OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ruBL i c au j i . PORTIA.:-, Volume 58, Number 3 Big Extension Asked j At Hearing For New Soil District Election Chairmen Named for Referen . dum Expected Soon Two hundred and thirty thousand acres were added to the proposed Heppner Soil Conservation district at a hearing held by the State Soil Conservation committee in the court house in Heppner Tuesday. With the change in the boundary, which was extended east to include three townships in Umatilta county and north to include a six mile strip across the county by lone, the proposed district now comprises 691,000 acres. The Tuesday hearing was conduct ed by members of the State Soil Conservation committee, including Bob Warrens, of Forest Grove, chairman; William Teutsch, of Cor vallis, secretary, and Mr. Franklin, of Enterprise. The hearing was held in compliance with a petition signed by Morrow county farmers in Feb ruary asking that the committee hold such a hearing to determine the needs for a district and also to set definitely the boundaries. With the information gathered at the hearing the State Soil Conser vation committee will , determine whether the district is needed and whether or not it is feasible, and, if so, a date will be set for a refer endum by all landowners within the proposed district. Polling places and boards were selected with the following farmers as chairmen of the boards: Rhea ' Creek Grange hall, Henry Baker; lone Legion hall, Chas. McElligott; Lexington Leach hall, O. W. Cuts- forth; Heppner courthouse, John Hanna; Lena schoolhouse, J. D. French. Fred Mankin of lone was elected superintendent to handle the voting of the whole area. In order for the district to be es tablished when a vote is taken, it will be necessary for at least 50 per cent of all the landowners within the area to vote in favor of the dis trict as well as 70 per cent of the land within the district voting in favor of it. The new boundary of the propos ed district as set at the Tuesday meeting is as follows: Beginning at the southwest corner of Section 31, Township 3 N., Range 24 E., thence north to the northwest corner of Section 6, Township 1 S., Range 24 E., thence east along the township line to the northeast corner of Sec tion 1, Township 1 S., Range 30 E., thence south along the township line to the Umatilla National Forest boundary, thence south , and west along the forest boundary to, the Wheeler county line, thence north and west along the county line to the place of beginning. One of the advantages of the dis trict, if organized, according to C. D. Conrad, county agent, is that the farmers within the district should be in a better position by working through the five supervisors of the district to obtain assistance from various governmental agencies on erosion control and soil conserva tion work. Two of the supervisors are farmers within the district ap pointed by the state committee, while the other three are farmers within the district elected by vote of the land owners of the district If conditions make it necessary, land use regulations may be formulated by the supervisors but such regula tions must be submitted to the land owners for referendum and must be approved by at least three-fourths of all the votes cast by two-thirds of the land in the district before such regulations may be adopted. In ad dition to this, such regulations must be approved by the state committee. The provisions for referendum and election of the majority of the su- Heppner, Lions Hear School, Parole Discussions Report of the state city school su perintendents' meeting at Salem last week end which she attended in company with Alden Blankenship, local superintendent, was brought to the Lions Monday luncheon by Mrs. Lucy E. Rodgers, county school su perintendent. Stressed was school legislation passed by the recent leg islative session. A second speaker before the group was Joe Silver of Salem, field man for the state parole board who gave as the board's biggest problem the readjustment of parolees to civil life, j He said that the board does every thing in its power to give the par olee an even start before he is re leased from .the penitentiary. Jean Turner and Mary Lou Fer guson played two piano duets as an entertainment feature. The club discussed plans for en tertaining large delegations of Athe na and The Dalles Lions at a din ner meeting next Monday evening. The dinner, will be served at the Methodist church at 6:30 o'clock. A guest of honor for the evening will be Norval Martin, district governor of Lions International for Oregon. J. W. Zornes, logging operator for Heppner Lumber company, was a guest at the Monday luncheon. . Farm Loan Group Elects New Directors A dinner meeting of stockholders of Hardman National Farm Loan as sociation, held at the I. O. O. F. hall last Friday, attracted a large crowd for the election of directors and transaction of other business. New directors named are J. J. Wightman, and O. W. Cutsforth, the latter suc ceeding Chas. B. Cox. John Wightman, chairman of the board presided, assisted by Vawter Parker, secretary-treasurer. Out side officials of Federal Land Bank of Spokane, parent organization," irt eluded A. W. Behrens, Spokane; W. B. Hinkle, Portland, and William Ragsdale, The Dalles. A resolution was adopted to make permanent the present low rate of interest, 3 percent, on Federal Land bank loans. Out-of-Town Talent Welcome at Benefit Out-of-town talent is especially welcome to compete in the amateur hour to be presented by the Nacomis Camp Fire Girls of Heppner at the gym-auditorium Friday evening, April 4, announces Mrs. Rachel Dick, troop sponsor. Registration blanks are available at Heppner stores or at the school. Sale of tickets for the event will start next Monday. Decision of winners for the cash prizes will be left in the hands of the audience, and while balloting is carried on a special quiz contest feature will be staged , with Boy Scout and Girl Scout teams vieing against each other. Names of these team members will be published next week. FFA HONORS CONFERRED ' J. ,G. Barratt, Ralph I. Thompson and Kenneth Blake were made hon orary members of the local FFA chapter at a chapter dinner Friday evening. Billy Padberg was award ed the acheivement cup for the year. Mayor J. O. Turner was principal speaker for the evening. Announce ment was made of the sectional FFA contest to be held in Heppner on March 28., ROBERT LAUGHLIN PASSES Word was received here today that Robert Laughlin died this morning in The Dalles. Mr. Laughlin, son-in-law of Mrs. Lottie Kilkenny, resided here for the last two years. He is survived by the widow, Ilene, and baby son. Judge C. L. Sweek came over from Pendleton yesterday to hold a short session of circuit court pervisors keeps the soil conservation district in the hands of the landowners. Oregon, Thursday, March Jack Scott, 22 Mo., Drowned By Fall Into Water Trough Tot Missed But Short Time When Sad Fate Discovered Jack Dean Scott, aged 22 months, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Scott of Lexington, was accidentally drowned at the Nettie Davis home near Lexington Sunday afternoon. The little tot had apparently fallen over backwards into the watering trough and was unable to lilt him self from the ten inches of water it contained. Jackie and his brother, Jerry, 4, had accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Mer ritt Gray to the Davis ranch to visit, and with other children present had gone outside to play. He was miss ing when the other children returned to the house some time later, and an immediate search was made, re vealing the lamentable accident. Continued resuscitation was made for more than an hour with a doc tor from Heppner assisting, to no avail. Visiting at the Davis home besides Mr. and Mr. Gray were Mr. and Mrs. Loren Mikesell and small son of Toppenish, Wash. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Christian church in Lexington with George Tucker, minister, officiating. Dona Barnett. Trina Parker and Mrs. S. G. McMillan sang two beautiful numbers, accompanied by Miss Ed ith Edwards at the piano. Interment was in the Lexington cemetery. Jack Dean Scott was born in Heppner May 2, 1939 and passed away at Lexington March 16, 1941, aged 1 year, 10 months and 14 days. Jackie was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon J. Scott. Besides his parents he leaves to mourn his loss, two brothers, Jerry and Tim; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Sprinkel of this city, Mrs. Laura Scott of Lexington, and Mr. Ed Warner of Pilot Rock; also a num ber of uncles and aunts. Jackie was a sweet, lovable young ter who won the heart of everyone who knew him. The entire com munity extends its deepest sympa thy to the grief-stricken family. PIONEER INJURED IN ACCIDENT Mrs. Wm. Hughes of Portland, an early resident of Heppner, sustained injuries and nervous shock when the car in- which she was riding over turned from a blown out tire while travelling toward Portland on the branch highway. Her daughter Hel en, who with Mrs. Hughes had been visiting at the Lena farm home of Mrs. Mable Hughes, was driving. The car was brought back to Hepp ner for repairs. CAR WRECK MYSTERY A light colored coupe was discov ered in a ditch near the Robison service station at lone Sunday morn ing in a badly wrecked condition. Investigation of officers failed to lo cate any trace of who was in the car, but check of license number showed the car to have been regis tered in the name of Marcella Wise, Portland. SOCIAL EVENING SET Lexington grange social evening will be held Saturday evening, the 22nd, announies Mrs. H. O. Bau man. All members and invited guests are urged to attend, and members are asked to please bring sandwiches. Old-time dancing and cards will furnish diversion for the evening. MAYOR TO SPEAK Mayor J. O. Turner will be a guest speaker for two minutes from Pendleton's new radio station to morrow evening when opening cer emonies will be staged. He will ex tend Heppner' s greetings. 20, 1941 BPW Club Initiates Seven New Members The Business and Professional Women's club held their annual spring dinner at the Lucas Place Monday evening with fourteen mem bers and candidates present. Fol lowing the dinner the group ad journed to the home of Mrs. W. O. Dix where the impressive candle light initiation service was held. The seven initiates were Lera Crawford, Virginia Coblantz, Helen Doherty, Margaret Farley, Marjorie Parker, Effie Andrews and Marie Barlow. The emblem pageant was presented by Lucy Rodgers, Neva Neill, Clara Gertson, Harriet Pointer, Elizabeth Dix, Florence Bergstrom and Rose Leibbrand. The committee in charge of arrangements comprised Harriet Pointer and Florence Bergstrom. An informal discussion followed the initiation service in which cer tain facts were brought out: The national B. P. W. with a membership of 75,000 women is the second strongest women's organization in the United States; national defense work has begun with registration of every member and the type of work each is best fitted to do. Union Pacific Pays Big Tax Bill for 1941 The biggest check to come into the county tax collector's office for payment of 1941 taxes was delivered at the courthouse Saturday by Rob ert A. Jones for the Union Pacific railroad. The check was drawn upon the company exchequer for $63,974.48 to pay taxes levied against the com pany for 1941 in full. The check was presented in time to give the com pany benefit of the 2 percent dis count allowed for prepayment of the full year's tax before expiration of time for paying the first quarter tax for the year. .. &-.... 1 " WAIVES GRAND JURY Ralph Joseph Brumfield waived grand jury investigation .and per mitted direct information to be filed by the district attorney when faced with a criminal charge in circuit court here yesterday, but took ad vantage of the two days in which Judge C. L. Sweek said he was allowed to plea. Brumfield was ap prehended on a charge of breaking and entering the Interior Warehouse office. He had previously served a term in the state penitentiary from this county. BROTHER-IN-LAW PASSES Mrs. F. S. Parker received tele graphic word Tuesday of the sudden passing of her brother-in-law, L. G. Atherton, at his home in Vale. Fun eral services are announced for to morrow at that place. Mr. Atherton was a retired railroad telegrapher. He is , survived by Mrs. Atherton, nee Letitia Crawford, and daughter, Mrs. Tracy Moore of Hollywood, Cal. , The Athertons resided in Hepp ner a number of years ago. DRAFTEES ACCEPTED The three Morrow county men se lected for military service in the March call left for Portland Mon day evening and all passed their entrance examination, reports the local office. The men are Francis Byron Nickerson of Heppner, Stan ley Albert Way of Lexington and James Arthur Stevens of Hardman. REPRESENTATIVE HOME Representative E. Harvey Miller and Mrs. Miller arrived home Sun day evening from Salem, following close of the legislative session early that morning, and Mr. Miller has been busy since catching up on his farming operations. Mrs. Miller spent the last week with her husband in the state capital. CAR HITS HORSE, LADY SHOOTS Mrs. Joyce (Carlson) Darst was unable to keep the car she was driv ing from striking a horse on the Rhea creek road Saturday night. The animal was so badly injured that Mrs. Darst obtained a gun, dragged the injured animal from the road, shot it Subscription $2.00 a Year Threatened Loss Of Cattle Market Told By Mac Hoke Chamber- Wool Aux iliary Meet Empha sizes Stock Industry Limitation f range carrying ca pacity and the tendency to market breeding stock by cattlemen at pre sent high prices may eventually re sult in the United States losing its cattle markets to South America. This is one real threat from existing agricultural conditions in the United States, said Mac Hoke, president of Oregon Woolgrowers association, in an address before the joint meeting of the chamber of commerce and Morrow County Woolgrowers aux iliary at the Episcopal parish house Tuesday evening. Chamber President B. C. Pinck ney, was master of ceremonies and introduced Mrs. R. I. Thompson, president, and Mrs. H, A. Cohn, sec retary of the National Woolgrowers auxiliary, who responded with short and appropriate talks. President Pinckney said Heppner should con sider it a real honor to have two of its women holding offices in the national association at the same time. Mrs. Stephen Thompson, pro gram chairman for the event, pre sented Walter Skuzeski with two accordion numbers, and Mary Lou Ferguson and Jean Turner in a pi ano duet. Introduced as guests were Mrs. Hoke, Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Stockman of Pendleton, and Harry Anderson of La Grande. Mr. Hoke paid tribute to Mor row county for furnishing many people who have-takei. a , lead in agricultural organization work. He gave a graphic picture of the entire agricultural set-up in the country today, citing figures in every in stance to bear out his statements. While the sheep industry just at present holds a very favorable position among agricultural pro ducts, the picture for wheat is not bright, said Mr. Hoke. He cited the large national surplus now existing that cannot help but hold down prices in view of loss of practically all foreign markets. The situation in regard to wheat today is entirely different from that which existed at the time of the last world war when added production was encouraged on every hand, and no stretch of the imagination can conceive that wheat will be influenced by war conditions to jump in price as it did at the time of the last war. Mr. Hoke emphasized as of local importance the restriction of sum mer ranges for livestock through ac quisition of timber lands by the fed eral government, declaring that win ter ranges now far exceed summer ranges in the west, thus handicap ping the industry that has been a major factor in the building of the western empire. He also pointed to the large in crease in numbers of elk and deer which are competing for livestock summer ranges. He considered the fact that elk now outnumber deer as being against the public interest, for elk are not so popular with hunt ers and are much harder on ranges. The wild life situation today is man made he said, for there were practic ally no elk in this region in 1906, and deer at that time were far less numerous than they are today. As the livestock industry is still the backbone of this district, paying 51 percent of the taxes, it is only just that its interests in the national for ests should be recognized and given due consideration, the speaker de clared. Ladies of the Episcopal ((auxiliary prepared the delicious meal that was enjoyed by some fifty people. Josephine Mahoney departed for Portland on Sunday, expecting to spend a week in the city.