100 years ago — 1922

Just what demand exists now for wheat land? Pendleton people think there will be a partial answer to this question by the action of the public at the sale of Indian lands by the government on January 18. A total of 1,289.64 acres in 20 different tracts has been advertised by Supt. E. L. Swartzlander. The highest price ever realized for Indian lands on the Umatilla reservation in government sales was $256 the acre. The highest appraisal on the land offered for sale now is $130 the acre. Local bankers declare that they have received very little indication of any interest in the sale. People are anxious to buy, Swartzlander states, but the ability to pay is the universal problem. The original reservation contained 157,000 acres of land. The records of the government show that 43,000 acres of this land has passed to private ownership, some of it being sold to whites and some of it being patented to Indians.

50 years ago — 1972

“As long as there are differences between people, conflict and dissension are inevitable,” said Dr. David Brody, professor of psychology at Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, keynote speaker at Blue Mountain Community College’s Minority Awareness Seminar Tuesday. Dr. Brody added, “It isn’t the conflict and dissension that is a threat to mankind. It is the manner in which we cope with it. The art of living with others is the result of constructive resolving of conflicts. Minority Awareness Day at BMCC was designed to help faculty members and student leaders at the community college become more cognizant of minority problems, specifically the Chicanos, blacks, disadvantaged whites and native Americans. Brody laid a foundation based on the premise that due to inherited and cultural factors people are bound to be different, “and any program for minority groups must start with an attitude of acceptance.”

25 years ago — 1997

While some people were ringing in the new year watching Dick Clark or celebrating with family and friends, the Boettcher family kept their eyes on Butter Creek. “New Year’s Eve we spent watching the waters come up, hoping it wouldn’t come up as far as the house,” said Sheila Boettcher, who, along with her husband, Jari, owns Westwinds Nursery on Colonel Jordan Road right off of I-84 near Hermiston. Although it didn’t reach the house or store, creek waters covered everything else on their 21-acre property, including a driveway and retail tree area. The Boettchers’ barn and pasture also flooded, forcing them to put several horses, sheep and cows from their hobby farm under the care of neighbors who live on higher ground. By the weekend the water still hadn’t receded. The owners are trying to keep their sense of humor. “It looks like a lake. We were thinking of putting an ad in for waterfront property,” Boettcher said with a laugh.

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