25 YEARS AGO
Feb. 2, 1993
The next time you stop into the local McDonald’s for lunch, you might want to treat your fries with a little more respect. Chances are they were produced at the J.R. Simplot plant just south of Hermiston. What’s more, they are probably some of the most perfect fries you’ll find anywhere, due in large part to the new $2 million worth of high-tech, computerized sorting equipment installed at the plant. The machine automatically scans thousands of fries per minute for blemishes and imperfections.
Morrow County teacher’s union and school board representatives spent Wednesday presenting their contract differences before a neutral party in hopes of finding a solution to their year-long contract stalemate. District teachers are currently working under their previous 1991-1992 contract because of dragging negotiations. According to the Morrow County Education Association there are 14 points of contention in the new contract, including salary concerns that Morrow County’s top end pay ranks 45th out of 47 for similarly-sized districts.
50 YEARS AGO
Feb. 1, 1968
Motor vehicle drivers of this area have been told in a friendly but firm manner that they have no one but themselves to blame for most automobile accidents. And something else — Men ... yes, men, have an intense dislike for admission of the fact they are poor drivers. This is what Cpl. Robert Rothermel of the Hermiston office of the Oregon State Police told members of the city’s Rotary Club recently. “A man may admit he is a gambler, a boozer, and cheats on his wife, but never to being a poor driver,” he said.
Hermiston has been named as the site for a race horse training track and stables development by E.T. Johnson of Eugene. Making the announcement Johnson said he has purchased 80 acres of land north of highway 80N between the freeway and the vacant Westland school building from Mrs. Doris Bounds. Complete with regulation starting gate the track will be a half-mile with quarter-mile front and back stretch straight-aways. He said it will be ready to receive horses in the late summer or fall.
75 YEARS AGO
Feb. 4, 1943
After taking into consideration the many complaints of gambling within the city limits of Hermiston, the council ordered the chief of police to stop the playing of poker in several of the establishments in Hermiston. Chief of Police Nation reported that notice had been given to these establishments of the decision of the council, and that action would be taken on violators. The subject of revenue was also brought up. City Recorder Chas Taylor reported that there remained but $3,969 in the general fund on Jan. 1 after the December bills were paid. With bills mounting to better than $1,000 per month the city is going to run short before July 1 when new tax money comes in.
Food hoarding not only violates the tenants of good citizenship but it can very easily lead to serious consequences for the hoarder, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the Hermiston board of OPA’s War Price Rationing Board. The group warned that excess stocks of rationed goods would have to be declared and the equivalent number of stamps surrendered at registration time, and stated severe penalties await those who fail to comply. “But, such penalties will be meaningless if, through food hoarding, supplies are withheld at this time from our boys in the armed forces,” the Department of Agriculture said in a statement.
100 YEARS AGO
Feb. 2, 1918
There’s a bad time in store for some of Hermiston’s horde of canines, and it is a safe bet that the population of Dogdum will be diminished materially as a result of the invasion of the dog catcher, who is soon to appear for the purpose of taking a census of all the animals within the confines of this city, and sending to perdition all those that do not display a license tag. Owners of perfectly good dogs should begin now to look after the welfare of this part of their personal property by calling on the city clerk and securing a license so that their animals will be immune from annexation when the work of extermination begins.
It is a widely advertised fact that the product from the hives of the beekeepers surrounding Hermiston is of the most superfine quality, and that a ready market, both local and foreign, is always awaiting them. No better evidence of this is needed than the single shipment made Monday from the O.W.R. & N depot in this city, when Thom brothers, almost nation-wide known for their production of superior honey, billed out 23,000 pounds of the delicious product of the hives, almost all of which went direct to a California wholesaler.