Jan. 11, 1994

There won’t be a low-income housing project on the corner of Southwest 17th and Sunland Avenue anytime soon.

The Hermiston city council put two city-owned lots up for sale, but made clear during a public hearing at Monday’s city council meeting that it would sell only to those who would use it for single-family dwellings.

This thwarted an effort by the Umatilla County Housing Authority to place 60 low-income units on those lots.

The Housing Authority had offered $23,000 for the lots. A subsequent appraisal put their value at more than $83,000.

Many on the council said the fact that the Housing Authority is exempt from property taxes troubled them. The goal of selling surplus lots is usually to get them back on the tax rolls.

2) Voters will be asked to approve a $9.9 million bond sale to finance new or improved schools in a special election set for March 22.

The Hermiston School Board passed a resolution calling the election Tuesday.

The 20-year bond will cost homeowners in the district about 93 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

For their money, Hermiston residents will get a new junior high school for the 1995-96 school year, and a remodeled Armand Larive Junior High School the following year.


Jan. 9, 1969

The recent cold spell has been more than an inconvenience for some individuals, and the Port of Umatilla and Pendleton Grain Growers have had their share of misfortune along with the rest.

First, the port’s water storage sounded an alarm several times in the past week, which made it necessary to drain and change huge amounts of water in the 125,000 gallon storage unit to avert possible extensive damage.

Next, a tug that had been working at the marina basin became top heavy with ice and rolled over and sank, requiring extensive salvage operations; then Pendleton Grain Growers discovered that a broken main at the McNary elevator had dumped 48,000 gallons of water into the elevator’s basement over the past weekend.

Finally, the PGG elevator manager Dan Hill broke his leg in the front yard of his home in a freak accident that almost resulted in another accident to his wife when she fell down trying to reach Hill after she discovered he wasn’t joking about his broken leg.


Jan. 13, 1944

The possibilities of post-war electrical heating of homes in this area will be discussed at a meeting of the Umatilla Project Farm Bureau Friday night at Columbia Hall. In response to a request, data regarding home heating has been obtained from Bonneville Power Administration and will be presented by H.J. Ott, a director of the local REA organization. Interest and inquiries with the regard to electric home heating is increasing daily.

2) Funeral services for Frank J. Harkenrider were held Tuesday in the Catholic church at Estacada, Ore. with burial in the I.O.O.F. cemetery there. Father Crowe was in charge of the services.

Mr. Harkenrider, an early pioneer, was born March 5, 1859, at Sheldon. Ind. and was married to Miss Mary Faust Oct. 3, 1882, at Roseta, Colo. The family moved to Oregon the same year, settling in Clackamas County near Estacada, which has been his home ever since.

Mr. Harkenrider was a farmer most of his life but retired from active work about 25 years ago. He has made numerous visits to Hermiston in recent years, spending some time here last August with his daughter Mrs. Ralph Richards and son George Harkenrider.


Jan. 11, 1919

Now that the flu is gradually being brought under control, another menace to the health of the community has appeared. This has come in the form of smallpox, which broke out the first of the week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Metzker, both of whom are afflicted. The house has been put under rigid quarantine regulations, and it is the hope of the authorities to squelch the disease right there.

2) Hermiston’s volunteer fire department was called out Sunday afternoon on an alarm of fire being turned in from the home of W.J. Kened on the west side. On arrival there it was found that clothes thrown over the water pipes in the basement after they had been thawed out had ignited from an unnoticed spark, and the smoke therefrom had filled the house and become so dense that it looked as if the whole place was afire.

But a few buckets of water rightly applied soon cleared the atmosphere. While there was no fire and no damage was done, nevertheless the fire department got needed exercise, for which the members desire to thank R.L. Barnard, captain of the hook and ladder truck. If you want to know why, ask him.

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