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Published on August 15, 2018 8:44PM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 16, 1918

The desire for a taste of Oregon peaches almost caused an accident to an eastern man today, who came though Pendleton on No. 17. He hurried to Main street and bought a sack of fruit and reached the train just as it started to move. He was being dragged along and would have been hurt had not the porter pushed him away and had the train stopped. The sack containing the precious peaches broke and the fruit was much enjoyed by bystanders. The rightful owner was able to rescue three peaches as he jumped aboard the train and was seen eating one with relish as he left.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 16, 1968

A motorist drove along Oregon 11 at about 15 miles an hour. When a following car tried to pass he speeded up to 70. Once he let the following car get even, then matched his speed and the other car was forced to fall back as they approached a hill. This went on for seven miles. Finally the motorist started throwing beer bottles from his car. State Patrolman Virgil Grover saw him, flagged him down and arrested him for drunken driving. When the following motorist came up, the arrested man said to Grover, “Arrest this man for reckless driving. He’s been trying to race me.” The second man turned out to be Noble Wilson, off-duty Milton-Freewater police sergeant. In district court in Pendleton Monday Ricardo Rodriguez Zuniga, 21, Walla Walla, Wash., agreed he was the motorist who wouldn’t let the other pass. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was fined $200.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 16, 1993

Have a question about mules or wagon trains, or life in general? Dave Collins — the man known as Skinner — has all the answers. And few will argue with the rugged blacksmith who’s driving the Idaho wagon into Morrow County today with the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial Wagon Train. But it would be a safe bet to say Skinner irritates as may people as he pleases. He’ll shoe a man’s horse while flirting with his wife. He’ll help fix a broken wheel on a wagon while belittling the wagon train. But he won’t make excuses, and he won’t apologize. “I get along with the majority, but people who try to outdo me I have a conflict with. I don’t mean to get in the way of people’s glory, but I expect 110 percent from myself and those around me,” Skinner said.


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