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Days Gone By: April 21, 2017

This day in local history for April 21.

Published on April 21, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

April 21, 1917

Two 14-year-old boys of Walla Walla stole the Horace McKenzie Ford automobile Tuesday night and drove to Pendleton to enlist in the United States army, according to police reports yesterday. Both had been refused admittance to the army in Walla Walla because of their age but were determined to get in so went to Pendleton where one of them succeeded, stating he was 19 years of age. The other was turned down on account of his height. The recruit has already been set to Portland and his parents will make no effort to bring him back, believing the army training will do him good.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

April 21, 1967

Approximately half a thousand persons attended the first annual Pendleton High School All-Sports Awards banquet at Memorial Armory last night to honor 91 PHS athletes and hear Bob Lilly, former Buckaroo star who has attained professional football greatness, urge them to “become winners — because we (as a nation) need winners right now.” Sponsored by the Pendleton Athletic Round Table, the dinner proved self-supporting, Judge Henry M. Kaye, Round Table president and master of ceremonies, told the audience, and opened the way for more of its kind in future years.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

April 21, 1992

It will be a strange parade Sunday for the delegation from Pendleton. The three riders, in cowboy hats and boots, will be a minority among riders dressed in traditional samurai attire. Pendleton Mayor Joe McLaughlin, Pendleton Round-Up Director Russ Nekraszewicz and Chamber of Commerce President Bill Dawson will be the featured attraction in the Horsepia parade, an annual event in Haramachi, Pendleton’s sister city in Japan. This week’s Horsepia parade and horse races are considered a precursor to Haramachi’s version of the Pendleton Round-Up, the colorful Soma Namoi Horse Riding Festival that begins in July.


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