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Days Gone By: Feb. 16, 2018

This day in local history for February 16.

Published on February 16, 2018 12:01AM


100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 16, 1918

Alleging that the Spokane Flouring Mills of this city sold wheat for spring seeding that was worthless for that purpose, three suits were filed against the company today by farmers for damages aggregating nearly $14,000. Each of the plaintiffs, J.O. Kerr, W.S. Campbell and Howard Montgomery, and W.S. Campbell, trustee, allege that they bargained for Red Chaff wheat for seeding purposes, paying above the market price for it, and that in reality it was a mixture in which the most was fall wheat unfit for seeding in the spring. Kerr alleges he purchased 205 bushels and sowed 238.8 acres of which 145 acres yielded nothing and 93.8 acres yielded 10 bushels to the acre. Campbell alleges he purchased 83 bushels and sowed 79 1-2 acres which yielded only nine bushels to the acre. Montgomery and Campbell, trustee, allege they sowed 204.6 acres of which 44.6 acres yielded nothing and 1260 acres but 7 1-4 bushels.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 16, 1968

A new sport has come to town — roller skate hockey. Harold Carothers, floor manager at Rolly’s Roller Rink in Pend-Air, has started a team. He says it is a game of speed, with less body contact and stricter rules against roughness than ice hockey. Carothers has two teams of five players each, all boys, ages 11 to 16. He is hopeful of eventually entering competition against teams from other communities. The players use hockey stocks to propel a hard ball about the size of a baseball. Carothers said the new teams are in need of safety equipment and it is with this goal that he is staging a skating party Feb. 28. All proceeds will go to buy equipment, especially for the goalies.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 16, 1993

Wayne Doolittle of Pendleton will remember last month’s snow for a long time. He found 3 1/2 feet of the white stuff accumulated on his cabin roof at Meacham. Fortunately he had helpers to shovel the heavy load, Wayne reported. Sixteen-year-old twins Rex and Jim Walton of Meacham spent four hours clearing the roof, which survived without a leak. When the sun finally came out, the snow from his storage shed roof slid in one piece. A solid wall resulted a few feet from the building. Now the wall, which still stands, copies the corrugated roof perfectly.



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