100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 7, 1909

Unmistakable evidence of a mysterious murder was discovered by Coroner Folsom in his investigation of the finding of a body found floating in the Columbia river Thursday of last week. The rough wooden box contained the remains of a man about 40 years of age, whose skull had been crushed and then dragged for some distance by means of a rope fastened about the neck. After having been wedged into the rough box, which was six inches too short for the man, a quantity of slack lime was thrown in to consume the remains. This effort at the destruction of the body failed. However, there was not a stitch of clothing on the body, and the only other article of any kind was the piece of rope with which the body had been dragged to its rude coffin. The evidence of the body having been dragged is taken as an indication that only one man was implicated in the murder, as had there been more than one it would have been easier to have carried it. The most conspicuous feature of his appearance was a dark brown mustache faintly streaked with gray. The hands and feet were in fairly good condition and showed that the murdered man was not a laborer.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 7, 1959

Oregon?s Centennial wagon train, wending its way along the approximate path of the Old Oregon Trail, ?is one of the best advertising programs I?ve ever run across,? says a Pendleton man. Mr. and Mrs. Art Lang know whereof they speak. They?ve just returned from a trip through several states during which they did plenty of advertising for Pendleton and Oregon on their own. Five miles west of North Platte, Neb., they visited the Centennial wagon train where it was camped in a meadow about 100 yards off the highway. Enthusiastic Nebraskans clambered through the covered wagons, talked with the people accompanying the train, and vowed they would get to Oregon?s Centennial celebration. Of greatest interest to the Langs, naturally, was the Pendleton wagon. Its inclusion in the wagon train was arranged by the Round-Up Assn., Happy Canyon and officials preparing for a National Indian Encampment here July 18-26.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 7, 1984

Tourism can be promoted through publicizing new assets in South Morrow County, a group representing several agencies and organizations agreed in a meeting held in Heppner Tuesday. Thomas Imeson, field director for Sen. Mark Hatfield, attended the meeting to be briefed on the concern of local people about construction of a park in conjunction with Willow Creek Dam. At the request of Heppner Economic Development Corporation, Hatfield has been encouraged to do what he can to get things moving on development of an overnight park on the north side of the lake created by the dam. Jim Hayes, president of the development group, said the park was to contain space for about 10 to 14 self-contained trailers, a ball park and a picnic area. The $240,000 cost of the project would be split between the Corps of Engineers and Morrow County. Funds for the county?s portion were included in the recently approved budget.

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