Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, November 04, 1937, Image 1

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Volume 53, Number 35
Subscription $2.00 a Year
City Taxpayers to
Pay Larger Share
Of Operating Cost
Lack of Cash Carry
over Seen by Budget
eers; Tank Item Out
Though the city government ex
penditures for next year will be
considerably lower than for the cur
rent year, property taxpayers will
be asked o conrtibute considerably
more under the proposed estimates
made at Monday evening's budget
meeting and included in the publish
ed notice of budget meeting in an
other column.
Reason for the added burden on
taxpayers lies largely in the absence
of a cash carry-over to be applied
toward expected expenditures. At
the beginning of the current year
there was an estimated $9,000 cash-on-hand
account. This year, in ad
dition to the cash account being de
pleted, an item of $1000 is included
against an expected cash deficit.
The deficit was incurred in doing
additional street work while the
surfacing machinery was on the job
to take advantage of the saving thus
Total estimated expenditures for
next year are $23,660 as against $27,
565 for this year, a reduction of $3,
905. Bfct taxpayers will contribute
$9,160 for next year as against $4,
165 for this year, an increase of
As has already been shown, the
chief reason for the tax increase is
the cash account item, for while in
creases have been made in, estimated
expenditures reductions have been
made elsewhere as an offset. Among
increased items are the salaries of
chief of police and watermaster,
each of which was upped from $1200
to $1500 for next year. The amount
for streets and bridges, however,
was lowered from $8000 to $3,150.
P. W. Mahoney presided as chair
man of the budget committee com
posed of all members of the council
and Claude Cox, Charles Vaughn,
W. E. Pruyn, J. G. Thomson, Han
son Hughes and L. E. Bisbee as free
holders. In discussing inclusion of an item
of $1500 for a swimmnig tank, the
committee decided such item could
not be included withuot raising the
budget above the 6 percent limita
tion and making a special election
necessary. Rather than force the en
tire budget to a special election, they
believed it wiser to have the people
vote on the swimming tank item
separately in the form of a bond
issue, if the people see fit to do so.
BPW District Meet
Slated Here Nov. 14
A district conference of Business
and Professional Womens clubs,
comprising clubs of Pendleton, The
Dalles, Hood River and Heppner,
will be held here Sunday next week,
the 14th. Council breakfast at Hotel
Heppner at 7:15, discussion meeting
at library at 10, and luncheon at the
hotel at 1 o'clock are scheduled.
Speakers at the morning library
meeting include Miss Constance
Lofts of Hood River, state member
ship chairman; Mrs. Jean Porter of
Klamath Falls, state finance chair
man; Mrs. Emma McKinney of Hills
boro, state magazine chairman, and
Miss Rose Leibbrand of the local
club. Mrs. Clara Beamer, local pres
ident, will preside at the luncheon
and will extend greetings, with re
sponse by Zola Morgan of Hillsboro,
state president. Mrs. Lucy E. Rod
eers has charge of the music and
will lead group singing. Introduction
of state officers and an address will
also feature the luncheon.
Richard Hamrick returned to the
home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
E. E. Hamrick, this week after
spending a year at Okanogan, Wash
Party Saturday Night Cele
brates Acquisition of Lexington
Hall, Free of Debt
Burning of two $300 notes, pay
ment of which liquidated all con
struction cost, was a highlight of a
large party at Lexington grange hall
Saturday staged in celebration of the
hall's acquisition free of indebted
ness within three year's time. The
cancelled notes were publicly
Midnight cafeteria supper found
Orville Cutsforth and H. V. Smouse
entertaining at table with a brief
history of the building and financing
of the hall. More than 400 hours of
donated labor in excavating the
basement and erecting the building
was given as indication of the fine
cooperative spirit of the community
which went into securing the build
ing. Oral Scott, Alta Cutsforth and
Beulah Nichols, members of the
dance committee, were highly com
mended for their large part in pay
ing off the indebtedness.
After a series of games led by Ber
nice Bauman ten tables of 500 were
in play earlier in the evening. Frei
da Slocum held high score and Ed
na Hunt received the consolation
Annual election of officers and a
vote on the Pennsylvania plan of
paying Pomona dues are outstand
ing features for the next regular
meeting of Lexington grange, Nov.
13, a 8 o'clock.
Railroad Stand
Told Before Lions
That no immediate change in op
eration of the local branch railroad
may be expected, but that should the
mail contracts on both the Condon
and Heppner branches be taken
away from the railroad company
there is possibility of tri-weekly
railroad service on both branches,
was learned by Ray P. Kinne in a
recent interview with General Man
ager Finch of the Union Pacific as
reported to the Monday Lions lun
cheon. Kinne, acting on a club
committee in obtaining the inter
view, said the railroad general man
ager had informed him that the pre
sent arrangement on the Condon
branch whereby train service was
speeded up by hooking a baggage
carload of freight onto a mainline
passenger train, was now being con
tested by railroad employees before
the railway board of arbitration, and
may not be allowed to stand.
Lions voted to favor inclusion of
a $1500 item in the city budget next
year for construction of swimming
pool. Marvin Casebeer, local FFA
chapter president, gave a short ac
count of his recent trip to the na
tional convention at Kansas City,
and Capt. G. R. Kent, local CCC
camp commander, gave greetings to
the club. D. M. Ward and F. O,
Vinson of Portland were guests.
Miss Lucille Farrens of Hardman
and Bud Ayers of Pine City were
married Monday, Oct. 25, at Weiser,
Idaho. They were married at the
home of the minister of the Chris
tian church, with Mrs. Walter Far
rens, mother of the bride, present.
Mr. and Mrs. Ayers will spend two
weeks at the home of Mrs. Farrens
in La Grande.
Frank C. Alfred, district attorney,
this week received announcement
of his appointment on the grievance
committee of the Oregon State Bar
association. Any complaints which
may arise locally may be made thru
him, it is advised.
A meeting of county committee
men under the Agricultural Conser
vation program will be held Satur
day, the 6th, at the office of Joe
Belanger, county agent.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Warren were
transacting business in the city on
Tuesday from the Dry Fork district
$41,000 in Taxes
Needed to Equal
Current Year Roll
Favorable Situation
Shown to Date in
County's Receipts
County taxpayers must drop $41,-
129.48 into the county coffers by De
cember 31, if the year's collections
of property taxes are to equal the
current year's roll. That is the fig
ure indicated by the statement from
the office of Charles Barlow, clerk,
following third-quarter turn-overs
from the sheriffs office.
So far this year collections of both
delinquent and current year's tax
has amounted to $235,954.18, while
the current roll calls for a total of
Receipts on current taxes total
$183,417.47, leaving a balance to be
collected of $93,656.19. Receipts in
clude $287.03 interest and $4,051.29
discount. While the amount for dis
count is credited against the total
collectible amount, it has actually
not been received, making the total
actually received only $179,466.18.
Collection on the delinquent roll
for 1936 and prior years is shown at
$52,536.71, reducing the amount due
the first of the year of $355,122.87,
to $302,586.16. These receipts include
$2,248.88 in interest, but no discount.
Last year, total collections ex
ceeded the current year's roll, mak
ing it possible for tax levying bodies
who had previously expended up to
the limit of their levy by issuing
warrants, to reduce their outstanding
wararnt indebtedness. If the same
rate of collection prevails during the
fourth quarter as prevailed in the
first three quarters of the year, total
collections will again exceed the cur
rent roll, making further reduction
of warrant indebtedness possible and
thereby decreasing the amount need
ed for payment of interest. Indica
tions so far this quarter are, how
ever, that unless payment of taxes
is stimulated considerably before the
end of the year, the rate of payment
will not be maintained, though a
favorable picture of the warrant sit
uation at the close of the year should
be reflected in any event.
A case in point is shown in the
situation of School District No. 1,
with the largest warrant indebted'
ness of any tax levying body, whose
total current levy for the year, in
eluding bonds and interest, is $21,
206.99 of . which $13,822.39 has been
received to date. In addition $3,937.92
has been received from delinquent
taxes, making total receipts so far
this year of $17,760.31, and leaving
a balance of only $3,546.68 to meet
this year's levy. Since an item of
$5,000 was included to apply on prin
cipal of warrants, a net reduction
should be shown at the beginning
of next year as against the first of
this year as reflected by the tax
picture. However, other items of re
ceipts must live up to expectations
to make this a true reflection of the
actual situation. ,
Gourley Ships Fine
Lot of Turkeys
Wilbur Gourley this week shipped
the first turkeys to leave Heppner
this season, when he moved 633
birds, weighing 10,058 pounds thru
Lyle Tilden of Hermiston, buyer for
A. A. Welch & Co. of Portland. The
purchase price was not given.
Ninety-two percent of the Gour
ley birds graded A grade, reported
Tilden, who said they were among
the finest birds seen this season.
Buyers so far have been reluctant
to quote an open market price be
cause of the uncertaining of the
strike situation affecting transpor
Joe Hughes is reported quite ill
at his home, suffering from rheu
Hermiston and Heppner Posts
Unite for Day; Football Game,
Dinner and Dance Scheduled
Heppner and Hermiston high
schools, traditional Armistice day
rivals on the gridiron, will stage
their annual pigskin battle on the
local gridiron next Thursday as one
of the outstanding features of the
day's celebration. According to dope,
the Hermiston gridsters are favored
to win, having trounced the Arling
ton team that set the locals down
18-0 last Friday. However, Arling
ton's stinging defeat which stopped
the local's prevoiusly undefeated
record, is expected to contribute to
a different appearing situation for
the Hermiston lads.
Hermiston American Legion and
Auxiliary members will accompany
the football team to the city to join
the local service men and ladies or
ganizations in making a festive day.
A 6 o'clock dinner for all ex-ser
vice men and ladies is on the slate
followed by dancing at the Elks hall
where the general public is invited
to help rejoice in the ringing echoes
of armistice which swept the world
19 short years ago on that memor
able November 11 when peace fell
upon Flanders fields.
Mrs. Rebecca Baldwin
Was 32-Year Resident
Mrs. Rebecca Ann Baldwin died
at her home in this city at 12:45
yesterday afternoon following a 14
months illness. Funeral services
are announced for 2 o'clock tomor
row afternoon from the Methodist
church, with Rev. R. C. Young of-
fciating. Interment will be in Ma
sonic cemetery. ...... .-, . ......
Mrs. Baldwin was a 32-year resi
dent of Heppner, having resided for
that time in the large residence at
the corner of Chase and Water
streets. Born Rebecca Ann Hall in
Montpelier, Indiana, Nov. 1, 1867,
to James Hall of Ohio and Rebecca
Ann Hall of Macon county, Mo., she
was married to Lafayette Penland,
Nov. 18, 1883. Mr. Penland was a
large stock operator in this county
for many years. To this union were
born three children, William Le
Roy, Jesse Eugene and Stella Lanes,
now Mrs. Herman Eberhardt. After
the death of Mr. Penland, she was
married to John S. Baldwin, May 11,
1921, at Walla Walla, Wash.
Besides the husband and three
children, she is survived by two
brothers, Sam Hall of Portland,
Jesse Grant Hall of Heppner, and
two sisters, Roxie Ann Arbuckle
and Rosie Belle Dean, and niece,
Mrs. Lulu Rhea of Heppner.
Gene Penland, Mr. and Mrs. Her
man Eberhardt and Sam Hall, all of
Portland, are yi the city to attend
the funeral services. Mrs. Eber
hardt has been with her mother for
several weeks, and Gene and Mr.
Eberhardt were on their return to
the city yesterday, having been here
since Friday, when they received
word at The Dalles.
Mrs. Lucille McAtee sustained
painful bruises last night when the
car she was driving collided head
on with that driven by C. W. Mc-
Namer, and was taken to Heppner
hospital for treatment. Mr. Mc
Namer had just left the doctor'
office a few minutes before, having
received treatment for an infected
finger, and was just turning into his
home on Court street when the ac
cident occurred. Mrs. McAtee. ac
companied by her son Austin and
Clifford Fay was driving toward
town from her home on the same
street. It was at first feared that
Mrs. McAtee sustained a broken
leg, but x-ray pictures revealed no
fracture. Both cars were badly
damaged in front. Austin received
a gash on top of his head and his
right knee was injured. Clifford
was cut on the chin and one eye
and was treated at the hospital. Mr
McNamer escaped injury.
Production Control
Underlying Feature
Of New Farm Bills
Hoke, State Farm
Bureau Head, Gives
Infbrmation at Meet
Three farm bills have been intro
duced from which it is expected to
effect a compromise bill to present
before the special session of con
gress convening this month, all of
which have the underlying princi
ple of production control, Mac Hoke,
president of Oregon Farm Bureau
federation told a dinner meeting of
the county chapter at Hotel Hepp
ner Friday evening. One of the three
bills was originally drawn by the
Farm Bureau, he said, and it has
gained prominence among those un
der discussion.
He read a bulletin from a Wash
ington news agency which predicted
that no farm bill would be passed
by the special session because time
is too short in which to draw up a
bill satisfactory to all interests. This,
he believed might not prove true,
because all the fundamental prin
ciples of all bills are the same, with
differences only in minor detail.
Ralph E. Reynolds, state Farm
Bureau secretary, told of organiza
tion work of the Farm Bureau and
urged local membership on the
grounds of the bureau being a strong
medium through which to gain rec
ognition for the farmer's legislative
Joseph Belanger, county agent,
and E. H. Miller, chairman of the
local agricultural conservation com
pliance board, explained the agri
cultural conservation set-up for 1938
as gleaned from a meeting attended
at Arlington the day before. Out
standing in this year's administra
tion will be the additional authority
placed in hands of local committees,
it was said. This year there will
be no blanket rate of crop reduc
tion, but each county will be given
a quota under which the local com
mittees will work out with each
individual farmer his proportion of
Local meetings to explain the pro
gram were anounced as follows:
Monday, Nov. 15, 2 p. m., South
Heppner and Eight Mile communi
ties; Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2 p. m., lone
and Morgan communities; Thursday,
Nov. 18, 2 p. m., Lexington, Alpine
and North Heppner communities;
Friday, Nov. 19, 2 p. m., Boardman
community. Community committee
men for the year wil also be elected
at these meetings.
J. G. Barratt, president of the lo
cal chapter, presided. He was re
named to the office in the election
of officers, E. H. Miller was re-elected
vice president, and the same di
rectors were held over for the new
Library Day Slated
Coming Saturday
On Saturday, day after tomorrow,
a committee will visit you in your
home, at your office, your place of
business or on the street and give
you an opportunity to join the Hepp
ner Library association and buy at
least one membership, costing a
dollar. Don't turn them away. Help
the association to maintain that for
which a few of our earnest citizens
have worked so faithfully to create.
While no one is obliged to buy a
membership in order to take ad
vantage of the facilities of the li
brary, your dollar is needed, is for
a worthy cause and the library as
sociation depends upon every citizen
to make possible the work of this
worthwhile institution.
The membership drive this year
is being staged in lieu of the annual
vaudeville show, a popular attrac
tion for many years, but which has
proved a heavy burden on a few