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Days Gone By: Nov. 2, 2017

This day in local history for November 2.

Published on November 2, 2017 12:01AM


100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 2, 1917

The war tax was brought home to tobacco users in Pendleton today. When the smoker of the five cent cigar showed up this morning to buy his after-breakfast smoke, he was confronted with signs announcing that all five cent cigars now sell at six cents. There is still margin enough left on 10 cent and two for a quarter goods so that dealers can afford to sell at the old prices. However, cigarette papers that formerly sold for five cents now sell for 10 and 10 cent tins of tobacco now sell for 12. Also all cigarettes have jumped in price. Local dealers were required this morning to invoice their stocks and pay war taxes on all of the tobacco on hand. The amount sent by the various stores of Pendleton to the government today ranged from $15 up to $300 or more.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 2, 1967

Minor pranks were the order of the night for Halloween among youngsters of Morrow County. Several pieces of heavy machinery were moved from lots onto side streets at Lexington and the fire department was called out when a bale of straw was set afire at the main intersection of town on Highway 74 about 8 p.m. Huge tires from a farm machinery company were forced into a roadside telephone booth. At Ione a few windows were soaped and several trash cans were put in the middle of the street. Police Wednesday investigated a fight involving three Ione boys. A car was moved to the middle of Chase Street from a parking lot in downtown Heppner early Halloween and left locked. Water balloons were much in evidence among the teenagers in downtown Heppner and water fights were observed by police in Boardman.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 2, 1992

A Milton-Freewater man pleaded not guilty this morning to charges he set a fire that burned 325 acres of land in the Mill Creek area July 29. Although Judge Robert Abrams set a trial date of Dec. 15, it does not appear likely Lance Davis’ case will go before a jury that soon. Robert Coblens withdrew this morning as Davis’ attorney, and the case was handed to Chris Brauer of the public defender’s office. The announcement was also made that Davis’ attorney intends to use insanity as a defense to the charges of first-degree arson. Although a psychiatric evaluation of Davis has not yet been requested, one may soon be called for. Davis has reportedly told police he started the blaze, but officers say that was after he first tried to establish an alibi.



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