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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 2, 1950)
ELKHORN, MILL CITY
T he MILL CITY
The Chamber of Commerce indus
trial committee held its third meet
ing of this year at the home of C. E.
Coville Wednesday night to make
further plans for canyon industry,
it was announced today.
it was the concensus of committee
Vol. VI—No. 5
MH.I. CITY, OREGON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2. 1950
$2.50 a Year, 5c a Copy
members that the Mill City Chamber
of Commerce make immediate appli
cation for affiliation with the United
States Chamber of Commerce and
thereby put this community in
to receive the many services i avail-
able to chambers of commerce, , which
would include aid in bringing indus-
try to this community.
The tentative strike of the Bell
It was also the recommendation of
System scheduled for February 8th
the committee that the chamber pro
Progress on the Detroit Dam
will not affect the Mill City office
cure a list or directory of the manu-
i through 1949 has, in general, been as
THf NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR
facturers in these United States.
While the strike includes only a ' planned, it was reported recently by
Queries have already been sent in
relatively small number of Bell em Col. J. W. Miles, resident engineer
search of manufacturers wishing to
The contract for
ployes. thousands of operators, line, on the project.
re-locate somewhere in the west and
men, and technicians will not cross the main dam was awarded to Con
more particularly in the northwest.
solidated Builders, incorporated. In
picket lines to report to work.
The committee will soon be bom
March. 1949, and minor contracts for
In as much as the Mill City phone
barding those areas of the United
permanent operation buildings, temp
States, particularly those industries
orary construction facilities, reser-
Stayton and some other outlying
most adaptable to this canyon, with
voir clearing, and for a salmon
communities, and is not directly af
invitations to re-locate here.
hatchery were awarded to other con
filiated with the Bell system or their
A need was revealed for a local
tractors during the summer.
union, local service will probably be
inventory of available land and on
Construction of the main Detroit
allowed to continue without inter
what basis it might be procurred. In
Is 10 per cent complete over all.
ruption. All toll calls will of course
order that we may place ourselves
Accomplishments to date include
in a position to attract industries,
construction of access roads, comple
Kenneth Foster, Redmond pilot
out as planned.
committee members stated, we must
tion of river diversion, and excava
lost his course on a recent cross state
match the effort and the enthusiasm
Freezing temperatures and heavy
The "March of Dimes" all-star flight and found Davis air field a
tion of about one-third of the dam
of our sister cities here in Oregon, talent show Wednesday evening Feb welcome port when gas supplies be snows have set a record during the
foundation. To be accomplished dur-
many of them making out and out ruary 8, at the Mill City Theatre will gan to dwindle
first month of this year that has
Ing the fiscal year 1950 will be com
gifts of sites. The cities making a feature 15 outstanding entertainment
been paralleled for over 50 years
Foster left Redmond January 22nd
pletion of the foundation excavation,
practice of such a course are the acts, according to Gene Malecki of for a flight via The Dalles to Port forcing hundreds in the canyon out
and erection of construction plant,
cities gaining new industry today.
Salem who will act as master of land and Salem. He left Portland of work and costing property owners
including highline cableways, quarry
A sub-committee was appointed to ceremonies. The program will start for Salem but missed the Salem field unaccountable loss.
Oregon's partially snowbound 1950 and aggregate processing plants,
garner information on land availabil at 8:00 p.qi. and no admission charge altogether landing at Davis airport.
One pioneer stated he remembered March of Dimes is just getting its concrete mixing plant, and cement
ity and suitable manufacturing sites. will be made.
After refueling. Foster, took off for only one other winter more severe second wind and will be continued for handling facilities. Pouring of mass
A ways and means committee was
The roster of talent for the show Salem where he made a safe landing. tgan this year, when in 1898 the a week or 10 days beyond today's concrete in the dam structure Is ex
appointed to determine methods of has been announced as follows: The There was some anxiety over his temperature dropped to 10 degrees scheduled closing date.
pected to commence in June, 1950.
raising funds for promoting potential Neal Twins. Gary and Jerry, of whereabouts when he failed to report below zero. While on several other
The salmon hatchery being con
Extension of the critical fund-
occasions snow in the canyon has raising campaign was announced by structed at Marlon Forks as a part
Salem tap dancing youngsters, who his safe arrival in Salem.
George Steffy, committee chair took a page from Ted Lewis’ Book
This was not the first occasion that been deeper, such an extreme drop the National Foundation for Infantile of the project is 80 per cent com
Many Paralysis. It was authorized by Dr. plete. and will be ready for use in the
man, wished to make it known to all with the presentation of "Me and My the Davis field has aided in emer in temperature is unusual.
people were without water when E. T. Hedlund of Portland, state spring of 1950.
the people of the ocmmunity that Shadow.” Bobby Christensen, 4 year gency landings.
lines froze and in numerous instances chairman for the March of Dimes
suggestions will be welcomed and old dancer and singer who will pre
Contracts for clearing of 800 acres
Local hardware stores and who described the winter weather as within the reservoir area were
urged community co-operation in sent a determined version of “Room
plumbers experienced an influx of the "most crippling" he has exper- awarded during the summer. These
promotion of this vital need. Possi full of Roses”. "The Dancing Dar
business selling pipe fittings and
ble industries that might be estab lings”, Barbara Stutzman. Julie
ienced in the 12 years he has headed contracts and future similar con.
making repairs caused by the frigid
lished would again be well received Sharp and Carol Jean Shower, a trio
the annual polio drive in Oregon. tracts, in addition to reservuu
by the group.
of rhythmic Salem youngsters.
Despite this considerable drawback, clearing, provide for the salvage of
Despite difficulties suffered by
Mrs. Coville served delicious apple
Lennie Dibbern, Salem accord
Dr. Hedlund said that public response merchantable timber occurring in the
Mill City residents this community
pie ala mode with an abundance of ionist, Mary K. Brown, tap dancer
area to be cleared. Four hundred
BY JEAN ROBERTS
had been "nearly up to par”.
seemed to receive some special favor
with a comedy twist. Diana Bray, a
The Oregon state board of Health acres of the 800 under contract are
Despite unusually bad weather the by the weather man. While Salem
black-face imitator of Al Jolson. past two years the Elkhorn area has
issued figures at the same time completely
_ cleared, and the ¿pnatn-
suffered from a minus '30.3, Detroit
which indi,ated that *950 might bi'der w41 Ue .miab^l in May, 1950.
Mar Burke, singer with a take-off on been kept open by the diligence of
minus 12. Elkhorn minus 8. Mill City
Sophie Tucker in "Some of These a county road crew. Many old tim-
| another troublesome polio year in All reservoir clearing will hate been
was basking in a plus 3.
Days." Betty Jean Mullin and ¡ers in that area however, can recall
i the state. The state epidemiologist, accomplished by the fall of 1951.
Yes. those were the good old days, Robert Gwinn of Willamette Univers, I earlier times when the community [ CBI Stops All Operations
Plans are under way for the con
i Dr. Samuel Osgood, reported that 12
remarked. Mr. Sullivan, pioneer rest ity, vocal duet. Carolyn Miller, im was snow bound for weeks, and exist- I Consolidated Builders, Inc., have I cases had been counted in Oregon struction of permanent houses with
dent of this canyon, in an interview personator of Beatrice Kay. Vem I ence was a struggle of pioneer life. stopped operations indefinitely until | thus far in 1950 He pointed out attendant utilities and facilities for
favored with a rise in temperature, j that only seven had been recorded for the use of permanent operating
held this week.
; Esch. Male vocalist, Patricia Whelan
Residents then pooled their re
I was just a boy, he continued, in singing and dancing "My One and sources and bought a year’s supply Mr. Murray, personnel manager, for a corresponding time in 1949, the personnel, These Include permanent
CBI stated they were able to con- [third most severe year in Oregon's residences, which will be constructed
1873 when I first came to this can Only Highland Fling".
of staple groceries each fall, consist
yon. At the present site of the Mill
i during 1950. A contract for the con
Sandra Lee Allison, talented acro- ing of several barrels of flour, sugar, tinue operations in the snow but the infantile paralysis annals.
City Hotel there was one log cabin, baticwaltzer. Janice Olson and Mrs. cans of coffee, and sacks of beans, freeze necessitated all work stop
Thirty-two states-highest number j struction of a warehouse, motor re
page, when it became impossible to
the only building in the area. Old Elaine Fry two popular vocalists,
and to even attempt coming out to move men and equipment over the in history- reported polio case rates ¡pair shop, and utilities in the perma-
growth fir covered the entire town Dewey Robinson, piano and guitar
In 1949 of more than 20 per 100,000 | nent housing area was awarded to
civilization during the winter months
ice bound road.
site and the first clearing of any and vocal duet.
persons put her in 34th place among I Minnis and Shilling of Eugene. Ore-
was practically unheard of.
size was made by the Santiam Lum
states. Idaho ranked first with a |Ron, in August, 1949, and is now
All of the performers took part in
Ten short years ago the road was
ber Co. which established a mill on the "March of Dimes" talent dis
As if the sub-freezing blasts had case rate of 28 5, California was 27th approximateJy 90 per cent complete.
still a narrow ribbon of breathtaking
what later became the old Hammond covery shows in Salem Monday and
curves closed during the winter not already out-stayed its welcome, with a 24 4 rate and Washington 30th Relocation of the Forest Service De
location. All logging at that time Tuesday night, Several
troit Ranger station in the general
of the months and partially repaired in the
with a 23 rate.
wu done with oxen with eight yoke youngsters appeared on programs
of the permanent houses will be
summer by the residents themselves.
making up the average number used. during the 1949 drive.
Groundhogs day, and certainly the commented that infantile paralysis is accomplished during the winter of
It was so rutted that one of the first
Sullivan stated that parents con-
Accompanying the unit will be: logging trucks attempting to bring little creature had opportunity to see not only on the rise but outbreaks 1960 51.
sidered it unsafe for children to be Gene Malecki, master of ceremonies,
his shadow as bright sunshine pre are becoming more general than
Contracts for turbines and gen.
out a load, tipped over in the middle
out after dark because timber wolves Howard Ragan, chairman of the
the day. Believers in the sporadic. Eighty per cent of the erators for completion and delivery
of the road, spilling the logs upon the vailed for
roamed the area.
Early pioneers county March of Dimes committee,
six weeks of 1949 cases were assisted financially in 1952 and 195.1
bank where they remained for many myth will know that
hunted frequently with dogs and it E. J. Church, president of the Salem
Excavation for the Detroit Dam
by the National Foundation and its
was not unusual for wolves to kill Shrine club and last year's commit,
powerhouse will be completed in May,
chapters at a cost of $31,000,000.
At this time the C. and H. Logging Immediate Relief N <>t in Night
the dogs. Fishing was good enough tee chairman.
Relief from the cold spell was not
The construction contract,
Co. undertook extensive road work.
to give any angler sleepless nights.
will not be awarded until
With bulldozer and grader working
Postal Change Disliked
The early residents were not in
the latter part of 1950. for comple
full time the road was widened and forecasters hinted at a new storm
terested in fish smaller then 12
A change in postal service which tion in the spring of 1953. Instal
rocked but it was still impassable While the now storm was reported
inches and frequently brought a tub
I went into effect January 25 at the lation of the first generator at De
part of the time. A huge slide to be not too severe in intensity,
full home in less than half a day.
blocked the road one Thanksgiving, forecasters avoided telling how much Mehama postoffice and other valley troit Dam will be completed In Dec
This fishing was said to be done
marooning the community for sev snow if any would fall. Only once offices met with considerable critic ember 1952, and the second generator
with ease with nothing but a dry fly.
The Parent Teachers association, eral weeks and from then on that ¡thia
year has snow melted enough ism from postmasters as well as the in 1951
The fish, Mr. Sullivan, believed were sponsors of this year's kindergarten,
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All exploratory work for the Big
area was consistently plagued with
destroyed when the Willamette river have asked the school board budget
The change of schedule delays the Cliff Dam, which is located 2 8 miles
was stocked with black baas and the committee for official recognition in
outgoing mall to Salem by three below the Detroit Dam, will be com
One night Earl Hichman, one of the
young trout wintered down stream. next years budget, it was learned
or more, as it has been trans- pleted in June 1950. Contracts for
Mr Sullivan logged in this area today by P T. A. head, Mrs. Robert . owners of C. and H.. climbed out
fered to the Bend to Salem bus which construction of B.g Cliff Dam and
1 from his new Ford and left it
for years and finally retired when Veness.
arrives at 10:30 a.m. and is often late powerhouse wll be awarded early in
stranded in the middle of the road
the tall Umber got “too far back in
Mrs Veness stated that were the
due to road conditions on its route. 1951, with completion scheduled for
with mud from a recent slide halfway
John Boddaker, well known resi- The mail previously left Mehama at
school board to pay operating cost of
early spring, 1953.
Yes, Mr Sullivan, those were the the kindergarten, it would enable up on the car doors. A big white dent of Lyons, passed away suddenly 7.13 arrving at Salem in tiime for
Peak employment during the year,
j truck pulled it and two other vehicles Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at his
good old days
more parents to enroll their young
departure on the noon bus.
considering all contracts, but exclud
Incoming mail is also delayed with ing Government employees, reached
sters who can not now afford the
At another time a work crummy
Mr. Boddaker, was 63 years of age
$6 00 a month fee While their are
belonging to the Kirsch mill was at the time of his decease He is afternoon mail being held over in 850 The relocation of State High
28 youngsters between the ages of
Salem until morning.
way No. 222 was completed, except
nearly oozed off the road by the survived by two sisters, Mrs. Geo
The new schedule is an attempt by for a short section, the construction
four and six. now enrolled, a larger
ever present mud.
Berry of Lyons, and Mrs P P Bier- postoffice officials to cut expend
number could be adequately handled.
of which will be commenced in 1950.
escaped in time.
ley of McMinnville: and three broth itures explains Jack Ryland. Mehama
The youngsters have learned clay
Surfacing of the completed section is
was al- ers. Ben of Mill City, William of
modeling, block building, and recog
¡now under way, and will be comple
Santiam Riders Dance.
nition of numbers and letters. Par found the North Fork road closed Alsea, and Alex of Lyons. Funeral
ted in the early summer of 1950.
ents with children in the kinder with snow, ice and slides A young services will be held Monday after VENIKON PROVES EXPENSIVE
The project as a whole is progress
noon February Sth at the Weddle
Lions club meeting.
garten have commended it.
Bob Steele of the State police ing as scheduled, and depending upon
couple expecting a baby struggled for funeral home in Stayton
A F. A A.M. No. 180 stated meet i In as much as the P T. A. has
arrested Russel Clair Lake at Mill timely Congressional appropriations,
12 hours to drive the 15 miles of road
ing third Monday
already purchased the little chairs to Mehama, tearing up a new set of
City. January 10 for illegal posses should be rompleted in June, 1953
Boy Scouts 7:30
and basic equipment it would leave chains and using a tankful of gaso Biffgt r*Better Earthquakes I sion of venison fined $100 in Albany
the budget committe with the cost of line.
You'll have earthquake insurance justice court, $4 50 court costs and FIRE AT KENNEDY HOME
Women's club 8 p.m. 1st, 3rd Tues replenishing supplies and caring for
A good many families left their whether you like it or not if the 30 days in jail.
A flu fire called the M/1 City
Lions Club Aux. 8 30 p.m. 4th Tues. the teachers salary
Clifford Joseph Widmark arrested fire department out Thursday eve-
automobiles on the Mehama side of Teague of Oregon cities has its way.
According to their recent report, in Idanha for reckless driving. He ning at the home of Mrs Louiso
the slide and walked the remaining
Christian Church Missionary group VOTERS MAY REGISTER
four miles home. Boards were laid during the last 94 years we've had was driving his truck 60 miles per Kennedy.
There was no damage
meets 2 p.m.
Voters, who reside on the Manon across the mud by accommodating more than 100 quakes, and since hour in a 25 mile Zone
The firemen responded to the call
Idanha Eagles 8 p m.
county side of MUI City and who are truck drivers and anyone slipping there are numerous fault lines on the
Kenneth Flak Ramsey arrested for and were at the scene in four min
Altar Society meets 2nd Wed
not registered in the proper precinct off was buned to the hips in the earth's crust in the Northwest, their driving 50 miles per hour in a 25 utes The fireplace flu burned bril
may do so at the home of Mrs C. slimy muck
forecast is for bigger and better mile sone He appeared in Breiten- liantly for a short time and firemen
American Legion 2d and 4th Thurs. M Cline
i quakes in the future.
bush justice court on Thursday
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Not to Interrupt
THE MARCH OF
Airport Scene of
Landing for Lost
Dime March to
So You Think
Good 01 Days
Aid Sought for