100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 18, 1911

Not triumphant overall, but victorious over many, the Pendleton bowling team returned last evening from Spokane where they participated in the world’s tournament which will close in that city tomorrow. The members of the team are very well pleased with their showing, for it is the first time they have ever entered in a big tournament and, moreover, they were handicapped by the sickness of A.J. Gibson, one of their crack men. Rolling a score of 2509 pins in the five men contest, the local boys occupy the 11th place out of 65 entries, which is an achievement of which to be proud when it is taken into consideration that some of the best teams in the country were entered in the tournament.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 18, 1961

Two Pendleton High School girls were seriously injured yesterday when their car went out of control on Highway 395 10 miles north of Pendleton. State Police reported that Diane Kay Barclay, 16-year-old winner of the Citizenship Cup award, and her classmate, Sara Province, 16, were thrown from their vehicle when they apparently had a tire blowout near Cold Springs Grange. The Province girl was reported to have had a “good night” at St. Anthony Hospital. She is believed to have a fractured back. Injuries to Diane are unknown, but hospital authorities said she underwent X-rays again this morning.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 18, 1986

A Heppner man accused of murdering a gas station owner he’d previously worked for changed his plea to guilty in Morrow County Circuit Court this morning, canceling a trial scheduled to begin today. Larry R. Westerling, 25, pleaded “guilty but insane,” according to a Circuit Court spokesperson. Westerling initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity or mental defect, and a trial was delayed while he was sent to Salem for a review by state psychiatrists. The state ruled Westerling was capable of standing trial and assisting in his own defense. The psychiatrists said they thought Westerling understood the illegal nature of the crime he was accused of, but likely wouldn’t be capable of conforming his behavior to the standards required by law.

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