100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 23, 1912

Word has been received here to the effect that the Interior Department has completely reversed itself with reference to the Byers water permit and instead of revoking the company’s permit has allowed the same to stand. In passing upon the matter, so it is reported the department holds that irrigation is not necessary upon the Umatilla reservation, that the Indians have not made use of the water of the river and that the milling company is entitled to continuance of its permit because of its heavy investment. The news of the government’s action came as a complete surprise following the brusque note received several months ago by the milling people to show cause why their permit should not be cancelled.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 23, 1962

Pendleton’s new swimming pools will not be opened this year, the City Council decided 3-2 Tuesday night in a 35-minute discussion during a 4-hour, 17-minute meeting. To accommodate swimmers this season would necessitate accepting the pools on a piece meal basis, it was pointed out. The pools possibly could be opened Sunday, but they would be unpainted and other work, some of it on the bathhouses, would not be complete. The contractor, who already stands to lose $1,500 in penalties for exceeding the scheduled completion date, anticipates the work will be completed in two weeks.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 23, 1987

The roof of the Athena elementary school gym collapsed early Friday afternoon, little more than a week before the scheduled start of school. Officials decided to pull down the walls of the gymnasium to reduce the hazard, and the work started late Friday. New fifth grade teacher Crystal Patton was alone in the main school building when the gym roof collapsed. The fire alarm went off and she called building principal Gaylord Salter. They discovered the gym “filled with fiberglass and steel” moments later, Patton said. There was no fire. Damage was apparently confined to the gym, which was destroyed. The cause of the collapse has not yet been determined and it was too early to tell if the start of school would have to be delayed, Salter said.

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