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MILL CITY, OREGON, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1953
Mill City Defeats Chemawa
Friday;Last Game Tuesday
With a sporadic working offense,
the Mill City high school football team
fashioned their first two touchdowns
of the current season while putting
down the Chemawa Indians 12 to 6.
The Timberwolves defense crumbled
occasionally but finally held firm
throughout the fourth quarter.
Mill City scored first in the opening
quarter after Dick Crook passed to
Richard Verbeck on a play good for
55 yards and ending on the six yard
line. On third down Elton Gregory
lugged the ball ever the goal on a
counter play off tackle. The conver
sion failed and this ended the scoring
for the first half.
Chemawa scored late in the third
quarter when, after a long sustained
NORMAN HAVERCROFT IN
SALEM HOSPITAL WITH POLIO
The condition of Norman Haver
croft, 3-years-old, who was taken to
Salem Memorial hospital last Thurs
day' with polio is no longer critical,
however there is serious weakening of
the leg muscles.
The doctors feel that with proper
physical therapy over a long period of
time Norman may regain the use of
his legs. He is out of isolation now.
As an assurance to local parents
who have been alarmed regarding pos
sible contact of their children with
Norman during the contagious period
of his illness, his doctors have as
sured the public that the possibility
is remote. His only contact with
local people was limited to two im-
mediate neighbor families for almost
six days before being taken to the
hospital with polio. The incubation
period for polio is three weeks.
Norman is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Havercroft and he has a 23-
month-old sister, Francine. Havercroft
is a mechanical engineer employed by
Westinghouse at Detroit dam.
drive down field, Pat Morin ran
around his left end for four yards
and a touchdown. The conversion
failed and the game threatened to end
in a stalemate.
Late in the fourth quarter Elton
Gregory brought the ball from deep
inside Mill City territory to inside the
Chemawa 30 on a double reverse
around his own right end. Mill City
punched the ball down to the four
yard line where they lost the ball on
downs. Chemawa was forced to punt
and Al Ward took the ball on the
Chemawa 35 and raced to his right
for the winning score.
Mill City travels to Scio this Friday
afternoon for the Timberwolves last
league encounter. The game is slated
for 2:00 p.m.
Mill City High will play host to
Junction City Jr. Varsity next Wed SWALLOWING YELLOW JACKET
nesday evening at 7:30. This will be BAI) BUSINESS FOR GATES LADY
the final football game this season.
Mrs. L. L. Rynearson is recovering
A scheduled game with Monroe was
at her home from the effects of an
cancelled at their request.
Marion County “B” League Standings unusual accident experienced the first
Won Lost Pct. of the week. She, while drinking a
0 1.000 Coke had the misfortunte to swallow
.750 a yellow jacket, which had dropped
.750 ; into her glass, unnoticed by her. She
Kids, both young and old will no Scio
.333 i was stung in the throat and several
longer have to go to neighboring M'll City
.250 ¡ ' times in the stomach. An emetic was
towns to enjoy roller skating. Mr. and Chemawa
.000 1 administered and the yellow jacket,
when brought up was still alive. Mrs.
Mrs. Ted Faver, of Stayton have un
Rynearson, in great distress was
announced that skating sessions Lions To Hold
rushed to a doctor who endeavored to
will be held in the Mill City fire hall
reduce the swelling caused by the
beginning Friday, October 23.
which made it difficult for her
The firemen are to be complimented
The annual mid-winter State
for turning over the hall for this I ference of the Lions clubs is to be to breathe and almost impossible for
pastime. The Favers have operated I held in Corvallis November 9. Board her to swallow.
She has been quite ill as a result
rinks in Dallas, Salem and have been I meetings have been held and from
at last reports is recovering sat
at Stayton for the past six years.
all indications this is to be the largest
Sessions will be held Tuesday, conference yet held in the state of isfactorily.
Thursday and Friday nights from 7:30 Oregon. The program is going to be
until 10:30, and Sunday afternoons. very good and it is now planned to give W oman’s dub Has
They state parents can skate free a large new television set to some visi Meeting Tuesday Night
from 2 until 4:30.
tor. Also prizes will be given to the
Mrs. James Turnbull, education di
Lions club that has the largest rep- rector of Marion county for the Am
HARRY KEISER ENTERTAINS
resentation at the conference.
erican Cancer society, was in charge
LIONS CLUB MONDAY NIGHT
of the progiam of the Mill City
After the usual good dinner the Toast mistress Members
Woman’s club Tuesday evening when
Mill City Lions club was entertained I
it met in Fellowship hall.
Monday night by Harry Keiser of At Stayton Meeting
Mrs. Curtis C'-wa, program chair
Members of tne Toastmistresses man, introduced Mrs. Turnbull and
Gates who did some fancy Swiss
yodeling. Mr. Keiser stated he was Club attended a luncheon and after presented her with a corsage. Mrs.
out of practice, but those who heard noon meeting of Council No. 3 of Turnbull gave _ a ___
him enjoyed it immensely.
Toastmistress Clubs which met at showed two pictures concerning the
Jim Clark of the East Salem Lions Stayon last Saturday were Mrs. Floyd prevention of serious cancer. She said
club was presented to the group as Jones, Mrs. Howard Means, Mrs. Vin she would be happy to come to Mill
a guest, and J. B. Mason was intro- cent Palmer and Mrs. Gale Lowery. City for suimur
Mrs. Howard Means acted as topic groyp which might be interested,
duced as a new member. •
Several Lions worked on the scout mistress for the luncheon, and Mrs. | Hostesses for the evening were
cabin following the meeting and re- Gale Lowery was a moderator, evalu- Mrs. C. E. Mason, Mrs. Floyd Jones
ported that three sides of the cabin ating
' ’ workshop on table topics. j and Mrs. Vernon Todd.
have been completed and that Floyd
Jones installed four of the five
Local Couple Married at Sublimity
Seems that no one in Mill City is
very anxious to hold the position of
Mayor and so far only one person has
filed for the office of councilman.
For this reason it has been decided
that the election, which would norm
ally fall on the first Tuesday of No
vember, is now postponed until the
first Tuesday in December, which will
be December 8.
John Muir, retiring Mayor will
hold office one more year as council
man, thus there is only one councilman
to be elected at the polls this year.
No one has yet filed for Mayor, and
anyone wishing to have his name on
the ballot has until 30 days prior to
election, which will be November 7 in
this case, to file a petition with th«
There is still time for some public
spirited citizen to place his name
on file. Will there be any takers, or
will the new Mayor be chosen by a
To Be Started
In Fire Hall Here
Destruction of Dam In Mill City
Disturbs One of Few Old Landmarks
Lyons Extension Unit Has
First Fall Meeting Friday
By Eva Bressler
By Marion Todd
The first fall meeting of the Lyons
One of the few remaining landmarks
Extension unit was held at the Re of early Mill City moved a step
bekah hall Friday, Oct. 16, with an nearer destruction last week when the
all day meeting. Beginning at 10:30, Oregon State Fish commission blew
an interesting meeting was held.
a 60 foot center section out of the
Mary Frances Kelly gave the dem dam which crosses the Santiam river
onstration on “Simple Home Repairs.” at the east side of town.
Sort of a contest was held with the
For over half a century it has been
ladies divided into several groups the habit of those living in Mill City
demonstrating fixing sticking doors, to take a stroll up to “the dam” on
window a warm summer evening to see “the
shades, squeaking doors and clogged fish jump." There have been fish
ladders at either end of the dam so
Th« unit will hold its meetings the the fish could move further up stream,
third Friday of each month. The next however, in over a half a century the
meeting will be the third Friday in fish never seemed to learn where to
November with Mrs. Donald McWhirk find the ladders and continued to try
and Mrs. Leo Cruson the project to jump the center of the dam.
leaders. They will demonstrate holi
In recent years the Fish Commission
day decorations from nature. There has become more insistent that the
was also a nursery with Mrs. Ina ladders did not work properly and
Stockwell in charge of the children. since the dam has not been used by
Attending Friday’s meeting were Mountain States Power company since
Mesdames Fred Stienfelt, Gene John 1951, permission was given for the
son, Earl Thayer, Hugh Johnston, removal of the center section of the
Harley Scott, Orville Downing, Bob dam. So solidly is the dam constructed
Carleton, Joe Johnson, Orville Britton, I that it took nine or ten blasts over a
John Prideaux, Glen Julian, Percy ; two weeks period to remove the 60
Hiatt, Donald Huber, Ralph Downer, ! foot section.
Mountain States Power company
Ivan Smith. E. S. Barker, Floyd Bas
sett, Alwood Aronson, and Cora Jen have not relinquished their rights to
ner. Mrs. Herbert Crow from Cathal- ! a dam at this spot on the river, for
i they have indefinite plans for future
met. Wash., was a visitor.
1 generation, which will involve a new
dam and new generators.
Firemen’s Auxiliary Has
The dam is a very vital part of the
Shower for Mrs. Agee
history of Mill City for it was built
A surprise shower for Mrs. H. M. in either 1886 or 1887 by John A.
Agee was the climax of the social Shaw to run a mill which was built
evening of the Firemen’s Auxiliary on the present site of the Mountain
which met at the Firehall last Tues States Power plant. The water wa’
brought through a canal to the mill
Follorwing a short business meet site where it was used to generate
ing cards were played. Prize for hign power to run the mill. The canal
in canasta was won by Mrs. Wm. was also used to transport logs. The
Stewart, Jr., low, Mrs. Glen Min mill pond was located in the same
ton; for pinochle, high, Mrs. Don place that the Vancouver Plywood
Smith; and low, Mrs. Don Carlson. mill pond is now located. The logs
For the shower the gifts
were were brought down a wooden flume
brou ght in in a little red fire wagon. I to the river and across the river be-
Those present were Mesdames Louis i hind the dam, by a boom and into the
Rada. Tom Morria. George Stewart, I canal which took them to the mill.
The dam which is about 292 feet
Frank Blazek. George Ditter. Leo
Lemke. Don Flatman. C. W. Stewart. ■ long was built in sections, each inde-
Wm. Stewart. Jr., Don Smith. Bill [ pendent of the other. Each section
Richards, Don Carlson. Glenn Mintap. is filled with rock. Therefore it is
Arey Podrabsky. Lee Knowles and very unlikely that the removal of the
the hostesses, Mrs. Dewey Flatman i center section will harm the rest of
I the dam. However, since the dam is
and Mrs. John Muir.
obsolete, if in the future Mt. States
should plan to use the dam for gen
eration of power it would have to
be entirely removed before a new dam
From the building of this dam in
the 1860’s can be traced the history
of power and electricity in Mill City.
At the time John Shaw built the
mill he installed a 52 inch Lefel water
wheel which ran the entire mill.
Shortly after the mill was built an
other wheel was installed which gen
erated 25 kilowatts for lighting
purposes for the mill only. Still later
a 26 inch Sampson wheel was install
ed which increased the power output.
In 1905 the mill, now owned by the
Curtis Lumber Co., stepped up their
power by adding a 23-inch Sampson
Before 1912 there was no electric
ity in town except for the mill and
The home of Robert
Shaw, manager of the mill, had elec
tricity and it is the house which is a-
bove the old bank building. The for
mer Tony Ziebert house, now owned
by D. B. Hill, was the residence of Joe
Rankin, superintendent of the mill,
and it also had electricity.
In 1912, Hammond
which had taken over in 1910, put in a
75 killowatt steam generator which
furnished electricity for part of the
town from five to seven in the morn
ing and from six to eleven in the eve
ning. Mrs. Curtis Cline recalls with
amusement early parties when a quar
ter to eleven one would bid hasty
“good-nights” so that they could get
home before the lights went out.
In 1923 additional electric power was
furnished to the town by the installa
tion of a 39 inch Morgan-Smith wheel.
From 1887 until Mav 1944 the only
electric power in Mill City was gen
erated as the result of the dam. The
Mountain States continued using the
dam until two years ago, and since
that time all electric power has been
Some crisp, sunny October eve-
ning we should take another stroll up
to the dam and although we can no
longer see the fish jump, it will bring
back memories of the 64 year* that
this dam furnished power for Mill
Masons to Have
Buck Feed Oct.31
Pictured above are Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Hunter, who were married
October 10 at Sublimity. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William Tickle and Mr. Hunter is the son of Mr. and Mra. Frank
Hunter.—Cut courtesy Capital Journal.
The Mehama Presbyterian church
and the Lyons Methodist church were
among 19 Oregon churches to win
recogntiion at the annual town and
country conferences of Oregon Coun
cil of Churches in Corvallis last Wed
nesday night, for their improvements
in buildings and community service
programs since July, 1952.
Certificates of recognition were
presented by Miss Jean Lovejoy of
cooperated in the program.
Participation in the project was
limited to churches in the open coun
try, class 1; communities up to 1,000
population, which included the two
local churches, class 2; and communi
ties from 1000 to 2500 population class
3. In the class two group, both the
Lyons and Mehama churches, besides
winning the honorable mention, were
each given $25.
IDANHA STUDENT TO SERVE
ON HOMECOMING COMMITTEE
The student body council at Ore
gon College chose John Davis, soph
omore from Idanaha to serve on the I
bonfire committee and also the Ser
pentine committee for the 1953
Homecoming schedule for the week
end of November 7th. Theme for
for this year’s alumni welcome is
“For Whom the Bell Tolls.” High
light of the weekend activities will be
the football game between the Ore
gon Wolves and the Portland State
At the regular communication of
Mill City Lodge No. 180 AF&AM
held Monday evening, plans were ad
vanced for the annual buck feed which
will be held at the lodge hall hero
Saturday, October 31 at 7 p. m.
Prineville Lodge No. 76 will put
on a MM degree at this meeting,
and other lodges in the area will b*
It was also planned to have a social
night for Masons, their wives and the
Eastern Star order September 30th.
Bob Draper, Mehama, is general
chairman for this affair, and will be
assisted by Wilson Stevens, Lyons.
O. K. Hirte and George Huffman
are on the refreshment committee for
the buck feed, and have asked for
volunteers to help for ."hat night.
Kindergarten Has Nursery
Service To Help on Expense
In order to pay expenses on the
kindergarten building and utilities
used there is a nursery school being
conducted there each day after 12
o’clock for children two years old
and over. Working mothers and those
wishing a free afternoon are asked to
call 6407 for further information.
Many Parents See Teaching Demonstration
At Opening Session of Group Wednesday
“A parent can help the teacher by
giving simple directions to their
child and seeing that they are carried
out,” Mrs. Lloyd Sletto. first grade
teacher, told about 150 parents and
teachers who gathered for the first
PTA meeting of the year. Wednesday-
evening of last week in the high school
In an introduction to a demonstra
of reading methods used with
Legion Members To Have tion
first graders, Mrs. Sletto explained
Free Venison Feed Tonight that due to the years range of age
A fr^e venison dinner with re and also other factors there is a wide
freshments following will be given variance in reading readiness among
tonight, Thursday, at 7 p. m. at the first graders. She said all children do
I-egion hall here, according to Will not walk at the same age and there-
iam A. Cauble, Jr., post adjutant.
fore you should not expect them to
A prominent speaker will be pres read at the same age. Five or six
ent for the occasion.
A report on weeks is spent in the reading readi-
Boy’s State will also be’ given and if ness program, and for some of the
time permits some newly released students a much longer time is needed.
navy films will be shown.
Learning to share is one of the
Plans and programs for the 1954 lessons that a first grade teacher
year will be discussed.
must teach, according to Mrs. Sletto.
All Legionnaires and veterans are In the first grade they develop the
urged to turn out for this meeting.
student in the fields of speaking,
listening, thinking and seeing. The
regular program must be broken
MARION COUNTY FARMERS
often by songs, games, stories, and
SECOND IN PRODUCTION OF
other methods of relaxation and rest.
FOODSTUFFS FOR CANNING
The introductory talk by Mrs. Sletto
Marion county vegetable growers was followed by a demonstration of
gave a big boost to Oregon’s position reading a “story” from a chart by
as one of the nation’s top producers eight first graders: Nancy Stewart,
of canned goods.
Alliene Agee, Leonard Herman, Be
Last year Marion county farmers linda Bengston, Christine Storey, Ar
were second in production and income thur Lyons, Stephen Todd, Claudia
among the state’s 17 counties harves Budlong, and Lorraine Lee. These
ting crops for processors. The crops children had only been reading for
were asparagus, sweet com, beets two weeks.
peas and snap beans. Marion county
The PTA meeting was opened by
produced 32,197 tons valued at 12.- the presentation of the colors by Jan
ice Logan, Diane Merrill, and Bonnie
Boroughs, members of Mrs. Al Yank-
WELL CHILD CONFERENCE TO
us’ third grade Bluebirds. Rev. Lee
BE HELD HERE NEXT TUESDAY Joiner gave the invocation which was
A well child conference for pre followed by a welcome by A. E.
school children will be held at the Mill Nesbitt, president.
City Elementary school Tuesday. Oc
During the business meeting there
tober 27 from 9:30 a. m. until 3 in the were reports of several of the stand
ing committees. Mrs. Elaine Kiersey
Dr. Stone, county health officer gave the kindergarten report for Mrs.
will be present.
Albert Toman. It was announced that
Those wishing to make appoint | to raise funds for additional equip
ments may do so by phoning Mrs. A. ment for the kindergarten, card part
E. Nesbitt or the Nu-Method Cleaners ies would be held the first Wednesday
in Mill City or Mrs. Wm. Pennick at of each month. Care for small children
will be provided at the kindergarten
during the parties.
Plans for the International dinner,
which is to be held November 5, are
being formulated. The first course,
souu, which is to be representative of
Africa, will be served in Fellowship
Hall of the Presbyterian church;
salad, Finland, basement of the
Christian church; main course. South
America, recreation room of the
high school; and dessert. West Indies,
elementary school gymnasium.
Kenneth Hunt, Cubscout master, re
ported that one more den mother
is needed; also an institutional repre
sentative for the PTA, the sponsoring
organization, is still needed.
As a result of the room count, tak
en by Mrs. Melvin Foster, room
mother chairman, Mrs. Sletto’s first
grade and the junior class in high
school won the awards for having the
highest percentage of parents pres
ent. The possession of an acquarium
for the month was the award for the
grade school winner, and a picture for
the winning high school class.
It was announced by Arey Podrab-
sky, program chairman, that the No
vember meeting will have an exchange
student as guest speaker. A PTA
sponsored costume party is to be
given for the 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Friday evening, October 23, at 7:30 in
the grade school gym, according to
Mrs. Arey Podrabsky.
Mrs. Howard Means, workshop
chairman, announced that she will or
ganize study groups for those who
are interested. She said that the
group can be a neighborhood group
and can study any problem in which
they are interested. Material on a
vast number of subjects can be se
cured through PTA.
During the evening 82 persons
paid their due to the PTA. according
to Mrs. Roger Nelson, membership
At the close of the meeting Mrs.
Harry Mason presented a past presi
dent’s pin to Mra, Roger Nelson, 1952-
53 president. The executive board also
presented her with a gift.
Refreshments were served in the
recreation room by the mothers of
high school studonts, following the