100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 22, 1912

Butter Creek valley is today a scene of devastation, as a result of the Saturday storm which sent an immense wall of water down the valley, sweeping it for miles almost clear of signs of human presence. Before its force houses, barns, outbuildings and fences went down and were swept away in the flood and had it not have been daylight when it occurred and had not settlers ridden in advance of the oncoming water, many lives would undoubtedly have been lost. According to William Rahe, who was on the James Nelson ranch at the time of the storm, and who rode into the city today, a wall of water five feet high and the entire width of the valley, varying from 300 feet to 500, swept down upon them and took everything before it. Settlers rode at furious pace in advance of the flood, warning the inhabitants of the valley who had just time to turn their stock loose and drive them to the safety of the hills.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 22, 1962

Voters of Umatilla and Morrow counties Friday approved by more than a 2 to 1 margin a budget for the 1962-63 scholastic year of the Blue Mountain Community College, recently approved by the electorate of the two-county district. Expected minimum attendance the first year is 200 students. The budget will be $246,979, of which $103,704 will be provided by taxation in the two counties. The difference between the two figure is the expected income from other sources — state and student tuition funds.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 22, 1987

Pendleton’s mayor Joe McLoughlin was entertained by the Lord Mayor of Derry on his recent trip to Ireland — and he learned the Irish city governmental bodies “have the same problems we have.” The Lord Mayor of Derry, wearing a gold meal as sign of his high office, greeted McLoughlin royally. “They about had a fit that I didn’t wear a medal,” McLoughlin said. “Lord Mayor is a big deal there. They only hold office for one year.” But the mayors must first have served on the council. The mayor presented McLoughlin with a plaque, and McLoughlin presented the mayor with a key to the city of Pendleton.

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