Jan. 4, 1994

The annual flu season has arrived in full force.

Ken Franz, nurse manager in the emergency room at Good Shepherd Community Hospital, said the ER is receiving 40 flu patients a day.

The “Beijing Flu” is keeping the ER staff busy. They broke the record for the number of visits in one month with two days to spare.

2) The last week of 1993 marked the passing of two of the city’s former mayors, both of whom distinguished themselves as men of vision: Lawrence Gray and Frank Wells. Both were 84.

Gray was elected to the Ward 3 council seat in 1965. In 1970 he defeated incumbent Walter Pearson for the mayor’s seat, and in 1974 successfully defended his seat against another future mayor: Frank Harkenrider. He did not run for re-election in 1982.

Wells was elected to the city council in 1953 and was appointed mayor by the council shortly after the death of Mayor Charles Thomas in 1957. He served as mayor until November of the following year, when he lost his seat to to W.H. Bell.


Jan. 2, 1969

There is still a strong possibility that the Port of Umatilla industrial park could be selected as a site for a Dow Chemical Plant as evidenced by the Oregon Department of Planning and Development, according to Port Manager Walt Peters.

The port personnel have been working feverishly with the employees of the ODPD, says Peters, being informed only that the chemical company will probably make a decision regarding its new location around January 20.

Peters says the proposed plant would cost approximately $20 million.


Jan. 6, 1944

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Belles have received word from the Adjutant General, Washington, that their son, Pvt. Kermit A. Belles, is missing in action.

The telegram follows:

“Mrs. Rhody Belles: The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your son, Pvt. Kermit A. Belles, has been reported missing in action since November 26 in the North African area. If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified.”

The telegram was received last Friday and to date the Belles have had no further information.

2) Frank Bilderback of the Hermiston Rod & Gun Club has received a request from David B. Charlton, president of the Izaak Walton League of America, Oregon Council, for unused duck and goose feathers. These have been requested by the War Production Board for use in manufacturing army clothing.

Although it is too late for the duck and goose season, it is thought that some hunters saved up their feathers and would be willing to donate them. Also some may have an old comforter or pillows not in use and would like to donate those.


Jan. 4, 1919

A notable and also a historical happening was revealed a short time after the death of Mrs. Susan B. Brisnet, which occurred recently at her home in Hyatbille, Wyoming, when it was discovered that she had the distinction of having lived in five states without having moved from her home. She was 82 years old at the time of her death, and was believed to be the oldest white native of Wyoming.

She was born at Fort Laramie when it was a fur trading post and she lived there for 60 years, being a resident successively of Missouri, Nebraska, Idaho, Dakota and Wyoming without moving from the place, due to the changes in boundaries for the five states.

2) There’s a fellow down in old Missouri who has come out in a public statement to the effect that influenza is “sporadic in character, that it is in no sense epidemic, that quarantines are foolish” and a lot of similar rot.

The man’s name is J.N. Dolp, up till the time of the statement thought highly of in the “Show Me” state. Some there are, no doubt, who believe there is truth in his statement, but statistics disprove his utterances, for it is a notable fact that every city and community which adopted strict quarantine and other sensible measures are no longer affected by the dread disease.

News Editor

Hermiston Herald news editor and reporter covering city government and economic development in Hermiston, Umatilla, Stanfield and Echo.

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