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Heppner Gazette Times, Thursday, June 8, 1950
It Will Be An Historic Occasion
Dedication of the Pioneer Memorial hospital
will mark pnother step in the progressive history
of Morrow county. It will signify the culmination
of several years of patient effort on the part of
those who hive been charged with the responsi
bility of planning and carrying the building
through to completion, and will be a landmark to
the courage and faith of the people who so readily
responded to the requests for funds and gifts to
provide the finest of facilities for caring for those
who will find it necessary to seek the institution's
services. There will be suitable ceremonies signi
fying the completion of the building, following
whicli there will be open house when all who
wish may inspect the building and equipment
Attaining the dedication point has been a
slow and somewhat arduous undertaking, not be
cause of financial difficulties, for the people re
sponded nobly both in voting taxes and in donat
ing funds, but rather due to conditions resulting
from the war. The first step was taken six years
ago when the proposal to build a hospital was
placed on the ballot. After passing a millage tax
that would raise $100,000 in five years the time
it was figured work could be started on the build
ingthe people requested a second election to
make the remaining four levies payable in one
lump. This also carried readily and the county
court was (hen in a position to begin making
actual plans for construction. One of the financial
hurdles that had to be cleared was the fact that
the money already in hand was far short of the
amount needed to build the type of hospital de
sired. Match money could be had from the govern,
ment and although this method of financing had
not been included in the original plan, it was
accepted and in order to reach the estimated sum
needed, an additional fund of upwards of $30,000
was raised by subscription.
So Sunday afternoon, June 11, we will witness
the dedication of a fine modern hospital, a
ceremony which it is fondly hoped will mark the
beginning n' a long and successful service to the
people of Morrow county and neighboring counties
not now en.ioying that kind of service.
Business Men Should Help
An opportunity to display civic- spirit is af
forded the business men of Heppner by turning
out tomorrow (Friday) and lending a hand to
pouring the concrete floor in the new exhibition
pavilion at the county fair grounds. It is not un
likely that business men from other towns will
be on hand and whether or not they show up,
Heppner concerns should be well represented. The
fair is not juct a farmer-interest affair. The towns
people have an equal Interest In it and the fact
that it is located here should prompt ou citizens
to offer their assistance.
And The Rain Came!
An acquaintance of former years was wont to
comment "if it doesn't rain there'll be an awful
long dry spell." It began to look like that was
about to happen in this section of Eastern Oregon,
but this is Pore Festival week and we can usually
count on some showers.
It is appropriate to remark that the showers
were timely. The brief heat wave of Saturday
and Sunday offered a threat to light soil crops
and some damage may have resulted, although
overcast skies Monday relieved the situation and
the rainfall Tuesday evening may have been suf
New Taxes Would Hit
Low Income Groups
If all personal incomes in ex
cess of $10,000 a year were con
fiscated by Uncle Sam, it would
barely give him the additional
money needed to wipe out the
5!i billion deficit and finance the
$1 billion first year's cost of the
new Federal spending programs
proposed in the 1951 budget.
Since the nation faces a choice
of submitting to higher taxes or
reducing Federal spending if
Uncle Sam is to live within his
income, the Council of State
Chambers of Commerce today
pointed up some of the difficul
ties in increasing Federal reve
This study revealed that if, for
instance, the Federal Govern
ment set $50,000 as the maximum
income that could be retained by
individuals and took outright all
income above $50,000, it would
get only about $843 million more
than it gets now from present
taxes on those incomes. This $843
million 'would be enough to run
the Federal Government only one
Or suppose Uncle Sam called
$J"),000 the most anyone could
have and took everything made
above that figure. That would
Kive the Government a little over
$2 billion in additional revenue.
This Is just a little less than the
Government intends to spend on
with the county
in mind that
of legislative
may take years
of instruction
and across the
agricultural activities and subsi
dies alone in 1951.
But, of course, Uncle Sam would
never think of taking such a
big tax bite because he knows
he would destroy all personal in
centives to earn that much again
The survey showed further that
in spite of the high taxes on in
comes of $100,000 and over, Uncle
Sam collected only $1.2 billion
from 10,844 persons with such in
comes in 1947 which is the latest
year for which complete statistics
are available. This total was only
6V2 per cent of all income taxes
paid that year. And tax rates on
incomes over $100,000 that year
ranged from 67 per cent to a3
high as 91 per cent.
On the other hand, 51 million
taxpayers reporting incomes ol
less than $5,000 in 1947 paid 82
billion which is 48 per cent oi
almost half of the income taxes
collected that year.
The Council said, "There is no
getting around the fact that any
additional burden of taxes must
fall on the lower income groups.
They have only two choices: sub
mitting to more taxes or demand,
ing cuts in present spending
with a halt to new spending.
Mr. and Mrs. Kemp Dick and
sons are attending the Rose Festi.
val in Portland. During their
stay they are visiting Mrs.
Dick's sister and brother-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Holliday.
. . . . .
ficient to carry the grain over the crucial period.
Timber and grazing interests have reason for
rejoicing, for the mountain areas are drying rapid
ly and forest fires have gotten off to an early
start this season. Several days of showers will
lighten the work and anxiety of the forest crews.
Let it keep fallin', we sez.
A Point Overlooked
Perhaps by the time the Gazette Times gets
into circulation the second election on the county
school budget will be settled. As to which way
it will be settled cannot be stated. There has been
no showing of hands prior to opening of the polls
but if we were to hazard a guess we would say
the results will be about the same as in the first
election and then the several districts will be left
to their own devices.
That there is opposition to the rural school
district setup must be admitted. Just how much
opposition has developed can not be determined
by the results of the first budget election because
there were some elements of defection that can't
be charged directly to opposition to the rural
district so much as a desire to act independently
in the matter of special improvement programs.
Once these programs are completed or well on
their way, those districts might stand in line
If the opposition is something that will grow
rather than diminish, the opponents should bear
the rural school district is a result
action and will continue to function
until the leg'slature takes action to nullify the law
or to refer it to the people. That is something that
and in the meantime the schools
would undoubtedly fall below required standards
and plant maintenance, should the
voters continue to vote down the district budget
The Country Press Says
Kingstree, S. C, County Record: "We hear
about the proposed socialization of medicine. But
we are already well on the road to socializing
the power ndustry in this country.' Tax free
power plarts are built with taxes, to compete
with tax-paying power companies. Part of the
costs are often allocated for some high sound
ing purposes, the benefits of which usually fail
to materialize."
Waldboro, Maine, Press: "The boys up 'in
Washington arc jumping around like grasshoppers
on a hot stove, regarding a policy on China,
Russia, India, etc.. and can't seem to agree on
one for any of them. However, when they start
getting dizzy, they can always take time out and
get in agreement on One thing and that is to
spend more money, and create more Bureaus."
Arcadia, La., Bienville Democrat: "Most of
us in the older generation but not so very old,
at that can remember when neighbors came
from miles around to see the first bulb turned on
and marvel at the light it gave, hanging there at
the end of the cord from the center of the ceiling.
Farm life has become lighter in more ways than
one since the private utilities and the co-ops
started extending their lines down the rural roads
fields to the farm home."
Clayton, Albama, Record: "Until the American
people realize how costly it is for the government
to do things, and begin to refuse the largess,
subsidy, etc., offered by the Government we can
not expect much reduction in government ex
Delegates to State
Convention Named
By AL Auxiliary
At the June 6 meeting of the
American Legion auxiliary, Mrs.
Kemp Dick and Mrs. William
Labhart were elected delegates to
the department convention in
Grants Pass. Mrs. W. A. Blake
and Mrs. Jack Bailey were chosen
as. alternates.
Officers for the new year were
installed by Mrs. Loyal Parker.
Mrs. Kemp Dick, president,
named committee chairman for
the year: Mrs. W. A. Blake,
Americanism; Mrs. Otto Steinke,
child welfare; Mrs. James J.
Farley, community service; Mrs.
Henry Aiken, constitution, by
laws and national security;
Mrs. Charles Hasvold, Girls'
State; Mrs. Labhart, junior ac
tivities; Mrs. Jack Bailey, mem
bership; Mrs. Al Huit, music and
Pan American; Mrs. Gene Fergu
son, past presidents parley; Mrs.
Don Walker, poppy and poppy
poster; Mrs. Jerry Daggett, pub
licity, and Mrs. Alex Thomson,
Hostesses were Mrs. Basil
Burnstad, Mrs. Douglas Drake
and Mrs. Carl Vincent.
This was the last meeting be
fore the summer vacation.
The oAmerkan Way
By George Peck
If our American System of
Capitalism or Free Competitive
i.nterprise is to survive, we must
be thinking and talking about
it. Most certainly its defamers
are quite vocal. Also, we must
constantly seek to improve this
system which has given Amer
ica tne world s highest standard
of living. To do this we must first
understand it know its weak
nesses as well as its strong points.
In a collectivist society such as
Socialism, Fascism or Commu
nism, complete power over the
lives of people is centered in the
hands of a few individuals be
cause they control all the wealth.
Under Capitalism wealth is so
widely, divided that no individual
or group of individuals can regi
ment the people.
Capitalism tends to place the
wealth of a nation in the hands
of industrious, capable people
who are able to use it to produce
still more wealth. This would
seem to contradict my former
statement about division of
wealth were it not for the fact
that here in America there are
a great many people who have
the ability to use capital wisely
enough to produce more wealth.
This constant production of
new wealth by the individuals
who are most expert at doing it,
constitutes the strongest argu
ment for Capitalism. Increase of
wealth is the chief factor in bet
tering the standard of living of
a people.
In recent years Capitalism has
lost some of its efficacy, but this
is not due to any inherent de
fects. Rather, government recula
tions have interfered with its ef
ficient working. A great part of
the incentive to produce wealth
has been destroyed because too
large a percentage of what a
man makes during his lifetime
is taken from him in taxes.
It might be contended that in
the future it should not be neces
sary for individuals to amass
such fortunes as in the past, but
income and inheritance taxes
By Dewitt Emery
(Editor's Note: Dewitt Emery is
president of the National Small
Business Men's Association.)
Everyone, business man, farm
er, wage earner, white collar
worker and everyone else, has in
one way or another felt the de
vasting effect of excessive taxa
tion. A graphic illustration of
iiuw iar inis nas gune, aimusi
to the point bp confiscation, is
given by the current newspaper
advertisements of the Union Oil
Company of California.
In 1949, Federal, state and city
taxes took 1834 of the total
income of the company. In other
woids, out. of every dollar in
sales 1834 cents had to be used
to pay taxes.
Stockholders, the real owners
of the business (in fact, there
wouldn't have been any Union
Oil Company if these people
hadn t put up the money to
finance it), received only 5 cents
per dollar of sales.
The employees of the company
did almost three times as well
as the stockholders, but still had
to take a back seat to the tax
collector. The employees received
14 cents per dollar of sales.
Could anything be more absurd
or, for that matter, any more
dangerous to our free enterprise
system and our American way
of life than for taxes to take
almost exactly the same amount
from the total revenue of the
company as is paid the stock
holders and the employees?
It's perfectly true that the ser
vices rendered by the various
agencies of government which
are supported by taxes do con
tribute something to the opera
tion of the Union Oil Company
or any company. But is this con
tribution worth as much in dol
lars or in any other measure
ment of value as is the contribu
tion made by the stockholders
who finance the company and
the employees who run it.'
30 Years Ago
June 10, 1920
The program for farmers and
townspeople on Saturday is com
plete. The morning will be given
over to street sports and a band
concert, with a big lunch at
noon. The speaking will begin at
1:30 and will be followed by a
ball game at the depot.
The home of Mr. and Mrs.
H. Frad was the secene of a
pretty wedding on Sunday morn
ing, June 6 when their daughter
Erda became the bride of Arnold
G. Piper, a prominent young
farmer of the Lexington district.
All ex-service men of Morrow
county will meet in the council
chambers in Heppner Saturday
evening, June 12 to complete the
organization of a local post of
the American Legion.
Howard M. James of Enter
prise has been chosen to succeed
D. W. Boitnott as superintendent
of Heppner public schools. Mrs.
James also teaches and will be
employed by the board as a
teacher in the lower grades.
A successful school year
have mounted past the safety
level. In addition, it does seem
unfair to penalize and smear
businessmen who produce the
wealth for themselves and others,
and who provide, the jobs. Cer
tainly they do not merit the
abuse that has been heaped on
meir neaus during the past sev
enteen years.
Betore we tax awav all the in
centive for individuals to save,
invesr, work and worrv. let us
remember that the man who
builds his factory from one em
ploying ten men to one employ
ing a thousand, receives, even
before taxation, a very small per
centage of the wealth he has
created. The major part of the
wealth goes to 1,000 employees,
990 of whom were put to work
due to the vision, industry and
executive ability because he was
owner, and also because he was
willing to risk his savings.
Let us stop transferring the
management of wealth from
those who have demonstrated
their ability to create and in
crease it, to any group of politi
cians. In general, a politician is
a smart salesman, but lacking in
executive ability.
The creators of wealth should
be, as a matter of fact most of
them are, willing to give a rea
sonable part of their gains to
the Government to permit it to
perform its legitimate functions
without adding to the Federal
At the same time these creators
of wealth have a right to demand
that the Government treat this
tax money as a public trust not
as a fund to be used to entrench
and perpetuate those already in
public office, but to be adminis
tered for the general welfare of
all the people. ,
In the past our Capitalistic
System has done wonders for us
it will carry this nation to
even greater heights if it can
get Government off its back.
Federal Government must resume
its former role of simply umpir
ing, instead of attempting to par
ticipate as a player in the game.
The Union Oil Comnanv has
37,245 stockholders. These people
are the ones and the only ones
who brought the comoanv into
existence and who keep it going
with their investments.
Where did these stockholders
get the money they put into this
company? The chances are that
in practically every case the
money came trom savings which
were made possible bv indus-
trious, thrifty, even frugal liv
ing, inese people put their faith
in themselves and in our free
enterprise system. They defintely
ao not Deiong to tne group which
spends every dollar it gets hold
of because the government owes
them a living and will take care
of them, come what may, from
uie cradle to the grave.
Of course, what the tax col
lector takes from the"company
doesn't by any means tell Uie
whole tax siorv. The employees
have to pay taxes individually
Dn ine salary or waes they re
ceive r.nd the stockholders have
to pay taxes on their dividends
which materially increases the
government s take.
The whole point is how murh
more 01 this can business and
industry take without cracking
wide open. If it cracks, what
happens to all of us, wage earn
ers, salaried employees, stock-
noiaers, proiessionai psople, in
tact, our entire population?
That, my friends, is the $!4
The excessive taxation we are
laboring under is based on ex
travagant, wastetui, unnecessary
governmental expenditures. I
have said before and I ropeat
witn even more emphasis, if
that's possible, that unless the
big spending program of our
Federal Government is drastical
ly reauced in the immediate fu
lure, it can only result in a na
tional collapse which would
bankrupt you, me and everyone
in tne united states.
Eight Mile Center school under
the supervision of Carrie Beckct
closed Friday when a big basket
dinner was served to patrons of
the district.
A quiet wedding occurred in
this city last Sunday mornin
at 7:45 at the home of the bride's
brother, Chas. Barlow, when Zeil
Gillespie of Rhea Creek claimeJ
for his bride Daisy Barlow,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Barlow of near Hardman.
W. O. Livingstone, newly chos
en pastor of the Christian church
of this city, arrived last Sat
urday from Marion, Kansas. Mrs.
Livingstone has ministered to the
church very acceptably for sev
eral weeks before her husband
Mrs. Emmet Jones died unex
pectedly Wednesday following a
brief illness.
The famous Cullins Dog and
Pony circus will exhibit in Lex
ington June 15.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Dunaeou
of Wilder, Idaho, vacationing
stopped in Boardman Tuesday,
calling at the C. A. Tannehill
home. Mr. Dunacon is a rural
mail carrier.
Want to live a long time?
Then stick around Oregon. It
is the healthiest state in the na
tion. These are not just chamber of
commerce blurbs. They are plain
statements of facts from federal
For years Oregon has been at
or near the top of the list of
states for low birth rate mortality,
eradication of tuberculosis ana
venereal diseases.
Loa Howard, state welfare ad
ministrator, has reminded mem
bers of the state board of control
that 10.3 per cent of Oregon's
population consists of persons
65 years of age or older, as com
pared with the national average
of 7.5.
A greater per cent of the people
of Oregon live beyond the aver
age'life span and a greater num
ber of them have provided for
themselves in their old age. In
Oregon, only one in six are old
age recipients. In Louisiana,
more than eight out of every
ten receive state pensions.
Governor Douglas McKay quot
ed the U. S. Bureau of Labor sta
tistics as anticipating that Ore
gon would continue to lead in
the percentage of people 65 years
old and older and that the ratio
would advance to between 12 and
14 per cent by I960.
Oregon's average monthly pay
ments for old age assistance is
$52.92 or only five cents lower
than that of New York. Only nine
states provide higher pensions.
A Salem insurance agency has
been receiving a flood of letters
from firms in other states who
employ doorbell-ringing solici
Peters Bldg., Willow Street
Heppner, Oregon
Phone 173
Hotel Heppner Building
Heppner, Oregon
General Insurance
Heppner Hotel Building
Willow Street Entrance
Dr. L. D. Tibbies
Physician & Surgeon
First National Bank Building
Res. Ph. 1162 Office Ph. 492
A.D. McMurdo,M.D.
Trained Nurse Assistant
Office in Masonic Building
Heppner, Oregon
Dr. C. C. Dunham
Office No. 4 Center St
House Calls Made
Home Phone 3583 Office 2572
C. A. RUGGLES Representing
Blaine E. Isom
Insurance Agency
Phone 723 Heppner, Ore,
Cabinet Shop
Lawn Mowers Sharpened
Sewing Machines Repaired
Phone 1485 for appointment
or call at shop.
Physician and Surgeon
2 Church Street
Telephone 1152
2-bedroom (block) house, com
plete, $4500.
Phone 404, Condon, Ore.
tors. The writers want to know
what will become of the case of
an insurance solicitor working
for the Salem agency who has
been found guilty or soliciting
without a permit from the city.
The solicitor is appealing the
case to the supreme court and to
higher courts if he loses. Munici
pal governments are also inter
ested." If the Salem ordinance is
upheld other cities will want to
adopt it to replace untested laws
they may now have.
While indicating some of the
matters he will include in his
message to "the 1951 legislature,
Governor Douglas McKay said
Wednesday he would insist that
"all budget items be placed on
necessities rather than govern
mental frills." At a meeting of
state department heads the gov
ernor admonished them to re
duce rather than increase their
The governor declared he would
ask that legal status be given
the state board of natural re
sources which is composed large,
ly of department heads. This
board, instituted by the governor,
is a voluntary group.
Governor McKay believes a
paid state parole board will, by
full time work, be able to save
money for the taxpayers and the
public as well. He predicted that
taxes again will be a paramount
issue in the next legislature.
The late primary election cost
$200,000, spent by taxpayers, can
didates, backers .... Question
naires have been sent to 1500
Oregon firms to list salaries of
employees to enable state civil
service commission to compare
wages with those of private en
terprise . . . Secretary of State
Earl Newbry will be the speaker
at the annual Pioneer Mother
banquet June 16 during the Phil
Sheridan Days celebration at
Sheridan. . . Could be six women
members of the 1951 legislature;
there is one holdover and five
are up for election the five are
Call Settles Electric
for all kinds of Electrical Work
New and Repair
Shop phone 2253 at Willow &
Chase Streets. Res. Phone 2542
Carpentry and
Cement Work
By Day or Contract
Bruce Bothwell
Phone 845
Latest Jewelry & Gift Goods
Watches, Clocks, Diamonds
Expert Watch & Jewelry
Repairing x
Heppner, Oregon
Veterans of Foreign
Meetings 2nd & 4th Mondays
at 8:00 p.m. at Civic Center
Turner, Van Marter
and Company
Phelps Funeral
Licensed Funeral Directors
Phone 1332 Heppner, Oregon
Heppner City
Council Ke'rMonrdT
Citizens having matters for
discussion, please bring them
before the Council. Phone 2572
Morrow County
Abstract & Title Co.
OtflM In Peter Building
Morrow County
Lamps' VhU Tint Wednesday
0OUrT Cad, Month
County Judfe Office Room
Monday, Wednesday, Friday ( a-m.
to 6 pjn.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Fora-
oa only.
Room 11-12
First National Bank Building
Ph.! Office 783, Home 932