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Days Gone By: Jan. 31, 2018

This day in local history for January 31.

Published on January 31, 2018 1:28PM


100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 31, 1918

Irwin Huff, Pendleton boy in the aviation force at Vancouver, Wash., died Tuesday evening from pneumonia and his body is at the Folsom undertaking parlor awaiting the funeral which is to be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The death of young Huff constitutes the first casualty from Umatilla county, though Irwin Brooks, who enlisted from Portland and died in Texas, was a former Umatilla county boy. Huff enlisted Nov. 4, 1917, in the aviation corps and was first sent to Vancouver. He was then transferred to Texas. After a short stay in the south he was sent back to Vancouver to take part in the lumber drive, being an expert timber grader. Shortly after his return he took the measles which developed into pneumonia from which he died.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 31, 1968

Winnie Dempsey went home with tears in her eyes Monday night. She had gotten two of the biggest, most pleasant surprises of her life. First, she was named Milton-Freewater’s woman of the year for her 50 years of service to the community. “Turn around, Winnie,” said master of ceremonies George Knox, after she had been presented the award. Mrs. Dempsey turned and gasped. Standing in the aisle were her two sons, Bill from Dayton, Ohio, and Howard from Yakima, Wash. The men had come home on surprise visits to be with their mother when she received the community accolades.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 31, 1993

China was next door to Africa and across the hall from India at Washington Elementary School Friday. Certainly the world was given more diminutive proportions during the school’s first Celebration of Cultures. The day-long event shuffled 350 students among eight different classrooms — each decked out with the appropriate cultural accoutrements. Food was a major component of many classrooms. In Scandinavia, for instance, first graders made traditional butter cookies. Students in the China classroom didn’t get to sample much food, but they did learn about the Chinese New Year, calendar and customs. As for chopsticks, classroom assistant Cathy Fulham explained that the Chinese don’t eat as quickly as Americans and can manipulate the narrow sticks just as well as Westerners use a fork and spoon.



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