Hermiston History

Stanfield Middle School chess team members prepare for a regional tournament in February 1994. Included in the photo are (left to right) Andy Picker, advisor Dwaine Morrison, Junior Ena, Danny Martinez, Gabe Wells, Aaron McFarland and Adam Thorp.

25 YEARS AGO

March 1, 1994

Members of a local commission on the demilitarization of Umatilla Army Depot don’t like a report on the disposal of chemical agents, and they don’t like the way the Army is dealing with public comment on it.

“The Army has little genuine interest in public opinion,” a summary of the comment from the Chemical Demilitarization Citizen’s Advisory Committee said. “Citizen’s commissions are seen as an unnecessary distraction by the Army that must be tolerated because of a congressional mandate.”

The report, released two weeks ago by the National Research Council, endorses incineration of the chemical agents and munitions. The commission sent the summary of comments on the report collected at its meeting last week. The summary will accompany the report to the Army.

The summary said the report was lacking information about steady, minute releases of agent. Such releases may come out of an incinerator smokestack. The commission is opposed to dioxin emissions from the incinerator, as well. Products released through the stacks of hazardous waste incinerators may be more toxic than previously thought, the summary said.

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Larry Campbell, right, presents a plaque to Larry Thorpe, center, in February 1994 in appreciation for 37 years of employmennt at Campbell Motors, while service manager Bob Thorpe holds a cake.

50 YEARS AGO

Feb. 27, 1969

Hermiston City Police report that a Hermiston man, Gerald Fisch, 27, was stabbed in the hip during an altercation outside Ole’s Dine and Dance last Saturday morning at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Fisch, a helicopter pilot on leave from service in Vietnam, was treated at Good Shepherd hospital and released.

2) Hermiston School Board members of District 8R met in special session last Monday to open bids on the proposed renovation and expansion of the Senior High School swimming pool.

Only one bid was submitted, according to school superintendent Armand Larive, that bid being submitted by The Timber Company, Inc. of Hermiston for $84,395.

The architect and the board had asked for a bid on renovation of the pool as it now exists, such renovation to include a new filter plant, chlorinator, new pipes under the existing deck, a new circulation pump and a 55-foot extension of the pool to accommodate additional students.

Hermiston History

Alto sax player Jeanne Goodwin and trumpeter John Sheeley were featured soloists in Hermiston High School’s stage band concert in February 1969.

75 YEARS AGO

March 2, 1944

N.J. VanSkike of the Vigorbilt Hatchery called The Herald Thursday morning stating that his new hatcher, recently constructed by himself and Curtis Walls, is really proving successful. This week the new machine hatched out a healthy four-legged New Hampshire Red chick. More of this type of bird should aid the chicken shortage.

2) Ralph S. Wyn, 27, formerly employed at the Umatilla Ordnance Depot, caused considerable excitement last Thursday evening when he escaped from the guards and fled toward Boardman in his automobile.

According to state police, the guards first arrested Wyn on a charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. Deciding to turn him over to the state, they took him outside the depot gates, stepped from his car, and he started the machine, attempting to run over one of the guards as he escaped. Attempts to stop him proved futile.

State police later captured him near Boardman following a footrace. Although he resisted arrest he did not resort to weapons, according to Sgt. Louis Johnson of the state police. Wyn appeared before the Justice of the Peace E.P. Dodd Tuesday where he was fined $100 and costs and given a 60-day jail sentence.

100 YEARS AGO

March 1, 1919

Daylight saving throughout the nation will again become effective Sunday, March 30, under the Calder daylight savings law.

On that day clocks throughout the nation will be turned back one hour to jog along at the daylight saving gate until the last Sunday in October.

Under the Calder law, daylight saving is effective each year until Congress repeals the statue. The plan, congressmen say, has proved a success, and repeal of the law is unlikely.

2) The Father & Son banquet given Friday night by the Civic Club in Mack’s Hall was one of the big events of Hermiston and was an unqualified success, voted so by those most able judges of all things gastronomic, father and son.

Nearly two hundred tickets were sold, and everyone came. In accordance with the patriotic spirit which prompted the celebration, the hall was gayly decorated with an abundance of flags and bunting. Potted plant were on each table with the exception of the center table where a big red, white and blue Liberty Bell held the place of honor. Tiny flags were at each plate.

The young matrons of the town served as waitresses and the kitchen was under the direction of Mrs. Gunn.

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