100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 1915

What to do with bootleggers after they have been caught is the problem which is vexing Circuit Judge Phelps. This morning when several of those caught in the recent campaign appeared before him and pleaded guilty, he refused to pass sentence, declaring he would first investigate to ascertain whether or not imprisonment in the county jail would be a punishment to them. If the county maintained a rockpile or worked the prisoner some other way, the judge intimated he would know what penalty to inflict. “In passing sentence I do not want to encourage other men of the hobo class to give liquor to Indians in the hopes of getting a place to stay and good meals during the winter. In that event the burden would not be upon the bootleggers but upon the taxpayers.”

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 1965

A Pilot Rock man stood in numbed shock on the banks of East Birch Creek Saturday watching the waters rushing down a channel where once stood his home and all his belongings. Ed Hardin, a plant engineer at Georgia-Pacific’s Pilot Rock plant, and his family had only recently moved into their three bedroom home located about six miles southeast of Pilot Rock. It was built 30 yards from the creek. The swollen creek poured over its banks late Friday and had a direct shot at the Hardin house. An aerial survey showed parts of the Hardin home caught on trees and fences for at least a mile downstream. A shed and his oldest son’s car were all that was left of what once was a quiet rural home.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 1990

Jackie Leeper will be sentenced March 9 for murdering a husband she said abused her and threatened her children. After nine-and-a-half hours of deliberation over two days, a 12-person jury convicted her Tuesday of murdering Gary Leeper. In so doing, they ruled Jackie was not acting in self-defense when she shot Gary June 16, 1989. Jury members appeared angry and tense Tuesday as they entered the courtroom with their verdict. They had switched presiding jurors and one court official said they fought angrily before coming to a decision.

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