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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 18, 1951)
By DON PETERSON
The Boy Scouts are looking for a
new scoutmaster for Mill City’s
future businessmen, city councilmen,
and school officials.
scoutmaster for the past year is mov
ing away to take employment near
Crescent City, Calif. He has worked
hard and diligently to give the boys
“Scouting.” Today we have 11-year-
old boys with worlds of enthusiasm,
energy unbounded that makes us
shiver when we think of trying to
harness those energies into the activ
ities of the Boy Scout program—to
morrow they will be taking over the
jobs of a family man and looking for
a scoutmaster for their boys. So, our
life moves steadily along.
♦ * *
Perhaps this is our chance to make
a better community for the future by
working with these boys in programs
that have been proved valuable to the
country and various communities
where it has been adopted. We are
blessed with abundance in nature lore
and outdoors study that many of us
know very little about. A trip into
the mountains with the scouts as a
committeeman or scoutmaster could
prove invigorating to any man.
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Another thing that cannot be ig
nored insofar as scouting is concerned
is according to his friends, the forced
resignation of D. J. Ferguson from
his pastor duties in the First Pres
byterian church because of ill health.
Ferguson has a long record of in
terest in scout affairs.
• • *
Charles Kelly has been a mainstay
in keeping the scout activity alive and
has been diligent in getting the men
together for committee meetings this
fall. Years past it has been Louis
Verbeck and Larry Kanoff who have
shouldered the responsibilities of
working with the boys. Ed Cooke has
been steady and a good worker in
scouting even today he is in there
pitching to do his part. There are
numerous others that I probably am
not aware of who have contributed
time and money to give scouting a
program in this community.
* * *
I am informed that Mill City many
years ago had the first scout troop in
Oregon—we must not live on our past
glories but must dig in and make to
day’s boys the best citizens possible.
At a meeting in Mom & Pop’s cafe
last week M. J. Rambo accepted the
chairnfn>i»Lip >rs the . rorrrxmmmittee;
Charles Kelly’ took on the job of
finance man; Jhue Johnson, Clyde
Golden and H. I. Plymale will handle
outdoorsnian duties. Clyde Golden is
going to supervise the advancement
work of the scouts, and I will try to
handle publicity, Clarke Lethin of
Albany, scout executive for this dis
trict was present and assisted in the
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At this meeting the troop committee
discussed plans for using the space
alloted in the city park by the Lions
club when that property was deeded to
the city a few years ago. Plans are
being drawn to meet specifications of
scouting for a building in which scout
work can grow and prosper as it
should. In scouting the boys need a
building in which their paraphenalia
can be stored until the next meeting
night; where the boys divide up and
"go to work” unmolested by anyone;
where courts of honor may be held,
and dads and mothers invited in to
see them demonstrate their various
skills, such as building a fire without
matches, tying knots and applying
first aid to the injured—where leaves
of trees and bushes can be arranged
for identification, along with many
other “samples” that are collected
and “mom won’t permit in the house”.
• * *
The Lions club has granted per
mission to use their property in the
park for as long as is needed, but the
building is too small for 25 to 35 boys
to crowd in at one time, and can not
be used on wet nights. The recrea
tion room in the high school is avail
able for their use, but it does not
meet the qualifications of satisfactory
quarters in as much as it is impossible
to have lockers installed for the use
of the scouts or any other permanent.
• • «
You may be called upon in the near
future to help furnish materials and
labor to build this new home for the
scouts—-please don’t wait to be invited,
just tell one of the committee that you
will be there or you will furnish some
thing towards it.
"We can and we will!” is our slogan.
AIR FORCE OFFERS
Men with technical or specialized
training in fields utilized by the
United States Air Force are being
offered commissions in the Air Force
Reserve, it was announced today by
Maj. Norman W. Campion, command
ing officer of the Willamette univers
ity air force ROTC.
"Rapid expansion of the Air Force
has reduced the number of trained
officer reserves in many essential
specialties and immediate consider
ation will be given to applicants with
experience in Air Force associated j
•kills”. Major Campion said.
T he MILL CITY
ON THE SCENIC NORTH SANTIAM HIGIIW \Y — GATEWAY TO THE HEART OF NATURE’S EMPIRE
Vol. VII—No. 42
MILL CITY. OREGON. THURSDAY. OCTOBER IS. 1S51
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North Santiam Industrial
Banquet Success in Sight
Signs of whatever nature point to a rousing success for the North Kantian*
chamber of commerce banquet in the Sublimity Parish hall. Wednesday
evening. October 21. according to L. D. Wright, secretary of the canyon
wide group. Ticket sales are at a high level. The best in representation
will be on hand for the banquet. A sampling of the industrial might of
the North Santiam region will be on
display ‘‘or the banqueters.
John G. Barnett. U. S. Department
of Commerce spokesman, will attend
the North Santiam chamber of com
merce banquet in the Sublimity parish
| hall. S. R. Overholser, resident en
gineer, will appear that evening in
The Damon Runyon cancer fund will behalf of the Army Corps of Engi
be the recipient of the proceeds of a neers. Ivan E. Oakes will represent
dance staged Saturday, Oct. 27, by the Willamette River Basin commis
Santiam Aerie No. 2745, Fraternal •ion. Allen R. Meilis will speak f«r-
Order of Eagles, it was announced the Portland chamber of commerce’s
by Robert Wingo, the aerie’s worthy industries department, Arrangements
have been made for the appearance
President Wingo also announced the of an official of the Southern Pacific”
appointment of a special arrange railroad for the canyon-wide affair.
Committeemen Ticket Sales Moving Fast
are: Kenneth Hunt, chairman. Bill
J. C. Kimmel, president of the
Wilson, Buford Hughes, Pau) Jen North Santiam chamber of commerce,
nings, Ed Debolt, and George Stewart. noted with enthusiasm that his ticket
sales were tops and he had reports-
Everyone Invited To Attend
“Santiam aerie invites all organi of similar nature from others han
zations and citizens to join with the dling tickets for the big banquet a*
Eagles in making this dance an out Sublimity, October 24. Kimmel stated
standing success,"chairman Hunt said. that the prospects of the canyon-wide
“There is still no cure for cancer, con fete had "all the earmarks of a grand
sequently research must be continued success!”
on all levels and it must be supported Caravan Forms at Grange Hall
by public-spirited citizens because we
Wright stressed the fact that the
have no idea of where cancer may North Santiam auto caravan, which
will form at the Lyons grange hall
The local aerie will join with other at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Eagle aeries throughout this country October 24, is for the benefit of any-
and Canada in a fund-raising effort j one interested in making the tour of
for the Runyon fund, which was 1th* J’anyon.
After this caravan has made its
named after the late columnist and
magazine writer who died of the ail swing up through the canyon, it will
ment, for which there is still no known head back towards Stayton.
cure. The entire proceeds of the local are that the caravan will wind up in
affair will be turned over to the fund’s Stayton in time for the trip to Sub
treasurer, Walter Winchell, and the limity and the banquet in the Sub
money will be used for research. The limity Parish hall at 6:30 p.m.
only deduction from the proceeds will Exhibits In Wednesday Morning
be for federal taxes-
Wright cautioned that industrial
Last year, the Eagles presented exhibits should be in the Sublimity
$132,999.53 to the fund and the sum parish hall by Wednesday morning.
was called by Winchell, “the largest These exhibits will feature products
ever turned over by any fraternal or- manufactured and grown in the North
ganization.” The columnist, who was Santiam canyon and valley, The line
one of Runyon’s closest friends, called up of products will include exhibits
the Eagles the "Runyon fund's ’Santa from the woolen mill, mines, plywood
Claus’.” Officers of the Runyon fund, plants, shingle mills, cannery, and
with headquarters in New York City, numerous other canyon enterprises.
will distribute the money to univer
James Nightingale and Herman
sities, hospitals, and o^her research Hassler, co-chairman of the important,
centers where the job of finding the event, re-stated the fact that tickets;
cure for cancer continues.
for the distinctly North Santiam ban
quet may be purchased from J. C-
Runyon Colorful Writer
Damon Runyon was one of Ameri- Kimmel, Fred Lindemann, Ken GolSet,.
ca's most colorful newspapermen. A 1 Dick Parker. Nolan Rasnick, R. L.
and Sam Palmerton. Night-
brilliant reporter, he was the author 1 Stewart,
,a'd ’ ’ , "For $2.00 you can learn
of countless short stories, notable for
their sharp delineation of "Broadway1 . first hand what fine foods we grow
characters. Many of his stories were ' here, because only our products will
, j be on that banquet table. Even the
translated to the screen as starring;
” j most delicate of nalates will be
vehicles for Hollywood actors.
Broadway play “Guys and Dolls”, is tickled!”
On the weighty side of things is
based on his writings. Runyon was
afflicted with cancer of the throat, the matter of opening up at the ban
but carried on his writing almost to quet for the first time of a storehouse
bis last dav. Ax a memorial. Walter of valuable information about the
Winchell initiated the fund as an aid North Santiam territory by John Durr,
in the fight towards conquering the industrial survey snecialist.
Last year Santiam aerie also held held at the Mill City fire hall Satur
a charitv frolic for the benefit of the day, October 27. Music again will bo
fund. This affair netted a total of furnished by Mrs. C. N. Bennett and
$100 for the fund. The aerie received her ragtime syncopators.
admission will be 11.00.
a letter of thanks from Winchell.
The Ramon Runyon dance will be starts at 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.
Lee Hoffman, contractor for the Corps of Engineers, w ill soon comnlete construction of the Minto egg-taking
station located near Gates. This interesting facility makes oossihle the taking of eggs from salmon in the
North Santiam river. Although this project, consisting of a 182-foot long dam across the river and a series
of fishways and holding ponds, is being constructed by the federal government it will be turned over to the
state of Oregon. Salmon eggs taken at Minto station will be transported to Marion Forks fish hatchery. The
Minto station dam is 12 feet high. Phil Callender, foreman for Hoffman, stated that a recent flash flood
ripped out one concrete retaining wall. Construction work on the Minto station probably will be complete next
month. The holding pond maze can be seen to the left in the picture. The river itself can be seen sliding
over the Minto station dam to the right.
(Photo courtesy of thesCapital Journal)
Brings Wide Harm
A jaunt to Detroit dam proved a
sad experience for Bob Shelton and
his companion, Miss Vera Loucks,
Sunday afternoon. A car driven by
W. D. Ptiftlins ot Mulino struck the
Shelton automobile on the North
Santiam highway near Gates, The
occupants of the Phillips car were
returning home from a hunting trip,
Phillips was in the act of passing
a line of cars in his lane while the
Shelton car was approaching from
the opposite direction, Both cars in-
volved in the accident swerved into
a roadside loading zone and there
collided. None of the persons in the
Phillips car were injured, but Shelton
and Miss Loucks sustained minor in
Glen Shelton, father of Bob and
former grade school caretaker, suf
fered a heart attack when informed
of his son’s accident. Damage to the
Shelton car was estimated at $500 to
Contrary to rumor, Denny Marttala
and Gary Peterson, friends of Bob
Shelton’s, were not in the Shelton
car at the time of the accident, Sun
Just Arrived ...
A DAUGHTER—To Mr. and Mrs.
George Miller. Idanha. Oct. 10, at
Salem Memorial hospital.
A SON—To Mr. and Mrs. L. O.
Kuhlman. Mill City, October 15, at
Salem General hospital.
Coming Events . . .
American Legion Auxiliary 3d Mon.
Lions club meeting.
A.F A A.M. No. 180 stated meet
ing third Mo..day.
O.E.S. meeting, 2d Monday month.
Riders of the Santiam, 1st Tuesday
Chamber of Commerce 2 & 4 noon
Lions Auxiliary 4th Tuesday
Women’« club 8 p.m. 1st. 3rd Tuea
129-J School Board meeting 2d Tues
Boy Scouts, 7:30, H. S. Recreation
Santiam Eagles and auxiliary 8 p.m.
at Mill City fire hall.
Santiam Rebekah 166—1st and 3rd
Wed. at 8 p.m.
City council first Wed. 7:30 p.m.
Altar Society 3d Wednesday 8 p.m.
PTA. second Wednesday 8 p.m.
Theta Rho Club for Girls, meets 2d
and 4th Thursdays.
Gates PTA 1st Thursday 8 p.m.
American Legion 2d and 4th Thurs
Garden club fourth Thursday.
Firemen Auxiliary meets 3d Thurs.
LOO P meeting.
Mill City TWA meeting last Friday
Farmers Union meeting at Mehama
Woman's club, 2nd
Magic Show Slated
For Mari-Linn Gym
Oregon Seed Crops
Meet Stiff Rivalry
One word, quality, is taking on in-
Lyons—A spectacular magic show
is billed for the Mari-Linn school. j creasing importance in the outlook
Arthur White, the great, master for Oregon's seed industry.
magician who has thrilled thousands
The day when buyers came rapping
of people throughout the Pacific on the door, says H. E. Finnell, ex
Northwest, will stage baffling illu tension seed certification specialist at
sions at the new Mari-Linn gym, Oregon State college, has definitely
Thursday evening, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. passed, Today, more states are
White will be assisted by Miss Nita entering the market places with
Drake. They will perform such noted ■ increasing amounts of seed. Ladino
acts as the famous Nero’s sword j clover and tall fescue, both widely
cabinet, the Chinese torture mystery, 1 grown in Oregon, are good examples
the great levitation, sawing a lady in of increasing competition.
This year, says Finnell, the national
half and many more interesting
acreage of certified ladino clover will
Miss Drake, who is also a slight-of- approach 70,001» acres. Compare that
hand artist has won the hearts of the with 42.000 acres just a year ago.
people wherever she has appeared. 1 For the second year running, Cali
This full evening's entertainment is fornia is away out in front as a certi
being sponsored by the children of the fied ladino clover seed producer.
Mari-Lann school. Proceeds will go Acreage there this year is 34,000 com
towards the movie projçctor fund in pared with 25,000 acres in Oregon,
which the school children are inter the second ranking state.
Altogether, 14 states are producers
Refreshments will be sold by the of certified ladino clover seed this
Mari-Linn parents teachers club after I year. Idaho ranks third with 5,400
the show. Admission price for adults acres followed by lesser amounts in
is 60c and school children 25c. When Wisconsin, Washington, Illinois, South
the new gym is complete, there will be Carolina. Wyoming, Tennessee, Ohio,
Missouri, Indiana and
seating for a crowd of 700. Advance Montana,
ticket sales, as well as the door, will Georgia.
Top quality certified ladino clover
be handled by the upper grade
seed has been supported at $1.25 per
pound by the government, but now
there is talk that it will be unsup-
. ported next year. If that occurs,
growers will likely face lower price
Oregon once had the tall fescue
I seed market just about its own wav,
(Continued on page 5)
The recently authorized property
' re-assessment program of the state
was discussed by Robert MacLean,
state tax commissioner, at the Linn
county Farmers Union convention at 1
Riverview, Saturday. The objective I
of the re-assessment work, according I
to MacLean, is making sure that pro
perty taxes are fairly distributed be
tween classes of property and between |
Until 1940 there was no really im
portant change in property values |
between classes of propetry. How
ever, since that date the value of I
various classes of property has risen,
but not at a uniform rate. As a re
sult. the pre-1940 assessment base |
results in inequalities between tax
The greatest changes have been in
timber values, as a rule In addition.
some timberlands logged in previous
years are sometimes re-logged from
two to five times as the trees left
become valuable Then, too, large
acreages of land—especially in east
ern Oregon—-formerly classed as
grazing land, now have considerable
value as t:mber land. These and
other changes in value will be deter
mined by re-assessment work.
No corporation excise tax is now
paid by privately owned utility com
panies. Attempts at placing such
properties under the state corporate
This is Big Cliff dam's diversion tunnel as seen from an unstream vantage point on a level with the bed of the
exise tax law failed at the last legis
North Santiam river. The temporary coffer dam of rock can be seen in the center of the pirtnre as it connect»
lature due, in large part, to recognized
up with the mouth of the diversion tunnel. A foot bridge acrons the river bed can he spotted near the power
inequities in assessments for the
crane in the picture. Water is now flowing through the completed Big Cliff diversion tunnel. Work on the
main dam is now underway. The concrete structure will rise within that area defined by the power rable strung
(Continued on Page 5)
•crows the chasm shown to the right.
(Photo courtesy of the Capital Journal!
Linn Farmers Union
Studies Tax Work