Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, April 08, 1937, Page PAGE TWO, Image 2

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o Governor's Stand
o More Road Funds
New Licenses
Salem. Governor Martin struck
out at labor "racketeers" and agitat
ors all along the line during the past
In addresses before businessmen
and ranchers of eastern and central
Oregon he declared his readiness to
deal with sit-down strikes should
the need arise in this state and con
demned John H. Lewis, CIO labor
chief, as an "interloper" whose lead
ership was threatening civilization,
America is traveling the same path
that Italy and Germany have trod
den and is headed straight for dic
tatorship in the opinion of the gov
ernor who declared that the activ
ities of "selfish labor racketeers"
must be curbed.
One of the governor's first acts up
on his return to Salem was to dictate
a letter to Dr: William G. Everson,
chairman of the state labor concilia
tion board, in an effort to persuade
him to reconsider his resignation
from the board. The governor in his
letter to Everson referred to Towne
Nylander, of the national labor re
lations board as a "rabble rouser"
and an "upstart." It was because
of Nylander's criticism of his atti
tude toward labor in connection with
the strike of Oregon Woolen Mill
employees that Dr. Everson desired
to resign from the state board.
.1 Additional federal funds have been
allocated to Oregon for use in con
Struction work on feeder roads, ac
cording to H. F. Cabell, chairman of
the state highway commission. This
money will be available for use only
on secondary highways of the state
and on important county roads. This
year's allocation amounts to $412,000
which must be matched by $308,000
of state funds. Selection of the
roads on which this money will be
spent will be made this summer, ac
cording to Cabell who expectsthe
commission to be in position to let
contracts on this new program early
next fall.
Sixty employees are now included
in the personnel at the state CCC
headquarters in Salem, according to
J. W. Ferguson, state forester. These
employees, together with all of the
equipment assembled at the state
headquarters here are housed in five
buildings at the eastern edge of Sa
lem and represent an outlay of ap
proximately $50,000. Not only is all
administrative work of the twelve
CCC camps under state jurisdiction
handled at this headquarters but all
repair work on heavy equipment,
as trucks, caterpillars and bulldozers,
is also carried on here.
Concrete is now being poured for
the second story of the new capitol
building. The capitol commission
expects to lay the corner stone of
the building in June with appro
priate ceremonies, the exact date to
be announced later.
The tailor shop at the state prison
is now operating on a double shift
basis in order to provide new suits
for discharged prisoners who are
now being released at the rate of
three a day under the terms of the
Barnes bill which restored the good
time deduction practice which was
ruled illegal about a year ago after
having been followed for many years.
James H. Hazlett of Hood River,
appointed by Governor Martin last
week to succeed Judge Chas. H.
Carey as state corporation commis
sioner, is the second former state
, senator to connect with the state
payroll during the past few months.
Judge N. G. Wallace of Bend who
succeeded Frank C. McColloch as
public utilities commissioner in Jan
uary, also saw his first public service
as a member of the Oregon state
With the ballot titles completed
promoters of slot machines and pin
ball games are now ready to begin
circulating their petitions to place
the Carney and Martin bills on the
ballot in 1938. These two bills,
passed by the recent legislature, out
law all games of chance. If the re
quired 12,512 signatures are obtained
by June 12 the operation of the
measures will be halted until ap
proved by the voters at the next
general election.
Time again for Oregon motorists
to renew their operators permits.
Secretary of State Snell calls atten
tion to the fact that all drivers' li
censes expire on June 30 and that
less than three months remains in
which to renew the permits. ' In
preparation for the rush of renewals
expected to get under way about
May 1 all of the field examiners
were called in to Salem last week to
attend a school at which the laws
covering traffic regulation and high
way accidents were explained.
Experts employed by the state
tax commission are now appraising
property in the four blocks directly
north of the state capitol site, pur
chase of which was authorized by
the recent legislature. While the
legislature authorized purchase of
the entire four blocks it is not ex
pected that more than two of the
blocks can be obtained with the
$300,000 appropriated for the pur
Sixty percent of the recipients of
old age assistance in Oregon are men
according to a report by the State
Relief committee to Governor Mar
tin. The report shows a steady in
crease in the number of relief appli
cants with 13,123 individuals on the
rolls at the close of 1936.
Accommodations for 56 additional
tuberculosis patients were made
available at the state tuberculosis
hospital at Salem this week with
the completion of the new hospital
wing at the institution at a cost of
$55,000. More than 121 victims of the
"white plague" are on the waiting
list of the two state hospitals one
at Salem and the other at The Dalles.
A new 50-bed pavilion at the latter
institutiton was authorized by the
recent legislature which appropriat
ed $54,500 for its construction.
Tax payments throughout the state
reflect a return to normal business
conditions, according to members of
the state tax commission. Many
counties report collection of proper
ty taxes in excess of 50 percent of
the 1937 levy by March 15. Collec
tion of income taxes by the state up
to April 1 showed an increase of ap
proximately 50. percent over collec
tions for the same period a year ago.
It is not probable that any plans
will be made for installation of a
lethal gas chamber at the state pris
on until the need for its use shall
arise, according to Warden James
Lewis who calls attention to the fact
that there has not been an execu
tion in Oregon now for more than
five years. Lewis estimates the cost
of the gas chamber at approximately
$1400. The recent legislature auth
orized the substitution of lethal gas
for the noose as the means for car
rying out executions in the future.
State Forester J. W. Ferguson has
gone to Washington, D. C. where he
will appear before Congressional
committees, along with other forest
ers, in behalf of appropriation meas
ures. He will not return to Oregon
until April 20.
44 CCC Enrollees
Due Tomorrow
A contingent of 44 CCC enrollees
is expected to arrive at Heppner
Junction tomorrow. These men will
serve as replacements for those
members discharged March 31 due to
expiration of enrollment terms. This
addition will bring the company
strength of the local CCC camp up
to 157 members.
William T. McRoberts, Heppner
youth, was enrolled at Camp Hepp
ner the first of this month. He is
regarded as a valuable addition to
the company baseball team.
"The 11 western states contain 15
per cent of all the irrigated farming
in the United States and also 95 per
cent of all the public grazing lands
in this country. For that reason,
if for no other, the correction of
range land use and irrigation pro
ject needs is a matter of major con
cern." F. R. Carpenter, national
grazing director, in an address at
O. S. C.
Soil Conservation
Work Told Lions
By Supervisor
Replacing Natural
Grasses Main Ob
jective of Program.
Aims and accomplishments of the
soil conservation service were cited
before the Monday Lions luncheon
by Millard D. Rodman, local project
supervisor. A special entertainment
feature was the high school boys'
quartet, Gerald Cason, Norton King,
Ellis Williams and Jackson Gilliam,
who sang two numbers accompanied
by Norbert Peavy, director.
Citing soil conservation as a prob
lem as old as civilization itself evi
denced by the fact that all ancient
civilizations have to be "dug out"
and a problem with which all major
nations are attempting to- cope to
place their agriculture on a perma
nest basis, Rodman said this country
has recognized its importance to the
extent of establishing a separate gov
ernmental department, equal to the
forest service, for its handling.
First set up with the idea of
working through extension service
agencies, the soil conservation ser
vice was connected with the CCC in
order to utilize the services of that
organization, and the nature of the
work was made purely demonstra
tional. As applied locally, with a bulk of
the 25,000 acres included in the dem
onstration area being grazing land,
the hope is to reestablish the natural
grass cover, and prevent rapid run
off. To acocmplish this, rotational
grazing programs are worked out
for individual cooperators, steep hill
sides are being planted to crested
wheat grass, check dams installed
and channels worked over on the
creeks, and new land being brought
under hay to augment the feed sup
ply and either increase the range
carrying capacity of livestock or
make more feed for the stock being
run. In some instances drastic re
duction in flocks is being asked in
order to keep the range from being
overstocked. Many springs are also
being developed to assist in the ro
tational grazing program.
A feature being considered in the
program is that of wild life conser
vation. Some fear has been ex
pressed that the bird population will
be greatly diminished by removal of
natural cover along creek banks. To
compensate for this the service is
planting many trees, all food pro
ducing, further up the draws, which
are expected to furnish even better
cover than that being removed. Fish
ladders will also be installed on the
larger dams placed in the creeks,
Rodman said.
Work of the local project is all
permanent in nature. Being left
much to their own devices at the
start, the local service developed
many devices and practices that are
being adopted on other projects.
Rodman said the work had already
gone far enough to justify itself,
citing the cost on one farm paid 9.6
percent interest on the investment
last year. The government furnishes
supervision, labor through the CCC,
and grass seed in the work. Coop
erating farmers stand all cost of ma
terials. It is attempted to keep all
work on a practical basis, at costs
which may be met by similarly sit
uated farmers if they hired t done
on a contract basis. While he paid
tribute to the good work done by
the CCC boys, Rodman said much
of the hand labor now being used
could be supplanted more economic
ally by machinery. All cost records
on present work include payment of
hand labor at the rate of 40 dents
an hour, so that any farmer could
safely use the figures in estimating
what similar work would cost with
out government cooperation, he said.
The demonstrational work is prem
ised on the theory that nature's way
for, water to run is clear. Clear wa
ter does no damage to soil, Rodman
said, whereas silt laden water cuts
rapidly. In order to make the water
run clear, or nearly so, it is neces
sary to start the work of conserva
tion on the headwaters. The work
program being followed, he believed,
would attain this objective under
normal conditions, but it is not cal
culated to handle cloudbursts. Those
torrential showers which cause floods
he believed, could only be handled
by large dams of the type being con
sidered by the war department for
Willow and Rhea creeks.
F. F. Wehmeyer returned the end
of the week from Carson, Wash.,
where he attended a six-weeks'
school for forest rangers.
Henry Baker and Henry Peterson,
neighbors of the Gooseberry sec
tion, were transacting business in
town yesterday. '
A Columbia Empire
Always in selection of our stocks we give
preference to Columbia Empire-made
goods. Quality considered, these are all
leaders. Try them during Columbia Em
pire days:
Franz Butternut
Tea Garden Syrup
and Molasses
Borene Soap
Big Boy and
Borene Soap
Golden West
Wadham's Drip
Coffee, Extracts,
Kerr's Preserves,
Jellies, Jams,
Pickles, Marma
lades, Syrups
Seufert Salmon
Crown Mill Prod
ucts: Flour, "Kit
chen Queen'
Cake Flour, Pan
cake Flour, Gra
ham Flour, Farina
Pride of Oregon
F. D. Cox's Bacon,
Hams, Shouldrs
and Lard
Heppner Bread
Oregon Macaroni
Gray & Co. Mince
The Dalles Dried
Milton Dried
and Canned fruit R. A. Thompson's
Pendleton Eggs-Specialty
Blankets Thurlow Gloves
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