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The North Santiam’s
Serving the North Santiam
Mill City Enterprise
MILL <11 Y OREGON. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY X 1919
VOLUME V. NUMBER 5
Chalked Up by 28
1500 Feet of Hose
tirade School Ready for Bids
The Aurora Bore l!s last week
a fire alarm fora De-roit farri’v.
The Joe Leis’ were listening to
radio when an snr.'nor inf' rmed
the radio audience that a display of
the norther lights could be seen They
Immediately- they saw they had a
roaring chimney fire. With the help
of ne.ghbors the blaze was put out.
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$2.00 A YEAR. 5 CENTS A C«PY
Looking Update Plans
Ephraim Henness, 99,
and Down Salem-Mehama Dies; Pioneer of Gates
the Canyon j>jew Route
Fphriam Henness. 99. pioneer res ceded him in death many years ago.
Mr. Henness was engaged in the
ident of Gates, who with his parents
By CHARLES WOLVERTON
mercantile business for a number of
Ti.e new year brought with it a
The State Highway Commission crossed the plains by ox team in 1852.
new spirit in the local Chamber of has announced it will begin soon to was given a final resting place Tues years in Washington and Idaho, but
Commerce. Its initial meeting of 1949 locate a route for Highway 222 be day in Fairview Cemetery, in sight the greater pait of his life was spent
of the hills and mountains he had in the Gates locality. After he re
was attended by 28— the largest in tween Mehama and Salem.
tired from business he raised fine
Officials explained that the pre lived among since eaily youth.
Represented were nearly all tile sent aim is to lay out the route and f Funeral services were held in Stay vegetables in the Kings Prairie area
older firms and more than half of the acquire right of way where necessary ton at the Weddle funeral parlors. for many years.
Hr. Henness claimed to have dis
Rev. Willard Buckner officiating.
and that the recent annoucement did
Mr. Henness, borne Oct. 19, 1849 covered the pass across _^fce moun
Still more encouraging was the not indicate any Immediate const, uc-
in Iowa, died Jan. 28 in Albany at a tains to Bend in 1873. He told John
general tiend of discussion. T h ere
convalescent home whe e he had been Minto of Salem of his discovery, and
was a genuine awareness of the dif
The portion between Mill City anil
ficulties the community laces in the Mehama is probably on the construc for the past four years. He had often Minto became interested, laised $1600
immediate future; problems which tion schedule ahead of the Mehama- expressed the hope that he might by public subscription and built the
live to be 100, and his death came trail which since has been known as
are soon to arise when the $60,000,- Salem portion.
a little over eight months short of Minto Pass.
000 Detroit dam gets under way in
Mr. Henness is survived by two
that age. His parents, Thomas J,
and Jane Henness were early pion brothers, Lewis Theodore ("T”), 94,
Just as healthy as was this alert
eers, In 1864 they came to Gates, set and Thomas Lincoln, 85, both of
ness to cunent problems was the ex
tling on a donation land claim in Gates; five nieces, Mrs. Lily Lake,
pression of hopes for the future—
Kings Prairie. Ephraim Hennes was Gates, Mrs. Edna Ratzebeig and Do
a few dreams -g*ve a community new
married to Sally Olinger and one rothy Wiltse, both of Salem, one in
goals to strive for.
aughtder, Bernice, was born to their California and one in Washington;
The Chamber would like to see
union. Both wife and daughter pre- four nephews, Glen Henness, Gates,
more people turn out. Somewhat dis
Don Henness, Seattle, Bert and El-
appointing was the absence of repie-
The game commission this week
die Turnidge Mill City; and numer
sentatives of local industries. Mer
issued regulations on angling and de
ous grand nephews and nieces.
chants alone are not enough to make
signated streams closed for fishing.
a strong local Chamber of Commerce.
Summer legulations for trout,
Besides them, and industrialists, the
ssteelhead, salmon and jack salmon
Chamber needs real estate and home
building concerns, moie service trade
May 1 to Sept, 30, inclusive, in
representatives — in ftact, all who
entire state except trout season in
want to share in the tasks, immed
tidewater of zones 1 and 3 is June
About $52 was cleared Tuesday eve
iate and long-range, which are star
15 to September 30, inclusive.
for the March of J mes in two
Twenty-eight grade school pupils
ing us in the face.
Bag limit for trout, j jack salmon . benefit games played on the local completed the first semester with
With unity, boldness, perseverance
and steelhead and salmon unde A 20 basketball floor.
out being tardy- or ffbsent, Vernon
and imagination we can build here
superintendent, announced this
a solid and enduring community Now I
Ten fish but not to exceed '5 a game with the Mill City Rockets, week.
is the time to start.
pounds and one fish in any one day, lost by a score of 27 to 37, after
They are, by grades:
and 20 fish but not to exceed 30 giving the town team a fairly even
First: Robert Ziebtil, Sybil Dart,
Local citizens are discussing a plan
pounds and 2 fish in any seven con first half. Gale Carey of the Rockets Ernest Anderson, Malcolm Feeley,
to improve fire protection in the west
secutive days and in possession at was high point man with 12. For the Jessie Hellyer, Lois Leinweber and
end of the Canyon. The idea has lots
any one time.
Timberwolves Miller led with 11, Leo Jean Yeager.
of merit, and ought to be thoughly
Bag limit for steelhead and salmon Poole had 9. Verbeck 5 and Lawr
Second: Thomas Fenci, Jocelyn
considered. It is:
20 inches and over:
ence Poole 2.
Mqrris and Allen Tueis.
That Gates and Lyons, at present
Two in the aggre^irt. in a«»y one
Third: Larry Kanoff and Ronald
The faculty can e out ahead in a
•Aithut. fi.e iprotectiilii, except tiom day of steelhead and salmon 20 inch
volleyball curtain raiser with the Williams.
adjacent districts, join with Mill City
es and over in length but not more high school girls. The scoie was 18
Fourth: Lauren Dart, JoAnna Fee-
in forming a large rural fire district.
than four fish in any seven consec to 41. But the faculty won more ley, Kenneth Leinweber, and -Arthur
This district would station a t uck
utive days and in possession at any points for their attire. They started Webb.
at Gates, with its own volunteer com
'one time, nor more than 20 in the out with overcoats, but before the
Fifth: Lairy Bennett, Richard
pany. and another at Lyons, which I aggregate in any one calendar year.
game was over they were dowm to ’Crook, Norma Downer and Darrell
also would have a firefighter force. I No game fish may be taken under
The Mil* City crew a well-trained six inches in length; eight inches is
Sixth: Phil p Carey, Hazel Caudle,
organization—and th? truck starion- specified in some areas.
ued at the theater with very good Y’vonne Dart, Leroy Emerson, Jo-
ed here, would be available for emir-
' Fishing is prohibited in the follow- collections reported. An overall re- Anne Turnidge and Arnold Webb.
gency fire fighting.
1 ing parts of the North Santiam wa- port will be made next week.
. I Seventh: None.
The Mill City volunteers certai ,.ly
Eighth: Lyle Fleetwood anr Chas.
would be able to train competently
Timer Ditch; North Santiam River
firemen companies in Gates and
from the dam at Mill City to a point
400 feet below the dam; Morth San-
The-disastrous Henness fire recent t an River above Downi'* Creek; a '
ly in Gates certainly points to the tributaries of the North Fork Santi-
need of local protection the:e. As lam above Mehama, except Main Brei
The Linn County Grange this week
bad or worse fires have occurred in tonbush, Marion and Little North announced its support of a program
the Lyons area in recent years.
j Forks; Main Breitenibush River above to build forest-to-market roads, and
Fifteen hundred feet of fire hose
Idanha and Detroit have pi oven its forks; al) tributaries of Breiten- urgeuHe state to plan for them.
with a new-price value of $2000 has
that two towns can work togetheer bush, Marion and Little North Forks
The resolution cited instances in
been purchased by the local volun-
against that universal enemy—fire.
of North Santiam River; Marion Linn County where forest roads for
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teer firemen for the district,
Creek from Marion Lake to what is logging trucks were moie economical
A minimum purchase of 500 feet
It isn’t hard to picture, any more,
known as Marion and Linn I alls in than using farrn-to-market roads.
was necessary, according to Chief
what a beautiful and spectacular
Gov. McKay, in the resolution, was
said stream;; Marion I«ake lying to
route the Noith Santiam Highway , the west of a line drawn south across asked to have appropriate state ag- At Io Tuers and the additional 1000
will be. True, the gi ade is completed
feet came at a reduced price. The
I said lake from a point known as Out encits, in co-operation with federal
hose was war surplus.
only on half of the distance from
let Rock on the north shore of said and county officials, plan a “system
The volunteer firemen are footing
Niagara on. and not even that much l lake; Elk Lake from the lake to a of fores-t-o-maiket roads adequate
the bill, due lack of funds for the
is in use yet. The surface is rough
, point 100 feet below bridge crossing to meet the present and future re
purpose in the district, The special
Elk Creek (Marion Co.); all inlets quirements for hauling forest pro
But even at that, it’s magnificent!
offer of hose included nozzles and
to Elk Lake (Marion Co.); and Lost ducts.” The Linn delegation in the
The grade is wide. The curves are
legislature was urged to prepare the
I Lake (Linn Co. • .
The hose is of high quality, and
easy enolgh for any reasonable auto
section was tested under pres-
mobile speed. The slope is gradual.
The road plan envisions that the
STREET LIGHTS INSTALLED
sure before it was purchased.
It would be hard to find a better en
The Mountain States Power Co.
Clarence Estenson. George Stew
gineered mountain road in country
has completed the installation of new supporting financial arrangement.
art and Harold Wiltse donated their
d.eet Fights in the main streets here,
That is why it’s about time the and current was turned on Saturday Truax, secretary of the Pomona time, which involved several days,
to make the tests ami the pu chase.
state gets busy •nvptoving the North
Grange, signed the resolution.
Santiam Highway from Mill City in
to the Valley- How is the east- or
southbound motorist going to find
out the best way to California and
the east, if he has to get to it on a
road which follows the trail of a
blind cow afflicted with the staggers?
The North Santiam Hghw- ■ '
Niagara to above Detroit, is the gift
to Oregon of the fede al government.
It is something the state needs; add
ing millions to its highway assets.
Lyons, Mehama, Elkhorn.
Mill City Gates. Mongold,
Detroit and Idanha
Fish With Your
Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Iatnphea'.
who operate the Milk Shake Shack,
were enjoying the somewhat milder
climate of California the past month,
but their goldfish, which ordinarily
swim in a shallow, glass-covered tank
which forms the counter at the road
side spot, were shivering meanwhile.
After aiwhile they couldn’t even
shiver. For they were imbedded in
solid ice which froze u>p the Shack
while they were gone. The Lanphears
have spent the past week thawing
out. The goldfish were almost legal
length, and it wouldn’t have been
against the law to eat ’em.
C. of C. Elects
Russell Kelly, Bob Hill and Martin
Hansen we;e elected Thursday as di
rectors of the Mill City Chamber of
Commerce. The first two named are
for three-year terms, the latter one
year, to till an unexpired term.
Last week 28 members and pros-
pective members attended a sendotf
meeting at Mom and Pop’s cafe. An
enthusiastic meeting was held. The
organization decided upon tegular
meetings Thursday noons twice each
month, the first and third Thursdays,
Robert Veness, acting secretary-
treasurer, attended the Columbia
Basin Confetence in Portland as an
observer for the local business organ-
ization. He reported that the e | re
Northwest reigion appeared solidly
behind the Army Engtneeis’ plan for
hydroelectric, navigation and flood
Dearline w as di awing near this control plans for the Columbia basin.
week for entry into the Lions Club’s
big amateur night which will be at BUSINESSES BEING BUILT
the Mill City Theater Feb. 15.
Two structures to house business
More than a dozen acts are already
signed up, with particpants of all establishment were well under way
ages qualifying, a wide variety of this week here.
Ed Kellem, local railioadman, has
acts already is assured. They include
a harmonica and guitar player (one started the construction of a neigh
man), many singing and accordian borhood grocery store on his property
acts, a youthful crayon artist, and on the Marion Cunty side f Mill City.
He plans t be ready for business by
Proceeds will be used for the park the end of the mc.nth.
The Silver Saddle Service Station
which the dub bought for the North
began work on a new repair shop,
Santiam community last year
which also will enclose the car lift,
on the west side of the present build-
HIGHWAY TAX MONEY SENT
Mill City’s share of state highway ing.
tax allocation, over $5000, was rew , Other building projects curiently
ceived Wednesday by the city govern in construction are several cabins
on the Frank Rada property, another
The money is earmarked for street group of cabins being built by Fiank
improvemertt, and will permit this King at King’s Trad ng post in Mill
year a somewhat broader program Valley (Gooch», a budgeUtype, low
cost home, first of several planned,
of graveling and grading.
eing constructed by Roy Beebe, and
many private homes.
A large small home development
using lumber salvaged from Vanport
is expected to materialize soon, pend
ing the location of property.
Certain property, which for many
Founders Day program of the Mill
City Parent - Teacher Assn will be years has been sought for business
presented in the high school audi sites but was felt by .prospective pur
chasers to be too high, is now being
torium Feb. 9 at 8 p,m.
It will be in the charge of the bypassed by many who have plans
grade school teachers with children to locate businesses here because of
of the third, fourth and sixth grades the dam building project, soon to get
under way. Particularly affected in
A play, "Tony Leai ns to Ixive the the changing trend is property on
Flag,” will be given by the sixth the Linn County side of the river,
grade, directed by Mrs. Clyde Rogers once considered the best spot. Re
A group of folk dances and songs, cently a corner lot in Gates sold for
under Miss Alice Smith's dire tion, far more than anyone would present
will be presented by the fourth grade ly offer for a lot on the Linn side.
and the third gratle will have a rythm
band, Miss Sigrid Grimstad directing. COLD CONTINUES WORK HALT
A contest, by classrooms, will b.
Construction work on the highway
held for the most parents present, and in projects related to the Detroit
and a prize will be given. Mrs. John dam we.e on part time operation or
Muir, room mothers’ chairman, said completely suspended, due tv the con
interest is running high.
Plans for drapes for the auditor-
Port Construction Co. was able to
ium will be discussed in the business do but little in the job of building«»
session; price estimates from seveal bridge across the Breitenbush River
companies have been obtained. The on the new highway because the
Forest Giove glee club, originally ground was too frozen.
scheduled for the ¡spring, cannot be
The Montag Construction Co. a
here, so a benefit movie will be dis subcontractor doing construction of
cussed as a substitute.
viaducts and retaining walls on the
Hostesses include Mrs. Arthur highway, was unaihje this week to
Krieve-, Mrs. Cathtrine Lyon, Mrs. resume pouring of cement because
John Feeley, Mrs. Fem Sletto. Mrs. of the cold.
However, extensive preparatory
work in locating stone and gravel
foi the Detroit dam in the Gates area
went on interruptedly, with the Lang
Stafford and other properties there
looking like battlefields where the
soil was being uncovered. Trucks
were carrying sample rock to labor
atories. Unconfirmed reports art that
the type of rock for the 440 foot dam
had been located in the Kings Prair
iHe,ir»*iiile, wo king around th
clock were engine» rs probing the dam
area and making test shafts. Lights
are seen all though the night in the
river K-vel area of the dameite.
PTA to Present
DETROIT \W AITS WORK
ON SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
specifications for the
Mill City grade school bu,ld,ng
be available to contractors Fri-
n Albany in the office of the ar-
to Board Chairma Ramon R berta.
cinteci. 3. II. Haatvedt, and in Mill
Plana we e delayed a day because I
City Monday from Don Sheythe, of aome minor corrections made by ,
school board member and cj.rman the State Department of E location,
of the building committee, according but they have now been approved. I
Detroit last week reported that
a contractor sheduled to build an
auditorium for the naw grade school
had inspected tl*e area and had an
‘There are plenty of fijnire*
r nounce plans to' start construction as
contractors to bid on for the main i soon as weather permitted.
part of flb building.” Mr. Sheythe
Job Slater and B 11 Timm were in
said, “and in time the specifications
? rt’an ! Tuesday on business.
for the gymnasium will be ready.