100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 5, 1909

An unexpected explosion of a dynamite charge Wednesday afternoon almost blew to atoms a man named Joe Vartelany, an employee of the George Palmer lumber camp near La Grande. It seems the fellow was attempting to blast out a tree on the spur line near the camp, but as the charge did not go off as planned Vartelany went back to rearrange the blast. The act cost him his life, for unexpectedly the entire charge exploded, blowing the unfortunate man to pieces. The funeral was held at Elgin yesterday, as no relatives are known or could be found. ?Dynamite Joe? is the name which the deceased bore among his fellow workmen. Except for the fact that he is about 40 years old nothing is known of his past life or his history.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 5, 1959

School?s out in Long Creek, but the school band is marching up and down the two main streets in the town. And marching right along with them is Leo Pysher, band director and principal of the high school. Why are they marching? They?re going to the Rose Festival, all 41 members of the band, and they?re taking along with them seven drum majorettes and a float. By the time all the parents and friends get to Portland not many persons will remain in Long Creek.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 5, 1984

Connie Braat?s art career got a boost this spring when one of her illustrations was selected for exhibition in New York City. Braat, a Boardman native now living in Portland, illustrated the cover of a Frank Herbert novel, ?Soulcatcher,? as her entry in the 1984 Society of Illustrators Annual Scholarship Competition. It depicts a raven, arrow and target in bright bands of color. Students from 110 college-level institutions entered 3,700 pieces in the competition. Only 186 works were selected for a show at the American Museum of Illustration in Manhattan. Braat, in her third year at the Pacific Northwest College of Arts in Portland, was one of two Northwest artists selected for display. While attending the exhibition opening in New York, Braat called Herbert?s publishers to see if they might be interested in her illustration if Herbert?s 10-year-old book ever was re-issued. They suggested that Braat call Herbert?s agent, Kirby McCaulley. Braat did so, and McCaulley invited her to bring the illustration to his office. He bought it on the spot as a gift to Herbert. The $500 sale financed Braat?s trip to New York.

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