SOC I TY mtwr M Volume 53, Number 13. HEPPNER, OREGON, THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 1937. Subscription $2.00 a Year OREGON H I S T 0 S I C A L PUBLIC A'.'DITOR ! 'J portl a . ORE . Mm Crow-Magpie Hunt Contest Comes to End Wednesday Wild Life Pictures, Boxing Card Set; Wire to Make Talk. With the big wind-up banquet of Morrow County Hunters and Ang lers club crow-magpie contest all set for next Wednesday evening, members of both sides are suffering from the ijtters awaiting the ver dict of who will be the unfortunates to eat crow. This will not be decided until 5 o'clock Tuesday evening, the dead line for members of each side to re port to their captains, Mark Merrill and J. Logie Richardson. Attendance of 125 to 150 is ex pected at the banquet, to be held at 6:30 o'clock at the county pavilion. All married men contestants are ex pected to be attended by their wives. Each contestant will pay 75 cents the plate. Heading the entertainment pro gram will be Frank Wire, superin tendent of the state game commis sion, who will speak and also show Oregon wild life motion pictures. A boxing card is also slated. Ralph Moore Weds Newberg Young Lady Marital ties were solemnized at the Christian parsonage at 9:30 o 'clock Friday morning for Ralph Moore, son of Mrs. L. D. Neill of Echo, and Miss Glenna Barnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Barnes of Newberg, Alvin Klein feld performing the ceremony. The young couple were attended by Mr, and Mrs. Ralph Scott, Mrs. Scott be ing a sister of the bridegroom. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes accompanied their daughter to the Neill farm where they were guests. The newlyweds left shortly after the ceremony for Montana, where Mr. Moore is working with the E. E. Clark shearing crew. After the shearing season Mr. Moore expects ' to resume his past work on govern ment roads. LOCAL NEWS Mr. and Mrs. Vic Groshens, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Groshens and Har ry Groshens, former residents, were over-Memorial day visitors, coming up from their respective homes in Portland. Mr. and Mrs. Groshens the elder have a small tract near Portland, Harry is manager of the fishing tackle department of a ma rine supply company, and Charles is in the garage business in the city. Envoy Lillian Gray McCormick with the Salvation Army was a Heppner visitor Tuesday. This is her twelfth year in this territory. Mrs. McCormick was conducting the annual solicitation for the Salvation Army. She advised Morrow county people that her division has no one out with tambourines in this dis trict. Mrs. Hubert Gaily departed for Hood River last evening with Mr, and Mrs. Crocket Sprouls, and will visit at the Sprouls home there for a while. Mr. Sprouls drove up for Mrs. Sprouls and Janet who had been visiting here for several days Lester White was in the city this morning from Lexington. He ex pects to remain in the county until after harvest, having just arrived from San Francisco where he had been for three months employed with a nackinff comnany. Mrs. John Clouston and children of Lakeview arrived this week for a visit at the home of Mrs. Clouston's narpnts. Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Devin. Strawberry festival, basement of Methodist church, June 11, from 3 to 7 p. m. 13"14 Mrs. Ray P. Kinne and Dickie left today for Yakima to visit relatives. YOUNG TALENT SHOWING PROMISE lone Defeat Retaliated 13-4; Gilman on Mound Helps Out; Condon or Kinzua Next Up. Manager Fred Hoskins believes he has a bunch of young fellows who will uphold Heppner's baseball repu tation with laurels before the season ends. Though they tasted defeat in their first game at lone, 18-17, two weeks ago, they came back last Sun day and drubbed lone, 13-4, on the local diamond. Part of Heppner's added strength Sunday come through the presence on the mound of Leonard Gilman, high school ace, who was absent the week before attending the state track meet at Eugene. Fred expects Gil man to hold his own with the best in future games. The team is playing independently. Next Sunday they will jaurney eith er to Condon or Kinzua,. and Fred expects to get some games at home later with some of the toughest teams around being eyed. In the game Sunday against lone Fred started Glen Hayes on the mound, relieving him with Gilman, Stone, high school catcher, received, and did a nice job. Dean, CCC, and Banister alternated at first base, with Dean clouting out a homer with the stick. Munkers, of the high school squad, was at shortstop, Bill McRob' erts on third and Don Turner on sec ond. McRoberts and Turner handled all chances nicely, Fred said. In the outer pasture were Charles Cox in center field, Randall Grimes in right field, and Joe Aiken and Howard Bryant alternatingin left field. The boys are practicing regularly on Wednesday evenings, and any other "aspirants are welcome. This is Fred's answer to the town's desire for a baseball team, and he believes fans will get their money's worth by following them. SAYS DEER DEPLETED. Fred Hoskins was in the city Tuesdav transacting business for several hours on his way home to Rhea creek from taking his sheep to summer range in the mountains near La Grande. Striking cool weather on the trail, the lambs went through in fine shape. Fred reported an ex cellent lambing with a 2000 increase from a band of 2200 ewes. He ex pressed alarm over the game situa tion in the country where his range is located. Deer sign are few and far between this season, he said, there having apparently been i heavy winter killing of the game an imals. WAITSBURG EDITOR VISITS. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Wheeler of Waitsburg, Wash., and Mr. and Mrs, H. P. Peterson of Walla Walla, were visitors in the city Monday, just "to see the town they had heard so much about and to enjoy the ride. Mr, Wheeler is editor of the Waitsburg times, the paper on which the late Vawter Crawford got his start in the newspaper business. Mr. Peterson is deputy auditor of Walla Walla county. GRAND JURY MEETS. The grand jury for the June term of circuit court was convened at the court house this morning by Frank C. Alfred, district attorney, and Judge C. L. Sweek was expected to arrive this afternoon to take their report. J. I. Hanna, foreman, Han son Hughes, W. O. Bayless, George Ely, H. E. Clark, Russell D. Moore and Robt. Smith compose the body. CREEK RANCH SOLD. The Glen Boyer ranch of 240 acres on lower Rhea creek, formerly op erated by Roy Feeley, was sold yes terday to W. J. Needham of Lexing ton through the local Hardinan Na tional Farm Loan association office, announces Vawter Parker, secre tary. Needham will take possession in the fall. Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Rill of Eight Mile at the maternity home of Mrs. Lillie Aiken in this city, May 25, a daughter. City of the Dead Cloaked in Flowers On Memorial Day Legion and Auxiliary Pay Tribute; Holiday Enjoyed by Business. Decoration of graves of war vet erans and departed members of their organizations by American Legion and auxiliary was the only commu nity activity in Heppner on Memor ial day, Sunday. Individual observ ance of the day, however, resulted in general beautification of the city of the dead, reflecting a true spirit of homage to those loved ones, la borers of the past day, the memory of whom was brightened in the ob servance. A number of former residents with dear ones at rest atop Heppner's hill, joined local relatives and friends in the observance, each adding his stint by tidying up the burial ground and contributing to the profusion of flowers that left the hallowed field in a blanket of loving remembrance as the evening twilight faded into the end of a tranquil, warm sum mer day. A holiday from business was en joyed in Heppner, and many resi dents took advantage of it to visit friends or relatives elsewhere, to go fishing, or to participate in a moun tain picnic. Little activity other than that at the cemetery was in evidence about the city. Ranges Improved Under AAA Program Oregon range lands have been im proved by the development of wells and springs, installation of fences, and substantial resseding,, as a re sult of the 1936 range program un der the AAA, a preliminary sum mary of reports in the state office at Corvallis shows. Although the 1936 program was started late in the year, close to 1300 range operators part cipated. Most of the improvement work had to do with providing additional watering places, making possible the better use of range lands. Approxi mately 1500 springs were dug out and improved to provide efficient use of water available. Ninety pits or reservoirs to carry surplus water into the dry season were built and 25 new wells were dug. The summary also shows that ap proximately 600 miles of fence were built to control grazing to better ad vantage and that about 16,000 acres of depleted range were reseeded with grasses found to be well adapt ed to such use. A small amount of water spreading and rodent control was also carried out, although the season was too late for much of this to be done under last year's pro gram. The chief new practice added to the range program for 1937 is that of deferred grazing, by which stock will be kept off of certain areas while the grass rehabilitates itself. The dates for deferred grazing in this state, showing the period during which stock will be kept off that part of the range on which applica tion for payment is to be made were established by the AAA in advance of the grazing season. For Oregon these are March 1 to June 31, in elusive, on range lands at the 3000 feet level or under; and for all land above 3000 feet elevation the dates are April 1 to July 31, inclusive. A much larger number of coop- erators in the range improvement program are signing up in eastern Oregon, while in the western part of the state a considerable number of those with smaller range acreages are cooperating this year in the reg ular agricultural conservation pro gram by carrying out the practices under the classification of noncrop pasture land. FIRE SEASON ON IN LOCAL DISTRICT 60 Acres Burned Over on Service Creek; Forest Personnel Gets Hurry Call to Work. A 60-acre forest fire three miles east of Nelson's rrlill on Service creek was the sixth reported so far this season in the Heppner district, said F. F. Wehmeyer, local ranger. Five of these were in the forest proper, and the other, a 60-acre fire, was on private land. All occurred in va rious parts of the west end of the district where south slopes are dry ing up fast, Mr. Wehmeyer said. He was called to the Nelson's mill fire Tuesday. Early arrival of low humidity in the forest resulted in a hurry call being sent to get the lookout and guard personnel on the job. Camp was started at Tupper this week for the forest range survey crew with Ed Birkmeier in charge. A 12-man soil conservation crew and another ERA road crew are also on the job, putting the activity season in the local district under a full head of steam, Wehmeyer said. Just by way of comment, the local ranger remarked that if the local district were a national park people would gladly pay a dollar to visit it these days. He said the forest is now at its best with a profusion of wild flowers and when Morrow county is at its best, there's no place on earth any better. TAKES STATE JOB. Paul M. Gemmell was in the city the end of the week from Salem, visiting relatives and friends while accompanying C. M. Bentley, exam iner of operators and chauffeurs from the office of Earl Snell, secre tary of state, on a series of examina tion stops in eastern Oregon. Mr, Gemmell accepted an examiner s position with the state about two weeks ago and has spent most of that time in the Salem office. PUBLISHES NEW BOOK. "My E'iltered Halos" is a new book of poems recently published by Dr, A. B. Gray of Dorris, Cal., formerly of this city. Friends are advised that copies may be secured through T. J. Humphreys. Dr. Gray had one book published while in Heppner, and has gained quite a wide recog nition for his verse. He reports that he is now entirely well and doing fine. MISS BISBEE GETS DEGREE. Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Bisbbe and Mrs. Mary Thomson motored to Eu gene Sunday evening to be present Monday evening at University of Oregon graduation exercises. Among the graduates was Miss Kathryn Bisbee who received her bachelor of science degree after a year's work at U. of O. medical school in Port land. PLANT 50,000 TROUT. Trucks of the state game commis sion, assisted by members of Mor row County Hunters and Anglers club, dumped 50,000 fingerling trout into Willow and Rhea creeks last week. The planting is expected to greatly increase the angling attract iveness of these streams. CHANGE DANCE. Willows grange anounces that the dance set for lone Legion hall June 12 has been postponed in deference to the opening of the new Lena grange hall on that night. An old time dance will be held at the Cecil hall instead. 4-H MEETING SET. All girls intending to do 4-H club worK this summer are requested to meet at the office of Mrs. Lucy E, Rodgers, county school superintend ent, at 2:30 o'clock Saturday after noon. All women who will lead clubs are requested to meet with them. LICENSE ISSUED A marriage license was issued at the clerk's office May 29 to Mary Oleta Neill and Wilson Dale Akers, both of this county. Directors Change Rodeo Dates to August 26-27-28 Chute Bucking, Bull dogging in Events; Plan Condon Junket. Heppner's 1937 Rodeo dates were changed to August 26-27-28 by the directors who were meeting this morning to look after details. The date, change was announced to ac commodate the 4-H club activities and prevent a conflict with their showing at the stfete fair. In lining up the list of events, the directors decided to institute chute bucking this year instead of the open snubbing customary in the past, and added bulldogging as an extra at traction. A contract has already been signed with Browning Amusement company of Salem to show again this year. The Browning company has been here the last two years. Arrangements were made to get out the advertising, with a junket planned to the spring Rodeo at Con don this week end to help promote the local show and evidence good fellowship to the neighboring show. Additional stress upon the live stock feature is being made by the directors for this year's show, with the expectation that the finest array of riding ponies ever assembled in the city will be on hand. . These are expected to augment the big parade on which stress is also being given. State Game Men Checking Ditches Inspection of upper Willow creek for screening of irrigation ditches and placement of fishways over dams was completed yesterday by C. A. Lockwood, assistant superintendent of the state game commission, and Ralph Rittenour, also with the com mission. All farmers of the upper creek were contacted and showed willingness to cooperate to fulfill the requirements necessary to pro tect the fish.. The game men expected to con tact farmers on Rhea creek next, in line with a county-by-county in spection covering the entire state. It is the intention to bring both Willow and Rhea creeks up to re quirements, as the two main fishing streams in Morrow county. LOCAL NEWS W. F. Palmateer was a caller in the city Tuesday, coming up from Morgan to check up with a local physician on his recent illness. He had been feeling much improved of late, though his heart still bothered him some. As one of the county's oldest wheat raisers he believed the crop prospects in his section average, with chances of being helped ma terially by good rains followed by cool weather. Dr. and Mrs. A. D. McMurdo and son Scott motored to Corvallis Sat urday to be present for graduation exercises Tuesday. The eldest son, Charles Edward, received his bach elor of science degree at the exer cises. Mrs. Frank C. Alfred visited over the week end with Mr. Alfred, com ing up from Portland where she has a position in the relief office. Mrs. Rupert Stout and baby re turned to their home the first of the week from the maternity home of Mrs. Lillie Aiken. Delbert Wright was in the city this morning from Rhea creek. GOES TO SAN FRANCISCO. Mrs. Elaine Furlong departed Fri day evening for San Francisco where she expected to attend the wedding of a friend and to take in part of the big Golden Gate bridge fiesta. Her return was scheduled for near the 25th.