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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (April 16, 1953)
T he MILL CITY
By DON PETERSON
Political plums are being picked all
over the country by the job hungry
DI T ROI 1 DAM t POWLRHOLSI
Republican administration and this
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MILL CITY, OREGON, THURSDAY. APRIL 16, 1953
Vol. IX—No. 16
practice is reaching down to the low
liest of positions in the small towns
of the country as is illustrated by the
change in the postmastership at
Mr. Haywood was appointed last
summer to take over the Gates office
after the retirement of Mrs. Brisbin
By JEAN ROBERTS
and has done an excellent job. He
The Mehama community is building
has two small children and is not able
to do many of the physical jobs that a new church. Tearing down the old
By BOOTS CHAMPION
other men are doing. He has been church, took one hour Friday after
able to live on the small income this noon and breaking ground for the new
Detroit A responsive attendance of
the town’s citizens was on hand for
post office job pays and has not been one was started the following morn
on the labor market seeking another ing.
an informal council meeting held Tues»
job. Not many will except a position
day evening April 14th at the Detroit
An aging landmark, the church ha-*
paying as little as this job unless they stood in the center of Mehama for
have other income.
over 60 years. Several days ago the
All current issues concerning city*
It would appear that the patronage bell was removed and the inside fur-1
business was discussed by the assem»
dispensors for the Republican party : nishings salvaged. The bell bore the
bly, before action was taken by ther
here in Oregon would leave the small ' date 1899, but many say the church |
paying jobs alone as long as they are was built before that time. The bell
There was a major discussion ou
satisfactorily filled. There are plenty was addressed to Mary E. Stout, who
whether to build just a city hall or
It had been
of jobs available as time goes by to now lives in Salem.
to construct a combination one-floor
pay any political debts without caus shipped from Hillsboro, Ohio.
fire and communtiy hall.
ing hardships where there is no neces
Old fashioned square nails weie
Drawings of various types of bufld-
sity for so doing.
used for the building as it was con-
I.ast section of Big Cliff regulatory darn west of the Detroit dam is now being poured by construction crews.
ings was illustrated on the blackboard!
If this is a sample of the house strlcted when fashionable to build high I Black arrow points to nearly finished section. White arrow points to foundations for power house* still to be
by Harry Rutherford, resident engi
built below dam.
(Photo courtesy Capital Journal)
cleaning the Republicans are doing ceilings, which are difficult to heat.
throughout the country then may the
A number of Mehama residents I
Two committees were appointed by
Lord help us.
lined the street to watch the old church :
Nolan Rasnick to make further
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topple, an event which it was esti
investigation as to the best suitable
The Detroit lake will be open to mated will happen only once in a |
building to be constructed.
fishermen for the 1953 season accord century. A large cat, furnished by |
Chairman heading the two commit»
ing to an announcement by H. W. Ercill Wilson and a number of volun
tees are Harry Rutherford, building-
Rutherford, project engineer. Ruth teer workers soon demolished the old
A new method of preventing forest
plans, and Earl Layman, general
erford in announcing the opening of building.
Two of Mehama’s oldest fires will be tried this year by the club member, won top honors again
Detioit—Ercell Ingram, nephew of building.
the lake, designated two boat launch pioneers Ed Taylor, and Mae Patton, Oregon Forest Fire Association, ac for Mill City in a speech contest in Cecil Briler, got a cold dunking in
Appointed as city building commis-
ing ramps for use of fishermen, one who lived here before the church was cording to J. R. Frum, president.
Eugene, Saturday, of Council No. 3 the Detroit lake, late Tuesday after
at Mongold on the road going toward built were present to watch it des
of the Northwest region, International noon. when a 14-foot runabout boat sioner was Archie Mattoon.
A spectacular technicolor motion
Ted Miller of Four Corners, assist
the lake and the other at the old town troyed.
Toastmistress clubs. This second big
picture, “The Enemy Is Fire”, just win gives Mrs. Miley a position in a i capsized with him.
site of Detroit on the pavement lead
Mehama grade school was recessed released, will be shown throughout
Y’oung Ingram in company with his ant fire chief for Marion county, civil
series of speech contests in Salem, uncle Cecil and Richard Hans, had defense fire fighting forces, gave el
ing to the lake’s edge, providing the and children and teachers lined the
Oregon to loggers, fire protection per Saturday, April 25.
brief talk on volunteer fire protection
water leaches an elevation high side walk to watch the event. A tele
I been boating together previous to the
sonnel, and the general public in the
and its value to the community,
enough to use the old roadway. Should phone lineman was present to repair
next few months in this fresh drive
the water not reach that height boat wires which were broken when the i
Other out of town guests attending'
to prevent man-caused woods fires.
After returning them to shore In-
ing enthusiasts are warned that it is steeple toppled.
and Eugene areas, according to Aline gtam decided to take a boat ride alone, the meeting in the interest of fire
extremely dangerous to leave the old
The wreckage was burned the same , Filmed here in Oregon by Rang Steffy, Mill City Toastmistress club
departments were Dale Jeffreys,
when suddenly he found simself in
highway and attempt to launch boats night while workers played water on Motion Picture company of Seattle, secretary.
Frank Boiuuu of Four Corner.., ii'.d
the water. He managed to sit on
at other points.
the fire to keep it under control. Two the forest fire gigantic is an all-north
Mrs. Ruby Crosier, club president, top of the boat until rescued by Wayne Frank Hale of Portland.
west product. A high-powered tech presided over the regular session of
Other business transaction« was is
Mr. Rutherford stressed three points fire trucks also were present.
nical committee of loggers, foresters the Mill City speech arts group in Woodward of Idanha, summoned to report by Mrs. Guy Moore, secretary
in making the announcement and of
of the Community club, who stated
fered the co-operation of the engi front of the church lot was felled and and operators in Oregon and Wash Mill City, Thursday.
He was none the worse for his ex
the club agreed at their meeting Mon •
neer’s office to make the recreational
periences except it was very cold
is said the tree was an oak, not a motion picture.
day nite to disband and to donate
facilities useful to the public.
Tyler Pinkston took the role of toast sitting out there.
native of Oregon, but shipped to
$171.00 of the club’s money to the
Luther Stout’s father fiom back east the planning of a protection system
cofers of the Detroit fire and Com
1. To stay above and off of the
to be planted by the church. Annie and follows through the use of heavy
drift boom directly upstream from the
Stout hoped something could be made equipment to pumps and hand tools Todd had Harriett LeCours as her
Mrs. Margaret Howland reported
from the tree for the church interior. on the fire line.”
that cash donations and pledges were
2. To watch out for stumps when
The old church was too small for
nearly a hundred per cent.
you approach shore, as the big trees the present increasing population so
The motion picture has been so duced Tearly Muir to the club.
John Estey, and Harold Champion
were cut off five (5) feet above the a larger one will be constructed. A planned that it can be separated into
The April 9 meeting was a little
By PROF. DELOS HOEYE
appointed fire committee mem
basement, now being dug will provide six short films, each covering a spe different from the usual, in that each
The other day when the delicious of the Detroit area, who attended the
3. To watch out for the large Sunday school class rooms when com cial phase of fire protection and sup member had been instructed to pre
odor of ripe bananas filled the build district fire meeting in Idanha, earlier
amount of drift in the reservoir.
pare a two-minute speech, for delivery ing curiosities bubbled.
plete. The new building will be in a T pression, Frum pointed out.
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“The Enemey Is Fire” shows how a into a tape recorder. Needless to say, happened too many times lately for in the evening, reported the Idanha
shape with the sanctuary seating
volunteer firemen expressed a desire-
Along with the opening of the De about 100 persons and a fellowship forest fire starts, how loggers and the variety of subjects chosen was in
personal investigation to be put off to see more of the men from this area-,
troit lake to fishing is the announce hall in the rear which can be opened fire fighters organize a plan of action teresting — ranging from humor, longer.
attend their meeting on Wednesday
ment that tributaries to the lake are to accommodate a larger gathering.
and how they finally conquer the travel, music, to the more serious vein.
Suiting action to thought the room nights in order to create better fellow
also open to fishing on the opening
blaze and mop up spot fires ahead.
At the end of the meeting, all pass was pocketed, and by sign lan
day, Saturday, April 18, according to
It is the first time the entire action speeches were “played back” to the guage the teacher was left to infer ship and co-operation.
Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m_
information furnished by the North Delbert Meeks Receives
of a forest fire has ever been screened, group, and hearing the recordings what she would as I went out the
at the Idanha fire hall volunteer fires
Santiam Chamber of Commerce.
Frum stated, and at its premier show helped all the participants learn their
doof following my nose. Since my men meet for drill and practice.
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Promotion in Korea
ing in Portland recently aroused speech faults. June Miley was evalu
nose and I are inseparable, "project
Today Sen. Wayne Morse introduced
recently Delbert L. Meeks hearty acclaim from old-time fire ator for the speeches; Louise Palmer, banana” went forward rapidly, along
a bill in the Congress to authorize the of Mill City, was congratulated by
the hall, down the stairs, into the
“We will make the film available
building of a 722-foot dam on the 1st Lt. George N. Rozier, assistant
The next regular Toastmistress I basement and through the shop door.
Snake river or what is known as executive officer to the Tokyo Army for widespread use by the general meeting will be Thursday, April 23.
The source was not far off. Soon the
Hell’s Canyon dam. This project is Hospital Enlisted Detachment, after public,” Frum indicated, “as soon as
| well-springs of this heavenly peifume
e’e i’rr > I ‘o r ■ ice 1,124.000 kilo having received his promotion to cor we have had a chance to show it to
would be cuddled in aching arms. In
watts of firm power, and would pro pora! during ceremonies at the hos- loggers, fire fighters and forestry,
Mr. and Mrs. Lavern Spitz of Lyons»
the throes of overpowering ecstasy
Several prints are being<
vide irrigation rights to all the water ( pital. Comoral Meeks has been serving groups.
your correspondent floated into the are leceiving congratulations upon
needed above the project plus furnish-a message center cornier in the made and will be available from Keep
finish-room—now, now at last! But the birth of a daughter born Saturday
ing a flood control dam to hold back Tokyo Army Hospital Enlisted De- Oregon Green, Oregon Forest Fire As
—No! What a disappointment, You evening at the Santiam Memorial hos-
sociation, Industrial Forestry Associ
dangerous and expensive flood waters tachment since last July,
can’t embrace the ether, neither can pital.
flooding areas below the dam site on ■ Entering the army in February 1951 ation, and Oregon State Forestry De The need for close co-operation and you embrace a noisy racket, and cer-1 The little baby girl was the fifth
down the Columbia.
and arriving in the Far East the fol partment. The forest fire epic was
tainly, who would want to embrace and final winner to receive prizes in
Simultaneously in the House Mrs. lowing August, the Mill City soldier financed jointly by the Oregon Forest workers and farm people in all farm Phil Goble, the only other vibrating
the baby contest at the new hospital*
Gracie Pfost of Idaho, Magnuson of | spent 11 months service in Korea Fire Association and Washington
since its opening date. She has been
Washington, and Metcalf of Montana where he received the Korean and Forest Fire Association, and private McSorley, representing the IWA local
Turning away with tears of chagrin named Patricia and will share with
introduced a companion measure au UN Service ribbons.
His mother, operators west of the Cascades in the of Sweet Home and Mr. Harry Wiley, stinging the eyes and about to make the other four several hundred dollars
Linn County Pomona Grange Master
thorizing the Hell’s Canyon project.
Mrs. Gladys Meeks, lives in Mill City, two states.
at the quarterly convention of the a sad picture, the realization of what worth of prizes.
In introducing the measure Morse
I had been seen struck a sudden blow. | The winners were well distributed
Linn County Farmers Union.
said in a speech in the senate repro
I turned to inspect it further. Phil
Numeious comments were made by ! said it was a coffee table. To say it over the canyon area, the first birth
duced below in part:
those present on the voting records is out of this world would be more to was from Stayton, the next two from
“Without question, if Oregon and
of Linn county’s legislative represent the point. He was spraying on the Mill City, the first girl baby, bom
neighboring Idaho are to expand and
atives on measures affecting the in sixth coat of lacquer sealer, the source to Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Lott of Mill
prosper increasing we need large-scale
terests of workers and farmers and a ' of the disgusting stench. Phil even City, and a »on to Mr. and Mrs, Ver)
irrigation and for irrigation we must
continued close study of these records boasted that he had built it, and had Moberg, Mill City; the fourth winner,
have financial aid from power rev
a boy, to Mr. and Mrs. William Hamil
enues. . . .
been working on it for just about as ton of Idanha, and the final winner
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Paul Youngman, a Farmers Union long as he could remember.
"As a prudent investment of public
member from McMinnville, showed
With interest up, a tour of the shop
funds, the Hell’s Canyon dam will be
pictures and gave a very interesting was next, Everyone was busy and
outstanding. The total estimated cost
report on a 3,000-mile trip through apparently happy.
Happy, that is,
of the project works covered by this
except Bob Sullivan. Professor was
legislation would be $404,734,000,
Mr. Moeller, state president of the telling him something about no, the
made up of $356,810,000 for Hell's
Farmers Union reported on the ex I project wasn’t ready to be put to
Canyon dam and power plant and ap
tensive and valuable holding of fertil gether and no, it wasn’t ready to stain.
purtenant works, and $47,924,000 for
A contract for construction of the
izer deposits which the National There was the impression that thia
the Scriver Creek power facilities. Al
Farmers Union is now developing.
was about the usual conversation be ' Detroit Power House 230 kv line, De-
most 90% of the total, or $361,199,000
' troit substation foundations and struc-
Announcement was made that the tween Bob and the professor.
would be returned to the Treasury
tures, and a part of the Detroit-
State Junior Camp wil be held at
witMn 50 years, including interest. . . .
Camp Adam« from August 1st to 8th. some big gadget made of mahogany j Albany 230 kv line, for the Bonneville
“Hell’» Canyon dam will add a large
Couldn’t Power Administration, approved by
Reports and proposals regarding the faced plywood, he said.
block of firm power. 1.124,000 kilo
I tell you what it was but it certainly ■ Secretary of the Interior Douglac
watts to be specific- to the Pacifi*
Farmers Union against the surchaige was pretty. Roy Chase was working McKay, was awarded today to Mid
northwe-t power supply . . . firm
the Mountain States Power com ' sitting down, probably felt right at land Constructors, Inc., Huntington
power, power available every hour of
' Park, Calif., on a low bid of $124.405
Santiam Memorial hoepital’» "baby derby '
First girl baby horn
pany took an important place on the home since he spent a good share of
the dav, every day of the year. The
was Kathy Mae Lott. 8-pound daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. I^stt of
Project Engineer Gregg O»burne
the basketball season that way. He
Mill City, »ho arri'ed Thursday. April 9 at 12:18 p m. Kathy »as lews
energy will come from three sources
was working on a wall shelf. Made will be in charge of th.a work with
(1) power produced at the site of the
| headquarters at Mill City.
(Continued on Page 5)
(Photo courtesy The Statesman)
(Continued on Page 7)
Old Church at
New Motion Picture June Miley Advances First Canyon Boat
To Help Fight Fire
In Speech Contest
Hi School Shop Visit
Fifth Baby Arrives
At New Hospital
Linn Farmers Union
Contract Let, Power
House and Lines