100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 22, 1909

Because John Smiley, a threshing machine man, left the country without paying his harvest hands, three farmers for whom he threshed may be compelled to pay the crew?s wages as well as pay Smiley for threshing their grain, according to action taken in the local courts today. The three grain growers are Monroe Parrish, Chris Breeding and A.P. Myrick, all prosperous farmers in the vicinity of Helix. A total of 28 liens have been filed against their crops. It seems that Smiley collected pay for threshing from these men, turned the machine back to the man from whom it was purchased and left the country, leaving the crew?s wages and several other accounts unpaid. Now liens have been filed against the grain owned by these men for whom he threshed and though they have already paid their threshing bills to Smiley they will probably be compelled to pay the wages due his men. A law passed at the last session of the legislature, making this possible.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 22, 1959

Sometimes the unusual happens oftener than the usual ? and that was true for the last 24 hours in Pendleton, according to city police. First a hit-run driver collided with a telephone pole on SW Emigrant near 19th, knocking it eight feet off its base, and continued on his way unobserved. Wires held the pole from falling. Next Ernest William Anderson of Northwest 10th reported that while he was at Wallowa Lake someone took his Jeep from his garage, drove it about 100 miles, and returned it. He found two or three strange items in the Jeep. Finally, Edith Rubbert of SW 11th reported bullets from a nearby barn area were coming uncomfortably close to her house. Police investigated but whoever did the shooting had disappeared.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 22, 1984

Blasting was started Monday to create a new channel in the lower Umatilla River for returning salmon and steelhead. Although high water flows had created some delay in the project earlier, Ray Engblom, construction superintendent of contractor Peters & Wood Co. of Pasco,, said Tuesday flows were down and work was going ahead without problem. Engblom said a test blast was done Monday and regular blasting was expected to begin Tuesday afternoon. Heavy equipment and a drilling rig were at work Tuesday preparing for the blasting, and signs had been posted along the Old River Road paralleling the river warning of the work. The Corps of Engineers has contracted for the project, which involves blasting of a channel in the river?s basalt rock bed so that adult salmon and steelhead will be able to get through the lower river without being trapped during low water. The channel will concentrate the river during low flow conditions.

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