Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, October 11, 1945, Image 1

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Road Improvement
Curtailed Due to
Lack of Equipment
' Bridge Puilding
Most Urgent Now,
Court Declares
A shortage of equipment and
crew personnel is handicapping the
ounty court in carrying out road
improvement work and it will be
several months before anything like
pre-war activity can be inaugurat
ed. This is the viewpoint taken by
the court in answering requests
from people of the several districts
of the county that certian roads be
Much of the old equipment is no
longer fit for heavy duty and new
equipment is not yet available.
This situation has put the court
behind many months, although that
body is fully cognizant of the needs
and would be happy to get the road
service into high gear at an early
Right at the present time there
are two bridges claiming the atten
tion of the court which must be
taken care of. The bridge at McNab
has to be rebuilt. This job necessi
tates straightening the creek chan
nel and cutting away the bank to
obtain solid footing for concrete
piers. It is the court's policy to
make bridge work as permanent as
possible and necessary expense and
effort will not be spared. The other
bridge is near the Phil Griffin
place and is badly in need of repair.
Heavy truck traffic passes over the
bridge during the grain harvest and
the approaches are in bad condition.
At the October meeting the court
gave permission to the Lexington
airport to use the county's bulldo
zer and a tractor in leveling off
runways. The equipment was placed
under the supervision of Vernon
Munkers, former member of the
county road crew and an experien
ced opertor of that type of mach
inery. The airport officials had
asked for assistance from the court
and it was deemed proper to loan
equipment provided such action did
not interfere with road work.
At present the main landing strip
at the port is 1800 feet long by 250
feet wide. This strip will be widen
ed to 500 feet as development of the
port progresses. A cross strip 1500
feet long by 250 wide is being run
to meet changing wind conditions.
Ruth Chapter No. 32, Order of
the Eastern Star will be host the
evening of Oct. 18 to a district
meeting to be held in the Star's
quarters in the Masonic building.
Mrs. Hazel Graham, Grand Wor
thy Matron, will be present to offer
instruction and advice in present
ing lodge work and conduct of bus
In reporting the accident exper
ienced by Mrs. Harold Hill . two
weeks ago the Gazette Times stated
that a recapped tire was the cause
It developed that the rear wheels
of the car locked and skidding over
the pavement virtually tore one of
the recaps off. Frank Engraff, OK
Tire shop operator in Heppner, is
authority for the statement that re
capped tires do not work loose and
leave the casing.
A meeting of the Morrow county
public health association has been
scheduled for 8 p. m. Monday, Oct.
15, according to announcement
Tuesday by Mrs. Claude Graham,
president of the group. The meeting
will be held iri the music room at
the school hous and the public not
only is invited but urged to attend.
A memorial to her son, Staff Ser
gent Herbert R. Davidson, was re
ceived Tuesday by Mrs. Mabel Dav
idson. The memorial was in the
form of a citation to the brave fli
er who lost his life while on duty
over Germany, He was reported
missing just prior to Sept. 13, 1944.
The same mail brought a copy
of the Purple Heart awarded post
humously to Sgt Davidson. Both
papers were signed by President
Harry Truman and Secretary of
War Stimson.
Auto Thefts Net
Seattle Man Three
Years in Prison
Theft of two cars cost Jo Dee
DeLapp of Seattle a three-year
prison sentence when he appeared
before Circuit Judge Calvin L.
Sweek at the court house in Hepp
ner Wednesday forenoon. The con
victed man was lodged in jail last
week upon the complaint of W. S.
Seehafer of lone, whose pick-up
was one of the cars stolen.
DeLapp first stole Joe Barlow's
car at lone and started down the
highway. Near the Seehafer place
he wrecked the car and Mrs. See
hafer, enroute to church at lone,
offered to take him back there. He
refused the ride but followed Mrs.
Seehafer and took the pickup she
was driving. Missing the car after
church, Mrs. Seehafer called Sher
iff Mollahan who went at once to
the scene. The sheriff notified state
police headquarters at Arlington
and in a short time word was sent
back that the culprit was arrested
as he entered that town.
Judge Sweek passed sentence on
Burl W. Hilton, charged with issu
ing checks without funds. Hilton
had been released on bail and was
picked up by the Sherman county
sheriff at Moro upon request from
Sheriff Mollahan. He received a
three-year sentence on probation
and was ordered to make the checks
Three divorce suits were settled
when the judge issued decrees sev
ering the .bonds of matrimony be
tween Melissa and Thomas Howell,
Adam and Emma Knoblock,' and
Lois R. and Silney C. Zinter.
Annual Fire Loss
Revealed in Article
Read at Luncheon
This being National Fire Week,
that was the subject of a paper
read by La Verne Van Mrter to the
luncheon group of Heppner cham
ber of commerce Monday at the
Lucas Palce. The article revealed
figures that conclusively proved
the carelessness of American people
and pointed to the necessity for
studying preventive measures as
well as protective measures.
More than $430,000,000 went up in
smoke and several hundred people
lost their lives in fires over this
land of ours in 1944. It was declared
by the writer of the article that
much of this astounding loss could
have been avoided had the people
been more careful about cleaning
up trash, handling combustibles
and explosives and a thousand and
one other things that cause fires.
Cigarettes rate as the number one
cause, involving both lighted mat
ches and burning stubs. '
Blaine Isom, Heppner fkj chief,
explained one instance in which
he cautioned a party about leaving
paper scraps and other highly com
bustibles near the furnace. He
warned that such carelessness, even
if not responsible for a fire, is
cause for voiding insurance on the
property. ,
The matter of asking business
houses to close for football games
was left optional. It was found that
several places closed for last Fri
day's game and that more intend
to close for this week's game
with Condon.
Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, October 11. 1945
Mustang Eleven
Defeats Hermiston
Bulldogs 7 to Zero
Sting of 1944
Armistice Game
Wiped Out Friday
By La Verne Van Marter
Heppner high school's Mustang
football eleven kicked a big dent
in the mythical "dope bucket" last
Friday when they scored a startling
7 to 0 triumph over the powerful
Hermiston high Bulldogs.
With last year's Armistice day 39
to 0 defeat at the hands of these
same Hermiston Bulldogs still rank
ling in the minds of the Mustangs,
Coach Leonard Pate's boys asked
no quarter and gave none as they
out-played and out-fought the
Bulldogs throughout the entire
game. Although Hermiston was a
strong pre-game favorite, Hepp
ner's victory was no "fluke" as they
definitely showed themselves to be
the better team in Fridaj's game.
To start the game Hermiston re
ceived Heppner's kick-off and re
turned the ball to the thirty yard
line. After gaining nine yards in
three plays, the Hermiston quarter
back, apparently thinking his team
could run through the Heppner de
fense at will, called a running play
instead of kicking. This proved to
be a costly mistake as the Hermis
ton ball ' carrier was thrown for a
loss and Heppner took over the ball
on downs.
The ball see-sawed back and
forth in Hermiston territory for
more than a quarter, then the Mus
tangs engineered a forty-five yard
touchdown drive that carried them
for what proved to be the game
winning score.
Hermiston fought with their
backs to the wall throughout the
third quarter in a vain attempt to
break through Heppner's burly line,
which stubbornly refused to yield.
With remaining game time relent
lessly ebbing away, Hermiston op
ened the final period with a series
of forward and lateral passes in a
desperate attempt to score a tying
For a time Heppner seemed un
able to cope with the Hermiston
passes. The Hermiston receivers
consistently snagged passes for size
able gains as the Bulldogs drove
deeper and deeper into Mustang
With two minutes to play Her
miston reached the Heppner 20
yard line. On the next play the vis
itors again passed, but this time
Peterson, Heppner line-backer, in
tercepted on the 15 and the game
ended shortly with the ball in Hep
pner's possession.
This Friday the Mustangs will
meet the Condon high Blue Devils
in what points to be a rugged en
counter. Condon this season bosts
the biggest aggregation in several
yers and have two impressive vic
tories to their credit thus far, one
a 45 to 0 rout over Prairie City
and the other a 27 to 13 decision
over Arlington, last year's Eastern
Oregon "B" champions.
Mrs. C. J. D. Bauman dropped in
to the Gazette Times office Mon
day to order a change of address
for her husband. "Sheriff" as he is
known around these parts, suc
ceeded in persuading the navy au
thorities to give him a hitch of
overses duty and presumably he
will go to Tokyo. When home re
cently he stated if he went to Ja
pan it would likely for two
Mr. and Mrs. Lee , Howell were
Portland visitors the last of the
week visiting with their daughter,
Sibyl and Mrs. Howell's mother,
Mrs. Hary Sowers.
The American Legion auxiliary
will hold its regular meeting in the
parlor of the Methodist church at
8:30 p. m. Monday Oct. 15.
Families or members of the armed
forces in War II as well as World
Warl veterans are invited.
A window at Heppner Hardware
and Electric company has been se
cured for collection of gifts for
"The Yanks Who Gave." Those
wishing to give may leave their gifts
Tidy Sum Received
By Blue Mt. Council
Receipts from the voluntary sub
scriptions to the Blue Mountain
Camp and Hospital Council fund
in Morrow county since June 1,
1945, total $3,033.06, according to a
report submitted this week by Miss !
Florence Bergstrom, treasurer. The
funds were collected in nine dis
tricts in the county and there also!
was a gift from Hermiston from
former residents of Morrow county.
Taken by districts the amounts
include: Heppner $838.90; Lexing
ton $643; lone $743; Eightmile $445.
41; Lena $104.75; Hardman $71; Up
per Willow Creek $100; Sand Hol
low $28, and Boardman $9. The
Hermiston gift was for $50.
The Morrow county committee,
headed by Mrs. Ralph Thompson,
is elated over this fine contribution
to a worthy cause and all members
have expressed appreciation for the
work done by the finance director,
Mrs. Earle Gilliam and each district
chairman, and for the unselfish
giving by the contributors.
Mrs. Spurlock to
Be Laid to Rest Here
Friday Morning
Memorial services will be held at
10 o'clock a. m. Friday, Oct. 12 at
St. Patrick's Catholic church, for
Mrs. Milton Spurlock, 39, who pass
ed away Tuesday evening at St..
Anthony's hospital in Pendleton fol
lowing a lingering illness. Mrs.
Spurlock had been hospitalized the
past eight months and her passing
was not unexpected.
Florence Cason was born at Spjrajy
in 1906, the daughter of Mr., and
Mrs. John Cason. She came with
the family to Morrow county in
1913, received her schooling here
and in 1929 was married to Milton
Spurlock. They alternated making
their home here and in Ukiah. Mrs.
Spurlock had been an invalid for
13 years.
Surviving are the husband, her
mother, Mrs. John Cason, a brother,
Carl Cason of Portland, and five
sisters, Margaret Aiken of Bend.
Mrs. Gordon Bender, Portland,
Mrs. Vernon Prock, Mrs. Faye
Prock and Mrs. Harold Scritsmeier
of Heppner.
All members of the family with
the exception of Mrs. Scritsmeier
are here for the funeral service.
Guy Cason accompanied Carl Cason
and Mr. a.nd Mrs. Gordon Bender
from Portland.
Skip Connor and a pal hied them
selves to the mountains early in
the hunting season and were pre
pared to bring a buck home. After
roaming the hills for some time
they came upon big game of an
other type a brown bear. Skip
thought a bear would be . better
than no game at all and he downed
the animal with a well aimed shot.
Unable to move the carcass, the
boys removed part of its scalp, in
cluding the ears and returned home
to get help, bringing the ears for
conclusive proof. When they re
turned to the scene of the kill some
one had beat them to it and the
bear was gone.
A baby boy was born at 4 o'clock
a. m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, to Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Scritsmeier. Moth
er and son were reported doing
nicely at St. Anthony's hospital in
Vol ume 62, Number 29
Community Chest
Campaign Swings
Into Action Here
Large Sum Asked
From County in
Final Fund Drive
A drive to raise around $4,600,
Morrow county's quota in the com
munity chest fund, got under way
this week and it is the hope of
Chairman Blaine E. Isom to reach
the goal by Nov. 1. This is the last
of the National War Chest cam
paigns and it is expected that all
requirements will be met.
Some of the countries formerly
receiving aid from the National War
Chest have been dropped. In Ore
gon this factor has been offset by
adding a request for funds to fight
cancer so that in reality we are
asked to give more than in past
One of the biggest outlays for
money is in carrying on the USO
activities. It is stated that demands
on the USO since cessation of hos
tilities have been greater than dur
ing any period of the war and that
the service must be maintained un
til mustering out is over or has
dwindled to 8 point where other
agencies can take care of the man.
Funds asked for now are expected
to carry the work along until no
longer needed.
Countries still requiring assist
ance are those devastated by the
axis in Europe and the Far East.
"This county has come through
on every demand made of it," Isom
stated, "and I'm sure we will do
our part this time. Please remem
ber that while this is the last drive
to be made by' this organization,
contributions must be generous for
there is a lot of relief work to be
done if millions of people are not
to suffer severely this winter."
Bonneville Power
Coming to County
Construction of a power line from
Umatilla to lone to carry "juice"
from Bonneville was announced
Monday by Henry Baker, member
of the board of directors of the lo
cal REA. Baker stated that al
though the line will be constructed
at an early date it will be about 18
months before electric current will
be available from that source.
This line will be part of a network
which Bonneville is building to
serve the Columbia Basin Electric
Cooperative, Inc. The local unit
comprises Morrow, Gilliam and
parts of Wheeler and Grant
Baker, in company with Dr. L. L.
Taylor of The Dalles, left Monday
night for St. Louis to confer with
the ntional REA administration re
lative to pains for extension of Bon
neville service in this territory,
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Heppner post of the American
Legion has scheduled an important
meeting for Monday evening, Oct.
15 at the headquarters in the Odd
fellows hall. There will be a sup
per, installation of officers and in
itiatory work.
The supper will start the eve
ning's program, followed by induc
tion ceremonies with George La
Fountaine of Pendleton, district
commander, in charge. Initiatory
work will be put on by the 40 et 8
degree team of Pendleton.
All service and ex-service men
have a special invitation to the
Mrs. Evelyn Bosworth and Miss
Merlyn Kirk spent the week-end
with their parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Merle Kirk, coming from Corval
lis where they are students at Ore
gon State collegia.