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C.C. Banquet Now History Postponed Dinner Brings Out Capacity Attendance One hundred and seventy-five Quests attended the postponed annual dinner of liie Vkiah Chamber of Commerce, Saturday evening at the' Grammar school auditorium, where Commander Scott of Romance of, the Highways fame was the gues^ speaker, who told the guests that Ukiah is really the gateway to the redwoods and to the coastal rout<i and that the tourist^' who use our highways ore "our "gravy train." In/ordor to get the gravy, Scott told, the gathering that they must leai-n to give something in return —accommodations, trained ejn- ploiyees and a determination that no. tourist can get/by -without first knowing of local'and neighboring attractions. The redwoods, the lakes, our green hills, are things the tourists are on the road to see, a The chamber of commerce, he said, is the backbone of the-community and must be ccmtinually stiffened by the support of the membership. Non-memb^rsi • he said, should hesitate to accept the benefits derived from the work of the members. The dinner was chairmaned by Arthur Schilder, v/ho introduced the members of the board of directors. Terry Sandelin, outgoing president of the chamber, reviewed the year of his .administration and commended George Merk fof his work during the year as chairman of the highway committee in furthering the widening of the State street bottleneck. He called attention'to the prospects of certain industries which have developed during the past 12 months, and commended the work of Bob Jardine, former secretary of the chamber. President Harry Falk predicted greater strides in the expansoin of our industries during 1948, the beginning of the widening of State ' street this year, and a truck route through the city in the not too distant future. He said that the chamber would go into politics this year to the extent of fighting the proposed reapportioning of state'senators." Secretary Paul Sutterley was introduced and recounted some of the dilticulties encountered in his few months of service and ended vz-ith a note of optimism for the future. Thanks were expressed for the decorations by the , Garden Club and "for music by Gino M-icheletti .with his clarinet, Mary Kuazler for solos with Yvonne Lynn at the piano, Wilma Rawles for solos with Vondolee Cyphers as accompanist. Stanley Lance led the mass singing. Press GluEs Offers Four ScEiolarsliips . High school senior journalism students here are invited to compete for $1000 cash in the third animal San Francisco Press Club Scholarship Awards contest. College scholarships of $250 each will be awarded in four divisions: For the best news story, the best news feature story, the best news photograph and the best radio news commentary. All entries must be mailed by midnight, April 17, and must bear the signature of a faculty journal-, ism instructor or advisor. The contest is open to senior journalism students regularly enrolled in all high schools, from Bakersfleld to tlie Oregon slate line. Award winners, to be judged by a committee of •professional news editors, picture editors and radio executives, will be announced May 1 at a special Junior Gang dinner at the San Francisco Press Cliib. All contestants will be invited to attend. Contest regulations may be ob- ta'ined by writing to the Scholarship Awards Committee, San Francisco Press Club, 449 Powell street, San Francisco. Member of Beckley Family Buried Here Mrs. Lena Roth, a member of the pioneer Beckley family of Ukiah passed away February 25 in Talo Alto after a long illness. She was 84 years of age and lor many' years made her home in Ukiah, and then ; in WiUits. Her husband, E. H. Roth passed away at Willits many years ago. She leaves two sons. Almond and Fred of Palo Alto, and a daughter, Mrs. Alice De Groot of Monrovia, and a brother, Chris Beckley of Ukiah. Services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Eversole Mortuary, with -Rev. Lindemann officiating. Interment was in the family plot in the Ukiah Masonic Cemetery. Mendocino County's Pioneer Newspaper D.ISPATCH -t )EMOCRAT OBTFICE: 164 Bast Stcjidley 3i Published for 78 Years . VOLUME LXXIX Weekly Digest of Mendocino Counfy Newt City, Rural and County News From Every Section of Mendocino Coimty DISPATCH-DEMOCRAT: Phone Ukiah Number O^N---B mocml UKIAH, MENDOC^JO COUNTY. CALIFORNIA. FRIDAY. MARCH 5. 1948 NUMBER 22 Winton Death Decree Upheld By High Gourt The California State Supreme Court has confirmed the judgment of the Superior Court of Mendocino Coimty in. the dieath sentences pronounced against Paul Charles Winton on November 22, for the murder of his wife and aaughter and his daughter's* husband, Clifford Porter,' in their home at Mendocino on the morning of October 22, 1947. Tii-s Supreme court justices concurring in the opinion found "no ground whatsoever for reversal" of the judgment of the trial court. Wintons' fate is now iri the hands of the prison authorities, to set the date of his execution. Thrmigh the time that Win- Ion was held in confinement, and lo the day he.waj sentenced to die in the gas chamber, he had msintained that his only desire was a quick conclusion of the matter. District Attorney James K. Busch last week was told by the state's attorney general that there is a strong probability that Winton will appeal his case lo the U. S. Supreme Court. Winton is a half-breed Indian who was born on the Del Norte Reservation 52 years ago. The woman he married in 1016 was of Yankee-Dutch descent, who later v/ent blind. In 1930 Winton was sentenced tp San Quentin for assault of his 13-year-oId daughter. He was paroled in 1935 and returned to prison the next year . Before the triple murder Winton and his blind wife had been living in a cabin at the outskirts of Mendocino when the Porter family, (the husband, wife and two children,) moved in over Winton 's objections. According to Wintpn 's story the Porters refused to w'oflCasWndirig on the pension of the blind wife and mother lor their food, and treated Winton badly until he dB- termined to kill them. He absented himself from home, drank to excess, and on the morning of October 22 returned and gained entrance to the kitchen. Clifford Porter was shot to death in the kitchen, the daughter, clad in her night clothes, was the second victim. Winton then sought out his blind wife and shot her as she cowered in her room. V/inton claimed that he intended to kill himself as soon as he had the two grandchildren taken care of. Placing them in his car he drove to the home of Mrs. Kenneth Tripp, another daughter, who lives south of Ukiah. It was at the Tripp home that Winton was captured about noon of the day of the crime. Sheriil Broaddus had am cipated his coming and was immediately apprised of his arrival. Sherift' Broaddus, accompanied by Deputy E. R, Witter and Police Officer Travis Simpson, drove into the Tripp yard and had the murderer handcuffed before he recovered from his astonishment at the speed of his capture. He was found sitting on the run- ling board of his car, his rifle lying in the seat. When arraigned in Superior court V/inton pleaded not guilty, md not guilty by reason of insan- .ty. At his counsel's request he was placed in the Mendocino State Hospital tor observation and examination as to his janity and when returned to court withdrew his pleas and Judge Gibson proceedvid to take testimony to determine the degree of his crimes. The alienists who had Winton under observation found that he was sane at all times. Hag FIRE AUXILIARY TO MEET Mendocino Fire Auviliary will meet at the Ukiah fireliouse Wednesday night at 8 o'clock for an election of officers. The committee on arrangements for the affair will be Mrs. Peter Carmichael and Mrs. Ed. Cadd. from his former office at 156 East Standley street. cer's movements and cramped his style until they cleared the city limits, where the going got really good—around 70 m.p.h. BUCHANANS ON VACATION uc.c ...I.. ...... Mr. and Mrs. K. P. Buchanan crew. Although born in Round left Tuesday for a month's vaca- valley, Mr. Dunlap let it be known tion. They plan to motor through that he is practically a stranger Imperial valley and go down into in his home town—so many new- Mexico and also spend some time comers. in Te.\as, VISITOR FROM COVELO J. L, Dunlap, former cashier of the Bank oC Covelo, had business here Friday with the courthouse CEOAR CREEK Si ASFmCHERY SACRAMENTO, Feb. 2^ (WNS) —Possibility that the state division of fi.sh and game will start condemnation proceedings to acquire property at Cedar creek in Mendocino coimty was held likely here today by Emil J. N. Ott, Jr., executive officer of the fish and game commission.. The location spoken of ES the Cedar Creek site is located approximately seven miles north of Cummings and .0; survey of the stream was taken about seven years ago, the sutvey being conducted by sportsmen from three northern counties, who approved the site which was afterwards selected by the state commission, Al Bechtol of Ukiah was one of the party included in the sutvey. . Testifying before a special finance subcommittee of the senate reviewing the budget of the fish and game division, Ott told senators that the Bureau of Fish Conservation had been seeking the property (or several years to establisti a ,flsh hsitchery there. He said the • division had an option to buy the property for: $5000,,bHt,the st^|te department gf finance "Had Bpprafs63 ^0K"propert^^ at $3700. Owners of the property, he said, v/ould not accept the lesser price. "In all probabilitj;," Ott told the senate committee members, "we will have to start proceedings against them." He said attempts to negotiate with the owners had broken down and the last two letters sent by the commission remained unanswered. Slugged, Robbed Of $1500 Diamond W. H, Hughes of Rockport reported to Sherriff Broaddus Tuesday that he had been slugged Monday night and robbed of a diamond ring valued at $1500. Deputy Sheriff Ward Ries of Fort Bragg was sent to Rockport where he found Hughes and v/as met at Leggett Valley by Deputy Hollingsworth of Laytonville. Following a lead north the officers arrested Glenn Neel anj Demas Bjrtrong at Garberville. Neel was identified by Hughes as the man who slugged him, but the officers failed to find the ring,' Deputies Bartolomei and Witter went to WiUits Tuesday night and brought the prisoners to the county jail. Vallejan Races Cop; Cop Wins; Stakes $160; Paid Keith Dean of Vallejo paid $160 for the fun of leading a race with Police Officer Moore last Saturday evening, out on the north highway, past Erickson's and over the bridge north of that place, qans Insurance Now missing the bridge rallng by LI Jl J D I J' inches as he oscillated at high nandled by Jardine speed along the concrete. Brought back Ifito town and ex- TBRAGGT iakeporli' Roofers Came to Grief Here N BAD ACn CIrnt Moody Lost^ . | Leg In Sonomd»<io.1 Accident Clinton Moody .'of Fort, i^ri^jg suffered mjurles early Satw^y morning near Schellville, Son" ' county, which necessitated the putation of his left leg abavfe knee when he was pinned tilljii the wheels of a N.W.I*, clibdfisi" Moody was struck do*h attempted to push a stalVfi ^l off the tracks in front of tlie preaching freigl)t, as, it ba< across the crossing at Schell station, six miles southeast of noma. The caboose struck the auto bile, slewmg it around and thrdiw- mg Moody beneath the "wheSs, nearly severmg' the limb. Jerry V; McDaniels, 19, driver of the car, was forced between the train ahd the car, but escaped serious injury. A third passenger, Benny Garey, also 19, was not hurt as he Siat on the side of the car away from the- train, The car was dragged apr proximately 15 feet, observers said. The three youth are all emploj;-, ees of the Union Lumber Company in Fort Bragg. McDaniels and Garey have homes in Modesto, and the trio was heading toward that ciiy when the accident occurred. Highway Patrol Officer George De Martini, who Investigated thfe accident, said the car in which the youths were riding, a 1933 two- doer sedan, v/as apparently v/ithr out brakes. frank B. King well of Santa Rosa, conductor of the train, said five bv.:akemeri were stationed .ai- •QK''efS.ssing' lo^^ Sown 'approaching vehicles as the train backed across the highway. The trio was rushed to the hospital, wfiere it was found necessary to amputate Moody's leg. Garey was discharged after it was ascertained he hadn't been hurt. McDaniels remained at the hospital, since doctors believed he may have internal injuries. Although it was'at first feared Moody would not recover from shock and loss of blood, hospital officials said last night his" condition was "fair" and that he was conscious and could remember the accident. „ Management of the insurance ^^"Z^^IT 1°"^'^'"V''' business conducted by the late W. ^Tn.l.^. ' ^'i^^T?' B. Hngans was taken over March 1 "'^.^ Pfonounced too drunk to drive by Robert K. Jardine, who has ^"1.^^' ^^'^^^^ built up a responsible insurance ^ ' business during the past year which will be consolidated with that established by Mr. Hagans. The same office at 206 Brandes Sues On Logging Contract An action begun last week by Fred W. Brandes against the Round VaUey Lumber Company, Robert Papkins, Charles Jones, etc., asks for judgment against the lumber concern for $1036 which he claims due for pine and fir logs delivered to the mill located a mile and a half west of Covelo. An additional sum of $1200 is claimed on account of labor and materials furnished. The action is based on the claim that the mill owners employed Brandes last September to fell, buck, skid and haul the logs from the woods 13 miles north of Covelo to the mill, at an agreed price of $18.50 per thousand board feet, and that to September 15, 56,000 board feet had been delivered. The complaint asks that the amount due on the logs delivered be declared a lien on the property and that a deficiency judgment be given for the $1200 on account of labor. TAKES LICENSE AT RENO Adolph Gunderson and Annabell Jodoin, both of Willits, secured a marriage license at Reno on March 2. Officer Moore got word of Dean's presence from a service station attendant and got there in , time to see his tail light disappearing through the North State School street, which was the head- bottleneck. The traffic, which ouMKui anti;!,, vn.iiv... ...... — bottlenecK. xne tranic, wnicn quarters of the Hagans agency, g^emed to make no differ^ince to will be used by the newly or- Vallejan, hampered the offi- ganized concern, Jardine movmg ^.^^..^ movements and cramped his Memorialize Slafer Tuesday paid tribute to the memory of the late Senator Herbert W. Slater, who died last August after serving more than 37 years in l>oth houses. The late "dean of the California Legislature," as he was known from one end of the state to the other, was memorialised in a resolution adopted after several of his old associates and the man who this week took his seat in the senate chamber, took the floor to voice personal tributes to the blind solon who rose above his handicap to give his all to the people of the state and county he loved. t -'• —^ A cair containing three young persons from Lakeport skidded on a slick spot a half xnile east 'of the Forks Friday night as they v/ere coming into Ukiaii ^o attend the basketball game. Alden Turn- hull was driving and he and Barbara Shaffer of Lakeport were in. jured when the car rolled over. Patrolman Reg Stinehoff investigated the accident and w'as told by TumbuU that he was driving about 50 miles per hour when the car went out of control. The Ukiah ambulance brought the injured to the General hospital. The name of the third member of the party was not learned. Dr. J. B. Massangill attended their injuries, which were not serious. The wrecked car was lowed to the Chase Garage DEMOCRAT PHOTO FOSIER FILES FOR SUPERIOR POST AnMuncing that he is a candidate for election as Mendocino county supervisor from the Second district, R. O. Foster of Talmage stated that he had filed his petition Thursday morning. The local man will run in the-June 1 primary election for, the right to enter the November geneVal election; . 'V-.J'- •^I'qster Was bom in Kansas, educate,d : in Colorado - and,;. *ame-t»^ Jary^UvL -^a ^navar,- for tt perfect yiiiah in 19i0 as a rriairitenance ihan for the Snov^ Mountain Water & Power Company. It was the pioneer power company in this district and Foster was with them until 1924, the last several years as superintendent of distribution, having charge of construction and payroU. From 1924 until 1946, he owned and operated the Talmage store and post office, except for the four years 1929 to 1933, during which time he owned a large garage in Pittsburg. , He was. chairman of the board of trustees of the Uldah Union High School for a number of years and the present high school building wa^ erected during his administration. School officials state that substantial savings over other plans suggested were effected and the result has served this community well for the past 20 years. During his long residence here, he has been active in civic affairs, taking a lead in many matters of welfare to the people of the county and opposing those that he believed to be too expensive or unnecessary. Foster has also made a study of geology, soil erosion and water supply and with his experience in engineering and business, he feels that he is well qualified to hold the office of supervisor of this district. He stales that if elected he will give his best efforts to secure an honest, sensible and progressive management of county affairs. Herbert Thatcher Files For Council Herbert M. Thatcher has announced his candidacy for a seat on the city council,'with a statement that his views are unbiased and his desire is to act for the good of all the people. Mr. Thatcher was born in Philadelphia 43 years ago and lived, in Los Angeles county .30 years ago. Before coming to Ultiah he was one of the civilian superviS)rs at the United States Naval Air Station at Alameda,; where he received an award frorit the secre- Leiond L. Linderman Funeral On Wednesday Leland Leslie Linderman passed away at Clear Lake Oaks Sunday morning after a long illness. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. V. V. Linderman of Calpella and.Clear Lake Oaks and the grandson of Mrs. Hoss Forsyth of the same place. Services were held from the Eversole Mortuary on Wednesday, March 3, with Rev. Lindemann officiating. He will be interred in the Masonic Cemetery bjside his sister AdeUa, who passed away the early part of 1947. KOIVISTO RITES TUESDAY Kalle August Koivisto of Redwood Valley and a niiSive of Tqm- pere, Finland, passed away at the home of Victor Valo on Februao' 28. He was 64 years of age and had been in this community for many years. He leaves no relatives in the United States. Services were held Tuesday from the Eversole Mortuary with Rev. Van der Las officiating. Interment followed in the Ukiah Masonic Cemetery. safety record for his division, which' included naval and civilian personnel employed in the repair of airplanes. In June, 1945, the Thatcher family, moved to Ukiah in order to give their children the advantages of the wholesome country life Ukiah has to offer. His first investment was to buy the Home Market and a year later bought the Shady Lawn. Nursery, which is. managed by Mrs. Thatcher. They have since acquired a home- site on Standley .street and liave plans completed for building. Since locating in Ukiah, Mr. Thatcher has been active in civic affairs, as a member of the Breakfast Club, the Grange and Seven- Thirty Club. He is a member of the Sonoma-Mehdocino Area Council of Boy Scouts, worthy president of the Ukiah lodge. Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a charter member of Ukiah Elks. Thatcher is interested in knowing what the people want of their councilmen and intends to make a house tfif house call before election time. Council Asks Ball Park Law Repeal Ordinance No. 252, which was passed in 1920 for the purpose of creating the South State street ball park and playground, will be submitted for repeal at the city election. The city council took this action Wednesday night in order to dispose of legal technicalities which prevent the sale of the property so long as it is covered by the ordinance, which was adopted by a vote,of the people. Sale of the ball park is a part of the plans of the city to acquire land near the municipal park and swimming pool for a ball park and extensive playgrounds. HOME FROM VACATION Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lynch arrived home Wednesday from a 30- day trip through the Sacramento valley, with stopovers of special interest in Woodland, Stockton and San Francisco, on the return trip, home. WALTER HOPPER SERVICES Funeral services for Walter Hopper of Hopland have been postponed until Saturday, March 6, to allow his son Ray time to arrive here from GermEny for the services, arrangements for which were made through the American Red Cross. Services vrill be at the Hopland Methodist church Saturday aftont .oon at 2 o'clock with the Ukiah Funeral Chapel in charge. Masonite Will Take Up Optibns On Site Owners of land north of Ukiah on which options held by the Masonite Corporatioh of Chicago expired March 1, received notice Monday by registered mail from ,the-San Francisco office of the coi^jipany, that the corporation, had —— '————;———•elected to exercise theFr-op-. Bad Year For '""^ Agriculture California Crop Reporter Is Singing Harvest Blues SACRAMENTO, March 3 — (WNS) — California agriculture faces one of its worst years in history, the California Crop and Livestock Reporting service announced today, as a survey continued to deteimine acreage of various crops this year. The service said the industry faces curtailed production and less revenue to farmers, unemployment among farm workers, curtailed production in processing plants, with additional unemployment, lesS' money in cir- culalioft, and a shortage of food : • when a surplus is needed to feed the hungry overseas. Members of the staff of the service are pessirriistic, calling atten-; tion to the fact there is a water shortage in all sections of the state, with little snow in he mountains and water tables dropping. A late winter storm, they said, would ease conditions only partly. Some winter vegetables have been wiped out by the drought, others' are lb\v in'yielcirth some- sections where irrigation water is available crops are doing well, but officials say that growers are forced to draw on water supplies at a time rain should be watering their crops. In other localities growers have been able to irrigate only once or twice when three irrigations were necessary. "Growers are not going to plarvt when they know water is not available," said one statistician. "They will concentrate on one crop rather than plant the usual diversified crops. This means reduced acreage, smaller crops, and less revenue to farmers." Asking Partition Inheritance Land A complaint in partition was Jiled in Superior court here this week by Edward J. Vanderbasch against Glenn and Vincent Van­ derbasch and. Cecelia Atterberry for the partitioning of a ,400-acre ranch in this county. The principals to the action are owners as tenants in common of the estate, an inheritance, and the complaint asks that their respective interests be determined and that the partition be made according to those interests, or that the property be sold and proceeds divided accordingly, if partition cannot be made without material injury to the rights of any of the parties concerned. Edward Vanderbasch claims a 30/36 interest in the property, which is located in the northwest part of the county. E. E. Walker of Hollywood is attorney for the plaintff. Eight Out For Council Filings for seats at the city council table stood at eight Thursday noon, which was the deadline, and the list included but one incumbent. Councilman Paul Poulos having resigned his seat, to which Attorney Harry Falk was appointed Wednesday night, and Councilman Theresa Ray declining to file. The list of aspirants is as, follows: Mayor Laurence Wildberger, Clement A. Lindbergh, Herbert M. Thatcher, Ralph Wright, Fred Orr, Harry Mercer, James Lindsey. Russell Richardson Mr. Lindbergh's announcement appeared in a recent issue of this paper and that of Mr. Thatcher is in the current issue. Statements from the remaining six candidates will be published as gven. J. E. Singley of Boonville had business her? Wednesday. Lands included in the options approximate 125 acres, including a right-of-way through lands belonging to Garret &: Company. The acreage _includeS;29.4fl acres belonging to' Kirby;vFocd^ approximately 70 acres -of ^ the", Bogner land, eight acres from'Al Antoni and eight acres belonging' to Erickson Brothers. The Klrby. Ford ppllon includes water riot 's, he says. . A telegram TCcbived by the' editor of the Journal today from the Masonite Corporation vfiiir- ties the exercise of options ion proposed site for the plint] .here and some rights of way for.the projected, truck road, to lap desired timber area. The niessBge says further, "that m^y difficulties remain to be worked.pui and that definite announcement of the company's plans must , wait until theeniire project, in­ cluding'access roads and timber lands, are assured." This move is definite evidence that the" Masonite firm has decided in favor of the Ukiali location, and although no money has changed hands on the pUrcas^ price' of tlie land and a period of '45 days "is allowed the company iii which to search titles to the properties, there is now a general Reeling that ultimately Ukiah will be, the home of a Masonite manufacturing plant of great size. ; ,. How s6o,n this wjill materialize if the company pushes its' plans through depends largely, on the length of time required 'to' conclude the preliminary work, which includes ai 2-lane logging road to be built from the Navarro river basin, where the company will tap its source of raw material. Conservative estimates indicate that practically two years will be needed for that job. We are told that the road construction will begin in the basin and work toward Ukiah, the entire route to be fenced. All this is highly speculative, but to a certain degree it is borne out by correspondence between this paper arid the Chicago headquarters of the Masonite Corporation, and we are emphasizing this time element to show there is ntf immediate reason for an influx'of pifrsons here seeking employment such as frequently occurs when and where new industries are promised. ' Plans of the Masonite Corporation, as have been made known here, involve the Union Pacific timber holdings in the -Navarro river basin, estimated at' 1,000,000,000 board feet, and an all- year logging road that would make it possible to condui.'t operations throughout the winter months. The preferred route is through other large sections of timber. For GeneralPete Appointment of G. L. Porter as wholesale distributor for.General Petroleum Corporation in the Ukiah area ha^ been announced'by B. F. Ball, the company's northern California division manager. The new distrbutor, vvho takes over operation of the bulk plant on Leslie street, Ukiah, immediately, replaces Herschel Ford, who has served as wholesale agent for the past four years; but who, has resigned in order to go into farming. The area served by Porter includes Calpella, Covelo, Coyote valley, Dos Rios, Hartsook, Hopland, Laytonville, Longvale, Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, Sherwood Valley, Talmage and Willits. Porter comes to his new post after 10 years with another jnai.or oil company in responsible positions. His home was in Huntington Beach, California, where he .was a member of the Rotary Club, a director of the chamber of commerce and, chairman-of the'Busi­ nessmen's Association. During the war he flew as a service ^ilot v/lpi the Civil Aeronautics Patrol. Property belonging to Ernest Page has been purchased by the county for the Round Valley airport. The price paid, $1500,

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