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Days Gone By: Feb. 9, 2018

This day in local history for February 9.

Published on February 6, 2018 1:17PM

Last changed on February 8, 2018 4:37PM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 9, 1918

It was learned today that the Pendleton bankers, who yesterday issued a statement to Pendleton urging a general program of economy in expenditure and credit, are practicing what they preach. Both G.M. Rice and W.L. Thompson, heads of the two institutions, have quit riding to work in their automobiles. The former for some time past has been using his only on Sundays and the latter for the past week or more has been walking to and from his work. This is in keeping with a general curtailment of the use of the auto all over the country for pleasure purposes. The saving in money spent for gasoline and upkeep of cars is large and releases money for investment in war bonds. The bankers in their statement yesterday urged against parents permitting their children driving about in cars for pleasure. In this connection, a number of citizens are agitating against the practice of many high school students driving cars to and from school.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 9, 1968

Michael D. Benge, 32, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terrel Benge, Ione, has been reported missing in Vietnam. Young Benge has been a government worker in Vietnam for five years, attached to the Aid program for the past four years. He was a province adviser stationed at Ban Me Thout, which was overrun early last week with several missionaries killed. According to word received by his sister, Mrs. Matt Hughes, Heppner, from Aid headquarters in Washington, D.C., Benge is thought to have gone to the central highlands from Ban Me Thout before the attack, but was reported 72 hours overdue at his destination last Friday.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 9, 1993

A Umatilla man who vowed to burn his home rather than make it conform to state building laws made good on the promise this weekend. The 720-square-foot home was burned Saturday without incident. Daniel Swart had spent about $3,000 in materials building the home when it was posted by the state Dec. 3 for not having the applicable permits. Swart chose to destroy the home rather than acquire the permits. He decided to burn it rather than tear it down because it wasn’t worth the trouble for the salvage, he said.


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