100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Sept. 9, 1909

Declaring that in a fight with hoboes he was pulled from his train and received injuries which may yet result in his death, James O?Sullivan today lies at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter O?Sullivan, in East Pendleton. As a substitute passenger brakeman young O?Sullivan was making his third run last evening. He was found this morning by the crew of freight train No. 55, lying under the first bridge east of Leavitt Spur, which would make it half way between Leavitt and North Powder. O?Sullivan is conscious today but is still in a dazed condition and declares he was attacked by hoboes and dragged from his position on the train. It is believed by other trainmen, however, that he is mistaken in this and that he merely fell from the bridge when he stepped off the steps of the coach when the trains stopped there to take on a helper.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Sept. 9, 1959

Anthony Gordon (Tony) Johnson, 35, Pilot Rock, was in Umatilla County jail today charged with assault with intent to kill in connection with the shooting of Adolph James Sandretto at Pilot Rock Monday. Sandretto, 34-year-old Cle Elum, Wash., resident, was at St. Anthony?s Hospital with a wounded left forearm and chest. A.R. Barrows, deputy district attorney, said Johnson, who surrendered to Pilot Rock police chief Austin Johnson after the shooting, signed an admission that he fired the shot that hit Sandretto. Sandretto was at the Newquist Apartments at Pilot Rock at 7:10 p.m. Monday visiting Luella Johnson, estranged wife of Tony Johnson, when Tony Johnson called. An argument reportedly ensued and when Sandretto entered the argument Johnson fired a .22 caliber pistol, the bullet penetrating the left forearm and then entering the left side of Sandretto?s chest. Johnson then turned and left the apartments, going downtown and locating the chief of police, to whom he surrendered.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Sept. 9, 1984

When an animal stepped on the scales at the Umatilla county Fair last month, it was weighed 20,000 times in one second by an electronic scale that took the average of all these results and printed it on a piece of paper. The electronic system was developed and patented by a San Diego firm, but the metal frame was designed by Diamond R Livestock Equipment Co., Inc. of Hermiston. Garth Davis of Diamond R said the rapidly computing scale can weigh cattle while they are moving instead of waiting until they quiet down. Davis said this is particularly useful when working with range livestock. He said the scale also doubles as a squeeze chute, allowing stockmen to work on animals and weigh them at the same time.

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