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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (June 18, 1953)
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By DON PETERSON
Gene Armstrong, our genial SP sta- |
ON THE SCENIC NORTH SANTIAM HIGHWAY — GATEWAY TO THE HEART OF NATl'RE’S EMPIRE
tion agent is getting the plaudits of I
the spectators and players at the local 1
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MILL CITY. OREGON. THURSDAY, JUNE IS, 1953
ball games. He has been away to I Vo). IX—No. 25
umpire's school and is serving as um- I
pire for the local games this season.
The players are learning the many
fine points and rules of the game
from Gene when he has decisions to
make. He appears in full umpire’s
uniform and everyone appreciates the
fine showing he makes, which all goes
for making a fine sport better.
Mill City for the second time running will be the state
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softball mecca. W. R. Hutcheson, softball commissioner
Rumors have it that a single sash
portable sawmill is to be located at the
for the North Santiam area, acted as special pleader for
Evans place east of Gates employing
Mill City and Allen Field. Mill City was chosen over Bend
20 or 30 men. This is always good
this year’s site of the Oregon State Softball tournament.
news and we hope it proves to be true.I
softball officials had the matter of choosing the
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host city under considera
We keep getting stories reporting
tion a meeting in Portland
that Secretary of the Interior Douglas
McKay held up the Rose Festival
parade for 30 minutes while he went i
It was the general opinion in soft-
into a downtown hotel coffee shop for I
ball circles that Bend would be the
Maybe he was just
host city for 1935. This proved un
William Shuey of Mill City was true after Hutcheson used his special
waiting for the man carrying the
re-elected to another three-year term brand of salesmanship.
Hell’s Canyon placard to show up!
on the school board of school district was allowed just a few minutes before
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129-J, Marion and Linn counties, dur the group.
After an hour or so
The Tennessee Valley Authority
ing the annual election Monday, June sweating it out. Hutcheson was given
this year will pay state and local
15, in the Mill City high school audi the good news that Mill City was “it”
governments in its area $8.3 million
again for 1953.
dollars in payments instead of taxes
The voters allotted $650.00 for a
hut his truck was demolished, the trailer damaged and the diesel locomotive derailed. Accident occurred as
according to the TV A treasurer.
Hutchesons’ feat in bringing the
Dean was driving north into Lyons on the Scio road. Truck was pushed 189 feet by heavily loaded train.
summer playground in co-operation
This payment, he said, is $5 million
state softball tournament to Mill
Wilbur Norman Cox, train engineer, was net hurt. Approaching train was obscured by a building. Dean said.
more than the tax payments re
City’s Allen Field ties the good work
Lyons-Scio traffic »as delayed four hours by the wreck.
(Photo courtesy Capital Journal)
ceived authorization on the purchase
ceived by the state and local govern
done by Russell Kelly last year. It
ments on lands covered by TV A res
was Corvallis that lost out to Mill City
Final folding of Elkhorn
ervoirs or property taken over by
then. Mill City’s first grant of the
Mill City Budget Vote
school distiict into 129-J was made
the TV A prior to the establishment
state softball tournament came about
possible by a "yes vote” allowing
Scheduled June 23
of TV A.
with the help of D. B. Hill, William
sale of Elkhorn school property.
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Tickle, Kelly and others. Hutcheson
The 1953-1954 city budget election
Approval of the school district’s
It appears that the Capital Journal
had the backing again of the Mill
The nation’s public-power program will be held next Tuesday, June 23,
Detroit—A good turn-out of reg
and the Statesman editorial writers is to all purposes nearly dead. It at the city hall from 8 to 10 p.m. All istered voters from Idanha and De budget was given by a unanimous City area when he went before the
are having a hard time to find good • brought tremendous drive and growth qualified voters may vote for or troit were on hand Monday night, show of voters’ hands.
Softball association in Portland, Sun
Voters favored spending cash on
excuses to cover up for actions of, to the nation, and needed strength in against the proposed budget at that June 15th at the Detroit school li
Secretary of the Interior McKay’s | time of war. It hastened by decades time, according to Mayor John Muir. brary, to vote on the budget and elect
Mill City citizens performed a big
furniture and equipment, construction
contracts that was exposed by Drew the development of the American
task in a short time in polishing up
Total estimated expenditures for a new director to the school board. of sidewalk on Second street, addi
Pearson last week. Both the Capital, west.
Allen Field for the coming tourna
| the fiscal year are $32,870.00. Esti
Earl Parker, chairman of the school tional fencing on Allen Field, surfac ment. Those who could not help with
Journal and the Statesman jumped |
mated receipts are $14,920.00.
The board, whose term expires July 1. A ing of play area at the grade school the construction work on the field it
in too hastily to defend McKay’s ac- 1
carded by the Eisenhower administra proposed tax levy will amount to $17,- meeting was held previous to the and other items of maintenance and
tions in his attempt to give away
self, opened their homes to the guests
operation of schools and grounds.
northwest power to private utilities | tion, but the effect is the same. The
of the tournament.
private-power industry, triumphant
Director candidates weer Lee Hop-
Mill City's Kelly Boysen Paint team,
and raise the rates of power to the
after a multi-million-dollar campaign
son of Idanha, and Alfred Cokenour
’52 softball host, will compete with
against public power, is leaping eag
I of Detroit. Hopson scored 104 votes
CBI, Mill City and Firemen teams for
Both papers made claims that there
| to Cokenour 9fr. On the budget for
was no truth in any of the statements erly forward to seize the spoils. There
the honor of representing Mill City
will be no more TVA’s, no moie
the coming year, there were 95. yeas
again in the final piay»offs. Present
made in Pearson’s column published
to 87 noes.
plans call for the winning teams from
June 9 in the Capital Journal. Pear Boulder or Grand Coulee dams—that
various state districts battling it
son this week in his June 16 column i is, under this administration.
Lyons—The Methodist church now
answered charges made by McKay and 1 The public-power program was I under construction is progressing and Frank New, chairman, Brad Hum-
Washington — The Eisenhower ad out around the middle of August on
the Salem papers that he had falsely i thrown to the wolves when Interior the corner stone will be laid Sunday, ' phrey and Lee Hopson, directors.
ministration’s new “hard money” Allen field for the championship.
During the week following the news
reported the truth. He so effectively , Secretary McKay officially withdrew June 28, with the Mason lodge in
policy is expected to be reflected in
nailed the lie to charges that he didn’t objections of the Department of In charge of the ceremony. Grand orator
higher electric power rates charged that Mill City would be the ’52 host
know what he was talking about that terior to Idaho Power company’s ap of the Grand Lodge of Oregon will
by Bonneville Power Administration for the Oregon Softball tournament,
these newspepers have no answer, ex- j plication to build three low dams in give the address, and will be assisted
to its customers sooner or later, pos Allen Field sprouted new dugouts,
Hell’s Canyon, the gigantic gorge cut
cept to eat crow.
sibly next year when increased rates bleachers, water fountains and the
by Dr. George Roseberry, district su
start of a new, sturdy fence. All this
Pearson has exposed one of the by the Snake river on its way to join perintendent of the Salem district of
are scheduled to go into effect.
most vicious attacks on public power the mighty Columbia.
While Republicans and Democrats was done through the co-operation of
Detroit—A new camp ground has
Stockholders and officials of Idaho
development in the northwest to be
now debating jn Congress almost Mill City citizens. They did not stop
Picnic dinner will be served at the
perpetrated in many years when he Power company, jubilantly heard the
ers and picnickers along the shore of daily whether “hard money” will mean with that, but continued the good work
news at their annual meeting at noon hour. The cornerstone will be the lake forming behind the Detroit a sounder dollar or whether it will and made ’52 the big year in Oregon
said this in his June 9 column:
laid at 2 o'clock with the address at
“According to the official records Augusta, Maine — Idaho Power is a 3 o’clock.
dam. It is located between the dam only lead to hard times, the indisputa softball history.
Mill City’s team, called the ’52 tough
on file with congress, this group
the Detroit Ranger Station and ble result is that interest rates are
The members and friends of the
luck team, placed third in the honors
(National Association of Electric stockholders are eastern insurance
church extend an invitation to all will be called the Lakeshore Forest ment indebtedness, then, is costing taken. Mill City went down in a 13-
Companies) of private utility com companies and investment trusts.
inning game with the winners from
Idaho Power’s application must now friends and neighbors of the commu
panies spent a total of $477,941.74
Facilities to accommodate the pub more to finance from year to year.
This change in the nation’s fiscal Corvallis. Ken Kerr, ’52 state soft-
last year trying to influence con be heard by the Federal Power Com nity, also all former members and lic’s recreational needs include tables
mission in July. Apparently McKay’s residents of the Lyons community to and benches, and outdoor fireplaces in picture is linked to Bonneville through ball director, praised the tournament
gress. . . .
“Not only did the house appro- < withdrawal means not only that the be present for the event.
the law which requires that BPA pay committee composed of Mill City citi
The new building will replace the eight overnight camp sites, some suit back to the U. S. Treasury sufficient zens and fans for making the 1952
priations committee knock out the i Interior Department won’t build its
able for launching boats.
1906 reclamation law provision, in- | projected Hell’s Canyon dam, which old wooden structure which was built
interest on the taxpayers’ investment tournament at Allen Field one of the
in dams and related facilities to cover most successful ever held.
serted under Teddy Roosevelt, would have been the highest one in in 1893, and destroyed by fire De
the Treasury’s cost of borrowing the mention was made of the fine hospi
whereby cities, co-operatives and the world, a fitting successor to Boul cember 22, 1952.
Detroit Men Awarded
tality received by tourney personnel
public organizations have first call , der, Shatsa and the Grand Coulee; it
the people of Mill City.
on federal power, but they chopped ' means also that U. S. engineers won’t
Interest Rate Ups Expenses
$119,000,000 out of the Interior de be allowed to appear before FPC and James E. Cooke Receives
With a rise in these loan charges
Ross Ward and George Renner of
partment’s budget for building dams give their voluminous reasons why the
will go an accompanying increase in
Miss Golda Henry Among
river should not be turned over to a Bachelor of Science
and power lines.’’
day were low of three bidders when BPA expenses, which will be reflected
Pearson said further on June 9th: i private corporation, lock, stock and
OCE 1953 Graduates
James E. Cooke, son of Mr. and bids were opened by the Portland dis
"In other words, what the new McKay I barrel.
Mrs. Ed Cooke of Mill City, was grad trict, Corps of Engineers, for con only uncertainty at the moment.
Miss Golda Henry of Mill City and
Federal Power Commission account
contract boils down to is that the U.l Protests against the Idaho Power uated from the University of South struction of a viewpoint shelter at
M. Kuiken and Joy E. Kuiken
S. taxpayer generates the power, turn Co. application are pouring into the ern California, Saturday, June 13. Detroit dam on the North Santiam
of Lyons were among the graduates
it over to nine private utilities, let FPC, including a strenuous one from The university awarded “Jim” the river.
Government estimate was
thing the amount of the cost of Mc receiving their diplomas at the com
the utilities decide who shall get the National Farmers Union and from degree of Bachelor of Science in pub $1,657.
Nary dam which will be covered by mencement exercises at Oregon Col
power, what they shall charge for the many other progressive organizations. lic administration.
Other bidders were: Verne Kruse this amortization plan which BPA lege of Education, June 10, in Mon
Idaho Power Co. apparently owns
power, while the taxpayers surrender
Cooke, together with 3,200 other of Lyons, $1,611, and H. G. Carl Con- must handle with power revenues. mouth.
most of their right to fix rates on Idaho, its politicians, press, and its
The class that *a> graduated this
public officials with the honorable ex seniors, was honored by the conferring «truction company, Salem, $1,913. They will also have to take a look at
the power which they generate.”
of the degree during formal com- Completion time is 30 calendar days, the possible need to jack up interest year was the largest in the history
In Pearson’s June 16 column, he ception of Mrs. Gracie Pfost, Demo
mencement exercises in Alumni Mem- Bids were invited under serial No. charges from the 2'4 percent level of the school. There were 227 stu
further exposed McKay’s lack of con- J cratic congresswoman, who won elec
Park on the S.C. campus.
where it has stood ever since Bonne dents graduating with the Bachelor's
cern for industrail development in the tion last fall by fighting Idaho Power
ville began paying off.
Co., and fighting for the Hells’ Can
northwest. Pearson said:
“The secretary challenged my state yon project.
FPC Set Rate
ment that the house appropriations J The facts are:
This current interest rate was de
Hell's Canyon dam, more than 700
committee ‘knocked out’ the law of
termined by the FPC to be about right Garden Club Planning
1906 passed under Teddy Roosevelt by feet high, would impound nearly 4,-
to meet the probable cost of the in
June 25 Meeting
which public groups such as cities and 000,000 acre-feet of water and its
vestment in Bonneville and Grand
The Mill City Garden club will hold
co-operatives get preference in buying generators would turn out about a
Coulee dams, taking into account bond
power from government dams. Tech-1 million horsepower for the power-
rates during the thirties and early its regular meeting at the home of
forties when they were built Now Mrs. Mabel Schroeder, Thursday, June
nically he is right and I am wrong. starved northwest.
the FPC must re-evaluate this item 25th. Co-hostess will be Mrs. Rachael
The committee didnt ‘knack out’ the I In addition, by regulating the flow
in terms of what the investment in Olmstead and Mrs. Grace Misner.
law. It just nullified it It adopted of the river, it would permit genera
The new piesident and the out-go
McNary, The Dalles, Detroit, Albeni
the simple expedient of voting no tion of another 600,000 firm horse
Falls, Hungry Horse and Chief Joseph ing president will give reports on the
money to transmit power to cities, i power at dams below, or 1,600,000 in
has been costing in these postwar state garden club convention which
co-operatives, etc., which certainly all.
Add to this, power available 50*7
years and will continue to coat in the was held at McMinnville, June 9, 10
‘knocks out’ the effect of the law. I
of the time both at the dam and be
foreseeable future when additional and 11.
am glad to correct that error.”
funds will be required for completion
Then Pearson sums up as follows, low, and the total addition to power
in some cases additional generators permit BPA to continue to meet its
“In brief, the contract provides for resources of the northwest would be
in other cases.
repayment schedules for new projects
the most important right-about-face about 2,300,000 horsepower.
Before the administration's higher of considerably higher cost.
of government policy regarding gov-1 The dam would also store water
Fairview Cemetery, pioneer burial ground near Gates has that “well
interest rate policy became known this
It is still too early, BPA officials
ernment power in 20 years; and if for irrigation, and for flood control—
groomed look" thanks in large part to the hard work of "Oregon's
to estimate how much higher
Secretary McKay still challenges this the army engineers say that it would
Walking Man" Paul Smith of Mill City. Smith has long been an
estimated rates might have to be in this prospective new power rate n ay
statement, I suggest that he submit have cut about a foot off the crest
active figure in the cause of keeping Fairview Cemetery in trim.
creased from $17.50 per kildWatt year be driven by the “hard money” policy.
it to a committee of congress for thor- of the huge Columbia Basin flood of
Smith has been supported in hie work by the cemetery association and
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to about $21.50 or $22.50 in order to — From the Oregon Statesman.
(Continued on Page 7)
many North Santiam citizens.
Mill City Will Host State
Softball ’53 Tournament
Wm. Shuey Elected
To School Board
Public Power Dying;
Hell s Canyon Dead
Lee Hopson Elected
Hard Money’ Means
High Electric Bills
New Church June 28
Detroit Lake Has New
Picnic Camp Area