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Days Gone By: Nov. 9, 2017

This day in local history for November 9.

Published on November 9, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 9, 1917

A peach orchard near Hermiston, which was planted in 1908, has made an interesting record. During their first six years the trees did not do well; they were small, of a yellow color and decidedly unthrifty. The owner was contemplating grubbing them out and putting the land to something else. In the meantime an extensive variety test of vetch had been conducted at the local experiment station from which one of unusual hardiness was found. Seed of this variety, Hairy vetch, was planted in this orchard at the rate of about eight pounds per acre in the fall, 1913. The plants were thin on the ground but produced a good crop of seed, all of which was worked into the ground in the fall, 1914. This practice of reseeding the land has been continued, and this year, 1917, nine acres of the tract that is in Elbertas produced 45 tons of marketable peaches in addition to considerable quantity of windfalls. The trees are large, strong and vigorous and present a great contrast in appearance to what they did before the vetch was started among them.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 9, 1967

Confidence in the necessity of continuing the U.S. policy in Vietnam was expressed by a soldier who has just returned from 13 months service there at a Heppner-Morrow County Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday. Sgt. Sam Green, a veteran of seven years with the U.S. Army, said, “I feel we should and do belong there.” He said the alternative would be a Communist-controlled East Asia. He believes this, and in the right of what we are doing there, enough that he is re-assigned to Vietnam at his own request following a 30-day furlough.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 9, 1992

If statistics are any measure, Hermiston should get good mileage from its new school building. The average life of a school building in the United States is somewhat over 75 years, Superintendent Jer Pratton told those attending Sunday’s open house at Hermiston High School. “That means that this structure most certainly will be here in the year 2070,” he said. “There will be no fewer than 40,000 students passing through the halls in that time.” The entire high school, both old and new, was open for public tours during the afternoon. An estimated 400 people attended the open house.


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