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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, DEC. 24, 1936.
By High School
Music, Mystery, Ro
mance, Comedy, Pro
"Jewels of the Desert," comedy-
: romance operetta, was presented
before an appreciative audience at
the gym-auditorium last Friday eve
ning by high school students under
direction of Norbert E. Peavy.
Dora Bailey as Nana and Ellis
Williams as Benarulah were the
charming young lovers about whose
happily-ending romance was woven
a theme of comedy and mystery, set
in a desert camp ruled over by An
drew Shoun as Abdullah. Profes
sor Lythe (Bill McCaleb) and come
ly daughter Betty (Harriet Hager),
were domiciled at the camp under
pretense of the professor to be bug
hunting much of which was done
late at night.
Betty was captivated by Lt. An
drews (Norton King), a member of
the British expeditionary forces.
Gerald Cason as Caesar", colored
gen'man from U. S. A., and Jack
son Gilliam as Cheeks, the lieuten
ant's Arab boy, carried the weight
of the comedy, climaxed by Cason's
very realistic fall which brought a
gasp from the audience.
In other supporting roles were
Maxine McCurdy as Miss Lythe, the
professor's devoted sister; Ruth Cow
ins as Carrieall, Nana's nurse; Neva j
Bleakman as Lady Grady, just over
from London, and Don Turner as the
In the end Professor Lythe turned
out to be a representative of Scot
land Yard, and Benarulah a U. S.
sleuth, both interested in a jewel of
fabulous worth which came to light
in Nana's possession.
Helping to tell the story of love
and romance throughout were solos,
duets, and chorus numbers carrying
plaintive desert melodies. Piano ac
companiment was played by Mar
jorie Parker. Adding to the aesthet
ic appeal were dances by a group of
girls in bright costumes.
Members of the chorus were Betty
Happold, Louise McFerrin, Betty
Bergevin, Patricia Cason, Richard
Hayes, Gerald Roberts, Lela Ed
mundson, Betty Robinson, Juanita
Phelps, Anne Mclntyre, Irena Mc
Ferrin, Donald Turner, Hubert Hud
son, Harry Tamblyn, Marjorie Mc
Ferrin, Margaret Browning, Norma
McFerrin, Carolyn Vaughn, Omer
McCaleb, Jack Merrill, Bill Barratt.
Soldiers, comically mustached and
ill-behaved, were Leland Edmund
son, Harry Tamblyn, Scott McMur
do, Gerald Roberts, Jack Merrill,
Bill Barratt, Omer McCaleb and Hu
Dancers, coached by Miss Mitchell,
were Cora Scott, Betty Hughes, Mar
garet Doolittle, Frances McCarty,
Jeanette Blakely, Shirley Wilson,
Rose Cunningham and Eileen Kelly.
BPW Enjoys Party,
Gives Children Toys
Business and Professional Wo
mens club annual Christmas party
was held Tuesday evening with din
ner at Hotel Heppner followed by a
social hour at the home of Mrs. Lu
cile McAtee. Clara Beamer's talk on
"White Collar Unions" featured the
dinner hour, and greetings were ex
tended by Msis Evelyn Humphreys,
past president, in the city from Los
Angeles for the holidays.
At the McAtee home, Christmas
carols were sung and Christmas tree
enjoyed with exchange of toys
which members played with for a
while then turned over to the church
welfare council for distribution to
less fortunate children.
J. G. Barratt, president, was in
Ontario Monday to assist in complet
ing plans for the Oregon Wool Grow
ers association convention there Jan
uary 11-12-13. He was accompanied
by Walter Holt of Pendleton, secre
tary. Enthusiastic welcome is being
extended by the host city to all vis
itors, with arrangements in hand to
entertain 500 delegates.
LIFE'S BATTLE ENDS
FORT. J. O'BRIEN
Prominent Butter Creek Sheep
Operator Dies at The Dalles;
Rites Held Here Yesterday.
Funeral rites were held from St.
Patrick's Catholic church at 10:00
o'clock yesterday morning for Thom
as J. O'Brien, prominent Butter
creek sheepman who died at East
ern Oregon hospital in The Dalles
Sunday night ioUowing a seven
years' illness. Father James O'Rielly
conducted the services which were
largely attended by relatives, friends
and neighbors. Interment was in
Heppner cemetery in charge of
Heppner lodge 358, B. P. 0. Elks, of
which Mr. O'Brien was a member.
Thomas James O'Brien was born
in County Leitrim, Ireland June 15,
1885, the son of James and Kath
erine O'Brien. When a young
man 18 years of age he first came
to Morrow county and entered the
employ of C. A. Minor, pioneer live
stock operator. He married Lucv
B. Corrigall, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. M. S. Corrigall, county pioneers,
in November, 1917. Shortly after
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien
established their home on the But
ter creek ranch near Pine City where
they have since resided and engaged
in livestock raising, while rearing a
family of six children, Isabella,
James, Malcolm, Gordon, Pat and
Catherine, all of whom, with the
widow, survive. He is also sur
vived by four sisters, Mrs. Pat
Campbell of Lone Rock, Mrs. John
Mitchell of Pendleton, Mrs. Lou
Bianchi of Atlantic City, N. J., and
Mrs. Mary Ann Cafferey of Gran
ard, Ireland; and two brothers, Pat
OBnen in Ireland, and James O'
Brien in England.
Like many another son of old Erin
Tom O'Brien came to Morrow coun
ty to make a home in the new world,
Like others, he started with little
and with application of toil and tal
ents, became a large individual op
erator while also becoming a sub
stantial citizen of the land of prom
ise. He was of that substantial type
of timber on which the foundation
of the county's growth and pros
perity has been laid. Respected and
loved by all who knew him, Thomas
J. OBrien has left a place which
may not readily be filled.
lone Masonic Orders
lone lodge 120, A. F. & A. M., and
Locust chapter 119, O. E. S., held
joint installation of officers preceded
by turkey supper for members and
families at Masonic hall in lone on
Wednesday evening of last week.
For the Masons, Bert Johnson as
installing officer and Walter Rob
erts as marshal installed the follow
ing elective and appointive officers
for the new year: Alex Huber, W.
M.; E. R. Lundell, S. W.; Henry
Smouse, J. W.; E. J. Blake, S. D.; C
F. Feldman, J. D.; George Ely, sec
retary; Elmer Griffith, treasurer; W.
J. Blake, tyler; Roy Ekleberry and
George Krebs, stewards; Walter
Viola Lieuallen, installing officer,
assisted by Anna Blake, marshal;
Delia McCurdy, chaplain, and Gladys
Drake, organist, installed for Locust
chapter as follows: Roxy Krebs, W.
M.; George Krebs, W. P.; Mary
Beckner, A. M.; Alex Huber, A. P.;
Ruth Mason, secretary; Lena Lun
dell, treasurer; Mabel Krebs, con
ductress; Beulah Mankin, A. C;
Mildred Lundell, Adah; Elaine Riet
man, Ruth; Anne Smouse, Esther;
Dorothy Smith, Martha; Alva Ma
son, Electa; Jennie McMurray, war
der; George Ely, sentinel; Orral
Feldman, marshal; Ruby Roberts,
chaplain; Margaret Blake, organist.
FARM HOUSE BURNS.
The house on the old Marlatt farm
just east of town, belonging to C. W.
McNamer, burned to the ground in
short order last Saturday morning
from fire of undetermined origin. E.
E. Adkins and Charlie Ritchie were
using it as a sheep camp. Boys from
the CCC camp adjoining responded
at once when the flames were dis
covered, but could do little toward
saving anything. The house burned
so quickly that the city fire truck
could not be used. Some insurance
Star Hold Joint
Turkey Dinner, Pre
Heppner lodge 69, A. F. & A. M
and Ruth chapter 32, Order of East
ern Star, held joint installation cere
monies Monday evening at Masonic
hall. Preceding the installation
members of both orders and fanv
ilies enjoyed a bountiful turkey din
ceremonies were marked by a
number of presentations, in which
Mrs. Lena Cox, retiring worthy ma
tron of the Star, and Lawrence L.
Koah rot ifinrr V. 1 , , , 1 n x n
of the Masons, were presented past
worthy matron and past master jew
els by Mrs. Eppa Ward and C. J. D,
bauman, respectively. Mrs. Cox
was also presented a gift from the
chair officers by Mrs. Virginia Tur
ner, incoming worthy matron, and
J. O. Turner, retiring worthy patron,
was given a similar gift by C. J. D,
Bauman, incoming patron.
Past Worthy Matrons club pre
sented Mrs. Turner with a basket of
large chrysanthemums through Mrs,
Gertrude Parker, and Mrs. Ealor
Huston, installing officer; Mrs. Hazel
Vaughn, installing marshal; Mrs.
Jessie Pruyn, installing chaplain, and
Mrs. Cora Mae Ferguson, organist.
were each presented with flowers.
Star officers inducted were Vir
ginia Turner, worthy matron; C. J.
D. Bauman, worthy patron; Mary
Patterson, associate matron; Harold
Buhman, associate patron; Faye Fer
guson, conductress; Madge Thom
son, associate conductress; Muriel
Vaughn, secretary; Emma Evans,
treasurer; Gertrude Parker, chap
lain; Carna Campbell, marshal; Et
ta Parker, Adah; Lotta Tibbies,
Ruth; Nancy Cox, Esther; Oma Cox,
Martha; Ella Benge, Electa; Anna
Schafer, warder; Lyman Tibbies,
sentinel; Coramae Ferguson, organ
Lawrence L. Beach and Frank S.
Parker installed the Masonic officers
as follows: J. O. Turner, W. M.; W.
Vawter Parker, S. W.; J. O. Peter
son, J. W.; Frank S. Parker, treas
urer; Spencer Crawford, secretary;
Archie C. Ball, S. D.; Harold Buh
man, J. D.; C. J. D. Bauman, mar
shal; R. C. Wightman, chaplain; W,
D. Campbell, tyler. C. J. D. Bau
man was installing marshal.
RHEA CREEK ROAD
Commissioners Peck, Parker
Encouraged; Condon Road
Awaits Ickes' Signature.
County Commissioners Frank S.
Parker and George N. Peck returned
from Portland last week end with
encouraging reports on resurfacing
and oiling the Heppner-Spray road
to Rhea creek following a hearing
before the state highway commis
sion last Thursday.
They learned from the commission
that it had already obtained esti
mates on this work, though no def
inite promise was made as to when
it might be expected.
They learned that the commission
had already placed its stamp of ap
proval on completion of the Hepp-ner-Condon
road, and that the pro
ject was then awaiting the signature
of Secretary Ickes to place it under
the PWA program.
OFF FOR ROSE BOWL.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Cohn and son
Phill and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Thomp
son and daughter Kathryn left by
automobile this morning for Los An
geles and the Pasadena Rose Bowl
where they expect to witness the
Washington-Pittsburgh football game
New Year's day. They expected to
be gone about ten days.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Troedson and
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Ekleberry of
Morgan were business visitors in the
city this morning. Mr. Troedson
reported blows the first of the week
doing considerable damage in his
2 MEN ARRESTED,
Richard Lee and Roy Martin Face
Charges; Lee Said to be
Wanted in Grant County.
Richard Lee and Roy Martin were
lodged in the county jail last night
on forgery charges as the result of
passing alleged forged checks at two
local business houses yesterday
Complainants were J. C. Penney
Co. and Harry O'Donnell pastime,
who cashed checks for the men, two
of which in amounts of $50 and
$42.60 were drawn on Joseph Hayes,
and one for $42 on Harry Moore.
Geo. Howard, Penney store man
ager, became suspicious shortly af
ter cashing the $50 and $42 checks,
and investigating i the signature of
Mr. Hayes through the bank found
it irregular. The sheriffs office was
notified, and finding that the men
had gone to the depot about train
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they had boarded the outbound train.
The train had left when the officers
started for the depot, but the men
were seen coming back up town and
were taken into custody.
It was learned that Lee is facing
a warrant in Grant county on a sim
ilar charge and he may be turned
over to authorities there.
Lee and Martin made some pur
chases of merchandise at the Penney
store, taking only part of the amount
of the checks in cash, but the cash
found on theni when arrested did
not account for the full amount,
Prepares Xmas Cheer
lhe members of Heppner unit
American Legion auxiliary, held
their annual Christmas party Tues
day afternoon at the home of Mrs.
J. O. Turner. Seventeen members
were present, and after the regular
business meeting children of some
of the members provided a short
musical program.. Marylou Fergu
son played a piano solo, Hugh Craw
ford played two solos on the bari
tone horn, and Christmas carols were
sung by Dorotha Wilson and Peggy
uenerous boxes ot truit, jams,
cookies, etc., were prepared for the
occupants of the county poor house.
Also a number of toys were collect
ed to be used for local child wel
fare Christmas cheer. Reports were
made concerning boxes of clothing
which had been distributed. The
sewing club has completed the piec
ing and tieing of a woolen quilt.
Inexpensive gifts were then ex
changed by all present and delicious
refreshments were served by the
hostesses, Mrs. Turner and Mrs. R.
Street Plan Okehed;
Its tentative action a week ago to
retain Frank Hayes, Pendleton en
gineer, to draft the city's street sur
facing project for application for
PWA assistance was ratified by the
council in regular session Monday
evening. Hayes arrived in the city
Sunday and has been working on
the preliminary survey this week.
Contractors Pierce and Conner,
appearing before the council to ask
settlement on their work of replacing
one and three-quarter mile of pipe
line in the city's lead main, which
work was rejected by the city on
failure of work to fulfm contract)
were offered $4000 to complete pay
ment and to relieve them of liability
in completing contract. The
tractors asked $5000.
IN AUTO ACCIDENT.
John Simas, Frank Gabler and Mr.
and Mrs. Oscar Schafer, all of Mon
ument, received more or less severe
injuries in an auto accident Satur
day when their car collided with
that driven by Henry Gamble. The
Monument party was on its way to
attend a road meeting at Condon
when they met the Gamble car on
a curve a short distance below Kim
berley. Simas is reported not yet
out of danger from severe loss of
blood through lacerations. Gabler
received a broken arm and Mr. and
Mrs. Schafer were each painfully
injured. Occupants of the Gamble
car escaped injury. All the Monu
ment people are known in Heppner.
Given Support; All
In every agricultural section of
Oregon there is a growing demand
for immediate legislation which will
outlaw strikes and lockouts until
every possible means of arbitration
has been exhausted.
Such was the belief expressed this
week by James B. Adams, promin
ent Sherman county wheat grower
and newly elected president of the
Oregon Producers and Shippers as
sociation. "As means of self-protection and
self-preservation, agricultural groups
in every part of the state plan to
sponsor and urge the passage of a
measure requiring a 30-day truce
while the State Board of Concilia
tion endeavors to bring about a set
tlement of disputed points between
employer and labor," said Mr. Ad
ams. "Such a meaure would at least
help to prevent the chaos which now
exists in the agricultural industry
as a result of the current maritime
"The present shipping strike came
at a time when our Hood River ap
ple and pear growers were in the
midst of shipping their fruit to do
mestic and world markets. For more
than a month they have been com
pelled to ship their fruit by rail to
British Columbia for trans-shipment
by water. This is not only costing
them more than six cents a box in
added transportation charges but has
cut down their available markets. '
"In my own county as well as in
all the wheat growing counties of
Oregon we have millions of bushels
of wheat in storage, unable to mar
ket it as a result of this devastating
shipping strike. Not only are our
growers losing the markets they had
built up for their wheat, but they
are forced to pay hundreds of thou
sands of dollars in added storage
and insurance charges.
'The same situation confronts our
wool growers, hop growers, fruit
growers and other branches of the
farming industry. We have thou
sands and thousands of cases of the
finest canned fruits and vegetables
in the world packed almost to the
rafters in our local warehouses but
we cannot move them to the mar
kets because our water-borne trans
portation is paralyzed.
'The farmers of this state are be
ginning to wonder just how long
public opinion is going to' permit
this state of affairs to exist. We are
not interested in fighting the battles
of the employers. But we are in
terested in protecting ourselves and
the public. We simply want an ar
bitration law which will compel
both employer and labor to submit
their differences to an impartial
board of conciliation before they
are permitted to paralyze the agri
cultural industry and bring want
and suffering into nearly every
home in this state.
"Our arbitration bill is fast gain
ing support from responsible agri
cultural groups and leaders. The
Hood River Growers Council and
their transportation association al
ready have endorsed our proposed
measure. Similar, groups will give
it their endorsement within the next
30 days. We confidently expect the
coming legislative session to pass
this fair and just arbitration meas
ure by an overwhelming vote."
MRS. LEORA WYLAND PASSES.
Mrs. Leora Wyland, pioneer of the
Hardman section, died yesterday af
ternoon at Grandview, Wash., at the
home of her son, E. K. Wyland. The
body will be brought to Heppner to
day and prepared for burial by the
Phelps Funeral home. Funeral ar
rangements are still pending, await
ing arrival of relatives.
Andrew Baldwin and Pat Molla
han completed an exchange of busi
nesses this week, when Baldwin took
over the Mollahan service station
and Mollahan assumed control of
the Baldwin delivery business.