Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, July 05, 1945, Image 1

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People of County
Turn Out in Force
For Celebration
Lexington Event
First of Kind in
Many Years Here
People of Morrow county were in
a mood to observe the day of In
dependence in this year 1945 for
large numbers of them congregated
at Lexington yesterday to partici
pate in the celebration staged by
the Civilian Air Patrol. No esti
mate has been given on attendance
but there were hundreds of people
there, most of them finding little
difficulty in enjoying themselves.
The celebration started with a
dance at the fair pavilion in Hepp
ner luesday evening, ihis was
largely attended and returns from
dance tickets and the lunch coun
ter put the CAP "in the money."
The carnival and dance at Lexing
ton on the 4th were equally well
patronized and from a financial
standpoint the celebration was equ
ally successful. The parade saw a
large turnout of cars, horsemen
and horsewomen, and extended
from the town to the airport. The
program at the port was carried
out according to schedule with the
exception of the airplane stunts.
Four Cubs from Portland flew in
early in the day and added their
part to the celebration and dedica
tion. Reports from over the nation in
dicate a quiet day quite generally.
Accidents were the lowest on re
cord, a radio report stating that
only 30 deaths were reported
whereas it was anticipated that be
tween 300 and 400 would be the
toll. Later reports may swell this
number materially.
4-H School Day
Described to Club
Arnold Ebert, Morrow county ag
ricultural agent, was principal
speaker at the chamber of com
merce luncheon Monday, using as
his subject a day's program at the
4-H summer school at Corvallis.
Ebert took his hearers through the
routine of a typical day, from aris
ing time to the last activity, show
nig that the youngsters have plenty
to do and also why they enter into
the work at home with the hope of
obtaining one of the scholarships.
Monday was the last meeting for
Rev. Bennie Howe, who with Mrs.
Howe left this morning for their
new pastorate at Coquille. Express
ing the chamber's appreciation for
Rev. Howe's membership and the
pleasure of having had him as a
member during his tenure in the
local Methodist church, he was pre
sented with a gift, an elegant desk
set. Mrs. Howe was a special guest
of the club.
Miss Margaret Gillis, county
health nurse, was program chair
Mrs. A. J. Spiekermeier of La
Grande is visiting her mother, Mrs.
Margaret Phelps. She expects to be
here about a month. She is work
ing in La Grande while her hus
band is in overseas service.
H. N. Routh and children from
Kennewick, Wash., were guests
over the 4th at the A. J. Chaffee
home. Mr. Routh is Mrs. Chaffee's
brother. His oldest son, Oliver, will
be inducted into the army on July
11. Mr. Chaffee accompanied them
home enroute to Spokane on a va
cation trip.
' Regular meeting of the Womens'
society of Christian service will be
held at the home of Mrs. Ellis Carl,
son at 2:30 Wednesday, July 11. It
was formerly announced for the
Methodist church parlors.
Two Days Remain
To Raise $71,000
Of E Bond Quota
Only two "days remain of the
Mighty Seventh war loan cam
paign and Morrow county is still
shy approximately $71,000 of
meeting the bond quota. All
other quotas have been met but
we seem to have reached a stale
mate on the E's.
No doubt many bond buyers
have bought the limit of E's, thus
cutting themselves out of a last-
minute participation that might
put the drive over. It is now up
to the smaller investor, the $18.75-
$100 class, to make additional
purchases and it will require a
lot of them to erase that $71,000
quota deficit.
The $356,000 will be met, since
that is only $40,000 short of the
goal, but it will be a fine record
for Morrow county if this balance
is made up through E bond pur
chases. What's your answer?
Despondent Man
Commits Suicide
Sunday morning in the Masonic to the f?uth of the wreck,
cemetery for Earl Marion Redding, being unable to get a locomo
whose body was found Saturday , n the Jb' the company ern
morning at the Driskell place east.P10?1 a county tractor to move the
nf tko VAnht nm rw, off; wWo , eight wheat-loaded cars and ca-
it had been 10 or 11 days. Rev.
Bennie Howe conducted the ser-
Although Redding was due for
lnniirtinn into militarv sprviop
hist week and was reoorted as'
having failed to report, authorities '
An. not MfchHW his ,Md to 1
that. Tt u said h bad .
been despondent for the past year i
or more and more than likelv ar.
rived at the suicide decision in
one of his darker moments.
He was last seen at the Lynch
logging camp on Johnson creek
Jim 18. The mornintr of .Tune 19 1
.Tnhn Tnrpnzpn's car was missinc?
fr-nm thp carrm and thp samo. dav
Redding had a car filled with gas
at the Heppner Lumber company
mill. Saturday morning, Elmer Pal
mer and Irvin Anderson were at
tracted by the door of the garage
at the Driskell place swinging open
revealing the presence of a car.
They investigated and discovered
the body with a hose from the ex
haust still attached to his mouth.
They immediately informed Sher
iff Mollahan and he called Coro
ner McMurdo and they went to
the Driskell place and brought the
body to town.
Committal services will be held
at the graveside Saturday after
noon at 2 p. m.
Each of these members of the Pacific Power & Light company organi
zation serving the Heppner-Hermiston-Pendleton district has more than
15 years experience in the electric industry. Collectively, the 24 mem
bers of the company organization in this area have a total of 239 years
of service with this company. In the front row are Kay Kinne, Violet
Williamson, Curtis Simons and Kenneth House; back row, George T.
Bragg, P. P. & L. vice president and general manager, Harold Hawks,
Homer Beale, district manager, William Freitag and Charles M. San
ford. The picture was taken as P. P. & L. employees here observed the
35th anniversary of the founding of the company.
Oregon, Thursday, July
Branch Freight
Wrecked Monday
Near Lexington
Engineer Suffers
M inor Burns When
Engine Overturns
Rail traffic on the Heppner
branch was brought to a halt Mon
day morning when the local freight
was wrecked about a mile south of
Lexington. The engine and about
one rail length of track slid into
(the marshy ditch where the loco-
motive settled on its side in the
muck and mire. Engineer John F.
Freund suffered minor burns to
his feet and lower limbs when he
stepped into a pool of hot water
drained from the engine's boiler,
but aside from that no casualties
resulted from the accident.
Engine No. 768 was in use and
is today being hoisted out of its
unchosen bed by wrecking equip
ment brought from the Albina
yards in Portland.
In the course of this work, the
tractor, or bulldozer mired down in
.e swampy, land and had to be
dug Out.
A larSe automobile freight car
laded lunikf was, coupled to
Engine 768 and all but followed the
locomotive into the ditch. The fact
that . train was. . ving alonf
at' an easy gait probably accounted
for no greater damage,
Railroad officials attribute the
accident to a sun kink This is due
to heat expansion of the rails and
when the rail ends come together
and there is no further room for
expansion in that
direction they
gin turning out at fnds' caus
ing the pilot wheel on that side to
leave the track and push against
the inside of the rail, wrecking the
The company did quite a bit of
work on that particular stretch of
track last fall and will be obliged
to put in more fill following the
Pfc James P. McUamee who ar
rived in Boston June 22, was flown
west and is now in Baxter hospital
at Spokane according to informa
tion received by relatives in Hepp
ner. wmmJWU$tm J
5, 1945
Campaign Opens to
Raise Hospital Fund
On Subscription Basis
Council Considers
Several Important
Mqtters Monday
Possibility that fire zone limits
on' Main street will be lengthened
is seeh in the proposal made to
the city council Monday evening
by Mayor Turner. Looking to
building expansion along the main
thoroughfare, the mayor submitted
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a pian to extend the tire zoning
limis to include the municinal
swimming tank on the south end
of the street and extend to the
highway bridge to the north. Pres
ent limits take in the Gilliam &
Bisbee building on upper Main and
run to the south side of Baltimore
It was also revealed that the
city is about in position to have
the cemetery hill road surfaced, as
well as mce repairs to pavement
throughout town. It is hoped to
have a resurfacing job done on
Riverside street from the end of
Gale to the city limits. This stretch
of paving is badly broken up and
patching no longer suffices, it was
The council and budget com
mittee passed the budget and the
council disposed of the usual grist
of bills. A complaint signed by
residents of north Court street rel
ative to a cow and some chickens
was read and the marshal was
instructed to inform the owners
regarding the ordinance governing
this matter.
Foresters Study
Fire Fighting at
Bear Wallow School
Headed by Ranger Glen Jorgen
son, a group of foresters from the
Heppner district attended an eight
day fire ' school held at the Bear
Wallow station in the Ukiah dis
trict, returning from there the past
week-end Those taking the course
with Jorgenson were Ellis Carlson,
Earl Simonton, Leonard Pate, Kate
Smith and a suppression crew in
cluding Bill Ward, Bob Alstott and
Bob Scott.
Through the training acquired at
the fire school it is expected that
much of the handicap due to labor
shortage will be overcome as skill
in handling equipment and in
working out suppression methods
will enhance the work of the regu
lars as well as directing the work
of temporary or emergency crews.
Cooperation of the army in plac
ing paratroopers at the disposal of
the forest service in this area is
another factor which is expected to
give material aid in reducing tim
ber fire losses. A company of col
ored pa?atroopers based at Pendla
ton is undergoing training in for
est fire suppression, while planes
from the base are employed in for
est patrol work.
Jorgenson stated that no fires
have been reported this season but
with the vacation period now un
derway there might be an outbreak
any time. He was a bit apprehen
sive about the 4th of July and was
hoping picnickers would exercise
caution about smoking and fire
Lookouts for the season include
Leonard Pate at Tamarack; Syl
via McDaniel, Matteson; Kate
Smith, Arbuckle, (she's from
Spray); Elmer Meese, Ellis; Bert
Bleakman, in charge of suppression
crew with headquarters at Bull
Prairie. Wheeler Point remains to
be filled.
Volume 62, Number 1 5 r
A definite step toward early con
struction of the Morrow county
hospital was taken his week when
the hospital commission and coun
ty court decided to accede to the
demand of numerous citizens to not
await the slow process of taxation
and seek building funds through
popular subscription. Petitions were
prepared and placed in the hands
of the court and commission and
Dr. A. D. McMurdo who previous
ly had secured pledges for several
thousand dollars.
Events with relation to the hos
pital have moved forward in recent
weeks. The services of an archi
tect have been obtained and he has
.been here to look the situation
over. An ideal site has been tenta
tively settled upon and will be pur.
chased as soon as the present own
ers have been made secure in a
new home. With this much of a
program underway, it is felt that
there is no need of delaying con
struction if the people of the coun
ty are ready to put up the funds.
Aside from the need of a hospital,
a fact that is not argued, it is
pointed out that despite shortage
of building materials at the present
time, it will be a matter of economy
to build now while price controls
are in effect, whereas if construc
tion waited until the tax money
were all in it is almost a certainty
that prices will be much higher. On
the other hand, it is not lively that
wages will ..be appreciably less af
ter the war as general construction
will help maintain the present high
level. 4 -
As to materials it is reliably stat
ed that priorities are not hard to get
lor a building of this nature and
by the time it is up and ready
for use equipment will be available
that will not come under the class
ification of substitution.
A good many people have been
clamoring for early contruction of
the hopital building and it is now
put up to them and the rest of the
county to prove how earnestly they
feel regarding the proposition. As
the court and commission look at
it, if not enough people put up
money in this manner to meet the
requirements there is still the two
mill tax route that will produce
the funds, slower but at least sure
ly. The people intrusted with di
recting the building program have
confidence that the fund will be
raised and it is their desire to car
ry out the wishes of the taxpayers,
whether the process be by popular
subscription or by the regular me
thod of taxation.
Plans and specifications will be
announced when Architect White
house of Spokane has all needed
information for . making the draw
After a period of trial and error
(mostly error) a definite date for
the annual meeting of school dis
trict No. 1 has been set and it is
hoped there will be no slip up this
time. The meeting will be held at
2 o'clock p. m. Friday, July 27 at
the city hall in Heppner.
The editor blushingly admits
that the errors have been mostly
his and is thankful that no one has
been put out to too great extent
financially speaking, at least. What
loss is taken in that respect is
cheerfully taken by the Gazette
Mrs. Lloyd Burkenbine is recov
ering from a recent eye operation
at a La Grande hospital. She will
be there for a couple of weeks.