100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 28, 1908

Was Milton Rhineberg?s so-called attempt at suicide in the county jail a part of a plot by which the young man was to drop from sight forever? Was he to have killed himself, and did his nerve fail? Or was it all a bluff on the part of the young man by which he hoped to end his existence as Milton Rhineberg and so bring no more disgrace to the name of his father? That is what the local officers would like to know. Whatever the intention was, Rhineberg?s aged father, back in Atlantic City, N.J., has made application to the Prudential Insurance company for the amount of $1000 insurance the young man carried upon his life. Judge Thomas Fitz Gerald has just received a letter from the insurance company asking for any information regarding the young man?s death or suicide, which is supposed to have occurred on December 3rd, according to the application for the insurance money. The judge has written that it is all a mistake. It was about December 3 that Rhineberg made his confession of having swapped identities with a man whose hat, clothes, watch and jewelry he stole, and evidently the young man got word to his people to the effect of his death, for his father wired immediately to Sheriff Taylor and received the assurance that the young man was simply in durance vile. Since then the insurance company has been looking for the proofs of the boy?s death but Rhineberg has been in the jail blissfully smoking a box of cigars which his father, who is a cigar manufacturer, sent him for Christmas.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 28, 1958

Two boys, one 15 and the other 16 years of age, attempted to holdup a woman employee of The Lariat about 9:30 last night, and wound up in trouble with the law. The boys, whose names were not released because of their age, admitted to city police, according to Chief Ernest Gallaher, that they had attempted the holdup ?just for kicks,? after reading about the First National Bank of Oregon Pendleton branch holdup. The two attempted to holdup the woman, whose name also was withheld by police, as she left The Lariat to go home, but she told them: ?Oh, you go on home ? you?re too young to be up so late.? She continued on her way, although they ran after her and said: ?We?ll get you up the street a couple of blocks.? They apparently had no guns, police said, but pretended to have guns in their jacket pockets. The woman recognized one of them, which led to their apprehension.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 28, 1983

A Greyhound bus collided with two trucks late Tuesday on slippery and fog-shrouded Highway 730, twelve miles west of Hermiston, but there were only minor injuries. The accident inflicted numerous bumps and bruises, but no serious injuries. State police in Hermiston said the rear trailer of a truck driven by Richard Essary, 35, Carson City, Nev., began to burn at 10:30 p.m. As Essary stopped and turned around, his vehicle was struck by a westbound semi-truck driven by Carl R. McGovern, 31, Mullan, Idaho. Mullan?s truck was immediately hit from the rear by a Greyhound bus driven by John M. Russell, 42, of Portland. One passenger on the bus, Linda Jackson, 34, of Omaha, Neb., was treated at Good Shepherd Community Hospital for back and shoulder pain and was released. Other injuries were treated at the scene, police said.

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