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Days Gone By: Dec. 14, 2017

This day in local history for December 14.

Published on December 14, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 14, 1917

Somebody has been feeding the council raw meat. At least the disposition of the individual units of the council was such last evening that there was hardly a thing suggested or proposed that did not immediately start an acrimonious discussion. Whether it was a recommendation to permit a wooden balcony in the fire limits, a proposal to buy fertilizer for the grass plots or a suggestion to start a crusade against speeders, some one of the eight began to backfire. It was with a sigh of relief that Recorder Fitz Gerald noted the motion to adjourn for as he remarked later, “I was beginning to think I would have to fine the whole bunch.”

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 14, 1967

A 1967 station wagon, owned by Loren Frazier of Hermiston, was recovered five miles east of Heppner about 1:30 a.m. Hermiston city police said the keys were in the ignition when the car was stolen at Hermiston about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday. Heppner policeman John Mollahan, who was aware of the report of the stolen car, became suspicious of three youths in downtown Heppner shortly before 1:30 this morning. He attempted to stop them for questioning and they took off. He gave chase at high speed up Hinton Creek, where the station wagon went out of control and ended in a ditch. Two boys ran from the car and disappeared into the darkness. Delores Smothers, 18, was left in the car. Mollahan radioed the dispatcher at Heppner City Hall for help. The dispatcher called a state policeman, the sheriff and a sheriff’s deputy. Taken into custody a short way from the car after a few minutes were Daniel Marvin Lamb and Lee Alvin Westcott, both 17. The three runaways were from Yakima.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 14, 1992

Reinhart Hoeft enjoys car rides, wildlife shows on television and keeping up on politics. He routinely visits Sampson’s Saloon & Cafe in Pilot Rock. Hoeft celebrated his 100th birthday on Sunday. He was born on Dec. 13, 1892, in rural Wisconsin. Now he stays with his son-in-law and daughter, Sam and Jean Smith of Echo. His daughter says Hoeft still owns his father’s ranch property at Coombs Canyon near Pendleton, but rents it out. Now Cliff Hoeft, his great-grandnephew, works the land. But the centenarian cared for the cows and mended fences long after retirement. Asked about his secret for long life, Hoeft replies with a chuckle. “I don’t know. I shouldn’t be here now.” Sampson’s was the site for his 100th birthday party on Sunday afternoon. About 60 people gathered to wish him well.


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