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About The North Santiam's Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 194?-1949 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 13, 1949)
Serving the North Santiam
The North Santiam’s
Mill City Enterprise
VOLUME V. NUMBE.l 2
MILL CITY. OREGON. THURSDAY.
Looking Up New School
and Down Turned Over
the Canyon To Detroit
By CHARLES WOLVERTON
BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Noel and In
fant son who left here bimotor three
weeks ago to spend the holidays with
relatives in the warmer climes of
Florida and Texas returned Friday.
They report that while in Florala
they experienced the coldest weather
lecorded there in the last 22 years.
On the return trip they were caught
in the blizzard as they drove through
Wyoming and delayed there until the
roads could be cleared. They state
that after experiencing the extereme
col in other states and seeing the
snow drift so 'high that the windows
of the stallled trains were obscured,
that Oregon looked mighty good to
About 220 Detroit and Idanha pup
The discourse today, scholars, cit ils began school after the holidays in
izens and co-suffeiers in the current a brand new building, a »203,000
cold wave, is houses, and how not to structure just completed by the Army
Engineers and turned over to the
I have learned a great deal about
building, located on the
the construction of homes the past
few days. Y’ou might say, from the site of old Camp No. 17, will take
bottom lap. For when you’re crawling care of pupils from the first to eighth
among the cobwebs underneath an grades. It was built to take care of
old Canyon home, you have a chance, the additional pupils to be brought
in bv construction of the Detroit hy
while you hold a blowtorch on frozen
pipes and drains, to learn the secrets
Still to be comp'eted at the new
of const: uction.
school are a cafeteria and auditor
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Some folks might object to the iway
The building was built in part from
our house is built. But I’m sure you
materials salvaged at closed army
could lay their criticism to tiheir nat
camps in the Northwest .It will take
ural dislike for fresh air. Personally
T. C. Moore, forest ranger of De
care of much moTe than the (present
I like fresh air. It brings blooms to pupil load.
troit, has been informed that fees
the cheeks of the young, invigo: ates
The area near the school will be will be charged campers on certain
the appetites of all and is highly re
¡the site upon which Detroit will re- camps under the jurisdiction of the
commended by physicians as a cure ' locate, because that town is in the Forest Sendee.
for nasal disorders, the heaves and reservoir area of the dam.
Mr. Moore d'd not know which
On Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. the Parent- camps, if any, would go on a fee ba
Our house is designed especially
Teacher Assn will hold open house sis in the Canyon. Rates will bbe 50
to bring you all the salubrious bene
at the new school. The public is in cents per car party of not more than
fits of the out of doors. Fresh air vited.
six person a day, or $3 a week; pic-
pours through the walls in the many
High school classes will continue nicing will be 25 cents per car.
places where paper felt doesn’t cover in the old building at Detroit.
Forest camps in the Canyon region
the shiiplap interior, it descends from
Humbug Creek camp, Brei-
the attic, it seeps through numerous
Jerry Noble and his friend, John tenbush Forest camp, and forest
cracks around the windows and doors
Thompson, of Salem, spent the holi camps at Big Springs, White Water
and oozes up through the floor. I days at the home of Jerry’s mother, and Marion Forks.
would venture, without fear of con
The plan to charge for use of the
Mrs. Nolan Rasnick While here they
tradiction- as politicians say in des enjoyed skiing at Hoodoo Bowl.
areas came as a result of suggestions
cribing ther voters as the be 4 -people
of Congress that some revenue could
in the world—that our home is the
I be derived from them.
most perfectly ventilated one in the
town, if not the Canyon.
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No".' ii ! jU, vov, «ouid nlPF""t-- en
joy the good sealth and vigor which
brings to us blooming cheeks and
Unemployment rose sharply during
vigorous appetites, I shall imps t to December in the Salem district of the
Standing committes were appoint
you the details of how to build a State Unemployment Compensation ed Friday night by the Santiam
Grange for the new year.
First of all, you select a site where
“A general shutdown in logging
there is plenty of moisture in the and lumb<rihR. hoaviet*’ than ^a’
Agricultuie, Frank Baal, Lloyd
ground, for the admixture of the cool lay-offs in retail and wholesale trade Sletto and Olin Spiva; building, Mr.
dampness qf the earth with th«' air together with the noimal slackening Sletto, Elmer Taylor, Johnnie Lam
below the floor is good for the lheu- of activities at this season caused brecht, Tony Moravec, Frank Whit-,
the estimated number of unemployed George Berry and Wilson Stevens;
In order to make f ire that plenty to rise to
as the year ended,” legislatives, Albert Julian, Elmer Tay
of wind blows in from below, a ce the Salem office reported.
lor and Wilson Stevens; reception,
ment foundation is to be avoided, as
Construction in the area remained Caspar Gerath, Ed Taylor and Geo.
is a basement, or a two-layer floor. at a relatively high level during De Berry; business agent, Ed Taylor;
In order to insure six-way ventila cember, although employment drop fire insurance. Albert Julian; musi
tion—from the floor, ceiling and four ped from the summer high. Weather cian, Leora Sevens and France- Mor
walls—double construction or insu anil material shortages accounted for avec.
lation is to be shunned as a scourge. part of the layoffs.
Home economics piesident is Mrs.
You finish off the house with felt
W. H. Baillie, Salem district man .Melvina Franklin; vice president. El
-paper, wall paper, and perhaps a coat ager of the bureau, advised employ izabeth Taylor; and secretary-treas
of paint. Anything more than that ers to use a maximum of labor at urer, Frances Moravec.
keeps out the air.
this time. TTe «aid:
Tony Moravec, master, and Olin
If you are hardy, a wood stove will
“Many families, who in the past Spiva, overseer, presided over the
suffice. Mainly, because for true have been able to lay aside sufficient meeting, which made plans to attend
physical wellbeing, it is not good to funds to carry them through their Pomona Granje in Scio Monday.
have the front and back sides of you usual slack season, were unable to
war - \t the seme time. How, I ask, find steady or regular work last sum
can you maintain a -well-ventilated mer. These people went into the win
home if your’e going to succumb to ter months short of unds and without
the vitiating but comfortable tem the usual full larder. It has been
perature of 72 degrees, evenly dis hard on them.
tributed -throughout your rseidence.
“Wide-awake farmers, household
After you have built your house ers and iegular employers of labor
so—letting time and weather com are aware that this supply of avail
plete the job by adding a few cracks able, well qualified workers and are
In h s calked boots Joe Carn oily
for additional ventilation, you have beginning to emplay them on extra
a property which you need not be jobs that have'been held up for lack was hardly five inches over five feet.
asamed of asking at least »5000 for. ■ if suitable v %<men. Skilled crafts CCertainTy he would not tip the team
There is one necessary precaution men, husky laborers and conscienti of the hay scales to more t> an 130
in the Wolverton Home Building Plan ous workeis of all types are stillav- pounds.
The tote teamster, on the other
—you should use rubber hose for ailable. however, and the fact should
was built like one of his own
plumbing, for rubber will expand as be recognized by all who have work
the water freezes, and you will not to be done. We will need these people draft horses. He was new to the I^ake
be bothered with leaks.
during the spring and summer - they Huron side of the M.chigan woods.
• • • •
will not be available for odd jobs Moreover, he had taken three deep
morning's .-«wigs from a gallon jug
Now that the Wolverton Dream then.”
of Thunder Bay City’s most potent
house is completed, its walls naw and
redeye. He was in a humor to bully
sweating as the No. 4 lumber gives
somebody, especially a rurt of a riv-
off swp and water, and the air inside
I er boss like thia Carimdy.
is fiesh with mountain breezes, you
“Understand, or d n’t you.” he
are ready to move in. But don’t. Buy |
Funeral service« were held M nday growled, scowling down at the Little
yourself a tent, at least for the win
m the VTeddle funeral Farions for I Red. “Know what it means, this
Selas Roda 72. farmer, of Staiton. ¡warnin' from Rafter Mullane? When
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% I he sends word he’s goin' to mop up
That Fern Ridge man. again! He's
I all the sawdust in River Street with
got a new fruit angle hen fruit!
A F Ro.'a, a brother, of Mill City your mackinaw, ami while you are
• • •
There’s a rumor around that Mill survives h m. He also leaves his wid I st 11 in said ga ment, when you get
City High School has a good basket ow, a daughter, another brother and down with the Ryder drive, that
I means for you to steer clear of Thun-
ball team this year, but they’re keep two sisters.
| der Bay City? Yessir! Well, I’m a
ing the story secret. We hope to
i Ryder man.f The teamster winked
DETROIT MAN INJURED
have a report eventua’ly.
over Carmody’s head at the silent
J. Fisher, who was injured when a crowd of rivermen. “So I’m warnin’
lodges to install
ladder broke New Year’s evening, is I vou. Mullane’s the worst bully on
The Santiam Rebekah Lodge and confined at the Salem Memorial Hos , seven rivers.”
the Odd Fellows will hold joint in pital for po»«:bly two months, w th Pint of Dynamite
stallation ceremonies Saturday night a fractured vertabrae. The Detroit
The tote teamster strutted and he
in IOOF Hall A pot luck dinner will camp operator may have to be in a i grinned with a self-satisfied air. He
cast for six months.
felt ttiat he had well earned the gal-
To Levy Fees
Jobless Total Up;
Selas Roda Dies
The North Santiam Canyor shiver
ed through a week of the coldest days
on record and ice formed on the river
for the first time in many years. But
somewhat warmer temperatures had
come by mid-week.
In Detroit, the official weather re
porter, Mis. Earl Parker, recorded
a low of 2 below Sundayy morning.
It was the coldest for all time in that
upper Canyon community — at least
by official record.
In Mill City, unofficial lows were
about 2 above zero. Local hardware
merchants ieported a rush on plumb
ing supplies, and Bill Dotson, local
pipe fixer, worked overtime for sev
eral days. Mountaoin States Power
Co. employees were kept busy turn
ing off water for residences whose'
pipes had frozen and, in some cases,
impromptu fountains burst forth on
Lyons, a little lower in altitude,
got by witi a mere 6 above, the low
est reading since January in 1943.
when the mercury’ dropped to about
that reading, residents there remem
bered a record 6 below zero in 1930.
A survey of the snow in the Marion
Forks area, and elsewhere in the Cas
cades brought worry to the federal
flood experts. In the upper Canyon
settlement, there was 30 inches of
water to 100 inches of snow; or a
good deal more than the known re
cord of 18 inches to the 100.
What worries the expeits is that
the spring thaw / going to let loose
a tremendous volume of water.
Gates and Elkhorn also reported
f w temperatures.
Freezing weather virtually shut
down mill operations in the Canyon
Millponds were, in most cases, a
solid mass of ice, and it was too
hard to break loigs loose.
Logging operations had to halt, in
the few camps still running.
The Kucffbnber Construction Co.,
Santiam highway contractors cut on-
erations to necessary maintenance, as
did the H. O. Montag Co., subcon
tractors. The Port Construction Co.,
which is building a bridge across the
Breitenbush River, likewise shut
Work on Mill City’s settling tank
and water system by contractors for
' ■ Mountain States Power Co. did
The charter was draped in remem-
biance of the late Chester Kubin.
At the lecturer’s hour a program
led by Alta Bodeker and Gamette
Bassett was presented.
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u:: .ul.UUlttM lllhanHHBBB»»»"»"**»
Lyons, Mehama, Elkhorn,
Mill City, Gates, Mongold,
Detroit and Idanha
»2.00 A YEAR I CENTS A COPY
Of -2 Degrees
«MMtUt i.ll Uli
For Dam in 1949-’5O
Also Calls for
New Power Lines
A request for »11,300,000 was made
by Piesident Truman for Detroit dam
construction in 1949-50 in his budget
message this week.
The sum is about »2 million less
than the request of the Army engin
eers, but more than three times any
previous allotment for the big power
dam on the North Santiam River.
Congressional delegations of the
Northwest aie pledged to seek a big
ger appropriation, and the final fig
ure appropriated by Congress may
bi1 above the Presiilent’s recommend
The »11.3 million sought in the
budget is »300,000 above that sought
for Meridian dam, the other big unit
of the Willamette Project. This is
the first time the Detroit dam has
Aside Oom McNary dam, which
is a two-state project, Detroit dam
comes in for the biggest budget re-
qest of any federal undertaking in
Bonneville Projects Supported
For the first time in many years,
a disposition has been shown to give
the Bonneville Administration a
break. The President's budget recom
mended »33 million for construction,
operations and maintenance, ami »18
million for contract authorizations.
Transmission extensions approved
include a 230 kilovolt line from Mid
way to Goklendale, Wash., thence to
Maupin, Ore., and across the Cas
cades to the Detroit dam. A line now
is under construction from the dam-
1 site to Ijcbanon. via Lyons. Thu line
would connect up a power grid to
University extension classes have .«Lengthen voltage in western and
been offered to Mill City and Gat< s southern Oregon.
by the state, H. R. Bayless, principal Right-of-Way Granted.
of the high school, announced this
The Marion County Court Tuesday
granted the plea of a Bonneville A'l-
The history of the Pacific North minfstration representative and gave
west will be taught as an introduc an easement across land east of Ni
tory class, with other subjects forth agara for right-of way for the power
coming providing sufficient local in line new being built to the dam.
terest can be aroused. The credits
The county quit claimed its inter
can be applied to college work if de est, if any, for the ownership of the
sired, although students need not , strip is in doubt.
meet college entry lequiirements.
The BA representative explained
T. R. Burton, Gates^ principal, also that this line will eventually serve
is interest«! in the class project, to a dual punpose: it will provide cur
be under the supervision of the state rent for constructing the dam and
board of higheT education. Applicants later will be used to carry power
may leave their names either with from the dam's generators.
Mr. Bayless or Mr. Burton.
Under the deal with the county,
Bonneville gives a nominal fee for
a 150 foot strip about one-fourth
mile long in a heavily timbered area.
The easement provides, however,
that if the land is in fact owned by
the county BA will pay the prevail
Gus Kirsch, Stayton, escaped ser- ing rate for easement in this area.
iuos injury’ but the vehicle he was Gravel and Rock sought.
driving was badly damaged in Lyons
This week in the Canyon army en
Saturday when he swerved off the gineers were searching for gravel
highway to avoi hitting a dog.
I and nxk in many places here. No
Mr. Kirsch is an executive in the decision has been made, it was te-
new Feres and Frank Lumber Co. 1 ported. The engineers must locate
mill in Lyons and was driving a com rock and gravel of a type suitable
for the concrete part of the dam.
The youngest son of Mr. and Mis.
Etlward Chance of Gates was seri BABY BORN TO I Ol Pit
ously injured Tuesday when he fell ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
out of the family car en route from
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jackson Jr. of
Salem. He was in the back seat ard Astoria are the parents of a daugh
fell out a floor which had s< mehow ter tom early New Year’s day at St.
Mary’» Hospital. Grandparents sre
Mr. and Mis. Frank Jack-on and
Mis. Charles Sullivan returned on Mrs. Mattie Murdock, of/d 41 City.
Monday from Memorial Hospital in
Salem where she had been for tw<>
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Rugh were
• «fir, callers at the Wolverton* Sunday.
Mayor Harold Kliewer was re-el
ected unanimously for another term
at city council meeting Wednesday
Carl Kelly, newly elected council
man, was elected as street commis
sioner, filling the post vacated by
Councilman l«ee Rvss who resigned
because he had moved to a home out
side the city limits.
Mr. Kliewer’s nomination was made
by Mr. Ross, seconded by Albert To
man, and unanimously passed by the
Continued work was done in pre
paring the city charter for submis
sion to the state legislature in its
current session. A special meeting
will be held Feb. 2 to speed up the
Mr. Ross repotted that the streets
may be in a deplorable condition af
ter the thaw. He recommended con
stant grading when they can be woik-
The council also approved the va
cation of an alley between the Pres
byterian Church and the manse. The
manse will be moved nearer to the
church and the corner property offer -
ed for sale as a business site.
Arey Podrabsky was chosen sani
tation commission!» and Albert To
man retained his post as police com
In History Offered
the highbanTer, bad given him to de-
liver the message to little Red Car-
mdfly. The runt of a river boss seem
ed to Iw smitten numb by the threat.
He stood’with his hand« on his hips,
his booted feet set apart, the up
turned collar of his mackinaw brush
ing a shaggy shock of red hair, on
which a Scotch cap was so cockeyed
that its bill was tipped over h i s
right ear. He looked woefully puny
and spindling before fhe six-footers
of his crew.
The teamster raised his gaze for
another prideful «tare at the lumber
jacks. It had hardly passed the tassel
of Carmody’s cockeyed cap when it
seemed to the swaggering team «ter
that seven herses kicked him at once,
heaved h m up, turned him over four
times, then smashed him down and
began to trample him with their 18
That impression, the stable boss
informed hrm some 20 m nutes later,
had bean the result of Carmody do
ing a few square dance steps on his
prostrate frame. The stable boss was
reviving the victim with something
like sweet spirits of nitre.
“Puh-foo!” the tote teamster moan
er and wheezed. "Git me to a hos
pital I’m done for.”
“Sho' now,” protested the stable
(Continued on Bark Page)
Granite Deposit Located
An Albany businessman has locat
ed a mass of granite in the North '
Santiam Canyon, within easy ap
proach from the new highway, which I
geologists said was of high commer I
He is F. K. Bickford, who is an
gaged in the roofiing business in Al
bany. and formerly was in busine «
Mr. Bickford said he prospected
for granite about two miles above
Niagara on the Marion County side
of ti e river. There he found subetan-
tial quantities of the rock. He took
«ample« to the U. S. Geological Sur-
veyin Portland, and their experts re-
ported the granite of high commer
cial grade. The rock look a high pol
ish and was finely grained., he .«aid.
He became interested, he said,upon
learning there was no granite quarry
in opeiation in the state, ilespite its
natural resource*. Tombstone« in the
-date are shipped from Vermont and
Georgia, he said.