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Hiris selected 1998 St. Patrick's family
Mary Hirl with spinning wheel on the steps of her home, circa 1914
VOL. 117
NO. 8
10 Pages
Wednesday, February 25, 1998
Morrow County, Heppner, Oregon
lone Lady Cardinals off to state
lone Lady Cardinals: L-R (back) Coach Dana Heideman, Kara Miller, Brenda Burrlght. Allison Halvorsen. Niki
Sullivan, Nikki McElligott, Camie Burright, Shelby Krebs, assistant coach Kelley Swarat, assistant coach Stacie
Miller; (front, L-R) manager Jessica Krebs, Charissa Gates, Sybil Krebs, Brandi Brantley, Jeanette Brantley,
Jennifer Thompson, manager Adrienne Swanson.
By Kara Miller
The lone Lady Cardinals
downed Culver, 52-33 for a
1A state
championship contest to be held
Thursday, March 5, at Baker
Condon confirmed their
number one position by downing
Culver, the West side leader, on
Friday. That created the "loser
out" showdown between the
Cardinals and the Bulldogs for
the last ticket to the 1A
championships in Baker City.
lone knew that Talbot and
but ' Galloway
stepped up and added to the
Bulldog scoring attack. The
tenacious Bulldogs kept nipping
at the Cards' feathers until the
third period of play. The lone
squad executed a pressure
defense that kept Culver off-
balance throughout the game
Three Cardinals, Nikki
McElligott, Camie Burright and
Kara Miller each scored a lucky
13 points and Brenda Burright
added 11 to lift lone over Culver
52-33 at the final buzzer.
The excitement didn't end with
the win however, as lone was
awarded both the tournament
sportsmanship award and the Big
Sky District Girls' Sportsmanship
Award for the season and
teammate Nikki McElligott was
the "Jason
Halvorsen Spirit of Basketball
Brenda and Camie
Burright received Big Sky East
honorable mention honors and
Nikki McElligott was selected
for the Big Sky East First Team
The Cardinals last made a trip
to "The Big Dance" in 1996
when they toppled Powers in the
championship game to win the
state title. They will face Jordan
Valley at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday,
March 5 in the second day of
action at the Oregon State 1A
Tournament at the Baker High
School Gym in Baker City.
STATS: Culver (33)~Carlson 5-12 4-10
14, Galloway 4-11 0-0 8, Towne 0-3 0-2
0, Talbott 3-13 2-3 8, Johnson 1-2 0-0 2.
Thomas 0-0 1 -2 1 , Macy 0-0 0-0 0,
Dunn 0-4 0-0 0, McWilliams 0-1 0-0 0,
Renteria 0-0 0-0 0 McCourtney 0-0 0-0
0, Rico 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 12-46 7-17
lone (52)—McElligott 6-7 1-5 13, Miller
4-7 3-4 13, C. Burright 5-16 3-3 13, B.
Burright 5-171-211, Sullivan 0-5 1-21,
B Brantley 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20-55
Culver 0-3, lone 2-8 (Miller 2-3)
(McElligott 14,Sullivan 9) Assists-
Culver' 4, lone 7 (Miller 3), Steals-
Culver 11, lone 16.
St. Pat's schedule
now on Internet
The Heppner St. Patrick's Day
schedule of events is now
available on the Internet.
A complete schedule of the
three day event can now be
viewed on the Bank of Eastern
Just go to the bank's home page,
click on this year's official St.
Patrick's Day logo (a leprechaun
on a lamp post), and you will be
connected with the St. Patrick's
Day web page with the complete
schedule of events.
Teenager shot
in lone; another
teen arrested
The Cardinal is ready for
state playoffs too
One lone teenager was shot in
the chest by a .22 caliber semi­
automatic pistol and another
teenager was arrested for the
shooting Monday evening.
According to the Morrow
County District Attorney Earl R
Woods, Jr., Will McElligott, 16
years old, lone, was allegedly
shot by Steve Crum, also 16,'at
Crum's residence, 565 E. Second
Street in lone, at around 4:57
p.m. Monday, Feb. 23.
Woods, who was in lone at the
time of the shooting and
responded shortly thereafter, said
that McElligott suffered a
"tunnel" injury to the chest.
Woods said the bullet passed
completely through McElligotfs
chest, nicking the right lobe of
his lung, but fortunately missing
continued back page
The St. Patrick's Committee
has announced that the Hirl
family will be the honored St.
Patrick's Celebration family this
Philip Hirl, grandfather of the
present Hirl descendants, was
bom in Donegal County, Ireland,
in 1868 to Edmond and Rose
When Philip was 13 years old
in 1881, Edmond and Rose
migrated to the United States
bringing Philip and other two
sons, Charlie and Dan, with
them. The family traveled by
steamship and came all the way
around Cape Horn to San
Francisco and later to Morrow
They settled on a
homestead in what is now known
as Hog Hollow canyon near
Mary Doherty Hirl was also
bom in Donegal County in 1881.
Her parents were William and
Suzy Doherty, who were Irish
farmers. Mary originally married
a man named Ruddy who died
shortly after the birth of her three
children. Because of the potato
famine in Ireland Mary was
forced to leave her children with
her mother and migrated to the
United States where she worked
in a bakery for the next nine
years to earn money to send
home to Ireland to buy food for
her children to prevent their
From Boston, Mary came to
Morrow County and lived with
her sister, Katie Doherty, on a
ranch in Sand Hollow. It was
there she ran into her childhood
friend from Ireland, Phil Hirl.
They were later married and
moved to the original Hirl
homestead in Hog Hollow which
had been purchased from Phil’s
Phil an Mary later purchased a
4000-acre ranch in McDonald
Canyon where they lived for 40
years, raising wheat, hay and
cattle. It was there that they
Phillip and Mary Hirl and Daughter Rose
raised their four children. Rose,
Mary, Edmond and Charlie.
Rose was bom on the original
homestead and the three younger
children were bom in Heppner
and Pendleton and all grew' up on
the McDonald Canyon ranch.
Rose married Herbert French
and had three children, Raymond
of Heppner, former rancher who
presently serves as Morrow
County Commissioner; Joe,
retired attorney and formerly of
Salem, who recently moved to
Las Vegas, Nevada; and Dorothy
O'Rourke of Pendleton, retired
secretary for State Farm Mutual
Insurance Company.
Herbert’s death in 1936 Rose
married Bill Francis, local state
policeman, and to this union was
bom Francine Evans of Irrigon,
who is a nurse at Good Shepherd
Hospital in Hermiston.
Mary married Vier Hale and
they had twin daughters, Juanita
Proctor, who, with her husband
Rocky, operates their livestock
ranch at Irrigon, and Margaret
Piper, retired homemaker of
Edmond married Lorene Heath,
a local school teacher, and to
them w as bom one son, Philip, of
Tigard. Philip is now retired
after a career with the United
States Forest Service.
Also included in Phil and Mary
Hirl's descendants are 32 great
grandchildren, 38 great, great­
grandchildren, and now two
great, great, great-grandchildren.
It has also been noted that of
all the above living descendants
of Phil and Mary Hirl, over 50
percent of them still live in
Morrow and Umatilla counties.
Doug Rathbun announces candidacy for County judge
Doug Rathbun
Heppner Police Chief Douglas
C. Rathbun, 54, of Heppner, has
announced his candidacy for
Morrow County Judge position.
Rathbun has been a police chief
for over 20 years and in law
enforcement a total of 27 years.
Rathbun has put together budgets
for 20 years and is also treasurer
of the Morrow County Tourism
Community, co-chair of Oregon
Together, past president of the
Committee and is on the board of
directors of the Oregon Chief of
Police Association.
Rathbun was bom and raised in
Eugene and graduated from
North Eugene High School. After
high school he went into the
Navy for four years, returned to
Oregon and then went to work
for Cummins Oregon Diesel
working as paymaster for one
While working for
Cummins, he became a reserve
police officer for the city of
Portland and then went on to
become a police chief.
Rathbun received a degree
from Blue Mountain Community
College and holds the highest
certificate from the board on
police standards and training
Rathbun has three children,
Carllena, Christy, and Charles,
and two grandchildren.
Rathbun said he is 100 percent
in favor of the Oregon Youth
Camp, a youth "accountability
camp" that is being considered
for the Heppner area "The
county needs more interest in
our youth," he said. Rathbun and
his wife, Georgia, have been
foster parents for many years.
Rathbun said he will retire as
chief of police if elected.
Rathbun, who is a democrat, said
that the lack of democratic
candidates running for the
position influenced his decision
to run.
Currently, four Republican
candidates have filed for the
position: Bill Doherty, Guy Van
Arsdale, Rollie Marshall and
Keith Lewis. Present judge,
Louis Carlson, has said he will
not seek re-election. One
candidate, Dan Brosnan. has filed
for the commissioner's position
being vacated by Ray French
French also said he would not
seek re-election.
Deadline to file for the May
19 election is Tuesday, March
Girls to face
Jordan Valiev
The lone Cardinal varsity girls'
basketball team won their district
contest and will advance to the
state 1A tournament. They will
play Thursday, March 5, against
Jordan Valley at 1:30 p.m. at
Baker City High School.
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