March 2, 1993

It has been a hard winter for the needy of the Hermiston area. As usual, the job market is weak, until the growing season kicks in, and the mounds of snow and below-zero temperatures have added a bitter edge to the lives of many of our less fortunate residents. Nowhere is the need more obvious than with Goodwill Industries in Hermiston. One quick walk through the back room of the facility points out the tremendous need for immediate donations of good, used clothing, appliances, bedding and kitchenwares.

According to Jan Peterson, manager of the operation, she has rarely seen the pantry this bare. She notes that the influx of migrant workers will soon begin and the store has basically nothing to offer them. The clothing bins in the back room are virtually empty except for a few odds and ends.

“Please tell your readers we are in desperate need of good, warm clothing for both children and adults,” she said. “But please make sure that the clothing is usable. We get a lot of donations that have to be taken right to the dump.”

Goodwill also provides free pickup from Monday through Friday.


February 29, 1968

With two acres of land north of Hermiston and on the east side of Highway U.S. 730 being used as the site for two sizable, permanent and modern structures, residents of the area have been put in a position of merely having to guess about the type of business that will be started there. The reason for this is that the developer himself, Marvin Thompson, Umatilla, says he is not certain about what type of business he is going to start ... or so he says, good-naturedly. Nevertheless when questioned about the project, Thompson brought encouragement to residents of the area anxious to see new development here saying the city’s growth potential warrants building of the structures for...

But he stopped talking abruptly then, preventing himself from elaborating. And after a moment he merely added:

“Well, for any number of different types of businesses.”

At last he did say that he has an idea about one particular type of business he may start.

“Yes,” he admitted, smiling. “I do have an idea about starting a particular business.”

And then he related his idea.

But of course it was confidential.


March 4, 1943

Umatilla residents were astir Saturday over the discovery of three life preserver jackets and a two-man oar found washed up on the beach of the Columbia at the junction of that river and the Umatilla River. The items were all labeled “President Jefferson” and thought likely to have been swept off an overturned boat. The matter was turned over to city police, who discovered that they had fallen off of a dock a short distance above the place they were found.


March 2, 1918

This being around the time of year when one begins to think about the payment of taxes, it is probable that a little information on this timely subject would be appreciated by a large majority of our readers.

The tabulated statement compiled by our County Assessor shows that the county and state levy is 7 1/2 mills, and that the total valuation of the county is $51,499,607. Thus the total amount of taxes to be raised from all sources is $731,719.38, this being a net increase of $59,020.70 over the 1916 tax.

The city of Hermiston has a valuation of $319,807, and on this amount $3,997.60 is to be raised by a 12 1/2 mill tax. School district No. 14, in which Hermiston is situated, has a valuation of $757,665. This will raise $10,001.18 by a 13.2 mill levy.

Columbia School District has a valuation of $378,174, and by a 7.4 mill levy $2,798.48 will be raised.

One school district, No. 109, has no school children, likewise no taxes to raise, but has a valuation of $189,585.

The town of Umatilla, where the famous woman council hold reins of government, has the highest tax rate of any place in the county, it being 17.4 mills, while Helix has the smallest with 7.6 mills, and Stanfield next lowest with 9.3 mills.

Every taxpayer within the city limits of Hermiston will be required to pay a total tax of 33.2 mills on the assessed valuation of their property, apportioned thusly: County and state 7.5 mills, city 12.5 mills and School District No. 14, 13.2 mills

The assessor finds that the number of horses in the county is 20,460, number of cattle 24,645, number of sheep 111,503, number of swine 7,245, number of hives of bees 2,478. He also finds that there are on the tax rolls 82 dogs, valued at $815, and we find in our compilation on the same class of animal that there are at least 462 right here in Hermiston that has a valuation of .00 and ought to be shot.

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