Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, April 08, 1943, Image 1

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Our Men
In Service
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Aiken were
made happy this week with receipt
of a letter from their son Sgt. Joe
E. Aiken, who is with a troop car
rier in north Africa.. In his letter
Joe told of participating in the
French ceremony on March 7, in
which he and three other soldiers
presented the colors. The letter of
commendation from the command
ing officer to each of the partici
pants, was included and the Gazette
Times has been granted permission
to reprint it.
SUBJECT: Commendation.
TO: Personnel Concerned.
The -undersigned (for military
reasons officers' names and units
concerned cannoe be metioned)
desires to commend all personnel
who participated in the French cer
emony, Sunday, March 7, 1943.
Many favorable comments were
made by the French and British of
ficers who witnessed the ceremony.
The precision with which ' this
unit marched in the parade and re
view is a credit to the military
service and each member partici
pating deserves the highest com
mendation for his individual effi
ciency and coordination.
Signed by Commanding Officer.
Mrs. Sarah French has received
a souvenir of the campaign in New
Guinea where her son, Pfc Earl
Crismon, is helping rid the country
of the rat infestation. In a letter to
his mother, Pfc Crismon enclosed
an officer insignia cut from a Jap's
blouse. He stated that he has a
gun and bayonet and several pieces
of a Jap zero as souvenirs. Cocoa
nuts are very much to his liking
and he thinks he will enjoy the
bananas when they get ripe enough
to eat.
Other Morrow county boys are
in the vicinity. Donald Fell is in
Crismon's unit and nearby in an
other unit are James Johnson and
Donald Bellenbrock.
. Life is dangerous and adventur
ous in New Guinea, according to
Tech. 5th Sgt. Vernie Leathers, who
stated to his brother Owen of Hard
man that he hopes he is not per
manently located there. He doesn't
particularly care to have his slum
bers disturbed by Top's boys and
aims to be awake when they call.
He has had his hair raised several
times ,a fact about which there is
no need of a soldier lying, he de
clares. The soldiers are thankful
for the missionaries in their area
and for the cute little native people
and especially the children who
come and dance for them.
Vemie plans to return to eastern
Oregon and catch up on some good
food and hunting and fishing.
Mrs. A. E. Pickering, a compar
ative newcomer to Heppner, soon
will have four members of her
family in the service. Her husband,
one son, and a son-in-law are now
serving and a second son, Ralph
Pickering, has been called. With his
family he will arrive in Heppner
this week-end to visit his mother
and his sister and brother, Georgia
and Ross. He will enter the navy.
The son-in-law, Sgt. Paul P. Crea
ger, is at Ft. Lewis, Wash.
Ed Sheridan returned to Heppner
the past Week having received his
discharge from the army under the
over-age ruling. Ed, a former pop
ular rodeo performers, was in town
Thursday and Friday, leaving Sat
urday for Walla Walla.
1942 Wheat Crop
Will Move Out
At An Early Date
CC Grants Request
For Removal of
Bulk Stored Crop
Upwards of 1,000,000 bushels of
the 1942 wheat crop in storage in
Morrow county will have to be
moved before the 1943 crop is har
vested, and the grain will be
moved, according to Henry Baker
and D. W. Glasgow, who conferred
with the Commodity Creit corpora
tion in Portland Monday. Returning
to Heppner Tuesday the local men
said the CCC officials cheerfully
granted all requests made of them.
Shipping orders have been can
celled on most of the 1941 sacked
wheat remaining in local ware
houses and the 1942 bulk wheat
will be shipped instead to make
bulk space for the new crop. This
also will solve the problem of la
bor for moving sacked grain.
Farm stored wheat of the 1942
crop can be released now in satis
faction of the loan, including the
storage advance, it was explained.
The CCC will take a considerable
amount of 1942 wheat at once. It is
necessary for each grower who de
sires his wheat moved to call at
the triple A office and sign a re
lease, if he has not already done
so. No wheat should be released
at this time unless the space is
needed for the 1943 crop, it was
pointed out. The loan on 1942 farm
stored wheat does not expire un
til April 30, 1944 and if carried
until that time will earn an addi
tional five cents storage and the
possibility of a market advance.
An acute freight car shortage on
the branch was taken up with Un
ion Pacific officials by Baker and,
Glasgaw while in Portland and af
ter the situation was explained as
surance was given that for the im
mediate future at least the com
pany will supply all cars needed.
With such cooperation as this,
Morrow county farmers have an
opportunity to get out of a tight
spot, the local men stated, adding a
word of advice to graingrowers to
first sign a release, then as soon as
instructions are received, deliver
the wheat to shipping point or
aboard cars.
Luncheon Group Told
Of Defense Plans
Stating that there is probably no
immediate danger of a bombing
raid over this section of Oregon,
Mayor J. O. Turner told the men's
luncheon group at the Lucas Place
Monday noon that other sections
of the coast country might under
go such an experience before the
year 1943 passes into history. The
statement was made in justification
of the state defense council's deter
mination to reorganize lagging
county defense set-ups. The mayor,
who is also county co-ordinator of
civilian defense, outlined some of
his plans for reorganizing the Mor
row county units, indicating that
due to manpower shortage the pre
vious personnel will be reduced in
numbers and that an effort will be
made for more efficiency.
Lee Howell was chairman at
Monday's meeting and drawing for
next Monday's chairman resulted in
E. R. Huston atttained the honor.
Morrow county appears to be in
line for another good crop accord
ing to Rep. Henry Peterson who
was in town from the Eight Mile
farm this morning. The past few
days have helped to develop the
tender shoots and Henry says there
are some very promising fields in
his vicinity.
Oregon Thursday, April
House Buying, Moving Popular
Pastime Here This Spring
Have you bought a house this
week, or are you contemplating the
purchase of one, or moving? If not
you are not in tune with the popu
lar trend in Heppner. Someone
bought a house and occupants of
that house had to find another
place to live. Thus the merry-go-round
got under way.
Recently Terrell Benge bought
the Mattjfte Huston houfee. This
was unoccupied but will not be for
long as Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Benge
sold their residence property in
northwest Heppner to Conley Lan
ham and will occupy the Huston
house. Next in line was the sale by
Frank W. Turner of his residence
property occupied by the Kenneth
House family, to Mr. and Mrs.
Jesse Beardsley. Unless another
place is made available by June 1,
the Houses will be in about the
same position as the extra man in
To Speak Here
Dist. No. 6 Commander Hugh
Bowman of Pendleton will be the
honored guest of American Legion
and auxiliary posts of Morrow
county at a potluck supper and
meeting to be held at the parish
house at 6 p. m. Monday, April 12.
Heppner and lone posts will partici
pate and an invitation has been ex
tended the general public to attend
the meeting following the dinner.
This will be called at 8 p. m.
Evening of Light
iras Club Menu
Members of the Music Study club
enjoyed an evening of American
light opera Tuesday night at the
home of Mrs. Bennie Howe with
Mrs. B. J. Elliott co-hostess.
Outstanding songs and choruses
from operettas of Victor Herbert,
Jerome Kerns and Rudolf Friml
were presented by the members.,
For th closing program of the
club's year it was decided to hold
another community sing on May 4
to which the public is invited.
. A the close of a pleasant eve
ning the hostesses served light
Church of Christ
Calls New Pastor
At a meeting of the church board
called Sunday following morning
worship service for the purpose, O.
Wendell Herbison of Oakland, Ore.
was called to serve the church as
pastor for the ensuing year. He will
succeed Martin B. Clark who ear
lier resigned to enter Butler Uni
versity at Indianapolis, Ind., for
graduate work.
Herbison has been student pastor
of the church at Oakland the past
two years and will finish his col
lege work at the Eugene Bible uni
versity in a few weeks. He will
take charge of the local work in
June, possibly the 20th, depending
upon Mr. Clark's departure. He is
a married man and has two little
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8, ,1943
a tag dance.
Another pending deal involves
the J. L. Yeager property. It is
stated that N. D. Bailey is buying
the place and1 expects to convert it
into modern apartmenta
The big moving party of the week
took place Wednesday when the ag
riculture . offices were transferred
from the Oddfellows building to
the First National bank building.
The forest office first moved from
the corner room to the rooms va
cated by Dr. L. D. Tibbies. H. D.
McCurdy moved his office fixtures
to the south west corner room,
leaving all space from the front of
the building to the draft board of
fice for the several units connected
with the county agent's office.
Another deal consummated the
past week was purchase of the
Taylor rooming house property by
Dr. W. H. Rockwell.
County Afflicted With
Ever since war activities
started, Morrow county has
come up to the scratch and a
little better in every fund sub
scription campaign. No)t only
h?s it become a habit it has
reached a stage where it might
be termed oversubscriptionitis.
Figures released this week
by P. W. Mahoney, series 'F
bond chairman for the county,
show that purchases of that de
nomination during the month
of March reached the grand to
tal of $53,249. Sales between
March 23 and 31, inclusive,
were $14,212. March quota $22,
000, Net result, 242 percent.
Officers Inducted
At Elks' Ceremonial
Heppner lodge No. 358, B. P. 6. E.
inducted a new group of officers at
the regular meeting Thursday eve
ning, following wrich the members
indulged in an oyster stew feed
prepared by Burch Roberts, chef at
Runnion's cafe.
Clyde Denney succeeds Earl Bry
ant who served as exalted ruler the
past year. Other elective officers
installed included Carlton Swan
son, esteemed leading knight; James
Valentine, esteemed loyal knight;
Kenneth House, esteemed lecturing
knight; Robert Grabill, secretary;
L. E. Bisbee, treasurer; Terrell
Benge, tyler, and E. O. Ferguson,
Appointive officers include Low
ell Ashbaugh, -inner guard; J. J.
Wightman, chaplain; Loyal Parker,
esqire and Norbert Peavy, pianist.
Kenneth Oviatt, who was a visit
or in town, gave a talk on the Al
can highway. Oviatt 'is with the
Bureau of Public Roads and had a
supply of first hand information re
lative to construction and operation
of this great international thorough
fare which is expeced to play a vi
tal part in maintaining a supply
line to our armed forces.
Youngsters Take TB
Tests at The Dalles
Several Morrow county children
and some adults, were given tuber
culosis tests at The Dalles Wednes
day. Headed by Mrs. Anne Thomas,
county health nurse, several cars
left for the city on the Columbia
at an early hour.
Those listed from Heppner as
making the trip were Mrs. Clara
Ge risen and Mrs Thomas who took
Tom and Joseph Hughes, Glen
McMurtry and Betty Lovgren;
Mrs. Ralph Beamer and son Neil,
and Mrs. Frank Gentry and son
Several cars also went from oth
er parts of the county.
Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Mahoney were
expected to return today from
Portland where they went Monday
on a business trip.
Volume 60, Number 2
Greatest Campaign?
For Funds to Open
Monday Morning
County's Quota on
Per Capita Basis
Set at $494,100
Starting Monday, April 12, the
greatest bond campaign in history
will be launched to raise the gov
ernment's second war loan of 13
billion dollars. It will be a cam
paign in which noses will be count
ed from the oldest to the youngest,
for, based on the estimated popula
tion of the 130,000,000 people, the
amount to be raised equals $100
for every man woman and child in
these United States.
Coming closer home, Morrow
County's quota of this stupendous
financing job is a mere $494,000
granting that the population is
4,941. The state of Oregon is sched
uled to subscribe $100,000,000 be
tween April 12 and May 1.
In the absence of P. W. Mahoney,
war savings chairman, B. C. Pinck
ney, Victory fund chairman, an
nounced Wednesday that the local
campaign will start a little in ad
vance of the state campaign. Pinck
ney stated that in order to assist
those living outside of Heppner he
has arranged to have someone at
the First National bank of Portland,
Heppner branch between 6:30 and
10 p. m. each Saturday evening
throughout the campaign period,
starting April 10, to take care of
applications for all types of war
ravings bond., and to, issue s.t'i'js
'E' bonds. Those wishing to take
advantage of this service may ar
range to make their purchases on
one of these three evenings, April
10, 17 or 24.
The chairman's object in this ar
rangement is to eliminate as much
car usage as possible. People com
ing to town on Saturday evening
may go to the bank and make ar
rangements for their bond pur
chases and by so doing may save
a war fund committeeman from
making a drive. He pointed to the
necessity of conserving gasoline
and rubber and expressed the hope
that Saturday shoppers living at a
distance from Heppner will arrange
their trips to town for a later hour
on one of the three dates mentioned
and take advantage of the bank's
facilities for bond purchases . The
bank will not be open for other
banking business, it is stated, but
trained clerks will be on hand to
assist with the bond transactions.
Word comes from Palmer Hoyt
state war savings staff chairman
and E. C. Sammons, state chairman
of the Victory fund committee, that
every establishment in the state em
ploying 25 or more persons will be
asked to join in a purchase equip
ment' campaign during April. The
concern will be asked to select
some piece of army or navy equip
ment such as a bomber, fighter,
anti-aircraft gun, in fact, anything
from a battleship down and pur
chase enough bonds inside the or
ganization to pay for it.
Special cooperation by the army
and navy is providing a plaque on
the larger pieces of equipment that
credit the source of the group pro
viding the funds.
Committeemen appointed by the
joint war finance committee chair
men to date include Charles B.
Cox, Ralph Jackson, Mrs. Lucy
Rodgers, O. G. Crawford, J. Logie
Richardson, George N. Peck, Judge
Bert Johnson and John Krebs. Ad
ditional members will be appointed
within a few days, Chairman Pinck
ney stated.
Rev. J. Fred Stilwell, Mrs. Stil
well and Mrs. Joel R. Benton plan
to leave Wednesday morning for
La Grande to attend the Eastern
Oregon convention of Chrisian
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