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Days Gone By: Feb. 8, 2018

This day in local history for February 8.

Published on February 6, 2018 1:17PM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 8, 1918

One Pendleton boy and two with relatives living here or near here may have been among the American troops on board the submarined transport Tuscania, according to latest advices. John Doane, son of Mrs. J.N. Doane who lived at 317 South Main street until her sons enlisted and brother of Roscoe Doane, formerly of the Pendleton Drug Store and now in the medical department of the army, enlisted in Co. F of the 20th Engineers last December in Portland, and this company was one given as aboard the vessel. In the same company was Claude Ayres, a brother of Mrs. Homer I. Watts of Athena. Mrs. Watts did not know her brother’s company was aboard until she read the East Oregonian last evening. The Portland papers state that Frank R. Hayes, a brother of Mrs. Willard Bond of this city, was in one of the units aboard the submarined vessel.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 8, 1968

“Gee, that kid in the balcony was good with the pea shooter,” said one star after the performance. “I took one kid’s pea shooter away from him,” was another comment. The identified flying objects from the audience onto the Vert Auditorium stage were to be expected at the opening hight of the Kiwanis Kapers, “Once Upon a Circus.” It was kids’ night. The audience was simply acting in the tradition of vaudeville days when tomatoes often smacked faces. The scene also had a Saturday matinée mood. Jaws crunched candy, balloons floated to the ceiling, and the kids whistled and cheered when the clowns, the four legged woman, Tom Thumb, the bearded lady, the snake charmer, the barker, balloon salesman, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, dancing poodles, harem honeys, a rajah, the animal trainer, and many more walked through the aisles.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 8, 1993

Two teenage boys were injured Sunday afternoon when the convertible in which they were riding overturned on a gravel road near the edge of Pendleton. Passersby helped right the 1979 MG and remove the driver, Benjamin J. Straughan, 16, and passenger Brian A. Arvidson, 16, both of Pendleton. Straughan was treated and released at St. Anthony Hospital. Arvidson remains hospitalized after suffering serious head injuries. The boys were injured when they lost control on County Road 1307, the Birch Creek cutoff, on their way to soccer practice.


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