100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 19, 1912

“The Open Air Theater” is the name of Pendleton’s latest amusement establishment and it opens this evening in the big fair pavilion at the corner of Main and Railroad streets with the purpose of continuing until fair time in September. The theater will be opened by the Beeson & Allen musical comedy company which has been playing at the Grand during the past week and which will hold the stage in the open air there during the next few weeks. The big fair pavilion is being put into shape for use as a play house during the hot weather. The band stand will be used for a stage and the audience seated upon the benches in front of the same. A light canvas will be spread over the portion of the pavilion used.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 19, 1962

Slashes totaling $85,953.54 were made Tuesday night by the City Council in several categories to balance the budget for 1962-63. At the same time, the council asked the city manager and his staff to study a possible vote on changing the tax base. Councilman Bill Clary asked for a tax base change that would see the city through 15 years since it has been approximately that long since the last adjustment.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 19, 1987

A bomb threat involving a train passing through Hermiston turned out to be a false alarm Friday afternoon. An anonymous caller notified the Amtrak reservation office in Los Angeles Friday afternoon and said a bomb was aboard train No. 26, the Pioneer Train. That train left Seattle at 7 a.m. Friday en route to Salt Lake City, where it would connect with another train and continue to Chicago. The eastbound train was pulled over at 3:19 p.m. in Hinkle, just west of Hermiston, where the 160 passengers on board were unloaded. The train was moved into a remote area and searched by Amtrak employees, said Daren Martin, senior trooper with the Oregon State Police in Hermiston. “Amtrak employees searched it and apparently found no bomb and reloaded all the passengers and left,” trooper Martin said.

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