Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, November 28, 1940, Page Page Six, Image 6

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Thursday, November 28, 1940
o School Debt Cut
o No State Tax
o New Judges
Salem. Although Oregon school
districts were carrying a debt load
aggregating $13,371,251.65 on July
1st, last, the load was lighter by $1,
758,117.89 than it was two years ago
according to a survey just completed
by State Treasurer Walter E. Pear
son. In the past ten years Oregon
school districts have succeeded in
whittling $9,168,068 off their debt
burden in spite of numerous bond
issues floated to finance new con
struction, Pearson reports.
Only twelve of the state's 36
counties increased their school debt
during the two year period. Twenty
five counties reported substantial
progress in reducing their school
indebtedness. Lincoln county stands
in a class by itself as the only county
without any school district indebted
ness. Morrow county's school debt on
July 1, last, was reported as $70,
504.81 compared to $99,167.99 on
July 1 1938, representing a reduc
tion of $28,663.18 in the two year
Oregon's newly created peoples
utility districts still have time in
which to levy a tax for 1941 opera
tions in the opinion of Chas. V. Gal
loway, chairman of the state tax
commission. In this opinion Gallo
way relies on a ruling by the state
supreme 'court in the case of State
vs Johnson in 1916, in which it was
held that "statutes, similar to those
now in effect, specifying the time or
period for making and reporting tax
levies were not mandatory but mere
ly directory for the guidance of of
ficers in the orderly conduct of
business devolving upon them."
The new dormitory under con
struction at the state prison farm
south of Salem will be ready for
occupancy about January 1, accord
ing to Warden George Alexander.
The new building, a three-story con
crete structure is being constructed
with prison labor at a cost of ap
proximately $50,000 for material. It
will house the 200 trusties now em
ployed in the operation of the pri
son's farming activities, more than
one-half of whom are now being
transported back and forth between
the prison and the farm daily.
Governor Chas. A. Sprague, ac
companied by Lt. Col. Elmer V.
Wooten, assistant adjutant general,
inspected the Oregon troops in Camp
at Fort Lewis this week.
Tobacco used by the patients and
inmates of state institutions costs the
state approximately $10,000 a year,
according to Dan J. Fry, state pur
chasing agent.
The state textbook commission
met in Salem at its regular biennial
session this week to examine new
books and make selections for new
texts for use in Oregon schools.
Adoptions are made for six-year
periods with not more than one
third of the texts changed at any
biennial session.
In spite of increased employment
throughout the state the state em
ployment service reported this week
that it still has more than 24,000
jobless men and women on its list.
Oregon property owners are once
more to be spared the necessity of
contributing toward the support of
state governmental activities. While
the tax commission is still working
on the 1941 levy their computations
have already progressed far enough
to show that estimated revenues
from levies against incomes will en
tirely offset property levies both
within and outside the constitutional
six percent limitation.
This will be the fourth time the
property levy for state purposes has
been waived in its entirety first in
1932, then again in 1938 and 1939. On
two other occasions 1937 and 1940
only small property levies have
been resorted to in order to cover
Holders of Mothers'
Scholarships High
At U. of 0.
Since 1935, when the first awards
were made, holders of Oregon Mo
thres' scholarships have won schol
astic and other distinctions in the
University of Oregon, according to
word received here by club mem
bers from Karl W. Onthank, dean of
personnel. All have made excellent
grades also, the dean pointed out.
Members of the Mothers' organiza
tion are unusually active this year,
and at present are engaged in a
state-wide drive for funds to carry
on the scholarship and loans.
Two of the students designated
this fall as the "senior six" by Phi
Beta Kappa, national scholastic so
ciety, entered the university as Ore
gon Mothers' scholarship holders.
This honor, which includes election
to this oldest and most revered of
fraternities, is awarded only to the
six seniors who stand highest schol
astically. The two are Miss Aida
Brun, Klamath Falls, and Benson
Mates, Portland.
Miss Brun is also a member of
Mortar Board, senior honor society,
of which she is secretary and Hil
yard Cooperative house, of which
she is president. Mates has received
the highest scholastic rating, 4.00,
four times during his college career.
The first two student recipients
of scholarships, Paul Deutschmann
and Tom Turner, both of whon came
from Portland, graduated last year
following outstanding records in the
university. Deutschmann was editor
Turner, now employed in Portland,
of the Emerald, student daily, and
was a member of Phi Betta Kappa.
Nisma Banta, Prineville, holder of
a scholarship in 1938-39, was one of
two women named outstanding in
journalism her freshman year. Last
year one of the scholars, Maryjane
Bovingdon, Oakland, held the high
est grades in the freshman class.
Ruth Baker, Bend, is prominent in
intramural sports, and Marguerite
Campbell, Portland, is an outstand
ing art student.
special levies outside the six percent
If estimates of the tax commission
hold good there wil be no property
levy again in 1942 and only a small
levy against property in 1943 which
may also be wiped out should there
be a substantial increase in income
tax revenues as is now indicated.
Governor Sprague who on Satur
day filled two judicial posts in Mult
nomah county, one on the circuit
bench and the other a district court
position is not expected to take any
action toward filling the circuit jud
geship left vacant by the death of
Judge Mears who was elected to
succeed Judge Tazwell whose term
expires in January. Attorney Gen
eral Van Winkle has ruled that the
death of Judge Mears before quali
fying for the circuit judgeship auto
matically continues Judge Tazwell
in office until after the general elec
tion of 1942. This opinion, however,
is disputed by many Oregon attor
neys. The supreme court may be
asked to settle the controversy.
Second only in point of interest
to the fight over the House Speaker
ship is the contest that has devel
oped over the post of sergeant-at-arms
in the House for the forth
coming session. Joseph F. Singer of
Portland who has held this import
ant post for many sessions is being
opposed at this time by Frank B.
Tichenor of Port Orford, state rep
resentative from Coos and Curry
counties in 1917. On the Senate side
Banks Mortimer, Portland World
War veteran, is said to be lining up
support for his candidacy as ser-geant-at-arms
to succeed Allen P.
Wheeler who, having been elected
a county commissioner of Lane
county at the recent, election, will
not again be a candidate for the
Senate post which he has filled for
the past three sessions.
The state tuberculosis hospital east
of Salem, established in 1910,, cele
brated its 30th anniversary on
Thanksgiving Day. Dr. G. C. Boll
inger has been superintendent of
the institution for 27 of its 30 years.
Constructed originally to accomo
date 48 patients the hospital now has
accomodations for 320 patients.
Washington, D. C, Nov. 28 The
private lives of hundreds of young
men and women hastily engaged by
the National Defense Advisory com
mission are being scrutinized by gov
ernment investigators (who them
selves have been investigated), to
the embarrassment of the workers.
Object is to determine the loyalty
of these workers as well as their
Sample questions: Give list of ev
ery address for the past five years,
with name of landlord to whom
rent was paid; give name of every
employer, length of employment and
why you quit. How much money
have you in bank; where did you
get it? Have you been in lawsuits?
If so, give details. Do you drink, and
if so, how often, how much, and if
you have been 'lit' when and where?
Name your associates. Are you in
debt, and if so, how much?
The worker must give names of
ten acquaintances for reference.
Each of the ten is interviewed, and
records of courts are searched, old
landlords and employers called on.
Every statement given is checked
and double checked.
Theory of the character probe is
that a worker's affiliation with a
subversive organization can be read
ily determined, but the worker's
background will give a clue whether
or not he or she, because of habits,
might succumb to temptation by a
foreign agent to reveal information
the National Defense Advisory com
mission does not want to leak out.
The quiz is tougher than that made
by a loan shark.
G-men of the FBI are satisfied
that recent explosions were not the
work of saboteurs, but that these
enemies have been active they know,
because: A cruiser was put out of
business when its electrical control
was ruined by someone who drove
a phonograph needle into a cable;
someone placed buckshot in the en-;
gine of an airplane; someone weak
ened a batch of molten metal intend
ed for airplane use by tossing a
couple of plastic handles from a
machine into the mass; someone with
a hacksaw sawed a sheet of alumi
num in an airship, which would
weaken the craft. In FBI files is a
document revealing a plot to fire
a merchant vessel and sink it in the
Panama canal which is why a
guard of gobs with officers now take
charge of every ship using the canal,
the guards being stationed at every
key position on the vessel, the guard
even installing its own telephone
system on the ship. '
Every industrial plant filling' a;
government order has been studied
by FBI inspectors and the manage
ment has been given suggestions how
to improve jprotection from fire and
sabotage. Recent explosions and
fires in eastern plants are attributed
by -men to carelessness; some work
ers became negligent in handling
explosives because of familiarity
with the stuff.
Measures have already been draft
ed and soon will be introduced to
have congress repeal the neutrality
law, enabling American ships to
carry munitions to England and be
protected by American warships on
the voyage across the Atlantic. The
proposal has the support of several
very high officials in the govern
ment and the plan may have ad
ministration backing if the measures
come to a vote. The bombing of
Birmingham and Coventry, indus
trial centers comparable to Detroit
and Flint, has ruined domestic sour
ces of supply, and supplies manu
factured in these British communi
ties must now be replaced from the
United States. As the British have
not sufficient ships, the proposal is
to dispatch the supplies in American
flag vessels. It is another step toward
Washington Scene Taxi drivers
of the national capital have been
paying initiation fees to join the
carpenters union and then getting
jobs on cantonment construction at
Fort Myer and Fort Bellaire, near
by . . . Workers in the navy yard,
half a mile from the senate building,
on the Potomac, are provoked be
cause they have an increase which
amounts to a pack of cigarets a
week . . . The thousands of lads
who are rejected for instruction as
air pilots will be given an opportun
ity to volunteer as bombardiers or
navigators for the fighting planes,
Most of the training plane were
ordered from the Vultee plant in
California, whose production has
been held up by strike ... It re
quires nine months to make a real
army pilot.
Much was said recently about
George Washington's views regard
ing a third term, but no mention
that George advertised for a cook
when he learned that the cook he
had was setting too good a "second
table" . . . Calvin Coolidge also
kept an eye on the White House
kitchen. The grocery bill must be
paid by the President, but no other
President was subjected to such
venomous attacks as Honest Abe, as
is documented by exhibits in the
Lincoln Museum (admission 10 cents
since Harold Ickes was given cus
tody of the place).
Make your appointment now for
the latest hairdress. Myrtle's Beauty
Salon. 37tf.
Notice is hereby given that the
undersigned, Executrix of the Estate
of O. H. Warner, deceased, has filed
with the County Court of the State
of Oregon for Morrow County, her
final account of her administration
of said estate, and that said court
has set Monday, the 25th day of
November, 1940, at the hour of 11
o'clock A. M. in the forenoon of said
day at the County Court room at
the Court House at Heppner, Ore
gon, as the time and place for hear
ing objections to said final account
and the settlement of said estate,
and all persons having objections
to said final account or the settle
ment of said estate are hereby re
quired to file the same with said
court on or before the time set for
said hearing.
Dated and first published this 31st
day of October, 1940.
Maternity Home
Mrs. Lillie Aiken
Phone 664 P. O. Box 142
Heppner, Oregon
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.
ATwater 4884
5th at Washington
J. 0. Turner
Phone 173
Hotel Heppner Building
A. D. McMurdo, M. D.
Trained Horse Assistant
Office in Masonic Building
Heppner, Oregon
Abstract Co.
Roberts Building Heppner. Cm
P. W. Mahoney
Heppner Hotel Building
Willow St Entrance
J. 0. Peterson
Latest Jewelry sad (Hit Goods
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Expert Watch and Jewelry
Heppner, Oregon
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First National Bank Bldg.
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Dr. L. D. Tibbies
Physioian & Surgeon
Rec. Phone 1162 Office Phone 492
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Heppntr, Oregon
V. R. Runnion
Farm Sales and Livestock a Specialty
405 Jones Street, Heppner, Ore.
Phone 452
Morrow County
Abstract & Title Co.
Office in New Peters Building
Peterson & Peterson
U. S. National Bank Building
Practice In State and Federal Courts
Real Estate
General Line of Insurance and
Notary Pnbllo
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