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Volume 67, Number 49
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Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, February 22, 1951
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What's Doing
In The
No decision is in Bight at the
end of the sixth round.-There is
evidence that the budget is be
ing trimmed as much as possible
(or as much as ways and means
thinks is possible) and the house
taxation committee wherein must
arise all new revenue has only
one real money raising bill before
it. That lis the Rex Ellis sales tax
bill, now revamped so that the
money goes into the general fund
and income exemptions are dou
bled. As sales tax bills go it is a
pretty good one.
There will surely be a cigar
nus or perhaps a bill to put a
sur-tax on the income tax for
ette tax bill for the soldiers bo
the same purpose. Proposals have
been made for some small nui
sance taxes but they are not tak
en seriously so far. These include
theatre admissions, transfer of
property tax similar to the fed
eral stamp tax on realty 1 sales,
additional taxes on beer and a
few others which would raise
thousands where millions are
The little stuff is getting work
ed out of the legislature by now
and this means things like fire
cracker bills, fish closure bills,
oleo bills. Before long it will be
time to pass on the highway
program, which includes higher
taxes on trucks, bonds for new
construction and a higher sched
ule of fines for overloading; the
taxation program which consists
of the recommendations of the
interim tax study committee for
fewer exemptions and a broad
ened tax base, the tax commiss
ion's program of tightened col
lections and perhaps some new
taxes; the Holy report for a
changed organization of state
school districts; the "little Hoov
er" recommendations that would
put the revenue system of the
state under the governor with re.
sponsibility on him; reapportion
ment; and whether the state
should begin economizing now or
nexi session when it has to.
The 6tory from Washington
that Lowell Stockman might be
appointed to the Federal Reserve
Board has found
an interested i
audience in Salem where all
members are self-considered as
potential governors, etc. If such
an appointment should be made,
which does not -appear overlike
ly, the governor would have to
call a special election, the nom
inating committees of the 18
county central committees would
meet and choose candidates, in
dependent candidates would cir
culate petitions and the race
would be on. Reason: members
of the house of reprsentatives are
by the federal constitution elect
ed by the people and cannot be
appointed by the governor as can
senators who in theory represent
the states. .
Perhaps one of the major
questions before this legislature
is whether the rural representa
tives can stand together or not.
If they allow themselves to be di
vided they will probably lose on
all counts; if they stick together
they should win on most counts.
Interesting comment on this was
made by a delegation from New
York which came to learn about
highways from Oregon. They
have a similar problem. In that
state up-state controls. Politics,
party politics, has nothing to do
with New York. Legislators are
either up-state or down-state,
rural or urban, and they are so
guided. In Oregon legislators
have been independent and in
clined to float around in their
opinions without regard to any
thing but their own personal in
clinations. These fine, free days
may be at an end unless a sat
isfactory reapportionment bill
can be found that would not di
vide the state on the basis of
There are soldiers about, stay
ing at the hotels, walking the
streets and visiting the legisla
ture. Whether it is war or police
action there are uniforms and
men away from home, and men
dying, and young men are get
ting ready to serve and train and
postpone their lives, and if there
was some one bold enough and
tough enough to clarify the sit
uation with a breath of good
fresh air it would help everyone.
It would certainly be in the Am
erican tradition for a leader to
speak out with a program and
let us be beaten or victorious.
Mrs. Phil Hirl of Stanfield is a
patient at the Pioneer Memorial
hospital as the result of an ac
cident at the family home. She
Buffered a possible broken heel
when she stepped into a con
crete irrigation trough. She will
hp taken to the Dome of her
daughter. Mrs. Rose Francis,
when the nature of her injury is
Mrs. Allen Case left Friday for
Portland to attend market week
Marion Green gave a fine talk
on George Washington at the
luncheon meeting of the Soropti
mist Club of Heppner today. He
approached his subject from a
different angle, that is a bit un
usual, thereby making his talk
most interesting, stressing the
"Father of His Country" as a
man, his characteristic reactions
and beliefs.
The program was fittingly
closed with Mrs. Lucy Rodgers
reading America.
Several members were absent
at today's meeting, including
Miss Leta Humphreys and Mrs.
John Saager who are in the city
marketing for their drug stores.
Empire Machinery
Co.'s Open House
Draws Large Crowd
The Bible story of the loaves
and the fishes had its counter
part here Tuesday when the
Empire Machinery company's
open house attracted a large
crowd to town. Instead of loaves
and fishes, the menu served by
Manager Bob Grabill and his
crew consisted of sandwiches,
potato salad, baked beans and
coffee. It seemed that every time
the supplies ran low Bob waved
a spoon in the air and fresh sup
plies appeared.
Although the crowd at this
year's party was a little smaller
than last year, more than 270
people formed 'in line and were
served in the spacious showroom
of the company's plant.
The afternoon program was
given at the Star theater where a
film treating on the part mech
anized equipment plays in our
modern economy and another of
a less serious nature were shown.
Only six days remain for tax
payers to get to the court house
with their statements. Unless
thoro ia a srippdinf? un in the
bringing or maiiing in 0f the
statements a lot ot ioiks are go
ing to be sorry, says Assessor W.
O. Dix.
It is not the desire of the as
sessor to levy the fine authorized
by law and demanded of that of
ficial to enforce, but the time is
fast arriving when he must act
if the taxpayers dilly-dally ar
ound any longer.
While many statements have
arrived at the assessor's desk
since this time last week, Dix ex
pressed the opinion that Morrow
county will have a big list of five
percenters unless a lot of folks
bestir themselves in the next few
Fossil Falcons To
Meet Mustangs on
Local Gym Court
In the last scheduled home
game of the season the Heppner
"5" and reserves, to the man, are
determined to upset the Falcons
of Wheeler county and gain re
venge for the loss suffered, earl
ier in the season when the locals
were defeated 49-42 on the visit
ors' home court.
This game promises to be a
real "corker" and Coach Whit
beck promises to show the fans
his ball club at their best. The
Heppner squad started slow but
for a young team has developed
very fast and is just now reach
ing this peak, which is an ideal
set up as far as tournament play
It is hoped that the local tans
will turn out in numbers and
cheer this gritty little ball club
and perhaps spur the boys on to
Sales Of Sayings
Bonds Much Higher
Statewide sales of E savings
bonds in January were the high
est since April of last year, ac
cording to James H. Driscoll,
Morrow county Savings bond
Total E bond sales amounted
to $2,644,062, while F and G ser
ies sales totaled $1,596,141.
"This large E bond sale repre
sents the limit buying that cus
tomarily takes place during the
first calendar month of each
year," Driscoll said.
"Many investors in the state pur
chased last month all of, or a
portion of, their limit of 10 thou
sand dollars in the E series for
January sales throughout the
county amounted to $21,187. Of
this amount all were in E bonds.
Court Notifies Three
Men of Choice For
County Fair Board
Boardman, lone,
Heppner Included
In Appointments
Morrow county has been with
out a fair board for approximate
ly three months while the county
court has made a canvass of like
ly material to fill the expired
and unexpired terms of the for
mer board, Orville Cutsforth,
chairman, R. B. Ferguson and
Ralph Skoubo. The canvass
brought out three names which
the court felt would make a
good working team and notices
have been sent to Wulard Baker,
Boardman, Garland Swanson,
lone and Stephen Thompson,
Heppner. Baker, if he accepts,
will serve a three-year term,
Ralph Skoubo's term having ex
pired; Swanson, chosen to fill the
unexpired term of Cutsforth, will
serve one year, and Thompson,
taking Ferguson's unexpired
term will serve two years. Each
appointee has had ample time to
decide whether or not to accept
and it is presumed the appoint
ments will stand.
All three men are capable suc
cessful operators in their respect
ive lines. All three are busy men,
but the court disregarded this
factor inasmuch as busy people
are the ones who usually get the
most done and that is the type of
leadership needed in conducting
county tair business.
Another appointment made by
the court this month had to do
with the hospital board. John
Krebs of Cecil, member of the or
iginal board, was reappointed to
serve for five years. Krebs has
taken an active interest in the
affairs of the hospital manage
ment and the court was pleased
to find that he was willing to
serve again. His appointment
reads as of January 1, 1951.
Kathleen F. Hughes '
Early Resident of
Heppner Country
Services were held at 11 o'clock
a. m. Monday at the All Saints
Episcopal church, for Mrs. Kath
leen F. Hughes, early day resid
ent of Heppner who passed away
February 16 in Portland. Rev. El
von L. Tull read the service, Mrs.
Lucy Peterson sang "Eye Hath
Not Seen," and there were two
hymns by the audience.
Interment was in the Heppner
Masonic cemetery.
Mrs. Hughes was born August
26, 1851 at Waterford, Ireland
and was 99 years, five months
and 20 days of age at time of her
death. She was instrumntal in
organizing the Episcopal church
here and although she had long
been a resident of Portland her
heart remained with the Hepp
ner church and her residence pro
perty in Portland was bequeath
ed to the congregation of All
Mrs. Hughes is survived by
two daughters, Mrs. John Halbot
and Mrs. William Whitfield of
Portland; a son, Dr. W. G. Hughes
of Walla Walla; two sisters, Miss
Rada Smith and Miss Eva Smith,
Portland; five grandchildren.
Raymond Hughes, Edwin Hughes
Mrs. Robert E. Livingston. Mrs.
Lawrence Lutcher, and Mrs. Gene
Kooison; and eight great grand
Everett Keithlev is in Spattio
this week representing the Rose-
wan Motor company at a Fordo
matic school. As the namo m.
plies, he is taking a course in the
mei-nanics or tne new Ford drive
to be prepared in meeting serv
ice iiueus.
Thos. W. Allen, former emnlovp
of the Gazette Times, spent Mon.
day in Heppner greeting his
inenas. He said he had been
traveling much of the time sinrp
leaving here a month ago but
naa about decided to locate somP
place in Oregon, probably on the
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Mnrrrar
and children brought Will Mor
gan over from Monument Tues
day for a medical checkun.
"Bill," who spent a large part of
his life in Heppner. has nnt hppn
feeling too good this winter and
says his main occupation has
been baby tender for his little
grandson. The Morgans are feed
ing 225 head of cattle at their
ranch in the edge of Monument.
Among out-of-town people at
tending the funeral services for
Mrs. Kathleen Hughes were Rev
and Mrs. Bertram Warren of Wal
la Walla and Mrs. Mabel Hughes
of Milton -Freewater.
Judge William C. Perry told
the luncheon group of the Hepp
ner chamber of commerce Mon
day that he is willing to accept
the story about the cherry tree
episode and other incidents in
the life of the Father of His
Country as facts. He bases this
opinion on the conduct of George
Washington throughout his life
his courage in the face of danger
and reverses, his conduct as a
general, and his leadership as
the first president of the United
O. G. Crawford gave a few
highlights on the recent Oregon
Newspaper Publishers conference
in Eugene and Glenn Parsons
added some light on the subject
of utilizing timber waste.
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Elks Annual Party
Will Observe 54
Years in Heppner
One of the largest delegations
ever to attend an annual party in
Heppner is looked for by officers
and members of Heppner Lodge
No. 358, Benevolent and Protect
ive Order of Elks this Saturday
evening. This is based on the
favorable weather conditions and
the fact that the 'entertainment
committee has gone all out to
make it an event long to be re
None but oldtimers herabouts
can realize that the Heppner
lodge will be observing its 54th
anniversary, yet if it was organ
ized in 1897 that must be the
case. The membership covers
three counties, Morrow, Gilliam
and Wheeler, with Heppner the
lodge center and clubs operated
here and at Condon.
A full day's program has been
planned to entertain the mem
bership and gueSts from other
lodges. Commencing at 2 p. m.
with the taking up of the lodge,
31 candidates will make up the
initiatory class. At 2 p. m. a par
ty for the ladies, dessert bridge
and pinochle at the American
Legion hall, with all immediate
officers' wives participating as
hostesses. At 5:30 a buffet sup
per will be served to all Elks and
their ladies. A floor show under
the direction of the Monte Brooks
Agency of Portland will be fea
tured at 8:30. Dancing to music'
supplied by the Brooks agency
will run from 10 p. m. to 2 a. m.
The ball room has taken on a
festive mood in the special light
ing and decorations installed for
the program.
William L. Davidson entered a
plea of guilty to a charge of as
sault when he appeared before
Judge William C. Perry Monday
and received a sentence of one
year in jail on parole.
A new grand jury was drawn
Monday, and Judge Perry an
nounced he will be back Satur
day to hear some civil cases and
act on a divorce suit.
Collections of personal and cor
porate excise tax collections in
Oregon during 1950 totaled $43,-
600,000, a drop of $8,000,000 from
the 1949 collections and $16,000:
000 lower than the 1948 receipts.
Ray Smith, tax commissioner
In charge of the income tax div
ision made the report Saturday
to the state board of control.
Unpaid assessments dropped
$5,800,000 at the close of 1949 to
$4,400,000 a year later in 1950.
Personal income taxes paid in
1950 were $30,100,000, down nine
per cent from the $32,900,000 col
lected in 1949 but payments on
delinquent accounts dropped
only one per cent. Withholding
tax collections in 1950 were 35
Der cent of the total and were 5.5
per cent higher than in 1949.
Corporation excise taxes were
down nearly 30 per cent in 1950
as compared with the $19,200,
000 collected in 1949. Tax Com
missioner Ray Smith is gratified
with the good showing made by
the fraud department establish
ed in his department about eight
months ago. During the last two
quarters of 1950 this branch un
Mustangs Bow To
Condon In Over
Time Thriller
Local 5 Bounces
3ack To Shellack
Boardman 62-40
In a real court thriller, the
strong Condon Bluedevils, play
ing on their home court, defeat
ed the Heppner basketball squad
52-50 in a game which saw the
winners forced into two overtime
periods to gain the nod. The end
of the regular time found both
teams tied up 48-4"8. The last ov
ertime was knotted at 50-50, and
Condon, after controlling the
jump and with McLaughlin
pumping in a fast basket had
won the game 52-50. The game
was characterized by clean court
play and good sportsmanship
was exhibited by both teams and
The Heppner team continues
to show vast improvement, which
was proved in the Condon game
where they forced the league
champion to the limit, and will
undoubtedly be at maximum ef
ficiency for the district tourna
ment which will be held at The
Dalles February 28 through
March 3. This tournament feat
ures 16 teams from District No. 6,
and no team is favored to be
crowned champions and earn a
berth in the state playoffs.
The entire sauad Dlaved fine
"heads up" basketball. Jim Prock
and Green with 17 and 15 points
led Heppner scoring. Conboy, Mc
Laughlin and Patee paced Con
don's attack.
In Tuesday's game with Board-
man the score was close only the
first quarter, and with the ex
ception of the 2nd Quarter the
game was closer than the score
indicated. In this quarter the
Mustangs pumped in 24 Doints
against 6 for the losers and raced
on to a 38-19 half time lead.
Prock with 4 consecutive baskets
and Connor with three led this
attack. The regulars watched a
considerable part of the 2nd half
irom the bench and the potent
reserves were able to hold the
visitors in check. Gary Connor
checked in wit 22 points, which
constituted high for the evening
and established a high individ
ual scoring mark for the present
season. Again, all boys played
"heads up" ball and worked the
ball in well for the close easy
shots which wins ball games.
The Heppner "B" squad con
tinued to roll along to an out
standing season's record and two
victories during the week
brought their record up to 17
wins against 3 reversals. They
first defeated the Condon Re
serves 46-34, as Wendell Connor
and Roland Taylor with 13 and
1 points led the offensive punch.
In Tuesday's game, a strone sec
ond half surge posted a 48-22
victory over the Boardman Bees.
Darrel Ployhar, promising fresh
man team candidate spearhead
ed the victory with 13 well-earned
points, while drawing fine
support from the rest of the
covered 42 cases and collected
A six lane tunnel thru Council
Crest from Portland to the Tual
atin valley is proposed in a bill
just introduced in the house by
Rep. Earl Fisher of Washington
county. The design of the tunnel
would make it useful for auto
mobile traffic or as a bomb shel
ter. The state highway department
has been asked by Fisher to in
vestigate other possible shelter
sites that could do double duty,
with construction to begin if and
when emergency funds were ap
propriated. WINCHELIZING
Going to be a long legislative
session. Bills hatching out like
termites. Big issues getting com
plicated. These legislators may
crawfish on the firecracker ban
and have their own celebration
in Salem on the 4th of July . . .
Fred W. Packwood who writes
the daily digest of legislative
bills is the grandson of William
H. Packwood, last survivor (by
20 years) of the Oregon consti
tutional convention held in Sa
lem 1857. Grandpa Packwood,
whose name is inscribed on the
walls of the Capitol did a good
job. So we nominate Fred as a
member of the second congress
ional convention scheduled for
1954 in Salem.
. . . . Just when the agriculture
committee thought they had the
colored oleo bill strangled Rep.
Joe Harvey yelled, "Who are you
A crew of the McCormick Con
struction company workmen
from Pendleton is rapidly trans
forming the Van Horn building
from a one-room to a two-room
status. The ceiling is being low
ered, partitions run and new
lighting system installed.
When completed, a matter of
three days, according to the con
tractor, the rooms will be occu
pied by Mary Van's Flower Shop
and a Mode o' Day ladies apparel
shop. The building has been va
cant since the Red & White gro
cery store moved out the latter
part of November, 1950.
10 Draftees Going
From Draft Center
At Condon Tuesday
The largest class of draftees
yet to leave the district at one
time will leave the draft center
at Condon February 27. Included
in the class are six regular draf
tees and four volunteers. Of these
four are from Heppner, two draf
tees and two volunteers.
The draftees include Russell
Wilmer Erickson, Blalock; Jack
Albert Ployhar, Heppner; Oliver
Frank Calder, Spray; Roy Peter
Wheelhouse, Arlington; Billy Eu
gene Gentry, Heppner, and Alex
ander Fred Dunn, Kinzua.
The four volunteers are Rich
ard J. Larkin, Condon; Herbert
Anthony McLaughlinrregistered
as of Heppner but resident of
Pendleton; Matthew Hughes,
Heppner, and Dwane William
Schmidt, Fossil.
Johann Troedsons
To Observe Golden
Anniversary Sunday
Fifty years of married life will
be re-lived briefly Sunday by Mr,
and Mrs. Johann Troedson of
lone in a reception to be held in
their honor at the home of their
son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Vern
er Troedson, north of lone. Hosts
and hostesses will be their child
ren and in-laws, Mr. and Mrs,
Howard Nottage, Portland; Mr.
and Mrs. Francis Troedson, Her
miston; Carl Troedson and Mr.
and Mrs. Verner Troedson.
Reception hours will be from
1 to 4 p. m. It has been requested
that no gifts be brought.
Mr. and Mrs. Troedson were
married February 23, 1901 in San
Francisco, Calif, and came to
lone in 1902. They farmed in the
Strawberry district north of
lone for many years, selling out
a few years ago and retiring to
a comfortable home in lone.
Cardinals Defeat
Irrigon 60 To 24
The lone Cardinals easily de
feated Irrigon in a Little Wheat
League game at Irrigon on Tues.
day night by a score of 60 to 24.
Reserves played a good part of
the game for the Cardinals. John
Bristow led the lone point bar
rage with 12 points,
lone (60) Ilrrigon (24)
Bristow (12) B. Kenney (6)
Doherty (8) J. Kenney (4)
R. Baker (10) J. Ross (6)
D. Baker (9) Smith (6)
Peterson (7) Kelly (2)
lone: Kincaid 2, Rea, Brenner 8,
Palmer 4.
Irrigon: Edwards Cramer.
Halftime Score: lone 32, Irri
gon 10.
Official: MaRoney.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wise
and daughter Darlene returned
home Sunday from Spokane.
Darlene was taken ill suddenly
a few weeks ago and her parents
have been in Spokane ever since.
She is now able to eat her meals
at the table which is a great
gain. She will be bedfast other
wise for some time longer as her
recuperation will take time.
Ralph Benge is on the street
again following a. brief illness.
He experienced a fainting spell
on the street Saturday and was
taken to the Pioneer Memorial
hospital where it was found no
thing serious was the matter and
he was released to go home Sun
day. o
Oliver Creswick of the Phelps
Funeral Home has received no
tification of his appointment as
mortuary coordinator for Morrow
county under the civilian defense
set up.
fellows to discriminate against
the colored folks?" .... Jason
Lee, tax department personnel,
tells of looking through one of
the great telescopes when the as
tronomer swung the reflector to
a nebula that looked like a cloud
of illuminated dust and remark
ed, "once that was a planet.
Probably they got to fooling with
the H-bomb."
County's New Rock
Crusher To Be Set
Up For City Job
Quarry Near Town
Will Be Site For
Testing Machinery
Contractors Gv D. Dennis &
Sons have entered into an agree
ment with the county to furnish
1,000 yards of gravel for the
North Court street improvement
project which is scheduled to
start about March 1. The county's
new rock crusher will be em
ployed in turning out the mater
ial. In entering into the contract
with the construction concern,
the court feels that it will be an
opportunity to iron out the
bugs" in the equipment It will
be set up at the quarry on the
Bill Barratt ranch which is only
a short distance from the new
county machine shop. Breakage
or mechanical imperfections can
be handled at a minimum of ex
pense and loss of time.
Judge Garnet Barratt said erec
tion of the equipment will start
next week.
Following completion of the
contract here the crushrer will be
moved to a site at the Henry
Gorger place north of lone where
material for surfacing some 15
miles of new road will be turned
out The county road crew has
built a new road from the George
Miller place east to the lone-
Boardman highway and some
other shorter strips. This is in a
light soil belt and will have to
be gravelled to make it usable
the year long.
Local Baker Takes
Bride at Kennewick
John Shoemaker, proprietor of
the Heppner bakery, and Miss
Marian Woodbird, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Lucas, were
married at 4 o'clock p. m. Satur
day, February 17 at the First Me
thodist church in Kennewick,
Wash., the Rev. A. Wischmeier
Two receptions were held fol
lowing the wedding, one at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Orville L.
Partch in Kennewick and the
other at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
L. Lish in Hermiston.
The young couple returned to
Heppner and are at home in their
apartment at the rear of the bak
ery building.
The stork visited the Pioneer
Memorial hospital twice within
each occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Al
the week and left girl babies on
Edwards have a five pound 13
ounce girl born Saturday, Febru
ary 17, and Mr. and Mrs. Dean
Caldera of Spray a 7 pound two
ounce girl born Wednesday, Feb
ruary 21.
A small but highly appreciat
ive audience greeted the soprano
and tenor soloists Friday night
who gave a concert at the Hepp
ner Church of Christ under the
auspices of the Soroptimist Club
of Heppner.
Mrs. Grant Hutchins and Jess
F. Thomas of Hermiston were
heard in classical, semi classical
and popular selections and won
much praise from their listeners.
Richard Calvin of Portland has
accepted the position of parts
man at the Rosewall Motor com
pany and took over his new du
ties Monday. He was formerly
with the George Lawrence com
pany at Pendleton and is not a
total stranger to Heppner. His
wife and two children will re
main in Portland until school
closes, early in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Steers left
today for Klamath Falls to at
tend the wedding of a nephew of
his, Lyle Steers to be held Satur
day. i o
Carl King and Martha Shan
non were married Wednesday
evening, February 14 at the Me
thodist church parsonage, Rev.
J. Palmer Sorlien performing the
ceremony. Mrs. King has been a
resident of Heppner for several
years and has been employed In
various pursuits. The groom was
formerly employed by the Hodge
Chevrolet company and more re
cently by the Empire Machinery
company. He is in the naval re
serve and left Saturday for Se
attle to be inducted. Mrs. King
and daughter Mary will remain
in Heppner for the present.