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24. 191? T<n t National Security Sub-Committee Visits Palmer Road Washout Halts Traffic ■ Several Days Moose Creek Overflow Takes Out Highway 8 Miles From Palmer The Alaska Road Commis sion workers succeeded in re pairing the damage to the Palmer-Moose creek road at 11 a.m. on Saturday, M. C. Ed munds of the road commission, reported today. Cars immedi ately were able to use the high way after that hour, he said. All highway traffic stopped eight miles beyond Palmer at Moose Creek this week, when heavy rains last Tuesday and Wednesday diverted the flow of the creek from beneath the Moose Creek bridge and sent it down the highway. The rain-swollen waters car ried out at least a hundred feet of fill just this side of the Moose Creek bridge, according to Clyde King, Alaska Road Commission . foreman here. Work crews have been attempt ing to divert the stream back into *. its original course since Wednes day afternoon, but had not yet been successful by Saturday noon. Two doctors were brought to Moose Creek to rush the work's progress. However one of the big Cats created a secondary problem Friday, when the ma chine toppled into the waters of the creek. Another small area washed out at the spot where the highway crosses the railroad tracks, but that stretch has already been fix ^ ed, Mr. King said. As soon as the area at the Creek is repaired, the entire highway will be open again, according to the foreman. * Rocks washed down on the road in several spots to the north and one or two minor wTashouts closed various sections for a short time. The Wednesday closing of the highway caught a 27-man army convoy enroute to the airbase under construction near Fair banks. The men have been camp ^ ed on the outskirts of Palmer for the past several days, while wait ing for the road to open. The heavy rains of the week tied up northbound rail traffic last Thursday also, although the rail line was reopenend writhin a few hours. A slide blocked the tracks between Moose Creek and Sutton and was indirectly re sonsible for Palmer's late mail delivery on Thursday. The regular train, due in Palm er in the late forenoon, was routed back to Anchorage at Mat anuska, in order to pick up a ditcher with which to clear the tracks. A special train, which was sent back to Anchorage from Palmer, brought the city’s mail ' from /the south at 5 o’clock that afternoon. New DeLong Heir A 10-pound baby son, Joe Al lan, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Glen DeLong of Palmer at the Matanuska Valley hospital last Thursday. The little boy is wel comed in the DeLong home by an older brother, James, aged five. Specialist!) Sent To Help Set Up Research Program Two apeciulMt* ol the Depart ment of Agi icuiture are expect ed in the Valley in the immed iate future, in connection w’ith the establishment of the new centralization of the territory's agricultural experiment work in Palmer, it was announced today i by Don Irwin, director of ex periment stations. O. E. Reed, head of the dairy department of the Department of Agriculture, will be first to arrive. Mr. Reed was expected to be in the Valley at press-time today. He comes to Alaska to inspect the dairy industry here, and to assist in outlining a pro gram of dairy research in the Valley. Mr. Reed will be in the Val ley for several weeks, at least, according to Mr, Irwin. Early in October Allred Ed gar, an agricultural engineer with the Agricultural Research Administration, will be in Palm er and the Matanuska Valley, Mr. Edgar, a specialist in vege table storage, will study local problems of storage and assist in establishing a program of re search in that work. i School Man Heads List Subscriber No. 1 on the Fron tiersman's lists last week was James Pendleton, superintendent of schools at Wasilla. Because of his place at head of the Frontiers man list, Mr. Pendleton's seven-, ty-five cents bought a two ] months’ subscription instead of one. For subscriber No. 100 the Frontiersman is offering a three month's subscription, and to the man whose name runs the sub scription list to 500 there goes a six month's subscription. The Frontiersman will be mail ed to any address in the United States, by request (airmail extra, please) and will be carrier-deliv ered to any home in Palmer. Subscription orders may be left in the Frontiersman office in the Neal Wright Bldg. That of fice is the second door down the hall and not the first. The first office suite in the building is oc cupied by MEA. The Frontiers man shares quarters with REA next door. Weatherman Gives Valley The Works Palmer got e\«i>1hiac in th< wcMlherbook thi* week and it all pointed direr!Iv to a fast ap proaehing »uiUt, Rain* of last weekend were fo) lowed b> * brilliant sunshine last Monday, which wat- quickly i forgotten in the Tuesday advent of more rain—buckets of it. When the week e water ration w'as complete, or seemingly so. the weather gods varied the pro gram with a good stiff down waid plunge of thejthermometer. Unofficial records }put it as low as 25 (.plus! last Friday. Then to complete ttie week, a few flakes of snow, probably the first of tile 1947 winter, sifted ! down on Saturday. However, there are early risers who say they spotted a flake or tw'o float ing down as early as last Tues day. Anyway it ail adds up to win ter weather—on the way and coming at a gallop, and it makes Southern California more invit ing every minute — especially when viewed from the heatless interior of the Valley Frontiers man office. Music Club Plans First Meeting Next Thursday The first fall meeting of the Palmer Music Appreciation Club will be held Thursday evening at 8 o'clock in the rectory of St. Michaels Catholic church, it was announced today by Rev. James A. Snead. This group was first organized here by Father Snead last year, when the total membership reached 30. Anyone interested in the study of good music is welcomed to membership in the group, which meets every three weeks at the rectory. Planned programs each eve ning include one symphony or opera, some short selection of lighter music, and a transcrip tion of either a radio play or a popular radio houy from major networks jn the states. Father Snead has announced that the program for Thursday' evening will include: Bernstein's Airborne Sym phony, only recently completed and a musical interpretation of the history of aviation: a radio transcription of an "Amos n Andy" show: Cesar Franck's short symphony, “Variation for Piano and Orchestra."’ Station Projects Not Fixed Vet. Irwin Announces Work at Its Alaskan agricul tural .incut Kttliuns now to*-Irig organised tor operation in accordance with provisions of the recent Agricultural Appro priation Act. has not definitely been determined for the coming year, Don Irwin, director of ex periment stations, said Saturday. Mr Irwin explained that the work will be conducted under a dual set-up and must conform to both territorial and federal pro visions. The recently appointed director has just returned from Fairbanks, when he conferred with heads of agricultural re search w'ork there, but will not knowr what the eoming winter's program of project will be. until he returns from Washington, D. C. The trip to Washington, where the Alaskan director will confer with federal heads of the De partment of Agriculture, is now scheduled for early November. Mr. Irwin said he expected to have a definite announcement of planned work for the year, as w’ell as more information con cerning the anticipated construc tion program here, immediately upon his return. Meanw'hile. the new- office of the director of experimental work will be established in the immediate future. Headquarters of the work will be in Palmer, and the director's office is to be in the new Steve Ward office building, now nearing comple tion. Mr. Irwin said that he ex pected to be located in that building by Oct. 1 of this year. P-TA Meeting Set for Tonight Parents and all interested community residents are remind ed that the first meeting of the fall term of the Parent-Teacher Association is planned for Tues day evening in the music room of Palmer school. Meeting *time is set for 8 o'clock. This meeting, originally sched uled for last Tuesday, was post poned for a week because of the potato-picking holiday. Mrs. Charles Schaefer, presi dent of the group, urges that everyone interested in P-TA work be present at this meeting for there is much important busi ness to be discussed. Law And Love Find A Way A bridegroom without a bride, and today with not even an idea of when his wedding was (or will be) celebrated—that's Bernard Swoboda of Palmer and Jones ville. And to complicate the sit uation, although Mr. Swoboda is slated to be a bridegroom in the near future or maybe already has been in the immediate past), he'll be a bachelor again the moment his bride steps foot on Alaskan soil. The reason for Mr. Swoboda's complicated matrimonial tangle is the lovely Miss Adalgesia G. Lopes of Recife, Brazil. She's way down there, and Mr. Swo boda is up here, and there didn’t seem to be much that could be done about the matter, at first, since hard-hearted governments said Miss Lopes had to be Mrs. Lopes before she could be gath ered into her suitor's welcoming arms. Then Mr. Swoboda took to reading Brazilian law, and he found that as far as Brazil is concerned, a marriage by proxy would transform Bliss Lopes into a bonafide GI bride. The anxious suitor hurried off to pop the question via a 10,000 mile airmail route, and his in tended answered “Yes” by re turn airmail. The rest is easy, al though it still entails a good bit of airmail postage while legal papers and wedding licenses are signed. All Mr. Swoboda had to do was sign a power of attorney author izing his future brother-in-alw. Oscar De Oliveira, as his proxy. The power of attorney was issued by Mrs. Walter E. Huntley, U. S. Commissioner, last week, and is off on its 10,000-mile journey to Recife. Now all Mr. Swoboda has to do is wait until the former Miss Lopes gets to Alaska. Then he has to go through the whole mat ter of signing wedding licenses and applications to marry again. The reason — proxy marriages just aren't recognized in Alaska. The future (or recent) bride groom has been a resident of the Valley since 1935. He met his bride while serving as a member of the armed forces during the war. He is at present employed at Jonesville. Congressmen Visit Briefly Last Friday With only 20 minute* to spend I in Palmer and the Valley, the members of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee or Na tional Security, who visited here last Friday, made only the brief est of inspections of local build ings nearest the Railroad depot. The men were escorted to Palmer by Col. John P Johnson, general manager of The Alaska Railroad They made the trip by rail car and were forced to cut their visit short because of the need to return to Anchorage ahead of the southbound train that afternoon. However the men expressed interest in Palmer and the Val ley. and asked to be told frankly of the most pressing needs here. They were particularly interest ed in the problems of Matanuska Valley farmers and asked a num ber of questions with regard to the milk production and dairy industry here. The visiting Congressional group was accompanied by an officer of the Canadian army, sta tioned at Whitehorse, and in com mand of the stretch of Alaska highway from Whitehorse north to the border. Questioned about the purpose of their visit to Alaska at this time, the members of the party stated they were not free to dis cuss the visit, which is related to the problems of national de fense in Alaska. The Canadian member of the party said his government was vitally interest ! ed in co-operative plans for na tional defense in Alaska and Can ada. Every member of the group commented on the beauty of Palmer’s location in the Valley. One member of the party halted as he crossed the railroad tracks (Continued on page 8) Hacker ‘Fair’ After Attempt At Suicide Earl Hecker, local barber, was reported Monday night to be in fair condition at the Valley hos pital after an attempt at suicide earlier in the day. Mr. Hecker, believed to be in his late 50’s, was found lying on the floor of his barber shop in midmorning by Bob Peterson of the Frontier Bar, which is lo cated next door to the barber shop. Mr. Peterson was drawn to the barber shop when he heard ber shop when he heard groans, groans. He looked into the bar ber shop window and saw Mr. Hecker lying on the floor. He had slashed his wrists with a razor. He was taken to the hospital immediately and the doctor and the staff worked on him all day. In the evening it was learned that his condition was unchanged and he was expected to recover. Mr. Hecker, who has a wife and two daughters here and a married son in Anchorage, was reported to have been in ill health for some time. He had complained of headaches and sleeplessness for some time.