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Hermiston History: Engineers consider routing Highway 395 away from Hermiston

A look back on the Hermiston Herald over the past 100 years.

Published on September 4, 2018 6:10PM

Echo High School students Robin Neely, seated, and August Olsen, both 17, prepare to act as walking tour guides during Echo’s Fort Henrietta Days in 1993.

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Echo High School students Robin Neely, seated, and August Olsen, both 17, prepare to act as walking tour guides during Echo’s Fort Henrietta Days in 1993.

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Sunset Elementary School Principal Terry Campbell leads students in a song during ceremonies dedicating new playground equipment in 1993.

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Sunset Elementary School Principal Terry Campbell leads students in a song during ceremonies dedicating new playground equipment in 1993.

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25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 7, 1993

The states of Oregon and Washington are looking at the feasibility of re-routing Highway 395 to provide a more direct route between the Tri-Cities and Pendleton.

Some of the possible corridors bypass the Hermiston area.

State highway division officials stress, however, that the undertaking does not reflect any decision to move the highway.

“It’s planning study rather than an engineering study,” John Preston of the Oregon State Highway Division said.

Preston said it’s possible that no option will be deemed acceptable and the issue — which has come up in the past — could be laid to rest permanently.

• Three west African journalists toured the Hermiston Herald offices and printing plant Wednesday, hoping to learn more about how they can maintain a free and productive press in their countries.

Charles Moumouni, editor-in-chief of L’Horizon in Porto-Novo, Benin; Sadou Aboulaye Yattara, publisher of the Bamako, Mali journal Aurore; and Moussa Fofana, editor-in-chief of Bamako’s L’Observateur met with Herald editor David Kennard and two reporters to compare the inner workings of African and American newspapers.

Both Mali and Benin are only a few years into their experiences with democracy after years of military and Marxist governments respectively. An independent press is likewise in its infancy in both nations.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 5, 1968

Tom Harper, Hermiston city manager, has had a number of complaints this year about flies and other flying insects in the Hermiston area. Harper says he called in the Umatilla County Health Department for help in ridding the area of the pests and they dutifully assigned a man to the case to see what could be done.

After making his investigation the sanitarian came into Harper’s office to discuss his findings. The city manager invited him to be seated and apparently a yellow jacket was on the chair when the sanitarian sat down. The contact was brief and to the point ... Hermiston does indeed have an overabundance of flying pests ... in this case, one too many!

• Hermiston City Manager Tom Harper explained to Joe Garcia, Echo, that there are no plans for closing down Hermiston’s Peace Pipe Museum, at least not in 1968. This statement was made in answer to Garcia’s questions regarding the status of the museum, in as much as he had heard there was a possibility the museum would be closed.

75 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1943

Coach Frank Davison was greeted by a fair-sized turnout of grid hopefuls Tuesday afternoon, freely sprinkled with returning lettermen. Although team participation promises to be rather light in comparison with former years, increased enthusiasm and speed may offset the disadvantage. Suits were issued to 30 players Tuesday with several more turning out during the week.

With the first contest only two weeks away, strenuous workouts are in order every afternoon. Most players seem in good condition, having spent most of the summer vacation in manual labor.

• “Italy has surrendered — and unconditionally,” was the big news on local streets Wednesday morning. Although the war is far from being won it can best be expressed in baseball lingo, “one out, two to go with still some ducks on the pond.”

Many local mothers, who have sons in Italy, breathed a little easier for the time being when news of the surrender came over the radio.

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 7, 1918

Miss Enid Waterman was hostess to a beautiful slumber party at her home on Gladys Avenue on Monday night, sixteen sweet 16 — some a little more, some a little less — maidens being her guests. A right royal good time was enjoyed by all in playing indoor games in the spacious rooms at the Waterman home until the late hour, but instead of going to slumber when the time came, the 16 cute little maidens, with their hostess, took a little jaunt around the town, and 16 voices joined in the chorus that really was sweet music to those awake at that hour, but that sounded like the siren on a fog boat to those it aroused from their slumbers.

• “Wait on yourself” is the principle of a new store just opened in Spokane and operated on the cafeteria plan. Customers on entering are provided with wire baskets. They wander over the place selecting such articles as are wanted. All goods are put up in packages before being placed on the shelves and the price of each package is plainly marked. When the purchaser has filled his wants he goes to the cashier’s desk and pays.

There are no clerks, no deliveries, no charge accounts, no samples. A bundle wrapper, who keeps the table supplied from the warehouse, together with the cashier, comprise the whole clerical force.



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