100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 23, 1916

Charles Sams, an aged man, was murdered between 12 and 1 o’clock this morning as he was sleeping in his cabin at Valley Chapel, seven miles from Milton on the Washington state side of the line. Two .38 caliber bullets were fired into his head. He died two hours later without regaining consciousness. The authorities of Walla Walla county have no clew to the murderer. In order to fire the fatal shots, the assailant had to reach over the body of Sams’ wife who was sleeping at his side. The shots awakened her but the intruder had made his escape before she could see him. Two sons, who were sleeping in a wagon shed about 40 feet away from the cabin, were also awakened. They rushed into the house but failed to get a trace of the murderer. The outer door to the cabin and the door leading into the sleeping room were found open. Mrs. Sams told the authorities she was sure both doors had been closed before the aged couple had retired for the night. So quietly did the intruder work in getting into the house, however, that his opening of the doors was not heard.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 23, 1966

Little William, owned by Jess and Agnes Montgomery of Hermiston, won first place in the aged gelding class, and was judged grand champion gelding at the Central Washington Quarter Horse Show at the Morley Quarter Horse Ranch, Yakima, Wash. Poco Tom, owned by Stewart and Gloria Guthery, Hermiston, placed fifth in an outstanding class of horse colts, foals of 1965. Little William was shown by J.L. Bartlett of Yakima, and Poco Tom by Shelly Ann Guthery, daughter of the owners.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 23, 1991

Tim George of Pendleton notes that although there are people who braid rawhide or “hitch” (knot) horsehair, he is the only one he knows of who combines the two. George makes horse tack such as quirts (riding whips), reins, headstalls, bosals (part of the bridle) and riatas (lariats) with the rawhide and horsehair. Although George has been working in rawhide for 18 years, he hasn’t kept any completed pieces himself. His work has always been sold — before he finishes. He does have pictures of a set of striped horsehair reins he sold for $900.

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