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Days Gone By: Feb.3-4, 2018

This day in local history for February 3-4.

Published on February 3, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 3-4, 1918

While Pendleton was honoring the first of her soldier dead yesterday with a military funeral came the news of the death of another Umatilla county man in the service, Manuel Monese of Echo, the first of the sons of this county to die in France. General Pershing cabled news of his death from pneumonia. The young soldier was a native of Portugal but came to America about ten years ago and had been naturalized. He had been in the employ of Manuel Pedro, prominent Echo sheepman, practically ever since he came to this county and was one of his most trusted employes. He was 27 years old and is survived by an aged father in Portugal and by a cousin, Joe Monese of Echo.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 3-4, 1968

Several ranchers in the Juniper Canyon area of northern Umatilla County hope Uncle Sam understands how costly wind erosion of valuable topsoil can be. They want to use it for a tax deduction. Surveys of the area — 8 to 10 miles wide — indicate a loss of several inches of the topsoil in a vicious windstorm Oct. 22. The surveys have been made by independent appraisers. The immediate effect of the soil loss is a probable 14 per cent drop in wheat production to 30 bushels an acre from 35. “And they need 25 just to pay costs,” an appraiser said.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 3-4, 1993

By his own admission, Dan Swart is a throwback to a time when a man could build a home without a lot of paperwork getting in the way. So that’s why Swart plans to burn his new home to the ground rather than make it conform to building and zoning laws. It’s a tiny house, about 720 square feet, but it’s a step up from the nearby mobile home it would replace. All he wanted, he says, is a better place for his family to live. He erected his building without a foundation and placed it on blocks so it could be moved to a permanent site. He said he thought he didn’t need a building permit under those circumstances. “I’m just totally disgusted,” Swart said. “I know we’ll never get a new house, not on our budget.”


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