25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 25, 1994

There may be a way to solve the traffic and pedestrian problem near Armand Larive Junior High School. But making sections of West Ridgeway and Northeast Second streets one way won’t be one of them.

Earl Torres, Hermiston School District superintendent, came before the council to ask them to make the streets near the junior high one way.

About 300 students cross the streets to get to the classrooms at the Carnegie Building next door to the library.

Torres was met with resistance.

“I really don’t like one-way streets,” councilor Gary Quick said.

Quick and other council members said the change would force traffic over either an unimproved section of Northeast Third or all the way to Northeast Fourth — neither of which was acceptable to the council.

2) The Greater Hermiston Area Chamber of Commerce recognized five long-time area residents at the 1994 Distinguished Citizen Awards banquet Saturday.

Deviating from tradition, the chamber’s Man of the Year award went to three brothers: Giles, Leon and Donald Shockman.

Their company, Shockman Brothers Construction, built many of the buildings on Main Street and has pioneered work in circle irrigation in the area.

Other award winners were Betty Higginbotham as Woman of the Year and Dennis Barnett as Business Person of the Year.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 23, 1969

Farm Chemicals, Inc. of Athena confirmed reports today that it is exercising its option to purchase approximately 12,000 acres of land between Boardman and Hermiston near Route 30 in Morrow County. No purchase price was disclosed.

E.C. Miley, president of the firm, said that purchases are being made to study the feasibility of reclaiming normally arid land using new farming techniques, including modern irrigation systems.

2) Information being circulated throughout the country that Congress recently passed a bill granting World War II veterans a special dividend on their GI insurance is completely erroneous, according to H.G. Helmstetter, acting manager of the Portland Veterans Administration Regional Office.

As a result of this misleading information, VA insurance offices are being flooded with inquiries. Because of this, the VA asked newspapers, veterans service organizations and other interested groups to take an active interest in dispelling this false information.

75 YEARS AGO

Jan. 27, 1944

Subject to approval of the Federal Public Housing Authority, the 83 new housing units located at the west city limits of Hermiston will hereafter be called “Victory Square.”

To Mrs. F.C. McKenzie goes the honor of naming the new addition to Hermiston, formerly known as Tertletown. An alternate name was chosen by the group of judges in case FPHA rejects the first place winner. Mrs. Charles Taylor entered the name of “Victory Court” and will be substituted for the former should it be rejected.

The four judges, Col. A.S. Buyers of the Umatilla Ordnance Depot, D. W. Bliss of Ordnance, and F.B. Swayze and E.P. Dodd spent considerable time Wednesday evening discussing the many titles entered in the contest sponsored by the Hermiston Herald. The names were numerous and considerably varied. The Herald publishers wish to thank all those who entered the contest.

2) Mrs. Stella Greenlee, assistant manager of the Umatilla Ordnance Depot dormitories, better known as the ladies matron in the barracks, is really out after the reward offered to the lady who sells the most bonds for cash this week. She is offering to kiss any individual who will buy a $1,000 bond from her for cash. Her husband became jealous and bought the first $1,000 bond from her on Tuesday.

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 25, 1919

Residents in numerous sections of the city are complaining of having milk left on their doorsteps in the evening by dairymen disappearing during the night. The miscreants not only purloin the milk, but take the bottles also. This has been going on for some time, and has become very annoying to both the customers and the dairymen operating milk routes in Hermiston. A close watch is now being kept in the hope of apprehending the petty thieves, and indications are that it will be only a matter of a short time before they are caught.

2) Dr. D.J. McFall, county health officer, has placed the whole county again under rigid quarantine regulations, and has designated that the ban is directed against all social gatherings, literary entertainments and public or private dances. In Hermiston this order is being carried out by Mayor McKenzie, the churches, public school, library and business houses being the only ones allowed to operate.

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