Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, June 22, 1944, Image 1

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Residence Buying
Stimulates Realty
Mart in Heppner
' General Moving
Bee Starts When
First House Is Sold
When the Hynd brothers closed
a deal for the residence property
of Mr .and Mrs. Dick Wells they
set the stage for several property
exchanges and a general round of
moving. The Wells property on
Gale street .known as the Notson
residence, was the answer to the
Hynds' search for a house large
enough to provide five bedrooms.
Although they ,do not have to
give possession of the Sand Hollow
residence until fall, the Hynds
wanted to get settled and probably
will begin to move to town as soon
as Mr .and Mrs. Wells give posses
sion. The Wells' own another res
idence in the south part of town
which they plan to occupy, but first
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hamlin, present
occupants, must find! a place to
move. Mr .and Mrs. Gordon Ban
ker, who occupy the upstairs ap
artment in the Wells house, will
move to the McCaleb apartments,
taking a suite being vacated by
Mr .and Mrs. Ed Bucknum who will
move to the Zinter apartments.
Mr. and Mrs. Myles Martin
bought, the Cornettt Green resi
dence and the Greens in turn pur
chased the W. G. McCarty house.
The Martins have had an offer
from State Officer Albert and may
re-sell the place. Officer Albert
and family have been occupying
the former Pruyn house recently
purchased by Mrs. Cyrene Barratt
and since Mrs. Barratt plans to
take possession this week the Al
berts are tout on a limb, so to
Latest reported residence trans
action was the purchase by C. N.
Jones of the Everett Harshman
house, better known as the Mer
rill property. It is understood that
Mr. Jones bought the property for
his son-in-law and daughter, Mr.
and Mrs. Norman Washburn.
Former Theater
Operator Passes
Belated news of the death of J.
B. Sparks reached the Gazette
Times' this week, the report coming
from his sister, Mrs. Sarah Jennings
of Baker, who stated that her bro
ther died April 10 at Stockton,
There are many Morrow county
residents who will remember that
Sparks leased and remodeled a
frame structure on the corner of
Main and Willow streets and put in
motion picture equipment calling
the place the Star Theater. (In the
memory of the writer, this was in
1911.) He was an experienced thea
ter operator and brought to HeppT
ner the latest ideas in the business.
For one thing, the town had not
previously boasted of a theater with
a sloping floor. The Stsr was so
built. The entrance and exit and
ticket booth arrangements were
similar to the present Star Theater.
There was a stage sufficient to
accommodate small theatrical troops
and in all it was quite a complete
little show house.
After disposing of the Star,
Sparks engaged in a mobile picture
show business and eventually lo
cated in California. He followed the
years. He was married to Dorothy
picture business for more than 20
(Dot) Geinger of lone, who, wi
two sons, both in the navy, and th..
sister, Mrs. Jennings, survive.
Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Wilson and
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Blake are
enjoying a vacation at Lehman
.Springs this week. .
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Above is ie of the two Kaiser-luilt Victory ships to be launched by
chairmen making the highest 5th war loan records. One sponsor will
one from western Oregon.
War Bond Premiere to Be Staged
At Star Theater Tuesday Evening
To help stimulate the war bond
sales in Morrow county, the Star
Theatre has scheduled a bond pre
miere for Tuesday, June 27. A spec
ial feature has been secured for the
premiere to take the place of the
regularly advertised film and in
addition local talent will appear on
the program, making it one of the
leading attractions of the season.
Admission to this program will
be limited to to those presenting
cards showing that they have pur
chased a war bond at , an issuing
agency between June 22 and the
date of the premiere and those
placing orders for war binds at the
Star theatre' any time during the
same period. Purchasers are advised
to ask for the theater admission
card when buying a bond. The the
ater will take care of bond sales
the night of the premiere.
"This is bad news for the Axis,
for every person in the theater the
night of the 27th -will be a buyer
of a, war savings bond, the only
ticket that will get one past the
box office for this show. So finish
up those war stamp books and
convert them into bonds. Buy an
extra bond- Invest in the inva-
One of the heaviest showers of
the season was reported at the Mrs.
Hilma Anderson ranch Monday
evening. A storm breaking over
that immediate vicinity is said to
have reached near-cloudburst pro
portions with an approximate two--inch
Wells were filled with debris and
the grass on surrounding hills was
beaten down although no report
was given relative to damage, if
any, to grain. Farms nearby the
Anderson place reported showers
but nothing approaching storm
Mr .and Mrs. Marvin Wightman
have as their guests this week Mr.
and Mrs. M. R. Lower and family
of Portland. The women are sis
ters. They are spending their va
cation familiarizing themselves with
eastern Oregon ranch life and one
member of the family, Robert Lo
wer, will remain here to work on
the Alfalfa Lawn dairy ranch for
the summer. Another member of
the family ,a reddish brown cocker
spaniel, may remain permanently in
these parts unless someone finds
and returns him to the fold. He
got himself lost shortly after arriv
ing here.
Oregon, Thursday, June
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The Score To Date
Total Bond Sales Close of Business
June 21, 1944
Sales Quota
Boardman $ 2,043.75
Cecil None '
lone 13,875.00
Heppner P O 8,137.50
Bank 90,343.75
Other 4,500.00
Tota Ser. E 118,900.00 $167,000.00
Series F
Series G
Treas. C
Total all bds 177,150.00 356,000.00
sion," stated Mrs. Elaine George,
director of the premiere.
"Hit the Ice," an all-out laugh
riot with those popular funsters,
Abbott & Costello ,will be the film
attraction which also includes such
high class talent as Ginny Sims,
Patricia Knowles, Elyse Knox,
Johnny Long and His Orchestra.
Mrs. C. C. .Dunham accompanied
Cur ran Apartments
Damaged by Fire
Heavy damage and possible de
struction were averted Thursday
evening when fire in the basement
of the Curran apartments was
checked before spreading to the
main structure. As it was, consid
erable damage was done to the
basement and the apartment occu
pied by the Harry Van Horn fam
ily before the blaze was subdued.
Discovering the fire, Van Horn
went into action with a garden hose
and greatly lessened the task of the
fire departrrfent which arrived a
few minutes after the alarm was
Starting around the water heat
er, the fire spread over the base
ment and ate into the floor of the
Van Horn apartment before being
brought to a stop but not before
the curtains, floor and some of the
fixtures of the apartment were con
siderably damaged.
Mrs. Ilene Laughlin, who has
been chief clerk of the ration
board for the past two years, re
signed last week to accept a po
sition as clerk in the post office.
She has taken the position held by
Mrs. Henry Happold, the latter
having taken over the job held
for several years by James Driscoll,
now a member of Uncle Sam's
22, 1944
the wives of Oregon's county
come from eastern Oregon and
by Marylou Ferguson . will sing
"Fledge to the Flag" and "God
Eless America" the latter with a
repeat chorus with audience parti
cipation. There also will be reports
from the .bond committee.
The local bond premiere is one
of thousands that are beinng staged
all over the country during the
Fifth War Loan campaign in an ef
fort to help sell bonds . . . and more
Chairman Pv W. Mahoney stated
this morning that a house to house
canvass will start immediately af
ter July 4 if sales have not reached
a point at that time where the goal
may be readily attained. A list of
purchasers is kept and those buy
ing before that time will not be
solicited. He urges early buying,
not alone to avoid being canvassed
but to save as much unnecessary
work and use of cars as possible.
Purchases are moving along at
an easy gait so far, Mahoney stated,
and it is hoped to speed them up
during the last days of June so that
Morrow county will be counted
among those winding up the cam
paign before the final week.
When the matter of closing bus
iness houses from Saturday eve
ning to 'Wednesday morning was
submitted to the cham.ber of com
merce at Monday's luncheon meet
ing, that group voted to recom
mend such a move to the several
business establishments. Blaine El
liott, chairman of the merchant's
committtee, was1 instructed to con
tact the business houses and the
response was almost universal, the
only places not asked to close be
ing the restaurants.
Ihe move was made to permit
store clerks and other hired help
unable to take vacations because
of the manpower shortage a few
days respite from their labors, to
say nothing of tired business
people who will be able to catch
up on work they have had to set
aside while keeping their estab
lishments going.
Work of graveling a 15-mile
stretch of the Heppner-Spray high
way from Ruggs to Parker's Mill
road will be finished this week, it
is reported. The crew will move
to Lexington where the company
has a contract on the Lexington
Hermiston route. The Heppner
Spray road now is in better condi
tion to withstand the strain of log
and lumber traffic which is the
heaviest freight now passing over
the route.
Vol ume 61 , Number If? 2
City Asks Control
Of 3-C Buildings
On Town Property
Relief for Local
Housing Shortage
Seen if Granted
Looking forward to relieving the
housing shortage in Heppner, par
ticularly pertaining to employes of
the Heppner Lumber company the
city council and Mayor J. O. Tur
ner have petitioned the War Foods
Administration for either an out
right grant or a long-time lease on
the buildings located on the city's
portion of the Camp Heppner site.
This action was decided upon Mon
day evening at a special meeting
of the council and business men and
the request was prepared and mail
ed Tuesday by the mayor.
Recently, when the war depart
ment announced that certain CCC
camp buildings would be sold on
bid .Mayor Turner sought to have
the city placed on a priority basis.
He followed this up with a visit to
the several agencies in Portland
concerned with the disposal of the
buildings and returned the first of
the week somewhat convinced that
if unable to secure an outright
grant the powers that be might con
sider a lease. He presented his find
ings to the group Monday evening
with the result that he was auth
orized to go ahead.
Orville Smith, manager of the
Heppner Lumber company recent
ly made a survey of property in
volved and arrived at the conclu
sion that housing for at least 10
families can be made at a cost of
approximately $500 per unit. There
is one barracks building that could
be converted into five comfortable
apartments and the officers quar
ters is ample for two more. Three
other buildings could easily be
made over into houses.
Should the grant or lease be
made it is understood the mill com
pany is ready to sub-lease and
make the improvements at once. A
housing shortage has created a la
bor supply problem for the com
any which grows more difficult
from day to day and immediate ac
tion is wanted, Smith stated.
Fuel Shortage Seen
In Current Situation
Fear that some of the citizens of
Heppner will go cold next winter,
unless they order and take deliv
ery of their firewood and coal for
the year immediately was ex
pressed today by Mayor J. O.
"Information reaching my office
from the Northwest Solid Fuels
rationing branch of the OPA indi
cates that' while strenuous efforts
are being made to avert any fire
wood or coal shortage, federal au
thorities charged with the respon
sibility of keeping Pacific North
west homes supplied with fuel are
gravely worried as to whether a
critical shortage of these two fuels
can be averted," the mayor said.
"Increased use of mill waste as
raw material in manufacturing and
increased distance of sawmills from
fuel markets has cut down the sup
ply of firewood. Firewood users are
advised to cut their own fuel as
fas as possible."
Rev. Bennie Howe, Mrs. Howe,
Mrs. Don Romine and Mrs. George
Corwin left Wednesday morning
for Portland to attend the annual
conference of the Methodist church.
The Howes may take a short vaca
tion before returning to Heppner.
Guests of Mrs. D. M. Ward Wed
nesday were Mrs. Charles Dazell
of Spokane and Mrs. Bert Mason
of lone.