OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PUBLIC A V D I T 0 R I 'J y PORTLAND, 0 a . Volume 53, Number 11. Diversion Channel Brings Liquid Gold To Willow Farmers Flow of 22 Million Gallons Daily Seen by Visiting Party. Liquid gold, rivulets of it trickling their way from melting snowbanks, were seen by the party of local men who visited the Ditch creek diver sion channel last Friday. It trickled its way into the canal for an accu mulated flow of 35 cubic feet per second, or 22,000,000 gallons every 24 hours, into Willow creek to be mined by lower creek farmers in the form of increased hay production, more livestock, larger land values. And, if this year's supply is duplicated in future years, the average annual "take" from the mine will be at least $25,000 estimates Millard Rodman, Soil Conservation supervisor who superintended the job of bulldozing the recently completed channel. The party visiting the canal Fri day was not large, but those who accepted the invitation of Joseph Belanger, county agent, were re warded by the sight of the most, beautiful flow of water in Morrow county. The 6800-foot diversion channel, 4 to 12 feet wide, was run ning almost brimful of water up wards of 18 inches in depth. Through Ditch creek prairie, Heppner's favorite summer camp ing ground in days agone, the water moved tranquilly and placidly, in viting a canoe ride. Then as it dropped over the brim of Coal Mine hill, it became a raging, roaring, foaming cataract, tearing away the mountainside. In places here it was concealed from view by snowbanks still spanning the rapidly deepening gorge, as it thundered its way the precipitous half mile to join the wa ters of Willow creek a few hundred yards above the old coal mine bunk er site where, even yet, may be found good specimens of the young coal, unearthed a million years too soon, bearing the impression of lux uriant vegetable growth deposited several million years before by Mother Nature to compose it. Friday's party saw the flow near its peak for the season. But, unless exceedingly warm weather comes apace, the canal will still be con tributing to the waters of Willow on the Fourth of July, for on the upper reaches where the channel was ex tended an additional 2000 feet in re cent months, there remains snow averaging near three feet in depth and well packed. Snow had disappeared entirely on the prairie itself, and banks along the canal were fairly dry, though evidence of late spring was noted by the belated appearance of wild flowers which were appearing pro fusely lower down. Luxuriant greenery graced the prairie land scape itself. And that nothing shall happen to this newly acquired asset of Morrow county is the main purpose in life of Mack Smith. Mack was the straw boss who brought the canal into the world, and he has been constantly on the job since, fondling and petting it more attentively than any girl with her first doll aided by CCC boys. Mack and one of his helpers were on the job Friday. On the way up the visiting party discovered a size able break in the canal where many gallons of the precious liquid were escaping. It was a half mile farther up that Mack was met and notified, and Mack dispatched his helper post haste. By the time the party re turned to the spot, the break had been filled with gunny sacks full of dirt and the escapement completely checked. Mack evidenced just pride, and a pride all Morrow county may well feel, when he told of visiting soil conservation officials commenting that the Ditch creek diversion chan- HEPPNER, LOSERS EAT CROW JUNE 9; WIRE HERE Game Commissioner Promises to Bring Moving Pictures; Predator Contest Extended to June 7. Closing time in Morrow County Hunters and Anglers club crow- magpie contest was extended to June 7 this week, as Mark Merrill and Logie Richardson, captains of the p competing sides, almost completely severed amicable relations. Each refused to reveal progress of his side for the week except to declare that it had been the best week yet for turn-ins. Plans for the wind-up banquet, now slated for June 9, took further shape when Richardson contacted Frank Wire, game commissioner, while in Portland yesterday, and re ceived Wire's promise that he would attend, give a talk on game condi tions in Oregon and also bring the commission's moving pictures of wild game life in the state. He also promised to eat crow with the los ers providing it was a "pullet" not exceeding 25 years old, as crows live to be 75 to 100 years old, he said. - One reason given by Richardson for extending the banquet date to June 9 was to give one of his mem bers opportunity to hatch out the bunch of crow eggs in his incubator. Otherwise, Richardson said, he would lose out on about 500 crows. Richardson's crow died this week, preventing the proposed match with Merrill's crow. Richardson was presented with a badger this week, however, and now rumor has it that Merrill is hunting a hound to fight the badger as a part of the banquet entertainment. Condon Hospitality Enojyed by Elks A large assemblage of members of Heppner Lodge 358, B. P. O. Elks, was in Condon Saturday for the an nual spring away-from-home initia tion and convention, and those pres ent from Heppner returned with glowing reports of the neighboring city's hospitality. A class of five candidates was in itiated in the afternoon with Bert Mason, exalted ruler, presiding. Evening fastivities centered at the Crystal ball room where a 10-piece Portland orchestra played for danc ing. Fred Stewart, Ray Dukek and L. Van Marter, on the Condon end of arrangements, were credited with doing a fine job. S. E. Notson Goes Thru Operation Well S. E. Notson, local attorney and pioneer in the offices of county school superintendent and district attorney, is reported as recovering nicely from an operation which he underwent at Emanuel hospital in Portland, Monday. Mr. Notson had gone to Portland a week before for obsevation in an illness which appeared to be fast un dermining his health. Written word from Mrs. Notson to friends Tuesday announced that the trouble was re vealed to be a simple constriction of the bowel with no sign of malig nancy. CLUB ENTERTAINED. Misses Leta Humphreys and Rose Leibbrand, who returned recently from a tour of Mexico, entertained fellow members of the Bookworms club at the home of Mrs. Virginia Turner, Monday evening. Dressed in native Mexican garb, Miss Hum phreys as the lady and Miss Leib brand as the man, they related many interesting incidents of their trip. In addition they brought a gift to each member in the form of swizzle sticks, a wooden implement used by Mexicans for stirring their chocolate. Among other incidents was related the killing of two large diamond -back rattlesnakes, which they ran over with their automobile. nel was the best piece of ditch dig ging they had ever seen. OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1937. Street Surfacing Bonds to be Decided At Special Election PWA Help Out; Dangerous Building Law Passed by Dads. The matter of issuing bonds to complete Heppner's street surfacing program this year will be placed be fore the people at a special election. That was the decision of the council Monday evening after receiving word from C. C. Hockley, Oregon's PWA director, that PWA assistance this year would be on the basis of amount of labor used from certified relief rolls. PWAthis year will expend only the amount paid relief labor plus 15 percent, instead of granting an out right 45 percent of the cost on ap proved projects as has been done in the past. On the basis of relief labor the council believed hope of suffi cient assistance from PWA to com plete the street surfacing project was entirely out of the question. Frank Hayes, Pendleton engineer, who made the preliminary survey with estimates, was before the coun cil and went over the program with them. It was estimated that an ad ditional $7000 would be needed from the bond issue to augment the $8000 already provided in this year's bud get in order to complete the pro gram this year. The program pro vides for surfacing all the principal streets of the city with oiled macad am varying in width up to 30 feet, with rock macadam only on some streets leading up hills and similar surface on Riverside Way. City Attorney Nys was instructed to obtain a legal opinion on the bonds, and it was expected the date of the election would be set at the next council meeting. On advice from Engineer Hayes, it was expected a committee of three from the council and a similar com mittee of citizens would wait upon WPA in an attempt to get the swim ming pool constructed with the aid of this government agency. A new ordinance looking to the abatement of dilapidated or illy-constructed buildings which might be a menace to public health or safety was passed on third reading, and with emergency clause attached be came effective immediately. The new ordinance supercedes all pre vious ordinances of the same char acter, and sets out methods of con demnation and removal of such buildings. A maximum fine of $100 or imprisonment not to exceed fifty days, or both such fine and imprison ment, are provided as penalty for any person who fails to comply with the provision of the ordinance with in ten days after receipt of notice. Cat Fends Off Rattlesnake From Kittens in House (lone Correspondent) One day last week Mrs. Harold Townsend who lives near Cecil heard a commotion in a room in her home and on making an inves tigation found the disturbance to be caused by a mother cat who was defending her kittens from a rattlesnake. Mrs. Townsend hur riedly called her husband who killed the snake which was a large one with fourteen rattles. ASK MAP INSPECTION. The state highway commission has left a map of Morrow county at the clerk's office to be checked by the public for any errors as to location of schoolhouses, roads, and other in formation given on the map. Any one who can conveniently do so is asked to drop into the office and check that part of the map with which he is familiar, as the state commission is desirous of making the map as accurate as possible. FOUR BOYS TO VIE AT STATE MEET Gilman High Point Man at La Grande as Team Places Third; Town Subscribes Money for Trip. Heppner will be represented at the state high school track meet in Eugene this week end the first time in history. Coach Henry Tetz is leav ing today with the four boys who qualified in the invitational track meet at La Grande Saturday. They are Leonard Gilman, high point man at La Grande, Norton King, La Verne Van Marter and Charles Cox. A popular subscription started at Monday's Lions luncheon provided money for the trip. Heppner placed third at La Grande with 27 points. The four boys en tered won the half-mile relay in 1:37.3. Gilman led the field in the javelin throw, heaving it 154 feet, 10 inches, tied for first place in the pole vault at 11 feet, and tied for third place in the high jump. King placed second in both the 100-yard dash and the broad jump; and Van Mar ter was fourth in the 440-yard dash. While no records were set at La Grande, Coach Tetz believes the Heppner squad will be in the running at Eugene. La Grande copped Saturday's in vitational meet with 59 points. Pendleton was second with 51. Oth er scores were Enterprise 201&, Mil-ton-Freewater 19 1-6, Baker 13, Union 10, Pilot Rock 4, Halfway 3 and Helix 1. Gilman beat out Stitt of La Grande by a quarter-point for high individual score and the special trophy award, the help of his team mates in the relay contributing the deciding margin. Gilman scored 134 points to Stitt'a 13. FARM BUREAU UNIT ORGANIZED HERE; BARRATT IS HEAD The Morrow county unit of the American Farm Bureau Federation was organized last night at a meeting at the Heppner hotel. J. G. Barratt, Heppner, was elected temporary president with E. H. Miller, Lexing ton, temporary vice-president. Tem porary directors are Henry Baker, lone; J. J. Wightman, Heppner; Har lan McCurdy, Heppner; J. O. Kin caid, lone; Frank S. Parker, Hepp ner; Frank Wilkinson, Heppner, and Oscar Peterson, lone. These officers were elected to carry over until a meeting for permanent organization could be held in the near future. Mac Hake, Pendleton, president of the state Farm Bureau, was the main speaker at the dinner meeting. Otto Schulz of the national Farm Bureau, who has been active during the past few months in getting county units under way in Oregon, assisted Mr. Hoke in organizing the unit here. The group was unanimously of the opinion that this organization would supplement and coordinate the activites of the other farm or ganizations within the county. Mr. Hoke, in his address, pointed out the trend in all industries and groups toward closer and more effective or ganization, and emphasized the need for effective organization of agricul turalists for their own protection. The temporary board of directors will meet in Heppner, Wednesday evening, May 26, for the purpose of preparing articles of association and by-laws to be considered at the next general meeting. Oiling Lex-Jarmon Road Completed Oiling operations on the Lexing-ton-Jarmon road from Lexington to Butter creek were completed Satur day by a state highway crew. The road was covered with heavy sur face from Lexington out 12 miles, and lighter surfacing was used the remaining eight miles. A crew will return later to place the surface binding. CnmnMi the oiling gives a fine surfaced high way all the way to Echo to connect with the Oregon-Trail highway. Subscription $2.00 a Year High School Will Graduate Class of 27 Tomorrow Evening Junior-Senior Ban quet, Baccalaureate Held This Week. Twenty-seven seniors of Heppner high school will receive diplomas at commencement exercises at the gym- auditorium at 8 o'clock tomorrow evening, with W. A. Dahlberg of the University of Oregon faculty deliv ering the address. Dr. A. D. Mc Murdo, chairman of the board of ed ucation, will present the diplomas to the following: Louise Anderson, Lois Ashbaugh, Dora P. Bailey, Norma Jean Beckett, Zara Neva Bleakman, Paul C, Brown, Gerald LaMar Cason, Necha Co blantz, Vivian Ruth Cowins, Charles Marion Cox, Elsie Marie Crump, Melissa Mae Edmondson, Rosanna Farley, Leonard Gilman, Fred Hos kins, Jr., Norton King, Wm. Lee McCaleb, Jr., Louise McFerrin, Ri ley Munkers, Kathryn Parker, Mar jorie Parker, Andrew M. Shoun, Donald Edwin Turner, Elizabeth E. Vance, Erma Van Schoiack, Helen Van Schoiack, Ellis K. Williams. The program numbers will be: Prelude, "Scarf Dance," Chamniare; processional, "Coronation March," Meyerbeer; invocation, Rev. R. C. Young; vocal duet, "Indian Love Call," Zamecink, Harriet Hager and Gerald Cason; commencement ad dress; trio, "Indian Dawn," Gerald Cason, Ellis Williams, Jackson Gil liam; presentation of Balfour plaque, Spencer Crawford; presentation of Norton Winnard cup, Dr. A. D. Mc Murdo; presentation of class of 1937, A. H. Blankenship, superintendent; presentation of diplomas. The class motto is "Only a Com mencement." Its colors are rose and gray, and the flower pink rosebuds. Closing activities of the school this week have been featured by the junior-senior banquet Saturday eve ning at the Elks hall followed by the senior prom; baccalaureate exercises at the gym-auditorium, Sunday, final examinations, completed yesterday, and the student body picnic at Hid away springs today. Tomorrow stu dents will receive their final grades and school will be over until next fall. Rev. R. C. Young delivered the baccalaureate address, giving an in spirational message that was well re ceived by everyone. Other program numbers were: Prelude, "Bacause," G. Delbruck; processional, "Grand March (Aida)," Verdi; invocation, Alvin L. Kleinfeldt; vocal solo, "A Tiny Seed Becomes a Shrine," Co burn, Jackson Gilliam; quartet, "The Rosary," Nevin, Gerald Cason, Nor ton King, Ellis Williams, Jackson Gilliam; benediction, Mr. Kleinfeldt, and recessional. Attractively decorated banquet and dance halls in the Elks building were the scenes of the reception and prom, attended by members of the junior and senior classes, instructors and members of the school board with their wives. Jackson Gilliam, presi dent of the junior class, extended the welcome, responded to by Kath ryn Parker, senior class president After dinner speeches were made by Dr. McMurdo, Mr. Blankenship, H. E. Tetz, coach; Mrs. Lucy E. Rodgers, county school superintendent; and Don Turner, student body president. Other numbers were presentation of the class key by Miss Parker, read ing of class will by William Lee Mc Caleb, Jr., senior class prophecy by Kathryn Mitchell, and talk by Paul McCarty, president-elect of the stu dent body. The Columbians, Irri gon orchestra, played for dancing in which local students were joined by Lexington and lone students. Paul Webb was in the citv the end of the week, coming over from Walla walla to look after ranch interests in the Hardman section.