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Thursday, Feb. 15, 1940
Heppner Gazette Times, Heppner, Oregon
1940 Motorlog: Down Thre Flags
BY APDEN X. PANGBORN
Managing Editor, The Oregonian
IT CAME about in this fash
ion Ray Conway, the genial and
effervescent manager of the
Oregon State Motor association,
found himself a comfortable
spot on the corner of the desk,
and, without warning, popped
the following question:
"Do you know that Los An
geles, Cal.. is east of Reno,
As a matter of fact, we didn't
know. We always thought of it
as being west of not only Reno,
but Portland, as well which
Whereupon the genial and
effervescent Mr. Conway pro
ceeded: "Do you know there
will be a Rose Bowl game in
Los Angeles on New Year's
This was one we did know.
Also, we knew that the racing
season at Santa Anita would
open on December 30. Hence
we were strangely interested
when the genial and efferves
cent Mr. C. outlined his idea
an idea which resulted in the
motor association's white travel
development car departing a
very few days later on a motor
log tour to Los Angeles by way
of the Wapinitia cut-off and the
Three Flags highway.
For years, Oregon and Wash
ington motorists have used the
beautiful Coast highway, and
the direct Pacific highway to
California, both exiellent ar
teries and rich in scenic beauty.
Only recently has the route
covered on the present tour be
come at all well known.
One of the most active figures
in bringing this route to public
attention has been Forrest E.
Cooper of Lakeview, Or., an en
ergetic and tireless enthusiast
for the Three Flags highway,
with whom the tour party con
sisting of Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Snell, and the Pangborns spent
a pleasant hour at the Hunter's
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, The route of the motorlog
party down the Three Flags
One of the most picturesque attractions in Death Valley
is the palatial desert castle of Death Valley Scotty.
Hot Springs on the first night of
Cooper pointed out the fac
tors that were to impress us
increasingly as we proceeded
that this is a high, straight
line route, free of fog and rich
in scenic and historic interest.
We found the highwavs broad,
level and fast. They stretch in
seemingly endless straight
aways (except for one brief sec
tion in northern California); they
are free from any great move
ment of traffic and from other
traffic hazards. They unfold an
endle and unforgettable pano
rama of magnificent snow-clad
mountains, interesting hot
springs, jewel-like lakes and col
This was the way the motor
log car scheduled its trip, al
though an almost infinite va
riety of changes is possible:
First day Portland to Lake
view, 373 miles, nine hours'
s Second day Lakeview t o
Reno, 280 miles, seven hours.
Third Day Reno to Death
Valley, 322 miles, eight hours.
Fourth day Death Valley to
Los Angeles, 309miles, seven
The route ta'.es in Alturas,
home of the Alturas round-up,
northwest of which is the fa
mous Lava Beds national mon
ument. It takes in Reno, where
we enjoyed the hospitality of
Reno's active chamber of com
merce, and of O. W. Nicholls,
manager of Reno's beautiful
Riverside hotel. It takes in the
Inyo-Mono recreational area,
in the heart of which is Bishop,
where we had lunch with Bish
op Rotary and enjoyed a brief
visit with Robert L. Brown,
executive secretary of the
Inyo-Mono association, and Jo
seph Riley, Rotary president.
It takes in as a short side trip
legendary Death Valley.
Now for some of the high
points along the way:
Reno itself, long known as
the divorce capital of America,
is alive with color the reck
less gaiety of its people, its
beautiful homes, its gambling
houses. Located in a high bowl
in the Sierras, Reno is ideally i
situated as a point from which
to visit some of the most mag
nificent scenic points in the
west, including Lake Tahoe
and Lassen Volcanic national
Forty-five minutes from Reno
is historic Virginia City, home
of the fabulous Comstock lode,
the mine which produced hun
dreds of millions of dollars
in mineral wealth, and which
is credited by many economists
with having been a vital factor
in winning for the north in the
South of Reno the highway
swings back into California,
circling the base of Mount Whit
ney, the highest point in con
tinental United States. From its
peak of 14,496 feet, it is a mat
ter of but a few hours' drive to
Death Valley, where, at Bad
water, the earth reaches its
lowest point in the United
States 279.6 feet below sea
First roads through Death Val
ley, which is from 6 to 20 miles
in width and 150 miles in length,
were built in the eighties, and
over them the famous "Twenty
Mule Teams" drew their wagon
loads of borax from the desert.
The mines are now idle and the
mining towns Panamint,
Skidoo, Harrisburg, Keane Won
der and Leadfield are mere
Leaving Death Valley, the
highways again are straight and
fast through Baker, Barstow,
Victorville, San Bernardino and
into Los Angeles. .
will give a card party in the dining
room of the Leach hall, Friday,
Feb. 16. Tables for "500" and pino
chle. The charge will be 30 cents
per couple or 15 cents for one per
son. Refreshments will be served.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Burnside and
family are moving into the house
recently vacated by the Archie Pad
The regular grange meeting was
held Saturday evening with a good
attendance. The following program
was presented by the lecturer, Grace
Turner: Song, America, by audience;
piano duet, Marcella Jackson and
Louise Hunt; reading, Catherine
Turner; Boy Scout demonstration,
Scoutmaster Acklen and the Boy
Scouts; song, "God Bless America,"
Mr. Burnside and family and Mr.
Marshall and family were visitors in
Pendleton and Arlington this week.
Mrs. Sarah Booher is a guest at
the home of her daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beymer
Ralph Jackson has takes over the
Shell service station and it is being
managed by James Peck during
school hours and by Kenneth Jack
son after school.
Small Boy Burned
With Hot Milk
By MARGARET SCOTT
Eslie Walker and family were vis
iting Saturaay at the Arthur Hunt
A. M. Edwards and Lewis Allyn
are working in Beverly, Wash.
Rae Cowins spent the week end
in Heppner with her parents.
Ladd Sherman was forced to walk
with crutches for several days be
cause of a sprained ankle which
he received while playing basket
Lwellyn Evans had his tonsils re
moved in Heppner Saturday.
Ernest Frederickson and family of
Salem were guests at the Elmer
Hunt home Sunday.
Miss Charlotte Chambers is the
new teacher in the local high school.
Don't forget the P. T. A. meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 8 p. m., in
the schoolhouse. This will be Foun
ders Day and a good program is
Mr. and Mrs. A. Z. Barnard of
The Dalles were business visitors in
town Saturday. ,
Ladd Sherman and Ivan Amend
spent the week end in Portland.
Maxine Devine spent the week
end with her grandparents here
from her school in Pendleton.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Jackson were
Portland visitors last week.
The local basketball team motor
ed to Irrigon Thursday evening
where they were defeated by a score
of 46 to 25.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bauman en
tertained a group of friends at a
chess- party Thursday evening.
Mrs. William Van Winkle was
taken to Heppner Sunday for med
T. W. Cutsforth of Salem and
Henry Cutsforth of Wisconsin are
guests at the Maude Pointer home.
Larry Hanks, small son of Mr. and
Mrs. Eber Hanks, was seriously
burned Thursday at his home when
he pulled a pan of scalding milk
from the table and burned his arm
and chest. He was taken to a phy
sician in Heppner who treated his
The Boy Scouts have been cele
brating Scout week this week. Sun
day they attended church in a body
and Monday evening attended a
banquet in Heppner. They will hold
a court of honor at the local school
The Lexington Three Link club
at Hardman Church
Miss Pat Bleakman left on Sun
day to go to work at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. George Krebs at Cecil.
The monthly Christian Endeavor
party and business meeting was
held Saturday evening at the
church. This was Hardman's party
for the 59th anniversary of Chris
tian Endeavor. There were two
birthday cakes, one made by Mrs.
Neal Knighten and Lura Stephens,
and the other by Miss Pat Bleak
man. Other refreshments consisted
of coffee and sandwiches.
Mrs. Tom Mclntyre and daughter,
Miss Mary, were dinner guests at
the Owen Leathers home on Sun
day. Mr. and Mrs. Carl McDaniel vis'
ited at the Owen Leathers home
Thursday afternoon. Ed McDaniel
returned to Lone Rock with them,
where he will visit two or three
Eric Robathan, archdeacon of the
eastern Oregon diocese, will hold
services in the church here Sunday,
Feb. 18, at 3 p. m. Everyone is
A dancing party was held Thurs
day evening at the' high school in
recognition of the birthday of Miss
Mildred Clary. Although most of
the young people and others were
present, it was a surprise to Mildred.
Jim Stevens and Irl Clary furnished
the music, and everyone enjoyed
Tommy Graham of lone was a
visitor for a short time in Hardman
Oren McDaniel went to Lone
Rock on Monday, returning on
Wednesday. He brought back his
cattle and Jim Hams will keep
them until spring.
Business visitors and shoppers in
Heppner last week were Mr. and
Mrs. Neal Knighten, Mrs. Harold
Stevens and son Bobby, Mrs. Charlie
McDaniel, Mrs. Ethel McDaniel,
Misses Vern and Vera McDaniel,
Frances Inskeep and Pat Bleakman;
also Donald Robinson, Lewis Mc
Donald, Les Robinson and Irl Clary.
Those absent from school last
week with flu and severe colds were
Alberta, Evelyn and Roy McFerrin,
Ollie Hastings and Doris Rae Rob
inson, all grade school pupils.
Miss Lucille Vale, the county
nurse, visited here on Tuesday of
last week. After calling at both the
grade and high school buildings she
spent several hours getting ac
quainted with parents at their
Creston and Donald Robinson have
turned their former car in and have
now a very good looking 1937 model.
When Miss Lucille Vale was out
last week, she appointed Mrs. Owen
Leathers as local chairman for the
Morrow County Health association.
There will be a clinic here some
time in April, for which details will
be announced later.
Guy Chapin moved a herd of cat
tle from where they have been win
tering and took them to the French
ranch. They had been at the Ed
Mr. Ely's notice: Feb. 18, morning
11:00, subject, "A Fiery Baptism;"
evening, 7:30, "The Little Book,"
Revelation 10. A cordial invitation
to all of any faith and to those of
no faith. E. L. Ely, pastor.
The weather this last week was
much colder. It snowed, rained or
blew most of the week and the
thermometer dropped over the week
end. Prospects of colder weather
are ahead. At least at the begin
ning of this week we had strong,
cold winds very wintry ones.
"The huge demand for aircraft
means that the aviation industry
welcomes the trained man who can
step right into aircraft construction,
maintenance, or engineering work
and be at home on the job." So de
clares H. C. Hathe, representative
of Aero Industries Technical Insti
tute, a leading aviation training
school located in Los Angeles. Hathe
is here to fill appointments with in
dividuals to discuss opportunities
in aviation and the various types of
training required. A free showing
of motion pictures of the industry
will be given at the dining room of
Hotel Heppner Friday evening at 8
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