Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, March 10, 1938, Page Page Four, Image 4

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Gazette Times
Established March 30, 1883;
Established November 18, 1897;
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and entered at the Post Office at Hepp
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Progressive Planning
SOME people might consider the
city council's ambition to rid
the city of old shacks as a bit too
visionary to be practical. Or the
idea of straightening and widening
the upper Willow creek road ap
proach to the city to eliminate a
hazardous traffic condition might
appeal to some folk as just an idle
These things are actually, how
ever, progressive planning that will
bring ultimate benefits far greater
than the small individual sacrifice
in a few instances.
The men now serving on the city
council have shown a large degree
of self-sacrifice in working for meas
ures which should have whole-hearted
public support. They serve the
city without pay. In every instance
they have business connections which
they can ill afford to jeopardize by
antagonizing any considerable num
ber of people.
Already in the present regime
Heppner has seen the street surfac
ing program brought to completion.
That good piece of work will do
much toward solving the dust ag
gravation of past years. Now Willow
creek through town is being cleared
of brush, straightened and shaped
up in a manner to reduce the old
flood menace and make the stream
neater and cleaner in appearance.
There should be thought given to
eliminating the offensive sewage
dumping into the creek while the
work is under way; but in any event
a large measure of sightliness and
safety will be contributed in this
A general public consciousness is
now needed of what a contribution
to safetv and pleasurable living
would be afforded if all sites now
occuDied bv shacks were cleaned up
and landscaped in a manner to make
them not only acceptable but pleas
urable to view. A consciousness is
also needed of the necessity, under
modern traffic conditions, of elimin
ating as many narrow and sharp
street turns as possibje. Fortunately
no serious accidents have happened
on the narrow, tedious outlet of the
upper Willow creek road. But it
should not be necessary to wait un
til the inevitable death toll comes
before the new approach is com
pleted. The council has brought no undue
pressure to bear upon anyone in
working for these measures of civic
betterment. They have moved cau
tiously and wisely. And they are
entitled to more cooperation than
lia3 been given.
As has been said before, there is
small inducement for good men to
administer the affairs of city gov
ernment. And there is less reason
still for them to attempt to put
across work of improvement that
meets only with public passivity at
best. That men are sereving the city
who are really trying to improve
conditions is a favorable situation
and one that should be encouraged.
An atitude of public laissez faire can
mean only that it will be harder and
harder to get capable men to accept
city administrative positions.
Just because Heppner is a small
town in eastern Oregon is no reason
why it cannot be made a clean, at
tractive place in which to live. An
old adage says dirt attracts dirt. An
exact corrollary is the proposition
that cleanliness is next to godliness.
A Furtive Fellow
Is the Shrew
Has B.O and P.U.
One of the animal residents of
our mountain country is the shrew,
a tiny little creature usually about
the size of the first joint of a
man's finger. To the unknowing
he is just another mouse but to
mice and other small denizens of
the forest he is a holy terror. A
furry mite with a long pointed
nose constantly seeking the next
meal and an appetite that would
do justice to a Swede harvest
hand. To sustain life he has to eat
several times his own weight each
day and will starve to death in a
few hours if deprived of food. His
constant hunger gives him the
courage to attack anything from
Susan cottontail down, but his
main diet is mice and he is there
fore quite a useful little citizen in
curtailing what might be an em
barrassing population, for mice
can strongly compete with the na
tive Italian in any stork derby.
Not much is known about the
shrew, for he is so wee, so fur
tive and lightning-like in move
ment as to make observation dif
ficult. He doesn't hibernate but
spends an enjoyable winter among
the sleepy-heads who do. Like the
skunk, weasel and others of that
ilk, he has the power to excrete
a sickening odor for self protec
tion. He fairly exudes not only
B.O. and P.U., and the pangs of
starvation will hardly force other
animals to eat the stinking little
wretch and even, hawks and owls
will curl their upper lip in disgust
and drop him if they accidentally
mistake him for Mickey Mouse.
Federal Farm Loan
Men Attend Meeting
J. J. Wightman, president; Chas.
B. Cox, vice president; W. Vawter
Parker, secretary - treasurer, and
Victor G. Peterson, field salesman
with local national farm loan asso
ciations, were in Walla Walla Mon
day and Tuesday to attend a meet
ing of directors and secretary-treasurers
of 27 associations serving far
mers in 17 counties in eastern Ore
gon and eastern Washington. Mrs.
Parker accompanied her husband.
A highlight of the meeting was an
address by E. M. Ehrhardt, president
of Federal Land Bank of Spokane,
who used a chart in depicting the
material progress made by the sys
tem last year, and to reach the con
clusion that "financially the land
bank's position is stronger than at
any time in 1 recent years." Much
improvement last year was said to
have resulted from decentralization
in administrative work with larger
share of responsibility and interest
taken by directors and secretary
treasurers of the local associations.
Regular meeting Ruth chapter 32,
Order of Eastern Star, will be held
at Masonic hall tomorrow evening,
announces Mrs. Mary Guild, wor
thy matron.
As the footlight fame-seeking
girl who faced disappointment
and disillusian gallantly to her
dying end, Andrea Leeds offers
a remarkable characterization
in "STAGE DOOR," screen hit
co-starring Ginger Rogers, Kath
arine Hepburn and Adolphe
Menjou and coming to the Star
Theater Sunday and Monday.
Gazette Times, Heppner,
Local Bank Making
Loans Under FHA
Applications for class one and two
loans under Title I of the new Na
tional Housing act just passed by
congress are being accepted by the
Heppner branch of The First Na
tional Bank of Portland, it is an
nounced by B. C. Pinckney, manager.
"Under this act," Mr. Pinckney
stated, "which amends and revives
the home and business plant mod
ernization act, known as Title I un
der the original F. H. A., loans may
be made for the purpose of altera
tion, repairs or improvements. We
are receiving many applications un
der classifications one and two out
lined by the act and believe we are
entering a new era of renovising and
Mr. Pinckney pointed out that the
act specifically covers three classi
fications of loans: Class 1 to repair,
alter or improve an existing struc
ture or the real property in con
nection therewith. Class 2 to erect
new structures exclusive of those
used in whole or part for residen
tial purposes, and Class J to erect
new structures to be used wholly or
in part for residential purposes.
Ralph Brumfield, sentenced to
four years in the state penitentiary
by Judge C. L. Sweek in circuit
court here last week end, was taken
to Salem Friday by Sheriff C. J. D.
Bauman to start serving sentence.
Brumfield's sentence arose from a
larceny charge in connection with
breaking into Bert Mason's store
at lone several months ago.
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Under this plan the borrower iupptle
one-third of the cot of the car In cash
or by the trade-In value of another
automobile. This bank supplies (fie
balance needed to make possible m
the loan and Insurance on the car
are all you pay. No Extra Charges.
Army day, April 8, is planned to
be celebrated locally with talks at
the high school and various civic
organizations. Named on the local
committee are Spencer Crawford,
chairman; George P. Starr, Lieut.
Richard C. Lawrence and Mrs. Floyd
Adams. Army day is sponsored by
the Military Order of the World
War and will be observed in 97
cities and towns of Oregon. Gov
ernor Martin is honorary chairman;
Mavor James K. Carson, Jr., of
Portland, chairman, and Jacob Kanz-
ler, Captain Oscar Kaufer, Major
H. D. Bagnall of Portland recruiting
office, members, of executive com
Mrs. Sara McNamer and Mrs.
Blanche Patterson were hostesses
for O. E. S. Social club at Masonic
hall Saturday afternoon. First prizes
were taken by Mrs. Chas. Vaughn
and Mrs. W. E. Pruyn. Others at
tending were Mrs. David Wilson,
Mrs. W. H. Cleveland, Mrs. Glenn
Jones, Mrs. E. R. Schaffer, Mrs. Earl
Gilliam, Mrs. A. D. McMurdo, Mrs.
Chas. Cox, Mrs. Mary Guild, Mrs.
Harold Buhman, Mrs. Anna Bayless,
Mrs. Lillian Cochran.
Oregon State Daily Barometer of
March 4 carried a feature article on
Capt. H. L. Beard, veteran cadet
band leader who is coming to east
ern Oregon with the band next week.
The article was written by Miss
Nancy Jane Cox of this city.
Harold Anderson was in town yes
terday from the Gooseberry district.
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Thursday, March 10, 1938
Ross to Address
Pendleton Meeting
J. D. Ross, Bonneville adminis
trator, will address a meeting at
Pendleton at 10 o'clock Tuesday
morning, March 15, in the little
theater of the Vert Memorial build
ing, according to announcement of
C. L. Lieuallen, Pendleton mayor.
Ross will give information on Bon
neville power.
Mayor Lieuallen has extended an
invitation through Mayor Jeff Jones
for everyone interested in first
hand information on Bonneville to
attend the Pendleton meeting.
Roseburg Farm homemakers of
Douglas county rated running water
in the house as the most desirable
convenience in a survey made by the
committee in charge of the farm
home and rural life division of the
recent agricultural outlook confer
ence at Roseburg. Given three more
"wishes," they would take inside
toilets and bathrooms, remodelled
kitchens and added sleeping rooms.
The survey showed that a large
percentage of the rural homes did
not have running water in the kit
chens or on back porches, although
many of the farms provided running
water for livestock and for use
around farm buildings.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jones at
tended the basketball tournament
from Condon to see their son, Don,
member of the Condon team, in ac
tion. Mr. and Mrs. Jones publish the
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