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November 21, 2019

Ten Years Ago

November 18, 2009

Several local 4-H members received awards and recognition for their hard work and dedication to their 4-H clubs Sunday evening during Columbia County 4-H Achievement night. Receiving top honors for work in their 4-H projects were members Lexus Ward, Intermediate, Bryeana Myrick, Junior and Patrick Nettleton, senior.

The Citizen of the Year winner, Brian Black, this year has long been an active participant in the community and has endlessly supported various groups, causes, and activities and was instrumental in establishing the Columbia County Veterans memorial and a big beautiful flag on Main Street.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

November 16, 1994

Nearly 75 percent of Columbia County’s registered voters went to the polls last Tuesday, Nov. 8 and voted in a majority of races for the eventual winners.

It’s probably Dayton’s smallest retail area shop but when you consider it is selling miniature items it has an outstanding selection of items. Owner Donna McCune recently finished the façade work at 151 E. Main Street, to house her “Miniature Mansions.”

Fifty Years Ago

November 20, 1969

Volunteer members of the Columbia County Search & Rescue Unit were called into action twice over the past weekend as they received their first emergency calls since organization. The first call involved the search for a 25-year-old boy, Bruce Shafer of Walla Walla, who became separated from his party while hunting east of Table Rock. The second emergency call was received at 10:30 p.m. Sunday from a Milton-Freewater woman who had not heard from her two sons and their three companions. This party was located in Dayton.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

November 16, 1944

A member of the American signal construction outfit are repairing a line from the back of an elephant. These slow-moving, patient animals are used to very good advantage in the swamplands at Assam, India, by native and Allied troops. The signal corps, under unusual condition, have managed to install and keep open communication lines.

The armament of the B-29 super-fortress has been revealed to the public. All turrets and guns remotely controlled electrically. Gunners in the different parts of the ship can operate all the guns and the fire-power can be instantaneously concentrated on any approaching enemy. They were first used against Japs.

Wild Meat Here Seems Plentiful. One hundred forty-six elk and 175 deer were taken out of this area of the Blue Mountains during the hunting seasons, this year, according to a report by Game Protector W. T. Wooten. All the elk reported killed were bull elk and he figures there are yet enough bulls left to count one bull elk for every five females. In the big game taken this year, eight bears can also be included.

One Hundred Years Ago

November 19, 1919

Bert Elkins being at Waitburg one day last week, missed the train and started to walk to Dayton but got lost and landed in Prescott. An automobilist picked him up and brought him back to Dayton.

Dale Estes of the Grand Ronde country lately sent a load of hogs in an auto truck over the mountain road to the train station. The truck skidded on the slippery road and rolled down the canyon in a general mess-up all round.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

November 17, 1894

The stock raisers of the West are up in arms against the new tariff law because it discriminates in favor of the Mexican stock raiser. It enables him to ship his stock into this country and sell it in competition with stock raised on American farms.

The Courier published an article this week on the subject of the hog ordinance which is suggestive that Dayton has taken a step backward in allowing anyone to keep a hog within smelling distance of any of our streets. The months designated for maintaining this nuisance may act as a safeguard against a petition for the repeal.


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