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Days Gone By: Dec. 20, 2017

This day in local history for December 20.

Published on December 20, 2017 12:01AM


100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 20, 1917

John R. Beltz, 13 year old carrier of the East Oregonian and son of Mr. and Mrs. P.T. Beltz, is a thrift stamp fan — thereby helping Uncle Sam to win the war. The lad has a brother, Walter Beltz, in Troop D, and young John R. would like to be carrying a gun also. Since he cannot do so he is acting on his father’s advice and is saving his money to buy thrift stamps. He has already saved enough in various ways to buy one $5 certificate and he has three 25 cent thrift stamps towards another certificate. His certificate was No. 2 to be registered at the postoffice.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 20, 1967

A Spokane woman had a frightening experience, and narrowly escaped death in a freak accident Saturday at 5:30 near Juniper Point on Highway 730 near Hermiston. Elaine Mava Leonard, 40, was traveling east, when a large boulder rolled off the top of a hill and struck her vehicle in the center of the windshield. The woman drove the 1967 model car down into a barrow pit, through two fences, and it came to a stop on a nearby railroad track. Mrs. Leonard was taken to the Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston by a passing motorist. Her physician said Monday she is suffering multiple fractures and is in serious condition.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 20, 1992

The end of a 16-year reign is drawing to a close for Pendleton’s longest-serving city father — Mayor Joe McLaughlin. Two years ago McLaughlin said he would end his tenure, which will close at the end of this year. The gavel will be passed Jan. 5 to former councilman and city volunteer Bob Ramig. But this week, as Pendleton residents celebrate the holiday season, many will also be cheering the city’s accomplishments during the tenure of the “tough-minded Irishman.” The Pendleton Convention Center. Colby Plastics. Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. Continental Mills. While they may be common landmarks to the people of Pendleton, they are benchmarks that highlight the many successes of the city since 1977 — the year McLaughlin was first elected.



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