25 YEARS AGO April 12, 1994

After securing land to satisfy their own requirements for parking, the city of Hermiston has agreed to purchase the old Safeway building and surrounding properties for the purpose of creating a community center.

The council also allowed the Community Center Committee to use the city’s credit to get front money to finance what will ultimately be a privately-funded remodel of the building.

“We kept on going, pursing avenues, and we feel at this point in time that the parking has been resolved close enough,” committee chairman Bryan Wolfe said.

The price of the building itself is $450,000. The city further consented to purchase the vacant Sprouse building for $45,000 and will buy a parcel now owned by Dr. John Page for a cost of $49,000.

The next step is to find the money to turn the old grocery store into a community center.

50 YEARS AGO April 10, 1969

No less than 16 hopeful candidates have thrown their respective hats into the ring as they contend for the four available positions on the Hermiston School Board.

Although there seemed to be few applicants interested in the jobs early last week, the pace quickened and last minute contestants flooded the school district clerk’s office with applications last Friday and Monday.

2) Hermiston may see a peaceful student demonstration by Hermiston Senior High students if proper organization can be worked out in the next few days, according to Mike Garner, senior at HSHS.

Garner said he has checked with Police Chief Bob Adams and is now being advised by the Chief of the correct procedure to follow in staging such a public remonstrance in order to not violate city ordinances.

The march is in protest to the recent action by the Hermiston School Board in declining to renew the teaching and coaching contract of Arnold Owens, HSHS baseball coach.

Editor’s note: Two weeks later the Hermiston Herald reported the students had decided not to hold a demonstration after all at the request of Owens.

75 YEARS AGO April 13, 1944

Just after last week’s Herald announced that irrigation water would be available, a break in the newly-repaired K line just east of town washed away, causing a delay while new repairs are being made. Approximately 200 feet of newly-laid pipe washed away when someone turned water into the line sometime during the night. The fresh connections were not set enough to hold the strain.

Repairs are being rushed and it is thought that water will be available next week.

2) Ever since the construction of the Umatilla Ordnance Depot, sand storms have been a problem — blocking highways, igloo doors, clogging locks on igloo doors, railroad switches and lines. Sand storms cause excessive injury to automobiles, trucks and portable light plants, and are a continuous source of discomfort to the workers, slowing up production and endangering the health of the workers.

Experts from various governmental departments have made a study of this subject. One suggested remedy would have cost approximately a half-million dollars. The remedy which is being tried and which it is hoped will overcome this menace will cost less than five percent of the above figure. Scarred areas will be seeded and in those sections of the greatest exposure to the wind, the seeds will be protected by a straw cover.

100 YEARS AGO April 12, 1919

In filing its report with County Clerk Brown last week at the conclusion of its sessions, the grand jury recommended that the county poor farm should be sold and the inmates boarded or taken care of in some other manner.

The report reads: “The grand jury recommends that the county should sell or rent the poor farm to the best advantage of the county. It is evident that the manager who can be obtained at the present salary cannot give this farm the proper attention and at the same time give the patients the attention they deserve. The appearance of the farm generally is that it does not pay financially to operate it under the present conditions.”

2) Owing to the war conditions which have prevailed for the past two seasons it has been difficult to secure high class road shows. As a matter of fact, many managers of traveling companies have been reluctant to venture on the road or to distant territories and have confined their operations to the larger cities of the east.

Since the war is over now the public in general is clamoring for amusement.

This is especially true of the west, where diversion has so long been denied the theatre-going public. A few of the producing companies have heeded the call and have taken to the road again.

The first of the better class attractions to play through this territory is the Frisco Follies company featuring the inimitable comedian Duke Westcott.

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