100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

May 2, 1914

The east end of Umatilla county proved yesterday that it not only produces champion peaches and strawberries but also produces champion spellers. Four first places and three second places were captured by the pupils of that section yesterday in the finals of the county championship spelling contest held in this city. Perhaps the keenest contest of all yesterday was that among the sixth grade representatives. For two and a half hours, from 2 until 5:30 in the afternoon, the contest waged before the winners were decided. All the words in the sixth grade speller were spelled correctly, the fifth grade speller was exhausted and finally words had to be selected from readers. The two winners, Faye Price and Harold Otto, are both from Milton and it caused no great surprise that this school won out, inasmuch as the entire grade in the preliminaries qualified with an average of over 97 per cent.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

May 2, 1964

What started out to be a small break in the main irrigation canal near Stanfield this week suddenly turned into a major washout, causing about $5,000 damage to the canal system that will require nearly a week to repair. More serious damage was averted when ditch rider Bill Fawcett discovered the break about 7:30 p.m. while making his rounds. He immediately notified engineers to cut off the main water supply to the canal. Evidently rodents had burrowed into the canal banks and when the water level was raised to full capacity for the first time this season the water poured out of the canal through several small holes possibly used by gophers. Within a short while the force of the water had cut a gaping 30 by 40 foot opening in the side of the canal. By the time the water had been shut off a 20 foot high canyon nearly a quarter of a mile long had been carved out of the canal. Men and equipment will have to work around the clock to get the irrigation system back in working order, explained Darryl Maxwell, county extension agent for irrigation.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

May 2, 1989

Students from two area schools are joining efforts to turn some of OregonÂ’s declining creekbeds into clear, cool streams lined with lush vegetation and filled with fish. Weston-McEwen High School science club students and Pendleton High School biology class and FFA students have been working to improve riparian, or stream bank, zones with help from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Weston-McEwen project is on property belonging to Dave Cummings on Pine Creek just north of Athena. The Pendleton students are working on Tom StraughanÂ’s farm on Birch Creek between Pilot Rock and Pendleton. Straughan is president of the Umatilla County Soil and Water Conservation District, which is also participating in the programs.

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