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The following letter from Herb
McDaniel expresses the sentiment
of all Americans and is written in
typical soldier language. Dated
March 16, 1943 and written to his
sister, Mrs. Victor Lovgren, Pvt.
Herbert Z. McDaniel states his po
sition as follows: '
"Fm on an island in the South
Pacifia taking it easy at present.
I've been in action though and did
ok. We knocked the hell out of the
damn Japs and had a very small
loss in our outfit. I have several
to my credit and expect to get
several more before I get back.
The Japs aren't tiear as good sol
diers as the American soldiers. I'm
in a crack combat outfit, too but
it lacks a devil of a lot of being
Spring ought to be breaking there
by now. This is one I'm going to
miss I guess. But I'll guarantee that
those damn Japs pay plenty for ev
ery spring they cause me to miss
Herb also said that Marvin Sad
dler is located in the same area.
This is to inform you of my
change in address. I enjoy reading
the old hometown paper very much
and was disappointed in the ab
sence of the column " Our Men" in
recent issues. It is the only avail
able means of finding out where
some of my friends are.
Paul A. Doolittle
Lee Field, Jacksonville Fla
Yesterday' 1 received a late copy
of the Gazette Times and was very
glad to get it. It is impossible to
keep abreast of home events with
out the paper.
Apparently the address you have
for me is an old one. The paper fol
lowed me thru nearly every camp
in the south. I wish to correct the
address in order to save the post of
fice so much troube.
It is a good thing I didn't write
this yesterday, because only this
morning I got my new rating. Yes
terday I was a corporal, today a
The space you devote each week
to news from the service men is
particularly interesting. It is so hard
for us to keep in touch with what
the other home town boys are doing.
Please keep the paper coming.
Perhaps some of us will write some
really good news for you to print in
Sergeant Francis Nickerson
Lee Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
Welcome B. McAlister has just
reported back to Gulf Port, Miss af
ter spending his furlough at Mt.
Cormel, Pa. He is in the navy con
Mr. and Mrs. Noah Pettyjohn of
lone have received word that their
son, Cpl Lee H. Pettyjohn, U. S.
M. C, has been translerred over
peas, possibly to the South Pacific
zone. The family had not heard
from Lee for some time and still
do not know where he is located.
HE HELPED PRINT
FIRST PAPER ISSUED
HERE IN MARCH 1883
March 24, '43
Editor Gazette: This is to con
gratulate the Gazette on its
three-score birthday which oc
curs, or occurred, this month.
I have forgotten the date.
In March 1883, I unwrapped
the new type from the foun
dry, "laid the cases," "set" the
first issue, and most of the rest
f them the following three
Sixty years is a long time.
Long live the Heppner Gazette.
Harry L. Keyte
Student Report on
Food to Be Made
To Sec. Wickard
High Schools Enter
State Contest on
Morrow county high school stu
dents will take part in a special
statewide activity to report to Sec
retary of Agriculture Claude R.
Wickard on how Oregonians are
conserving and producing one of
the top war materials food.
County School Superintendent
Lucy Rodgers yesterday announced
that details of a contest being
sponsored by the Elks lodge have
been forwarded to county high
schools. Participating students will
report on either of two subjects
"How We Conserve ,War Food in
Our Home," or "How We Produce
War Food on Our Farm." The re
port will be in the form of letters
addressed to Secretary Wickard.
The student writing the best let
ter in the county will be awarded
a $25 war bond by the Heppner
Elks lodge. In" addition, a state
prize of a $100 war bond will be
awarded! by the State Elks assoc
iation. Henry Baker, chairman of the
Morrow county USDA war board,
said that the Elks are sponsoring
the contest as a method of empha
sizing the importance of food in
winning the war. Hie contest will
serve' to focus attention on the
part which every county resident
must take in the wartime food pro
gram helping farmers produce' the
food, and then making sure that
none of it is wasted.
The three best letters written in
each school will be seleced by the
teachers and forwarded to the
county USDA war board, which
will determine the best county let
ter. The state USDA war board
will select the state winner. Be
sides the war bond awards, writers
of the best letters will be given
recognition by Secretary Wickard.
Directors of school district No. 1,
Heppner, held a meeting Saturday
afternoon and elected Everett K.
Smith of Cove grade principal for
next year. Other teaching positions
remaining to be filled were discuss
ed by the board and Supt. George
Corwin but as yet no definite ac
tion has been taken.
Smith, graduate of Eastern Ore
gon College of Education at La
Grande, has had two years' exper
ience, both at Cove. Aside from
regular curricular duties he will
train and direct a boys' chorus.
The girls' chorus is under the di
rection of Miss Rose Hoosier.
History and mathematics teach
ers, or a combination of the two,
are claiming the attention of Supt.
Corwin who states that hiring of
teachers is no child's play these
LIONS CLUB HOLDS
Heppner Lions cub "closed the
books" Monday at the regular
luncheon meeting at the Lucas
Place. The meeting was attended by
the few remaining members of the
club and a number of chamber of
commerce members and plans for
continuation of the luncheon meet
ings by the combined groxips were
discussed. Throughout the 90-day
period voted on at the previous
meeting, as a try-out of merging
the clubs a chairman for each suc
ceeding meeting will be drawn from
the names of those present. Lee
Howell was designated as next Mon
Miss Rose Hoosier presented her
grade girls' chorus in a couple of
Oregon, Thursday, April
Stubble Mulch for Retarding
Wind, Water Erosion Being
Studied Thru Field Trials
Field trials on methods of pre
paring stubble mulch for retard
ing wind and water erosion have
been established' this past week on
the Bergevin farm at lone and on
the Frank Anderson farm in Eight
mile section by Joe Belanger, pro
ject supervisor for the soil con
These trials are each about 40
acres in size and are large enough
to show results of certain types of
equipment when used on larger
Belanger is using a duck-foot
type implement with sttubble lift
ers for the initital plowing opera
tions and for all "subsequent culti
vations. The seeding operations will
be done with a Dempster type
Previous small trials conducted
by Belanger with this implement
has shown that heavy stubble can
be handled and he now wishes to
establish larger trials throughout
Makes Feed Wheat
Feed wheat to help county farm
ers meet livestock and poultry
goals is again available from com
modity credit stock, Henry Baker,
chairman of the county AAA com
mittee, announced yesterday.
The feed wheat program, halted
a month ago when the original al
location of 125,000,000 bushels was
exhausted, has been resumed as a
result of passage of a bill by Con
gress authorizing the sale of an
other -100,000,000 bushels of government-owned
Under price schedules announc
ed for March, the wheat is avail
able in this county at a cost of
$1.03 a bushel. April prices have
not been announced, and it is pos
sible that the new prices will be
slightly higher the chairman said.
Under the ' original program,
wheat was offered at the equivalent
of 85 percent of the corn parity
price. The bill passed by Congress
last week authorizing the sale of
an additional amount increased the
price to the equivalent of full par
ity for corn.
W. O. DIX BACK ON
JOB AT COURTHOUSE
Greatly improved in health and
gaining strength daily, W. 0. Dix,
county assessor pro tern, is back on
the job at the courthouse after
spending two months in a hospi
tal in The Dalles. According to his
own statement, he feels better than
he has for many years and expects
to see this world trouble cleared up
before signing off.
J. O. Rasmus drove to The Dalles
Saturday to bring Mr. Dix home.
LOCAL PASTOR ASKED TO
REMAIN ANOTHER YEAR
Rev. Bennie Howe, who has been
pastor of the Methodist church
since September 1941, Sunday night
was extended an invitation to re
main as pastor for another year.
The invitation was tendered at a
quarterly conference held by Dr.
Silas E. Fairham, district sup
erintendent. The congregation met in the
church basement where a potluck
dinner was served.
OFFICE OPEN SATURDAY P. M.
Reversing a previous order clos
ing the office at noon on Saturdays,
the Morrow county rationing board
has announced that the office will
remain open Saturday afternoons
until 3 p. m. to accommodate people
who find it inconvenient to drive
to town on other days.
the Columbia basin to obtain re
sults on different types of soil, dif
ferent amounts of stubble, and at
the same time allow the farmers
throughout the territory to have
an opportunity of seeing the im
plement in operation.
Belanger does not contend that
the implement he is using is the
last word in farming equipment
but he does say that it leaves the
straw where it will protect the soil
and at the same time making it
possible to handle it.
The supervisors of the Heppner
soil conservation district at their
regular meeting March 26 discussed
the trials and wish to urge farmers
throughout the district to observe,
The supervisors also voted to
equip and maintain a soil conser
vation service truck for fire fight
ing purposes during the coming
JUST ABOUT 50 PERCENT OVER
SUBSCRIBED THAT'S ALL
Morrow county folks oper
ate on the principal that "we
did it once and we can do it
again." Latest evidence of this
is found in figures submitted by
Rev. Bennie Howe, Morrow
county American Red Cross
chairman, on the war fund cam
paign which drew to a close
This county's quota was set
at $2100. That was not much
when compared with war bond
quotas, but since income taxes
and other demands for funds
were coming on regularly, it
was not known how generous
the public would be on outright
Well, this is the answer: Up
to noon Wednesday, tabula
tions made by Mr. Howe show
ed that a total of $3,069.83 has
been received at the First Na
tional Bank of Portland, Hepp
ner branch. It is the chair
man's opinion that this will be
considerably swelled when all
districts have turned in the
last of their subscriptions.
Scout Work Takes
On New Life Here
Some organizations are experienc
ing a slump in membership and
interest due to the stress of war
time conditions, but not so the lo
cal troop of Boy Scouts. From the
looks of things Scoutdom is on the
way to staging a comeback that will
place the Heppner troop back on
the plane of former years.
Impetus was given the revival
movement when the local Scout
council prevailed upon Sheriff John
Fuiten and Ton Strait to act as
scoutmaster and assistant, respect
ively. The troop started meeting in
the Ag room at the high school,
with nine boys showing up for the
second meeting. Monday evening of
this week the turnout was 19. That
created an overcrowded condition
in the Ag room, so arrangements
have been made to hold the meet
ings in the basement of the Metho
dist church. It is expected that ev
en more boys will seek Tenderfoot
Scout council and Scoutmasters
are contemplating an overnight
hike before school closes. It is not
likely that the hike could be suc
cessfully conducted during summer
vacation as many of the boys will
seek employment on farms and
UP FROM CECIL
Among Cecil residentst visiting
Heppner Wednesday were Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Krebs, Mrs. Roy Hurst,
Mrs. John Krebs and Mrs Jack
Volume 60, Number 1
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Fill Depleted Ranks
Reorganization of the Morrow
County Defense Council will be
undertaken in the immediate fu
ture, according to Mayor J. O. Tur
ner who returned late Wednesday
evening from Salem after attend
ing a conference of state defense
officials called by Governor Earl
Much of the county defense set
up has been depleted by resigna
tions and departure of numerous
citizens to take up war work,, the
mayor states, and it is time to
strengthen the several departments
through appointment of new mem
bers. The 'origial council comprised 14
members. It is Turner's plan to
reduce this number to seven to ef
fect a more workable organization. '
Most of these will be named in
Heppner, with associate members
in other districts of the county.
Police reserves, air raid wardens,
fire reserves and utility squadall
are badly depleted ,and new mem
bers will have to be chosen and
instructed in their work.
Passage of House Bill No. 330 at
the recent legislature grants cer
tain powers to the governor in
creating v -a state defense council.
The original state defense set-up
was organized under direction of
the war department. Jerrold Owens
is the state co-ordinator and Gov
ernor Snell is state director.
A meeting to enlist the help of
every boy and girl in Heppner in
the production of food will be held
in the Odd Fellows hall at 7:30 p.
m., Monday evening, April 5. C. D.
Conrad, county agent, is calling this
meeting of all the boys and girls to
find which ones are in a position
to contribute to the food produc
tion program by raising victory
gardens, a pig, lamb, some rabbits,
poultry or other food projects. All
the boys and girls in Heppner are
urged to attend this meeting and
all parents are likewise urged to
CHANCE WILSON SUBMITS
TO SURGERY AT PRAIRIE
Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Ward received
word Wednesday that Mrs. Ward's
brother, Chance Wilson of Monu
ment, submitted to a major opera
tion Tuesday at a hospital in Prai
rie City. Athough too early to de
termine the ultimate outcome, it
was. stated that he withstood the
operation nicely and hope is held by
the physician that he will- experi
ence complete recovedy.
Mr. Ward drove to Prairie City
Friday to see Mr. Wilson who had
been in the hospital two weeks pre
paring for the operation.
HOME NURSING CLASS
STARTS AT BOARDMAN
Opening of a home nursing class
at Boardman Tuesday was an
nounced this week by Mrs. Anne
Thomas, county health nurse, who
is in charge.
Mrs. Thomas completed a course
at lone the first of the week' at
which time five women of the vi
cinity were awardel certificates,
including Mrs. Henry Smouse, Mrs.
Nola Bristow, Mrs. Edith Nichol
son, Mrs. Elmer Griffith and Mrs.
M. E. Cotter.
Mrs. Fred Parish, who recently
underwent a serious operation in
Pendleton, is able to be about once
more. She has ventured up town
a couple of times this week.