Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, April 20, 1944, Image 1

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Bn Service
Sgt. Joe E. Aiken has been seeing
a hit of the world in the Mediter
ranean area and wrote an interest
ing letter to his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Aiken, describing some
of the scenes and his experiencesi
Ed, referred to in the latter is a pal
with whom Joe "tours" the region
when the two of them have fur
loughs at the same time.
22 March J944
Dear Folks: .
. Well I have a lot to tell this time
for a change for I have just come
back from six days leave with Ed.
. We went to Italy and from there
to the Isle of Capri. It was a two
and one-half hour . trip by ferry
from the main land, and on the way
over to the isle we went by the
only mountain in Italy that is an act
ive volcano, the one that destroyed
Pompei centuries ago. Enough of
that for now as I will come back to
it after awhile.
We docked about 5 in the after-'
noon, and as we were coming off
the ferry there was a crowd of kids
that seemed to be trying to get on
as we were getting off. It turned
out that they wanted to carry our
bags to the truck. After we had
placed our baggage on the trucks
which took it to the hotel, we went
to the tram. It is made up of five
cars, all of which make one about
the size of a street car in Portland.
Each section is made so that when
it starts up the mountain it is level
at all times. There are two cars on
the track when one goes up the
other comes down. It works on a
gravity pulley . of some - kind.
From the tram station, ' Finiculi.
we walked about two and onehalf
blocks to the hotel, (one block there
if you can find where it ends is
about as long as two in Portland.)
The streets are just about, wide
enough for a jeep, and wander all
around the island. The' hotel was
much the same as any that we have
in the states at any resort. Your
meals are included in your billj
We paid a dollar a day to pay the
help. The food is GI but you would
never know it as it is really fixed
up. Ed and I had1 a room in what
they call a villa, in the states J. think
it would be called an annex. Twin
beds and a balcony that overlooked
the sea, In the lobby of the hotel
they had a bar that was open just
before meals and just after; of an
evening it stayed open until 11.
We would walk into the dining
room and sit down at a table with
a white table cloth and real silver
ware there was a glass of fruit
juice or fruit cocktail; after you
finished1 that off they brought the
first course .usually meat, and fol
lowed by another meat course, with
vegetables. The butter was fixed
like little seashells. After the last
course they served coffee gals
brought that around. The cups were
about the size of small teacups and
I drank about seven cups (maybe
it was the cute gals who served it
or perhaps it was the small cups
In either case, I got enough coffee).
Capri is one of the oldest resorts
I think there is. The Romans used
it back in Christ's time. And the
story that goes with the island is
that the sirens of lihe sea used it to
entice the sailors there in anceint
tunes. Some of the high spots I saw
BLUE GROTTO: It. Is a cave made
by the ocean in a solid rock cliff.
You go in by boat through a small
opening just large enough for a
row boat. We had to lie down in
the bottom of the .boat to get in.
It was real dark inside but after
our eyes got accustomed to the dark
we could make it out. What light
that comes in penetrates through
the rocks and is reflected off of the
bottom. It takes the strangest blue
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P. P. & L. Patrons to
Receive Share of
Profits in May
Customers of Pacific .Power &
Light company will receive a $300,
000 "rate dividend" erly in May
under a wartinn-earnings-siaring
pVn approved by the Oregon Public
Utilities commissioner and an
nounced at Salern on Wednesday.
Amount of the dividend will be
proportionately one-half of each
customer's average monthly electric
bill, according to Homer Beale, dis
trict manager for the company.
To be paid to each participant by
check instead of by credit on bills,
the "rate dividend'' will return ap
proximately $28,000 to electric users
in this district, he said.
"Designed to meet the abnormal
ccnditons created by wartime loads
and revenues, this 'rate dividend' is
just one more consistent step taken
by P.. P. & L. to give customers the
benefit of greater volume of busi
ness," said Beale. "Its effect will be
to reduce still further the low av
erage price of electricity of our
A,ll active customers who weic
billed for electric service between
Feb. 20 and April 20 and who are
on the company's books on May 1
will share in the dividend.
Red Cross Drive
Brings in $5,958.06
Financial tabulation was ,made
Wednesday of the recent Red Crosj
war fund campaign!-and Chairman
Bennij Howe '. states that' Morrow
county, went over the top to the
tune of $5,958.06. The quota was
$3,G00. Divided into districts the
results ;weie as follows:
In-igon .$67.75; - Boardman $177.75
Blackhorse $46; Cecil $174.50; Pine
City $112.10; Hardman $117.35;
Reed's Mill $24.81; Morgan $86.50;
Eight Mile and Gooseberry $701.50;
lone $1,855.50; Lexington $1,127.50;
Heppner $1,465.80, and Lower Wil
low creek $20.
A wedding of interest to Heppner
people was held in Winnemueca,
Nev. April 11 when Mrs. Izora
Vance and E. V. Stingle were mar
ried with Mr. and Mrs. Glen Stingle
of Ontaria witnessing the ceremony.
A wedding trip which took the
newly-weds through parts of Neva
da and Idaho was enjoyed enroute
to Portland where they stayed a
few days before returning to Hepp
ner, where they are at home in the
Jones apartment house.
Rev. Kenneth Andeen of Seattle
will hold services at Valby Luther
an church at 10:30 a. m. and 7:30 p.
m. Sunday, April 21.
Petty Officer, Ivy Quale of the
WAVES will be in Heppner Tues
day, April 25, from 1 p. m. until
3:30 p. m. to assist young women
in learning about their opportu
nities in the WAVES. She will be
at the temporary WAVES recruit
ing office at Morrow county local
board of selective service.
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Oregon, Thursday, April
Potato Surplus to
Be Used in Making
industrial Alcohol
New Equipment to
Be Installed for
Big Scale Operation
According to the Oregon City
Banner-Courier, which p-inted an
exclusive interview with Ben Wal
ing, manager of the Curver Distil
lery, processing of Clackamas, mid
Multnomah counties potaoees of
lower grades into industrial alcohol
will be under way within a month.
Installation of a 2-ton cooker, two
huge stills and other equipment , to
augment the plant that was operat
ed last fall in producing alcohol
from cull supples and prunes, will
be started as soon as an industrial
engineer finishes his survey of the
plant, the BC quotes Walling. The
cooker has been purchased at 'St.
Helens and the tills are awaitinj
shipment from a California copper
With the conversion of the steam
plant from wood to oil, priorities
for which are now being processed,
the Carver distillery will be ready
to turn out 3800 gallons of high
proof industrial alcohol every 24
hours, Walling stated.
, A contract, from the Commodity
Credit . corporation to the Carver
company, now owned by the Grain
Products!, Inc., "Heppner, has been
recommended by the War Food ad
ministration to care for surplus po
tatoes. Announcement of this con
tract is expected in a few days, ac
cording to Walling.
; Later word from Oregon City is
to the effect that the Carver plant
will have to be enlarged to accom
modate the new equipment. It was
found that a charging hopper to be
placed atop the 200-ton cooker will
require extensive alterations, in
cluding the raising of one section
cf the roof to about 50 feet. The
cooker will stand abut 25 feet and
the hopper, conveyors, elevator and
working space above that will re
quire an additional 25 feet.
Officials of the company residing
at Heppner verify the report on
these improvements and state that
they expect a profitable run on po
tato alcohol production at the Car
ver plant.
Choral Club to .
Appear May 9
Tuesday evening, May 9 is the
date chosen by the Heppner Wo
men's Choral club for the presenta
tion of the first annual concert.
This concert, culmination of the
year's training, will be held in the
high school gymnasium and open at
8 o'clock p. m. A nominal admission
will be charged, the proceeds to be
donated to the Portland blood donor
The" concert will consist of three
part choruses sung by the group of
25 women under the direction of
Mrs. O. G. Crawford, and piano
numbers by Marylou Ferguson,
guest artist. This is the first year
of work by the group, formed from
members of the Heppner Music
study club and others invited to
participate. There are few such
groups in the state, even in larger
The club held annual election of
officers Tuesday evening at which
time Miss Rose Hoosier was elected
president; Mrs. W. E. Davis, vice
president; Josephine Mahoney, secretary-treasurer,
and Mrs. O. G.
Crawford, director.
Itaiph Benge, Mrs. Rosa Eskel
son and Mrs Ruth Barnett, Pendle
ton, were called to Lewiston, Ida.
Sunday by the illness of a sister,
Mrs. Mattie Henderson. Terrill
Benge took his lather and Mrs. Es
kelson to Pendleton Sunday to
catch a train for Lewiston.
20, 1944
Purity Squad'
Removes Old Tires
And Other Rubbish
A group of volunteers from the
Heppner chamber of commerce re
sponded to C. D. Conrad's appeal
for aid in clearing off the rubber
salvage on the corner next to the
Noble harness shop and Tuesday
evening found them engaged at the
task. All salvagable tires, those that
are fit for shipment were removed
to the fair pavilion where they will
be held awaiting shipping orders.
All other rubbish, and there was
plenty of it, was hauled to the city
dump ground. The huge box built
to receive the old tires was torn
down and there will be no furthei
excuse for people to make a public
dump ground of the corner.
Miss Marjorie Sims, senior at
Heppner high school, was the guest
speaker at the chamber of commerce
luncheon Monday. Her topic dealt
with conditions as viewed from the
young peoples' standpoint. She pul1
ed no punches in pointing out the
conduct of the older people and her
remarks were so well receivd that
the was invited to visit the
club again sometime.
Dead Service Men
To Be Honored
Service men who have lost their
lives in the armed forces will be
honored by having their names
I laced on a memorial plaque at
Portland's Victory Center, it was
announced this week by P. W. Ma
honey, chairman of . the Morrow
county war finance committee.' and
E. C. Sammons, state chairman,
Oregon war bond staff.
Families of men eligible are re
quested to turn in names either to
Mr. Mahoney or the war finance
committee, American Bank build
ing, Portland, Oregon.
Heppner teachers and pupils are
busy putting on finishing touches
of the all-school music program
which will be presented on the
evening of March 5. This event will
replace the usual county-wide day
of music. An interesting program is
promised and your attendance is
hoped for.
La Grande Rotary
Club Sponsoring
Teacher Training
An increasing shortage of teach
ers is causing others than school
authorities to "view the situation
with alarm" This is seen in recent
action by the La Grande Rotary
dub to sponsor teacher training
scholarships at Eastern Oregon Col
lege of Education, he club has post
ed seven $74 scholarships alt the
college, of which five high schools
outside of Union county will be
One senior from La Grande high
school will be chosen; one from a
Union county high school outside of
La Grande, with the other five to
be chosen outtside of Union county.
Condidate will be selected upon
scholarship ability, charactr and
personality, worthiness and need,
and leadership quality. Students in
terested in a scholarship should ap
ply for application blanks from
either" the principal of La Grande
high school or the Registrar, East
ern Oregon College of Education.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl January of
Pendleton were business visitors in
Heppner the first of the week.
Bill Sampson left Sunday for Ft.
Knox, Ky. after visiting his father
F. L. Sampson, section foreman on
the Heppner branch.
. WiHiam Newhard who went to
Seattle last week for a physical
went right on to San Diego for
training. His wife and chidren hav
moved to town from Keene's log
ging camp. She is a niece of Fred
Volume 61 , Number 4
Farmers Urged to
Keep Trucks in
Best of Condition
Increase of New
-Trucks Not Seen
In Current Trend
Information being circulated tht
a considerable number of nfw
trucks are now available for im
mediate delivery to farmers is not
in accordance with the facts, the
county farm transportation commit
tee reports. The real situation in
regard to new trucks constitutes an
urgent warning for careful repairs
and maintenance of all existinf farm
trucks, the committee believes.
A total of 88,000 new trucks has
been authorized for manufacture in
1944, but most of them will not be
made until fete in the year. ThL,
compares with 725,000 new trucks
sold during 1941, more than half of
which were for replacements.
The pool of pre-war trucks has
practically disappeared, with few
being left after release of 63,500 in
1943. Of this total, 18,335 went to
agriculture, or about 29 percent. If
farmers receive the. same propor
tion of the 88,000 new trucks .to be
made this year, then agriculture
can count on only about 26,000 new
trucks for replacements during the
Repair and maintenance pro
grams, together with mileage-saving
conservation measures are being
pushed by all concerned. The repair
part picture is considerably bright
'er. Manufacturers' have been given
materials for all of the parts they
can produce in the portions of their
plants not tied up on military or
ders. Maintenance specialists of the
office of defense transportation of
fer assistance in locating any repair
parts still on the "scarce" list. Farm
truck owners who are unable to
find needed repair parts are urged
by the committee to use this service
Full information can be obtained
from the farm transportation com
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AAA office.
County Invests
Heavily in Bonds
Morrow county may not have in
vested heavier than other sections
but figures submitted by P. W. Ma
honey this week reveal that since
the war finance committee was or
ganized the people of this county
have purchased $1,910,963 worth of
war bonds.
Mahoney has been chairman of
the war finance committee since its
organization and tendered his resig
nation this week in view of soon be
ing called for service. B. C. Pinck
ney, who has been active in the
war finance campaign, at times
serving as co-chairman, has been
appointed to take Mahoney's place.
After a few weeks at home, W. G.
McCarty had to be taken back lo
the hospital in Portland, His daugh
ter, Mrs. Raymond Rice, accompan
ied him Monday. She was enroute to
British Columbia to visit her hus
band, Dr. Raymond Rice, member
of th Canadian medical corps. Mrs.
Oscar Borg came from Portland
Sunday to be with their mother
until Mrs. Rice returns.
Mrs. Lawrence Mills was called
to Booise, Ida. the first of the week
due to the illness of her mother and
a sister.
Ensign Lewis Gilliam is spending
the week here with his father, L, L.
Mrs. Donald Rowe took her mo
ther, Mrs. Clifford Noble, and her
sister to Portand Monday for med
ical treatment.