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Heppner Gazette Times, Thursday, February 23, 1950
Volume 66, Number 49
Draw Heavy Terms
From Judge Watts
Velma Hughes To
Serve Six Years
Violation of parole terms may
be taken lightly by the violators
but with Judge Homer I. Watts
such conduct is a serious offense
against the law. This was dem
onstrated Saturday when the
Judge came to Heppner to pass
sentence upon two persons with
whom he had previously dealt
rather kindly. As a result of the
short session of circuit court, Vel
ma Hughes Is now serving six
years in the state penitentiary at
Salem and Victor Jack Gibson is
in the same institution for a
period of four years. In each case
the Judge doubled the time pre
viously given the violators.
Judge Watts sentenced Velma
Hughes to three years in 1949
when she pled guilty to a charge
of manslaughter In the slaying
of her husband, Arthur Hughes
In the early morning hours of
December 15, 19-18. The terms un.
der which she was paroled re
quired living an exemplary life.
The Umatilla county parole, offj
cer, Investigating reports that
she was not living up to the pro
bation terms, found sufficient
evidence to cause her to be ta
ken into custody. She was ill for
several weeks and hospitalized
part of that time.
Gibson was given a sentence of
two years and placed on proba
tion by Judge Watts last fall
when he pled guilty to a charge
of larceny not in a dwelling. Ev
idence came in that he had vlo
lated his parole and the Judge
ordered him brought In for sen
tenclng. Sheriff C. J. D Bauman
accompanied by John Wightman,
went to Port Angeles, Wash, last
week and picked Gibson up.
Sheriff Bauman said he had
taken many prisoners to Salem
in his upwards of 20 years but
this was the first time he had
committed a woman prisoner.
Mrs. Hughes was the 28th woman
on the prison roster, he reported
Red Cross Drive To
A campaign to raise $67,000,000
for Red Cross services to the
American people will open Wed
nesday morning, March 1, and
plans are completed for Joining
In the drive In Morrow county,
announces William Richards,
Glenn Warner, pastor of the
Heppner Church of Christ, has
accepted appointment as fund
chairman, replacing F. W. Turn
er, who served In that capacity
for several years.
Actual funds needed amount to
$79,000,000, announces General
George' C. Marshall, new Red
Cross president, but through
economies affected and applica
tion of $12,000,000 from almost
depleted surpluses the organiza
tion is able to hold its request
down to $G7,000,000.
P-TA SPONSORING DINNER
EVENING OF MARCH 8
A dinner, sponsored by the
Heppner Parent-Teacher associa
tion will be served at the Meth
odist church at 5:30 p. m. Wed
nesday, March 8, it is announced
by Rev. J. Palmer Sorllen, presi
dent of the local unit. -An Invita
tion has been extended to the
public to attend but reservations
should be made with Mrs Merle
The dinner Is In honor of Stew
art Holbrook, noled northwest au
thor, who yill be guest speaker at
the P-TA meeting and program
ANNA K. BYLAND
Services were held at 2 "O'clock
p. m. Saturday from the Phelps
Funeral Home for Mrs. Anna K.
Byland, 84, who passed away
Thursday, February 16 at Pen
dleton. Rev. J. Palmer Sorllen of
ficlated and interment was in
the Masonic cemetery She Is sur.
vlved by three sons, Elmer, Asa
Business visitors at the tax de
p.rtmcnt the first of the week
Included Mrs. Clel Rea of Stan-
field, Monday and Don McEIII
colt of Lower Gooseberry, Tues
NIFTY KNITTERS MEET
AT LEADER'S HOME
The Nlfly Knitters met Feb. 16
el I he home of Mrs. Cornell Green
President Clarice Hastings called
the meeting to order The minutes
were rend by Mary Ruth Green
secretary. Participation In 4-H
club week was discussed and It
was decided that Nancy Ball and
Mary Ruth Green were to make
posters for our club and display
The rest of the time was spent
knitting on our bed socks. Re
freshments were served at the
close of the meeting.
Janice Beamer, Reporter
Due 2nd Of March
Assessor W. O. Dix reports that
75 percent of the assessment
blanks mailed to taxpayers of
the county have not been filled
out and returned to his office.
Since March 2 is the final date
for filing, he urges immediate
attention to this important
Taxpayers are again reminded
that a heavy fine may be Im
posed for failure to file the as
sessment blanks within the spe
cified time and the assessor has
no alternative in cases of ne
WASHINGTON AT WEEKLY
In observance of Washington's
birthday, the Soroptimist Club of
Heppner listened to a brief dis
course by Attorney J. O. Turner
at the regular meeting this noon.
Mr. Turner refreshed the minds of
his listeners on the life and ac
tivities of the "Father of our
Country" and then connected him
up with present day conditions
This was the blrftiday meeting
for the month and was duly re
cognized with a cake with an en
ticing cherry tree thereon. Mrs.
O. G. Crawford presided in the
absence of the president, Mrs. W
O George who is in Portland on
The next meeting will be a
business meeting at which lime
there will be no program.
TO OPEN MEN'S STORE
E. O. Ferguson and son Ted
are at Gold Beach where they
are stocking up a men's wear
store which Ted and an assoc
iate. Bob Crump, will operate.
The new business, which will be
called Ted and Bob's, will be rea
dy for business as soon as the
shelves and counters are stocked.
Stockman Tells House
Committee Of Spruce
Immediate action for emergen
cy funds to fight the spruce bud
worm pest was urged by Con
gressman Lowell Stockman re
cently when he appeared before
the House Appropriations com
mittee. Representative Stockman ar
gued that unless $880,000 In sup
plemental funds, which is the
federal government's share in
treating 1,000,000 acres of infest-
d lands, is rna'e available at
once, It will tan the capacity of
the local manufacturers to pro-
ide the million gallons of DDT
solution by the time the spraying
must be done in the month of
He told the committee 'The
imber which the budworm would
kill in eastern Oregon is needed
for continued support of the very
large lubmer industry in this
section. As the first cut in pon
derosa pine is completed the east.
em Oregon mills are turning
more and more to the cutting of
Douglas fir and white fir. Bend,
Burns, Pendleton. Pilot Rock, La
Grande, Baker, Kinzua, Lakeview
Will Be Well Paid
Persons employed as enumer
ators for the 17th Decennial Cen
sus In Morrow county will earn
lbout $8.00 to $9.00 per day, it is
announced by r.obert W. Gibson,
ensus district supervisor, whose
office Is located at Room 6, Som-
mer Uldg., La Grande. The enum
erator's pay scale is based on the
payment of piece prices, so much
nor name, per farm, or per dwell
ing unit enumerated in the cen
Applications lor enumerator
jobs are now being received by
the dislrict supervisor's office.
Approximately four positions are
to be filled. Most of the enumer
ators will be employed for a per
iod of from two to four weeks.
Happy Winter Time!
While outomobllisti were harv.
lng difficulty negotiating the
snow, these tots found transpor
tation -no problem whatever.
Their noble steeds took them
wherever they wished to go, and
in this Instance they passed by
the Heppner Photo Studio where
Louli Lyon and hli tver-ready
At Tuesday Meeting
George Waddill of
Enterprise to Take
Charge Next Week
Meeting in Heppner Tuesday,
the recently created board enter
ed into a contract with George
Waddill of Enterprise to become
manager of the Morrow County
Memorial hospital. Waddill will
be in Heppner next week to as
sume his new duties.
In hiring a manager at this
time, with official opening of the
hospital still a matter of possi
bly several months, the hospital
board feels that an opportunity
.is being grasped to make a sav
ing of considerable money In
completing the task of equipping
and furnishing the building,
while the heavy equipment has
been installed, there remains fur
niture and incidentals which will
involve considerable expenditure
of money and the members of the
board have recognized the desir
ability of having a qualified hos.
pital manager on the Job to help
in the purchasing.
Waddill gained his experience
in some of the larger hospitals of
of the' state and for some time
has been in charge of the hospi
tal at Enterprise.
The manager is the second man
employed by the county In con
nection with operation of the hos
pital. Robert Lowe was put on the
Job the first of the year as cus
todian and sanitary engineer. He
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T H.
Lowe, former residents of Cecil
and now of Portland. It is under
stood that Mrs. Robert Gammell
will be receptionist when the
hospital goes into operation.
and Klamath Falls are all hea
vily dependent on continued op
eration of the large lumber
plants in those communities. It
would be a serious blow to these
towns and many others if the
spruce budworm Infestations are
"Many of the towns and cities
in eastern Oregon obtain their
water supplies from timbered
water sheds where the spruce
budworm is working. It is vital
to protect these watersheds."
Mr. Stockman added that "In
1948 methods to control ths in
sect through airplane spraying
of DDT were satisfactorily tested
on the Umatilla National forest
in the vicinity of Heppner. In the
same year the infestation spread
westward to the east slope of the
Cascade range on the Mt. Hood
forest and into the Willamette
valley forests in the vicinity of
Eugene. These outbreaks were
suppressed by the spraying of
267,00 acres by the state of Ore
gon and the Forest Service at an
average cost of $1.20 per acre in
the spring of 1929."
Van port Tumbles
Shamrocks, 61 to 54
Vanport college was a little too
speedy for the Shamrocks when
the two teams met on the Hepp
ner gymnasium floor Monday
evening and La Verne Van Mar
ter's charges had to be satisfied
with the short end of the 61-54
Not disheartened by Monday's
game, Van Marter is angling to
get a game with Eastern Oregon
college. Vanport lias defeated the
EO boys twice this season and
Van thinks maybe his boys can
The Shamrocks meet the Moro
Townies Saturday evening and
Van is trying to line up some
more games before the season
! camera caught a picture of them.
The children are Daniel Ander
son, aged 5 and hii siitei, Dar
lene, age 3. The picture wai ta
ken February 8 while the whole
region was itlll In the clutches
of winter. The dogs are Austra
Amateur Hour At
Fossil Attracts Many
People From Kinzua
By ELSA M. LEATHERS
A large number of Kinzua peo.
Die attended the first amateur
hour at Fossil Wednesday eve
ning sponsored by the P-TA.
George Close was master of cere.
monies, me program was aivia-
ed in four classes and first, sec
ond and third prizes were given,
and each contestant received a
eift. Shirlee Adams, singing, re
ceived first prize in her division,
$10. Miss Blanche Davis of Lone
Rock as "Minnie Pearl , received
first In the adult class, $10. One
first prize went to Condon, and
the small daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Gene Joel of Fossil, first in
tap dancing. Finley LaClair of
Kinzua drew the door prize, an
electric iron. It was estimated
that some 700 people attended
this hour in the recently con
structed gymnasum of Fossil s
Marshall Sargent post in oi
the American Legion sponsored
a clambake Friday evening at the
Rod and Gun club. They enter
tained the gun club members and
also the baseball team of last
year. Two trophies were present
ed at this time to Slip Wright.
handicap, cup and the actual lb.
yard cup to Bill Wrenn. The pres
ident of the gun ciuo, Hero
Wright, was not present. Slip
Wright made the presentation to
Bill and himself.
The Leeion auxiliary social
hour was held at the home of
Mrs. Frank Denton Monday eve
ning. Mrs. James Armstrong was
Friends and neighbors called
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim
Dimbaski, newlyweds, Saturday
evening lor a house warming.
Pot luck lunch was servea.
The basketball boys and girls
went to Heppner Friday night to
nlav and won both eames. Lex
ington played hossn on me locai
floor with Fossil winning.
Carl Pierson and Tommy HanKS
went to Portland last week. Jim
my Hulett accompanied them
down and Bill Litzell returned
home with them to see his latner,
Frank, before reporting to 5an
Diego the first of the week to
enter the navy. Bill took an ex
amination on electronics before
entering the navy and was 5th
highest in the state. He will have
32 weeks of school now on elec
tronics at Treasure Island.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Rood were
visiting in Heppner Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmo Kelly moved
their household goods to Milton
Freewater "Saturday" where he'
will work in a garage. The Kellys
have been employed here the
Mrs. David Peterson returned
to work Monday after being off
a week due to illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Doerr made
a business trip to The Dalles
Mr. and Mrs. Owen Leathers Sr.
spent Saturday in Heppner at
tending to business and visiting.
Owen also visited at his sister s
home in Lexington, Mr. and Mrs.
C. C. Carmichael.
Sonny Matteson went to Arl
ington to meet his wife and dau.
ghter Friday morning. Mrs. Mat
teson went to San Diego the Tirst
of December for a major opera
tion arid is now returning.
Mr. and Mrs. Delvin McDaniel
returned home Saturday from
Pendleton after spending several
days there attending the funeral
services and attending to busi
ness of Mrs. McDaniels' father
who passed away on Monday.
Carl Mansky taught in her ab
sence. Mrs.Layton Tripp was visiting
Mrs. Richard Greenfield in Fossil
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Perry mo
tored to Condon Sunday to get
their daughters, Valoris and Val
orie. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Or
wick accompanied them.
Nelson Murphy went to The
Dalles during the week to see his
son Bobby who underwent an
o Der at ion last week for a ruptur.
ed appendix and isn't doing too
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Merritt and
son of Heppner were overnight
guests oi Mr. and Mrs. Marian
Adams Saturday nignt.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bird were
in The Dalles Saturday where
Mrs Bird received medical atten
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Reeser of
Prineville went to The Dalles Sat
urday and brought Mrs. Bill Pres.
ton home from the hospital where
she recently underwent surgery.
Mrs. Reeser is spending a few
days here with her sister while
Mr. and Mrs. C. G. England
made a business trip to Pendle-
on and Baker Monday, returning
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Morgan
and baby daughter of Springfield
were here over the week-end vis
iting Mrs. Morgan s parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Jake Thompson, and
other relatives and friends here
and at Fossil.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray O'Neil were
attending to business at The
Dalles Saturday. Mrs. Leonard
Collins accompanied them
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnson
and two children of Beaverton
nent the week-end here visiting
Mr. and Mrs. Harve Boyer and
other relatives and friends. Mrs
Boyer returned to Beaverlon with
Kenneth Draheim, Pat Owens
Jean Owens and Dorothy Lone
went to The Dalles this week col
lectins ads for their high school
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Owens and
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Jobe mo
tored to The Dalles Saturday to
see Mr. Owens, their father, who
is 111 In the hospital there,
For Relocation of
River Rail Lines
Award of contract for the con
struction of 11.6 miles of Spokane,
Portland and Seattle railway re
location from Yellepit to Finley,
Wash, has been made to Gibbons
& Reed company of Salt Lake
City, Utah, for $1,548,600.80, Col.
Wm. Whipple, Walla Walla dis
trict engineer, corps of engineers,
This is the last major contract
for the relocation of 34 miles of
the S. P. & S. railroad along the
Columbia river to make way for
the reservoir to be created by
McNary dam. The work includes
roadbed grading and involves
1,600,000 cubic yards of common
excavation, 200,000 cubic yards
of rock excavation, 90,000 cubic
yards of class I embankment and
2,400,000 cubic yards of class II
and III embankment. All work
required for the construction of;
the roadbed is to be completed by
January 1, 1951 and all the re
maining work By May 1, 1951.
Notice to proceed with the con
struction of 11.4 miles of Union
Pacific railroad relocation along
the Columbia river between Sand,
Oregon and the Walla Walla ri
ver, Washington, has been given
the Utah Construction company
under terms of a $3,070,709 con
tract, Col Whipple announced.
Included under the contract s
approximately 10 miles of relo
cation of state highways 395 and
730. This relocation work is ne-
cessry to permit the planned clo.
sure of the Columbia river at
McNary dam in October, 1950.
The contractor will have ten
calendar days after receipt of the
notice in which to start the work.
One year is allowed for comple
tion. Guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. O
Rasmus from Sunday to Tuesday
were her brother and wife, Mr. ;
Personal Interest Around Ye Olde Town
By Ruth Payne
The degree staff of Holly Re
bekah lodge of Lexington con
ferred the honors of the degree
upon five candidates from there
and one, Mrs. Virginia Groshens,
of Heppner at the regular meet
ing of Sans Souci Rebekah lodge
Friday evening. Thirty two mem
bers of the Lexington lodge were
present as well as many local
members. Following lodge re
freshments were served by Mes
dames Florence Green, Mary Bai.
ley, Delia Tash and Delia David
son. Plans are being made to
hold another initiation for seven
candidates March 3 at which
time the drill team of Sans Souci
will present the ritualistic and
Nine tables of bridge and 15 of
pinochle were in play at the Elks'
ladies card party Saturday after,
noon at the American Legion
hall. For bridge, high score was
received by Mrs. Raymond Fergu
son and second by Mrs. Earl
Blake, and for pinochle, Mrs.
Walter Hayes of Boardman re
ceived high and Mrs. James Hea
Iy second. Mrs. Clyde Denney of
Gresham received the door prize.
Hostesses for the afternoon were
Mesdames H. D. MeCurdy Jr,
Harold Becket, Jack Van Winkle.
Willard Blake, Milton Morgan of
lone, Tom Wilson and J. J. O'Con
nor. Mr. and Mrs. H. D. MeCurdy
Jr. were here from Ukiah for the
week end festivities at the Elks.
Sunday they continued on to
Portland to spend a few days on
business and pleasure. During
their absence their daughters re
mained with their grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Harlan D. MeCurdy
David Hynd, who has been con.
fined to his home by illness most
of the winter, is out and about
again Mr. Hynd was at church
Wednesday morning, greeting
his friends and is much im
Scott Neill was over from Con
don Saturday to attend the Elks
Week-end guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Luke Bibby were Mr. and
Mrs Jody Morrison from Arling
ton. Mrs. Claude Graham is a pati
ent at Portland Sanatorium hav
ing undergone surgery there the
last of the week. Her father, John
Wightman, who accompanied
her to the city returned to Hepp
Mrs. Pearl Devine, Mrs. Mary
Wright and Deb Wright motored
lo Portland Tuesday to spend a
few days on business.
Art Peck is spending this week
in Portland in attendance at a
school for Frigidaire repair and
Jimmlc Wilson was here from
Portland for the week end to at
tend the Elks annual and visit
with his brother David and sis
ter, Mrs. Alva Jones. Mr. Wilson
has recently returned from Ire
land where he spent several
weeks visiting his birthplace and
vvhere ne aUendod school. He
was very impressed with the pla.
By Fossil Friday
Evening, 38 to 32
Heppner Lads Fail
To Rally in Over
Heppner high school's basket
ball squad suffered the second
loss of the season Friday night
when the Fossil Falcons met the
Mustangs on the Heppner gym
nasium floor. It was a nip and
tuck affair throughout, resulting
in a tie at 30all, but in the play
off the visitors got down to bus
iness and scored eight points to
Heppner's two. Final score, 38-32.
Fossil jumped into the lead in
the first canto, which ended 8-6.
The half ended with Heppner in
the lead 16-14, and Fossil again
held a two-point margin at the
end of the third. Orwick was re
sponsible for putting his team
ahead in the first half by toss
ing in a last second long shot.
In the overtime period the Hep
pner lads mustered up one bas
ket while Fossil got real hot and
rolled up eight points.
The Mustangs traveled to
Boardman Monday evening and
defeated a determined Yeliow
jacket squad. The Heppner boys
had difficulty in locating the
basket in the first quarter, but in
the second began to improve. In
the second half they began to
roll and the final gun found them
in the lead on a 29-24 score. Pi
per of Heppner held scoring hon.
ors for the evening with eight
and Mrs. Ralph Cecil who were
accompanied by their son and
his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Darrel
Cecil, all of Spray.
Many Items of
cidity of life in Ireland, no hurry
and scurry as is so apparent in
this country, and this ease of liv
ine is reflected in the faces of
the people. In Ireland everything
closes on Sundays and people at
tend church. The Wilsons have
an aunt and several cousins still
living in Ireland. After his visit
there, Mr. Wilson went on to Lon
don and several other places of
interest in England and on to
France where he stayed several
davs in Paris. Mr. Wilson reports
a pleasurable boat crossing with
coneer.ial passengers and danc
ng and other amusements. He
works In the Portland Elks club
and plans to return to Ireland in
about two years.
Dr. and Mrs. A. D McMurdo
and Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. O
Shea attended the meeting of the
Umatilla County Medical associ
ation and auxiliary in Pendleton
Mrs. Adelle Hannan was the
honoree at a surprise birthday
party Monday evening at the
Woodhall home. The party was
arranged by the members of Girl
Scout troop 4 and Mrs. Jack
Woodhall is assistant leader.
Present were Joanne Culver; Judy
Barger, Janye Woodhall, Oonna
French, Nancy Davis, Ida Sue
Stratton, Sandra Whillock, Rober
ta Hannan, Darlene Brannon, De.
lores Easter, Phyllis Biddle, Fran-
cine Francis and Virginia Gonty.
The members of Girl Scout
troop No. 4 handled the candy
concession at the PTA play Wed.
nesday evening at the gym-auditorium.
This is to benefit their
fund for a Mothers' day tea which
will be held in May.
Mrs. Gertrude Applegate made
a business trip to Walla Walla
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagoner
motored to Portland Sunday. He
will receive medical attention
while in the city. Mrs. Jack Mil
ler is working in the beauty shop
during Mrs. Wagoners absence.
Mrs. Pearl Carter has accepted
a position in the local REA office
replacing Harold Kcnney who is
moving soon to Prosser, wasn
where he has been transferred.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Denney of
Gresham were week-end visit
ors in Heppner having come up
to attend the Elks annual.
Robert Dobhs motored to Port
land Monday. Mrs. Dobbs has
been in the oily for several weeks.
W. O. Dix underwent a major
operaton at The Dalles hospital
Tuesday and according to word
from Mrs. Dix who is there with
him. is recovering nicely.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stark and
(laughters returned to their home
in Hay, Wash.. Saturday after a
visit of several days here with
her brother-in-law and sister. Mr.
and Mrs. Scott Furlong and fath
er. J. C. Owens.
Walter Luckman returned to
Heppner the first of the week
and will remain for a time. Mr.
Luckman has been In Pendleton
for the past few weeks and prior
to that spent considerable time
at the const and In Portland.
Gus Nikatuler is here from
Scottsburg for a brief visit with
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Father Of Country
Extolled in High
School Lad's Talk
Washington the surveyor, the
soldier and the first president of
the United States was extolled in
a brief talk before the chamber
of commerce luncheon group
Monday noon by Marion Green,
Heppner high school student.
This beng Washington's birthday
week, the program chairman,
Glen Parsons, thought it would
be fitting to have a talk on the
"Father of His Country". He con
sulted Supt. Leonard Pate, who
Although one of the busiest
students in the school, Marion
found time to do some research
work on the subject assigned him
and came up with a talk worthy
of one many years his senior.
A communication from the Ba.
ker chamber of commerce invited
the local group to send a repre
sentative to a meeting scheduled
for some time in the near future
in Baker to take up the matter of
more widely advertising the Old
Oregon Trail and particularly the
counties traversed by the high
way. No ifnmediate action was
taken but it is likely that the
invitation will be accepted.
Boardman F. F. A. -
Team Places First in
By MRS. FLOSSIE COATS
The Boardman F.F.A. parlia
mentary team placed first in the
Blue Mountain district at Milton
Saturday, under the supervision
of Ronald black. The members of
the team are Bob Sicard, Keith
Tannehill, Donald Gillespie, Pe
ter and Michael Cassidy. Other
members attending were Max
Fussell. Jimmie Graham and
Robert Fortner. The chapter re
ceived new equipment for the
shop lately, a joiner plane, jug
saw and a lathe.
Mrs. Elbert Hawley of Mabton,
Wash, was a guest of her father
and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs
Charles A. Hawley, Saturday.
The Tillicum club held the an.
nual Valentine dinner and party
entertaining the husbands and
families Wednesday, Feb. 15, at
the grange hall, with Valentine
decorations and motifs carried
out in the room and on the tables.
The Boardman Garden club
members entertained husbands
and families on Thursday at the
grange hall, using the same room
Mrs. Katherine Dunn and son
Reo of Richland, Wash, spent the
week-end with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Brown.
Mrs. Lowell Shattuck and son
Douglas left Saturday for the
week-end with her mother, Mrs.
Delia Faulkner of Goldendale.
Douglas will remain with his
grandmother for the remainder of
the school year.
Mrs. Frank Cole left for Port
land Sunday where she will
spend a week with her parents
and other relatives.
Guest at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Kunze over the week
end was Mrs. Kunze's father, Mr.
Erickson of Spokane.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Petteys
and family of Pendleton were
Sunday dinner guests at the
home of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. N. A. Macomber.
Mr. and Mrs Leo Root were
Sunday dinner guests at the
ome of Mr and Mrs. Albert Ma
comber in Arlington. Mrs. Olive
Mefford, mother of Mrs. Root, re
turned home with them to spend
Mr. and Mrs. Z. J Gllespie, Mrs
Margaret Klitz and George De
lano motored to Pendleton Mon
Move Delayed For
Due to a death in the family
of Eddie Paul, Idaho man who
has been retained by the Hepp
ner Cleaners to superintend the
moving of equipment from the
present location to the new build
ing, it has been necessary to
postpone the moving until next
The plant will remain In op
eration until the morning of
March 2 and the office will be
kept open to receive and deliver
work done up to and including
March 1, announces William Col
1 i ns.
NATIONAL SECURITY MEET
A meeting of importance to the
western area of the United States
is being held in Portland this
Friday, Saturday and Sunday un
der the sponsorship of the Amer.
'can Legion. It is called "Western
rea National Security and Coun
ler Subversive Activity Confer
ence of The American Legion'
and will place special emphasis
on national security and the "cold
Numerous prominent citizens
have been scheduled to speak on
the program which has the full
endorsement of Governor Douglas
Judge J. G. Barratt Is out of the
office today and will be absent
until Monday. He is attending
road meeting at Oregon
college in Corvallls
Results Of Test
On UHS Reported
By Rural Board
Sentiment Not in
Favor Shown By
In view of the county-wide re
sponsibility for the educational
program as financed by the rural
school budget which is levied un.
iformly throughout the county,
by request the Rural School Board
fostered a survey of the senti
ment in relation to the establish
ment of a union high school serv.
ing the students of the present
high schools at lone, Lexington
Information pertinent to a un
ion high school was sent to par
ents of the area. A card was en
closed asking each parent to ex
press his reaction to the proposal.
Four hundred and ninety cards
were sent out and 177 were re
turned, with the following results
Heppner yes 39, no 29, more
information, 13. In the same order
follows Lexington 19, 7, and 4;
Ione 3, 41, 8; other districts
3, 2. Totals Yes, 70; no, 80;
more information, 27.
Further letters were received
opposing such a plan from the
lone Parent -Teacher association
and the Heppner school board.
The board felt that this infor
mation should be made available
in the light of its letter to the
parents of this area. This was
merely an advisory vote. Steps
by which official action could
have been taken were outlined in
the Gazette Times.
Vernon Munkers, chairman of
the Rural School Board, in clari
fying the board's position, said:
"The board wants to make its
position clear on this issue. The
Rural School Board has fulfilled
its responsibility in testing senti
ment in regard to a union high
school. If some interested persons
of the various districts feel that
it is worth further study they will
have to follow the legal proced
ure. The Rural district office will
furnish such information as is
pertinent to such a procedure.
"It also wishes to clarify the
financial procedure in the acqui
sition of sites and building of a
school plant. The responsibility,
both in voting and in financing
lies with the local district and is
financed by a local district tax
and not by a county-wide tax.
'The bonds are voted by the
local district and it must levy a
special tax within the district to
retire such bonds. It does not be
come a part of the rural school
district budget which is levied
on the county as a whole."
To Convert or Renew
Veterans who took out Nation-
1 Service life insurance in 1942
were reminded today by Charles
M Cox, local representative of
he Veterans Administration, that
they must convert or renew their
present policies this year, before
Failure of veterans to do this
may result in the loss of their
G. I. insurance, unless they are
able to pass a physical examina
tion. Cox said.
G I. policies issued in 1942, a
year of heavy recruitment by the
armed services, have eight years
to run before they must be con
verted or renewed, and veterans
must apply for their new policies
before the old ones expire.
Many veterans, the VA said,
are not sure when they first took
out their policies and needlessly
run the risk of losing their in
surance protection because they
do not know when their policies
should be renewed.
Even though the VA will try
to notify the veteran 60 days be
fore the expiration date, it is
wise for him to check with the
VA to determine the anniversary
date of his insurance policy.
Approximately one-third of the
half million veterans in the Pa
cific northwest who have GI in
surance pay their premiums dur
ing the 31-day "grace period,
acording to the VA. They, too,
face the loss of their Insurance
when it expires, because It may
no longer be in force when they
get around to making applica
tion for a converted policy or a
The VA advises veterans to pay
their premiums promptly and de
pend on the "grace period only
in times of real financial emer
MR. BRIGGS FILES
First to announce candidacy
for a county office Is Linn W.
Briggs. who announced this
morning that he Is seeking re
election as county treasurer. Mr.
Briggs observed his 90th birth
day last July and so far has sue.
cessfully defended the challeng
I Issued by this newspaper that h
is Oregon's oldest public ervant.