Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, March 23, 1944, Image 1

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Park Project May
Be Submitted in
Post-war Plans
Immediate Action
On Proposal Not
Deemed Practical
Plans for a small city park upon
which a committee from the cham
"ber of commerce has been working
for several weeks were presented to
the luncheon forum Monday by
Frank Turner, chairman of the
committee. A plat of the tract pro
posed for use as a park was shown
the group and an around-the-table
expression called for.
It soon developed that there was
a pro and anti feeling relative to
going ahead with the park idea at
this time,' although few commitals
were made as against a park of
some kind. Those in favor of im
mediate construction pointed to
the lack of playground facilities for
children and offered the suggestion
that the plan be carried out this
year to provide facilities of this
type. It was argued that cost and la
bor involved would not be prohib
itive and1 that if taken up immedi
ately the budget committee might
be prevailed Upon to include a
small fund in the next fiscal budget.
Another point of view was ex
pressed that anything calling for ex
tra labor should be postponed un
til after the war. It was pointed out
that this region faces a critical labor
shortage for the forthcoming har
vest period and that nothing should
be done that would place further
strain upon the limited labor supply.
For that reason it was suggeted
that the park project should be in
cluded in whatever postwar plans
the city may have.
Rev. Francis McCormick an
nounced that he has plans for con
struction of tennis courts on vacant
lots at the rear of the Catholic
church. It . was also reported that
the Elks lodge has plans for tennis
courts on property recently ac
quired, which are to the rear of the
lodge building. This will make ample
playgrounds for the larger school
children, if these plans are follow
ed through, yet it was pointed out
that nothing is being done for the
little tots.
"R" Coupons Good
Only at Bulk Plants
After April 1, 1944 class R cou
pons, five gallons value, will be in
valid for buying gasoline rt a fill
ing station. This means that after
April 1 only non-highway users
who buy their gasoline at bulk
storage tanks on their own prem
plants or who have it delivered to
ises may use R coutpons. Class E
coupons, one gallon value, will con
tinue to be valid for purchase of
non -highway gasoline at service
After March 15, 1944 E and R
coupons are required to be endors
ed prior to a transfer of gasoline in .
exchange therefor. The ration hold
er shall write, stamp or print his
name and address on the face of
each coupon presented separately.
Ph. M 2c C. C. Dunham is spend
ing a few days here with Mrs. Dun
ham and her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
O. G. Crawford He arrived Mon
day night from San Diego, where
he had accompanied a draft of
transfers from the Farragut naval
training station. He and Mrs. Dun
ham will return to Coeur d Alene
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Nelson Jr.
are parents of a seven pound 15
ounce boy bom in Portland March
20. The son has been named Ken
neth Eric.
Governor Names April
16 as "Army" Day
WHEREAS the Congress of the
United States did formally desig
nate April 6 as Army Day, and
WHEREAS this day honors Am
erica's military men who are fight
ing so gallantly on all battle fronts
of the world,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Earl Snell,
Governor of the State of Oregon,
do hereby proclaim Thursday, Ap
ril 6, 1944, as Army Day in Oregon
and call upon the citizens of this
great commonwealth to observe the
day, herein appointed in all ways
that will not conflict with the war
effort: to fly the flag at home and
places of business, to sponsor ob
servances in the schools, the church
and home, and places of public
meeting, and to stress everywhere
the significance of a day that never
has had a meaning more profound.
hereunto set my hand and caused
the Seal of the State of Oregon to
be affixed.
DONE in the City of Salem this
fifteenth day of March, in the year
of our Lord, nineteen hundred forty-four.
. . . - Governor. .
i Secretary of Sfate ,
O. Wendell Herbison and family
returned Saturday from a trip to
western Oregon points which kept
them away from home for two
weeks. They went to see Mr. Her-
(bison's brother who was on fur-
lough from the South Pacific. They
visiieo, in uaioana, iviarsouedct and
rortiand. i "
Files for Senator .
Wcyno Morse today filed his
c::ndid2cy for the Republican nom
ination for the seat in the United
States senate now held by Rufus
C. Holman.
Morse, who was on leave as Dean
of the University of Oregon school
of law, serving as the public mem
ber of the War Labor board, wrote
a dissenting opinion and resigned
when the board bowed to the will
of John L. Lewis in the coal case,
He also resigned the deanship
Morse is campaigning against in
flation, demands that industry be
permitted to accumulate reserves
that will allow post-war re-con
version' to regular production, de
mands that government be decen-
tralized, opposes spending for bu-
reaucratic tom-foolery'', insists on
a more fair distribution of the tax
load, would amend the Wagner act
to give employers and workers
equal rights, urges that the Ameri-
can tarmer be relieved from the
sovietizing dictates of the regulation
wmers, ana rejects isolationism as
a iuiity ouuiiu 10 Dring on iuture
Born and educated on a Wiscon-
sin farm, Morse is well-schooled in
the problems of stockmen and far-
mers. He now resides on a small
farm near Eugene with his wife
and three children.
Oregon, Thursday, March
And You're Only Asked to Buy War Bonds
, Treasury Deparlmtnt
Services for Mrs.
McLaughlin Held
At 10 A. M. Today
Services for Mrs. C. N. McLaugh
mi who passea away in i-enaieton
March 20 were held from St. Pat-
ricks Catholic church at 10 o'clock
' Has - morning, Rev. Francis McCor-
mcik officiating. Mrs. McLaughlin
had been seriously ill for several
week and was taken to a Pendleton
hospital , for treatment. Rosary was
" viuan at ociock
neunesaay evening, au members
-of her family except; one- son, Pfc
nr-j . ,
jamea ivicjaugnim or me uruetd
States Marine corps in the South
Pacific, were present at the services.
Mary Louise . Doherty was born
May 8, 1894, in Heppner to Cather-
ine and James Doherty, pioneer
residents of the Blackhorse section.
She acquired her education in local
schools and in 1915 was married to
C. N. "Con" ' McLaughlin. With her
husband she made her . home at
Lena, where they raised a large
family and built up a successful
ranch business.
Surviving are the husband, 13
children, Mrs. Edward Rice, Lex
ington; Dan, GM 3c, U. S. navy,
stationed on the east coast; Mrs.
Don Pointer, Lexington; Pfc. James toe Inn", which has been in pro
of U. S. Marine corps, in South Pa- &1 3S several weeks, has entered
""-i ki oKauiuncia un uie "'& i.iuicair. uuuc vj, U1C post, ailnOUgu some
Pacific coast; Pvt Hugh, U. S. Ma- lyAn ne)d nightly. The play is doors and windows were blown in
rine corps at San Diego; Joe and scheduled for production . on the by the blast. The "igloos'1 are wide
Virginia, twins; Robert, Herbert, evening of Friday, March 31, at the ly separated in the loose sandy sod
Sally Michael and Terry, at home; gymnasium, auditorium. ' to avoid damage to others in case of
one grand child, Hank Pointer, Lex- A . wc1 balanced cast under the an explosion. The reservation covers,
ington; her mother. Mrs. Catherine Erection of Miss Elenita Mardock 15,000 acres.
Doherty, and
eight sisters.
four brothers and
Five Men Leave for
Service During Week
Five more men from Morrow
county left during the past week
for active du, three for the anny
arid two for the mnrinG corns. Thev
reported lor premduction physical
examination iviarcn 10.
. Joining the marines were Royal
B. "Buster"' Rands of Boardman
and Wiliam E. Davis of Heppner.
Davis is a registrant of Wheeler
county but had been employed at
the Heppner Lumber company mill,
wife and two children will re-
side in Heppner during his period
of enlistment. Rands has been a
Boardman farmer several years.
The men were sent to the San Die-
go "boot" camp.
The army called John J. Doherty
or lone and Wiuiam (J. Rutledge and
:t j ur:ii: rt n..ii-j i
josepn u. wuson or irrigon. uoner-
ty was appointed leader of the
Pvt Donald Moulton will return
to his army training center Friday
after spending a furlough here.
23, 1944
Weather Man Falls
Down on Job Here
.While there still is a week to go,
the month of March has been some
wl,ot nt , :
concerned. It is true the weather
man yarious
brands of precipitation but these
W faiJe(j to much
way effective dampness
The MIne for
most vinter By comparison
with the fall of m2 and late winter
pn(J fprbg M lm t Js
'unusual" conditions are over
and this section has lapsed back to
normal. Figures for March have not
been tabulated but Len Gilliam, lo
cal weather observer states that
March has been a poor month for ground "igloo" and there was no
moisture. January, with .31 of an evidence of sabotage. The blast
inch was below normal and Febru- ripped a huge hole in the ground,
ary with 1.36 inches was just about but none ol the nearby storage fa
normal. An overcast sky at this cilities was damaged,
writing indicates that rain is on the The "igloo" was about 50 feet
way if the wind doesn't blow the long, 30 feet wide and 12 feet high,
clouds on over the mountains.
Junior Plcy Set for
Friday, March 31
Practice on the junior play, "Tip-
gives assurance of an evening of While there was no official an
delightful enterftainment and it is nouncement immediately as to the
the hope of the entire class that the cause of the explosion, workers ex
gymnasium will be crowded, on perienced in handling ammunition
11113 occasion said it might have been from a de-
T,IV . , ' fective bomb. The explosion from
2 u , ne woyld set off aU anunu-
v fmalpdate for m- nition in the huge cavern almost si-
u .
cia wiji iia.ve n.ot vpt. nnnA rv
shoud sign appiications
the A.
B. C. Pincknev. manner nf tha
Hoppner branch of the First Nat
ional Bank, of Portland, is spending
a few days in Portland. He accom-
panied Mr. and Mrs L. E. Dick to
the city Wednesday' evening.
G. Corfield White,
the Portland Aurex Co., dealer in
vacuum tube hearing aids, was a
Dusmess visitor in Heppner Wed-
nesday. White is consultant for the
Visitors in Heppner Monday were
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Musgrave of
Long Creek.
Volume 60, Number 52
Tprrjfjr Rlacf at
Ordnance Depot
Rocks Big Area
Six Persons Die
When Munitions
Igloo Blows Up
Six persons lost their lives in
the terrific blast which destroyed n
munitions storage room Tuesday
night at the Umatilla ordnance de
pot some 40 miles northeast of
Heppner. The explosion occurred
about 9:40 and was heard distinct
ly by many people in Heppner who
chanced to be in the open at that
time. Reports from Spokane and
Moscow, Ida., indicate that the
shock of the blast extended that
far, while towns nearer to the scene
of the disaster suffered considerable
loss in broken windows and bashed
The list of workers lost , in the
blast included five men and one
woman. Their names as listed in
The Oregonian were:
Harry Sever, Ordnance, survived
by a widow and two children;
John L. Fraser, lrriaon. survived
by widow;
Lance A. Stultz, 40, Hermiston,
survived by widow and two child
ren; Hiram Cook, 26, Hermiston, sur
vived by widow and two children;
William Sanders, 30 Stanfield,
survived by widow and three chil
dren; and
Miss Alice Walgamott, 20,.. Her
miston, formerly of " Curtis, Neb.,
where her mother lives.
Col. A. F. Buyers, commandant
at the depot, said there was no fire
alter the explosion in the under-
used principally for the storage of
huge bombs, such as 2000-pound
"block-busters" used in aerial
bombing. It was the lust accident
on the huge military installation
since it was opened tor service in
December 1941.
Surprisingly little damage was
SeSl fi
- b K
Billy French is home on "boot"
leave from Farragut, spending the
time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. H. French. French and his mo
ther are visiting relatives in Port
land for a few days this week.
Office practice girls of the high
school are helping two periods a
day at the ration office, a lift
greatly appreciated by the office
personnel. The office is busy at
nresent PPttinp truck .r rAv
P r r J
for issuance of new stamos
The Lincoln Nash family moved
to Hood River Friday where Nash
will be employed by a concern he
worked for before coming to Hepp-
ner to work in the Braden-BeU