Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, June 27, 1940, Page Page Six, Image 6

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taapIteal news
Fewer Inmates
o Asking Senator
New Flag Pole
Discovery of an unexpended bal
ance of nearly $6000 in the state
library building fund has revived
discussion of a flag pole for Ore
gon's capitol building. It will be re
called that the state house archi
tects had provided for two flag poles,
one at either end of the building
at a cost of $6000 each. Funds avail
able for use on this building, how
ever, were exhausted before the flag
poles were reached. The state emer
gency board,' called into session to
provide the necessary funds approv
ed the expenditure of $500 for this
improvement but so far the Board
of Control has not availed itself of
the opportunity to spend this sum,
apparently regarding the amount as
inadequate. The board is now con'
sidering the possibility of using the
$6000 surplus in the library fund in
providing the flag poles for the cap
itol. The war in Europe and Uncle
Sam's rearmament program was
brought home to Oregon this week
in an increase in the cost of the 1941
license plates, with the low bid ap
proximately one-half cent higher on
the pair than that of last year. This
means an increase of nearly $2000 on
the 400,000 sets of plates required
to license Oregon automobiles next
Another hike in liquor prices was
reported to be in the offing follow
ing a conference between members
of the Liquor Control Commission
and Governor Sprague this week.
Members of the commission report
ed that liquor profits for the current
fiscal year would closely approx
imate the $3,250,000 estimated as ne
cessary to meet relief needs for this
The solitary cell adjoining the le
thal gas chamber at the state prison
received its second occupant since
its establishment three years ago
when Claude E. Cline, 46-year, old
Fossil prospector was brought in
this week under sentence to die for
the murder of his mining partner,
George W. Chetty. So far the only
use made of the gas chamber since
its substitution for the gallows three
years ago was in the execution of
26-year old Hershel McCarthy of
Portland, in January, 1939, for the
slaying of a gasoline station attend
ant. The population of the state prison
which stood at 1102 a year ago is
now down to 1033. This reduction of
69 inmates is due in part at least to
the operation of the new parole set
up with its more liberal provision for
supervision of parolees and the more
liberal parole policy established by
the new board.
Records of the parole board at the
end of its first year show that it had
582 former prisoners under its su
pervision, compared to 178 men and
women who were reporting to the
state parole officer a year ago. In
addition to 280 parolees from the
state prison, 79 law violators who are
at liberty under bench paroles and
37 who are out on conditional par
dons, the field men of the new parole
set-up are also checking on 79 per
sons who are at liberty under pro
bation. The next legislature will be asked
to provide a new 300-bed treatment
hospital for the state hospital for
insane at Salem, according to Dr.
John C. Evans, superintendent of the
institution. Pointing out that more
than 600 of the 2700 patients at the
hospital are physically ill in addi
tion to their mental ailment, Dr.
Evans declares that the present 160
bed treatment hospital is entirely
inadequate to the needs of the in
stitutions. Other improvements to
be sought for the state hospital will
include a new chapel with recrea
tional facilities, Dr. Evans said.
United Spates Senator Rufus C.
Holman has appealed to Dr. W. H.
Lytle, state veterinarian, for advice
and help. Senator Holman is some
what of a farmer on the side. He
owns a sizeable farm near Molalla
on which he has a large herd of
registered dairy cattle. But, he ex
plains in his appeal to Dr. Lytle, it
begins to look as though his dairy
herd is headed for the rodeos. Of
the last 26 calves born at his farm
20 were bulls. He wants to know
of 'the state veterinarian if there
isn't something that can be done to
equalize this unbalanced ratio.
Third Insurance
Program Offered
Wheat Producers
For the third successive year, Ore
gon wheat growers will be able in
1941 to protect themselves from crop
hazards through the use of federal
crop insurance, says an announce
ment by Will Steen, chairman of the
Oregon state AAA committee.
Next year's crop insurance plan
will be practically identical with the
program now in effect, with the
major exception that the closing
date for accepting applications on
winter wheat will be earlier. It will
be necessary for winter wheat grow
ers to apply for their insurance and
pay the premium before the crop is
seeded, or by August 31, 1940, which
ever is earlier.
The closing date for spring wheat
insurance applications again will be
February 28, Steen said.
All applications will be accepted
at county agricultural conservation
offices, and county AAA committees
will continue to handle local ad
ministration of the program.
Administration of the 1941 pro
gram will be aided by the fact that
more complete wheat production
history for each farm will be on
hand, Steen said. County commit
tees are now at work computing new
yields which farmers may insure,
and insurance rates, for the farms
in their counties. The yield and pre
mium rate is determined for each
individual farm on the basis of its
yield and loss experience for a 14
year period.
The 1941 wheat crop will be the
third on which "all-risk" insurance
has been available to growers. In
the first year of the program, on the
1939 crop, 662 Oregon wheat grow
ers insured their harvest. Due to
crop damage, 188 experienced losses,
receiving 101,380 bushels of wheat
or cash equivalent in indemnities.
In 1940, a total of 2011 insurance
applications have been written in
Oregon, which would guarantee
growers a total of 3,700,000 bushels.
Adjustment of early crop losses is
now beginning in this state, although
no actual losses have yet been paid.
Traffic Fatalities
Outnumber War Dead
More Americans lost their lives in
traffic accidents during the month
of July last year than were killed
in the Spanish-American war, ac
cording to Earl Snell, secretary of
state, who today urged Oregon driv
ers to make every effort to prevent
traffic accidents during the Fourth
of July holiday period this year. The
death toll for traffic accidents in
America last July was 2,740, com
pared to a toll of 1,704 during the
war with Spain.
As he announced that Oregon was
to participate in the nation-wide
campaign to reduce traffic accidents
this July, Snell reminded citizens of
this state that during the past four
years, 23 persons have been killed
in Fourth of July traffic accidents.
"Each year, as we pay tribute to
the memory of those who laid down
their lives in the fight for our in
dependence and liberty, we forget
that more thousands are laying down
their lives in tribute to carelessness,
thoughtlessness and lack of consid
eration for the rights of others,"
Snell declared. "It is truly ironic
that these celebrations in honor of
winning the right to live our lives
as we see fit, result in snuffing out
so many of those lives every year."
Fourth of July accidents in Ore
gon took six lives in 1939, five in
1938, six in 1937 and six in 1936.
Chief causes of the greater than
normal traffic toll during this period
is increased traffic, high speeds and
fatigue, it was said.
Traffic during holiday periods in
Gazette Times, Heppner,
Grangers Have Big
Time at Battle Mt.
Many local grangers and their
families attended the annual picnic
Sunday at Battle Mountain park.
Everyone reports an enjoyable time
and plenty to eat. The feature of
the afternoon was a softball game
between Lexington and Rhea Creek
granges with Rhea Creek the victor,
Mrs. Elmer Hunt was hostess for
a birthday dinner honoring Mrs.
Moffat Dennis Monday evening. Mrs.
Dennis received a lovely gift. Those
present besides the honoree and hos
tess were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Du
vall, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bauman,
Carleton Tinkhem, Moffat Dennis,
Eula Bamhouse, Elmer, Louise and
Clair Hunt.
C. C. Carmichael and Earl Warner
spent the week end in Salem. They
took Donna Leathers, who has been
visiting here, to her home in Van
couver. Mr. and Mrs. Ira Warner of Oak
land visited at the Laura Scott
and Vernon Scott homes Thursday
and Friday.
Kenneth Peck is at his parents'
home for a visit.
Elizabeth Edwards is spending the
week with Marlene Miller
Mrs. Ralph Scott spent the week
end at home from The Dalles.
Lester Wilcox of Hermiston is
visiting at the John Graves home.
Mr. and Mrs. Elwynne Peck and
Jack Van Winkle spent Sunday at
Hidaway springs.
Miss Lee McCloud of Moro has
been visiting her sister, Mrs. Ran
dall Martin.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Carr and
family of Hermiston visited relatives
here one day last week. They were
accompanied home by Mr. and Mrs.
Archie Padberg and family.
Sunday guests at the Laura Scott
home were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin
Manning and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth
Ford and daughter of Pendleton.
Mrs. Robert Allstott and daughter,
Mrs. Sloan Spencer and children of
Hermiston spent the week end at the
Robert Burnside home. Mrs. Allstott
reported that her son Don and Alma
Laird of Hermiston were married
in Weiser, Idaho, last week with Mr.
and Mrs. Sloan Spencer as witnesses.
The H. E. club will meet Thursday,
July 11, at the grange hall in the
afternoon. All members are request
ed to be present as there is a large
amount of business to be attended
to. It would be appreciated if mem
bers would bring their rakes.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Burchell
and sons spent Sunday in Heppner.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Breshears
and Helen spent one day last week
in Pendleton. Edwina managed the
post office during her mother's ab
sence. The house belonging to Joe Eskel
son is being remodeled.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Jones of Day
ton visited friends and relatives here
this week.
House guests at the Al Fetsch
home are his brother and son of
Salem. Sunday guests were Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Rauch and daughters.
Oregon increases approximately sev
en percent, according to traffic
checks on various Oregon highways.
The desire to reach beach or moun
tain recreation areas as quickly as
possible often leads drivers to travel
at speeds higher than would be safe
under normal conditions, and with
highways crowded with the holiday
traffic, the high speeds are even
more dangerous, Snell pointed out.
Added to these factors is the fact
that after the holiday period, drivers
often are tired as they start the long
trips homeward and many of the
Fourth of July accidents involve
cars that went off the road when
the driver became too drowsy to
react normally, or went to sleep at
the wheel, reports in the secretary
of state's office reveal.
"Oregon drivers should remem
ber that in crowded traffic, it is
wise to reduce speed and on long
drives, have a relief driver or pull
off the road and take a short nap
when fatigued," Snell said. "Let's
put. safety first on the Fourth and
avoid the tragic toll of death and
injury on our highways this year."
Crop Prospects
Indicate Output
Near 1939 Level
Favorable growing conditions dur
ing April, May, and into June have
boosted prospective gross crop pro
duction in the United States close to
the 1939 level, despite slightly small
er acreage, according to the month
ly review of the agricultural situa
tion and outlook just released by the
Oregon agricultural extension ser
vice. Feed crop and pasture condi
tions appear very favorable, indic
ating an abundance of feed for live
stock, except in local areas.
Wheat prospects have improved
materially with production now ex
pected to be near the ten-year av
erage in the United States, although
world wheat prospects are less fav
orable than in 1939, especially in
Europe. Prospects for feed grains
and hay crops are above average,
and pastures are generally good
throughout the country.
On the whole, conditions early in
the season indicate that the supply
of fruit, other than citrus, will be
near average in 1940-41,- but smaller
than the relatively large supply of
1939-40. The new citrus fruit crop
promises to be large and above last
The sweet cherry crop is expected
to fall considerably below 1939 and
Bartlett pears somewhat less than
last year. Both crops are not as good
in California as a year ago. The
apricot crop is very small in Cali
fornia, but a slight increase in dried
prunes is expected in that state.
Early season prospects for late pears
and apples are fairly favorable gen
erally and the sour cherry crop is
larger than last year owing prin
cipally to increases in Michigan and
in Wisconsin. Nut crop prospects
are not as favorable as last year, ac
cording to information in the report.
With respect to the general level
of farm prices the data show an in
crease of nearly 10 per cent compar
ed with the general level of prices
a year ago. The purchasing power
of farm products is also higher than
a year ago, as the disparity between
prices received and paid by farmers
is not as great. Most of the improve
ment in the farm price situation is
in grains, dairy products, and cotton.
Phelps Funeral Home
Ambulance Service
Trained Lady Assistant
Phone 1332
Heppner, Ore.
Bodily Injury & Property Damage
Class A $13.60 Class B $17.00
See us before financing your
next automobile.
Heppner City Council
Meets First Monday Each Month
Citizens having matters for dis
cussion, please bring before
the Council
G. A. BLEAKMAN, Mayor.
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Abstract & Title Co.
Office In New Peters Building
Thursday, June 27, 1940
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First National Bank Building
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