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2-Heppner Gozette Times, Heppner, Oregon, December 25, 1947
Reolly, 'Tis Better . . .
This l the season of the year when one feels
kinrtiv towards all mankind. Now we feel the
spirit of 'peace on earth, food will towards men'
and harbor a desire to bring happiness to family
and friends. Differences, little or big, real or
Imagined, are laid aside for the time being and
smiles replace scowls or light up disinterested
countenances. It is the happy Christmas time!
If only that same spirit could be maintained
throughout the year the differences between the
peoples of the earth could be ironed out with less
friction than the world has been witnessing for
lo these many years.
It is this spirit that prompts our people to give
generously to relieve the suffering among peo
ples of foreign lands, to help renew their faith
in humanity and strengthen their belief in God,
albeit some of these peoples were our bitter en
emies but a matter of months ago.
There is a lesson in the Christmas season to
guide our actions throughout the year. If we ac
cept the principle that "it is more blessed to give
than to receive" and act accordingly we are mak
ing progress towards world peace, for It seems
diplomacy has failed to accomplish that which
a stricken world desires and must have if civ
ilization is to survive. The Christian world has
faith in the teachings of the Man of Galilee and
there is a growing belief that the world will not
be led out of disorder and confusion so long as
there are rulers and leading classes who fail to
recognize the one great leader of all mankind.
Weather Influences Accidents
Users of public highways are reminded by
Secretary of State Earl T. Newbry that the Christ-
W here Our ChriUmas Comes From
mas holidays are expected to be the heaviest
traveled In history, as he Issues a warning to
both car drivers and pedestrians to exercise cau
tion. December is consistently the worst month
for accidents of the entire year, and the Christ
mas holidays the worst time in December, the
secretary points out.
That there has been a drop of thirty-three per
cent in fatalities on the highways of Oregon the
first ten months of the year may be attributed
somewhat to the type of weather. The state
traffic department's records show that accidents
throughout the state took 25 lives in November,
lowest death toll for that month In three years.
Not all of these deaths can be attributed to wea
ther conditions, for there is always an element
of intoxicating liquor to take Into consideration,
but the fact remains that Oregon weather, except
for the highest areas, has been mild up to the
present, with rains prevailing even over a large
part of eastern Oregon. As the holiday season
opens it is still mild, with occasional light show
ers of rain in the lower levels and perhaps mild
snowfall in the mountains.
Any upswing in the death toll during this
month will not be attributable so much to weath
er conditions as to the foolishness of drivers, un
less there is a sudden turn for the worse during
the time when the highways will be crowded.
Along with the many other things we look
forward to at Christmas time is the return of
the young people from the colleges. Heppner has
quite a class of these young people who are train
ing themselves for the task ot carrying on the
leadership of tomorrow and the brief pauses they
make in their work to drop in on the folks at
home brings a note of cheer to an otherwise placid
As we observe it, Christmas is 'ties offer prizes for the most or
the celebration of the birth of iginal.
Ihnst, and of the foundation of
a religion which proclaims one
30 YEARS AO
From Heppner Gazette Times ,
Dec. 27, 1917
Miss Lela Campbell, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Campbell
of this city, became the bride of
P. A Anderson Saturday, Dec.
22, at the home of the bride's
sister, Mrs. Willis McCarty in
The marriage of Orain E.
Wright and Willa Pearl LeTrace
took place at the Freewater
church Monday evening, Dec. 24,
In the presence of a few friends
Miss Grace Bellenbrock, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bellen
brock of Rhea creek, and Edwin
M. Geinger of Grant county
were married at the home of the
bride's parents on Wednesday,
Dec 19. They will make their
home in Grant county where the
groom has a ranch.
Married Thursday evening.
vec. zu, at the home of the pas
tor, Turner B. MacDonald, Clair
Ashbaugh and Miss Fay Kirk,
both popular young people of
Rastus Mallow Lindsey died
at his home near lone Dec. 24
at the age of 65 years and 25
days. He is survived by his wife
and five children, Frank, Fred
and Harry Lindsey, and Mrs. J.
E. Crabtree of lone and Mrs. D.
C. Brock of Salem.
A beautiful Christmas cantata
was rendered by the Sunday
schools of the city at the Opera
House Monday evening under the
direction of Mrs. H. A. Noyes.
One hundred fifty persons took
part in the program.
The Heppner bakery was sold
this week by Raglan 4 Coffey to
w. C. Bowling, recently of Bon
ners Ferry, Idaho. Mr. Bowling
took possession the first of the
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Pruitt are
receiving congratulations on the
birth of a daughter at St An
thony's hospital Wednesday. Mrs
Pruitt was formerly Miss Viola
Knlghten of Hardman.
Two more of Heppner's young
men enlisted in the service of
Uncle Sam this week when Hen
ry Aiken and Emil Groshen left
for Portland to enlist in the fly
ing division ot tne u. s. army,
3 yySlJ7 I
Heppner Photo Studio
will be closed until Jan. 2
of the foremost philosophies of
However, the roots of Christ
mas observance go deeply into
the folklore of the Druids, Egyp
tians, Romans, Scandinavians,
English and Germans. What we
know of the ancient Christmas
finds full flower in the past and
present customs of our own
homes and those of our ances
A few of the most frequently
observed Christmas customs in
America have been selected for
ehe enjoyment of our readers at
THE INDOOR CHRISTMAS TREE
Although, according to legend,!
the fir tree goes back to Eve,!
it was not until the time of Mar-1
tin Luther that the evergreen
was used as an indoor decora
tion in celebration of Christmas.
It is said that the Story of the
Nativity had always appealed to
Luther, and one Christmas Eve
as he wandered through the
woods, he became enamoured
with the wonder of the night.
He cut a small snow-laden fir
tree, and set it up in his home
for his children. He illuminated
it with candles to represent the
It was not until lb04 that, in
Strassburg, the first Christmas
tree appeared in literature.
OLD DOCUMENT SHOWS OSC
ONCE GRANTED MUCH LAND
Oregon State College The or
iginal land grant made by the
united States government
support Oregon's newly designa
ted state college amounted
au.uuo acres and in 1873 was
valued at $225,000, or less than
$3 per acre.
This is revealed in an old doc
ument that has just come into
possession of the college from
Mrs Charles A. Govier who found
it in the papers of her father, G.
W. Atherton, former president of
Penn State college.
The document is a question
naire sent out in 1873 by Ather
ton lo ail state colleges to "as
certain as far as possible the
fruits up to the present time of
the congressional land grants in
aid ot agricultural and scienti
It was filled out by B. L. Ar
nold, first president of the col
lege, the name of which he gave
as "Corvallis State Agricultural
College." He reported the num
ber of students at that time as
58 males and 42 females; grad
uates as 13 males and five fe
males; tuition as $6 to $15 per
term, with six instructors com
prising the faculty. He also stat
ed that income amounted to
$5000 per year for two years.
The present principal fund
credited to the college from sale
of the original grant lands now
amounts to $208,641.91, reports
Paul Walgren, business manag
er, from which the college re
ceived income from interest of
about $10,000 annually some
years ago, but with lower inter
est rates the amount is now
down to around $6000 per year.
Miss Ramona McDanlel of
Monmouth is spending her vaca
tion in Heppner with friends.
We Wish to Extend
Meartieit Qreetinai or Ckri&tma and
ZJlie Mew year
to our patrons and friends
and to remind you that we will be closed until
after New Years.
During our absence repairs will be made to our
store and beginning with the first of the year we
will be prepared to serve you better than ever
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hall
Legend has it that when Christ
was born, Satan died, and that
the bell in the church was rung
At exactly midnight the tolling
changed to a joyful peal, an
nouncing the birth of Christ.
William Auld in "Christmas
Traditions" says: "In the dark
chambers (belfries) high above
the turmoil and strife of human
life, dwelt the Apostles of Peace,
whose salutations were never so
welcome as at the time of the
great -Winter feasts of Christ
The Poinsettia has no Christ
mas legend connected with the
sentiment of the people at
Christmas time, except in Spain
where it is known as the Flor de
Noche-buena. Its beautiful flam
ing star is one of the beautiful
flowers of the Christmas season,
and its use as an indoor decor
ation is universal.
THE PLUM PUDDING
An indispensable old-time
English Christmas dish was fur
mety, or frumenty, which accord
ing to old-time recipes was
"wheat boiled till the grains
burst, then strained and jboiled
again with broth or milk and
yolks of eggs." Frumenty was
the forerunner to Plum Pudding.
' In the Book of Common Pray
er of the Church of England, the
prayer for the Last Sunday be
fore Advent began with the
words "Stir up." The people of
Peterborough took this to be a
reminder that they should start
their plum pudding at that time,
and everybody in the family
took a hand in the stirring un
til it was ready on Christmas.
The first of all Christmas Car
ols was that sung in the Heavens
by the Aneels, "Glory to God in
the highest and on earth, Peace,
good will toward men." Histor
ically, many say that St Francis
of Assisi was the first to make
the carol popular. There can be
no doubt but that carols are the
layman's most beautiful contri
bution to his religion.
The real beginning of carol
singing was in the 15th century
in England, and has been fos
tered by them and North Ameri
cans ever since.
Outdoor Christmas decorations
are distinctively North Ameri
can. Since the advent of elec
tricity and the trend toward for
est conservation, many have
planted evergreens in their yards
to be decorated with lights each
year. During the past two dec
ades, house and lawn decora
tions have become increasingly
popular and many munlcipali-
The sending of Christmas cards
seems to be strictly an Anglo
Saxon custom. As far back as
the reign of Queen Anne, Brit
ish children wrote Christmas
pieces for relatives, but the first
holiday greetings, as we know
them, were sent in 1845 by W. C.
Dobson, one of Queen Victoria's
favorite printers. By 1870 the
custom was well established.
Santa Claus is the American
version of St. Nicholas, the beard
ed Saint of Europe who, on
Christmas Eve, carried a basket
of gifts for good children and a
bunch of birch rods for the
naughty ones. St. Nicholas was
transformed into Santa Claus by
the Dutch settlers in New Am
sterdam, and he became the fat
jolly, rosy-cheeked old fellow he
The custom of giving gifts at
Christmas dates back to the
bringing of the gifts by the Three
Wise Men. In the time of Henry
VII, it was a common practice
for royalty to exact gifts from
their subjects at Christmas. The
custom grew so that today the
exchange of gifts at Christmas
time is universal.
THE HANGING OF STOCKINGS
This custom originated with
the Dutch. With them the pre
sents for St. Nicholas Day had to
be hidden and disguised as much
as possible, so they were placed
in their wooden shoes. When the
Dutch came to New Amsterdam,
this custom came with them
the wooden shoes being gradu
ally replaced by stockings.
THE YULE LOG
The bringing in of the Yule
log originated in England dur
ing medieval times. It was drag
ged into the great hall at the
beginning of the Christmas feast
and was the occasion of the ren
dering of the Christmas toast,
which is, in part: "This Yule log
burns. It destroys old hatreds
and misunderstandings. Let your
envies vanish, and let the spirit
of good fellowship reign supreme
for this season and through all
Candles, placed in windows on
Christmas Eve to light the Christ
Child and to welcome wayfarers,
have been popular for centuries,
but the burning of Bayberry can
dies is a strictly North Ameri
can custom which dates from
colonial days. Though associa
ted particularly with New Eng
land these aromatic candles glow
in windows from coast to coast
Wreaths have been character
istic as celebration since the be
ginning of time, but holly wrea
ths are used at Christmas be
cause of that plant's association
with the crucifixion. According
to legend, the crown of thorns
was planted from branches
which bore white berries, but af
ter the Crucifixion they became
Mistletoe was the sacred plant
of the Druids, and was used by
them when they performed their
rites at the Winter Solstice. It
was considered a sacred plant,
so when the celebration of
Christmas began to be observed
in England, mistletoe became a
part of the celebration. The cus
tom of kissing under the mistle
toe originated in the Scandina
vian countries by Frigga, God
dess of love and beauty, who be
ing grateful for the return of her
son, is said to bestow a kiss up
on anyone who shall pass under
J. O. PETERSON
Latest Jewelry and Gift Goods
Watches, Clocks, Diamonds
Expr-t Watch & Jewelry Repalrio
Veterans of Foreign
Meetings 2nd and 4th Mondays at
8:00 p. m. in Legion Hall
O. M. YEAGER
CONTRACTOR & BUILDER
All kinds of carpenter work.
Modern Homes Built or Remodeled
Phone 1483 41S Jones St.
Turner, Van Marter
Phelps Funeral Horn.
Licensed Funeral Directors
Phone 1532 Heppner, Or.
Heppner City Council
Meets First Monday Each Month
Citizens having matters for discus-
sion, please bring before
JOS. J. NYS
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Peters Building, Willow Street
J. 0. TURNER
t ATTORNEY AT LAW
Hotel Heppner Building
P. W. MAHONEY
Attorney at Law
Heppner Hotel Building
Willow Street Entrance
OK Rubber Welders
FRANK ENGKRAF, Prop.
First class work guaranteed
Located In the Kane Building
North Main St. Heppner, Ore.
Jock A. Woodhall
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Office First Floor Bank Bldg.
Phone 2342 Heppner
Make Lovely Gifts
We have some beautiful pic
tures now on display-
Path of Gold
Christ on Mt, Olive
to mention some of the
dozens of lovely pictures.
Give beautiful pictures for
Christmas presents and
be remembered always for
your lovely gifts.
0. M. YEAGER'S
Across from Tum-A-Lum
ATTENDED PROGRAM AT
OREGON BLIND SCHOOL
Joe Hughes ad N. E. Falcon
drove to Salem Friday to brine
Mary Olive Hughes and Porter
Falcon home for the holidays, re
It was the privilege of the
Heppner men to attend the
Christmas program put on by the
blind children, which Hughes re
ports as one of the finest things
he has ever seen. Title of the
production was "Christmas Eve
in a Toy Shop." Porter Falcon
had a part in the playlet.
Mrs. Floyd Adams is enjoying
having all of her children home
for the holidays. Betty Jane, sen
ior at Oregon State colloge, and
Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Roscoe of
Reno, Nev., came over the week
end to join Mrs. Adams and Nan
cy until after the New Year.
Wishing you a Christmas
bright with holly leaves,
candle light, pleasant
cheer and joys that
last through the year.
Gilliam & Bisbee
hi ft r ?.
We take pleasure in offering
you the compliments of the
season and truly hope you
have a very happy holiday.
Abstract & Title Co.
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Office In Peters Building
Dr. L. D. Tibbies
Physician it Surgeon
First National Bank Building
Res. Ph. 1162 Office Ph. 403
A. D. McMurdo, M. D.
PHYSICIAN & SURGEON
Trained Nurse Assistant
Office in Masonic Building
Accurate Credit Information
F. B. Nickerson
Phone 12 Heppner
Dr. C. C. Dunham
Office up stairs L O. O. F. Bid
Housi: calls made
House Phone 2383 Office 2372
Box 82, Heppner, Ore.
Superior Dry Cleaning
Blaine E. Isom
All Kinds of
N. D. BAILEY
Lawn Mowers Sharpened
Sewing Machines Repaired
Phone 1485 for apolntment,
or call at shop.
W. P. Browne, M.D.
Physician & Surgeon
Hours 2 to 6 p. m.
5 K' Street Phone 952
Bill Bedurina of Redmond was
visiting friends in Heppner Sat
urday. Mr. Badurlna worked
here during the past summer
with the Soil Conservation service.
DR. J. D. PALMER
Office upstairs Rooms 11-12
First National Bank Bldg.
Phones: Office 783. Home 932
Avoid Annoyance And Discomfort
due to a clogged septic tank or cesspool.
I have purchased a tank pump and am in
position to give prompt, efficient service.
to our many customers
and all their friends.
& Electric Co.