Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, June 30, 1938, Page Page Six, Image 6

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o State Buildings
o Safety Jubilee
SALEM One building of the state
capitol group was completed and an
other formally started this week.
The $2,500,000 modernistic capitol
was accepted for the state from the
contractors by the capitol recon
struction commission after a thor
ough inspection. The building will
be open for public inspection on the
afternoon of July 2 and all day July
3. State departments are expected
to move into the new structure
shortly after July 1. Formal dedica
tion has been postponed until the
opening day of the 1939 legislature.
Shortly before the commission
started on its inspection tour, Gov
ernor Martin laid the cornerstone
for the new $1,000,000 state library
now under construction. The struc
ture, across the street from the new
capitol, will be completed January 1.
At the cornerstone ceremony the
governor told the crowd of about
100 to "move in closer. I want you to
hear this speech. I won't be making
them much longer." He then praised
the state's progressiveness in library
planning and building during the
past 50 years.
Hardly had his words faded away
than the official inspection of the
new capitol started. Francis Keally,
New York architect, who designed
the building, ushered the recon
struction commission from the dome
to the basement.
The building is completely bare of
furniture with the exception of the
house and senate chambers. The two
big assembly rooms are now com
pleted and equipped with oak desks
for each member, as well as theatre
style seats in the spectators' bal
conies. The seats for the senators and
representatives have not yet arrived.
Furniture from the present offices
will be used until next fall when the
new furnishings arrive.
The contract for completion of the
structure is not complete despite the
acceptance. There are still two stone
statue groups to be installed in front
of the building flanking the broad
steps and a gigantic statue of an
early pioneer to surmount the tower
on top of the building. Mural work,
painting and other details will be
finished later.
With 31 jurors impaneled for the
July session of circuit court here,
action is expected soon in the state's
condemnation proceedings against
three property owners who have re
fused to relinquish their property
north of the new capitol building
for the appraised value set by the
state capitol reconstruction commis
Owners of the old Elks Temple in
Portland this week offered the
building to the state as a state of
fice building for $690,000. The own
ers said they would donate a 50 by
100 fiot lot for parking space and
remodel the building to suit the
needs of the state. No action was
taken by the board of control, as
Earl Snell, a member, was absent
Drunken driving was responsible
for the revocation of 64 operators'
permits during May. There were 94
licenses devoked during the month,
Secretary of State Earl Snell an
nounced. Employment in Oregon during the
past few months has been on the up
swing, two state officials reported
this week.
Guy V. Lintner, director of the
Oregon State Employment service,
said the number employed during
June would show an increase over
previous months of 1938. He credited
the upswing in jobs to resumed saw
mill operations in Marshfield and
Klamath Falls, the pea harvest in
Pendleton, and seasonal work in oth
er parts of the state.
J. C. Joy, chairman of the state
industrial accident commission, re
ported that the number of men
working in May in Oregon industries
under the workmen's compensation
law had increased since February.
The total April payroll was larger
than the payroll during the same
period last year. However, the num
ber employed is below the number
of last October when the high mark
since 1929 was reached.
Gasoline sales in Oregon during
May, totaling 20,582,615 gallons, were
the second highest for the month in
the state's history, according to Sec
retary of State Earl Snell. The fig
ure was one per cent below the rec
ord set last year. During the first
four months of the year motorists
paid more than $4,000,000 in taxes,
with $1,029,130.77 being collected in
Governor Martin this week asked
the people of Oregon to cooperate
with the National Safety Council
Silver Jubilee, program in keeping
Fourth of July accidents to a mini
mum: "I particularly urge all citi
zens not to mar the holiday by death
or injury due to careless driving, un
wise use of fireworks, and careless
hiking or swimming," the governor
State , Forester Ferguson believes
Oregon forestry and protection has
progressed 20 years since inaugura
tion of CCC camps five years ago.
He said the enrollees spent 135,000
man 'days in fighting fires last year.
There are now 2400 CCC youths in
Only seven of the 86 cases appealed
from the Oregon state supreme court
to the United States supreme court
in a period of 86 years have been
reversed, Arthur S. Benson, clerk' of
the Oregon court announced this
week. The other 79 cases were either
affirmed or dismissed.
State Budget Director Wharton
this week mailed instructions and
forms for the 1939-40 biennial bud
get to all state department and in
stitution heads. He requested that all
budget estimates be in his office by
September 1.
The . state supreme court an
nounced that the hearing on the in
sanity proceedings filed against Earl
H. Fehl, former Jackson county
judge, has been set for July 7. Fehl,
who served four years in the state
penitentiary for ballot thefts, is now
a patient at the Oregon state hospital
Fruit- Crops Look
Best in Far West,
OSC Outlook Says
Prospects for major fruit crops are
better in the far west than in any
other part of the country, with ex
port prospects better than usual,
according to the current agricultural
situation and outlook report just is
sued by the extension agriultural
economist's office at Oregon State
college. Loss of most of the early and
much of the late fruits in Europe
because of unseasonable cold weath
er has materially strengthened the
export prospects for the 1938 Amer
ican fruit crop.
Average domestic supplies of fruit
are in prospect fcr the nation as a
whole, but production will be un
evenly distributed. A large pear crop
is in prospect on the Pacific coast,
where the output is expected to ex
ceed the 10-year average by about
30 percent. A record crop of dried
prunes is in prospect for California,
but in Oregon and Washington con
ditions were not so favorable at last
With the Oregon farm price in
dex down two points to 62 per cent
of the 1926-1930 average, the report
shows that potatoes, apples, butter
fat, wool, eggs, dried prunes and
wheat are in the worst relative price
position, in that order. The price in
dex as of mid-May declined two
points from the month previous and
was 31 points below the peak of
April, 1937.
Overflowing granaries of American
wheat are still indicated by every
advance estimate. The latest fore
cast on winter wheat is for 760 mil
lion bushels, which is 214 million
bushels more than the 10-year av
erage of 1927 to 1936. In addition,
spring wheat conditions on June 1
indicated a crop in excess of 260
million bushels. Thus the total wheat
crop in the United States will prob
ably be in excess of a billion bush
els, or a surplus production over do
mestic needs of around 300 million
bushels, without counting at least
that much carry-over.
The complete report may be ob
tained at county extension, offices.
G. T. Want Ads bring results.
Gazette Times, Heppner,
varerpuiar rnce
Drop Expected to Aid
Sales, Employment
Making its most important and
boldest forward step since its intro
duction of diesel-powered tractors
in 1931, Caterpillar Tractor Co. an
nounced on June 20, 1938, liberal
price reductions in its line of track-
type tractors and diesel engines.
This, according to V, R. Runnion
of the Braden-Bell Tractor & Equip
ment company, which handles the
sales of "Caterpillar" machines in
this locality, is the best news that
has come to power users in recent
years. The reductions in the tractor
line affect all sizes except the
"Twenty-Two," the price of which
had already been reduced $200 sev
eral weeks earlier. The acclaim with
which that announcement was re
ceived encouraged the company to
make similar reductions in the prices
of other of its products, the reduc
tions ranging from $150 to $650 on
the several sizes of tractors and from
$175 to $750 on the diesel engine
line, affecting six of the eight cur
rent sizes of "Caterpillar' diesel en
gines. Since the formation of the Cater
pillar Tractor company in 1925, Mr,
Runnion explains, it has adhered to
the policy of building ever better
products at ever lower prices. Prior
to the introduction of diesel en
gines and diesel-powered tractors in
1931, repeated downward revisions
of prices had been made, passing on
to users the benefits of increased
sales and the consequent economies
of larger-scale production. With the
introduction of the diesel, the com
pany entered into a program of en
gineering and production develop
ment, revision of manufacturing fa
cilities and erection of new build
ings that involved the expenditure
of millions of dollars. Completion of
the "dieselization" program opened
the way for again passing on to us
ers the benefits of lower prices. In
addition, the company reduced its
profit margins in order that the
strongest possible bid might be made
for increased business, with price re
ductions that would extend the ad
vantages of diesel power to a greatly
ly increased number of users.
The reduction in prices, placing
"Caterpillar" products well below
those of other track-type tractors
and diesel engines of comparable
size, are, a step to further increase
"Caterpillar's" leadership in these
fields. The move has been greeted
with equal enthusiasm by dealers,
who see in it an incentive to more
buying activity, and by employees,
who welcome the assurance that
more sales volume means more em
ployment Roadside Beauty
Needs Guarding
Oregon's world-famed highway
system that brings the traveller in
from the east, spreading out to Cal
ifornia by way of The Dalles, into
the Ochoco, John Day and other
valleys, and over mountain and plain
to the west coast, must be guarded
vigilantly by citizens of this part of
Oregon to insure its permanent sce
nic beauty, and steps should be taken
at once to preserve timber strips
along its route, and to take over and
improve burned- and cut-over sec
tions, it is pointed out in a report
of -the state planning board, "Pres
ervation of Oregon Roadside Tim
ber." The report, which presents facts
and figures for all highways of the
state, shows that of a grand total of
384 miles of heavy travel highways
in the Eastern Oregon system, 136.6
is through majestic merchantable
timber, 86.4 miles is bordered by
non-merchantable timber, 112 miles
is sided by second growth, cut
over and burned areas, and 49.1 miles
are in non-forest regions..
To insure preservation of a sub
stantial strip of permanent natural
forest cover along the heavy trav
eled eastern Oregon highways would
require a combined investment on
the part of the national forest and
state lands of $687,250 of which the
state should contribute $531,130, and
the national forest $156,120. Because
of the great scenic value of this
route, the sums would be an invest
ment of outstanding value to the
state, the report points ot
The heavy traveled roads in the
eastern Oregon system included in
the survey are The Dalles-California,
Ochoco, John Day, Heppner
Spray, Pendleton-John Day, John
Day-Burns, Oregon Trail, Weston
Elgin, Flora, Minam, Baker, Fre
mont, and Klamath Falls-Lakeview.
The report, which is the work of
the planning board's committee on
roadside preservation, aided by a
special WPA project points out the
grave and immediate dangers to tim
ber borders due to truck logging,
need of liquidation by owners, and
other factors and urges that agen
cies, organizations and citizens unite
to make permanent the present un
cut areas, and to improve those al
ready cut-over or burned.
Snell Advises Caution
In Fourth Driving
Next Sunday all America will take
to the highways as the national hol
iday, lengthened this year because
it falls on a week-end, is ushered in.
Last year five Oregonians last their
lives in highway accidents over the
Fourth of July, accordng to Secre
tary of State Earl Snell, who urges
motorists and pedestrians alike to
celebrate the Fourth with safety
"Nationally, the Fourth of July ac
cident toll runs high into the hun
dreds every year, and traffic acci
dents are responsible for a majority
of the victims," Snell declared. "Ore
gon has made an outstanding safety
record so far this year, and it would
be fitting if ths state would cele
brate Independence Day by keepng
its slate free from highway fatalities."
Snell particularly urged that mo
torists refrain from planning trips
which cannot be made comfortably
during the holiday period, and that
they give their automobiles a thor
ough checking over before starting.
He also advised motorists to drive at
moderate speeds and to make a spec
ial effort to be courteous, since traf
fic will be unusually heavy.
"Remember to drive slowly past
resorts and other crowded spots,
and to control your speed on un
familiar stretches of road," Snell
said. "We can prevent the usual
number of f atalities if we will, make
a conscious effort to give the 'other
fellow' every possible advantage."
Potted plants at all times, phone
1332; will deliver. 15tf
ATwater 4884
5th at Washington
A. D. McMurdo, M. D.
Trained Nurse Assistant
Office In Masonic Building
Heppner, Oregon
Morrow County
Abstract fir Title Co.
Office in New Peters Building
F. W. Turner Cr Co.
Old Line Companies Seal Estate
Heppner, Oregon
Jos. J. Nys
Peters Building, Willow Street
Heppner, Oregon
Laurence Case
"Just the service wanted
when yon want it most"
Thursday, June 30, 1938
J. O. Turner
Phone 173
Hotel Heppner Building
Dr. Raymond Rice
First National Bank Building
Office Phone 523 House Phone 823
Abstract Co.
Roberts Building Heppner, Ore.
P. W. Mahoney
Heppner Hotel Building
Willow St. Entrance
J. O. Peterson
Latest Jewelry and Gift Goods
Watches Clocks Diamonds
Expert Watch and Jewelry
Heppner, Oregon
Vawter Parker
First National Bank Building
Dr. Richard C. Lawrence
Modern equipment including X-ray
for dental diagnosis
Extraction by gas anesthetic
First National Bank Building
Phone 562 Heppner, Ore.
Dr. L. D. Tibbies
Physician & Surgeon
Rec. Phone 1162 Office Phone 492
W. M. Eubanks
on Heppner Branch
V. R. Runnion
Farm Sales and Livestock a Specialty
405 Jones Street, Heppner, Ore.
Phone 452
Frank C. Alfred
Telephone 442
Rooms 3-4
First National Bank Building
Peterson & Peterson
U. S. National Bank Building
Practice In State and Federal Courts
Real Estate
General Line of Insurance and
Notary Puhllo
Phone 62 lone, Ore.
your new or old wheat, see
for grain stored In Heppner and
at lone for rest of Branch
Representing Balfour, Guthrie ft Co.