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Volume 52, Number 39. HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, DEC. 3, 1936. Subscription $2.00 a Year
Santa Claus Coming
Again for F. & S.
7.59 Dividend Set
as Interest Payment
Depositors of the Farmers &
Stockgrowers National bank will
have their faith in Santa Claus
strengthened at least 7.59 percent.
A year ago a Christmas present
was made them when the liquidat
ing institution paid depositors the
final dividend which completed pay
ment of 100 cents for every dollar
deposited. Now, announces J. L.
Gault, receiver, checks are in prep
aration for payment of 7.59 percent
interest for the time their money
was tied up, on authorization of the
comptroller of the currency.
With 100 percent payment already
made, the additional payment will
make 107.59 percent return to de
positors, one of the outstanding
liquidations of any closed bank any
where. Mr. Gault explained that the de
posits of a closed national bank draw
interest during the period of liquida
tion at the state's legal rate, or 6 per
cent in Oregon, provided sufficient
funds are collected to pay the de
positors in full plus such interest,
the interest being calculated from
the date the bank was closed by the
comptroller up to the date the final
100 percent was paid. This accounts
for the fractional 7.59 percent divi
dend. Checks covering this dividend are
now being prepared by the receiver.
When completed they will be for
warded to Washington for final audit
and signature of the comptroller,
whereupon they will be returned
for distribution, which should be,
Mr. Gault thinks, about the holiday
Sorrow Lodge Speaker
Father P. J. O'Reilly will deliver
the address before the B. P. O. Elks
lodge of sorrow Sunday afternoon
beginning at 2 o'clock. Special mu
sic has been arranged for the occa
sion. Alvin Kleinfeldt, Christian
minister, will deliver the invocation
and benediction. The public is in
vited. Departed brothers of Heppner
lodge the last year were D. G. Flor
ence and Ralph M. Corrigall.
ACCIDENT HALTS TRIP.
L. H. Guild, Millard Rodman, Earl
Fulkerson and Mr. and Mrs. Wood
row Morris had their intended trip
to Portland and the 0. S. C-Ne-braska
football game sadly disrupt
ed last Saturday morning when their
car skidded on the slpipery pave
ment between lone and Morgan and
overturned on its side. The occu
pants escaped injury, though the
car, belonging to Mr. Guild, was
damaged on its side and top. They
gave up the trip, though the car was
driven back on its own power.
LEAVE FOR WEISER.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Case and
daughter Janet left Tuesday for
Weiser, Idaho, where they will
make their home. They were hon
ored with several farewell events
Woolgrowers Auxiliary meeting
has been postponed until Dec. 11 at
1:30 p. m. at Lucas Place.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Archie Ball
a 7 pound girl at their home in
this city Saturday.
Wheat Fields Mecca
For Game Birds
But Luck is Tough
Thousands of "honkers," those
prizes of all game birds, were in
habiting north Morrow county
stubble fields on Monday, the clos
ing day of the season, reported
Dave Wilson, R. C. Phelps, Dr. A.
D. McMurdo and Herbert Hynd,
who invaded the hounts. But the
wise old geese were hard to bag.
Only two were dropped.
Though slightly foggy, the "ceil
ing" was not low enough to keep
the birds from flapping out of
range of the guns whenever the
hunters neared. One wise old bird
would crane his long neck around,
take a squint, then sound the '
warning that would cause the
flock to take off to safety.
"I never saw so many geese in
my life," said Dr. McMurdo, who
averred that the honker is not
such a "silly goose" after all.
JAMES HOWELL COX
HELPED BUILD CITY
Veteran Carpenter Called by
Pneumonia; Rites Today;
Came Here Just After Flood.
Funeral rites are being held this
afternoon from the chapel of Phelps
Funeral home beginning at 2 o'clock,
for James H. Cox, veteran carpenter,
who came to Heppner with his fam
ily just after the flood of 1903 and
assisted in rebuilding the city. Alvin
Kleinfeldt is the officiating minister.
Interment follows in 'Masonic cem
etery beside the grave of Mrs. Cox
who passed away several years ago.
Mr. Cox succumbed to a 13-day
attack of pneumonia at Morrow
General hospital about 10 o'clock
Tuesday night. All immediate mem
bers of the family were with him
at the end.
James Howell Cox was a native of
Missouri, being born at Hunnewell,
that state, July 18, 1854. He mar
ried Margaret B. Prewitt at She
bina, Mo., in 1880. They came west
in the early 80's and located at Day
ton, Wash., in and near where Mr.
Cox plied his trade of carpentering
until the family home was moved
here in 1903. For several years the
Cox home was made at Waitsburg,
near Dayton, and there they became
acquainted with the Hollis Conover
family who came to Heppner at the
same time, Mr. Conover engaging in
the dray business, and the Conovers
occupied one of the first houses con
structed here by Mr. Cox. The first
two houses he built were located
just off Liden Way in north Hepp
ner. Housing accommodations were in
demand after the 1903 disaster, and
Mr. Cox was kept busy building
houses, many of which still stand
as mute tribute to his craftsmanship,
Besides contributing generously of
his craft in building the city, Mr.
Cox also was the city's building
moving engineer for many years.
Among the difficult jobs of this na
ture which he accomplished was
the moving of the old livery barn
which now stands on the south end
of Main street, and which Mr. Cox
supervised moving from the space
now occupied by the Ford garage.
For many years the Cox home was
made on the west end of Baltimore
street, but for the last several years
Mr. Cox has resided in his house on
In his many years of residence
here he made friends with all with
whom he came into contact, and the
community feels a keen loss in his
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs.
Vivian Ball of this city, and two
sons, W. Prewitt Cox of Oregon
City and Harold Cox of Heppner,
also a brother and two sisters in the
east. Mr. Cox was aged 82 years,
4 months and 13 days.
Lions Assist Plans
Final Reports Given;
River Work Told.
Final reports in local prepara
tions for entertaining the Eastern
Oregon Wheat League conference
tomorrow and Saturday were made
to the Lions club Monday lunch
eon by the cooperating committee,
F. W. Turner, Spencer Crawford,
Earl W. Gordon and Joseph Belan
A window decorating centest,
placing of welcoming signs, housing
arrangements and provision of cour
tesy cars were reported as making
favorable progress. A number of
Lions offered use of their automo
biles for courtesy cars. Help of Boy
Scouts was also expected in show
ing guests the location of rooms.
Proposed purchase by the govern
ment of timberlands in the Willow
creek watershed, and a river con
ference attended by Col. T. M. Rob
ins, divisional army engineer, were
matters brought to the club's at
tention by S. E. Notson.
Colonel Robins attended the river
conference at Arlington Saturday
and expressed himself as favorable
to the river being developed for
transportation. He announced that
channel improvement between Ce-r
lilo and Umatilla has been under
way without fanfare and will soon
be completed. This improvement
will provide a clear channel 150
feet wide and seven feet deep over
"Believing that use of the river
will stimulate development toward
greater usefulness for transportation
is the thought behind the moke of
Kirk Thompson of Spokane who an
nounced through Inland Empire Wa
terways association that he has six
tug boats on the way from Seattle
to tow oil on barges inland as far as
Attalia, Wash.," Mr. Notson said.
These tugs are a shallow water,
double-screw type, which Mr.
Thompson believes can be operated
on the river now. Two 150,000-gal-lon
capacity storage tanks have al
ready been erected near Attalia to
receive the cargo. The Inland Nav
igation company also anonunced its
intention to place two double-screw
boats on the river in the near future,
Mr. Notson said.
Mr. Notson and J. L. Gault con
ferred with Representative Walter
M. Pierce last week on the matter
of timber purchase, and Mr. Pierce
reaffirmed his intention of doing all
possible to accomplish the desired
end of having timber at the head of
Willow creek watershed put with
in the national forest. Mr. Pierce
also said he would follow the lead
of Inland Empire Waterways asso
ciation in working for development
of the Columbia river.
President Ray P. Kinne called at
tention to the appropriateness of
Christmas decorations on the streets
at the time of the wheatmen's meet
ing. Liberal adornment of curbing
and store fronts with greenery rep
resentative of the season would do
much toward furthering the holiday
spirit, he believed.
FIRST SNOW FALLS.
First fall of the "beautiful" start
ing at noon today omened that
Eastern Oregon Wheat leaguers
will be heartened thereby over
prospects for growing crops when
they meet in annual conference here
Miss Irene Beamer was home for
Thanksgiving from Forest Grove
where she attends Pacific U.
Weed Control, Soil Conservation
I. O. O. F. Hall, opposite the
county agent's office.
Production, Marketing and Hand
Federal Farm Programs Library.
Transportation and Rural Electri
fication Elks' club rooms.
Taxation, Legislation and Finance
Elks' club rooms.
Roster of League
Heading affairs of the Eastern Or
egon Wheat league as it convenes in
its ninth annual conference here
tomorrow are E. Harvey Miller,
Lexington, president; Chas. Nish,
Condon, vice-president, and Chas.
W. Smith, Corvallis, secretary-treasurer.
Committee heads are: Taxation
and legislation, George Peck, chair
man, Jim Hill, Jr., secretary; produc
tion, handling and marketing pro
grams, Chas. Harth, chairman, G.
R. Hyslop, secretary; transportation
and rural electrification, Bert John
son, chairman, W. W. Lawrence, sec
retary; federal farm programs, Mac
Hoke, rhairman, R. McKennon, sec
retary; weed control and soil con
servation, O. L. Babcock, chairman,
Harry Avery, secretary.
On the executive committee are
H. V. Smouse, lone, Morrow county;
Lloyd Smith, Mayville, Gilliam coun
ty; Harry Proudfoot, Wasco, Sher
man county; John F. Putnam, Fossil,
Wheeler county; James K. Hill, Pen
dleton, Umatilla county; E. H. De
Long, La Grande, Union county;
Hugh Wilson, Joseph, Wallowa coun
ty; L. J. Kelly, The Dalles, Wasco
county; E. N. Dodd, Haines, Baker
With applications for improve
ment on more than 200,000 acres of
range land, livestock operators in
Morrow county are hailing the range
program, under the Agricultural
Conservation act, as the most ben
eficial and practical program ever
submitted to the livestock men.
Participation in the plan has been
far more active than had been an
ticipated by the administration. Ab
breviated as the list of permissable
practices has necessarily been, live
stock operators have been able to
do a great deal of work on their
range which they have been want
ing to do for years, but have been
forced to forego. Spring develop
ment will probably lead the list of
practices carried out under the 1936
program. Livestock men are in
sistent that the range improvement
work be made part of the 1937
UNION MISSIONARY MEETS.
Mrs. Alta Brown's report on the
Portland preaching mission, and
Miss Leta Humphreys' talk on "Ne
groes and Negro Spirituals" fea
tured the Union Missionary society
meeting at the Church of Christ on
Tuesday afternoon, The forty la
dies present joined in Binging some
Negro spirituals. Mrs. S. E. Notson
led the devotional, Mrs. S. H. Shan
non offered prayer, and Mrs. Henry
Tetz and Mrs. E. L. Morton sang
GRAND OFFICER COMING.
Oscar Effenberger of Tillamook,
deputy grand exalted rulter, Oregon
north, will make his official visita
tion to Heppner lodge Monday eve
ning, Dec. 14. Initiation and special
entertainment are on the program
for the evening.
LEGION AUXILIARY MEETING.
American Legion Auxiliary will
meet the evening of Dec. 7, at the
home of Mrs. Floyd Adams.
Dr. Bell, Governor
Two last-minute program
changes were received this morn
ing from Chas. W. Smith, secre
tary. L. E. Wiliams,. assistant
cashier, will represent U. S. Na
tional . bank of Portland, instead
of A. L. Mills, Jr., and Ron Ken
nedy, secretary Pacific Northwest
Grain Growers association, will
give a 15-minute talk on the aims
of his association.
Heppner becomes . the focal cen
ter of Eastern Oregon's large wheat
industry tomorrow as the ninth an
nual conference of its league of
growers starts grinding on matters
of vital importance to its well being.
Members of the major committees
started arriving in the city today and
this evening will finish the drafts of
material for consideration under the
various departments, taxation and
legislation; production, handling and
marketing programs; transportation
and rural electrification; federal
farm programs, and weed control
and soil erosion.
Headlining the speaker's program
at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon will be - j
Dr. E. J. Bell of Washington, D. C,
assistant to the chief of the west
ern division, AAA, who will ex
plain the 1937 federal agricultural
The morning program will open at
9:15 with selection by the Heppner
school band. Welcoming address
by Mayor-elect Chas. B. Cox, him
self an active league member and
first president of the organization;
response by Chas. Nish of Condon,
league vice-president; address of E.
Harvey Miller, president; report of
Secretary C. W. Smith, and a dis
cussion of "Effects of Currency
Fluctuation upon Trade," by A. L.
Continued on Page Eight
For complete program, please
turn to page three.
Grazing District in
North End Fostered
The new grazing district in the
north end of Morrow county is well
on its way with articles of associa
tion and by-laws already prepared
and ready for submission.
The five incorporators of the as
sociation Jack Hynd, Cecil; John
Krebs, Cecil; L. D. Neill, Echo; Chas.
Bartholomew, Echo, and William
Kilkenny, Heppner met at the
county agent's office a few days ago
to work out details of the new as
sociation. The grazing district will include
some 230,000 acres lying mostly in
Morrow county, but including a
small amount of range land in the
northeast corner of Gilliam county
and in the northwest corner of Uma
tilla county. Unregulated grazing
in this section has, over a long per
iod, brought a condition which in
the opinion of stockmen using the
area, required immediate remedial,
action if this large section of land is -,
to continue as usable range for live-,
A meeting will be called some
time in January by the Department
of Interor at which time the range
users in this range area will vote on.
the question of establishing the grazn
ing district. The association ne-w
being set up will then be in a posi
tion to start immediately on the in
volved job of drawing up rules, for;