100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

May 16-17, 1915

A Pendleton boy, Chester Fee, son of Judge and Mrs. James A. Fee was one of the two bright lights of the annual University of Oregon-University of Washington track meet held at Eugene Saturday and won handily by the Oregon athletes 86 to 44. Fee won two firsts, two seconds and two thirds and his performance was the more remarkable in that he took places in the weights, races and jumps, proving himself one of the most versatile athletes the university has had for a long time. He upset all dope when he won the pole vault by crossing the bar at 11 feet 9 inches, the highest vault he has ever made in a meet. He took a first also in the javelin throw by hurling the spear 160 feet 4 inches. In the high hurdles he ran second to Walter Muirhead who tied the coast record, 15-2, and also took second to Muirhead in the high jump, his jump being 5 feet 8 inches, an inch lower than the winner’s mark. In the broad jump he won third with a leap of 20 feet 6 1-2 inches and he also placed third in the shotput.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

May 16-17, 1965

Eighteen newsmen from as far away as Portland and Seattle viewed close at hand last Tuesday Boeing’s propulsion system testing apparatus located 14 miles southeast of Boardman. The major item seen in the morning tour was a double-decked test stand with its upper deck 44 feet high, capable of withstanding the firing of a vertical 100,000-pound engine thrust. Installed on it for an afternoon test the same day was an RL-10 engine, a upper-stage or outer-space rocket element with a 15,000-pound thrust capability. Boeing is not an engine manufacturer. Therefore, tests at the Boardman sites are of system components — fuels and plumbing carrying fuels — and not of the engines themselves.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

May 16-17, 1990

Eighty years ago, trailblazer Ezra Meeker stopped in Milton to talk to a group of school children about the importance of marking the Oregon Trail and remembering the pioneers who traveled it. Effie Ritchey, now 91, was among those students. Meeker made a mighty impression on her, says the Milton-Freewater resident. Four years ago, Ritchey made a strong impression on a group of fourth graders when she shared her memories of Meeker’s visit. Six of those students decided then a memorial was needed to mark the passage of the Oregon Trail through this northeast Umatilla County town. Come Friday their brainstorm and hard work will come to fruition. The day has been proclaimed “Ezra Meeker Day,” which will be highlighted by the dedication of a sign outside City Hall noting the passage of the Oregon Trail through the area. The celebration also will include the dedication of a memorial plaque at a spot marked by Meeker when he passed through town in the spring of 1910.

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