Sept. 17, 1996

While Mexico celebrated its independence over the weekend, so did Hermiston residents with dancing, music, food, and a pageant naming the Mexican Independence Day queen and princess. The festival, held at McKenzie Park, lasted from Sunday morning into the evening. The celebration has been held in the park since 1991 — before then, it was at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.

Contestants in the high school age group competed for the title of “Reina Fiestas Patrias” (Queen), as the fourth through sixth-grade contestants were in the “Princess” category. The girls were asked to wear dresses native to their Mexican state and give a short explanation about that special place of heritage.

In the princess category, Ana Guttierez came in third place and was awarded $10, Sonia Sotello also won $10 with second, and Mayra Guzman received $30 and the “Princess” title upon winning first.

The 1996 Mexico Independence Day Queen, and the accompanying $150, was awarded to Fabiola Morales. Rosa Elana Ortiz received $100 with second place, and Janette Rivera got $50 with third.


Sept. 16, 1971

The United Good Neighbors campaign leaders for the Hermiston area had an ambitious goal for 1972: to raise $14,000.

Umatilla County UGN chairman Joe McLaughlin announced the 1972 Umatilla County goal is $100,881.39, to be distributed among the 12 UGN member-agencies as follows: American Red Cross, $26,450; Blue Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, $15,000; Eastern Oregon Alcoholism Foundation, $1,100; Milton-Freewater Camp Fire Girls Council, $2,750; Oregon Council, Camp Fire Girls, $13,500; Oregon United Appeal, $10,000; Salvation Army, $18,000; Hermiston Transient Aid, $300; Milton-Freewater Transient Aid, $400; Pendleton Transient Aid Society, $600; UGN campaign and administrative expenses, $9,781.39; and pledge default, $3,000.

The Hermiston Committee chairmen (with co-chairmen in parenthesis) who will work to put this plan into action are listed, along with their responsibilities: Joe Burns, leadership; Chuck Norris (Chuck Bailey), payroll; Carlisle Harrison (Dick Lowry and John Cermak), north business; Matt Doherty (Glenn Dyer), south business; Jim Shropshire, federal government; Betty Wolcott, Umatilla Army Depot; Richard Scott, Hermiston schools; George Jaros, rural; Henry Frischmuth, finance; Anne Metsopulos, publicity; Bob Rothermel, Oregon state employees; and Jack Naff, Hermiston Ministries.


Sept. 19, 1946

Those near and far had been expressing hope for a bridge around the McNary Dam area that would facilitate traffic to Seattle and other northwest cities. Well, such a bridge was finally becoming a reality.

At a recent Prosser, Wash., meeting, representatives of the McNary Development Association met with delegates from chambers of commerce from several Washington cities near the proposed bridge site. They were all in support of a bridge, and agreed that it should be made on top of the dam instead of having a separate bridge below it. This would most likely make it an interstate bridge to be financed by the two states, with the possibility of some federal aid, too. However, Army engineers discouraged a crossing on the dam and instead recommended building the bridge below it.

Members of the McNary Development Association met Sept. 24 at Stanfield High School to further plans for advancing the McNary Dam Bridge.


Sept. 15, 1921

The excellent weather and entertainment at the nearby ‘experiment farm’ drew approximately 700 people — from Pendleton to Boardman and beyond — to come and enjoy a day filled with style, advice and fun!

People began gathering at the farm around noon, bringing their own lunches. Some arrived in their cars and others on horseback, giving the grounds the appearance of a county fair.

Just after noon, the regular program began with a fashion show staged by Edith Van Deusen, the county home demonstration agent. The dresses were furnished by Alexander’s of Pendleton, with Jane Warner and Elizabeth Straw showcasing the styles for little girls as Miss Ruth Snow displayed those for young women.

Following the fashion show were speakers Professor P. M. Brandt of Oregon Agricultural College and R. E. Bean of Umapine, Ore.. Brandt spoke about the harm the war had on dairy production, and encouraged more farmers to utilize that sector. Moving from the town to the farm seven years ago, Bean also moved the audience to laughter and applause as she entertained the crowd with her stories and experiences of being a farmer’s wife.


McKenzie Rose, a sophomore at Echo High School, searched Hermiston Herald archives to compile these article summaries.

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