100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 27, 1908

Two new farmer 'phone lines are now being organized and they will be constructed during the coming fall. One will run into the city from the Coombs canyon country, while the other will come from Cold Springs. The people back of the line from Cold Springs have already organized and elected officers. Joe Hanscom is president; William Muir, treasurer, and Dr. W.R. Campbell, secretary. There will be 12 subscribers on the line and it will be built as soon as the harvesting work is over. Most of the work on the line will be done by the subscribers themselves. Both the new rural lines are to be connected with the Pacific States company's city service and in the work of organization the ranchers have been given assistance by Manager M.F. Marston of the telephone company. Some of the 'phones for use on the new lines have already been ordered and are now on hand at J.L. Vaughan's electrical store on Court street.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 27, 1958

Mary Morgan of Pendleton set a breaststroke record at the Oregon State AAU Swimming and Diving Championships in The Dalles over the weekend in the 13- and 14-year-old class. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward S. Morgan. She swam the distance, 100 meters, in 1:33.4 to smash the old mark of 1:34.3. In addition to this first place she also finished third in the women's 200-meter breaststroke, won by a Portland woman. Her points were a strong factor in giving Pendleton's team 41 and eighth place in the meet, just behind La Grande which scored 60. Hermiston counted 18 points and finished 14th. The Hermiston 400-meter freestyle boys (15 and 16) relay team won third place in the event and Jim Johnson, Hermiston, was third in the 100-meter freestyle boys 13 and 14 year old class. Miss Morgan is currently competing in the Oregon Junior Olympics in Portland.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 27, 1983

For years Frieda Slocum lived without television, for TV signals couldn't penetrate her canyon near Heppner. She thought about putting an antenna on a hilltop and stringing lines to her home. Now, with her new television "dish" antenna pointed to the southern sky, the retired schoolteacher can pick up about 100 channels from satellites spinning 22,300 miles above the earth. "This morning I watched an opera," she said. "I have the learning channel and the weather and several stations of news. " Two other neighbors now have satellite TV dishes, she said. Agrees Roy Drago, sheriff of Morrow County, "When you get out on the back roads and the isolated farms, it looks like everyone has a dish." Hermiston businessman Steve Caldwell, who builds and distributes satellite dishes, says dropping prices have sparked interest in the systems. The quality of a system that sells for $3,500 today would have sold for $100,000 in 1979, he said.

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