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About The Mill City enterprise. (Mill City, Or.) 1949-1998 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 31, 1953)
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MILL CITY, OREGON. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31. 1953
Joint Watch-Night Service
To Be Held New Year’s Eve
The Christian and Presbyterian
churches are planning a joint watch-
night party and service for New
Y’ear’s Eve. The party will begin
about 8:30 p.m. and will be held in
the Christian church basement. The
young people will have charge of the
The worship service will be con
ducted in the Presbyterian sanctuary
by Rev. Noble Streeter. All interested
folks are invited to attend and wel
come the New Year in the spirit of
Internal Revenue Dept.
To Assist Farmers In
Filling Out Tax Forms
Word comes this week from the
District Director of Internal Revenue
giving titles and places where repre
sentatives of their office will be in
Linn and Marion counties to assist
farmers in preparing and filing their
Forms 1040ES, declaration of estimat
ed tax, which must be filed on or be
fore January 15; or the preparation of
their calendar year income tax returns,
which must be filed on or befor Mon
day, February 1, 1954, of no estimated
tax return is filed.
Farmers who file an estimated tax
on 1040ES will have until March 15
to file their final income tax re
turns. This schedule pertains to farm
ers only. Other taxpayers will be as
The Marion county schedule is as
Silverton, City Hall, January 4.
Mt. Angel, City Hall, January 5.
Woodburn, City Hall, January 8.
Salem, P. O. Building, January 4
to 15 inclusive, except Saturday.
Linn County Schedule—
Lebanon City Hall, January 5 and 6.
Scio, P. O. Building, January 7.
Halsey, Library, January 8.
Voters To Be Given Chance
On School Merger Soon
Gates and Mill City be elected to th«
An interesting meeting was held at consolidated board of directors, a J
the Mill City elementary school Mon that two members be elected at lai
The Elkhorn directors of the Ben
day evening when members of the
“That each grade school should ie—
ton-Lincoln Electric Co-op held a
Gates, Detroit and Mill City boards tain
its present identity and location.
meeting at the home of Ray Sitecho
met in session to decide upon the ques
the name be Santiam Canyot»
in Elkhorn Sunday at two o’clock.
tion of whether to bring consolidation
It was reported that the power line
of the three districts, or whether un high school, or some similar name.
is progressing, but that there are a few
“That school buses be available to
ionization was the proper procedure to
right-of-way easements that have
transport students to after school ac
follow at the present time.
turned in yet.
After much discussion of the pro tivities.
Marlene White and Robert not As been
these easements are vital to
“That the assets and liabilities of
and upon vote of the three
Budlong Married Sunday
further progress of the line, it is
the districts be prorated among all
DETROIT—Wedding vows were ex urgent that the people who have not
solidation issue would be placed be- three districts.”
changed between two well known yet turned them in do so as soon as
fore the voters of the three districts,
V. S. Todd was appointed to con
young people in the Canyon on Sun- possible.
Don Miley, Gates superintendent tact William Dolmyer, Linn county
day, December 27 at the Detroit
The easements may be turned in to
was chairman of the meeting and superintendent of schools and request
Church of Christ when Miss Marlene any of the following directors: Giles
called upon board members and others that he draw up petition forms for
White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Wagner, G. D. Myers, Ray Sischo or
to discuss their views. At this meeting consolidation to be presented to the
J. White became the bride of Robert Melvin Peck in Mehama, or to Mrs.
it was decided to gather all the facts voters of the three districts.
Budlong, Ale, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Leo Russell, secretary at the Mill City
on the issue and have them placed
At this meeting the following
E. Budlong of Salem.
Richfield station. The power line can
before all residents of the district in recommendation from O. L. Beck,
Miss Nancy Gordon of Idanha was not be completed until all easements
order that all be well informed when state building supervisor for the state
bridesmaid and James White, brother are in.
the time for balloting is presented. On department of education. This is on
of the bride was best man. Ralph Bud!
this committee to prepare the facts the subject of unionization and con
long of Mill City and Clifford White
are O. J. White, Detroit superintend solidation and was addressed to the
were ushers. Ring bearer was David
ent; Raymon Roberts, Mill City and boards of education fo Mill City, Gates
White and flower girls were Kathleen
Don Miley, Gates superintendent.
White and Maryanne Chevier.
Report Shows Fluorides
The following motions were passed
The bride was lovely in traditional
Cut Decay in Teeth
Union Hi Consolidation
white satin and net with a three-
“That one person from each com I Gates
Addition of fluorides to drinking
quarter length veil held in place by
water has reduced dental decay in
a coronet of seed pearls.
children as much as 81 per cent, ac-
Stanley White, brother of the
bride sang the wedding prayer.
The Friendship Circle of the Pres cording to a report received recently
There is not sufficient bonding ca
Devotional hymns played by Mrs. byterian church met at the home of by the State. Board of Health.
The report was based on studies
pacity to build, equip and maintain a
Ruth Skidmore, of Idanha preceded Mrs. Gerald Anderson Tuesday even
new plant for 200 pupils, that yon
the ceremony, along with Lohengrin’s ing, with 10 members in attendance. conducted over more than eight years
would have to plan to accomodate by
wedding march and Grieg’s “I Love Devotions were led by Virginia Hoeye, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by the
the time it opened; impossible at pres
Thee” on the violin. The Reverend after which the business meeting was National Institute for dental research.
Dr. Harold M. Erickson, state I MEHAMA — Miss LaVera Ruth ent cost of about $1350 per student.
Richard Haig of Lebanon performed conducted by Barbara Yarnell, the
health officer, said the report stated Wilson daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Therefore, recommend that you con
It was voted to make a substantial that at the end of eight years, there - George Wilson, and Herbert W. Graen sider the present Mill City High School
toward the “linoleum fund” was 80.7 per cent reduction of decay I son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Graen ' alte, plus three rooms to accomodato
Annual Turkey Dinner
married in a simple afternoon 10 teucher stations,
room of the church. among the five year olds; 70.8 per cent! were
At I.O.O.F. Hall Thursday Decision was also reached
read by Rev. Noble Street- •
The Oddfellows will hold their an a fund for the beautification of the cent among 7 year olds; and 25 per er at the Mehama church December I Ample bonding capacity for 10’
19th at 2:00 o’clock. The bride, who teacher stations.
cent among 16 year olds.
nual turkey dinner at the hall here chancel of the church.
was given in marriage by her father.
The Mill CitJ. boar(1 ig obligata<l t(>
Thuisday evening. This year, as usual
Discussion was held concerning joint
turkey and all the trimming will be installation of officers with those of tion received by his office indicated wore a powder blue suit with navy the BreWtect and people of the dis-
furnished with members bringing the the Women’s Association at a meeting that one out of every 10 Americans accessories and carried a corsage of trict t0 cwutruct a gymnasium,
balance of the feed potluck style.
in January. Mrs. Vernon Todd, pro now is benefiting from fluoridated white rose buds on a white Bible. Her Therefore, it is imperative that the
This is an auual event which is gram chairman, asked for suggestions public water supplies.
attendant was Miss Rotnona • >iaen,
ent kwatioi. be used. It would mean
looked forward to by members of the for the coming year. The next Bible
He reported that eight Oregon com sister of the groom, who wore a knit ffomtructhig and equipping three more
order. The dinner will be served at
study session will be
1-1 on Thurs munities, of 51,564 persons, add fluor I suit of royal blue with gray acces classrooms.
ides to their water supplies. These sories.
At the time of the meeting Monday
day morning, January 7.
Little Paula Kirkland, niece of the no word had been received frogl th.
In charge of the evening's program include Astoria, Gearhart, Florence,
Better Get on the Ball
was Virginia Hoeye, who read an im Corvallis, Philomath, Pendleton, For bride was flower girl and Eugene boundary boards of Marion and Linn
Clason, cousin of the bride, was best I counties.
When Taking Sunday Drive pressive sory, “The Gifts of the Wise est Grove and Salem Heights.
man. The Misses Nancy Nelson and
Pleasure driving is not pleasant Men.” The group wrote cards to Ber
Myrna t Clauson,
lauson, nieces oi
-" TC . «,. -7
when you hold up the normal flow of tha Baltimore and Catherine Fergu Drivers License Examiner > lit
the cadles and Clay Kirkland, —
and 1 F , L; N*w- 1‘Ianh«; »•
son, both of whom have moved away, To Be In Mill City January 7 e ; ___ --------- _ c’_
traffic by driving too slow.
erintendent of Detroit; B. Humphrey,
In fact it is unlawful, the Secre but sent holiday greetings.
Detroit; R. F. Kelly, Ramon Roberta,
A drivers license examiner will be
At the close of the meeting, refresh in Mill City Thursday, January 7 at Russ Graen of Salem played the wed- W. B. Shuey, Howard Means, Harold
tary of State’s traffic safety divi
sion pointed out today. Oregon motor ments were served by the hostess, the Fire hall in Mill City between the
D. Kliewer, V. S. Todd, superintendt.
vehicle law says its a violation for Jeanette Andersen.
hours of 9 and 4, according to word
Mill City; Floyd Völkel, W. M. Pen-’
any person to drive at such a slow
office. I , wjtb b)a(.k acceMOrie, an(1 a corsage • i nick, Elmer *tiu«e
C. J. Kus
h ' ’ s
speed as to impede or block the nor Hilltop Stores Sponsor
[C. Tucker, W
W. M. Hutcheson and Don
Persons wish original licenses or i of white carnationH. The groom’s jC.
mal and reasonable movement of Free Matinee Saturday
permits to diive are asked to file mother wore a rust colored dress with w-
superintendent of f Gates.
traffic.” Exceptions are trucks and
applications well ahead of the sched- | brown
,i „ a white
esent but not takin
trailers or other vehicles that can-
Mr. and Mrs.
uled closing hour.
. tion corsage.
not go faster.
Howard Farmen and Don Moffatt.
tickets to all adults who visit their
Safety men say the traffic ]_ poke places of business, which will admit Mill City School Board
j house was in charge of the bride’s
makes for trouble by irritating fol their children to a free matinee at To Meet Monday, Jan. 11
sister, Mrs. Clay Kirkland. The wed
lowing drivers into passing when
.there is not enough clearance to do
j so safely. Your cue that you may After this week, the tickets will be its regular meeting on Monday, Jan Floyd I»awrence of Eugene, aunt of At Oregon State College
V eterans still make up nearly 15
This week Mr. and Mrs. Paul Res i be out of bounds comes when you given with purchases at the stores, uary 11 instead of Tuesday, January the bride was cut by Mrs. Harry Cla-
sler, who have been operating, tile find yourself at the head of a long There will be no ticket sales at the 12, which is the usual night for meet j son, the groom’s sister. Pouring were per cent of the student body at Oregon
, Mrs. Henry Nelson and Mrs. Floyd State college although the number has
grocery on the highway in the east parade of traffic and the man be box off ice.
I Lawrence. Mrs. Larry Prichard was steadily dropped since the peak of
part of town for the past seven years hind is edging out of the centerline
in charge of the guest book.
1946-47 when two out of every three
announce they are leasing their busi waiting for a chance To pass.
1 The young couple took a short trip students were service returnees,
ness to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Crossler
A savvy driver in such a spot pulls
to the Oregon coast and are now at
There were «57 men and five women
of on the shoulder at the first op
home in Mehama.
At the present time they have no portunity to let the rest of the pa-
registered under service study proJ
plans other than to complete their rade feed by, the office advised.
visions fall term. This included 369
By Jean Roberts
cept conditions or quit. A 10 hour
house and take it easy.
from Korea; 243, World War IT; 45,
Mill City—Mill City regarded as a i day for $3.00 was not unusual. Not
The Crosslers are taking over Paul A. Smith Offers To
Oregon state aid benefits; and, 5,
active management of the store Jan-
present a prosperous and booming : tated but a company store was oper
Mrs. A. E. Westgaard, of Mill City, California state aid. The number
uary 1st, and will be open for busi Test Rocks for Minerals
ated, which had to be patronized or announces the engagement of her of veterans is epected to increase dur
Paul A. Smith, who has been dig
ne«« January 4th.
a man would find himself out of a job. daughter, Joyce Irene, to Cpl. William ing winter and spring quarters as
gin in the hills around here for many
servicemen from Korea
original power plant was a water H. Cope, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. additional
Annual Christmas Program years, this week has taken space in the town at the site of the old Ham wheel,
company owned and provided
The Enterprise seeking to find people
Given By Gates Students
Miss Westgaard, who formerly at-
who are interested in mining during mond store. Mill City, lying astride 1 lights for the business district. Out
GATES—The annual Christmas the coming year. He states there will the North Santiam, is half in Marion lying houses were without electricity. ! tended schools in Moore and Lewiston, Post Office Box Rent May
program presented by students of the be a chance for about 30 or 40, 20-acre and half in Linn county, with new The residents’ water system was al Montana, was a member of the 1952
Gates schools was held in the gymna mining claims in a new eight-mile businesses dotting both sides.
so owned by the Hammond Lumber graduating class of Mill City High. Be Paid on Annual Basis
The Mill, from which the town Company.
She is, at present, employed by the
A recent amendment to the Postal
sium, Wednesday evening, December mineral zone. He brought to this of
23. and was attended by a large group fice a small jar of gold which he | got its name, however, is not the hub
When the mill at last closed down, j State Department of Finance and Ad- Laws and Regulations makes it pos
of parents and friends. Mrs. Richard had melted from rock in this area. | of the increasing industry. The De ' the machinery was disposed of and ' ministration, purchasing division, in sible for box patrons to pay their box
rents quarterly or annually on a fiscal
Parker of the grades and Darrell
He said he w-ould test any quartz troit dam located up the river from all holding and dwellings were tak Salem.
Cpl. Cope, a graduate of Fergus year basis. Box patrons including
Crossler, of the high school faculty rock brought to him to determine Mill City accounts for an influx of en over by the Bab Hardware Co.
were in charge of the entertainment, what mineral value it contained. He population, but prospects of other in I of Eugene. Houses sold dirt cheap, County High School of Lewiston, agencies of the Federal Government
Living Christmas Cards
was the stated he would be out soon looking dustries, promise to retain prosperity. 'even the large company house on the Mont., recently returned from over- , are permitted to pay rental on post
Old timers, such as Geddes who ar I Linn county side of the river which «eas duty in Korea, and is now sta- j office boxes for not more than one full
theme followed throughout the eve for new diggings.
rived in Mill City in 1883, can remem had been built for company offici- j tioned at Camp Hanford, Washington fiscal year in advance, or for three.
nings entertainment, which was de-
No date has been set for the wed- ( two, or one quarter remaining in tho
ber the community before there was als and is still one of the finest
vided into scenes. The first, sec Honor Students At Gates
fiscal year during which the box is
town or even a railroad. The build houses in town. At that time, how I ding.
ond and third grades were presented
rented. When a patron surrenders a
ing of the railroad opened up the terri ever, Mill City was virtually a ghost
as “Christmas Carolers;” the fourth Listed by Superintendent
GATES—Members of the Gates tory to mills, logger.«, and set tiers, town, houses were in need of repair Post Office Discontinues
box prior to the expiration of the per-
ano fifth in “The Manger Scene;” the
Many settlers bought land from the and the hard wood floors were all Selling U. S. Savings Bonds | iod for which rental has been paid no
sixth graders in “Santa’s Workshop:’’ junior-senior high school who made
portion of the rental shall be refunded.
seventh and eighth, “Frosty Snow the honor roll for the second six O 4 C railroad lands for $2.50 an that were considered worth salvaging,
An agreement between the Post
This should be of interest and help
Each odd-numbered section i This house was purchased by J. F. j Office
man;” students of the senior high in weeks, as reported by Don Miley, sup I acre.
“White Christmas" and "Scrooge.’ erintendent of the Gates schools are within 15 miles of the railroad was | Potter, who with several of the old department calls for the discontinu to permanent patrons and business es
Choruses from all grades provided as follows; Seventh grade, Ronnie given to the railroad by the govern ! mill hands combined and formed a ance of the sale of U. 8. Savings tablishments desiring to pay annually.
Kuhlman and Rodney Schaer; Eighth ment to repay them for the building .Co-op mill, with Potter ax manager.
grade, Ann Marie Hirte. Margaret the line. The government retained This co-operative was later known bonds by post offices on January 1,
Palmer and Kaye Smith; Ninth grade. the even-numbered sections and open as the Mill City Manufacturing Co. I 1954. Under the revised procedure Bond Sales 10 Per
Pvt. Art Collier, Mehama. Ellen
Bonds may be purchased at banks
Chance, Otis Chance and Dona- ed them to homesteader«. When the
At last the controlling interest of and from issuing agents in organiza Cent Above Last Year
Spends Christmas in Korea lee Oliver; 10th grade. May Haywood; O4rC began charging $25 to $30 an Mill
City Manufacturing wag sold; the tions having the Payroll saving plan.
Oregon residents continued their
Army Pvt. Arthur C. Collier, 20, 11th grade, John Barnhardt and Lor- acre (considered an exorbitant price! machinery disposed of and the mill
“savings spree” last month by setting
son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Col retta Stahlman; 12th ^rade, Jerry the government sued them and re site and pond purchased by the Van- They may also be purchased from any aside over $2 million 333 thousand in
Federal Reserve bank and from the
lier. Mehama, spent his Christmas Larson.
gained the property. At that time l couver Plywood Corporation.
Treasury department. Post office« will series E and H savings bonds.
The following students have had property owners sold old
north of the 38th parallel in Korea.
There is still an air of industry
“This represents a 40 per cent in
On security duty with the 45th In 1005k attendance since the beginning timber to the mill for 75c a thousand. around the old building and the pond. continue to sell U. S. Savings stamps. crease over the corresponding period
fantry Division, he had the opportun
Mill City for many years known as The pond is used for sorting logs
in 1952, according to Bruce Williams,
ity to attend special religious services Haywood, Connie Stewart, Wanda a one-man town, was primarily own and the old consumer still belches St. Catherine’s Catholic
county chairman, "and reflects one of
ar.d share the traditional holiday feast. Dodge, Kenny Johnson, Kaye Smith, ed and controlled by the Hammond smoke as a planer shed operates near Church To Have 9:30 Mass the highest monthly increases since
Private Collier, an ammunition Otis Chance, Anna Howell, Helen Lumber Co., who owned the mill, a by. Freshly planed lumber stacks on
St. Catherine’s Catholic church in the end of World War II.”
bearer in the 180th Regiment's Heavy Johnson, Deanna Smith, Irvin Tucker, company store and most of the dwel the Kelly Lumber Sales dock visi Mill City will observe a New Year’s
County sales during November in
Mortar company, entered the Army Lois Evans, May Haywood, Danny lings. According to old timers, there ble from the bridge still emphasises day mass at 9:30 Friday morning, ac E and H series bonds amounted to
last January and arrived overseas in Evans, Juanita Thomas and Pat were no unions for working men at the fact that Mill City was rightly cording to information received by $140,706. In Linn county $49,625 worth
that time, and a man could either ac- named.
of bonds were sold.
At an impressive ceremony, conducted
by Alice Robinson, Past Grand Matron
of the Grand Chapter of Oregon,
new officers of Marilyn Chapter,
Order of the Eastern Star, were in
stalled at the lodge hall Sunday
Other installing officers
were Fern Shuey, Installing Grand
Marshal; Mildred Allen, Installing
Grand Chaplin; and Edith Schroeder,
of Crescent City, Cal., Installing
Grand Organist. All past Matrons of
Heading the list of officers in
stalled was Mabel Parker, worthy ma
tron, followed by Ivan Smith, worthy
patron; Clara Morris, associate ma
tron; Floyd Johnson, associate patron;
Mary Tuers, secretary; Dorothy Har
ns, treasurer; Betty Shaw, conduc
tress; Jean Phillips, associate con
ductress; Dorothy Draper, chaplin;
Laurell Johnson, marshal; Edna Ross,
organist; Opal McRoberts, Ada; Ad
die French, Ruth; Laura Worthing
ton, Esther; Julia Kemp, Martha;
Jacqueline Smith, Electa; Mary Gul-
liford, Warder; and William Shuey,
A gift and corsage were presented
tc the installing officer, Alice Rob
inson, by Jerry Hamblin, Worthy Ad
visor of Marilyn Assembly, Order of
Rainbow for Girls, who acted as Cour
tesy Girl during the evening, assisted
by Penny Gould, another Rainbow
Girl. Gifts were presented to the
newly-installed worthy matron and
The out-going worthy
I-aurell Johnson, and worthy patron,
George Huffman, were presented with
gifts by Hallie Toman and Wilson
Stevens, respectively, on behalf of
Music for the evening was furnish
ed by the Presbyterian Church choir
and Rev. Noble Streeter, under the di
rection of Mrs. Donald Sheythe, their
first number consisting of “Jesu Bam
bino,” and “O, Holy Night.” Piano
selections were played by Frances
Johnson, a member of Marilyn As
sembly. The final group of num
bers by the choir included “Carol of
the Bells,” “Noel,” and “A Song in
A clever degree was put on for the
new worthy matron and worthy pa
tron by the newly-installed officers,
climaxed with the presentation of
At the close of the evening, cake
and coffee were served in the dining
room by Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Stevens,
Mr. and Mrs. George Huffman, and
Friendship Circle to
Of Friendship Hall
Miss LaVera Wilson
Marries Herb Graen
Writer Tells of Conditions in
Mill City During Earlier Period