100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 15, 1916

E.F. Averill, district inspector of predatory animals, this morning received from one of his trappers near Wallula what is pronounced as the fossil of a horn of a prehistoric ox or buffalo. It was dug out of the earth by the trapper while he was setting his trap in a coyote den. The fossil is of the core of the horn only and is much larger than the horn of the ordinary buffalo. The trapper writes that the head of the animal, as shown by the fossilized bones found, was over three feet long. One of the horns has crumbled but the other is intact. Mr. Averill will send for the head and ship the whole to Washington, D.C. Stanley Jewett, Mr. Averill’s assistant, estimates that the fossil is several thousand years old.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 15, 1966

Henry W. Collins, Portland, to be honored Saturday at Portland Meadows when a handicap will be named for him on “Pendleton Day,” was third president of the Pendleton Round-Up and his tenure, 1921-1932, was the longest presidency in the history of the show. Collins, only living stalwart of those who started the show in 1910, was grand marshal of the Westward Ho! parade in 1964 and riding with him as escort were old-time friends, many of whom will go to Portland for the Meadows celebration. Collins well recalls the first Round-Up, when old circus bleachers hemmed a track with a three-board fence and a small grandstand held the crowd.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 15, 1991

A bill that would force three Milton-Freewater school districts to merge passed the Oregon House Thursday and is headed for the governor’s desk for final approval. The bill would require union high school districts and the elementary districts that feed into them to merge into one by 1996. That would reduce the number of Oregon school districts from 298 to 177. Republican representatives Ray Baum of La Grande and Chuck Norris of Hermiston voted against the bill. Sen. Scott Duff, D-Adams, said Friday he helped pass the bill in the Senate with “great reservation.” Baum and Norris see the bill as a directive from the state, telling local communities what to do. Milton-Freewater is the only northeast Oregon community that would be affected by the bill.

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