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Days Gone By: Sept. 14, 2017

This day in local history for September 14.

Published on September 14, 2017 12:01AM


100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Sept. 14, 1917

Mrs. Laura Starcher, the head of the first municipal woman administration in the United States, is “mayoress” no longer. She has resigned her position (in Umatilla) and left last week with her husband, E.E. Starcher, whom she defeated for office, for Parma, Idaho, to make her future home. She is succeeded by another woman, Mrs. Helen T. Duncan, who was appointed by the woman council to fill the vacancy.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Sept. 14, 1967

Fedor Shapankin, the hungry gold miner from Fairbanks, Alaska, made his first appearance at the 1967 Cowboy Breakfast this morning at Stillman Park. As in years past, Fedor ate so fast he didn’t have time to wipe the syrup off his chin. Shapankin, who has never missed a Cowboy Breakfast since it started in 1951, arrived at 3 a.m. this morning to be among the first in line. “I slept under one of the picnic tables last night,” said Shapankin. “It wasn’t too cold out compared with the temperature in Alaska.” Shapankin, who stands 4 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds, hasn’t eaten since the last week in August. He likes to be hungry when he eats.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Sept. 14, 1992

Hermiston police officer Jim Littlefield will undergo his third surgery today for the gunshot wound he suffered Wednesday in a neighborhood shooting. Littlefield was shot in the shoulder while answering a call from neighbors who reported that Timothy Johnson was acting “irrational” in his front yard. Johnson has been charged with attempted aggravated murder and first-degree assault. An arraignment date is still pending, but the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office hopes to schedule it this week. Johnson remains in custody at the Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center in Pendleton.



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