Page Four Heppner Gazette Times THE HEPPNER GAZETTE, Established March SO. 1883; THE HEPPNER TIMES, Established November 18, 1897; CONSOLIDATED FEBRUARY 15. 1912 Published every Thursday morning by CB.AWFOBD PUBLISHING COMPANY and entered at the Post Office at Hepp ner, Oregon, as second-class matter. JASPER V. CRAWFORD, Editor SPENCER CRAWFORD, Manager SUBSCRIPTION RATES: One Year $2.00 Three Years . 5.00 Six Months 1.00 Three Months 75 Single Copies 05 Official Paper for Morrow County When Times Are Blackest IMMEDIATELY after the flood ca- tastrophe of 1903, Heppner's news papers told of the staunch deter mination of the citizens to rebuild. That determination resulted in more and better buildings than had be fore existed, and though scars seared upon the hearts of the peo ple could never be erased, the ap pearance of the town itself was en hanced in the period of reconstruc tion. During the last ten years Heppner has gone through one of the black est eras of economic depression in its history; at least that is what some old-timers say. Certain it is that money has not flowed freely, what with poor crops added to slow-moving business generally. But it was just ten years ago that one Heppner citizen came to the city, and he recalls that at that time a generally run-down condition ex isted. Since that time, three mod ern business structures have risen, other "eye-sores" have been re moved, much new construction and repair of residences has taken place, the city's streets have been paved and a swimming tank constructed. The progress in the last ten years, actually, has been remarkable, this resident points out. . So it is, oft' times, when times are blackest much is accomplished in the way of progress. Prospects of brighter times, how ever, always bring new hope of more rapid acocmplishment of in dividual aims. And so, Heppner peo ple anticipate the opening of a box factory in the near future as the means of bringing a payroll and new posibilities of development. The box factory project appears to be the first sound indication of Heppner's realizing on the large timber resources at its gates. The process of cutting, naturally, is the harvesting of a crop that has been years in production, and the har vest day may not last forever. But another large crop, to add to our wheat and our sheep, to be handled through Heppner will give impetus to business generally. Though es tablishment of the factory at this time may not be definite, certain it is that not many years will elapse before such an enterprise will prof itably operate here. The Last in Line LIEALTH and happiness are syn- onymous in most any man's lan guage. And the most pitiful picture in the world is that of a millionaire with an incurable ailment for which no amount of money will buy a cure. There can never be a golden meas uring rod for the value of health. This is brought to mind as the part-time health nurse completes .six weeks of service in the county, about half the time that local bud getary allotments contemplate such ;service for the year. The question uppermost at this time is not wheth er the services given were worth the money paid, but whether there is not much more need of service. From printed reports of the ser vice in the six weeks we find that the county nurse supervised pre school and infant conferences over the county at which 59 examinations were made. How much of the find ines in these cases will later result in material health benefit can only be a matter of conjecture. But much of the service of the county nurse does not lend itself to publicity. It is known that through the ser vices of the nurse a number of chil Heppner dren who faced the prospect of go ing through life with serious phy sical handicaps have geen given the benefit of specialized treatment that in each case will greatly benefit the afflicted condition. If the county nurse was directly responsible for bringing one such case to light and for making only one healthy, capa ble individual who otherwise would have gone through life in a seriously handicapped condition, is not the cost, whatever it may be, a small amount? There may not be need in Mor row county for a full-time health nurse, but this county is the only county in the state that does not come up to requirements of the state board of health to receive the fi nancial assistance it is prepared to give. This department has asked for establishment of at least for months' public health nurse service before, it will match funds. Just now a measure is before the legislature to make state funds available for matching federal health funds which the state is in danger of losing. Lo cal action will be somewhat de pendent upon the state and nation al situation, but Morrow county should not long bear the odium of being the last in line of counties recognizing the benefits of public health work. Miss Lucille Hall Given Final Tribute All members of the immediate family and many friends attended last rites for Miss Lucille Hall Sun day afternoon, held from Phelps Funeral home, followed by inter ment in Masonic cemetery. Rev. R. C. Young, Methodist minister, of ficiated. Miss Hall died last Thursday morning at Rawlins, Wyo., following a major operation. Born at Monu ment, Oregon, she came with the family to Heppner as a child and while attending Heppner grade and high schools, her charming person ality made her popular with all who knew her. She went to Rawlins in 1935 to be with her brother, and from the Rawlins Republican-Bul letin is taken the .following notice of her passing. Miss Lucille Hall, 24 years old, popular member of the younger set in this city, died at 8:55 yesterday (Feb. 9) morning at the Memorial hospital. Her passing brought sin cere regret and sadness to the many friends who had met and learned to know her during the short time that she made this city her home. Miss Hall was admitted to Memor ial hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and underwent a serious major opera tion the following day. Her condi tion failed to show appreciable im provement so it became necessary to give her a blood transfusion Wed nesday afternoon. Another condi tion developed Wednesday night, making it necessary to perform an emergency operation. Death relieved her suffering early yesterday morn ing. Lucille Geneva Hall was born on Sept, 14, 1914, at Monument, Ore gon. She spent most of her younger life in Oregon, coming to Rawlins in 1935 to be with her brother, Guy Hall, local railroader. After being here for a few months she started work in the fountain de partment of the Wyoming Drug store. Her congenial manner and sunny disposition made her very well liked by all who had an oppor tunity to meet and know her. She continued her work at the store un til the day before entering the hos pital. She is survived by her father, N. S. Hall of Pendleton, Ore.; five sis ters, Mrs. E. W. Gordon, Heppner; Mrs. Wm. Smethurst, Lexington; Mrs. C. J. Phillips, Kinzua; Mrs. George Stephens, Salem, and Mrs. L. A. Countryman, Geber, Cal.; two brothers, W. S. Hall of Oakland, Cal., and Guy E. Hall of Rawlins. Services will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon (Feb. 10) from the Collins-McKelvey chapel, the Rev. F. F. Kraft to conduct the ser vices. The remains will then be shipped to Heppner, where burial will be made. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hall will accompany the body to Oregon and will join other mem bers of the family at the burial ser vices. G. T. Want Ads bring results. Gazette Times, Heppner, O Public Opinion Water Situation Explained Dear Editor: It would be greatly appreciated if you would allow me space in your columns to answer the recent editorial comment in regard to the proposed purchase by the City of Heppner of a pumping plant to be operated by diesel motor. The mem bers of the City Council appreciate any constructive criticism of their operation of the city government. However, I do not believe that all the facts as stated in your recent editorial explain . the situation in full. The writer's views are also the views of the majority of the mem bers of the City Council. In your recent editorial it was, stated that in previous tests the present well did hold up for several days under heavy pumping. As a matter of fact, the city well, which we propose to pump out of, is known as the old well, and has been pump ed by a gasoline motor during the irrigation season, when the grav ity flow combined with Hxe flow of Kelley springs is insufficient to meet the city's needs, for a period of over three years during which time the water level did not go be low twenty -three feet from the surface of the ground. While the city contemplates at the present time on purchasing a pumping plant capable of pumping 720,000 gallons of water, the intention of the city is only to use the said pumping plant when necessary. The present sys tem of using the gravity flow and Kelley springs will not be disturbed in any manner. The only additional water that will be pumped out of the well other than has been in the past three years will be whatever increase in demand of water the city has over the past three years. Reliable engineers have advised us that they do not believe that our water will be lowered in the well to over a sixty-foot depth, even by pumping the full capacity of the pump. Their reason for this is that our well has held up remarkably under three summers of pumping. If necessary the type of installation proposed in the new pumping plant could go down to the full depth of the well, which is approximately 210 feet without any major changes in the pump and without any change in the diesel engine. Mr. Durand, who drilled the or iginal well, practically guaranteed to bring in another artesian well for the city at the time the second well was drilled. He advised the city council where to drill the said well and acting upon his advice and that of other well drillers the second well was drilled. Mr. ' Durand did not drill this well due to the fact that when the drilling was adver tised for bid it was found that he was not the low bidder. No well driller has ever offered the city council, since I have been a mem ber, to guarantee to bring in ar tesian water, and from past exper ience, unless an absolute guarantee was made to bring in artesian water it would appear that the risk of again expending approximately $2100.00 is not justified. Another major factor taken into consideration by the council in con nection with the new proposed pur chase is that the cost of operating a diesel driven pumping plant pump ing 720,000 gallons of water in twen ty-four hours will be less than the present cost of operating the gasoline pump that has been used in the last three years which pumps approxi mately one-fourth of this amount of water. In other words, it costs less per hour to run the proposed diesel plant than it costs to run the preS' ent gasoline pumping plant and only one-fourth as much per gallon of water actually being pumped. As you stated in your recent edi torial the councilmen do not pre tend to be expert hydraulic engin eers but their reasoning is based on past experience and in their judg ment the wisest thing to do. P. W. MAHONEY. To the Editor: During the past few years, a num ber of people within the county have discussed the fact that the schedule of salaries of District At torneys of the state discriminates against Morrow county, in that Mor Oregon row county is placed in the lowest salary bracket, while most other counties of the same class as to population, assessed valuation, and volume of work required of the of fice are in the next higher bracket, as are also several others of much less population, assessed valuation and volume of work. With this fact in mind, numerous persons have' gone on record as fa voring an increase in the salary paid to the office in this county, to make it the same as that paid to other counties of similar classification, and have favored the passage of a bill now before the legislature, ad vancing the salary paid to this coun ty to equal that paid in other coun ties of the same class. I would like to call the attention of those persons to a fact that has just come to my attention. I am in formed by Mr. Fatland, Speaker of the House, that it is the intent of the Governor to have a board or commission work out an equitable schedule of salaries for all state of ficers. As the office of District At torney is a state office, and the sal ary paid by the state, I assume his plan would include the schedule for District Attorneys, and that an ad justment will be made, placing this county in its proper classification in relation to the other counties. Therefore, I wish to take this means to suggest that no further effort be made on behalf of the pres ent bill, as its passage would prob ably only further complicate the work the Governor is planning, and since the salary is paid by the state, and is, in reality of practically no local interest, except to those who wish to see the local office treated fairly by the state in relation to other counties, it seems only reas onable to permit the state officials to make the proper adjustment FRANK C. ALFRED. ASSISTS "WHISKERINO" University of Oregon, Eugene, Feb. 14 Don Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Turner of Heppner, was ohairman of the contest committee for the sophomore "Whiskerino," annual dance for which all sopho mores must have grown a beard. The duty of the contest committee was to judge the bearded sopho more for the longest, the blackest, the reddest, the thickest, the best shaped, and the least beard of all attending the dance. Turner is a sophomore in law at the University of Oregon. He graduated from Hepp ner high shool and is affiliated with Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Nash for sale or trade for jcattle, good condition. W. H. French, Hard man. 47tf WHATEVER YOUR PROBLEMS We have windshield and door glass for any make car. OUR NEW GLASS GRINDING MACHINE will aid you in fitting glass of any kind for any purpose, and St will SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY Ferguson Motor Co. Thursday, February 16, 1939 Changes Made in Band Competition At the last meeting of the Oregon Band and Orchestra Directors' as sociation, it was decided to break the state up into sectional contests instead of holding the one state contest as in the past The Eastern Oregon Normal school will sponsor at the reqest oi Andrew Loney, Jr., president of the state association, the eastern Oregon con test, Friday-Saturday, April 14-15. This will constitute the official con test for eastern Oregon, which com prises all territory east of and in cluding The Dalles, as far as the Ida no state line, and as far south as and including Bend. The same rating will be used as was in the state contest last year. The schools will be placed in class competition and will be rated on the following scale: 1, Superior; 2, Ex cellent; 3, Good; 4, Fair; 5, Unsatis factory. The classification require ments are as follows: Class A All bands from high schools of 750 or more enrollment. Blass B Bands from high schools of 250-700 enrollment. Class C Bands from high schools of less than 250 enrollment. Class D Bands from high schools of less than 100 enrollment. The contest number will be se lected by the state committee and as soon as received, information will be passed on to the competing bands. All bands will play two marches at the close of Friday night's con test. They will be conducted by the outstanding band judge in attend ance. Numbers used will be March "High Tower" by Harold Bennett and March "El Capitan" by Sousa. The purpose of this new arrange ment is to cut down the expenses of the bands that do not receive any rating in the contest. The winners of this divisional contest will go to Portland to meet with the winners of the districts 'that take in all of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The winner is eligible for national competition. VERNER ADKINS PASSES Word was received this morning of the death at Coquille hospital, Sunday, Feb. 5, of Verner Adkins, 8, son of Ralph Adkins, former resi dent here. Death followed an op eration for bursted appendix. He was born Sept. 29, 1929. His mother died seven years ago. Surviving are the father, brothers Willis, Don ald and Jimmy, and sister, Mrs. Shirley Maiden of Coquille. Fun eral services were held February 7 with Joel R. Benton, Christian min ister of Marshfield, officiating.