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Days Gone By: Feb. 10-11, 2018

This day in local history for February 10-11.

Published on February 10, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 10-11, 1918

Proposals for the leasing of 110,000 acres of public lands for grazing and agricultural purposes in units of townships and sections lying in Umatilla, Morrow and Gilliam counties were advertised by the interior department through the local reclamation office on January 12th, and bids for these lands were opened in Hermiston yesterday under the terms of the advertisement by project manager H.D. Newell. As the high cost of doing things is generally conceded, it is not a little surprising to learn that the good old Uncle Sam is going to receive some of the cream of the so-called war prosperity, in increased rentals. Sheep men from different sections of the state were here to look after their interests and competition in the bidding for the so-called strategical sections was keen and the attention bestowed on them by the various bidders was of the kind that would be described as concentrated. The interior department fixed a minimum charge of twenty dollars a section, with the sky as the limit, and some of the bids ranged for the key sections as high as $250.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 10-11, 1968

Last summer Wayne Eng of Pendleton went to Hong Kong to visit relatives he hadn’t seen since he was brought to the United States by his father when he was eight years old. Wayne was married while he was in Hong Kong. He returned to Pendleton in early September — alone. On January 29, the Chinese New Year, Wayne met his bride, the former Siu Ling Law, at Portland Airport and brought her to Pendleton. It had taken almost six months to clear her entry into this county with the U.S. Immigration Service. They met through a Hong Kong marriage agency. He said this is the Chinese custom. Girls register at the agency, giving their backgrounds and posting their photos for viewing by prospective suitors.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 10-11, 1993

A Stanfield man about to stand trial for aggravated murder pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday afternoon and was sentenced to life in prison. Jody Blaine Butterfield, 30, avoided the possibility of receiving the death penalty by entering into a plea agreement with the state. Butterfield pleaded guilty to killing Jeffrey Bailey of Hermiston in the act of robbing him of money and drugs a year ago. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary. His lawyers, Pendleton attorney Dennis Hachler and Ralph Smith of Bend, said they could find no defense for the man and believed the sentence was the best Butterfield could have hoped for.


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