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Serving the North .Santiam
The North Santiam’s
Mill City Enterprise
FEBRUARY 17. 1919
MILL CITY. OREGON'. THURSDAY.
12.00 A YEAR. $ CENTS A CSPY
Looking Up Power Fails Mill City
and Down For 20 Hour Stretch
Mill City. Gates. Mongold,
Detroit and Idanha
Congress Unit OKs
A 20-hour power failure in Mill and the 1949-50 winter season is ex
City last Thursday ail but paralyzed pected to bring much more serious
business—except the sale of lamps problems of curtailment.
More than 350 people filler the Mill
The state ought to do something and candles.
"But for the fact that water con C.ty Theatere Tuesday evening to
as its share in helping get the De
Food in local deep freeze un ts and ditions were unusually gotxi at the
troit dam built. And its greatest con comme.cial lockers was endangered beginning of this winter’s cold spell, applaud ana thoioughly enjoy what
tribution at this time would be to by the long power cutoff, but the it would have been necessary tliroug- may well become an annual Lions
fulfill is long-planned program of a I lockers at the Mill City Meat Mar out the “Pacific Northwest to make Club event the first amateur show
highway from Mill City into the Val ket held a temprature well below
Contestants, filling 16 acts, ranged
freezing until the power finally was
age from four and one-half to the
The present Highway 222—a made resumed.
LET THERE BE 1LGHT
rocking chair stage, and were lound-
over wagon trail—is ovei loaded and
Muir’s Bakery was unable to bake,
During the Thursday power bleak ly applauded for providing outstand
inadequate even for the current traf because an electric oven is used. The
fic. When the lumber industry gets M il City Theater did not open. The down people noticed an electr o light ing entertainment. An applause me
into operation again it will have all Mill City Enterprise was late in pub burning in the Arey Podrabsky res ter determined the winners. Bob Fish
Congress this week was doing its
or of Salem was master of ceiemon
it can handle, without the tremendous lishing for the first time in two and idence.
part to place the Detroit Dam on a
Several persons phoned, asking. ies. Mrs. Don Sheythe served as ac
inter-Canyon tiavel that may be ex a half years.
power producing basis by 1952, the
aim of the Coips of Army Engin
pected from the building of the dam.
The power failure was «fused by
Kirk Wirick, tenor, of Lyons, and
‘‘It’s because I’m a city council
Added to this, the North Santiam a broken wire between Lyons and
this week recommended a fund of eers.
a senior at Mill City High School,
highway is scheduled for competion Mill City. This caused an overload man,” Mr. Podrabsky told them.
A house appr priations committee
It turned out that he had hooked won first prize of $25. Close behind about $7,500,090 for new transmis-
by June except for surfacing, which of curient to be thrown into one
in Washington recommended a sum
. : ion lines in the Northwest.
means that a new load of trans-Cas- transformer, burning Tt out. A set
what the Engineers
The recommended fund was a, de of $2,000,900
Gates, a sister act with accordians.
cades trafile will begin to flow into of three larger ones were installed tery.
ficiency apr opriation for the current -ought as a deficiency appropriation
I .or the current yeai ending June 30.
and the powei’tL1 (Sil on about 2 a.m.
won thirds rize for her short older year, until Jun 0. It included about
The state has purchased right-of- Friday morning.
I $’,000,000 for the Detroit-Goshen This brings the total for this year
, much more drastic cuts in power use arristry.
way for a relocated highway between
(Eugene) line a 230 kv tower line, for the big North Santiam project to
None of the adjacent communities 1 to
*Nwagh the season.
Mehama, Lyons, Mill City, Gates
Mill City and Mehama. That portion were affected for such a'long time. I ‘‘There can be no real relief in the
part of which is under construction about $5 4000,000, of which only a
is e pecially vital to the transporta Lights were burning in Gates ami ! re*ion’s critical power situation until
through the Canyon here.
small part has been spent so fat this
tion of heavy equipment to the De Lyons almost all day/and even the new <iams in course of construction talent show (which included singe s,
The sum will cover the installation year.
troit dam. For the present route can Silver Saddle station on the outskirts ’ can
of a substation to provide power to
completer! and placed in op- st.
Chances for the deficiency fund of
not be used because of bridge inter of town had power.
passing the Congress are
The audience also had some win
E entually the line will be extend excellent because the Democratic ma-
The local auxiliary plant did not
Why can’t the state immediately have enough current to supply the
& Ross an l the Hilltop Store were 'd ver the Cascades to eastern Ore iorty is favorable, and Western Re-
begin woik on the Mill City-Mehama entire city, but the street light sys
won by Mrs. John DaVfs, Detroit, gon and link Detroit Dart» with the inblu-ans are pledged to t heprogram.
job, putting in the grade, at least, tem was on at nightfall.
Col. O. E. Walsh in December told
Mw Carl Kelly, Mill City, Jimmy l( -nneville grid there.
even if the surfacing was postponed
The R. W. Byers Co. is now deal a Willamette Project met'ng that an
Curt Cline, local manager, and his I
until the heavy use wai over?
crew, aided by outside Mountain I
Lyons. Floyd Johnson won a cert1’5 ing right of way for the l;ne through appropriation of $2 000.000 this year,
It's all right to ask our congress States Power Co. workers, weie on
he Canyon from Lyons to the lias and $11,000,000 or more for 1949-50,
cute from the Mill City Fq«
men to work for appropriations from the job from early Thursday morn- .
se. and the BPA has unloa led tow would virtually assure completion of
the U. S. Treasury to build dams. ing until the current was resumed. I
er equipment at many places along the dam and production of electric
Those dams serve not only parochial
the line. The contract for building power from its generators by 1952.
The power company said “that I
interests—they serve the nation. Yet mil ier weather, improved water con
the line will be let soon.
Meanwhile, local business were not
it’s plain that if the state were doing ditions and longer daylight hours »
Another cntracor is clearing the le'ting any chances slip away to
all it could as a partner with the have combined to relieve the Pacific
■ ight-of-way between Lyons and I-e- sb• r<1 in the bulling of the dam. A
Eight burglaries, most of them
federal government in the great task Northwest power situation to the
Jeli-vat on rep esenting local logging
of developing the Northwest, the rest point where normal use of electricity with a trademark of a trail of burnt
concern« conferred Friday with CoL
An appeal for help from the pu -
of the country could not charge spec can be resumed, except during a matches left by the intruder, were
Walsh in Portland on biding to clear
ial regional selfishness to us when shortened evening peak load of one cleaied up this week by the confes lie to build a cabin for th< Boy Scout'
the Detroit Dam reservoir, the col
sion of a 16-year-old Mill City youth was made by IvCsAl IC aders at a dei..-
we ask for these vast sums.
onel encouraged them to go ahead
hour between 5 and 6 p.tu.
who was under a year's suspended onstration meet ng in the high school
Moreover, H ghwav 222^ when com
w th their plan« of forming a com
“In spite of the improv.'?! situation
plete—and that means when the state however, the margin in the North sentence to Woo (burn Industrial auditorium Monday night.
pany to hid on the job. which comes
Clyde Gol len, chairman appointed
has fulfilled its program—is destined west between generator capacity and School on another conviction.
up in six weeks.
J. T. King, local police chief, and Eugene Gregory, Howard Kanoff and
to be an important filament of the power load is still narrow and any
In the delerxH >n were Fred Gooch
national highway network. The fed sharp drop in temperature could
Jr., A) Yankos, Charles and Walter
Monday that several othei burglar for the cabin.
eral government has done its part quickly create a new crisis.”
Although two “cats” have been '
Walter H'dl. Stayton attor
ies with similar telltale marks may
Lawrence Kanoff, scoutma t r, led working regularly to plow snow from ney and Charles Wolverton, publish
in hacking out a fine new road in
Locally Curt Cline, manager, said > uc natAcu
by further confessions of the demonstration which included em the SP tracks in the upper Canyon, er of the Enterprise.
this Canyon. It’s up to the state to that the capacity of the transformer be cracked
ergency first aid, artificial respira the locomotive sk d ied off the traik
carry it into the valley and to the bank has been increased from 400 .
A meet’ng will be held this Friday
Burglaries cleareiL* A’ "by the ar tion. live win- precautions, ca.rying again Friday at the crossing by the in M . Bell’s office in Stayton at 7:30
• • •
include those at the Hoge Klm- injured person, etc. Participating in veneer plant, near Idanha. Ray Wat n.m. to discuss the plan. All logging
week’s interrupteel service.
| * rest
brough, Julian DeJardin and l’a u 1 the work were Richard Kanoff, See- kins took the crew to Mill City.
Think of it, within a w|k we may,
outfits, large and small, are urged
The company stated that “users of
have word that the great Detroit electricity are urged to avoid waste | Kirsch residences in Stayton, the ley Bennett, Le F >y Golden, Richard
The Southern Pacific logging train to a’’end.
dam' contract may have been award of power and to be alert to notice . Wayne Ransom and Sherman Wall Verbeck, Herbe t Hampton, Tommy was derailed Monday at noon and
ed? and within a month substantial any critical development whether due homes in Mehama, the Robert Ve- Kanoff, Howard Powelson, P i ip Ca tipped over into a snow bank at Lar
work will be under way.
to weather or to possible breakdown . ness home in Mill City, and the office rey, Elton Gregory, Joe Stodola. Ger son station above Detroit. The (ail
Few of us are able to visualize just | of heavily loaded local generators , of Mill City High School. In most ry Golden, Bu-iiard Crook, and Ver buckled uip under the engine.
what all this will mean to the small i and transmission facilities of the . cases burnt matches were strewn in non Christ*« in.
As engineer John Demaria, or I’ ■’
Merit i ,4kre speeches were given land, was trying to drain the wat'-r
(the invaded homes, and similar clews
community of the North Santiam Northwest.
| were left in the burglary of the San- by Elton Gregory and Richard Ver- f> m ’*■» engine, a Lulid Or wh'ah
“All members of the Northwest
First of all, it means the employ- group, comprising private and pub- * tian Tavern between Stayton and beck.
was Dying to upr.g’jt if erushod Mr.
Eric Soderberg, district executive, Demaria, breaking his liba. He wn
ment, possibly by summer, of as big l.c distributors of electric service * Mehama during the holidays.
At the Wayne Ransom home, the spoke, and showed films on scouting. rushed to Salem by ambulance.
a working fotce as there are people join in expressing warm apprrecia-
A corner of the Canyon Moon
now reading between Mehama and tion of the wonderful public co-op house was ransacked, burnt matches Warner Hampton reported on hiking
The engine was in had shape The dancehail, bousing the sandwich
Idanha. It means that the total pay eration which was responsible for left and 50 cents anff a package of and camping. Refreshment- included SP wrecking crew went up the Can counter, collapsed Tuesday night un
roll of the Canyon, now about 750 avoiding a general breakdown of el- cigarets taken. At the Wall home, a cake contr buted by t’ . M.U Cit; yon Tuesday to get tl e train back der the weight of snow on the roof.
or 800 wen all are working, will be ecrtic sei vice during recent critical nothing was taken, but the same ev Bakery.
on the tiacks.
The building will be remembered
idence of matches was left.
Guests were Lvon« Troop hl ami
increased by 3000.
weeks. Also, they cannot overem-
the old community hall at Camp
The Mill C!ty High school burglary its scoutmaster. Chet Grim
It means that this town which has lohasize the fact that the combined
The highway from Marion Forks 17. The structure was built in 1937
suffered many setbacks in the past power systems of the region, even was attempted, apparently to locate
I over the Santian: pass ha been on the property of George Streff.
in the ups and downs of the lumber with favorable weather and water student body funds, but the burglar
closed since Monday, Feb 7, because Mate ials and labor were dontaed by
industry, is being offered not only conditions, have no reserve capacity could not find them. There, too, the TEACHERS AT INSTITUTE
of the deep snow and slides.
the community, and the local union
trail of burnt matches indicated that
the properity of a boom period but
The high school faculty atten led
Ben Hauck, bus drivei, on his lant (CIO). A few years later the proper
the same thief had broken in.
a future of prosperity and develop HEALTH OFFK ER COMING
teachers institute in Corvalli- Thur-- trip through Monday en routs from
In the Stayton homes, all of which day and Friday High school classes Bend to Salem, had to shovel hie ty was sold to R. R. (Bub) Haseman
ment into an enterprising trading
A representative of the Marion
of Idanha who in turn leased the
and Industrial center.
County health office will be in Mill bore similar marks of the match-burn were dismissed the two day-. Grade way throug in places, to bring his property to two young GIs, Paul and
Old timers here have heard about City Monday at 1 p.m. in the recrea ing burglar, the DeJardin home lost school pupils were dismissed Thuis- bus and passengers through. He also J. D. Bruce of Sublimity.
$9, the Kimbrough home, some mon- day because of the power bre ik town. , helped the highway crew saw and
the dam for so many years that they , t on room of the high school to
The Bruces did some extensive re
are still skeptical. The Detroit dam i fer with representatives f local r- I ey and a ruby ring, which the youth •CAN SPRING BE EAR BEHIND?' ; clear a tree from the highway.
and opened the hall last
has been on paper for ten or 15 years ganizatins. Anyone else interested i« I gave to the officers. All told the bur-
First JIabenger of spring
October. Since that time the building
and was talked about years before cordially invited.
da Vandermeer picked violet s in hi > ¡’DOZER KEEPS OPEN
has been used for social functions as
that. Meantime, nothing much has
back yard Monday. They we...... . a ELKHORN ROAD
Mr. and Mrs. James Bwan visited I cash.
well as dancing.
been done, until real work was ac their daughter, Mrs. George Gillen
south slope wheie the sun
Another Upper Canyon building
complished in relocating the highway. water. and family, in’Swisshome over pended sentence to Woodburn after pecially warm.
collapsed antler the heavy snow.
But just because a lot of empty pro the week end.
All the other violets hidlng under
'condition by Chief King.
He waa a foot or more of snow said:
with his cat, the Elkhorn community
mises were made in the past is no
generators. All industrial civil»! i-
excuse for pessimism now.
‘‘We gotta get out of here by Jone. woe Id r ave been completely snow-
bound th le past week.
Truth is, this canyon has become 1 tions are built upon a foundation of and return ng to school was a con
There was between three and four
a vital and stratigic area in the na an important and plentiful fuel
In the second playoff of the Mar
«* • gro ind and was
turn to school, however.
tion's power program. A crippling source.
ion County B League basketball
What the Army Enginee*.« ar» d >-
shortage of electric rower has de
championship Saturday night at the
veloped in the Northwest. The grow ;ng, with their hydroelectric power he had be»n previously arrested for
By BOOT'S CHAMPION
Willamette University Gym in Salem
ing population is placing a future development, is laying a foundati .’. aaot**er
There’s a sequel to ’he storv bout
the Dettoit high schoo was defeated
strain on the power grid, even worse for the North* e«t of an ample supply what
Mary AAnn, Detroit’s pet <1
by Sublimity by a score of 62 to 32.
than the present shortage.
Places of fuel for a future population that
You remembe- what we wro ab-
The eight teams that participated
like the North Santiam Canyon, with will rival the East's, if the cur ent JAMES COOKE WINS AS ORATOR out Mary Ann having a little j
at Salem were Sublimity vs. Detroit;
hundreds of thousands of unharness migration continues.
Well, Friday mornn i g about 9 a
who dozed the slide Jefferson v*. Turner, 30 to 28; Ore
James Cooke, Salem high school Mary Ann brought her littl
Upon that foundation an industri
ed kilowatts, are keys to th» solution
gon State Deaf School vs. Aumsville;
of the dilemma. A region's distress al foui at <>n of rraa^^cent propor «tudent. sha-ed highest honors Sat right into town, to the suip
mawa v«. Huirt-ard
who 49 t'
. D b St«'
urday in a debat:ng contest spon- Detroiters.
tion.« will be built.
is our good fortune.
Jefferson, the Deaf
Tn many respects the Nortwest ha« inrei by Linfield Col’ege in McMinn
Something else which ought to be
Yes, sir. and she took her i g
School and Chemawa will play in the
considered in this entire power de
the m«:n street, too.
semifinals Feb 17. The two winners
P- irtlani Wednesday.
With John Rockenfeller, another
velopment program is what it mean« all its mushroom growth. Our neigh-
The little stranger was a bit
will play the following Saturday, for
to the future of the region.
vous, but decided to b ave the
the B league championship.
Pennsylvania's coad was th • foun-- in by a scarcity of water—hence a ards over high school orator.« from «truck «tares of the tow//' Thus
The school bus p.loted by Bill Har
dation of the East's industrial struc-
of you who did not see this unusual
transported th® pupils and some
There's a new saying: People come
Young Cooke is a son of Mr. and feat, really missed a sight.
tare. It fired its steel furnaces, pro
of the parents ta Salem for the game.
Mrs. Ed Cooke
vided the raw power for its electric to California—they stay in Oregon
By CHARLES WOLVERTON
BA Une Funds One
For Added ’49
Y outh Admits
Series of 8
To Build (’abili
Pet Deep Has Pal