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Heppner Gazette Times, Thursday, December 1, 1949
Welcome, Wheat Men Of Oregon
Well, folks, this is il! The Oregon Wheat
League convention is in session and Heppner is
proud to have an opportunity once more to wel
come the people who play such an important part
in the economy of the nation and upon whom we
depend for the "staff of life."
It is no small undertaking for a small city to
entertain a convention the size of the Wheat
League annual meeting, but the limited facilities
are at the full disposal of the visitors they have
the key to the city and we know the hospitality
of our citizens is such that it will make up for
some of the lack of abundance of material things.
Let us be cordial in our greetings and do all
we can to make the stay of the visitors pleasant
and the 1949 convention a success.
Just One Of Those Things
That the ambulance, for which many citizens
of Morrow county and not a few living elsewhere
gave generously, has been delayed in arriving at
its destination is an unfortunate circumstance
something in which all will feet a measure of
disappointment As much as we regret the dam
age to the fine piece of machinery, we are grate
ful that its occupants escaped with nothing more
than a severe shaking up, and we hope that noth
ing will develop to cause them suffering as a
result of the accident
As to the ambulance, it was a beautiful ma
chine something of which each and every one of
us could well be proud. Perhaps we will be just
as proud after it has been reconditioned, but there
will always be a bit of disappointment in that it
did not arrive as it was meant to and in the con
dition the drivers had expected to deliver it. (Its
arrival was to have been the signal for a bit of
Somehow, we can"t help wishing that the in
surance company and the builders could get to
gether on a deal to send an entirely new ambu
lance instead of the wrecked car. Such faults or
weaknesses as might develop would then be due
to usage rathei than to the results of the machine
being wrecked, and it is highly probable that
many thousands of miles would be recorded be
fore anything demanding more than ordinary
mechanical attention would be necessary.
As we say, this is merely a wish a dream, if
you wilL But one may dream, may he not? Or
should we say a feller can dream, can't he?
The Rains Will Help
There is one thing about the 1949 O.Wi. con
vention that was not evident a number of years
ago. Growers are not so much worried about
wheat production as they are about crop disposal.
Back in the dry '30's it was somewhat of a problem
to raise profitable crops, what with low yields
and low prices. Eventually, growing conditions
improved and the war settled the matter of mar
kets for a few years. These have been golden
years for the farmers, of the dry wheat belt, in
which Morrow county may be properly classified,
for moisture has been more abundant and prices
So, as the 22nd annual Wheat League con
vention opens in Heppner today, there will be no
immediate worry so far as growing conditions
are concerned The rains have come and now
the producers will have to turn their attention to
the problem of finding more uses for wheat that
the market may be expanded and the danger of
an undisposable surplus lessened.
May success attend their efforts!
Uncle Has Biggest Income
"The government," says U. S. News & World
Report "has become the biggest source of income
in the country. In the single year to end next
June 30, the Treasury will spend an estimated
$46,000,000,000 in cold cash. This means that"$l
out of every $6 spent in the United States will be
spent by the government" The magazine then
goes into considerable detail as to how all this
money is to be divided.
The biggest item in the budget $17,300,000,
000 is accounted for by benefits and subsidies of
many diverse kinds. Nearly half of that amount
$8,300,000,000 will go to veterans and is one of
the payments we are making because of past wars.
Then farmers will come in for something over
$2,000,000,000 in direct payments and government
crop loans and price supports. Large sums will
be paid to the old, the blind, and the unemployed.
Finally, $5,600,000,000 will be paid out to foreign
governments and for foreign-aid purchasing.
Item number two $10,200,000,000 will go
for salaries. It will go to 3,700,000 people, the
number of civilians and military personnel now
on the federal payroll. As the U. S. News points
out this does not include those who work indi
rectly for government, such as the men and
women employed in plants producing materials
for federal agencies.
Third is a $10,000,000,000 item for goods. This
includes an enormous number of items, running
all the way from airplanes and tanks to paper
Interest on the public debt will require the sum
of $4,100,000,000. That will be a cash payment,
and does not include the interest accruing on war
bonds and savings bonds.
Services, such as printing, rent and utility
bills, will cost the taxpayers $2,400,000,000. And
something like $2,000,000,000 will be used for loans
The above items cover the major expenses of
the government. Perhaps the most striking fact
is the great increase in the number of individuals
who now live off the Federal Treasury. To quote
the U. S. News again, "Ten years ago, when the
New Deal was pouring out billions for direct and
work relief, fewer than 20,000,000 persons were
getting checks from public agencies. In the per
iod that has followed, the make-work programs of
government have disappeared. Prosperity has
taken over. Personal incomes trebled. Yet
persons living on public dollars, in whole or in
part, jumped 29 per cent."
The implications of this can be argued indefi
nitely. But it indicates the reasons for the un
easiness of those who wonder how much more
government the country can stand.
The oAmerican Way
EQUAL I TY
We hear much these days about
equality, but there seems to be a
wide divergence of opinion as to
Just what "equality" means when
applied to the human family.
Ask a socialist what he means
by "equality," and he will tell
you it means a civilization in
which all equally share the
wealth. He will neglect to add
that it generally means sharing
Ask a capitalist or a believer in
the capitalistic system and the
definition you will get from him
Is that "equality" is the civiliza
tion in which all have equal op
portunity and equality before the
Commencing with the French
Revolution the socialistic dream
of equality of wealth has led to
vast cruelty and endless blood
shed, all to very little purpose. At
times the bourgeoisie and the up
per class either have been relgated
to the sidelinesor completely
liquidated by the proletariat;
wealth has been confiscated and
divided. But, in every such case,
it was not long until the people
discovered that the beautiful
theory of equal sharing of the
wealth does not work out in
practice. By killing off or rend
ering Inactive the brains of the
nation, the sum total of accom
plishment is proverty for all.
Any government can immed
iately establish equality of a sort
by tHklng away property from the
rich "haves" and distributing it
among the poor "have-nots."
Currently that is what we are do
ing through progressive Income
taxation social security, unem
ployment doles, etc. In the past,
whenever and wherever a govern
ment has undertaken equal dis
tribution of the wealth, the
"have-nots" did not become less
poor. Notable examples of this
arc the French and Russian Rev
olutions. Why did these fall? Simply be
of the rich, even if honestly distri-
cause contifcaction of the property
buted among the general pop
ulation, no more raises the level
of wealth than a cup of water
apprecialy raises the level of
the water in the bathtub. The net
result of those two revolutions
was to produce an equal of pov
erty. This is always easy to do
and any dicatorship can accomp
lich i t. What dictators can
not accomplish is something far
more difficult an equality of
Here in America we had made
considerable progress toward an
! equality of plenty in a capitalis
tic economy. It would be idle for
us to contend we had reached that
much -to-be-desired goal, but we
were on the right track. At least,
we had travelled further toward
it than has any other nation in
the entire history of the world.
We know the formula for
achieving an equality of plenty
is to produce a sufficiently
large quantity of things, and the
distribution of them will take
care of itself. The automoble is
but one of many things which
can be cited as proof of this. We
produce the automobile in large
quantities, and witness the many
millions of passenger cars that
travel our highways today.
If the United States is permitted
to resume along the pathway
on which it started and along
which it journeyed for a century
and a half, it is not unreason
able to assume that eventually
we will achieve an equality of
plenty, without any governmen
tal planning or interferance..
Just as there is a minimum of
things necessary to man's decent
subsistence, there is a maximum
of things that he can use. There
fore, when sufficient production
of all things necessitys, semi
luxuries and luxuries has been
accomplished, there will be plenty
of everything for everybody and
an equality of plenty will have
been established. That is the only
way it can be done.
How can the man do it?
How much energy can a man of
middle age use each day and
Here is a sample schedule of
one Salem mans activities on
one of his ever-busy days as head
of the largest business in Oregon.
Worked in his office from 8:40
to 10:50 a. m.; at 11, spoke at a
state agricultural convention in
Salem; at Oregon City, addressed
a noon-luncheon meeting of the
Chamber of Commerce; at 2 p. m.
was interviewed by newsmen and
radio commentators on a broad
cast from the Oregon Press club
In Portland; at 4:45 was back on
his job in Salem to consult with
a group of wheat growers and
then to routine business of his of
fice until 6 p. m.; at 7:30 he spoke
at a meeting of a civic club in
For the past six months he has
averaged 11 speeches a week and
kept abreast of the strenuous and
highly Important work of his of
fice. How the man can sustain
such a continuity of spirit and
Intensity amazes his associates.
We have never seen a demon
stration of such energy, unless It
was at the world's fair in Port
land in 1905 and this was only
physical effort A showman had
a group of south sea island pyg
mies in a 20-foot-high corral of
cocoanut trunks. One of the stunts
the little brown men put on was
a continuous dance that lasted
for three weeks. At any rate, that
was the ballyhoo. When we asked
the showman why they danced so
long, he said, "Where these little
people come from they live on
bananas that fall or that they
shake from the trees. For a bed
they Just curl up In the long
grass. As they do not have to
work for their food or build
homes, they store up so much
superfluous energy they have to
30 YEARS AGO
December 4, 1919
Mrs. Anna Matlock passed
away at the home of her daugh
ter, Mrs. A. E. Patterson of this
city last Saturday evening.
Miss Ida Stevenson and John
F. French were married by Rev.
H. A. Noyes, pastor of the Fed
erated church on Monday, Dec. 1.
At the residence of Percy Cox
in this city on Dec. 1 occurred
the marriage of George H. Mead
and Miss Mabel Stickler, both of
Jesse French, son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. French died at the fa
mily home at Gurdane Nov. 25,
aged 15 years and 8 months.
T. G. Denissee, contractor and
builder who had charge of the
construction work on the new
Gilliam & Bisbee building left
this week for a four months vi
sit to his old home at Vught in
Several Heppner men journey
ed to Pendleton last Sunday to
attend a meeting of the Knights
of Columbus. Those going from
here were Mike Kenny, John Kel
ly, Pat Mollahan, John Molla
han, John McNamee and F. A.
Mi'Menamin. John KilKenny Jr.
and Ralph Jackson were among
the large class of candidates for
Plenty of tops and side cur
tains on hand for Ford cars. Can
also equip your car with self
starter. Charles Latourell, auth
orized Ford dealer.
New steel pipes for the new
water mains in lone have arriv
ed and are being installed. Funds
ior installing the new system
secured through sale of $7,000 in
bonds voted at a recent city
A number of Morrow county
men have been subpenaed as
witnesses in the case of the State
of Oregon versus Cedric Scharff
which is being held in Canyon
Norman F. Lawson has sold
his Rhea Creek farm near Jordan
Siding to Jeff Beamer of Heppner.
In the deal Mr. Lawson takes
over Mr. Beamer's Interests in
the Heppner Delivery company
and will make his home in this
city. Mr. Beamer has already ta
ken posession of his new property.
tion is cutting down contributions
to churches and colleges that
have helped make the country
strong," T. M. Medford, distrct
manager of Safeway stores, de
clared when speaking before a
Salem service club this week.
Medford warned that high tax
ation is gradually drying up In
vestmentments that made the
United States a great country and
that though built under a capi
talistic system unhindered by
"governmental harness" is drift
ing more and more toward stat-ism.
dance it off."
The human dynamo of energy
here at the capital we are writing
about has his own banana grove
at Salem in the form of a large
automobile agency. It s so well
organized it practically runs it
self and the owner can devote all
his time to being governor of the
great state of Oregon.
at the primary election in May,
1950, Instead of at the general
election. This will be as it was
before the 1945 legislature chang
ed the date to the November
FLAYS HIGH TAXATION
"Taxes take 31 cents out of
every worker's dollar and this ac-
RECENT LEGAL OPINIONS
When an election for a direc
tor of an irrigation district results
in a tie, the present incumbent re
mains in office until his successor
is elected at the next regular elec
tion and qualifies, Attorney Gen
eral George Neuner ruled last
week. Other rulings were:
The federal act known as the
Hatch Political Activity Act does
not prohibit corporations from
The Heppner Gazette, established
March 30, 1883. The Heppner
Times, established November
18, 1897. Consolidated Feb. 15,
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O. G. CRAWFORD
Publisher and Editor
$2,000,000 WHEN FINISHED
Monday morning excavators
followed bulldozers on the site of
the now-being-built state high
way building estimated to costi
$1,599,931. The five-story struc-1
ture will rise just north of the.
new Public Service building both i
on the east flank of the Capitol
group. The new building will
house offices of the federal Bu
reau of Public Roads in addition
to the many state highway offic
es. To the "older boys" around the
capitol who have ooserved build
ing costs climb over estimates
and bids are betting the Highway .
builaing, when finished, will give
taxpayers a set back of a quarter
of a million dollars more than the
NEW ELECTION LAWS
The regular biennial publica
tion of Oregon's election laws for
1950 has just come off the presses
of the state printing office. It will
show a considerable increase in
voting precincts, mostly in the
western part of the state.
Multnomah county now has
630 precincts, an increase of 116 j
Precinct committemen and
committeewomen will be elected
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making contributions to candi- the qualified electors vote "yes"
dates for state office. for allowing livestock to run at
Oregon's 1947 livestock law large, a livestock district is
provides that when a majority of created.
Beginning Sunday, December 4, the
Elkhorn Cafe will operate on a six-day
per week basis. The cafe will be closed
this Sunday and each Sunday there
after. Velma Huebener
Hot and Ntat-(4a(i Mobilheotl
and wc do
Call us now for Automatic Fuel Oil Service. Make sure
your tanks are filled long before winter comes. All you need
do is make a phone call we'll do all the rest, guarantee
you a constant supply of clean oil heat all season.
PAUL PETTYJOH N
General Petroleum Distributor
JOS. J. NYS
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Peters Bldg., Willow Street
Call Settles Electric
for all kinds of Electrical Work
New and Repair
Shop phone 2253 at Willow &
Chase Streets. Kes. Phone 2342
J. O. TURNER
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Hotel Heppner Building
By Day or Contract
P. W. MAHONEY
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Heppner Hotel Building
Willow Street Entrance
J. O. PETERSON
Latest Jewelry S Gift Goods
Watches, Clocks, Diamonds
Expert Watch & Jewelry
Jack A. Woodhall
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Office First Floor Bank Bldg.
Phone 2342 Heppner
Dr. L. D. Tibbies
Physician & Surgeon
First National Bank Building
Res. Ph. 1162 Office Ph. 492
Veterans of Foreign
Meetings 2nd & 4th Mondays
at 8:00 p.m. in Legion Hall
Turner, Van Marter
PHYSICIAN & SURGEON
Trained Nurse Assistant
Office in Masonic Building
Dr. C. C. Dunham
Office No. 4 Center St.
House Cals Made
Home Phone 2583 Office 2572
Licensed Funeral Directors
Phone 1332 Heppner, Oregon
C. A. RUGGLES Representing
Blaine E. Isom
Phone 723 Heppner, Ore.
Cntmeil Heeti Pint Monday
Citizens having matters for
discussion, please bring them
before the Council. Phone 2572
Dr. J. D. Palmer
Office upstairs Rooms 11-12
First National Bank Bldg.
Phones: Office 783, Home 932
Abstract & Title Co.
ABSTRACTS OF TITLE
Oflloa In Foteri Building
N. D. BAILEY
Lawn Mowers Sharpened
Sewing Machines Repaired
Phone 1485 for appointment
or call at shop.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
First National Bank Bldg.
Walter B. Hinlcle
Farms, Busines, Income Prop
erty. Trades for Valley & Coast.
Income Tax Returns
Cnnrt Me,tI Flr"t Wodnnday
County Judys Of Ilea Houm
Monday, Wednesday, l'rlday fl a.m.
to 6 p.m.
Tuaiday, Tlmriday, Saturday For.
RICHARD J. O'SHEA, M. D.
Physician and Surgeon
2 Church Street
DR. J. D. PALMER DenUst
Rms. 11-12 1st Nat. Bank Bldg.
Ph.: Office 783, Home 932
Heppner: Monday, Tuesday,
Arlington: Wed. and Thurs.
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