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Days Gone By: Nov. 16, 2017

This day in local history for November 16.

Published on November 16, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 16, 1917

“Patriotism first” is the motto of a Pendleton washwoman and she even places it above her means of livelihood. Rather than work for a family that was almost openly disloyal to her country, this woman gave up her job though it was her “bread and butter.” She had worked at stated intervals for a long time for a well known local family of German extraction, one of the few local German families that have been credited with disloyalty to the country of their adoption. This family had treated her kindly and generously and her personal relations with members of the family had been only pleasant. However, since this country entered the war, the German born lady has been open in the championship of the kaiser and his kind and her seditious remarks made in the presence of the washwoman rankled so much in the bosom of the latter that she refused to work longer at the house, though she needs the money she earned.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 16, 1967

The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce has warned that the notorious clan of itinerant swindlers known as the “Terrible Williamsons” continues to ply a country-wide, door-to-door trade in bogus goods and services. Les Tinhof, manager of the local chamber, said members of this group have appeared in many areas peddling “imported” fabrics or offering “bargain-priced” roof, basement and driveway repair jobs.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 16, 1992

A juvenile was injured Friday when the stolen vehicle he and another juvenile were riding in rolled and crashed into a signpost while being chased by Oregon State Police on Interstate 84 east of Boardman. David L. Alberts, 14, of Pendleton suffered minor injuries when the stolen 1986 Dodge van he was driving left the shoulder, then veered back across the two lanes and rolled. The van was stolen from Pendleton, but Kennewick police started chasing the vehicle. The pursuit was picked up by Washington State Patrol as the vehicle headed south on Interstate 82. OSP picked up the chase at the border. The juvenile passenger in the van, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured. The youth was released to his father. Alberts was cited for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude officers, driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving without a license, reckless driving, and failure to wear a seat belt.


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