100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 1-2, 1918

Between 5 and 6 o’clock Saturday evening Athena was treated to the most stirring time in many years when Braden Gerking and John Rothrock Jr. became disorderly with the final result that Rothrock was shot in the foot while resisting arrest and Gerking was placed in jail. On horseback the two men, said to be intoxicated, rode the sidewalks and created a disturbance. The marshal not being at hand, efforts were made to quell them by citizens, among them Mayor Homer I. Watts. Councilman N.A. Miller attempted to arrest the men and while shooting to scare Rothrock the latter’s horse whirled in such a manner that the pistol ball struck the rider in the foot. The wound is said to be slight.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 1-2, 1968

Two Umatilla Army Depot general supply division employees received special acts awards recently from Col. William Whelan, UAD commanding officer. He cited Gary L. Barney and Robert L. Friend for exceptional personal efforts in the summer. The two men were engaged in disposal of oils and other waste materials they had just transported to the area by truck when a flash fire occurred. “Although the men were severely burned on face, arms, hands and body,” the commendation read, “they disregarded their pain, moved the truck and extinguished the truck fire. By their actions, they prevented the total destruction of a $2,889.87 government vehicle and held damage to the truck to $130.56.”

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 1-2, 1993

Members of Chuck Overstreet’s International Karate Federation School at Roundup Athletic Club in Pendleton came home from Honolulu, Hawaii, with a fistful of medals this week. A dozen team members placed in events at the giant International Karate Championships at Honolulu on Sunday. Jesse Engum and Corey Williams posted second-place finishes in men’s brown belt kata and intermediate boys’ fighting, respectively. Ralph Tachella finished third in the highly competitive men’s black belt fighting division. Third places also went to Williams in kata, Joe Engum in men’s brown belt fighting and Kristie Clark in intermediate girls’ fighting. The junior fighting team of Aaron Engum, Micah Engum and Jason Davis finished third.

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