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Days Gone By: Nov. 24, 2017

This day in local history for November 24.

Published on November 24, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 24, 1917

Glen Rust at 1 a.m. this morning learned the folly of lighting a match to see whether a gasoline tank is full but the lesson cost him a badly burned hand. He had driven up to the front of the Pendleton Auto Co. and Arch Campbell, employed there, was filling his tank from the service station when Rust lighted the match. Immediately the gasoline took fire and Rust, hurriedly pulling the hose from his tank, clamped his hand over the tank opening to prevent the fire from getting into the tank. The hose scattered burning gasoline over the walk and street and the trousers of Campbell caught afire. Campbell stripped his trousers off and securing an extinguisher had the flames under control when the department arrived. Campbell also received a few burns.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 24, 1967

A Pendleton hunter this week bagged the most unusual ringneck many hunters have ever seen. It’s a mutant, Game Commission biologists say. The rooster’s head appears normal. But the rest of him — he’s a soft orange color, with a few white-tipped feathers, and a white beak and feet. The biologists said the orange pheasant is not a cross with a golden pheasant. Nor with a Rhode Island Red. Larry Holverson saw the pheasant in a stubble field near Athena. He went after it, and when the bird flushed, killed it cleanly. That’s when he got a close look, began to get a little worried about just what he’d bagged, and took the pheasant to the Game Commission office here. Holverson is having the bird mounted and is hopeful that eventually a museum might want to take it off his hands.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 24, 1992

Keith May has boldly gone where few men have gone before: into a first grade classroom. In fact, May has spent the last nine years instructing 6-year-olds at Sherwood Heights Elementary School. But his ability to teach young children was initially called into question, he said, because of his gender. “It took me awhile to be accepted in the community,” said May, 36. “It’s still out of the norm.” As the only male first grade teacher in the Pendleton School District, May insists the intervening decade hasn’t done much to dispel stereotypes. In fact, state-wide figures suggest an even smaller percentage of men are teaching at the primary level, which encompasses kindergarten through third grade.


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