100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 1-2, 1919

The farmers on the Hermiston irrigation project have organized a cooperative creamery company and have purchased from S.R. Oldaker the creamery formerly operated by him in Hermiston. There are nearly 600 dairy cows on the project and the new company has the united support of all the dairymen.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 1-2, 1969

At least $1,000 damage was caused by vandals at the Mission elevator of Pendleton Grain Growers over the weekend. Wayne Friedly, assistant manager of PGG’s feed and seed division, said the vandals ripped open 25 bags of seed peas and 60 bags of seed grain. About a month ago the elevator was hit by vandals who caused the same sort of damage. They apparently were able to squeeze into the building through a sliding door. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 1-2, 1994

Bryan and Kathy Jones of Helix have become emu farmers. They are raising and breeding the curious, friendly birds from Australia. The Joneses operate Green Eggers Emu Ranch — an obvious reference to the classic “Green Acres” television show. Their four large birds are named Laverne, Shirley, Lenny and Squiggy, all characters from TV’s “Laverne & Shirley.” Emus are similar to ostriches only smaller. “It seemed like a good business opportunity,” Bryan says about breeding the birds part time. They also raise dryland canola and wheat in Juniper Canyon. Bryan notes the off-season for crops coincides with the busy time for emus.

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