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Days Gone By: Jan. 3, 2018

This day in local history for January 3.

Published on January 3, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 3, 1918

A new and clever trick in bootlegging camouflage was discovered when the whiskey trunk seized several days ago by Sheriff Taylor was opened. To mislead anyone handling or examining the trunk, four empty cigar boxes had been packed in the trunk and in each was a handful of marbles, which would roll about as the trunk was handled. No telltale splash of liquor could be heard above the roll of the marbles. Though he stoutly denied his guilt, Henry Earl Jefries, arrested and charged with violating the prohibition ordinance, was convicted in justice court this morning and given a sentence of $200 fine or 100 days in jail.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 3, 1968

City and state police Tuesday morning still didn’t know what caused the mysterious lights and explosion near the old Blue Mountain highway south of Milton-Freewater last Thursday evening. They suspect it was a bomb, not a noisy visitor from outer space who wanted to celebrate New Year’s in Earthling fashion. Milton-Freewater police reported a small hole near the road was possibly caused by the explosion. Nearby a material resembling black plastic, wrapped with wire, was found. Residents of the area saw lights in the sky, followed by a muffled explosion. The objects fell near a couple parked in a car near the highway. They reported the incident to the police.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 3, 1993

At least four more vehicle hood ornaments were swiped last week in Pendleton, bringing the count to well over 100 taken since the first of October. “This is our most prolific crime in the last three months,” said Pendleton Police chief Ed Taber, who has lost the hood ornament as well as the trunk key cover from his own personal vehicle. Police know the ornaments are being taken as trophies by youngsters, but they don’t know how to stop the spree. Somebody even took the hood ornament off a Pendleton police car. Hood ornaments often end up at the police station when parents find them at home or school officials find them at the junior high. Because the young thieves have an affinity for Cadillacs, Taber has suggested to Comrie Motors that all the hood ornaments be removed while the cars are on the lot, and installed only after the vehicles have been purchased.


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