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Days Gone By: Jan. 25, 2018

This day in local history for January 25.

Published on January 25, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 25, 1918

Mrs. Cora Colwell and her 15 year old son, Lawrence, were last evening acquitted of the murder of J.E. Short, the aged Lowden rancher who was shot and killed by the boy on the afternoon of May 7. Col. Raley scoffed at the idea of Mrs. Colwell having been present at the shooting, dwelling upon the testimony showing that she had separated from the boy and was at the home of Mrs. Ansbach when the shooting occurred. Col. Raley, in defending the boy who admitted shooting the old man, declared there was no question but that Short left the home with a loaded gun for the purpose of intimidating the Colwells so that they would not try to recover the horse in dispute. He declared he did not believe that Short had any intention of shooting the boy but that he probably shot to one side in an effort to scare the latter. However, he contended the boy was perfectly justified in believing he was in danger of being shot and in firing to protect himself.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 25, 1968

Lewis Parent, Blue Mountain Community College police science student, checked negatives of photos taken of a shack on Birch Creek near Pilot Rock. Inside the shack were ingredients and equipment for making home brew. Parent and classmate Robert Pugsley were with Paul Jones and Gilbert Petteys of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department. They happened upon the tar-papered shack on a hunt for a reportedly stolen irrigation pump. Oregon State Liquor Commission representatives later arrived to investigate the place. Dick Pileggi, 32, was in the Multnomah County Jail in connection with the case.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 25, 1993

Two days after whistling his song of Chinook, Old Man Winter threw back his head, laughed and covered the region with a new blanket of snow Friday. Certainly, northeastern Oregon folks have shoveled more ivory-coated sidewalks this month than in the last several years, but the Old Man will have to give an arctic howl and an icy stare next week if January ’93 is to make the record books. It’s been relatively warm compared to some cruel stretches endured in Januarys past. For instance, a 16-inch snowfall on Jan. 19, 1930 was followed by four straight days, Jan. 21-24, in which the mercury plummeted to minus 26 degrees and the low temperature never crept above minus 15.


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