Pre-orders taken for second edition of Wallowa County history book

Volunteers have assembled 600 pictures and 800 pages of family, business and history stories for the second book.

Published on December 6, 2017 9:10AM

Wallowa County History Book

Wallowa County History Book

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Wallowa County Historical Society has announced the release of its second history of the county, “Wallowa County History: A Continuation.”

Presales have begun in time for holiday gift-giving.

The first coffee table sized book, published in 1983, is an heirloom, and a copy was raffled for $800 in 2014. That copy was presented to Elane Dickenson as a retirement gift when she left the Chieftain after 36 years as a reporter.

The first book was assembled by a group of volunteers overseen by Grace Bartlett and Agnes Roberts.

The idea of publishing a second book was introduced in 2014 and soon a committee was formed. Dickenson joined Janie Tippett, Darlene Turner, Gay Fregulia, Susan Roberts and Myrla Clark in the second effort.

With the enthusiastic assistance of the residents of the county, the group has assembled 600 pictures and 800 pages of family, business and history stories for the second book.

“We’re at capacity for stories now,” said project manager Katherine Stickroth. “We’ve got a nice supply of people who can write in this county.” Stories include the history of Ed Renfrow, who got his name when the land office misspelled his real name, James Edward Rentfrow, and the story of Wallowa County “Man of Mystery,” known only as “dad” who was discovered living on fish up at the lake and was given a home in the basement of the courthouse.”

Maverick Publications out of Bend will publish the book, Stickroth said. Maverick has published several other books by Wallowa County writers.

Books are expected to be available for distribution in the first quarter of 2018.

“We’ll be printing 500 books to begin with and sales of the books will fund the publication of more,” she said.

Wildhorse Foundation helped underwrite the publication with a grant of $4,000 to the Wallowa County Museum.

The pre-order option will allow folks to purchase the books as Christmas gifts and inform the recipients of the gift in advance of their receiving it.


To preorder, clip the order form printed on Page 5 in this week’s Chieftain or pick up forms at city halls in Joseph, Enterprise or Wallowa, libraries throughout the county, at the county clerk’s office at the courthouse in Enterprise and at M. Crow in Lostine.

Requests can also be sent to the Wallowa County Museum Board, P.O. Box 430, Joseph, OR 97846. Include the number of books ordered, compute the total cost of the books, and add $10 per book for shipping unless you plan to pick up the book in person when it arrives.

Include your name, address and phone number or the name, address and phone number of the person to whom you wish to gift the book. The hardbound edition is $75 ($70 if ordered prior to Jan. 31, 2018). The softbound version is $45 ($40 if ordered prior to Jan. 31, 2018).

Info: (541) 263-2258.


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