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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 9, 1950)
Chamber of Commerce
Wires Objection to
Lieut. Col. John W. Miles, resident
engineer at the Corps of Engineers’
Detroit dam on the North Santiam
river, has received orders transfer
ring him to Okinawa for duty with
the 20th Air Force there, according
to Col. Donald S. Bums. Portland
The transfer order met with bitter
disapproval of canyon business men
and district leaders. The Mill City
Chamber of Commerce wired their
objection to President Harry S.
Truman and the Gates Chamber fol
lowed suit. Local statements gave
high praise to the work of Colonel
Miles because of his personal inter-
est in canyon development. Colonel
Miles, a man who rose from the
ranks to his present commission has
demonstrated a keener insight than
have some West Point graduates.
Miles was assigned as resident
engineer at Detroit in March, 1949,
by Col. O. E. Walsh, then Portland
district engineer. Previous to that
Colonel Miles served as special as
sistant to Colonel Walsh in charge
of all flood control design and con
struction programs in the Portland
district, except those in the Wiliam
ette river basin.
Colonel Bums said ' ylc"el M'les
would be replaced by
Clarence C. Davis, forme,
engineer with the operations di*, ion
of the Portland district.
Davis is returning to Portland from
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Nine men have filed their names
as candidates for council post in the
city of Idanha. Voters will make
their decisions next Wednesday Feb
ruary 15th. Five members will be
asked to take the council post and
* they in turn will appoint the city’s
mayor. Idanha citizens are urged to
respond to the responsibility given
The nine candidates seeking the
council positions are:
Sam Palmerton, age 43, high
school graduate, at present co-owner
of Idanha Shingle mill.
U. S. Floyd, age 36. 10th grade
education, at present employee of
Idanha Veneer Plant. advocates
Noyes Whitten, age 36, one year
college, partnership. B W. Logging
Lloyd Girod, age 39, college grad
uate, former teacher, owner of gen
eral store in Idanha. Also candid-
date for state representative.
Ted Gillespie, age 50, high school
graduate, grocery store employee at
Fred Anderson, in Oregon 30 years,
at present in mercantile business.
Advocates "Pay as you go plan” for
Charles T. Haseman. age 69. high
school graduate, at present lumber
Gates Cochran age 69, grade school
education, and business college. At
nresent has 130 acres at old CCC
Humber Ray. age 42. part interest
in Idanha Lumber CO.
The polls will be open between
the hours of 8:00 AM. and 8:00
Election board members are
LaA’elle Haseman. chairman; Rilla
Schaffer. Gladys Alvin. Eva DeBolt
and Floy Storey.
T he MILL CITY
Vol. XT—No. 6
MILE CITY, OREGON, THURSDAY, FEBRE ARY 9. 1950
$2.50 a Year, 5c a Copy
Numerous car prowls, burglaries,
and thefts have caused curfew re
striction and police surveilance of
late hour traffic. Police Chief J.’T.
King announced at last night’s city
King stated that the five cars
prowled at the Mill City Theatre
and two breakins at the old grade
school have been solved and the
juveniles were apprehended.
This week the fire h. 1 and Amer
ican Legion hall were entered and
approximately >50 was taken from
the ’juke box’ at the firehall,
the same night of the latter burg
laries a 1949 Ford was stolen from
W. G. Stover and was later return
ed to the owner.
On Sunday night, James Halver
son, Fairview Home escapee, was
picked up at the Meander Inn by
local police. The car theft and burg
laries were not yet solved.
Police stated that youngsters un
der 18 years will be picked up after
the 10 P.M. hour unless they can
offer an adequate reason or are ac
companied by adults.
All cars on
the street after 2:00 A M. will be
under suspicion and willl be subject
According J _ s •» t y statutes par
ents will be held responsible for the
' conduct of minor children. It will
be the police perogative to both fine
or jail patents of delinquent children.
It is believed the strict "crackdown"
will halt the wave of thefts and citi-
zens are urged to report suspicious
I actions. In other cities where the
I parents have been responsible for
! the action of their children, delin-
quency rates have dwindled.
DETROIT RO AD BLO< RED
Highway 222 was blocked for over
an hour Thursday afternoon when
snow slid onto the road near the
Detroit dam site. Plows worked on
the slide for an hour and then were
only able to open the road to one
Cars were lined up for half a mile
in each direction and buses were
police were present and directed the
WITHOUT REGARD TO
RACE, CREEP,COLOR OR
Gates C.C. Talks
The Gates Chamber of Commerce
held its regular meeting Tuesday
evening at the Gates Furniture store.
A large delegation was present from
Mill City. Also in attendance were
Bell and Devers Stayton atty’s.
Mr. Devers spoke on the advis-
ibility of incorporation of Gates and
advised on methods of forming
boundaries. A boundary committee
was appointed to determine by pub
lic opinion of property owners,where
the dividing Ines shiould be. At a
later date a public meeting will be
held before final decisions would be
A possible water supply for the
community also was brought before
the discussion group.
of the Mill City chamber, spoke on
the difficulties of obtaining new
The next chamber meeting will be
held at the Manolis cafe with Mil)
City. Elkhorn and other inter-
ested communities, The dinner will
be for men and women alike Jnd
will begin at 8:00 p m.
$350,000 to Build
The long sought Santiam highway was hope for some federal aid in as
between Mehama and Mill City was much as Oregon is scheduled to re
approved Monday in a meeting of ceive some ten million dollars from
the state highway commission short- the federal government for highway
ly before a special delegation from aid.
The road is expected to be
this area was to appear before the completed and ready for use in 1951.
commission in protest to past delays, Governor Refers as Baldock Hill
T. H. Banfield, chairman of the com
When C. E. Coville, member of the
Mill City chamber of commerce,
The >350,000 appropriation was highway commission recently talked
made to cover the cost of grading to Governor McKay's secretary in
six miles of new road directly west reference to the highway need the
of Mill City.
The contract will be ,governor made reply by letter to
let some time in May, R. H. Baldock, chamber president, Bob Veness, re
state engineer stated Monday eve ferring to the road as "Baldock hill”
ning. The remaining three miles to , Baldock stated however in good
Mehama was not included in the al humor at Monday’s meeting that the
lotment In as much as new surveys name had been changed to Banfield
must be made to determine the exact bend.
route of the new road. There is
While committee members had
some discussion as to whether the
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road" will follow directly along the
river at this point or whether an
j alternate route will be selected.
Right-of-Way Cleared in Depression
The right-of-way for the new road
was purchased by the state many
American Legion members activi
' years ago and was originally cleared ties have not been hindered by win
during the depression days by trans ter weather
They have > scently
State officials stated completed the roof and outside re
they have realized the critical need pairs, and have added Inside finish
Thi- "March of Dimes” all-star for the road for some time but of- ing to the recently acquired Legion
I talent show played before an appre- fered a new angle for delay when hall.
Plans are now underway to
I eiative crowd Wednesday night at they remarked the delay was en- build on to the present structure, a
thé Mill City Theatre and garnered a forced because they were i afraid kitchen, reading, and rest rooms.
record offering for the polio fund heavy trucking in correlation i with
In tonight's meeting the Legion
taking the lead from Salem when the construction of the Detroit dam honored three past commanders by
Mill City topped the giving with would damage the new road, The presenting past commander's badges.
recent announcement that the ce- During the month of January the
The show which began at 8:15 ment would be shipped to the dam- Mill City group led all of Oregon in
P.M held the attention of the 350 site by rail was said to alter the sit- a membership drive.
persons present for over two hours, nation.
Earlier reports had indi- j Plans have been completed and
Attenders stated "it was a wonder- cated expectancy of federal govern Saturday night dances will start this
ment construction of the road.
Next week the hall is
rented and no dance will be held,
Bobby Christensen. 4 year old Bridge Contract to Follow
dancer and singer presented a deter-
Shortly after the beginning of the but on the following Saturdays there
mined version of "Room Full of new fiscal year when more funds will will be dances held regularly. The
Carol Jean Shower came become available the contract for the general public is invited. No admis
with an excellent ability to tap . bridge across the Little North Fork sion will be charged.
I and the remaining 3 miles will be
Lennie Dibbern, Salem accordion- I let.
The road will probably end GIANT ICICLES AT MILL <TTY
ist was slated and proved to be ex. ¡somewhere in the vicinity of the fish
eeptionally good. Mary Burke, did a hatchery below Mehama. Also there
take-off on Sophie Tucker in "Some :-------
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Mill City Tops
Gifts for Polio
SATI RD AY—
Santiam Riders Dance
Legion Dance at Legion hall
Lions club meeting.
A F A AM No. 180 stated meet
ing third Monday
Boy Scouts 7:30
Rockets vs. Aumsville at Mill City
Women’s club 8 pm. 1st, 3rd Tues
Lions Club Aux. 8 30 pm 4th Tues
Laborers Local No 441 meeting
Garden club food sale at Jenkins
Hardware 10 a m. to 1 p m.
Idanha Eagles 8 pm.
Altar Society meets 2nd Wed.
American Legion 2d and 4th Thurs
Garden club meeting
MILL < ITA
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ON THE SCENIC NORTH SANTIAM HIGHWAY — GATEW \Y TO THE HEART OF NATURE'S EMPIRE
Ser* lag :
«sew In the recent winter storm that halted all operation at the Detroit dam site.
The white coating that covered the area measured approximately 18 inches. Pictured above are the admin
istration building I foreground I and shop of Consolidated Builders, Inc., located just below the dam site.
The photo was taken looking southwest from the North Santiam highway.
(Btatesman-Pacpic photo )
The 40th annual convention of the
Oregon State Fqgmers Union will
open at Salem Tuesday. February 21.
The session is expected to last for
three days. Convention sessions will
be held at Veterans of Foreign
Wars hall, with a public meeting
Wednesday evening, February 22 at
Waller hall on the campus of Will
amette university. Presiding at all
sessions will be Pres. Ronald E
Jones of Brooks.
This year, for the first time, the
annual meeting of the Oregon
Farmers Union Cooperative asscxia-
tion will be held jointly with the
state organization. Reports by of
ficers of both organizations will be
given on the opening day and elec-
tion of officers and directors of both
organizations will be held Feb.
k Pres. James G Patton of
National Farmers Union will attend
the convention February 22 and will
address the delegates at the mom
| ing session,
Oov. Douglas McKay will alno
at the convention at the
Í morning aeiwnon. February 22
will be the only outside speaker.
Resolutions on the Brannan plan,
the CVA and legislative reapportion
ment are slated for discussion,
Several hundred delegates and
members are expected to be in
Salem for the three day session
Courtesy Capital Journ.il
These icicles grew on the resi
dence of the Virgil Cribbs family
at Mill City, Mrs. Cribbs is shown
here trying to measure them with
a yardstick The longest one is 6
feet and 2 inches. (Photo by Bob