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Heppner Gazette Times
Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, February 5, 1948
Volume 64, Number 46
Sentiment Found
Lacking For Union
Citizens Express
Attitude At Farm
Bureau Meeting
Following a discussion of the
organization of union high school
districts by Lester Wilcox of the
state department of education be
fore the Morrow county farm bu
reau at Willows grange hall in
lone Monday evening, President
Orville Cutsforth of the bureau
called for expressions from citi
zens of the three districts involv
ed in the proposed project in the
county. The result of the discus
sions brought no definite declar
ation for or against, as a whole,
and the proposal was tabled for
the time being so far as the farm
bureau is concerned.
The sentiment expressed by
most of those called on was that
more study is needed and that
first of all the road program
should be well underway before
undertaking another extensive
building program.
The first essential in seeking
to form a union high school dis
trict is to choose the site, Mr.
Wilcox said. Once formed, the
union high school district board
is a separate levying body, which
would mean that a union high
school would not save the tax
payers anything In their educa
tion bill. On the other hand, ad
vantages would be gained in se
curing better teaching staffs, and
as far as this particular case is
concerned, it would provide bet
ter educational facilities for the
students of all three schools,
Heppner, Lexington and lone.
Gcroge N. Peck explained the
road set-up and the proposed
. plan for financing the program.
J. G. Barratt discussed the hos
pital situation and expressed the
hope that the committee will be
able to start a building program
in the near future. The hospital
committee is endeavoring to get
the building plans worked down
to a figure of approximately
$160,000, for the building alone.
With federal assistance of one
third, this would not make it nec
essary to raise any more county
funds above the $105,000 now on
An effort will be made to in
crease the membership of the
farm bureau. Paid up members
can participate in the farm bu
reau insurance and this is con
sidered a good enough deal to
warrant getting more of the far
mers and stockmen to keep paid
up in the bureau.
Picneer Of Grant
County Buried At
Monument Monday
Funeral services were held at
the community hall in Monu
ment at 2 o'clock p.m. Monday i
for Emily Harding Sweek, 87,
who passed away Saturdya, Jan
uary 31. The Keverend Mrs. Bach,
pastor of the Presbyterian church
at John Day, officiated. Inter
ment was made in the family
plot In the Monument cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Evans and
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Massey of
Heppner, accompanied by Mrs.
Irene Sherman and son and Mrs.
Ruth Roblson of Seattle drove to
Monument Monday morning to
be present at the services.
Mrs. Sweek was a native Ore
gonian, born January 25, 1861 in
the Tualatin valley. She married
Lawrence Sweek at Tualatin in
1870. Later the same year they
moved to Prairie City where they
lived a few years and then mov
ed to Hamilton, later moving on
to the farm at Court Rock and
finally taking up residence in
Monument. Mr. Sweek passed
away in 1921.
Eight children were born to
Mr. and Mrs. Sweek, three of
them preceding her in death.
These two daughters, Ona and
Gladys, and a son, the late Judge
Calvin L. Sweek of Pendleton.
Surviving children are Ruth Rob
lson, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Tom
Gay, Anchorage, Alaska; Mrs.
Belle Neal, Monument; Mrs.
Blanche Earl, Portland, and Rex
Sweek, Monument; besides a bro
ther, Calvin Harding, Monument,
and 19 grandchildren, 31 great
grandchildren, and six great
great grandchildren.
Wreck Fatal To
Charles W. Fuller
Charles W. Fuller, 26, was kill
cd in a car wreck Sunday, Janu
ary 25 at Los Angeles, according
to word received here from his
mother, Mrs. Walter Matteson.
Funeral services were held at
1:30 p.m.. Thursday, January 29,
from the Utter, McKlnney parlors
on Broadway In Los Angeles,
with burial taking place In Ingle
wood cemetery.
Charles was born December 30,
1921 at the home of the late Ad
am Knohlock on Rhea creek. He
was a veteran of World War II
and saw service overseas.
Survivors Include his widow
and a small son, Charles Lee, his
mother and stepfather, Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Matteson; a grand
mother, Mrs. Adam Knoblock,
and a great grandmother, Mrs,
Mime Gilson.
Wm. Kummerland
Laid To Rest Here
Sunday Afternoon
Services v.ge held from the
Phelps Funel Home chapel at
2 o'clock p.m. Sunday for Wil
liam Kummerland who died Jan
uary 29 at St. Anthony's hospital
in Pendleton, to which place he
had been taken a few days ear
lier. Rev. J. Palmer Sorllen con
ducted the service and music was
provided by Mrs. C. C. Dunham.
A native of Illinois, where he
was born August 31, 1859, Mr.
Kummerland crossed the plains
to the west by team and wagon.
He stopped in Pendleton for a
few months and then came to
Morrow county and located a
homestead In the upper Clark's
canyon district. That was in 1884
and he lived the rest of his days
on the homestead, to which other
acreage was added.
Mrs. Kummerland preceded her
husband to the grave on Decem
ber 27, 1938. A daughter, Lena,
died In 1912. Surviving members
of the family are Leonard Kum
merland and Mrs. Nora Perlberg.
"Dawn To Dusk"
Campaign Set For
Tuesday, Feb. 1?
The Boy Scout educational fin
ance campaign will be held on
Tuesday, Feb. 17, as a "Dawn to
Dusk" campaign, according to J.
O. Turner, chairman. The cam
paign will start with a break
fast for the workers at 7:30 a.m.
in the Elkhorn cafe, and continue
through the day with workers
turning in their receipts that eve
ning. Dr. Clyde Dunham, Ed Gonty,
Bill Blake and Chuck Hodge are
team captains working with Mr.
Turner. Each team captain is se
lecting at least five members to
work on the campaign.
Troop 61 of Heppner is among
the oldest troops in the Blue
Mountain Council, and has had
a successful scouting program
throughout its existence. Some of
its present leaders and commit
teemen were members of the
troop as scouts. Frank Davis is
the present scoutmaster with
Francis Nickerson as assistant.
Ted Smith is chairman of the
troop committee with C. J. P
Bauman, Rev. J. P. Sorllen, La
Verne Van Matter and Henry Tetz
as members. Cub pack 61 has
been organized since 1945 with
R. S. Thompson as cubmaster and
J. J. O'Connor as asssitant cub
master. Conley Lanham is chair
man of the pack committee with
Rev. Francis McCormack, Orville
Smith as members. Dr. L. D. Tib
bies Is the institutional represent
ative. The troop is sponsored by
the American Legion, post 87 and
the pack by the Heppner cham
ber of commerce.
The funds raised in the cam
paign are used to support the
Blue Mountain council, which
gives assistance In Programming
and training the volunteer lead
ers of the whole scouting pro
gram, and leadership at the four
summer camps conducted by the
Blue Mountain council aside from
the capital Investment at these
Services Held For
Helen Agnes Moyer
Funeral services for Helen Ag
nes Moyer, whose death occurred
Friday, January 30 at The Dalles,
were held at 10 o'clock a.m. Mon
day at St. Patrick's Catholic
church, with Father Francis Mc
Cormack officiating. Interment
was held In Heppner Masonic
cemetery with the Phelps Funer
al Home in charge.
Helen Cunningham was born
November 5, 1917 at Heppner, be
ing 30 years, two months and 25
days of age at the time of her
death. She was married Novem
ber 12, 1941.
Surviving are two children,
Franclne Jan and Bruce Cleon;
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wil
liam Cunningham; two brothers,
William of Goldendale, Wash.,
and Bobby of Heppner, and four
sisters, Mary Brannon, Rose
Hams and Betty McDonald of
Heppner and Kay Kononcn, Ray
mond, Wash.
Notson Family Safe
In Far-Off China
Miss Opal Briggs is in receipt
of a letter from Mrs. Charles Not
son which gives assurance of the
safety of herself and Mr. Notson,
missionaries of the Methodist
church, at Lintao, Kansu Prov
ince, China. Lintao is near the
Tibetan border, in a remote sec
tion of China and many weeks
by travel from the outside world.
Mrs. Notson wrote her letter on
January 8 and Miss Briggs re
ceived it Tuesday of this week.
The letter traveled by air from
Lintao to the Chinese coast and
by boat to the United States.
The Notsons sent greetings to
their friends and from the tone
of the letter It would seem that
they appreciate hearing from the
folks on this sine of the world,
Mrs. Faye Bucknum and Mr.
and Mrs. William Bucknum left
this morning for Portland on a
short business trip,
Mustang Casaba
Tossers Corral Two
Games Past Week
Arlington Reversed
41-31 as Heppner
Recovers Accuracy
The Heppner Mustangs increas
ed their winning streak to six
straight by defeating Arlington,
41-31, at Arlington last Friday
and the following Tuesday jour
neyed to Boardman where they
won, 44-31.
Heppner racked up 10 points
against Arlington before the
Honkers were able to score and
led at the half, 18-12. The Arling
ton boys sank five long shots in
succession at the start of the sec
ond half and momentarily led
by two counts. The Mustangs
then began clicking ag.-Mn, w .
ing 33-24 at the end of the quar
ter and held a 16-point edge in
the middle of the fourth.
Heppner Arlington
Greenup (20) f (6) Sweet
Hughes f
Waters (12) ... f (3) Mackey
Manners f
Sumner c West
Padberg (4) .... g (9) Clough
Ruhl g West
Rippee (5) .... g (13) Bailey
Heppner reserves won their
game, 30-19. Heppner players:
Manners (11), Connor, Hughes
(8), Bennett (4), Smith (1), Gun
derson, Ruhl (3), Hammock (2),
Key (1), Gabler (1).
This win throws Heppner and
Condon into a tie for the Wheat
League leadership, each having
but one loss. The Mustangs drop
ped an earlier game to Arlington
while Condon lost one to Hepp
ner. Heppner won without difficul
ty against Boardman, leading
throughout the game.
Heppner Boardman
Greenup 9) f (4) Brown
Hughes f (2) Ball
Waters (5) f (15) Robertson
Manners f
Sumner (13) .. .c (7) Grahm
Padberg (7) g Beaver
Ruhl (2) g .... (2) Earwood
Rippee (8) g (1) Carpenter
Orwick g
Two games are scheduled for
the home floor this week end.
Fossil plays here Friday and Um
atilla, Saturday. Hermlston will
play here next Tuesday.
Fossil has their best team in
years. The Mustangs won from
them in a last quarter rally in a
previous game. The Umatilla
game should also be a good one
from spectator viewpoint. Hepp
ner barely nosed them out by one
point at Umatilla three weeks
Pancake Luncheon
Set For Feb. 10
The annual pancake luncheon,
activity of the Women's Auxili
ary of All Saints Episcopal church,
will be served on Shrove Tues
day, February 10, in the parish
While hotcakes will form the
piece de resistance, there will be
ham and fruit in addition to
round out a hearty luncheon. A
choice of coffee, tea, milk or just
plain aqua pura will be offered
in the line of beverages.
Serving starts at 11:30 and con
tinues until 1 p.m.
A meeting of the directors of
lines 4, 5, 6 and 16, rural tele
phone service, will be held at 1
p.m. Saturday, February 7, ac
cording to Gerald Swaggart, who
was transacting business in town
Wednesday from his ranch at Le
na. A reorganization of the sys
tem is contemplated with a view
to obtaining better service than
has prevailed for the past sever
al years, Swaggart said. The
meeting will be held in the REA
office in Heppner.
Ted Peterson was over from
Condon Tuesday attending to
business matters in Heppner.
Louis Gilliam motored to Pen
dleton Wednesday.
Pruning Forest Trees Makes Better
The life of a forester is not
all tied up in fighting forest fires,
or building roads and trails, or
drawing forest maps or helping
hapless hunters escape traps of
mud and snow irt early winter, or
counting the game life dependent
upon forest greenery for subsist
ence, or any one of numerous
other routine chores. There is at
least one other job, and that is
occupying the attention of the
regular force of the Heppner di
vision of the Umatilla National
The aeompanying pictures tell
quite a story in themselves, and
to make them more understand
able, Joe GJertson, assistant dis
trict ranger, has the following
to say regarding timber as a
Timber Is a crop. As In grain
farming or stock raising, all ef
forts should be made to produce
a high quality product in abun
dance. Clear lumber Is obtained from
our rapidly diminishing old
growth stands of virgin timber.
By Ruth Payne
Installation of officers was
held at the meeting of the De
gree of Honor lodge Tuesday eve
ning with the following mem
bers taking office: president, Syl
via McDaniel; past-president, Ir
ene Nolan; vice-president, Ethel
yn Pierson; second vice-president,
Ida Farra; financial secretary,
Clara Gertson; treasurer, Julia
Hill; usher, Maude Hughes; as
sistant usher, Lucille Grady; In
ner watch, Beulah Barkla; outer
watch, Beryna Shamblln; pianist,
Harriet Ball; right assistant, Kat
ie Cunningham; left assistant,
Alice Gentry; advisor, Melba
Quackenbush; color bearer, Mil
dred O'Connor; drill team cap
tain, Clara Gertson; Junior direc
tor, Irene Nolan; escorts, Ruth
Bergstrom, Mary McMurtry, Julia
Hill, Mildred Bergstrom and Ed
na Coxen.
Installing officers were State
Director Ethel Lindholm and Past
President, State Organizer Min
nie D. Card of Portland, and
Grand Usher, Past State Presi
dent, Clara B. Gertson. A sur
prise birthday cake was present
ed to Mrs. Alice Gentry and Mrs.
Ellen Moore. Hostesses for the
evening were Mesdames Edna
Coxen, Alena Anderson, Ellen
Moore and Mabel Chaffee.
Willows lodge No. 66, I.O.O.F.
and San Souci Rebekah lodge ob
served joint installation ceremon
ies Wednesday evening with the
following being installed, for
Oddfellows: noble grand, Manuel
Easter; past noble grand, Ralph
Beamer; vice-grand, Roy Quack
enbush; secretary, Durward
Tash; treasurer, C. W. Barlow;
chaplain, Joe Devine; "warden,
Jesse C. Payne; inside guardian,
Cornett Green; outside guardian,
Ralph Beamer; conductor, Al
Troedson; supports, Ernest Hunt,
N. D. Bailey, Harold Hill, Een
Anderson and Lee Howell.
Officers installed tor San Souci
Rebekah lodge were: nobie
grand, Maude Hughes; past no
ble grand, Margaret Thomas;
vice-grand, Alice Banker; secre
tary, Ruth F. Payne; treasurer,
Ruth E. Bergstrom; chaplain, Ju
lia Hill; warden, Merlyn Kirk;
conductor, Jeanne Gaines; inside
guardian, Mable Quackenbush;
outside guardian, Ella Benge;
musician, Eugenia Huston; sup
ports, Delia Davidson, Mabel
Chaffee, Mary Bailey and Pearl
Devine. Installing officers were
district deputy grand presidents,
Cornett Green and Mary Bailey,
and district deputy grand mar
shalls, Lee Howell and Florence
' Green. Preceding the installation,
a turkey .dinner was served to
lodge members and their fami
lies. Mr. and Mrs. Glen MacLachlin
motored to The Dalles Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Drake
are the parents of a daughter
born Thursday, January 22, at
St. Anthony's hospital in Pen
dleton. Mesdames Alice Gentry and
Ellen Moore entertained the Car
nation club Thursday afternoon
at the Gentry home on Jones
street. Present were Mesdames
Burl Coxen, Roy Quackenbush,
George Gertson, W. P. Hill, Har
old Hill, Jack O'Connor and A.
J. Chaffee.
Harold Scritsmeir made a bus
iness trip to Portland Sunday.
Word has been received in
Heppner that Dick Swift, who has
been convalescing in an Arcadia.
Cal., hospital from a heart at
tack suffered some time ago, had
a relapse early this week and is
j reportedly in a serious condition.
Mr. Swift, a former resident of
Heppner and the Hardman vicin
ity is well known throughout
Morrow county.
Ralph Beamer motored to Port
land Friday, taking Lester Gam
mell to the city for medical treat
ment. They were accompanied
as far as Portland by Bob Run
nion Jr., who returned to Eugene
to work.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Moyer mo
tored to Portland Tuesday, taking
their daughter, Peggy Sue, to a
hospital there.
New books received at the
Heppner public library this week
Include: Wohl, "The Living
Local loggers admit that the 300
to 500-year-old "yellow-bellies"
4 M W MtrcSSf
Louis Gilliam approaches a
thrifty, young yellow pine In
need of pruning.
Wood," and Exuprey, "The Lit
tle Prince," presented by the Un
ion Missionary society for use on
its shelf; and Swanson, "Uncon
quered," presented by Mrs. W.
Oscar George for the Bert Sigs
bee Memorial shelf.
Mrs. Charles Hodge Jr. and in
fant son, Michael Chapin, have
returned from Portland where
they had been for the past few
weeks. Mr. Hodge motored to the
city after them Thursday eve
ning. They were accompanied to
Heppner Friday by Mrs. Hodge's
mother, Mrs. Ambrose Chapin,
who remained for a few days'
visit. Mr. and Mrs. Chapin plan
to return to Heppner about March
1 to make their home.
Herbert Hynd and daughter of
Cecil were business visitors in
Heppner Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Pirl Howell mov
ed Into the Hiatt apartments Tu
esday. Mrs. Anna Heiny, who suffered
n broken hip in a fall several
weeks ago, has left the Porti.-vi
hospital and is now at her home
In Fairview, Ore., according to
word received by her daughter,
Mrs. Gene Ferguson.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Aalberg mo
tored to Pendleton Tuesday.
Kenneth Vaughan has gone to
Pendleton where he will be s
sociated with Dr. W. P. Browne
who opened offices In Pendleton
Monday. Mrs. Vaughan and their
young son will move over as soon
as living quarters have been se
cured. J. J. O'Connor motored to Spo
kane Tuesday to attend a con
vention of J. C. Penney store
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Massey, Mrs.
Anna Bayless, Mr. and Mrs. Har
old Evans and Mrs. Evans' moth
er, Mrs. Lotus Robison, motored
to Monument Monday to attend
the funeral services for the late
Mrs. Lawrence Sweek.
Mr, and Mrs. George Perry of
Pendleton were over-night guests
Wednesday at the home of Mrs.
Perry's son, J. C. Payne.
E. E. Adkins and Lotus Robi
son returned the end of the week
from a fortnight's vacation at
Ritter hot springs.
Mrs. Florence Darnell and
daughter, Rosalie, departed by
bus Wednesday morning tor their
home in Woodburn after a week's
visit here at the home of her sis
ter. Mrs. Don Grady and Mr. Grady.
State Income Tax
Helper Scheduled
A state income tax agent will
be at the court house in Heppner
from 1 to 5 p.m., March 24, to
give free assistance to taxpayers
desiring his service. All returns
for the calendar year 1947 must
be filed on or before April 15,
1948. All returns mailed so they
bear postmark of the last date
for filing or before will not be
considered delinquent.
Returns must be filed by single
indiviluals (or married and not
living with husband or wife)
having net income from all sour
ces of $500 or more during the
taxable year.
Married couples having com
bined net income from all sour
ces of $1,000 or more during the
taxable year must make ro'-ms
The agent will be at Kinzua
Pine Mills office, Kinzua, 6 to 9
p.m., March 16; Fossil, court
house, 9 to 11 a.m., March 17.
and Condon court house, 1 to 4
p.m., March 17.
Due to the doubtful state of the
weather, Mr. and Mrs. Markham
Baker have decided to postpone
the open house planned for Sun
day afternoon. Feh -
fine new home southwest of lone.
The event will be held as
conditions warrant, announce
ment of which will be given t-iru
the columns of this newspaper.
Drifting snow which the Bakers
encountered Tuesday getting
from the ranch to town was the
deciding factor in the postpone
ment. The people of Irrigon enjoyed
about three inches of snow and
about two degrees below zero
weather Monday night
will disappear during the present
cutting cycle. Future cuts will
This tree is destlnpd to pro
duce valuable saw timber tot
the next crop,
lone Still Holds
Little League Lead
With No Defeats
Umatilla Edged
Out In Overtime
Play Last Week
lone remained in the "Little
Wheat League" lead after defeat
ing Umatilla, going over to the
river town and winning in a tor
rid 30-29 overtime session. The
Cards led until the last few sec
onds of the game when O'Brien
of Umatilla tied the score at 27
all. In the overtime, Ross Doherty
of lone made a free throw. John
son of Umatilla made a basket
and Robert Peterson of the Cards
canned the winning basket ?ust
before the end of the overtime
The line-ups:
IONE fg ft f p
Doherty, f ...4 119
Peterson, f ..." ... 6 1 1 13
Bergstrom, f 2 0 0 4
Hermann, c 0 0 4 0
Jepsen, c 1 14 3
Pettyjohn, g 0 15 0
Salter, g 0 0 5 0
Carlson, g 0 0 2 o
13 4 22 30
Umatilla fg ft f p
O'Brien, f 4 7 2 15
Johnson, f 1 2 2 4
Thompson, c 1 2 0 4
Hiatt, g 1 3 4 5
Bray, g 0 15 1
7 15 13 29
Ranks Of Growing
Social Activities
A chapter of Jaycee-ettes was
organized Wednesday evening,
January 21, when a group of the
wives of local Junior chamber of
commerce members got together
for that purpose. Election of offi
cers was held with the following
results: Mrs Edwin Dick, presi
dent; Mrs. James Healy, vice
Dresident; Mrs. William Barratt,
secretary, and Mrs. Frank Davis,
Following the reading of a
copy of the Pasco Jaycee-ettes
charter, it was voted to accept
it as the pattern for the local
charter, with some changes to be
made by a committee consisting
of Mrs. Jack O'Connor, Mrs. Con
ley Lanham, Mrs. Stephen
Thompson and Mrs. Leonard
The group will meet at 8 p.m.
on the third Wednesday of each
month at the youth center. Mrs.
Walter Barger, Mrs. Edmond
Gonty and Mrs. Howard Keithley
will be in charge of the refresh
ments at the meeting on Febru
ary 18. A new committee will
be named to serve each month.
Mrs. Gordon Grady was chosen
publicity chairman.
Dallas Ward New
Colorado U Coach
Football enthusiasts and for
mer neighbors and friends of Dal
las Ward will be pleased with
the news that he has been chosen
head coach at the University of
Colorado. Ward was picked from
among the top four of a class of
aDDlicants numbering 100 or
more. He succeeds "Uncle Jim"
Yeaeer who has retired from
coaching to engage in private
Ward a star end on the Oregon
State college team has been as
sistant to Bennie Bierman at the
University of Minnesota for 12
years. Prior to that he was foot
ball coach of one of the Minne
apolis high schools. He is 41
years of age and saw service in
the navy during the recent war.
He is the son of Mrs. Ola Hollo-
way, formerly of Heppner and
now residing at Waitsburg, Wash
He was raised at Lexington and
was graduated from high school
Saw Timber
' include younger timber that has
not vet reached the clear-Dole
stage. Such trees will produce
preponderance of knotty lumber
of lower quality.
Loggers cutting government
stumpage are assessed a fee per
thousand-foot cut to apply in lu
ture stand improvement work on
the cutover areas. Planting, thin
ning, and pruning are a few of
the possibilities included under
this category. The forest service
is now engaged in a pruning pro
tect in the vicinity of Black
mountain. Young ponderosa pine,
commonly referred to as "bull
pine," are being trimmed of dead
or live limbs to a maximum of
IS feet. This will allow for a clear
16-foot log when the tree becomes
By careful selection and proper
pruning, we are aiding nature in
producing the favored clear bole
and high grade lumber. Through
long range planning we hope to
aid in the destiny of our great
heritage, the timber resources.
County Prosress Seen
In Planners9 Reports
General Considerations
Morrow county rural families
wish to provide an opportunity
for a happy and satisfying lL"e
for all members of the family.
This includes not only the mater
ial necessities for comfortable liv
ing, such as adequate housing,
clothing, and food, but also tho3e
intangible factors that make for
good family living. The success
of rural living depends upon the
soundness of the home as much
as it does the technical skills
which the farmer requires for the
operation of the farm.
Success and happiness on a
farm can be the vital power to
keep our young people in our rur
al areas.
The population of Morrow
county was 4,337 in 1940. witn 1 to
rural population estimated at 2,
800. Housing and Home Management
According to the 1940 census of
1,243 occupied dwellings In Mor
row county, 51 per cent are rural
homes. Eighty-four per cent of
these dwellings in the county
were built between 1890 anu ,
with the biggest building period
between 1900-1910. Thirty-two
per cent of the rural homes need
ed major repairs.
The following chart shows a
comparison of improvements in
Morrow county homes during the
past ten years.
Painted frame construction
Homes with six rooms or more l
Homes that lack interior walls & ceiling over 12
Homes that lack good roof 12
House in poor condition 15
Homes that lack bathrooms 12
Homes that need storage for fruit and vegetables 13
Homes that need more bedrooms. 13
Homemakers carry water 13
Homes with piped cold water 34
Homes with piped hot water over 12
Homes with inside toilet more than 13
Homes with bathtub and shower over 12
Homes with electric lights 14
Homes with mechanical refrigeration 14
Homes that have lawns, walks A drives under 12
Hnmes with nlantinp & fence around yard 67
(13 are home light plants which will be abandoned when REA
lines are installed.)
Due to the fact that many farm
families have been able to pay
off old detbs and even accumul
ate savings during the war years,
many rural families are planning
to use this money for improve
ments in housing and new labor
saving equipment for the home.
The Farm Home and Rural Lite
Committee believes that because
of these facts the improvement
of rural homes will be one of the
major projects of farm families
in the next few years. After care
ful consideration of these facts,
the committee makes the follow
ing recommendations:
1. Tenant Houses and Bunk
House Improvements in Morrow
County. Of the 505 farms in Mor
row county, 478 hire labor. Since
there is an average of two em
ployees per farm, we recommend
attention to be given to adequate
housing for tenants as well as
other hired help. We further rec
ommend that washrooms with
outside entrances be furnished
employees, so that it will be un
necessay to use the family bath
room. 2. Housing for Teachers. As the
legislature has authorized the
spending of schools' funds to pro
vide homes for teachers, we rec
ommend immediate steps be tak
en to furnish such homes. It is
hoped that the housing specialist
of the Extension Service will be
able to help in planning these
3. House Plans. To aid families
in planning new homes, we rec
ommend that a program designed
to give help and instructions on
house planning be given for those
House plans should be chosen
with consideration given to the
size of family, family activities,
available labor, material and
In making a plan to meet the
needs of the family, we believe
special consideration should be
given to planning, size of house,
adequate storage space, provision
for recreation activities, conven
ient step saving kitchen, laundry
or utility rooms, home freezer un
its, building materials, insula
tion, adequate and convenient
wiring which will be ready when
power line comes in.
We recommend that families
take advantage of the "Handbook
of House Plans for Farm Homes"
available for loan from the coun
ty extension office. The plans
may be purchased at a minimum
cost from Oregon State college.
There is a specialist In housing
at Oregon State college.
We further recommend that the
college include plans for houses
built in units in the "Handbook
of House Plans for Farm Homes"
beginning with a 4- or 5-room
complete house, with units to be
added at later dates.
4. Home Wiring. We recom
mend special study be given
home lighting and wiring, plac
ing of outlets and purchase and
use of appliances previous to the
arrival of REA.
5. Safety. We recommend care
(Continued Next Week)
If Morrow county makes as
much progress acordingly in the
next 10-year period as it did dur
ing the 1937-47 era, with one-half
of the time taken out for war,
great strides will be made be
tween now and 1957. There Is
reason to believe that noticeable
progress will be made, for In the
reports of the several commit
tees at the planning conference
held at Lexington grange hall
last Friday the groundwork was
laid for development as the re
sult of thoughtful study by for
ward looking people.
In opening the conference, Nel
son Anderson, county agricultur
al agent, presented the major
problems as they appeared to the
sub-committees during their pre
conference meetings. He pointed
to soil conservation as the No. 1
problem confronting all land ow
ners, as well as those dependent
upon the products of the soil. He
discussed briefly the livestock in
dustry, farm home and rural life,
crops, with emphasis on weed
control, and land use to what
uses will the land now produc
ing high priced wheat be put to
if and when there comes a break
in the high price era.
Chairman William Barratt call
ed for the reading of the reports
the first being farm crops. Loyd
Howton read the report, a com
prehensive study of the crop sit
uation as it exists and recom
mendations for future action.
W. W. Weatherford presented
the conservation committee re
port. A point brought out was
that trashy summerfallow equip-
more than 34
nearly 34
nearly 23
nearly 23
over 34
ment is inadequate but the com
mittee recommended that it not
be discontinued and that in con
nection with this type fallow
there be more contour plowing
practice. He dealt at some length
upon the value of diversion dit
ches and the planting of cover
crops in light soil areas.
Farm home and rural life was
presented by Mrs. Norman Nel
son. (The first pages of this re
port are published this week and
all of It and the other committee
reports will be published in later
issues.) After reading the open
ing paragraphs of the report Mrs.
Nelson asked for discussion and
got responses from Glenn Par
sons, district forest ranger, rela
tive to the efforts of the forest
service in providing recreation
facilities in the mountains, and
from Francis Nickerson who stat
ed that the Junior chamber of
commerce is working on a recre
ation center in Heppner on prop
erty recently acquired in a trade
with the county.
Mary Beth Minden of the ex
tension service of Oregon State
college gave some illuminating
figures on homemaking and sug
gested that the family should ad
opt a 10-year plan of home man
agement One of the most exhaustive re
ports was that of the livestock
committee presented by Harold
Erwin, pinch hitting for R. B.
Ferguson, chairman. The study
revealed that the county now has
approximately 23.000 head of cat
tle, 40,000 sheep and 2,000 hogs.
The committee recommended
that a check be held on live
stock increase commensurate
with the range capacity of the
county. Disease control, need of
a county veterinarian, changes in
the brand inspection law, and
extending the elk season to 40
days were among recommenda
tions offered. Herb Hynd offered
an amendment to the report to
include the study of an unde
fined disease in sheep common
ly referred to as "lungers.
Henry Tetz read the education
committee's report, which cover
ed subjects of a wide range. It
included roads, inasmuch as this
subject was not covered directly
by committee, and Mr. Tetz paus
ed to permit Garnet Barratt to
read the resolution passed by the
citizens' road committee. This
committee recommended the spe
cial proposal calling for a 10
mill levy each year for a period
of several years.
Frank Ballard of the extension
service summed up the reports In
a short talk, showing the bene
fits derived from such confer
ences, not only to tbe people di
rectly affected but to the urban
communities as well, for agricul
ture is the basis for our welfare
and prosperity and the rural com
munity Is the training ground for
at least 50 percent of those en
gaged in urban pursuits.
Around 150 people were served
an excellent luncheon by the
home economics club of the Lex
ington grange. The Lexington
school band provided entertain
ment during the noon hour,