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Serving the SJorth Santiam
The North Santiam’s
Mill City Enterprise
VOLUME V, NUMBER 23
MILL CITY. OREGON. THURSDAY
Lyons, Mehama. Etkhorn
Mill City. Gates, Mongold
Detroit and Idanha
»2.00 A YEAR. 5 CENTS A C*PY
JUNE 9. 1919
Bonneville Set Fish Hatchery Bid
Looking Up Canyon Towns Plan
and Down Highway Opening Fete To Build Line
Far Below Estimate
By CHARLES WOLVERTON
The Canyon Commercial Club in
Detroit and Idanha announced plans
for a big celebration in the upper
Canyon when the North Santiam
highway is completed, sometime in
Ed Vickers, piesident of the club,
said a meeting was to be held this
Thursday evening in Detroit to ar
range for the affair.
The Mill City Chamber of Com
merce, at the suggestion of Clay
Qochrane, secretary of the Salem or
ganization, has been working out de
tails for a big barbecue at the west
approach to the new highway, one of
the most difficult feats of engineering
ever undertaken in highway building
history in the west.
Now. with festivities being plan
ned for both ends of the new road,
a real celebration will be due for the
Hill land, superintendent of the
big construction job for the Kucken-
berg Construction Co., said this week
he believed the job would be com
plete, so far as its contract is con
cerned, by early July.
“It’s been a tough one,” he said.
Mr. Vickers said he planned to in
terest eastern Oregon towns such as
Bend and Redmond in joining in the
Notables from the state, the Army
Engineers and from the Oregon del
egation in Congress will be asked to
participate in the opening of the new
highway, which gives Oregon its fin
est route through the Cascades.
Plans and charts showing layouts
and stastics on the Detroit Dam will
be on display at the damsite when the
caravan arrives visiting Willamette
Up to now, the towns which have
repeatedly asked the State Highway
Commission to put the Mill City-Sa-
lem portion of Highway 222 on its
“agenda” have been told there was
no money for the job.
But what about after the first of
Then the highway department (Bal
dock & Co.) will start collecting an
other penny a gallon on gasoline; an
extra five bucks on license plates;
and PUC and fines will provide a
somewhat bigger take.
Revenues of the commission will
rise from »28 million annually to an
estimated »35 million.
Surely, all that extra cash won’t
be needed for the Baldock Plan.
We in the Canyon offer the state:
1. The only all-weather pass over
James Cooke, graduate of Salem
2. A modern highway for 100 miles
from Mill City to Bend, thence con high school’s class of ’49 and son of
necting with the best routes to the Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cooke of Mill City,
will be one of two major speakers
Eastern states ami to California.
8. An inexpensive job of road mak at a Washington, D. C., conference
ing, which with the expenditure of of “boy governors” later this month.
Young Cooke, a former Mill City
little over a million dollars would
was Oregon "governor” for
do the job that tens of millions, try
a week end this spring at the annual
ing to patch up 99E.
The town of Detroit, which will be
Mr. Baldock and members of the Youth and Government conference
about 50 feet under the surface of
commission, you’re invited to attend sponsored by the YMCA.
He has been public school corres a lake five years hence, isn’t just go
the grand opening soon of the North
Santiam Highway—if you can nego pondent for The Statesman the past ing to fold up and die. About 40 old
residents and property owners indi
tiate the stretch between Salem and year.
W>th 25 other boy governois of cated that this week when they pe
Mill City without injury to life and
limb—to see the possibilities. It’s a western states, Cooke will make a titioned the Army Engineers for a
chance to win fame as discoverers. 25 day tour of southern and eastern townsite above the waterline of the
John Minto won fame as the discov states en route to the nation’s capi lake to be formed by the Detroit
erer of the pass. Renowr. awaits you,
The petrtien was started because
gentlemen, if you discover the same
reports that the shoreline of the
one. From here it’s easy. The main
new lake would be restricted to re
problem will be getting up from Sa GRADUATION EXERCISES
Combined commencement exercises creation area. It was signed by res
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for Gates grade and high schools idents, some of who have been in De
I’m indebted to one of the C. B. 1. were held last Wednesday in the aud troit for 30 years, and others who
boys foT this apt commentary on cer itor.urn there, with the Rev. Willard have come here recently but have
tain local housing, for which rentals Buckner, Stayton, delivering the ad decided that the upper Canyon coun-
tiy would be a good place ta settle
not far below an apaitment on Fifth dress.
Avenue are being asked:
About two years ago a similar pe
were Norma Jean Devine, Edward
“Four rooms and path.”
Keith Oliver. Daniel Romey and Wi tition was started when the Forest
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Service acquired a site for a ranger
There’s a man down in Mehama ley Muise.
Grade school graduates were Don station that the Detroiters had had
by the name of Philippi who’s solved
the problem of time. He wears one ald Mates, Isabelle Blackburn, George in mind for a townsite.
The proposed townsite would be
wrist watch with standard time, and Bui ton, Joan Ryan, Dolores Smith,
on the other wrist wears one with Joe Ed Thomas, Betty Tucker and on a peninsula jutting out into the
new lake, in the vicinity of the netv
daylight saving time.
A program was yresented, includ school building.
If he’s late for dinner he can say
ing: processional, Barbara Haun; in
Natives felt that it would not be
he lifted up the wrong arm.
vocation. Rev. Buckner; valedictory, right to “shove them aside to make
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Forrest Baker, the local jeweler, Norma Devine; “Thanks,” Isabelle a recreation area for city people.”
tells me that the Swiss produce 90 Blackburn; accordmn trio, Norma De
percent of all the watch movements. vine, Lorena Devine and Wiley
Other statistical sources tell us that Muise; commencement address, Rev.
the Swiss produce 10 per cent of the Buckner; presentations, T. R. Burton
Jack Griffith, construction worker,
world’s cheese. My watch is probably and Elmer Stewart; class gift, Dan
iel Romey; benediction, Rev Buck- was gravely injured Monday when a
part of the latter production.
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ne:; and recessional, Barbara Haun. caterpillar tractor he was driving
plunged over an embankment on the
Oregon judges will soon be pro
new highway giade above the Detroit
IDANHA LEGION. AUXILIARY
nouncing sentences like this:
damsite, crushing him in the cab.
"You are hereby sentenced to life ; INSTALL OFFICERS
The Kuckenberg Construction Co.,
imprisonment or until somebody ; Joint installation ceremonies for
the Idanha American Legion and Aux by whom he was employed, reported
comes along with a hacksaw.”
he sustained a possble punctured lung
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iliary were held there June 4.
Robert Full, District 12 command and broken back. He is hospitalized
Whenever the Reds are about to
slip into an obscurity usually reserved er, was the installing officer assisted in Salem.
for Single Taxers, Technocrats and by the ritual team of the Roy John
vegetarians, they can always count son post of Redmond. Mrs. Full, pre
on some congressmen to put them sident of District 12 Auxiliary, in
stalled the new officers of the unit.
back in the limelight.
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Legion officers are:
Commander, Quincy Smith; first
Hats off to The Statesman for its
editorial on that brilliant diplomat, vice commander, Holland Storeyjsec-
An attack of measles, two days be-
Ralph Bunche, who refused a state ond vice commander. Ben Barber; ad I fore the expiration of the school
department high post because a Ne jutant. John Weisgerber; finance offi [ term, ruined a five year perfect at-
gro in our national capital connot cer, Chester Cole; chaplain, Chester | tendance record of a 11-year-old Elk
Storey; historian, Edison Vickers; horn girl.
live except as a half-citizen.
Sergeant at arms, Charles Whitaker
Jackie Bickett, daughter of Mr. and
Auxiliary officers are:
> ELECTED IN FIRE DISTRKT
Mrs. Bill Bickett, was just short of
Resident. Bernadine Stoll; first , completing the fifth grade at the one-
A special election was held in the
high school building in Gates last vice president, Burley Hansen; sec- loom Elkhorn school last week with
Tuesday as directors in the newly- retary, Elsie Girod; treasurer, Thel- out an absence or a tardy mark when
formed Gates Rur^l Fire Protection ond vice president. Jean Cannon; sec measles caused her to lose the last
ma Storey; chaplain. Ella Peeler; his i two <iays. It was a tough break for
They were: Glen Henness and Har torian. Geneveive Bangs; and serg the little girl who had spent her en
old Heath, for Marion County; Hollis eant at arms, Roselle Vickers.
tire five years of school there, where
Tu: nidge and Oswarld Hirte, for
heavy snow and frequent road wash
Linn County; and Elmer Klutke, di- SCOUT PICNIC PLANNED
outs make her record all the more
Cub Scout committemen and .Jen difficult to attain.
recter 3t large.
Next steps are setting up a dist- mothers met Monday night to plan a
Her sister, Phyllis, age seven, is
r ct and organization of a volunteer picnic in the park Thursday evening i following in Jackie's footsteps. Dur
Cubmaster George Ditter appointed ing her first two years at school she
(. \TES < \FE LEASED. REOPENS Arey Podrab»ky. Harold Kliewer, Al has never been absent or tardy.
Gates Cafe, which has been closed Haun to plan the picnic program. It
When Jackie first .«tailed at Elk
for aeveial months for redecoration, will .nclude knot tying, races, games horn there were only four pupils.
has been leased by Fred Butler, its presentation of advancement badges Now there are 11. and more are ex
earner, to George Hollingworth and and a banner for the most parents pected next year. Jackie was awarded
Elias la Haie. Opening was held last present. The Cub Scouts will have a a bicycle last year as reward for her
Wednesday, with a large crowd at concession at the Santiam Riders ro attendance record.
deo June 18 and 19.
Janies Cooke Will
Talk at Capital
All surveys are completed for the
66-mile Maupin-Detroit section of the
Goldendale-Detroit 230,000 volt trans
mission line and bids for the initial
right-of-way clearing contracts o n
sections in the Mt. Hood National
Forest area are to be issued within
the next 30 days, according to W. E.
Trommershausen, Bonnevill district
“One of the key links in the ‘back
bone’ transmission line carrying pow
er from Grand Coulee dam to cen
tral and southwest Oregon, the Mau
pin-Detroit section is scheduled for
energization in December, 1951,” he
said. He added that clearing would
proceed soon and that the line would
be built next summer.
Nearly all the right-of-way goes
through feerally - owned ami Indian
lands. The Breitenbush area is about
the roughest terrain. The forest ser
vice has opened bidding for contracts
on logging prior to the clearing op
Negotiations for right-of-way are
being held with the tribal council and
individual land owners in the Warms
Engineering for the line is 25 per
cent complete, and materials for it.
a tower line installation, are on or
der. Estimated expenditures for the
1950 fiscal year are »1,644.000 cash
and »948,000 contract authorization
on the Goldendale-Detroit line.
New School Ends
First Lyons Term
First graduation exercises for the
new Consolidated District 29 J were
held at the Santiam Valley Grange
Hall. The Rev. Willard Buckner was
The program included presentation
of the gavel by Ronald Lengacher,
student body president, to his suc
cessor, Dean Mansveld; music by a
girls chorus; musical selections by
Mrs. Hargreaves, Mrs. Wirth, Mrs.
Lafky, Mrs. Wilson Stevens, M r s.
Brown Mrs. Poole, Mrs. Marvin To
land; and a boys chorus accompanied
by Cecil Bassett.
The valedictory was delivered by
Sally Studnick; Salutatorians were
Shirley Johnston, Janet Huffman and
Paul Johnston, chairman of the
school board, presented diplomas to:
Donna Bass. Margaret Hall, Janet
Huffman, Ruby Naue, Shirley John
ston, JoAnne Kunkle, Sally Studnick,
Shirley Weider, Lucille Williams, Ve
ronica Quinter. Leonard Boatman,
Richard Baltzer, Paul Duman, Har
vey Grimes, Ronald Lengacher, Wil
liam Morgan and Larry Nydegger.
Ronald Nydegger was awarded a
certificate for perfect attendance, his
Mrs. Bessie Allen
Dies in Seattle
Funeral services were held last
Thursday in Seattle for Mm. Bessie
Allen, 62, who died there May 26.
Mrs. Allen who was a resident of
Mill City for 20 years had beeen ser
iously ill for two months.
Tom Allen, her husband, wa« sup
erintendent of the Hammond Lumber
Co. mill here, was owner of the light
plant until it was sold to the Moun
tain States Power Co. They left here
about five years ago.
Mrs Allen was a member of the
Mill City Women’s Club, the Bridge
Club, was past matron of Marilyn
Besides her husband she is suiviv-
ed by a son, Ralph.
MT. JEFF TRY FAILS
Four boys from the Salem visinity
failed to reach their goal, the top of
Mt. Jeffersn, last week. They got to
the top of one of the smaller peaks
and couldn’t get across.
They stayed all night at Pamelia
Lake and crossed the Whit Water
Glacier and climbe-i to a post on the
north side. They said they would at
tempt it again this summer.
Pays Its F'irst
But It’s Strictly
Game fishermen apparently lost
out to commercial fishing interests
in the new hatchery planned at Mur
ion Forks. Bids were opened Tuesday
with Gaasland Construction Co. of
The respirator Mill City folks Bellingham, Wa-sh., low bidder at
bought a few months ago is paid for »310,622.
—in more ways than with cr.s’-.
The new hutchery will lx- exclus
iAst winter a little boy di owned ively for propagating salmon.
in a millpond here. The tragedy got
Col. O. E. Walsh, Portland district
people thinking: Maybe if we had a engine« rof the Corps of Engineers,
respirator we might prevent another said the government estimate was
There wasn’t a long time to wait
Bids will be referred tv Col. The
till that idea was proven.
, run Weaver, Pacific division engin-
Tuesday morning James Wright, f 1 eer.
23, of Idanha, stopped here for a wink
The hatchery is above the damsite
of sleep after a long drive. He was 1 instead of below, as usually is the
so drowsy he forgot to turn off the I case where dams are erected on .sal-
engine. A deeper sleep than he had mon streams. Reason for location at
planned on slowly overcame him.
Marion Forks, according to the en
Before long he was unconscious gineers, is that suitable water for
gas fumes seeped through, into the propagating fish can be found only
in the Marion fork of the Nos th 8;.^
The youth was discovered about 7 tiam and in Horn Creek, which joins
a.m. Chief J. T. King, who was calles! the bigger stream there.
and told to bring the respirator, did
The Army Engineers plan to build
n’t know who phoned in the report.
the hatchery 17 miles southeast of
When he reached the unconscious Detroit and then tuin it over to the
driver it looked like a pretty tough state fish commission for operation.
job, even for a respirator.
The North Santiam, one of Oregon’s
“It took more than five minutes best rainbow trout streams, has two
even to see much signs of life,” Mr. salmon hatcheries with this one
King related. “It was more than two and none for trout.
hours before he was really conscious
The hatcheiy plan, as explained by
enough to know what happened to Arne J. Suomeia, master fish warden
for Oregon, calls f«a trapping salmon
Mr. King gave it as his opinion at Big Cliff d»m. extracting the eggs
that youg Wright would have been a from the salmon at that point; then,
“goner” had it not been for the res after "eyeing out,” the eggs will be
transported by truck 30 miles to the
Mrs. Bruce Wright, of Idanha, his atchery. The warmer waters of Horn
mother, came later in the morning Creek will be mingled with the Mar
ion Creek stream to provide tempei -
I ature control.
PROTEST SAVES FARM OFFICE
Both Detroit Dam and Big Cliff
Effective petitioning by the Linn Dam will be too high for fish ladders.
County Grange has saved the office
of thg farm extension program in
the county court house.
Outcome of the protest was an-
Marion County has proven an un
nounced at the Santiam Grange last
happy hunting ground for a former
dice dealer from Las Vegas and Reno
A circuit court was to have been
who pleaded guilty and was fined
set up in the farm office space and
»150 for illegal sale of intoxicants at
it was to have been vacated. Because
the Cascade Rooms in Detroit.
of the action of the Grange the farm
"Things like that just don’t go in
office will remain.
this county,” said Judge Felton in
Also at the meeting, Mr. and Mrs.
district court in Salem Tuesday. Hr
Matthew Beaver and Herbert Hamp
told Ted Irzyk, 30:
ton were obligated to the first and
"If you want to stay in operation
better be legal.”
Irzyk told the couit he had been
MRS. STELLA MALLOY DIES
I1’ craps dealer in the Gohlen Nugget,
Mrs. Stella Malloy, Tormer resident 1 a big gambling establishment in l*M
of Mill City, died at her home in Vegas and in other joints in Reno.
He also said he and a partner had
Mrs. Malloy woiked in the Ham purchased the Cascade Rooms, a
mond store, which was managed hy small rooming house remodeled from
her husband, George Malloy.
a private dwelling, for $17,600 and
She is survived by her husband and had spent »4000 remodeling It. In
a brother, Carl Rankin. Miss Daisy two years the sate will be under the
Hendricson of Mill City is a cousin. ! reservoir of the Detroit Dam.
Funeral services were held Tues
A Salem paper in error involved
day in Portland. Interment was in Cascade Koon,« with another case in-
Lincoln Memorial Park there.
| volving inciilents in a Detroit hotel.
It’s Not I ike Reno
Millsap Retires After 50 Years
One of his biggest achievements in
Al Millsap was winding up 50
years of bartering this week 24 of this line is the development of a seed-
them in the Canyon -and he figures | les* tomato.
Along with this, Al ha> kept up a
that’« about long enough.
Folk’s hair is going to keep pn , wide range of rea<ling, and his view
growing anyway, and he can’t keep point is that of a man of ciulure.
Retirement is hardly the word for
it all cut.
Verne Shaw, his assistant, will take his future plans. For he plan* to go
over the shop which Mr. Millsap has ■ on with his fruit growing, and his
run here for almost a quarter of a days of rest will probably be more
active than the average man's work
BeCore coming to the Canyon, Mr. aday life.
In etiring from his shop Mr. Mill-
Millsap worked in San Francisco an I
Portland shops. Years ago he bought sap wrote:
“I wish to announce my tetiremrnt
a place in Gates, which now has be
come the center of business and res 1 from active buxines* in Mill City.
“The long stretch of association
idential expansion in that communi
the people of Mill City and vi
Al Millsap has maintained a wide cinity ha* been one of genuine pie*
scope of interest* in hi* life here. He sure on my part, and it is my hope
i* an accomplished musician, a com that the same relation may continue
poser of many tunes, a violin maker, between you and Verne, who will be
and lyric writer. His small farm in henceforth n charge. Thanks. Al
Gate* reflected hss wide knowledge bert .Millaap."
He an<l Mrs. Millsap are planning
fruit* and berries
* short vacation trip to California.
being hi* specialty.