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Civic Workers Plan
Meeting at Camp
Near 200 Expected
to Accept CCC and
Civic organizations of Heppner
will break the bread of good fellow
ship Monday, March 20, when mem
bers of the several groups with
partners will assemble about the
dinner table at Camp Heppner mess
hall as special guests of the CCC
and SCS personnel. Incentive for the
occasion, a national Business and
Professional Womens club project,
was turned toward realization at the
Monday Lions luncheon when B. P.
W., Heppner Garden and Heppner
Music club representatives joined
the Lions in laying plans.
With facilities at the camp an
nounced by Lt, Marius P, Hanford
as capable of accommodating 200
people, it was expected near that
number would be in attendance. Of
fers of cooperaton were given by
Miss Rose Leibbrand, B. P. W.; Mrs.
D. M. Ward, garden club, and Mrs.
Ture Peterson, music club. Special
invitation was extended Boy Scouts
and Heppner Fire department to be
guests. An invitation is being given
a leading speaker of the state to
give the main address.
Thomas J. Wells, assessor, told the
luncheon group how the property
tax base for the county is 'arrived
at and explained the work of ex
tending the various tax levies upon
the county rolls. Within towns, he
said, valuations are first determined
upon Main street property and oth
er properties are then assessed ac
cording to situation in relation to
Main street. .While improvements
affect the value of property gener
ally, he said that the assessor's of
office has maintained the position,
of assessing vacant lots on Main
street the same as if they were im
proved, because of their potential
earning power, and in fairness to
businesses already established.
He explained how property lying
under different tax levying sub-di
visions is broken up so that only
the portion lying within a given dis
trict bears the tax of that district.
An improvement in the work of
extending the tax upon the rolls
was said to have been made this
year by grouping all the tax levies
whih all property bears and then
adding only the special taxes to sep
A girls' quartet from the school
favored with a vocal number ac
companied by Norbert Peavy. The
girls were Jeanette Blakely, Helen
Lundell, Dorothy Howell and Car
Gene Lear. Takes
Post at The Dalles
Gene Lear, who for more than a
year filled the position of assistant
secretary to the local AAA com
pliance committee, has accepted the
position of assistant county agent for
Wasco county. With Mrs. Lear he
departed last week to accept the
Merle Cummings, assistant in the
local office since last September,
has been named tentatively to the
post vacated by Lear.
NEW BUSINESS STARTS
A second hand store was opened
this week in the store building on
Chase street, one block east of
Heppner hotel, under the manage
ment of Henry D. Howe, recently
of Pendleton. Mr. and Mrs. Howe
have taken residence in the Reid
apartments on Church street.
START CANTATA PRACTICE
Practice for the Easter cantata to
be presented by combined choirs of
churches of the city was announced
to start next Thursday evening at
Church of Christ. Russell McNeill is
directing the presentation.
Site Funds Mounting,
Right of Way Change
Okehed for Factory
Progress was made in bringing
the Kraft cheese box factory to
Heppner this week when the local
site committee reported passing the
$2000 mark in solicitation of the
$3000 for procurement of site, and
the county court yesterday gave its
cooperation in obtaining change of
public crossing of railroad tracks
desired by the company at the site
location. A railroad engineer con
ferred with the court on the latter
H. L. Leash and Leonard Kraft,
company officials, spent Friday night
and Saturday here going over fur
ther details with J. Logie Richard
son, local agent, and reported that
everything was progressing nicely.
Further recordings of timberlands,
including 1500 acres, were made at
the clerk's office this week as prog
ress was made in clearing title to
lands being obtained by Bridal Veil
Lumber and Box company, the Kraft
City Amateurs to
Hare Hour Wednesday
What has Heppner in the way of
amateur entertainment talent?
Business and Professional Wom
ens club hope to give a fair answer
to that question, and at the same
time raise funds to assist in provid
ing a swimming instructor for the
city, when their amateur hour is
presented at the gym-auditorium
next Wednesday evening.
The contest will be staged in two
classes, the first including all peo
ple 15 years and under and the sec
ond from 15 to 19 years. Balloting
by audience will determine the three
winners who will be awarded $4, $2
and $1 respectively.. - . ;
Scott McMurdo, senior registration
chairman, and Miss Mary White,
junior registration chairman, report
lively interest and prospects for
some startling revelations.
Snow Flurry Visits;
1.03 Inches for Feb.
Snow which fell to the depth of
1.6 inch at Heppner the first of the
week was followed by rain to bring
February moisture precipitation to
1.03 inch, says Len L. Gilliam, gov
ernment weather observer. The first
day of March yesterday contributed
an additional .05 inch, helping to
overcome the moisture shortage for
the season, said by old-timers to be
as low as they can remember. Over
cast skies with intervals of sun
shine, and snow all gone was the
order this morning.
With the new snow fall here, re
ports of deeper snow to the south
were given. Six inches was said to
cover the ground at Hardman, and
at the W. H. French ranch higher
up, a ten-inch fall was reported.
HURT IN BICYCLE FALL
Raymond Johnson, son of Mrs.
Phil Griffin, received what is be
lieved to have been a slight con
cussion of the brain when his bicycle
went down on the icy pavement as
he was rounding the corner at South
Center and Court streets near his
home Tuesday afternoon, causing
him to land on his head. Workmen
at the new Burkenbine house near
by went to his assistance and he
was taken to Heppner hospital for
CO-OP MEETING SET
Lexington Home Economics club
will meet at the home of Mrs. Fred
Mankin, March 8 instead of March
9 as formerly planned. This is for
the convenience of members. A
pot-luck dinner will be served.
The H. E. club will serve dinner at
Lexington grange hall, March 18,
the co-op meeting.
A meeting of Morrow County
Hunters and Anglers club is called
for 7:30 next Tuesday evening at
the Elks club by J. Logie Rich
Oregon, Thursday, March
Host in 1940; Stan
field Wins Contest
A cold, blustery day welcomed
Morrow-Umatilla county Odd Fel
lows who met here Saturday for
their annual convention, but the
friendly atmosphere of town and
visitors left little to worry from the
weather man. George Ely of lone
welcomed the visitors, and S. F.
Bowman, past grand master of Pen
dleton, gave the address which
started off the convention program
in the afternoon.
Selection of Milton-Freewater for
the 1940 conclave, and naming of of
ficers climaxed the session. Officers
named were Cal Houten of Free
water, president; D. W. Davis, Pen
dleton, secretary; E. - P. Pearson,
Hermiston, treasurer, and W. T.
Reeves, Stanfield, chaplain.
At 6 o'clock attending Odd Fel
lows surrounded the banquet ta
ble set in the dining hall and par
ticipated in the delicious dinner pre
pared by San Souci Rebekah lodge.
Orchestra numbers, piano duet, skit
by five CCC boys, reading by Mrs.
Lucy E. Rodgers, number by girls'
trio, and tap dance by Hewitt and
Howe of Camp Heppner, filled out
an enjoyable entertainment hour as
a banquet feature.
Regular lodge session in the eve
ning was featured by initiatory de
gree contest between Stanfield and
Weston with the former lodge car
rying off the honors.
Lee Howell, vice president for the
last year, presided at the business
sessions due to illness of John J.
'Purple Towers' Cast
Set or Band Benefit
"Purple Towers," musical comedy,
is being prepared under Elks spon
sorship to present in six weeks to
assist in raising funds to send the
school band to the state contest.
Complete selection of cast was an
nounced by Dr. R. C. Lawrence,
committee chairman, this morning,
Cast in character roles are Hank
Huckleberry, Frank Alfred; Mike
Murphy, Clarence Bauman; Red
Nichols, Dr. R. C. Lawrence; Earl
Parker, Hubert Gaily; Tillie, Jose
phine Mahoney; Urseba Applegate,
Virginia Dix; Helen Trumbull, Bet
ty Lawrence; Mary Marble, Mrs.
Russell McNeill; Phil Bradley, Rus
sell McNeill; Snowball, Bob Run
nion. Miss Rachel Forsythe is directing
the music, Miss Marjorie Parker is
piano accompanist, and Mrs. Harold
Cohn is directing the dancing. A
large supporting chorus started
practice last Friday, and tri-weekly
practices will be held on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Anyone who desires to assist with
the chorus is welcome to attend the
next practice at the Elks hall, 7:30
tomorrow evening, Dr. Lawrence
AUDIT COUNTY BOOKS
R. B. Morgan and Rolf Bodding,
auditors from the auditing depart
ment of the secretary of state's of
fice, arrived in the city last Friday
to begin the annual audit of county
books. It is expected that they will
also audit city books before leaving,
as the council recently passed a
resolution asking for the service.
While lambing is getting under
full swing in the north end of the
county, upper country sheepmen
are just starting. Operations are be
ginning to get under way at the J.
G. Barratt and Frank Wilkinson
farms near Heppner. No difficulty
was reported from the snow storm
the first of the week.
To Mack Smith
That Morrow county now seems
assured of gaining legal right-of-way
and water rights to the Mack
Smith ditch and its waters is the
result of passing the necessary bill
by the house of representatives yes
terday. The bill, prepared by Frank
C. Alfred, district attorney, was in
troduced in the senate by Senator
Ellis and Representative French
and had previously passed that body.
As soonas it is signed by the gov
ernor it will be ready for placement
upon the statute books.
The bill was prepared by Alfred
at the request of the county court
to enable the county to accept right-of-way
from the forest service and
to protect the public interest in the
water rights for the diversion chan
nel which carries waters from the
head of Ditch creek into Willow
creek, augmenting the supply avail
able to lower Willowcreek farmers
for irrigation- during the spring
run-off each year.
Guy Moore Wins
U. P. Scholarship
The annual $100 college scholar
ship awarded to outstanding 4-H
club boys and girls by the Union
Pacific Railroad company in counties
served by their railway has this
year been awarded to Guy Moore
of Butter creek for the showing he
has made with his sheep club pro
ject. Guy has been a club member
for four years and has a good rec
ord for showings made at the state
fair and at the Pacific International
Livestock exposition. Guy placed
first at the Pacific International with
his fine wool exhibit, he also placed
first and second in the fine wool
breed at the state fair in 1938, eighth
in Hampshire class and second in
sheep showmanship. Guy is a junior
in Heppner high school this year.
Leland Edmondson, Lexington, has
been selected as alternate for the
scholarship in case it is not used by
Guy. Leland has been a sheep and
calf club member for five years,
standing well up with his exhibits
and his judging work last year.
Pomeroy Couple Buy
Local Variety Store
Heppner Variety store, of which
Mrs. Flora Dimick has been pro
prietor since its inception several
years ago, was this week purchased
by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Dickson of
Pomeroy, Wash. Mr. Dickson will be
in the city during March, getting
acquainted with Heppner people
and assisting with rearrangement of
stock. Walter Depuy accompanied
Mr. Dickson and will remain as lo
Mr. and Mrs. Dickson have con
ducted a variety store at Pomeroy
for three years and will continue his
store along with the one here. Neith
er Dickson nor Depuy come to the
city as total strangers. Dickson's
mother, known . to old-time resi
dents as Miss Hattie Corbin, at
tended school in Heppner as a girl,
staying at the Rasmus home, while
Depuy's grandfather was a pioneer
resident of the Hardman section.
Flying Club Organized
To Train Pilots at OSC
Oregon State College An Oregon
State Flying club, composed of 41
students taking actual flying train
ing, has been formed here and of
ficially recognized by the college.
The students contract with the local
flying service for training at group
rates. Only registered students and
those with written permission of
parents or guardians are permitted
to join the club, says Ben F. Ruffner,
associate professor of aeronautical
engineering, who is faculty adviser.
It is believed that an active club
of this sort will aid in having OSC
designated next year as one of the
college centers for the training of
civilian, pilots by the federal government.
Subscription $2.00 a Year
By Wheat Growers
For '38 Compliance
Total of $180,000
Expected; Value of
AAA Work Cited
Farmers of Morrow county re
cently have received checks total
ing $129,044.91 in payment of com
pliance with the 1938 agricultural
conservation program, today an
nounced C. D. Conrad, secretary of
the county conservation committee.
Checks are continuing to come in
regularly from the state AAA office
at Corvallis in payment of 1938
compliance, h& stated.
Payments to the wheat farmers in
this county cooperating in the 1938
program are expected to total ap
proximately $180,000, the secretary
As soon as the checks are received
by the county agricultural office the
farmer is notified, eliminating need
for inquiry at the local office.
Although the cash payments for
participating in the farm program
are the immediate obvious benefits
for farmers in this county, said Mr.
Conrad, other gains of far-reaching
value also result.
"Conservation of the nation's soil
resources is the first purpose of the
AAA farm program," he declared.
"In future years, we will see the
effects of more careful farming
practices which are being stimulat
ed by the present program.
"The second purpose of the pro
gram is to reduce overproduction
one of the largest causes of soil de
struction. It wastes soil thru unused
harvest, and through needless ex
posure to erosion. A armer who
grows more soil-depleting crops
than he can sell at a fair price robs
himself of his capital; he wastes his
soil fertility and his labor."
Mustangs to Fossil
For District Tourney
Heppner's division championship
Mustang basketeers will try f their
metal for the district championship
at the tournament in Fossil this
week end. Boardman will be their
first opponent in the second game
The winner of this game will meet
the winners of Umatilla, Fossil,
Condon and lone series in a cham
pionship game. Coach Knox will
have the allotted eight-man squad '
on hand and a number of local fans
plan to accompany them.
Game sessions are slated to start
at 2:30 and 7, Friday afternoon and
evening, and at 7 Saturday evening.
Consolation winners will be decided
in Saturday evening's first game,
and the champions in the second
game, beginning at 8 o'clock.
FREDERICK W. GALLAGHER
Frederick W. Gallagher passed
away at his home below the depot
in this city early Sunday morning
from a heart attack. He had been
active up to the last, carrying on a
garbage disposal business. He was
born July 3, 1880, in California, and
the family came to this county sev
eral years ago, locating at Hardman.
Surviving are the widow, Anna,
and five children, Mrs. William Lee
of Sunny side, Wash.; Mrs. Charles
Fraters of Heppner, Roland Galla
gher of Bend, Harley and Wesley
Gallagher of Heppner. Funeral ar
rangements were placed in charge
of Phelps Funeral home.
Charles Aired was found guilty
on charge of assault and battery in
justice court this morning and fin
ed $50. The charge arose out of an
attack he made on H. O. Bauman at
the Lexington grange hall, Saturday,
92 hear! nurebred Hamnshire
ewes, 50 early lambs, part now lam
bing. Daisy Butler, Willows. ltp.