Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, June 07, 1945, Image 1

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Labor Situation in
Fluctuating State
In Local Territory
Farm Labor Office
Will Help Settle
Problems Here
Farm labor in Morrow county is
in a state of fluctuation, accord
ing to Arnold Ebert, county agri
cultural agent, who states that an
office to handle this type of labor
has again been set up in the Hep
pner hotel building, this time in
the lobby of the hotel. R. R Rice
is again in charge of the office and
this assures satisfactory arrange
ments between employer and em
ploye, Ebert says.
Supply and demand have been
alternating the past month or
two, with the labor supply first
plentiful and then short of the
need of the farmers The rule has
often been more applications for
farm jobs than there have been
jobs open. Contributing factors are
returning shipyard workers and
war veterans and an influx of mi
gratory workers.
The office maintained last year
by Mr. Rice rendered valuable as
sistance to farmers. Through co
operation with farm labor office at
Pendleton. Morrow and other sur
keep an even flow of labor with
rounding counties wlere able to
the result that loss of crops due to
labor shortage was negligible.
"Morrow county farmers are ad
vised to place orders for farm help
now in order to fill jobs they ex
pect to have open in the future in
stead of waiting until the actual
need arises," Ebert stated. "A big
harvest is in prospect and there
will be a big demand for labor
this season. The labor supply is
tight and farmers should prepare
ahead and avoid loss of crops dye
to labor shortage."
City Council Votes
Increased Lighting
The city council voted Monday
night to increase the lighting of
the town by about 50 percent at
an increased cost of about 20 per
cent. The 600 lumen lamps in the
residential districts are to be in
creased to 1000 lumen lamps with
improved retlectors. On Main street
between May and Center streets,
the central 4000 lumen lamps are
to be replaced by two 2500 lumen
lamps, one on each side of the
street, with eight of these lights to
each block; these to have new and
improved reflectors.
Hanson Hughes Laid
To Rest Saturday
Funeral services were held at 2
o'clock p. m. Saturday at the Ma
sonic temple for Hanson Hughes,
whose death occurred Thursday,
May 31. Archdeacon Neville Blunt
of All Saints Episcopal church of
ficiated, followed by the impres
sive Masonic service. Mrs. Ture
Peterson was soloist. Phelps Fu
neral Home was in charge and in
terment was made in the Heppner
Masonic cemetery.
Mr. Hughes was born in Hart
ville, Mo., and came west with his
parents to Spray where the family
resided on a farm for several years.
As a young man he engaged in the
mercantile business, .being associ
ated with his father, the late Sam
Hughes, in Heppner for many years
and later operating a grocery store
until his retirement in 1943. He
was married in August, 1913, to
Florence May Hoffman in The Dal
les who, with his sisters, Mrs. Flor
ence Paul and Mrs. R. J. Juday,
and a brother Frank, survives.
Postmaster Charles B. Cox and
the Jack Halseth family traded res
idences this week when the Hal
seths bought the house Cox has oc
cupied for a number of years. The
place belonged to Mr Cox's neph
ew. Halseths were living in the
F. C. Alfred house and Cox rented
the place and moved in pronto.
lone News Briefs . .
Eva Swanson S lc arrived on a
12 day leave Friday from Milledge
ville Ga. where she has been in
training. After visiting here and
in Portland and Salem she will re
port in San Francisco for her new
assignment. Her mother, Mrs. Mary
Swanson will accompany her asfar
as Salem.
The PNG club met with Mrs.
Omar Rietmann Friday afternoon.
Plans were made for a sale and
tea at the I. O. O. F. hall on June
22 when the special election is held.
Guests of Mr and Mrs. John Ger
tes Friday were Mr. and Mrs. Dale
Speack of Arlington.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Berl Akers
a son Tuesday June5 in Heppner
at Mrs. Gentry's nursing home.
Word has been received that Roy
Eckleberry former resident of
Morgan died suddenly at his home
in Hermiston Monday June 4.
Mr. and Mrs. I. R. Robison of
Portland are spending a few days
in lone.
Duane Baker celebrated his 9th
birthday Saturday and entertained
a number of his friends at the Con
gregational rooms that afternoon.
The Topic club met at the home
of Mrs. C. W. Swanson with Mrs.
Charles Carlson, Mrs. Clyde Denny
and Mrs, H. E. Yarnell assisting.
Countries of South and Central
America were discussed. Election
of officers followed; Mrs. Charles
Carlson, president; Mrs. Milton
Morgan vice president and Mrs.
Noel Dobyns secretary-treasurer.
Mrs. Elmer Griffith was elected li
brarian. The social meeting will be
held also at the home of Mrs.
Swanson on June 23.
Mprs. Paul Pettyjohn entertained
a number of friends at the Masonic
hall Saturday evening in honor of
her husband's birthday. Three tab
les of pinochle were played. Mrs.
Raymond Lundell received high
prize and Mrs. Milton Morgan re
ceived low for ladies, while Darrell
Padberg received high and Paul
Pettyjohn low for the men.
Mrs. O. G. Chandler and daugh
ter Lucy Ann are visiting at the
home of Mrs. Chandler's brother,
William Burk.
W. R. Wentworth, new proprietor
of the Paul O'Meara blacksmith
shop, moved his wife and three
sons from Portland this week. They
are living in the Stevens house for
merly owned b I. R. Robison and
known as the Lonny Ritchie house.
Mrs. Mary Swanson gave a din
ner Sunday in honor of her daugh
ter Eva. Those present were Mr.
and Mrs. E. R. Lundell, Mr. and
Mrs. Otto Lindstrom, Mr. and Mrs.
Cleo Drake and family, Mr and Mrs
Lloyd Morgan and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Pettyjohn and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Garland Swanson and
family, Mr. and Mrs..Clell Rae and
family. Mrs. C. W. Swanson, Cot
Swanson and Roy and Arthur
On Sunday June 10 there will be
'neetings of the Christian and Con
gregational church groups besides
the regular church board meeting.
After these meetings there will be
a picnic at some place to be decided
by the committee. In the evening
mere wul be a Children's day pro
gram by the children who attended
the daily vacation Bible school.
Mrs. Harold Buchanan of Seattle
is visiting at the homes of Fred and
Bob Buchanan.
Billy Eubanks, R3jc is home on
an 18 day leave from Norfolk Va.,
while his ship is in for repairs. Mrs.
Eubanks who has been attending
the Northwest Christian college at
Eugene, accompanied her husband
from Portland
Billy Morgan S lc son of Mr.
and Mrs. Earl Morgan of Portland,
is visiting relatives and friends in
lone. He has been in the South
Pacific and has a 30 day leave. He
will return to San Francisco.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Burk are the
parents of a new son "born June 4
at Pendleton. Little Clyde Jackson,
who weighed 6 pounds, is their
third son.
Mrs. Ida Grabill and son Gene
accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Everett
Keithley and family to Baker for
Memorial day They visited the
Earl Wright and Edmond Brlstow
families and returned Sunday eve
ning. Donald Bristow returned with
them for a visit with his grand
mother. Mrs. Etta Bristow.
Oregon, Thursday, June
Morrow County's Share
Revealed in Chairman's
Another year's activities of the
Morrow county unit of the Blue
Mountain Camp and Hospital coun
cil has drawn to a close and a de
tailed report of money given by
citizens of. Morrow county and its
disposition has been compiled by
the president. Mrs. Ralph Thomp
son and Miss Florence Bergstrom,
secretary. This report is too lengthy
for reprinting in these columns but
a brief resume can be given
Total Expenses: McCaw $3061.33;
Pasco Naval, $352.04; Walla Walla
Airbase, $306.84; Veterans Hospital
$107.50; dues, $100.00; total, $3927.81.
Balance on hand June 1. 1944,
$193.55; collected and -donations
since, $3895.95; total $4,089.50.
Less expenses of .$3927.71, bal
ance on hand June 1, 1945, $161.79
To quote Mrs. Thompson, "This
report shows the people of Morrow
county have completely furnished
three wards this year at McCaw.
You have answered the requests
which have come in at each council
meeting for small radios, portable
electric phonographs, new records,
current magazines and prizep and
food for parties. You have been
most generous in answering the re
Mary Jane Hughes
Called By Death
Following the death of her son
Hanson by only a few hours, Mrs.
Mary Jane Walker Hughes passed
on Friday morning at her home in
Heppner at the age of 86 years and
14 days.
Services were held, at the Metho
dist church at 2 o'clock p. m. Sun
day, with Rev. Bennie Howe oliic
iating and Phelps Funeral Home in
charge of arrangements. Interment
was in the family plot in the Hep
pner Masonic cemetery.
Mrs. Hughes was a native of Illi
nois, being born in Mt. Vernon on
May 17, 1859. She was married to
Sam Hughes Feb. 9, 1882 in Wright
county, Mo. and they came to
Spray in 1884. She is survived by
two daughters, Mrs Florence Paul
of Heppner and Mrs. R. J. Juday
of Portland, a son, Frank Hughes,
and a half brother, Hanson Walker,
besides several nephews and nieces
in Missouri.
Mrs. Hughes was a lifelong mem
ber of the Methodist church and
was a .faithful attendant and work
er as long as physically able to
carry on.
Mrs Earl Evans, chairman of the
annual poppy sale, reports the 1945
sale one of the most successful in
the history of this activity. On be
half of the American Legion aux
iliary she extends thanks to the
public and to her co-workers es
pecially the Girl, Scouts, troop 3
with Mrs. J. L. Hamlin as leader
and troop 2, Mrs. H. A. Cohn lead
er assisted by Mrs. ATva Jones.
Donations and sales resulted in a
tidy sum to be used in giving aid
and comfort to world war veterans.
Members of OSC Class of 1945
Frances Wavel Wilkinson and Mary Kathryn Blake of Heppner are
among the 325 seniors and graduate students scheduled to receive thir
degrees at the 75th annual commencment June 10 Oregon Slate College.
Both Miss Blake and Miss Wilkinson majored in business and industry,
which has the largest enrollment among all schools in the college
during the war yean.
7, 1945
in Hospital Work
Annual Statement
quests from Walla Walla Airbase
hospital, Pasco Naval Air station
hospital and day rooms, and the
Veterans hospital in Walla Walla.
"These requests will continue to
come in at each meeting of the
council this coming year. We hope
you will feel a good job has been
accomplished this year and if you
do feel that way, perhaps you will
hel(p once more. JOE is still over at
McCaw in large numbers and he
likes your gifts which make the
time pass easier and makes him
happier. As chairman of your com
mittee I add my thanks to GI Joe's
for all you have done these past
two years."
The annual meeting of the Mor
row county unit will be held at
the Elks club next Saturday after
noon. The business meeting is
scheduled for 1:30 p m. Then at
2:30 Mrs. Ralph Reser. secretary
of the council and some of the vet
erans from McCaw will speak. It is
hoped a large crowd will be 4n at
tendance to hear this part of the
afternoon's activities. At this meet
ing the financial statement and
itemized list of gifts will be hand
ed out.
Justice Hager in
Role ot P'leeceman
Normally the function oi a jus
tice of the peace is to "put the B"
on the guys the peace officers
bring before him for misdemean
ors of one kind or another, but in
the case of Justice of the Peace J.
O. Hager, ft is not a matter of wait
ing until the police show up if he
thinks someone needs attention
from the arm. of the law.
Hager was downtown Saturday
evening and saw a man in a con
dition he considered unsafe to
drive a car. - Said man was about
to take off in a car when the JP
approached him and detained him.
The guy had no chance. The JP
was his own witness, the arresting
onicer and the one to say $.... and
J. H. Padberg returned to Hep
pner Wednesday after spending
several months in the hospital in I
Pendleton. He is considerably im
proved and withstood the trip in
good shape, climbing the stairs to
the apartment in the Oilman build
ing with a little assistance. Mrs.
Padberg has been Jiving in Pendle
ton while her husband was in the
June 15 is the date chosen for the
annual Guild birthday party at the
narish house of All Saints church.
Pinochle and bridge will be played
and tea will be served later. Cards
begin at 2 p. m. The public is in
vited to attend. A nominal charge
will be made.
Mrs. Harriet Mahoney is a pa
tient in the hospital at Pendleton.
Her condition is improving but she
will have to remain in bed for an
other couple of weeks.
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Volume 62, Number 1 1
People of County
Apathetic Toward
E Bond Buying
Purchases to Date
Only 35 Percent
Of $248,000 Quota
With the bond campaign time
more than 50 percent gone, Morrow
county is able to show only 35 per
cent of the E bonds sold out of a
quota of $248,000 and 42 percent of
tha tctal bond quota of $353,000.
Those were the figures submitted
this afternoon by P. W. Mahoney,
county war finance chairman, who
states that buying will have to pick
up within the next few days if we
are to avoid a house to house
Less interest has been manifest
ed in the 7th war loan campaign
than in previ6us drives and war
finance officials are hopeful that
'people will awaken from their le
thargy and croES the goal before
the final hour arrives.
According to Chairman Mahoney
total sales to date of E bonds are
$87,281, or a trifle over one-third
of the quota. Sales of other types
of bonds are $61,280 out of a
quota of $105,000.
The same complaint is registered
by officials as in previous bond
sale periods too few people mak
ing purchases. Efforts to impress
individuals with the necessity for
investing their surplus money in
bonds have not been as successful
as desired. In the present campaign
special stress is placed upon the
necessity of all-out buying if we
are to brings the war to a close
reasonably early,, t
Today's newspapers 'carried the
report that Hood River county has
passed its E bond quota, while the
state has reached 59 percent of its
quota. "We will have to accelerate
our buying tempo if we reach our
goal and thus help place the state
in a more favorable light," Mahon
ey concluded. ' .'
Car Thieves Busy
Over Week-end
Car thievery has. broken out in
Heppner following a lapse of sev
eral years and two cars were sto
len over the week-end. In both
cases it was apparent that the
thieves had no intention of driv
ing out of the country, having
"borrowed" the cars for a joyride.
The James Hager car disappear
ed Saturday night and was found
next day near the stock corrals in
North Heppner. The tank was dry
but otherwise the car suffered no
particular damage.
Sunday night the Harold Evans
car was appropriated and driven
some distance. The borrower, or
borrowers, appear to have driven
until the gas was nearly exhausted
and then returned the vehicle and
parked it in front of the Curran
Officials riave a list of possibili
ties they are working on but up
to press time no arrests had been
The Woolgrowers auxiliary is
holding its annual social meeting
Friday afternoon June 8 at the Or
ville Smilh home from 2 to 5. This
organization is not for wool grow
ers exclusively but is a commu
nity civic club open to all women
of the county. Anyone interested is
Among the new books received
in the Hepipner public library this
week are the following:
Forever Amber, by Winson, do
nated for the Sigsbee shelf.
Lower than Angels, by Karign;
Image of Josephine, by Tarking
ton, and Report on the Russians by
White. This last is an excellent non
fiction book.
La Verne Van Marter has been
ill the past week and unable to be
about. He is reported somewhat
improved as of the last couple of