25 YEARS AGO

Aug. 30, 1994

A burst of donations over the past week pushed funds for renovation of the Hermiston Community Center thousands of dollars over the Aug. 31 deadline.

Fundraisers continue to seek donations, though, to pay for increased costs from features added to the original plan.

A $75,000 pledge from U.S. Generating Company pushed funds over the $530,000 goal on Wednesday. By Monday, other donations had brought the total up to $549,000.

2) A private contractor removed the last full truckload of conventional explosives from the Umatilla Depot Activity Monday morning.

About 37,000 pounds of explosives were removed, mostly flaked TNT packed in wooden crates. Of the 23 pallets shipped, eight were loaded with C-4 plastic used for demolition charges.

Both explosives are used for detonating outdated ammunition. They will be taken to Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah.

50 YEARS AGO

Aug. 31, 1969

Sen. Robert Packwood, speaking at a joint meeting of Kiwanis and Rotary clubs last Thursday at noon, strongly expressed his views in opposition to pollution in the United States, noting that the federal government stepped in because the states didn’t do enough in this regard.

Noting how air and water pollution is ruining the East Coast, he said he was bitterly opposed to seeing this happen in Oregon. In a brief press conference after the luncheon, he said he wanted to see Oregon become “a tranquil, verdant paradise ... if I can convince Oregonians that livability is more important than payrolls.”

75 YEARS AGO

Aug. 31, 1944

Hermiston was saddened Wednesday morning when news spread that Mrs. John Henry Nye was in receipt of a telegram from the War Department stating that her husband, with the U.S. Marines, had been killed in action. The contents of the telegram are not for publication and the full story will not be told until relatives receive a letter which will follow the telegram.

Mr. Nye was the youngest among the businessmen of Hermiston, being part owner of the Hermiston bakery route and part owner of the lease of Hale’s Confectionery. He was recently reported as injured but it was thought his wounds were not serious.

2) Mr. and Mrs. Dan D. Follett received word from the War Department this week stating that one year had elapsed since their son, Flight Officer Bobbie W. Follett, had been reported missing and that he was now considered a war casualty.

Although hope has been entertained by both his relatives and friends that Bobbie would be found, it is now presumed that he has sacrificed his life for his country.

100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 30, 1919

Two unknown young men that have so far eluded arrest visited Hermiston Sunday and some time during the night stole the Ford touring car of J.W. Messner from its stall in the building used for storage of autos located on South Second Street. It seems that after taking the car they went to Umatilla, and that being unable to cross the ferry there at that hour doubled back and went on to Stanfield and then out Westland way, where the auto stalled on them in a sandy stretch of road.

Evidently thinking there was no use trying to extricate and start it again, they abandoned the car, but before doing so they vented their wrath on the machine by pumping into it about 20 bullets fired from a 38-caliber revolver.

Mr. Messner had his car brought to town Tuesday, and after being looked over on its arrival it was estimated that it had been damaged to the extent of fully $200. The windshield, lights, radiator, tires and the body of the machine were all perforated with holes, making the erstwhile trusty Ford look as though it had gone through a war.

2) Hermiston is soon to have a beauty parlor established on Main Street in this city, so it is said. This new business emporium will be equipped with all the latest devices for making old ladies look younger and middle-aged ladies take on the hue of “sweet sixteen.” As a result the women of the community are all agog over the promised advent of an institution that will put Hermiston on a par with Portland, Spokane or Seattle in this respect.

The personage that has had the perspicacity to undertake the launching of an enterprise of this nature in this city should have his name emblazoned on a memorial tablet so that it may be perpetuated for all time and heralded as one mere man who had the temerity to come to the aid of suffering feminine humanity in Hermiston by the inauguration of such a “fountain of youth.”

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