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Heppner Gazette Times
Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, March 4, 1948
Volume 64, Number,50
Hospital Funding
Explained To C. C.
At Monday Meeting
County Now Has
$189,000 in Sight
With Gov't Help
Funds in sight for financing
the construction and equipping of
the Pioneer Memorial hospital
were discussed by Judge Bert
Johnson before the Heppner
chamber of commerce at the
weekly luncheon Monday noon.
The Judge reported on the busi
ness transacted between the hos
pital committee and the architect
and representatives of the state
board of health at the meeting in
The Dalles the previous Monday,
which resulted in application for
federal aid.
According to Judge Johnson's
statement the county has on
hand for hospital nurposes a to
tal of $127,498.73. Included in
this sum is the special hospital
levy of $105,598.73 now in the
treasury; $1,100 due on unpaid
taxes, and $800 invested in the
property just south of the court
house originally purchased for a
hospital site. In addition, there
are pledges amounting to $20,000
for equipment, making the above
total. In the matter of the sum
for equipment, the federal gov
ernment will give $1 for each $2
put up by the county, making a
total of $30,000 for equipment.
This all hinges on whether or not
'he county's application for fed
eral funds is granted.
By adding up all sources, tak
ing for granted that the $1,100 In
unpaid taxes will be forthcom
ing, and the county can safely
ba.ik on the $800 from the above
mentioned property, the toial to
be made available for hospital
construction Is $107,498.73. To this
anu $20,000 in pledges and as
suming that federal aid will be
approved and there is a total of
approximately $191,000.
Judge Johnson said that plans
had been approved for a 15-bcd
building in the beginning. The
ype of architecture and con
struction of the original building
will permit additions.
Representatives of the state
bnaru of health gave it as their
(pinion that it will cost approx
imately $39,850 to run the ho
pltal each of the first two years.
Income for the first year should
be $27,850, leaving a deficit of
$12,000. Second year income
should he $31,000, leaving a de
ficit of $5,850. To cover the first
year deficit it is proposed that a
one-mill levy be included in the
Guests at the luncheon Mon
day included Mrs. Etta Cunning
and Mrs. Frances Oliver of Baker.
Mrs. Cunning responded to an in
vitation to speak a few minutes
which she used to tell of the pur
pose of their visit to Heppner
the formation of a Soroptlmist
club here.
President Jack O'Connor took
a few minutes to explain the
forthcoming Red Cross member
ship drive. He said that this year
45 per cent of the fund collected
will remain here for various Red
Cross projects within the county.
He told of the work carried out
last year and said a similar pro
gram will be followed this year,
including a swim class and in
structor for the lone tank.
Baker Open House
To Be Held Sunday
With their fingers crossed, Mr.
and Mrs. Markham Baker, in
Heppner Monday, announced that
they have set Sunday March 7 as
the date of their postponed open
house originally set for early
February and canceled due to
weather conditions. There was
nothing about the weather Mon
day to make them feel too secure
In setting the coming Sunday for
the event, but they feel they can
not longer delay it and barring
deep snows or high watef they
will be looking for their friends
to call from 2 p.m. on.
For the benefit of those who
might want to attend the open
hou.se but who do not know the
location of the Baker farm 11
might be advisable to drive to
lone and inquire. Arriving at
lone, take the lone-gooseberry
highway to the top of the grade,
then turn right.
Mrs. H. H. Ilargreaves of Port
land, president of the Oregon
Congress of Parents and Teach
ers, will be the featured speaker
tit a meeting of the lone Parent
Teacher association Thursday
evening, Marcli 11. Mrs. Ilar
greaves was extended a special
invitation to visit the lone chap
ter which will be host that eve
ning to the Lexington and Hepp
ner P-TA groups. She will be
house guest of Mr. and Mrs. B. C.
Forsythe of lone.
The Jaycees and Jaycctte mem
bership booster party and box so
cial scheduled for March 17 at
the Civic Center building has
been postponed to March 24, ac
cording to announcement this
morning. Further information re
garding the party will be given
School Band At
Lexington To Give
Concert March 5
The Lexington school band
will be presented in concert Fri
day evening March 5, at 8 p.m. in
the school auditorium, led by
Mrs. Getta-Violet Smith, conduc
tor. Highlights of the evening will
be the presentation of the over
ture 'The Oracle" composed by
Otis Taylor, and melodies by Ste
phen Foster sung by Franklin
Messenger, accompanied by the
band. Other overtures interposed
with marches and waltzes pro
vide a lively evening's entertain
ment. Soloists will be students of
the school. Janet Howton, Denny
McMillan and Pat Cutsforth will
play a saxophone trio. Jerry Mes
senger, talented third grader,
will play a cornet solo. Ida Bu
chanan will sing a solo.
The Lexington band was or
ganized last year and has made
rapid progress. This will be the
second concert of the school year.
Since the first concert a mello
phone, glockenspiel, and a new
pair of cymbals hve been added
through donations by the Hepp
ner Elks and the A. F. of L. Most
recent donation is a double-end
bass drum stick donated by Mr.
During intermission a collec
tion will be taken and Mr. Fea
thers, superintendent, will dis
play a new school flag made by
girls of the home economics clas
ses and financed through band
Mrs. Smith says this will not
be a "finished" concert of the
type presented by the more ma
ture players, but that she feels
that by appearing often before
the public the students will gain
a confidence in themselves, and
a reward for being a band mem
ber. Also, an award system has
been set up whereby any second
year member of the band play
ing four solos will receive a band
letter Desire to earn a letter has
caused many to overcome stage
Mrs. Smith plans to take the
band members to Pendleton later
In March to hear the Oregon State
college band. Delbert Moore, con
ductor of the Oregon State band,
was one of Mrs. Smith's teachers
when she attended Oregon State
All-Star Team To
Play Benefit Game
At lone Saturday
An all-star team composed of
players from the several town
teams in the county will meet
the Pendleton Motor In Theatre's
all-Indian team at 8 p. m. Satur
day in the lone school gymnas
ium in a benefit game for the
lone school's new electric time
clock and scoreboard.
The all-star squad has been se
lected among top-flight plnyeis
in the several teams and will in
clude Baker, Boardman; Buck
num, Heppner; Campbell, Lex
ington; Bob Hoskins, lone; Fred
Iloskins. lone; Jones. Irrigon;
Kemp, Lexington; Bob Rletmann,
lone; Stefani, lone, and LWrich,
Additional entertainment will
be furnished by t he Heppner and
lone grade teams In the prelim
inary and halftime entertainment
by the Lexington school band
and the Echo Pep club.
Offensive basketball hit the
jackpot Monday night at Helix
when the Helix Red Devils topped
the visiting firemen from Hepp
ner in the wildest scoring exhibi
tion seen this year by the unbe
lievable score of 94 to 77
Both teams set a torrid pace
from the opening tip-off which
never slackened throughout the
contest. Halftime score: Helix 41,
Heppner 33. Peterson, Helix,
deadeye forward, led all scorers
with 39 points. Bucknum, Hepp
ner forward, was next with 26
The preliminary game between
the Helix and Heppner B squads
was another thriller with Helix
edging out, 48-45.
Helix-94 Heppner 77
Pcteson 39 f .... 20 Bucknum
Hawkins, D. 23 f 19 Ulrich
Schucnlng 4 c 18 Drake
Hawkins, W. 7 g .. 9 McCurdy
Newtson 16 ... g . .. 0'Donnell2
Perkins 4 s 3 Padberg
Ludlow . ' s
All Morrow county 411 club
members and their local leaders
received letters this week in line
with the observance fo National
4-H Club week which Is being
observed March 1-7, 1918. We
hope all 4-H club members will
remember to wear their 4-H "hel
lo" cards to school this week and
have many signature's to bring to
the next 4-H club meeting.
Recent 4-H clubs In Morrow
county are six organized at
Boardman a short time ago.
Three clubs are Ilomemnklng I,
Sewing I-a, Rabbit, Dairy, Sheep,
and a Beef and Swine project
club. Mrs. Ronald Black Is lead
ing the Ilomemnklng club; Mrs.
Flossie Coats, the Sewing club;
Mrs. C. E. Stalcup, Rabbit club;
George Daniels, Dairy club; Z.
Gillespie, Sheep club, while a
Beef and Swine club leader has
not been found as yet.
Three-Way Contest
For Judge Opens
As Geo. Peck Files
More zest was given the po
litical race in the county when
George N .Peck, Lexington far
mer and former county commis
sioner, filed for the office of
county Judge. This makes three
avowed candidates for the post,
J. G. Barratt having already filed
and the incumbent, Bert John
son, declaring that he is defin
itely in the race and will file in
due season.
Announcement was also made
early in the week that Oscar
Peterson, Gooseberry farmer, and
Fred Ely of lone have their peti
tions out for the post of county
commissioner, both on the repub
lican ticket.
So far, no competition has
sprung up in the clerk and sher
iff positions and no one has in
dicated a desire to become coun
ty surveyor.
Dads Honored At
Annual Banquet
Of Future Farmers
Dads of the ag students of
Heppner high school were guests
of honor at the annual father
son banquet held at the high
school Tuesday evening by the
Heppner chapter of Future Far
mers of America. The fathers
present were R. D. Allstott, Carl
Bergstrom, John Bergstrom, O. W.
Cutsforth, Don Greenup, Otto
Ruhl and Homer Green.
While the fathers were the spe
cial guests, other guests were in
cluded, making a list of 31 guests
and members present.
Garnet Barratt was the guest
speaker of the evening and gave
an interesting history of accom
plishments of the local FFA
chapter. '
Two new honorary members
were officially admitted to the
chapter at this time, Henry Tetz,
superintendent of schools, and
Jim Valentine, well-known ran
cher. One of the dads, OrvillefW.
Cutsforth Sr., who returned from
his flying trip to Mexico in time
to be present at the banquet,
gave some interesting highlights
of his airplane trip "south of the
Richard Allstott, president of
the chapter, was master of cer
emonies and led in the opening
and closing ceremony of the FFA
in which all the officers and
members participated.
Buster Padberg, secretary of the
chapter, gave a brief summary of
the FFA activities this year,
which included an account of the
trip to the Pacific International
by the FFA livestock judging
team, a trip to the FFA confer
ence at La Grande, as well as
local school projects of the FFA
Treasurer's report was given by
Kenneth Green. Musical num
bers were furnished by Bill Codi
cil's instrumnetal trio. The invo
cation was given by Father Mc
Cormack. The table setting carried out
the blue and gold colors of the
FFA. using daffodils and yellow
candles and blue placecards and
programs. The food was prepar
ed and served by the high school
Home Ec girls under the able su
pervision of Miss George, and vo
ted excellent by everyone attend
ing the banquet.
Francis Cook, the voc-ag in
structor and adviser of the local
FFA chapter, stated that while
last week was National FFA
week, the banquet could not be
held then due to basketball game
conflicts, so was held this week
Church Dedication
At 3 P. M.Sunday
Members of the church and
friends in Morrow county are
looking forward to the dedica
tion at 3 o'clock p. m. Sunday of
the new Trinity Lutheran church
at Hermiston, announcement of
which was made last week. The
Rev. S. C. Siefkes, district presi
dent of the Northwestern district
of the American Lutheran church,
will bo the guest speaker and
the choir of the First Lutheran
church of Baker, under the direc
tion of Rev. T. M. Gibhard will
present the sacred oratorio, 'The
Holy City," by Gaul. Rev. E. Phil
ippi, pastor of the Hermiston
church, and Mrs. Phlllppi will
sing solo parts In the oratorio.
The new church is constructed
of pumice block and has beam
Interior. Estimated value is $30,
000, although costs were kept
considerably lower by much vol
unteer labor.
Miss Margaret GilUs, county
health nurse, lost her keys at the
meeting at the Civic Center Tu
esdny evening, probably between
the door and the car. The license
number and an Indian charm are
on the chain and Miss Gillis is
very anxious to have them re
turned to her.
County 4-H Work
Cited As National j
Week Observed
Typical Schedule
Shows How Stock
Clubbers Perform i
In observing National 4-H Club
week, March 1-7, 1948, many peo
ple are asking what some of the
activities are that 4-H Club mem
bers carry out through the club
year. No better example of what
4-H clu bwork Is actually doing
for our boys and girls can be giv
en than by the following 4-H
program of work. Programs of
work are worked up by club
members and their leaders so
that they will have definite pro
jects to work on. The program
outlined here is a program that
is used by the Senior Livestock
club led by E. M. Baker, lone,
with John Graves as assistant lo
cal leader.
The Junior Livestock club, led
by Elmer Palmer, is meeting with
this club also during March, Ap
ril, May, June, August, Septem
ber and October to take part in
judging, showmanship, groom
ing and demonstration work.
November, 1947: November 2
Lexington grange hall: Reorgani
zation meeting for all old club
members, inviting prospective
members and parents. All par
ents MUST be present.
December, 1947: December 7
Gottfried Hermann farm: Record
books program of work.
January, 1948: January 4
Graves farm: Picture judging
record books.
February, 1948: February 1
Baker farm Sheep judging;
sheep showmanship; record
books; list of demonstrations; as
signing to club members.
March, 1948: March 14 Cuts
forth farm: Hereford judging;
beef showmanship; grooming
(beef); proper display of the flag.
April, 1948: April 11 Brosnan
farm: Sheep judging; milking
Shorthorn judging; showmanship
(sheep and dairy); grooming
May, 1948: May 2 Bill Barratt
farm: Judging hogs; hog show
manship; tour to -Jim Valentin
farm for Shorthorn Judging and
May 30: Elmer Palmer farm:
Final plans for Eastern Oregon
Wheat League show and sale;
records up to date; announce
ment of tours, 4-H summer
school, etc.
June, 1948: June 27 Tour. Pic
nic lunch at noon. Visit all farms
of 4-H club members.
August, 1948: August 22 Dick
Wightman farm: Final arrange
ments for County and State Fair.
Discussions on demonstrations,
judging, showmanship.
September, 1948: September 26
Eb Hughes farm: Preparation
for Pacific International; demon
strations and judging teams for
P.I.; records for P.I.
October, 1948: October 24 L. L.
Howton farm: Finish record
books; suggestions for improve
ment of club program and activ
ities; ready for reorganization in
Worden Pays Top
Price For Polled
Hereford At Sale
Morrow county figured promin
ently in the Columbia Empire
Polled Hereford show and sale
held Sunday and Monday at Wal
la Walla. The champion 2-year-old
bull was shown by Roy Rob
inson of Hardman and was later
bid in by Floyd Worden of Eight
Mile for $4,050 .Worden outbid
John Rice of Sheridan, Wyo., and
Buford Webb of Gifford, Idaho,
in buying the animal.
An average of $696 per head
was paid for the 60 head of poll
ed Herefords auctioned at the
The champion cow, about two
years old, shown by Hibbard Poll
ed Hereford ranch, Imbler, Ore.,
was bid in by Dr. J. L. Guyer of
Walla Walla, who paid $2,000 for
her. The bull and cow brought
the highest price paid for polled
Herefords at consignment sale in
the northwest.
Attending the sale from Mor
row county were Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Robinson and son Donald of
Hardman, Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Cohn and Floyd Worden of Hepp
Ray McAlister reported this
morning that it would be 65
years ago this coming Saturday
when the W. B. McAlister family
moved into the county and lo
cated north of Lexington. He said
he thought it was worthy of some
kind of a celebration but hadn't
made up his mind what to do
about it. If nothing notable hap
pens, his 65 years here makes
Ray one of the long-time resi
dentsbefore it was Morrow
county and five years ahead of
the railroad,
These four Oregon 4-H club members, as their part in National 4-H Club Week March 1 to 7,
show the 4-H pledge. Left to right, Dick Larkin, 1 8, Monroe, says "I pledge my HEAD to clearer
' thinking." Bonnie Klein, 18. Aumsville. states "I pledge my HEART to greater loyalty." Donna
Wiederkehn, 17, Jefferson, continues with, "I pledge my HANDS to larger service," and Bill Head
rick, 16, Oregon City, finishes the lour H's of the pledge with, "I pledge my HEALTH to better liv
Ing for my club, my community, and my country."
Soroptimist Club, Civic Organization,
Started by Business,
By Ruth Payne
The Heppner club of Soroptom
ists, an international service or
ganization for business women,
was formed at a meeting Tues
day evening at the Civic Center
building. Mrs. Etta Cunning and
Mrs. Frances Oliver of the Baker
Soroptimist club explained in de
tail the purposes and objectives
of Soropttmism to a group of lo
cal business and professional wo
men. Officers elected for the ensuing
year include Viola Crawford,
president; Fay Bucknum, vice
president; Frances Mitchell,
treasurer; Ruth F. Payne, corres
ponding secretary; Eleanor Gon
ty, recording secretary; board of
directors, Grace Nickerson, one
year term; Leta Humphreys, two
year term, and Olive Hughes,
three-year term.
Members signing the charter at
this meeting included Margaret
Gillis, Etta Parker, Fay Bucknum,
Viola Crawford, Frances Mitch
ell, Olive Hughes, Olive Yeager,
Ida Farra, Eleanor Gonty, Ruth
Payne, Ruth Sanders, Grace Nick
erson, Leta Humphreys, Maxine
East, Jeanne Gaines and Rita
Saager. For her outstanding work
in the field of education through
out this community and the en
tire state of Oregon, Mrs. Lucy E.
Rodgers, Morrow county school
superintendent, was elected the
first honorary member of the
Heppner Soroptimist club.
Meetings will be held Thurs
day of each week at a noon lun
cheon. Sandra Lanham, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Conley Lanham, re
ceived a broken leg while play
ing at school Thursday afternoon
when she jumped off the ledge
about the playground. Sandra re
turned to schoolTuesday, having
had a permanent cast put on the
broken bone.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ferguson
motored to Portland Saturday to
spend the week end visiting with
her mother, Mrs. Anna Heiney.
During their absence Nancy was
a guest at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin Dick.
Mr. and Mrs.Orville Smith en
tertained Sunday evening with a
buffet dinner honoring Mr. and
Mrs. B. C. Pinckney who are leav
ing soon to make their home in
The Dalles. Following the dinner,
bridge was played. Present were
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cohn, Mr.
and Mrs. P. W. Mahoney, Mr. and
Mrs. Stephen Thompson, Mr. and
Mrs. James Valentine, Mr. and
Mrs. Conley Lanham, and Mr,
and Mrs. Fred Mankin. A gift was
presented to the Pinckneys.
Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs.
P. W. Mahoney were her aunt,
Mrs. Flora Morris and her fath
er, George Hyatt, of Pendleton.
Mrs. Lester Gammell motored
!o Portland the end of the week
to be with Mr. Gammell who is
undergoing medical treatment in
the city. She was taken as far as
The Dalles by her son, Robert
and Don Munkers.
Morgan Connor and Richard
Allstott motored to Pendleton
Monday to spend the day shop
ping and attending to business
Bob Mollahan, who Is attend
ing Eastern Oregon College of
Education at La Grande, spent
the week end in Heppner with
his parents, Mr.. and Mrs. P. A.
Mrs. Vashti Saling and son, Ol
ney, of Wheeler are spending a
few days in Heppner transacting
business and visiting friends.
Bob Bently of Baker was a bus
iness visitor In Heppner Tuesday
Mr. Bently was displaying an in
teresting collection of polished
agates, opal and jade.
Mrs. Clarence Ransier and Mrs.
Noel Dobyns of lone were shop
ping In Heppner Monday.
Dale Grimes of Salem visited
9ph '
yU; :L-tr ;mI
Professional Women
in Heppner the end of the week
with Mrs. Ida Grimes and Mr. and
Mrs. Allen Case. Mr. Grimes is
leaving in April to make his
home in Alaska.
Mr. and Mrs. William Collins
motored to Cottage Grove Satur
day to spend the week end with
Mrs. John Saager and Mrs. Bob
Grabill motored to Walla Walla
Tuesday to spend the day shop
ping and attending to business
Mrs. Walter Barger and daugh
ters left Saturday for Tacoma
where they will visit for a time
with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Leathers
of Monument were transacting
business in Heppner Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dorset of Yak
ima were week-end guests of Mr,
and Mrs. Ervin Lynch.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Murdock of
Kahler basin spent a few days
in Heppner the first of the week
attending to business and visit
ing friends.
Mrs. Mary Edwards is here
from Hillsboro visiting friends.
While in Heppner Mrs. Edwards
is a guest at Hotel Heppner.
Mrs. L. B. Ledbetter of the
Rhea creek district and her
daughter, Mrs. Norman Berg
strom of Boardman were shop
ping in Heppner Monday.
Among lone shoppers in Hepp
ner Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Heliker, Mrs. Fannie Grif
fith, Mrs. Clell Rhea and Mr. and
Mrs. Milton Morgan Jr.
Mrs. Carolyn Allstott has ac
cepted the position as bookkeep
er in the Heppner Water depart
ment, vacated recently by the re
signation of Mrs. B. C. Pinckney
who is leaving soon to make her
home in The Dalles.
J. J. O'Connor spent Thursday
in Walla Walla in attendance at
a conference for the J. C. Penney
Co. managers.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Dick mo
tored to Portland Monday to
spend a few Jays in the city on
business and pleasure.
Mrs. Victor Lovgren and Yvon
ne Hastings were hostesses for a
dinner party complimenting Mrs.
Carey Hastings and Victor Lov
gren on the occasion of their
birthdays Tuesday evening at the
Hastings home on Gilmore street.
John Brosnan of Lena was a
business visitor in Heppner Tu
esday. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Shaw were
over from Hermiston Saturday-
visiting friends and transacting
Mr. and Mrs. Tress McClintock
were hosts for a pinochle party
at their home on Cannon street
Saturday evening. Two tables
were in play.
Mrs. O. H. Steinke and baby son
returned home the end of the
week from St. Anthony's hospital
in Pendleton.
Tom Walker and Tom Hascher,
contractors from the John Day
district, were business visitors in
Heppner Saturday.
Mrs. Minnie Card, state organ
izer for the Degree of Honor
lodge, returned to her home in
Portland Monday after spending
several days in Heppner on bus
Iness for the organization.
Raymond Batty of Kimberly
was a business visitor in Hepp
nor Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Farrens of
Hardman were shopping in town
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Lovgren
left Wednesday morning by mo
tor for Everett, Wash., to visit
for a few days with relatives. Re
turning to Heppner with them
will be her father Ed MoDanlol.
who has been liWng In Everett
for the past several months.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Urey of
Eugene spent the week pnd in
Lexington as guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Kenneth Peck. They are Mrs.
Peck's parents.
Mustangs Win 4th
Place in B-Ball
Tourney at Dalles
Greenup, Rippee
Awarded Spots On
All-Star Selection
The Heppner basketball team
wound up in fourth place in the
district 6B tournament held at
The Dalles Feb. 26-27-28.
The Mustangs won their first
game without difficulty from
Culver, 30-15. All ten members
of the Heppner squad saw action
in this game.
The locals dropped their sec
ond game to the Madras five.
Madras jumped to an early lead
but a Mustang spurt at the end
of the second quarter tied the
score at 16-all at the half. Mad
ras scored two quick goals the
second half and held this margin
until the middle of the fourth.
At this point Padberg left the
game on fouls and Madras went
on to win, 38-28.
The game between Heppner
and Moro to determine the third
place team went to Moro. Hepp
ner held an 11-1 advantage at
the quarter and from all appear
ances it seemed the game would
turn into a rout. However, some
thing happened and the locals
struck a cold streak. Even easy
lay-in shots refused to drop in.
The final score, 29-23.
Madras won the finals from St.
Mary's of The Dalles In a walk,
The Heppner team was award
ed the tournament ball as fourth
place award.
Greenup and Rippee of the
Heppner squad made the all-star
team selected" by coaches and of
ficials. Heppner boys to make the trip
were Clarence Greenup, Junior
Hughes, Harold Manners. Jim Or
wick. Buster Padberg. Don Rip.
pee, Norman Ruhl, Phil Smith,
Jim Sumner and Jerry Waters.
Construction Of
Substation Marks
Beginning of REA
Work started Monday at Her
miston on a sub-station of the
Pacific Power & Light company
which marks the beginning of
construction for the Columiba Ba
sin Electric Cooperative, the lo
cal REA service. The new addi
tion will be the point where el
ectric current carried from Pen
dleton by the P .P. & L. will be
transferred to the new high line
to be constructed from Hermiston
to Jordan Siding.
Materials are being assembled
here and at other points in pre
paration for construction on the
lines that will carry current to
the farms of Morrow, Gilliam
and Wheeler counties. First con
struction, it is understood, will
be the high line from Hermiston
to Jordan that will bring the Bon
neville current for distribution In
this territory. However, there are
obstacles in the way which will
have to be removed before gen
eral construction work can start,
but Manager Bert Scouten says
the kla is working in that direc
In reporting the gift made by
the Heppner Lumber company
workers local to the Lexington
school band, our reporter stated
it was an AF of L union. Such
is not the case. It is Heppner Lo
cal No. 312. C.I.O. Here is a dis
tinction with a difference.
Interim Committee
To Be Informed Of
County Road Needs
Citizens Outline
Program to Offer
At Pendleton 23rd
Morrow county's road prob
lems will be given an airing be
fore the special roads and high
ways interim committee of the
legislature when that group
meets with representative groups
of the area at Pendleton on March
23. This was decided upon Tues
day when representatives of the
Morrow county farm bureau, the
granges and the Heppner cham
ber of commerce met in the coun
ty court room at the court house
to formulate a road program for
the next few years.
Object of the interim commit
tee is to ascertain road and street
needs of the entire state so that
the state highway commission,
and back of it the legislature,
will get the outlook for the next
ten to 15 years and be in better
position to formulate a financing
Proposal of the Heppner cham
ber of commerce regarding a
highway from the mouth of Cha
pin creek to Monument, making
connection between that section
and Heppner at a distance of ap
proximately 52 miles, drew con
siderable comment but it was ac
cepted as a part of the over-all
county program inasmuch as it is
being referred to the state high
way commission and would not
Involve county road funds. The
chamber of commerce also asked
that the highway between Hard
man and the mouth of Chapin
creek be hard surfaced at 0OC4
and that the hard surfacing from
Chapin creek to Spray junction
be done as early as possible. It
was also recommended that the
Heppner-Spray highway from the
junction with the John Day high
way to Heppner, and the Oregon
Washington highway from Hepp
ner to Nye junction, and the Oregon-Washington
hgihway from
Heppner Junction to Heppner be
placed on federal aid.
Farm group representatives
the farm bureau, Pomona and in
dividual granges proposed that
the lone-Gooseberry highway be
taken over by the state highway
commission and completed from
the Morgan ranch to the junction
with the Heppner-Condon high
way. This road, known as road
444 to the commission since 1946
when it was approved by the
Public Roads administration as
part of the system of secondary
highways, suffered considerable
damage during the violent
storms which visited the west end
of the county in 1947 and at pre
sent is in need of substantial re
pairs. The same group would also
have the Rhea creek highway
from Jordan Siding to Rugg's tak
en over by the state highway
commission, as well as the road
down little Butter creek to the
Lexington-Hermiston hgihway.
The Willow creek road from
Heppner to the forest boundary is
designated as a primary road and
the group recommended that the
road through Sand Hollow, tak
ing off about three miles east of
Heppner and extending to the
Cutsforth ranch (the Hynd ranch)
thence west on the base line to
the Barnett ranch north of Lex
ington; and the Clarks canyon
road from Lexington to Social
ridge, across Social ridge to Rhea
creek, should be designated as
county primary roads. It was also
proposed that east-west roads
through Irrigon and Boardman
projects should be built, looking
to giving the residents of the up
per parts of the projects better
road service.
As to the Ione-Boardman road,
no recommendation could be in
corporated, inasmuch as the fed
eral government still retains con
trol of most of the land between
the two towns particularly the
bombing field, and until this
land is returned to the county
nothing of a permanent nature
can be done. It was suggested
that some minor repairs might
be done to the present road with
out offence to the government but
general use of the road is not ad
vocated under the present status
of ownership.
Permanent Improvement of the
Blaekhorse-Lexington road and
several other roads over the coun
ty was recommended.
It was recommended that the
state highway commission, at the
request of the counties, furnish
engineering service. As the reg
ulation now stands, such service
will be furnished on request but
the counties must pay for it. The
citizens would have the highway
commission absorb the charges
for such service.
Other recommendations includ
ed information provided by the
highway commission to counties
in which the commission pro
poses road Improvements, and
that motor fuel taxes be increas
ed to help meet expanded high
way program rather than the vot
ing of more highway bonds. As
to the first proposition it wan re
called that no reason was given
lion dollars on rebuilding the
lion dollars o nrebulldlnu the
Lexington-Jarman section and
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