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Heppner Oregon, Thursday, July 20, 1950
Voiume 67, Number 18
Hail Storm Does
Some Damage To
Rhea Creek Crops
Ball and McGough
Places Feel Blast
Of Frozen Pellets
Definite damage to crops was
suffered on two places in Tues
day's storm when hail fell over
some sections of the county in
what threatened to be an all-out
flash storm. Archie Ball and Gor
don McGough reported extensive
injury to their wheat fields
enough to warrant a check-up
by the adjustor and the filing of
claims for insurance.
It is expected that others may
turn up with claims, although
from accounts the storm was
more intense in that area along
Rhea creek than in other sec
tions. Here in town the actual storm
was brief, with a light shower of
hail immediately followed by a
brief downpour of rain which
settled the dust for a few hours.
Apparently what threatened to
be a hard rain storm in the lone
section broke up in a windstorm.
The storm caused only a mi
nor delay in cutting operations
which are now in full swing in
the northern half of the county.
Don Grady, manager of the Mor-
.,.m,SWix&n ttrnwf r , T,nr
branch at lone, reported Sunday
that Sam Crawford brought in
the first load of wheat there Sat
urday and that harvest would be
general in a few days. The Craw
ford wheat was running an ave
rage of 20 bushels to the acre;
Some fields in the Heppner
area are on the verge of cutting
but there are green streaks which
are holding up operations. An
, other week of the brand of wea
ther in force at present will put
most of the machines in the
county to work.
Mrs. Snow, Recent Bride, Honored
With Shower at Van Marter Home
By RUTH F. PAYNE
Misses Lillian Hubbard and
Eileen Ball entertained Wednes
day evening at the Van Marter
apartment in the Gilman build
ing with a bridal shower compli
menting Mrs. Bill Snow (Virginia
Smith), a bride of recent date.
Present; were Mesdames Van
Hubbard, Harvey Smith, Lester
Wyman, Don Greenup, W. H. I.
Padberg Jr., Alex Thompson, La
Verne Van Marter, Robert Gam
mell, Robert Kilkenny, Wayne
Prock, Lowell Rippee, Clyde Pet
tyjohn, Rudy Bruns, and Misses
Connie Ruggles, Mary Gunderson,
Beth Ball, Patty Healy, Juanita
Matteson and Colleen Prock. Bin
go was the diversion of the eve
ning. Refreshments were served.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. O'Connor
have returned from a fortnight's
vacation in Seattle and British
Mrs. Isabel Templeton is en
joying a brief vacation from her
duties at the J. C. Penney com
pany. Later, she expets to go to
Portland and the coast for a vis
it with friends.
Mr. and Mrs. La Verne Van
Marter, Don Bennett, Beth and
Eileen Ball and Mary Gunderson
spent the week-end at Lehman
Mrs. A. D. McMurdo returned
the first of the week from Port
land where she spent the past
two weeks visiting with her daughter-in-law,
Mrs. Charle Mc
Murdo and children. During this
time, Ted McMurdo was at Fort
Worden, near Port Orford, Wash,
for army reserve training.
A large number of Oddfellows,
Rebekahs, their families and
friends gathered at the Wight
man Blue Mountain ranch south
of Hardman Sunday for the an
nual lodge picnic. A potluck
iimrhpnn was served at noon and
the afternoon was taken up with
Softball, horseshoes, races and
other games for the men and
children while the ladies played
cards, did hand work or just vis
ited. Earlier in the year, two
teams were organized to compete
in a membership drive with the
losing side to act as host for this
picnic. The commttee in charge
of arrangements included Char-
les Hasvold, C. H. Privelt, D. E.
Tash, Jack Edmondson and R. G.
McMurtry. A feature of the after
noon was the presentation of a
lovely corsage to Mrs. John
Wightman who admitted to be
tr, ho niripst ladv present.
Billy Pat and Christine Hayes
and their friend, Darlene Weth
erall, have returned to their
homes in Arlington after a visit
here with their grandmother,
SERIOUS AT HOTEL
Accommodations are at a pre
mium in the Morrow county jail
and Sheriff C. J. D. Bauman is
hoping that the crime wave
which has been in evidence for
some weeks will abate at least
to the point where he can take
care of the number of prisoners
for which the bastile was built.
He announced to the chamber of
commerce Monday that all avail
able space was taken.
With' several prisoners already
locked up, the past week-end
saw some others come in. Stan
ley Cox was taken into custody
on a charge of contributing to
the delinquency ,of a minor. That
was Saturday evening. Bail was
set at $1500, which Cox was able
to raise by Monday morning and
he was released shortly before
Officer Bill Labhart gathered
up a 16-year old boy, Alvin Dean
Johnson on a runaway count.
He was being held for his par
ents at Wenatchee, Wash.
J. D. Vaughn was picked up by
local officers and placed in jail
upon complaint of his wife at
Gresham. Bail has been placed
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Case and
her mother. Mrs. Ida Grimes re
turned Thursday afternoon from '
Seattle where they attended buy
ers market for several days.
. ... Robert-Evans- of -tiewhart. and
Harold Case of Seaside came up
over the week-end to see M. L.
Case who is ill at the local hos
pital. Mr. Evans remained in the
city for a time but Mr. Case re
turned to Seaside Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Becket
had as dinner guests Wednesday
Mr. and Mrs. Clive Huseon and
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Parker of
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ayers re
turned the first of the week
from a motor trip to Yellowstone
and various places in Canada.
Mrs. Grace Nickerson.
Louis Wetzel has returned
from Bozeman, Mont, where he
and Mrs. Wetzel were called re
cently by the death of her brother-in-law
in an auto accident
in which her mother was serious
ly injured. The mother is in a
Bozeman hospital and Mrs. Wet
zel remained to assist with her
Mrs. Elbert Cox is in Portland
this week visiting her sister, Mrs.
Bill Duran is a patient at the
Veteran's hospital in Portland
having been taken to the city
last week by C. J. D. Bauman.
Mrs. Neil Doherty. and two
sons, Charles and Bill, of lone
were shopping in Heppner Mon
day. Mrs. George Currin and Mrs.
Ralph Marlatt of the Butter creek
section were shopping in Hepp
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dodge and
children motored to Portland
Friday evening to spend the
week-end looking aftor business
Harry Munkors and Nels Justus
motored to Pendleton Friday.
Mrs. Naomi Moyer is a patient
at a Vancouver Wash, hospital
following a major operation Fri
day night. Mrs. Moyer was en
route to Portland taking her little
daughter Peggy Sue, there for
her regular medical check up
and became ill and was rushed
to the hospital. Her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. W. S. Furlong, went
down Friday night and returned
to Heppner Monday. They ex
pect to go after Mrs. Moyer Sun
day. Mr .and Mrs. W. O.l Dix made
a week-end trip to Portland to
attend the Dix family dinner
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stevens of
Anchorage, Alaska were guests
last week of his sister, Mrs. Lucy
Rodgers. The Slovens' departed
Sunday for Joseph, their former
home, to visit friends for several
days before returning to Alaska.
Mrs. Harry J. Howard and dau
ghter, Christie, of Kent, Wash,
are visiting here this week with
her mother, Mrs. Catherine' Do
herty,. and other relatives. Mrs.
Howard expects to return to her
home the end of the week.
Miss Janet Sprouls left Thurs
day for Medford to visit. She was
taken as far as Redmond by her
father, Crocket Sprouls. They
were accompanied by Miss Let ha
Smith who continued on to Prine-ville-to
visit over the week-end
with her parents.
In This Corner, The Scoppoose Giant
i : . ,i w. hup fW d-&
Prize in a unique wager between
the governors of Oregon and
Washington as to which state
will have the fewest man-caused
forest fires in 1950, is "Sir Keep
Oregon Green", a IV2 pound
broad-breasted bronze turkey
tern. He is the gift of Loren
Johnson, Scappoose turkey raiser.
Rodeo Season To
Officially Open Here
J immy Whetmore's
Band to Furnish
Music at Pavilion
Heralding the 1950 Rodeo sea
son, the annual kick-off dance
will be held in the new county
fair pavilion Saturday evening,
July 22. It will be the first of a
series of dances leading up to
the big week when there will be
dancing Thursday, Friday and
Saturday . evenings, September
7, 8 and 9.
Added interest will be found in
the use of the big new pavilion
located right on the fair grounds.
The 60x90 foot floor will accom
modate larger crowds and all ac
tivities will be housed under one
roof, what with the other half of
the building containing the kit
chen where the 4-H clubbers
will hold forth with refresh
ments. Those attending the init
ial dance July 1 will long re
member that event as the begin
ning of a series of similar occa
sions to delight the hearts of
those who trip the light fantas
tic. To give just the right touch to
Saturday night's opener Jimmy
Whetmore and his boys will be
on hand to supply the music.
This popular dance band has
been pleasing the dancing pub
lic here for several seasons and
being retained for the kick-off
dance and the Rodeo dances was
the result of popular demand.
There will be dancing every
Saturday night until the Rodeo
opens. The schedule includes
the four princess dances and the
Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Parker
Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Dunham and
Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Crawford
drove to Pasco Friday to attend
the funeral rites for Mrs. C. A.
Jones, sister of Mrs. Parker and
Mrs. Frances Mitchell and
daughter, Miss Lorene Mitchell
returned home from a pleasant
vacation trip which took them in
to Canada. They were accompan
ied by Miss Edna Hughes of Port
land who came on to Heppner
with them to spend a few days
with her mother and other rela
tives. The girls flew to Seattle
to join Mrs. Mitchell who had
spent a week at the Soroptimist
International. That closed Fri
day night and they started
north the next day. They re
turned early Friday morning.
The Edmond Gontys have en
joyed visits from several guests
during the past week. Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Bass and children of
Vancouver, Wash., Mrs. James
Walters, Cedar Mills, and Mrs.
Kenneth Sundbcrg, Portland, vis
ited over the week-end with the
Gontys and Marie Healy Wal
ters and family. From McMinn
ville came Thomas Gonty and
family and Mrs. Gonty's parents
from Amity for a weekend visit,
and on Monday Mrs. Ann Hoi
boke of Beaverton and Mrs. Char
les McElligott were guests for a
shown presenting the young bird
to Oregon's Governor Douglas
McKay. Sir KOG will weigh 40
pounds by Thanksgiving, John
son boasts. Wagered by Governor
Langlie of Washington is "Chief
No Fire", an equally large broad
breasted torn from the famed Ok.
anogan country in Washington.
STATE FAIR STARTS
The three premium list pamph
lets for the 1950 Oregon State
Fair, to open at S-tfem on Labor
day, are ready for distribution.
They will be mailed free to
anyone interested who will mail
a request on a postal, with their
address, to Leo Spitzbart, Manag
er Oregon State Fair, Salem.Ore.
Over $75,000 in cash prizes to
be awarded to tof exhibits are
listed in the three pamphlets, the
84-page general premium list,
the 4-H list and the Future Farm
ers of America list.
Spitzbart has been manager of
the big fair since 1935 when there
were only 102,500 paid admis
sions. Last year they were 163,-
338. The grounds now. cover 170
acres, 70 acres of parking, seven
acres of lawns and 14 acres un
The first state fair was held in
Oregon City in 1861. Since then it
has been held in Salem, continu
ously, with the exception of the
four war years. 1942, '43. '44, '45.
The white man's ways don't
suit some of the Indians of Ore
gon any more than they did their
ancestors a century ago.
"Takes too much time to learn
just a little in public schools.
"Government want my children
to learn trade too.
"I ask, 'what for?'
"They say to make much mon
"I ask, 'what for?' I teach my
children to live good and be hap
py without much money.
"Life just for money 'kultus'
This is some of the native phil
osophy donated by a tribesman
councilor who attended Governor
Douglas McKay's Indian party at
the statehouse Friday.
The governor had called on
Bureau of Indian Affairs officials,
tribal Indians, state department
heads and other to discuss a more
workable relationship between
the Bureau of Indian Affairs and
the state and local governments
of Oregon; treaty settlements and
revision of the hodge-podge.
AIR RAID WARNING
Oregon's air raid warning sys
tem has been completed in the
northern half of the state with
the four key cities of Pendleton,
The Dalles, Portland and Eugene
as sub-stations from which air
alert alarms may be flashed,
Louis E. Star, state chairman of
civilian defense has informed
Unemployment payments to
Oregon's insured workers drop
ped to 2.4 per cent in the first
two weeks of July, the start of
the present fiscal year. This is
the lowest figure in two years
and less than half the national
rate. It represents the sharpest
drop in the history of the com
mission as the last fiscal year
had the highest rate recorded
with the exception of the demob'
ilization period of 1946 when $18,-
797,821 was paid to jobless ser-
Heppner Has 1626
To Recent Count
Gain of About 42.
Per Cent Made in
Ten Year Interval
Heppner has 1626 people, ac
cording to information received
the first of the week from the
Bureau of Census through Robert
W. Gibson, district supervisor at
La Grande. As previously pub
lished, Morrow county has 4,739
These figures are given out as
a preliminary census count and
are subject to revision.
The 1626 count is approximate
ly the number harbored in the
minds of many citizens, since the
count made by the state in mid
period showed more than 1500
people residing within the city
limits and there has been a
fluctuation since that count was
To those who may feel disap
pointed in the count, let it be
pointed out that numerous other
places in the state have exper
ieced a letdown from expecta
tions of greater growth. Even
Portland showed up short of es
timates when the census was ta
ken, although the city made con
siderable gain in population.
The most practical pre-census
count estimate made for Hep
pner was that of James H. Dris
coll, postmaster. Basing his es
timate on people served by the
postoffice and confining the
count strictly to those living
within the town's limits, Driscoll
found there were 1610 residents.
One confusing element in the
population situation has been
the shortage of housing. It must
be remembered that the housing
set-up prior to the post-war
building program was for a town
of 1100-1200. An increase of 42
percent created a housing prob
lem which has only begun to
straighten out. A shortage of
houses during the war and lm
mediately following doubtless
caused a loss in population at
the time but it is not likely that
many of those people would
have remained to become per
Some increase in population
could be realized by extending
the town's limits up Donaldson
canyon and northwest beyond
the Union Pacific depot. It is not
known whether or not such a
move has been considered, but
if accomplished it would add
something like 100 more people
to the town proper.
LODGE MEETING CHANGED
Members of Sans Souci Rebe-
kah lodge are being urged to at
tend a potluck dinner at the hall
at 7 p. m. Friday. This is being
held instead of the regular meet
ing, announces Mrs. Donald Ro
binson, noble grand.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Anderson
motored to Portland Sunday tak
ing a truckload of cattle to the
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Smith and
Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Mahoney flew
to Orcas Island to spend the
week-end at the Smith summer
Bob Runnion returned Monday
evening from Dorris, Calif, where
he spent several days looking al
ter business matters. Bob found
the weather a "little" hot in
vicemen and laborers.
Total Davments to unemployed
workers were 5.3 per cent higher
during the first half of 1950 than
during the same period in 1949.
Unemployment checks issuea
the first six months of
1950 called for $10,347,473 which
brought state unemployment re
serves down to $70,500,000.
RECENT LEGAL OPINIONS
The governor has the author
itv to order the forced evacuation
of any person from an emerg
ency disaster area. uiiicers oi
political subdivisions of the state
have not been granted similar
Police crime detection labora
tory is under management of
superintendent of state police
the University of Oregon medica
The slate is not liable for dam
ages to a private automobile
which were caused by negligent
operation of a power lawn mow
er by a patient at the Oregon
A veteran receiving state of
Oregon educational aid, under
Oregon laws, 1943 as amended,
may concurrently receive a scho
larshin under act of 79th Con
gress, as amended (the Fulbright
SMALL BOY CATCHES
SHARE OF BIG FISH
While the rest of the populace
is taking vacations or worrying
about rent and taxes, one youth
ful citizen is carrying along the
old boyhood tradition of "goin'
fishin'." And he is having good
luck or perhaps we should say
success, since fishing is a scien
Delbert Piper, young son of
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Piper, fished
down Willow creek Sunday, go
ing as far as the Wightman
ranch. The result of his day's
sport was less noted in number
than in size. His biggest catch
was a 19-inch trout which tipped
the beam at 2'-i pounds. He
caught two others, one measur
ing 13 inches and the other 12.
Not a bad day's work for' a
boy, or a man for that matter.
Overnight Visit At
Tired and dusty Wranglers,
Morrow county riding club mem
bers, returned to their homes
Sunday after an enjoyable week
end at the mountain home of Mr.
and Mrs. Ernie Winchester.
Leaving Heppner at 3 p. m.
Saturday, horses were trucked to
Herren creek where Mrs. Win
chester and son Lowell Lee were
waiting to pilot the guests via
a windine and crooked trail to
the "Winchester Wheel-Inn."
This sDacious cabin, located on
Ditch creek,' was built entirely
hv the owners and is furnished
throughout with a collection of
antiaue furniture. It fronts on a
man-made lake, which provided
amusement for the cnudren as
they were given the use of a rub.
ber boat. The cabin overlooks a
well-cared for picnic ground dot
ted with tables, chairs, wheels,
fireplaces, a dancing pavilion,
and running streams.
Riders and others arrived in
time for the evening outdoor
meal which centered around gla
zed ham, baked beans, and a
A songfest around the camp
fire followed to the accompani
ment of Harold Erwin's guitar.
Finding an organist in the crowd,
Norman Craven was put to work
pumping an old-fashioned organ
while square dancers "hoed it
down" on the open air dance
ADDroximatelv 35 people stay
ed overnight, many being provid.
ed beds while others spread bed
rolls under the stars.
DesDite a lone evening of friv
olity, breakfast was underway at
6 and the smell of coffee, bacon,
ees. and flaDiacks being cooked
on the outdoors range aroused all
sleepers in the crisp mountain
Riders then saddled their hors
es and were guided through trails
hacked out Dreviouslv bv the
Winchesters to Arbuckle lookout.
Comine back bv the way of Kelly
Prairie, hungry riders and horses
arrived back in time for a late
Following a watermelon feast,
guests departed reluctantly, while
riders, looking back longingly at
the lush cool mountains, rode
back to the trucks.
The party was sponsored by
Early Heppner Pioneer Chosen Queen of
Eastern Oregon Pioneer Assn. Picnic
We are indebted to Mrs. Lewis
Cason for the following biogra
phy of Mrs. Caroline Cason, early
pioneer of the Heppner section,
who has been chosen as queen
of the 1950 Eastern Oregon Pio
neer Association picnic to be held
Sunday at the Julia Henderson
pioneer grounds on Service creek,
CAROLINE HALE CASON
Caroline Hale was born March
16, 1862 at Jefferson, Oregon, the
eldest of 12 children, born to Mil
ton and Mary Sperry Hale. Both
the Hales and Sperrys were early
Oregon pioneers a great uncle,
Milton Hale, having built the
first house in Albany, a one-room
log cabin. Grandfather William
Sperry was a Baptist minister
one of the early circuit riders.
When Caroline was nine years
old, her family came to eastern
Oregon to make their home, trav
eling in a covered wagon and set
tling on Skinner creek, about 12
miles south of Heppner. At this
time there was a single log cabin
at the present site of Heppner.
An uncle, James Sperry, later
built and operated a flour mill
About five years later, the
threat of Indian attack forced the
Hales to leave their home and go
to Heppner. The men around has
tily built a fort which fortunate
ly was never needed. A parly of
volunteer men, who were out
Flying Log Takes
Life of Trucker At
Head Crushed in
Hubert Mahon, 39, was Instant
ly killed at 3:35 Tuesday after
noon by being crushed by a log,
part of a load he had just de
livered at the pond of the Hep
pner Lumber company. Appar
ently Mahon had loosened a
binding chain in preparation to
dump the load and the log was
pinched out from the side of the
load. His head was crushed.
Mahon had been hauling to
mill on an independent contract,
delivering logs from upper Rhea
creek. He was considered a care,
ful operator and the mill man
agement and other workmen are
at a loss to offer, any reason
for the accident other than that
his mind was preoccupied and
he forgot the usual unloading
When the trucker arrives at
the unloading dock he is requir
ed to let the load stand until
the scaler, who also is the boom
operator, scales his load, returns
to his position in the control
room and records the scale, af
ter which a cable is wrapped
around the center of the load
and tightened so as to release
the strain on the binding chains
and permit the driver to remove
the chains and blocks.
Hubert Hudson, boom operator
and scaler, had scaled the load
and was in the control room en
tering the figures on the record
book. He heard the crash of the
log but was unaware that tra
gedy has struck until he went up
on the dock and saw Mahon ly
Funeral services are being held
at 2 o'clock p. m. today from
the All Saints Memorial church,
Episcopal, with Rev. Elvon L;
Tull officiating and arrange
ments in charge of the "Phelps
Funeral Home. Interment will be
in the Heppner Masonic cemetery.
Hubert Mahon was born Sep
tember 11, 1910 at Buena Vista,
Col. and came with the family
to Morrow county in 1913. He is
survived by his wife, Alice, and
a son, William and a daughter,
Patricia, all of Heppner; his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A.
Mahon, Heppner; two brothers, .
Jack of Heppner and Joseph Jr.
of Prairie City, four sisters, Celia
Matteson, Heppner, Nellie Blod
gett, Albany; Hannah Osborn,
Mitchell; and Coleen Helget,
Word has been received of the
birth of a daughter Saturday to
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Edmondson at
Sacramento. She has been named
Melody and weighed 7 pounds.
Mrs. Durward Tash of Heppner is
the paternal grandmother.
the Ernie Winchesters, Merle
Beckets, Don Robinsons, Archie
Munkers, Al Fetches, Norman
Cravens and Harry Dinges.
scouting, were ambushed by Pi--ute
Indians at Willow Springs,
and a great uncle, Harrison Hale,'
was killed. Mrs. Cason's uncle,
John Sperry, captain of the vol
unteers from Pendleton, escaped
After the danger passed, the
family returned home, but found
things in such a state of neglect
that they soon sold out and mov
ed to a ranch below the present
site of lone. They lived there ap
proximately four years then mov
ed to Shutler Flat near Arlington.
In 1882, Caroline Hale married
the late Charles Cason, who be
came a Baptist minister and
rancher. Mr. Cason was also of
early pioneer stock. His grand
father, Fendall Carr Cason, cross
ed the plains in 1843 with the
Whitman wagon train. His ma
ternal grandfather, Walter Marsh
was killed during the Whitman
massacre and his mother, Mary
Marsh, then a child of 11 years,
was one of the survivors.
In 1891, the Casons moved to
Lonerock, in which locality Mrs.
Cason has resided ever since. Mr.
Cason passed away in 1931.
Seven children were born to
Charles and Caroline Cason: Wil
lis, Bert, Ellis, George, Lewis,
Delia, and Perry, five of whom
jBre still living. Mrs. Cason has
three brothers and two sisters
left, and has nine grandchildren
and 15 great grandchildren,