25 YEARS AGO

Nov. 1, 1994

Completion of a new school building at the corner of 10th Street and Diagonal Road is just part of a transition to a middle school format.

When the school opens in the fall of 1995, both it and Armand Larive school will continue to house only seventh and eighth graders.

Sixth graders will remain at the grade schools one more year until renovations at Armand Larive are complete.

Got 99 cents?

That’s all you need to buy most of the items for sale at the 99-Cent Store at Highway 395 and Southeast Fourth in Hermiston.

The store opened last week and is already doing brisk business based solely on word of mouth.

“It’s all over town now,” store manager Joe Key said. “Everybody knows.”

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 30, 1969

Colonel Charles R. Norris announced Wednesday afternoon that the Umatilla Army Depot workforce would number about 750 by early January as a result of civilian strength reductions by the Department of Defense, detailed yesterday morning in Washington by Secretary Melvin Laird.

Currently 790 civilians are employed by UAD.

Colonel Norris, commanding officer at the 20,000 acre installation, stated that in order to align the number of employees with budgeted funds, it will be necessary to give 60-day advanced reduction-in-force notices to the affected personnel.

Changes in the depot organizational structure and realignment of personnel are being studied, according to Col. Norris, in order to use remaining forces to best advantage in carrying on the functions of the post.

He said there have been no changes in the ammunition and general supply missions of the installation.

75 YEARS AGO

Nov. 2, 1944

Two more Hermiston boys have given their lives for their country. This sad fact was revealed this week by receipt of telegrams by Mr. and Mrs. F.C McKenzie and Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Estle.

The first sad message to arrive came from the War Department, stating that Pvt. Frank McKenzie had died from wounds received in action in the Paullau Islands. The following day another telegram, this time from the U. S. Navy, stated that Robert Clair Estle, Gunners Mate 3/c, USNR, had died of wounds following action in the service of his country.

Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie had not heard from their son since September 24, when he wrote that he was getting along nicely and “not to worry.” At that time he was thought to have been on Anguar Island. The telegram stated that he died of wounds on Oct. 1, indicating he was injured sometime between Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. He died the day after he reached his 22nd birthday.

Frank entered the service at Ft. Douglas, Utah, on Dec. 29, 1942. He had been overseas about four months, serving with the 81st Division, U. S. Infantry.

He was born and raised in Hermiston, going through all local schools. He was well liked by his fellow classmates for his friendliness and cheerful disposition.

Robert Clair Estle was born on Nov. 20, 1922 in Sharon, Oklahoma. He came to Oregon with his parents in May, 1937 and lived here until he enlisted on Dec. 11, 1941, four days after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. He attended grade school here and later worked on the farm with his parents.

The telegram from the U.S. Navy stated that he had died of wounds following action in the service of his country. No definite information is available yet as to where burial service was held. Bob was the youngest of 10 children in the Estle family and the first to break up the family circle.

100 YEARS AGO

Nov. 1, 1919

Edward Rose Shaw and Ania McMartin were married in Walla Walla Thursday of last week. After a little honeymoon trip they returned to Cold Springs, east of this city, where they will make their home.

The bride is a sister of Mrs. E. E. Shaw of Cold Springs, and the groom is the son of her husband by a former marriage.

So the way this figures out in relationship now is that Mrs. E. E. Shaw is mother-in-law to her own sister and step-mother-in-law and sister-in-law to the groom.

Carey Wood died from acute nephritis Monday morning in St. Anthony Hospital at Pendleton. He was there only a few days, having been taken from this city when his condition after a week’s illness became gradually worse.

His death was thought to be due to the effects of shell shock and being gassed while in service in France, he having been at one time 72 days continuously on the firing line. He was mustered out early in the year and returned to Hermiston.

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