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HEPPNER GAZETTE TIMES, HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1937.
THE HEPPNER GAZETTE,
Established March 30, 1883;
THE HEPPNER TIMES,
Established November 18, 1897;
CONSOLIDATED FEBRUARY 15, 1912
Published every Thursday morning by
CBAWFOBD PUBLISHING COMPANY
and entered at the Post Office at Hepp
ner, Oregon, as second-class matter.
J'ASPER V. CRAWFORD, Editor
SPENCER CRAWFORD, Manager
Official Paper for Morrow County
velopment might be discouraged
while not bringing the cost within
easy reach of general farm and su
burban consumers. There is also the
question of whether establishment
of a civil authority for the distribu
tion might not make more of a po
litical football of the project than it
would be under the army engineers.
We cannot yet readily see why the
technical training of the army en
gineers would not equip them to
figure the mathematics needed to be
figured in arriving at an equitable
distribution rate, and, as we see it,
there is little need or call for pref
erence being shown in who buys the
power from Uncle Sam. We have
laws already to safeguard the pub
lic against usurious rates by private
Whether the power is applied on
farm or in industry, it will reflect
benefits to the entire state. How
ever, if Representative Pierce can
bring cheap power to eastern Oregon
by government construction of trans
mission lines, more power to him.
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rpiHOUGH it may be bitter medi
X cine, and a sign of weakness to
retract an editorial opinion, we be
lieve such a course wise when such
an opinion appears unfair.
There is really too much at stake
for all of Oregon in the Bonneville
power project for any interjection of
personalities, and the Gazette Times
eats humble pie for having done so
in its recent editorial entitled "Pierce
More in the spirit of friendly re
partee than with thought of slight
ing our esteemed representative,
there was interjected personal ref
erence which, had we known Mr.
Pierce was about to undergo a ser
ious operation, would have been
omitted. We wish to apologize to
Mr. Pierce, and declare ourselves as
honoring the representative for
standing firm in his position on this
important issue, and to wish him
Godspeed to return td health in his
We are indebted to none other
than Cornelia Marvin Pierce, Con
gressman Pierce's wife and able sec
retary, for correcting some mistaken
impressions which may have been
received from the editorial referred
Mrs. Pierce says the Represnta
tive's position does not advocate
state or federal government retail
distribution of power. That is a
point which needed clarifying for us,
His position seeks solely the build
ing of transmission lines to key spots'
for delivery to such power districts,
retail distributors and others who
do provide distribution facilities.
For the building of the transmission
lines and fixing of the rate struc
ture, Mr. Pierce would have the au
thority vested in a civil administrator
as opposed to such authority being
vested in the army engineers as
asked for in the bill supported by
Possibly, in our former view, we
were led astray somewhat by figures
we heard quoted by Colonel Robins,
district army engineer, as to the
cost of building transmission lines.
Mrs. Pierce says the figure of $50,
000 a mile given by Colonel Robins
on various occasions has been dis
approved. She says, "The three
great electric power engineers of the
country all disagree with him."
It may be, too, that Colonel Robins
was wrong in asserting it would be
five years before all the power pro
duced by the first two generating
units would be absorbed and, hence,
we were led to take too lightly the
Pierce fear of private monopoly.
However, since there appear con
flicting opinions as to facts and fig
ures, the Bonneville power question
is still debatable. There is still ques
tion as to whether the construction
of distribution lines by the govern
ment would increase the rate struc
ture to a point where industrial de
Realizing an Asset.
TNCREASED flow of Willow creek
JL this spring due to completion of
the Ditch creek diversion channel
is bringing to Morrow county people
a fuller realization of the value of
the timbered regions to the south.
If Willow creek continues to flow
each spring as it has this, Millard
Rodman of the Soil Conservation
service estimates, and probably con
servatively, that the income of low
er creek farmers will be augmented
by $25,000 a year.
That is putting in dollars and
cents but a small part of the benefit
to the entire county of the timber
land watershed. The watershed, in
fact, is the county's greatest asset
for, largely, the conservation of the
winter's precipitation there brings
showers later to the lower country
and keeps the streams supplied with
the life-giving fluid that makes hab
itation of the lower lands possible.
Water running through the diver
sion canal at present is a grand sight.
But when we learn that almost an
equal amount of water is being
poured through the mouth of Wil
low creek into the Columbia, it
makes us think again of advisability
of constructing storage facilities to
hold the water back for use when it
is badly needed later in the season.
Morrow county people, while be
ing awake to the matter of realizing
the utmost from the large stand of
ponderosa pine timber in the region,
now ripe and ready for cutting,
should ever be zealously on their
guard to keep the wooded hinter
land intact. Arrival now of fine
picnicking days affords the oppor
tunity to realize much personal en
joyment from the region, as well as
to form a deeper appreciation, first
hand of the true value of this great
Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Edmondson
left Tuesday for Portland where they
will make their home. The grange
and community regret to lose these
neighbors and we all wish them
success in their new home.
Clair Meisle, bridge inspector for
the state highway commission was a
caller Friday at the Clive Huston
Mr. and Mrs. Carl V, Bergstrom
visited Sunday at the John Hanna
Sunday, May 9, Mrs. Ray Wright
entertained her mother, Mrs. Chapin,
George and Harry Chapin and Mr.
and Mrs. Dempsey Boyer, all of
Mrs. B. O. Anderson is entertain
ing the H. E. C. at her home Thurs
day, May 27. It is hoped that all
members will be present.
Saturday night, May 22, there will
be a dance at the hall. This is the
last dance before the hall undergoes
some repair work in the shape of a
new foundation and hardwood floor.
CARD OF THANKS.
We sincerely thank our neighbors
and friends for their kindness and
help to us when our home was de
stroyed by fire. Also for the many
G. T. Want Ads bring results.
The cost is small try one.
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Ralph Kletzing of Salem, dis
trict governor for Oregon of Lions
International, with Mrs. Kletzing.
They were visitors here Sunday.
A varied assortment of fractures,
including splintered arms, legs,
spines were the favorite injury
tolled by automobile accidents in
Oregon last year, the Oregon Motor
Helps Farm Debtors
County Farm Debt Adjustment
committees are performing a public
service in helping farmers and their
creditors arrange settlement of ex
cessive debts, and in recommending
adjustmnts which will make farm
Both sides respond more readily to
the suggestions of an impartial com
mittee. Suspicion and the conflict
of personalities are absent. The plan
works out to the advantage of both
sides and the community as well.
Under the adjustment plan, the far
mer's debt situation is analyzed. If
a new loan can be secured through a
federal or private agency his credit
ors will receive cash for their claims.
Additional operating funds may
sometimes be secured through the
Farm Debt Adjustment service is
available in every county. Resettle
ment supervisors are detailed to as
sist in this work whenever they can
No charge of any kind is made for
service and your problems are kept
confidential. Anyone desiring in
formation or assistance from these
countv committees may do so by ap
plying through the county agent's
office, your Rural Rehabilitation su-
pervisor, or by writing to "District
FDA Supervisor, Federal Building,
La Grande, Oregon."
TOWNSEND CLUB MEETS.
A eet-toeether meeting of the lad
ies of the Heppner Townsend club
was held at the home of Mrs. Min
nie Furlong Wednesday evening,
May 19, at which time the ladies
auxiliary of the club was organized
with Mrs. Ellen Moore, president,
and Miss Katie Minert, secretary
treasurer. Various plans for the fu
ture activities of the auxiliary were
discussed, and it was emphasized
that the object of the club was to be
useful, educational and helpful. Mrs.
Alta Brown received the quilt, given
by the club. Delicious refreshments
were served and a good time enjoyed
by all. The June meeting will be
held at the home of Mrs. Brown. All
members and friends of the Town
send movement are invited to come
and bring a friend. The date will
be announced later.
BANK OFFICIALS VISIT.
C. F. Adams, chairman of the
board of the First National Bank of
Portland, and E. A. Wyld, retired,
who served on the bank's board for
25 years, were visitors in the city
Tuesday afternoon, calling at the
local branch of the Portland institution.
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