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Volume 66 Number 37
Heppner Gazette Times, Thursday, December 1, 1949
1st Annual Oregon Wheat League Convention Opens
Many Prominent
Wheat Men in
Good Speakers On
Program For Friday,
Saturday Sessions
The first annual Oregon Wheat
League convention opened In
Heppner at 10 o'clock this morn
ing in what promises to be one of
the most interesting sessions of
the wheat men since organization
of the Eastern Oregon Wheat
League some 22 years ago.
Organizational work Is the
main order of business today and
the principal part of the program
will start at 10 a. m. Friday when
delegates and visitors gather at
the school gymnasium to take up
the subjects that are of such vital
importance to growers and those
concerned with marketing and
distribution problems of the In
dustry. Facilities of the county court
house and the American Legion
hull are being used today by the
committees, of which five, with
their chairmen, are listed: Pro
duction and transportation, Don
ald McKinnis; federal agricultur
al programs and land use, Robert
Taylor; taxation and legislation,
Kenneth Fridley; wheat disposal
and market developments, Robert
Wood, and young peoples activ
ities, Virgil Larson.
The executive committee will
meet at 4 this afternoon and brief
preliminary reports of standing
committees will be given at 7:30
p. m.
Officers of the 1949 Oregon
Wheat League are as follows:
President, Paulen Kaseberg, Was.
co; vice president, Henry Baker,
lone; secretary-treasurer, LeRoy
('. Wright, Baker; assistant secre
tary, Uoscoe Roberts. The Dalles.
Executive committee members
Include C, D. Conrad, Baker coun
ty; Edson McCanse, Union county,
North Powder; Robert Hammond,
Wallowa county, Enterprise; Ron
ald Rew, Umatilla county, Pen
dleton: L. L. Howton, Morrow
counly, lone; Jack Smith, Gilliam
county, Mayvllle; Floyd Root,
Sherman county, Wasco; Eldon
Emerson, Wasco county, The Dal
les; Henry Thornton, Jefferson
county, Ashwood; L. R. Jernsteadt
western district. Carlton; Ivan
DeArmond, western district, Hub
bard, and Elmo Angele, southern
district, Lakeview.
Standing committee chairmen
(also members of the executive
committee): Kenneth Fridley,
taxation, legislation, Wasco; Vir
gil Larson, youth activities, Con
don; Robert Wood, wheat dispos
al,, Milton; Donald McKinnis,
production and marketing, Sum
merville; Robert Taylor, federal
(Continued on page 8)
November Rainfall
Totals Two Inches,
Observer Reports
Rainfall for the month of No
vember amounted to two inches,
according to Leonard Carlson, ob
server for the Gooseberry district.
The heavy showers of November
23 accounted for 1.3 inches In that
area, Carlson reports, and he es
timated that the intermittent
showers the balance of the month
would account for another .65 of
a ninch. ,
Reports from other parts of the
county Indicate that the rains
have been general and much
good has been done, particularly
to the seeded fields where sprout
ing has been sluggish.
According to Judge Garnet Bar,
rait, the county roads suffered
some damage as a result of the
heavy rain Wednesday of last
week. The Willow creek highway
lost considerable surfacing and
there was some washing out of
bridge approaches, all of which
calls for repairs.
Ranchers Advised
To Turn in Acreage
Set to Wheat Grass
Ranchers of the county are re
minded by the county assessor's
office that acreages planted to
cresled wheat and other grasses
under the allotment plan are as
sessed at pasturage valuations.
The new tax set-up places the
valuation at $3 per acre for land
thus set aside, while the base rate
on cultivated land is $15 per acre.
Unless the assessor's office Is
notified of these acreages, all
land In the grain areas hereto
fore entered as cultivated will
continue to be treated as such.
"If the farmers will come In
and nolify us of the acreages set
to grass It will save them consid
erable sums and will relieve the
office force of a lot of headaches,"
said Assessor W. O. Dlx.
A Boy scout court of honor has
boon scheduled for 7 o'clock Wed
nesday evening, December 7, to
which the fathers and mothers
and friends have been invited. It
will be held in the basement of
the Methodist church.
Llcht refreshments will be
served following the program.
Lodge Of Sorrow
Convene al
1 0'Clock Sunday
Heppner lodge No. 358, Benev
olent and Protective Order of
Elks, will convene at 2 o'clock p.
m. Sunday in the annual lodge
of sorrow, honoring the memoy
of members who have passed on
within the year. The meeting will
be open to the public and ample
provision has been made to take
care of all who may wish to at
tend. Rev. J. Palmer Sorlien will de
liver the address on the program
that includes the following num.
Funeral march while members
enter, Mrs. J. O. Turner.
Opening ceremonies of the
Song, "Lift Thine Eyes", Hepp
ner Women's Chorus.
Rollcall of departed brothers.
Ceremonies of the lodge.
Song, "O Dry Those Tears",
Heppner Women's Chorus.
Address, Rev. J. Palmer Sorlien.
Auld Lang Syne, lodge and
Closing ceremonies and bene
Twelve members of No. 358
have been called to their reward
since the lodge of sorrow was
held In 1948. These include H. B.
Coffey, Wm. R. Gross, W. H.
Cleveland, Robert E. Wiley, Jos
eph M. Hayes, W. C. McCarty,
William S. Cochcll, Whit Maul-
dln, R. A. Jackson, M. E. Harris,
Arthur Hughes and George N.
J. W. Hiatt Victim
Of Heart Attack
Thursday Evening
Funeral services for John W.
Hiatt who died late Friday af
ternoon, November 25, at the fa
mlly home in Heppner, were held
Monday afternoon at the Chris
tlan church with Rev. Glenn War
ner, pastor, conducting the ser
vice. Interment was In the Ma
sonic cemetery with Phelps Fu
neral Home in charge. Pall bear
ers were W. Claude Cox, E. A.
Bennett, Roy Quackenbush, M.
L. Case, Wayne Lindner and Ray
John W. Hiatt was born Sep
tember 21, 1887 near Gurdane
Oregon. He was a resident of
Heppner for fifty years. Survivors
include his wife Lima McFerrln
Hiatt; two daughters, Mrs. Oscar
Rippee of Condon and Mrs. Char
les Hodge of Heppner; two broth
ers, Delbert of Portland and Em
ery of San Francisco, one sister,
Delphla Beck of Astoria, three
grandsons, four nieces and two
Out-of-town relatives attend
ing the service were Pfc and Mrs.
Lowell Rippee of Fort Lewis,
Wash., Claude Snow of Newport
Wash., Mrs. Delphla Beck of As
toria and Delbert Hiatt of Port
land. o
Motorists Warned
Pedestrian Rights
Will Be Enforced
Strict adherence to pedestrian
rights will be demanded from
here on and car drivers not fully
Informed relative to the law reg.
ulatlng street crossings may find
themselves gaining that Informa
tion at the office of the justice of
(he peace, announces Charles Go
milion, Heppner police chief. The
city, for its part, has ordered that
offenders be haled before Justice
J. O. Hager.
Failure to slow down or stop al
crossings occupied by pedestrians
is a serious offense against a
state regulation. Both local and
state police will be on the look
out for this type of offender. Par
ticularly will this be true at
school crossings where many mo
torists show no regard for the
signs placed on either side of the
pedestrian lanes.
The standard rate of speed
within corporate limits of towns
and cities is 25 miles per hour. A
motorist coming Into town off of
a highway may find it difficult
to drive at that speed after going
at a rate of from 50 to 75 mile
per hour on the open highway
But according to the officers some
of them will learn to drive in
conformity with the state regula
tions or will pay for their indif
ference. o
Elsewhere In the paper will be
found an item relative to the P
TA auction at lone on Friday, Do
cember 9. Word was received
from lone this morning that the
auction has been postponed until
some time In the spring.
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This is the way "The White An
flel". Morrow county's $7,600 am
bulance, looked after colliding
with a pickup on U. S. highway
30 approximately one-half mile
east of Tvtrm Falls, Idaho, Wed
nesday, November 23. Two men
and a woman riding in the pick
up were thrown clear of the ma
chine and both men died as a
result of the accident. The wo
man was seriously injured but
was given a fair chance to recov
er. Oscar George and son Chris
topher (Kit) of Heppner and
James Lindsay of lone were
bringing the ambulance to Hepp
ner from the factory at Lima, O.
All were shaken up but not in
jured. Pictures through courtesy of
The Times-News, Twin Falls,
Program Of The First
10:00 A. M.
Musical selection
Vice President Henry Baker, presiding
Address of Welcome, Mayor Conley Lanham
Response, Floyd Root, Wasco
President's address: Paulen Kaseberg, Wasco
Report of Secretary-Treasurer: LeRoy C. Wright, Baker
Presentation of Executive Committee
Introduction of Wheat Commission.
12:00 Noon Recess
1:15 P. M. Recognition and Presentation of Life Members
President Kaseberg presiding
1:30 P. M. "Activities of C. R. O. P."
Joe King Jr., Portland, Chairman Oregon Committee
2:00 P. M. "Activities and Program on Research Project, Soil Conser
vation M. M. Oveson, Supt. Pendleton Branch Exp. Station
2:30 P. M. "The Smut Situation In the Pacific Northwest"
Dr. C. S. Holton, Bureau of Plant Industry, W. S. C, Pullman
3:15 P. M. "The Pure Seed Wheat Program"
Robert Fletcher, Secy. Northwest Crop Improvement Assn.
3:45 P. M. "How the Chicago Board
Pacific Northwest Producers"
J. O. McClintock, Exec. Vice Pres. Chicago Board of Trade
4:30 P. M. Oregon Wheat Growers
Roscoe Roberts, Asst. Secretary
70 P. M. Committee Meetings
9:30 A. M. Standing committee report on "Wheat Disposal and
Market Development" Robert Wood, Weston, Chairman
9:45 A. M. Activities of Wheat Commission and Studies on Marketing
Soft White Wheat Richard
It is time to think about
ordering a Christmas wreath
for the men In the Morrow
county ward at the veterans
hospital in Walla Walla. Mrs.
Jack Loyd, Morrow county's
representative on the Blue
Mountain Council, urges a
generous response to this ap
peal and announces she will
take them over before De
cember 20. Either contact.
Mrs. Loyd or leave your
wreath at Mary Van's Flower
Civic Club Sponsors
Outdoor Decorating
As Holiday Project
An opportunity for home own
ers of the town to participate in
an outdoor holiday decorating
protect is being offered by the
Jay-C-Etles, auxiliary to the Jun
lor chamber of commerce. The
women are sponsoring the plan
with the hope that the citizens
will respond in an effort to revive
a pre war custom and to put
more spirit into the occasion.
Front porch and yard decora
tions are included in the plan
and to encourage interest the
Jay-C-Ettes are offering three
prizes. $10, $5, and $2.50. Compe
tent Judges will be selected to
pass on the decorations and the
home owners are urged to get
Into the contest right away.
Mrs. Cecil Lounsbury of Port
land was a week-end guest of
Mr. and Mrs. Al Bergstrom,
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Annual Oregon Wheat League Convention, December 1, 2, 3
of Trade Can Be Made Useful to
League Show
Standing Committees, Exec. Comm.
R. Baum, Analyst Ore. Wht. Com.
Holiday Decorations
Add Touch of Color
To City's Streets
Adding a touch of color ana
gaiety to the convention scene,
are the holiday greenery ana
lights which the merchants com
mittee of the chamber of com
merce rushed to put up in time
for the meeting.
Most ofthc greenery was put in
place Sunday and the lights were
strung Wednesday.
Turning on of the lights is tak
en as the signal for opening the
holiday shopping and merchants
have stocked their counters and
show windows wit htheir most at
tractive merchandise In readiness
for a period of eager buying by
the public.
Future Farmers Hold
Annual Banquet
The annual father-son banquet
sponsored by the Future Farm
ers of America was held Wed
nesday evening, November 23, at
the high school. Thirty-eight boys
and guests were present.
Honorary membership was con
ferred upon John Bergstrom be
cause of his Interest in and as
sistance given to the F. F. A.
Gerald Bergstrom, chapter pres
ident, received the Blue Moun
tain District Better Farmer award
of $15.00. This is presented each
year by the state Kiwanis club
to each of the F. F. A. districts in
the state and is then awarded, to
the boy having the best project
program In the district. It is bas
ed upon adaptability to farm,
long range program, boy's inter
est and financial responsibility,
10:00 A. M. Presentation of Conservation Man of the Year
By Joe Belanger, Chairman, Milton
10:15 A. M. "The Program and Policies of the Oregon Farm Bureau
Federation" Lowell Steen, President, Salem
10:45 A. M. "Legislative Re-Apportionment"
Rep. Giles L. French, Moro
11:15 A. M. Standing Committee Report on Taxation and Legislation
Kenneth Fridley, Chairman, Wasco
Report of Auditing Committee. Jim Bramer, Chm., Pendleton
Report of Nominating Com., Ralph McEwen Jr., Chm. Haines
Election of Officers
Selection of 1950 Convention City.
12:00 Noon Recess
1:15 P. M.-Standing Committee Report on "Production and Trans
tion". Don McKinnis, Chairman, Summerville
1:30 P. M. The Problem of Freight Rates and Their Effect on Wheat
F. P. Aughr.ey, Manager N. W. Grain & Grain Products
2:00 P. M. Standing Committee Report on "Federal Agricultural
Programs and Land Use" Robert Taylor, Chairman, Adams
2:15 P. M. "Difficulties in Marketing Our Northern Wheat"
John Locke, President, Millers National Federation, Seattle
2:45 P. M. Standing Committee Report on "Young Peoples Activities"
Virgil Larson, Chairman, Condon
3:00 P. M. "Activities of the Northwest Farm Council"
Don McKinnis, Vice President, Summerville
3:15 P. M. "Chemicals and Weed Control"
Virgil Freed, Associate in Agriculture Chemistry, O. S. C
3:45 P. M. Report of Oregon Advisory Research Council
Marion Weatherford, Arlington
4:00 P. M. Report of Resolutions Committee
4:15 P. M. County Nominations tor Executive Committeemen
6:30 P. M. Annual Banquet Guest speaker: Governor State of Ore
gon, Hon. Douglas McKay. Toastmastor: Charles W. Smith
Farm Bureau To
Meet Monday at lone
The Morrow county farm bur
eau has chosen Monday evening,
December 5 for its regular meet
ing at Willows grange hall in
lone. The session will open at 8
Marshall Swearingen, execu
tive vice president of the Oregon
Farm Bureau Federation, will be
present to discuss Farm bureau
insurance. All those having any
questions regarding the insur
ance program are especially urg
ed to be present and have them
answered, states E. Markham Ba
ker, president of the county bu
reau. There also will be reports of the
state farm bureau convention at
La Grande and special musical
numbers, as well as refreshments.
Although this meeting follows
so closely the Oregon Wheat Lea
gue meeting, everyone Interested
in the farm bureau program is
invited to attend and help make
it the outstanidng meeting of the
boy's technical knowledge of pro
ject, complete project records, ap
proved practices followed, scope
and quality of project, and evi
dence that boy has profited from
agricultural instruction.
George Wicks, Lynn Rill, Ken
neth Turner, Elwayne Bergstrom,
Melvin Piper, Fritz Cutsforth and
Allen Hughes were initiated as
chapter farmers in the Heppner
club. Necessary requirements for
membership are enrollment In
vocational agriculture for at least
one year, satisfactory projects, fa
miliarization with parliamentary
law and ability to lead,
Visitors to Heppner this
week registered with the Ore
gon Wheat League will be
accorded courtesy parking
by the city authorities. The
mayor and council felt that
the city could do no less than
make this concession to
guests. Conventioneers regis
tering at the OWL desk in
the hotel will be given stick
ers to place in their wind
shields or car windows so
that the police will know
they are guests. Those with
out such stickers will be re
quired to make the usual de
posit in the meters.
Principal speaker at annual ban
quet of Oregon Wheat League In
Heppner Saturday evening,
Two People Lose Lives
In Pickup - Ambulance
Crash In Southern Idaho
Oscar George and son Christo
pher (Kit) ot Heppner and James
Lindsay of lone are home safe
and sound but wondering why
after an experience they had In
southeastern Idaho, Wednesday,
November 23.
The three were enroute to Hep
pner from Lima, Ohio, where they
took delivery of the Cadillac am
bulance, 'The White Angel," pur
chased by citizens of the county
for use in connection with the
Morrow County Memorial hospi
tal. With not even so much as a
scratched fender in approximate
ly 2,000 miles of driving, the am
bulance was suddenly wrecked
by colliding with a pickup on U.
S. highway 30 a mile or so east
of Twin Falls. Two men and a
woman were riding in the pickup.
The impact threw all of them
clear of the car and resulted In
the death of the men and serious
injury to the woman.
Oscar George was driving the
ambulance at the time. The high
way was wet from rain but at
that point was "as straight as one
could draw a line. He noticed
the pickup coming at a fairly
good clip and suddenly It swerv
ed over the line into the path of
the ambulance. George attempted
to turn out of the way with no
success and the machines crash
ed, narrowly averting a direct
Local Merchants
jOutdo Themselves in
1 Christmas Stocks
Local merchants have outdone
themselves this year in the fine
array of Christmas gifts for every
member of the family. Quality
and prices are comparable to
those found in stores of larger
neighboring towns.
One store is a veritable para
dise for the small friy, with toys
of all descriptions on display on
the main floor. Hardware store
are featurning electrical appli
ances and other items that have
been in short supply lor the past
few years. One place has a port
able hair-dryer and a traveler's
electric iron which should please
the most fastidious lady.
Watches of all makes and sets
of sterling slver are avalable at
one of the local shops and are of
better qualty than those of re
cent years.
For the ladies, the stores are
featuring lovely lingerie, costume
jewelry, slippers, hats and bags.
One shop Is showing a nice line
of bathroom accessories in decor
ator colors. Another has a line of
costume jewelry that Is notewor
thy. The gentlemen have not been
overlooked this season. Items of
wearing apparel, tools, desk sets,
books and slippers for the quiet
evening at home are being dis
Gifts for the household Include
pop-up toasters, mixers, and an
inexpensive item worthy of men
tion are the beverage glasses,
new this year, depicting authen
tic Currier and Ives prints.
When considering the problem
of Christmas buying, it might be
well to give the local merchant
a try. The saving in time, money
and energy will be well worth the
Legion Folks Have
Evening of Cards
A well attended card party was
held Monday evening by the Am
erican Legion and auxiliary at
the Legion hall. In pinochle, Har
ry O'Donnell Jr. held high score,
and Mrs. Jack Bailey low. In con
tract, Mrs. Dick Wells held high
and Mrs. Loyal Parker low, while
Bill Blake took the honors in
Gifts were taken for the gift
shop at the veterans hospital In
Portland. Hosts for the evening
were Mr. and Mrs. J. J. faney,
Mr. and Mrs. Harry O'Donnell Jr.,
and Mr and Mrs. W H I. Padberg
News coverage of the Wheat
League convention is being amp
ly taken care of. Here for that
purpose are John Denny, agrlcul
ture editor of the Oregonlan, and
Roger Johnson of the United Press
who are looking after the daily
coverage while R. G. Fowler Jr.
is looking after the interests of
the Oregon State college exten
sion service.
Advance news stories were not
much in evidence but now that
the convention Is underway, there
will be plenty of information re
leased to the press of the state.
Billy Schwarz and family of
The Dalles spent the week-end
with his parents. Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Schwtrx.
head-on collision. Lindsay was in
the driver's seat with George and
Kit was sleeping in the compart
ment Just back of the drivers
seat, a fact that no doubt saved
him from serious injury. All three
were shaken up and Kit was tak
en to the hospital for a check-up.
It was found that he had sustain
ed no injuries.
Occupants of the pickup were
Tom Gordon, 55, his wife, and her
father, William Edward Sinclair,
85, all of Jerome, Idaho. The old
er man died enroute to the hos
pital and Gordon died a few
hours after reaching there. Mrs.
Gordon suffered severe injuries
to her head and was suffering
from shock. Although reported in
a critical condition Thursday
morning, she was given a good
chance to recover, according to a
news story in the Twin Falls
Times-News of that date.
The ambulance has been plac
ed in the hands of the insurance
company and it is stated that re
pairs will be rushed as fast as
possible, with the expectation
that it will be ready for delivery
in about two weeks.
The occupants of the ambu
lance, after attending to such de
tails as were required, proceeded
on home by rail. They had ex
pected to drive home that evening
and were discussing it when the
accident happened.
Soroptimist Club
Prepared to Serve
400 at W L Banquet
Covers for 400 diners will be
laid for the annual banquet of
the Oregon Wheat League Satur
day evening. That is the number
the women of the Soroptimist
Club of Heppner were asked to
prepare for and that Is just about
the capacity of the gymnasium
floor where the dinner Is to be
In addition to the excellent
dinner the Soroptimists are pre
paring, the committee has ar
ranged a program to provide en
tertainment throughout the serv
ing time and in advance of the
feature of the evening, the ad
dress by Governor Douglas Mc
Kay. That there will be plenty of hi
larity throughout the meal is as
sured by the fact that Charlie
Smith will be emceeing. Smith,
former county agent here, needs
no introduction to any Wheat
League gathering for his service
in the college extension service
has brought him in contact with
all groups connected with agri
culture throughout the state.
Final Rites Held
Sunday Afternoon
For Ralph D. Jones
Funeral services for Ralph D.
Jones who died at his farm on
Buttercreek Friday morning were
held Sunday afternoon at All
Saints Episcopal church with
the Rev. Elvon L. Tull, vicar,
reading the service. Interment
was made in the Masonic ceme
tery with the Phelps Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
Active pallbearers were W. E.
Hughes, Gerald Swaggart, Paul
Hisler, Raymond French, Dallas
Craber and Don Greenup. Hon
orary palbearers included Judge
J. G. Barratt, John Brosnan, John
Kenny, Richard Wells, E. R. Scha
fer, Hugh Berry and Alva Case
beer. Ralph Jones was born in Hep
pner November 7, 1SS7, the son of
Edward and Rosa Donaldson
Jones. On November 16, 1911 he
was married to Ola Straight.
Most of his life was spent In Mor
row county wtih the exception
of two years which were spent
in Malheur county. He is sur
vived by his wife. Ola, a half
sister, Josephine Mahoney and
two cousins, Venice Stiles and N.
Brooks Plummer of Portland.
Out-of-town relatives here for
the service were Mr. and Mrs.
Plummer and their son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Markham and son Norman, of
Portland; Phirley Straight of
Post Falls, Idaho and Mr. and
Mrs. Kenneth Vaughan of Pen
dleton. o
Gifts for those who live at the
Masonic and Eastern Star home
at Forest Grove may be left at the
PP&L office or the Red and White
store. Personal gifts are desired
and they do not have to be gift
wrapped. December 10 Is the
deadline for collecting the gifts.
Preparations have been comple
ted for the All Saints Episcopal
auxiliary bazaar which will be
held In the parish house Satur
day afternoon. Tea will be nerved
from 2 until 3 o'clock.