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Days Gone By: Dec. 18-19, 2017

This day in local history for December 18-19.

Published on December 19, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 18-19, 1917

The Storie-Ritner ranch on the reservation this morning was the scene of a fire which threatened for a time to destroy all of the buildings on it. Due to assistance received from neighbors and townspeople who were summoned by phone, by R.W. Ritner, the buildings were all saved. The biggest loss was four stacks of chaff for winter feeding. Mr. Ritner early this morning set one field afire to burn off the stubble. The breeze which was blowing then developed into a stiff wind which carried the fire across a ditch into another field where the stacks were. The flames were headed toward the buildings when Mr. Ritner summoned help. Fortunately there was a whole tank of water in the barnyard and this proved a big aid.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 18-19, 1967

The Umatilla County Library staff has come across a treasure in its stack of old books. It is a first edition of James Greenleaf Whittier’s “Snowbound,” a poem read by generations of elementary school children in their study of American literature. The small volume has been on the shelves for many years, and shows the wear and tear of much use. It was placed in the “mend” box by a library staff member, and it was here that librarian Dick Joder noticed it.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 18-19, 1992

The cases of three men accused of murdering Brian David Smith last month were bound over to Umatilla County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon. District Court Judge Richard Courson said the state showed there was enough evidence to hold Donald C. Ball Jr., 22, of Hermiston; Steven L. DeRushe, 22, of Stanfield; and Nathaneual J. Miller, 21, of Umatilla, to answer charges of murder. All three are accused of conspiring to kill Smith and carrying out the murder at the edge of Cold Springs Reservoir. Katherine Ball, the wife of the man accused of pulling the trigger, told the East Oregonian that all three men told her Smith’s death was unintentional, but they didn’t go to police because they were afraid they’d be “put in for life, either way.”


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