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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 26, 1950)
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• Amateur Show
The March of Dimes drive in this
canyon will gain an additional boost
next Wednesday evening February 8
when an amatuer show will be pre
sented at the Mill City Theatre
with no admission charge. Charles
Kelly, drive chairman reported today
Residents of this community are
urged to hold the date open for an
evening of good entertainment and
superlative cause. Most of the talent
will come from Salem.
The Mill City theatre turned in an
offering for the drive amounting to
$85, while the Firemans Auxiliary
have raised $10. It is hoped that
more local organizations will feel
the need and make further contribu
The small models of "'iron lungs”
are now in local business establish
ments. They are waiting for your
• Dime to Drive off polio.
Since August 1, 1949, two school
bus inspectors of the secretary of
state's office have traveled 15,000
miles into every school district in
Oregon, crawled under and over 1252
buses Of every size and description,
and at year’s end were ready to re
peat the whole process.
The last legislature required the
secretary of state to adopt minmum
standards of construction and opera
tion of school buses and to inspect
them for compliance. The P ublic
Utilities commissioner formerly pre
scribed regulations, with state police
inspecting buses when requested.
The new program is under direction
of Captain Walter Lansing of the
traffic safety division in Salem.
Inspectors are D. V. Price, Mon
mouth, and J. O. Byerley, Albany.
Moat Buses Meet Standards
With the first inspection under the
new regulations practically iom-
plete, inspectors were able to report
that a majority of buses easily met
the requirements, with many others
.requiring only slight corrections or
additional equipment. A few buses
were so obsolete, however, that no
reasonable changes would render
them safe for operation, and have
been replaced. Captain Lansing ex
plained that the standards adopted
are considered minimum, and that
manufacturers have been meeting or
exceeding them for many years.
Mill City Gets O.K.
Vehicles inspected ranged from 8-
passenger station wagons to 72-pas-
senger coaches, and from 1932 to
1949 models. The Mill City school
districts bus passed the inspection
with minor alterations made neces
sary. State inspectors asked that
one cracked glass and tail pipe be
repaired, school officials stated to
day. As many as 13 separate items
were listed as needing correction or
repair on some vehicles.
Wood Bodies Noted
Inspectors report a few wood-body
buses still in operation. They have
avoided condemnation by being in
continuous use since before the first
regulations prescribing metal bodies
were adopted in 1939. Promise was
obtained in each case, however, to
replace these vehicles before the next
school year begins.
A majority of buses are owned by
the school districts themselves, al
though many are owned by private
contractors and under lease to the
districts. In all cases the district is
responsible for pupil transportation,
Clackamas county reported the
largest number of buses with 108,
closely followed by Lane county with
10« Gilliam county was low with
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Santiam Riders Dance.
Lions club meeting.
A.F. & A M No. 180 stated meet
ing third Monday.
Boy Scouts 7:30
Rockets basketball game 8 pm.
Women’s club 8 p.m. 1st. 3rd Tues.
Lions Club Aux 8 30 pm 4th Tues.
Timberwolves met Aumsville
Idanha Eagles 8 p.m.
Altar Society meets 2nd Wed
American Legion 2d and 4th Thurs.
ELKHORN, MILL CITY
T he MILL CITY
Vol. VI—No. 4
Mountain States Nears
Chamber Plans Installation
Thirteen of the new mercury-
vapor street lamps have been in Play Decisive
stalled out of the 14 ordered by the
city council, Mountain States offi
cials stated today.
A proposal for the joint meeting of
the Mill City and Gates Chamber of
Commerce with invitations extended
to Elkhorn and Lyons was accepted
in last Tuesday meet of the Mill City
Chamber. The dinner meeting will
be held at the Manolis Cafe the sec
ond Tuesday of next month or Feb
Members of the Mill City group
expressed the need for a greater
cooperation and union with all can
yon communities, if the Santiam
canyon is to progress.
George Steffy, chairman of the
chambers Industrial Committee made
an interesting report to the chamber.
Mr. Steffy pointed out numerous
possibilities for new industry in this
growth. 39 per cent, in the last ten
years and raw material and power
potential the Santiam canyon was
slated for outstanding development
and consistent payrolls in the next
The chamber voted to send five
dollars to the March of Dimes. The
meeting was closed after members
were shown colored slides on recent
developments in the Detroit dam
Installation of the last lamp is
waiting for decision for location by
the council. The new mercury-vapor
units which replaced the 100 watt
type give 16 times as much light as
the smaller bulb. The new lights are
owned by the Mountain States
company with the city paying for the
operating cost, which is slightly over
4 times as much as the smaller bulb.
More units will be installed as
funds become available.
By Mill City
The Mill City high five will meet
the Aumsville quint n a game,
originally scheduled for January
20. this coming Wednesday. Feb-
ruary 1st in what will be the deci
sive game for the Marion County
“B” league championship for 1950.
Should the Timberwolve« cop the
contest they will be in undisputed
possession of first place.
Aumsville triumph would throw
the league into a three-way scram
ble between Mill City, Aumsville,
and Sublimity. The contest prom-
lses to be th«- hardest fought of
this season and a ca|Mu*ity crowd
Is expected with standing room at
In the first inerting between
these clubs Mill City edged Aums
ville by the narrow margin of one
point, S3 to 32. The Varsity game
will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m.
following the “B" game which be
gins at 7:15 p.m.
Council Meet Shows
Tax Election Need
Pedestrian Struck Down
By Auto On Highway
J. F. Blackwell of Jefferson, and
employe of the Southern Pacific rail
road was struck by a car driven by
H. W. Werner while Blackwell was
walking to work.
Blackwell was said to be walking
on the wrong side of the road and
Weimer had difficulty in seeing him
because of prevailing weather condi
Blackwell suffered a frac
tured leg and was taken to a hos-
Federal Aid To
The annual report from the Mill City
high school has been submitted to
the Northwest Association of sec
ondary and higher schools and has
met approval, it was reported today
Oregon will receive a total of
by Mr. Bayless, high school principal.
$2,753,489 as its share of the Federal
The Northwest Association, which
Aid Highway appropriation to be
includes all of the Northwest states
distributed to the states for im-
and reaches as far as Alaska, was
provement of highway in national
originated many years ago to raise
forests during the fiscal year 1951.
and standardize educational methods.
The announcement was made on
The standards set up by this organi.
zation are higher in many respects Elks club for the crusade against the basis of information received
than those of individual state sys polio will be held Tuesday evening, from A.A.A. National headquaters,
tems. Mr. Bayless pointed out that January 31st between the hours of accordinng to Dr. E. B McDaniel,
the Mill City school has continuously 9:00 and 12:00 p.m. at Salem’s Crys preident of the Oregon State motor
passed association standards since tal Garden, the Salem March of association, an affiliate of the Amer
ican Automobile association.
Dimes office announced today.
"This appropriation is authorized
In as much as the institutions of
higher learning are also members of old, will feature two orchestras on by the Federal Aid Highway act of
the same organization, college en two dance floors. DeSouza's modem 1948. which provides for the distri-
trance requirements are obviously dance band will furnish music for button of $20,000,000 among the
the modem minded while Pop Ed- states for national forest highways in
’ met by the local school.
Approximately 35% of the grad i wards will supply old time dance each of the fiscal years 1950 and
1951.” Dr. McDaniel said. "The ap
uates are now continuing to institu j music.
Officials to be in attendance will portionment of funds is made on the
tions of higher learning.
be, Governor Douglas McKay, Sec basis of area and the value of the
retary of State Earl Newbry, State land owned by the Federal govern
Treasure Walter Pearson and all ment within the national forests in
state and county officials.
each state. The money will be avail
Tickets will be sold at the March able beginning July 1, 1950.”
of Dimes office at 409 Oregon build- The motor club official said that
The Chamber of Commerce indus i ing in Salem and also at the Crystal national forest highways are selected
trial committee, headed by George Garden ballroom. All proceeds will for improvement on the basis of
Steffy. met Wednesday night at the 1 go for the March of Dimes.
joint recommendations made by state
home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Keith
highway departments, the Forest
to make further plans for bringing
Service of the Department of Agri
industry into the Santiam canyon.
culture and the Bureau of Public
The committee members were able
to submit reports that gave no small
amount of promise for canyon pros
perity. They will continue to wel After a short closure due to pre
come suggestions from all sources. vailing weather conditions CBI have
The primary interest of the commit again resumed operations and will
tee at this time is to establish an continue without interruption if the
Miss Gertrude Shoemaker, mission-
industry that will support a year weather will permit, so stated Mr.
ary to the Belgian Congo in Africa
Plans were made Murray, personnel director.
Wednesday evening to obtain an in The new rock crusher equipment for 23 years will speak to the grade
dustry to replace the old Mill City has arrived by rail and will be in school youngsters this Friday after,
stalled as soon as possible.
The noon at 1:45 p.m. it was learned
Present at the meeting were C. E. crusher equipment will be used to today.
Miss Shoemaker, who spoke last
Coville, Bob Hill. Charles Kelly, Geo. produce the gravel when concrete
Sunday morning at the First Chris-
Veteto. Geo. Steffy, and Allen Keith. pouring begins.
The Santiam river in its sudden tian church, promises to bring an in
Mrs. Keith served sherry and fruit
weekend rise poured over the spill teresting story of African lore and
cake to the appreciative group.
way provided in the cofferdam but' customs to the young listeners.
Miss Shoemaker became available
receded in a matter of hours with the
Post Office Schedule
diversion tunnel again caring for all to the grade school only because she
was visiting relatives in Mill City.
The schedule change announced by the water.
Polio Dance in
Salem Jan. 31
BY JEAN ROBERTS
Mine Superintendent J. P. Hewitt
and other families living at the old
Amalgamated mine above Elkhorn
who have been snow-bound since
New Years day are well prepared
each winter prior to bad weather for
a period of inactivity when they fully
expect to be marooned
Not so were a group of miners who
were isolated several years ago on
Ogle Mountain. Bulldozers, jeeps
and power wagons were unheard of
at this time when a miner snow-
shoed out for assistance with the
story that he was one of a group
marooned five miles up a mountain
trail from the Silver King and ap
proximately seven miles from the
present site of the Elkhorn Guests
Supplies were needed immediately
and horses which had been used
previously to freight supplies in to
the mine could not be expected to
plow through five feet of snow with
help. There was no alternative but
to establish a human freight line
composed of men who would volun
teer to carry a 40 lb. pack on their
backs and struggle up the trail on
Perhaps the best known volunteer
was Paul Smith (Mill City's walking
man) and a figure not as legendary
as Paul Bunyan, but almost as in
credible. Others who volunteered for
the daily trek were Low and Tant
Myers, Charlie Graves, and Ray
It was a grueling journey up the
steep trail battling on snow-shoes
and with a heavy pack, the men
made it a two-day journey, staying
overnight at the mine.
the Mill City Post office, to go into
Not so Paul Smith, who was effect January 25th, and printed in
already widely known for his , last weeks Enterprise, again goes to
strength and vitality. Putting a 100 press with one correction, as follows:
pound pack on his back he would
The arrival time will be 8:55 am.
then seize a 10 pound lard pail in and 4:16 pm. Departures will be
each hand and start up the trail. scheduled at 10:25 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Not content with this he would re Their will be no evening window
turn the same night ready to load up service
and start out again the next morn-
ently to consume a hot bowl of
All winter the trek continued keep soup and after a nights rest was
ing the miners well supplied with able to tell his story.
necessities via human beasts of
He and his partner had been
marooned for weeks by the heavy
Still another tale is told of the snow fall and as he was sick at the
plight of a miner who was deserted time his partner volunteered to snow
by his partner in a snow bound shoe out for help. A week passed
and no help came, another came and
mine high above Elkhorn
A blizzard of swirling snow was went and still no sign of release from
deepening, the drifts already piled I his snowy prison, or from hunger
high when Muddy” Sischo who then ■ which was growing more pressing as
resided at Elkhorn heard a muffled the small supply of groceries
sound outside and cautiously opened dwindled At last out of food and
the door as the lone figure of a man fire wood he decided to tackle the
staggered through a drift and tot i long journey out to civilization
j barely reaching the Sischo home
tered into the room.
The man was nearly uncenscious I before his strength deserted him.
He left the next day for Portland
from exhaustion and could not coher
ently answer questions as to food or (never divulging his name or that of
fire However, he roused suffici the partner who had abandoned him.
C. of C. Industrial
Resumed at Dam
For Grade School
Polio Fails to Daunt Her
The city council of Mill City met
Wednesday night to cope with new
problems and attempted to manage
on a city income which proved woe
fully small, council authorities stated
today. Mill City’s new mayor, Al
bert Toman announced his appoint
ments to each city commission. Eve
ning office hours were established
for the city clerk's office.
Appointed as police commissioner,
the position formerly held by Toman,
was Wes Green, new member of the
council. The mayor left last year’s
appointments stand because funds
for the operation of each commis-
sion were depleted and a change at
this time would throw too great a
handicap on new commissioners.
Arey Podrabsky remained as sani
tation commissioner; Carl Kelly as
street commissioner; and Robert
Veness, not a council member, was
re-appointed as building inspector.
Mayor Toman stated his intentions
to make a shift in the positions
sometime during the spring when
more funds become available.
Mill City Assessment Lowest
Some citizens' hopes have been
raised by the recent annexations be
lieving that the city income would
pointed out that actually taxes would
be lowered. Because of the fact that
a specific tax level has been estab
lished by the recent vote, the an
nexations have simply supplied more
people to pay the already established
tax. Were the citizens t j Vote a new
j tax levy, their individual taxes, it
, was pointed out, woul<< not necessar-
i ily be greater than last year's, but
with additional taxpayers the city's
revenue would be increased, enabling
the city to meet more of the needs
of the community and giving to each
of us a nicer city in which to live.
Mil) City's tax assessments are
now among the 10 lowest in the
state. This fact of course may be
considered to be an asset in the eyes
of some but closer examlnationa
makes it evident that were the vot
ers to pass an extra tax levy com
munity problems, pertinent to so
many, could be improved upon.
City Drainage Needed
The drainage problems i of the city
held an Important place in council
The council I was re-
minded of the flooding of Delbert
Jenkins new basement,
truck was called to pump the water
out but was unable to get close
enough to the building to be of
Plans for a drainage system for
the lower southwest portion of the
city were shown to the council mem
bers. The system would include a
series of open ditches and culverts
constructed in such a way that it
could be an entirely closed system
at a later date as the necessary funds
The council is
waiting for another consultation with
: the city engineer. Again, additional
funds will be needed.
Green River Ordinance Enforced
The need for cooperation on the
part of householders with the police
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Nlneyaar-eM Doria Nash, her arms encased In epllnte, wears an Impish
emlle even though eho hae auffered a severe attack of polio followed
by eurgery at a Baltimore hospital. While Dorie and thoueande of
other little vlctlmo etricken in loot year'e record polio epldemlce emlle
their way back to health, they need your help. For funds of the Na
tional Foundation for Infantile Faralyelo are dangerously depleted.
Future aid to patients depends on the March of Dimee (January 1S-J1).
Give aa much ss you can!
The Rogers Construction company,
who held the contract for graveling
the highway between Nlagra and
Detroit completed operations this
week and are moving equipment to
Stock piles of finer gravel to be
used on the fina. surfacing have been
furnished. The rock crusher and
other equipment is beinng removed
to their next location. Many of the
employees and their families, who
have resided here since last October
have moved and left a noticeable gap
in several trailer courts and private
homes in the Mill City- Gates area.