75 years ago
Dec. 18, 1942
John Day P.T.A. Meeting and Christmas Program Enjoyed by Large Crowd
On Wednesday evening the regular meeting of the John Day Parent Teacher association was held in the grade school auditorium and an exceptionally large crowd was in attendance to witness the presentation of 4-H achievement awards by County School Superintendent Forrest Canova and also to enjoy an excellent Christmas program which followed the business session.
The cast of characters, for the play “A Christmas Carol,” was as follows: Scrooge, David Mason; Nephew, Bobby Willey; Bob Crockit, Chester Bennett; two gentleman, Bobby Larkin and Bobby Church; Maley’s Ghost, Marvin Parsons; Ghost of Christmas Past, Christie Jean Hoverson; Fan, Jerry Pugh; Scrooge as a boy, Darrel Williams; Schoolmaster, Ernest Mitchell; Fezziwig, Jack Miller; Christmas Party – Edwin Turner, Ruth Mobley, Lynn Weekly; Girl, Gwendolyn Bellamy; Spirit of Christmas Present, Richard Parret; Mrs. Crockit, Molley Iler; Martha, Myra Jean Ward; Children, Gene Gilliland and Gladys Cunningham; Tiny Tim, Don Mason; Spirit of Christmas yet to be, Lucy Kilburn; Boy, Oliver Keerins; Dick Wilkens, Dick Larkin. Those in charge of properties, lights, and curtains were Amos Cardwell, Arlena Hogeland, Eddie Wah, Roy Miller, Bonnie Lee Johnson and Adeline Kimball. Joyce McKenna was the announcer.
50 years ago
Dec. 21, 1967
Grant Defends Title: Tournament Wednesday
The fifth annual Grant Union High School holiday tournament opens Wednesday evening, according to Ralph Burton, athletic director at Grant Union.
Six teams will be battling for the championship which has been won by the Prospectors since the tournament started. Participating are the Long Creek Mountaineers, Prairie City Panthers, Dayville Devils, Monument Savages, Lakeview Honkers, and Grant Union.
Among the star players of the tourney will include Jim Crismon, Peter Hettinga and Jim Cant for Dayville.
Pacing the Mountaineers will be Mike Hueckman, Allen Weissenfluh and Mike Weissenfluh.
Forrest Hutchinson and Jim Stubblefield spearhead the Monument Savages.
The Panthers of Prairie City will feature Pat Voigt, Gary Wright, Mike Phillips and others. Lakeview is expected to field a strong team.
Providing the one two punch for the Prospectors has been David Dieker and Chris Labhart.
25 years ago
Dec. 17, 1992
Dayville Turkey Shoot a Success
Twenty-four turkeys were won by participants in Dayville’s annual Turkey Shoot held on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Smokey Creek Ranch in Dayville. Rescheduled from an earlier date due to bad weather, approximately 100 people tried their best shots at winning a turkey. Winners were those closest to a bulls eye in a ten person shoot in each category.
This annual benefit is sponsored by the community of Dayville to raise money for playground equipment for Dayville Elementary School.
Last year’s event enabled the school to purchase a jungle gym. This year the school hopes to add more play equipment.
According to the event coordinator Julie Smith, “This type of equipment is not cheap. Donations and events such as this one really help.”
Julie Smith said fundraising efforts for additional playground equipment are continuing through February with the sale of raffle tickets for half a beef.
The following merchants contributed donations to the event: Huffman’s Market provided paper goods for the chili feed, Gardner Enterprises donated soda pop, South Fork Mini Mart provided hot dogs and buns, Dayville Mercantile donated the chili, Dayville Community Club provided hot chocolate and coffee, and Chester’s Thriftway gave turkeys at cost. Parents provided baked goods for sale.
Special thanks are extended to everyone who helped out with the event, including KJDY and the Blue Mountain Eagle for promoting the event, Smokey Creek Ranch for use of the ranch for the event, Larry Schrier for use of his trailer for concessions, Colin McArthur for use of a generator, Ron Andrus, Mike Smith, Jack Fisher and Lee Schrier for cutting wood for the bonfire, Don Moss for use of two-way radios, Denise Smith, Darleen Moss and Cindy Streeter for helping with concessions, and Joe Larson for relocating his cattle so they would not get shot.
10 years ago
Dec. 19, 2007
Tigers Win Grant County Cat Fight
She started just seconds after the opening tip off.
Tiger senior Tiffany Hunt’s 10-foot jump shot – her first basket of 20 points – set the tone for Dayville/Monument’s 63-27 rout of cross-county rival Prairie City on Dec. 14.
Hunt scored eight of her 20 points in the first quarter of play, taking advantage of early Panther foul trouble and Prairie City’s difficulty breaking a tough Tiger press.
Panther freshman Mary Ellen Hoeffner’s layup with 2:10 remaining in the first quarter ended a 10-0 Tiger run. Freshman Katie Cary followed with a pair of free-throws, but not after the Tigers mounted a 22-7 run, taking a 32-11 halftime lead.
The second half didn’t get much better for Prairie City. The Panthers continued to struggle offensively, only getting two third-quarter points off a layup from sophomore Katie Hoberg.