KIST0RICAL SOCIETY AyO I TOR 1 OREGON PtlBL I C ORE tte Volume 50, Number 47. HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, FEB. 1, 1934. Subscription $2X0 a Year stepper E INIJffi YIELD Short Crop, Low Price Responsible, Agent Tells Lions Club. JUNKET SATURDAY Plans for Alpine Visit In Hand, Committees Announce; Delega tion Set for Lewisten Trip. "The $163,899 of allotment money to be distributed to Morrow county wheat farmers amounts to more than the entire income from the 1932 wheat crop," Chas. W. Smith, county agent, told the Lions club at its Monday noon luncheon in the course of explaining the method of distribution of the county allotment checks which arrived at his office that morning. In citing the regulations govern ing the distribution, Mr. Smith said that no one connected with the al lotment plan was allowed to en courage or participate In any kind of celebration staged in recogni tion of the checks' arrival. So long as the allotment money is identi fiable as such, it is unattachable, all regulations intending to place the money in the hands of the farmers without any strings attached to It. Orders were to deliver the money only to the person whose name ap peared on the check or to an author ized member of his immediate fam ily, and no information was to be given anyone else concerning it. In explaining his statement as to the 1932 wheat crop income, Mr. Smith said that the exceedingly poor crop and low price of that year was responsible for netting the far mers less than was being received In the first batch of wheat allotment checks. He also told other of gov ernment agricultural adjustment measures that were being applied or which would be applied In this county, Including the corn-hog ad justment plan which would bring participating farmers $3.75 a head for each pig raised on the average in the years 1932-33; also the water melon, beef cattle, dairy and butter Industry codes which were expected to reflect favorably on commodity prices in these lines. The commercial club's committee in charge of arranging the program for the club's junket to Alpine next Saturday night reported plans well In hand for the occasion. Program features announced Included the presiding of and good will rnessage of J. O. Turner, music by the school pep band and high school boys' trio, two skits by the high school, mes sages of response from S. E. Not- son, president and secretary re spectively of the club, and commu nity singing led by Ray P. Kinne. The committee in charge of trans portation announced obtaining use of the county bus which would car ry about 20 of the performers In addition to a number of private passenger cars. A general invita tion was extended to the people of Heppner to join in the junket of good fellowship, arranged in re sponse to an invitation from the Al pine Farm Bureau. The program was announced for 8 o'clock, with the junket to leave Hotel Heppner at 7 o'clock. In response to announcement of a four-state waterway rally to be held at Lewiston next Tuesday, ex pected to be one of the largest dem onstrations of its kind ever to be staged in the northwest, the club named a committee to arrange the attendance of a local delegation. C. J. D. Bauman, S. E. Notson and Jasper Crawford were named on the committee. One of the princi pal objects of the meeting was ex pected to be the recommendation of sealocks at Bonneville dam, with other action looking to the encour agement of upper-Columbia and Snake river development. The meeting was announced to begin with a noon luncheon and to con tinue through the afteroon. Miss Anabel Turner and Miss Ma rie Barlow, from the high school, sang two pleasing numbers in duet, accompanied at the piano by Miss Juanlta Leathers,- their music su pervisor. Those present at the meeting were honored by having their ','phlzzes" shot by F. A. Mc Muhon, state policeman and ama teur photographer, who sports ex tensive apparatus for shooting in side pictures which was used on this occasion In compliment to the club, HIATT IS ENUMERATOR. John W. Hiatt has been appoint ed business census enumerator for Morrow county with instructions to complete the enumeration by Feb ruary 15th. He has been at work fo'r more than a week and is In hopes that he may be able to com plete the work by the 10th. The enumeration is being taken by the Federal Bureau of the Census and requires Information from all bus inesses with the exception of pro fessions and manufacturers, re guiding employment data, operat ing expenses, net sales and stocks on hand. Mr. Hiatt announces that he would appreciate It If businesses not yet visited will have the infor mation in hand when he calls. He expects to bo in Heppner all next week, beginning Monday. ALLOTM NT MORE Attend Funeral of Sister At Billings, Montana Rev. Joel R. Benton, Mrs. Ben ton and their son Dick returned to their home in Heppner Tuesday from Spokane and Lewiston, Idaho. They were called away last week by the serious Illness of Miss Ruth Benton, sister of Mr. Benton, and departed from Heppner Wednesday afternoon by auto, going as far as Spokane, where Mrs. Benton and Dick remained, while Mr. Benton and a sister residing in Spokane took the train for Billings, Mon tana, At Bozeman a telegram an nounced the death of Miss Benton. Ruth Ann Benton was born at Lewiston, Idaho, and passed away at Billings, Montana, at 11:30 a. m. Thursday, January 25, 1934, at the age of 41 years. For the past three years she has been house super visor at the Deaconess hospital in Billings. Funeral services w-ere held there on Saturday and the body was shipped to Lewiston where burial was made on Monday In the family plot in the cemetery there. She is survived by her brother here, a brother residing at Olympia, Wn., and a sister at Spokane. TO GIVE BAND BENEFIT. A little here, and a little there, and it shouldn't be long before the school band will have its new uni forms. That's the belief of Hepp ner lodge 358, B. P. O. Elks, who voted to help the cause along by staging a benefit dance at their hall on Saturday evening, February 10. Already nearly $100 of the desired $250 to $300 for the purchase of capes and caps has been raised since the I. O. O. F. orders started the ball rolling several weeks ago with a benefit dance which netted more than $40. Another $42 was contrib uted by the American Legion aux iliary home-production play, and the fire boys paid in $7.50. It is hoped to have the uniforms when the band gives its spring concert late In April, says Harold Buhman, direct or. MANY AT PILOT ROCK. A number of Heppner people were in Pilot Rock Saturday evening for the banquet and old-time dance sponsored by the Umatilla county woolgrowers auxiliary. Plates were laid for 216 people and It was not possible to seat all who attended at once, it was reported. J. G. Bar ratt and Mrs. J. J. Wightman of this city were on the banquet pro gram In their capacities of vice president of the state woolgrowers association and president of the lo cal auxiliary, respectively. Others attending from here were Mrs. Bar ratt, Mr. Wightman, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cohn and Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Fer guson. The affair was reported to be very enjoyable. - GOLFING MAKES DEBUT. While ski jumping attracted throngs of Oregonians to the sides of Mt. Hood last Sunday, the golf ing season was officially opened in Heppner by the first large turnout of golfers attracted by Spring's pre mature arrival. A crystal-clear, warm, sunlit day revealed the opa lescent dome of Mt. Adams over looking the mouth of the Willow creek valley a beautiful picture from the hillside course, set out against a sky of azure blue, over a landscape of greenery rarely seen in late January. Maybe it was just plain spring fever, for nary a dodo, nor even a birdie was reported. SHOOT JACK RABBITS A-WING. Some prefer one kind of sport, others have sport of their own such as a wintertime spring affords Morrow county people. Gerald Booher and Lowell Turner, service station man and barber, report, get ting real sport out of shooting jack rabbits on the wing. They have a sort of contest between themselves as to who can knock over the great er number of the sagebrush deni zens on the run, whenever oppor tunity is afforded to make a jaunt into the hills. AUXILIARY TO MEET. The American Legion Auxiliary will meet Tuesday evening, Feb. 6, in their new quarters in the Odd Fellows building. The rooms for merly occupied by Dr. McCrady have been renovated and furnished through the cooperation of the American Legion and Auxiliary members. In order to replenish the supply each member is asked to bring a dish towel. Mrs. Sylvia Wells and Mrs. Lucy Rodgers will be hostesses. RESIDENCE TRACT BOUGHT. Richard Wells this week pur- chased the W. W. Hinton residence tract of 67 acres situated just be low the city limits west of town, where he and Mrs. Wells expect to make their home In the future. The tract was originally developed by Mr. Wells' brother, Clyde. The E. L. Morton family will move into the Wells town residence. DEPOSITS REACH $225,000. Continued gain in deposits by the newly opened Heppner branch of the First National Bank of Port land was shown yesterday when to tal deposits were reported to have reached $225,000. This compares with $118,000 as reported a week ago, and with $76,000 on opening day January 15. FIRE BOYS MAKE GIFT. Heppncr's fire squad were recip ients of $7.50, It's share of the last 15 percent dividend declared by the Farmers & Stockgrowers National bank. Believing tho school band had more need of the money than the fire boys, the $7.50 was turned into the band's new uniform fund. I0NE ry MARGARET BLAKE The January business meeting of Willows grange was held on Satur day evening at their hall in Cecil. A large crowd was in attendance and splendid reports were made by the various committees. J. O. Kin caid, chairman of the agriculture committee, gave a report on the or ganization of the local Agricultural Production Credit asociation which was formed in Pendleton last Wed nesday, Jan. 24, to serve Morrow, Umatilla, Wallowa and parts of Grant and Union counties. The legislative committee chairman, O. B. Spaulding, had arranged for Earl Snell of Arlington, speaker of the House of Representatives, to give the legislative talk for the eve ning, so a recess was declared so that visitors who were not grange members could have the pleasure of hearing Mr. Snell. The subject of his discourse was "Oregon Laws" and he gave his listeners valuable information on Oregon laws, both old and new, and on amendments to many of them. Mary Lundell, lecturer, had a splendid program prepared for the evening and it was presented at this time. Mrs. Hila Timm, assisted by Mrs. Con nie Crawford at the piano, led the audience in community singing. Several good program numbers were given, among them the read ing by Vida Heliker of Vol. 1 of "The Gleaner," a grange and com munity paper prepared by "The Grange Oracle." A. E. Johnson, a visitor, gave a talk which he called "Hot Air." It was greatly enjoyed by his audience both for its worth while information and its bits of humor. After the lecturer's hour grange was called to order and regular business resumed. A petition to President Roosevelt asking that locks of sufficient size to accomo date ocean-going vessels be con structed at the Bonneville dam was approved by the grange and circu lated for signatures during the eve ning. The executive committee pre sented Harry Cool with a Patrons of Husbandry pin in token of his serving the grange as treasurer for several years past. He continues with his work as Willows grange fire Insurance agent. O. L. Lundell will serve the grange as treasurer for 1934. ; The master and secretary of the grange are proudly exhibiting new brief cases which they will use to carry the various books and papers used in their work. These cases were made to order by Gene Noble of Heppner and are of saddle leath er with the grange name and num ber stamped upon them. Visitors at this meeting from oth er granges were Mr. and Mrs. Earl Snell of Mayville grange in Gilliam county, and A. E. oJhnson of Lex ington grange. Announcement was made at this time of a grange county council to be held at the hall in Cecil on Feb. 24. This will be an all day meeting starting at 10 a. m. Refreshments of homemade doughnuts and coffee were served by the Home Economics committee at tne close of the grange meeting. Mrs. Bob Allstott Sr. of Heppner spent the past week visiting at the home of her son, Bob Allstott Jr. Mrs. Leora Withers of The Dalles was a business visitor in lone over the week end. Mrs. Withers owns the ranch operated by Burgeon Led better. Word has been received by Mrs. E. C. Heliker of the marriage of her niece, Miss Lois Devine, daugh ter of Mrs. Tompkins of King Hill, Idaho, to Mr. Carrol Hurst, also of King Hill, where the young couple will make their home. The Women's Topic club will hold their February study meeting at tne nome or Mrs. Lana Padberg on Rhea creek next Saturday after noon, February 3. Miss Emmer Maynard of May- nard, Iowa, arrived in lone last week to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Bert Mason. Miss May nard is an aunt of Mrs. Mason, be ing the sister of the late Mrs. Adelia Godfrey, Mrs. Mason's mother. A cooking school put on by Mrs. Humphreys, home economist of the Crown Mills of Portland, assisted by her daughter, was much enjoyed on Thursday and Friday afternoons of last week by a large group of women. A baking demonstration which showed newer and better ways of doing such old things as making and baking bread, pies and cakes, took up several hours each afternoon. On the afternoon of the second day door prizes were given which included merchandise as well j ag all the good thingg baked Dy Mnj Humphreys, Keithley Blake came over from Klnzua last week. He has com pleted the building of a house for his brother, Roy Blake, and will help in the construction of another house over there as well as doing some remodeling work. On his re turn he was accompanied by his wife and daughter who have spent the past few weeks at the ranch of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Blake. Mrs. Walter Eubanks and Johnny Eubanks drove to Pendleton on Wednesday to take Mrs. Letha Bus chke and daughters home. They remained until Sunday In order to be with the mother of Mrs. Eu banks, Mrs. Mary Waddle, who has been quite 111. Mr. and Mrs. Werner Rietmann were dinner hosts to a group of mends last Wednesday evening. Af ter dinner bridge was enjoyed with nign scores won by Mr. and Mrs Louis Bergevin and low bv Mrs Victor Rietmann and Earl Blake. Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Rietmann (Continued on Page Six) PRESIDENT'S PARTY LARGELY ATTENDED Dr. McMurdo Notified of Chairmanship on Day of Event. FOUNDATION AIDED "Great Birthday Gift" of Nation to be Used in Control of Infantile Paralysis; Speech Heard. Nearly 400 people assembled at' the Elks hall Tuesday evening to honor President Roosevelt on his 52nd birthday anniversary and to cents a couple, receipts totaled $91, a goodly share of which was turned over to Dr. A. D. McMurdo, chair man of the local celebration, to be remitted to Mr. Roosevelt as Mor row county's contribution to the Warm Springs Foundation for In fantile Paralysis. The local party was one of an estimated 6,000 held in all parts of the country on the evening of the President's birth anniversary, un der the sponsorship of a national committee of which Henry L. Doh erty of New York was chairman. It was expected to raise $5,000,000 as an endowment for the foundation to aid crippled children, an enterprise1 close to the heart of the president, who is likewise president of the foundation at Warm Springs, Ga. Small silk American flags were given as favors to those attending the local party and the hall was fit tingly decorated. Blaine E. Isom was in charge of decorations. Dr. McMurdo was not notified of his appointment as chairman of the local committee until the day of the celebration when he received five airmail letters containing instruc tions. The instructions therefore arrived too late to be of much as sistance and the affair was largely carried out along the lines planned by the Elks entertainment commit tee. A feature of the national party was President Roosevelt's short ad dress from the White House, in which he expressed appreciation of the parties and the birthday mes sages he had received. He termed the occasion -""th: Knftst, enjoyable birthday of my life." The presi dent's message reached here at 8:15, and had been concluded before the local party started, though many who attended were privileged to hear it in their homes. "No better birthday gift was ever conceived," Mr. Roosevelt said. His address dealt mainly with the importance of infantile paralysis to the health of the nation, and the humanitarian steps being employed in its control, and contained a fine tribute to the medical, nursing and hospital' pro fessions who are leading the battle. IONE SCHOOL BOARD FAVORS SALES TAX The lone school board this week set a precedent among the school boards of the state, so far as Is known, says A. E. Johnson, chair man, when it unqualifiedly endorsed the proposed sales tax measure. The action taken by the board in cluded the passing of a resolution as follows: "Resolted that this board is in favor of the sales tax and respect fully urges that, if referred, it be sustained by the people for the fol lowing reasons: "The taxes on real property in this county are approximately 40 per cent delinquent thus depriving schools of sumcient money to op erate; "At least 90 per cent of school money is derived from real proper ty taxes which are paid by about 50 per cent of the people; "School warrants draw six per cent interest until paid which Is an added burden to taxpayers. Some of these warrants are from six months to two years old. Teachers and other employees of school dis tricts cannot cash their warrants unless discounted from five to thir ty per cent; "The sales tax will materially aid the schools in these trying times because the law specifically provides that the money derived from the tax shall, after deducting cost of collection, be applied exclusively to the schools and said amounts de ducted from the real estate taxes. It is not a new tax but merely an aid to overburdened property own ers who in all fairness are entitled to aid from those who contribute nothing to the upkeep of our schools but who demand much; "The lone district under the law will receive approximately $3250.50 which sum would be deducted from the district tax of $20,800.04 mak ing a reduction in the district school tax of about 15.6 or a mlllage re duction ow 3.9 mills. "Members of this board consider it their duty as directors and citi zens to take a stand on this or any other question affecting our school to advocate those things which they consider necessary to the proper functioning of our school and to condemn those things which they consider detrimental. In accord ance with their right and belief they earnestly urge that the sales tax be supported and sustained that our schools may continue to operate. LEXINGTON By BEULAH B. NICHOLS. A wedding of interest to Lexing ton people took place at St. Pat rick's church in Heppner Saturday morning when Miss Mary McCabe, daughter of Frank McCabe, became the bide of Robert Edward Rice, only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Rice of Lexington, Rev. J. P. Stack of St. Patrick's church officiating. Mr. Rice is a well known young farmer of this community and his bride was formerly a beauty operator In Spokane. Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Jackson of Hubbard are guests this week at the home of their son, Ralph Jack son. Mrs. Nancy McWaters of Baker is visiting her sister, Mrs. J. E. Gen tly. In the basketball game Friday night the Lexington Independents won from the Condon town team with a score of 45-15. The Rebekah card party Friday night was well attended. Bridge, five hundred and pinochle were played. High score in bridge was won by Mrs. Nancy McWaters, in five hundred by Ralph Jackson and in pinochle by Earl Warner. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilcox have returned from a month's visit in Portland. Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Ingles of Boardman were guests at the Bur chell home Sunday. A number of Lexington men were in Pendleton Wednesday for the formation of the Production Credit association to serve Morrow, Uma tilla and other eastern Oregon coun ties. Those going from here were H. V. Smouse, Edward Rice, E. L. Smith, Chas. Marquardt, W. G. Hynd, David Hynd, George Peck, R. B. Rice, Frank Saling, George White and Lester White. Mrs. R. B. Wilcox left on the train Saturday night, going to Sa lem where she will visit her par ents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eskel son. The Three Links club will give a dance at Leach hall Saturday night. Music will be by Bud's Jazz Band. The Lexington Home Economics club will meet on Thursday after noon, February 8th, at the home of Mrs. Orvllle Cutsforth. Thomas A. Keating of the Ore gon Journal was in Lexington one day last week calling on the local representative of the Journal, Mrs. Emma Breshears. Mr. and Mrs. James H. Williams and Mrs. C. Williams spent the week end in Portland. Mr. and Mrs. George Peck enter tained a group of friends at a pleas ant dancing party at their home Saturday evening. Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Johnson and Miss Freda Hammell were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gillis Monday evening. The cooking school which was held in Leach hall on Monday and Tuesday afternoons was well at tended. This school was conduct ed by Mrs. Humphreys of the Crown Mills. John Skuzeskl of Heppner was a business visitor in this city Wed nesday. Mrs. Dona Hill of Rufus is spend ing the week with her father, Omar Luttrell. Walter Jepson of lone was trans acting business here Wednesday. Gene Doherty is driving the school bus during the absence of Edward Rice. School Notes On Wednesday evening of this week the faculty entertained the P. T. A. with a very interesting program. The program was pre ceded by a short business meeting. The Science club met last Thurs day night. Seven members were present. At the next meeting offi cers will be installed. A suitable name for the club will be selected at that time. Anyone is eligible to belong to the club who has had a year of science. This applies both to graduates and patrons who are interested as well as to high school students. The third Lexington smoker is scheduled for this Friday at 8 p. m. A number of good events have been arranged for. The smokers given in the past have been quite success ful and sufllcient funds will soon be on hand to purchase the neces sary athletic equipment. The ad mission price has been reduced to 25c and 10c. The high school basketball team lost two games last week, losing to Condon 27-18 here on Friday night and to Stanfleld 20-1,0 on Saturday nignt at stannem. There will be only one game this week, coming Saturday night at 7.30 when the high school will play Heppner here. This will be a dou ble header with the town team play ing the Heppner town team. MONEY BILL EFFECTIVE. January 31, 1934, will go down as one of the outstanding dates in American history. That day, yes terday, it was President Roosevelt devalued the dollar to 89.06 cents, according to report In this morn-: Ing's Oregonlan. Under the pro visions of the act that then went into effect, Uncle Sam automatically became the owner of all the nation's gold coin. Further mintage of such coin ceased and all such coin was ordered melted into bullion to be kept In the country's treasury. Co lncidently a price of $35 an ounce was established to buy gold In for eign markets, and a $2,000,000,000 stabilization fund was made avail able to the secretary of the treasury for the purpose of regulating the foreign value of the dollar. Judge C. L. Sweek was a Heppner visitor yesterday, coming over from Pendleton on matctrs or business. Brother of County Judge Dies at Medical Lake, Wn. Judge Wm. T. CamDbell was call ed to Medical Lake, Wash., Wednes day morning in answer to word that his brother, John A. Campbell, had died there at 12:30 a. m. Monday. Judge Campbell and wife had Just returned from there Sunday eve ning and his brother at that time seemed to be improving, though yet very ill. Judge and Mrs. Campbell were accompanied to Medical Lake by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Keene, and it is expected that funeral services will be held today. John A. Campbell owned farm land in the Blackhorse section here, and for a number of years was a resident of Morrow county, but late years has made his home in Spo kane county, Wash., and more re cently was engaged as a mechanic in the shops at the state hospital at Medical Lake. It is thought that he was a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning, as the building in which Mr. Campbell worked was close and the accumulation of gas fumes was very strong at times. Going to Medical Lake last week Mr. and Mrs. Cambpell were ac companied as far as Thornton, Wash., by Mrs. C. W. McNamer, who visited with relatives there and returned home with Mr. and Mrs. Campbell Sunday. BROTHER-IN-LAW DIES. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Nys and chil dren returned home Monday eve ning from Silverton where they at tended funeral services on Sunday for Ellis Stevens, 67, brother-in-law of Mr. Nys. Mr. Stevens died on Wednesday last at his home in Hall Prairie near Silverton, death com ing suddenly while he was at work on the farm. He had apparently been in good health up to the time of his death, which came as a shock to the community in which he had long been a prominent and con structive resident. He was a char ter member of Silverton L O. O. F. lodge, and had been secretary of his local grange for 14 consecutive years without missing a meeting. Besides his widow he is survived by a son and a daughter. Esson Ste vens, a cousin of the deceased, of ficiated at the funeral services which were attended by a large number of friends and relatives. FIRE ALARM GIVEN. The fire department responded to an alarm last evening to find that a fire in the woodshed at the Pat Heaiy home on Church street had been subdued with the use of gar den hose while the firemen were delayed in getting the fire truck to the scene because of the absence of the key from the ignition switch. Chas. W. Smith, councilman, push ed the truck to the scene with his car. It was believed some child playing about the truck may have removed the ignition key. The truck had been in the street for several days while a new concrete floor was being laid in its stall at the city hall. The fire was mostly in the roof of the woodshed, and no explanation was given for its start TAXES J. I. CASE AGENCY. L. Van Marter, formerly manager of the Peoples Hardware company, has taken the appointment as local representative of the J. I. Case Co., manufacturers of all kinds of farm equipment. Mr. Van Marter expects to establish a local store in the near future where a full line of Case ma chinery and parts will be carried. Mr. Van Marter established an en viable sales record with the Case company when he was manager of the hardware store, and both he and the company he represents have ex pressed confidence in the future of the farming industry of Morrow county. BUTTERCUPS BLOOM. More signs of spring! Archie Ball says buttercups and birdbills are blooming on his place high up in the mountain foothills. J. O. Tur ner saw squirrels out when he viS' ited his north-Lexington farm on Sunday, A. H. Nelson picked a newly blossomed babyface in the pasture of his farm in the lower country. Even bruin has emerged from his hibernation, according to reports of folks living in the timber. And this is only the first of Feb ruary. WEHMEYER TO TOUR. F. F. Wehemyer, local forest ranger, left today on a tour of CCC camps in Oregon to assist in carry ing on an Instructional program in forestry under the supervision of the U. S. and state forest services. Illustrated lectures will be given on this trip by Mr. Wehmeyer and W. V. Fuller of the state forester's of fice on various forestry subjects. NEW CHEVROLET ARRIVES. Gene and Raymond Ferguson, of Ferguson Motor company, and Gay M. Anderson, Jr., motored to Walla Walla Monday afternoon, returning with one of the new model Chev rolets which will be used as a dem onstrator at Ferguson Motor com pany until their first carload of the new cars arrives. The new car has been creating much interest. B.-P WOMEN TO MEET. The Business and Professional Womens club will hold their regu lar meeting at the home of the Misses Leta and Evelyn Humph reys at 6:30 Monday evening, Feb. 5th. A specially interesting pro gram is planned by the legislative committee, and outside speakers will be heard on subjects of vital Interest. 51B3.899 COMES TO COUNTY WHEATMEN $12,000 More Will Make First 80 Pet. to be Distributed. FACES BRIGHTENED News Brings Influx of Gladdened Fanners; Business Stimulus Felt; New Era Forseen. More and broader smiles than have been seen in Heppner in many a day appeared on Main street the first of the week as wheat growrs from over the county came in for their share of the $163,899 in allot ment checks, distribution of which began at 1:30 o'clock Monday af ternoon. The amount received rep resented all but $12,000 of the 80 percent first payment under the new wheat production adjustment plan, in exchange for which farm ers participating have agreed to re duce their seeded acreage by 15 per cent for 1934. The $12,000 is the amount of first payment due on contracts in which some alterations were necessary before payment could be made. It is expected this additional amount will be distribut ed shortly. The checks were received Sunday by Leonard Carlson, treasurer of the Morrow County Wheat Produc tion Control association, and were brought to the office of C. W. Smith, county agent, Monday morning. Be fore they could be distributed, it was necessary to check them against the listings, and it was 1:30 in the afternoon before everything was set to hand them out News of the checks' arrival spread like wildfire and when the office closed Monday evening, more than a hundred of the 400-odd checks had found their way to their destination. Almost immediate effect of the added stimulus to the trade life of the county was noticeable. Hardly had the ink dried upon the receipt registetr before many checks were on deposit at the bank. Several had found their way to the tax col lector's office the day of arrival, and some of the dollars that had start ed rolling in various channels had changed hands more than once be- fore the day's end, giving new vigor to business generally. No wonder then that the smiles of farmers became contagious, and the allotment money was generally welcomed as one of the greatest boons to come to the county in many a day. The classic remark of many farm ers was: "That's the first time I ever had anything handed to me." True, the money is generally regarded as a gift, but at the same time the donee is aware of the solemn obli gation to the government which the gift implies, an obligation the fulfillment of which it is his expec tation and the expectation of the government will help relieve the burdensome wheat surplus and re store the normal market price to a basis where wheat farming will again be profitable. Like magic the allotment checks have restored the faith and confi dence of the wheat grower in his industry, and have given promise of a brighter future which has in stilled a greater will to work. And this spirit is being reflected in his town neighbor, who too, glimpses the waning of depression and the dawn of a brighter era. Local Trap Artist Sets Skeet Record Pendleton trapshootetrs got tired of banging at straightaways and took up skeet shooting a while back. Of course It wasn't long getting to the ears of Charlie Lat ourell, president of the local gun club and Heppner's number one trapshooting ace. Charlie can't stand passing up anything new In the way of shooting, and the irre sistible impulse led him to Pendle ton along with Dr. A. D. McMurdo, B. R. Patterson and Adam Knob lock. Now, skeet shooting is just a complicated form of trapshooting. the only difference being that a fel low has to see double to be a good skeeter. First he Is given a clay pigeon from an orthodox trap. On the next shot the pigeon is shot directly at him from a trap situ ated to one side. After so many rounds of this see-saw shooting, birds are released from both traps at once, with the shooter under or ders to shoot the bird going away from him first. By that time the other bird is sailing directly over head, and if he is fortunate enough to crack It. the shooter must Im mediately duck to escape the show er of clay that ensues. Before Charlie got mixed up In skeeting over Pendleton way, the best skeeter had a record of 17 dead ones out of 25. On his first trip two weeks ago Charlie busted that rec ord with a 20, and last Sunday he turned in a 22. But he's not going to be satisfied until he gets 23 skeet ers in a row. And Is Heppner go ing In for skeeting? Well, there's them that 'lows as how. Paul M. Gemmell was confined to his home by an attack of "flu" this week.