Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, June 29, 1939, Image 1

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Volume 56, Number 16
Advertising of
Rodeo to Be Given
Broader Range
Business Men Take
Action In Promoting
Annual Exhibition
Heppner's annual western classic,
the Rodeo, will receive wider pub
licity throughout the northwest this
year, due to the cooperation of the
Rodeo association and business men
in an advertising campaign. Addi
tional circulation of information rel
ative to the local show will be ob
tained through the use of special
envelopes which business houses
have bought in generous quantities
for use during July and August.
Decision to try this method of sell
ing the show at home and abroad
was reached in the meeting of the
association at Hotel Heppner last
Friday evening.
A special design gotten up in
the Gazette Times printery met with
the instant approval of business
men and the response has been
gratifying. The design is printed in
two colors, with type matter in
blue and the cut of a horse and
rider in red. The wording is brief,
merely stating "Heppner Rodeo,
Heppner, Oregon, August 24, 25, 26,
1939," with the slogan, "She's Wild!"
under the horse and rider.
Several matters connected with
the operation of the show were pre
sented and discussed. C. D. Conrad,
county agent, spoke briefly regard
' ing the 4-H club fair, which is an
important feature of the Heppner
event. It is his belief that the grain
show should be stressed more than
in the past, that being his chief
suggestion at this time. He asked
that the 4-H clubbers be given the
same consideration as in the past
relative to concessions at the queen
dances and received assurance that
there would be no change in that
Frank Alfred read and explained
the terms of the underwriters'
agreement, making it clear that
signers will in no event be assess
ed more than the $25 specified. A
list of responsible guarantors has
been made up by the committee
and it is expected that 50 or more
of these will sign up.
An effort will be made to get more
floats in this year's parade. To ac
complish this it will be necessary
to start work on the floats earlier
than in the past and this is what
the parade committee expects to do.
Solicitation for funds will start
right after the Fourth of July and
classifications and prizes will be
announced as quickly as possible.
The parade is separate from the
Rodeo, although the association has
backed it at different times. All
money solicited for the parade is
spent on that feature alone. When
there has not been money enough
to pay out on the parade the as
sociation has come to the rescue.
Another advertising feature dis
cussed and left for committee in'
vestigation was that of selling Ro
deo buttons. Other shows have been
using this method with some sue
cess and the local association is dis
posed to try the plan here.' The but
tons may be made redeemable at
concessions and the Rodeo, or the
committee may decide on offering
Admissions will remain the same
as last year, one dollar general ad
mission, 50 cents for children and
$1.25 for reserved seats.
Word received from Superinten
dent Aldon Blankenship of the Hepp
ner schools this morning is to the
effect that he and Mrs. Blankenship
were headed for New York where
he will take special summer work
in the teachers' college of Columbia
university. They will be in New
York until the middle of August.
Heppner Lumber Co. Swings
Into Action With New Mill
During Past Week.
Lumber piles are growing at the
plant of the Heppner Lumber com
pany two miles north of Heppner.
Sawing started last week and al
ready there is evidence of a suc
cessful season well under way.
, An order for 200,000 feet of clear
lumber for the Nicolai Sash & Door
factory of Portland is now drying
and the mill started on logs of the
Bridal Veil Lumber company the
first of this week. Some of this
material will be planed by the lo
cal plant, it was stated.
A crew of 22 men is employed at
the sawmill at this time and a
daily cutting of 40,000 feet is being
made. With the men in the timber
getting out the logs and the truck
ing crew hauling the timber to the
mill the payroll of the new indus
try approximates 50 men. Aside
from the mill payroll, the Heppner
Fuel company, Turner and Parker,
has several men employed piling
slabwood on a tract east of the
highway near the millsite.
One piece of machinery in use
at the mill and new to this district
is the carrier used in hauling the
freshly cut lumber from the mill to
the piling yard. Due to the rough
terrain over which the carrier has
to operate the one in use here is
much smaller than those used in
the big mills, yet it is capable of
handling the output of a mtwh big
ger mill. It has been the practice
of the local operators to use a
truck for the piling job in former
Additional trucks will be put in
service to haul logs from the moun
tains in order to keep the plant
running at capacity.
Beamer Team Will
Eat Chicken Dinner
Running up a total of 4552 points,
the team captained by Ralph Beam
er won the crow and magpie con
test from the team captained by
George Howard, final scores re
vealed this week. Howard's team
was a fair runner-up, netting 4147
Under the agreement made at the
start of the contest several months
ago, Beamer's team will eat chick
en and Howard and his crew will
eat crow maybe. The dinner for
the winners will be served some
time during July at which time it
is expected that Frank B. Wire,
state game supervisor, will be
Winners in the egg-taking con
test were Raymond Parrish. of Hepp
ner, Robert Hoskins, lone and Bob
by Wright, Rhea Creek. Each boy
was awarded a .22 rifle, the guns
being given by Gilliam & Bisbee,
Geen Hardware and J. Logie Rich
ardson. Kinzua Building
Logging Highway
A logging highway 32 feet wide
is being built by the Kinzua Pine
Mill company from Wineland lake to
the W. H. French place, according
to District Ranger F. F. Wehmeyer,
who states that the road will be for
private use. The company has a 100
foot right-of-way for 11 miles, the
distance between the end of the
logging railroad at Wineland lake
and the French place.
Upon completion of the highway
huge diesel motored trucks with a
capacity of 8,000 feet will be put in
to operation hauling logs to the rail
road. The road is so constructed as
to permit a speed of 30 miles an
hour by the trucks.
Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Schwartz of
Portland were in the county this
week looking after property inter
ests. While here they were regis
tered at Hotel Heppner.
Oregon, Thursday, June
Grangers, Friends
Join in Picnic
And Farm Tour
Phases of Farm Work
Viewed at Heppner,
Boardman Meets
Sponsored by the granges of the
county and the soil conservation
service, two farm tours were con
ducted the past week end. The first
one was held Saturday at Board
man for the farmers of the north
end of the county and on Sunday
farmers of the south half of the
county gathered at Heppner for a
picnic and farm tour of the Willow
creek district.
A short program was held at the
Boardman high school at 11 o'clock.
Charles W. Smith, assistant state
county agent leader, Judge Bert
Johnson and County Agent C. D.
Conrad participated in the program.
Mr. Smith emphasized the benefits
derived from such meetings and
discussed with the people the im
provements that had been made in
the last several years and the pos
sibility of new agricultural trends.
Judge Johnson discussed the tax
situation, county roads and other
items which come before the county
Pot-hick dinner was served at the
Greenfield grange hall.
Following the dinner the crowd
went to Paul Smith's where the
county agent discussed and pointed
out the important characteristics in
dairy heifers and market hogs. Oth
er places visited on the tour includ
ed pasture crops at the M. L. Myers
farm, corn and truck crops at John
Preuter's, cossack alfalfa at Mr, Mil
ler's, hybrid corn, beardless barley
and smutless oats at W. N. Nicker
son's, ladak alfalfa, sweet clover and
electric fencing at Vic Myers, and
general farmstead at Mr. Root's.
Plans had been made for visiting
the forage nursery and corn trial at
Irrigon, but there were only two
people from Irrigon attended the
tour and as time was limited these
trials were not visited.
More than 250 people gathered at
the Rodeo grounds in Heppner Sun
day morning to witness a Softball
game between the Rhea Creek grange
and a team from Heppner. It looked
like the grangers were going to ex
trminate the town challengers but
when the latter finally hit their
stride the tables were turned and
Heppner came out victorious.
Following the ball game the crowd
moved to the mess hall at Camp
Heppner where a pot-luck dinner
was enjoyed. Rhea Creek, Lexing
ton and Willows granges each fur
nished five gallons of ice cream for
the picnic and the CCC furnished
coffee and cookies. C. D. Conrad,
county agent, acted as master of
ceremonies, introducing as speakers
Wesley Spencer, area conservation
ist from Pendleton; Vida Heliker,
Morrow county pomona lecturer;
Mrs. Grace Turner, manager of the
Lexington Oil Co-op, and Charles
W. Smith.
Following the lunch and program
eighteen automobiles started on a
tour which extended up Hinton
creek to the Cleveland farm where
gully control work was observed,
and Mr. Kistner, camp superinten
dent, explained such work; then to
Wightman Bros, dairy for a short
look at an old stand of bulbous
bluegrass; then to Manuel Petteys'
farm at Jordan where clean cul
ture work on morning glories was
observed; then to the Frank Holub
farm at lone to observe an eradi
cation trial on Russion knapweed,
Both of these meetings were well
attended and everyone appeared in
terested in the agricultural work
that is being done in Morrow coun
ty by the various services and by
the farmers themselves.
It was suggested by Mr. Smith that
as soon as results warrant on the
29, 1939
Veteran Business Man Chosen
At Monday Election to Head
Civic Group Ensuing Year.
M. L. Case, veteran business man
and a charter member of the local
chapter, was chosen president of
the Lions club at the annual elec
tion held Monday noon. Other of
ficers elected at the meeting in
cluded first vice president, B. C.
Pinckney; second vice president,
W. C. Rosewall; third vice presi
dent, Tom Wells; secretary-treasurer,
Lee Howell; Hon tamer, Lt.
Marius Hanford; tail twister, George
Howard, and two directors, Dr. A.
D. McMurdo and Ray P. Kinne.
Lion Lee Howell explained sec
tions of the federal housing act,
dwelling particularly upon section
two which he felt comes nearer
meeting the requirements of local
financing conditions.
There .will be no meeting next
Monday, July 3, and on Monday,
July 17, the Lions will have a
dinner meeting at Camp Heppner
as guests of the CCC. The clubbers
will dine with the enrollees.
Fire Hazard Great
Fire season in the national
forests opens July 1. That means
camp fire permits, shovels, wa
ter buckets and other tools spec
ified by the forest service for
all users of the forests.
Due to the extremely dry con
dition prevailing in the moun
tains this year it is necessary
that every possible precaution
be taken to prevent the starting
of fires. It is up to every indi
vidual. Don't think "it can't
happen to me." It can. So don't
throw lighted matches down or
out of the car' window; don't
empty live ashes from your pipe
directly onto the ground
use your ash tray for that pur
pose and for depositing cigar
ette butts; and above all, don't
leave a camp fire unattended
and never abandon camp until
the last spark is extinguished.
Cooperation on the part of
every individual using the for
est areas is essential if the pres
ent season is to pass without
disastrous fires. Man has no
control over the actions of na
ture and timber destruction from
that source is costly enough
without adding the carelessness
of mankind to the burden.
Be a good woodsman, and thus
a better citizen.
Woodsaw and Wedge
Figure in Accidents
A woodsaw and a steel wedge
figured in accidents which brought
two men to Heppner for medical
treatment Tuesday.
Frank E. Parker, Heppner flat
farmer, is at Heppner hospital re
covering from the effects of losing
one finger, part of another and se
vere lacerations to a third finger on
his left hand, the result of getting
his hand tangled with a power wood
saw. The little finger was entirely
severed, part of the third finger was
cut off and the middle finger was
badly lacerated.
Cecil Lutkins came in from his
ranch seven miles south of Hard
man to have a bad cut on his arm
sewed up. Lutkins was piling wood
while another man nearby was split
ting blocks with the aid of a mallet
and a wedge. A sliver from the steel
wedge struck Lutkins arm, making
an incision which required five
stitches to close. He was certain the
slug had lodged in his arm but an
x-ray revealed that the sliver had
passed through.
For dressed fryers phone Mrs. H.
O. Bauman.
forage nurseries and corn trials at
Irrigon a similar tour be held in
that community which will proba
bly be the latter part of July or the
first of August.
Subscription $2.00 a Year
Murder, Suicide,
Fire Figure in
Week-end Tragedy
Coroner Jury Blames
Arthur Ashinhurst
In Double Slaying
"We find that Arlaine Harvey
came to her death between the hours
of 12 noon, June 22, and 5 a. m.,
June 23, at a place unknown but
probably in the vicinity of Granite,
Grant county, Oregon, by means of
a blow struck with a sharp, instru
ment in the right temple at the
hands of and by said Arthur Ash
inhurst." "Arthur Ashinhurst came to his
death shortly before 5 a. m. June
23 as a result of a self-inflicted bul
let wound from a revolver found at
his side at the Ashinhurst ranch in
Sand Hollow, Morrow county."
Thus did the coroner's jury fix in
brief the blame for the tragedy which
apparently started with murder in
Grant county and came to a finale
in Sand Hollow, this county, when
the Ashinhurst house burned to the
ground leaving two charred bodies
as grim evidence of the killer's de
termination to accomplish certain
death for himself after having de
stroyed the girl he professed to love.
Evidence obtained from witnesses
at the coroner's inquest, which re
quired most of two days, pointed to
the slaying of the girl by Ashin
hurst near Granite, a wild night
drive to the house in Sand Hollow
where, apparently about 5 o'clock
in the morning, he carried her dead
body into the house and placed it
on a bed, returned to the car from
which he drained the gasoline, re
turned to the house with the gaso
line, scattered it over bedding and
furniture, ignited it and then re
clining on the bed beside the dead
girl, fired a bullet into his own brain.
That, in brief, is the general recon
struction of the story of what hap
pened between noon on Thursday,
June 22, and 5 a. m., June 23.
Ashinhurst and Miss Harvey were
at the home of her sister and brother-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Norman
Myers, near Granite Thursday morn
ing. About 11 o'clock they decided
to drive into Granite to get the mail.
Myers asked Ashinhurst to bring
out some nails. As the afternoon
wore on and the pair did not re
turn, the Myers' became a little
worried and drove to Granite and
found the pair had not been seen
after 12 o'clock. In her testimony
Mrs. Myers related that she heard
a car in the afternoon that sounded
like Ashinhurst's. It apparently was,
climbing the hill nearby on an un
used road. It is thought possible '
that Ashinhurst and the girl had ,
quarreled about leaving Granite and;
returning to this county or going;
elsewhere and that there might have
been a struggle prior to his driving
up the hill. No one saw or heard
the car return down the hill and
supposition is that if Miss Harvey
had been slain before Ashinhurst
drove up the hill he remained there
until dark and then started for Sand '
Hollow. He possibly remained there
until near midnight. $t requires five
hours or more to cover the distance
between Granite and Heppner un
der normal driving conditions, aa
proved by Norman Myers, who
clocked his drive from there to
Heppner when summoned by Sheriff
Bauman and found by hard driving
he had made it in five and one-half
Testimony submitted at the in
quest revealed that Ashinhurst, who
was more than 43 years of age but
contended to the girl and her fam
ily that he was only 30, was extreme
ly jealous and that he had more
than once stated that if he couldn't
have her no other man would. He
had been making love to her for
about four years, it was stated, and
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