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About Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current | View Entire Issue (March 11, 1937)
HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 1937.
o Old Age Pensions
o Wild Scene
o Pay Boosts
By A. L. LINDBECK
Salem. Oregon will shift its old
age pension set-up to include needy
persons 65 years of age and over ef
fective January 1, next, if Governor
Martin signs the bill which has
passed both the House and Senate
as he is expected to do.
During the remainder of the cur
rent year, however, pension pay
ments will be limited to needy per
sons of 70 years and over under the
terms of the bill which is now in the
hands of the governor.
Reduction of the age requirement
for old age assistance, it is estimated,
will cost the state an additional $680,
40G during this biennium. The sev
eral counties will also be required
to budget this additional amount
n?xt year to meet their share of the
In passing this pension program,
which represents the original ways
and means committee proposal with
only one minor amendment, the
House receded from its stand for im
mediate reduction of the age re
quirement to 65 years and for a shift
in the cost ratio which would have
imposed one third of the total bur
den on the state, with the counties
paying only one-sixth of the cost,
instead of state and counties each
paying one-fourth of the cost as un
der the present program.
The only other change of any con
sequence in the old age pension pro
gram at this session assuming that
the governor signs the bill was an
amendment under which aged per
sons, otherwise qualified, may use
their pensions in paying for a por
tion or all of the cost of their keep
in a private institution. This pro
vision, however, will not apply to
persons who have paid or are able
to pay their own way in one of these
Chief concern of both the House
and Senate in liberalizing the pen
sion program was the ability of the
counties to meet the additional cost.
The state, it was explained, would
be able to meet its share of the in
crease without additional revenue
whereas some of the counties, it was
admitted, would be hard put to meet
the increased burden. With this
problem in mind an interim com
mittee will study the problem dur
ing the next two years and report
back to the next session with recom
mendations for raising additional
revenue, a part of which will go tow
ard relieving the counties of their
Orville Gamble, superintendent of
the trade school for adult bljnd at
Portland, has resigned. His success
or will be named by the new board
created by an act of the 1937 legis
lative session, soon to be appointed
by the governor. The resignation,
it is understood, came as the result
of differences between Gamble and
his advisors, several of whom will
probably be appointed to the new
Reports that Charles H. Carey,
state corporation commissioner, and
Frank Wire, state game supervisor,
are to be replaced have been denied
by Governor Martin. The governor
explained that he had made no
change in the corporation depart
ment and that the game supervisor
was under the game commission of
whose plans he knew nothing.
One of the wildest scenes staged
at the current legislative session
or at any session in recent years for
that matter was enacted in the
House late Saturday afternoon over
the issue of adjournment. The sen
ate had sent over a resolution call
ing for sine die adjournment at 5:00
p. m. Monday. This was promptly
tabled by the House. A motion was
then made to adjourn until 10:00 a.
m., Monday. This was promptly
amended to read 5:00 p. m. Tuesday,
and the amendment again amended
to read 10:01 a. m. Monday. Then
the amendments were withdrawn
and the same procedure repeated
again. This horseplay continued for
more than an hour until the mem
bers, exhausted by their own parlia
mentary maneuvering, were content
to knock off work for the week end
and come back Monday morning.-
Four state officials will emerge
from the legislative session with
bigger and better pay checks. Sal
aries of the three industrial acci
dent - unemployment compensation
commissioners were increased from
$3600 to $5600 a year and the state
insurance commissioner was given
a pay boost from $3600 to $5000 a
County CMTC Head
C. J. D. Bauman, Heppner, has
been appointed by Patrick Bacon,
state aide for the Military Training
Camps association, as chairman of
the committee for Morrow county
in connection with enrollment of
applicants for the CMTC camp to
be held at Vancouver Barracks, Wn.,
July 1st to July 30 this year. Mr.
Bauman will have charge of the lo
cal arrangements for enrollment.
Dr. Archie D. McMurdo, Masonic
bldg., has volunteered to assist in
the campaign by conducting the pre
liminary physical examinations of
the boys who apply to go to camp.
The quota allotted to Morrow
county for this year's camp is two
boys. It is hoped that the county
will fill this quota promptly as the
quotas, if not filled by May 20th, will
be allotted to counties which have
oversubscribed their quota.
Among those who have already ap
plied from Morrow county is Law
rence L. Wehmeyer of Heppner.
Information and application blanks
can be obtained from the county
chairman, the examining physician,
or by writing direct to the CMTC
officer, Vancouver Barracks, Wn.
DR. GRAY IMPROVED.
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Burkenbine re
turned the first of the week from
Portland where they went to see
Dr. and Mrs. A. B. Gray. Dr. Gray
was found to be much improved in
his serious illness, so much so that
an operation was found unnecessary.
Mr. Burkenbine reported i that Dr.
and Mrs. Gray had returned to their
home at Dorris, Cal.
Eight Mile Pioneer
Passes at McMinnville
Mrs. Fred Akers of Eight Mile was
called to McMinnville Friday by the
death of her mother, Nancy L. Jones,
pioneer and long time resident of
the Eight Mile community. Inter
ment was in the Newberg cemetery,
where also is buried her son, Clif
ford E. Jones, former resident of
Mrs. Jones left Morrow county in
1914, since residing at McMinnville.
The old home farm is now operated
by Mr. and Mrs. Akers.
SEES DEER SNOWBOUND.
Stephen Irwin is spending the
week in Heppner with his family
from the road camp on Camas creek
where he is employed on the John
Day North and South highway. The
camp was maintained through the
winter and Mr. Irwin said the
weather was plenty severe. It was
nothing to count from 40 to 50 deer
most any day going up and down
the road by the camp, the road being
the eastiest passageway to travel
through the snow. Ticks are held
responsible for killing many deer in
the Ukiah section, Mr. Irwin said.
He saw one animal that had suc
cumbed to their attack. One tick
was seen swelled up to a size equal
to the end of his little finger from
the first joint. The ticks attack un
der the animal's throat where it can
not get at them, a nest of them
forming a large lump under the hide.
MORTIMORES TO POCATELLO.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mortimore and
family of La Grande will leave that
city about March 30 for Pocatello,
Idaho, where they will make their
home. Mr. Mortimore has been pas
tor of the La Grande Christian
church for the past six and one half
years and has now accepted position
as pastor of the Christian church in
Pocatello. Mrs. Mortimore will be
remembered in this vicinity as Hul
dah Tucker of Lexington.
John Krebs was in town Saturday
from the Krebs brothers holdings at
Cecil where lambing has been pro
The wind driven snow covered up
their house all but the tops of the
chimneys, said Jim Hams, in from
the Hardman section Saturday. It
was the toughest winter in his ex
perience. Snow blew into the house
through keyholes or the least open
ing of any kind. For several days
it was necessary to leave the house
by an upstairs window. He would
dig out a channel to the kitchen door
and almost before it was finished, he
had to start digging all over again.
The stock were especially mean to
handle, as they were reluctant to go
outside the barn for water. Large
snowbanks were still holding well
at his place, he said.
TOWNSEND MEETING SET.
A mass meeting of Townsend club
members will be held at the court
house Saturday, March 20, at 2:00
o'clock. The speaker will be Rev.
Glen C. Wade of Hermiston, district
manager for the second congression
al district. Boardman and lone clubs
are asked to send representatives.
Rev. Wade will speak on "The Gen
eral Welfare Act of 1937." The pub
lic is cordially invited.
Charles McElligott was a business
visitor in the city Monday from the
farm in the lone section. He re
ported wheat on his place starting
fairly well, though the ground is
pretty badly crusted and rains would
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