Nov. 19, 1996

A mother-daughter duo is working to help the orphans of war-torn Rwanda. Phyllis Sorter is a missionary from Pendleton’s Free Methodist Church and has been in Rwanda since February. Her daughter, Courtney Carlton, organizes donations and supplies to send.

Sorter teaches English, builds wells, reunites families, and works to provide other basic needs for the children who rely on stealing to survive. She recently experienced a major triumph, when 30 boys were moved from tents to a house.

“Mom said the house was a praise to God,” Carlton said. “She prayed, asking God to help them find a house by the end of the week, and they did.” Carlton and her mother are working to get photos of the individual children in the hope that people in Eastern Oregon will sponsor (donate for) a child; “Even $5 a month would go a long way to help,” she said.


Nov. 19, 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Maddison made Echo proud at the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation state convention when they received the “President’s Gold Award,” the highest award, for their outstanding service.

Gaylord’s unique characteristics of determination and forward-looking began in his youth. The teenage farm boy got discouraged when hot winds and drought kept ruining the crop he’d worked so hard to grow. “I made up my mind and decided I was going someplace where there was irrigation, so it wouldn’t happen to me again.” At the age of 18, he left his Iowa home to stay with his uncle, J. Frank Spinning, in Echo.

In 1920, the American Farm Bureau Federation was recruiting members to create a branch in Oregon, and Maddison walked up and down Buttercreek, encouraging farmers to join. They grew and strengthened the organization, moving the lobby to Salem to be more engaged in legislation. In fact, they organized the first farm insurance company under Oregon laws.

Gladys and Gaylord married in 1923 and she served as county chairman and assisted him in many of his projects. Gaylord served on numerous committees and boards, including the McNary Irrigation Association, Umatilla County Development Corporation, Umatilla County Planning Commission, Pacific Woolgrowers Association and many more.


Nov. 21, 1946

With Christmas time and huge amounts of mail approaching, new annual Christmas envelope seals will be sold. But there’s something special about these ones: the funds will go towards helping eradicate tuberculosis.

Buying the annual envelope seals will fund free chest X-rays (which seal sales recently paid for 3,400 of) and intensive health education programs.

These two programs have been credited with the great decrease in the national tuberculosis death rate: 200 out of every 100,000 in 1900 and only 39.7 per 100,000 in 1945. Residents of Umatilla County, as most U.S. counties, will receive the 1946 Christmas Seal sheets in the mail on Nov. 25.

It will be the 40th annual sale of Christmas Seals in the U.S. — but this year it’s more than just buying passage for mail. It’s giving people a chance at a longer life, and that’s quite a gift.


Nov. 17, 1921

The Oregon-Washington Railroad Navigation Company has received numerous complaints about service and mail delays. The Commercial Club met Tuesday and appointed a committee to create a presentation for the railroad company, and state railway commission if needed, regarding the complaints.

First of all, the depot is too cold since there isn’t a night man on duty. It doesn’t help that passengers don’t know how long they have to wait outside in the cold, because the passenger trains are frequently late. With winter nearing, this point is one to be stressed.

In regards to mail, the Spokane train will leave if the westbound train is late. This means Hermiston mail that’s supposed to get to Portland in the morning doesn’t arrive until evening and consequently isn’t delivered until the next day.

Complaints have also been voiced about trains switching at the depot crossing, which blocks traffic for a considerable amount of time. This has already been discussed with railway officials and they’re working to fix it. But the presentation better encourage the O.W.R.N. to start fixing the service and mail issues soon, or they’ll have lots of angry Hermistonians!


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

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