100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 9, 1910

With new harvesting machinery arriving by the trainload and local blacksmiths and machinists working overtime in an effort to get old machinery in shape, preparations for harvesting the season?s crops are now on in earnest. Despite the large number of harvesters which have been placed in Umatilla county annually for the past several years, it seems that more new machinery than ever is being purchased. One local firm has sold 31 combined harvesters and is now engaged in delivering them as fast as possible.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 9, 1960

A string of 29 loaded freight cars jumped the tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad?s main line three miles west of the Umatilla Ordnance Depot at 6:10 a.m. today. No one was injured and damage to cars and freight could not be estimated immediately. Cause of the derailment was not known. T.F. Carnahan, conductor, The Dalles, said the head end ?went on emergency? and stopped. Looking back from the diesel engine he saw the middle 29 cars of the 124-car freight derailed in a topsy-turvy mess, half a mile back. The 35 rear cars and the caboose remained upright on the tracks.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 9, 1985

Mayor Tom Hassing is disturbed because there?s no public place to eat breakfast in Condon. The owner of the Round-Up Cafe and Lounge, Allen Blackford, complained to the City Council this week that Hassing had called him and said he would not renew Blackford?s liquor permit when it expires because he does not open his restaurant for breakfast. Hassing said 120 Bonneville Power Administration employees staying at the motel cancelled their reservations because they could not get breakfast. Hassing said that amounted to considerable loss of business for the motel. Blackford explained it cost him $20 an hour to open for breakfast and there were not enough customers to justify the expense. Blackford said he did open for special occasions if he was notified of a need. Observers were doubtful any action would be taken on Hassing?s suggestion about the liquor license. They pointed out it would need a majority of the six votes on the council

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