100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 20, 1911

Following the receipt Saturday by Brigadier General William E. Finzer, adjutant general of the Oregon National Guard, of instructions from Chief-of-Staff Leonard Wood to recruit the Oregon militia to a war footing and the receipt this morning by Captain Ferguson of orders from General Finzer, excitement in local military circles is intense. Veterans of the Civil and the Spanish-American wars are getting the fever again while the young guardsmen are hoping fervently that they will be ordered to the Mexican frontier for service. Meanwhile Captain Ferguson and other officers of Company L are making preparations to comply with the instructions received. Active recruitment to bring the company to full strength will be commenced immediately.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 20, 1961

A vivacious Spanish senora with the unlikely name of Maria Teresa O’Rourke celebrated St. Patrick’s Day as one of America’s new citizens. Mrs. O’Rourke, who speaks with a charming Spanish brogue, was born in Madrid and acquired the Gaelic surname when she met and married her American mechanical engineer husband, Bill, two years ago. Husband Bill recently was assigned to Turkey, and left for that country in January. Mrs. O’Rourke came to Pendleton to stay with her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William E. O’Rourke, until the final documents came through on her American citizenship. Then she will join O’Rourke in Turkey.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 20, 1986

Tests conducted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture have not turned up excessive amounts of the pesticide Malathion in samples of grain taken last week from Condon Grain Growers. Frank Bauman, general manager of Condon Grain Growers, said the wheat tested at levels ranging fro 2.9 to 7 parts per million, he said, within the federal tolerance of 8 parts per million. The agriculture department began investigating last week after the Hawaii Department of Agriculture recalled 2.4 million pounds of flour and animal feed, saying it was milled from wheat that exceeded federal guidelines for Malathion. Earlier this week Bauman said an insurance investigator is checking to see if Malathion could have gotten into the wheat after it left Condon Grain Growers.

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