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Days Gone By: Jan. 12, 2018

This day in local history for January 12.

Published on January 12, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 12, 1918

Recruiting Officer Peter Swartz has received instructions that naval recruits may be enlisted from now on for the duration of the war. Previous to this time it was necessary to enlist for four years in the service. The quota for the western division is 150 a week and the Portland division is 25 a week. The Pendleton station quota is placed at one a week. Officer Swartz has exceeded this considerably. With the enlistment of Clarence Sommers yesterday Sergeant Swartz already has his quota for the present week, which ends Thursday. Preference in the service will be given radio electricians and aviation mechanics according to word received yesterday fro the navy department.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 12, 1968

The Boeing Co. said Friday it has prepared and circulated a brochure offering nearly all of the 100,000-acre Boardman tract in north central Oregon for industrial use. Only two small areas where Boeing has test facilities and an administrative complex won’t be fully available for sublease. Boeing holds a 77-year lease on the Boardman site, negotiated with the State of Oregon in 1963 for $60,000 a year. The company built two test stands and support facilities near the center of the tract for static firing tests of liquid-propellant rocket engines. It is using the site now to study jet engine noise suppression for the supersonic transport program.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 12, 1993

Being born with a variety of dwarfism and afflicted by mental disabilities could have meant confinement in a special education classroom. Instead, 17-year-old Marty Platt walks the hallways of Pendleton High School with his taller classmates and takes biology and English in a specially tailored curriculum for slower students. A separate set of door handles were added for Platt, ramps were built to ease his progress between buildings — although he prefers the stairs — and drinking fountains were lowered. But those are just the physical aspects of a federal requirement calling for equal educational opportunity. Schools and other public facilities had already started down that path long before the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act passed earlier last year. More far-reaching, and occasionally controversial, is a move to integrate disabled students in regular classrooms.


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