Hermiston History

Lt. Col. Dan Vawter (left) of the Oregon National Guard accepts 6.6 acres of city-owned land in a presentation with Mayor Frank Harkenrider (right) in December 1991. The property, located in southeast Hermiston, was presented for construction of a new armory. Earlier plans to build near the Hermiston Butte were blocked by community opposition. “I'm sorry I was maybe against the other spot (at the butte),” Harkenrider said to Vawter, “but I think it worked out for the best.” Vawter said the delay could jeopardize the project because of federal cutbacks in defense and the state's budget in the wake of the property tax limiting Ballot Measure 5. Despite concerns for funding the $1.8 million project, Vawter remained optimistic. “I expect to get the armory built,” he said, with construction expected to start in 1993. The armory was built. The facility, located at 900 SE Columbia Drive, was dedicated on Aug. 9, 1997.

December 1991

• Boardman City Council members chose to ignore City Manager Gene Allen’s letter of resignation when hearing it. Instead giving him a unanimous vote of confidence and directing him to continue as overseer of city operations. Allen was flattered by the council members, who apparently don’t want him to quit. He said, he has no intention of quitting before someone is found to replace him. “ This is my city too, and I won’t leave my city high and dry,”

• Hermiston High School football coach Ray Braun, led the Bulldog football squad into the state Class 4A playoffs for the first time, HHS finished 7-3 in the season, the first under the new head coach.

• The Hermiston Bulldog basketball team played host to the Sunnyside Grizzlies in a non-league game on Saturday. The Grizzlies beat Hermiston, 84-65, under new head coach Alan Wellman. With a 1-0 record in Inter-mountain Conference play, the HHS boys were scheduled to resume league play against Pendleton.

• A classified ad listed “This Weeks Best Buy House” by Schroth Realty Inc., listed a home in the Highland Hills neighborhood. The homes was described as being on a tranquil cul-de-sac, with four bedrooms, one and three-quarters baths, designed with comfort in mind, featuring automatic sprinklers, an in-ground swimming pool, fenced yard, a family room with a pellet stove and a fireplace in the living room. Asking price: $85,000.

• On the front page of the Hermiston Herald, Good Shepherd Community Hospital advertised its 1991 employee of the year. The winner was Lavonne Richards. The certified nurses aide had worked for the hospital since March 1970.

December 1966

• Hermiston’s population has passed the 5,000 mark, based on census records reported by City Manager Tom Harper. The total certified population for Hermiston was listed at 5,009.

The recent census in Hermiston was completed by the Newcomers Club under supervision of City Recorder Mathilda Russell, following a briefing and training by state officials. Certified populations for other Umatilla County cities included: Umatilla, 641; Echo, 450; Stanfield, 740; Pendleton, 14,300. Certified population for Morrow County communities included: Boardman, 460; Heppner, 1.700; Ione, 330; Irrigon, 300; and Lexington at 220.

• A New Year’s Eve dance will be hosted by the West End Dance Club on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Park Hall on Orchard Avenue (a half block west of the CRC building). The Hermiston Wranglers will provide music for dancing, which begins at 9 p.m. Anyone interested in old-time dancing is welcome to attend.

• Dentist Mark R. Jones announced he was moving his office. He will move from the Dr. Belt Building to anew location at 400 W. Hermiston Ave.

• The Seamstresses 4-H Club had their last December meeting at the home of the leader, Mrs. E.K. Jackson. President Nancy Cave called the meeting to order. Nancy Kilkenny led the pledges and Nonda Naff, secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting. Mrs. Jackson demonstrated how to sew on buttons and we also discussed good grooming habits. Refreshments of cookies and chocolate milk were served by Kristie Brewer. Reported, by Cindy Nelson.

December 1941

• The first meeting of the Hermiston Commercial Club in the new year will be held, January 12, according to George Harkenrider, president. The meeting will be held in the high school with the Rebekahs serving dinner.

• Jack’s Cafe has a new proprietor. Mrs. Clara Thornburg took over management of Jack’s. Clara has leased the business on a month-to-month basis from Jack House, She will follow the same policies of her predecessor.

• Horses needed. Registration of all horses and mules between the ages of 3 and 10, inclusive in the states of California, Oregon,Washington and Nevada is desired by the Headquarters, Western Remount Area, San Mateo, California. Due to the war, the horses and mules will be greatly in demand and it is urged that registration be completed immediately. Every horse and mule owner is requested to forward at once to his county agent the information concerning each horse or mule he owns. Further information can be received at the local office of Gene Lear, assistant county agent.

• From an ad posted in the edition: Notice is hereby given that I have taken up and have kept for about 30 days at W.J. Rodda ranch, 4 miles east of Hermiston, the following described animal: Brown mule with halter bridle, weighing about 1,000 pounds, said animal will be sold, unless redeemed, at public auction to the highest bidder for cash in hand on the 29th day of December 1941, at the above described ranch at 10:00 o’clock a.m. Signed W.J. Rodda, Stanfield, Oregon.

December 1917

• No Postmaster’s pay will be increased during the war, according to an order by the Postmaster General.

• City Market and Grocery ran an advertisement of the following groceries: Kraut, 10 cents per pound; Dill Pickles 20 cents per dozen; Sweet Pickles, 30 cents per quart; Sour Pickles, 25 cents per quart; Rolled Oats, 65 cents per 9 lb. sack; Golden Rod Pancake Flour, 75 cents per lb. sack. T

• Lera Newton, a trained nurse of Corvallis, while in Hermiston on a business visit Tuesday, informed the Herald that she has decided to locate permanently at Irrigon, where her mother, Mrs. Delle Newton, lives. With the coming of the lady a long -elt want will have been fulfilled in this project, for hereafter those desiring the services of a nurse can secure Miss Newton by addressing her at Irrigon, Oregon.

• For Sale: As I am going to leave Hermiston I offer my 67 acre ranch for sale cheap; 35 acres in alfalfa, 5 acres orchard and good set of buildings; or will sell 37 acres with the buildings, orchard and 15 acres in alfalfa. C.H. Skinner

• Lost - Black billfold between Butter Creek and Hermiston. Reward if returned to Fred Carlson, Echo, Ore.

• Strayed or Stolen - From reservoir pasture, one 3-year-old bay filly, branded “Lazy Y” on left stifle; wire cuts on both hind feet. Suitable reward. W.W. Rogers, Hermiston, Ore.

• Send your washing to the Model laundry at The Dalles, Oregon, through P.B. Siscel, local agent. Basket leaves Tuesday morning and returns Friday of each week.

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