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Days Gone By: Feb. 1, 2018

This day in local history for February 1.

Published on February 1, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 1, 1918

A special plot for the burial of soldiers in the present war was this morning set aside at the city cemetery by Councilmen Taylor, Folsom and Phelps, composing the cemetery committee. The body of Irwin Huff, the Pendleton boy who died at Vancouver barracks, will be the first to be interred there. In setting aside the special plot for the soldiers of the present war, the cemetery committee had in mind the fact that no such place had been provided for the veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish-American War and that, consequently, their graves are scattered all over the cemetery. The plot will be used for the soldiers of this vicinity who die while in the service and also for those who die later. There is room in the plot for about 100 graves.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 1, 1968

A roadblock was thrown in the path of plans for a boys’ home in Pendleton today. Twelve property owners — all those who would be neighbors to he home on Tutuilla Road — signed a petition objecting to the location of the home. The boys’ home is proposed by the Umatilla County Juvenile Advisory Commission. It would be a facility to keep in the community boys who would otherwise be sent to MacLaren School for Boys. The proposal called for facilities for six or seven boys, plus two counselors, on a one-acre lot a short distance from the Pendleton city limits. Elmer Ringering said the petition signers support a home for boys but want it to be located on a larger site.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 1, 1993

Nearly 400 tombstones in Olney Cemetery were uprooted, rolled or tipped over by vandals Sunday night. On Monday, cemetery employees found the groomed grounds littered with majestic marble slabs, many of them dating back to the turn of the century. A total of 381 headstones were vandalized and one of the mausoleum’s glass doors was shattered. Parks and Cemetery Director Pat Dunham estimates the damage at about $40,000, although many of the stones can never be returned to their original condition. Cemetery workers will try to set the stones up, Dunham said, but the city can’t afford all of the repairs.


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