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OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIE
Volume 58, Number 20
Give Impetus To
Civil Defense Move
for Scrap Aluminum
Drive, July 21-26
Morrow county folk rallied to the
call for civil defense registration Sat
urday to the number of 506 persons,
of whom 328 were men and 178 wo
men. This number is expected to
be increased by those who could
not respond to the first day call, and
who are being given opportunity to
register at the Selective Service of
fice in the bank building.
By towns the registration ohowed:
Heppner, men 178, women 92: Hard
man, men 14, women 14; Lexington,
men 38, women 23; lone, men 42,
women 20; Cecil, men 16, women 4;
Boar dm an, men 1; Irrigon, men 39,
W. Vawter Parker, director of civ
ilian reserves says there is still a
shortage of aircraft warning re
serves, particularly from the coun
try. All interested parties may still
register at the same location as pre
vious registrations were held, with
the exception of Heppner, where fu
ture registrations will be taken at
the Selective Service office.
The defense council is now lend
ing its efforts toward success of the
drive for scrap aluminum in this
county, under directorship of C. D.
Conrad, county agent, to be held
from July 21 to 26, inclusive.
Chairman Conrad has arranged for
receiving the scrap aluminum at the
Heppner, corner room of Heppner
Hotel; Lexington, Lonnie Hender
son's garage; lone, Legion hall;
Hardman, U. S. post office; Rhea
Creek and Eightmile, Rugg"s ser
vice station; Boardman, Jack Gor
ham's store; Irrigon, Fred Hough
ton's office; Morgan, Elmer Griffith
warehouse; Cecil, Roy Hurst store;
Lena, Mrs. Mabel Hughes ranch;
Pine City, Marion Finch ranch.
In addition all warehouses in the
county are cooperating by offering
to receive all aluminum brought in
by trucks hauling wheat.
Women's groups in each commun
ity are assisting the drive for alum
inum by calling it to the attention
of their various members.
The call is for scrap aluminum.
Nothing is asked that it would be
, necessary to replace.
Riding Club Start
Organization of the Heppner rid
ing club will be held at the Rodeo
grounds next Sunday afternoon in
stead of last Sunday afternoon as
reported in these columns last week.
Fmk Tousley of Athena, trainer and
caretaker was expected to arrive in
the city this evening and will be
ready to take charge of any horses
that may be left Sunday, announces
Jim Kistner, chairman pro tern for
More than twenty Morrow county
people have signified their intention
of joining the organizaton, pattern
ed after the Pendleton Mustcngers.
All interested, whether or not they
have ponies, are invited by Kistner
to attend the meeting, set for 2:30
For Fire Alarms .
Orders have been issued from the
local defense council that hereafter
no fire alarms will be sounded at
Heppner until after the exact loca
tion of the fire and assistance reed
ed have been ascertained. Those
turning in alarms must stay 01 the
telephone wire so that this inform
ation may be obtained.
It was also ordered upon direction
of local CCC officials that local CCC
men will not be sent to any fire
except upon order of the sheriff or
the defense council.
Wins Officer's Bars
Chester L. Christcnson
Quantico, Va. After completing
a period of training at the Candi
dates' School here with a view to
winning a commission, Chester L.
Christenson, of Heppner, Oregon
was recently graduated and appoint
ed as a second lieutenant in the
Marine Corps Reserve.
These new reserve lieutenants
will now receive advanced military
training upon the completion of
which they become eligible for ap
pointment as second lieutenants in
the regular Marine Corps.
Several months ago the Candi
dates' school was established at
Quantico for the purpose of train
ing young men in the duties of of
ficers, who will be required to fill
vacancies created by a rapidly-expanding
Their training included instruction
in the art of modern warfare, com
bat principles, tactics, discipline,
leadership, and the special type of
military duties which marines are
required to perform.
Only college men, between 20 and
25 years of age, who held recom
mendations from the presidents of
their respective colleges, a member
of the faculty, and other accredited
persons were eligible for training
at the school. Lieutenant Christen-
J son was formerly a student at Ore
gon State college.
To Start Monday
Swimming classes at Heppner's
municipal plunge will start next
Monday morning with a general
meeting at 9 o'clock for the deter
mination of days and hours for the
various groups, announces Dick
Davis. Enrollment is free to every
one, with payment only of swim
ming charge for the time spent in
The classes are under auspices of
Morrow county chapter American
Red Cross, and Davis will be the
instructor, assisted by Kay Fergu
son. Everyone intending to enroll
for the swimming instruction is urg
ed to be on hand Monday morning
as it is desired to determine how
many will be enrolled in each of
the groups. Instruction will be of
fered beginners, intermediates and
those swimmers who wish to qual
ify for life saving certificates.
Judge Johnson Gives
Address on Flag
How flags came to be, as emblems
of friendship among earlier peoples,
the development of the flag of the
United States of America, its signi
ficance and proper usage were told
by Judge Bert Johnson before the
Monday Lions luncheon at Lucas
Judge Bert Johnson considered
the sight of the flag flying outright
in the breeze at the courthouse,
where it is flown every day, the
most beautiful sight he ever sw.
In his Lions address and in a similar
address given recently before a
grange meeting, Judge Johnson
urged everyone to pay the flag the
respect to which it is entitled, rnd
to familiarize themselves with its
proper usage on all occasions.
Oregon, Thursday, July 17,
W. E. Pruyn Passes;
Was City Water
master When Pres
ent System Started
W. E. Pruyn, a leading citizen of
Heppner for the last 45 years, pio-
Ineer in its water and electrical ser
I vice development and first water
I master under city control of this
utility, passed away at his hoiut. last
evening between 6:30 and 7 o'clock.
FuneraHarrangements had not been
, announced at time of going to press.
Mr. Pruyn was long a member of
Heppner lodge 69, A. F. & A. M. in
which order he held many offices,
and was also a member of Heppner
lodge 32, Order of Eastern Star.
Mr. Pruyn had been connected
with light and power development
before corning to Heppner near the
turn of the century with his brother-in-law,
H. V. Gates, with whom he
was affiliated in starting the Hepp
ner Light ..& Water company, the
first organization to serve the city
with regular light and water ser
vice. Mr. Pruyn continued as man
ager of the company until it was
dissolved upon sale of the electrical
service business to Pacfic Power &
Light company, and its water ser
vice facilities to the City of Hepp
ner. At that time, Mr. Pruyn took
the position of watermaster for the
city and continued in the position
until retirement from active, busi
ness life about four years ago.
As watermaster he was the city
council's close consultant when the
city's present water supply was de
veloped, taking water from artesian
wells at the forks of Willow creek,
He helped engineer the original
pumping system that took water
from the deep wells, located at the
site of the old Heppner Light &
Water company plant
Following the death of the first
wife, sister of Mr. Gates, he married
Jessie Thomson, sister of J. G.
Thomson, here, and she had been
his constant companion and help
mate for many years.
A highly respected and honored
citizen, Mr. Pruyn will be missed by
all who knew him.
For Coming Rodeo
More progress was attained yes
terday in preparing for Heppner's
coming Rodeo, August 15-16-17,
when ready response was found to
the call for financial gurantors.
Those signing the agreement to
obligate themselves for not more
than $20 apiece toward defraying
any deficit faced after the show is
over, included F. W. Turner, D. M.
Ward, Lois Beauty Shop, P. W. Ma
honey, H. T. O'Donnell, F. B. Nick-
erson, C. J. Lanham, Central Mar
ket, Charles Vaughn, J. Skuzeski,
T. R. Jones, H. G. Wright, A. J.
Westhoff, Tum-A-Lum Lumber Co.,
Archie Hill, Bert Kane, D. H. Jones,
Bob Grabill, Green's Hardware, Ed
ward Chinn, Earl Gordon, Jasper V.
Crawford, J. Logie Richardson. A. E.
Burkenbine, J. A. Sharp, Orville
Smith, E. G. Noble, Chas. B. Cox,
E. E. Gonty, B. R. Patterson, B. C.
Pinckney, Richard Lawrence, Dr. L.
ID. Tibbies, W. Vawter Parker, Dr.
D. Miller, F. Wehmeyer, Ferguson
Motor Co., Gilliam & Bisbee, Lun-
dell Service Station, W. C. Rose
wall, W. J. Bucknum, Agnes Cur
ran, M. D. Clark, Ralph Beamer, D.
A. Wilson, Archie D. McMurdo,
IS 23RD REGISTRANT
The July 1, 1941 registration card
of Scott Holdman McMurdo has been
received by Morrow County Selec
tive Service board and he has been
assigned serial number 23. Scott
registered at Tanana, Alaska.
Mrs. James Valentine was report
ed yesterday as improved i her
illness at a Portland hospital.
Lovers' Lane Walk
Repair May Impair
Lovers Lane soon won't be what
it used to be. That narrow walk
and bridge hooking up Chase and
Court streets between the Minor
and Campbell properties where
Cupid has been wont to linger, lo
these many years, will have a ntw
board covering, and thus lessen
the excuse for romantic young
swains being over anxious lest the
fair young thing step on a pro
truding nail or stub her pretty
toes on a tilted plank.
The city dads recently recog
nize that public convenience made
city help with this private thor
oughfare perfectly justified, fuid
on offer of Stanley Minor to do the
work, ordered materials to be pur
chased from city funds.
Water Emergency j
Excessive demand upon the city
water supply due to the hot, dry
weather, and extra demands 1 y the
swimming tank and road work has
caused an emergency condition, pro
claimed Mayor J. O. Turner yerter
day. While it is not the intention of
the city to deny water for all needed
purposes, the mayor asks that every
one be careful not to waste water.
Care should be taken at all times
not to leave hydrants running longer
than necessary, to keep irrigation at
the minimum essential and to repair
leaks wherever found.
Due to inability to build up the
reserve supply essential for fire pro
tection, refilling of the swimming
tank, intended the first of the week,
has been delayed, and it was hoped
by the city dads that cooperation on
the part of water users would allow
catching up the needed reserve and
permit refilling the plunge by the
end of the week.
Mayor Turner calls attention to
the fact that those using water for
irrigation are paying only for the
first 13,000 gallons and that the next
37,000 gallons is a gift from the city,
over which it has control in case of
emergency. Should the emergency
continue, it may be necessary for
the city to withdraw use from irri
gation of the amount given Le.
Heppner Records Cool
100; Harvest Good
Heppner residents smiled cozily in
a cool 100 temperature yesterday,
while points round about were re
cording their highest temperatures
of the year. As Portland recorded
its fourth consecutive day of above
100 degrees, yesterady's temperature
being 101, Heppner struck its first
day reaching that point. Tuesday's
high here was 97, and Monday's
high was 93, according to the gov
ernment thermometer tended by Len
While spotted electrical storms
which started fires in timber and
grain did some damage before be
ing quenched by rain, these storms
were spotted and the warm weather
has proved a boon to wheat growers
who are generally getting harvest
into swing, and who are reporting
yields generally higher than was an
ticipated before harvest started. In
the north end of the county the har
vest has gotten well under way
while farther south new outfits are
Many reports of 40 to 45 bushel
yields have so far been received, and
barring bad luck the total average
yield for the county is expected to
reach an all-time high.
BERNICE REDINGTON COMING
"How to keep cool when canning"
is the slogan of Bernice Redington,
a former Heppner girl, now home
economist with Ball Brothei s, jar
makers. She will give a earning
demonstration at the Methodist
church at 2 p. m., July 31. She is
also bringing fifty aprons which will
be on exhibition. The Women's so
ciety will serve tea. A charge of 15
cents will be made. All interested
are cordially invited.
Subscription $2.00 a Year
Freak Storm Fires
Grain Fields.. Then
Center of Lightning
Strikes; Losses Had
Five lightning-set fires" in the
Blackhorse section about 6 o'clock
Tuesday evening struck grain and
rangeland in the Blackhorse section,
only to be doused twenty minutes-
later by a rain of cloudburst pro
portions. Largest losses of grain
were reported on the Ray Drake
place, 70 acres; Oral Scott, 10 acres,
and Archie Nichols, 15 acres. Slight
losses of wheat and grass were sus
tained by H. L. Duvall and Bernard
Mrs. H. L. Duvall, who saw the
storm from the porch of her home
as she was setting the evening meal,
gave account of the storm yesterday
"About 6:30 Tuesday evening a
freak storm struck on Blackhorse,"
she said '
"The clouds came up suddenly af
ter a very sultry afternoon and
within 20 minutes after the first
clap of thunder, lightning had start
ed five fires.
"The first one started in the cor
ner of Harry Duvall's wheat field
and near the house where Willie
Steagall livea It was soon put out
before it reached the buildings or
burned any of the grain.
"The second fire was a short dis
tance from there in Oral Scottfs
wheat field on the Kincaid ranch.
The wind took this fire into Ray
Drake's wheat and it was gaining
headway when a sudden downpour
of rain of cloudburst proportions
struck and put the fire out
"It had burned about 10 acres of
wheat and about 15 or 20 acres of
crested wheat grass on Mr. Scott's
land and an estimated 70 acres of
wheat on Mr. Drake's land.
"Having disconnected his p'lone
on account of lightning, Mr. Drake
did not know of- his fire until it
was over. The third and fourth
fires were started down the canyon
from the Duvall ranch in the grass
pastures of Bernard Doherty. Sev
eral acres were burned over, but
were put out just before they reach
ed the wheat fields of Mr. Doherty
and Mr. Duvall. The fifth fire, wit
nessed by Archie Nichols, seemed
to strike in several spots at once in
his wheat field and was put out
after burning about 15 acres of his
"A phone call was sent ir. from
the Duvall ranch as soon as the
fires started and in a short time a
large number of cars loaded with,
men arrived on the job."
Four forest fire starts were also
reported in the local district from
Tuesday's storm, one of which, in
the Big Wall creek district, con
tinued to burn yesterday, but was
under control yesterday evening.
North End Fire
Burns Grass, Hay
A grass fire covering a two-mile
front and consuming a haystack be
longing to James Farley of Willows
caused an alarm to be turned in at
Heppner yesterday evening.
A number of local men responded
and report that the fire was under
control toward the south and burn
ing toward the Columbia river
about 2 o clock this morning.
NOTSONS COMING JULY 2C
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Notson and
children, on leave in the United
States from the Methodist mission
field in China, are now visiting at
Logan, Iowa, according to word re
ceived by friends here. They ex
pect to arrive in Heppner Saturday,
July 26, and will remain over Sun
day the 27th. They are anxious to
meet all old time friends on their
visit here, and especially named the
Union Missionary society members.