25 YEARS AGO

Nov. 29, 1994

After years of haggling between the City of Hermiston and the state, Hermiston is getting an Oregon National Guard armory.

“It takes a while for some of these things to come to fruition, but we’ve finally got it done,” said guard spokesman Col. Mike Caldwell.

Congress has authorized $1.5 million for the new facility. The state is kicking in another $685,000.

For that price, Hermiston will get a 20,000 square foot building on city-owned property on Columbia Drive near Blue Mountain Community College’s west campus.

2) Only about 300 people attended the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Fellowship Dinner at the Hermiston Senior Center Thursday.

Organizer Laurie Ball said she suspected the number was down from almost 500 last year because of better weather for traveling and a higher employment rate.

50 YEARS AGO

Nov. 27, 1969

In this fast-moving age of jets — even moon trips — time still rates as a limited resource, judging from a study of young homemakers recently completed by the Department of Home Management at Oregon State University.

Maybe it’s because space-age developments haven’t filtered down to the level of daily homemaking chores.

Mrs. Melionee Echols, while enrolled in the OSU Graduate School, conducted research designed to identify young homemakers’ management problems. She interviewed 50 women who had married in their teens. They ranged in age from 17 to 22, and had been married from six months to three years.

When Mrs. Echols asked the young wives about specific homemaking jobs, those that gave them trouble were more often related to lack of time than any other resource. Insufficient time was blamed for their difficulties in planning meals, preparing food, sewing and caring for the house.

75 YEARS AGO

Nov. 30, 1944

Mr. and Mrs. F. C. McKenzie this week received a letter from Thomas S. Wagley, Capt., Co. K, 322 Inf., Commanding, telling of the manner in which Pvt. Francis McKenzie met his death. The letter follows:

“Your son, Francis, who was a member of my command, died of wounds received in action on the afternoon of 1 October 1944 at Angaur Island.

“You have the deepest sympathy of the officers and men of this organization in your bereavement. Francis was held in high regard by all members of this command. He was a splendid soldier and of outstanding character, and his display of great courage and fearlessness under enemy fire was a great inspiration to every one of us. It is regrettable that men of his caliber must have to pay the supreme sacrifice, but he gave his life fighting for the great cause in which we all believe. His loss will be deeply felt by his many friends.

“Francis was killed when his squad moved in to take an enemy strong point which had held the Company up for a number of hours. I wish to express my own personal sympathy for your loss.”

100 YEARS AGO

Nov. 29, 1919

The awful murder of J. N. Burgess, recently appointed state highway commissioner, and George E. Perringer, retired wheat rancher, both of Pendleton, during a holdup of Claremont tavern on the Linnton Road near Portland on Friday night of last week, stirred the people of Umatilla County into a frenzy, as both men were identified with affairs that had much to do with the future welfare of this county and were prominent in all matters having to do with the onward progress of Eastern Oregon.

On that fateful evening Burgess and Perringer were taking dinner at the tavern as guests of E. P. Marshall, another Pendleton man, when holdup of the place occurred.

On entering the room in which the three were seated, the robber told them to throw up their hands, and it was probably because of a none-too-quick compliance with the order that the highwayman became nervous and began shooting. Mr. Burgess was killed instantly, as was Mr. Perringer, Mr. Marshall escaping injury from a shot fired at him.

Quick work was made in the capture of the murderer and the other highwaymen that took part in the holdup, and it gave Sheriff T. D. Talyor, close friend of the dead men, who was on his way home from Salem, real pleasure to be one of the several officers that hunted the assassins to their lair and arrested them.

The prisoners taken were James Ogle, an ex-convicts from Deer Lodge, Mont. Penitentiary; Walter Banaster, a cook, 23 years old; and David Smith, a machinst, 23 years old. Shortly after the arrest Ogle made a confession to the deputy district attorney, in which he said he had, while intoxicated, agreed to the holdup, and had been held practically a prisoner by the other two from that moment until the arrest.

All this was changed Wednesday, however, when the three pleaded guilty to the murder indictment and were given life sentences by the judge sitting on the case.

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