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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1937.
Trip to Mayaland v
Described to Lions
By Miss Humphreys
Heppner Ladies Get
Thrill at Vera Cruz;
Ancient Ruins Seen.
The recent trip of Misses Leta
Humphreys and Rose Leibbrand
through Mexico was not without its
thrills, so Miss Humphreys related
before the Monday Lions luncheon.
It was on the return from Yucatan,
the country of prehistoric ruins oc
cupying a peninsula in the Gulf of
Mexico at the country's southern
most extremity that one of the big
gest thrills was experienced. They
had boarded their train at Vera Cruz
but their leaving was delayed by
striking railroad workers. Another
train, loaded with religious pilgrims
was delayed alongside. The pilgrims
evidenced fervor as the day prog
ressed, becoming more and more ef
fusive in their religious tantrums.
Fearing violence, railroad officials
caused the Heppner ladies' car to
bo drawn out from the station to a
position on the very precipitous
grade leading out of the city. Here
they spent -the night, only to learn
the next morning that the religious
fanatics had threatened in the night
to cut their car loose from the en
gine. Had this been done, the car
undoubtedly would have made a
mad dash down the mountain, and
the chances of anyone within sur
viving would have been slight, in
deed. Yucatan, or Mayaland, was Miss
Humphreys special theme, though
she told incidents of the trip com
ing and going. They traveled by
rail from Mexico City to Vera Cruz,
the trip taking them across a high,
arid plateau where patches of corn
and sisal were the only signs of cul
tivation. Vera Cruz, the seaport
from which a Mexican steamer was
taken to Yucatan, lies at the base of
high mountains, and Miss Humph
reys described the trip down these
as quite uncertain. They viewed
Vera Cruz with s&me foreboding,
too, as its dim lights out of the night
, lent credence to their anticipations
of a very old and typically dingy
Mexican city. Mexican hotel host
lers were at the train. And their
uneasiness was little relieved when
a boy disappared into the night with
. their luggage, and their native guide
led them off afoot into the night for
the Hotel Imperial. They asked for
a taxi, but instead were placed
aboard a clankety old street car.
Just a block's ride on this, however,
and they were unloaded to find their
hotel at hand, and their luggage
Just a little point to guide Mexi
can tourists. Miss Humphreys ad
vised that baggage handling in Mex
ico is uncertain. If it gets out of
sight, it may never be seen again.
Also, it is advisable to carry every
thing in one suitcase, for hostlers
charge by the parcel, an amount for
each parcel, more for larger parcels
and a lesser amount for smaller ones.
At Vera Cruz, the ladies learned
more of the vagaries of Mexican
transportation service. They had not
been able to line up boat transpor
tation before leaving Mexico City,
and so desired to make arrangements
for it immediately on reaching Vera
Cruz. However, they arrived the
day before Good Friday. Good Fri
day was a holiday, and the next day
being the day between Good Friday
and Easter was also a holiday. East
er came on Sunday, and that was a
holiday, making four days before
they could contact the steamship of
fice. Then they secured passage only
to find the ship would be two days
late in sailing.
They took in Vera Cruz thorough
ly in that time, to realize the fulfill
ment of their anticipations. Vera
Cruz had progressed but little thru
the years, and was withal unattract
ive. They toured it mostly by street
car, taking a different car each time
into various parts of the city. Ap
parently the car tracks served as
dryer for the laundry as clothes were
seen lying on the white sand all
along the tracks.
Miss Humphreys said it was at
Vera Cruz she had the first practical
application of her high school Latin.
They wished some water purification
capsules to take with them to Yuca
tan where much of the water was
reported to be impotable, and drop
ped into the shop of a botica, oil
pharmacist. Miss Leibbrand's best
Spanish brought only distilled water.
Then it was that Miss Humphreys
wrote the Latin for what they wish
ed, and the botica's face lighted with
understanding as he filled the order
They were given board and lodg
ing on the ship during the two -day
delay, and when they finally sailed
they were accompanied by the "mu
sic" of cows and calves from a lu
dicrously mixed cargo of sugar, live
stock and automobiles.
Mayaland was an improvement on
the rest of Mexico, Miss Humphreys
said. The people were creditable
ancestors for anyone. Streets, homes,
and all at Progressi where they land
ed, were attractive, and Merida, the
base of their sightseeing, proved to
be a beautiful city with its palm
lined streets with wide parking strips
in the center; the white clay abodes
with thatched roofs, all with typical
patios in the center.
A hundred-mile trip inland was
Required to reach the ruins of the
prehistoric Maya civilization, where
they viewed the old sacrificial wells
of the Toltecs, climbed the pyramids
and looked at the age-old murals,
much of it resembling Athenian cul
ture. Miss Humphreys related some
of the little known historical back
ground of the ruins, said to date
around 600 A. D.
They checked the register of vis
itors and found only once before
had Oregonians inscribed names
there. Two Salem boys had been
there a few years before.
By BEULAH NICHOLS
Baccalaureate services for the se
nior class of the Lexington high
school were held in the auditorium
Sunday morning. The address was
delivered by Rev. R. C. Young, pas
tor of the Methodist church of Hepp
ner, who used as his subject "Build
ing a Life." Commencement exer
cises will be held Thursday evening
at 8 o'clock.
Mrs. George White and Mrs. S. J.
Devine entertained twelve members
of the Lexington Home Economics
club at the home of Mrs. White last
Thursday afternoon. After the usual
business was taken care of, the
hostesses served delicious refresh
ments. Those present besides the
hostesses were Pearl Marquardt,
Laura Rice, Alta Cutsforth, Lor
raine Beach, Carna Campbell, Hor
tense Martin, Bertha Dinges, Bertha
Nelson and Beulah Nichols.
The Troubadors have been en
gaged to play for the dance at the
grange hall on May 29.
The oiling of the Lexington-Echo
highway has been completed and the
road crew has gone on to Pilot Rock
where some oiling is being done.
A meeting was held at the school
house Monday afternoon for the pur
pose of preparing a budget to be
voted on at the annual meeting in
June. Besides the members of the
school board and the clerk, those
who served on the committee were
Emma Breshears, B. H. Peck, Elmer
Hunt and Orville Cutsforth.
A bridal shower was held at the
Ladies Aid room Saturday afternoon,
honoring Mis Beaulah Eskelson of
Heppner. A large number of Miss
Eskelson's friends attended and she
received many lovely and useful
The trained animal circus which
came to town Saturday proved to
be quite an attraction for the young
sters of the community.
Eugene Majeske entertained the
members of the seventh and eighth
grades with a party at his country
home Friday evening. Games were
enjoyed during the evening and re
freshments were served at a late
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Van Winkle
and daughters have returned from
Salem where they went to visit Mrs.
Van Winkle's father, Joseph Eskel
son, who has been ill.
Mrs. Etta C. Hunt of Portland is
spending a few days visiting rela
tives in this community.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Marquardt
were recent visitors in Portland.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Schneider
of Woodburn were week-end guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Oral Scott at their
Blackhorse home. Before coming
here they made a tour through
Washington ,to look at the crops.
They report that crops here look
much better than in the neighboring
state. From here Mr. and Mrs.
Schneider went to Portland where
they plan to attend the I. O. O. F.
and Rebekah grand lodges before re
turning to their home.
Pete Celoria of the Interstate Sta
bles in Portland was buying horses
in this community this week.
Mrs. Archie Munkers of Salem
spent last week at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Munkers.
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Cutsforth
motored to Condon Saturday to at
tend a meeting of Elks and their
Fred Fulgham spent last week in
Mr. and Mrs. H. N. Burchell "of
Sheridan were looking after prop
erty interests in this community the
first of the week. While here they
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. G.
Seven students received their
eighth grade diplomas at the grad
uation exercises held in the auditor
ium Wednesday evening. They were
Doris Scott, Donald Campbell, El
don Padberg, Jerrine Edwards, Er
ma Scott, May Rauch and Eugene
Majeske. The program was as fol
lows: March, Miss Jean Crawford;
salutatory, Doris Scott; class his
tory, Donald Campbell; class motto,
Eldon Padberg; piano duet, Mrs.
George Gillis and Miss Mary Alice
Reed; valedictory, Jerrine Edwards;
class key presentation, Erma Scott;
class will, May Rauch; class prophe
cy, Eugene Majeske; piano duet,
Mrs. George Gillis and Doris Scott;
presentation of Turner scholarship
cup, George Gillis; presentation of
Scout cup, George Gillis; guitar solo,
George Gillis; presentation of diplo
mas, Wm. D. Campbell; March, Miss
The Turner scholarship cup, an
award given by Mrs. Lilian C. Tur
ner, was this year awarded to Jer
rine Edwards, Doris Scott and Don
ald Campbell. The Scout cup, an
award given by the Lexington grange
for honor and industry in Boy Scout
work, was awarded this year to
The high school students and fac
ulty enjoyed a picnic at the H. 0.
Bauman ranch Monday evening. Ice
cream and cake were served.
Peggy Warner of Corvallis is vis
iting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.
Mrs. Pat Healy and children of
Heppner were guests of Mrs. J. G.
Johnson Monday evening.
Orville Cutsforth was a business
visitor in Pendleton Monday evening.
On the night of June 5 Lexing
ton grange will sponsor a dance for
the benefit of the 4-H clubs of this
ART MURALS GIVEN OSC.
Corvallis Two large murals made
by a new wood iniay process known
as marquerty, and which depict Ore
gon forest scenes, have just been
placed in the entrance of the for
estry building at 0. S. C. The huge
pictures, 11 by 15 feet in size, were
made in Portland under a WPA art
ist project supervised by Mrs. Amie
Gorham. The different colorings and
designs are made by using veneers
cut from scores of different woods
gathered from all parts of the world.
One mural shows a forest in pioneer
days and the other a sawmill in an
Why Ship Your
Cream to Portland
WHEN YOU CAN HAVE
A MARKET AT HOME ?
We will pay you Portland prices
and give you the same service
you get in Portland.
W. C. COX, Mgr.
Cinerarias in assorted colors
Calsolarias in Red and Yellow
Fuchsias large full blooming
Lantana very dainty orange
5 We are now able to supply you with
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Plunkett s Minstrels
15 PEOPLE 15
A TENT SHOW Sponsored by the Lions Club to Benefit Hepp
ner Swimming Pool Fund.
HEPPNER, ONE NIGHT ONLY
Wednesday, May 26
BRASS BAND AND ORCHESTRA, BLACK FACE
COMEDIANS, QUARTETTE, BUCK'N WING AND
TAP DANCERS, ALSO A VERY CLEVER COMEDY
The Famous Cotton Town Minstrel
First part with all of the specialties Featuring
PRISCILLA and CHARLENT PLUNKETT a very clever sis
ter team of Acrobats and Toe Tap Dancers, and
CORKY and GLORIA PLUNKETT the youngest and most
clever Adigo Dancers in the show business.
A Good Clean Show - Bring the Family
Doors open at 7:30. Admission: Adults 40c, Children 15c
ALL RESERVED SEATS FREE
PLUNKETT'S DANCE BAND
will be at'Fair Pavilion after the show,
also sponsored by the Lions Club