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Days Gone By: Dec. 21, 2017

This day in local history for December 21.

Published on December 21, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 21, 1917

Pendleton last evening saw the first wounded American soldier who has been returned from the battlefields of France this far west. He is Private Louden of the regular army and he was en route through Pendleton to his home in Walla Walla. Private Louden, shot through the leg with a German ball, has been furloughed home to help the Red Cross until he is fit for field service again and he has brought with him stories which indicate that Germany is on “her last legs.” Talking at the depot last evening while waiting for his train to pull out, he declared that the belief is prevalent among the allied soldiers in France that Germany is licked and cannot resist the power of her foes much longer. “I have seen numbers of German prisoners who are 14 year old boys,” he said. “All of the Germans taken prisoner looked thin and emaciated and almost the first thing they ask for is food.”

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 21, 1967

You remember all those jokes you’ve heard about small foreign cars? Well, here’s one that’s true. Walter Holt of Pendleton hooked onto a small foreign car with his trailer hitch when he was pulling out of a parking place in the 300 block on SW 1st St. Wednesday. He towed the vehicle for two blocks to the 100 block on SW Emigrant before he was aware he had a “hitch.” Holt left the towed vehicle at that location and called city police who took over from there.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 21, 1992

The Pendleton Bucks stormed from third place to win the Tri-State high school wrestling tournament Saturday. The Bucks trailed Moses Lake, Wash., and defending champion North Central after Friday’s rounds, but came back with a flurry of pins in consolation rounds Saturday and won going away. Pendleton’s Chester Freeman claimed the tournament championship at 141 pounds and teammate Aaron Stark won at 189 pounds with 5-0 records. It was the first team win at the tournament, perhaps the strongest interstate tournament in the Northwest each year, for Pendleton since 1981. It was the second tournament championship in two weeks for Pendleton, which successfully defended its title at the El Dorado Gold tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., a week ago.


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