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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 10, 1950)
On City Hill
Snapping its reach while rounding
the sharp, steep curve on the Marion
county side of Mill City, a lumber
truck lost its trailer-load of lumber
No one wa3 hurt when the lumber
spilled into the street and settled
against a car belonging to J. C. Kim
mel. Mill City druggist Another car
was trapped between the highway
and the sidewalk by the lumber but
was undamaged. In the second car
at the time of the accident was Mrs.
With the lumber piled on the ex
treme back end of the Kimmel ve
hicle, it appeared that the back tires
were ruined, but when the load was
pulled off the tires seemingly
bounced back into original inflated
condition. The car carried a deep
dent in the back. Despite appear
ances damage to the vehicle were
estimated at less than $100.
William Lyman Jr. of Mill City,
driver of the tractor said it was his
second accident of that nature with
the truck during the week. On Fri
day, he lost a larger load in the
Kelly lumber yard.
The tractor and trailer belong to
the Northern Lumber Co.
School Board Holds
Directors of school district 129-J
voted to take an option on a $4,350
48-passenger schoolbus at Wednes
day’s meeting in the new elementary
The bus has been used as a demon
strator and has been run about 5,200
miles, school board members were
The architect who drew up the
plans for the elementary school
ouilding was present at the meeting
and instructed to draw up plans for
the proposed addition to elementary
school builing. The addition would
consist of two rooms which “will be
in effect four rooms” as they would
contain removable partitions.
of the proposed rooms was estimated
roughly at $20,000.
Also approved by the board was
a plan to permit the setting up of
the Mill City observation post in the
building used as a toolshed during
construction of the new school build
ing. The building would be located
by the school board. The post has
promised to put in a window. It was
stressed that part of the building
could still .he »ised for other orposes.
Brought up as a project for future
consideration was the idea of light
ing of the athletic grounds to encour
age attendance at games.
Superintendent of Schools Vernon
S. Todd was not present at the meet
The superintendent had just
finished summer school and was on
Mill City Druggist
Flies to Reunion
T he MILL CITY
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$44,000 Bond Issue
Approved by Voters
Overwhelming approval was given
to a $44 000 bond issue in Tuesday’s
, election in Mill City school district
No. 129-J. The vote was 181 to 52
The bond issue will provide funds
for acquiring, constructing, complet
ing, improving, repairing, equipping
and furnishing school buildings and
additions thereto including purchase
of school bus.
Members of the Citizens' League
| had opposed the bond issue on the
i grounds that as of the date they
1 entered their opposition a previous
bond issue had not been audited.
Rounding the treacherous Mill City curve on state highway 222 Friday,
the above state highway equipment ran into plenty of difficulty. The
truck failed to make the steep grade that has bothered local and visiting
motorists for a long time. The embarrassed public servant driving the
truck was either embarrassed or modest, at any rate he failed to give
his name. Local citizens, who rightly or wrongly have blamed the state
highway department for the curve, found grim satisfaction in the event.
Flower Show Set
For August 24th
Mill City flower growers will dis
play their wares in a Flower Show in
the recreation hall behind the Presby
terian church two weeks from today.
Sponsored by the Mill City Garden
club, the affair will be a combined
flower show and food sale. President
of the club, Mrs. Charles Dolezal in
vites all flower lovers whether mem
bers of the club or not to participate
by bringing plants and flowers to
It is hoped that a beautiful array
of late summer flowers such as
chrysanthemums dahlias, asters and
late daisies will be displayed.
Mrs. Dolezal has been president of
the Mill City Garden club since it
was formed in March, 1949.
then, the club has met monthly with
out ii-ir . ■untie except during Jan
uary of this year when icy highway
conditions prevented a gathering
The club meets monthly on the fourth
The president emphasizes that her
organization is not exclusively de
signed for women. At present two
men are members.
and Mr Dolezal being active in the
This year’s ambitious program has
been cut down because of interferring
activities so the modest goal of the
thirty gardeners is now “to have each
member make her yard a little more
beautiful than before.”
At one time, the club planned to
beautify the fork in the highway
just across the bridge on the Linn
county side of Mill Ctiy by planting
flowers, but state highway regula
tions prevented such a civic project.
When planting conditions permit,
the group intends to get behind a
drive to plant holly in the canyon.
Many of the members are interested
in planting holly as a beautification
project. Economic possibilities of the
plant are also being explored. San-
, tiam canyon holly may sometime
have a trademark all its own.
Mill City's druggist, J. C. Kimmel,
took to the air to attend the re-union
of the 1916 class of Estacada high
school at Hermiston Sunday.
With Jim O’Leary at the controls.
Kimmel made the trip which is 300
miles by automobile in two hours and
fifteen minutes flying time.
All of the five boys in the “Doc's”
class are still living and attended the
Only half of the twelve
girls were present, however. Two of
them are no longer living and four
were unable to attend.
The boys are now following differ
ent trails in life. They came from
Antioch. Calif.. Pendleton. Medford
and Estacada for the reunion.
occupational endeavor, one is now a
superintendent of schools, another a
Union oil distributor, another a
Mrs. Jean Roberts of Mehama was
farmer, one a Portland civil service
Employee and “Doc" is Mill City's free this week of the body cast she
had been in for the past four months
Mrs. Roberts, popular Mehama cor
respondent for the Enterprise, suf
fered serious injuries in an automo
bile accident five months ago.
With pluck and determination she
has rallied from her adversity. It
wasn’t very long before she was do
Lyons IWA meeting 2nd Friday.
Mill City TWA meeting last Friday ing her housework with the help of
her small daughter Lois. The Enter
prise this week welcomes her back
Gates Womens Club Dance.
with another of her lively contribu-
Santiam Eagles Dance at Detroit. | tions.
Softball at 3 pm. Mill City
SCHOOL CASE ORDER ENTERED
An order of the court was handed
Lions club meeting
A F. * A M. No. 180 stated meet down in Linn county circuit court
i last week on the case of Powelaon
ing third Monday
[vs. School District 129-J. The action
is quoted from the records as follows:
Softball at 6:30 p m. Mill City
“Now on this 1st day of August.
Chamber of Commerce 8 p m
1950, defendant's motion to strike
Women's club 8 p m 1st. 3rd Tues parts of plantiff's complaint was sub
mitted to this Court without argu
ments of counsel and the Court being
Softball at 6 p.m Mill City
Santiam Eagles and auxiliary 8 pm fully advised as to what order to
at Detroit school building.
“IT IS ORDERED THAT Defen
Lions club auxiliary 8 30. Sth Wed.
Santiam Rebekah 166 -1st and 3rd dant's motion as to subdivisions 1, 2.
3. 4. 5. 7. 8. and 9 be and the same
Wed. at 8 pm.
is hereby sustained and that Plaintiff
be granted 10 days in which to
American Legion. 2d and 4th Thurs further plead herein.
Gates PT A 1st Thursday 8 pm
Garden club fourth Thursday
“Circuit Judge "
Plucky Mehama Writer
Emerges From Body Cast
ID YNH \
Only eight weeks remain for citi
zens of Oregon to register for the
November general election.
Mill City citizens who have not
registered as yet can do so at Mrs.
Arthur Kriever’s residence on the
Linn county side and at Mrs. Curtis
M. Cline’s residence on the Marion
Citizens from either side can reg
ister with Don Peterson at the Mill
Throughout the state registration
places will close their books on Sat
urday. October 7.
After that time
no one may register and only reg
istered voters will be permitted to
cast ballots In the November election.
“Laboring people, as well as citi
zens in all walks of life, are facing
one of their most important elec
tions in history," said Phil Brady,
president of the joint council of
Teamsters as the Teamsters began a
campaign to qualify all of their mem
bers as voters.
“One way in which American citi
zens could lose their right to vote.”
Brady said, “would be if this nation
were conquered or overthrown by
Communism. But there is a much
easier way to lose the right to vote.
And that way is to fail to register
"In countries where freedom has
been suppressed, one of the first
steps of a dictatorial government is
to take away the right to vote. Yet
i thousands of Oregon residents volun
tarily give up this precious right
each year by failing to register.”
Among the registration require
ments are residence in the state six
months immediately preceding the
election. There is no specified time
for residence in the precinct, county
Absent voters may participate in
elections by applying in advance for
ballots and returning them as pro
vided by statute. This privilege is
available to an elector who is absent
from the county of his legal resi
dence. or whose place of residence is
more than 15 miles from the polling
place, or who is physically unable to
go to the polling place.
Prohibited from voting are aliens,
insane, idiots, mentally diseased per
sons and persons convicted of a
School district electors must be
legal voters of the state who have
resided within the district at least
six months preceding the election
They must also have been registered
in a precinct within the school dis
trict for at least 30 days prior to the
school meeting or election.
Hay Spills from Truck
Near Philo Potter Farm
Fox Valley A man from Indepen
dence who is hauling Alfalfa hay
from central Oregon, spilled his load
Sunday on a highway curve near the
Philo Potter place between Fox Val
ley and Mill City.
The load shifted as he was on a
sharp curve and half of the bales left
the truck Broken bales were scat
tered along the highway
was stalled briefly at the scene
The hauler experienced better luck
than a hay hauler did just recently
on the road near Gates when his load
of hay and truck were destroyed by
a fire in the hay The heat reached
such an intensity before the fire was
discovered that it was impossible to
put it out in time to rescue the truck
Otis Dike Was
Gates—Otis Dike passed away Sun
day, August 6. He was the eldest
son of one of the earliest settlers in
this area. He was bom at Red Dog,
Calif He came here with his par-
i ents at the age of eleven. The fam
ily cleared and established their
home on what is now the Gessner
He early became identified
with the logging industry in the can
yon, where he spent the most of his
time since. He was beloved of those
with whom he worked, fished and
hunted and his passing will be
mourned by all who knew him.
Otis Clarkeston Dike was born,
October 14. 1876. He was the son
of Harriet Francis Shetlon and Sam
uel Dike. He married Della Heath
November 25, 1909.
clude his widow, two daughters,
Alura Chance and Dellora Stiff, both
of Gates, a son, Kenneth Dike of
Spokane, Wash., and two brothers,
Lee and Lester Dike of Mill City and
Services were held at the First
Christian church in Mill City, Wed
nesday morning. Burial was in the
For State Senate
Cornelius Bateson of Pratum will
carry the Democratic banner this fall
in the race for state senator from
Bateson, who was Salem district
supervisor for the 1950 census, re
places Art Davis of Mill City in the
Davis withdrew because ne
had established residence in Linn
A meeting of 55 percinct commit
teemen and women in Salem last
Thursday picked Bateson for the
nomination. The nominee is a grad
uate of Willamette university. For
five years, he held the job of investi
gator and personnel man for the
United States civil service. His cur
rent occupation is bean and berry
Bateson's running mate in the cam
paign for Marion county's two seats
in the senate will be Frank Porter.
Marion County Dogs
Must Wear License Tacs
Dog owners in Marion county were
warned this month that beginning im
mediately a campaign to license all
dogs will be enforced.
Ervin Ward, county dog control of
ficer, said he will be citing into court
dog owners who neglect to purchase
Another drive will bi
launched against dog owners who per
mit their pets to run loose
purchased the tag must be attached to
the dog's collar. Ward said.
Dog licenses are available at the
county clerk's office. Fee is $1 for
males and spayed females and $2 for
Santiam Eagles Sponsor
Dance at Detroit Gym
Canyon residents looking for a
good time and a chance to help a
worthy cause need look no further
than the Detroit high school gym
nasium this Saturday night
Sammy Bridges and his Santiam
playboys will furnish music for the
Eagles dance scheduled for that
night at the Detroit high school gym
Sponsored by the Santiam Aerie
No. 2745, the dance will begin at 9
and last until 1 am. The proceeds
will go to the Eagles benefit-welfare
First Bucket of Concrete
Poured for Detroit Dam
Preliminary Work Ends,
Construction Begins on
Huge Canyon Project
were made into the sub-surface fea
tures of the damsite
had to be located - a strain of rock
found that would stand up to the
severe test af time. Land had to be
Scheduled to rise from the floor purchased.
Surveys of the flooded
of the canyon at the rate of three . area had to be made. A model of
feet a week for the next three years. | the finished dam had to be built.
Detroit dam entered its most spec
Colonel Bums then described act
tacular phase of construction this ual preliminary work at the damsite.
He told of the difficulty of working
When Gov. Douglas McKay poured on steep slopes of a narrow gorge in
the first bucket of concrete about restricted working space. Offices and
3:20 p.m. Saturday, the end of many warehouses had to be erected. Ac
months of preparatory work was at cess roads had to be carved out of
the rocky sides of the canyon.
District Engineer Donald S. Burns tunnel 1.300 feet long and 25 feet in
described the work that had gone diameter had to be built to divert
before the actual pouring to an audi the river.
ence assembled at the observation
Al Bauer, manager of the Consoli
point alongside state highway 222.
dated Builders, Inc., Detroit dam con
He took the audience back to the
years when Detroit dam was yet a tractors, told those assembled it was
dream. He told of the struggle to a $6 million job just geting ready
for the actual dam building. He said
get the project authorized, of getting
his firm had a record of finishing
funds for the construction of the
its jobs ahead of schedule and that
they had every intention of maintain
“It was owing to the desires and
ing that record at Detroit.
united effort of the people of the
Governor McKay considered the
Willamette basin that the project
was finally authorized and placed un benefits the dam would bestow. Flood
control, a water-supply, irrigation,
der construction,” he said.
But more preliminary work was and recreation were stressed.
necessary, he pointed out. Designs governor insisted the time is ripe to
had to be studied.
Investigations develop the state's resources.
Division Engineer Col. O. E Walsh
expressed the hope that the dam be
ing erected at Detroit would not be
needed for war that the power gen-
; erated there would be used exclu
sively for peaceful purposes.
At the floor of the canyon was a
crevice 60 feet deep. 30 feet wide at
the top and a foot wide at the bot
Eight members of the Mill City vol tom. Here some of the first concrete
unteer fire department have been do will be placed.
Spectators at the observation point
ing double-duty lately as both fire
men and members of the Mill City were denied the privilege of seeing
the actual pouring of the first con
crete They marvel«!, at the control
Dick Olmstead, chief or the service, lower sliding parallel to the river
says men are available throughout
guiding the bucket across the line
the day providing 24-hour service in [ and dropping it down to the canyon
case of emergency. The men donate . floor.
their time and energy to rush vic
Next week, dam officials promised,
tims of sudden illnesses or accidents two control towers would be in oper
to Salem hospitals.
Working with ation, up-stream and down-stream,
Dr. Reid the men are making the
guiding the buckets across the lines
community a safer place to live in I as the working pace increases.
despite the obvious handicap of be
Work will continue day and night
ing thirty-five miles from a large i as long as weather permits until the
I job is completed, offiicals said.
Working on the team in addition
As Governor McKay said, “a dream
to Chief Olmstead are Burnett Cole, . of the North Santiam" is coming
Dub Stewart, George Stewart. Dewey true.
Flatman. Dallas Strickler. Ben Roten
and Lee Knowles.
Their record in
responding to calls of the sick and
injured is an example of civic spirit
that really speaks louder than any
words we could find.
The ambulance service went into
action early in June. Carl Paulmieur
Linn county and three other Ore
furnished the inspiration and the am
bulance The eight men were given gon counties are now entitled to dis
training in first-aid so they could trict courts under a 1949 legislative
act providing that one of these
provide on-the-spot assistance.
Injured persons can reach the serv I courts may be established in a county
ice through the telephone operator when it has reached a population in
who can find the men on duty in a ' excess of 50,000
David O’Hara, in charge of the
At present the service has two state elections bureau, Informed the
Oregon Statesman that Douglas,
cars, an ambulance and an aid car.
Cases handled by the service have Jackson and Washington counties in
been as far away as the Maples east addition to Linn county could estab
lish the courts.
Under the district court system,
An example of quick action of the
service came last Friday night when local justice of the peace districts
James Riddle, Lee logging company would be abolished and the district
loader, cut his arm severely. Fol court established In the county seat.
Such courts have been established
lowing quick first aid by Dr. Reid,
Riddle was rushed to a Salem hos in Clackamas, Marion and Lane
pital in 55 minutes for further treat counties. The court has jurisdiction
over all criminal cases where the
maximum penalty provided does not
exceed one year in jail and a fine
of 13,000 or both
In civil cases it
has jurisdiction of all cases where the
amount claimed does not exceed
Five Mill City Boy Scouts spent $1,000. It has a small claims depart
last week at Camp Pioneer on Pine ment which has jurisdiction but not
exclusive, for the recovery of money
Donald Lemke, Gregory Peterson. or damages where the amount
George Rambo. John Taylor, and claimed does not exceed $20
Richard Verbeck camped at Mt. Jef
ferson campsite for the week.
Two of the boys, Richard Verbeck
and John Taylor were among the
nine boys who were initiated into the
Order of the Arrow. Richard, John
“Guess What?” is hitting Gates this
and Donald Lemke al) earned merit
Saturday The word is out that It’s
badges in swimming, life saving and
a dance, but nobody's letting the full
One day the boys hiked eight miles
Bob Venera, Mill City chamber of
to Marion Lake.
commerce president, had the slogan
The boys agreed on their return '<n his hat last week, but everyone
that they had had a wonderful time, xeems to be keeping it under their
but the thing that seemed to impress hat this week.
them most wax the food.
Guess the beat way to find out is
Louis Verbeck brought them to to attend the dance featuring Lyle
within two miles of the campsite in Johnson's dance orchestra at Gates
Earl Wilson's truck and returned the from 9:30 pm. to 12:30 am this
boys by car a week later
Saturday and find out.
Rushes injured to
Linn Now Eligible
For District Court
Mill City Scouts Camp
At Pine Ridge Lake
Dance At Gates