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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 8, 1949)
ELKHORN, MILL CITY
T he MILL CITY
About $8.000,000 is still available
in the fund for the Detroit Dani this
fiscal year, and scheduled work can Vol. V—No. 4»
be carried on without curtailment,
Lt Col. J. W. Miles, resident engin
eer, reported today.
Col. Miles said that Conso,. ited
Builders, Inc., would have money to
complete all work planned up to the
end of the fiscal year June 30, and
that the other subcontractors were
in good position to carry on.
He said that there would be fur
ther clearing projects this fiscal per
Two men were injured, both seri-
iod, but not to the extent formerly i ously Wednesday afternoon when the
sedan in which they were riding
At a meeting of the Corps of En- plunged off the North Santiam high
* gineers in Portland district office on way into the canyon over 100 feet
Monday and Tuesday, which Col. below.
Miles attended, took up the problem
The accident occurred not more
of re-forming all projects to conform than 100 yards from the scene of
with general progress sought for the the wreck last week of a “crummy”
big dam on the North Santiam 12 which injured six and killed two.
miles east of Mill City.
The injured men were Anton
Col. Miles reported all projects in
Wichlac, 53, of Bend, and electrician,
connection with the dam are going
and Melvin W. Wallace^ 28, of Nalin.
along on schedule except the clear
ing contract of the Schroyer Con Wichlac suffered severe head injur
ies and Wallace had a broken collar
1 bone and back injuries.
The new trailer court being set up
The two men, traveling westward
for 24 trailers at Mongold is th*
latest undertaking. It is progressing on the highway in a Ford sedan,
were on their way to the valley. Ap
Approximate allocation of the $8,- parently the car hit a chuckhole and
000,000 remaining till July is about went out of control.
The accident happened not far
$4,0000.000 for the main project—ths
CBI contract, and about the same from the Consolidated Builders, Inc.,
amount for smaller contracts and the warehouse. First aid men from CBI
helped the injured men, and the gov
Civil service examinations for fed ernment ambulance from Mongold
eral jobs in the Detroit Dam area took them to Memorial Hospital in
have been announced by the district Salem where their condition Thurs
day morning was reported fair.
engineer’s office in Portland.
Safety men said the road is very
Tests include 11 positions, mostly
mecanical in nature, with wages of wide at that point, and that ordin
arily a car could be kept on the road
$1.45 to $1.80 per hour.
Application forms an«f further in even if it encountered trouble.
• • ♦
formation can be secured from Wil
liam Fischer, Salem commission sec
retary, at the Salem postoffice.
MILL CITY. OREGON, THURSDAY, DECEMBER g, RM»
$2.00 a Year. 5c a Copy
In Car Plunge
Off Highway Two Council Elkhorn Votes
Seats to Be
To Join School
Filled Jan. 10 With Mill City
„ Fishery Worker
Henry Tadrta, 40, a laborer at the
fish hatj^uery. project at Marion
Forks, lost two fingers and suffered
other injuries in a dynamite explo
Tadrta, an employee of the Gaas-
land Construction Co., Portland, was
rushed by government ambulance to
Salem Memorial Hospital where his
condition Thursday was reported as
It * W LOGGING GOES CIO
Don Downing, business agent of
the canyon local, IWA-CIO, received
word today from the National Labor
Relations Board of the certification
of the union as sole bargaining agent
for the B 4 W Logging CO. of Idan
Mr. Downing said the election held
Nov. 23 by the NLRB carried unan
imously for the union.
Noyes Whitten, Idanha, is super
intendent of the logging company.
Mr. Downing said the regular $250
death benefit of the IWA has been
paid to the widows of the two fatal
ities in the truck accident last week.
PT A ENJOYS INTERESTING
» An appreciative audience attended
the Parent-Teacher meeting Thurs
day evening to see two highly inter
esting films produced by the Na
tional Conference of Christians and
Jews and distributed through the
Portland Public Library. They were,
"It happened in Springfield,” and
• Brotherhood for Survival”.
At the business meeting, conducted
by Mrs Robert Veness, president, the
group voted to pay half the cost of
a record player for the high school.
Miss Sigrun Grimstad. third grade
teacher, led the singing of favorite
Christmas carols, accompanied o n
the piano by Mrs. Arey Podrabsky
Cake and coffee were served by
Mrs Joe Podrabsky. Mrs A Ward.
Mrs. Lawrence Kanoff. Mrs Louis
Verbeck, and Mrs. J Davis.
SPONSORING < HKl'TM ts
Mill City Chamber of Commerce is
sponsoring a Christmas outdoor dis
play contest for Mill City and Gates.
Best outdoor display will receive a
prise of $15 00 with 2nd and 3rd
prizes of $10 00 and $5 oo Entries
in this contest must be filed with R
P Veness. secretary, J C Kimmel at
Mill City Pharmacy or at Mountain
States Power Co. office, by Decem
ber 20th to be eligible in the judging
Judging will take place Friday eve-
'll.ng. December 23
4 Important Elections Set
Election date has been set for
Tuesday, January 10, for two vacan-
cies on the Mill City council, Dead-
line for nominating petitions is De-
cember 13, next Tuesday.
At the same election four proposed
additions to Mill City will be voted
upon. The election will be the first
since the adoption of the city charter
Conucilmanic election will be to fill
the expired terms of Robert Veness
and Albert Toman. Both Mr Toman
and Mr. Veness have consented to
run again, and the petition of an
other nominee, Byron Davis, has been
Mayor Harold Kliewer
said he hoped that several other
names would be filed to make a good
election out of it.
Mr. Kliewer's term as mayor also
expires in January, but he remains a
member of the council.
He said this week he did not want
the responsibiliUes of mayor agatp,
when the council chooses among its
number the chief executive of the
city in January.
The annexations proposed are the
Cain-Lake addition between the high
way and the river on the west city
limits; the Ogden sub-divison, which
borders the Shepherd, CBI and Swift
tracts; a small tract on the ridge in
the Marion county side of Mill City,
owned by Roy Beebe; and the Paul
Johnke tract on the east boundary of
town, Linn county side.
Mayor Kliewer explained that the
election, which originally had been
planned for December 13, could not
be held at that time because of legal
details which had to be complied with
after the charter was adopted.
Nominating petition forms can be
obtained from City Recorder Earl
Ragsdale, or the mayor. They must
be filed with the recorder by Decem
ber 13, with the required signatures.
The Mill City and Elkhorn school
districts jointly announced this week
that an election to consolidate
two areas will be held Dec. 30.
The election will be held in
high school building.
Charles Kelly, clerk of the Mill
City district, No. 129-J, posted no
tices this week for the election. If
the consolidation issue wins in both
districts, actual union of the areas
will not take place until the fall
term of 1050 because the Elkhorn
district. No. 115, has hired a teacher
for this year.
There are at present about eight
or ten children of school age in the
If both districts
favor consolidation, it will be up to
the Marion County court to do some
thing about the Gates-Elkhorn road,
which at this time would be tough
going for a goat.
The county court got around in
late summer to regrading the road,
but it was too late to gravel the
north slope. A school bus could not
travel the present route.
Little improvement has been re
A big improvement for Mill City’s
ported in Salem General Hospital in
water system will be effected by the
i the condition of seve-al men injured
first of the year when the Mountain
! in tiatf true? accident which killed
States Power Co. will put in oper
two fast week.
ation its new tank above town.
Alton Haun, whose shoulder was
The big tank, which has been un
| broken when the "crummy” plunged
der construction for several months,
150 feet off highway 222 below the
is now receiving its final coat o f
site of the Detroit dam last Monday,
I paint, inside and out, and after chlo
has been released from the hospital
rination, will be ready to put into
after x-rays showed the broken bones
The tank is the last big project of
will be in a cast several months.
the $75,000 water improvement pro-
His brother, Cecil Haun, is still in
! gram started by the company about
a serious condition, suffering from
, two years ago. It has included the
shock and still undetermined internal
i construction of a large settling basin
injuries. He had several broken ribj.
and several miles of enlarged mains,
Wednesday there was little improve
some of which to newly developed
ment reported in his condition.
Jimes Moores' recovery was re
The big water tank will permit the
ported as very slow. He has under
storage of water purifed in the set
gone several operations for rib and
tling basin. Recently, because of a
lack of such storage, the water has
Claience Estenson suffered a re
contained some sedimentation when
lapse this week from shock. His in
the river was running muddy.
juries were arm fracture and severe
A continued firm lumber market
, plus an ample supply of freight cars
Also still hospitalized are Leo j after a long shortage has placed the
Kirsch, Ellwin Erickson and Tony I Canyon’s major industry on better
1 footing than it has enjoyed for many
Killed instantly in the wreck were months, local mill men reported to
Fulltime operation of the grader
Ardell Webster and Claude Jack day.
Russell Kelly, co-manager of the and distribution of gravel is helping
One of the victims, Alton Haun, Mill City Planing and Processing to improve the city streets, which
gave additional details on the acci j Co., said the only deterrent to an have taken a beating during recent
dent this week. One strange circum otherwise strong market was the ap rains.
The grader has been busy on both
stance of the wreck was that he. sit proach of inventory — when retail
ting to the right of the driver, was yards try to cut down their stock sides of the river where chuckholes
thrown out of the truck on the left for tax purposes. Elven in this case, have developed.
In the Swift addition a layer of
side and the driver. Mack McCoy, there has been no appreciable decline
was still in the cab on the right side in prices—most of them holding the heavy gravel has been deposited on
streets that had become well nigh
when the truck came to a standstill level of past months.
at the bottom of the plunge
Over all, Mr. Kelly reported, the ’ impassible. This will be followed by
Most of the men were piled up situation is better than before be- a layer of finer gravel.
Almost beyond repair is the county
fairly closely together, somewhat cause ample cars mean getting the
road < Kingwood St.) where lakes 10
above the spot where the truck orders along to their destinations.
feet across and half a foot deep ap-
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A representative of Freres-Frank
pear with every rain. Before long the
Lumber Co., Lyons, said there is ac
section will have to be reached by
tually a surplus of freight cars for I helicopter.
Canyon mills, the Southern Pacific
spotting as many as are needed. As
Sponsored by Mill City C. of C.
elsewhere the Lyons mill reported a
firm price situation, with some sales
Presbyterian Ladies Bazaar 2 p.m. a dollar a thousand above the previ
Tamale supper 5:30 to 7 pm.
Just like the cartoon, they'll do it
Junior Class play 8 p.m.
Improvement of the lumber mar
ket was responsible for putting the every time—that is, when a prize is
Timberwolves vs. Bible Academy
M Jefferson Logging Co. back in won. it's won by somebody who has
a whole lot of the same
operation above Idanha, Don Down
At the Gates Woman’s Club bazaar
Lions Club Football Banquet 6 30
ing. IWA business agent, said
last Friday. Jack Colburn was the
Boy Scouts 7:30
man who takes the fun out of going
FIRE DESTROYS CABIN
to such affairs A partner in a meat
A cabin owned by Otto Witt wan market, he had to walk off with the
Timberwolves vs. Sublimity 7:15
destroyer il by fire Thursday morning
apparent ly the result of an over-
To make it even more screwy, it
Altar Society 8 p m
was a slab contributed to the affair
Ki i n wai tenanted by Mr. by a competitor, Harold Kliewer.
Chamber of Commerce, noon
and Mrs Hayes Most of their be-
And just to make Mrs. Barbara
(This is a partial hating. All or longings and the furmture was re Pennick unhappy after working al)
ganizations are invited to use this moved from the house before the day at the dismal task of rendering
fire destroyed it
lard she too won a hunk of bacon
Home the Bacon
Snow or No
The controversial Idanha election
will be held this Friday as scheduled,
was the effect of a ruling Wednesday
by Circuit Judge Rex Kimmell in
Judge Kimmell, declaring he h a d
no power to intervene in a regularly
and legally called election authorised
by the Marion County court, declined
to act upon a petition for an injunc
tion sought by Edison Vickers, Idan
ha merchant, and others.
By the same decision, the election
also called by the court for incor
Santa Claus was looking over the porating an area in both Idanha and
weather reports this week and he Detroit, set for Dec. 13, would also
remarked to Mrs. Santa for about go on as scheduled.
(If, by some turn of circumstance,
ths tenth time that morning:
the two elections were to receive a
"It looks like snow.”
"You said that before.” replied hie favorable vote, the people of Idanha
would find themselves citizens of
wife, with some impatience.
"Everybody’s been telling me to two towns.
Background to the controversy Is
get me a helicopter,” he added, “so
I could turn in the sleigh as a down an effort begun by Mr. Vickers, jus
tice of the peace in the district, to
payment. Think I ought to?"
"You mean, get rid of Prancer, get an incorporated town formed in
Dancer, Donner and Blitzen?
You a slx-mile-long canyon area, from be
low Detroit to above Idanha. This
"No, I guess I won’t,” said Santa, proposal was defeated in an election
"Maybe I can make It most of the Oct. 19, by a vote of 206 to 99.
Mr Vickers then presented anoth
way, riding on the snow up in the
er petition, to incorporate a some
"What’s your hurry,” remarked what smaller territory, and the coun
his wife. "What are you worrying ty court set an election date for De-
about ? Christmas isn't till the 25th.” ' mb« 13.
The final hearing Monday in Salem *'
"That's so, but I’m due at the Fire
Hall in Mill City in the state of Ore I brought forth fireworks between op-
gon on Saturday, the 17th at 1:30.” I posing counsel. State Senator Allan
CarBon roundly rebuked District At
"You'll make it. You always do.”
torney E. O. Stadter for appearing
as counsel for the defendant county
| court in one action and as plaintiff
counsel against the court in the sec
Mr. Carson and his brother, Wal
Construction began Wednesday on lace Carson, argued that the Vickers
a new building for Shirley's Beauty complaint was not on sound grounds,
Shop, on a site on Broadway just that the issue involved was a politi
east of the Presbyterian Church.
cal matter, that the county court in
The building will be used by Mrs. calling the election was acting in a
Shirley Laird on property she recent ministerial capacity, and that with
ly purchased from the church.
, the ballots printed and all arrange
A) Adams, who built the Mill City ments made for an election, nothing
elementary school, is the contractor. i could be done to enjoin it.
The structure will have a frontage This was substantially the view of
of 17 feet and will be of frame con j Judge Kimmell.
The decision upholding the election
Building operations general* are ' climaxes a series of moves on the
slow locally, due to weather. Walter part of Upper Canyon citizens. The
Peterson is building a new home in lineup of forces has been mixed. At
the Swift addition, which will use I first, lumber interests and several
varnished plywood cores as exterior. businessmen opposed Mr. Vickers’
Charles Johnston is completing a two incorporation as too ambitious, and
bedroom home in the same addition, covering to much territory. For tax
with negotiations already under way reasons, Idanha lumber interests op
for its sale.
posed incorporation on the grounds
In Fox Valley Pedersen and Hagen that most of the cost of government
of Salem who have built many resi would be on them. However, in the
dences locally, are part way up on petition to incorporate Idanha alone
another, located on the north side of its supporters were largely the ones
who had opposed Mr. Vickers' plan.
Throughout the area, however, are
Also an issue in the controversy is
many small homes being built by em the fact that the present Detroit is
ployees on the dam, during their to be no more after the fall of TH,
when it will be vacated for the De
In one case, a worker has provided troit Dam reservoir
housing for his family and has spent
Attorneys for the Idanhans assert
for materials only about what he ed Mr. Vickers had gerrymandered
would have put out monthly for rent. | the district, drawing a line to ex-
Before long he’ll have a new and ' elude its opponents.
comfortable dwelling, and no rent at
all to pay He ia Paul Wargnier. His 2-4».NT STAMPS NEEDED
home is in the Swift addition. Other FOR CHRISTMAS CARDS
such homes can be seen in many
Postmaster Charles Kelley remind
sections of town.
ed patrons thia week that the lu
cent stamp is no longer good for un
sealed Christmas cards In envelopes,
directed out of town. The new postal
regulations require two-cent stamps.
Mr Kelly pointer out that locally
addreassed cards, even sealed, can be
mailed for one cent as before He
pointed out, however, that cards di-
reeled to other towns in the Canyon
are the same as other out-of-town
Although a complete chleek on cur-
rent receipts has not be« n made, the
volume in the local poet' Itice is run
ning considerably abov. last yesr.
Mr Kelly said he believ ■d the year-
end figure will show a i enormous
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