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Days Gone By: Dec. 9-10, 2017

This day in local history for December 9-10.

Published on December 9, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 9-10, 1917

Young girls of Pendleton and vicinity have got to quit getting “mushy” over soldiers passing through the city. Chief of Police Roberts says so and declares that, if his word isn’t heeded, some girls are going to have a dose of humiliation. The chief’s edict comes as the result of a demonstration made last evening at the depot when soldiers, enroute through the city, stopped at the depot. A 14 or 15 year old girl, suffering from a bad attack of “soldiermania,” made a spectacle of herself by permitting the boys in uniform to hug and kiss her and become obnoxiously familiar. The thing went so far that the chief finally warned her to “make herself scarce.” Chief Roberts doesn’t want his edict interpreted to mean that girls cannot show their patriotic enthusiasm by greeting soldiers but he declares they must conduct themselves as ladies while about it.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 9-10, 1967

Ten little Pendletonians, standing on stage in Chicago. Violins tucked under their chins, they are giving a “String Learning Clinic Demonstration” to public school music educators attending the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic at the Sherman House Hotel. Standing by is their teacher, Shirlene McMichael, strings director in Pendleton Public Schools. At the piano is Jill Hodgen, PHS senior. This will be the scene Wednesday afternoon between 2 and 2:30. It will be the climax of months of preparation by Miss McMichael and her pupils. The invitation came from J. Frederick Miller, Orchestra Day chairman for the clinic, after he had heard the presentation of the local strings program by Miss McMichael at the Northwest Music Educators’ conference in Missoula, Mont.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 9-10, 1992

Fourth-graders at Lincoln Elementary School learned Wednesday that it pays to read. Trina Herd’s 23 students won a statewide reading fitness program and as a reward will get to watch the Portland Trail Blazers against the Chicago Bulls at Portland Memorial Coliseum Feb. 7. Each student read an average of 77 hours in the ninth annual reading program, which is sponsored by the Blazers and Avia athletic footwear. The Pendleton students beat participating fourth-grade classes in Oregon and southwest Washington. The contest involved 361 schools and 41,944 students.


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