25 YEARS AGO

June 28, 1994

Ben, a bobcat who had taken a two-week vacation in the woods southwest of Hermiston, is now safely back at home thanks to live traps set out by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“He was skinny and pretty weak, he was pretty grouchy for a couple of days, but now he’s back to normal,” owner Michelle Mesecher said.

Mesecher is taking steps to assure Ben doesn’t make any more unscheduled departures from her Agnew Road home. His new cage, under construction when he left, is nearly complete.

2) Talk about three of the largest prospects on Hermiston’s horizon dominated discussion at last night’s city council meeting.

“Between the water project, the community center and the incinerator, you’re going to see this town boom for the next 15 years, so be ready for it,” Frank Harkenrider said.

City manager Ed Brookshier reported the county’s planning commission passed both of the Regional Water Authority’s needs for conditional use permits. The granting of these permits allow the authority — the city and the Port of Umatilla — to begin negotiating for easements for the water pipeline.

50 YEARS AGO

June 26, 1969

Hermiston viewers may be watching cable television again in September. Monday night, the city council gave Columbia Television franchise authority and a representative said most of the former Inland Cablevision customers should have service by then.

In a surprise move that opened the way for the Columbia approval, Minnehaha Development Corp. withdrew its application to operate in Hermiston. Some of the Minnehaha officials were also connected with the defunct Inland Cablevision.

Hermiston television viewers have been limited to two “live” channels from the Tri-Cities since Inland suspended service May 31.

75 YEARS AGO

June 29, 1944

One of the orneriest herds of Brahma bulls ever assembled in this area will be featured by George Attebury at his rodeo southeast of Stanfield on July 2-4. A portion of these bulls recently proved highlights at the Pasco rodeo and roundup fans are clamoring for more similar action.

Entries in both the riders and livestock indicate a real performance. Competition for prize money has been well advertised and reports are that plenty of cowboys will be on hand.

2) The Fifth War Loan drive in Hermiston, as well as in the county and the state, is rather spotty with some good days reported and then others not so good. On the whole, the drive is behind schedule and some last-minute hustling will be necessary if this area is to reach its quota.

An impromptu bond auction at Hale’s Confectionary Monday night netted a total of $3,500 in E. bonds. With the proprietor, J.C. (Sam) Nye as auctioneer and Lee Quiring as clerk, bonds were sold to practically everyone in the store.

100 YEARS AGO

June 28, 1919

Several of Echo’s citizens, assisted by credulous strangers, dug some big holes on the Lisle ranch last week searching for hidden treasure, according to the Echo News.

Inside information as to the whereabouts of the buried fortune is supposed to have been disclosed to the searchers while one of them was in a hypnotic trance. In any event, the tip was strong enough to overcome the natural repugnance of the treasure seekers to handling a pick and shovel, and they followed the hunch down about 12 feet through hard digging, until they struck the water line, and there they lost the trail.

Rumor has it that in the early days an old timer used a portion of the Lisle ranch as a private bank. He is supposed to have had a cache of gold there at the time of his death, but he did not disclose the combination to the bank.

2) The Ames and Agnew ranches were the scene of a real old-fashioned rabbit drive last Monday afternoon, when 10 or 12 Hermiston nimrods went out across the Umatilla River west of town and did battle with the festive and destructive jack.

A circle formed and in the onward march continued until the had the rabbits, which were as thick as fleas, cornered in an area enclosed by a rabbit-tight fence. Intermittent firing had been carried on by the party up to that time, but on arrival at the fence the real seance began, with the result that from 400 to 600 of the pest were put past doing any further damage in that neighborhood.

It is said the rabbits were so thick in bunches at the close of the drive that the hunters scored a kill of three to our with each shot.

News Editor

Hermiston Herald news editor and reporter covering city government and economic development in Hermiston, Umatilla, Stanfield and Echo.

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