. . . : 1 J . J :. . Z :. -L1C AUDITORIUM ORTLAND. ORE. . ; 1 L I ( Heppner Gazette Times $3.00 Per Year; Single Copies 10c Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, February 24, 1949 Volume 65, Number 49 Recreation Areas To Be Established By Forest Service Ranger Prepares 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 lodges. 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. Women's Society Sponsoring World 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. o 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 Random Thoughts... 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 humbly apologetic. 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 gry waters. 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 seek membership. 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 program. 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 sistant leader. 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 Harold Manners. The good will of the calves was restored and their lives saved problems solved, mission com pleted, City Faced With Many Problems In Improvement Work 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 streets. 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 Heppner Passes 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 Install Hammond Electric Organs 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 COMING EVENTS 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 halL 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 Grande. 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 annual celebration. 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 Barnett. 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 some shopping. 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. Harper. 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, California. 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 P. Farley. 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 Heppner. Mr. and Mrs. George Dukek of Fossil and their guest, Mrs. Earl Smith of Condon were in Hepp ner Saturday to attend the Elks' annual ball. 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 visiting relatives. Albert Breeding of Lexington was a business visitor In Heppner Wednesday. 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 Dietz. Eb Hughes of Lena was trans acting business in Heppner Wednesday, Melting Snow Brings Freshet That Overflows REA Construction 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. 'Dimes' Campaign 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 tions, $348.00. 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 $1,966.43.) 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 in 1948. Albert L Massey Dies in Portland; Funeral Monday 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 dence here. 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. District Tourney To Be Played Sans Heppner Quintet 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 night games. On Streets 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 I.O.O.F. District Convention To Be Saturday Event 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 president 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 lodge degree. 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 amateur magician. 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 rus growers. 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 and lards 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 spectacle. 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 wide territory. 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 tion. 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 creek. 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.