100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 31, 1909

A gasoline engine for installation in an aeroplane at Pendleton has just been completed at the Willamette Gas Engine & Machine Works, 350 East Washington street, Portland, and will be shipped tomorrow to Pendleton. The aeroplane is the invention of a man by the name of McDennis MacColgan and he is being backed in his venture by Sidney Goodwing and John H. Bahr of Pendleton. While little is known by Manager Weber of the machine works as to the principles of the aeroplane, it is said to be of a type not hither experimented with. Its propellers are said to have no rotary motion, but a folding, sliding motion like the wings of a bird. They are operated by means of levers in the hands of the operator.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 31, 1959

You might as well give up, girls, it?s a man?s world after all ? even in the kitchen. One of Pendleton High School?s male graduates is now at school learning all about making the kitchen his domain. Richard Vaughn, now attending the culinary Institute of America at New Haven, Conn., is actually enrolled in a basic course of restaurant and hotel management. Included are bake shop , demonstration kitchen, production, and butchering, with lectures in food cost control and room maintenance cost. Richard says, ?No girls are enrolled, but probably this won?t be for long.? He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Vaughn, and graduated from PHS last June.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 31, 1984

For 30 years Bill Etter has started each day by taking weather readings on his ranch outside Pilot Rock. At 7 a.m. he visits the small weather station behind his house, where he slips a measuring stick into the rainfall gauge and records the high and low temperatures for the last 24 hours. When it snows Etter carts the rain collector into the house to let the snow melt before measuring the precipitation. As an observer for the National Weather Service, Etter has followed the morning ritual faithfully since 1954, missing no more than a day a year. For his diligence, the Weather Service recently sent him a 30-year service pin. Etter also has a clipboard with 30 years of Pilot Rock weather statistics to show for his efforts. As Etter prepares to retire from farming, it will be up to this sons Rick and John to decide if they want to keep the weather station on the Etter farm.

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