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Heppner Gazette Times, Thursday, March 22 1 95 1
Volume 68, Number 1
By REP. GILES FRENCH
Now they're betting on how
long it will last. Once there was
hope and this was years ago, that
that the legislature would always
be able to adjourn by Easter. For
two sessions this was possible be
cause Easier was late. This year
Easter is early and there was no
chance that adjournment would
come beiore that elate. Guesses
are trom late April to early May.
Economy is still holding out
weii despite the battling of the
spenuers. The ways ana means
cuinmiuee has just about put
us collective loot- down on a
buuuing program tor which many
tears have been shed. Now if the
buuget can be reuueed a little
ana the tax intake increased a
little there may be a reasonable
balance alter all ouc inus is op
timistic. The 1949-51 budget
called for some 140 million; the
iyol-33 buaget for 180 million.
The $11 minion basic school in
crease and the veterans bonus ac
count for some $15 million of the
increase so the state officiate are
not all to blame.
If the new school bill could be
handled someway and the veter
ans' bonus paid by a cigarette
tax it might be possible (not pro
bable) to cut the budget down to
Actually, ofcourse, that has to
eveiuuaiiy .be done unless Ore
gon is to adopt aeficit financing
anu issuance of warrants as has
Washington. This state is in for
a aose oi economy and the long
er it is put oil the bigger dose it
is going to be (you Know, like
Our income tax is among the
hignest in tne nation, our Dusi
neab tax, corporate tax, is almost
as large as tne highest, our pro
perly taxes are very hign ana the
people will not pay a sales tax.
Vve cannot get new industry with
the nignesi taxes, nor maintain
our economy in competition witn
lower taxeu states. We must cut
tne cloth to lit the pattern. The
trouble, as usual, is to cut the
proper things, the useless boaras
anu commissions, the overgrowth
of government, the excess tat that
has accumulated on the body
The highway committee has a
bill tor a reaivision of the 19 per
cent of hignway funds aiioted to
counties, it has had a (similar
bill lor years and nothing could
be aone about it. Heretoiore such
bins nave been based on the as
sumption tnat factors such as
areas, miles of road or engineer
ing neeus could be used to give
rural areas more highway mon
eys, inese laeas nave always
met tne hard fact of votes.
Now the theory is that each
county snouia receive $15,000 be
fore any aivision on the basis of
numuer oi cars is maae. The ef
iece wouia oe to reuuee the $2,
foo.ouu Munnoman county- re
ceives trom tne $a,000,000 total.
lne larger counties of Oregon
seiuum levy a property tax for
roau purposes at all. They get ail
tne roaa tunas they neea from
tne state, wnne smaller counties
levy a roaa tax whenever they
neea money. The aeveiopment oi
roaus in rural areas is tnerefore
hanuicappea by the method ol
uibLTiuuuon wmch is essentially
on a oasis of population.
Ail this is merely an example
of the inequities of any popula
tion methoa. Such a plan makes
the cities bigger and the country
smaller, thus continuing a cen
tralization process that is a ser
ious menace to the state or to
any government any place.
The reapportionment bills will
probably be out next week and
be debated, probably Monday.
Whether rural Oregon will stick
together in the face of pressures
from strong groups or whether it
will fall apart cannot be known
until the roll is called. Effort now
is to convince members of the
dire need for up-state cohesion.
The ways and means commit
tee is having trouble with salary
scales and the problem of how
to pay state officials and how
much. Some reduction in person
nel may be obtained without loss
of efficiency and with no pay re
ductions. Most members think
that passible although the prob
lem of how to obtain office man
agement practices that bring re
sults at least cost is not solved
for a political unit such as the
state. There is a bill written for
appointment of a business man
ager but it is far from perfect
Miss Joan Hisler is spending
the vacation at the home of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul His
lor. She is a student at Eastern
Oregon College of Education.
Wheat Growers Of
Equal Share of Cars
Seek to Avert
Dumping Big '51
Crop on Ground
Oregon wheat growers, recog
nizing that a boxcar shortage ex
ists all over the United btates,
are uemanding fair treatment
with other shippers in the shar
ing of boxcars.
Don McKinnis of Summerville,
president of the Oregon Wheat
league, made the demand in a
meeting in Portland Wednesday
of the Pacific Northwest Ship
pers advisory committee. Repre
sentatives ot shippers, including
grain dealers and millers, met
with the railroads.
"The league has appealed to
the defense transportation ad
ministrator, congress, ICC and
the presidents of the railroads
for relief. But so far no boxcars,"
Speaking from a resolution
passed by the Pacific Northwest
Farm council March 10 that calls
for action to relieve a boxcar
shortage in the Pacific North
west, McKinnis said:
"Wheat farmers are facing a
crisis because there are no box
cars. Elevators are still full. Some
of the wheat is sold and ready to
ship. Ships are available at Port
land and other ports. But no box
cars. "Sure we know there's a short
age everywhere. But there are
still thousands of cars, and we
want fair treatment in getting
them. The Wheat league is just
trying to see that Oregon wheat
shippers get their share.
"There is no apparent improve
ment in the supply of cars in this
area since the ICC order Feb
ruary 19. This order directed eas
tern railroads to turn over 8820
cars weekly to the West.
"This situation is urgent now
because of the export demand for
wheat to India and the Far East.
We also need to move wheat
now to make room for a bumper
crop of 115,000,000 bushels pre
dicted this summer. Unless this
is done, wheat will have to be
dumped on the ground.
"Northwest wheat farmers and
grain dealers can not solve the
problem by building more eleva
tors. There is alreauy more stor
age at country points than would
be required to store a normal
Statistics have been gathered
on the boxcar problem by Frank
P. Aughnay, manager of the Pa
cific iNorthwest Grain and Grain
Products association, McKinnis
toid the railroaas' advisory com
On February 1 railroads had
orders in for 132,028 boxcais,
which had not been delivered, he
said. In January, 5949 cars were
delivered. Boxcar buiiaers had
noped to increase production to
io.uoo a month by April, but steel
nas been cut 10 percent. So pro
duction can only reach youo a
month. At this rate it would take
almost 15 months, reported Mc
Kinnis. The Wheat leaeue has auked
all executive committeemen to
get specific information on the
ooxcar needs of each wheat coun
ty in Oregon. This is to be ore-
sented to tne railroads, ICC and
ueiense transport administrator.
Last School For
Square Dancing To
Be Next Tuesday
The third and last school for
square dancing will be heid in
the lone Legion hall at 8:00 p.
m., March 27, announces Maud
C. Casswell, county home agent.
Miss Jessalee Mailalieu, exten
sion recreation specialist, from
Oregon State college will again
oe on hand to present new square
dance steps and review patterns
Over 85 Morrow county men
and women have been attending
these dance lessons. They will be
come teachers and conduct the
square dancing in their own or
ganizations. Future plans for county square
dancing will be made by the
newiy elected recreation com
mittee. Officers of this commit
tee are Bill Garner, chairman,
Boardman; Everett Keithley, vice
chairman, Heppner, and Mrs
Tress McClintock, secretary. Hep
Among the out-of-town visitors
here for the Parker-Nelll recep
tlon Sunday were Mr. and Mrs.
Warner Kennedy of Stevenson,
Wash. Mrs. Kennedy Is a niece
of Mr. Parker.
Morrow County Cancer Crusade Ready
To Launch 1951 Contribution Campaign
Talents in Annual
Although the attendance was
disappointing to the sponsors,
the speech festival held at the
Heppner (school March 16 was
rated as one of the best in the
matter of quality of performance.
The festival is sponsored by the
schools of the county to promote
speech activities and to offer the
(student a chance in this work.
.No one received less than a 3
rating in Friday's festival.
The judging was capably hand
led by Dr. R. J. Skeen of Eastern
Oregon College of Education and
Miss Jean Dann, speech instruc
tor at McLaughlin Union high
school, Milton-Freewater. Brad
ley D. Fancher, district attorney
of Morrow county, is credited
with doing an excellent job as
moderator for the panel dis
cussions. The one act plays were above
the average, showing excellence
in character performance and di
rection. Superior work was done
on the Lexington and Heppner
Here are the results according
to divisions, with the figure in
dicating the ratings:
Extemporaneous speaking, Ro
nald Baker, 1; Keith Tannehille,
2; Beverly Nolan, 2.
Oratory: Jim Savage, 2 plus.
After dinner speaking: Lynn
Wright, 2; Darolene Balser, 2 plus.
Poetry reading: Mary Gunder
son, 1; Ora Ely, 2; Shirley Hunt, 1.
Humorus reading: Ora Ely, 1;
Janet Howton, 2; Joanne War
ren, 1; Betty Lou Messenger, 2;
Helen Steagall, 1; Ronald Bur
Panel discussion: Rieta Graves,
3rd; Jim Smith, 4th; George Rus
sell, 6th; Dale Hinsdale, 1st; Pat
Majeske, 5th; Betty Vann, 5th;
Ronald Baker, 2nd.
FIFTEEN ON HONOR ROLL
FOURTH SIX WEEKS PERIOD
Fifteen students of Heppner
high school made the honor roll
in the fourth six-weeks period,
announces Supt. Leonard Pate.
On the list were Ronald Currin,
Terry Thompson, Diane Van Horn,
Lynn Wright, Kathleen Orwick,
Roger Palmer, Nancy Adams, Sal
ly Cohn, Nancy Ferguson, Elea
nor Rice, Jim Smith, Joan War
ren, Marion Green, Mary Gun-
derson, Juanita Matteson.
Slated by County
ADDearine on the program of
the next Morrow County Live-1
stock Growers association meet
ing will be Dr. R. R. Younce and
M. E. Knickerbocker, state de
partment of agriculture, announ.
ces Frank Anderson, Heppner,
chairman of the association. The
meeting will be held at the cir
cuit courtroom in Heppner, March
28 beginning at 8 p. m.
Dr. Younce, state veterinarian,
will speak on the various aspects
of brucellosis in cattle, which is
a problem in Morrow county. This
will be his first appearance here
and the stockmen will be inter
ested in meeting him.
M. E. Knickerbocker, chief, di
vision of animal industry, will
discuss enforcement of compul
sory brucellosis testing, in a clean
up program for the county. He
will also discuss other pertinent
matters pertaining to the live
stock industry here.
All livestock men are invited to
attend the meeting. .
SELECTED FOR EASTERN
TRIP IN LATE JULY
Rev. J. Palmer Sorlien received
notice Monday of his selection to
represent the Portland district at
the National Methodist Town and
Country conference to be held in
Sioux City, Iowa, July 21-24.
There will be a lay member
from the Portland district also.
The nomination came from Dr.
J. M. Adams, superintendent of
the Columbia district.
Mrs. Harlan MeCurdy Jr. and
children have been visitors in
Heppner the past week from their
home in Ukiah. Mrs. MeCurdy
said the snow had melted off in
Ukiah and vicinity but it was
none too springlike when she left.
Robert Pullen and his mother,
Mrs. John Madden of Lone Rock
are business visitors in Heppner
Organizational work has been
completed for launching the 1951
Morrow County Cancer Crusade,
announced Mrs, James J. Farley,
crusade chairman, the first of
the week. Each community has
a captain in addition to the gen
eral committee and when the
campaign opens it will be push
ed to conclusion without falter
ing, the chairman declares.
Letters requesting contributi
ons for the crusade will be in
the mail April 1. Personal solic
iting of business houses also will
be done at this time. A booth
will be set up on Main street each
Saturday afternoon in April for
the purpose of distributing cancer
educational material and to ac
cept contributions. Mrs. Farley
also has the necessary material
and will assist those wishing to
make a contribution as a me
morial. With Mrs. Farley on the 1951
Morrow County Cancer Crusade
are Mrs. P. W. Mahoney, vice
chairman; Mrs. Harry O'Donnell
Jr., secretary; Jack Van Winkle,
treasurer, and Mrs. Jesse Payne,
The local organization is head
ed by Mrs. James Healy as com
mander, and includes Mrs. Rich
ard Wells, vice commander; Dr.
A. D. McMurdo, medical director;
and Mrs. J. O. Palmer, Heppner;
Mrs. Robert Davidson, Lexington;
Mrs. Gordon White, lone; Mrs.
George Gwinn, Boardman; Wll
Shipps, Hardman, and Mrs. Ida
Slaughter, Irrigon, captains.
Mrs. Harold Scrltsmier is a pa
tient in St. Anthony's hospital In
Mrs. Adrian Bechdolt and Mrs.
Ethel Lyndholm attended a lun
cheon meeting of Iota chapter (
Delta Kappa Gamma, in Milton
Saturday. Mrs. Elizabeth Roe
Cloud was the guest speaker.
Subjects ranging from hunt
ing and fishing to the Holy plan
for Oregon's educational system
occupied the attention of the lun
cheon group of the Heppner
chamber of commerce Monday
noon. Dr. L. D. Tibbies responded
to President Huffman's request
for committee reports by telling
of progress to date on the matter
of fishing reserves for youngsters.
Glenn Parsons, speaking for N.
C. Anderson's committee on uti
lization of waste timber stated
that the committee had not been
able to meet to date and offered
the suggestion that instead of
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ALL SAINTS MEMORIAL
Saturday before Easter: Child
ren's Easter party in parish house
Easter Day Holy Communion
8 a. m. Church school Easter pro
gram and presentation of mite
box offering, 9:45 a. m.
Holy Communion and sermon
11 a. m.
Baptisms (by appointment) 3
to 4 p. m.
Informal service and instruc
tion, 7:30 p. m.
Holy Communion on Wednes
day at 10 a. m.
Choir practices: Boys on Wed
nesday, 2:30 to 3:45 p. m. Girls
on Wednesday 4-5 p. m. Adults,
Thursday evening at 8.
Boy Scouts Wednesday evening
7:30 to 9.
CHURCH OF CHRIST
R. J. McKowen Pastor
Sunday services: 9:45 a. m.
Bible school with classes for all,
C. W. Barlow, superintendent.
Morning worship and communion
11 a. m. Sermon theme 'The
effects of the Resurrection." Spe
cial Easter music under direction
of Mrs. Willard Warren.
At 3:30 Saturday afternon the
children of the Bible school will
have an Easter program and par
ty, to which all are invited.
Don't forget the evening ser
vice at 7:30 Sunday with evan
gelistic message and fellowship
Program of High
By College Band
A near-capacity crowd at the
high school gymnasium Sunday
evening was treated to one of
the finest ' band concerts ever
heard in these parts when the
Oregon State college band under
the direction of Ted Mesang paid
the first visit to Heppner in ten
years. Every number was greeted
with hearty applause and the ap
petite of the audience for good
music was apparent in the call
for more when the curtain was
drawn following the final num
ber. Ted Mesang has developed a
highly skilled group of young
musicians and molded them in
to a concert band on a par with
those of the larger schools and
some of the finer military bands.
He is a firm believer in using
good talent regardless of gender
and demonstrated that a good
girl musician is as proficient as
a good boy musician by includ
ing 12 of the gentler sex in the
concert band personnel, some of
them in key positions. As an
aside, he said that the use of the
girls in the band will become
more general as the draft makes
inroads on the young men of the
Jim Barratt, assistant alumni
association manager, conducted
the tour of the band into eastern
Oregon. The schedule Included
Heppner and four Umatilla coun
ty towns, Stanfield, Pendleton,
Hermiston and Echo. One other
off-campus concert will be played
I April 22, at Myrtle Point
considering a plant for mason
ite that another building board
something on the order of flr
tex be given consideration.
Orville Smith commented that
utilization of waste products is
a worthy subject and something
that he and his company have
been studying for some time.
He made no further commitment
other than that it is still a live
Judge Garnet Barratt reported
that the matter of placing signs
directing the way to the Pioneer
Memorial hospital had been ta
ken up with the state highway
department and that he was as
sured something will be done
Henry Tetz reviewed the edu
cational bill passed by the le
gislature which in effect adopted
the Holy report.
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Aalberg
of Portland are transacting busi
ness in Heppner this week.
singing. Sermon subject "God's
chosen people, who are they?"
This will be the first of a series
of messages on the general sub
ject of the return of Christ.
We urge you to attend church
somewhere Sunday and we ex
tend a cordial welcome.
J. Palmer Sorlien, Minister
Morning worship and sermon
at 11 a. m. Baptism and recep
tion of members. Music by choir,
Oliver Creswick, director.
Sunday church school at 9:45
a. m. Classes for all ages, also
Youth Fellowship class and adult
Bible class, Oliver Creswick, su
perintendent. Midweek prayer service Thurs
day 7 p. m. Choir practice at
7:30 p. m.
The Womans Society of Christi
an Service meets the first Wed
nesday of each month at 8 p. m.
Suzanna Wesley circle meets
the third Wednesday at 2:30 p. m.
VALBY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Communion will be served at
the Valby Lutheran church in
Gooseberry at 11 a. m. Sunday
Rev. Luther Cornay will be in
charge. A pot luck dinner will be
served at 1 p. m. in the parish
house in honor of the members
of the confirmation class and
There will be Sunday school at
10 a. m.
In observance of Good Friday,
the stores of Heppner will be
closed from 1 p. m. to 2 p. m.
in accordance with the wishes
of the majority of the business
men. This was the report of the
members of the Merchants' com
mittee of the chamber of com
merce. Heretofore the stores re
mained closed for the traditional
three-hour period, from noon un
til three o'clock.
Second Half Basic
School Fund Is
The second half of the State
Basic School fund is being dis
tributed to the local schools.
Morrow county received atotal of
$74,400.37, one half of which was
distributed in September.
This fund is from state income
tax surplus and is used as an off
set to local property tax allowing
for a reduction of 6.2 mills in the
rural districts tax levy. The dis
tribution is based on number of
children in attendance, number
of teachers employed and trans
portation provided, and was as
School district No. 1CJ, Hep
District No. 5J, Morgan, 241.12.
District No. 10, Irrigon, 5,417.21.
District No. 12C, Lexington,
District No. 19, Rood Canyon,
District No. 23C Devine, 711.76.
District No. 25, Boardman,
District No. 35CJ, lone, 6,784.50.
District No. 40C, Hardman,
District No. 41C, Sand Hollow,
District No. U. H. 1, Hardman,
Non high schol district, Hepp
ner, 879.00, for a total of $37,200.22
Birthday Party At
Friends and relatives from far
and near gathered at the parlors
of the Church of Christ Sunday
afternoon to felicitate Frank S,
Parker and Roy Neill upon the
occasion of their 75th birthdays
These men have long been active
in the affairs of Morrow county,
Mr. Weill coming here upon his
21st birthday to work for O. E.
Farnsworth, in 1897. Mr. Parker
came a few years later, in 1901
and was one of the workmen on
the present I. O. O. F. and Hum
A beautiful tea table, centered
with a large birthday cake and
tall yellow tapers, was the focal
point of the room. Red roses
were used effectively on the pia
no and mantle piece.
The birthday cake was baked
by Mrs. E. M. Kenton, daughter
of Mr. Neill. Pouring during the
tea hours were Mrs. R. J. McKow
en Mrs. C. N. Jones, Mrs. Ethel
Zeimantz Mrs. A. J. Chaffee, Mrs.
Wm. McCaleb, Mrs. O. G. Craw
ford, Mrs. W. D. Neill and Mrs.
E. R. Huston. The guest books
were in charge of Lorene Mitch
ell and Mrs. Elma Scott. Assist
ing about the rooms were Mrs.
C. C. Dunham, Mrs. Guy Moore,
Mrs. Marcel Jones, Mrs. Paul
Jones and Mrs. Grace Hughes.
Mis. Frances Mitchell greeted the
guests at the door. Mrs. Clara B.
Gertson cut the birthday cake.
Guests from distant points
included Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cox
en, Hermiston; Mrs. Cleve Cox,
Salem; Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord
Madison, Echo; Mr. and Mrs. W.
C. Kennedy, Stevenson, Wash.;
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Doolittle
and son of Portland; Mr. and
Mrs. Dee Neill, Mrs. Alice Moore
house, Mr. and Mrs. Buck Wen
ters, of Hermiston; Mr. and Mrs.
E. M. Kenton and family Salem;
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Moore and fam
ily, Athena, Mr. and Mrs. John
G. Parker and family, Pendleton;
Mr. and Mrs. Omer McCaleb,
Reedsport; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis
Wetzel, and family, Lexington.
More than 150 guests signed the
guest books during the afternonn
REDECORATING OF STORE
ADDS INTEREST TO SHOPPING
Spring of the year means paint
up time, me latest to submit to
the call is Central Market and
Grocerv who after a few wppko
after-hour efforts is all bright
and shinev with new Daint in
beautiful soft green tone on the
interior of the store. Npw riisnlnv
counters have been added which
greatly facilitate the shoppers
their search for the essentials
their dailv menus.
with the modernizing of the
store, Mrs. Sara McNamer has
added much to the pleasure o
the shoppers as well as faoilita
ting the handling of the stocks
Contract on North
Court St. Project
Although work has been in
progress several weeks on the
North Court street project, the
city did not endorse the con
tract until Monday evening at
the mid-month meeting. The
council deferred passing on the
contract until it was definitely
established that the city would
not be further obligated. When
the state highway commission
gave assurance that no more
funds would be asked" there was
nothing for the council to do but
The street committee reported
that a tentative route for a new
street had been viewed. An ef
fort is being made to find a lo
cation that will in a measure
meet the demands of the school
district board, which body is
seeking to have D street vacated.
The route would start near the
west end gate to the Rodeo
grounds, cut across a corner ot
the Oscar George property and
follow down the Hinton creek
channel until Elder street is
reached and there join K street.
It would cut off about one-fourth
of an acre of the school property.
The school board feels this can
not be permitted since the school
property already is one and one
half acres short of the acreage
required by the state system.
Speaking unofficially Edwin Dick
said he was sure no concession
could be made by the local board
until the matter had been put up
to the state board.
Councilman chairman W. C.
Rosewall presided in the absence
of Mayor J. O. Turner who was
out of the city.
College Folk Re-live
Campus Life At
A goodly number of old grads,
young grads, and former stu
dents assembled at the parish
house of All Saints Episcopal
church Sunday evening to min
gle briefly with one another and
meet some of the personnel of
the Oregon State college band
in town that evening for a con
cert at the school gymnasium.
When introductions and visiting
had been attended to, Jim Bar
ratt manager of the band tour,
introduced Forrest Gathercoal,
tuba player in the band, who de
lighted his hearers with three
brilliant numbers on the marim
ba. This was followed by the
showing of a reel of the first
half of the Oregon-Oregon State
football game last fall and
"stills" of scenes on the college
Ted Mesang, director of the
band, and Mrs Mesang were in
troduced to the group and the
director told of musical activhs
ies on the campus.
tea, cottee and cookies were
served from a beautifully decor
ated table, the handiwork of Mrs.
Claude Graham and Mrs. James
Farley. Mrs. Farley had charge
of the guest book and Mrs. Jos
eph Hughes was in charge of
kitchen service, as well as gen
eraj chairman of the affair.
TALK ABOUT PEOPLE
Art Linklater's "Peonle Atp
Funny" radio program doesn't
hold a candle to the evervriav py.
pieriences of the local hotel man
agers according to the report of
Mrs. H. A. Sanders to the Sorop
timist pluh nf Hennnpr at the
luncheon meeting this noon. The
tunny stories, the pettishness of
some of the lady guests, argu
ments of the riailv lohhv "unpsts"
and general frailties and idio-
syncracies ot tne great American
traveling public make a very
amusing club Droeram. but no
doubt give the management a
neaaacne at tne moment at least.
Mrs. Sanders enumerated a
few of the many duties that are
heaped upon the heads of the
operators of a small hotel re
decorating, plumbing, mending,
sorting, buying linens, putting
out fires, and the thousand and
one other "little" details that
make for the smooth running
Plans were completed for the
trip to La Grande April 3 when
Miss L. Grace Nieholls president
of the American Federation of
Sorptimists will address the Sor
optimist clubs of eastern Ore
gon. The meeting on March 29 will
be a sack lunch at the Crawford