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About Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 28, 1939)
ThursdayDec 28, 1939
By MARGARET SCOTT
Pendleton visitors Thursday were
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Edwards and
daughter Jerrine, Mr. and Mrs. Ted
McMillan, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Devine,
and Buck Padberg.
The annual grange Christmas par
ty was held at the hall Friday eve
ning. Santa Claus appeared about
9 o'clock and gave the children
bags of candy. An enjoyable eve
ning was had by everybody pre
sent. Mrs. Lara Bowen and daughter
Mary of Pendleton were visitors at
the Grace Turner home Thursday
The Merry Thimblers club met
last Thursday at the home of Edith
Edwards. Refreshments of salad,
cookies and coffee were served.
The school Christmas operetta,
"Scrooge's Christmas," was present
ed before a large crowd Thursday
Rae Cowins is spending the Christ
mas vacation in Heppner with her
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Tahin of Stan
field were guests of Mr. and Mrs.
W. E. McMillan Tuesday.
Mrs. Myrtle Bennett of Pendleton
ia staying at the Louis Marquardt
home and caring for Jean and Dickie
Mr. and Mrs. Ladd Sherman and
daughter left Tuesday for Portland
where Mr. Sherman planned to at
tend the O. S. T. A. meeting.
The grade and high school bas
ketball teams journeyed to Echorlast
Tuesday night where the grade
school was defeated 20-12 and the
high school was victorious 35-17.
George Peck was a visitor in
Portland last week.
Ladd Sherman, Jack Van Winkle,
Rodger and Don Campbell were on
the sick list the last week.
Orvil Haigh and Bert Thomburg
were business visitors in Lind,, Wn.,
Out of town guests during the hol
idays included Hendersons of Stan
field, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Leathers
of Portland, Joe Clark of Arlington,
Elwynne and Kenneth Peck and
Alfred Van Winkle from Oregon
State college, Bob Campbell from
Pacific university, Maxine Devine
of St. Joseph academy, Kenneth
and Vernon Warner of the U. S. S.
Idaho stationed at Bremerton, Wn.,
Earl Underwood of Bingen, Wash.;
Jack McMillan of Portland, Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Allyn and daughter Max
ine and Lyle Allyn of lone, Mr.
and Mrs. James Pointer of Yamhill,
Mrs. lone Galbreath of Dayton, Mr.
and Mrs. Lee Sprinkel and son Dean
of Heppner, and Cecil Jones from
Local persons to visit out of town
Christmas day were Mr. and Mrs.
Wm. Smethurst and daughter Betty
in Portland, Mr. and Mrs. Howard
Eubanks in one, Merle Carmichael
in Heppner, Ralph Scott and family
in The Dalles, Carl Whillock and
family in The Dalles, Hershal Tal
bot and family in La Grande, Doro
thy Guthrie, Ivan Amend and Ger
ald Acklen in Portland, and Mrs.
Sarah Booher in Heppner.
The Sunday school program was
presented at the Christian church
Sunday evening. Exercises were
given by the primary and junior
groups preceding the main feature
of the program which was a pageant
entitled "Thank God for Song,"
which told the story of the writing
of the Christmas carol, "Silent
Night." Characters taking part were
Herald Angel, Jerrine Edwards;
Father Mohr, Mr. Dennie; Franz
Gruber, John Miller; Mary, Eileen
Scott; Joseph, Eugene Majeske;
Shepherds, Carl and Billy Mar
quardt and Rodger Campbell; Fritz,
Jack Miller; Otto, Clyde Edwards;
Adolf, Albert Edwards; Maria, Ear-
la Underwood; choir, Lorena Miller,
Lavelle Sherman, Juanita Carmi
chael, Eula Barnhouse, Earla Un
derwood, Mr. Denis and John Mil
ler. About 35 relatives and friends of
Miss Alma Van Winkle honored her
with a bridal shower at her home
in Clark's canyon, Dec. 19. Alma
received many lovely and useful
gifts. Delicious refreshments of
chicken sandwiches, cookies, jello
and coffee were served.
Heppner Gazette Times, Heppner, Orecon
o New Forester
o Stock Brands
o Judge Duncan
By A. L. LINDBECK
Salem When the state Forestrv
Board meets here Friday presumably
to elect a new state forester it will
be confronted by a demand from
the Marion County Taxpayers Lea
gue that the audit of the depart
ment which has been underway for
several months be made public im
mediately and with a request for
information on certain points about
which there have been rumors.
Among other information sought
by the League is added light on the
air patrol maintained by the fores
try department. The League wants
to know how much money the de
partment has invested in its plans
and if it would not be cheaper to
charter a private plane when it is
necessary to take to the air during
the forest fire season.
The League also wants to know
if the forestry department owns any
automobiles which are operating
without "exempt" plates and with
no identifying marks.
The League's questionnaire also
seeks to delve into rumored trans
fer of funds between the Southwest
Oregon Fire Patrol Association and
the Oregon Forest Fire association
back in 1936 and 1937, and asks for
information as to the cost of the
new forestry buildings and the am
ount of state money that went into
J. W. Ferguson, state forester, sub
mitted his resignation at the annual
meeting of the Board about a month
ago and will step out of the office
on January 1. A sub-committee of
the forestry board was authorized
to recommend a successor to the
Board and is expected to make this
recommendation at Friday's meet
Inmates of the several state insti
tutions fared well at Christmas
time. The usual big dinners with
turkey and chicken, and the custo
mary trimmings were served at most
of the institutions Christmas day
while entertainmnt, including pic
ture shows, were provided for the
patients at the state hospital and the
inmates of the state prison.
Approximately 90,000 individuals
in Oregon will pay income taxes
into the coffers of the state in 1940,
it is estimated by the State Tax
Commission. The commission has
estimated income tax receipts for
1940, based upon 1939 incomes, at
$5,100,000 or approximately $500,000
above the receipts for 1939.
Traffic fatalities will show a de
crease again this year in Oregon
when the figures for the 12-month
period are all totalled, according to
Secretary of State Snell. The total
for 1he 11-month period up to De
cember 1, was 287 which was 41
below the 1938 toll. This will be the
fourth consecutive year that Ore
gon has been able to report a de
crease in traffic deaths, Snell point
All stock brands now on record
with the State Department of Ag
riculture must be re-recorded be
tween January 1 and June 1, 1939,
according to Dr. W. H. Lytle, chief
of the division of animal husbandry.
All brands not re-recorded by June
1 will be available, for use, Lytle
said. A new brand law passed by
the 1939 legislative session requires
the re-recording of brands every
tenth year beginning with 1940.
Nearly 14,000 persons now have
brands on record with the Depart
ment of Agriculture. The purpose
of the new requirement is to afford
an opportunity for weeding out
brands no longer in use.
The appointment of Robert M.
Duncan of Burns as circuit judge
for the ninth judicial district, to suc
ceed the late Judge Charles W. Ellis
of Ontario, just announced by Gov
ernor Sprague, is a well merited re
cognition of one of the leading mem
bers of the Oregon bar.
Born in Illinois 55 years ago Dun
can was brought to Oregon by his
parents while still a small child.
Graduating from Wilamette Univer
sity law school in 1909 he started
the practice of law at Ontario and
Vale, later removing to Burns. As a
member of the state senate during
its sessions of 1935 and 1937 and
senate president in the session of
1939 Duncan demonstrated qualities
of leadership, fairness, courage and
freedom from narrow partisanship
that won for him the respect and
admiration of his associates.
With the appointment of Duncan
to the bench and his resignation as
a member of the senate Ernest Fat-
land, of Condon, speaker of the
house of representatives becomes
heir apparent to the gubernatorial
throne and next in line of succession
in the event of a vacancy in that
At least three other attorneys
from the ninth district were en
dorsed for the appointment. They
were Robert D. Lytle of Vale; M.
W. Biggs of Ontario end A. L. Flet
cher of Nyssa.
Procrastinating motorists are
warned by Superintendent of Police
Pray that they must have their new
blue and white license tags on their
cars when they appear in public af
ter Sunday or be prepared to tell
their story to some convenient judge,
That there will not be as many li-
censeless cars this year as in former
years, however, is the opinion of
Secretary of State Snell who ex
plains that the license department
has been enjoying the biggest pre
Christmas rush in its history, an in
dication that there is more loose
money in circulation than usual
Oregon nurserymen ship about 35
carloads of roses to other states ev
ery year, according to J. S. Wieman
of the nursery service of the State
Department of Agriculture. Ship
ments of other ornamental nursery
stock from this state amount to ap
proximately 110 cars annually, Wie
Republicans still hold a slight
edge on Oregon's political war map,
according to registration figurjes
compiled by Secretary of State Snell.
Of the 455,978 voters registered in
Oregon, 235,000 or 51.6 percent are
Republicans while 213,171 or 46.7
percent are Democrats. The re
maining two percent is made up of
Socialists, Progressives, Prohibi
tionists and miscellaneous political
It costs more than $100,000 a year
to keep tires on the vast fleet of
automobiles and trucks operated by
the state of Oregon in its various
activities. Contract for supplying
the state's tire needs has been aw
arded to three companies.
The State Highway Department
is without authority to acquire his
torical sites within cities, the High
way Commission was advised at a
meeting here this week. Its author
ity in this direction, the commission
was advised, is limited to the ac
quisition of scenic sites.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Riggs and
son of Cottage Grove were holiday
guests of Mrs. Riggs parents, Mr.
and Mrs. M. D. Clark.
Guests at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. C. W. Barlow over the week
end were Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Akers,
who returned to their home in Port
Miss Opal Briggs, manager of the
Heppner telephone office, is a pa
tient at the Pacific Telephone and
Telegraph company hospital in
Portland where she is receiving
Mrs. Charles McDaniel of Hard
man was a shopping and business
visitor in Heppner Saturday.
Among Hardman shoppers in
Heppner Saturday were Mr. and
Mrs. Neal Knighten.
Lewis Batty and Archie Nichols
of Hardman were transacting busi
ness in Heppner Saturday.
Don't forget the old time dance
at Lexington grange hall Saturday
evening, Dec. 30. Real old time music.
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