Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, July 31, 1969, Image 1

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86tK Year
Number 23
(WnIc of July 22 through 23)
South End of county
well along in wheat
harvest, and quality
looks good. See farm
news, page 6.
Ill i I M II I .C.r, T.Tk
HI Low Free
Wednesday 95 58
Thursday 93 63
Friday 82 56
Saturday 87 45
Sunday 91 54
Monday 88 52
Tuesday 85 48
Heppner, Oregon 97836, Thursday, July 31, 1969
Price 10 Cents
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North End Gets Insect Control
For Sleeping Sickness Outbreak
THEY START YOUNG In teaching youngsters mouth-to-mouth resuscitation at the Heppner swim
ming pool. Jackie Gentry, 7. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gentry. Heppner. breathes into Re
suscianne, a life-like model used to instruct swimming classes at the pooL The model, originated
in Norway, was a gift of the local American Red Cross chapter and is used in most classes.
(G-T Photo)
Measures to control mosquit
oos In north Morrow county and
western Umatilla county were
underway this week in an rf
fort to stoD an outbreak of en
cephalitis among horses in the
The disease, commonly known
as sleeping sickness, has reach
ed major proportions with three
horses dead and at least 20 oth
er known cases of the disease
reported since the end of June.
Morrow County Judge Paul
Jones last Thursday Rave Jack
Wright. State Board of Health
employee in Pendleton, permis
sion to use county funds to buy
a pesticide used in the control.
County funds were necessary
because the state has no emer
gency funds for such a problem.
Wright told the judge the
problem was very critical.
"If it isn't stopped now and
is allowed to get into human
population, then we've had it,"
Wright said. '
The disease Is carried by the
mosquitoes, and melting of
snow packs and spring rains
made excellent breed i n g
grounds for the insects.
The State Department of Ag
riculture this spring, noting the
conditions, urged horse owners
to vaccinate for the disease.
The department estimated 700
of the 900 horses in the area
had already been vaccinated for
the disease when the outbreak
occurred, but that it was pos
sible not enough time had
elapsed for an effective titer to
prevent the disease.
Morrow county extension
agent Harold Kerr Tuesday urg
ed all horse owners in the coun
ty to vaccinate their animals if
thev have not done so.
"The 4-H Horse Show in Hepp
ner at the fairgrounds on Aug
ust 10 and the Morrow County
Fair and Rodeo on August 19
24 will bring together a large
number of horses and can
spread the disease if no pre
ventative measures are taken,"
Kerr said.
"Horse owners should consider
vaccinating their horses this
week so that an immunity can
be built up by show time," he
Two injections are advised, a
week apart, Kerr noted.
The disease is transmitted to
humans in the same manner It
is given to animals through
mosquitoes, according to officials.
Planning Studies Approved for
Rock Creek Watershed Project
Detailed studies of the Rock
Creek small watershed project in
Morrow and Gilliam counties
have been given the go-ahead
Attack Claims
Orian Wright, 73,
Lifetime Resident
One of Morrow county's life
time residents, Orian Elmer
Wright, died suddenly of a heart
attack on the family ranch on
Rhea Creek on Friday, July 25,
at age 73. He suffered the fa
tal attack while irrigating at the
ranch and was found by a
Funeral services were held
Tuesday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m
at the United Methodist church,
with Rev. Edwin Cutting con
ducting the services. Sacred sel
ections were by John Maatta,
with Susan Drake as organist
Concluding services were at
Heppner Masonic cemetery, with
ritualistic services by Willows
Lodge No. 66, IOOF, Heppner.
Arrangements were under the
direction of Sweeney Mortuary.
Contributions may be made to
the Oregon Heart Fund in his
Orian Elmer Wright was born
November 11, 1895, on the same
ranch on Rhea Creek which was
homesteaded by his grandfath
er, Albert Wright, one of Mor
row county's pioneer settlers.
His father was Silas A. Wright
and his mother was Martha
Cantwell Wright, daughter of
other early pioneers.
He was united in marriage to
Willa Pearl LeTrace, also of pio
neer heritage, in the Heppner
Methodist church on December
24, 1917. The couple observed
their golden wedding anniver
sary at a family reception De
cember 17. 1967. They made
their first home on the family
homestead, and with his broth
er, Delbert, operated the farm
until his retirement in 1959
when thev moved into Heppner.
Their youngest son, Albert, is
currently the fourth generation
to operate the ranch.
Mr. Wright was a member of
the United Methodist church,
Rhea Creek Grange, Willows
Lodge No. 66, IOOF, and the
Heppner Golden Age club. He
loved the out-of-doors and was
active in fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his widow,
Pearl; three sons, Clayton of
Hermiston, Robert of Umatilla,
and Albert of Heppner; 14
grandchildren and two great
grandchildren. One daughter,
Mrs. Richard Joan) Zimmer
man, preceded him in death.
by the U. S. Soil Conservation
Service, Sen. Mark O. Hatfield
said this week.
The multi-purpose project is
sponsored by the Heppner and
Gilliam Soil and Water Conser
vation Districts and the Rock
Creek Water Control district.
Preliminary reports of the
project were completed by the
State Engineer in August of
1968. The State Engineer and
the Federal Sou Conservation
Service will develop the plan
ning, which will begin immed
iately. The watershed project, center
ed mostly in Gilliam county,
would cover 237,190 acres, ac
cording to preliminary reports.
Included is a reservoir of 15,000
An estimated 1,620 new acres
would be opened to irrigation,
while some 1,228 acres will get
supplemental irrigation.
The headwaters of the creek
extend into Morrow county past
Hardman, near Board creek.
Preliminary studies were re
quested of the state engineer by
No Flood Relief
Due for Taxpayers
Morrow county taxp a y e r s
whose property was hit by
floods in early June will not get
any relief in taxes even if dam
age changed the market value
of the property, it was learned
In a Setter to Mrs. Joyce
Ritch. special assessor for the
county, C. H. Mack, director of
the Oregon State Department of
Revenue, said the assessment
date was previous to the flood,
so no changes in the tax roll
could be made.
Assessment date was January
1. 1969, the director explained.
Taxpayers will not receive their
statements until some time in
September or October, Mrs. Ritch
The letter did leave open the
possibility that damage could
be figured in next year's assess
ment, however.
'The area flooded should be
checked for the 1970 assessment
roll to see if damage caused by
the flood has gone unrepaired
and as a result has affected the
market value of the property,"
Mack noted. "Also, a check
should be made of sales occur
ing in the area since the flood
to see if the market recognizes
past flooding and possibility of
future floods."
Rep. Irvin Mann, Jr., Stanfield,
made the inquiry of Mack for
Mrs. Ritch.
the Gilliam County Soil and Wa
ter Conserva t i o n District,
through an application for fed
eral funds of Public Law 566, the
Watershed Protection and Flood
Prevention Act.
In the plan, two dam sites
were found feasible for the wa
tershed. The major site, known as the
Ghost Camp site, is located just
inside Gilliam county three
miles downstream from where
Highway 206 crosses Rock creek.
The pool of the dam would re
quire the highway to be raised
if it were built.
The second dam site is near
Lonerock, at the mouth of the
Buckhorn canyon.
Both dam sites were consid
ered for flood control as well
as irrigation, according to the
preliminary report.
Turner Is Appointed
To U of Oregon Post
Donald E. Turner, Lexington
cattle and wheat rancher and
former Portland. Husinessniaii,
has been named Director of
Special Gifts for the University
of Oregon Development Fund,
the non-profit corporation which
receives, administers, and man
ages gifts to the University.
Turner, who will move to Eug
ene in early August, will be
gin his duties at the University
September 1.
He began operating the fam
ily wheat and cattle ranch at
Lexington in 1928. He had been
associated with the Northwestern
Mutual Life Insurance Company
of Milwaukee, Wis., since 1953
and was public relations officer
for the First National Bank of
Portland from 1949 to 1952.
Turner, was Morrow county
chairman of the Republican
Central Committee from 1963-to
1965 and served as treasurer of
the Republican Party in Oregon
during 1966.
A 1942 graduate of the Univer
sity of Oregon, from which he
received a bachelor of science
degree, Turner also holds a
bachelor of laws degree from
Northwestern College of Law in
His wife, Janet, is a 1946 Ore
gon graduate. The Turners are
the parents of Mrs. Douglas
(Virginia) Burpee, class ol I9b7
of the University of Oregon;
Jeffrey Turner, a junior at Ore
gon; and an eight-year-old son,
There is no vaccination for
There are two types of the
disease, that which horses and
humans get, and that which hu
mans alone get.
The latter kind is known as
St. Louis equine encephalitis
and is a more serious disease.
It is not evident until it is con
tracted by a human.
The disease affects the ner
vous system and eventually
causes brain damage.
While the measures to be ta
ken this week were not expect
ed to be permanent, it was hop
ed they would reduce the mos
quito population enough to less
en the chance humans would
be attacked.
The pesticide used is a gran
ular one, Judge Jones said. It
is applied by a whirlwind back
pack seeder to stagnant water
areas, and dissolves in the wa
Persons are urged to use re
pliants in the early evening to
combat the insects.
Jaycees Announce
Tug-of-War Bid
Morrow County's Jaycees, in search of the lost cup
denoting the champions of the annual Queen's Coro
nation Tug-of-War, have once again Issued a challenge
to their elders, the Heppner-Morrow County Chamber
of Commerce.
Asking that he not be Identified, a Jaycee mem
ber said the group is making the challenge through
the Gazette-Times.
"Have you noticed any of the Chamber members
with a wary and uneasy look about them lately?" the
challenge reads, "glancing behind them as they plod
the streets of Heppner?" -
"They realize the Queen's Coronation is coming
and that means the Tug-of-War again with the mighty
Morrow County Jaycees." it goes on.
Admitting defeat last year, the younger members
allow, "Although the 'Chamber members defeated their
younger foes last year, we (the Jaycees) are out for
complete revenge and vow to show our superior strength
and mastery over the oldies by regaining the coveted
v cup (which,, they better find)." . ; .v ,
' ' The cup has been lost through the Chamber's neg
ligence, the Jaycee member told the Gazette-Times.
Meanwhile, there are rumblings among the Jay.
cees about the odds in last year's contest which they
feel were too great to overcome.
The Chamber won the event over the Jaycees.
Adding a final blast at the Chamber, the younger
men conclude, "So Chamber members, you are hereby
challenged to make a-bowing with your tired bottoms
pulling and your heels a-plowlng."
The Jaycees sponsor the event, which fetes 1969
Morrow County Fair and Rodeo Queen Sheila Luciani
and her court. It will be held Saturday, August 9 at
the rodeo grounds.
More details on activities will be announced next
Fair and Rodeo Princess Sherri O'Brien
Next in Line for Saturday Dance Honors
Offset Printing
Told to Chamber
The process of offset printing,
and how news gets into print,
was discussed Monday by Jim
Eardley, managing editor of the
East Oregonian in Pendleton.
Eardley was the guest of the
Heppner-Morrow County Cham
ber of Commerce at its regular
luncheon meeting.
"My idea of news and your
idea of news may be two dif
ferent things," Eardley told the
He noted immediacy is not as
important now as it was five
years ago.
Most of today's news emanates
from public agencies, the news
paperman said, and most of the
news is of disasters.
Speaking of offset printing, to
which the Pendleton paper con
verted several years ago. Eard
ley said it "is a photographic
In the method, type is set by
machines resembling typewriters
rather than by linotype ma
chines with lead type, as is done
in conventional methods.
The type is pasted on page
size sheets, then is photograph
ed. The negative of the photo
graph is then burned into a
thin metal plate, Eardley said.
It is this metal plate, by trans-1
ferring an image to a rubber
roller, which prints on paper.
Along with Eardley was Stan
Thompson, an E-O employee
who works both in news and
in the mechanical department
of the newspaper.
Thompson will write A-2 and
B league sports for the paper
this coming school year, Eard
ley said. i
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Last in this year's series of
princess dances will honor Prin
cess Sherri Lynn O'Brien, Satur
day evening, August 2, at the
county fair pavilion. The fol
lowing Saturday is scheduled to
be a coronation fun-evening
ana aance ror yueen bheiia Lu
ciani, completing the series
which honors individuals of the
royal court.
Music for this dance will be
furnished by 'The Misfortunes'
of Dallesport, Wn from 9:30
p.m. to 1 a.m.
Princess Sherri, attractive
brown-eyed daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Pat OBrien, is represent
ing the Heppner Wranglers Rid
ing club, of which she has been
a lifetime member.
Sherri developed a love for
riding when a small girl, and
even though her parents reside
in town she rides some each
day on her favorite 3-vear-old
registered gelding quarter horse,
"Hirea Monkey". She has com
peted in many of the Wrangler
Play Day events, has helped
friends in cattle drives, and par
ticipated in 4-H horse shows.
She is an active member of the
4-H Empire Builders and assists
with their projects.
For the past three vears Sherri
has appeared in parades with
the fair and rodeo courts, ac
companying them as one of the
permanent pennant bearers.
This year she is thrilled to ride
as a member of "the royalty".
She has completed seven years
in the 4-H horse club, has won
ribbons in the county 4-H shows,
and has been a two-year com
petitor in showmanship and
horsemanship at the state fairs.
She attended 4-H summer school
for three years.
Princess Sherri was born in
Walla Walla. Wn., September
26, 1951, and is the only child
in the family. She came to Hepp
ner with her parents when a
small baby, and has grown to
young womanhood here. She at
tended all of her years of grade
and high school here, and has
been a popular student. Her
charm and personality radiated
with enthusiasm as she led her
schoolmates as a varsity cheer
leader her junior and senior
years. She was a member of
the pep club, Girls' League, Fu
ture Homemakers of America,
Girls' Athletic Association, pho
tography club, on the annual
and Hehisch staff, and served
as secretary of her junior class.
She plans to enroll this fall
in Blue Mountain Community
College in a liberal arts course,
ana continue her interests in
riding by joining the College
Rodeo Club.
Queen Sheila and her court
and chanerone. Mrs. DimDle
Munkers, traveled to Joseph
last week-end with their horses
to participate in Chief Joseph
Days celebration on Saturday.
They were one of several visit
ing courts who were entertain
ed at a noon luncheon, and rode
in the grand entry at the af
ternoon rodeo show before re
turning home for the dance of
Princess Janet.
The O'Briens will entertain
the court and their parents at
a dinner at their home this Sat
urday evening prior to the
Rodeo Board Leaders
On Chamber Program
Charley Daly, chairman of
the Morrow county rodeo com
mittee, and Tom Currin, direct
or of publicity, will be guest
speakers at the luncheon meet
ing of the Heppner-Morrow
county Chamber of Commerce
on Monday.
The two will discuss plans
which are developing for the
annual rodeo on August 23 and
24, and the part chamber mem
bers will have in it, according to
Mrs. Avon Melby, program