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Days Gone By: Nov. 23, 2017

This day in local history for November 23.

Published on November 23, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 23, 1917

Because he had expressed sentiments other than patriotic, Calvin Ringer, a well-known fruit raiser living north of Freewater, was waited upon by a deputation of Freewater citizens last evening. A flag was nailed upon his house to remain there until the war is over, then Mr. Ringer was forced to salute the emblem of America and to cheer lustily for it. The deputation, which consisted of a half dozen or more prominent men, is said to have been led by two of the leading merchants. All were incensed at the sentiments which the fruit raiser, who is said to be a native of this country, had shown. When Ringer answered their knock he was asked where he wanted the flag nailed. “I don’t give a damn,” he said, but later he showed a more tractable spirit and, besides cheering for Old Glory, apologized for his pro-German statements.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 23, 1967

Operators of trailer courts in Pendleton will be asked whether they can handle the expected influx of 40 to 50 house trailers when work starts on the Pendleton section of Interstate 80 North. City Manager Rudy Enbysk told the city council Tuesday several inquiries have been received about the need for additional trailer space. A survey by the engineering department showed a total of only five spaces available now for trailers. City Engineer Howard Kraus said the city could expand its present trailer court at the airport by 11 spaces and could also develop an additional court at the airport. Enbysk said it would cost $3,825 to develop the 11 new spaces in the existing court and that this investment could be recovered in a little over a year.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 23, 1992

As a wheat grower in Umatilla County, Frank Tubbs of Adams makes his living from the land. Remarkably, the work he did in the 1950s may be making it easier now for all wheat growers. Tubbs grow up working on the family farm. After graduating from college in 1949 he returned to his rural life in Umatilla County. But Tubbs didn’t simply fade away into a quiet farm life. He was part of a pioneering effort that eventually led to formation of the Western Wheat Associates — an alliance of three Pacific Northwest states for the promotion of soft white wheat to Pacific Rim nations.


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