OREGON' HISTORICAL SOCIETY PUBLIC AUDITORIUM P 0 R T L A r: T- ttttftB Volume 56, Number 19 Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, July 20, 1939 Subscription $2.00 a Year SWIMMING FREE AS TANK OPENS Loan, Insurance Set-Up Ready for 1940 Program Wheat Operators May Make Applica tion Now Under AAA E. H. Miller, chairman of the Mor row County Agricultural Conserva tion association, announced today that all necessary forms and instruc tions have been received in the county office for making the 1939 loans, and all that a producer need do to secrue a loan is to bring his wheat receipt and grade certificate to the county office and make ap plication. ' Wheat in commercial storage in an approved warehouse is eligible for a loan immediately. Mr. Miller says, "I understand that most of the public warehouses in Morrow coun ty have already been approved and that all others have made application and will be approved in a few days. "Wheat in farm storage must be stored for 30 days before making application," said Miller, "and all loans will mature in 7 months from date of loan or April 30, whichever date is earlier." The loan value for number 1 wheat will net the grower approximately 60.4c per bushel. Details of the 1940 Federal Crop Insurance program have been an nounced, according to Mr. Miller. Basically it does not differ from the 1939 program which has proved to be of so much benefit to several of those farmers who had their 1939 crop insured. However, procedure has been very much simplified. All that a Morrow county wheat grower need do to insure his 1940 crop is to file an application with the county ofifce and pay his premium. Under the new plan the county committee figures the insurable yield and premium rate for each far mer and notifies him of his yield and rate. Then the farmer may apply for insurance to cover the number of acres of wheat he intends to plant. Mr. Miller said that after the grow er has applied for and paid his pre mium, nothing further is required of him except to report to his coun ty committee the actual acreage seeded and to notify the local com mittee in case of damage. Another point of interest is the fact that a producer may obain an advance on his coming allotment payment in order to pay his premium. In the near future public meetings will be held in order that more far mers may get better understanding of the program. In the meantime any farmers interested should feel free to bring their questions to the coun ty office where every effort will be made to explain the program in de tail. Bill Francis Resigns As State Policeman W. E. (Bill) Francis, state police man in charge of game enforcement in this district for several years, handed in his resignation from the post last Thursday, checking in his equipment at Salem the same day. His resignation took effect Friday. No announcement has yet been made of his successor. Mr. Francis said that he has thor oughly enjoyed his law enforcement work among local people, but that he found it difficult to keep two jobs going. After a two-weeks' rest he will devote his time entirely to ranching interests. INSURANCE h 4 ii'w.rii Though first drouth, then last week's cyclone devastated a large acreage of this year's crop on the Ernest Christopherson farm in the Dry Fork section, Mr. Christophcrson and family are counted among the favored families of the section. Theirs was the only one of farms hardest hit that carried AAA crop insurance, cover ing losses from both causes up to 75 percent of normal yield. Pictured above are, at top, field of drouth-stricken spring grain on which is seen the season's only harvest, that taken by the grazing cattle; lower left, Mr. Chris topherson looking things over; lower right, two of his boys examining a field of ruined wheat. (Engraving by courtesy of Pendleton East Oregonian.) Individual AAA Allotment Quotas Expected Soon Farmers of Morrow county soon will receive notices of individual wheat acreage allotments under the 1940 AAA program, according to E. H. Miller, chairman of the county agricultural conservation committee. Oregon's 1940 wheat allotment of 851,458 acres recently was announced. Morrow county, in turn, was allot ted 104,427 acres. The county com mittee is now engaged in subdivid ing this allotment among individual farms on the basis of the wheat ac reage grown during the years 1935 to 1938. Mr. Miller pointed out that notices of individual wheat allotments are going out much earlier this year than a year ago, aiding farmers greatly in planning operations. The allotments will be mailed from the county office to all wheat far mers who signed work sheets dur ing any of the years 1936 to 1939. Mr. Miller emphasized that there is no compulsion in complying with al lotments, and that only farmers who intend to cooperate with the 1940 farm program need plant in accord ance with them. "Farmers may ask adjustment of allotments, if they are dissatisfied," he said. "As soon as farmers have received notice of their allotments, they have 15 days in which to appeal to their county committees for re consideration, explaining reasons for wanting a change." Similarly, the 15-day period of fers opportunity to request 1940 al lotments for "new" wheat farms those which grew no wheat for har vest during 1937, 1938 or 1939. Ap- WAS BLESSING HERE Fierce Badger Trees Harvest Crew on Combine By Katherine Griffith lone Badgers are fierce in the Morgan district. On the A. F. Palmateer ranch Tuesday a badger started in pur suit of Ted and the bulldog, then took on the hired man and finally had three men treed on the com bine. They admit it themselves. Car Accident Cuts Electrical Service The electric clock in Gordon's pharmacy indicated exactly 4 o'clock as the time when the car driven by Harry Van Kirk of Portland took out a line pole just this side of Lex ington and left the power lines wrapped together. Van Kirk es caped with an injured arm, accord ing to reports. The accident happened on the "S" curve just before entering Lexing ton. The car failed to negotiate the curve, took out the power pole and landed, in badly damaged condition, some30 feet in the ditch beyond. Repairs were rushed just as soon as the local office became aware of the service interference and the juice was on again at 10:30 o'clock. Work in the Gazette Times office was delayed several hours by the shut-down. plications must be made to county committees in writing. Three per cent of each county's wheat allot ment has been set aside for use in establishing "new" wheat allotments, it was explained. 1 l " ! i Queen Selection Due; Miss Howell Honoree of Dance Rodeo directors this week are se lecting the young lady who will rule as queen of the three-day show, August 24-5-6, but her identity will not be revealed until the evening of August 19, the date of the ball in her honor to be held at the Hepp ner pavilion. All the queen's attendants were honored at the opening of the dance series here last Saturday night, and for the next four Saturdays each will have a special dance in her honor held in her own grange dis trict. Miss Dorothy Howell is the hon oree for next Saturday's event to be held at Lexington by her spon soring grange. Other dances are set at Rhea creek, July 29; Lena, Aug ust 5, and lone, August 12. CCC's Battle Grass Fire at Rhea Siding A 600-acre grass fire burned north of the highway at Rhea Siding Sun day evening and caused a call to be made for assistance from the local CCC camp. Arriving on the scene shortly after 4 o'clock the men fought continuously until 8 o'clock. Much of the area covered by the blaze was on range of Hynd broth ers. A barn and machine shed were burned but machinery and livestock were saved on a farm next to the highway. Had it not been for the wind changing direction to reverse the fire's path, it would have burned clear to the river, reported Will Morgan who assisted the CCC fighters. Water Assured; Dips Tomorrow, Saturday Gratis Week's Delay by Pipe Break Leaves All in Readiness "Hi, Skin-nee-e! Let's go swim min'!" The cry of the old swimmin' hole may be heard in Heppner tomor row. Knocked out of the scheduled opening last Saturday by the break in the pipe line, Heppner's big new plunge was half filled with water last night, and assurance was given this morning that filling will be completed tonight and that it will be ready for use at 10 o'clock tomor row morning. Swims tomorrow and Saturday will be free, announced Harold Buh man, manager. Last finishing touches were given the pool and accessories this week, and everything will be in readiness, Buhman said. Tank hours will be from 10 to 12, mornings, and from 1:30 to dark, af ternoons. Beginning Sunday regular admis sion will be charged for tank use. Individual swims will be 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for child ren, including high school students. Season tickets are available for $3, individual; $5 for two persons in the same family, and $6 for three or more persons in the same family. Tickets will be on sale at the pool beginning tomorrow. Delameter Wheat First to Come Here First of the new crop wheat to reach Heppner was delivered this week by Joe Delameter, with Wal ter Becket, Lester Doolittle and C. N. Jones among those so far bring ing wheat to local warehouses. Har vest is just getting under way gen erally in the Heppner district and the hauling is expected to pick up from now until the peak is reached. Wheat so far delivered is of num ber one quality, weighing in around 61 pounds, and yields are reported as fair with pre-harvest expectations being exceeded. A change in the state trucking law this year that permits one neigh bor to haul for another is expected to delay delivery at warehouses. Mrs. McAfee Sells Home to Millers Sale of the home of Mrs. Lucille McAtee to E. H. Miller of Lexing ton was announced by Mrs. McAtee this morning, as she was preparing to leave the first of next week with sons Arthur and Austin for the east. They will go first to Illinois for an extended visit before going to Vick eryville, Mich, to reside. Mrs. Mc Atee recently disposed of her pas time interest to Wm. Bucknum. Mr. and Mrs. Miller and family expect to move to town in the fall to place the children in school. REMODELING HOSPITAL Andrew Baldwin started work Monday remodeling the general hos pital of Mrs. L. G. Rumble's. Quite extensive renovation and modern ization is contemplated by Mrs. Rumble and Mr. Baldwin expected to be occupied by the work for some time. W. O. Dix, Virginia and Jo Jean returned the first of the week from a visit to the coast. Mrs. Dix re mained in Portland to attend sum mer school.