OREC0M HISTORIC, . '"Bile Ba! .l SOCIETY f"fc A M. - twos Mmnmx mzmv Volume 56, Number 41 Practical Problems Interest Growers At Wheat Conclave Condon AsSemblaqe J Pnncirlprc AAnnv Phn;p; nf InHutrV , , D. E. Stephens, chief coordinator between AAA and Soil Conservation service, brought what, to growers, was the highlight address at the Eastern Oregon Wheat league con- ference at Condon, last Friday and Saturday. From thirty years' exper- ience at Moro experiment station, he predicted the future of cultivation practices. In a nutshell, Stephens said of the many things affecting wheat pro- duction in eastern Oregon yields tend to follow the moisture chart more closely than any other factor, Nitrate content of soil, he believed to be the next most important fac- tor, savins tests at Pendleton show that addition of manure to soil gave considerably increased yield tf second year; did not help much th& first year. At Moro the added ni- trates obtained from manure tended to rive grain too rank a start for the smaller amount of moisture receiv- ed to carry through, and burning had at various times resulted. He cipitation and nitrate content of soil that may be determined to arrive at xne ideal ior xnis wneai secuun. U1 . j "J Dick Richards superintendent of Union livestock experiment station, were listened to attentively by grow- Both the talks of Stephens and of , . ,1 ers as bearing upon the present I tendency toward livestock produc tion on wheat farms due to perman ent retirement of tillable land from grain production and planting to range grasses. Richards gave a lot oi pidcuc-i -uim p from experiments at the Union sta tion that wheat in certain combina tions is an excellent feed for cattle, sheep and hogs. Both R. M. Evans national wheat section head, and N. E. Dodd, head of western wheat section of AAA, 1 emphasized that farmers themselves must take the lead in formulating! the program to be followed in crop control work. The league itself re commended that a more definite fi nancing plan for allotment pay- Continued on Page Eight Willows Grange Has First Meeting in Hall The first meeting of Willows I c uj ; 1oe Saturday evening with an interested group in attendance. It has been decided to postpone the dedication ceremony until some time after the first of the year, as it will be more convenient for alJ having parts in the service. On Ranrrlnv V10 1 RfVi nffinprs nf the various granges will be installed at 8 p. m. The ladies of the Home Economics club will hold their ba- zaar during afternoon and evening of the same day. Those interested in purchasing dainty Christmas gifts will be interested in seeing the fine display of needlework and aprons. Uwen z,aro, a proiessionai tener of the future, knowo in Private life as oeorge nose uampoeu, wm De on hand to read fortunes using both palmistry and astrology. Come and nave your iumre reaa. tsootns or interest to uie cnuaren as well as their elders will include fish ponds, grab bags and of course there will be the nigger oaoies to be thrown at. Supper will be served at o o ciok to local and visiting grangers. Free dancing lonowing me msxai- lation will be enjoyed into the wee sma' hours. Remember the day, the date and the place, Saturday, Dec. 16, at the new hall in lone. Heppner, DIRECTORS MOVE TO FORM CLUB B. C. Pinckney Chosen to Head Commercial Group at Initial Meeting Formation of a commercial club in Heppner attained a step nearer realization tWs week when the board of directors, chosen in the election held last week, held a luncheon Uor the new organization were se . , , board of directors The result of the poll taken by tb board found B. C. Pinckney, mana. ger of First National Bank of Port- land, Heppner branch, in the posi tion of president. W. C. Rosewall, of Rosewall-Gentry Motor Co., was chosen first vice president and Frank W. Turner, second vice president. The post of secretary was awarded to O. G. Crawford. Drafting of a constitution and by laws will be undertaken at once m order to make it. possible to start the club off on a working basis by January 1 It is the plan of the new organiza tion to maintain an oihce as head quarters, where the committee meet- ings and other business of the group may be transacted. The .office will be in charge of the secretary. The board of directors already has a tentative program of work and pro jects outlined for the ensuing year which will be given careful, study the next tew weens, VJOYemur JIU6STep Officio! PlOllltS Persons writing Governor Sprague to complain about the conduct of officials ag according to Frank , , mirrfv A4.ViVYY WW4.T ut,v.w of week from attending the convention of state associations of sheriffs and dis trict attorneys in Portland. In mak ing report of the meeting at the Lions club Monday luncheon, Al- fred stated that the governor side- steps the issue of considering such complaints by referring the letters to the official against whom the complaint is made Alfred. Sheriff Bauman, Alden Blankenship and g c. Pinckney cupied the allotted time with re- of the officerSi Pendle. ton high school evaluation, and kague meetings. Bauman said that one matter be fore the sheriffs which was agitat ing that arm of the law is a proposal to adopt a uniform for sheriffs and their criminal deputies. He feels the officers' lives will be safer in plainer garb. Pinckney declared he learned more about wheat in one dav at wh,eat leaeue vention uian ne ever Knew aoout u oeioie, .1 1 1 . 1 A. t o'-"F c on the evaluation board at Pendle- M"1' iniz "c u Ui "1C portunity to serve there inasmuch as a similar action will take place here at a later date and the information thus obtained will be of value when that time comes. The evaluations are being made by Northwest Asso- ciation of Standard High Schools for accrediting by it. A clarine du,et by Dorotha Wil- son and Kingsley Chapin, accom- panied by Patty OHarra was the musical diversion of the meeting. , WINNERS ANNOUNCED T Pprhprff. Lexinffton. and Mrs Bert Paimateer) Morgan, were winners o tickets to see the show, Womenj reCently presented at Star theater. As an advertis- ing fature) the theater management offered free tickets to the 25 con testants turning in the highest av erage of answerS to a list of 10 fa mous quotations relative to women, Young Perlberg and Mrs. Palmateer were the only contestants qualify ing tne former turning in a score of 90 points and the latter 85 points, . Mrs. Catherine Doherty left Mon- day for Kent, Wash., where she will spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. .Harry rioward. Oregon, Thursday, Dec. 14, Eager Throng Visits Heppner's Gala Christmas Opening People of County Make First Annual Event Grand Success Heppner's first annual Christmas opening was a pronounced success. This statement is based upon the number of people who turned out Saturday evening, a number var iously estimated from 1500 to 2500 persons. No official count was made and estimates were based upon the throngs of people crowding all the business houses at one and the same time. So eager were the throngs to match the numbers on the tickets with those to be found on the var ious prizes put up by the business houses that sales for the evening were forgotten and store forces de voted their time to watching the prize hunters. The quest started immediately following a blast of the fire siren at 7:15 p. m. and it was well after 8 o'clock before the crowd began to disperse. It was an order ly, good natured crowd, entering into the spirit of the occasion with friend twitting friend about the luck or lack of luck accompanying their efforts. Business houses entered whole heartedly into the movement. Store windows were resplendent with Christmas decorations, interiors were brightened with holiday stocks, and the merchants themselves en tered into the spirit of the occasion with a zest. Prizes, of which each place gave several, were so placed that searchers had to make the rounds of each store. In this manner the holiday stocks as well as regular merchandise were brought to the attention of all visitors. Some of the stores had favors for visitors. Case Furniture company gave out calendars, for which the recipients registered. The signatures of 330 persons were obtained in this manner and estimating that this amounted to about 40 per cent of those entering the store during the evening, M. L. Case thinks upwards of 800 people were their guests. At the Dix grocery, penny candies were given children of the fourth grade and younger. W. O. Dix thinks that no less than 1500 people passed through his store that evening. Other stores found it difficult to estimate the number of guests and most of them are willing to accept any figure up to 2500 people for the evening's crowd. Funds subscribed by the several business houses to defray expenses of the opening were expended as follows: Santa Claus mask, 25 cents; Santa Claus belt, 25 cents; distribut ing handbills, $2; balloons for Santa Claus to give to youngsters at com munity tree, $2.15; paper, 20 cents; advertising in Gazette Times for treasure hunt,, including printing, $51.50; turned over to fire depart ment for annual kiddie treat, $31.15; balance for advertising in Gazette Times, Dec. 14, $5; total, $92.50. With the first opening such a suc cess the business houses are prac tically unanimous in their desire to repeat the performance next year. All that remains is to settle some difference of opinion relative to de tails which were made apparent in the first opening event. RETURNS FROM EAST H. A. Cohn returned Saturday from a trip to the middle west which keut him away most of two weeks He was checking on some sheep he shipped east last spring for feeding in. Iowa and Illinois and found the flocks in fine shape. The trip both ways was made by airplane, a trav el method the Heppner man has found not only convenient as to time saving but one which he en joys. 1939. WELCOME SHOWERS END LONG DROUTH Week End Witnesses Fall of .75 Inch of Moisture as Storm Covers Wide Area Breaking a drouth of many weeks, rainfall to .75 inch fell over Heppner and vicinity last week end, settling the dust and bringing cheer to far mers and stockmen who were begin ning to worry over grain and graz ing conditions. The rains were gen eral over the northwest, according to reports coming in from different sections, and followed in the wake of heavy winds which, in some in stances, were reported to have reached velocity of 65 miles an hour. In higher reaches of Oregon snow fall followed the rains, giving the state the first real precipitation of the fall season. The figure of .75 inch covers the first 10 days of December. This was the reading recorded by L. L. Gil liam Monday morning after the skies cleared and there appeared to be no more rain in the offing. A study of the weather chart re veals the following figures for the year 1939 up to December' 10: Jan uary .68, February 1.02, March 1.20, April .22, May .66, June .81, July .31, August none, September .79, October .33, November none, and December .75, a total of 6.76 to date. Since recordings by government instruments started here in Janu ary, 1910, the chart shows that the driest December was in 1914 when the precipitation amounted to .28 inch. The wettest December was in 1929 when a total of 3.03 inches fell, Wettest month recorded since 1910 was November, 1921, with a precip itation of 3.19 inches. According to the weather chart, the year 1912 witnessed the heaviest precipitation in the 30 years re corded 18.64 inches. Contrasted with this figure was 1928 when the total precipitation was 8.20 inches. Average precipitation for this area is about 14 inches. Unless the pre sent month proves wetter than it has so far, 1929 will be remembered as one of the countys driest periods. Mr. and Mrs. Devin Married 59 Years Fifty-nine years of married life, most of that time spent in Morrow county, were observed Sunday by Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Devin at the family home in Sand Hollow. Sat urday, Dec. 9, was the anniversary but it was found more convenient for members of the family to as semble on Sunday. Members of the family residing in the county and neighbors and friends were included in the group assembling to observe the event. Mr. and Mrs. Devin were married in Bolivar, Mo., Dec. 9, 1880. They came to Morrow county in 1884, set tling on a homestead in the Black- horse section. About six months after settling on the homestead Mr. Devin bought part of the place in Sand Hollow which has been the family home continuously since and to which he added holdings from time to time. Safety Program at Elks Hall Tonight A safety program, under auspices of the state highway department, will be held at the Elks hall at 7:30 this evening. Hugh Kosson, director ot safety for the department, will be the speaker. The public is urged to attend this meeting and hear an tble speaker discuss a subject of vital importance to everybody. This is regular meeting night for the Elks and in order to accommo date Mr. Rosson and the cause he represents, the lodge has deferred opening until after the speaking. NEW FUNERAL CAR Phelps Funeral home recently purchased a new funeral car which has been in service the last week. The new car, a Pontiac chassis with a Pierce body, is of the three-way loading type, making it possible to load from either side or the rear. Subscription $2.00 a Year Firemen Ready For Advent of Jolly Kris Kringle Kiddies' Treat and Annual Ball Set for Saturday Night Everything is in readiness for the second annual kiddies treat and firemen's ball, according to mem bers of the Heppner fire department who have been working tirelessly to make this one of the big events of the year. The kiddies' treat will be staged at the community Christ-, mas tree where Santa Claus, Saint Nick, or Kris Kringle, whichever of the jolly old fellows you prefer, is scheduled to arrive at 7:30 o'clock with his hamper filled with some 400 bags of candy and nuts for the little folk of the community. If Saturday night is not one of the outstanding dates of the year 1939 it will be no fault of the fire de partment. Aside from the kiddies' treat, which is a notable achieve ment for so small a group of work ers, there will be the second annual firemen's ball at the Elks hall, an event for which many tickets have already been sold, Mayor Bleak man leading off with purchase of the first ticket. Music for the dance will be furnished by Merrill's orch estra and the young musicians have prepared a floor show in connec tion which is designed to add much pleasure to the evening. Last year's dance was a big affair and the fire men are determined to make this year's event even more outstanding. Many citizens, wishing to express thieir appreciation of this self-sustaining organization, buy tickets with no thought of using them. Kiddies, remember the hour is 7:30. Don't push and shove or run over each other, but be there, for the firemen are epecting you and remember, you mustn't disappoint Santa Claus. Dancing starts at 930. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the fire department or at Patter son's Drug store. Church Parsonage Scene of Wedding The Methodist parsonage was the scene of a quiet wedding ceremony Sunday evening when Rev. R. Carl Young, pastor, spoke the words uniting Dorothy Howell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Howell, and Alfred Huit. Members of the immed iate families and a few friends wit nessed the nuptials. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Sybil Howell, while Wesley Huit, brother of the groom, acted as best man. The wedding march was played by Miss Juanita Phelps and Wesley Huit sang "To You." A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents immediately following the ceremony. Mr. Huit is leaving for Portland where he has a poition and the bride plans to remain in Hepner to finish hers en ior year in the high school. Grade Band Program Set for Dec. 21 Date for the Christmas program given by the grade school pupils and the school band has been set for Thursday, Dec. 21, according to Miss Rachel Forsythe. Choruses of the lower and upper grades will sing Christmas carols and the band will appear in concert numbers. Features of this year's , program include choir robes for the singers and a stained glass art window, rep resenting a cathedral window, pre pared by the eighth grade class and to be used as part of the stage dec orations. The program is scheduled to start at 8 o'clock p. m., and the public has been extended an invitation to attend.