assisting with the work
at the Martin home.
Mrs. Claude White and dune-titor
LaVerne, were hostesses for a de
lightful party at their home Satur
day evening. The guests spent the
evening dancing and playing cards
ana aencious refreshments were(
served at midnight.
Edwin Ingles has accepted the
position as superintendent of the
schools at Boardman next year. Mr.
Ineles has been simerintpnHAnf nt
the schools here for the last three
years and Mrs. Ingles has been en
gaged as an instructor in the high
school during the last two years.
Lexington people are sorry to learn
that Mr. and Mrs. Ingles are not
to be here next year.
On Friday evening, March 31,
Lexington high school will present
their annual feature show Including
a vaudeville, country store and
aance witn luncn at midnight. Go. d
music will be provided; there will
be both old time and modem
dances and everyone, whether old
or young, is assured a good time.
The admission price will be 35 cents
for adults and 10 cents for children,
Including everything. Those wish
ing to attend the vaudeville and
who do not Care to remain for the
dance will be charged 25 cents nH
those who come for the dance only
win also be charged 25 cents.
The next meeting of the P. T. A.
will be held on Wednesday eve
ning, March 29.
Guests registering at Lucas place
J. B. Eaton of Bend, Henry Cram
er or ine unnfts w h: TimirAn t
P. Pierre, E. P. Pierre, C. A. Klein
and A. R. Mnntpnmorv r? PnrHon.l
Ed Powell of Cecil, and A. Kaiser
or f enaieton.
Miss Lucille Beymer has gone
her home near Hennner.
George Mead of Hermiston was
a Dusiness visuor in Lexington Tu
esdav morning.
At the school meeting last week
u was aeciuea to retain the high
scnool nere next year instead oi
sending the students to Hnnnnpr be
was considered at a previous meet
Inc. .
Joseph Eskelson came up from
his home at Salem last week and
is visiting at the home of
daughter, Mrs. R. B. Wilcox.
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The rooms in the City Garage
building, recently occupied by W-n.
Mahrt with his electrical equipment,
will become the city hall of Hepp
ner and house the officials of the
municipality In the future. Work
men moved the big safe across the
street into the new quarters on Tu
esday, and the other equipment is
being installed. Henceforth the
city waterm aster's office will be In
this building, and the city , fathers
will hold their sessions there. The
building will also house the fire
apparatus and other property need
ing storage room. We are inform
ed that there will be no remodeling
of the premises at this time, this
being a matter to be cared for later
on. Mr. Mahrt has moved to the
building of M. L. Case just north
of the postofflce and will conduct
his business from there in the fu
Ruth Chapter 32, Order of East
ern Star, was honored Friday by a
visit from Mrs. Inez V. Glaisyer
of Coquille, associate grand con
ductress for Oregon. In the after
noon Mrs. Glaisyer conducted a
school of Instruction and in the eve
ning was honor guest at the regular
session. Other guests of honor were
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Misner, wor
thy patron and worthy matron of
Locust chapter of lone. Mrs. Glais
yer was the house guest of Mrs.
Frank Parker, local worthy matron,
while in. the city.
Heppner Business and Profession
al Womens club was the sponsor of
a benefit show, "Rebecca of Sunny-
brook Farm," through the courtesy
of the Star theater, Tuesday and
Wednesday of this week. The
club's share of the proceeds will
assist in their local welfare work.
Good patronage is reported.
County Bastile Receives
Much Needed Ventilators
New ventilation was installed at
the county jail during the week,
and that building has been made a
little more desirable as a place of
abode for those citizens of the com
munity who may be called upon to
take up temporary living quarters
there. Large windows placed in the
north and south walls of the struc
ture now allow free circulation .of
an abundance of fresh air when de
sired. Other work done has also
lessened the fire risk.
A thorough cleaning of the jail
has also been going on, and the
place tidied up. If it remains in
this sanitary condition in the fu
ture, it will doubtless free the
"strong box" of the county from
some of the severe condemnation it
has suffered at the hands of suc
ceeding grand juries when they
passed their semi-annual reports
in to the presiding judge. If you
contemplate taking up quarters In
the boarding house of Sheriff Bau
man you doubtless will appreciate
the efforts of the county court to
make things more pleasant for you.
'Fear of punishment and a be-1
lated sense of loyalty" was given In
a daily news dispatch this week as
the reason for more than $2,000,000
in gold coin and gold certificates be
ing turned in over the counters of
Portland banks since the beginning
or the new administrations anti
hoarding campaign. Similar results
have been obtained in all parts of
the nation, reports say, bringing
the total to an astounding figure.
And coincident with this large
influx of local hoardings back into
normal channels comes word from
France that she is readv to nav
$30,000,000 on her war debt, and ad
ditional news that the government
is turning out $2,000,000,000 of fresh,
crisp, new federal reserve notes
which are being shipped to banks
all over the country. These are al
ready being released into the chan
nels of industry.
While all this is going on the new
administration continues the pro
cess of reopening banks as fast as
their management and general con
dition can be determined to be
sound. The desire of President
Roosevelt and Secretary Woodin is
to keep the new currency from be
ing soiled by handling with unclean
Economists who have advanced
the theory that stagnation of the
medium of exchange has been the
cause of most of the country's econ-
omio ills for the last two years,
should see in the present picture a
distinct note of optimism. And It
is to be hoped that the advocates of
free coinage of silver will now pass
out of the picture.
President Roosevelt gives assur
ance that the new money Is good,
and that It is sound, being backed
by collateral of the highest type
No one need fear it
That's all the country needs en
ough good, sound money to transact
the nation's business, put in hands
that can be trusted. The manner
in which this is now being accom
plished has inspired the confidence
of the people. It appears that It
will not be long before commodity
prices will again rise to a point
where agriculture and Industry may
again make a profit, enabling them
to put on more help and thus ab
sorb the class of unemployed who
may again become contented, pro
ductive citizens.
If the signs are read correctly,
we say God-speed to Woodin money
and farewell technocracy.
Clifford Sims, receiver of the Ar
lington National bank, was a vis
itor In this city on Wednesday eve
ning. '
"Sheepskin" Fame Goes
Like Magic, Easing
Taut Countenances.
$1250 in Leather Money Issued
To Date to Help Teachers;
May be Civic Benefit.
Does it help to have more money
In circulation?
The average business house in.
Heppner, since the appearance of
the first issue of "Sheepskin Scrip,"
will tell you it does.
To date only $1250 in the leather
and paper money has been issued.
Plans call for the issuance of $5000
all told, at the rate of $1000 a month
or as needed.
The scrip was issued to make
liquid the warrants of Heppner
school teachers. Warrants are tak
en by the business men's organiza
tion in exchange for the scrip at a
5 percent discount and with slight
exception the scrip will purchase
services or commodities anywhere
in Heppner the same as a like am
ount of Uncle Sam's gold coin.
Business Stimulated.
A piece of it may not look quite
as good as a Federal Reserve bank
note, which may be the reason there
is small tendency to hoard it; and
it may be the anxiety of some peo
ple to get rid of that which comes
Into their possession that has acted
as a stimulus to business. Anyway
that has been the effect as many
Heppner business men will testify.
The warrants taken for the scrip
are held by the directors of the
scrip organization, and it is hoped
that tax money sufficient to redeem
them will be forthcoming by De
cember 31, 1934, on or before which
date all the outstanding scrip, as
called, will be redeemed by the com
mittee in good old u. S. currency
at face value; or, that is, so much
thereof as is presented.
That's the way the directors
who, by the way, are Dean T. Good
man, chairman; L. E. Blsbee, Chas.
Thomson, D. A. Wilson, Spencer
Crawford and L. L. Gilliam, secre
taryhad it planned. But they
have begun to smile at develop
ments since the first issue.
When the scrip plan was conceiv
ed, all phases of its feasibility were
considered, and certain hitches that
might develop were contemplated.
Foresee Drawbacks.
For instance there was the possi
bility that the warrants taken
might not be called by the time the
scrip was to be redeemed, and the
committee might be caught short.
This was answered by a represent
ative group of business men who
said it made no difference. They
had been taking some warrants
already, and that if it became nec
essary they would take warrants
for the scrip they held and hold
them until such time as they were
Then there arose the possibility
that one store might become too
congested with scrip, making It dif
ficult to meet its out-of-town cash
requirements. There appeared to
be no good answer to this objection,
but all agreed to take a chance.
It was in answering the question
of what the scrip was to be like
that probably caused the develop
ments that later brought pleasure
wreaths about the mouths of the
directors to replace the drawn ex
pression of anxiety that hovered
there as the first issue was being
made ready for trial. There now
appears little likelihood that any of
the contemplated drawbacks will
develop into reality.
The answer? Sheepskin!
Sheepskin Decided Upon.
So far as anyone of the commit
tee knew, there wasn't any sheep
skin scrip in existence. It would
be original with Heppner; it was a
true reflection of the large sheep
industry of the county, on the suc
cess or failure of which the fate of
Heppner largely depends; and the
leather money would be durable.
When the cost of making the
scrip was investigated, however, it
was found to be too great to per
mit making the nickels of leather;
so it was decided that these should
be made of paper and only a por
tion of the larger denominations of
leather, leaving the quarter as the
smallest denomination to be made
of the skin.
The name "Sheepskin Scrip" al
most magically, it seemed, spread
from coast to coast before the Ink
on the leather of the first Issue had
dried. Immediately there came de
mands from far and near for pieces
of the leather money for souvenirs.
Most of the leather money so far
issued is out of circulation entire
ly, with the larger proportion going
to souvenir hunters, giving the
committee a neat little cash balance
with which to manipulate local cir
culation of the scrip In such man
ner as it deems advisable.
When the scrip business Is finally
wound up, if the committee finds
that it has made a profit such mon
ey will be used in clvlo Improve
ment There Is no chance for per
sonal profit.
The American Legion Auxiliary
will meet March 21 at the home
of Mrs. J. D. Cash.