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Days Gone By: Dec. 11-12, 2017

This day in local history for December 11-12.

Published on December 12, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 11-12, 1917

With the time for voluntary enlistment closing on Saturday of this week, dozens of young men are hurrying to enlist in their favorite branch of the service. The navy is proving the most attractive branch and Recruiting Officer Swartz is kept busy signing men up and answering inquiries. During the past two and a half days 14 men have joined the navy here, making a total of 23 since Dec. 1 and 53 since Nov. 1.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 11-12, 1967

A Columbia River landmark, the Pendleton Grain Growers elevator in Umatilla, burned to the ground Friday night. The fire was set to clear the land for Lake Umatilla, which will be formed next spring with the closure of the gates at John Day Dam. For years the Umatilla Fire Department had mapped plans on how they would fight a fire at the big PGG elevator. When it did go up in a big burst of flames they were on hand to protect the Tidewater-Shaver tank farm to the southeast. A breeze from the southeast about 9:30 p.m. eliminated any fire hazard and the huge elevator burned to the ground without incident.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 11-12, 1992

The Baha’i Faith often is misunderstood, according to Pendleton believers who attended the recent World Congress in New York. Vafa Aflatooni, from the local Baha’i governing body, says people mistakenly believe it’s a cult or sect. But Baha’i is a worldwide, independent religion that encompasses all religious revelations (including Christianity and Judaism). Vafa was among more than 30,000 Baha’is from 187 countries who gathered in New York City from Nov. 23-26. He was joined by his wife, Leslie, along with Ken and Billie Robbins, Katherine Young and Amin Mansuri, all of Pendleton; brothers Keith and Andrew Lavadour of Adams; and Farahmand Ziari of Hermiston.


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