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Days Gone By: Nov. 22, 2017

This day in local history for November 22.

Published on November 22, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 22, 1917

So difficult has it become to get orders through for Ford cars without delay that the Simpson Auto Co. has adopted the method of making prospective buyers take their turn. Only signed orders are recognized and these are numbered in proper order. As new shipments arrive the orders are filled according to the list. Another carload of Fords will arrive Monday and all are now sold. Just what effect the offer of Henry Ford to turn over his factories to the government will have upon the output of the cars is now unknown but it has caused many people who wish new Fords next spring to place their orders now.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 22, 1967

Twenty-six tracts of Bureau of Land Management grazing land in the area south of Irrigon to the Boardman community goes on the auction block at 1 p.m. Friday at the Boardman Grange Hall. The raw sage brush land, if it sells, will mark the end of a long controversy on how to dispose of the land. The 26 tracts comprise approximately 12,000 acres in sizes from approximately 60 to 640 acres. Out of the 26 tracts, 12 are full sections of 640 acres or more. Each tract will be sold separately. The land sale is drawing interest because of the possibility of high lift irrigation in the area by pumping water from the Columbia River.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 22, 1992

Basketball players, dancers and roller skaters have all taken their turn at the Weston gym. Yet the shiny floorboards of the 1930s era gymnasium have held up under the strain. And according to Athena-Weston superintendent Lynn Harris, the historical facility has a few good years left. “We do not intend to modernize it,” he said. But the school district does intend to refurbish it. Steel columns and beams will reinforce the walls and ceiling of the aging wooden gym. Contractors are set to begin renovation in December and will probably complete the project in March at a cost of $63,131. The relatively inexpensive price tag helped save the gym from being demolished. It would cost half as much just to dismantle it, Harris said.


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