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September 30, 2021

Ten Years Ago

September 28, 2011

Chuck Amerein, who opened Hammerdown Fitness on Cameron Street in the Port of Columbia building formerly occupied by Columbia County Transportation, believes fitness is a sport in itself.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

September 25, 1996

Local group formed to establish a museum and interpretive center in our area. The object of the center/museum is to house local artifacts and to commemorate the ways of the Native Americans of this region, and possibly early settlers.

Fifty Years Ago

September 30, 1971

PARADE HONOR-Dayton Days court received rosette awards for winning third place in the mounted division of the Frontier Days parade in Walla Walla. Princess Dolores Arebalos, Princess Lee Ann Literal and Queen Cheryl Leid, have appeared since May at Milton-Freewater, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Elgin, Joseph and Pendleton.

Miss Kris Juris, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Juris, was named runner-up in the state 4-H meal preparation contest at Puyallup last weekend. Kris, a senior, represented Columbia County in the statewide competition held at the Western Washington Fair Grounds.

George Breedlove of Dayton, adult advisor for Pioneer Chapter, Order of the Arrow, was presented the Order’s highest recognition, the Vigil Honor. The Boys Scouts of America organization made the presentation at Lake Wallowa, in addition to closing the Boy Scout camp for the winter. Jim Preston and Gary Wessels were admitted to the Order of the Arrow after successfully fulfilling the ordeal requirements.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

September 26, 1946

House Burns; Baby “Lost” Found Uninjured In Basement. When the fire department was called to home of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lowry, considerable excitement when it was learned that three-year-old Mickey Lowry was nowhere to be found, finally someone heard a voice that seemed to come from the basement, the rescuers open a trap door, located on the back porch, Gerald Martin, the child’s father entered the smoke-filled basement finding the boy with a quilt wrapped around his head.

State Credited with Huge Pea Pack, helping to produce one of the largest packs of canned peas on record at a time when an abundant food supply is a world problem, went today to the farmers and canners of Washington, one of the country’s leading pea producing states.

One Hundred Years Ago

September, 1921

Mrs. Bruce Abbey of Waitsburg, who visited overnight here Friday with her mother, Mrs. William Musgrove, went to Walla Walla Saturday to attend the funeral of Little Virginia Routh, who was killed by an auto truck. Mrs. Abbey and Mrs. Routh formerly traveled together in theatrical companies.

A Woman’s “bill of right” proposed for enactment by the federal and all state governments to remove legal discriminations against women, was outlined in a statement by the national women’s party. Women would have the right, on marriage to choose their names and have equal voice in custody of their children, legitimate or illegitimate, under the proposed new bill. A common law disabilities of woman would be abrogated.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years Ago

September 26, 1896

We are sorry to chronicle the death of the two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Davis. The little child was severely scalded on Friday morning of last week from the effects of which she did not recover.


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