25 YEARS AGO
May 21, 1996
Anthony Cole picked up the M-16 and took aim at a target next to a tree. The weapon was almost equal in length to the elementary school student. Pulling the trigger back, Anthony blasted off five rounds of blanks in the blink of an eye.
“Whoa,” said Anthony.
Saturday was Armed Forces Day and the Umatilla Army Chemical Depot held an open house. People came out to look around some military vehicles, take a tour of the depot and learn more about its purpose.
An M-16 shooting range was set up. Under the watchful eye of depot security guard Rick Risinger, visitors shot off blanks out of the automatic weapon.
2) The countdown is on for the first day of construction of a community-built playground at the Hermiston Butte.
Despite being a little short on fundraising and volunteers, Funland Community Playground coordinators say they expect the project to be completed on schedule.
Construction is slated to be completed by June 9.
50 YEARS AGO
May 20, 1971
Superintendent Armand O. Larive of Hermiston School District 8R has decided to retire July 1, School Board Chairman Marvin Lemmon announced at the Monday night meeting of the board.
Larive, absent because of illness, sent word that if his health permits he will return to his duties before the retirement date. He will be retiring one year early at 64.
Lemmon expressed appreciation for Larive’s service as superintendent, which began here in July 1948 after six years of service as superintendent of Wallowa schools. Dr. Wendell Ford, vice chairman of the board, said it will be a sad thing for the district to lose such a leader.
Larive, who suffered a heart attack five years ago, is reported not to have had another one. He became ill about three weeks ago but is now at home and is said to be improving.
75 YEARS AGO
May 23, 1946
Forty-two seniors will receive diplomas tonight at the commencement exercises at the high school auditorium, having completed their high school education with sufficient credits. Miss Lucy Hollomon is valedictorian and Miss Betty Jean Hartsook has been named salutatorian. David Pierson has the highest grades of any boy in the class.
In this year’s class, 27 graduates are girls and 15 are boys.
2) Eighteen students and two faculty members from the school of agriculture at Oregon State College were guests Saturday at the Umatilla branch experiment station to observe the agricultural practices there.
The Farm Crops club members and their advisors, Dr. D.D. Hill, head of the farm crops department, and Dr. R.E. Fore, professor of farm crops development, were on a four-day tour of the important agricultural areas of Eastern Oregon.
100 YEARS AGO
May 20, 1921
Last Saturday, Mr. T. Hall’s house caught fire and flames covered the roof before the alarm was given. The house would have been completely burned but for the quick work of the fire department. Within three minutes from the time the alarm was given, water was on the fire and the flames were quickly extinguished. The house was not insured. Mr. Hall has begun to rebuild his house and will soon have it completed.
2) The Commencement season is at hand and the Hermiston High School graduates a class of seven girls and two boys this year. These are the first boys to graduate from the school since 1918.
The commencement festivities began last Friday when the junior class gave the annual reception to the seniors, the details of which will be found in another column. Miss Dorothy Briggs entertained the members of the class at the faculty at a dinner party at the home of her parents Tuesday evening. On Friday, May 29, the class night exercises will take place in the school auditorium, when the class history will be reviewed, the prophecy given by “Old Man Warriner,” the final will of the class read, and a chalk talk by the class artist along with songs and stunts will vary the program.