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T L A i D t 0 P. Z .
Heppner Gazette Times-
Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, March 25, 1948
Volume 65, Number 1
County's Highway
Program Presented
Interim Committee
Group Told Morrow
Not in Favor Of
Bonding For Roads
Morrow county's program for
highway and road improvement
'urlng the next few years was
presented to the legislative in
in committee Tuesday at Pen
sion. Members of the Morrow
cjunty court, lncludng Judge
Cert Johnson, L. D. Neill and R.
1. Thompson, and George N. Peck,
Garnet Barratt, Allen Case and
c achot Therkelson, representing
; ' 0 county at large were on hand
. j;ick up the program and to
. n.swer questions.
Judge Johnson read the report
to the committee, complete text
lit which will be found on page
three of this Issue of the Gazette
Times. He took time to explain
points and to invite discussion by
members of the committee on the
merits of certain proposals. Gar
net Barratt gave the committee
some history of highway and
county road construction, point
ing out that county bonds had
been spent in building a good
many miles of roads which later
were taken over by the state.
Judge Bert Johnson emphasiz
ed a paragraph in the report re
lating to floating bond issues for
the construction of roads. He told
the interim committee that Mor
row county is definitely not In
favor of bond issues for road pur
poses. He pointed out that this
county Is not through with a
bond Issue of $550,000 which has
cost the taxpayers an additional
$200,000 or more In interest, and
the bonds still have several years
to run. He also included another
$250,000 bond Issue, which makes
$800,000 this county of less than
5,000 population has spent In
building and maintaining roads.
When boiled down, this repre
sents around $19 per capita the
people have been paying on
Other points brought out in the
report included a recommenda
tion that if new revenues must
be found by the legislature and
the highway commssion, the Mor
row county road committee fav
ors an increase in the gasoline
tax. Construction of the proposed
river route between The Dalles
and Troutdale, and reconstruc
tion of the highway between Ar
lngton and Boardman, as recom
mended by the Old Oregon Trail
A feature of the meeting great
ly appreciated by the Morrow
county group was the appearance
rt the meeting of Judge Allen of
Grant county, who, while not
there officially, told the interim
committee he was there to back
up Morrow county's proposal for
construction of a highway from
Monument to the mouth of Cha
pin creek to connect with the
Heppner-Spray highway.
The complete text of the report
will be found on page 3 of this
State Christ Ambassador and
Sunday school representative
Rev. Victor Trimmer will speak
at the Assembly of God church
at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26. Fel
lowship dinner will be served at
5:30 or 6 p.m., followed by a big
Christ Ambassador rally at 7.45.
Young people from all over the
district will be present. Special
vocal and musical numbers. Both
young and old are invited to at
tend. The C-A's will hold a street
service, weather permitting.
From left to right, at folder: "Cammle," her " Mommle" Mrs,
Behind the make-up Btone, Robert Davidson and J asper Crawford.
Although most of the equipment now in us h
the old Times building, most oi the stones and s
were used in earlier days. Most notable additio
rnrk Ontimut newgoaper press and the model 14
equipment the shop has a large power perfora
and an automatic )ob press on order. The Gazct
building, which 11 necessity
keep abreast OI growin in me
try to be in a position to meet
Gazette Times Observes
65th Year in City Paperdom
The Gazette Times is celebrat
Ine this week the 65th anniver
sary of the founding of the Hepp
ner Gazette. The exact uate oi
the first issue is not known be
cause of the loss of the files in
the big fire of July 4, 1918, but it
was approximately the same date
as this week's issue. Consequent
ly, what may be said historically
will be largely from memory,
some of which may not be as ac
curate as such history should be.
The present editor came onto
the scene in 1901, Just about this
time of year. The Gazette chang
ed' hands in April of that year,
passing from the control of a
man who had been identified
with the paper on two different
occasions John W. "Watermel
on" Redington. As stated In these
columns in recent years, the Gaz
ette was founded by J. H. Stein,
was later edited by Rev. Henry
Rnsmus and was finally acqured
by the Patterson brothers, Alva
and Otis. In 1812, Vawter Craw
ford came from Waltsburg, Wn.,
to work as. foreman. This intro
duced the Crawford family into
the newspaper picture of Heppner
and some members of the family
have been identified with the
Gazette and Times ever since.
C.arfield Crawford followed his
older brother to Heppner and
worked alternately on me uaz
nttn and the HenDner Times
(founded in 1896) until 1909 when
he went to Texas and has been
a resident of the south since.
The kid brother, known as
"Doc" to those with whom he
worked in those days, started at
the case on the Heppner Times
In 1901, working first at one shop
and then the other until 1910
when Vawter Crawford, the old
est brother, bought the Gazette
from Fred Warnock. The shop
was then located on May street
at about the middle of the Forest
Service yard east of the Gilliam
& Bisbee building. In 1912, Vaw
ter bought the Heppner Times
from E. M. Shutt and the two
plants were merged in the Times
building which was located a
few feet south of the present Gil
liam & Bisbee building.
When Spencer Crawford finish
ed high school he became a full
time printer in the shop. He ev
entually became a partner in the
business and following In the
Hearing on John
Day Dam Proposal
Set for May 25
Colonel O. E. Walsh, district
engineer, has informed this news
paper that a hearing previously
scheduled to be held at the high
school auditorium, Arlington, on
April 6. will be postponed to 10:30
a.m, Tuesday, May 25. The loca
tion will remain unchanged.
Postponement has been necess
itated by request of local inter
ests for additional time in which
to prepare material for presenta
tion at the hearing. All informa
tion contained In the previous an
nouncement dated March 5, ex
cept for the announced date of
hearing, is still applicable.
Young adults of the Methodist
church have decided upon or
ganizing into an active group
and to bring the movement to
fruition a potluck dinner will be
held at the church at 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday, April 8.
Besides consumption of tasty
viands, election of officers and
discussion of working plans will
occupy the attention of the young
Mrs. Sara McNamer and Mrs.
Harry Tamblyn returned Sunday
evening from a week end visit in
tor, a new paper
te Times owns
arises can oe conve
rted to plant
t will always
community ana i
publishing and pr
In ting demands.
sn mi i i wj
footsteps of his father was rec
ognized as an .outstanding print
er among the weeklies. Upon the
death of Vawter Crawford in 1935,
Spencer carried on until Decem
ber, 1939 when illness forced him
to give up the helm. Upon his
death late in March, 1940, Jasper
Crawford bought his interest and
published the paper until the
first of September 1942 when he
went to Alaska to work as civil
ian employee with the U. S. en
gineers. When Jasper severed
connections with the paper, that
ended 32 years of continuous ow
nership in one family. His moth
er retained her one-half interest
in the business until the present
owners took possession on Octo
ber 1, 1942. Thus the Crawford
name has been identified with
the newspapers In Heppner all
but nine of the 65 years.
One of the "files" saved from
the fire of July 4, 1918 was the
picture from which this cut was
made. It represents the Gazette
Times equipment and personnel
of 35 years ago. The picture was
taken in 1913, a year or so fol
lowing consolidation of the
town's two newspapers and the
merging of the two plants in the
Heppner Times building. It was
also about a year prior to instal
lation of the first Linotype in the
county, a model K which served
for 14 years when it was traded
in on the model 14 which is still
in service. The Times had used
a Unitype, a machine which set
movable type, and the Gazette
had relied upon hand- composi
tion, both of which quickly fell
into the discard when the more
efficient line casting machine
was installed.
The Country Campbell press
which was good for 800 to 900
impressions per hour was sup
planted in 1919 by the more mod
ern, faster two-revolution Bab
cock Optimus press which in still
in service.
On the wall back of the press
are large posters which the print
shop crew was In the process of
printing. They were advertising
the first Morrow county fair.
Power at the time was gener
ated by a gasoline engine, but
this was changed to electric mo
tors when the Heppner Light &
Water company increased its service.
Members of the Junior cham
ber of commerce and the J'C-ettes
had a party at the civic center
hall Wednesday evening. Main
social feature of the gathering
was a box dinner for which the
men drew instead of bidding for
the boxes.
Most of the evening was spent
in discussing civic affairs, includ
ing plans for a physical educa
tion director on a combined
school and town basis, and ways
and means of improving and
completing the civic center.
The J'C-ettes have assumed the
job of conducting the house-to-house
canvass to raise the addi
tional hospital fund. Mrs. Tom
Wilson, is chairman of the com-
1 mittee.
Ellen Fraser of Irrigon has the
distinct honor of making a GPA
of 3.5 or better, which is mid
way between an A and B, during
the winter term at Eastern Ore
gon college which ended March
Mr. and Mrs. Clive Huston mo
tored to Pasco Thursday after
noon to visit their son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herman
Parker. They were accompanied
by their hous,eguest, Mrs. Leon
ard Barr of Redmond who visited
in Pasco with her son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mer
ritt. C. C. Dunham, and Mrs. Crawford,
At the press, O. G. Crawford.
as been acquired since the shop was moved from
ome of the racks and cases are the same that
ns made since 1918 are the two revolution Bab
Linotype. Besides these more modern Dieces of
drill, a powered wire stitcher
its own building and adlacent
use. The newspaper has tried to
be the policy of the publishers to
Churches Prepare
Fitting Services to
Observe Eeastertide
Business Houses
Will Close 12-3
For Good Friday
Heppner's churches are prepar
ing to observe Easter In a fitting
manner, starting with the Good
Friday observances at the Episco
pal and Catholic churches and
continuing through Sunday.
Business houses of Heppner are
cooperating with the churches on
the Good Friday services by clos
ing their doors from 12 until 3
p.m. The school has been re
quested to excuse students who
wish to attend the services dur
ing those hours.
Mass of Pre-Sanctified Friday
will be held at St. Patrick's
church at 7:30 a.m. Beginnng at
noon and continuing until 3 p.
m. the church will hold services
commemorating the Lord's agony
on the cross.
At All Saints Epscopal church,
Vicar Neville Blunt will conduct
the usual three-hours Good Fri
day service.
Easter will be heralded with a
sunrise service at the Assembly
of God church. Joe Jewett, pastor
of the Church of Christ, will de
liver the sermon and music will
be provided by Merlene Miller
as vocal soloist, accompanied by
Mrs. Ray Taylor.
None of the churches will pre
sent cantatas this year, but the
choirs of the Methodist church
and Church of Christ will offer
special Easter music. Mr. Jewett
has chosen for his morning ser
mon subject, "Living Triumph
antly." Rev. J. Palmer Sorlien
will discuss "After Darkness
Light" in his morning sermon at
the Methodist church.
Besides the regular sermon In
the evening at the Church of
Christ, colored slides of Easter
will be shown, with children tell
ing the story.
improved weather conditions by
improved weahter conditions by
Sunday, which leaves the annual
Easter "parade" somewhat in
doubt Up to the present new
spring outfits hav been conspic
uous in their absence but the
weather man may relent in time
to permit showing of new spnmj
Cecil Thome of Morgan was
transacting business in Heppner
this morning.
From left to right: Spencer,
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This is "Commie," otherwise
Camela Margaret Dunham,
who Joined the Gazette Times
family in December 1947. Going
on four years oi age, she is
one of the busiest members oi
the force on press days, espe
cially helping her "mommy"
who rum the Addressograph.
She teems to have printer's ink
in her veins and will no doubt
be a printer or a journalist
when she grows up.
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(. 5. Health Bureau Approves County's
Application for Federal Aid for Hospital
To Appear In Annual School Band Concert March 31
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These young musicians do not constitute the Heppner School band. They represent each section
of the band which Director Billy Cochell thought would make a good advertising picture. They
will be in their respective places next Wednesday night when the annual band concert will be
presented at the school auditorium-gymnasium. Tickets are now on sale and the word is out that
they are going fast The concert is scheduled to begin promptly at 8 p.m.
All-Stars Really
Went To Town In
Overtime Period
LaVerne Van Marter's All-Stars
basketball squad really went to
town in the overtime period of
the final game of the season
played against Fossil there Fri
day night. (The Gazette Times
officially closed the season here
last week, not knowing that one
more game had been scheduled.)
When the scoring is considered
it looks like the Stars established
a record. Here's what happened:
At the end of the regular 40
minutes of play the teams were
tied at 31-all. As soon as the
five-minute overtime period start
ed, Buster Padberg and Bill Ul
rich got ravenously basket hun
gry, and with the assistance of
Bob Campbell and Stanley Kemp,
looped' in 18 counters for a total
of 49 points while Fossil garner
ed two baskets for a total of 35
Not a bad way to wind up the
season, thinks Van Marter.
Arthur, Vawter and O. G.
Tennis Courts at
lone Completed
All work has been completed on
the tennis courts at the lone
school, according to Supt. B. C.
Forsythe. He was referring to the
actual construction on the courts,
which includes the laying of con
crete floor, setting of nets and
such other work as may be in
volved. Posts are set for the wire
netting fence which will sur
round the courts and the wire
will be up by the time spring
play starts which will be any
time the weather is suitable.
Two double courts have been
provided in what Mr. Forsythe
terms as fine a tennis court as he
has seen anywhere.
Mr. and Mrs. Carey Hastings
and daughter, Peggy, and Mr.
and Mrs. Victor Johnson and
daughter, Carolyn, motored to
Portland the end of the week.
During their stay in the city they
were the guests of Mrs. Gladys
Corrlgal and in Vancouver, Wn.,
they visited with Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Jenkinson (Zetla Bleak
man). Mr. and Mrs. Vinton Howell of
John Day were visiting friends
and relatives In Heppner Mon
day. Mr. Howell is engaged in
the garage business in John Day.
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Becker Falls Heir
To Cancer Drive
When B. C. Pinckney left the
managership of the First Nation
al bank here he not only turned
over the job to his successor,
Merle Becket, but bequeathed
him some civic jobs as well.
First inheritance was that of
chamber of commerce treasurer.
Merle thought that wasn't so bad
and accepted the assignment
cheerfully. Then came word that
he had been chosen to succeed
"Pinck" as chairman of the can
cer drive in Morrow county. In
volved in the process of familiar
izing himself with the local
banking situation he at first gave
the cancer drive little considera
but a word from Portland
the first of the week brought him
to attention and he is now plan
ning his campaign which will
open April 1.
Mrs. Claad Huston was taken
suddenly ill Wednesday at the
home of her daughter in Corval
lis. She was rushed to a hospital
and was reported considerably
improved today.
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Picture by Heppner Photo Studio
The picture of the newspaper
of years has elapsed, methods
changed. As said Detore, tne
The new press is capable of
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speeds varying from 1300 to 2400. Of course, the
tion iavors the machine by a ratio oi approxima
Photographer Louis Lyons snapped the pictur
the pressman time to squint
Students Give C.
C. Demonstration
Of Public Speaking
Three students from the public
speaking class taught by Waldo
Jackson at Heppner high school,
were guests of the chamber of
commerce Monday noon and
demonstrated some of their train
ing. Rachel Cox took as her subject
'The New Look," which she han
dled in a creditable manner. Rose
Pierson chose "Words" as her
subject, leaving her hearers more
or less dizzy following a barrage
of heavy ones. She used the big
0rdS ,0 Sh0W, h- impressive
mey uda suujiu oou men inter
preted them in more of the one
cylinder type to make them prac
tical and more understandable to
the august assemblage.
Jerry Waters spoke on "Meet
ing the public as a service sta
tion attendant." He did a good
job of it until near the end of his
prepared speech when his lines
escaped him and he couldnt re
call them.
Supt. Henry Tetz introduced
Mr. Jackson and his proteges.
A report was made on the jun
ket to Monument the Monday
previous, and Frank Turner re
ported progress on the hospital
fund but urged full cooperation
of the chamber of commerce in
helping to make the drive a suc
cess. Frank Davis reported on a
hearing by the Interstate Com
merce commission on Joint rail
and water rates to be held in
Portland today. He volunteered
to represent the chamber of com
merce. George N. Peck, present
at the luncheon, stated he was
going to Portland to attend the
V.F. W. Post 6100
Elects Officers
Election of officers was the or
der of business with Post 6100,
Veterans of Foreign Wars at the
regular meeting Monday evening
held in the Civic Center hall.
Ervin Rauch was chosen com
mander; James Driscoll. first vice
commander; Archie Struthers,
second vice commander; William
E. McCaleb, quartermaster adju
tant; Dr. C. C. Dunham, post sur
geon; trustee, two-year term, Joe
Aiken; trustee, three-year term
James P. Stotts; holdover trustee,
i C. C. Carmichael.
press in operati
on was taken to
oi producing the p
aper and other
old press ran at a
peed ol betweon
producing 3.000 imp
tely six to one.
e while the press
bis eyes and other
win met up the
News from Washington this
week just about clears the way
for early construction of the Pi
oneer Memorial hospital, Morrow
county's hospital project which
has been hanging fire for several
months, since funds on hand in
the county treasurer's office were
insufficient to meet bids sub
mitted by contracting firms late
last summer.
In a message to the Gazette
Times Tuesday afternoon, Con
gressman Lowell Stockman had
the following to say:
"I am advised by the U. S.
Public Health Service that the
Public Health Service and the
Oregon State Board of Health
have approved the initial appli
cation for construction of a 15
bed general hospital in Heppner.
The estimated total cost of this
project is given at $189,294. of
which the federal share Is $63,
098. The project, I am informed,
is to be sponsored by Morrow
county, and is to be constructed
under the provision of the hos
pital survey and construction act,
Public law 725, 79th Congress."
Rep. Stockman's message was
the first intimation received here
that the application had been
approved, although the hospital
committee and county court had
been expecting early action.
The sum approved includes an
additional $20,000 for which a
campaign is now being conduct
ed to raise by voluntary subscrip
tion. Some of the money has been
subscribed and paid in but ac
cording to Frank Turner, chair
man, there is much work to be
done to meet the above figure.
Committees are out working the
several districts of the county
and here in Heppner the J'C-
ettes are getting all set to make
a house to house canvass of the
Those having the hospital pro
ject in charge feel that the sum
that will be available with the
government assistance will make
it possible to provide topnotch
construction and to acquire the
best of equipment for a 15-bed
building. It is possible that bids
may be slightly pared down from
the scale prevailing in the first
attempt to let the contract. There
has been no appreciable reduc
tion in building materials and
neither has there been any weak
ening in the labor market but
there is a possibility that more
contractors will be interested
than before, in which event there
may be a chance to get a more
favorable figure.
Officials, awaiting more word
from state and federal agencies,
will make no move to advertise
for bids or do other preliminary
Electricians Open
Shop on Gale Street
Tom Walker and Otto Steinke
have formed a partnership and
opened an electric shop in a
small building at the rear of the
Case Furniture company and fac
ing on Gale street. They are an
nouncing that they are prepared
to do electrical work oq a con
tract basis as well as general
electrical repair work.
The name of the new enter
prise is Morrow County Electric
Service. Both men have until re
cently been employed by the
Heppner Hardware & Electric
Harold Erwin visited his moth
er and his sister Gladys at Walla
Walla Sunday and reports that
Gladys, who is a first lieutenant
In the WAAC. will leave San
Francisco April 5 for Yokohama,
Japan, where she will spend two
years in the service.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Marlatt of
Kahler Basin were week-end vis
itors in Heppner.
show that although a wide ipan
printing have not materially
800 and 900 impressions par hour
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ressioni per nour but runt most o! the time at
difference between hand and machine compoii-
wat running, which didn t give
general view.