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Days Gone By: Feb. 17-18, 2018

This day in local history for February 17-18.

Published on February 17, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 17-18, 1918

The other day Tom Thompson, Frank Curl, George Peringer and other well known farmers let it be publicly known that they were in need of farm hands. Now they would like to have some stenographers to answer for them the letters of inquiry received. The East Oregonian published a story that farmers were fearing a labor shortage and could not find men for the work on the ranches now, mentioning the three farmers above as some in search of hands. Ever since letters have been coming from all over the northwest and the farmers are having no difficulty in satisfying their present needs. One fireman on the railroad at La Grande wrote over to the effect that he has a good job but would get a 60 day layoff and offer his services to the farmers if men were needed so badly.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 17-18, 1968

A proposal to irrigate Athena area farmland with floodwater from the Umatilla River “would not cut the heart out of the overall project” planned for the Umatilla Basin, says the man who is backing the proposal. He is William Miller, Milton-Freewater, consultant to the Oregon-Washington Pea Growers Association. He and Robert Lonzway, Milton-Freewater, a federal soil conservationist, outlined coming irrigation projects Friday for the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. Lonzway said three project planned under the Small Watersheds Act also fit into the overall irrigation development picture for the Umatilla Basin. These projects, now awaiting assigning of priority in Washington, D.C., include 1,900 acres in the Hudson Bay Project west of Milton-Freewater, 75,000 acres in the Wildhorse Project north of Pendleton, and about 40,000 acres on Birch Creek.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Feb. 17-18, 1993

A Hermiston man who hit a deputy in the head Monday and ran away before he could be arrested for drunk driving was taken into custody at his home Tuesday. Deputy Mike Boise, of the Umatilla County sheriff’s office, arrested Ronnie E. Walls, 43, Hermiston, at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Walls now faces charges of driving under the influence, second-degree escape, resisting arrest and assault on a public safety officer.


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