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Page 6 Hells Canyon Journal, May 7, 1986 an The Baker County Private Woodlands Association will hold their next monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, May 12. The meeting will be at the Fairboard and Exten- sion Building in Baker, Ore. There are several items scheduled as part of the meeting agenda. First a video tape of a system used in Washington State to utilize sewage sludge as a forest fer- tilizer. Second the Soil Conserva- tion Service is conducting a county wide soil survey. This includtes soil types and pro- ductivity on forest land. These findings will un- doubtedly be used in the county land use planning to determine the suitability of forest land for non-timber uses. ram Continued from Page 1 the District's reputation to remove such an excellent teacher and this might keep other excellent teachers away. Halfway Elementary teachers also mentioned con- cern about decreasing stu- dent access to the computer room. The audience did not comment on any of the other recommendations. After close to one hour's executive session discussion, the Board voted six to one, Doug Crawford dissenting, to approve the administration's recommendation, except re- taining the elementary art program intact. Donna Ham- mar said they would be able to find the money in the budget cushion. In a follow-up telephone in- terview Crawford said, "I felt that we should have gone with the Superintendent's recom- mendation." "1 Reme M a m a ' ' Continued from Page 1 ping. I've forgotten my trans- gression . . . I remember clinging to the overhang of the boards on that toilet seat, knowing I was going to have to go out, cut my own switch, take it to Miss Ella and she'd stripe my bare legs. The switch couldn't be too leafy, a filbert limb and not a willow or she'd go get her own and there wouldn't be any leaves at all . . a weighing and judgement process learned at four in a two holer that had suddenly become the safest, most desirable place in my world." I knew I had to get there to get killed before Miss Ella called the second time. I think the yellow plaid is Snook's cowboy suit . . when the mood was upon her Mama picked a Monkey Ward guitar. Our luUabys were "Little Joe the Wran- gler" and "Strawberry Roan." A week before she died at 87, Miss Ella sang me all 32 verses of "Cowboy Jack." We were prosletyzed with the given fact that Texas men were taller, broader shouldered, narrow- er hipped and smelled better than ordinary men. I was 43 the first time I touched down in Texas at Dallas-Fort Worth and almost missed a connecting flight eye mea- suring shoulders, hips, height and sniffing my way to the departure gate. There's some orange in the rug, mnemonic of a #3 hook baited with mussell meat embedded in the seat of Miss Ella's black wool ocean fishing slacks. She never mastered surf casting but I always learned one or two new Texas cuss words and it was an event banked on at least four times during summers at the beach. Our mother was never wrong in her life; had an opinion on everything, in- stantly liked or disliked our friends and saw no reason to shilly-shally. Or not to tell things as she saw them. She had a wonderful sense of the ridiculous and loved to laught, traits both loveable and dangerous that led to Dink's most embarrassing moment with Mama and more laughter than tears at Miss Ella's funeral. Dink and husband Bob were leading Mama through a crowded waiting room after an eye examination where cataract surgery had been" prescribed when she was 86. Miss Ella halted in the middle of the room, leaned on her cane, jaunty fluores- cent red fishing cap set above a blaze of white hair. "What did he say?" Ma- ma asked, as close as she ever came to admitting she still couldn't "hear mouse fart in a rice barrel]." "You have to have a cataract removed, Mama." Her expletive concerned body Waste and Shinola and echoed through the suddenly silent room. Dink and Bob smiled weakly at each other and apologetically as faces turned toward them. A well dressed lady shrug- ged out of her mink, came and hugged our little one hundred pound Mama. "It's all right," the lady explained while Miss Ella tucked her head and listened with enjoyment, eyes squar- ed and dancing. "At her age, she can call it like she sees it." Mama always did. Her distinction between vulgarity and making full use of honed Texas English was as sharp as black and white, as clear as the differences she per- ceived between raising and rearing children. At her graveside service the preacher and neighbor May 9th, Friday Evening Plus All Day Saturday, May 10th 1809 Main St., Baker on most items from just up the McKenzie River re-told many of Miss Ella's seeings and callings and we buried her with 'laughter and love and some doubt in Springfield Memor- ial Cemetery. She'd pur- chased the lot but was never sure she wanted to "fie there and small Weyerhauser." Not a descendent was un- ready to c ut a switch and come and be killed, cowards still, all of use. We'd learned you felt a whole lot better killed. I'm not hurrying with the mending and I can't tell you Miss Ella's thoughts thirty years ago.., only that they were clear and precise and could sting fight a switch on bare legs. We were loved like apple pie, warm laps and with a heart as tall, broad should- ered and smell good as Texas. title insurance and escrow service ..::Baker County's only locally Owned and operat- ed title company. ": Betty Mil!er, Escrow closer:.: Laurer~e Chapman,. 1933 Court Ave. Manager " Baker USED CAR CENTER We have Jeep C.J.'s, Fishing Boats, R.V. Motor Home Trailers, Motorcycles, Batteries Plus Many Other Cars & Pickups In Stock. We Take Consignments I 1985 OLDS FIRENZA 4 Dr., FWD, Auto., Air, nice car. 1985 FORD LTD CROWN 12,000 miles, loaded, like new. 1981 BUICK REGAL 2 Dr., Auto., Tilt Cruise, Tape, clean car. 1981 MAZDA GLC 4 Dr., Auto., gas saver. 1979 DODGE TON 4 X" 4, V-8, 4 Spd., L.B., low miles. 1979 FORD 1/2 TON 2 WD, 6 Cyl., 4 Spd., L.B. 1978 DODGE 1/2 TON 4 X 4, V-8, 4 Spd., L.B., low miles. 1976 DODGE 1/2 TON 4 X 4, V-8, Auto., Air, Cruise & Camper.