Hermiston History

Hermiston Mayor Frank Harkenrider and Brian Wolfe got the crowd cheering as "Hermiston's cheerleaders" at the Farm-City Banquet in 1993.


Dec. 7, 1993

If he returns to Salem for the 1995 legislative session, Rep. Chuck Norris will again press for a law mandating an eastern Oregon representative on the Northwest Power Planning Council, he said.

“We’re getting shortchanged on that issue so badly that it’s time we try to do something,” he said.

Oregon’s two representatives on the council, Angus Duncan and Ted Hallock, hail from the west of the Cascades and have been among the most vocal of those in favor of such salmon recovery proposals as a drawdown of the John Day pool on the Columbia River.

Hermiston History

Sergeant Jerry Roberts takes contributions of toys, food, money and other items during the Hermiston Police Department's Christmas Express in 1993.


Dec. 5, 1968

A matter previously discussed by the Hermiston City Council held the spotlight at the council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 27, as the possibility of removal of the Umatilla County Fairgrounds from its present location on Hermiston Avenue was again brought up by the appearance of W.H. Eals of Modulux, Inc. of Portland.

Modulux, Inc. is a building firm that has offered, and continues to offer, its assistance in helping promote the conversion of the present fairgrounds site to a new civic center for Hermiston.

Modulux has offered its type of buildings as being suitable for the new civic center if and when it comes, and claims to be able to help the city overcome some of the problems it will naturally encounter with a major construction job of this kind.

The presentation by Modulux was met with mixed emotion as Mayor Walt Pearson proposed that no more expansion of the present fairgrounds facilities should be allowed and councilman Dick Hodge viewed the proposal as being perhaps several years premature, while councilman Jack Hoggins added that other entities such as the planning commission and the county court were also very much involved in any decisions affecting the relocation of the fairgrounds.


Dec. 9, 1943

“Mama, may I have another glass of milk?”

“Yes dear, drink all you want.”

This short but very frequent dialogue will be assured in the future at Umatilla, Ordnance and Hermiston as long as Mr. and Mrs. Olyn Hodge and sons, Ted and Dick, operate the Hermiston Dairy.

“I was in the last war,” stated Mr. Hodge to the reporter this week when he made a visit to the dairy, “and I know what it means to be short of various foods. As long as there is a bountiful supply of milk no one will need suffer. It is our aim and purpose to supply this milk to the residents of this area.”

At the present, the Hermiston Dairy is milking 85 cows of a herd of 125 milk stock, with an additional 50 young heifers which will guarantee a milk supply in years to come. The cows range on sub-irrigated meadows on the 240-acre ranch located below the Cold Springs reservoir — an ideal setting for a dairy, truly a “home for contented cows.” As a supplement to pasture feed, Mr. Hodge stated that he had purchased 500 tons of hay from local farmers to assure plenty of feed for the winter months.


Dec. 7, 1918

It is with a degree of pride that we issue The Herald with week in its new dress of type set from a linotype machine that has been installed in this office. It took some money and quite a little spunk to invest in such a wonderful piece of machinery but we are pinning our faith on this town steadily advancing from now on, and if it does go ahead as fast in the next two years as in the past two we will have done our duty in keeping abreast of the times by putting in a linotype now.

People who have never seen this machine in operation can hardly realize its mechanical possibilities. It has often been said of it that it is the nearest to being human in its workings of any machine ever invented.

It is next to impossible to tell in cold type the wonders of this machine which has superseded the old method of hand composition in all modern printing establishments, so the next best thing is to invite all who wish to step into our sanctum and see its operation.

• To the Public:

Once again the Central Loyalty Committee of the Umatilla County Patriotic Service League feels it a duty to publish to the county that Higby Harris, wealthy Milton resident, has refused to contribute to a patriotic fund and to express the opinion that this fresh refusal, when considered with his past record in war work undertakings, justifies him being held in scorn and contempt by every loyal and patriotic man, woman and child.

Mr. Harris, as was stated at the time he was published for delinquency in the Fourth Liberty loan campaign, is one of Umatilla County’s most wealthy citizens and has made the major part of his riches in this county. The assessed valuation of property in this county in his own name is approximately $85,000 but his total wealth is estimated variously from $175,000 to $400,000.

So far as our records show his contributions to war relief funds have been nil though we have been informed that a year ago he gave $1 to the Red Cross.

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