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Volume 50, Number 46.
HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 1934
Subscription $2.00 a Year
W. J. Beamer Succumbs to
MANY ATTEND RITES
Double Sorrow Comes to Family of
Local Businessman; Native of
Virginia Came Here in 1907.
Grief over the death of his son
two weeks before Is believed to have
led W. J. Beamer, prominent Hepp
ner resident, to take his own life
at the famfly home last Saturday
afternoon. A small calibre bullet
which entered the left temple, shot
from a small revolver, was pro
nounced as the cause of death. Mr.
Beamer was found In an uncon
scious condition by members of the
family, and was rushed to the Hepp
ner hospital where medical aid
proved of no avail and he died that
night without regaining conscious
ness. His son James, died on New
Year's day from an attack of acute
appendicitis. Friends and members
of the family were aware of Mr.
Beamer's great love and affection
for his son, and of a heavy burden
of sorrow which he bore after his
son's passing, but they did not know
of a serious contemplation of his
fatal act which came as a great
shock to the entire community.
The warmth of sympathy for the
doubly-bereft family was shown by
the overflow attendance of folks of
the community at the Christian
church when funeral rites were
held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
The floral tibute was also profuse.
Joel R. Benton, pastor of the church
in which Mr. Beamer held member
ship, officiated. Pallbearers, friends
and business associates of Mr. Bea
mer, were Chas. Thomson, S. E.
Notson, Chester Darbee, Andrew
Baldwin, Alex Green and W. O.
Bayless. Interment was in. Ma
sonic cemetery beside the grave of
his son. Case Memorial mortuary
was in charge of arrangements.
William Jefferson Beamer was
,born at Hillsville, Va., March 13,
1881, to Andy and Emallne Beamer.
His childhood days were spent in
Virginia, and he came to Oregon
and Morrow county as a young man
in 1907. He first secured employ
ment as a farm hand, which occu
pation he followed for about a year
and a half when he became asso
ciated In the transfer business in
Heppner with Alex Green who now
runs a local feed store. Mr. Bea
mer had been engaged in the trans
fer business continuously since with
the exception of a year spent in
farming on Willow creek a short
distance above lone. For the last
several years Andrew Baldwin has
been associated in the transfer bus
iness with Mr. Beamer.
On June 5, 1912, he married Miss
.Clara Reid, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. James Reid, a Heppner girl,
and to this union three children
were born, Mary, James and Irene.
Mr. Beamer's entire time of resi
dence here was apparently one of
happiness and progresslveness,
marred only by the untimely death
of his son, the weight of sorrow of
which appeared to be too great for
him to bear. He had the reputation
of being a successful business man,
a loyal neighbor and the friend of
all with whom he came in contact.
His death is deeply regretted and
mourned by all who knew him.
Besides his widow and daughters,
Mrs. Mary Goheen of Salem and
Miss Irene, he is survived by two
brothers, Vieder V. of Cap, Va., and
Jerome of Piper's Gap Va., and one
sister, Mrs. Linnie DeWeese of
Peru, Neb. W. C. Cox and Elbert
Cox of this city are cousins and
Ralph Beamer of this city is a sec
ond cousin of Mr. Beamer.
Stanfleld, Mac High Play
Locals Here at Week End
Heppner high school's basketball
tossers meet the Stanfleld and Mac
HI quintets, two of the best high
school teams In eastern Oregon,
ttyis week end. Friday night at 8
o'clock the Heppner team goes on
the floor with Stanfleld, a team de
feated twice in eight starts. One
of these defeats was administered
by the strong Umatilla team and
the other by the Pendleton Buck
aroos. The Mac HI team, of Mllton-Free-water,
always strong In eastern
Oregon, comes here Saturday with
an unblemished record so far as
eastern Oregon teams are con
cerned. The" Heppner team has played
eight games to date, winning five
and losing three. The games this
week end are a real test, and just
how far the local boys will go In the
eastern Oregon tournament may be
determined by the kind of ball they
play against these teams.
The preliminaries to both games
will start promptly at 7:15.
VAST NOBLE GRAND'S CLUB
will give a card party Friday eve
ning, Feb, 2, at 8 o'clock, at the I.
O. O. F. hall. Bridge and 600 will
be played. Admission 26c, lunch
Included. Public Invited.
The E. L. Morton family has tak
en apartments In the bank building.
CORN AND HOG
PLAN IS LAUNCHED
County Divided Into Three Dis
tricts; Committees Named; Sign
Up Meetings Being Held.
Three districts were set up in
Morrow county under the corn-hog
production plan of the Agricultural
Adjustment administration at meet
ings in Boardman and Heppner last
Friday, announces C. W. Smith
county agent. There were 79 farm
ers in attendance at the two meet
ings, addressed by P. M. Brandt,
head of the animal husbandry de
partment of Oregon State college;
John E. Walker of Bodlne and
Clark, Portland Commission firm,
and Mr. Smith. Mr. Brandt ex
plained the plan and told how far
mers should go about qualifying
for benefit payments, Mr. Walker
told how farmers should go about
getting certificates of,, sales, and Mr.
Smith explained how to organize
the county under the plan.
The districts set up are, Heppner:
all of county south of the Old Emi
grant trail and east of a line run
ning north and south through Lex
ington; lone: all of county south of
Old Emigrant trail and west of the
line running north and south thru
Lexington, and Boardman-Irrigon:
all of county north of Old Emigrant
Allotment committees named for
the districts are: Heppner, Glenn
Jones, chairman; R. A. Thompson
and John Wightman; lone, Roy
Feeley, chairman, W. A. McClin
tock and Harry Cool; Boardman
Irrigon, Clay Woods, Irrigon, chair
man; Don Rutledge of Irrigon and
Leon Cooney of Boardman.
A series of sign-up meetings is
being held in the various districts
this week beginning with a meeting
at lone last Tuesday and ending
with meetings at Boardman and
STARTED AT LENA
Has 16 Charter Members and 10
Initiates; Frank Swaggart is
Master; Visitors Assist.
Lena sr&nze the sixth unhnrUn.
ate grange for Morrow county, was
organized last Friday pvenintr t
the Lena schoolhouse with 16 char
ter members, giving promise of be
ing one of the best if not the best
grange in the county. Ten new
members were obligated at the
meeting. Mrs. Marv I.undetl nf
Willows grange, county deputy, In
stalled tne new officers, as follows:
Master. Frank Swazsnrt: nvor.
seer, Herbert French; secretary,
Mrs. W. W. Kilcup; lecturer, Ther
esa Quigley; treasurer, Joe Bros
nan; chaplain, Jim Daly; steward,
Marlon Finch; assistant steward,
Edwin Hughes; gatekeeper, Antone
Cunha; lady assistant steward, Mrs.
Frank Swaggart; Pomona, Kate
Daly; Ceres. Susan French: Flora
Pauline Hughes; chairman home
economics committee, Rose French;
chairman agricultural committee,
J. D. French: executive committee
J. D. French, W. W. Kilcup, T. j!
O. L. Lundell of Willows mnss.
marshall, obligated the new mem
bers. Vlda Heliker was emblem
bearer, Mattle Morgan, regalia
bearer; Tila Timm, Installing solo
ist, and Bertha Dinges, Installing
chaDlain. S. J. Devlne. Pnmnnn
master, was present in official ca
pacity and assisted in the general
organization -work. Visitors In
cluded six members of Willows
grange, five from Echo, two from
Lexington, one from Rhea Creek
and three from Pilot Rock.
CWA Now on Half Time;
Future Up to Congress
All CWA employees' time was cut
from 30 to 15 hours a week ef
fective last Friday, according to
announcement by Vawter Parker,
county manager, meaning that the
CWA payroll in Morrow county has
been cut in half. The move was
made necessary because funds were
running short, It was announced by
the national CWA administration.
The payroll In the county last week
exceeded $2,000, being the largest
for any week since the Inception of
the work, but with the new ruling
this amount will be divided by half.
How long the present CWA set-up
will last is expected to be deter
mined by action of congess. An
additional appropriation of $400,-
000,000, the same amount as origin
ally appropriated, has been pro
posed to continue the work, and al
ready congress has been asked to
continue the work until May 1st.
The original act called for comple
tion of this part of the recovery
program by February 15. Daily
press reports Indicate a strong nation-wide
sentiment in favor of con
tinuing the CWA work as a perma
nent government function.
Joel R. Benton, accompanied by
Mrs. Benton and their son, Dick,
departed yesterday afternoon for
Spokane. From there Mr. Benton
expected to take the train for Bill
ings, Mont., to see his sister, Miss
Ruth Benton, who Is 111 In the hos
pital. A telegram received from
Billings announced the very serious
condition of Miss Benton, who has
been under the care of physicians
at a hospital there for some time.
EVENT OF TUESDAY
Elks Give Hall, Lions Co
operate in Staging
PUBLIC IS INVITED
President to Give Radio Address;
Proceeds Go to Warm Springs
Foundation; Social Unique.
Heppner is joining whole-heartedly
Into the proposal for a unique
gift to President Roosevelt on his
52nd birthday next Tuesday, Jan
uary 30. Following the lead of the
local Elks lodge who offered their
hall for the staging of a commu
nity ball in honor of the president's
birth anniversary, the Lions club
voted at their Monday noon lunch
eon to cooperate in making the
event a success. This will be one of
5000 cities and towns throughout
the United States to stage such a
ball on this day, the proceeds of
which will be sent to the president
as an endowment for the Warm
Springs Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis, of which Mr. Roosevelt
is also president.
The ball here will be informal in
nature, with a nominal charge of
50 cents a couple. Plans do not
include elaborate preparations, it
being intended to make It more a
jolly get-together party with the
entire community invited to par
ticipate. Bud's Jazz Band will play.
A radio address by the president
is expected to be one of the fea
tures of the, evening, and it is
planned to install a receiving set in
the lodge hall to permit those at
tending to listen-in.
"When President Roosevelt step
ped into the White House the only
office which he retained among his
many other interests was the pres
idency of the Warm Springs Foun
dation," said Colonel Henry L.
Doherty, chairman of the national
committee in charge of the celebra
tion. "The retention of that office
shows how near and dear that po
tentially great medical and chari
table institution is to his heart I
do not think that the President
would appreciate any tribute to his
unselfish and unflagging devotion
to the public welfare more than the
act of the American people in ful
filling his own dreams for a great
institution for the treatment of in
fantile paralysis at Warm Springs.
With this fund the foundation will
be able to do a wider national work.
"One-third of the physically han
dicapped in the nation are crippled
as a result of infantile paralysis,
and it ought to stir all of us to ac
tion to learn that this is essentially
a children's disease and that the
majority of these young victims
could be helped immeasurably to
ward recovery by the kind of exer
cise and treatment given at Warm
Springs. No one can visit Warm
Springs without being touched to
the heart by the work being done
"This is not the usual kind of
drive for funds. Our gommittee is
not soliciting large amounts from
any person. We ask only that our
fellow citizens spend a part of their
usual and normal recreation budget
on the President's Birthday Ball in
their own communities on January
30, not only as a persoal tribute to
the President for his zealous and
unselfish devotion to Warm Springs,
but also for the purpose of having a
good time without increasing that
week's expenditures. It is a small
thing for each of us to do for him."
The Umatilla County Woolgrow
crs auxiliary has invited sheepmen
and families of Morrow county to
attend a banquet and combination
dance and card party to be held at
Pilot Rock next Saturday evening.
They are desirous of having a large
number of Heppner people attend
and assure a good time for all. Mrs.
Geo. Rugg, president, and Mrs.
Jack Rugg, secretary of the Uma
tilla club, gave the invitation.
J. G. Barratt, a vice president of
the state woolgrowers, and Mrs. J.
J. Wightman, president of the local
auxiliary are slated to have a part
on the program, as are Judge C. L.
Sweek and Roy Raley, prominent
Umatilla county men.
MUST PAY PENSIONS.
All counties of the state are re
quired to pay old age pensions un
der the act passed by the regular
1933 legislative session, according
to a ruling of Attorney General
Van Winkle handed down this
week. If counties have not provid
ed funds for the purpose, they may
draw upon the emergency fund, it
was said. Counties are required to
pay all eligible applicants a suffi
cient amount for sustenance, but
not to exceed $30 a month to any
Individual. It has been the opinion
of the Morrow county court that It
would be necessary to Issue war
rants in this county In event such
a ruling were made.
DEPOSITS REACH $118,000.
Starting from scratch a week ago
Monday, deposits of the Heppner
blanch of the First National Bank
of Portland had reached $118,000
today. The bank received $76,000 In
deposits the first day of operation.
Morrow County Gets Eight Incor
porators; Livestock Men Vote
Headquarters to Portland.
Initial steps of organization of a
local agricultural production credit
association to srve Morrow, Uma
tilla, Wallowa and parts of Union
and Grant counties were taken at
a meeting attended by more than
400 Interested farmers at Pendleton
yesterday under the new federal
setup. One hundred Morrow coun
ty people attended the meeting,
from whom eight of the 30 incor
porators were named. . They are
Mike Mulligan, R. A. Thompson, R,
B. Rice, Geo. N. Peck, A. E. John
son, W. A. Baker, R. Vernon Jones
and Geo. F. Hartford.
I. E. Williams, vice president of
I the Agricultural Production Credit
! corporation for the Spokane dis
trict, assisted with the meeting. He
advised ' an incorporation for the
amount of $200,000. A board of
directors for the temporary organ
ization was named. It is expected
a further meeting will be held
shortly when officers will be named
and application for charter will be
made. The temporary organization
will be in existence until the first
annual meeting of the association
when control will pass entirely into
the hands of the stockholders, in
cluding farmers who will have se
cured loans through the association
at that time.
In effecting the temporary setup,
quotas for incorporators were set
as follows: Umatilla 14, Morrow 8,
Union 6 and Wallowa 2. Repre
sentatives from each county went
into caucus and chose their own
The purpose of this association is
to make agricultural production
loans to farmers, with a minimum
for any loan set at $50. To obtain
loans farmers must take stock in
the association equal to 6 percent of
the amount of loan. All classes of
farm production will be entitled to
apply for loans through the associa
tion, though it -is expected range
livestock operators will largely pre
fer to work through their own as
sociation, the setup of which was
also affected by action taken at the
Range livestock opeators repre
senting 180,000 sheep and 4,000 cat
tle in the state association formed
in Portland last November peti
tioned the governor of the Farm
Credit administration to locate the
headquarters of their association at
Portland, and to set the minimum
amount for loans at either $7500 or
$5000. Charter for incorporation
in the amount of $600,000 has al
ready been granted the range live
stock association, but its issuance
has been deferred because of inde
cision of the members as to where
the headquarters should be located.
It was believed the action at Pen
dletoi will have much weight in
settling this matter, and in getting
the setup under operation.
Headquarters for the local asso
ciation started yesterday has been
definitely set at Pendleton.
Listings of the wheat allotment
checks for Morrow county were re
ceived yesterday at the office of C.
W. Smith, county agent, with the
information that the checks would
follow in a few days. A telegram
received last Saturday stated that
the checks would be mailed from
Washington on Monday last, but
confirmation that they were mailed
has not been received. There is no
definite advice at time of going to
press as to what day the checks
may be expected to arrive, but Mr.
Smith says there will be no delay
in notifying all payees as soon as
the checks get here.
At the home of the bride's par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bey
mer on Hinton creek, occurred the
marriage Sunday afternoon, of their
daughter, Lucille, to Mr. William
H. Massey, Joel R. Benton perform
ing the ceremony. Miss Hazel Bey-
mer, sister of the bride, and Mr. Ray
Massey, brother of the groom, stood
up with the young couple, the cere
mony being performed in the pres
ence of the immediate relatives. A
reception was given them imme
diately following the ceremony. The
newly-weds will make their home
at Hardman where Mr. Massey has
employment at present on the Hepp-
ner-Spray road construction work.
HAS POKMS READ.
Robert Benton, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joel R. Benton of this city,
was honored Tuesday morning
when the Scrap Book hour over
KOIN, Portland radio station, was
taken up with the -reading of his
poems. Many local listeners were
privileged to hear the program,
and several appreciations of the
quality of Mr. Benton's work have
been expressed. Mr. Benton has
been in Portland for some time and
was heralded In the broadcast as a
Portland boy, though his father be
lieves he belongs as much to Hepp
ner as he does to Portland.
Y.P.F. Dance, Parish House, Fri
day (tomorrow) evening, 9 o'clock,
Bud's Jazz Band. Adm. 25 cents.
BAND BENEFIT PLAY
DRAWS LARGE CBQWD
$38 Netted for Uniform
Fund; Local Actors in
Mystery, Comedy, Romance in "The
Road to Glory" Depicted With
Dialogue, Songs, Dancing.
Sixty-six local people were pre
sented in roles of adventurers, ad
venturesses, Old Mexican natives,
and a wide array of chorus parts In
the pleasing portrayal of "The
Road to Glory" before a capacity
audience in the school gym-auditorium
Monday evening. The pres
entation was produced by the
Rocky Mountain Productions un
der the sponsorship of the local
unit, American Legion auxiliary,
and netted $38 for the school band
Reaching from the sublime to the
ridiculous, love, mystery, romance
and adventure were liberally sprin
kled through the theme of the play,
with aesthetic and comedy touches
added by the seven choruses. Sim
ple stage settings were employed,
permitting the bright costumes of
the actors and choruses to carry out
the Old Mexican motif of that
much-beleagured province, Esca
lante. Mrs. Fern Turner carried the part
of Margery, graduate of Mansfield
college, who takes a position as
clerk in Hotel Americana in an at
tempt to locate her lover, Bob Jack
son, a Mansfield graduate who has
gone to Escalante as an engineer.
Clarence Hayes portrayed Jackson,
around whom centers the thick of
the plot as his "road to glory" is
complicated by the schemings of
Simpson, American political pro
moter and Escalante dope peddler.
Besides carrying heavy speaking
roles, Mrs. Turner and Mr. Hayes
sang a duet number, "The Road to
Glory," and Mrs. Turner sang two
solos, "Land of Lost Rainbows" and
"Going to Bed With the Blues." The
Rainbow chorus appeared with Mrs.
Turner in the first number and the
Blues chorus in the second number.
The weight of the comedy acting
was thrust upon Crocket Sprouls in
the role of Prof. Buggsby, who goes
to Escalante in search of the Stuff
Stuff, a biological specimen. Mr.
Sprouls' interpretation included
considerable gymnastics, both vocal
and physical, which elicited many
hearty laughs. He also sang "Like
a Butterfly Flutters After Butter,"
accompanied by the Butterfly cho
rus. Virginia Vamuus, the girl from
Wyoming, is also in Escalante to
consummate a romantic love pact
made with Joe Joyce, college friend
of Bob Jackson's, who has jour
neyed to Old Mexico in search of a
career, but who cannot forget his
sweetheart. Patricia Monahan and
Claude Peevey were cast in the
roles. Miss Monahan sang "The
Accident Song" assisted by Accident
chorus, and "Wyoming Blues" as
sisted by chorus of Western Girls,
and Mr. Peevy sang "On a Mexican
Night" assisted by Spanish group.
Paul Gemmell took the part of
Simpson the unscrupulous promot
er. Phillip Foord played Manuel,
leader of the Indians of Escalante.
Josephine Mahoney was cast as Ca-
rita, local enchantress who finally
casts her lot with Simpson. Francis
Nickerson was Pedro, the bell-hop,
who helped turn Bob back onto the
road to glory and the happy cul
mination of his love affair, and Hu
bert Gaily appeared as Jones, Simp
The curtain opened upon a Mans
field college chorus, including Ana
bel Turner, Marie Barlow, Juanita
Morgan, Katherine Healy, Neva
Bleakman, Rachel Anglin, Kathryn
Kelly, Matt Kenny, Bill Cochell,
George Starr, Billy Schwarz, Fran
cis Nickerson, Raymond Reid, Mrs.
George Mabee, Mrs. Crocket Sprouls
and Mrs. Harold Buhman. A grand
finale presented all the cast and
choruses singing "The Road to
Glory. The personnel of the other
Accidents Ethel Smith, Cyrene
Barratt, Hanna Jones, Helen Cohn,
Coramae Ferguson, and Elizabeth
Rainbows Marylou Ferguson,
Betty Cunningham, Betty Marie
Coxen Louise Green, Murial Mc-
Cord, Dortha Wilson.
Wyoming Betty Happold, Juan
ita Phelps, Patty Cason, Carolyn
Vaughn, Rose Cunningham, Irene
Butterfly Dora Bailey, Harriet
Hager, Beth Vance, Nona Mc
Laughlin, Marjorie Parker, Norma
Blues Roseanna Farley, Mar
garet Farley, Alice Latourell, Lola
Coxen, Kathryn Parker, Louise An
Spanish Delia Ulrich, Lydla Ul
rich, Elnore Adklns, Ethel Hughes,
Mary Driscoll, Ilene Kilkenny, Matt
Kenny, Francis Nickerson Bill
Cochell, George Starr.
Mrs. Virginia Amorelll was piano
accompanist, and Verne B. Reed
of the Rocky Mountain Productions,
directed the production.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Neal
Knlghten at their home In Heppner
last Thursday, Jan. 18, a son.
COME TO HOTEL
Mr. and Mrs. II. O. Tenney Succeed
AI Rankin in Management
of Local Hostelry.
Al Rankin, popular manager of
Hotel Heppner for several years,
this week resigned his position, and
the management was taken over
the first of the week by Mr. and
Mrs. H. O. Tenney of Portland. Mr.
Tenney arrived from Portland the
end of the week and Mrs. Tenney
was expected to arrive either yes
terday or today.
The new managers have had con
siderable experience in the hotel
business, having run a commercial
hunting lodge on the Rogue river
last year. Mr. Tenney was former
ly connected with the P. & O. Plow
company with offices in Portland,
and is a veteran salesman. He is
not an entire stranger to this com
munity as he made business trips
Into Heppner in by-gone days, and
was a close personal friend of the
late Messrs. W. O. Minor and Wil
lard Herren, with whom he made
several deer-hunting jaunts. No
change in policy in conducting the
hostelry has been announced.
Mr. Rankin who has been active
in civic affairs has not announced
his plans for the future, but what
ever field he enters, he will be ac
companied by the well wishes of a
host of friends. George Thompson,
former night clerk at the hotel,
has been relieved of hia position
under the new management, as
Mr. and Mrs. Tenney expect to take
care of the details of operation
DAM SEA LOCKS
President's Birthday Ball Gets Fa
vorable Action; Road and Al
pine Junkets Reported.
That Hood River and The Dalles
interests are continuing to press
their fight for sea locks at the Bon
neville dam with a campaign to
raise funds with which to send a
representative to Washington, D.
C, was the message of S. E. Not
son, brought to the Lions club at
its Monday luncheon. While the
club did not feel in a position to ask
for contributions to aid the fund to
carry on the fight, the members
offered their moral support and re
iterated their stand as expressed in
a former resolution that they fa
vored whole-heartedly the construc
tion of such locks.
The club also offered its cooper
ation in working for the success of
the President's Birthday ball to be
held at the Elks hall next Tuesday
evening, and commended the pur
pose of the occasion.
W. W. Smead, road committee
chairman, reported the apparently
successful accomplishment of the
purpose of a junket to Pendleton
last week. Members of the county
court, the county engineer and Mr.
Smead, who composed the junket,
obtained favoarble reactions from
E. B. Aldrich, highway commission
er, in regard to completing the
Heppner-Spray roal, and from J.
F. Irwin, forest supervisor, in re
gard to making a new road from
Arbuckle springs to connect with
the Willow creek road.
The club voted appreciation to
Al Rankin, who announced his in
tentions of leaving the city shortly,
for his faithful service as head of
the club's commissary department
and for other loyal service to the
club. Mr. Rankin also expressed
his appreciation of the friendships
formed during his stay in Heppner.
Those present feasted on pork back
bone, the compliment of Mrs. Ada
Cason, and special dessert, the com
pliment of Mr. Rankin.
Plans were announced as pro
gressing by the commercial club
committee In charge of the program
for the Alpine junket, February 3,
when the club will sponsor a pro
gram to be given at a meeting of
the Alpine Farm Bureau. Mrs. J.
O. Turner, club pianist, and Mr.
Turner were both missed from the
meeting, being prevented from at
tending by illness.
E. L. Morton, manager of the lo
cal branch of the First National
Bank of Portland, and H. O. Ten
ney, the new hotel manager, were
entertained as visitors.
15 Pet. Dividend Ready;
$12,000 to be Disbursed
Nearly $12,000, constituting the
second dividend of 15 percent de
clared by the Farmers and Stock
growers National bank of this city,
has arrived in checks to be distri
buted to depositors, announced J. F.
Gault, receiver, this morning. AH
claim holders may get their checks
by calling at the receiver's office,
now located in the rear of the First
National bank building.
This dividend brings the total
paid by the Farmers and Stock
growers bank up to 55 percent, an
initial dividend of 40 percent hav
ing been declared last September.
J. F. Gault, receiver for the local
banks under process of liquidation,
made a business trip to John Day
valley points on Friday and Satur
day. He was Impressed with the
mild winter conditions prevailing
over that way.
Heppner Fire Department
Helps to Fight Early
GRAIN OFFICE LOST
Hardware Firm, Continental Grain
Co., Morrow Oil Co., Barnett
Store Sustain Losses.
By BEULAH B. NICHOLS.,
The Beach Hardware company,
the Morrow Oil company office and
the Continental Grain company of
fice, located in two buildings be
longing to Mrs. Laura V. Scott,
were completely destroyed by fire
at an early hour Monday morning.
The fire was discovered at about
three a. m. by Mrs. Beach who has
tened to turn in the alarm. The
fire department and many men from
the town and surrounding commu
nity hastened to the scene but the
fire had gained too much headway
to allow anything to be saved from
For a time the entire business dis
trict was threatened and the Hepp
ner fire department was called up
on for assistance. The Are squad,
as well as many other Heppner
men, arrived in record time and
ably assisted in preventing the fire
from spreading. The W. F. Bar
nett and company Btore and the old
Lexington garage building, con
taining machinery belonging to the
Beach compay, were slightly dam
aged by the fire. The contents of
the buildings were partially covered
by insurance but the buildings were
not insured. The cause of the fire is
not known. When it was thought
for a time that the Barnett store
was doomed, volunteers quickly
emptied the store of its contents.
Since the fire, high school students
and others have been assisting the
Barnetts in rearranging their mer
chandise. The regular monthly business
meeting of the P. T. A. will be held
in the high school auditorium Wed
nesday evening, Jan. 31. The school
faculty will provide the program
for the evening.
The Rebekahs will hold a benefit
card party at Leach hall Friday
night of this week. Bridge, five
hundred and pinochle will be played.
un Monday and Tuesday after
noons, January 29 and 30, a cook
ing school will be held at Leach
hall, conducted by Mrs. Humphreys
of the Crown Mills. This is being
sponsored by the Lexington Home
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Cutsforth,
Beulah Nichols and Don Pointer
motored to Pendleton Thursday.
Other Lexington people who were
in that city Thursday were Mr. and
Mrs. Shelby Graves, A. H. Nelson,
Norman Nelson and Charles Mar-
quardt. The men attended the Dei-
sel tractor school which was con
ducted by the Braden-Bell Tractor
Mrs. J. E. Gentry has been ill
during the past week.
Mrs. Harry Turner of Sand Hol
low has been at the home of her
mother, Mrs. J. B. Carmichael, who
has been quite ill.
The Lexington Independents
played the Fossil town basketball
team on Friday evening and lost to
them in a fast and hard fought
game, the score being 34-32. On Sat
urday evening they won from the
Boardman town team with a score
E. M. Holdman of Hood River
was calling on the local stores on
Mrs. Ralph Jackson entertained
a group of youngsters on Saturday
afternoon honoring the eighth birth
day of her daughter, Marcella. Pres
ent were Glenn Wilcox, Glenn Me-
Murtry, Louise Hunt, Bunny Bresh
ears, Leonard Munkers, Gene and
Byron Schriever, Colleen McMillan,
Elmer Pieper, Ray Shaw, Dean
Hunt, Gene Rauch, Ivah Kuns, Tad.
Jack and Bobby Miller, Marcella
(Continued on Paw Four)
Fire Experience Told
By Lexington's Mayor
Tom Barnett, Lexington mayor,
said he learned a queer quirk of
the human system in the incident of
the Are which consumed the Beach
hardware store in his town early
Ordinarily I am not of a nervous
disposition. A gun could be shot
off right behind me and I wouldn't
flinch," said Mr. Barnett, a pioneer
resident of the neighboring town,
which by the way is the only incor
porated town in Morrow county
(all other Incorporated municipal
ities being chartered as cities.)
"But when I heard the fire bell
and I looked through the glass of
our front door the other morning
and saw the huge blaze, my first im
pression was that the whole town
was on Are. I don't know what
struck me, but I became weak as a
kitten and had trouble making my
feet move In my attempt to rush to
the scene. After the Are was all
over, I was back to normal again."
Mr. Barnett related his experience
when In town Tuesday. He ex
pressed warm appreciation of the
assistance offered by the Heppner
Are department and citizens.