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Days Gone By: Nov. 20-21, 2017

This day in local history for November 20-21.

Published on November 21, 2017 12:01AM


100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 20-21, 1917

In one of the most terrible railroad crossing tragedies ever occurring in this section of the northwest, two young College Place school boys were instantly killed, another died soon after reaching the hospital, and 11 others, some of them girls, were more or less seriously injured shortly after 8 o’clock yesterday morning, when the big College Place public school auto bus loaded with 14 children on their way to school was smashed to pieces by an O.-W. R. & N. special train, consisting of one engine and a caboose, at the crossing on College avenue near Blalock orchards. As a result of the accident, the driver of the bus, Phillip Oachs, is in the county jail under a charge of manslaughter; a coroner’s inquest will be held at the court house today at 1:30 o’clock; the College Place schools will remain closed until December 3. A veil of sadness covers the entire community.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 20-21, 1967

Bank fights in small towns were a part of the pattern in the settlement of the West. Such fights pitted families and businesses against each other in bitter feuds. A different kind of bank fight is shaping up in Hermiston at the moment. This time it is Oregon’s banking giant, the First National Bank chain, versus a small independent bank. One of the personalities in this battle differs from the usual pattern of a bank fight. Doris Bounds, executive vice president of Inland Empire Bank and a widely known leader in civic and financial affairs, is challenging the application of the First National chain to establish an office here. She contents establishment of another bank (Hermiston has two, U.S. National Bank and the Inland Empire) is in violation of a state law that says another bank can only enter business here by purchasing one of the two banks.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 20-21, 1992

A former postal employee in Pendleton has been sentenced for stealing a bank shipment containing $164,000 in cash. William P. Cuff, 44, was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones also ordered him to pay $12,910 restitution, the amount of cash not recovered by authorities. More than $2,000 was found in Cuff’s home, and $149,000 was found stuffed in a postal collection box in Portland in July 1990. Cuff pledged his monthly veteran’s disability check toward the restitution.



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