Nov. 26, 1996

With a new job on the horizon, Ralph “Butch” Parrish had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The 27-year-old former Stanfield police officer was confined to a wheelchair after being pinned and dragged beneath a car driven by a burglary suspect in February 1994. Not only did he suffer physically, but also mentally and financially when he was no longer offered a job at the Stanfield Police Department.

“If we weren’t constrained by the size and location of city hall, it would be ideal to have him working for us because he knows the town and its problems,” said Gene Jorgensen, a Stanfield city councilor.

For nearly three years after the accident, Parrish lived off of money from worker’s compensation and with anxiety about an uncertain future. Then, Greg Sayles, a longtime friend and chief of the Boardman Police Department, had an idea — he needed an office manager. Someone like Parrish, who was familiar with many aspects of police work, would be ideal. Sayles contacted Parrish, and the former Stanfield officer is scheduled to start his first post-accident job by July of next year.

“I can finally make peace with the past, come to terms with what’s happened, and start picking up the pieces of my life,” Parrish said.

Note: In May 2018, Parrish was sworn-in to fill a vacant seat on the Stanfield City Council. After that term ended, he was elected for his current term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2024.

Damon Lee Petrie, who is still incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary, was convicted of attempted aggravated murder, first-degree assault and more, in the incident that resulted in Parrish’s injuries. According to the Department of Corrections Oregon Offender Search website, his earliest release date is May 10, 2023.


Nov. 25, 1971

Ken Rogers, executive vice president of the Inland Empire Bank, announced two management personnel changes in the Umatilla and Hermiston banks.

Jess Foster, former manager of the Umatilla Bank, will be the new Hermiston Office loan officer. He moved from Pasco to Umatilla in 1962 and became the manager and vice president of the Umatilla Bank in 1963. He’s also been a member of Hermiston Elks Lodge No. 1845, the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce and director and president of the McNary Golf Club and Umatilla Development Cooperation. Foster and his wife, Kay, live in Hermiston with their 3-year-old daughter, Kimberly.

Roger Bounds will be replacing Foster at the Umatilla Bank, as the new manager. Bounds moved from Washington, D.C. to Umatilla at the age of 5. He graduated from Umatilla High School as valedictorian in 1960 and from Stanford University six years later, with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

He completed ROTC at Stanford and then joined the Army, serving in the 220th Reconnaissance Airplane Company in Vietnam from April 1968 to June 1969. Bounds began work at the Inland Bank Empire when he was in the eighth grade, continued throughout college, became a full-time employee upon his discharge from the Army, and has been a director of the Umatilla Bank since 1970. Bounds and his wife, Karen, have an 18-month-old daughter, Lorissa Marie.


Nov. 28, 1946

• A recent turkey shoot at the Juniper Clubhouse was the most successful and biggest in its history, with over 105 turkeys given as prizes — both from the trap shoot and at games. Other prizes were awarded as well, including a radio won by Mrs. Kelso and two blankets by J. B. Moll and E. Vanocker. Profits go towards the club’s fund of supporting two French orphans and maintaining a ward at the Walla Walla Veterans Hospital.

• The Hermiston unit of the American Legion Auxiliary has planned a couple of activities to support and treat veterans, including a gift drive, which constitutes one of the major portions of their program. Gifts left at the Drug Store will be collected, sent to the Walla Walla Veterans Hospital for patients to select, and then wrapped and mailed to the veterans with no cost to them.


Nov. 24, 1921

If you remember the unexpected and large amount of snow we received last spring, you can relate to how the people of 1921 felt about a similar fall snow storm.

Snow began falling Saturday and continued through Sunday, totaling more than 18 inches. This prompted Hermiston to close its schools for the week, as the buses couldn’t operate and walking paths were out of use.

The snow also handicapped railroads, as trains from Portland have been halted due to slides occurring between Portland and The Dalles. Bus traffic between Hermiston and Pendleton has been stopped, and roads out in the country are only suitable for wagons and sleds. Though transportation was practically impossible, the weather wasn’t too harsh in the sense that it’s warm enough for melting during the day — freezing at night.


McKenzie Rose, a sophomore at Echo High School, searched Hermiston Herald archives to compile these article summaries.

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