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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 5, 1950)
T he MILL CITY
ELKHORN, MILL CITY
Consolidation of ■
district with the Mil
tern became a reJ
when voters accept!
Mill City by a voté
Elkhorn accepted 15
Only eight voters td
Mill City election at t
while 26 of the 28 ellgi
voted in Elkhorn.
Action to bring the e
in the outlying district
here will not be carried
start of the next school
Elkhorn district has hire
for the present school yea
Proposed routing of a sell
pick up the youngsters ir
horn district and transp. I
led to much controversy r
district’s school board n. J
the citizens in the communi
route would carry the stu
the Gates-Elkhorn road, w!
other would bring them in
river road via Taylor Grove.
County School Supt. Agnes
declared the road over the moun
ous slopes via Gates was inadeqfl
for bus transportation. The rcH
however, was reported to be reJ
for travel after a county road crJ
straightened out many of the clifr
Gravel has been pu
chased for the road, to be applie
when the weather clears.
Donald Sheythe, local president of
the Mill City district school board,
said today further action on the mat
ter would be way-layed until allocaj
tion of funds for the coming yea
made at the next meeting c
Total taxes from the additi
the school to the local distric
give Mill City’s school systei
more to work with for t
This will be use
tional teachers and bui
ment badly needed her
A decision for routi
will be left until the
meeting, Sheythe sai
Vol. VI—No. 1
MILL CITY. OREGON, THURSDAY, JANUARY 5. 1950
xplanation of rate changes for
customers served by Moun-
tes Power company from its
amette Valley electric system
made today by Z. E. Merrill,
dent of the Power company.
Merrill stated that the changes
ve in January, 1950, were de-
to simplify rates, and to elim-
ual meters wherever possible.
11 conform to the practice of
pany on some of its other
systems and with the prac-
number of other electric
stributors in the Northwest.
rates were adopted to
mplification. Many resi-
mmercial and small cus-
rever, will find it to their
to change their electric
sceive all of their require-
h one meter. It should
ent customers will
ve an increased
suit of the new
Soil conservation district forma
tion for Linn county will be discussed
at a special meetingat the new Lyons
school Thursday evening at 8:00
Petitions for formation of the dis
trict are being circulated throughout
the local area to gain approval of a
district in this immediate area.
Anyone owning ten acres or more
of land are urged to be present at the
special meeting Thursday evening.
Several of the soil conservation staff
from Stayton will be there to answer
any and all questions pertaining to
Those circulating petitions for the
formation are Ike Myers, Steve Dark,
Chet Blum. Tony Marnick and Elmer
Of Stolen Goods
Roy Eaves was bound over to a
grand jury and his wifi was turned
over to juvenile authorities in Salem
by the Breitenbush justice of the
peace following their arrest Decem
ber 28 for possession of stolen goods
valued at $93 35.
The goods had been stolen from
three different stores in Detroit over
a period of about a month, The arti-
cles included a watch stolen from the
home of Mrs. Pike.
The arrest was made by state pa
trolman Robert Steele who arraigned
the couple into the Britenbush justice
court in Idanha.
Walter Dozier of Stayton was ar-
taigned before the Albany justice
court charged with wanton waste of
game on December 13 by Steele. He
was fined $154
The Albany court
also fined Brice A Dolzer of Stay
ton the same amount for killing deer
with less than a forked horn and in
Two Stayton men. Leroy Harold
Fehlen and John Edward Mack were
charged with hunting dt
ember 20 and fin
st ice court
e of possession c >f venison
cason was impose ed on four
Detroit men. Lawrence New rell Trask.
Phillip Edward Robinson, George Ro
bert Winters and Charles R Win
ters. who were cited into court by
S' are invited to
call or write if they should desire
further information or advice rela
tive to their electric service, accord
ing to C. M. Cline, local manager.
By Failing Tree
Electrical power was put out for
three hours and 25 minutes in the
Mill City, Lyons. Mehama area Tues
day night when a tree uprooted and
fell across a power line between Scio
and Lyons, it was reported by the
Mountain States Power company of
An emergency power unit carried
power to parts of Marion county 45
minutes after the accident, it was
reported. Light service in the Stay
ton area, however, was not dis*
The accident occured at 10:35 p.m.,
company officials said.
citizens used left over candles from
the holidays and flashlights during
Snow and Ice
The universal elements combined
forces this week over the Canyon
area to furnish a taste of summer,
winter, spring, and autumn for resi-
| dents in the vicinity.
More than six inches of snow cov.
'■ i«> s«
ered the ground at Detroit while
Idanha reported a good foot of the
white blanket stopping transporta
tion through that city.
also had its subfreezing weather,
combined with snow Sunday. Monday
Old Sol beamed his flicker of rays
down on the city Wednesday after
noon for about two hours, but snow
again drifted from the sky Wednes
day evening and rain Thursday aft-
Both city and state police reported
few accidents, even with the hazard
ous driving conditions along the
highway. Police still urge drivers to
use caution because of the icy pave
Most schools again resumed Tues
day, although busses were hampered
by traveling conditions. The Parent
Teacher meeting at Stayton was
called off because of the weather, but
Mill City parents will hold their meet-
ing as per usual.
A scheduled basketball game be
tween Mill City and Turner Friday
night will be played, it was reported,
a scheduled non-league
>aded with house trailers for Mongold, the semi-truck and trailer belonging to E. IL Hitchman of Salem,
game between the Wolves and Che-
anie to grief Monday morning. Though the road hail been sanded, the equipment skidded and broke a wln-
mawa was called Tuesday evening
dow in the Dawes building and also damaged the trailer house on the truck.
It was an hour before the
wreckage was cleared and the hazard to traffic removed.
The upper picture shows how the truck and
because of road conditions.
trailer finally stopped and the lower a close-up of the damage.
(Photos courtesy of Capital Journal.)
Throughout the northwest, floods
are endangering several communities
in British Columbia, ice flows caused
Registration of Bicycles
blocking of the Yakima reservoir,
With Police Due Here
cutting off the water supply for some
time, and icy roads in Portland and
All bicycle owners are being
Seattle caused many accidents.
urged to register their two wheel
Schools were closed in many sub
ers with the local police, J. T. King,
urban communities' ,n Washington
police chief said today.
Railway transportation was
Police will register the name, ad
delayed for several hours by the
dress, number and color of the bi
The heavy fall of snow throughout
Snow, bad visibility, and icy roads
cycle for filing. This will facilitate
this locality has not stopped work on
combined to make it tough going for
Here at home, three families at the
finding of stolen bicycles if such a
the Detroit and Big Cliff dams, al-
R. B. Hitchman, Salem truck owner,
need should arise.
old Amalgamated mine 15 miles
i though workmen did remain off the
who was transporting a heavily lad-
King said owners can register
above Elkhorn were in danger of be-
ened semi-truck-trailer load of pre
job Wednesday, Jack Murray, CBI ,
anytime during the day or evening
_ — ----- J ’ snows. It
official reported today.
fabricated homes from Portland to
was just one year ago that heavy
He added that work has already
the Mongold government camp, Mon
equipment was put into action to
begun on construction of the aggre
carry relief supplies through to the
gated storage plant as well as piac-
About 9 a m. the truck driver hit
same location. The group, last year,
I ing of a 108 inch steel retaining tun
the famous Banfields' loop out of
were marooned for more than two
nel. The tunnel will be 370 feet in
Mill City. slid, and lodged against the
I length when finished.
wall of the Mill City tavern, causing
Electric power service was cut off
A few new workers are being put
damage to the houses, wall of the
for more than three hours in the Mill
on the pay rolls, replacing those who
tavern, and breaking in the window
[City area when a tree became over
in the establishment.
Funeral services for Virgil Johnson have left the job, he said, but there loaded with snow and uprooted, sev
Traffic was snarled for more than asphyxiated victim when his automo is no foresight of adding more work ering a power line in its fall.
an hour before the equipment could bile slide into a snowbank recently on ers in the near future.
Sleigh parties, skiing and general
Meanwhile, Colonel Miles reported
be turned around. A Hammond stage the Dalles-California highway be
winter time pattying occupied the
line bus, as well as travelers through tween Bend and Klamath Falls, were
time for most of the younger set in
the city were delayed by the acci- held at Weddle’s Funeral parlor in the dam-sites, but snow has stopped and around Mill City. Planned en-
Stayton Thursday, December 29,
Bids will be opened soon on con tertainment and work for the old
Another truck bound for the same with the Reverand Lloyd Whitford of
sters still carried on.
of an information booth, to
place, and the large semi involved Sutherland officiating.
be located on the highway, he added.
in the wreck, had to return to Salem
The body was brougnt trom Klam
Bids will also be open for call in the
and wait for better conditions before ath Falls, where it was previously
near future for construction of a
again attempting the trip.
reported the burial was to take place
storage house for rock core.
Two days later, one of the trucks
The victim died from fumes of core, obtained from drilling in the
did make it through with a load of carbon monoxide from the exhaust of area of the dams, will I
be saved for
Accidents have hit a low ebb dur
houses, it was reported. Stewart's his car after the car slide backwards general information and inspection,
ing the week although rain, snow,
wrecker removed the stalled truck.
into the snowbank as he was travel
Fifteen housing units and utilities
ling from Crescent Lake to Bend. originally scheduled to be open to sleet, and the many elements of the
Also killed in the accident were Jack call this month, have been tempo- universe
Virgil Friedley and his wife, Drucilla, rarily stymied through army negotia- through the Canyon area. Chief of
Police J. T King reported today.
of Idanha. The trio had been work
l Continued on Page 10)
ing the vicinity of Bend.
Most serious accident was the Mon.
day morning freak on the hill going
Johnson was formerly a resident
through Mill City in which a heavily
of Mill City and had worked here as
loaded truck slipped on the icy road
a logging truck driver.
centers in the one way road, they
and lodged against the MUI City
Residing at the mine this winter
King warned drivers, however, to
Burial was in the Fox Valley ceme
are the Hewitts and Mr. and Mrs.
use caution while driving and avoid
Justin Trippett and Mr. and Mrs. tery near Lyons
Oscar Chapman, President Tru
Bill Borman, relatives of the Hewitts.
Meanwhile, Bob 8 tee le, local state
man's recent appointee as secretary
Last winter the group was ma
of interior is expected as principal police officer, has warned drivers to
rooned for more than two months by
speaker at the annual Democratic use chains for all driving. He said
high snow banks and bad weather.
Jackson day dinner January 7 at 6:00 they will be needed for all travel over
When provisions ran low, Mr. Trip FRIDAY—
pm. at the Cosmopolitan club, 11th the Santiam Pass highway.
pett snow-shoed out for help.
employed two cats to rescue the « \Tl RDAY—
and 8 W. Alder streets in Portland.
Earl G Mason, Linn county Demo REPTILE < HAILMFR TO
party. It took seven days to work
Santiam Riders Dance
cratic chairman, announced recently. SHOW HERE
into the mine with the equipment.
All Linn county democrats interes
Although the camp is situated 30
Folk Dance club 2 p.m.
Dee Jay Nelson, noted reptile mes
ted in attending the $2.00 dinner are merize r, will be featured on a na
miles from the nearest town, and is MONDAY—
accessable only by a narrow rocky
asked to make reservations by writ tional program at the Mill City high
Lions club meeting
Boy Scouts 7:30
ing Chairman Mason at route 2, Al school auditorium Tuesday, January
ledge for a road, the officials have
made the place both comfortable and Tl ESDAY—
10, starting at 2:45 p.m.
Thia will be Chapman's first pub
Nelson will bring with him a boa
Idanha Eagles 8 p.m.
Electricity is generated with small
lic appearance in Oregon since his constrictor and several other well
power pumpers from local streams.
Altar Society meets 2nd Wed.
appointment and he is expected to known varieties of snakes, which he
An unexpected eye catcher is a beau Till RXDAY—
discuss the program of his depart will use for demonstration in his lec
PT A meeting
tiful grand piano gracing the living
ment for the development of the ture.
resources of Oregon
room of the Hewitt home.
Conservation meet Lyons School
Admission will be 25 cents.
Ice and Snow
In Mill City
For Gas Victim
Held in Stavton
By Bad Roads
Amalgamated Mine Officials
May be Isolated again
Mining company officials living at
the old Amalgamated mine located
on the Little North Fork, 15 miles
above Elkhorn, are in danger of be
ing isolated again, as they were from
December through March first of last
More than two feet of snow cov.
ered the ground New Year’s day,
periously hampering transportation
to and from the mine.
Mr and Mrs. Ercill Wilson and Mr
and Mrs. Myran Fender of Mehama,
who were New Year's dinner guests
of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Hewitt, mine
superintendent, said it took nearly
five hours to make the trip from
Mehama to the mine via jeep. The
jeep had been equipped with chains
on all four wheels.
The visit was well worth the labor
ing trip, however, because of the lav
ish entertainment offered them by
The two couples were
sometimes halted by slides and high
To Be Featured
At Demo Banquet