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Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, February 24, 1949
Volume 65, Number 49
To Be Established
By Forest Service
Plans For Wider
Use By Public
Believing that the public at
large should make greater use of
the forest areas from a recrea
tional standpoint, the U. S. For
est Service Is developing plans to
make the mountain retreats more
usable and attractive, not only
to residents in the vicinity of the
mountains but to tourists as well.
Something of the overall pic
ture was given the luncheon
group of the Heppner chamber
of commerce Monday noon by
Ranger Glenn Parsons of the
Heppner district of the Umatilla
National Forest. Parsons produc
ed a map Including the plans for
development In his district, giv
ing the location of various camp
sites, picnic grounds, and more
or less permanent building sites
for summer houses, hunting lodg
es and the like.
As an inducement to Heppner
people and any others residing in
the vicinity, Parsons said the ser
, vice will entertain applications
for leases up Willow creek where
some cabins now stand, and at
the Herren MiU site and the vi
cinity of the old coal mine. This
region in times past has been
quite generally utilized by the
people of the county and the for
est service would like to see It in
more general use once more.
Ditch Creek and Porter Creek also
are adaptable to summer home
use, and cabins at these sites
would serve well as hunting
As fast as funds become avail
able the service plans to set up
picnic and camping spots in var
ious parts of the area. Sites at
or near some of the lookout sta
tions will be utilized, and all
spots chosen will be served by
the forest service road system.
Parsons said he could not prom,
ise elaborate set ups but that
certain conveniences will be pro
vided. It Is hoped to get some of
the campground and picnic sites
ready for use this year.
The loral ranger Is convinced
that with completion of the dis
trict road to Monument, placing
the route from Heppner to the
south on a more or less through
highway basis, there will be more
tourists passing this way and
many more strangers taking ad
vantage of our recreational re
sources. He thinks the Blue
mountains in this area will ev
entually become both" a summer
and a winter playground.
Day of Prayer
Sponsored by the Women's Mis
sionary society, the World Day of
Prayer will bo observed in Hepp
ner Friday afternoon, March 4.
The service will be held at 2:30
p.m. at the Episcopal church.
Originally a program for wo
men, the World Day of Prayer
movement has grown to Include
all who believe in prayer. People
In 74 countries participated In ob
servance of the day In 1948. It is
observed alike by Protestants,
Catholics and Jews.
The theme this year Is all of
Psalm 121, and the sponsors are
particularly stressing the sen
tence, 'The Lord is thy keeper."
The missionary society Is urging
all women planning to attend to
commit the psalm.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Palmateer
(Uosetta Healy) 'have returned
from a honeymoon trip to Brit
ish Columbia, Seattle and other
points and are now at home at
their farm near lone.
Future Farmers Face Furious Flood
To Rescue Members' Project Calves
How to keep the good will of
their calves, also to keep their
calves these were the dual prob
lems that faced Elwayne Berg
strom and Kenneth Turner as
they looked out Into the angry
waters of Hinton creek, out to
where the young livestock were
trapped up against the fence
across the corral.
These calves meant much to
Kenneth and Elwayne. As super
vised farming projects In voca
tional agriculture they were the
start in farming for these two
hoys. In feeding the animals the
boys were learning to do by do
ing. And now the calves were
trapped, at best to spend an un
pleasant night in the cold water,
perhaps to perish If higher watei
came. The boys had their prob
lems, but they and their friends
solved them. 1
After a bit of planning It was
decided to tear down the fence
into the Rodeo holding ocrrals
where the calves and bulldogglng
That old saying, "Too many
cooks spoil the broth," had a
counterpart in local Journalism
last week. With our city reporter,
Mrs. Ruth Payne, covering most
of the social events, ye scribe
took it for granted she would re
port the DeMolay banquet. As a
matter of fact she had it written
up and withheld it, thinking the
editor would report it. It so hap
pened that an account of the
banquet failed to materialize.
There are two red faces and both
Mrs. Payne and the editor are
It is surprising how much mois
ture content may be contained
in a few inches of snow. The
blanket that fell over this region
last Thursday averaged about
three inches, yet the run-off here
Monday looked like there might
have been three feet. But we
hesitate to mull over the possi
ble consequences had there been
that much snow in the back
country. At the rate Donaldson
canyon poured water into streets
and yards it would not have re
quired many more inches of snow
to make a major flood. As it was,
no small amount of damage has
been done to residences, lawns
and streets, and it will require
several weeks to clean up the
muck and debris left by the an
Weather is still the leading
subject and this calls to mind a
brief chat with Will Morgan Mon
day afternoon. He said that the
snowstorm which provided the
ammunition for Monday's flood
did not reach the south side of
the Blue mountains. When he
and his family left Monument
Monday morning the ground was
comparatively dry. They came by
way of Fossil and Condon and
didn't run into snow until they
reached the timber line. They
were surprised to find the coun
try north of the mountains white.
Can it be that Ma Nature is be
coming a bit fickle?
In times of disaster, one of the
outstanding units most frequent
ly receiving press notice is the
Boy Scouts. We have not heard
much about our local troop in
recent months but the Scouts are
fnuctionlng and in the light of
their activities Monday evening
it might be pertinent to borrow
from the vernacular and say
and how!" With their leader,
Bill Davis, the boys went Into
action in the north part of town
and did yeoman service for sev
eral hours. Davis got them ex
cused from school at 3 p.m. and
by 3:30 they were organized and
stayed on the Job for the next
four hours. They watched the
Morgan street bridge, directed
traffic, moved some people to
safety and otherwise disported
themeslves in a helpful manner.
Fourteen boys are now regis
tered as Scouts. The first meet
ing was held at the parish house
of All Saints Episcopal church at
7:30 p.m. February 9, when eight
boys showed up. At the second
meeting, February 16, six more
came and signed up. Others are
interested and as they learn of
the valuable service Scouts can
be to their community they will
The annual Father-Son ban
quet was held in the basement
of the Methodist church Tuesday
evening. A report of the affair is
lacking at this time. However, it
Is encouraging to see the young
er boys active In Scout work
again and the community should
lend whatever encouragement
needed to carry out a complete
To show their appreciation for
the Scout's services, Mr. and Mrs.
Merle Miller Invited the whole
troop to their home for supper
Tuesday evening. It was quite a
chore to feed 14 husky young
appetites but the Millers were
equal to the occasion.
Patrol leaders are Jack Sum
ner, Gay Harshman, Wesley Mar
latt and Wayne Wilson. Ray Mc
Donald, located here temporarily,
Is giving Bill Davis a lift as as
steers are held, then work them
around through the quieter wa
ter to higher ground. Cecil Rill
(Cecil In hip boots which even
on him weren't high enough) and
Bob Bergstrom volunteered to
work their way around the rodeo
field, come in behind the calves
and tear down the fence so that
the animals might work back
around the rodeo field. This was
accomplished with difficulty
and they were driven around to
the corrals where the calves and
steers leave the rodeo field. The
calves were caught and haltered,
then started on their Journey to
Oscar George's barn, where; they
are now kept. ., t
Cooperating in the rescue were
Cecil Rill, Bob Bergstrom, El
wayne Bergstrom, Kenneth Tur
ner, Mr. Cook, Carl Thorpe and
The good will of the calves was
restored and their lives saved
problems solved, mission com
City Faced With
Many Problems In
Flood Waters Add
Heavily to Burden
Of Street Drainage
Plans of the city council to im
prove the streets this year were
set somewhat awry by Monday's
flood and both work and funds
that might otherwise have been
used for bettering what we had
will to a large extent be used in
restoring flood-damaged blocks
to somewhat of a normal state.
Those blocks affected on upper
Main street, Cannon and Chase
streets in the south central part
of town and Riverside in the north
end, present a problem not only
of repair but in some instances
reconstruction. This is particular
ly true of Chase and Riverside
The council in session Monday
evening tentatively decided that
the proposed curb program in
volving several blocks of Gale
street and streets crossing Gale
would have to be accomplished
by forming improvement districts
with the property owners within
those districts assuming the cost
of putting in the curbs. It will be
the city's part to do the engineer
ing and eventually to pave the
roadway to the curbing.
Walter Dupuy, upon advice of
the city attorney, did not remain
Monday evening to be installed
as councilman. Just what action
will be taken in appointment of
a successor to Howard Keithley
was not indicated at the time.
Representatives of the pastimes
were present and asked what the
council intended to do about per
mitting slot machines and card
games to operate, and after some
discussion the council voted to
close all gambling in the city.
Since Tuesday morning, all of
the city's work crew has been en.
gaged in clearing up after the
flood. Water pipes were broken
in some places and muck and
debris hampered the normal pur.
suit of life everywhere the water
struck. A bridge will replace the
culvert near the swimming pool
and it is hoped this change will
remove the danger of a repetition
of Monday's overflow.
Early Resident of
At Klamath Falls
Services were held at 2 o'clock
p.m., Saturday, at the Phelps Fu
neral Home chapel for Anna El
izabeth Potter. John Runyan, pas
tor of the Heppner Church of
Christ, officiated and Mrs. C. C.
Dunham was soloist. Interment
was in the Heppner Masonic cem
etery, beside the graves of other
members of her family. Mrs. Pot.
ter passed away Tuesday, Febru
ary 15, at the home of one of her
sons in Klamath Falls.
Mrs. Potter was a member of
one of the earlier pioneer famil
ies of Heppner. Born at Sacra
mento, Calif., August 7, 1872, she
came with her parents, Townsend
and Caroline French, in 1877.
They settled on a homestead and
wheat farmed in Donaldson can
yon for many years. Her broth
ers, George, Uzz, Lee and Owen
spent most of ther lives here and
preceded her to the grave. She
married David Morton Potter on
Decebmer 25, 1891, in Heppner.
Mr. Potter passed away In 1914.
Surviving are one daughter,
Mrs. Alice Miller, Pendleton, and
three sons, Oliver Potter, Prlne
ville and Lee and Linn Potter,
Klamath Falls, and two sisters,
Mrs. Emma Howard, Vancouver,
Wash., and Mrs. Mary Kirk, Mo
desto, Cal. Two daughters, Wll
letta Potter Griffin and Hazel Pot
ter, preceded her in death.
Church and Lodge
Heppner people are becoming
organ minded what with the J. O.
Turners and Earl Blakes install
ing new Hammond Electric or
gans In recent weeks and only
last week two more coming to
town. Latest installations were in
All Saints Episcopal church and
at the Elks temple. It is under
stood the Elks are debating over
purchasing one, due to the lack
of a regular organist, but may
decide to do so on the prospect
of developing players hereabouts.
The church organ was installed
Saturday evening to stay, Mrs.
Tull, wife of Rev, Eldon L. Tull,
is the organist and delighted
the congregation Sunday morn
ing with her offerings. Mrs. Tull
has had many years experience
In large and small cities and is
a talented and versatile performer.
Elks Annual Party Well Attended
Despite Adverse Weather Conditions
ELKS ANNUAL 2 col.
By Ruth F. Payne
Feb. 25 Card party, St Pat
rck's parish hall.
Feb. 26 District convention,
Oddfellows lodge hall.
March 1 Pancake luncheon,
All Saints parish house.
March 4 Card party and food
bazaar, P-TA, American Legion
Adverse weather conditions af
fected only slightly the attend
ance at the annual birthday fes
tivities of Heppner B. P. O. Elks,
Saturday, A full schedule of en
tertainment was arranged by the
various committees. Following
the noon luncheon at the lodge,
a class of twenty candidates was
initiated with the drill team from
the La Grande lodge giving the
work. During this time, the ladies
were entertained by a card party
at the American Legion hall. At
6 p.m. a buffet supper was served
at the Elks temple during which
time Frank Alexander, organist
from the Sherman Clay Music Co.
of Portland, entertained at the
Hammond organ. At the conclu
sion of the dinner hour, a floor
show was presented featuring a
comedy and dance routine, an ac
robatic dancer and impersona
tions by Tony Karloff, son of Boris
Karloff of screen and radio fame.
Mr. Karloffs impersonations of
radio and screen personalities
were well received by the large
crowd. After the floor show, danc
ing continued to the early hours
of the morning.
Nine tables of bridge and thir
teen tables of pinochle were in
play at the card party sponsored
by the B. P. O. Elks at the Amer
ican Legion hall Saturday after
noon. High score for bridge was
received by Mrs. Grace Nickerson,
second high by Mrs. Earle Gil
liam; for pinochle, Mrs. Tress Mc-
Clintock received high, and Mrs.
Richard Hayes of Arlington re
ceived second. For Chinese check
ers, Mrs. Merle Burkenbine re
ceived the prize. Mrs. Conley Lan.
ham received the door prize. Hos
tesses for the affair were Mes
dames Terrel Benge, Harlan D.
McCurdy, Jr., Jack O'Connor, Wil-
lard Blake, Jack Van Winkle, Har
old Becket, Tom Wilson, Milton
Morgan, Jr., Frank Connor, Eu
gene Ferguson and C. C. Carmi
chael. Mrs. Carmichael was also
mistress of ceremonies.
Preceding the Elks ball Satur
day evening, Mr. and Mrs. Terrel
L. Benge entertained with a buf
fet supper at their home on Gale
street complimenting the officers
of the local lodge, their wives
and drill team of the La Grande
lodge. Present were Mr. and Mrs.
Layton Graham, Mr. and Mrs
Powell Graham, Mr. and Mrs.
William Thomas, Mr.- and Mrs.
W. R. Winters, Mr. and Mrs. Wht-
ley Schroth, Ned Jones, John W.
Grouji of La Grande; Mr. and
Mrs. Willard Blake, Mr. and Mrs.
Harlan D. McCurdy Jr., Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Van Winkle, Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Becket, Mr. and Mrs.
Jack O'Connor, Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Wilson Mr. anH Mrs Fiiuenp Fer
guson and Dr. and Mrs. J. D.
Palmer. Other guests were ex
pected but due to the weather
conditions, they were unable to
make the trip over from La
Along with Friday's snow storm
came a flock of some thirty rob
ins. Since that time they have
been feasting on the berries of
the Russian olive trees on the
lawn of the Charles Hodge Jr.
residence on South Court street.
Tuesday's torrential downpour
daunted them little as they were
observed bathing in the puddles
left by the rain and were thor
oughly enjoying the whole thing.
A group of friends entertained
with a housewarming Wednes
day evening for Mr. and Mrs. Al
vin Casebeer who have just re
cently moved nto their new home
on N. Main street. Present were
Mr. and Mrs. George Gertson, Mr
and Mrs. Ray Drake, Mr. and Mrs.
Dave Phelan, Mr. and Mrs. John
Bergstrom, Mr. and and Mrs.
Frank Adkins, Mr. and Mrs. Wil
liam Farra, Mrs. Edna Turner,
Mrs. Madge Bryant, Mrs. Nellie
Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin
Casebeer, Mr. and Mrs. Darrel
Padberg, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Hill,
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Britt and
Mrs. Lucy Wright. Pinochle was
the diversion of the evening with
Mrs. Anderson receiving high
score, and Mrs. Phelan, low. Re
freshments of Ice cream, cake and
coffee were served.
Joe Farley arrived Thursday
from Hood River to spend the
week end with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. James Farley Sr., and to
attend the festivities of the Elks
According to reports, Mrs. Bob
Joslin of Butter creek suffered
a broken leg In an automobile
accident early Sunday morning
when the car in which she was
riding failed to make the turn at
the Hector place on the Hinton
creek road. Mrs. Joslin was brot
to Heppner for treatment at the
office of a local physician.
Mr. and Mrs. Terrel Benge mo
tored to Hermiston Tuesday after
Mrs. Ralph Benge who has been
visiting there for the past ten
days with her sister, Mrs. Ruth
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Eberhardt Jr.
of Prineville were in Heppner the
last of the week to visit his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Eberhardt.
They report one of the most se
vere winters in many years in
that section with the temperature
going as low as -26 degrees and
continuing there for some days.
i Mrs. Fay Bueknum and Mrs.
Ted Plerson motored to Pendleton
Thursday afternoon to attend to
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Aiken and
Mrs. Venice Stiles motored to
Portland the last of the week. Mr.
Aiken, who recently underwent
surgery at the St. Vincent's hos
pital, planned to re-enter the hos
pital for a check-up.
Robert Welty of The Dalles was
a business visitor in Heppner the
last of the week.
, Week-end houseguests of Mr.
and Mrs. Bill Richards were Mr.
and Mrs. Emmett Kenney and
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Erwin oi
Pendleton who came over to at
tend the Elks annual ball.
Marvin Glasscock of La Grande
stopped over Saturday in Hepp.
ner enroute to Vancouver, Wn.,
where he will visit his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Glasscock.
During his visit in Heppner, Mr.
Glasscock attended the Elks' cel
ebration. Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Kenny of
Pendleton attended the Elks'
dance in Heppner Saturday night
Mr. and Mrs. Ray McQueen of
Athena were over-Sunday guests
in Heppner at the home of her
mother, Mrs. William Harper and
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Sperry of
Portland were week-end visitors
at the home of her mother, Mrs.
Allen Johnston and Mr. Johnston.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Webb and
children of Walla Walla came
over Frday to visit with Mrs. R.
A. Thompson and other relati I;
over the week end and to attend
the Elks' annual birthday ball.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hayes
and daughters of Arlington were
week-end houseguests of her mo
ther, Mrs. Grace Nickerson.
Mr. and Mrs. Orve Rasmus mo
tored to Dayton, Wn., Friday to
attend the funeral services for the
late Ellsworth Zachary. Mr. Zach
ary was an uncle of Mrs. Rasmus.
Mrs. Alta Brown has returned
from a vacation trip to Monterey,
Mr. and Mrs. William Morgan
and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Morgan
and son were over tram Monu
ynt Monday to attend .to some
business matters in Heppner.
Robert Dobbs and J. C Payne
made a business trip to Pendle
ton Friday evening.
Among those from Arlington
in Heppner Saturday evening to
attend the Elks' ball were Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Wheelhouse, Bus
Solvester and Mr. and Mrs. James
Mr. and Mrs. H. D. McCurdy Sr.
of lone spent Saturday in Hepp
ner attending. the Elks' festivities.
Mrs. Betty Lawrence of Pendle
ton was a week-end visitor in
Mr. and Mrs. George Dukek of
Fossil and their guest, Mrs. Earl
Smith of Condon were in Hepp
ner Saturday to attend the Elks'
Ed Breslin is a patient at The
Dalles hospital where he under
went a major operation Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph I. Thomp
son and Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Bar
ratt motored to Portland Sunday
to spend a few days in the city
on business and pleasure.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Dick re
turned the last of the week from
a business trip to Portland.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Case motor
ed to Portland Monday to attend
buyers' market and visit relatives
for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. William Collins
and daughters motored to The
Dalles Sunday to spend the day
Albert Breeding of Lexington
was a business visitor In Heppner
E. E. Rugg, John C. Hagan and
Harold Kenney made a business
trip to Hermiston Tuesday eve
ning. Going by way of Willows
and the Columbia River highway
they found road conditions pass
able but rather impaired by a
dense fog from Rhea Siding to
Hermiston. Between Lexington
and Hermiston several bridges
were reported to be out due to
the week-end deluge.
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Hudson
are the parents of a daughter.
Sharon Kay, born February 17 at
Riverside hopsital in Pendleton.
Guy and Elwood Hastings of
Hardman were business visitors
in Heppner Wednesday.
Mrs. LaVerne Van Marter and
Mrs. Charles Hodge Jr. entertain
ed with a stork shower compli
menting Mrs. Alex Thompson at
the Van Marter apartment Tues
day evening. Court whist was the
diversion of the evening with
high score going to Mrs. Don
Hatfield and low to Miss Evonne
Bleakman. In the guessing game,
prizes were received bv Mrs. R.
D. Allstott Jr., Mrs. Bil'l Lohhart
and Miss Betty Dietz. Guests In
cluded Mesdames Don Hatfield,
Harry O'Donnell Jr., Bill Scrivner,
Don Evans, Jack Whittle, R. D.
Allstott, Miss Evonne Bleakman,
Miss Leatha Smth and Miss Betty
Eb Hughes of Lena was trans
acting business in Heppner Wednesday,
Melting Snow Brings Freshet That
Halted By Weather
Due to adverse weather condi
tions, work on the construction of
the rural electrification program
in Morrow county has been halt
ed temporarily. Road and mud
conditions make it impossible to
work effectively at the present
time. However, as soon as the
ground dries out a little, work
will be resumed, ccordng to A.
A. Scouten, manager of the Col
umbia Basin Electric Co-op.
Since January 10 the crew has
been working out of headquarters
in lone and according to present
plans all work In that district
will be completed before they are
moved to other lines.
To date, 141 miles of poles have
been set, ready for conductor.
With the coming of good weath
er, better progress is anticipated.
Runs About Same
As 1948 in County
Charles A. Ruggles, 1949 chair
man, filed his final report on
the March of Dimes campaign
early this week. A total of $1,826.
43 was collected in the nine dis
tricts of the county.
Amounts received by various
methods include school cards,
$143.63; dimes cards, $981.12; col
lection containers, $249.29; ev
ents, $104.39; special contribu
Totals for the several districts
were as follows: Hardman, $6.60;
Heppner, $1198.34; Lexington,
$142.15; lone, $234.58; Morgan,
$15.35; Cecil, $18.29; Boardman,
$94.11; Irrigon, $110.01, and Pine
City, $7.00. (Since Mr. Ruggles'
report was submitted, the Board
man contribution was upped
$140, making the total receipts
No quota is set for March of
Dimes but stress was put on the
1949 campaign for districts to in
crease their contributions by at
least 50 per cent, if possible. Rug
gles stated that this year's re
turns are practically the same as
Albert L Massey
Dies in Portland;
Funeral services were held at
2 o'clock p.m. Monday at the
Heppner Church of Christ for Al
bert Lee Massey whose death oc
curred at Providence hospital in
Portland Thursday, February 17.
Rev. J. Palmer Sorlien of the
Heppner Methodist church offi
ciated and C. W. Barlow was so
loist. Interment was in the Hepp
ner Masonic cemetery.
Pallbearers were associates of
Mr. Massey's at the Heppner
Lumber company mill and in
cluded Charles Stout, Jack Miller,
Walter Dupuy, Sam Johnson, Ned
Sweek and Elmer Moe.
Born at Echo December 29, 1911
Mr. Massey was 37 years, two
months and five days of age. He
was married October 22, 1937 to
Juanita Morgan, daughter of Mrs.
Alma Morgan, and two children
were born to this union, Connie
Lee and Marvin Charles. A good
player, Mr. Massey had been one
of the mainstays of Heppner
baseball clubs during his resi
Surviving are the wife, Juanita
and children; his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Massey of Yelm,
Wash.; and five brothers. Earl
Massey of Porterville, Cal.; Floyd
Massey of Yelm; William Massey
of Kirkland, Wash.; Ray Massey
of Heppner and Eugene Massey
who is in the U. S. army.
To Be Played Sans
When the District No. 6-B bas
ketball tournament opened at
2:30 this afternoon at Arlington
it was without the Heppner Mus-
tang quintet. The boys failed to
make the grade in the sub-district
playoff at Condon last week
end and the boys are officially
remaining at home. This doesn't
mean that some or all of them
will not attend the games, but
they will he casual spectators.
Hood River No. 2 and Wasco
No. 1 were paired in the opening
game with Jefferson, Sherman
and Dcschuk's and Wheeler-Gilliam
No. 1 scheduled to start at
3:30. Hood River No. 1 and Wasco
No 2 will open the evening play
at 7:30, followed by Wheeler
Gilliam No. 2 and Arlington.
The winner of the tournament
will enter the state eournament
at Union, March 3, 4, 5.
A dance will be held in the Ar
lington gym after the Saturday
Branch Line Out
Of Commission As
Result of Floods
Two Bridges And
Fill Washed Out
By Raging Waters
While streets and highways
were being flooded Monday after
noon the angry waters took their
spite out on the railway line as
well, with the result that the.
branch may be without service
for as long as two weeks. That
was the report made to this news
paper Wednesday evening by
Floyd Tolleson, Union Pacific ag
ent at Heppner.
Most extensive damage was
done to the railroad bridge in the
McMillan field below Lexington.
Tolleson reports that this struc
ture will have to be practically
rebuilt. A short distance farther
down the line, a short bridge at
Jordan Siding was taken out by
the flood. This can be quickly re
placed, Tolleson says, as perhaps
a fill at Morgan can be more
readily repaired, but it will re
quire several days to replace the
larger bridge at McMillan's.
Most vitally affected by the
lack of rail service will be the
Heppner Lumber company. Nine
empties were spotted on the mill
siding the first of the week. This
is about enough to care for the
week's shipments but unless the
railroad bridge and track crews
move right in and remedy the sit
uation on the branch it may cause
a lay-off at the mill.
Tolleson also reported that sev-
eral cars of grain were loaded at
local elevators ready for trans
portation to the main line. He is
not optimistic about immediate
repairs to the branch line due to
damages sustained on other UP
branches, as well as the difficul
ties the winter conditions have
imposed on main line operations
Convention To Be
Willows lodge No. 66 will be
host to Oddfellows of Umatilla
and Morrow counties when they
meet here Saturday for their an
nual district convention, accord
ing to Manuei Easter, convention
The program will begin at 1:30
p.m. with the introduction of
grand lodge officers, roll call of
convention officers and reading
of minutes of last session; ad
dress of welcome by Rev. J. Pal
mer Sorlien and response by John
Young of Echo. The remainder
of the afternoon will be taken
up with regular business of the
convention such as committee re
ports, selection of a meeting
place in 1950 and election of of
ficers. The program will conclude
with the conferring of the grand
At 6:30 p.m. a banquet will be
served by Sans Souci Rebekah
lodge No. 33. During the dinner
hour entertainment will be pro
vided by the Quackenbush or
chestra and Jack Yeager, local
Following the banquet drill
teams from Weston, Echo and
Lexington lodges will compete In
second degree work.
Mr. Easter states that the fin
ishing touches have been made
to the new game and reading
rooms and all is in readiness for
visitors from over the district.
Snow Beautiful In
Pictures But Bad
On Citrus Fruits '
There is little doubt but that
Southern California photograph
ers enjoyed a Roman holiday dur
ing the period that snow blank
eted that part of the Golden Bear
state, but underneath that glist
ening white blanket lay a story
of tragedy, especially to the cit
Mrs. Chris Brown, who visited
the sunny southland during the
unusual spell of Wfather (and
this is not said in jest) Monday
received some postal sized pic
tures in natural color from the
Misses Molly and Carol Brown,
former residents of upper Black
horse who now reside at Red
lands, as do their brother, W. E.
Brown, and sister, Mrs. Frank Ev
ans. The pictures are beautiful
from the standpoint of artistic
value, but some of the glamor is
lost when one considers 1he dam
age done to the citrus groves
which comprise so much of the
agricultural wealth of the south
ern half of California. And to
make matters worse, it is said the
trees were heavier laden than
they had been for several season
Heppner people saw more wa
ter Monday afternoon and eve
ning than has run through local
channels since the flash flood of
1934. In turn Donaldson canyon,
Willow creek and Hinton creek,
with all their tributaries, were
filled to overflowing to carry off
the surplus water created by a
rapidly rising thermometer which
melted the three inches of snow
that fell Thursday night through
out the region.
Residents along upper Main
street, beyond the swimming tank
were amazed to see the erstwhile
dry Donaldson canyon suddenly
spring into life with a full stream
of water rushing madly down the
narrow stream bed. When the full
force of it reached the culvert in
front of the Harold Hill residence
it jumped the track, so to speak.
and began hunting new outlets.
Some of it, a considerable amount
in fact, raced around the swim
ming tank. Part of it turned down
Cannon street to rejoin the main
stream, while a heavy volume
took off across the block toward
Chase street depositing water
and mud in basements and over
flowing lawns, before emptying
into Chase street, which was al
ready a wild rivulet from six in
ches to a foot or more in depth.
The stream followed Chase street
down to Center and headed across
lots there to join the rapidly ris
ing Willow creek at the rear of
the Tum-A-Lum Lumber com
pany yard. It was several hours
before the Donaldson canyon
flow subsided and the trail the
flood waters left was not a pretty
It was only a matter of time
until the full effect of the thaw
in the upper Willow creek basin
was felt here. While the channel
conveyed the water through town
it was a different story at the
lower end of town. That territory
was further harassed late in the
evening when the runoff from
Hinton creek joined the swollen
Willow creek. When the crest of
the Hinton runoff hit the north
Gale street bridge the water be
gan to run around the ends of the
bridge and spread out over a
Some of the residents to the
south of the warehouses were ev
acuated temporarily and housed
in buildings along the railroad
track. They were required to re
main there several hours.
Most of the flat in the Union
Pacific depot area was under wa
ter several hours and the pave
ment on Riverside Drive was bad
ly broken up by the flood's ac
The F. S. Parker place was one
of the worst damaged. The water
that followed down Riverside en
tered the wagon road at the upper
end of the Parker place and fol
lowed along between the fence
and the raliroad track until it
reached the driveway where it
tore furiously toward the creek.
The driveway was washed out
and will require much filling to
replace. The house was not dam
aged and the yard received a new
coating of mud which, since a
new lawn was due, may help in
stead of hinder. The orchard re
sembled a small lake while the
water was at its height.
In most instances below town,
the ranchers got their spring ir
rigating done a little ahead of
time. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wilson
are commuting by foot to and
from the- highway since they
can't get their car across the
The county fair grounds and
Rodeo field suffered considerable
from wash when Hinton creek
burst its banks. The stock barns
on the west end of the Rodeo
field were moved from their
moorings. It will require a con
siderable amount of work and ex
pense to put the property in con
dition. Both highways to Pendleton
were closed due to the freshet. A
ditch bridge at Jarman was wash
ed out. blocking traffic between
Lexington and Butter creek. It
was not learned where the trou
ble is out towards Nye Junction.
Lena residents have not suffered
inconvenence due to the high
way. It is reported that residents of
the Blackhorse section are all but
hemmed in due to the condition
of the roads.
DISTRICT PRESIDENT TO
MAKE OFFICIAL VISIT
Mrs. Alice M. Chappoll of Port
land, district presMent of the
Portland district Woman's Soci
ety of Christian Service of the
Methodist church, will make an
official visit to the local society
Wednesday, March 2. at 8 p.m.
The meeting will be held at the
Tress MeC'lititock home with Mrs.
Tress McClintuck and Mrs. Doug
las Drake as hostesses. Members
and friends of the society and
church are invited to come.
HELP THE AMBULANCE FUND
Donations to the- ambulance
fund during the week were re
ceived from Mr. and Mrs. M. E.
Cotter, lone; Hob Kurinlon, Hepp
ner Bakery. I.W.A. local union of
the C.I.O.. Allied Nelson Jr., Lex
ington. The J. C. Stephens men
cloned last week should have
been J. E. Stevens of Hardman.