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OBSERVATIONS By J. 0. DAVIS: "Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck has served to call public attention to the abject poverty of group of American farmers, but neither the book nor the discussion that followed its publication makes any constructive contribution to an analysts of the causes of this poverty, or any suggestion as to how a cure might be effected. There Is an inclination in some quarters to regard these impoverished farmers who have come to California seeking employment, as "queer" and somehow different from other people In their speech. Of course, the traveled native son realizes that his idiomatic and native colloquialisms sound Just as queer in Arkansas as does the speech of natives of those states sound in the San Joaquin valley. Certain urban smart alecs regard them as, in some way, inferior people who could not be expected to live differently from the manner in which they now live. As a matter of fact, most of them have been typical independent land owning American farmers, with generations of American ancestry back of them, and their present plight is due to economic forces over which they had no control. These people are generally known as di'st bowl victims. All the dust storms did was to accelerate impoverishment and hasten the day when they would have to seek new fields o f endeavor to live. The country from which they came was frontier country, peopled by pioneers fifty years ago, people who did all the things that pioneers did on every American frontier to com^pile a record of courage and character and steadfast devotion to American ideals that is a source of inspiration to every American boy. The major tragedy to the American farmer has worked its havoc within j^f the life time- of many men still living who have not reached three score years and ten, generally accepted as the span of life. This writer crossed the state of Kansas as a boy with his father in a camp wagon on a summer trip to the high Rockies, in the summer of 1889. Kansas was then a raw frontier in much of its territory. Sod houses and homesteaders' dugouts dotted the landscape; the freshly plowed urairie sod could not be immediately planted because it could not be worked into condition for planting until the weather had disintegrated the sod. Each turned over furrow held together so firmly that It looked like a long board lying across the field. You frequently hear it s a I d of these migrants that they were "tractored" off the land. The only effect the Increased use of power machinery on the land could have on these people would be to deny them opportunities to secure work as farm laborers or tenant farmers, after they had reached the status of farm laborers on the downward Journey that brought them from the life of an Independent, self-reliant farm owner to the condition of extreme poverty that put them on the highways of the country seeking to escape from the tragedy that had befallen them. If there is anything that Is A- merlcan It Is the middle west. They were always and orthodox people; orthodox In their religion, orthodox in their politics; voting the party ticket of their fathers serene in the belief that prosperity and happiness would be theirs if they worked hard, lived frugally and dealt fairly with their fellowmen. How did it work out? Take for example the state of Kansas, the state that used to boast that It had within its borders no men of very great wealth and few men who were very poor; that it had more farmers who owned their farms, free of debt than any other state. Remember also that only SO years ago men and women established in Kansas frontier homes in what V.JS then virgin country, where land was free and soil was rich and the future was bright with promise. In 1934, in this same state of Kansas, 42.4 per cent of all farms were operated exclusively by tenants; similar conditions are found in all other middle western states. What has converted the American farmer, one of our sanest citizens, one of best customers, one of our typical Americans, into a farm laborer, a tenant farmer, an itinerant seasonal laborer or a tramp? It is a long story but this column win undertake to tell part of It next week. PubliBhed for 71 Yean DISPATCH-DEMOCRAT OFFICE: 120 E. Standl«y Street HfUBkluDigWai 6t M&iSiUkiUid County Ifews City, Rural and County News From Every Section of Mendocino County. DISPATCH-DEMOCRAT: Phone Ukiah Number O—N—E VOLUME LXXI DISPATCH DEMOCRAT, URIAH, CALIFORNIA. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1939 NUMBER 11 CARE OF INDIANS NYA to Train Indian Youths for Service To Their People An outstanding service will be given to the aged and infirm Indian population of Mendocino and Lake counties by the National Youth Administration, recently established as a district office in Ukiah, according to Theodore Waller, district manager. The National Youth Administration will train Indian youths to act as visiting nurses and housekeepers among their own people, principally the aged and ill Indiana who require care. The N. Y. A. is receiving the cooperation of Mrs. Ruth Hauck, principal of . . the Reservation School at Covelo, ^f,^ and of Roy Murray, Indian agent at Round Valley, in formulating and maintaining the program. The N. Y. A. will also cooperate with the Boy Scout organization by furnishing workers to build a troop cabin In the mountains near Covelo. Twenty-three youths were recently added to projects In the vicinity of Ukiah, according to Waller. Anyone wishing to secure an interview with Waller may do so at the noon hour on Tuesday, November 28, at the office of the department of employment, 20 Smith St., Ukiah. The office la open between the hours of 8:00 a. m. and 5:00 p. m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 a. m. until noon on Saturday. ESTATE WPA Men At Work on Co. Roads PRORATE Single Marriage License Issued Request f ol- Prune Aid Is Increased Government Asked To Buy 20,000 Tons As Result of Tie Up Request for federal purchase of prunes by prune prorate officials has been increased to 20,000 tons from 15,000 tons on account of the San Francisco waterfront tie up. So much business has been lost. It was said at the prorate office here, through the failure to get the fruit moved on schedule that an additional 5000 tons purchase for relief distribution was sought. Presented by Baker The pica for federal help was presented through R. P. Baker, prorate zone agent, to Pocter Taylor of Washington, chief of the general crops section of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, and other federal officials. They Included E. L. Markell of San Francisco, divisional representative of Porter's agency, and Phil Match, regional representative of the Federal Surplus Commodities Corporation. The prune program had originally been framed as a request for government purchase of 15,000 tons to offset the decline in sales abroad, principally in Great Britain and France, resulting from the war. Crop Was Ught Industry reports indicated that while there is no prune carryover problem from last year, and the crop this year was rather light, a surplus sufficient to depress the market in view of light export trade is In sight. There are indlcatioha the growers still held equity in around 100,000 tons, out of the 170,000-ton crop. Taylor was unable to say when Washington will answer the prune men's request. There are approximately 400 men on the payroll of WPA in this county and every man is doing r^ad work somewhere In the coun- Within a few days 65 men will go to work on the John Day Hill above Potter Valley. These men will be taken from the road work in Mill Creek which la being completed. The road from the Talmage road to the Terraces has been widened, worked over and sharp curves eliminated. The new bridge over McClure creek, north of Ukiah, is also completed and the Redwood Valley project. On the latter project nearly every road In the valley has been improved and oiled. The most important factor of the work, so far as safety is concerned, is the widening and "daylight- ing" of the railroad crossing which has been a great menace to school buses and other traffic. Three new bridges have been constructed on this project. Twenty men from the Redwood Valley project have been transferred to the Ukiah-Boonvllle road work, supplementing a crew of 15 men at work on that job. The crew on the Fort Bragg- James Creek project is making fine progress in Supervisor Johnston's district. There are about 30 men working out of Willlts toward James Creek. When completed the road from Willlts to Fort Bragg will be a 24-foot highway. There are 160 men on the Longvale-Dos Rios highway. Ten miles of this highway have been completed and there are four miles left to be done. The highway will not be open to traffic until it la completed. About all that remains to be done on the Rockport-Leggett Valley road Is the surfacing. There are 12 men assigned to that work. AN ACCOUNTING BY EXEpX Petition Demands Removal of Mrs. Kathleen Perkins TOWN HALL Child Hurt in Car Accident Sunday Mrs. Kathleen Perkins, executrix of the estate of Charles R. Perkins, has been ordered by the court to appear, December 8, and show cause why she should not be punished for contempt of court .^nd why the petition for her removal as executrix of the estate of her late husband should hot He granted. The citation was ordered issued by Judge Donald Geary of Sonoma county, who prasided in the Superior court of this county, Monday, in the matter of the estate of Charles B. Perkins, former supervisor from the Fourth district, who passed away May 31, 1936. Sale Ordered On petition of the Ukiah Production Credit Association, Judge Geary on August 9, 1939, directed the sale of personal property as set forth in the petition. It was failure to comply with this order of the court that the citation was ordered by Judge Geary Monday, demanding Mrs. Perkins show cause why she should'not be punished for contempt of court. Objections Filed On April 6, 1939, Barbara Perkins Lawrence, a legatee under terms of the will of her father, Charles R. Perkins, filed a petition objecting to the first annual account of the executrix, Mrs. Kathleen Perkins, on the grciunds that the report does not reveal the true condition of the estate and fails to account for monies and property belonging to the estate. Judge Geary ordered an accounting to be made. The hearing was set for Monday, November 27. According to the records of the court neither the executrix nor her attorney, H. L. Preston, complied with the order of the court to file a proper or amended complaint before that date. Barbara Perkins Lawrence also petitions the court for the removal of Mrs. Perkins as executrix. Attorney Hale McCowen represents Ukiah Production Credit Association which has a claim of $15,076.08 against the estate. The petition of the Ukiah Production Credit Association sets forth that Mrs. Perkins receives funds for which she does not account and makes expeiid- Itures not authorized by the court. 'What Kind of Peace Can Europe Make?" Is the subject of Town Hall Meeting of th« Air, to which a Ukiah group listens in at 6:30 o'clock tonight at the Children's Library. Maurice G. Hindus, Rev. Priedrlch E. Auhagen and Mrs. Linda Llttle- Jphn will present the subject, each qualified from an Interesting angle. ! Who's Who? 1 Maurice G. Hindus was an eml- brant from Russia in 1905. He re- feelved the D. Litt. degree from Harvard and has been a free lance Writer since leaving Harvard in 1017. In 1923 Century Magazine sent him to Rtissia on a writing assignment and he has returned there annually for other magazines. Hindus Is the author of many books, most of them on Russia. He was in Warsaw when hostilities commenced thl£ fall. Dr. Prederlch E. Auhagen, editor "Today's Challenge," is the son of a diplomat |fonnerly attached to the German Foreign office in Berlin. He is now a naturalized American citizen and as such has made annual visits to Germany. Since 1935 he has been an independent lecturer and writer on political and economic developments In Germany and central Europe. Mrs. Linda Llttlejohn has for many years been closely associated with the Women's Movement, having been president of the United Associations of Women of New South Wales, and more recently Ilason officer in London between the Federation of Women Voters of ^Dstralla and the British Conuhon- l^wesalth League. John Gimther, foreign correspondent, author and radio commentator, will act as interlocutor. Edwin Castagna, librarian, presides at the Ukiah Town Meeting of the Air and leads in the discussion following. Christmas Near! Last Call for Toys to Mend The committee In charge of the Christmas Caravan of Toys asks that all toys to be mended and renewed be turned over to the Christmas workshop this week without fail. Unless this is done there will not be time to have the work completed in time for Christmas delivery. The service clubs of Ukiah have united in the work and appeal to the public to produce all discarded toys, books, games, etc. that may be put into shape and used for children less fortunate than their own, Dr. Walter Rapaport, superintendent of Mendocino State Hospital, is cooperating to the generous extent of having the repair work, painting, etc., done in the hospital shops. The opportunity is too fine a one to be overlooked by anyone having a donation for the Caravan. Ralph Hogan is chairman of the service club committee, which also includes Frank Wilson, Rotary, Alex Thomas, 2030, and Ardis Roberts, Ukiah Business and Professional Women's Club. A call to the Redwood Journal will be received and a truck will call for donations large or small. DROWNED PROMOTION Recent High School Grads Elope Only one marriage license has been issued In Mendocino county during the month of November. Earl Jess Crosby of San Francisco and Esther Chestelia Christensen of Point Arena made application to wed November 18 and received the marriage llcen.se November 22. Mr. Crosby is a railway clerk and Miss Christensen a nurse. Miss Mary Elizabeth Moore of Ukiah and Charles Theodore McNeill of thLs city eloped to Reno, Nevada, on Tuesday, November 28. They were united in marriage by Judge McKnight of Reno. The bride Ls the daughter of Mrs. Minnie Nehring of Talmage. She Is a graduate of Ukiah High school with the class of 1938, and is studying cosmetology at the Don Lux Academy in San Francisco. The groom Is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. McNeill of Ukiah and Is a graduate of the Santa Rosa high school. The young couple returned to this city Thursday, following a honeymoon of two days at Lake Tahoe. Katherine, four-year-old daughter of A. B. O'Donnell, received a gash in her head Sunday when the car in which she was driving with her father overturned at the intersection of Pine and Standley streets. The O'Donnell car and one driven by Ben Edwards collided at the Intersection. The O'Donnell car, going west, was hit on the rear, bumper by the Edwards car, according to Chief of Police W. T. Brlggs, who investigated the accident. The O'Donnell car left the street and overturned when it hit and broke the fire hydrant, located on t h e southwest comer of the Intersection. Katherine was rushed to Ukiah General Hospital where three stitches were taken by Dr. H. O. Cleland in her head wound. A second collision occurred Sunday morning when the cars of F. W. Hoffman of South State street, Ukiah, and Ed Rleger of Oregon collided at Perkins and School street. The damage was slight and was .settled by the drivers on the spot. MASONIC DANCE A dance will be held Saturday evening, December 2, in the Masonic Temple, under the sponsorship of a committee from the Eastern Star and from the Blue Lodge. Members of the Masonic and Eastern Star Orders and their friends are welcome to enjoy dancing to the music of the Californlans, from 9:00 p. m. to 1;00 a. m. Deed of 1872 Halts Sale Of School 1/ O. J. Snyders Will Build Home on Jones Street Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Snyder will begin construction of a new home at 317 Jones street, the first of next week. C. B. Rusco Is contractor for the home, which will be built on modern American lines and contain five rooms. The Snyders hope to take possession of their home in April of next year. • Miss Elaine James Is home from San Francisco for an indefinite visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. James. A deed recorded as far back as 1872 takes from the trustees of Ukiah Union grammar school the property of Willow-Lima school and the school itself, which the trustees were making plans to sell. The larger portion of the school property and that on which the school is located was conveyed to the trustees in 1872 with the provision that should the school be abandoned in the years to come the property should revert to the original owners or their succe:^sors. Should these not be found, the property goes to the State of California, so in no event is it within the power of the trustees to sell the land and the building. An additional piece of property was purchased by the school tru.stees in i879. It is but a small part of the property and disposition of it has not yet been decided upon. Willow-Lima school property is located on the Redwood highway south of Ukiah. The school united with Ukiah gram- niar this year and the property was abandoned as a school. Willits Priest Arrives in New York V^EW YORK, Nov. 24.—Rev. Celestine Quintan, of St. Anthony's Rectory, Willlts, arrived here today on the United States liner. President Harding, on its last trip from northern Europe, under the new neutrality law. The ship brought 531 passengers, of whom 158 were Americans^ C'Rev. Quinlan, who had been on a five-month vacation tour of The Azores, Spain, Greece, Italy, Ireland, England, and other countric^ said he was glad to be back and hoped he would not hear anything more of war. The trip over, he reported, was quite rough. The passengers were in a state of nervous tension during the voyage because of the reports that reached them of ships that were sunk after hitting floating mines. DO. B. TOLLER APPOINTED TO NAPA STATE Named Assistant . Superintendent by Dr. Charlesworth Goast Man Is Carried Out To Sea Charles CUnlte was drowned in Little River Saturday while hunting for mussels on the rocks at that point. CUnlte was carried out to sea by a hugh breaker, which also caught his two companions, William Inch and B. Gilbert, who were lodged In a crevice In the rocks and regained the shor# after several breakers had washed over them. The three men live near Albion and are familiar with the coast. A heavy sea was running, though the thle was low when the men started the mussel hunt. CUnlte had been staying In the home of B. OUlet for the past two months and previous to that time had been in the employ of B. L. Elliott on the ranch at Comptche. The body of CUnlte has not been recovered. Inch and Glllet notified the Point Arena Coast Guard station and a search was made for the missing man some hours after his disappearance. PIONEER HATTIE PRATHER Forged Check Tracer On O'Halloran Through the medium of a forged check, Tom O'Halloran, whose "mysterious disappearance" was the cause of a statewide search, is alleged to have been heard from indirectly. Fort Bragg authorities charge that a payrlU check had been forged at Dunsmuir, November 17. O'Halloran was employed by the construction company which Is building the Russian Gulch bridge, and is alleged to have taken with him the check which has been returned with his endorsement. Forum to Be Held Wednesday Night Senator John Phillips of Banning will be the speaker at the third in the series of Forums sponsored by Ukiah Union high school. The date of the Forum is Wednesday, December 6, at 8 o'clock in the high school auditorium. Senator Phillips' subject is, "The Effect of World Conditions on the Problems of State Government." Dr. R. B. Toller, for nine and one- half years surgeon on the medical staff of Mendocino State Hospital, left Thui-sday for Napa where he has been appointed assistant superintendent of Napa State Hospital. The appointment was announced Tuesday by Dr. Irving E. Charlesworth, superirftendent at Napa. Dr. Toller takes up his duties in the new office December 1st. The appointment is a substantial promotion for Dr. Toller. As assistant superintendent his work at Napa will be executive and will consist in directing the staff. Mrs. Toller and son, Michael, will follow Dr. Toller to Napa in about a week. It is probable that their daughter, Barbara, will complete her school term here, visiting her grandparents until the Christmas vacation. Mrs. Toller is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Hagans ol' Ukiah and has lived all her life in this community. Though congratulating Dr. Toller on the promotion in his chosen profescion, it is with regret that many friends of both Dr. and Mrs. Toller receive the word of their departure from Ukiah. They have taken an active social part both at the State Hospital and In Ukiah and have made many friends. Rain Breaks Dry Spell Though less than half of an Inch of rain fell, farmers are jubilant that the long dry spell has been broken. The weather report hi Ukiah reports .32 Inches for the showers that fell Friday night and Saturday. This gives a total of .81 Inches for the season against 3.45 Inches to that date last year. The lack of rain causes considerable concern among stockmen in particular, because of the shortage of green feed. Sheepmen face serious losses unless rain matures the pastures soon and provides green feed for the sheep. Parham Lived In Willits 47 Years Local Physicians To Root for Alma Mater Dr. and Mrs. R. B. Toller, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Busch, and Dr. J. J. Klrwin are going to Sacramento to attend the Creighton versus University of San Francisco game to be played In Sacramento Sunday. The party will go to the capital Saturday night. Dr. Toller and Dr. Kirwin are both graduates of Creighton College and will root for their Alma Mater. WILLITS, Nov. 24.—A resident of Willlts for six years, Charles James Parham of 10 Central street, was laid to rest in I. O. O. P. cemetery Sunday, following services at the L. P. Anker Mortuary. He died Prlda.y morning of a heart attack at his home, after an illness of a week at the hospital. Mr. Parham was born July 6,1873, in England. He had resiaed 47 years in California. Mourning his death are his widow at the home address, a daughter, Mrs. Darrold Page, sons Charles and Prank Parham of San Francisco, grandchildren, Betty and Glenn Parham of San Francisco and Patsy, June and Frederick Page of Willlts, and other relatives in England and California. A sister, Mrs. Jessie Smith of Sebastopol, came to be wim Mrs. Parham and Mrs. Frank Parham, a daughter-^in-law of deceased, *wi£ in the family group coming to V/i'l- lits Friday from San Francisco for the funeral. Elder P. A. Lashler of Ukiah officiated. Native of Philo, Mrs. Brown Was 78 Years of Age Mrs. Hattle Ellen Brown, 7B. a meffiber of the Brown and Prather families so prominently Identified with the settlement and growth of Mendocino county, waa laid to rest In Oreenmound cemetery, BoonvlUe, following funeral services held In BoonvUle Thursday, November 30, at 11 a. m. The Rev William R. Haael- den officiated, and Eversole Mortuary was in charge. Mrs. Brown passed away in her sleep Tuesday morning, November 28, at the famil home in PhUo. With exception of two years m which,the Brown home was established in Sonoma county, Mrs. Brown lived her entire life in Philo. Deceased was the widow of the late Frank Brown, who preceded her in death about five months ago. Mr. Brown was steward at the county farm In Ukiah for several years. The late Mr. and Mrs. Brown observed the golden anniversary, of their marriage In December, 1036. Hattle and Frank Brown were school teachers In Mendocino county during their youth, and their three daughters also followed that profession In theh- generation. Surviving relatives Include two sons and three daughters, Donald, Kent and Blanche Brown of Philo, Mrs. V. H. Henley of Healdsburg and Mrs. Art Crispin of Point Arena. Three sisters and two brothers are left, namely, Mrs. Maude EUledge of Ukiah, Mrs. Amle Ombaun, Greenwood, Mrs. Ralph Brown of PhUo, Earl and Carl Prather of Philo. The late John T. Prather of Ukiah and Maurice Prather of Philo were brothers of deceased. Eleven grandchildren and many well known nieces and nephews of Mi-s. Brown also mourn her passing. Phyllis Davis Heads Ukiah 4-H Club Phyllis Davis is the newly-elected president of the Ukiah 4-H Club, organized and sponsored by Mrs. Arthur Romer. Other officers elected recently include Carline Hinds, vice-president; Lila Romer, secretary; Elaine Watkina, club reporter. Marjorie Mitchell and Armeda Moz- zotti were appointed by Mrs. Romer to act as assistant leaders. New members of the group include Lena Dahm, June Collins, Mary Bowen, Maxine Aldrich, Pauline Broaddus, Dixie Wise, Jean Miller, all of whom are first year members. CUSSIFIED ADS New This Week FRUIT MEN Fred Reed and William Brink of Sacramento, officials of the California Fruit Exchange, were In Ukiah Tuesday on business. Smalleys to Build $12,000 Home Ground will be broken in a few days for the $12,000 home to be erected by Dr. and Mrs. R. B. Smalley of Willlts just south of ehe Howard Memorial Hospital. Charles Swanfelt of Ukiah is contractor on the job and C. A. Caulkins, Jr., of Santa Rosa, is the architect. The fine new home will be mixed Colonial in type and contain 16 rooms. Concert Artists Will Appear at Club Saturday The first In a series of four concerts sponsored by the Saturday Afternoon Club will be held on Saturday evening, December 2, at 8 o'clock In the clubhouse. Mrs. Pauline Williams, well known concert vocalist of San Francisco, will direct 11 concert artists of the bay cities. The prograun will Include ensembles, light opera burlesque, grand opera, and varied music. The concert, which promises to be of outstanding musical value, le open to the general public. Tickets may be secured from club members. The other concerts slated for future dates will be given on January 20 at 2:30 p. m., on March 2 at 3 p. m., and on April 6 at 2:30 p. m. You Can Be Thankful We Sell Used Cars • This business is conducted on the policy that here shall be one place where anybody can buy a used car and find complete and permanent, satisfaction in the ownership of it. Come in before prices advance. Mendocino Motor Sales Your New Ford Dealer — VIdah Home of Better VMA Oara OPEN SUNDAYS * EVENINGS FOR RENT—4-rm. unfurn. house. Edgar Freenum, ph. 420. 66t3p CIRCLE O CONVENES Mrs. W. H. Mesaick and Mrs. H. H. Wise were co-hostesses to Circle G of the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Wise presided as chairman and Mrs. Andy Closs led devotionals. Members worked on their tea towel project after the business meeting. FOR SALE—Cheap: outdoor kitchenette, complete for camping. Mrs. Bennett, in trailer. Orchard Auto Camp. 66t3p FOR RENT—4-rm. furn. cottage. O. F. Elphick, So. State & Cherry Sts., Ukiah. eetip FOR SALE—30 head of Jersey milk cows, some fresh, some springers. Fred H. Clark, Willits, ph. 16F21. 66t6p FOR RENT —4-rm. furn. house, modern. Inq. 624 Joseph St 66t3p FOR SALE — Steel top kitchen stove, $10. Phone 738. 66t3o WANTED —Stock ranches, large and small, stocked or otherwise. J. A. Waldteufel, Ukiah, Calif. 10-30mo

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