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Volume 52, Number 40.
Subscription $2.00 a Year
Improved Condition of
County Finances Indi
cated in Report.
Opportunity to Save on Penalty
and Interest Should Overcome
Shortage by End of Year.
Tax collections In Morrow county,
have been good so far this year.
Up to November 30, total collec
tions fell short of reaching the
total levy for 1935 by only $1,620.75,
according to the report of Charles
W. Barlow, clerk, taken from the
record of controlling accounts in
his office.
No turnovers are expected In
December, but collections for this
month should put the county over
the top on its current levy. This
does not mean that everyone has
paid his 1935 taxes. Of the total
collections of $328,439.4? turned
over to the treasurer by the sher
iff from Jan. 1, 1935 to Nov. 30,
1935, $131,446.56 was collected on
taxes for 1934 and prior years,
while $196,992.61 was collected on
the current tax of $330,060.22.
Unpaid taxes for 1934 and prior
years at the date of report totaled
$364,736.05, and amount unpaid on
current roll was $133,067.61.
Impetus to taxpaying is expected
as the public understands the op
portunity to save penalty and in
terest on their delinquent taxes by
virtue of recent order of the coun
ty court giving immediate advan
tage of the law passed by the re
cent special legislative session,
which becomes effective In Febru
ary. The law provides for waiving
penalty and Interest on payment
of taxes for farthest year of de
linquency 1934 and prior years
only when similar payment is
made on the current year's tax.
Payment of any amount of the
farthest year of delinquent tax is
accepted by the sheriff now, with
penalty and Interest waivedand a
receipt issued containing the con
dition that a like amount of cur
rent tax will be paid as it becomes
due, otherwise the remitted pen
alty and interest will be charged
The clerk's report shows total
appropriations for the year of $584,
151.64, and vouchers paid of $252,
909.07, leaving unexpended balances
In various accounts totaling $331,
242.37. Against the unexpended
balances is a cash surplus of $109,
406.14. Much of the unexpended
appropriations will be marked off
at the end of the year, and the
cash balance in most accounts will
probably be sufficient to meet obli
gations which must be paid, such
as balance on state tax, general
school, bonds and interest, which
total $78,160.36.
The condition of school districts
on the whole shows considerable
improvement with total payments
on bonds and interest for the year
of $22,794.55. Many districts have
resumed operation on a cash basis
this year, after having been forced
on a warrant basis in the darker
days of depression. Enviable posi
tions are held by the Irrigon and
Boardman school districts, where
public utilities pay a large propor
tion of the tax. Of the special
district tax levied for Irrigon of
$10,830.25 this year, collections up
to November 1, not counting am
ount collected on delinquent tax,
showed $10,079.76. For Boardman,
$8,390.01 had been collected of the
total levy of $9,813.41.
Leo Gorger was upset last week
when his pet purebred police dog,
Rex, was missed from the farm
home in the north lone section. He
Inserted a little want ad In the Ga
zette Times and a few days later
Rex was united with the family.
His neighbor, Fred Mankin, had the
dog and so notified Mr. Gorger
when he saw the ad, not knowing
before that Mr. Gorger had such a
dog. Rex apparently had followed
the Gorgers frdm home and on be
coming tired turned in at Man
kins. Both Mr. and Mrs. Mankin
became attached to him and were
sorry to give him up. The dog, too,
was made to feel very much at
home as Mrs. Mankin inadvertent
ly guessed his name, Rex. Mr.
Gorger was pleased to report the
good result of the advertising when
in town Tuesday.
The Womeng Christian Mission
ary society of the Church of Christ
met Monday evening at the home
of Mrs. E. R. Huston. Twenty
members and friends enjoyed the
program consisting of songs and pa
pers pertaining to Christmas, and
a dramatization entitled, "The Com
ing of the Prince of Peace." Miss
Leta Humphreys assisted the host
ess and delicious refreshments
were served.
Of interest to friends here Is the
news of the marriage of Miss El
nore Adklns, daughter of E. E. Ad
klns of this city, to Mr. Benton
Walker of Seattle, In the Washing
ton city October 30. Mr. and Mrs.
Walker make their home In Seattle
where Mr. Walker Is a prominent
young business man.
Sister Killed When Truck
Turns Over in Arizona
Mrs. Minnie Barnes of Ava, Mo.,
sister of Mrs. Sam McCullough and
daughter of Mrs. Walter Crosby of
this city, was instantly killed the
evening of December 3, and her
daughter, May Barnes, was serious
ly injured when the truck In which
they were riding turned over on the
Benson highway about ten miles
from Tucson, Ariz. With Mr. Barnes
they were on their way to Ava from
Earlimart, Cal. Ben Barnes, the
husband and father, was uninjured
according to report received by
Mrs. McCullough through the Tuc
son press.
The small truck was heavily
loaded with household furniture.
Investigation disclosed that the
truck, traveling at a good rate of
speed, got too far over on the high
way shoulder and rolled over. Mrs.
Barnes was pinned under the load
of furniture, her head crushed.
Miss Barnes, caught in the cab with
her father, was so severely Injured
that she was taken to a Tucson hos
pital, while the mother's body was
removed to a mortuary.
Harry Duvall of Blackhorse was j
pleasantly surprised last Wednes
day evening, Dec. 4, it being the oc
casion of his birthday. It was also
the 25th wedding anniversary of
Mr. and Mrs. Duvall. Guests pres
ent were Mr. and Mrs. Karl Miller,
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dinges, Mr. and
Mrs. John Miller, Mr. and Mrs.
Gene Gentry, Mrs. Nancy McWat
ers, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Johnson,
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Jackson, Mrs.
Laura Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey
Miller, Mrs. W. D. Campbell and
Mrs. Elmer Hunt. The evening
was spent playing cards. High
scores were won by Mrs. Karl Mil
ler and John Miller, second high
by Mrs. Harry Dinges and Harvey
Miller, consolation by Mrs. John
Miller and J. G. Johnson. Chicken
salad, hot biscuits and coffee were
served at midnight. After the
guests had departed Mr. and Mrs.
Duvall found several packages left
about the room. Some contained
birthday gifts and others pieces of
silver in honor of their silver wed
ding anniversary.
An excellent cast in a clever play
made "Phantom Bells" a big suc
cess at the high school auditorium
Friday night. Members of the se
nior class were exceptionally good
in their character portrayals and
the production was well staged. The
play was directed by Wm. D. Camp
bell. All grange members are urged to
attend the grange meeting Satur
day night when the newly elected
ofllcrs w(ll be Installed. A pot luck
supper will follow the initiation.
Orville Cutsforth, Henry Smouse,
Charles Marquardt, Oral Scott, R.
B. Rice, George Peck, A. H. Nelson,
Harvey Miller and Louis Marquardt
were among the Lexington dele
gates who attended the meeting of
the Eastern Oregon Wheat league
ut Pendleton last week end.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schriever and
family have returned from a visit
with relatives in Portland.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. F. McMillan who has been very
ill with pneumonia, is reported to
be improving.
Christmas vacation in the Lex
ington school will start December
20 and continue until December 30.
Charles Breshears is confined to
his home with a dislocated knee,
the result of an Injury sustained
while he was trying to put chains
on his car.
Mr. and Mrs, Bill Smethurst and
daughter have returned from a two
weeks' visit with' relatives in Port
land. S. G. McMillan is spending a few
days in Portland.
Winford Duvall spent a few days
last week In Portland visiting his
brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Wickersham.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shaw and fam
ily were Pendleton visitors Satur
day. Hoi 'ace Addis of Pendleton was a
business visitor in this city Satur
day. Vernon Warner and Edward Rice
were in Portland the first of the i
Mrs. Alie Peck and young son
returned home Saturday from the
home of Mrs. Ada Cason In Hepp
ner. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Ingles of
Boardman spent the week end with
friends in Lexington. They were
accompanied home by Miss Edith
Tucker who is spending yie week
in Boardman.
Ed Miller of Portland is visiting
relatives in this community.
Miss Grace Rowell of Hermlston
is visiting her sister, Mrs. Glover
Senator J. G. Baratt, who is alsoi
president of Oregon Woolgrowers
association, was one of the featur
ed speakers at the banquet of East
ern Oregon Wheat league at Pen
dleton last Friday evening. E.
Harvey Miller, newly elected lea
gue president, was another featur
ed speaker. Former Heppnerites
C. L. Sweek and Chas. W, Smith,
the first as toastmaster and the
latter as assistant toastmaster, are
reported to have livened up the
occasion with their well known wit.
Mrs. Isabella Corrigall and
daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Gourley,
were trading In the city yesterday
from the Gourley farm on Balm
fork. The Gourleys raised a large
number of turkeys this year and
expect to have some fine birds for
the Christmas market.
Local Camp Pogram is
Told Lions by Army,
Project Heads.
Gault, Wightman Help Investigate
WPA Project for City Water;
Sweek, McMahon Visit
One of the first considerations of
CCC work, both from the stand
point of the army and of the soil
conservation service, is training
and educating the enrollees. That
is what Lions were told at their
Monday luncheon byCapt W. R.
Reynolds, commandant of the local
camp, and R. W. Leep, soil conser
vation superintendent, each of
whom gave a brief outline of the
work being carried on here.
Being new to the work of the
soil conservation service, Captain
Reynolds did not know just what
local benefits might result from
the work, but he said that the bene
fit to the boys alone' went a long
way toward compensating for the
money expended. His Job was cited
as that of caring for the enrollees
when not at work, and he com
mended the fine spirit of interest
and cooperation received from
Mr. Leep gave a short insight
into the soil conservation set-up,
giving it as his job to superintend
the work after projects had been
lined up and turned over to him by
Millard Rodman, the project man
ager. He cited the main objective
of the work to be the building up of
land cover to prevent rapid run-off
of water and consequent soil ero
sion. The work of the service is
by demonstrational projects to
show what may be done and thus
to guide land owners in courses
to follow in preserving their soil
and fertility of the country.
The ultimate result of uncon
trolled erosion is a barren waste,
Mr. Leep said, as evidenced by the
great Sahara desert, once known to
have been highly productive.
So far the work here has consist
ed in gully control,.. with, the en
larged program still In the making.
The local camp's jurisdiction in
cludes all of the Willow creek wa
tershed, and projects so far have
been undertaken on Willow and
Hinton creeks. He commended the
good spirit of cooperation re
ceived from local people.
Lions expressed Interest In the
visit Monday of Wm. Bollins, WPA
engineer, and the possbility of re
ceiving WPA assistance for con
struction of a dam on upper Wil
low creek to aid in the city's wa
ter supply. J. L. Gault and J. J.
Wightman were named as a com
mittee from the club to assist in
investigating such possibility.
Mr. Gault and S. E. Notson each
gave a brief report of the meeting
of the Eastern Oregon Wheat
league in Pendleton which they at
tended Saturday, and announced
the selection of Heppner for the
league's conference next year, and
the election of E. Harvey Miller
of Lexington as president. They
were privileged to hear the address
of Rep. Walter M. Pierce.
Judge C. L. Sweek of Pendleton,
former president of the local club,
and F. A. McMahon, state police
man, were club guests.
Elks' Memorial Service
Conducted This Evening
The public is invited to join in
honoring departed brothers of
Heppner lodge 358, B. P. O. Elks,
at 8:15 this evening at the lodge
hall, when the ritualistic memorial
service will be conducted for J. E.
Williams, W. T. Matlock and Wil
liam Shipley, departed members of
me lasi year.
J. O. Turner will deliver the ad
dress, and special music will be
sung by Mrs. John Turner, Mrs.
Hubert Gaily and Mrs. Crocket
Sprouls In trio in addition to the
lodge ceremonies.
Pacific University, Forest Grove.
miss ranees Kugg of Heppner,
a freshman at Pacific university,
will be a member of a two-women
debate team representing Phi
Lambda Omlcron sorority in the
annual Intra-mural debate tourna
ment. First round of the tourna
ment which is sponsored by the lo
cal chapter of Phi Alpha Tau, na
tional aeeate honorary, is Tuesday
night, December 10. Each team
will debate five times in the pre
liminaries which will not be fin
ished until Christmas holiday. The
subject for the debate is: '"Re
solved, that Congress should make
immediate payment of the adjust
ed compensation certificates."
McMahon promoted.
F. A. McMahon, state policeman,
was In Heppner Monday from the
Arlington headquarters. He had
jusi received nis commission as
corporal in charge of the Arling
ton district, recently separated from
the Pendleton office. McMahon
now reports directly to Salem head
quarters instead of to the district
office at Pendleton. Verne Hill and
W. E. Francis are members of his
Joint Installation Set for
Masonic Orders Dec. 18
'Joint Installation ceremonies for
Heppner lodge No. 69, A F. and A.
M., and Ruth Chapter No. 32, O. E.
S., will be held Wednesday evening,
December 18. Preceding the in
stallation will be served the annual
turkey banquet, to which all mem
bers of the orders with their wives
and escorts are invited. The Instal
lation ceremonies will be open to
the public. Officers of the Masonic
lodge to be inducted into office are:
Lawrence L. Beach, W. M.; J. O.
Turner, S. W.; W. Vawter Parker,
J. W.; Frank S. Parker, treasurer;
Spencer Crawford, secretary; and
appointive officers not yet announc
ed. Election of officers "for Ruth
chapter will be held tomorrow (Fri
day) evening, at which time initia
tion degrees will also be conferred.
Mrs. Agnes Curran Injured in At
tempt to Subdue Flames; Sus
tains $1500 Stock Damage.
Mrs. Agnes Curran, proprietress,
received painful burns when she
attempted to subdue flames which
broke out in a clothes closet at the
Curran Hot shop shortly before
noon Sunday. She was burned
quite deeply on the face, neck, arms
and back, though she paid little
heed to the injury In the excite
ment. She was later treated at the j
Patterson & Son drug store and has
carried on since, cleaning up the
store and living apartments in the
rear, damage to which, including
that to the building belonging to
Mrs. Leta Babb, Is estimated at
$1500. The insured loss to both
building and contents was adjust
ed Monday night and Mrs. Curran
has offered her stock at fire sale.
When the alarm was turned in,
Mark Merrill, fire chief, was hav
ing the fire truck serviced at a
near-by service station. With en
gine still running, the truck was
on the scene before the siren had
stopped. Merrill and Frank Shive
ly, councilman, had water from the
100-gallon booster tank on the
flames in short order, though when
they arrived the front store room
was so hot and smoky they could
n't enter. -. The fire was largely
subdued by water from the booster
tank, which Merrill believes is re
sponsible for keeping down dam
age which would nave been done
had it been necessary to bring the
heavier stream from the mains into
of the fire was not deter
mined, but was thought to be spon
taneous combustion. Mrs. Curran
had returned from church but a
few minutes before, accompanied
by Ann Lawrence, small daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. R. C. Lawrence.
She was getting dinner when she
heard the crackling of flames and
smelled smoke, which resulted In
her attempt to quell the flames.
Her attempt frustrated, she re
turned through the back living
quarters to escape with Ann
through a rear door. The door was
locked, and her purse containing
the key could not be located, but a
few moments later firefighters, who
had gathered in numbers, broke
down the door and assisted them.
Ann received a bump, being against
the door when it was forced.
Besides damage to her stock of
ladies' ready-to-wear apparel, oth
er damage to Mrs. Curran's person
al effects was sustained, Including
loss of a mink fur coat
This year we had 1700 cattle and
800 calves in the Heppner district
for a five months' grazing period
and 23,000 sheep and 19,000 lambs
for a three and a half months' sea
son. The 300,000,000 acres of national
forest land were, in a sense, just a
big factory, where an estimated
42,000 tons of forage was converted
Into tons of cutlets, roasts, steaks,
blankets, shoes, buttons, glue, gel
atin and innumerable other Items.
This was all produced from ma
terial that would otherwise have
gone to waste. Forty-two thousand
tons of forage would make a whop
per of a hay stack.
The national forest is only a
minor consideration In the stock
Industry of this part of the country,
as I believe it is estimated that the
resources of Morrow county are
about 60 percent stock industry, 30
percent grain growing, and 10 per
cent miscellaneous, while the re
sources of adjoining counties run
at even higher percentage to the
stock industry.
Lambs taken from the national
forest as represented by the local
ranger district, averaged better
than 70 pounds per head as shipped
to market, f. o. b. Heppner. R. A.
Thompson shipped 860 five months
old lambs from his Ditch creek al
lotment that averaged 91 pounds.
Probably a record not beaten In
any other part of the state. Some
of the finest beef and mutton pro
duced In the northwest is raised
right here in our own locality, only
local producers are Just a little too
modest to do their own crowing.
FIRE SALE at Curran Ready-to-Wear
shop, now open for busi
ness. Stock damaged only by
smoke. Many exceptional bargains.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J.
Hughes, Monday evening, Decem
ber 9, a son, William Bassett,
weighing 9 pounds.
WPA Engineer Believes
Site on Upper Willow
Creek Unsuitable.
City, County Officials, Lions Club
Committee Assist; Other
Solutions Cited.
Prospects for a storage dam on
upper Willow creek either to aug
ment the city water supply or aid
in raising the water table of the
valley were not heightened by the
opinion of Wm. Bollins, WPA en
gineer, who looked over a pro
posed project Tuesday in company
with Mayor T. J. D. Jones, Com
missioner Frank S. Parker, and
J. L. Gault and J. J. Wightman,
Lions club committee. It was Bol
lins' opinion that the narrow and
steep storage basin would require
too costly a dam at the site inves
tigated, that at the old "Caves"
bluff just below the forks of the
Bollins is in charge of dam con
struction with the WPA, and his
visit here was made in line with
his present work of determining
feasible dam projects in the state.
He was "sold" on the need of the
lower valley for a more adequate
supply of water through the dry
season, and believed a retention
dam on the upper creek to conserve
the spring flood run-off from the
Willow creek watershed would be
a feasible project if an adequate
storage basin could be had.
City and county officials, and the
Lions club, were interested in the
matter both as a means of securing
more water for the city and in
raising the valley's water table for
irrigation of crops. The city has
been fighting a water shortage the
last several summers, while the
county court has had trouble of its
own pacifying stockmen on the
lower creek who have priority claim
to water for watering stock over
those who use it for irrigation.
The court is hopeful that the
project, now being assisted in by
the soil conservation service, that
of diverting Ditch creek into Wil
low creek, will help solve their
problem the coming dry season.
As for the city's problem, Bol
lins believed that Mayor Jones'
idea of ditching into one of the
wells at a sufficient depth to per
mit the water to flow into the ditch
might be feasible as a means of
maintaining a gravity supply. He
thought a WPA project might be
obtained for the purpose.
At present the city is supplied
with water from but one of its .two
wells at the forks of the creek, and
that by use of a syphon. Water in
the other well has dropped below
a point where it can be syphoned.
This well was used for a time just
before the end of the irrigation
season by pumping the water. The
cost of pumping is dear, however,
and the mayor and council are de
termined to keep' the city supplied
by gravity flow as long as possible.
Big Free Turkey Feed
Scheduled by Legion
All ex-service men in the Heppner
territory are being invited to par
ticipate in a big turkey feed at the
4-H club room in the county pavil
ion next Monday evening, under
auspices of Heppner post, Ameri
can Legion. The feed, which will
be served at 8:00 o'clock in order
to make it possible for out-of-town
men to be present, is the result of
the generosity of Elbert L. Cox,
immediate past commander, who
is contributing the birds. While
pards are being mailed out by Ad
jutant P. M. Gemmell, he wishes
it made plain that all ex-service
men are urged and expected to
be present whether a card Is re
ceived or not.
The deadline date for receiving
applications for new wheat allot
ment contracts has been set for
Saturday, Dec. 21. This action was
taken by the state grain board, re
ports E. Harvey Miller, member,
who returned home yesterday from
Corvallis. It behooves everyone
who wishes to sign a new contract
to get in before that date, Mr. Mil
ler said.
Judge Jeffries of Portland is an
nounced as the featured speaker
for the local Townsend club Friday
evening, Dec. 20, at the Methodist
church basement. The meeting is
slated for 7:30 o'clock. Judge Jef
fries' address will be followed by a
box social, with each lady request
ed to bring box containing food for
at least two people.
The 83rd birthday of Mrs. Ruth
Stevens is being observed today
with a noon dinner party at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Lucy
E. Rodgers. Ten elderly friends of
Mrs. Stevens were the Invited
C. V. Stephens of Dayton, Ore.,
is visiting at the home of his cou
sin, Ralph Benge. He accompanied
Mr. Benge and son Terrel to town
from the farm yesterday.
Local Hoop Teams Lose
to Umatilla; Lex Next
Heppner high school lost 21-15,
and the town team was defeated
58-30, in a double header game with
corresponding teams from Uma
tilla in the local gym Tuesday eve
ning. It was the first appearance
of the local towners under the
management of Gordon Bucknum,
and they showed lack of organiza
tion against the more-practiced
Umatilla team.
Leading the scoring for the town
ers were Rod Thomson and Roland
King, the latter a recent arrival
from Pendleton. Others making
up the squad Included Bucknum,
Herman Green, Ray Massey, Mar
vin Morgan, Dr. R. C. Lawrence
and Reese Burkenbine.
In an overtime game at Irrigon
Friday, Coach Blankenship's high
school squad edged out Irrigon
high, 27-25. The absence of two
regulars from last year, James
Driscoll and Len Gilman, has been
felt so far this season, but they are
expected to be in the lineup soon.
The next games will be played Tu
esday evening with Lexington here.
Among lone farmers who at
tended the meeting of the Eastern
Oregon Wheat league at Pendleton
last Friday and Saturday were
Henry Smouse, Bert Johnson, Lee
Beckner, Edw. Rietmann, Henry
Peterson, Mr. and Mrs. Werner
Rietmann, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Den
ny, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Bergevin
and Mr. and Mrs. Charles McEUi
gott. The Union Missionary society of
lone met at the home of Mrs. Wal
lace Mathews last Thursday after
noon. One person from each of the
churches represented at the meet
ing gave a report on the work done
in some of the mission fields sup
ported by her denomination.
Relatives and friends of Mr. and
Mrs. Tom Davidson of Los Angeles
have received announcements from
them of the birth of a son, Thomas
Jr., on Dec. 1.
Mrs. C. P. Nelson of Firth, Ida
ho, arrived on Friday for a visit at
the homes of her brothers, J. E.
and C. W. Swanson.
Barney Devlin, sheepman of
Heppner, has spent several days
The Women's Topic club will have
its December study meeting at the
home of Mrs. Werner Rietmann
next Saturday afternoon, Dec. 14.
A. A. Dysque of Portland, a rep
resentative of Swift & Co., was in
town on Wednesday receiving tur
keys for the holiday trade. About
2000 pounds were bought from local
People from Arlington, Lexing
ton and lone as well as the imme
diate neighborhood attended the
program and dance given' in the
Cecil grange hall last Saturday
night by the Home Economics and
4-H clubs. The program given fol
lows: "America," sung by audi
ence; reading, Estelle Ledbetter;
folk dance by pupils of the Cecil
school accompanied at the piano
by their teacher, Miss Johnstone;
reading, "How the Feud Started,"
Kenneth Lundell; "Farm Revolt,"
a play by the 4-H club children
and their leader, Mrs. H. E. Cool;
tap dance by Cora Ellen Fletcher
accompanied at the piano by Cora
Mae Van Winkle; vocal solo, O. B.
Spaulding; piano solo, Cora Mae
Van Winkle; reading, "Resem
blance," Marion Krebs; "On Dem
Golden Slippers," sung by audi
ence. A social time and dance fol
lowed with refreshments served at
midnight by the H. E. club.
Mrs. Inez Freeland returned on
Wednesday from an extended visit
in various parts of the state.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Feldman en
tertained at their home Sunday
with a dinner party. Guests were
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Denny, Mr. and
Mrs. L. E. Dick, Mr. and Mrs. Bert
Mason, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Mc
Namer, Mrs. Lucy Rodgers, Mrs.
Stevens and Mrs. Baker.
Miss Rosa Fletcher has returned
from Hood River where she has
been employed for several months.
A Christmas cantata will be pre
sented at the school gym on Christ
man eve. The school and Union
Sunday school and the community
as a whole are joining their efforts
to make a success of the evening.
Everyone is urged to be present.
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Feldman have
gone to California where they will
enjoy the holidays with relatives.
Frank Lundell and Garland
Swanson went to The Dalles Tues
day to get a new car for delivery
to J. E. Swanson.
On the grade school honor roll
the past six weeks were Van Riet
man and Marianne Corley in the
fifth grade and Alice Nichoson and
Catherine Turner in the fourth
grade. New cases of mumps each
week continue to upset the routine
of both teachers and pupils.
The high school has several ac
tivities scheduled for the coming
two weeks before Christmas vaca
tion. On Friday night the boys'
first and second basketball teams
will play at Irrigon. On Saturday
night girls' and boys' teams will
play a double header basketball
game in the gym here with Stan
field. It will be followed by a dance
at Legion hall given for the benefit
of the student body. All ladies and
girls are asked to bring pies which
will be auctioned off at supper time.
On Dec. 14 the student body will
present its first semester play,
"Laugh Clown," in the gym.
Nearly seventy persons attended
the benefit card party given by the
Past Noble Grand club in the aux-
(Continued on Pas Four)
E. Harvey Miller Elected
President at Pendle
ton Conference.
Sales Tax for Old Age Pensions
Indorsed; Columbia River
Development Backed.
Selection of Heppner for its con
ference in 1936 and election of E.
Harvey Miller of Lexington as its
new president marked the closing
of the two-day session of the ninth
Eastern Oregon Wheat league con
ference at Pendleton Saturday eve-'
ning. Invitation to come to Hepp
ner, presented by the Lions club
and farmers of the district, was
accepted on acclamation with re
membrance of the outstanding con
ference held here in 1930.
Raising of Miller to the presi
dency was given in recognition of
his past valuable service. He was
vice-president of the organization
last year.
Henry V. Smouse of lone, is an
other Morrow county man given
recognition. He was elected to the
executive committee. Other offi
cers named were Charles A. Nish
of Mikkalo, vice-president; Charles
W. Smith of Corvallis and former
county agent here, secretary; L. J.
Kelly of Wasco county, Harry
Froudfoot of Sherman county,
Lloyd Smith of Gilliam county, Jim
Putnam of Wheeler county, James
Hill of Umatilla county, C. H. De-
Long of Union county, Hugh Wilson
of Wallowa county, and N. E. Dodd
of Baker county, executive com
mitteemen. Strong declaration in favor of
the principles of AAA and indorse
ment of proposed sales tax for old
age pensions was given by the only
organized voice of eastern Oregon
wheatraisers after many problems
confronting the industry had been
carefully mulled over In committees
organized for specialized consider
ation. Recommendations came
from similar committees which had
been at work in each of the fcoun
ties represented, and decision on
two of the major issues followed
addresses by recognized authori
ties. A. R. Shumway of Milton,
long prominent in farm organiza
tion circles and member of the na
tional wheat adjustment board, up
held the triple-A program, while
Charles V. Galloway, state tax
commissioner, gave a lucid dis
course on the tax situation. Gallo
way indicated the sales tax as the
only way open for providing funds
with which to match federal money
for payment of old age pensions.
Unanimous approval of the sales
tax action was not evident among
the 300-odd conference attendants,
as shown in an open forum discus- A
sion on Friday, the day preceding
adoption of the committee's reso
lution. At that time many con
flicting views were expressed, and
much definite opposition revealed.
There were rumblings of the reso
lution having been railroaded, as
it came up for passage early Sat
urday morning without general no
tice having been given, and was
adopted in accepting the taxation
committee's report in full.
General smoothness and agree
ment oiled the league's recommendation-grinding
machinery in most
instances as the balance-of-opin-ion
views of the group were record
ed. Recommendations of the trans
portation committee, headed by
Bert Johnson of lone, were adopt
ed in full, including opposition to
repeal of the long and short haul
clause1 in the interstate commerce
commission act; indorsement of Im
mediate channel construction on
upper Columbia river including
construction of Umatilla Rapids
dam; opposition to placing Colum
bia river control under interstate
commerce commission, and con
demnation of the tendency allowing
railroads to dominate truck trans
poration and to boost freight rates
all along the line. Every 2-cent
change in freight rates represents
$1,500,000 to northwest wheat grow
ers, It was pointed out
Favoring adjustment of agricul
tural production to demand, and
indorsement of the legislative in
terim committee's revamping of
Oregon's "hodge-podge" of proper
ty tax and assessment laws, was
included In the adopted report of
the committee on legislation, taxa
tion, finance and agricultural ad
justment Rural electrification, labor trou
bles in Portland, export bounty,
putting wheat grades on quality
rather than weight basis, and nu
merous other problems were con
sidered and recommendations made
which will appear in the conference
proceedings, publication of which
was authorized.
President Mac Hoke of Pendleton
presided at the league sessions, and
Judge Calvin L. Sweek was toast
master at Friday evening's ban
quet. Other speakers Included C.
C. Conser, assistant chief of the
wheat section of the national AAA,
Rep. Walter M. Pierce, and Hugh
Martin of the Portland Independent
grain trade.
Choice dried Italian prunes, 5o
lb. Mall orders to Ralph Benge,
Heppner, or phone 5F41, Lexington.