100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 25-26, 1917

Blame it onto the city council as usual. This time it is the scarcity of Christmas trees and the high price of the few that were sold by local dealers yesterday. At least this is the alibi of some of the merchants who made an effort to fill a big demand yesterday for the Yuletide decoration, but who had little success. Their explanation is that in previous years the council either decorated the streets with evergreens or staged a municipal Christmas tree. This venture enabled the dealers to get their supply at the same time and in quantity. But this year the city fathers did not undertake any decorating scheme. As a result only two or three big loads of trees were sold yesterday. The prices ranged from fifty cents for a small top to two dollars for a sizable fir. The few trees that were sold came from Meacham or Cayuse.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 25-26, 1967

Weather statistics sometimes seem paradoxical, but despite the fact that the Umatilla River is running high and some are worrying about floods, precipitation has been so scant in Pendleton that the city needs .24 of an inch before New Year’s Day to come within an inch of the driest year here since 1890. The driest year had a total precipitation of 7.99 and so far this month a .43 total has brought the 1967 figure to only 6.75 inches. If Pendleton could borrow some of Spout Springs’ precipitation of the last few days it would be different. During the five days ending at 8 a.m. today a total of 5.60 inches of precipitation has been registered there, 4.27 of it coming as rain the last two days.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 25-26, 1992

Stacee Raber, formerly of Pendleton, is spending the holiday season in Europe with a professional touring company of “Oklahoma.” According to Stacee’s mother, the musical troupe performs to full houses wherever they appear. She sings and dances in the ensemble and serves as understudy for the character Ado Annie. She’s the youngest cast member. Stacy is the daughter of Dave and Sally Raber of Pendleton. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1988 and earned her bachelor’s degree in dance this year from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle.

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