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About Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current | View Entire Issue (March 25, 1943)
6 Heppner Gazette Times, March 25, 1943
Washington, D. C, March 25
There are 562,689 males in Oregon.
On the farms there were 141,569.
In the rural areas but not on farms
were 158,862. Such was the man
power less than three years ago.
Since then selective service has
dipped in and removed thousands
the exact number being something
of a military secret. The draft age
strength of Oregon (18 to 38) was
229,358 and from this should be
subtracted several thousand who
are in the army, the navy, marines,
and coast guard. The percentage
of rejections for physical reasons
has not been stated.
Manpower of draft age on Oregon
farms was 53,812. Possibly 50 per
cent of these have disappeared,
swallowed up in military forces or
in the war industries. One of the
problems which has been worry
ing congress is how to keep farm
labor on the farms. It is generally
admitted that if a farm laborer is
given a deferment to work on a
farm he cannot be frozen there,
if this is America, and being a free
citizen he can desert the farm for
a war industry where the pay is
better. As an alternative the sug
gestion is made that as long as he
is needed on the farm and remains
there he will be deferred, but if he
laves for a war industry he will be
picked up there and placed in uni
form. There is talk too, of raiding mar
ried men and sending them into
service. There are in Oregon,, on
farms, 25,252 married men below
the age of 34 years.
What is not generally appreciat
ed is that only California and
Washington paid higher farm wa
ges last year then did Oregon. The
difference between Washington
and Oregon wages was 15 cents a
day, without board. Califoria far
mers paid 42 cents a day more than
Oregon, also without board. When
Oregon and Washington farmjers
were paying $3.09 and $3.24 a day
(dozens of states pay only $1.86)
and shipyards were paying $1 end
more an hour, it was almost impos
sible to keep labor on the farms.
War industries won whenever there
was a contest with farms for labor.
Here is the value of the leading
industries of Oregon (not includ
ing war industries): Lumber, $140,
149,023; food products, $27,320,006;
paper products, $25,603,632; meat
products, $17240,445; dairy products
$16,955,347 printing and publishing
$13, 531, 929; iron and steel, $11,503,
339; bakeries $10,682,384. Wages
pr.id by various, industries were:
Lumber, $46,116,398; paper pro
ducts, $4,085,403; wood products, $3,
426,906; canned foods, $3,281, 605;
printing and publishing, $2,557,431;
bakeries $2,212,623; machinery and
tools, $2,025,918; iron and steel,
$1,534,671; woolens $1,347,737.
On the picturesque coast of
Oregon, at Port Orford, near Battle
Rock, the government is to build a
class airport which will cost $865,
000 and will probably be well over
a million by the time the develop
ment is completed. The navy de
partment requested this and civil
aeronautics administratiin has a
greed to construct it. It is to be an
additional protection of the Ore
gon coast and will not be far, in
flying time, from where a Japan
ese submarine sent a hydroplane
ashore to drop incendiaries in a
national forest. The little town of
. .Port Orford is to furnish the land
without cost to the gvernment and
maintain and operate the field as
a public airport. This field will
furnish the navy with a land base
from which to operate patrols, be
ing theoretically similar to the land
base at Tongue Point
It is estimated that the army
will require seven billion pounds
of sea food this year to alternate
with meat. Harold L. Ickes, secre
tary of the interior, who has charge
of fish and wildlife service, declares
that the goal of seven billion will
be short by more than three billion
pounds. Not all of this seafood will
of course, be salmon, but a sub
stantial amount will come from the
Columbia river. Secretary Ickes is
not overly enthusiastic with this
year's prospects. He says that the
shortage of manpower, the diver
sion of boats and scarcity of gear
will reduce the catch substantially.
Alaskan waters will not yield as
much salmon as normally because
of restrictions by the navy depart
ment and the presence of Japanese.
After the unfavorable start of
rationing by office of price admin
istration the head man, Prentiss
Brown, is trying to make it less
unpalatable to the people. He has
decided he will not ask for $24,
000,000 to carry his organization to
July 1, and has given orders to
keep expenses down. He intends to
abolish regional offices and have
one headquarters in each state, with
authority to settle ail but the most
difficult questions without refer
ring to .Washington. The present
set-up is 30,000 employes but
Brown will toss out a few thousand
and depend more on volunteers.
Brown was defeated last Novem
ber for re-election to the senate
for being too much of a yes-man
He is now reveloping a no-complex.
To Farm Labor Meet
By MABGARET THOBPE
Mrs. Minnie McFarland and W.
A. Baker attended the county farm
labor program planning meeting at
Arlington last Monday. There were
represenaives from the extension
service, state selective service,
state war board, school officials,
members and chairmen of the
county war boards. There were re
presentatives from Gilliam, Mor
row, Sherman and Wheeler coun
Mrs. Mabel Bischke was honored
at "a shower last Tuesday at the
home of Mrs. Francis Harter. A
large crowd attended and many
lovely gifts were received by Mrs.
Mrs. Vernon Root and Curtiss
spent last week-end in Boardman.
Buster Rands reshingled his
house in town this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones and
sons have moved into town into
the old cement store building by the
Mrs. Surrell has returned from
Seattle where she spent several
Seattle where she spent several
days visiting her son.
Seth Russell and Dale motored
to Heppner Monday on business.
Mardell Gorham returned to her
school in Portland Sunday after
spending a few days visiting her
' Mrs. Dan Ransier left last Satur
day on the streamliner from Pen
dleton for New York where she
will spend three months visiting
her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs.
Tuberculin tests were given at
school Monday to the school chil
ren. Several grown-ups also took
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Barlow and fa
mily have moved into the Arthur
Allen house. Mrs. Allen will go to
Tacoma in the near future to be
with Mr. Allen. Gene and Clayton
will board with the Browns until
school is out.
Mr. and Mrs. Crowders have
moved onto the Jones farm which
they recently purchased from Mrs.
Vernon Root has been promoted'
from book keeper to paymaster
and has been transferred to the
housing project in Vancouver,
Cecil Jones is waiting on tables
at the grange hall for the flight
Mrs. Bickford of La Grande is
visiting her daughter and family,
Mrs. A. Hugg.
The irrigation water was turned
into the canal this week and it
washed out the bridge put up by
the construction crew to use for
Twenty-two young people mot
ored to Stanfield Friday night to
attend a Christian Endeavor rally.
Mrs. Otto Lubbes returned to
her home in Newberg Wednesday.
She has spent two weeks visiting
her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Bush,
Herman Bush received a severe
cut on the chin when he was hit
with a swing at school.
Bob Miller arrived from the val
ley Friday night with a truck load
of seed potatoes which they started
Mrs. FJvin Ely and children. Mrs.
Potts and Mr. and Mrs. Lay and
children spent Saturday in Hermis
ton. Jone Enzler spent Thursday af
ternoon visiting at the Boardman
school. Mr. Enzler is in the navy
stationed at Portland.
Mrs. Nick Faler returned from
Portland Friday. Mrs.. Eaton came
with her but went on to Helix.
All ladies interested in taking
the home nursing course are asked
to go to the school cafeteria Tues
day, March 30 at 1:30 p. m.
Ed Barlow went to Pasco Friday
Flossie Coats returned home
from Lexington Sunday where she
has been visiting.
The finance committee of the La
dies Aid gave a St. Patrick's party
at the church Wednesday after
noon. Missionary and business
meeting were held before the pro
gram. Donald Ford has received notice
to appear for his physical examina
tion. Mr. and Mrs. Earwood and fam
ily have moved onto the old Lee
Mead farm which they recently
To buy, sell or trade, use the G-T
LEROY H. MARTIN
iMyles E. Martin returned from
Portland the past week-end where
he was called by the death of his
father, Leroy H. Martin, who pass
ed away on March 14 at thte age of
84 years. Funeral services were
held on the 16th.
Leroy H. Martin was born in Cal
ifornia Oat. 16, 1859. He was reared
there and came to Oregon and set
tled in the Grande Ronde valley.
From there he moved to Moro, later
coming to Heppner in 1917 where
he lived a few years. He was a
His wiis pieceded him in dead
Survivors are the son, Myles,
and a druhter, Mrs. Lola Clel
land of Portland.
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