April 1967 building permits total $54,832 in value

This photo shows a portion of the estimated 3,500 fans who attending the opening race of the 1967 season at what was then called the Umatilla Speedway. The caption goes on to say: “The opening of the new racing oval is believed to have drawn more people than any single event in Hermiston history.”

• The Hermiston Police Department has recovered seven counterfeit $100 bills, and expects that at least five others were cashed in the area over April 26 and 27. The bills, first located in several area businesses, are reasonably accurate copies of $100 bills, according to Hermiston police. The HPD have identified two suspects and are in the process of attaining warrants for their arrest, said Detective Panfilo Rios.

• The calender showed five weeks left in the downtown remodel combat zone in the completion of Main Street renovations. Between the wind and rain last week, crews finished laying water lines and smoothing dirt for new sidewalks on the project that runs from Highway 395 east to NE Sixth Street. Merchants continue special efforts to make shopping easy for customers. All downtown business owners have made special arrangements to help ease the discomfort of shopping downtown. “Some people even enjoy the novelty of watching a little construction and doing a little shopping,” said another merchant along the street.

• Building permits issued in April in Hermiston by Harry Keller, building inspector, totaled $54,832 in value. This was a considerable drop from March when permits totaled $178,980 in valuation, but was an increase over April 1966, when permits granted were valued at $23,504.

• An advertisement proclaims that “Buick Bargain Days are here.” The ad list the price for a Buick Special two-door coupe for $2,411, including federal excise tax and suggested dealer delivery and handling charge. Transportation charges, accessories, optional equipment, state and local taxes are extra.

• George Harkenrider, Union Oil agent here, Thursday was named president of the Hermiston Rotary Club. Other officers elected were A.M. Thrasher, vice president; Walt Pearson, secretary, and Harold Rankin, Dr. W.L. Morgan and Lee Quiring, directors. Dr. F.B. Belt, outgoing president, presided at the Thursday luncheon and expressed his thanks to the club for the cooperation of the past year.

• High School Notes: The freshman class entertained in honor of the eighth grade pupils at the Casserly home Friday.

• George Prindle, a popular senior who is president of the student body, has gone to enlist in the coast artillery.

• The high school students will sing a patriotic selection at the Parent Teacher association meeting next Thursday.

• The Hermiston High School won the Umatilla west end meet at Echo Saturday, April 29. Total points, Hermiston 50, Stanfield 13, Echo 9.

• The juniors entertained the seniors with a party Monday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gunn. Games were played in which all joined merrily and the happy party left at a late hour after most dainty refreshments had been served. The festivities were resumed the following day in the junior senior English class when the remainder of the ice cream was served.

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