100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 26, 1909

Without any note of explanation, a girl baby was left at the door of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Finch of 510 Jane street, about 10 o?clock last night. The infant was wrapped in a blanket and by its side was a bundle of clothes wrapped in a paper but there is not a word of writing on either the clothing or the paper and the recipients of the human bundle are completely in the dark as to where the child came from. The Finches had been uptown for the evening and returning shortly before 10 o?clock retired for the night on the back porch. Hardly had they dropped off to sleep when they were awakened by a long ring at the door bell. His surprise upon finding the baby wrapped in a blanket can be more easily imagined than described. There was no one in sight and an examination this morning failed to reveal any trace of tracks by a person or vehicle of any kind. The parentage of the child will therefore probably never be known to it or its foster parents for Mr. and Mrs. Finch have practically decided to adopt the child, having no children of their own.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 26, 1959

Whipman of the Confederated Tribes, Phillip Bill, has said he will participate in the National Indian Encampment to be held here July 18 through 26. He is the official whipman of the dancers named by the three tribes, Nez Perce, Cayuse and Walla Walla. The whipwoman is a leader of the tribal dances and keeps the dancers in line, instructs and disciplines them. Whipwoman is Ruby McFarland, who recently replaced the late Margaret Nanagua. Both positions are of a hereditary nature. Bill said he expects ?all kinds of people? at the encampment and said he feels it?s ?kinda hard to keep the bad out. All celebrations are that way,? he added. He said each tribe planning to attend will have its own police to help keep the show clean.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 26, 1984

Law enforcement officials collected a truck load of opium poppies Monday from city residents who thought they were nothing more than pretty flowers. Detective Jim O?Grady of the Pendleton Police Department said the plants were found at six different locations around town, including Melanie Square shopping center. It?s not unusual to find opium poppies growing wild in the area, O?Grady explained, and the police stay on the lookout for the illegal plant. People living at some of the locations where the poppies were pulled up Monday had been cultivating them as flowers and were surprised to learn they were opium poppies from which heroin is derived. According to John Spilker, state police crime lab technician in Pendleton, about $10 worth of heroin can be obtained from each opium poppy flower pod. Consequently, the truck load of plants confiscated Monday was worth thousands of dollars, O?Grady said.

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