100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 29-30, 1908

The Christmas entertainment here in Albee was a very beautiful affair and the tree was trimmed and loaded with many costly presents, coming mostly from Santa Claus, who, it seems, is related to all the children and in love with all the ladies. Still he has never been known to cause trouble in a family. Besides the tree being loaded with articles of merchandise there were boxes of apples and oranges opened and distributed among the crowd, which started everybody chewing. The program consisted of songs by the choir, recitations and dialogues by the school children under the direction of Prof. Darnell. The entertainment closed at 10:30 o'clock, when all adjourned to the dance hall to trip the light fantastic and partake of a basket supper at midnight. The pleasures of the night continued until broad daylight when all aboard was shouted by the drivers and the jingling sleigh bells could be heard leading the merry crowd to their homes Christmas morning.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 29-30, 1958

A quick-draw shooting contest put 19-year-old Francis Worley in a Walla Walla hospital Sunday afternoon. Police explained Worley and two other boys were conducting a game in which one of the boys dropped a penny, another "snapped" a shot at the coin and the third boy timed the action. One of the other boys was a 17-year-old youth. Worley was timing the contest when accidentally hit by a .22 caliber shot, police said. The bullet hit the watch on his left wrist, shattered it, drove pieces of the watch into the wrist and imbedded itself in the wrist. Because the accident occurred outside the Milton-Freewater city limits, city police did not investigate. They said, however, they did not believe the boy was seriously wounded.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Dec. 29-30, 1983

He's not ice-fishing, and he's not stealing firewood. But he's been accused of both. Tony Holcomb of Pendleton is a watermaster, and when it rains or snows he can be found out checking a gauge or measuring a stream's flow. In winter, ice can clog a stream and its banks. Getting to the river means cutting through ice. And Holcomb uses a chainsaw to cut the ice. One time, police showed up to check a report of men cutting wood along the river. It was just Holcomb cutting through the ice. "Catch any?" and "What are you doing?" are questions that tax Holcomb's patience. "People are always asking what the watermaster does in the winter," Holcomb said, frustration tinting his voice. When he's not handling calls or doing paperwork in the office, he's out in the field - in winter gear and insulated chest waders.

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