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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 31, 1952)
T he MILL CITY
By DON PETERSON
This week we are coining a new
ON THE SCENIC NORTH SANTIAM HIGHWAY — GATEWAY TO THE HEART OF NATURE’S EMPIRE
[word in our editorial columns. This
! word is synonymous to depressions :
$2.50 a Year. JOc a CoP>
and soup-lines as we witnessed and
MILL CITY, OREGON. THURSDAY, JANU ARY 31, 1952
Vol. VIII—No. 5
many of you shudder to remember ;
back in .the early 30s when President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to
office and was forced to close the
banks and set up regulations that
stopped the bank failures that had
marched through every- state in the
union until thousands of banks had
closed their doors and gone into re
ceivership, while farmers, home
By JEAN ROBERTS
owners, and small businessmen lost
Lyons—Mari-l.inn poses as model for all small schools. Consolidation of.
their homes and property to face a
six districts combined Marion and Linn counties; hence the name. The school
desperate situation that drove many
boasts nine teachers and nearly 200 pupils.
to commit suicide, and that same
An alert, broadminded school board, hacked by parents is co-operating
situation faced many a “big” business
with school teachers in making the school and gym buildings a community
man too, as witness the suicides a-
center. Scarcely a night of the week
mong their numbers as were reported
passes that finds the gym idle.
in the daily papers back in 1929 and
An unusual feature is the Tuesday I
community night Led by eighth I
Yesterday was F. D. R.’s birthday
grade teacher Ralph Hurst, the entire i
and it is fitting that the word “Taf-
community is :: - lt«d to < MM B®d |
ooverism” was coined on his birthday.
participate in supervised sports, |
Hoover was on the air recently ex
basketball, volleyball, and tumbling.
pounding more of his philosophy
The gym is double, separated by the
Thanks to a co-operative spirit and
that lead this country into the great
school pupils for physical education, the
untiring efforts of a go-getter
est depression it has ever known.
basketball and volley ball games; the pair
of young men. Mill City collected
His under-study Taft is out selling
gym is also used by the Town Team > well over $250 for the polio cause.
the voters of this United States of
basketball squad. This team prac- Saturday
night in the Mill City IOOF
America another White Elephant in
Final totals are not yet avail
tices nearly every night and holds hall.
the 1952 elections. So the word
public games about twice a week.
i able because cash contributions have
“Taf'ooverism” comes closest to tell
ing the world whpt Taft and Hoover
At present the school board and swelled
Wm. and Chas. Stewart of Mill City,
have been selling their country all
interested parents are investigating
of this year's polio drive,
these years by every trick in the books.
the possibilities of roller skating, for co-chairmen
We don’t think the voters of this
a weekly activity.
1 tried a few new angles for raising
country will be gullible enough to take
One of Mari-Linn’s largest achieve- I polio funds. Their most valuable idea
another sip of their Taf’ooverism
ments is a hot-lunch program; oper- ' was the old-fashioned basket-social.
Heart-tugging phase of the basket
ation of which is unique in the state.
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The new school building was not 1 social was the giving away of a multi
Paul Smith. Mill City’s famous
cocker spaniel puppy. "San
built with the idea of serving lunches colored
walking man came in our office today
Sam” Geo. Steffy donated the
go was not equipped with a cafe- tiam
and left a few samples of rock he had
teria to facilitate serving. Determi loveable puppy in the interests of the
picked up in the neighboring hills,
nation of interested parents and I polio cause, Fifty-cent chances were
last summer. One sample he avers
teachers however, have made possible sold on the puppy. Lucky ticket*
assays very valuable and it was picked
the serving of meals efficiently des holder was Mrs. Joe Harman. Some
up just 18 miles south of Mill City!
$35 was gained from the raffling of
pite a small kitchen.
An amazing man!
A double-deck cart operating on the cocker pup.
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Santiam Sam carried out the auc-
four wheels is loaded with dishes and
Mill City's famous hill, known to
kettles containing the day’s fare and tioneer’s role in the traditional nun-
many as Baldock’s nightmare, and to
wheeled to the first grade room at ner and extracted the unusually high
many others as Banfield’s suicide
Mari-I inn school's double gymnasium (top photo) was remodeled from two oil gym's when six districts
11:30 a.m. Each teacher is required figure of $25 for one supper-box.
curve, claimed another victim this j
consolidated r.-1 I adopted the name Mari-Linn. At 1 wer left. Principal Thomas Putman, is shown wheel
to help serve all the pupils in her room, Bill Stewart, ir. was the man paying
week. Fortunately the victim was
ing the school lunch cart to classrooms, where students dine in their room-. Serving lunch, at right,
staggering the lunch hour from 11:30 the fee for the costly lunch-box.
not a human being, but it could very .
are (from left) Mrs. Hurst and Mrs. Melvina Franklin, cooks, and Mrs. Elva Kuiken, teacher.
to 12:15, when the eighth grade is The basket-social portion of the pro
well have been, had it not been for
(Photos courtesy The Statesman)
gram neeting the polio cause $204.50.
the skillfull driving of Bill McCoy,
Orchids were tossed to that panto
driver of a logging truck, who man-1
mine pair of Dick Springer and Bob
ments for vitamins and nutrition, is
aged to bring his load to a safe stop .
Paine of Salem. These talented
. planned by the week to give the pupils
before it could spill over and catch
young men donated their time and ex
someqne on the sidewalk in front oU
Among contracts let today by the cooks enable the lunch program to penses of the Mill City performance
the Dawes building.
state highway commission, meeting in successfully operate on 20 cents a to the Mill City polio drive.
Otto Alexander, 69. old tinier here,
McCoy was coming down the hill
Those who enjoyed an entertaining
passed away at his home in Rainier,
Carl N. Thomas, 76, single and Portland, is one for $12,000 for paving flay per pupil, and still serve protein,, ■ rewarding evening, thimk the Odd
and as he made the turn, the reach Ore., last Thursday. His funeral was
First street in Mill City from Broad egetable, bread and butter and milk
broke allowing his trailer to swing
held in Scio this i uesday where he ing area, succumbed of natural causes way to a point .41 of a mile south each day. Of course left-overs must | Fellows for the use of the IOOF hall.
out toward cars parked at the foot
The Stewart brothers just thank
Saturday afternoon, Jan. 26. Thomas toward Kingwood to the Rogers Con occasionally be served. The cooks, everyone for their grand support.
of the hill, narrowly missing spilling
however, promptly dubbed this dish
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Baltimore had been in failing health for some
his load of logs onto the cars or into
the Mill City Meat Market store front. and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Grimes of four years pre.vious to the time of his j A contract was also let for the pac “football stew” and it was met with
It was very lucky that the load of Mill City attended the funeral. Mr. death. Funeral services were con- I ing of the new section of the North acclaim by the pupils. Any pupil de
logs remained on board, and they Alexander had spent the recent holi ducted by Rev. W. W. Watkins of the Santiam highway from Mill City to siring a second helping may go to
missed going off by the narrowest day vacation here visiting old friends Mill City Community church, Tuesday. I Mehama, 9.2 miles for $278,000, to the kitchen for a refill.
and was widely known in these parts.
Still another accomplishment of
Thomas was born November 16, the same company. These paving
Mr. Alexander was an unde of Mrs. 1875, in Colton, Washington. He is contracts are to be completed by this school, which is only in its third
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year of existence, is a movie projector.
Just when will someone lose his Baltimore.
survived by two bro.thers, Norris J. September of this year.
Seniors of the Detroit high school
Most of the money to purchase this
life on this treacherous hill in order to
Thomas, of Lyons. Route No. 1; and
projector was made by the pupils were the principal speakers at the
get it classified as “dangerous” on
Clyde G. Thomas of the Belgium
'themselves during a magazine sub meeting on Wednesday evening held
the books of the state highway com
Congo, Africa; and five nephews and
scription campaign, A school-spon- for the purpose of clearing some
mission—that seems to be the only
four nieces. Carl Thomas lived most
sored magic show, as well as modest points about the coming election to
method by which citizens are able to
of hi’ life in Malheur county on a
contributions from local organizations be held on Monday, F’eb. 4, for th«
force attention to a dangerous condi
have financed the projector. It is purpose of determining whether or
tion. I do not know whether anybody
Interment w’as made in Fairview
to use films to further school not the Detroit school should be dis
Howard Bair, 15, Mill City student cemetery. Pall bearers were C. D.
has ever been killed on this hill, but
Log trucks found this week a bad
continued and the pupils transported
if no one has we can certainly put this Sunday broke his leg in three places Johnson, Bob LaVon, Sam Culwell, one tor them. One dumped its load work by obtaining educational films
The to Mill City for the coming year.
case down as one in which the guard just above the ankle, Bair was skiing Clyde Richards, Jhue Johnson and Joe in Gates; another nearly raised cain that supplement textbooks,
The meeting was conducted in the
ian angel of somebody was on the at Hoodoo bowl when the an ident Bentley.
with the Dawes building in Mill City. movie projector is also available to form of a debate, the affirmative, it
job. The rear wheels of this load occurred.
Log truck driver Dan Muzechenki was
should be discontinued and students
just touched the rear end of a parked
Young Bair is the son of Mr. and
embarressed slightly this week when it.
teachers are transported to Mill City was taken
car and only a few more inches would Mrs. Jack Bair of Mil) City. He
his load of logs tumbled near Gates' i Parents, pupils, and
by John Davis and Mary Gordon
have been enough to cause the rear had accompanied Mr. and Mrs. A. E.
post office. Bill McCoy, owner-con ' all proud of their school and the ad- with S. T. Moore summarizing the
wheels to throw their load of loads Nesbitt and children, Donald and
tract carrier of logs, got down Ban
points made by the affimative follow
and somebody might well have been Francis to the winter playground.
field’s nightmare route, but the jaunt been accomplished by dilligent com ing their talks; the negative was
The Nesbitts are veteran skiiers.
| broke the reach on his log truck. munity spirit working to further taken by James White and Bob Lay
How can any highway commissioner
J. C. Kimmel will serve again on Said logs headed for Mill City Meat education.
An operation will be performed
So enthusiastic is the principal man with Mr. J. B. Gordon summar
permit such conditions to continue, this week on Howard's leg for the the Santiam Memorial hospital board Market show window.
Putman over this pisngressive izing the points made. Rebuttals
when by cutting a small corner off purpose of pinning fragments of the in the role of vice president.
Muzechenki was hauling logs for
were given by James White and Mary
the Epps Furniture store and cutting, leg bone together so that healing will and the other officers of the boara I Curtis Deetz of Stayton to Salem, school, he has named his first baby
down the hill a reasonably safe cor- j be speeded up.
were re-elected during the first an when his unfortunate accident blocked
John Davis stressed the fact that
ner can be maintained at a small cost
The accident happened as Bair was nual meeting of the Santiam Memorial the North Santiam highway for a
the classes would be larger ami would
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gliding down a gentle slope and hospital in Stayton. Some 200 hospi I time at • the street intersection in
better prepare for college than a
struck a sitsmark. “Sitzmarks”, de tal subscribers were present for the , Gates. McCoy’s truck broke its reach
small class. 2. There would be a
pressions in the snow caused by an
Wednesday afternoon during the busy
greater choice of subject matter, in
other skier’s tumble, normally are sulted in the re-election of the entire 1 time of the day, 4.30 p.m. Again
fields such as science, foreign lang
smoothed out by the skier involved. last year's board of directors.
some unseen hand must have been at
It’s Roy Rogers Day Saturday, Feb. uages, commercial subjects, etc.
Immediately following the annual work in connection with these two 2, at the Kids’ matinee at Mill City 3. There would be more activities
Another skier's careless disregard of
American Legion Auxiliary 3d Mon. , this rule netted Bair a severely dam meeting, the board of directors met
| accidents because no one received theatre, according to Bob Veness, from which to choose. 4. There
Lions club meeting.
and re-elected the present officers to I bodily injuries as a result of them.
would he a chance for the student
A.F. A A M. No. 180 stated meet
serve again. Walter H. Bell, presi-
Feature picture is “Down Dakota national assemblies which comes to
ing third Monday.
dent; J. C. Kimmel, vice president;
Way”, starring Roy and Dale.
Also larger high school*.
O.E.S. meeting. 2d Monday month.
G. W. Schachtsick. secretary-trea -
Bob Layman as first speaker on
urer. President Beil reappointed all
the negative stressed the transporta
Women’s club 8 pm 1st. 3rd Tues
looks most like Dale will be picked. tion difficulties, bad roads, ice, snow,
Since 21 directors were elected,
129-J School Board meeting 2d Tues
Contestants are asked to dress in slides and rolling rocks to soy nothing
terms of office were determined by
Harold M. Erickson, state health western garb. Winners will be named of the fog and bad road conditions at
Riders of the Santiam. 1st Tuesday
officer, drew attention this week to
nresent. 2. Students would be leav
Lions Auxiliary 4th Tuesday
divides the group into three groups, the fact that Mill City’s water supply king and queen of the cowboys, ami ing their homes earlier and getting
for one. two and three-year terms. during 1951 was found free of coli
home later and given thus less time
Boy Scouts, 7:30, H. S. Recreation
M. IT. Schmeer. Jr., architect of the form bacteria, according to a letter
for any jobs which they might need
City council first Wed. 7:30 p.m.
firm of Roald. Schmeer and Harrinq- received by the Mountain States Pow
to perform at home. 3. People may
Santiam Eagles and auxiliary 8 p.m.
♦ n, was present and described the
This is the second
fail to settle in Detroit in the future
at Mill City fire hall.
consecutive year such a report has
if the school is taken out. 4. Since
Santiam Rebekah 186 1st and 3rd
Walls will be of concrete with brick
property valuation is based in large
Wed at 8 p.m.
Jim Walton, sophomore of Gates measure upon school facilities this
1 IRON LUNG
f mndation will be of concrete and
Altar Society 3d Wednesday 8 p.m.
high school, was on his way to the might prove a definite handicap. 5.
floors will be plastered and halb a- ularly each month to an approved school cafeteria last Thursday noon Parents and friends would be unable to
PTA. second Wednesday 8 p.m.
cuostically treated. Floor coverings
when he fell against a glass door attend school functions, games, playa
will include asphalt tile, linoleum and logical quality.
breaking the glass pane and cutting and other things which makes them
Theta Rho Club for Girls, meets 2d
vinyl. Terrazo tile floors will be laid
deeply the muscles of his arm.
seem a part of the school.
and 4th Thursdays.
■g is done often. bout this record in this manner, “This
Mary Gordon, second peaker on
Gates PTA 1st Thursday 8 pm.
Walton was taken to the office of
for construction is a verv fine record and we wish to
the affirmative gave a resume of at-
American Legion 2d and 4th Thurs
is anticipated. take this opportunity to commend you Dr. Jack Reid who closed the gaping
tendance at the Detroit high school
Garden club fourth Thursday
and your staff for this accomplish- wound in the high school student's
since its beginning in 1937 with
Firemen Auxiliary meets 3d Thurs
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Toastmistress Club, 2d
4th, 7 p.m.
opérât: on of the water system."
T.O.O F. meeting
Mill City IWA meeting last Friday
Farmers Union meeting at Mehama
Woman's club, 2nd
Mari-Linn Grade School
Sets Small School Pace
Otto Alexander Passes
At Rainier Thursday
Carl Thomas Passes Late News Flash ...
After Long Illness
Detroit High Students
Debate School Move
Howard Bair Breaks
Leg on Skiing Trip
Two log Trucks
To Hospital Board
Roy Roger’s Day Saturday
At Mill City Theatre
Coming Events . . .
Mill City Water Given
Safe Bacteria Record
Jim Walton, Gates High
Student, Suffers Accident
Timberwolves Play Cascade Cougars Here Feb. 5 on Local Court