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Days Gone By: Dec. 23-24, 2017

This day in local history for December 23-24.

Published on December 23, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 23-24, 1917

Pendleton has a new industry of which few people are aware but which is now pretty well established. Dr. D.C. McNabb, well known veterinary, has started a fox farm in the eastern end of the city for the purpose of raising foxes on a commercial basis. He has four pair of silver gray foxes and one female red fox as a nucleus for developing a profitable fur bearing business. Dr. McNabb has ten lots just above St. Anthony’s hospital fenced with heavy wire and equipped with kennels and all facilities for raising the animals. Silver foxes cost from $1000 to $5000 a pair and their fur sells proportionately high. So valuable are the animals that Dr. McNabb is taking no chances on losing them by theft. He has built a tent house next to his fox pens ands sleeps there every night with an automatic by his side. He has an alarm system which makes it impossible for anyone to enter the pen without waking him and a switch by his bedside will flood the pens with light in a minute.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 23-24, 1967

Cargill Elevator, built in 1948 at Arlington, went up in a puff of smoke Friday as 2,500 pounds of dynamite cleared the way for the lake that will form in the Columbia River when the John Day Dam is completed. Dynamite was spread around the perimeter of the interior, in plastic bags. The elevator had a capacity of 250,000 bushels of grain while its new counterpart has a capacity of 260,000 bushels.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 23-24, 1992

Glenn Cochran livens up the Christmas decorations next to his barn by adding Sam — a docile mule — to his nativity scene. This marks the fifth year Cochran and his wife, Shirley, have provided the popular display near their Echo home. “People expect it now,” Shirley said. “They ask, ‘Are you going to put it out again?’” Adding Sam helps give the display a unique touch, she said. The Cochrans, who have lived in Echo for 33 years, said their display is just one of several pretty holiday decorations in town.


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