Hermiston History

This house in Hermiston, which will sell for around $115,000, was just built by Go Construction of Pendleton. The home stands at Southwest Alderbrook Road near Division and Seventh streets. Photo by Brian Zanotelli.

Hermiston History is a regular Hermiston Herald feature looking back at items making the newspaper for years past. It is compiled by officer coordinator Shannon Reed Paxton.

25 Years

January 21, 1992

The 22nd Annual Greater Hermiston Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Awards Banquet honored two of its finest local citizens.

Honored as man and woman of the year for lifetime achievements were Tom Davidson, former superintendent of the Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Jaqueline Page, an office manager and community activist. Faramand “Fred” Ziari, a consultant on water issues, received honors as business person of the year.

Also recognized at the Thompson Hall banquet were Shawn Worstell, selected educator of the year by the Hermiston School District, and JoAn Caldwell, chosen Altrusan of the year by the Altrusa Club of Hermiston.


Medical Advancement by Hospital replaces scalpel with laser: By combining various technologies such as the laser, fiber optics, and television, surgeons are changing the implications of surgery.

Good Shepherd community Hospital has recently acquired the latest in cosmetic surgery, a Hexascan.

The device, developed five years ago by researchers from the Department of Dermatology at the University of Lille, France, was formally introduced to the U.S. two years ago.


The Stardust dance team from Hermiston High School, consisting of 24 girls and two boys, performed well during a competition in Pendleton.

A number of schools in the area participated. The HHS team won first place overall and first place in the kicks and showmanship categories.

Junior Carin Koehne won the Miss Superstar all-around award.

The dance team planned a clinic fundraiser for February 1. The cost is $10, which includes a T-shirt. All participants will dance at halftime the same day during a HHS boys basketball game.


50 Years

January 19, 1967

The Westland bridge crossing the Umatilla River is now 80 percent completed. Gene Palmer says traffic should be able to cross the new bridge about February 10, weather permitting. Paving of Westland Road from W. 11th Avenue (Buttercreek Highway) to state highway 30 will then be started.


A driver’s license examiner will be on duty in Hermiston on Monday, January 23, at the Civic Recreation Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to an announcement from the Department of Motor Vehicles of Oregon.


The 1965-66 biennial report of the Oregon State system of Higher Education, just released, shows that 40,540 Oregonians attended the public colleges and universities of the state during the 1965-66 year.

Of these, 620 students from Umatilla County were enrolled in nine institutions in the state system. A total of 90 students from Morrow County were enrolled in the nine colleges and universities in the system as well.

75 Years

January 1, 1942

Hermiston Scouts this week began a project to collect all waste paper in the city to be used for national defense. The Scouts ask that any persons having paper on hand leave it at any of the following concerns: Farm Bureau Mill, Hermiston Trading Co., Dr. F.B. Belt home, Co-op Cold Storage or Safeway. Anyone living in the city with large amounts of paper should call either 3832 or 3571 to contact the Scouts who will pick up the paper.


A special mass meeting will be held at Stanfield Monday night, January 26, at the high school auditorium beginning at 7:30. All residents within the city limits of Stanfield are asked to attend. Lloyd Russell will act as chairman for the meeting.

At this gathering, pledges for defense bonds and stamps will be signed.


The Hermiston Bulldogs made a valiant stand in closing minutes of play at Heppner last Friday but succumbed to a vicious attack which scored 13 points in a few minutes to give the Morrow County team a 38 to 25 triumph. Only two points separated the two teams at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but when Cullen and Holloman went out via the foul route, the Bulldog cause was lost.

The Bulldogs played excellent ball in the first half but could not keep up the pace.

The lineups:

Hermiston - Tiller 5, Wilcox 7, Rugg 4, Holloman 3, Cullen 3, Bucknam 1, Miller 2.

Heppner - Barratt 14, Skuzeski 9, Snow 3, Pinckney 2, Scrivner 6, Drake 2, Padberg 2.


The first game of the annual district playoff between Pendleton, Mac High and Hermiston will be played February 16 when Hermiston meets Pendleton on the latter’s court. Pendleton will play Milton-Freewater February 17, and Mac High comes to Hermiston February 18. The best two teams will meet in a final series February 20 and 21.

The winner of this playoff will meet the winner of The Dalles, Hood River and Redmond series. This year finds the western lads coming to this territory for the series which determines the entry for the annual state tournament at Salem.


The Hermiston water department this week is adopting an ironclad ruling which will be strictly enforced in the future. During the past several years this department has realized that at times it was difficult for some citizens to promptly pay a $3.00 monthly rate.

However, beginning with the new year the rate has been reduced to $2.00 but with the understanding that “everyone pays.” The new water master has been given instructions to cut off a delinquent account.

100 Years

January 20, 1917

Commercial Club to hold get together meeting: The new officers of the commercial club are planning something besides the regular meeting for the first Monday in February. It will be more along the lines of the “get together” meeting held in the past and all who have heard the plan are greatly in favor of it.

The Hermiston auditorium is to be secured to insure room for the big crowd certain to be out. There will be a program including three or four short talks, music, etc. Efforts are being made to secure a male quartet for several numbers and possibly the orchestra. There is also some thought of a one or two reel moving picture comic. At any rate a splendid program is assured by the committee and full announcement will be made next week.

Each lady attending is requested to bring a lunch for two. After the program is complete the lunches will be sold for 50 cents per basket. The expenses of the evening, which will be very light, will be paid from the lunch money and all remaining will be given to the neighborhood club to use on the park improvement.

Hermiston country people have always shown a desire for this sort of gathering where all can get together for a good time and become better acquainted. Besides providing for such entertainment, the evening should net a good sum for the park. The committee felt all would be willing to assist in this as it is the only park being projected at this time. Last, but not least, it is hoped the gathering will create as increased interest in the Commercial Club and more clearly emphasize the fact that it is an organization working for the good of the entire Hermiston country.


Umatilla Mayor Laura E. Starcher called a special meeting Wednesday evening to devise some plan in which they can cooperate with other towns between here and Pendleton to have the Columbia Highway come this way as it naturally leads to better roads to the Columbia River which means cheaper rates by boat to ship their grain out.


World Happening of the week, compiled for busy readers:

The car shortage is reported from New York as 50 per cent better than it was in November.

Strikers and the Northwest ship building plant at Portland have settled their differences and the men have gone back to work.

The German government, according to an Amsterdam dispatch to Reuter’s, has confiscated all the organ pipes for the use of government.

Ways and means committee Democrats met Wednesday and informally agreed on a revenue program embracing a bond issue of $289,000,000 an increase of the estate or inheritance tax to produce $22,000,000 and an 8 percent tax on excess profits above 8 percent on capital of corporation and partnerships.

Efforts to bring about harmony between Republicans and Progressives in New York produced a the first conspicuous result a stormy protest from George W. Perkins and Everett Colby, Progressive leaders, that Republican leaders were not acting in good faith. Later a statement declaring the charges unfounded was issued by members of the Republican committee.

Miss Margareta Washington, a great-grand-niece of George Washington died at her home in Philadelphia. She had a wide reputation among physicians and medical schools for her skill in drawing anatomical sketches.

The Berlin municipality, says a Reuter’s correspondent, has announced that, notwithstanding the unfavorable conditions of production, it will be possible for every citizen to have one egg daily until January 31.

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