Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, March 15, 1945, Image 1

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News From
The Boys at
The Front
Cpl Everett L. Crump writes to
his sister and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Peck from some place in the
Pacific. He tells of seeing Howard
Gilliam and having a long chat. He
continues with "By now I've been
around in Japan enough to krow
what the country looks like. They
level off the steep hillsides into
steps and caise gardens there.
"These Jap fighter pilots aren't
so brave as they imagine but they
like to show off with all their
fancy maneuvering and stunt fly
ing. The one I got, got too brave
and dove through our formation.
He didn't live to tell about it
"We get some good music and the
news from Tokyo. If we lose a
plane they say we lost 50 of them
over the target as if we wouldn't
know. Then they play our popular
songs for us to make us happy, I
guess. Maybe you have heard of
the Tokyo Rose in the news. She
entertains our boys over the radio
and predicts the future."
Li Bill V. Biddle was recently
decorated with the Air medal ac
cording to a communication which
his mother, Mrs. Lela S. Brown of
lone received a short time ago. The
award was made in recognition of
courageous service to his combat or
ganization, his fellow American
airmen, "his country,, his home and
to you." The letter was written by
George C. Kenny, Lt General, U.
S. army, commander.
Lt. Biddle was cited for meritor
ious achievement while participat
ing in aerial flights in the South
west Pacific area from June 28,
1944 to August 12, 1944.
The citation stated "The excel
lent job accomplished and maintain
ed by your command in neutraliz
ing Satawan, Truk, Yap, Paluwat,
Woleai and Palau with repeated
and aggressive attacks receives my
heatrtiest congatulajtions a diffi
cult mission well accomplished."
Bill is awaiting transportation
home to the States on furlough. He
writes his mother there are 700
ahead of him on the list and trans
portation for about 10 men a day.
He hopes some ships will come by
as they usually are able to take
about 100 men apeice.
A commendation recently address
ed to all officers and men of the
VIII corps, APO 308, U. S. army
reads as follows:
1. The magnificent tactical skill
and hardihood which you and your
command displayed in slowing up
the German offensive, and the de
termined valor and tactical presci
ence which caused you to retain
possession of Bastogne, together with
your subsequent resumption of a
victorious offensive, consitute a
truly superb feat of arms.
2. You and the oficers and men
of your command are hereby com
mended for a superior performance.
3. You will apprize all units con
cerned of the contents of this let
ter." Signed G. S. Patron Jr.
The commendation was sent to
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dinges by their
son S Sgt D,m Dinges who writes
with all due modesty that although,
"my contributions were meager it
makes me feel pretty doggene good.
"The Doughboys, God bless 'em,
deserve the real credit and we all
know it too, but we proved one
thing that we could take it."
LeMoore, Calif. Donald W. Jones,
of Heppner, Oregon, received his
promotion to corporal recently by
order of CoL G. Hoyle, command
ing officer of the field, which is
Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, March
Cufsforth Invests
Substantial Sum
In Champion Bull
Paying third' highest price at the
Northwest Hereford Breeders' as
sociation show, O. W. Cutsforth of
Lexington last week laid $1875 on
the line for Chandler's Hartland
Donald 23, reserve champion bull of
the Herbert Chandler herd of Ba
ker, Oregon. The show was held in
Spokane and the auction was con
ducted by H B. Sager of Bozeman,
Highest price paid at the show
was $3250, which A B. Hitchcock of
Staniway, Wash, paid for Advance
Hartland VI, crowned grand cham
pion bull at the show last Thurs
day. Second highest bid was for
Lady Mark 24, reserve female
champion, for which L. K. Smith
Grass Valley paid $2225. The grand
champion female, Lady Real 53rd,
was purchased from the Albert
Mehlhorn ranch of Halfway, by L.
C. Staley of Pullman for $850.
Average price on the first 12
bulls sold was $1,002, with average
for the first 10 females sold $872.
Offered for sale were 125 bulls and
53 females.
Cutsforth has sought to improve
his herd each, year since embarking
in the cattle business, it being his
belief that only the best pays.
James Valentine purchased sev
eral head of bulls at the show and
they arrived at the local yards
Tuesday evening. C. M. Kennedy of
Gateway ..bought two Shorthorn
bulls at the sale which were
shipped here with the Valentine ani
mals. He came after them Wednes
day. o '
Mrs. George Hyatt
Dees in Pendleton
Funeral services were held at the
Folsom chapel in Pendleton at 10
o'clock this . morning for Mrs.
George Hyatt, whose death was due
to a heart attack Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Hyatt, mother of Mrs. P. W.
Mahoney of Heppner, was 67 years
of age.
Born in southern Illinois July 23,
1877, she came to Oregon as an in
fant. She and her husband, member
of the firm of Hyatt & Brawn,
clothiers, had lived here since 1926,
coming to Pendleton from Golden-'
dale, Wash, states the East Oregon
ian. She was a member of the Pres
byterian church, the Eastern Star
and other organizations.
Mrs. Mahoney and baby daughter
Shannon had been home just a few
days from the hospital in Pendleton
when news of Mrs. Hyatt's passing
came. Mr. Mahone took his family
to Pendleton Tuesday evening. They
were accompanied by Mrs. R. C.
Surviving besides Mr. Hyatt are
Mrs. Mahoney and the two grand
children, Robert and Shannon Ma
honey. Two sons preceded Mrs.
Hyatt in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Ebert went
to Arlington last Sunday to meet
Mrs. Ebert's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Paul H. Hauser, of Salem. Mr. Hau
ser returned home Wednesday but
Mrs. Hauser is remaining until
next Sunday. Mrs. Hauser is a Past
Grand Worthy Matron of the East
ern Star and is well known in lodge
circles throughout the state.
Mr. and Mrs. Hanson Hughes and
Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Ward attended
a party celerating the 50th anniver
sary of The Dalles chapter No. 33,
Order of Eastern Star in The Dal
les Saturday evening. They visited
over the ' week-end with relatives
and returned home Monday.
Mrs. V. R. Runnion went to The
Dalles Sunday where she was to
submit to a surgical operation Monday.
Mulling Over 800
Measures Sizable
Job for Legislators
- Salem Man Gives
Insight on Job
Of Law Making
Being a member of the state le
gislature involves something more
than honor, in the opinion of Lester
A. Wilcox of Salem, member of the
state educational system, who has
been in the county this week meet
ing with school clerks and boards.
Wilcox was a guest at the chamber
of commerce luncheon Monday and
spoke on the workings of the legis
lature.. When one stops to consider that
more than 800 bills of one kind and
another have been dropped in the
hopper it is little wonder that the
lawmakers have to work overtime
at their own expense, Wilcox said.
These measures cover about every
tiling having to do with our daily
life and it is up to the legislators
to determine which are most es
sential. This is done largely through
committee work as. there would be
no time to discuss the merits or
flaws of so many bills. Many times
a bilj. having the recommendation
of the committee readily passes one
or' both houses when presented. In
the long run this saves much time.
Asked if he thought the unica
meral system one legislative body
such as is used in Nebraska
would be more effective than the
two house system, Wilcox said he
did not believe it would. A meas
ure passing the one-house group
Would be final whereas a bill going
through the lower house might not
meet with the approval of the sen
ate and that body could stop it or
amend it. He held for the two bod
ies as the most effective type of
Clifford Sims, in town for a few
days, was a guest of Dr. A. D.
McMurdo at the luncheon. He has
recently returned from the middle
east where he spent several months
in employment work for the Kaiser
A case heard in circuit court here
earlier in the year was settled the
past week when Judge Calvin L.
Sweek found in favor of one of
the defendants. Suit was filed by
Merritt Gray against James Moyer
and Eernard Doherty to determine
the settement of rent.
Judge Sweek decided that Moyer
was entitled to the rent and that
Doherty should pay court costs.
At the regular meeting Friday
evening the Lexington grange voted
to give the Red Cross $50 in the
current war fund campaign.
A good attendance of members,
including four visitors, is reported
and a pleasant evening was spent
seeing pictures taken and shown
.by Kenneth J. Smouse of the work
he did while in the government
Invitation from Willows grange
for Saturday evening, March 17,
was accepted and all new members
were urged to go and receive the
third and fourth degrees.
The serving committee had plen
ty of eats on hand as preparations
had been made for 60, and not
that many attended.
Desk help is needed at the local
board and any person with a few
rationing office of the rationing
hours to spare and who wants to
assist with this work is asked to get
in touch with Mrs. Pat Mclntyre,
in charge of volunteer workers.
15, 1945
Herman Nielson
Lived Here More
Than Sixty Years
Funeral services were held at 2
o'clock p. m. Wednesday at the
Church of Christ for Herman Niel
son, 87, who passed away at his
home in Heppner Monday morn
ing. O. Wendell Herbison officiated
and hymns were sung by Mrs. C.
C. Dunham and Miss Marie Bar
low, Mrs. J. O. Turner accompany
ing. Interment was made in the
Heppner Masonic cemetery. Case
Mortuary was in charge of arrange
ments. Herman Neilson was bom in Nor
way on July 8, 1857 and passed
away at his home in Heppner Mon
day morning, March 12, 1945, being
at the time of his passing, 87 years,
9 months and 3 days old.
He received his early schooling
in his home town in Norway. At
the age of 14 he went to sea and
served as a cook and sailor for
seven years. When he was 21 years
of age he disembarked at New York
and immediately found his way to
the Pacific coast, finally walking to
the Andrew Rood farm home in
Rood canyon near Hardman.
He worked for Mr. Rood until,
he accumulated a sufficient amount
of wages to acquire land of his own
until he had 1300 acres at the time
he disposed of it four years ago.
Feeling the need of taking life a
bit easier in his declining years, he
sold his land to Blaine Chapel and
purchased the town home from F.
W. Turner where he lived until his
Herman, as he was known by
friends was a man with no bad
habits, as strictly honest and always
ready to assist his fellow man. He
was a life long member of the Lu
theran church and of the Knights
of Pythias lodge.
So far as is known he leaves only
some nephews and nieces; also
many friends among whom are
the faithful ones who cared for him
during his last weeks of illness,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burnside.
New Local Planes
Come Oyer Monday
Arrival of two planes here Mon
day afternoon added to the grow
ing interest in air travel, sparked
up more recently by the organiza
tion of a Civilian Air Patrol unit
in Morrow county.
First plane to arrive was a big
red monoplane piloted by Woodrow
Huston, young Eight Mile farmer.
A good many spectators naturally
supposed this to be the CAP plane
ordered for training duty here but
this plane did not arrive until a
later hour.
Huston circled over the town
several times upon arriving from
the Pendleton airport, showing that
he is becoming airminded. Later in
the afternoon when Walter Ready
arrived with the CAP biplane he
made one circle over town and
then headed for the O. W. Cuts
forth place and parked the ma
Mrs. Rose Wilson of Helena,
Mont, and Mrs. J. A. McDonald of
Portland, mother and sister of L.
E. Dick, were guests a few days the
past week at the Dick home. Mrs.
Wilson had previously spent several
weeks here and went to Portland to
visit her daughter. Mrs. Wilson ac
companied Mrs. McDonald back to
Portland and will leave shortly for
her home.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Rosewall
were in Walla Walla on Tuesday
where Mr. Rosewall attended a
banquet and meeting of Ford deal
ers at the Marcus Whitman hotel.
This is the first time in about 14
months that there has been such a
Volume 61, Number 51':
Hospital Planning
Placed in Hands of
County-wide Group
Court Names 7
People to Develop
Workable Set-up
Acting in accordance with a
promise made to representatives of
the Heppner .chamber of commerce
and the Morrow county farm bu
reau at the regular term of court
Wednesday of last week, the coun
ty court selected and notified seven
representative people of the county
that they had been named as a com
mission to study all angles of the
proposed county hospital and to re
port the findings to the court at the
earliest possible date. In making
the selection the court endeavored
to cover all sections of the county
as nearly as the limited number of
representatives would permit.
Mrs. Minnie McFarland of Board
man represents the northern or ri
ver division; John Krebs was se
lected to represent Cecil, Morgan
and lone. George N. Peck is the
Lexington representative, while
four others getting their mail at
Heppner complete the list. These
are B. C. Pinckncy of the First
National Bank of Portland, Hepp
ner branch; Ralph I. Thompson,
upper Willow creek; Frank E. Par
ker, the Rhea Creek grange district,
and Mrs. P. A. Mollahan. Mrs. Mol
lahan is a trained nurse with many
years of hospital experience.
Each appointee received a letter
from the court explaining ( the na
ture of the appointment and urg
ing acceptance.
It was learned today that the
group will get together in the first
meeting March 25. It was not indi
cated where the meeting will be
held, but probably at a point cen
tral to most of them. Neither has
it been suggested that arrange
ments be made to include a bond
election with the forthcoming spec
ial state election scheduled for
June 22.
ohrine Schedules
Dance March 24
Bringing Shrine activities closer
home, the Morrow County Shrine
club has scheduled a dance to be
given at the Willows grange hall
in lone on the evening of March
24. The party is to be a benefit af
fair, funds to be derived from this
and other social events to be used
in assisting the work of the Shrine
hospital in Portland and in the pur
chase of equipment for the new
Morrow county hospital when it is
ready for use.
Good music has been retained for
the dance, which, due to circum
stances over which the sponsors
have no control, will have to start
early and close early. There will
be refreshments during the eve
Saturday evening is the time and
the Rhea Creek grange hall the
place for the big annual St. Pat
rick's day party sponsored by the
Women's Altar society of St. Pat.
rick's Catholic church. The KHs
About Town will be on hand io
dish out the music, and it is ex
pected that green will be the pre
dominant color. Dancing starts ear
ly and quits early.
Mrs. N. Schmaltz and sons, Allen
Kotera, SF2jc and James Kotera
were in town on Wednesday from
their home in Condon. The young
men are both home on leave. Allen
Kotera has not been home in four
years. He has seen extensive over
seas service, taking part in six ma
jor combats. His brother James is
a member of the armed guard.