100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 20, 1908

About 6 o'clock last evening engine No. 1351 of the N.P. branch was

"kicked" off the turntable at the end of the line in Pendleton and the

big locomotive plunged down onto Calvin Street as though it wished to

plow a trench across that little thoroughfare. To replace the engine on

the track has proven a difficult job for the railroad men. At the time

of the accident last evening engine 1351 was dropping a string of 16

stock cars onto the siding along side the turntable. The train came

down the track, the engine was uncoupled and sped out onto the

turntable and supposedly the switch was thrown so as to send the string

of cars on down the sidetrack. But for some reason the switch did not

turn and the cars followed the engine onto the little turntable spur.

Bumping against 1351 with a jolt the train forced the old locomotive

off the other end and it plunged down along the ground for a distance

of 15 or 20 feet, the pilot plowing into the soil like a breaking plow.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 20, 1958

A Pendleton cab driver, who saved the life of a two-year-old boy at a

Moses Lake, Wash. service station a year ago, last night received the

second meritorious safety award ever presented by the American

Petroleum Institute in the western states. The award, given only to oil

industry employees whose first aid application results in the saving of

a life, was presented to Roland D. Merkling. Merkling was a service

station manager in the town of Westlake when Jackie Allen Yates, the

son of a Larsen field airman, fell into a water-filled seep hole behind

the station. Merkling applied artificial respiration until the fire

department arrived, and is credited with saving the boy's life.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

March 20, 1983

Six Umatilla county residents have been cited to appear in U.S..

District Court in Pendleton on charges of illegal possession of

federally protected birds. The six, and a Moses Lake, Wash., man, were

charged as the result of an investigation started in late January when

a Hermiston taxidermist applied for a federal taxidermy permit. Donna

J. Fisler, who also is a Hermiston High School science teacher, was

found to be in possession of a Merlin hawk, a saw-whet owl and a

burrowing owl, as well as about 15 songbirds that had been mounted

legally under a special educational permit but which were not supposed

to be in private possession. Others charged were Samuel Jones of

Pendleton; James E. Delp Jr., Richard B. Bredemeier and Robert J.

Lybbert, all of Hermiston; John R. Johnson of Umatilla; and Glen

Lybbert of Moses Lake.


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