Hermiston History is a regular feature in the Hermiston Herald looking back at items making the newspaper from years past.
Dispatcher saves the day: Hermiston emergency medical technicians helped 27-year-old Bonny Reed deliver a healthy, 7 pound, 11 ounce baby girl with no problems on a couch at a home in Echo. The complete home delivery was only the second in the history of the Hermiston Fire Department. A call came to the department at 1:04 p.m. on Friday but the caller, Reed’s daughter, did not know her address. Dispatcher Sharyl Wong was able to trace the call and send a team of three emergency medical technicians to the scene. The EMT’s arrived at 1:15 and Reed’s baby was born at 1:20 and 28 seconds pm., said Tom Williams, one of the technicians who helped deliver the baby. After responding to countless traumas, Williams said being on hand for something as positive as a birth was a great feeling. “It was quite an experience, I have to say that” he said. Another EMT at the scene, Ken Schlegel. said “we were probably more nervous than she was.” Pat Hart was the third EMT at the scene, and a student, Wendy Duff from Pendleton was also present. After the birth, Reed and her daughter were taken to Good Shepherd Community Hospital.
Tanker truck hits police car: A Umatilla police car was totaled when it spun out on Interstate 84 and was hit by a truck pulling two tankers full of gas. Officer Bob Toliver was driving east on I-84 with dispatcher Berniece Roxbury as a passenger when the accident occurred on the icy road near Pendleton. After hitting slick pavement near the Woodpecker Truck Stop, Toliver’s car began to slide and was hit and then pushed 75 yards by the tractor and trailers. Umatilla’s police department is now left with five cars for six officers. The entire accident occurred at about 35 mph, said police chief Eldon Olson.
Phony money: Counterfeiters strike in Hermiston having passed fake $100 bills at Payless Drugs, 7-11 and Quick Stop #2 in Umatilla. Witnesses at Payless said the counterfeiters were a man and woman in their mid 20s driving a small sports car. Hermiston police officer Alan Buchanan said the FBI is looking into a rash of phony $100 bills being passed throughout Washington and Oregon. The local incidents occurred on Jan. 4th and 9th, possibly by someone moving through the area, Buchanan said. Police Chief Grant Asher is warning local businesses to “Please use caution in taking $100 bills.”
Local area cowboys will represent the Columbia River Pro Rodeo Circuit in the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo March 18-21 in Pocatello, Idaho.
Heading the list is Hermiston’s Dave Cannon, the year-end calf roping champion earning $11.220 within the circuit. Heppner’s Butch Knowles, saddle bronc, claimed the year end crown with winnings of $7,902. Steve Currin, also of Heppner, qualified by winning the year-end steer wrestling title with $9,431, edging out Hermiston’s Marty Britt by just $117.
Echo city council held its first meeting of 1967, with new council members Bill O’Brien and Lester Murray present. Besides O’Brien and Murray, the council includes Wendell Lampkin, Bob Hawkins, Rich Terjeson and Burl Wattenburger. Dick Snow is city mayor; Bill Schultze, city recorder and municipal judge; and Mrs. Ray Tolar, city treasurer. R.D. Wilson was reappointed as police chief and water superintendent. New hours when the judge will be at the city hall are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9 until noon.
Hermiston Police and fire department officials are making two requests of the public. In the first request, they ask that unauthorized vehicles do not follow fire trucks to fires. In the first place, this is against the law, and in the second place, it impedes the firemen in their work. For example, it was explained, if vehicles follow the first truck en route to fire, they slow up the progress of second or third trucks that may be summoned if the blaze is serious. In another request, fire and police officials ask that nobody call the police or fire departments to find the location of fires. After a fire siren sounds, the fire and police telephones must be used for official calls, including those to the electric power company and natural gas office. Chief of Police James Pollard, from whose office the fire calls are handled, said that insurance men, people fearful that their home might be on fire and the idly curious often phone to ask location of a fire. Instead, he suggested that they tune into their radio station KOHU, which will broadcast the fire location as soon as possible.
Echo high schools’ basketball team narrowly edged by Pilot Rock, 45-44 in Echo. Tthe win came when Dave Miles dropped in two free throws with 47 seconds remaining in the game. Miles was also high-point man for the Cougars with 14 points. Tthe accuracy of Miles at the basket plus the defensive efforts of Dave Colburn led Echo to victory. Miles was the only Cougar to hit double figures. Joe Harrison was high-point player for Pilot Rock with 12 counters.
A welcome envelope was received by Hermiston school officials this week, when the second installment of the original sums allotted for school purposes was received. This money must be used only for school operation and cannot be spent for equipment and repair. In the grade school the original allotment was $20,160, of which figure the following amounts have been received: $6,720 and $6,480. In the high school the original figure stood at $11,340, of which sum the following amounts have been received: $3,780 and $3,480.
Save scrap iron: A request has been issued for scrap iron of all sorts to be used for defense purposes. Farmers interested in the move have planned a pool of this material to be held in the near future at the Inland Cooperative. Prices quoted F.O.B. Portland are as follows: cast iron, $17.50 gross ton; scrap steel, $9 gross ton. Farmers are urged to gather all available material, which will be picked up in the near future.
The Ridgefield service station across from the Hermiston Depot was broken into sometime early Monday morning. Included in the loot was a quantity of inner tubes, cartons of cigarettes and a penny slot machine. Dntrance was gained by prying off the side door of the station. Dale Draper, manager of the station since the death of H.V. Gifford, could offer no clues to the officers. The cash register was not molested and a revolver, lying by the cash register, was not taken.
The Hermiston Bulldogs have found one team they can defeat and consequently made it two in a row over the Helix Grizzlies by taking 24-19 decision on the local court Tuesday evening. Coach L.S. Burrell’s grade team won a 24-4 contest in the preliminary. The Bulldogs missed innumerable lay-in shots in the feature contest but far outshone the visitors in their floor game. The Bulldogs eked out a narrow 13 to 12 victory at Irrigon last Thursday night.
Hay prices in the west end of the county have been steadily advancing in the past few weeks. Due to fall rains, the loss in the second and third cuttings was quite heavy, cutting the production considerably. Fall sales averaged around $7 and $8 per ton but have now advanced to $13 and $15 per ton. At the present time there is little hay for sale by producers, although considerable hay has been purchased in the Butter Creek area.
Umatilla’s set of women officials assumed office Tuesday evening and the city hall was crowded. The new officials are Mrs. Laura Starcher, mayor; Mrs. Bertha Cherry, recorder; Mrs. Lola Merrick, treasurer; Mrs. Stella Paula, Mrs. Gladys Spinning, Mrs. Anna Means and Mrs. Chauncey Brownell, councilwomen. The other two members of the council are men holding over. Mayor Starcher appointed her committees, leaving the men out and then had her message read. She declined to appoint on the ground that it was an unnecessary expense as long as there is a deputy sheriff on the streets. The council was asked to take up at once the lighting of the streets and other needed improvements. In her message Mayor Starcher said: “There has been a great deal said about the so-called petticoat government and many wild speculations made as to how we would manage the city affairs, being ‘mere women.’ How ever we will manage the affairs of this municipality in a creditable manner without a shadow of a doubt, and if I did not believe that any woman on this council was not as competent and capable as any man who ever occupied a chair in this council I would resign right now. “It is a long way from the early steamboat days, when Umatilla was the distributing point for all inland towns of Eastern Oregon, and the days of wild Indians and cowboys to the so called petticoat government, but we are here, ladies, nevertheless, so let us all pull together for the improvement of what is left of the once famous city”.
At the Civic Center room here will be a meeting for the purpose of considering the desirability of forming a farm loan association under the new rural credits law. A number from Irrigon are coming up with those about Hermiston interested in the proposition a good meeting should be had. While it is realized this law is not now applicable to government projects, there seems to be a general feeling this defect will be remedied soon. It is the desire of those back of the meeting that an association be formed at this time and then when loans can be secured everything will be in readiness for quick action.
By a deal completed this week E.W. Mack, of the Hermiston drug store, purchased the two story brick building at Second and Main, generally known as the Skinner building. Mr. Mack took possession at once.
The upper floor of this building is used as a lodge hall, all orders of the city meeting there. Mr. Mack will fit the rooms out, install water and make other improvements for the convenience of his renters. He is already having the roof repaired and will be to the lodge rooms soon. As of yet Mr. Mack has no renter for the ground floor but several parties are figuring on it.