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Volume 52, Number 44.
HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 1937.
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Jeff Jones Still
Mayor on Action
C. B. Cox, Elected,
Fails to Qualify;
New Men Inducted.
Jeff Jones remains mayor of
Heppner on unanimous vote of the
council Monday evening when the
city government started organization
for the new year. The election was
made necessary through inability to
qualify of Chas. B. Cox, elected
mayor at the November election. It
was ruled that Mr. Cox's position as
postmaster prevented his holding
other public office. Mr. Jones was
not a candidate for mayor at the
November election because he was
in the lists for county commissioner.
Monday evening's action, however,
assured him of the unqualified coop
eration of the council, both old and
D. A. Wilson, R. C. Phelps and Dr.
L. D. Tibbies were new councilmen
taking office that evening. Hold
overs are P. W. Mahoney, E. L. Mor
ton and R. B. Ferguson.
Mayor Jones postponed appoint
ments until the next meeting, the
11th. No change in salaries is ex
pected for the year except that of
watermaster, announced as raised
from $1200 to $1500 a year.
The initial meeting took largely
the form of a get-acquainted meet
ing for the new councilmen, with
discussion of various works of the
city. Official action was confined to
inducting the new officers and pay
ing current salary bills.
E. R. Huston was reelected record
er, and W. O. Dix, treasurer, in the
November balloting. The personnel
of city employees will be completed
in the appointments which include
watermaster, chief of police, fire
chief and city attorney. Also to be
announced is the personnel of the
several council committees in charge
of various phases of city govern
ment. County Tax Status
Improves in 1936
Morrow county's tax collection
status improved considerably in 1936,
with total uncollected delinquent
tax including the 1936 roll reduced
by more than $40,000, reports Chas.
W. Barlow, county clerk. He had
not summarized collections on de
linquent taxes since the - December
31 turnovers, but up to that time
$87,818 had been collected during
the year on delinquent tax while a
balance of only $46,678.29 remained
uncollected of the 1936 tax. He be
lieved the total collection on delin
quent tax for the year would reach
The 1936 roll called for total col
lection of $290,731.02. Of this amount,
$4,562.33 was marked off due to fore
closures. Total collections on the
1936 roll amounted to $239,410.40.
IN CAR ACCIDENT.
Reese and Lloyd Burkenbine and
Tom Wells all received injuries last
Thursday night when the Wells car
in which they were riding went off
the grade on a curve near the In
stone ranch on the Oregon-Wash
ington highway. Reese Burkenbine
sustained severe lacerations about
the head which necessitated his be
ing confined to bed for several days.
Wells received an injured right hand
and Lloyd Burkenbine injuries to
head and. one eye.
J. A. Sharp, proprietor of Hepp
ner bakery, was called to Olympia,
Wash., the end of the week by the
sudden death of his mother. The
news was unexpected as she had ap
parently been in the best of health.
Clarence Wise assisted at the bakery
in Mr. Sharp's absence.
Mrs. Rodgers Responds With
Talk; to Cooperate With
B. P. W. in Yearly Dinner.
Mrs. Lucy E. Rodgers, newly elect
ed president of Oregon State Teach
ers' association, was greeted by the
Lions club Monday, shortly after
her return from the Portland con
vention. She responded with an out
line of the aims and purposes of the
teachers' organization, and acknowl
edgement of the responsibilities and
honor which are hers in the position.
Touching resolutions of the con
vention, she hoped the Lions club
and public generally would see fit
to support teachers' legislation be
fore the coming legislature which
seeks to set up an old-age retire
ment plan for teachers, and a tenure
system throughout the state, among
Rev. Ralph V. Hinkle, another
guest, gave a thought for the New
Year in encouraging everyone to
forget the imaginary troubles that
follow them from one year to an
other. Mrs. Elsie M. Beach of Lex
ington was also introduced as a
The Lions voted to cooperate in
staging the annual dinner with Busi
ness and Professional Womens club.
They also voted their moral support
to an organization fighting to keep
the appropriation for maintaining
the Doernbecher hospital in Port
land from being reduced. The hos
pital is maintained by the state to
provide medical care for children
who have no other means of ob
taining such care.
Emmett F. Smith
Dies at Vancouver
Emmett F. Smith, for many years
a resident of Morrow county, died
yesterday at the Knights of Pythias
home in Vancouver, Wash., and the
body will arrive here in the morn
ing for burial. Funeral services are
set for 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon
from the Christian church, Alvin
Kleinfeldt. minister, officiating
Mr. Smith entered the lodge hom e i
from here five years ago, and dur
ing the time has been in poor health
though bright in spirit. For 15 or
20 years he ranched on Rhea creek,
and made a wide circle of friends.
He received his 25-year jewel from
Doric lodge 20, K. of P., of this city
several years ago. He is survived
by two sisters, Mrs. Dan Barlow of
Eight Mile, and Mrs. Jack DeVore
of Portland. Mr. Smith was born
June 22, 1869 at Mormon Basin, Ore.
MOVE TO BANK BUILDING.
S. E. Notson, retiring dsitrict at
torney, and Frank C. Alfred, his suc
cessor to office, expected to move
this weke into adjoining offices up
stairs in the First National bank
building. The offices have been un
dergoing renovation and remodeling
to receive them, and are modern and
attractive. Dr. R. C. Lawrence and
Dr. R. M. Rice have been supervis
ing finishing touches on renovation
of the downstairs offices formerly
occupied by J. L. Gault, receiver,
and expect to get moved soon into
this joint office space. Mr. Gault
now has office upstairs next to the
forest office which occupies the cor
ner space on May and Main.
George McDuffee, former Morrow
county sheriff who gained notable
fame several years ago when he shot
a train robber on a train near Ka
mela and himself was seriously
wounded in the duel, was taken to
The Dalles Sunday in critical con
dition. He was reported to benight
ing a malignant liver affliction
against which he is aided by the
sympathy and concern of the entire
Charles A. Marquardt was a busi
ness visitor in the city today from
the north-Lexington farm. The low
temperature recorded at his place
was 14 below.
Roads Held Up
Baldock Says PWA
Funds Short for
SALEM, -r (State Capitol News
Bureau) Improvements of the Rock
creek-county line section of the
Wasco-Heppner highway will have
to wait on the allocation of addition
al federal funds for PWA highway
work, according to R. H. Baldock,
state highway engineer. This pro
ject is one of 15 PWA highway jobs
in Oregon which have been ap
proved by the federal administrator
but which are held up for lack of
federal funds. Estimated cost of the
3.9 miles of grading and surfacing
on this project, all within Gilliam
county, is estimated at $63,434.50.
Another project included in the
list of 15 held up pending Congress
ional action extending the life of
the Public Works administration is
the Sand-Hollow-county line section
of the Lexington-Echo highway, in
volving 10 miles of grading, surfac
ing and oiling, all in Morrow coun
ty, at an estimated cost of $27,765.
In a letter received by Baldock
this week Horatio B. Hackett, assist
ant administrator of the PWA, prom
ises that "applications for allotment
of funds will be kept in mind and
will receive prompt attention should
circumstances allow further consid
eration." Hackett, however, points out that
"since authority of the administra
tion expires June 30, 1937,' it is not
probable that allotments will be rec
ommended for any appreciable num
ber of projects until there is some
indication of what attitude congress
will take toward a continuation of
the administration's work program."
New RCA Sound Machinery and
Simplex Projectors Included;
Follows Father's Plans.
The Star theater was closed last
night and will be closed again to
night for installation of $2500 worth
of improvements. Included are new
RCA sound equipment and new Sim
plex projectors, binging to Heppner
the very latest equipment obtainable
in showing talking pictures, an
nounces Mrs. Elaine Furlong, man
ager. Mrs. Furlong was pleased this
week to discover that the theater
has now accomplished most every
thing her father, the late B. G. Sigs
bee, had planned for It. While rum
maging through a store room in the
back of the theater, she discovered a
paper in her father's handwriting
which set out his plans for improve
ment. These, before unknown to
Mrs. Furlong, included installation
of upholstered seats, laying of car
pets, installation of sound equip
ment, and other things, nearly all of
which have been accomplished un
der Mrs. Furlong's management.
School Routes First
In Opening Roads
School bus routes are being given
first consideration by the court in
rushing the work of opening roads
as fast as possible, announced Judge
Bert Johnson yesterday.
As soon as the bus routes are open
mail routes will be given next con
sideration, he said. Complaints are
reaching the court of closed roads
all over the county, due to drifted
January Clearance Sale Hats,
Coats and Dresses at the Curran
Ready to Wear,
NEW JUDGE MOVES
IN, LIGHTS PIPE
Attorneys Besiege Office First
Day; Neill, Alfred in Personnel
Changes at Court House.
Shortly after assuming his new
role of county judge Monday, Bert
Johnson was asked what was his
first official act. The answer came
almost spontaneously, "Well, I guess
it was to light my pipe."
But before Mr. Johnson had much
opportunity to orient himself, dig
out the pigeonholes and find a place
to park his pipe tobacco and matches
he was set upon by most of the at
torneys in town, who apparently
had been saving up grief for him.
The lone wheatraiser presided
over his first term of court yester
day. In attendance also was L. D.
Neill of Pine City, newly elected
commissioner, as well as George
Peck, holdover. The new men start
ed in like they meant business,
though moving cautiously until
learning their parts a little better.
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Neill are the
only newcomers at the courthouse
as a result of the November election.
A vacancy in the office spaces oc
curs as Frank C. Alfred, the new
district . attorney, is taking offices
upstairs in the First National bank
building instead of in the court
house where S. E. Notson, retiring
district attorney, is vacating the of
fice he occupied and is moving next
door to Mr. Alfred. Alfred took his
oath of office before leaving for
Portland for the holidays.
Special Pullman to
Woolg rowers Conclave
Special pullman service out of
Pendleton to the Oregon Wool Grow
ers association convention at On
tario, Monday, Tuesday, Wednes
day of next week, is announced by
J. G. Barratt, president, who asks
local people who care to take ad
vantage of it to have reservations in
his hands by tomorrow night.
A maximum charge of $11 will in
clude round-trip ticket from Pen
dleton to Ontario and sleeping ac
commodations during the conven
tion. The pullmans will open at 10
o'clock Sunday night and will leave
Pendleton on the Portland Rose at
3.30 Monday morning. They will ar
rive back Jji ..Pendleton '"St 'rnidnight
Wednesday on the Hose, At Ontario
the pullmans will be stationed only
two blocks from convention head
quarters. The more that go, the less
will be the charge, Mr. Barratt said.
He has received word that all hotel
rooms in Ontario and neighboring
cities of Payette and Weiser, Idaho,
have been reserved. With program
details well in hand, everything
points to one of the largest conven
tions in the association's history.
RETURN FROM PASADENA.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Cohn, Mr. and
Mrs. R. A. Thompson and Kathryn
arrived home last night from Pasa
dena where they witnessed the
Washington-Pittsburg football class
ic on New Year's day. It was a bang
up game in spite of the lop-sided
score, Mr. Cohn reported. The trip
was enjoyable all the way and the
only snow encountered was that in
eastern Oregon. While south the
party enjoyed visiting relatives and
friends at various points.
ENJOY NEW YEAR'S DANCE.
A large crowd attended the New
Year's dance at the Elks hall and en
joyed dancing to music by the Co
lumbians of Irrigon. Noisemakers
and caps were distributed at the
midnight hour to assist in welcoming
the new year. Mart King, trom
bonist with the Paramount studio
orchestra in Hollywood, pleased the
crowd when he supplied on. two
Mr. and Mrs. U. S. Burt were vis
itors in the city Saturday from Cor
vallis. Mr. Burt was democratic
candidate for state treasurer in the
To 14 Below Zero
Moisture Welcomed; .
9.22 Inches Rainfall
Had During 1936.
Old Boreas took a fall out of the
mercury Tuesday night, sending it
to a record low for the winter of
14 degrees below zero. The temper
ature drop followed a five-inch fall
of snow, most of which fell with a
blizzard Monday morning.
Last night's low reading was 11
below, reached at 11 o'clock. At 12
midnight the mercury had climbed
to 6 below. It then dropped again to
reach 10 below at 7 o'clock this
morning. Clear skies prevail again
A fine snow fell all day Tuesday,
accompanied at times by a high
wind. Tuesday afternoon a phenom
enon was seen when the descending
snow was darkened by dust, giving
the landscape a cream -colored cast.
It was believed that the wind stirred
up sand in the lower country and
carried it into the descending snow.
The latest storm brought about a
quarter of an inch of moisture which
has been gladly hailed by wheat
raisers and stockmen as a boon to
growing crops and ranges. The
storm covered the county generally,
and the ground was reported to be
in good shape to receive the mois
ture, not being frozen very deep.
The mercury dropped to 4 below
on New Year's eve and continued
cold prevailed New Year's day,
bringing householders their first bit
ter taste of frozen water pipes. -Another
general freeze-up was exper
ienced with Tuesday's big drop in
temperature. Yesterday was clear
Travel has been much impeded
with the new snow which has cov
ered roads with drifts in many
places. Automobilists, too, have ex
perienced difficulty in getting cars
started. George Peck, county com
missioner, did not get on the job at
the courthouse until noon yesterday
because of this difficulty.
This year's low so far exceeds the
mean low temperature in' 193G of 7
below; recorded on February 17 by
Len L. Gilliam, government weather
observer. Maximum for 1936 of 98
above was recorded on July 6.
Total precipitation of moisture for
1936 was 9.22 inches, and total snow
fall last winter was 17 inches. The
ten-year average moisture precipi
tation including 1936 is 10.54 inches.
Precipitation by months for 1936 was
given as follows: January 1.85, Feb
ruary 1.34, March .50, April 1.17,
May .48, June 1.66, July .08, August
.05, September .58, October .04, No
vember .36, December 1.11.
Harold Becket May
Lose Eye; Accident
Sustaining a punctured eyeball
from a piece of flying steel while at
work in his machine shop Sunday,
Harold Becket, local machinist, is
confined to the Good Samaritan hos
pital in Portland threatened with loss
of sight of the eye.
Mr. Becket was treated immediate
ly by a local physician, then taken
to Pendleton and later to the Port
land hospital where it was deter
mined the foreign particle had
worked its way through the orb and
was lodged behind it.
MISSIONARY MEET SET.
The Women's Foreign Missionary
society of the Methodist church will
meet at the home of Mrs. L. W.
Briggs, Tuesday, January 12, at 2:30
AUXILIARY MEET SLATED.
Morrow County Wool Growers
Auxiliary will meet at the Lucas
Place tomorrow afternoon at 1:30
for its regular luncheon meeting.