100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 6, 1917

A Pendleton woman, Mrs. Maurice Leeder, figured in an episode in San Francisco on New Year’s morning which resulted in the violent death of J.R. Buckley, a traveling salesman. Mrs. Leeder is the wife of the traveling representative of Folger & Co. in this territory and they have been living in the G.W. Coutts home on the north side. Last month she and her husband left for San Francisco to attend a meeting of Folger’s salesmen. They were members of a party occupying a table at Lamb’s cafe in San Francisco on New Year’s evening. While dancing with Mrs. Leeder, Buckley accidentally bumped into Harry McGuire, who has a reputation of being a professional slugger. After the dance McGuire walked across the room to Buckley’s table and struck him in the face. The management ejected him. He waited outside and when the party came out assaulted Buckley again. The latter was knocked down and suffered a basal fracture of the skull from which he later died. McGuire is being held for murder.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 6, 1967

What would it be like to live in a community fallout shelter for two weeks? Over 300 Pendleton eighth grade students found out by visiting an actual shelter Thursday. It is part of a science program designed to prepare the students for all kinds of natural disasters, said Bob Peshall, junior high science instructor. Peshall and Lyle Phelps are the teachers in charge of the program. The class was conducted in the basement of the National Guard Armory, where a shelter capable of handling 230 people is located. Tom Campbell, Umatilla County Civil Defense director, stood 24 students in a 240 square foot area and told them, “This would be your living space for two weeks.” He also let the students sample the typical fallout shelter food. For each meal a person would receive eight small crackers, high in protein, and four carbohydrate supplement candy drops for a meal of 333 calories, along with a quart of water a day.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 6, 1992

A 48-year-old Kennewick woman was injured Sunday in the season’s fourth snowmobile accident near Spout Springs. Andrea Bishop was taken by Athena Ambulance to St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, where she was treated for a chest bruise before being discharged. Ross Snodgrass, director of the ambulance service, said Bishop was a passenger on the back of a snow machine that flew over a small embankment and hit a snowbank. She was thrown off and landed with her fist between the ground and her chest. She complained of pain in her sternum. Snodgrass said the Athena Ambulance has responded to three other snowmobile accidents since Dec. 23, an unusually high number.

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