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Days Gone By: Nov. 3, 2017

This day in local history for November 3.

Published on November 3, 2017 12:01AM


100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 3, 1917

When notified by railroad men early this morning that two men were trying to break into his cigar store at Rieth, Gus Gunis, the Greek proprietor, grabbed his shotgun and ran toward the store. At sight of him the two men started running up the hill back of the store. When they failed to heed his commands to halt, Gunis fired and, though his gun was pointed straight up, one of the men fell. Gunis and other Rieth residents hastily gathered about him, while others gave chase to the other man without success. The fallen man was unconscious. A call was telephoned to the sheriff’s office and Deputy Sheriff Jake Marin hurried down to Rieth. He found several men standing guard over the fallen man. An examination showed no marks on the head or body. He was brought to the county jail and sometime this morning regained consciousness. He remembers falling and thinks his partner “sapped” him as he went down. However, it is more probable that his head struck on a rock and caused a slight concussion.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 3, 1967

The deaths of four persons in a car-train crash Thursday resulted in the postponing of trial of a suit by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation vs. William Schultz, former operator of a business at the tribe’s McNary industrial site. The leading witness for the plaintiffs, tribal chief executive David S. Hall, was unable to testify as the trial was about to start Thursday in Umatilla County Circuit Court. The case was re-set for Jan. 17. Hall is the nephew of Margaret Lavadour, one of the victims of the accident Thursday. Also killed were three Lavadour grandchildren.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 3, 1992

Gordon Smith, when it was clear Tuesday night that he will be the next state senator from District 29, said he plans to reinvent government when he gets to Salem in January. “I heard loud and clear the message that people want government cost and size reduced before we ask for new revenue,” Smith said late Tuesday night as his victory rally was winding down at the Pendleton Convention Center. Smith, the Republican challenger, soundly defeated incumbent Sen. Scott Duff, D-Adams, in what likely will go down as the most costly campaign in Eastern Oregon history.



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