Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, July 09, 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, July
Army Chief of Ordnance Camp
bell, speaking at Salisbury, N. C.,
said "Our tanks are superior to any
thing the enemy has. Type by type,
our tanks have heavier guns, heav
ier armament and greater speed
our high velocity 76-millimeter guns
in our M-3 tanks far and away out
range the best the Germans have . . .
and we can fire this high-velocity
75 when the tank is in motion, which
is more than any enemy tank, what
ever its size, can do."
Gen. Campbell said the so-called
"new German 88-MM gun" is "about
as secret as a daisy water pistol." It
has been known to us and our Allies
for at least 10 years. We outmatch
this gun with several of our field
and anti-tank guns." He said th
German .88 is effective as an anti
tank weapon only within its limited
U. S. machine guns, Gen. Camp
bell said, will "outfunction any en
emy gun under the most adverse
circumstances in other words, they
will keep firing when enemy guns
have to shut down to change bar
rels." The United States "can build
a better automobile, a better type
writer, a better icebox and we can
build and are building better ma
chine weapons," Gen. Campbell said.
"The enemy cannot outdo American
design and production and spirit."
The WPB reported the dollar val
ue of war shipments from 430 auto
motive industry plants totaled $350
million during April, an increase of
46 percent over February. Army
service of Supply Commander Som
ervell instructed civilian guards at
11,000 war plants to organize an aux
iliary to the Army's Corps of milit
ary police as a further protection
against enemy saboteurs.
The War Front
The "Flying Tigers" of the Am
erican volunteer group were placed
under the Army Air Corps command
in China and opened their operations
Continued on Page Four
Entry upon the state or national
forest reserve within the state of
Oregon has been proclaimed closed
except by special permit, effective
yesterday, July 8, by special order
of Governor Charles A. Sprague.
Detailed description of closed
areas is included in the official
closing notice in another column
of this issue. It involves most of
the timbered areas of the Blue
Entry to the areas involved will
be allowed only after registration,
or after securing permits at the for
est service offices or stations listed
in the proclamation. Exceptions to
the closures are the Old Oregon
Trail highway, Weston-Elgin high
way, Umatilla River road to and
through Forks Camp Ground, Pen-dleton-John
Day highway, and the
Heppner-Spray highway, also the
Tollgate Camp Ground and Pioneer
Camp Ground.
As in the past, campfire permits,
no smoking while traveling, and axe,
shovel and water requirements are
in effect in addition to the above
In a letter received this week from
Lt. C. L. Christenson, U. S. Marine
Corps Unit No. 705, c-o Postmaster,
San Francisco, Cal., we learn: "Just
a note to let you know that I am
O.K. and that I think of everyone
in Heppner very often. At the pre
sent time I am some place in the
south Pacific with the Marine
Corps, working hard and living like
a good soldier can or rather has
to in a place like this. The natives
are all friendly, but only a few
know any English, so we have quite
a time trying to buy anything or
get anything done. It is very warm
and rains most of the time, there
fore we have mosquitoes and I mean
lots of them. I was promoted to
first lieutenant the first of June,
much to my surprise but pleasure.
Tell everyone hello for me."
Volume 59, Number 15
City Dads Order
Removal Of Dry
Grass Fire Hazard
Compliance Asked
With Law Governing
Open Toilets
Feeling that present hot weather
is increasing hazards to property
and residents through fire menace
of dry grass and health menace of
open toilets, the city council Mon
day evening ordered the police de
partment to check on these hazards
and to enforce removal of nuisances
through regularly adopted ordin
ances on the city's statute book.
The ordinance regulating removal
of dry grass provides that when
ever the chief of police finds "any
rubbish, grass, or other matter...
which may be or be likely to become
a fire hazard" he shall report the
same to the committee on fire and
police, who shall make an investi
gation, and upon determining such
nuisance to exist, shall instruct the
chief of police to give due notice to
the property holder. If the property
holder is a resident and does not
remove the nuisance within 10 days
or 15 days if a nonresident the
chief of police shall make arrange
ments to have the nuisance remov
ed and the charges therefor shall be
entered in the city books as a lien
upon the property. If the property
holder feels that the committee on
fire and police has acted unjustly,
he may apeal to the common coun
cil, whose decision, after due hear
ing, shall prevail.
The second ordinance, affecting
the health of the city, makes it il
legal to maintain an open toilet
within the corporate limis of the
city, and requires that all living ac
commodations within the city be
supplied with adequate and accept
able cesspool and septic tank facil
ities for the disposal of waste. The
police department was also ordered
to report any offenses of this na
ture to the end that proper steps
for correction may be taken.
Credit Corporation
Bins Arrive in County
The first carload of Commodity
Credit corporation grain bins arrived
in Lexington yesterday, reports
Henry Baker, chairman of the local
ACA committee. The chairman said
75 bins had been ordered for this
county and that more would be or
dered if they were needed. These
bins are to be set up by the ACA
committee adjacent to local ware
houses and elevators and will be
used to take deliveries of 1941 loan
wheat that is now in farm storage
and also for the transfer of 1941 loan
wheat that is now in farm storage
and also for the transfer of 1941
loan wheat from warehouses and
elevators. Bins will also be sold to
farmers needing them for the stor
age of 1942 grain.
Reporting on other phases of the
program, Baker announced that the
1943 wheat acreage allotment for
Morrow county would be 95,844 ac
res. This figure is a slight increase
from the 1942 allotment which was
93,844 acres. Work in setting indiv
idual allotments is now in progress
and notices will be mailed out to
all farmers about August 1,. the
chairman said.
How to get along with a small
amount of sugar is being depicted
this week in the Pacific Power and
Light company window by a display
arranged by Miss Hazel Duncan,
Farm Security administration dem
onstration agent.
The kiddies' wading pool at the
municipal plunge was repaired and
filled this week, and has been a
popular spot for many of the young
er tots.
A Baby's Contribution
After last bite, Jeffrey Grant, aged fourteen months, sets example for
rown-ups by giving his favorite teething ring to Uncle Sam for pur.
poses of war. Since President Roosevelt extended the rubber collec
tion drive to July 10, even the usable rubber items are being Bought to
score a victory over America's enemies, Germany and Japan.
Only a few days left to turn in
your rubber.
With the nationwide rubber col
lection drive stretched by President
Pioosevelt as an emergency measure
to July 10, citizens, industrial plants
and business houses throughout the
county today were engaged in a last
minute roundup of the material,
which is so essential for prosecution
of the war.
Not only "scrap" rubber, but every
rubber item, which can be spared
from present service, is being sought,
and must be obtained, according to
leaders of the campaign.
William F. Humphrey, of San
Francisco, chairman of the Petrol
eum Industry Rubber Collection
committee of the five western states,
in a message to committees here,
said, "Our American fighting men
at the front must be backed by an
Nazi Agents at Work
Here Says Conrad
Grasshoppers are Nazi agents
working in our Victory gardens and
should be treated as such, accord
ing to C D, Conrad, county agent.
Complaints have come in from all
parts of the county stating that
grasshoppers are damaging farm
gardens and potato patches. In a
check-up made by Conrad, little
damage to farm crops has been seen,
but as the grasslands dry up some
severe damage may be caused to
gardens if steps are not taken to
prevent it.
Grasshoppers are quite readily
controlled by distributing the fol
lowing poison bait mixture over the
areas affected:
Wheat bran 25 pounds, Paris
green 1 lb., Blackstrap molasses 2
qts., water enough to dampen.
The bran and Paris green should
Patterson Building
Sold to Art Stefani
Sale of the former Patterson &
Son Drug store building on upper
Main street to Art Stefani of lone
was announced this week.
The building will be remodeled
and put into condition to house the
Heppner bakery, operated by Mr.
and Mrs. G. A. Sanders, and now
located in the Gilman building on
Willow street.
Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Dix left Tu
esday on a motor trip to Portland
and the coast. They expected to
visit their daughter, Mrs. James
Harding and husband at Portland.
Heppner, Oregon,
all-out contribution of rubber.
"Everyone must make sacrifices,"
he said. "To give only what we eas
ily can spare is not enough. The
future of America's democracy is at
That the drive is being taken ser
iously even by the younger set was
indicated when babies, possibly
through action of their parents, be
gan contributing their teething rings,
and children began turning in their
rubber toys.
No contribution is too small, say
committeemen. Even a rubber band
or the eraser from a pencil should
be included in the collection, as ev
ery item will play its part in de
feating the Axis.
All rubber should be turned in
to gasoline stations, all of which
are pledged to see that their col
lections go straight to authorized
government stockpiles.
be thoroughly mixed before the mo
lasses and water are added. Only
enough water should be used to
make the mash crumbly.
This mixture should be distributed
over infested areas at the rate of
five pounds of dry material to the
The bait should be spread thinly
and evenly to prevent poisoning live
stock and poultry.
Conrad adds that most gardens can
be protected by poisoning a strip a
few rods wide around the garden
every few days to get the hoppers
as they come into the garden.
Moist poison bait should be spread
in the evening or early in the morn
'ing. If larger areas are to be poisoned,
a cheaper but satisfactory poison
bait formula may be had by calling
at the county agent's office.
P. P. fir L. To Aid
Accident Prevention
Helping to prevent accidents on
the farm, K. A. House, Pacific Pow
er & Light company manager at
Heppner, has offered the help of
company crews to farmers who
must cross under the company's
lines with hay derricks.
House said a request in advance
by telephone or mail will bring a
P. P. & L. service man who will
either raise electric wires to pro
vide safe clearance or will deaden
the line until the derrick is clear of
overhead wires.
The company makes no charge
for the service.
Thursday, July 9, 192,"
Fireworks Ban Not
Heeded By Mother 2
Nature On Fourth
Lightning Sets Grain2
and Grass Fires,
Thrills City Visitors
When Ma j. -Gen. DeWitt, com
mander of the western defense area,
a few weeks ago declared a ban on
all types of fireworks for the dura
tion and special emphasis on the
Fourth of July he failed to gain the
cooperation of Mother Nature.
As brilliant an electrical display
as this county had seen in many a
day illumined the heavens about
Heppner as many late-hour shop
pers Friday evening made ready to
celebrate the nation's birthday.
One big bolt from the blue struck
the west hillside near the city res
ervoirs, started a grass fire which
brought out the fire department
only to be quenched shortly by a
heavy downpour of rain and play
ed some havoc with the city's tel
ephone system. In one place the
small wires of several lines within
one cable were all melted together,
causing a mix-up in service.
A grain fire was started at the
H. V. Smouse farm north of Lex
ington, destroying 20 acres of bar
ley, and farther east in the same
section a bolt killed two cows be
longing to Adolph Majeske, and the
effects of the hit knocked Mrs. Ma
jeske to the floor as she was wash
ing dishes in the kitchen. Mrs. Hen
ry Rauch suffered a similar exper
ience at the Harvey Miller farm a
few miles away.
Another lightning fire was started
in the Alpine section and burned
some twenty acres of wheat belong
ing to William Doherty.
A fire in the Cecil district was -started
by lightning Saturday af-.
ternoon, resulting in a call on pic
nickers at the Heppner CCC camp,
and caused the burning of a
large acreage of grassland and some
sheds belonging to Krebs Brothers
on the old Turner place. A number
of fighters responded from here for
the Cecil fire, and also for a large
grass fire on the bombing field that
burned for several days.
A result of the week-end confla
grations has been a renewed re
minder from Dr. L. D. Tibbies,
county defense fire chairman, that
people should not rush to telephones
to make calls at time of a fire alarm,
but should merely remove receivers
and listen to instructions from war
dens. Three telephone districts were
out of commission during last week
end's flare-up, and Tibbies urges
that these be repaired for meeting
other emergencies that may arise.
The fire situation was held large
ly accountable for the small attend
ance at the Pomona grange picnic
here, which drew some seventy per
sons for the noon pot-luck lunch.
School district No. 1, including
the city of Heppner, has money in
the bank to pay all outstanding
warrants and leave a balance of
some $174 besides, reports Chas. W.
Barlow, chairman of the board.
School district No. 1 went on a
warrant basis early in the days of
the last depression, and financial
condition of th district became so
critical for awhile that Sheepskin
scrip was issued as a means of
cashing teachers' warrants.
The unique scrip found world
wide sale and spread the name of
Heppner over the entire globe.
The scrip was all redeemed several
years ago, but it was not until the
clerk's call for warrants issued this
week, that the district got clear of
the warrant indebtedness woods.
As a result of return to a cash ba
sis district taxpayers will make a
considerable saving in the payment
of interest