25 YEARS AGO

Feb. 22, 1994

Several manufactured home and travel trailer dealerships spent Monday morning assessing damage from a rash of vandalism on Highway 395 north of Hermiston.

Investigators believe the incidents are related.

“These people weren’t kind,” Carol Frink, general manager of Oregon Trail Mobile Homes said. “It looks like they went through it with a baseball bat.”

Five of Oregon Trail’s 17 display homes suffered damage — overturned refrigerators, broken glass, spray paint on walls and cabinets ripped off their hinges.

2) A suggestion to merge Echo and Stanfield school districts was rejected at a meeting of the two school boards Wednesday.

Both boards agreed, though, to continue to explore ways to cut costs through sharing services.

Lewis Martuscelli, chairman of the Stanfield board, said he proposed the meeting to explore the Echo board’s position on a merger or increasing shared academic programs.

Board members discussed sharing music teachers, shop facilities and agricultural programs as possible alternatives to combining districts.

50 YEARS AGO

Feb. 20, 1969

“Marijuana is harmful, regardless of what some groups would have you believe,” said Cpl. Robert Rothermel in his talk before the Hermiston Rotary Club last Thursday.

During the colorful presentation, the corporal gave the Rotarians some practical examples of the experience he and other officers of the Oregon State Police have had in dealing with narcotic transportation and narcotic users. Most of the large caches of marijuana in Umatilla County have been taken off persons transporting the goods from one area to another, says Rothermel.

In classifying narcotics, the corporal said the “heavy” drugs such as heroin, morphine and codeine can quite often shorten a heavy user’s life expectancy to only five years.

Marijuana will apparently grow anywhere and huge batches of the plant come into the United States daily from across the Mexican border, as do large quantities of other narcotics.

The smell of ignited marijuana is much like the smell of burning rope, as Rothermel demonstrated to the group by lighting some help in the ash tray at the beginning of his talk.

“There are known narcotics users in Umatilla County and the use is on the increase” said the OSP officer.

2) Three coaches in the Hermiston senior high school will no longer handle their respective coaching assignments during the 1969-70 school year as a result of action taken by the local school board Monday.

Coaches George DeLap (basketball), Bob George (football) and Arnold Owens (baseball) were all relieved of their coaching assignments for the coming years in a marathon teacher evaluation session that lasted seven hours, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Armand Larive, superintendent for the Hermiston schools, said it was the board’s general consensus of opinion that a sweeping general change in the coaching staff of the three areas of basketball, baseball and football was needed to bolster the morale of these various departments.

75 YEARS AGO

Feb. 24, 1944

Precipitrons that will prevent the tiniest particle of dust, soot, smoke or dirt from entering the households they guard, and home laundry equipment that does the family wash with the push of a button are but samples of new electrical conveniences that await users in the post-war world, according to D.B. Leonard, Pacific Power & Light Co. commercial manager.

Though manufacturing facilities are devoted to war goods, and peace-time products are still in the blueprint stage, post-war development plans are now so complete that a five-fold national increase in the average home use of electricity has been predicted, he said.

Leonard was one of more than 200 representatives of the nation’s major electric companies invited to attend a post-war power use forum conducted by the Westinghouse Manufacturing Co. in Pittsburgh.

New developments in lighting will deliver almost double the foot-candles of illumination that pre-war uses of electricity provided. Applications of electronics and dialetric heat hold more miracles for industrial production.

A lesser use of application of electronics will enable you to open your garage doors with a push-button control from your approaching car.

Most post-war homes will have complete automatic laundry equipment and an economical electric clothes dryer will dispel the inconvenience of rainy wash days.

100 YEARS AGO

March 1, 1919

Editor’s note: The Feb. 22 edition of the Hermiston Herald is missing from our archives.

Are there any more bachelors on North Ridge? Don’t know, but we do know there is one less this week than last week. And we do know where one lonely man live heretofore on the aforesaid ridge, now two loving hearts beat as one, and the bachelor apartment there has been transformed by the hands of a woman.

The central figure in this little love episode is our time-honored friend and fellow citizen, Judge J.T. Embry, who, be it known, quietly slipped away to Pendleton Thursday, where he met Miss Anna Bridge, a cousin of Mrs. F.J. Auseon, who had that morning arrived from her home in Chicago. After procuring a marriage license they returned to this city and were quietly married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Auseon, Father Butler tying the nuptial knot.

This was all done by prearrangement, and was the climax of a courtship extending over four years, when Miss Bridge was here visiting at the Auseon home that number of years ago.

It’s hard for us to forgive the Judge for not letting us know so we could have written up in advance in more flowery language, nevertheless we extend felicitations to the happy couple, and we hope to be able to attend the forthcoming charivari that the boys are planning on giving them.

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