Entered at Vernonia, Oregon, Postoffioe us Second-Class Matter. Many Attend Commencement « » 1 Oregon Looks Better Than Any Other State (By A. D. Moe) We arrived home Sunday after a trip of four months, traveling 10,000 miles by auto and passing through 20 states. After all the places we have seen, Oregon looks the best to us. Last Wednesday morning we left Cheyenne. Tuesday afternoon cars were coming through from the west, and roads were . reported passable so we started out. The drifts of snow on the highway had been opened up and we got through all right with chains. Quite a few miles At west the roads were better, and we soon were able to discard the High School Exercises. Rev. G. chains. The blizzard did not reach lar beyond Rawlins, but rain ex- W. Plumer at Grade School. tended into Idaho. About 40 miles west of Chey- A record crowd attended the high enne we passed the summit, an school commencement exercises at elevation of 8835 feet, the highest the Evangelical church Friday night, point on the Lincoln highway and when Prof. N. H. Cornish of O. A. a few miles west of the summit C. delivered the principal address. a sign marks the continental divide, Students and townspeople alike ex where the water east drains into pressed pleasure at hearing his the Mississippi river and west into the Pacific ocean. There was but talk. The high school graduating class little snow in this neighborhood was comprised of the following along the road, but the high moun students: Kenneth Whitsell, Lewis tains all around were white. The Louden, William Hill, Theresa Tack- elevation all through Wyoming on ett, Percy Bergerson, Russell Mills, the Lincoln highway pach side of Annie Laurie Laird, Gladys Krin- the summit is around 6000 to 7Q00 ick, Anna Rea Webster, Loretta feet, but there are no bad grades Johnson, Norman Pettijohn, Dud- on the road, the elevation going ley Spencer, Amy Hughes, Mar up or down so gradually ns not garet Shipley, Marshall Malmsten, to be noticed. We spent the next night at Wam Sheila Wiliams, Ruth Holaday, Lew is Laramore, Norman Engen, Ralph sutter, where a number of wells Reithner, Harry Hixon. Louise Sch- 2,000 feet are operated by a large midlen, Wilburn Charlesworth, Glen power plant, furnishing water for Hawkins, Richard Peterson, Lillian the railroad and selling it to resi Lilly, Wayne Wall and John Wardle. dents of the town. The next day we passed through Rev. G. W. Plumer of the Evan gelical church delivered the com the oil district, with a large refin mencement address at the eighth ery at Parco. We expected to grade exercises held in the high find gas cheaper at this place. It school Thursday night. Mrs. Paul had been mostly 20 cents from Wiggens of St. Helens sang a solo. Wisconsin to Cheyenne, but was 26 The folowing 45 students suc- at the refinery town, and up to cessfully passed the recent eighth 29 cents farther west, and did not grade state examinations: Gloyd get lower than 24 cents all the Adams, Fredie Alexander, Viola way home. We left the Lincoln highway at Barnett, Kenneth Bell, Junior Ben- nett, Elida Berg, Ford Berg, Josie Granger, Wyo., and took the Old Erma Oregon Trail from there home go Bjornson, Maxine Blair, Brady, Grace Condit, Bruce Cum- ing through Kemmerer and Soda mings, Maybelle Drorbaugh, Clif- springs to Pocatello, following the ford Fiala, Gladys Flanary, Goldie Union Pacific all thé way. The mud Flanary, Gladys Garner, Vera Good had dried up and the roads were in, Robert Holcomb, Lucy Hopson, good all the way, except for a Helen Imbeck, Earl Knowles, Helen short stretch over a mountain pass Lamoreaux, Ruth Lee, Arthur Lil in Idaho. The elevation was low lig, Goldie Lindberg, Jack Marshall, er in Idaho and we began to see Larry Marshall, George Oberst, trees leaving out, and it was a Marvin Porterfield, Verna Ray, pretty drive as we worked out Rocky mountains. Robert Riley, Flora Roles, Everett through the Rundell, Ila Sesseman, Allie Sim There are some very pretty valleys mons, Florence Stubbs, Minerva between the ranges, with irrigation Thompson, Virgie Urie, Georgia along the streams. A large dam at Van Doren, Eldon Walker, William American Falls furnishes irrigation Wlashburn, Fay Webster, Veda Web for a large area, and also at Twin ster and Luella Williams. Gordon Falls. General farming, but mostly Smith and Jewel Lloyd passed the alfalfa and dairying, is carried on. eighth grade examinations in Jan- As we neared Boise we began to uary. Four who failed the last see small orchids with trees loaded examinations will take them again with bloom. The principal apple section is around Payette and Weis- in June. cr. From the looks of the bloom they will have a heavy crop thia C. Meyer Heads Old year. Seattle Livestock Crossing the Snake river at Pay- Concern as President ette we were again in Oregon, with C. Meyer, who severed his con- an oiled road as good as pavement nections with the Bank of Verno- all the way home, It was a warm nla some months ago, is again day, the first summer weather this president of the Seattle Packing spring, Trees were all leaved out company, which position he held and the : Blue mountains showing up before coming to Vernonia. The in the distance were green with company is a wholesale dealer in grassy slopes, but some of the livestock. Mr. Meyer, as both ranges bare and rocky. We foljow- president and general manager, ed the Snake river to Huntington will travel between Seattle, Port and then set our timepieces back land, Spokane and other cities buy another hour. ing for the company. The highway winds around Mr. Meyer left for Seattle Sun through the mountains with easy day, ar.d his headquarters will be grades until it makes the final climb in the Frye hotel there, he stated. to the summit near Meacham, an His family will remain in Vernonia. elevation over 4300 feet, then drops down on a continuous fall for Senator J»me> Reed Visits. about 25 miles to Pendleton. United States Senator James A. Many California cars were on Reed, who has figured prominently the road going east. The Lincoln the past six months in a number of f highway has been blocked with law cases of national importance, snow in the Sierras west of Salt including the Sapiro-Ford libel suit, Lake, and while it Is now open, was here Tuesday with Chas. E. many are still coming by way of Keith to view the Oregon-American Portland, then taking the Old Ore- mill. gon Trail to Granger, where it Senator Reed was formerly a connects with the Lincoln high- member of the firm that were the way. legal advisors of the company at Roads are better in Idaho than Kansas City. in Wyoming or Nebraska. We found the Old Oregon Trail completed C. E. Visits in St. Helens. Twenty-four members of the lo- with a fine macadam road, except cal Christian Endeavor society left a short stretch near the southeas here at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon tern part of the state. In fair and drove to St. Helens, where weather the road is excellent from they stopped for lunch in the Cole the coast to the paved roads near man auto park. They participated Chicago, but when it rains one in the meeting of the Christian has the choice of going through Endeavor at the Congregational the dirt roads in the mud or wait church and later attended the high ing until they dry up. From the school baccalaureate services there. western boundary of Wyoming, and They expect to take similar trips a few miles in Idaho, to Dea Moines, Please turn to page 2 to other towns this summer. Books Are Carried Home 5 VERNONIA. OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 26, 1927 Railway Safety Essay Legion Auxiliary Churches To Hold Contest Closes June 1 Secretary of Commerce Herbert To Have Poppy Sale Hoover has agreed to act as head a special committee which will Friday and Saturday Services Sunday of select the winners in the contest now being conducted by the Am VOLUME 5, NUMBER 42. Memorial Day To BeJJbserved erican Railway association among school and college students for the best essays on the subject of how of Disabled Vets to be Observed. to prevent grade crossing accidents The ladies of the Vernonia unit I The local Christian and Evan according to an announcement of the American Legion Auxiliary I gelical churches will hold union made Tuesday by the American will sell the little red poppies Fri- ( Memorial services Sunday ia the Railway committee through the day and Saturday, which has be-1 Evangelical church at I 11 a. m. western railways’ committee on come an annual custom in the Rev. D. A. Smith of Portland will public relations. United States, for the benefit of I preach the sermon, The other members are Thomas disabled veterans of the World war. | The new pastor of the Evangeli- P. Henry, president of the Am President Coolidge says, “The an-1 cai church, Rev. G. W. Plumer, erican Automobile association, and Relief Corps Will Banquet ex-Ser- nual sale of poppies has a double had charge of the services last Walter G. King, president of the vice Men and Immediate Fam significance. It perpetuates and em- j Sunday, national safety council. phaizes a particularly fine symbol- i In the evening of ilies at Noon Monday. May 29 the » Three cash prizes of *250 each ism, calling to mind the supreme1 pastor will use as his subject, “Joy will be awarded, one for the best sacrifice of those who died in the | in Our Salvation.” The Sunday essay by a grammar school stu The Womens Relief corps, the service of our country. Such sym school will hold their annual Chil- dent, another for the best essay American Legion Auxiliary and bolism cannot but have its effect | dren’s day program tonight. They by a high school student and an in inspiring us to the sacrifices will have a Sunday school picnic other for the best essay by a col the American Legion are cooper ating thiB year to observe Memor demanded of all good citizens in: next week. It is planned to take lege student. al day Monday with fitting cere peace times. Futhermore, those who I up the Sunday school lesson for The essay contest began on April monies. State Commander Arthur buy these poppies do something the following Sunday at the Wed 1 and will terminate June 1. The A. Murphy of the American Le- very real to help the disabled vet-1 nesday evening prayer meetings. erans who in making them are! Rev. G. W. Plumer was born in essays entered in the contest rion, department of Oregon, and able to contribute to their own1 Holland and at nine years of age should be in the hands of J. C. the Civil war veteran, Judson Cavinton, secretary of the safety Weed, will be the guests of honor support. came to the United States. He was “I would commend this move- converted ¡n Rooks county, Kan- lection of the American Railway on that day. ment heartily, and my hope 1S for sas, when 12 years old, and began association at 30 Vesey street. New It is planned to have a parade York city, by not later than June its continued success.’’ to preach at the age of 16 in 10. Shortly after that date the /start from the Washington school it 10 a.m. Monday which will be The Message of the Poppy northwestern Iowa. secretary of commerce and the Rev. Plumer began his first pas other members of the committee made up of veterans, local organ Buy Me- —I stand for service. I enabled one cent to be earned torate at Blooming Prairie, Minn., will meet in Washington for the izations, the school children and by a disheartened service man in when 18 years of age, and has purpose of reviewing the essays gold star mothers to go to the cemetery for the decoration of the hospital who needed it, and not been without a pastoral charge ind selecting the winners. The all you pay for me goes for ser- since. He was a pastor in Iowa awards will be based on the best the graves. Flowers will also be vice for those for whom the war for nine and one-half years. Among ssays containing the most out strewn on the waters of Rock the fields •erved were Anita and standing, readily available sugges- creek in memory of the unknown is not yet over. BUY ME! WEAR ME—I represent the sac- Red Oak. From Red Oak ho was : Cion for preventing highway grade dead. After the ceremony at the cem rificial blood of the men who fell appointed to the First English Tossing accidents. Arrangements in Flanders Field. I am a Memorial church of Portland in 1900, are being made whereby the au etery, the Women'» Relief corps to all who died in service. In rev He has been pastor of Chemeketa thors of the three winning essays will serve a banquet to all war erence and understanding, WEAR Street church, Salem; First church, will be given a trip to Washington veterans and their immediate fam Albany; First church, Everett, where the cash prizes will be dis ilies in the Evangelical church, MEI when there will be addresses by Wash; First church, Seattle, Waah; tributed. Arthur Murphy and Judson Weed. Initiated Into Fraternity Whichita church, Portland. He was In connection with the essay Oregon Agricultural College, Cor general missionary of the church contest and in addition to the Following this the new Legion vallis, May 23.—Robert Hoffman of for Oregon, Washington and Idaho methods already in force to pro home will be dedicated by the state Vernonia, sophomore in chemical for a number of years, and was vide greater safety at grade cross commander of the American Le engineering, has been Initiated into conference evangelist for two years. •ngs, as well as to increase inter gion. M. E. Carkin, in charge of the Kapna Kappa Psi, honorary band At the present time he ia secretary est on the part of both the rail fraternity. Election to this frater treasurer of all the conference ben- roads and the public in the ne Legion Memorial day exercises, nity is based upon personality, evolences. cessity for continued care being :ias appointed Bert Hawkins officer scholarship and musical attainment. Rev. Plnmer was in Vernonia exercised at highway grade cross of the day. Post Commander Mc Four new members were taken in at twice for camp meetings. The last ings, the railroads this year will Graw will preside at the various this time. time that he visited here was to conduct an intensive campaign in functions. Hoffman is a member of the hold a quarterly meeting when the an effort to reduce the number of chemical engineering society, an roads were so bad that he had to Juch accidents. The railroads are Grade School Operetta organization on the campus to fur come on horse back from Houlton. prompted in this move by the fact Pleases Large Audience ther social relations among students He reports that he is greatly pleas that last year 5921 highway grade in chemical engineering. He is also ed with the outlook in Vernonia -reccing accident* occurred, in Miss Kathleen Mitchell’s operet a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and is here for work. which 2492 persons were killed ta held at the high school audi social fraternity. and 6991 were injured. In 1925, torium Wednesday evening May 18, J. A. McCall Die« H. C. Rones, optometrist of As James A. McCall of Vernonia there were 5479 accidents in which was enjoyed by about three hun toria, was a Vernonia visitor Mon died at the St. Vinecenta hospital 2206 persons were killed and 6555 dred parents and friends. Miss Mit chell, as music supervisor of the day. He will make regular month in Portland, May 19. Mr. McCall were injured. ly visits here in the future, he has been a resident of Vernonia With more than 22,000,000 tu grade school, had taught most of states and will receive patients m ! for four years. His son and daught- tomobiles now ia use and the num the songs used in “The Posey Bed,” the office of Dr. M. D. Cole. Hisj er, Claude McCall and Mrs. Erie ber constantly increasing, the haz- in regular classroom singing. Mrs. first visit will be on June 13. M. Knapp of Vernonia, reside. ard from such accidents is annually Jean Yeo played the piano accom becoming greater and it is only paniment. All of the chillren were through the cooperation of the pub- beautifully costumed in dresses re MEMORIAL DAY—MAY 30. 1927 tic and the railroads that a reduc- presenting flowers, bird, king, queen tion in such accidents oan be or play dresses. The part of the brought about, especially la view queen was filled by Joy Bush who of the fact that the elimination of pleased the audience with two so highway grade crossing« is both los. The king was Ruth Page Sim physically and financially impos mons. Others taking part was«: Hazel Chapman, Doris Phelps, Eve sible. , lyn Shipley, Leona Fetsch, Paulin« Dial, Hazel Ross, Annabel Heath, Mary McDonald, Gertrude McDon Oregoa Agricultural College, Cor- ald, Genevieve Garner, Mildred Gar valis, May 26—Alvin L. Parker, son of Albert Parker of Vernonia, ner, Helen Anderson, Alice Bennett, Oregon, in one of nearly 600 Dorothy June Wolff, Eleanor Fiala, Roberta Williams, Sara McGee, Mary candidates for graduation in June. Mr. Parker io a graduate of Ver Ann Childs, Dorothy Black, Ruby nonia high school. He is majoring Palmer, Leona New, Bernice Ellis, in technical forestry. Though ho Betty Cameron, Mildred Rogen, Mignon Depue and Betty Bennett has earned all hie expenses while in college, ho is secretary and treas Prohibition Agent R«l«sa«d urer ef the Hesperian elub and Jack Wilson, alleged stool pigeon has earned the rank of seeond lieu tenant reserve engineer In the R. for Federal prohibition offican, O. T. C. Mr. Parker haa had two who was arrested on charges of yean of practical experience In possession of liquor and being drunk, and who had served 10 day« the United States forest service. in the city jail after his plea of Casters Star Daaca. guilty, was released Tuesday when Sheriff Rea W. Craven of Dallas, An Eastern Star dance will be a relative, paid *155, the remainder held on Friday, June 3, at the of his fine, to the court. American Legion hall. All Ma 1 Much attention was drawn to th« sons and Stars are cordially in- case when federal officers appear vited to attend. Admission will I be ed here and attempted to have him charged. released from the possession charge Any Mason or Star desiring to and fine of *150, saying that ha bring friends may do so by ob- had a right to have possession of taining a card of identification at tbe liquor. Since two officers had Mac's Pharmacy or from Mrs. ’come here before his trial and had Katie McNeill. not advised him to plead not guilty State will spend *88,000 in oil to the charge, his plea of guilty ing 120 miles highway in Klamath left no other recourse to Judge Reasoner than to treat his case th« county. Multnomah county adopts black same as any private citizen, and top paving on link of Mount Hood it is thought by some that he may take action against the prohibition loop road. department for not giving him bat Forest Grove—Two electric re ter protection. circulating prune driers being built here. Astoria—Roads gTaded and sur Our wish to those who have given their all, prompts us, Government will assist in colon faced to Camp Clatsop, national on Memorial Day, to bow our heads in reverent memory. izing 80,000-acre Owyhee project. guard camp. ■ Annual Custom of Spelling Poppies Before Memorial Day for Benefit New Pastor, Was Born Rev. G. W. Plainer, in Holland-, He Be- fan To Preach at tbe Age ef 16. ?o'e To ! emetery at 10 o’clock Mcnday Morning. State Legion Head Hire ?