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r Zone 3 SERVING ALL OF UMATILLA COUNTY (U.S.P.S. 601820) ON THE OLD OREGON TRAIL IN THE WORLD'S ROUND-UP CITY VOLUME 99 NUMBER 32 PENDLETON, OREGON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011 50 CENTS PER COPY  $25.00 PER YEAR SUBSCRIPTION Literary Notes Former Round-Up President Liked Horses by Dorys C. Grover There were a lot of reasons why people liked William (Bill) Switzler, but l suspect the main reason was because he liked horses. According to Jayne T. Frink, writing about Switzler in Pioneer Trails (Fall, 1992), he was born into a family of horse traders. Not only was he a horse trader, but he ran the Switzler Ferry that operated across the Columbia River from Umatilla Landing. We recall crossing the Columbia via Patterson Ferry. This was before the present bridge was built. Bill Switzler was born Sept. 15,1878 at Pendleton. His parents, John and Mary Smoot Switzler, had come west from Missouri acrossthe Plains but not together. John was seven years old when he came with his father and settled at Switzler Sloughs near Vancouver. John later went to California where he met and married Mary who had crossed the Plains with her family and had settled in California. Both had come to Oregon in 1845. Mary and John later settled at Umatilla where he went into the ranching business. Their homestead was on Switzler Island in the Columbia River between Umatilla and Wallula now covered by the lake behind McNary Reservoir. In an early survey, W. W. Chapman mentions Switzler land in the Echo area and the Switzlers may have raised grain in the Echo Meadows the summer of 1859. A Newsletter(2nd Quarter, 1991, No. 48)indicates the Switzler family may have been the first Euro-Americans to attempt agriculture in that area. It has been reported the Switzler Company may once have owned 20,000 head of horses and were selling them to the United States as cavalry mounts and to foreign nations at war. Bill spent most of his life at Umatilla where he was associated with his father in the horse business and operation of the Switzler Ferry, finally taking over the business when his parents moved to Portland. Most of the horses were wild mustangs ranging in the Horse Heaven Hills with Indian stock, some belonging to George Winnemucca. In the early 1900s, Bill furnished mustangs for the Pendleton Round-Up and he worked as a pick-up man in the arena. He became President of the Round-Up in 1939 and 1940 after serving as a director. He was also a good roper. He was instrumental in arranging a highway connection between Pendleton and John Day, now U.S. Highway 395 (sometimes called the Three Flags Highway). This feat was accomplished when he was a member of the Local Roads Association. Switzler also served as a Umatilla County Commissioner. He had many friends in Pendleton, and according to the Centennial Historyof Oregon, was a promoter in locating the wagon ruts of the Old Oregon Trail in the company of Umatilla County Judge James Sturgis. Frink reports Switzler was a popular member of the 4-to-6 Club that held "meetings" at the William Roesch Brewing Company. Bill had three sisters, Delia (Mrs. C. R. Farrell, Sun nyside, WA), Minnie (Mrs. Frank Sharpstein,Walla Wa!la, WA), Evaline (Mrs. H. N. Dryer, Umatilla). Bill married Ellen O'Connell, June 15, 1910. There were no children. He died of throat cancer in 1941 and is buried in the Walla Walta cemetery. The Switzler legend is kept alive by street signs that bear their name, but most of the people that knew them are gone. In their day they lived a life that many of us wish we could enjoy. There is little that compares to wild horses running free but today they are gone from the Horse Heaven Hills. One of the best books about this era and the Horse Heaven Hills is A. B. Guthrie, Jr's story, These Thousand Hills (1979). Valentine "s Dance & Soa'al Febuary 13th from 1 to 4 p.m. to be held at the Pendleton Senior Center, at 510 SW l Oth, will be where you find the Sweethearts who love to dance. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music and dancing, to spend the afternoon with us. There will be prizes and fun for all. Please bring finger food. Senior Menu Week o/February 7 Monday, February 7th Chicken noodle casserole Mixed vegetables Tossed salad Applesauce Biscuits Cake Tuesday, February 8th Roast pork with gravy Mashed potatoes Baked squash Peas and carrots Muffins Peach cobbler Wednesday, February 9th Beef stew with mixed vegetables Potatoes Pea and cheese salad Pickled beet salad Bread slices Jello with fruit Thursday, February l Oth Fish fillets Augratin potatoes Brussel sprouts Coleslaw Rolls Fruit crisp Closed Friday Coffee, tea or milk served with all meals. The Senior Center Meal Program also has bus service avail- able to seniors for the noon lunch. Fare for the trip to meal site is on a Donation Basis. No membership is needed to attend the Senior Center luncheons. They are open to the public and all arewelcometodinewith us. Menu is subject to change. L_ Governor Kitzhaber meets with Business and Community leaders in Pendleton Governor Kitzhaber was in Pendleton today, where he met with local community leaders to discuss efforts to rebuild and re- new Oregon business and ensure that economic recovery reaches every part of the state. "This is the first stop on our Rebuild Oregon Tou r, we are really focusing on job creation. I am committed to making surethat our economic recovery that we are try- ing to engineer touches every part of Oregon, urban and rural and that rural incomes grow just as fast as urban incomes and I recog- nize that 25 jobs in Umatilla County has the same impact in your com- munity as 500 jobs in Portland," said Governor Kitzhaber. "So we are out here today to launch that. I am listening to local leaders, and we are going to try to figure out what we can do to help with job creation and economic recovery here in Eastern Oregon." lichael Ho ema y Feb.l, tephen UuF is.,/ Feb. , Ken Sloan t Feb. Nonie Mathe s / Feb. I Peggy Andel 3n | Feb. 5 pole Pryor / Feb. #dan Johni --J//\\; Feb. 15 Lori Jean/Bi! ham, Feb.iS Kaisha(obei s :,  Feb./S Roger Keler . 3 Betty Mignaqis ', Feb. 9 Kyra Dayis / ..... Feb. 9 Sean T#lly/' . '\\; Feb. ) Bruce/Knig/nts :eb. 1 ) Vict@a OSburn Feb. 1 ) Jim/ny FCester \\; F. 1 ) AiSnler '\\; FI 1 I J,rtnfe/t Sweet \\; Reb.l I Patr@ Michaels b. i] Katlrine Michaels Ib. 1 . Jon(]than Johnson arlie Jeffer ttb!  Foundation Trust gives Breanna Barton Crowned more than $143,000 as Umatilla Countj00 Fair The Board of Directors of the Pendleton Foundation Trust recently Court Queen announced grants, memorial trust funds and scholarships given in UmatillaCountyFairCourt2011AnnouncedatAppreciation Dinner 2010 totaled $143,851.50. The seven-member board of directors recently met to consider applications at its semi-annual meeting for the final allocation of grants this year, reported Kevin Hale, chairperson. The Pendleton Foundation Trust uses the earnings from money donated to the trust by individuals, organizations and estates for its semi-annual grant allocations. The board has awarded fall grants in the amount of $50,509.50 to the following recipients: Lincoln Elementary School, $10,762.50 to purchase and install wooden blinds to cover the school's windows; McKay Creek Elementary School, $10,000 to purchase classroom amplification systems; Pendleton Public Library, $4,900 to purchase the remaining equip- ment needed for wireless I nternet and monitoring system for the public Internet and security system; Pendleton Ice Sports Booster Association, $1,500 to purchase hockey skates for the ice hockey program and for rental skates; City of Pendleton facilities department, $8,347 to replace carpet in the Vert Auditorium and lobby; Clearview Mediation and Disability Resource Center, $4,000 to purchase office furniture and equipment for the new training room; Eastern .Oregon Alcoholism Foundation, $1,000 toward materials to build a redwood playground set for the Jennings House playground project; Happy Canyon Co., I nc, $7,000 toward the costs of reconstruction and the addition of a fire suppression sprinkler system for the Happy Canyon Night Show scenery; Pioneer Humane Society, $3,000 to purchase 25 Nelson automatic dog waterers for installation in the new Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter. The board also announced that memorial gifts and contributions were received bythe Foundation Trust from April 2010 through October 2010, from individuals and civic organizations in memory of the follow- ing persons: Jean Hammond, Kathryn Ramey, Carol Nelson, Wm. "Bill" Shaw, Win. "Bill" Scharn, Linda Laden, Don Peterson, Bobby DeWitt, Marjorie Cappiello, Dr. Jim Kopp, Gerald E. Smith, Tom Sundin, Wanda Henson, Mildred Erickson, Maxine ugsley and Robert Clapp Sr. A gift to the Pendleton Foundation Trust is a tax-exempt contribu- tion and may be mailed to the Pendie1n Foundation Trust, P.O. Box 218, Pendleton, OR 97801. For"more information, go to or call Jerri Bealer, the foundation's secretary, at 541-276-3331. BINGO Pendleton Emblem Club invites all to come play Bingo at the Elks Lodge on Wednesday evenings begin- ning at 7 p.m. Fun and prizes for all. Come, bringafriendand enjoy the company. Umatilla 4-H is pleased to be partnering with Operation: Military Kids Operation: Military Kids (OM K) teams and partners support chil- dren and youth, from all branches of service, during the deployment of their Service Member. The 4-H Military Partnership Projects rely greatly on the State 4-H Military Liaison for leadership and com- munication. State 4-H Leaders identify a 4-H youth development professional in their state to serve as the State 4-H Military Liaison between Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Installations, National Guard and Reserve units, county 4-H Professionals, State Extension Administration, and National 4-H Headquarters. 4-H plays a unique role in the lives of young people across the nation. Through 4-H, military youth are able to experi- ence a variety of programs and projects focused on experiential learning and the development of personal and life skills. KeJsey Hanson has been hired to work with the kids, and families to integrate kids into existing clubs and introduce military kids to the fun of 4-H. Kelsey participated in 4-H for 9 years, from 4th grade through 12th grade. She had projects in sheep, dogs/guide dogs, quilting, clothing, photog- raphy, veterinary science, and pub- lic speaking. She is now a 4-H Volunteer Leader with Farm City Wranglers. Kelsey interned last summer at the OSU Extension of- fice in Pendleton with Patricia Dawson inthe4-H Program, and is very excited to be working at the Extension office again and work- ing with the (OMK) program. Kelsey just graduated in December 2010 from Corban University with a BS in Business Management. To learn more about OMKvisit h t t p : / / County Fair Selects '-Parade Grand Marshal A Iongtime volunteer and former Umatilla County Fair board member, Don Miller, was given one of the fair's highest honors Janu- ary 29, when he was selected as the fair's parade grand marshal. The event took place at the annual fair appreciation dinner at Thomp- son Hall in Hermisotn. Buzz Brazean, fair board chair- man, recognized the Milton-Free- water man as "the face of the Umatilla Counti Fair." Others rec- ognized were Terry Rowan and Marie Linnell as young volunteers of the year. Alice Newman and Darrel Sallee received manager's awards. Rowan was instrumental in providing security during the fair and Linnell was active on the live- stock committee. Both have vol- unteered at the fair for many years. Newman assisted withy fair- grounds administration and Sallee coordinated the Farm-City Pro Rodeo and fairground projects. He has also assisted as a Festival of Lights volunteer. OWGL Luncheon Justaquickreminderto RSVP as soon as possible your atten- dance on FRI DAY, February4thfor the OWGL Luncheon and Board of Directors meeting at the Pendle- ton Red Lion (just off 1-84). (Please note this meeting was changed from February 2nd). The luncheon will begin at Noon, hosted by the OWGL. Jana Bader Jarvis, the newly hired advo- cate of the Oregon Wheat Indus- try, will be our guest speaker. You'tl want to come meet her, and hear what she has to say about her role as lobbyist, past present and fu- ture. The OWGL board of directors will meet directly following the luncheon, at 2:00 pm. All wheat producers and interested persons are welcome to attend. RSVP for the board meeting is not required, but would be appreciated so we can be sure to supply ample seat- ing. Should you have any ques- tions, or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact the OWGL office. Also, please note: if you have not yet taken the opportunity to voice your opinion on the Joint Administrator question, please submit by tomorrow via email to be included in the board packets. With 300 + guests looking on at the Umatilla County Appreciation Dinner, the 2011 Umatilla County Fair Court was introduced to the guests Saturday night January 29, 2011. The 2011 Queen of the Umatilla County Fair Court is Breanna Barton of Hermiston. Queen Breanna's is the 18 year old daughter of Dr.Brent and Selena Barton.. Queen Breanna has been involved in the Umatilla County Fair since she was in Fourth Grade, showing pigs and dairy cows. She has been an active participant in the 4-H and FFA programs. Some of the achievements that Queen Breanna has received by participating in FFA include; being part of the FFA National Meats Team and receiving a silver medal, placing 15th at the National Level, and being a FFA Chapter Officer. Community support is also very important to Queen Breanna. While attending Hermiston High School Queen Breanna did wrestling stats, played softball, and worked on the high school yearbook. In her free time she enjoys riding horses, hunting and snowmobiling. Currently she is attending Blue Mountain Community College and working on an Associates of Science in Ag Production and would like to become a veterinary technician. Princess Maritza I barra reigns from Stanfield. Princess Maritza is 17 years old and her parents are Reberiano and Brenda Ibarra. Currently Princess Maritza is a junior at Stanfield Secondary School. Princess Maritza is an active member of her FFA Chapter and has showed steers and lambs. She has participated in 4-H since she was in 4th grade, most recently she participated in 4-H table setting and even made a baby quilt. Princess Maritza has received a number of awards which include Reserve Champion Showmanship at the 2009 Pendleton Jr. Show, Greenhand Degree and Chapter Degree, Best Secretary for Greenhand Officer part speech at the 2009 FFA Leadership Camp. She stays active throughout our community by participating in Youth and other church activities. Princess Maritza enjoys playing and preparing for school sports, being with her animals, horseback riding, and dancing. After graduation Princess Maritza would like to go to the University of Oregon for a Business Degree. Princess Sydney Cave is from Pendleton. Princess Sydney is 16 years old and her parents are Tina and Mark Cave. Princess Sydney attends Griswold High School in helix, OR. Princess Sydney enjoys being apart of the Umatilla County Fair by participating in Fair Clean Up day, 4-H and FFA. 4-H participation started in 4th grade and she is still active in her 4-H club today. She has shown in everything from table setting, sewing, and food presentation to showing sheep and swine. Princess Sydney enjoys supporting her community by volunteering at the East- ern Oregon Children's Museum, teaching and assisting at Sunday School at her church, helping with Wheatfest in Helix, donating help and items that she made to Pendleton's Pregnancy Crisis Center, Farmer's Market and Key Clubl Princess Sydney enjoysspending time with her family and her horse. She likes to go camping and almost anything involving going to the mountains. After graduating she plans on attending George Fox University. Tamdstslikt Welcomes Winona LaDuke Feb. 28 (Mission, OR) Native activist Winona LaDuke will speak at the Tamstslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton, Oregon, at 6:30 pm on February28, 2011. Ms. LaDuke is an environmentalist, economist, and writer. She will relate her expe- riences to that of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Res- ervation, and their common inter- ests in food sovereignty and envi- ronmentalism. This event is free and open to the public. As an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) member of the Missis- sippi Band Anishinaabeg, Ms. LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in Minne- sota. She was the founding direc- tor of the White Earth Land Recov- ery Project which bought back thousands of acres of ancestral land. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the United States Green Party, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader. More information can be found at winona_laduke. She is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on a national level to advo- cate, raise public support, and cre- ate funding for frontline native environmental groups. The organization's stated mission is "to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the sur- vival of sustainable Native com- munities. Honor the Earth devel- ops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard." Her latest book, Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming, 2005, is a collection of essays based on research, in- cluding interviews, in which LaDuke argues for Native Ameri- can rights to control and access sacred objects and sites. For more information, con- tact Tamstslikt Cultural Institute at (541)966-9748 or visit (newdomain name). In addition to the museum and interpretive cen- ter, Tamdstslikt operates a mu- seum store,caf& and meeting room rentals. Tamstslikt is open 9am- 5pro 7 days a week April-October. November-March, TamAstslikt is open 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday; caf closed weekends. Normal caf hours are 1 lam- 2pro all seasons. Museum store closes at 4:45pm every day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Tamdstslikt is located at 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard [new mailing address] at the far end of the main driveway of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 10 minutes east of Pendleton, Oregon. Tamstslikt can be reached via Exit 216 off Interstate 1-84 or by fol- lowing the "Mission-LaGrande" sign south off Highway 11 onto Highway 331. Tam.stslikt Cultural Institute is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Grange Comer Sponsored By SERFACE INSURANcE AGENCY Tom, Dan & Diane Serface 29474 Knight Road, Hermiston, OR 97838 567-5922 1-800-200-5922 WHIT F_.4BL GRANGE will be holding an all you can eat break- fast on Saturday, February 5, from 7 to 10 a.m. The hall is located south of Pendleton near Pilot Rock, on Hwy 395 S. gOLUMBIA 8RANGEwill be serv- ing breakfast to the public on Sat- urday, February 12, from 7 to 10 a.m. The hall is located on Hwy 207, Diagonal Road, Northeast of Hermiston.