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Days Gone By: Feb. 15, 2018

This day in local history for February 15.

Published on February 15, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 15, 1918

Pendleton’s dream of a snowless winter was dispelled this morning when the city awoke to find itself under a four inch mantle of white. Though the fore part of the night was clear, clouds came up in the early morning hours and dumped a load of damp flakes over this part of the country, the storm lasting until 8 o’clock. This is the first real snow Pendleton has had this winter. Several others flurries have barely covered the ground for a few hours. Farmers have been forced to suspend plowing until the touch of winter is past.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 15, 1968

Boardman has a new $28,000 fire truck that it generating great interest in the community’s volunteer fire department headed by Chief Zearl J. Gillespie, retired Umatilla Army Depot fireman. While the new unit is attracting major interest among the townspeople for its versatility and size, it has another interest. The truck is expected to affect the pocketbooks of the townspeople by helping to bring about lower insurance rates. Mayor Dewey West Jr. say residents of Boardman have been paying the “highest possible insurance rates.” With the new equipment and the modern municipal water system in the newly relocated town, Mayor West says the firemen and city council are hopeful that Boardman will get a rating in another year from the Oregon Rating Bureau that will mean lower insurance rates.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 15, 1993

Low-income senior housing was named this town’s top priority at last week’s Pilot Rock City Council meeting. But it remains to be seen whether a much-anticipated federal grant will pay for the eight-unit housing complex slated for a downtown vacant lot. City officials, a local grassroots group, a regional nonprofit agency and the state are keeping their fingers crossed as they wait for word on a $188,000 Housing and Urban Development HOME grant. “In Pilot Rock there’s no lower income housing facilities for seniors,” said Chris Marko, a community development specialist for CAPECO. “This location would be ideal because it’s right in the center, and would bring seniors closer to services.”


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