25 YEARS AGO
July 27, 1993
The Oregon State Police may move into the West Umatilla County building in Hermiston within the next two months.
The county offered a section of the building to the OSP rent-free when the state police’s Umatilla building fell prey to the state’s budget axe.
“The price is right,” OSP Lt. Mitchell Southwick said, approving of the 500-square-foot space. “It won’t be an office per se — it won’t even have a sign out front — it’ll be a place for the guys to do some typing. It’s basically a place with a telephone.”
Troopers using the space would be assigned and report to OSP’s Pendleton office and would work out of their homes, Southwick said.
• Cleaning up contaminated ground water at the U.S. Army Depot could cost an estimated $4.4 million to $6.1 million or upward to $16 million, depending on the length of the cleanup time and the chosen cleanup method, according to Arthur D. Little Co. officials, Army consultants speaking at a technical review committee meeting July 20.
About 85 million gallons of ground water covering 170 acres are contaminated with high explosives that washed out with water from a bomb plant and into a pair of dry evaporation lagoons in Coyote Coulee from 1950 to 1965.
50 YEARS AGO
July 25, 1968
The Creightons, formerly local residents who now live in Baker, became parents of twins, a girl and a boy, Susan Kay and Richard Ray, last March 25 and they are in some of the scenes of the Paramount movie “Paint Your Wagon” with Clint Eastwood now being filed at East Eagle in the Baker Country.
One of the first things the Creightons had to do when their twins were chosen for the part was to get social security cards for them.
Twins do not actually appear in the story; Susan and Richard spell each other off, acting the one part, as they shoot only a few minutes at a time. They play the part of the baby of one of the wives of the Mormon who has just come into the rough and ready mining tent camp.
The parents leave Baker with the twins about 8 a.m. and return sometime after 6:30 p.m. His regular job is driving truck for Oregon-Portland Lime Co. at Lime, west of Baker, but he is on a leave of absence to act as chauffeur on the three-hour round trip from their home in Baker to the movie site. On location, the babies and parents have an air-conditioned private trailer and a registered nurse is constantly on hand.
• Armand O. Larive, Superintendent of Schools, has announced that opening day for schools in Hermiston School District, has been rescheduled from Sept. 3 to Sept. 9. The delayed opening will serve a dual purpose; it will allow the construction crews an additional week to finish work and also allow additional time for furniture that has been ordered to arrive.
75 YEARS AGO
July 29, 1943
A circus is coming to town! The following item is written for the benefit of all youngsters in the community who have waited many years for the opportunity to see a large circus.
The Arthur Bros. three-ring circus has scheduled Aug. 24 as the date for the Hermiston showing, one in the afternoon and another in the evening.
The circus will feature Titania, the largest beast that walks the earth; the Sing Lee Sing Troupe; the world-famous fighting lions; performing seals; clowns and all the other items that go to make up this popular type of entertainment.
• Tertletown has finally been moved. A little confusion, that’s true, but everyone seems to be settled and used to the idea of living a little closer to his work. The new houses at Ordnance are really fine. Most of the people say they are much cooler than the old houses.
We do hope everyone is satisfied and we know that Ordnance will become a regular city. The Civic Center is not yet completed but when it is they will have a grocery store, meat market, beauty shop and just about everything anyone will want. Here’s to Ordnance — may you grow and grow.
100 YEARS AGO
July 27, 1918
News from the war zone has been very encouraging all this week, and present indications are that the allied forces now have the Huns going backwards. The great German drive that had been scheduled to begin and did begin the latter part of last week has been turned to a rout by the allies, who have inflicted severe blows to the enemy and taken many thousands of prisoners, besides munitions and foodstuffs.
Dispatches from the front received yesterday and the day before would indicate that the allied armies have the Hun troops about bottled up in the pocked in the Soissons-Rheims salient, and it is the belief abroad that the allies are on the verge of a great victory.
• Suit has been filed in the circuit court by L.W. Furnas asking for damages from the city of Hermiston in the sum of $750 for interfering with and shutting off the water from a three and one-half acre tract of land that he has been irrigating from the city’s pipe line in the western part of town. Raley and Raley of Pendleton are his attorneys.
The suit is evidently being brought in retaliation of the trouble that recently arose between himself and the city when the council decided to collect alleged back water rent that had remained unpaid for a number of years, and which led up to his arrest recently for molesting city property when the lock on the gate from which he derived water for the tract had been broken after being locked by the city on refusal to pay.