Hermiston History Nov. 28

Two drivers discuss their minor collision in Hermiston in 1968.

25 YEARS AGO

Nov. 20, 1993

Jeff Greene said curiosity led him to the burning house from which he rescued a 91-year-old Hermiston man Friday.

“I was just curious. I wanted to see where the smoke was coming from,” he said. “I kind of expected to find a brush pile.”

Albert Reeves is in guarded condition in Good Shepherd Community Hospital’s intensive care unit recovering from smoke inhalation. Hermiston fireman Glen Phillips said Reeves was likely sleeping when a fire broke out in his split-level house on East Beech. Greene found Reeves unconscious on the floor of the house. He told a neighbor to call 911, then entered the house through the front door to retrieve Reeves.

• DNA, the basis of the Jurassic Park movie plot, and the key sometimes used to solve murder mysteries, aided local game officers in solving a wild-game poaching violation by a Umatilla man and a member of the Umatilla Confederated Tribes.

Oregon State Police game officer Tim Gallaher recently solved an illegal deer violation case, brought to the attention of officials by a witness, after an intensive investigation and DNA testing by a federal laboratory. Tissue samples taken from fresh gut piles and carcasses were broken down and the blood was analyzed to determine a DNA profile, Gallaher said. The profiles were then compared to find possible matches between animals.

50 YEARS AGO

Nov. 28, 1993

A new two way blinker traffic light was installed over the intersection at Main and Harding Avenue in Stanfield Thursday, Nov. 21 as a result of efforts on the part of a Stanfield citizens group that pressed for the signal several months ago through the State Highway Commission.

The intersection is at the base of the hill on the north approach to Stanfield, main street actually being the extension of Highway No. 32 South.

• From a classified ad by Charlotte L. Newman, Realtor for Universal Realty: “Available now and ready to move into, new three bedroom homes from $14,500 to $19,500. These homes offer the conveniences and location that today’s buyers are looking for. Drop in and we’ll be glad to show them to you and work on the financing.

“We have some real sharp used homes in the middle-priced range. If you can use a good three bedroom priced right at $13,500 we can fill your need.”

75 YEARS AGO

Dec. 2, 1943

Mr. and Mrs. John Jendrzejewski were considerably nonplussed and at the same time quite worried this week when they received by mail an envelope containing identification tags belonging to their son, First Lt. Bernard Jendrzejewski, who is in the army air corps. There was no explanation with the tags — as a result the parents had considerable cause for alarm.

Mr. Jendrzejewski wired his base at Wilmington, Delaware for an explanation. The answer was that Bernard had evidently lost his tags and they were returned by someone without explanation. They were also assured that their son was safe and healthy.

• Members of the West End Umatilla County Ministerial Association in a special business meeting this week voted to open Christian religious services at Ordnance, beginning Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and every Sunday thereafter.

Ministers of the churches of this area will alternate in bringing the message. This weekend Rev. H.V, McGee will be the speaker.

100 YEARS AGO

Nov. 30, 1918

All the cheer of Thanksgiving was taken from the home of Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Hayden of this city after receipt of a telegram Tuesday informing them of the death of their son John, who was 32 years old an a lieutenant in Co. G., 163rd Infantry. This company gained fame at the battlefront in France, and it was while leading his battalion “over the top” on the 14th day of October that a shell burst, pieces of which struck him in the arm, thigh, head and back. He was immediately taken in an ambulance and conveyed 26 miles to the base hospital, where he was operated on and all pieces of the shell but one in his spine removed at the time, according to a letter he wrote his parents on Oct. 21, in which he described how he was wounded. He also said in the letter that he expected to rejoin his company in a short time.

It seems, however, that the piece of shell in his spine was what killed him following the last operation for its removal, the dispatch saying he died on the 28th day of October.

Deceased enlisted at Lewiston, Idaho, where he was a professor of agriculture in the schools there. News of the death of their son was a sorrowful blow to the parents and his sister here and his three brothers and a sister in Lewiston.

• The sudden and unexpected close of the war has probably put an end to movements for providing farm homes for soldiers. The soldiers will be home before any progress could be made on reclamation of land for their benefit. Secretary Lane estimated it would require a million or two even to make the preliminary study necessary to work out a plan and determine location of suitable lands. Any project would require a year in preparation and at least another year before the land would be ready for cultivation. Before this could be accomplished the men will practically all be discharged from the Army, says an Oregonian News Bureau dispatch from Washington, D.C.

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