Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, June 11, 1942, Image 1

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A Week
of the War
(Summary of information on the
important developments of the week
made available by official sources
through noon EWT, Monday, June
Pacific Fleet Commander Nimitz
reported two and possibly three Jap
anese aircraft carriers and a de
stroyer were sunk, and three battle
ships, six cruisers and three trans
ports were damaged in the battle of
Midway Island. All planes on the
two carriers definitely known to be
sunk were lost, Admiral Nimitz said.
One U. S. carrier was hit and some
planes were lost, but casualties
among the U. S. personnel were
light, he said. Admiral King, com
mander in chief of the U. S. Fleet,
said the enemy fleet has apparently
withdrawn from the Midway area
but battle maneuvers are continuing
in the Hawaii-Dutch Harbor area.
The Navy said the first Japanese at
tack on Dutch Harbor on June 3
resulted in few casualties and no
serious damage, appearing to have
been made "primarily to test our
defenses." The Japanese planes
which flew over the Harbor six
hours after the initial atack were
"engaged solely in reconnaissance,"
the Navy said.
General MacArthur reported with
in six days allied naval and air forces
sank seven and possibly eight enemy
submarines, two heavily loaded arm
ed supply ships and an armed trans
port, and also badly damaged a 7,000
ton vessel. Allied losses in the
southwest Pacific were two cargo
vessels. In air raids over Rabaul,
Lae, Salamaua, Atamboea, .Tulagi,
Koepang, and Dili, and Burma, 12
enemy planes were destroyed, one
enemy tanker sunk, and runways,
airdrome istallaltions and parked
planes damaged. Three allied planes
were lost The Navy said allied mer
chant ship losses totaled 21 during
the week, including nine U. S. ships.
U. S. production of planes has
reached the level of "nearly 5,000 a
month, and1 by next year we will
have reached the president's goal of
10,000 a month," the Senate Appro
priations Committee announced. Ar
my Air Forces Commander Arnold
congratulated the Vega Aircraft
Corporation at Burbank, California,
on being six months ahead of sched
ule of production. WPB Chairman
Nelson, after a tour of the automo
Continued on Page Four
Mrs. W. L. McCaleb
Given Tribute at Rites
Funeral rites for Mrs. W. L. Mc
Caleb, who died Saturday at her
home in this city, were largely at
tended yesterday afternoon from the
Church of Christ, Martin B. Clark,
pastor, officiating, assisted by Sterl
D. Spiesz and Rev. Bennie Howe,
local ministers. Mrs. McCaleb was
a life-long resident of this commun
ity, being aged 54 years, 3 months
and four days. Interment was in
Heppner Masonic cemetery.
Final rites were delayed for the
arrival of her son, William L. Mc
Caleb, Jr., with the U. S. army, who
arrived from Arkansas but two
hours before the rites.
Mary Elizabeth Morgan was born
February 3, 1888, in Heppner, and
passed away June 6, 1942, following
a recent severe illness.
In December 1917, she was married
to William Lee McCaleb in Hepp
ner and to this union were born two
sons, William Lee and Omer, who
with the husband survive. One baby
girl lived only three days. Besides
these are five brothers, Milton Mor
gan of Bellingham, Wash.; Andy
Morgan of Del Rio, Cal.; Levi and
Bill Morgan of Heppner, and Harry
Morgan of Carlton, Wash., also a
sister, Mrs. Artie Condor of Milton,
and two uncles, E. E. and C. C. Sal
ing, both of Milwaukie. Besides these
she leaves a number of nieces and
nephews and a host of friends.
She had been a faithful member
of the Church of Christ in Heppner
since she was about 16 years of age.
A loving wife and mother and kind
ly neighbor, Mrs. McCaleb was high
ly resepected by all who knew her.
Scott McMurdo, son of Dr. and
Mrs. A. D. McMurdo, was recently
inducted into the navy by enlistment
and has gone into training.
Volume 59, Number 1 1
Continued Railroad
Service Sought In
Chamber Motion
ODT Orders Cited;
No Cut in Service
Seen at This Time
While a national , investigation of
all branch railroad lines in the Uni
ted States is under way to determine
if the rails, equipment and labor
may not be put to more effective
use elsewhere in the war effort, to
his knowledge there has been no
specific mention of the Heppner
branch, said Milton A. Fuegy, Union
Pacific traveling freight agent, be
fore a Tuesday evening meeting of
the chamber of commerce. Fuegy
was accompanied to the luncheon by
Floyd Tolleson, recently appointed
local agent to succeed C. Darbee,
retired after thirty years' service
A resolution passed unanimously
by the chamber asked that present
daily rail service be continued on
present scheuldes and that there be
no unnecessary curtailment or man
ner of handling train.
This action followed Fuegy's de
tailed account of orders from Office
of Defense Transportation under
which all transportation facilities
are operating, and which are aimed
to coordinate all facilities to the most
effective handling of the ever in
creasing traffic in war materials and
These orders call for curtailment
of services by all forms of transport
ation, and are making it necessary
for rails and trucks to work togeth
er in handling many problems. An
example was cited in the contracting
of truck services to bring less car
load "freight into Hepner daily from
Arlington, due to the fact that ODT
has ordered that all cars handling
less carload freight must be loaded
to a minimum of ten tons.
Fuegy stressed that the Heppner
branch would continue to be serv
ed with mail and express service
daily, no matter what happens to the
train service. There has been talk
for many years in the head office of
a tri-weekly service on the local
branch, he said, but past investiga
tions have not proved it feasible.
Conditions at the moment make
the presentation of Heppner Rodeo
this year seem improbable, but
should a definite betterment of these
conditions exist by August first, the
show may still go on, according to
action of directors at a meeting here
last Saturday evening, presided over
by Lee Beckner, president.
In any event the organization
will be kept intact and dates for
the 1943 show were announced for
August 28, 29, 30.
Tire and gasoline rationing, short
age of farm labor, uncertainty of
the performer situation, and general
discouragement of large assemblages
of people in the war area were all
taken into consideration by the di
rectors in making their decision.
The recent survey of organzations
of the county largely gave support
to staging the show, with the gen
eral trend being that whatever the
directors undertook to do, the peo
ple would be with them.
The directors voted to use funds
from the some $400 now on hand to
repair fences and do general main
tenace work at the grounds where
several thousand dollars of invest
ment of association funds has been
expended in past years to provide
the fine show grounds.
E. E. Saling of Oak Grove, uncle
of the deceased and early-day res
ident of Heppner, was in the city
yesterday for memorial services for
the late Mrs. W. L. McCaleb. He
moved his home from Heppner in
Second Bumper Crop
In Two Years Seen
Last year Morrow county saw the
largest wheat crop in its history a
cool 3,000,000 bushels, and if nothing
unforseen happens there will be a
repetition this year. That's what
the present prospect shows, and a
tour of the grain belt will lead any
observer to such a conclusion.
The grain just now is well headed
out in all sections of the county and
cool weather is assisting in the fill
ing process. What is worrying some
growers is that the weather stays
a bit too damp and cool, leading to
fear that harvest may be postponed
a bit too long.
Individual growers in some in
stances report prospects not quite
so good as last year; others say
Runaway Cars Give
Interesting Time
The coach and baggage car brot
up by the branch train Saturday
morning took "French leave" short
ly after being unhooked at the local
yards, and proceeded down the
branch as an unbilled, unheaded
special with potentialities.
A large load of stock cars between
the engine and the escaping cars
prevented catching them from this
end, and riderless, their inward car
go unloaded, they were carried down
down the line by the reclining grade
at 40 miles an hour through Lex
ington, an estimated 60 at lone.
So quickly did they slide through
lone that attempt to derail them
was foiled, and it was not til they
reached Rhea siding that they were
sidetracked, though curves and lev
eling of the track had slowed their
progress before reaching that point.
Still, sidetrack switch and derail
were displaced by1 the outlaws before
the unplaced forward truck was dis
placed into the sand and a forty foot
furrow plowed before they came to
rest, still upright, with little dam
age to cars, and fortunately nothing
on the track to cause damage or in
jury. Local railroaders and people along
the line took out after the runaway
cars by automobile, and all sighed
relief when their unguided venture
was so innocently concluded. They
could easily have reached the main
line, and could have done serious
damage there, railroaders said.
Mystery Fires Break
Out at Same Time
Two mystery fires occurring at
the same hour Monday night caus
ed response of the fire department
and disturbed many persons' slum
bers, while not doing extensive
A used car in the middle of the
Rosewall Motor company used car
lot was almost completely demol
ished by flame, while two blocks to
the north the barn below the bluffs
at the L. E. Bisbee residence was
completely razed, burning $20 worth
of hay belonging to Frank Turner.
No .solution was evidenced other
than spontaneous combustion in ei
ther case. The fires happened short
ly after midnight.
SCS Men Surveying
For Farm Planning
"If you see some strange men out
in the hills, make sure of their iden
tity before shooting, for what may
seem to you to be foreign spies are
more than likely some of the eight
man SCS range and cover survey
crew now at work in the county,"
says Tom Wilson, supervisor of the
Heppner Soil Conservation district.
Wilson said a three-weeks survey
of range and cover conditions is
being made in the newly organized
district as a basis for farm planning.
C, B. Cox and L. E. Bisbee visited
Diamond lake over the week end
and had an enjoyable outing, though
reporting "not a nibble" by the
Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, June 11,1 942
theirs is a little better, all of which,
summed up, makes it look like an
other "jack pot" for the grain bins.
Those grain bins are a horse of
another color. Existing storage fa
cilities are still well congested with
last year's crop; a few farmers have
obtained new bags, and a few have
gotten used bags, but the big rush
is on in building more "grain bins."
Besides the 500,000 bushels addi
tional storage being built at lone,
Lexington and Heppner by Morrow
County Grain Growers progress of
which is moving good at this time
individual fanners are busy build
ing private storage facilities in town
or on the farm, and all combined are
demanding all available labor.
Plans to bring the steady flow of
dollars necessary to raise Morrow
county's ever-rising quotas include
erection of a large thermometer on
Heppner's main thoroughfare where
sale progress will be noted, announ
ced P. W. Mahoney, county chair
man following a county war bond
council meeting here Monday eve
ning. J. Logic Richardson, who has
charge of the thermometer erec
tion, said the board for the sign
was donated by Heppner Lum
ber company, and that the paint
has also been donated. It will be
ready at an early date.
Because of the greater effort re
quired from now on, Mahoney an
nounced enlargement of the county
committee. Emphasis is being placed
now upon getting every employee
signed up under the 10 percent sal
ary or wage deduction plan, and ev
ery employer signed under the bank
authorization plan for regular pur
chase of bonds.
The enlarged committee follows:
Heppner: D. A. Wilson, Mrs. R. I.
Thompson, Mrs. Lucy E. Rodge.-s,
J. Logie Richardson, B. C. Pinckney,
C. J. D. Bauman, Jasper V. Craw
ford; lone: Bert Johnson, Gar Swan
son, Lee Beckner, Mrs. Elaine Riet
mann, Mrs. Fred Mankin; Lexing
ton: Ralph Jackson, Oral Scott,
Clyde Denney, Mrs. Anne Smouse,
Mrs. Juanita Carmichael; Cecil: Her
bert Hynd, John Krebs; Eight Mile:
Henry Peterson, Leonard Carlson,
Lawrence Redding, Mrs. Harley An
derson, Mrs. Clive Huston, E. E.
18 to 20 Youths to
Register June 30
Completing the record of man
power in the country from ages 18
to 65 will be the regisrtation of all
youths 18 to 20 years of age on Tu
esday, June 30, according to an
nouncement of the local Selective
Service board. The order reads that
all men born on or after January 1,
1922, or on or before June 30, 1924
shall register on that date.
The Morrow county local board
is plauning to have same registra
tion places as for former drafts, but
exact information will be given next
While the registration call is made
for men 18 to 20 years, they may not
immediately be drafted for military
service as the present selective ser
vice act permits drafting men only
from 20 years of age.
Two divorce decrees were granted
at the regular term of circuit court
here Monday, presided over by
Judge C. L. Sweek, constituting the
only orders of the court, aside from
one dismissal. Decrees were given
in the cases of Rose French Francis
vs. William E. Francis, and Frances
Koff vs. Roland Koff.
Mr. and Mrs. William Beckett
were week end visitors from Port
land where Mr. Becket is a welder
in the shipyards.
Complete Ban On
Fireworks' Sale, Use
In Effect For 4th
Mayor Asks Citizens
To do All Possible to
Allay Fire Hazards
Sale and use of fireworks, pyro
technics, or other forms of combus
tible explosives that may be used as
signal devices or as simulated gun
fire has been prohibited throughout
the state of Oregon under an edict
issued by Lieut. General John L.
DeWitt, commanding the Western
Defense Area and Fourth Army, ac
cording to a statement issued this
week by Governor Charles A. Spra
gue, who says that under executive
order of the president, General De
Witt's orders during the present em
ergency carry the same force and
effect as laws upon the statute
Governor Sprague has directed the
state police, sheriffs and local law
enforcing bodies to detain any per
son who refuses to comply with this
edict and turn such person over to
the military authorities, if local ord
inances do not cover the situation.
"With the spectre of fire threaten
ing our vast forests, as well as cities
and towns, I feel certain that every
patriotic man, woman, and child in
Oregon will comply cheerfully with
this wartime restraint and that dras
tic action will not be required," said
the governor.
"It should be noted that the sale
or use of fireworks, firecrackers, and
even cap pistols is prohibiated
throughout the entire state, in cities,
towns, as well as in all areas outside
incorporated cities. Customary road
side stands, usually located just be
yond the limit of a city, cannot be
operated under General DeWitt's di
rective. "General DeWitt's order against
sale of fireworks applies to held
over stock now in the hands of deal
ers or the public, as well as new
merchandise," the governor empha
sized. Mayor and county defense coord
inator, J. O. Turner, declares full
compliance will be made in Heppner
and Morrow county with General
DeWitt's orders, adding that while
the order is in effect at all times,
there will be no relaxation of vigil
on the Fourth of July. "This must
be a 'safe and sane' Fourth," he de
clared. As mayor, Turner also issued an
appeal to all citizens of the city to
get as much of the heavy growth of
grass and weeds about town cut
down before the dry season. It will
not be possible this year for firemen
to burn the vegetation threatening
property this year as it has been in
the past, the mayor said, for the fire
boys will not have the time, nor
will the city have the funds to pay
them if they did have. It is going to
be up to every householder to pro
tect his own premises, and the best
way to do it is to cut the grass and
weeds before they dry up. After
they dry up the situation might get
out of control.
In putting this work up to the
whole community, Mayor Turner
said that failure to comply may lead
to necessity for the city to hire the
work done and charge the cost ag
ainst the property, in order to pro
tect the safety of the entire com
Mrs. B. F. Swaggart, and son and
daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ray
Dolvin were in receipt of a card
this week from J. M. Christiansen,
who trained a number of Swaggarts'
fine Creamoiine horses and put them
on the show circuit. Christiansen is
now showing the horses with Russell
Bros, circus, now playing in Cal
ifornia, and expected to be in Ore
gon in a short time. "I would like
you to see the horses work," he
wrote, adding that he hoped to have
opportunity to visit the ranch and
see the horses there.
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