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Days Gone By: Dec. 16-17, 2017

This day in local history for December 16-17.

Published on December 16, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 16-17, 1917

Harold Casey, star backfield man of the Pendleton high school football team, was chosen as a member of the all-northwest interscholastic team as picked by George Bertz, sport writer for the Oregon Journal. He is the only Pendletonian and the only eastern Oregon man to be honored with selection for the mythical eleven. Portland, Walla Walla and Everett each have two representatives on the team. The other institutions represented are Salem, Pendleton, North Central High of Spokane, Lincoln High of Seattle and Aberdeen. “Yenny of Walla Walla, W. Dailey of Everett and Casey of Pendleton were the players who probably stood out as the best,” says Bertz.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 16-17, 1967

Les Szabo, shepherd at C&B Livestock, Hermiston, is using the best method that we’ve seen for handling feeder or market lambs. Date palm leaves are real motivators in moving lambs. Les said, “We just shake the palm leaf over the lamb’s back and head and they move up. And besides, the tickle and the rattle of the palm leaf doesn’t bruise the meat or hurt the lamb.” Tom Watson, manager of the lamb feed operations at C&B, not only believes but has his crew practice “when handling livestock — easy does it.” And believe it or not, the palm leaf works.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 16-17, 1992

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the Nov. 24 shotgun shooting of 12-year-old Cody McNeel in Umatilla. Martin Ortiz also is being charged with carrying a concealed weapon — a .22-caliber pistol — and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. District Attorney Dave Gallaher said Ortiz, who remains in detention at the Northeast Oregon Regional Youth Center in Pendleton, will be charged as a juvenile, not an adult. McNeel was killed at the end of an armed confrontation that never materialized. Authorities say eight Umatilla boys had armed themselves, taken a car from the uncle of one of the boys, and driven to Hermiston to confront one or more other youths. McNeel was killed after the group returned to Umatilla and a shotgun discharged as the boys were getting out of the car.


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