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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 1, 1951)
T he MILL CITY
By DON PETERSON
Tonight a meeting is scheduled in
the Gates school auditorium by the
PTA at which state school officials
will attend to discuss school consoli
dation. The need is becoming more
¿nd more apparent that some con
solidation movement is necessary.
Gates is in the most favored position
over Mill City and Detroit-Idanha, be
cause they have no indebtedness, and
also that they have a higher valuation
than Mill City. We invite letters to
the editor discussing the school prob
lems, with the hope that everyone can
be better informed.
Petitions asking for a consolidation
election are being circulated.
must not be wasted if consolidation
is to be accomplished in time for
setting up a budget for next year.
If this is not completed in time any
consolidation move will be held up
• • *
Lowell Stiffler of Stiffler’s radio
shop is inviting anyone interested in
forming an amateur radio club in the
canyon to stop in and leave their
name with him. As soon as enough
indicate their desire for such a club
he will notify those interested of a
time and place to hold a meeting for
the purpose of organizing the club.
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Complaints have been made that
numerous persons have been using the
county road in Linn county between
Gates and Mill City as a dumping
ground for refuse. Likewise along
the county road near dump grounds
maintained at the expense of Mill City
This practice is very unsanitary and
those doing so are subject to arrest
We believe that
everyone should have enough pride in
their community to use the facilities
set up for garbage disposal. County
authorities are on the watch for any
one dumping garbage along the road.
* * *
Suggestion has been made that per
haps the city fathers should enter into
a contract with garbage disposal or
ganizations to carry away all garbage
in the city. That would mean that
garbage disposal service charges
would be collected by the city the same
as any other taxes against property,
Citizens then would not be tempted
to dump garbage along the roads or
in the river. Many streets are a sorry
sight to behold when you drive around
and without much trouble find refuse
in unsanitary piles.
This a problem the city council
should take up and make serious at
tempts to solve. Perhaps a contract
with the disposal service would go a
long way to solve this difficult prob
lem. Other cities attach the garbage
disposal service charge to the water
or light bills each month. So with
the coming of the Lyons substation
Mill City should form its own public
utility district—the earnings from this
service would more than pay for gar-
bage service, indeed, more than likely
all city expenses.
• * *
A, M. Stafford today is moving his
tailor establishment known as the
Santiam Tailors to building space in
Gates owned by Wm. Hutcheson. He
has been operating a tailor shop and
cleaning service in the Dawes building
in Mill City for the past year and a
half. His many friends are sorry to
see him move away from Mill City,
but wish every success in his new and
beautiful quarters located next to the
Gates self service laundry. Gates is
proudly welcoming the new business
to their community.
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Lloyd Girod of Girod's super market
in Stayton is conducting a free con
test among his many friends and cus
tomers who visit his store until the
20th of November. The contest con
sists of guessing the number of cans
of Pet milk in a round tower built
in his store window.
On Nov. 20th the winner will be
awarded a 20-pound tom turkey. 2nd
place winner will receive an electric
hot plate, 3rd will receive a trouble
Anyone may take part and
may enter as many times as they wish
regardless of whether they make a
purchase or not. Mr. Girod will be
remembered as a former owner in the
IGA store in Idanha about a year ago.
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There is still time to get a petition
circulated for some particular person
who YOU think would be a good coun
cilman for the next three-year period.
It is a duty to serve and conduct the
business of the city, and many times
one who does is given the brickbats
of criticism. He seldom receives any
bouquets for hie sacrifice of time and
effort. Always the things they don't
do stand out far more important than
the good and wise actions they per
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ON THE SCENIC NORTH SANTIAM HIGHM \Y — GATE« \Y TO THE HEART OE N Ml RE'S EMPIRE
Vol. VII—No. 44
MILL CITY. OREGON, THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 1. 1951
$2.50 a Year. 1()(* a Copy
This giant "mud bucket”
has descended from the
skies above enough times
with its load of eight cubic
yards of concrete until one
million cubic yards of it
have been set into Detroit
The one millionth
cubic yard was lowered
intu the huge concrete '
dam. Thursday, Nov. 1st,
according to engineers.
Some 400.000 cubic yards
more must be likewise
placed before Detroit dam
will he complete.
Overholser, resident engi-
ner, pointed out that the
one-millionth cubic yard
of concrete was poured '
into block 11 at elevation
146'9, which is about 250
feet above the river bed. j
Stay in Mill City, but sample the
food of foreign countries—that is
the goal of the Mill City PTA’s
international piogressive dinner,
Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The first course of the unusual din
ner will be served in the Carl Kelly
Proceeds of the $1.00 dinner will
be used by the local PTA for such
things as the kindergarten and
school cafeteria improvements.
Children under 12 pay 50c for
their international dinner.
A DAUGHTER—To Mr. and Mrs.
Orville Nygaard, Detroit, Oct. 30, at
Salem General hospital.
A SON—To Mr. and Mrs. Bruce
Livingston, Lyons, Oct. 30. at Salem
A DAUGHTER-To Mr. and Mrs.
Floyd Cox, Lyon«, Nov. 1, at Salem '
Mrs. Lilly Schoer
Dies in Longview
Mrs. Lilly A. Schaer. 67, who was a
resident of Mill City for many years,
passed away Sunday in Longview,
Wash. Mrs. Schaer moved from Mill
City when the Hamond lumber mill
closed in 1936. Mrs. Schaer was born
1 in Lakota, N.D., October 28. 1884.
Mrs. Lilly A. Schaer was a member
of the Mill City St. Catherine’s Cath
olic church. She is survived by her
husband, John G. Schaer; a son, Oliver
of Longview, a daughter-in-law, Mrs.
Cecil J. Schaer of Gates; and brothers,
Fred Duffy of Mil) City, and Harry
Duffy of Longview.
Funeral services for Mrs. Schaer
were held in Longview, Wednesday.
Mill City Rated Largest
In North Santiam Canyon
"Mill City, with a 1950 population of 1,795, is the largest community of
the North Santiam canyon." That is the verdict of the industrial survey
of Mill City by Civic Service. The booklet containing the above statement
was distributed to the public for the first time during the North Santiam
Chamber of Commeree banquet in Sublimity parish hall. Wednesday. Oct. 24.
The industrial survey for Stayton~
states. "Stayton is an important serv- 1 to the recreational areas of the upper
ice city to the rich agricultural area canyon.
of the lower North Santiam river
Continuing about Stayton, “An at
valley, to the logging and timber proc tractive community of good schools,
essing operations of the canyon, and churches, well-stocked shops, diver
sified industrial operations, and abun
dant recreational attractions, these
factors help account for the 40% in
crease in population Stayton has en
joyed from 1940 to the 1950 popula
tion of 1,521. Stayton's growth is not
based on boom conditions; it is stable
million dollars will
and steady. As early as 1878, the
be distributed to Oregon and Wash
city's population was reported to be
ington county governments as their
300, according to an atlas of Linn
share in national forest receipts for
and Marion counties published in San
fiscal year 1951 which ended June 30.
Estimates of amounts to be paid the Francisco.”
counties have just been released by Gates Nearest Dam
Civic Service’s industrial survey
Regional Forester J. Herbert Stone,
booklet on Gates publishes this about
U. S. Forest Service, Portland.
An increase of almost 100 percent Gates, “The City of Gates, with a 1950
over last year is indicated in the total population of 422, is the nearest in
sum to be paid counties in each of the corporated community to the $70,000,-
two states. Oregon counties will 000 Detroit project on the upper North
receive approximately $4,291,000 and Santiam canyon. Detroit dam is lo
Washington, about $2,248,000, setting cated 10 miles east of Gates, and the
new records for both states. Distri- "re-regulating” Big Cliff dam is but
bution will be made through state seven miles east of the city. Con
struction on the project is scheduled
In Oregon, Lane and Douglas for completion in December, 1953
counties again head the list with The multi-purpose character of the
$728,500 and $527,500, respectively, project will continue to be a major
(Photo courtesy of the Albany Democrat-neiwiu)
for their use. Lake influence on the economy of Gates.
county ranks third with $332,000. Main purposes of the Detroit project
Leading Washington counties this are flood control and electric power
’.ear are Jefferson, Skamania, and generation; but irrigation and recrea
Clallam with $357,200, $309,200, and tional benefits likewise will be a major
$259,(MM) in that order. All figures support of the community.”
John Durr’s Civic Service industrial
are close approximations.
survey has this to say about Lyons,
A forthcoming Boy Scout Circus in
The second meeting of the leaders j Every year, 25 percent of each another Mill City neighbor, “The un
Eugene will feature a skit demon and adult workers of Canyon District, national forest’s total earnings is
strating the “do’s and don’ts” of civil Girl Scouts of America, was held at divided among the counties in which incorporated community of Lyons,,
defense. A recent meeting there the “Hut”, Mongold, the afternoon of the forest lies. The division is made with an estimated population of 450’
focused attention on first aid train October 26. Attending were women in proportion to thj* percentage of in 1950, is the major point of opera
ing for the general public. Two from Stayton, Lyons, Mill City, Gates. national forest land within each tion for timber and lumber processing
Eugene men are at St. Mary’s college Mongold, Detroit and Idanha. Mrs. county. Al) money received by the industries of the North Santiam can
yon. Eight of the 21 sawmills operat
in California attending a two-week “Pat” Crawford, Canyon District counties from this source is used for
ing in the canyon are located here,
civil defense training course conducted chairman, conducted the meeting 1 schools and roads.
but over half of the wood-working
by the federal government. Port ( which was attended by a professional
industrial employment is concentrated
land civil defense will send four per Girl Scout worker. Miss Dorothy Wil
at Lyons, The canyon’s two largest
sons to the training school.
son, field director.
sawmills. Mt. Jefferson lumber com
Elsewhere, Clackamas county civil
“One of the purposes of these dis- I
pany and the Freres and Frank mill
defense met with' the local parent Strict meetings is to evaluate the work
are located here; and the canyon’s
teachers council and heard talks by done by the girls and adults in the
first plywood plant is now under con
four men connected with the state past and to find more and better ways
The Halloween costume contest dur struction at Lyons to be in operation,
civil defense organization.
in the future. Canyon District has ing last Saturday’s matinee at Mill by early 1952.”
The director of the Mt. Hood area been working to: 1. provide opportun City theatre attracted over 50 con- Survey Reflects Power
appealed to residents of all ages, from ity for Girl Scouting; 2. promote pub testants.
The above excerpts from the can
Cherryville to Government Camp, for lic relations; 3. promote international
yon-wide industrial survey recently’
Many clever costumes were
participation in the local program. friendship; 4. promote camping; 5. and included everything from
completed reflect in pointed ways how
The new director for Klamath county, provide wise financing; 6. provide cats, witches, hoboes, ghosts, to pi potentially powerful this region iir.
Joe I.aClair, has altered his organiza training for adult leadership; 7. pro rates and even Batman and Robin.
Facts show that thia region now has
tion to more closely follow state and vide a progressive program; 8. pro
Winners of the senior section of in sight vast areas for economic ex
federal civil defense plans. The set
the costume contest were Amber pansion this is proved by an impar
up includes deputy directors for fire are proud to say that the Girl Scouts Bond, the most beautiful costume; tial survey of our northwest empire.
police, medical engineering, aid A have done a lot toward these aims,” Sharyn Gibson, most gruesome; and
Many people have questioned re
welfare, communications, utilities, Mi-s Wilson stated.
Karen Rue, most humorous. In the garding Detroit reservoir.
operations, public information &
Miss Wilson showed a series of junior division winners were Carol what the canyon’s industrial survey
education and personnel.
slides entitled “Planning Program Ragsdale and Yvonne Bigger, who has on this important project, “Indus
In Portland, a special series of civil with Girls through Troop Govern tied for the prettiest costume; Billy tries will not be located directly on
defense classes for the public are ment.” In both patrol and club sys Belting, most humorous; and Dubby the reservoir shoreline, but access
roads are being constructed around
being held Monday through Thursday tems each girl is helped. After the Stewart, most gruesome.
each week in five public schools. meeting refreshments were served by . This Saturday the matinee will the lake shore to facilitate harvesting
honor Roy Rogers, whose birthday is of timber crons, fire control, and for
First aid is now a part of the curricu the ladies from Mongold.
The reservoir will be
lum for seventh to tenth graders in
Attending this meeting were Mrs. this week. Feature picture will be recreation.
Portland schools. Teachers are given Angus Ware, community chairman, “Bells of Coronado”, starring Roy and stocked with fish from hatcheries and
civil defense instruction as part of Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Larry Kimsey Trigger. The stage event will be a the Igke promises to become a popular
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from Stayton; Mrs. C. Jungwirth and western costume contest for all cow recreation area for sightseeing, boat
Mrs. Frances Garsjo from Lyons; boys and cowgirls. Many fine prizes ing, swimming, fishing, picnicking,
and overnight camping.”
Mrs. C. K. Thomas from Mill City. are offered.
Boy Scouts Learn
Of Civil Defense
Canyon Girl Scout
Leaders Set Aims
Paraded in Theatre
Coming Events . . . Ede's Cafe--That’s
American Legion Auxiliary 3d Mon.
Lions club meeting.
A.F. 4 A.M. No. 180 stated meet
ing third Monday.
O.E.S. meeting. 2d Monday month.
Riders of the Santiam, 1st Tuesday
Chamber of Commerce 2 & 4 neon
Lions Auxiliary 4th Tuesday
Women's 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 W’ed. 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 pm.
American Legion 2d and 4th Thur»
Garden club fourth Thursday.
Firemen Auxiliary meets 3d Thurs.
Toastmistress Club, 2d 4 4th, 7 p.m.
I.OO F meeting.
Mill City TWA meeting last Friday
Farmers Union meeting at Mehama
Woman’s club, 2nd
Mill City's Newest
“Ede's Cafe”—that's the name of an
eating establishment once known as
I “Mill City Cafe”. Mill City has an-
| other restaurant in operation.
proprietor of “Ede’s Cafe” is Edith
The newly renovated and
decorated restaurant opened for busi
Those assisting in the operation of
Ede’s Cafe are Margaret Thomas,
Helen Kanoff, and Cleo Thomas. The
floor space in the newly opened cafe
is covered by bright, square-patterned
linoleum. The entire cafe has a clean
and home-like appearance.
Ede's Cafe features home-made pies.
Booth and counter service ¿re pro
vided—there’s that juke box. too.
Ede's Cafe is located beside Wood's
Store and the Santiam War Surplus
store. Mill City’s newest eating place
Ì is open each day of the week, except
Tuesday, from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
INSTALL OFFICERS IN LYONS
Veterans of Foreign Wars will
install officers, Thursday, Nov. 8.
at h p m. in the old school house in
The V'FW district commander will
install al) VFW member«. Eligible
VFW members are invited. Pic
tures will be shown and a lunch
will he served.
North Santiam ( hamber of Commerce strutted its stuff Wednesday, Ort. 24. Dignitaries from far and wide
were present for the grand climax of the day. a banquet in the Sublimity parish hall. Seated at the speaker«*
table were left to right. Mrs. S. R. Overholser, wife of the resident engineer for Detroit dam; Ivan E. Oakes.
Willamette river basin commission representative; A. W. Trimble, nresident of Mountain States Power
I- H. Wright, secretary of the North Santiam (hamber of Com merer and master of ceremonies; J. C. Kimmel,
president of the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce; and Mrs. L. H. Wright.
(Photo courtesy of the Capital Journal)