100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 30-31, 1917

Having read in a Portland paper that Chief of Police Lou Rayburn of La Grande, formerly police officer here, and Fire Chief Claude McKay of La Grande have issued a defi to meet any other such officers in the country in a blue rock contest, Chief of Police Gurdane of Pendleton is hurling a challenge to the La Grande chiefs to meet him and Officer Billy Scheer in a revolver contest. “I known Lou is a champion with the shotgun,” said Chief Gurdane this morning, “and McKay may be as good, but what does that buy them? An officer doesn’t go around with a shotgun on his shoulder. … Tell him to cut out blowing about his marksmanship with a scatter-gun and meet me with the only weapon a man in his occupation should use.”

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 30-31, 1967

Heppner volunteer firemen were called out at 10 a.m. Tuesday when an alarm was turned in that a hay truck was burning on Highway 207 one mile south of town. The truck, owned by Jack Glavey, was being driven by Pat O’Brien when flames shot up from the floorboards. The vehicle had burned up before the firemen arrived. Tires were not burned and the frame was towed to a local garage.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 30-31, 1992

Owner Jim Sewell hopes to have the Circle S Barbecue restaurant open again by Tuesday, but he admits that may be “a lot of wishful thinking.” A fire Wednesday night heavily damaged the kitchen of the popular Pendleton restaurant and caused smoke damage throughout the rest of the building. The fire started in the flue of the smoker, according to fire marshal Ron Campbell. All told, 19 firefighters and four pieces of equipment — two pumper trucks, an aerial ladder truck and an ambulance — were on the scene until 1 a.m.

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