100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 11, 1911

Two passenger trains were menaced with destruction and large sums of money and valuables carried in a treasury safe by the American Express company on the second section of No. 5, passing through Pendleton yesterday morning is safe because it is believed a plot to rob the safe by derailing the train carrying it was nipped in the nick of time Wednesday night at Durkee. A piece of heavy chain had been laid across the tracks and fastened in a frog on the Durkee siding after the fist section of No. 5 had passed there. It was discovered by a helper of the engine crew as the locomotive was slowly backing in on the switch.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 11, 1961

Construction of a dam that would create Bull Prairie Lake 35 miles south of Heppner is expected this spring. The new recreation area is being developed through cooperation of three government agencies. The 25 surface acres which will make up the dam on Willow Creek in Grant County have been cleared by the U.S. Forest Service. The service also will construct sanitary facilities, build docks and put in picnic tables in the lake vicinity.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 11, 1986

Trina Hellberg of Irrigon had little time to work on her essay for the United Nations Speak-Off Sunday. She was busy Saturday night helping the Riverside High School girls’ basketball team win a spot in the state tournament starting this week in Pendleton. She was a success in the Speak-Off too, taking first in the contest that brought with it a month’s expense-paid trip to the United Nations this summer. Runners-up in the contest sponsored by the Pendleton Odd Fellows Lodge were Karla May Davison of Ione, second; and Mollie Sue Bothum of Pendleton, third.

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