25 YEARS AGO
Aug. 20, 1996
With World War II and the Cold War well over, the Umatilla Army Depot had a tough problem to figure out: how to safely and efficiently dispose of its stockpile of chemical weapons.
The Army had long determined that incineration was the “safest and fastest” way to get rid of the chemical weapons stored at eight sites throughout the country (the Umatilla Army Depot being one of them), but the method still causes concern among health officials. To destroy the hazardous materials, they planned to build an incineration facility consisting of five furnaces.
But first, the Army had to convince Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality and its governing body, the Environmental Quality Commission, that their method was safe. In addition, they will be considering public comments and opinions — with draft and water and air permits being issued to the public, comments will be accepted from April 5 to Nov. 15. Other technologies and alternative solutions to dispose of the chemical weapons had been brought up, and two upcoming meetings will discuss those options, both of which will be open to the public.
50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 26, 1971
The turnout and excitement expectations were blown out of the water as Hermiston began its annual Sidewalk Sale. “The crowd was waiting when we were ready to go at nine,” Jack Sobotta of Hermiston Drug noted. In fact, participating merchants claimed it to be “the biggest Sidewalk Sale yet” with over half of the customers coming from areas out of town, like Pendleton, Arlington and Heppner.
Bruce Giddons of Burnham’s estimated a 22% increase in sales while Phil Hector of Hector’s Family Shoes is already planning for next year’s sale, saying, “We’ve got to, we sold out of everything we had. It was a major merchandising event.”
The Sidewalk Sale occurs annually during Fair Week and is sponsored by the Hermiston Hustlers, the merchants committee of the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce. Prizes were awarded to personnel from participating stores for funniest costumes, with Diane Morris getting first, Garnett McLaughlin was second, and Mrs. Robert Rothermel garnered third.
75 YEARS AGO
Aug. 29, 1946
As school continues to draw nearer, it’s rather interesting to look back and see what school was like in the 1940s. For Hermiston, each student had to pay only $3 to cover costs of typing paper, workbooks and laboratory materials. The rental fee for books was 40 cents a term, with any unused portions being refunded at the end of school.
At a Tuesday meeting, Associated Student Body officials planned activities and decided to leave the price of the student body ticket at $2.50 for the year. Mrs. Hibbard was still in charge of the lunch room, with the lunch prices being the same as the prior year.
A late resignation caused an unexpected vacancy and at the time, Hermiston School was still looking for someone to fill the position — teaching ninth grade and two hours a day of upper elementary grades.
100 YEARS AGO
Aug. 25, 1921
The girl’s club contests seem very similar to fair exhibits, but with a chance to win a trip to the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The local contest will be held before the county one, and the winning team of each category at the county contest will receive a trip to the fair in Salem.
The county contest of the girl’s club will take place at Pendleton High School on Thursday, September 22, during the Grain and Hay Show at Pendleton. The judge of the bread baking contest will be E.O. Matherson, while Mrs. I. M. Schannepp will judge the canning contest.
Individual prizes for the best members of the boy’s and girl’s clubs will also be awarded, with the recipients earning a trip to the State Fair as well. The individual prizes for the best loaf of bread baked by a Umatilla County girl ages 9-18 are: $10 for first place, $7.50 for second, $5 for third and $2.50 for fourth.
McKenzie Rose, a sophomore at Echo High School, searched Hermiston Herald archives to compile these article summaries.