100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 28, 1909

Deciding to hold their wheat for $1 per bushel, and also to construct an electric road down across the wheat belt from Thorne Hollow to Umatilla or Cold Springs, the farmers of Umatilla county had one of the most important meetings here Saturday afternoon ever held by the grain growers of Umatilla county. That they mean business in regard to both propositions is freely declared by the members of the Farmers' union who participated in the meeting. In connection with the decision to hold the wheat for $1, it was announced that arrangements would be made whereby money would be advanced to those growers who otherwise would be compelled to sell their crops for whatever prices they could get. In this manner it is believed the attempt to secure better prices will be successful. In connection with the proposition of building the railroad, a committee was appointed to make investigations relative to the proposed route, right of way, etc., this committee to report at a larger meeting to be held here one week from next Saturday. The purpose of the road is to secure lower freight rates on wheat by means of connections with the boats of the Open River Transportation company.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 28, 1959

The Hermiston Fire Department is drawing a bead on the Pendleton Main Street Cowboys, and hopes to get the local group under fire at Hermiston at 11 a.m. July 4. Or should one say, under water? "Ground rules will be promulgated by the Hermiston Fire Department and an impartial referee will be appointed by the members of this department. Your early acceptance of this challenge is anticipated, and failure to respond must necessarily be interpreted as a reluctance to participate on the field of honor," the challenge read. Dan Bell, president of the Main Street Cowboys, received the letter today and immediately went into a huddle with his compatriots to determine the proper action to take. One thing is certain, he intimated, "We won't use water pistols." He expected to have a reply ready for the Hermiston group by Monday.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

June 28, 1984

Doc Severinsen, the trumpet-playing band leader on television's Tonight Show, returns to his hometown of Arlington this weekend for the city's third annual Big River Band Festival. Severinsen, and the other bands that come for the big event, will play from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the gazebo in the Earl Snell Memorial Park on the waterfront in downtown Arlington. And Dennis Clarke of Portland, who played with Severinsen in a band during their high school days in Arlington, will be back to play with his former classmate. Clarke and his band from Portland served as Severinsen's back-up band in 1981. Accompanying Severinsen will be his mother, who now lives in Portland.

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