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Hermiston History: Feb. 8, 2017

Hermiston History

Published on February 8, 2017 1:16PM

HH file photoTrucks, cranes and front-end loaders are busy keeping containers moving in and out of the dock at the Port of Morrow in 1992.

HH file photoTrucks, cranes and front-end loaders are busy keeping containers moving in and out of the dock at the Port of Morrow in 1992.

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February 11, 1992

Records were set at the Port of Morrow in January 1992 for containers shipped on barges out of the Tidewater marine terminal.

The dock yard is bustling with non-stop activity. In January, the shipping operation moved a record number of containers in and out of the dock.

Nearly 1,700 containers either came in or went out over the dock at the port. The numbers were bolstered by 861 solid waste containers transported between Clark County, Wash., and Tidewaters landfill near Boardman.

Solid waste shipments began in early January. The solid waste shipments, coupled with steady shipments of hay products combined to produce the record of 1,698 containers moved in and out in January.



February 9, 1967

Lieutenant Commander J.R. O’Connor, Commanding Officer of the Pendleton Naval Reserve, announced today that the danger of Northeastern Oregon closing their Naval Reserve organization has been successfully avoided by the attachment of an almost 100 percent gain in petty officer personnel.

“Through the hard work and efforts of the task force of ‘Operation Full Ship’ and the unit members combined with the superb cooperation of the people of Northeastern Oregon and especially the news media, who so freely gave their time and space to make people aware of the situation and need, the Naval Reserve is once again a healthy, growing organization,” commented O’Connor.

The Naval Reserve Surface Division is now over 50 strong and has expectations of even greater strength in the near future. Commander O’Connor expressed his gratitude to the many citizens of Northeastern Oregon who demonstrated interest and helped in making “Operation Full Ship” a success.


The Oregon State Highway Commission this week announced its semi-annual apportionment of funds to Oregon cities.

Hermiston’s share is $19,991. Funds are from state gasoline and license fees.


February 12, 1942

Married men and men who have dependents other than a wife may be accepted for enlistment or re-enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps now, provided the applicant can furnish the recruiting officer with an affidavit sworn to by the wife or other dependents that she or they are not dependent upon the applicant for financial support beyond his ability to contribute on the pay of a private in the U.S. Marine Corps. This announcement was officially transmitted to the Marine Corps recruiting office at Walla Walla, Wash., today, from the headquarters at Washington D.C.

The recruiting station at Walla Walla is the nearest recruiting office in this vicinity.

According to the law passed by Congress, the third registration under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 shall take place February 16, 1942. There will be four places open for registration in Umatilla county, Pendleton, Stanfield, Freewater and the Umatilla Indian Agency.

Persons required to register are: “Every male citizen of the United States, and every other male person residing in the United States, if on December 31, 1941 such citizen has attained the twentieth anniversary of the day of his birth and on February 16, 1942, has not attained the forty-fifth anniversary of the day of his birth, and has not heretofore been registered under the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940.”

Residents in this area must register at Stanfield where G.L. Dunning will be in charge. Registration will be on Monday only, February 16, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stanfield Irrigation District office.


February 12, 1917

The Hermiston Commercial Club met Tuesday noon at the new U.S.O. Building for its regular luncheon. The dinner was served by Mrs. E.A. Thornburg of Jack’s Cafe.

Reports were given by W.E. Logan, postmaster, and F.C. McKenzie, mayor. The former told of his findings at the postmasters’ convention at Seattle, stating that progress is being made in preparing the numerous preliminaries for the actual construction of the water works. He indicated that construction would begin soon, prior to the irrigation season.

The meeting was well attended.


Monday, women will be registered for wartime jobs. The Oregon board for mobilization of labor states that 6,000 volunteer workers will start a house-to-house survey of Oregon woman power next Monday, February 16. By March 1, the board expects to have a complete catalogue of the skills and abilities of Oregon’s junior leaguers, office workers, house wives and other walks of life.

Every woman over 28 years of age will be registered, even the homebound, since they may be available to take care of children, releasing young mothers for officers, factories and fields. Women will not be required to pledge work, but they will tell interviewers of jobs they have held and whether they will be available for full or part-time work.

There is still a lots of work to be done concerning Red Cross Sewing in Hermiston. Sewing will be in full swing every day next week at the U.S.O building according to Mrs. Belt.

Mrs. J.R. Huffman, in charge of the materials, stated today that yarn and needles are available now for knitting Red Cross sox. A full supply of materials will be available.


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