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Days Gone By: Dec. 8, 2017

This day in local history for December 8.

Published on December 8, 2017 12:01AM


100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 8, 1917

Brain fatigue was the prevailing ailment yesterday afternoon when two hundred and fifty high school students finished the task of answering twenty current history questions given them to test their interest and knowledge. The examination was arranged as a preliminary step to the possible formation of a class in current events and civics should any department be temporarily closed. Ranging from “What is the meaning of the term camouflage” to “Who is Hoover,” the questions brought out a wide variety of answers including the statement that La Follette is an explorer and that Bulgaria, Africa, Roumania and China are neutral countries of Europe. Examination of all the papers shows that there is a fair average of current knowledge among the high school students, and also that the seniors are no better as a group than the lower classes.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 8, 1967

Why did the chicken cross the road? Yes, to get to the other side. But perhaps a “silent policeman” was there to slow down traffic for the feathered pedestrian. No chickens were reported crossing Main Street Wednesday morning. But plenty of cackles were heard — and teeth chattering. Drivers said they almost had their teeth knocked out when they drove autos over the “silent policeman,” three asphalt ridges that force cars to slow down at mid-block crosswalks that were recently installed at the request of the city council. Cars slow down, going over the bumps as if they’re railroad ties; cars driven by people who perhaps have learned that driving fast over the humps means that wheels bounce like basketballs or like tires given torture tests on television commercials. “… you take an older model car with bad tires and bad shocks and they’ll fall apart,” said Cliff Baiti of Pendleton.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 8, 1992

Robert Hojaboom is a lucky man indeed — he retired at the ripe young age of 53. To do so, the Umatilla resident earned a pension after working 30 years for IBM, and he and his wife saved her entire earnings for 10 years after the children were out of school. More opportunities exist now than when he started his career to retire early and well, Hojaboom said. “It takes a lot of personal fortitude and self discipline to do it,” he said. “If you can instill in young people to invest and save their money, it would help the whole country.”



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