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Days Gone By: Dec. 30-31, 2017

This day in local history for December 30-31.

Published on December 30, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 30-31, 1917

News reached Pendleton this morning of the death at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, of Sergeant Major Irwin G. Brooks, formerly of this city and Athena. He was in training at that point for the aviation service and was to have left early last month for England with his company when an epidemic of measles swept the camp. He was one of them who contracted the disease and it developed into pneumonia and an affection of the midear from which he died yesterday. His father, Dr. F.M. Brooks of Portland, had hurried to his bedside on receipt of the news of his illness.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 30-31, 1967

One of Eastern Oregon’s two hop farms is going out of business. Hermiston Farms, 210 acres of hop land, is being cleared, and the Salem corporation plans to sell the land, according to C.A. “Cap” Becker, farm manager and veteran hop grower. The last Eastern Oregon hop farm is located at Ontario. The balance of the hop farms are on the west side of the Cascades. A quarter of a century ago, Oregon had 600 hop farms.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 30-31, 1992

A 15-year-old Pendleton boy was cited for “recklessly endangering” after reportedly sending a volley from a 12-gauge shotgun over the heads of two other boys Wednesday along the Umatilla River. The two boys, both 12 years old, reported the incident. The investigation by Jeff Williams, Oregon State Police senior trooper, netted the older boy three citations. Besides recklessly endangering, he also was cited for pointing a firearm at another and for a minor game violation. The incident occurred at about 2:40 p.m. while the boy was duck hunting along the Umatilla River above Riverside. The shotgun was seized as evidence and the boy was cited to appear in juvenile court.


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