100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 20, 1909

Attorney Peter West, member of many fraternal orders, veteran of the civil war, and famed far and wide as a divorce lawyer and because of his many marriages, died at his home near this city last evening. The deceased was 69 years of age and had been a resident of Pendleton and vicinity for many years. Diabetes was the cause of death, he having been stricken with the disease last Friday while attending the national convention of the G.A.R. in Salt Lake. One of the deceased?s greatest claims to fame was due to his reputation as a divorce lawyer. His record in this line probably stands alone in the northwest, if not in the whole country. But in addition to having been the means of securing legal separations for hundreds of unhappily married couples he also engaged in many matrimonial ventures of his own. The wife who survives him is the eleventh he had led to the altar.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 20, 1959

A pickup stolen from Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Thompson early last June has been recovered, state Police Sgt. Curtis Bacon reported this morning. The pickup was found in an unoccupied barn on land on Emigrant Hill owned by Ray Fugitt and farmed by Bill Purchase, but without tenant. A neighbor, W.A. Wilson, saw the pickup in the barn last Sunday and then told Purchase about it this week. He notified state police, who investigated. It will be recalled that two men, at that time believed escapees from the state prison at Walla Walla, entered the Thompson home and held up Mr. and Mrs. Thompson with two of Thompson?s rifles when they came home. The men bound the couple and took $80 cash, her watch, some of his clothing and a quantity of food and cooking utensils in addition to the pickup. Bacon said investigations indicated the two drove directly to the old barn, abandoned the pickup and started out on their own, wearing Thompson?s clothing. Some clothing identified as prison attire was found in the pickup. The fugitives from Walla Walla prison are still at large, Bacon said.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Aug. 20, 1984

Pendleton Round-Up Princess Cindy Insko won?t be delivering a speech at the parents? party in the Round-Up grounds tonight. Insko is recovering in a Walla Walla hospital from a broken jaw sustained in a fall Saturday at the Heppner rodeo when her horse collided head-on with the horse of Round-Up Princess Nancy Miller. Insko was flown from Heppner to St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla by helicopter Saturday, following the incident. Doug Corey, Round-Up court director, said Insko?s jaw was broken in three places. Sunday she was in surgery to have her jaw wired shut. Miller?s horse, injured in the collision, is in a veterinary hospital in Walla Walla.


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