100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 5, 1917

Preston DeWitt, employed upon the D.W. Dupuis ranch, last week was showing his skill at jerking the head from a live rattle snake by grabbing it by the tail and popping it whip fashion. He got Mr. Rattler’s head but when it flew off the fangs struck the back of his hand. He lost no time at sucking the poison out and now says “never again.”

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 5, 1967

Mike Gray, owner of Gray’s Repair Shop and service station in Heppner, went to the doctor for a shot. He fainted, waited 15 minutes, then sat in his pickup another five minutes before attempting to drive. He only made it two blocks north of Gale Street before he started to faint again. He turned off the ignition and headed for the curb before passing out a second time. But the truck did not stop before it had struck a parked car, veered across the street and into the house of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Chapin. A window and the outside of the house were damaged. Gray had extensive lacerations to his chin, requiring 12 stitches to close. His five-year-old daughter, who with her mother had gone to the doctor’s office on learning of the accident, also passed out while watching her father being stitched up. She cut her chin in an identical place and had five stitches to close her wound.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

July 5, 1992

Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center, the state’s 60-bed mental health facility in Pendleton, is no longer being considered for expansion or downsizing, says Superintendent Steve Feinstein. At one point this spring, state officials considered closing EOPC. Later, a proposal to expand operations was considered. Both ideas have been scrapped and the facility will continue in a stable mode. However, EOPC “did not come through this (budget cuts) unscathed,” Feinstein said.

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