25 YEARS AGO

Aug. 9, 1994

A 17-year-old Hermiston youth is in the custody of the county’s Juvenile Department after allegedly stabbing a rival gang member in the leg Saturday evening.

The victim, also 17, was treated and released from Good Shepherd Community Hospital.

According to police reports, the suspect was in the parking lot at Northwest Sixth and Hermiston Avenue with family members when they were approached by the victim and two friends. One of the victim’s friends and the suspect’s uncle allegedly began arguing.

At that point, witnesses told police the suspect knelt behind the victim and stabbed him in the back of the leg with a fist-grip knife.

The suspect was cited last week in a hit-and-run accident that began last Sunday’s drive-by shooting at Northwest Sixth and Madrona Avenue.

According to Hermiston Police, both the suspect in the stabbing and the driver of the car in last week’s shooting were in the vehicle involved with October’s drive-by shooting at the Hermiston Plaza.

50 YEARS AGO

Aug. 7, 1969

All is in readiness for the Umatilla County Fair, with official opening Wednesday, Aug. 6 and a wide variety of events attracting thousands of visitors to the fairgrounds, some every day and many for at least one day.

Fair Board President and Manager Bob Cooper is enthusiastic about the outlook for success of the fair, starting under bright, sunny skies. All members of the fair board, department heads and committee chairmen have been working for weeks toward the goal of a successful fair, he said.

75 YEARS AGO

Aug. 10, 1944

Daniel C. Bartlett, Inspector, Umatilla Ordnance Depot, received serious injuries and is in the McCaw hospital in Walla Walla following a mishap while attempting to destroy unserviceable ammunition at the ordnance depot last Friday morning.

Robert W. Bailey, munitions handler, received minor burns and returned to work. Mr. Bartlett’s condition is considered excellent, according to reports received here this week.

A post card from Mr. Bartlett to the Herald Thursday morning had this to say: “Improving steadily from shock. Will be seeing you soon... I wish to publicly express my sincere appreciation to Col. A.S. Buyers, the surveillance section and many other true friends for their expressions of sympathy and condolences since the unfortunate and painful accident last Friday morning. Your kind acts will always be remembered.”

2) O.W. Pedigo, Hermiston, received a letter from his brother, S/Sgt. Ernie Pedigo, this week stating that he had recently received a shrapnel wound in his face. He writes, “They grafted on new skin and you would never notice it.” About a year ago a piece of shrapnel went into his right side and out the left. At that time he spent six week in a hospital.

About the latter incident he writes, “I came out of the hospital as good as new but a lot madder. The hospitals are the best in the world. Each one specializes in one kind of wound. Last month I directed artillery fire and counted 32 dead. So I guess I got even. It wasn’t nice to see so many dead but I wish there had been more.”

100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 9, 1919

Rotten mail service by the routing of trains No. 1 and 2 over the Coyote cutoff in a change of schedule was the all-absorbing theme among the 21 persons that attended the Commercial Club dinner at the Hermiston Hotel last Tuesday.

Not alone has Hermiston’s mail service suffered by this abominable change, but also the express business that has been carried on between here, Irrigon, Boardman and other points. At the dinner it was claimed that the railroad administration by this act had taken away a hereditary right from the people of the project, from the fact that these local trains have been on this run for a long time.

Most of those present wanted to know why in thunder the aforesaid administration did not route passenger trains No. 18 eastbound and No. 17 westbound, over the cutoff, and leave the standby trains to follow their local schedule. As the schedule now stands it can readily be seen by the following summary that it is the worst service we have had since Hermiston was in its infancy.

News Editor

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

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