PORTLAflO, ORE. r Gazette Times Heppner, Oregon, Thursday June 5, 1947 Volume 64, Number 1 1 EPPNE PAY IS SURE Do not read this story if you think the present boom of jobs and fncome is written in indel ible ink across the pages of our economic future. A vast majority of people rea son prices will go down, and a big majority of this majority feel sure they will go way down and wages will go down and jobs will not be hunting men hut men will be hunting jobs. No one knows for sure. It all depends on where the guesser is milking his guess from. If you are hunting a job, how ever, or are thinking of mak ing a change of vocation you will be interested in the state ment that 2000 employees of the stale and its sub-divisions be come eligible for retirement Ju ly 1. One thousand state em ployees, 600 teachers and 400 workers for cities,, counties, port and drainage districts have rea ched the retirement age of 65 years. Exceptions are for police and firemen who are subject to retirement at 60. After July 1, 1951 the age of retirement for public employees, under the state retirement act, will be 60 years for police and firemen 55 years. Persons under the retire ment act provisions, with a few exceptions, must be removed from the payrolls by December 31, 1947. Employers may retire those eligible at any time after July 1, 1947, however, those who desire to retain their positions the rest of the year may be able to do so under certain provi sions. The objective of the re tirement act is to provide $100 a month for each retired em ployee but those retiring this year will draw from $50 a month and up according to their accu mulated service records. WANTED A NAME Twenty-six states have laws covering limited access on high ways. The states use almost as many names in designating the activity. In Oregon and New York the word throughways is used, in other states the laws are known as parkway laws, parkstrip laws, expressways laws, etc. There is an urgent need for unification of highway laws. J. M. Devers, chief coun cil for the Oregon state highway commission, has been appoint ed chairman of a special com mittee of the national associa tion of state highway officials. "The first effort at unification will be to select a name to be adopted by all states." says Mr. Devers, "that we may all know what we are talking about." Mr. Devers will attend a national convention, the date soon to be announced, to meet in New York. OPPOSE ROGUE RIVER DAM The reclamation bureau's in tention to build a dam on Ro gue river has aroused the active interest of fish cilhservationisls throughout Oregon and a move to Institute the referendum is contemplated. "The Rogue is the one river, above all others, we should preserve in its natural state as America's No. 1 trout fishing stream," says Elmer Church, president of the Izaak Walton league of Oregon. "The steelhead of the Rogue has made Oregon famous in every state of the Union. We intend to do all in our power to maintain this interest, said James Loder, president of the Oregon Wildlife association. CREDO SLAVIA The state of Oregon has a complicated foreign problem all of its own. It may or may not pay $10,000 to four citizens who were our enemies In the last war. When Nick Bublnek, a Yu goslavian, died in Astoria he left no will or apparent rela tives. His estate of $10,000 was escheated to the state and Is now in the general fund. A cir cuit court has ruled that $10,-1 135 be sent to four citizens of' Yugoslavia who have establish ed their claims ns relatives. The case may go to the alien enemy property commission. They have a record of tossing such matters back to the states. If the heirs bring the case he fore the legislature it is doubt ful if members would decide that money amassed in this country should he sent to re cent enemy aliens. "FLAGG DAY" Governor Earl Snell this week announced the reappointment of George II. Klagg as public util ities commissioner, for a four year lerm. Flagg was chief dep uty under Knell for 8 years when the present governor was secre tary of slate. Other reappoint ments Include: Fred Asndahl. Portland, as a member of the state hoard of architect exam iners; John C. Veatch, as a mem ber of the stale fish commission; Frank lletlwer, as a member of the state dairy commission and Mrs. Bemice B. Farr, as a mem ber of the board of cosmetic therapy examiners, Jaycees Launching Move to Organize Softball League Midsummer evenings, in Hepp ner will be enlivened somewhat if plans formulated by the Jun ior chamber of commerce are carried out. The young men of the town, through the organiza tion, have launched a move to form a Softball league with the object of having a little fun and providing a lot of enter tainment for the public at a time of year when life would facts pertaining to the many otherwise be dull. measures introduced and inter- . It lias not been divulged ested parljes may be relied up just what course will be follow-; on t0 sum,iv the information, ed, whether business houses will be asked to sponsor teams or if the town will be districted, but whatever the plan is the Jaycees hope there will be cheer ful cooperation. The junior chamber has been considering the' matter of light ing the athletic field so that night games can be played. Such a move possibly could not be carried out this season and present plans call for a twilight session with possibly six or sev en inning games. It has been lound that in places where the fields are lighted the Softball games attract good attendance, even with a moderate admission charge,, and the possibility that such an arrangement here would prove successful are be ing considered. lone is going ahead with the lighting of the athletic field down there and the result of that venture will be watched with interest by those studying a similar project here. o . Memorial Service Draws Small Crowd Despite the fact that many people were in town Friday o observe Decoration day, a com paratively few of them turned out to the Memorial day service held at 11 o'clock in the Star theater. Some consolation is felt ny the veterans organizations that this year's attendance was better than last year but they feel that the public shows a lack of interest when it comes to honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice while in the service of their country. The program was carried through as previously advertis ed and those who attended felt well repaid. Veterans Cancel Scheduled Dance In deference to the Condon rodeo, the dnncc scheduled by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for Saturday evening. June 7, las been cancelled. An effort will be made to ob tain the hall for a later date, but the veterans thought it the neighborly thing to do in behalf of th( Condon show. MAY 1947 DRY MONTH IN WHEAT COUNTRY A total of .31 inch of rain was recorded by V. L. Carlson at Gooseberry during the month of May. The precipitation was re ceived in four showers, .03 May fi, .02 May 8, .23 May 19 and .03 May 31. June started off better, ac cording to Carlson. On the first there was .47 of an inch, which lefl the observer to state that "this Is a wonderful help to crops." With rain falling near ly every day since the first, June is apt to prove to be a wet month. o GOING TO GIRLS' STATE Corahell Nutting and Joan Ilisler will leave Friday for Sil ver Creek falls, near Silverton, where they go as the choice of the Heppner American Legion auxiliary at the Girls State camp. They will be in camp ten days. Among former Heppner peo ple here to spend Decoration day was William Driscoll of La Grande, brother of Mrs. Glenn Hayes. lie is a passenger train conductor, Covering 15 States Matter Of Few Days for Flying Farmer Time was, not so many years ago when traveling over a con siderable section of the country required many weeks hut today It Is boiled down to a matter of days. That's one of the advan tages of the airplane. With a Irip to Missouri to bring his daughter home, Or vllle Cutsforth decided to take a few more days and see what the wheat situation is in other stales. And what he got was a birdseye view of the wheat slates west of the Mississippi no less than 15 of them and what he saw was n lot of wheat, lie Is now familiar with the crop situation In Texas. Kansas and n lot of other territory. In the two slates mentioned he found the crop situation good. In Kansas it is excellent. Ruins Lobby Good Thins In Most Instances, Peterson Believes Lobbyists frequently abuse their privileges and when they do their activities should be curbed, in the opinion of Rep. Henry Peterson. This does not mean that lobbies should be entirely eliminated from the leg islative halls, he told the cham ber of commerce Monday, for in the main their services are valuable to the legislators. It is not possible for the leg isi-nnrs . hvp into all of the leaving it to the solon's judg ment in deciding the merits of the several bills. Peterson touched upon the tax situation, explaining why the legislature felt it was nec essary to introduce a sales tax. He expressed the belief that the measure is a good one and should help lighten the burden on property tax, as well as re duce the state income tax. The club went on record fav oring recommendation to tne business houses that the town close up on Friday and Satur day, July 4 and 5, and that as quickly as it is decided to do so that fact should be advertis ed. The meeting was held in the rear of the Elkhorn restaurant where a neat little room has been fixed up which will ac commodate 30 diners. This will be the permanent meeting place for the lnucheons. o Missionary Group To Observe 20th Year Wednesday Wednesday, June 11, at 2:30 p.m. the Union Missionary so ciety will meet to observe the 20th anniversary of the organi zation of the society. The meet ing will be held in the Methodist church and will be featured by a talk by Rev. S. Darlow John son, whose father was a bishop in Africa for 24 years. A history of the local society has been prepared and will be read at the meeting. An invitation to the public has been extended by the soci ety to attend the meeting. A silver tea will be served thru out the afternoon. ROBERT SCRIVNER IN EXECUTIVE POSITION Robert Scrivner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Scrivner of Hepp ner, has accepted the position of junior executive in the person nel department of the Montgom ery Ward store in Portland, his parents report. Robert graduat ed in March from the University of Oregon where he majored in psychology. He gained valuable experience in personnel service during the war, conducting ap titude tests for applicants in the air service to help place them in the right positions. Mr. and Mrs. Scrivner were in town Wednesday, the first time she had been in for five weeks. DOH PICNIC The annual Degree of Honor picnic for memliers and their families will be held June 15 at the old Herren Mill site on Wil low creek. Bring a well-filled basket and join the fun. Ice cream and coffee will be furn ished by the committee in charge. ll-12c Mrs. Raymond Huddleston and daughters, Lorene and Al ice, arrived Thursday with her tflhnr Fr.mk Ttipnnr nftnr spending a few days in Port land visiting the Fred Alison family. Mrs. Huddleston and children came by air from Val dez, Alaska, to Seattle, a mat ter of seven hours flying time. where Mr. Turner met them. They plan to remain here year. A. A. Scouten motored to Portland Monday. He was ac companied by his mother who has been visiting here. have been abundant and the stands are heavy and even. The crops are not quite so good in the mountain states but most of them will have good yields. The trip was made without in cident except for running into a thunderstorm. Culsforth said he was coming in for a landing when confronted by the storm and seeing a gap in the clouds he hit for that spot and It gave him a bad moment or two, (Jack Forsylhe told him he should never do that.) The Lexington man may now trulv he counted among the fly ing farmers of the country and It is doubtful If many other till ers of (he soil can match the distance he has made piloting their own planes In the same length of time. PMA Aid Ordered Curtailed Due to Cut By Congress Cutbacks in assistance to far mers in carrying out erosion control and soil building mea sures under the 1947 agricultur al conservation program have been announced by E. H. Miller, chairman of the state PMA com mittee, because of the prospect of reduced appropriations for the current program year. The state committee has sus pended contracts with six lime stone plants for furnishing lime to farmers as conservation ma terials, and has canceled all un filled purchase orders for phos phate and for conservation ser vices such as land leveling and livestock water developments. County AAA committees have been instructed to discontinue notifying farmers of minimum allowances for conservation work, and to permit no substi tution of practices on farm plans already approved. These actions were necessary, Miller explained, because recom mended congressional appropri ations will not provide sufficient funds to cover amounts already obligated to farmers for conser vation work under the 1947 pro gram. County allocations of practice funds and commitments to participating farmers were based on congressional author ization of $300,000,000 for this year's conservation program. The report of the house appro priations committee reduces the authorized amount by about 45 percent. Considerable curtailment of both state and county commit tee staffs and activities will be necessary because of the reduc tions ranging from 40 to 100 percent in administrative funds tor the conservation, price sup port, crop insurance and other farm programs handled by the committees, Miller added. Rain No Deterrent To Good Time at Wallowa Lake Lodge One would not deliberately choose a rainy day to start on a vacation but it so happened that numerous Heppner people had arranged weeH-end vacation trips and the matter of a little rain was not to deter them. This was especially true of several families who had plan ned a week end at Wallowa lake. Why what was rain, any way? There hadn't been a drop for weeks and almost anyone would welcome a little soaKing if the crops and grass would be benefitted. So away they went toward the land of Chief Joseph. There were the Phil Mahoneys, the Orville Smiths, the Walter Bargers, the Afton Gayharts, the Carl Whillocks, the O. G. Craw fords, all of whom were register' ed at the lodge, and Mrs. Fran ces Mitchell and daughter Lor ene who visited relatives in JO' seph. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wilson spent their week end vacation on the Lostine river and at Mi- nam lake. There were showers and there was sunshine. People were fish ing on the lake, others were horseback riding, one group making the trip to Aneroid lake to open the season at that alti tudinous point. Saturday evening was a high light in the life of Bobby Ma honey. He staged a marshmal low party, doing the toasting be fore the fire in the massive fire place in the lodge. He had not planned on other entertainment and was delighted when a group of Whitman college girls gath ered round and sang songs for an hour or so. Bobby's special guests were Carolyn Jean Smith and Jimmy Smith and the par ents of the children. Although frequent showers prevailed Sunday, the Heppner contingent was not ready to re turn home, but business must go on as usual and all were on hand at the usual places Mon day morning. o Among former Heppner resi dents returning here for Decor ation day was Mrs. Phil Brady who came from her home at Grand Dalles to decorate the graves of her loved ones. She Is the former Blanche Minor, daughter of the late C. A. Min or and cousin of Stanley Minor. William, David and Miss An nie Hynd and Nellie Doney left Wednesday for Portland to spend a few days, the men wishing to attend a Shrine ceremonial in the city. o Mrs. Fred Krueger and daugh ters Jill and Jacqueline are vis iting her brother and family. the Walter Wrlghls for a week or ten days. Their home is in Sherwood. Mr. and Mrs. Gus Nikander and sons returned the end of the week from southern Califor nla where they spent the past lew months, Queen, Princesses Order Rodeo Garb Queen Merlyn and Princesses Shirley, Francine, Corabell and Laurel drove to Walla Walla on Wednesday, accompanied by Mrs. Frank Wilkinson, Mrs. Paul Hisler and Mrs. Merle Kirk, with Frank Turner chauffeuring one of the cars, where the royal court of the Heppner Rodeo was outfitted with cowgirl garb for the forthcoming show. Mrs. Ola Holloway, who came from her home at Waitsburg to spend the Decoration day holi day in Heppner and Lexington, accompanied the group as far as Walla Walla enroute home. o Edwin L. Bucknum Called By Death Early Wednesday Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic church for Edwin L. Bucknum, 78. who passed away about 8 o'clock a. m. Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Walter Rood where he was being cared for. Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Mr. Bucknum had been fail ing for some time but insisted in looking out for himself until about, two weeks ago his sons prevailed upon him to move to Mrs. Rood's to be cared for. Mrs. Rood had waited on him as us ual at breakfast time and made him comfortable. About 8 o' clock Mrs. Edwin Busknum Jr. went to call on him and discov ered he was dead. Born March 15, 1889 at Bing hamton, N. Y., Edwin La Verne Bucknum moved to Portland, Ore., in 1907, coming to Hcno ner to make his home seven years later. He engaged in the lumber business with Lee Slo cum, operating a sawmill on Willow creek for two years and then came back to town and followed his trade of plasterer and cement worker for many years. His wife preceded him in death in December 1939. Surviving are four sons, Ed win Jr. of Heppner, Elmer J. of Los Angeles, William J. of Heppner and Jdhn G. of Los An geles. ,. , o Revision In Vets Home, Farm Loan Act Interpreted Important revisions in the Oregon veterans' home and farm loan act. including an in crease from $3000 to $6000 in the amount the World War II ex service man may borrow, were explained by Director George E. Sandy following certain inter pretations of the new law by Attorney General George Neu ner. The act, including amend ments passed by the 1947 legis lature, now provide: 1. A loan of 75 percent of the appraised value of the property, not to exceed $6000. for the ac quisition of a farm or a home by World War II veterans with at least 90 days' service who were Oregon residents be! ore entering the armed forces. 2. P.payment at 4 percent in terest, over a period of 20 years or less. The veteran must own the pro perty, and give a first mort- gage to the state as security when the loan is completed. The term "acquisition" now means purchase of real proper ty and its improvement; pay ment of balance of purchase price and interest on a contract; and refinancing of an existing purchase money mortgage. The act also now permits a loan for the construction of a new home on property already owned by the veteran, according to a recent opinion handed down by the attorney general. Another provision is that the state can act as a lending insti tution for the veteran seeking a home or farm loan under the G. I. loan guaranty after other lending agencies have turned him down. In these instances the veteran may borrow up to $10,000. Applications should he made through the Department of Vet erans' Afairs, State Library Building, Salem, or at 410 S. W. 11th avenue, Portland. o Scott Corbett of Portland was a visitor the first of the week, demonstrating a fog fire fighter for the benefit of the city. City officials are interested in the equipment and are considering purchase of one of the machines. Corbett was a friend of LaVcrne Van Marler's when both were students at the University of Oregon. H. R. Jacobson of the Raker Detroit Lumber company will arrive in Heppner Friday from New York to take charge of the local office in the absence of Robert V. Turner, manager, who is leaving with his family to spend a few weeks in California. failure to Approve Budget Will Curtail Necessary Work And Projects, Court Explains Farmer Group To Meet June 9 at Lex Grange Hall The June meeting of the Mor row County Farm Bureau, sched uled for June 2, has been post poned until June 9, according to Oscar Peterson, secretary. The postponement was felt necessary due to absence of some of the members from the county. Merrill Oveson of the experi ment station at Mora has been billed to discuss arietal plots and experiments at the Sher man branch station, including points on the manner in which this station works in with the wheat farming of the area and of varieties grown in Morrow county. He will also cover con servation experiments and re sults at the branch station. N. C. Anderson, county agri cultural agent, will treat on cur rent agricultural projects being carried by the extension service, j urner xocai aim s.aiewiue piu jects will be brought before the meeting, including subjects un der discussion at the "House of Delegates" conference held in Pendleton last week. Entertainment will be provid ed by the 4-H club band, and there will be refreshments. Delameter Bills Public Auction Having disposed of his ranch, Joe Delameter is preparing to sell off most of the equipment and the remaining stock at a , ning's entertainment on the 4th. big public auction Wednesday, I The Lexington airport will June 11. The sale will be held benefit from the celebration, net at the ranch, four and one-half returns from the celebration go miles north of Heppner. ing for that purpose. Net ree Delameter sold the place some j ceipts from the dances, which weeks ago to Tom Michos, res-' will run both evenings, will be taurant operator in Portland. ! divided between the airport and During the years he has run the; the Oddfellows dance hall place, the former John Hughes ' which the community plans to farm, he has built up an exten-: build in the near future, sive stock of equipment, most of Yarnell reported that several which will be put on the auc tion block.. V. R. Runnion will call the sale, with Harry Dinges serving as clerk. News Items of Interest Around Town . . . . By Ruth Payne Miss Mary Beckett returned to her home in Portland Mon day after a few days' visit here with relatives and friends. On Saturday, the Beckett family en joyed a picnic at the Tyndall P.obison ranch south of Hard man. Guests included Mr. and Mrs. Walter Beckett. Miss Mary! Beckett, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beckett, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Claude i Buschke and sons. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Beckett and daughter,' Sharon, and Mr. and Mrs. Law-1 rence Beckett. Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Anderson of Seattle and Mr. and Mrs. W. I C. Mccarty of The Dalles spent saiuruaj in iuw.ii.-i '""b relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Smith mo- tored to Stevenson, Wash., spend Memorial day. to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Keithley i and family spent the week end in Baker with relatives. and Sara McNamer motored to ! moved from the Case apart Walla Walla for Memorial day. ; 's 011 Gale street into the T n (lark and dauc ilor. Mrs. Frank Riggs of Eugene are spending a few days in Heppner Irmkinc after business matters. Mrs. Frances Mitchell and , b' Mrs- Anderson, daughter Lorene motored to Jo-i Mr. and Mrs. Clive Huston seph Thursday to spend the left Thursday morning for Med week end visiting relatives. ! ford to spend several weeks vis Mr. and Mrs. Guy Huston ofiting with relatives. They ac Lyle, Wash., were week end vis- ' companied their son-in-law and it'ors in Heppner. j daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Week end guests at the home I Parker of Pasco, Wash., who of Mrs. Kffie Morgan were Mrs. Stopped over in Heppner Wed- Frank Kgan of Portland and Mr. and Mrs. Riley Munkers of Arlington. Gordon and Elmer Bucknum returned to their homes in Los Angeles Friday after spending a few days in Heppner visiting relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Ogletroe motored to Kimberly Saturday to visit at the home of her mo ther. Mrs. Jessie Batty. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Aiken have returned home after spend ing some time in Portland where Mr. Aiken underwent a major operation. Mrs. Emma Evans has re turned to Heppner from an ex tended visit to Salem. Portland and other valley points. Mrs. Lester Doolittle of Port land was a week-end visitor in Heppner. George D. Smith of Condon was a business visitor in Hepp ner Saturday. Mrs. O. M. Yeager has return ed from Longvlew, Wn., where she was called by the illness of tier daughter, Lexington Plans Big Celebration July 4 th and 5th Annual Airport Benefit Includes Many Activities Machinery was set in motion for the annual 4th of July cel ebration at Lexington when the town council of that place met and selected committee chair men who will name their assist ants in getting the program in shape for a two-day observance of the nation's birthday. Clifford Yarnell was chosen as general manger and the follow ing committee chairmen were named: Parade: Archie Munkers. Air Show: Mayor Henderson and Jack Forsythe. Baseball: Fred Hoskins and Lloyd Morgan. Dance: Orris Padberg and Ed Grant. Airshow tickets: Vernon Chris topherson. Decorations: Ben Grant Advertising: Leonard Munk ers. Smoker: R. B. Rands. Manager Yarnell is charged with the duty of obtaining a carnival and he reported Wed nesday that he has already con tacted an outfit. He also stated that he had ordered fireworks, which will be part of the eve floats are already in prospect andhat an effort will be made to put this' year's parade out ahead of anything heretofore attempted. Mrs. George Allen of Lexing ton was shopping and attending to business matters in Heppner Monday. Harry Munkers and son, Don, motored to John Day Tuesday. Mrs. Raymond Huddleston and daughters of Valdez, Alas ka, arrived in Heppner Monday to spend the summer with her , father, Frank W. Turner. She . was met in Seattle by Mr. Tur ner and motored to Heppner from there, Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Bailey re turned Monday evening from a week-end trip to Silverton, Portland and Centralia. Tr and Trc Plhort Cnv mnv. j pd Sum,ay imo ,he hQUSe on , Court street acquired recently in a property trade with Marcel , Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Jones mov- ed Tuesday to the former Cox three, and the selection is made farm in Donaldson canyon. The from people of extensive inter house on Jones street vacated by ,ests. Members of this year's them will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gilliam. Mrs. Hilma Anderson has nuuc ..e P"i"'u centlv from Jack Halseth. Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Phelan have mov- lu l"c "l" "'"" volcicu nesday enroute to southern Ore gon. Week end guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Kenny were Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Ken ny and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Ken ny and daughter Patsy of Pen dleton. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Breslin and Mrs. Anna Bayless motored to Condon Monday to attend the funeral services of John Simmy oti of Monument. Mr. and Mrs. B C. Forsythe re turned Tuesday from Ashland where Mr. Forsythe was guest speaker at the Ashland high school alumni banquet. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Dick and sons returned Wednesday from Portland where they spent sev eral days attending to business matters. Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Gonty spent Sunday in Pendleton. Scott McMurdo returned to Portland Tuesday after spend Ing the week end here with his i parents, Dr. and Mrs. A. D. Me I Murdo. Failure to approve the 1917- 48 budget will result in curtail ing essential work and projects in the county, members of the county court declared Wednes day. All items must receive the sanction of the voters if the af fairs of the county are to be carried on, including the hospi tal, funds for flighting crickets and demands placed upon the court due to enactment of new school laws. 'There will be no funds for fighting 'Mormon crickets un less the $2500 item in the bud get is approved," Judge Bert Johnson said. 'There is the it em of $1000 for the rural school board which is mandatory; an increase in pay of county offi cials fixed by the legislature. and increased wages for the county road crew. Some new road equipment has been pur-. chased at greatly increased prices, and still other equipment is needed, he said. Speaking of the hospital fund, the court pointed out that it would require a special election to vote on that item separately and that it, along with the other new items had to be included in the budget. As the budget now stands, it is a yes or no vote, meaning all special sums are at stake. The hospital extra fund was included with the hope that early constrution of the building may be made pos sible. A considerable amount of road expenditures has been drawn from the sinking fund acquired from sales of county property and condemnation proceedings on the bombing field. Opera tional expense has been so hea vy, due to increased costs, there is nothing left for retirment of road bonds. Normal road work formerly required from $20,000 to $40,000 a year, usually nearer the first figure, and here again the court referred to the greater costs of labor and material which have thrown the whole operation out of gear, causing the budget committee to place road fund figures at $95,000 if needed re pair and limited construction are met. Wages for a crew of 20 men are set at $51,000; dlesel fuel and gasoline, $4,000; tires and repairs, $12,000; bridge re pairs, $1,000; gravel, $4,000, trailer, $3,750 (for which the county owes), making a total of $75,750 which must be included in the amount over and above the six per cent tax limitation, along with the hospital, cricket and rural school board funds. Road equipment owned by the county is not up to the standard of efficient operation. The two patrol graders are in bad shape and it is possible that one fair ly good one could be salvaged out of the two by using the best parts from each. Two patrols are needed and that means pur chase of at least one. The officials called attention to the fact that members of the budget committee are extensive taxpayers, men who would not be apt to insert needless items in the budget just to make taxes higher. It has been the policy for the past several years to ap point at least five members aside from the court personnel, whereas the law requires only cum.muee uesiues me i-uun a.c .w. Hugnes, t. c. neuter, v.. I ? Jones. Frank Wilkinson and A. C. Houghion. Mr. and Mrs. John Saager en joyed a brief holiday with friends and relatives in Leban on over the week end. They were accompanied by Mrs. Saa ger's little niece, Sharon Pear son, who will visit here tor a few days while her mother and the new baby brother are in the hospital. Among Hardman shoppers in town Wednesday were Jim Hams, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Cra- ber, Mrs. Frank McDantcl and Alta Stevens. Dr. and Mrs. M. A. Leach of Pendleton were week end guests at the home of Dr. and Mrs. A. D. McMurdo. Leslie Matlock is about town on crutches having sprained his right knee in a fall Saturday evening. Mrs. Larry Ober who works on the Lee Beckner ranch near lone was a business visitor In town Wedensday. Dr. and Mrs. A. D. McMurdo left Wednesday for Atlantic City, N. J., where Dr. McMurdo will attend the centennial an niversary of the American Med ical association. They will visit In Virginia, Dr. McMurdo's for mer home, before returning to Oregon late in June. They mo tored to Pendleton, taking the train from there. Among lone residents shop ping in Heppner Wednesday were Mr. and Mrs. Werner Kiel mann, Mrs. Milton Morgan, Mm. Darrell Padberg and Mm. Del bert Emert and daughter.