25 YEARS AGO
May 4, 1993
• State police offices in Eastern Oregon are jumping into a new community policing project that will involve officers in both Umatilla and Morrow counties.
To bring communities more fully into the “Service Oriented Policing Project,” several regional boards will be established to collect citizen input. Similar to community policing, the idea is to bring police officers into closer contact with the public they serve.
Citizen contact will be gathered through meetings and individual contact with station commanders and citizen representatives on the District Advisory Committee, which includes Randall McMichael of Hermiston.
• Needing to raise $5,000 to attend a world-level competition, the Hermiston High Odyssey of the Mind team is holding a spaghetti feed. The event includes a presentation that earned them the right to attend the competition.
Odyssey gives students a chance to participate in something besides sports, said group director Cathy Lloyd. For their performance, the group built a human-powered contraption. To qualify, it must make laps around a pre-set course and be able to travel backwards. Lloyd said the group has a good chance of winning if they can make enough money for the trip.
• The 8th Annual Greater Hermiston Open Cribbage Tournament, hosted by the Eagles Lodge, was held April 23-25. Drawing 136 participants, it included nationally-ranked players from as far away as New York.
Rex Paddock of Missoula, Montana, captured the championship trophy and a hefty check for $818. Several local players did well in the “High-Roller” event. Bill Jones took second, followed by Jack Haller and Jan Foster. Jones also placed fourth in the main event, winning a trophy and $365.
50 YEARS AGO
May 2, 1968
• The city of Hermiston budget committee met Monday and approved a 1968-69 budget, including general fund expenditures of $346,150 — with $132,500 being derived from taxation. Within the 6 percent limitation, the budget will not require voter approval.
With the expected increase in the city evaluation and using the new requirement of stating tax dollars per $1,000 of true cash value, City Manager Tom Harper said the budget will cost approximately $5.40 per $1,000 — 8 cents greater than last year.
The budget calls for the following major changes: All city employees will be eligible for a one-step pay raise on their employment anniversary date. The city will pay all of the employees’ share of the Blue Cross insurance instead of the present $3 per month. The volunteer fireman’s pay has been increased from $3 to $4 per call. And the police department will have two clerk-matrons, relieving patrolmen the duties of radio dispatcher and office clerks.
• Registered voters in Hermiston School District 6-R will cast ballots the first Monday in May. The 1968-69 budget is in excess of the 6 percent limitation by $1,063,873.56. It is estimated that this tax will equal $21.07 per $1,000 true cash value. Also, school board position candidates are Mrs. Norman L. (Margaret) Clark and Marvin Lemmon.
Mrs. Clark graduated from Yamhill-Carlton High School and married Dr. Clark, a dentist. They have three children, all attending West Park. She is a 4-H leader, a room mother, member of the election board and school budget committee.
Lemmon graduated from Hermiston in 1951 and married Pearl Miller the same year. They have five children, ranging from second through ninth grades. Lemmon is employed as the petroleum department and service station manager at P.G.G. He is the past president of the Hermiston Junior Chamber of Commerce and received the Outstanding Junior Citizen Award this year.
75 YEARS AGO
April 29, 1943
• All who sell any commodity or service are to attend an informational meeting with the War Price and Rationing board. Details of the war price and rationing setup will be explained.
It is essential that anyone who provides services or sells commodities attend the meeting. This includes operators of grocery stores, banks, service stations, shoe repair shops, restaurants, funeral parlors, beauty parlors and many others.
• Rationing, updates include:
1. Because recapping takes only one-sixth as much crude rubber as a new tire, the OPA has removed quota restrictions on the number of certificates that may be issued for recapping truck tires.
2. “Play” shoes not ordinarily used for street wear will go back on the rationed list.
3. Farm fencing is no longer rationed and quota controls on milking machines also have been removed. The 150,000 pressure cookers produced in 1943 will be rationed by county farm committees to users showing the greatest need. Groups composed of several families who agree to use a pressure cooker jointly will get first consideration.
100 YEARS AGO
May, 4 1918
• L. J. Simpson, candidate for governor, came to Hermiston by auto and for a couple of hours circulated among the people.
We had heard quite a bit about the gentleman’s good qualities, but we had taken it with a grain of salt in the belief that it was only political buncombe let loose for his gubernatorial aggrandizement. But on meeting him, we could see at a glance over the make-up of the man that our impression of him had been all wrong, and we now believe the high rating the gentleman has received by friends here and elsewhere is wholly justified.
All whom he met while here have signified their intention of voting for him for governor. The voters are rapidly coming to the belief that L.J. Simpson will be one governor of Oregon that will serve all the people. (Editor’s Note: Simpson lost the Republican nomination to incumbent James Withycombe).
• The city council at its Wednesday meeting, after having numerous complaints regarding reckless driving of automobiles on the streets of Hermiston, instructed the city marshal to see that the ordinance covering the speed of such vehicles be strictly enforced. Also, the ordinance against allowing irrigated water to run on the streets will be rigidly enforced this season.
• In Red Cross news, the third Superfluity Sale was a great success, with $62 taken in. While the bidding on the pig was not what was expected, the proceeds of the sale as a whole was very gratifying. Bring all your rags, as the Grange will take them from the Red Cross at 8 cents per pound.