25 YEARS AGO
Dec. 17, 1996
A grand opportunity has been provided by Good Shepherd Community Hospital for teens wanting to help their community and possibly determine a career path.
The Junior Volunteer Program, as it’s called, was restored by volunteer organization chairman Neva Hopper and director LaVon Starr-Meyers.
To become a Junior Volunteer, kids must pass a four-hour CPR course and attend orientation classes, which are sponsored by the hospital. There are currently 25 participants, ranging from ages 12 to 19. They do many tasks, including providing child care, making name tags, answering nurse call lights and much more.
In addition to feeling proud of their activity in the community, the volunteers also get rewards from the hospital: a free soda after every shift, a free meal after four hours of continuous work, and certificates, pins and other gifts after six months of duty. But the experience goes beyond meals and certificates.
“One member, Bryan Blackwell, did such a good job, the hospital hired him,” Starr-Meyers said. Blackwell, a home-schooled sophomore, now works part-time in the hospital’s environmental services maintenance department.
50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 16, 1971
Some good news for retired folks in the surrounding area: Hermiston just created its very own AARP chapter.
The American Association of Retired Persons was organized in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. It’s a non-partisan, yet very influential, lobby group that works to provide assistance for retired people, including a focus on Social Security and Medicare.
Being available to all people over the age of 55, AARP is something the retired have come to love, which is why Hermiston is looking forward to having its own chapter. After receiving advice from O.W. Galloway, the state AARP director, retired Hermiston residents decided to elect officers for one-year terms. They chose May Bauer as president, Victor Christman as vice president, Mathilda Russell as secretary, and Tottie Snyder as treasurer. The officers will guide the newest chapter of the world’s largest organization of retired people.
75 YEARS AGO
Dec. 19, 1946
To put a halt to illegal gambling, a group of 50 concerned people met in the First Christian Church in Pendleton to organize the Citizens Law Enforcement League of Umatilla County. The main problem is that some cities issue licenses for gambling operations, which contributes to illegal practices. With the cities failing to enforce penalties, the group is wanting to take matters into their own hands.
The League, with John Crow (Pendleton) as president and Claude McElrath (Freewater) as secretary-treasurer, appointed a committee to call on the district attorney and county sheriff to enforce the anti-gambling law within their jurisdiction. The committee members include, Rev. Paul Moore (Athena), Mrs. Ethel Walker (Milton), Guy Rothwell (Pilot Rock), George Blind (Freewater) and Mrs. Rhodes (Pendleton).
A second committee, including Rev. Earl Cotton as chairman (Echo), E.O. Draper (Pendleton), Henry Ott (Hermiston), Rev. O. D. Parnell (Milton) and W.A. Propeck (Freewater), was appointed to draft a constitution for consideration at the next meeting
These individuals are working to create a safer community and hope that their requests will be considered.
100 YEARS AGO
Dec. 15, 1921
Hermistonians are excitedly awaiting yet another speech by Miss Guila Adams, who shares stories of her adventures overseas, inspires higher thoughts and promotes kind acts.
Adams was called overseas during the war to inspire and uplift troops who were in great need of such commodities.
“In the camps and hospitals of England and France, I had the honor of appearing before the grandest audiences in the world,” she said about her efforts.
Adams focuses on encouraging her audiences to think at a higher level, practice more empathy and kindness, and enjoy recreation. What’s unique about her speeches is that practically everything is self-made. She creates her own decoration arrangements and writes her own monologues. Her programs are said to be truly wholesome.
McKenzie Rose, a sophomore at Echo High School, searched Hermiston Herald archives to compile these article summaries.