Etcetera - 3/29/13


All hands — family and friends — will ship on board the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge “deck” to celebrate “old salt” Milton-Freewater resident Melvin Brady’s 90th birthday.

Melvin was born March 27, 1923, in Ione, Ore., said wife of 16 years Jeanne Conrey Brady.

The couple plans to meet, greet and celebrate the nonagenarian’s big day from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the lodge. At least 20-25 family members are expected.

At around 19 years of age, Melvin joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served 36 months until it ended. He was aboard the battleship USS Colorado in the South Pacific Theater.

The couple has enjoyed attending USS Colorado Alumni Association reunions up through 2011 and may go to another one this year, but military personnel from the war are dying in great numbers now, Jeanne said.

Melvin’s been in the Milton-Freewater area forever, Jeanne said. From about 1965 to 1987, he was the Union Oil distributor.

He had started working in banking and before coming to Milton-Freewater also distributed bread to stores and restaurants in little towns around eastern Oregon, operating out of Arlington.

Melvin is a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and a 65-year Elks member.

The luck of the Irish proved true for Catholic Charities and Walla Walla Catholic Schools, said Marguerite Daltoso, who was chairwoman of the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner fundraiser at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

“We had an awesome time, with great entertainment, and we served 630 dinners and a lot of green beer.

“It was a joyous occasion and we are very happy for such a successful event,” Marguerite said.

The Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design named Adam Newbold of Walla Walla to its fall quarter 2012 dean’s list.

Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the list.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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