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Out of the Past:
Mining the depths of the Chieftain’s archieves.

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Out of the Past: Johnson is 1968 Oregon Father of the Year
Out of the Past: Johnson is 1968 Oregon Father of the Year
Historical memories from the Chieftain archives.
Out of the Past: Enterprise lays in wait for water scofflaws
Out of the Past: Enterprise lays in wait for water scofflaws

100 YEARS AGO

June 13, 1918

Turning posts, to be set in the centers of the street corners, have been ordered by the city and will be ready to be placed soon. Automobiles will be required to turn around these posts and make no short...

Out of the Past: High gas prices not all that unusual
Out of the Past: High gas prices not all that unusual
From the pages of the Wallowa County Chieftain
Out of the Past: Smallpox outbreak nixes 1918 EHS graduation
Out of the Past: Smallpox outbreak nixes 1918 EHS graduation
From the archives of the Wallowa County Chieftain
Re-Actions losing 2 members to graduation
Re-Actions losing 2 members to graduation

100 YEARS AGO

Apr. 25, 1918

O.S. Hamilton returned from central Oregon where the sheep-shearing crew he had been working with went on strike. The men were getting 12.5 cents and board and demanded 15 cents and board.

With an evening...

Out of the Past: $7,000 needed for new x-ray machine
Out of the Past: $7,000 needed for new x-ray machine
The Wallowa Mountain Visitor Center in Enterprise received a $260,000 photo exhibit.
Out of the Past: Heaviest snowfall on record hits county (1948)
Out of the Past: Heaviest snowfall on record hits county (1948)
Glimpses from the archives of the Chieftain
Out of the Past: Agriculture water supplies were short in 1968
Out of the Past: Agriculture water supplies were short in 1968
The annual Tu-Valley Music Festival will be held in Enterprise this year.
Out of the Past: Lostine pig club proves a great success
Out of the Past: Lostine pig club proves a great success
The Gwynne School District will be consolidated with Enterprise School District.
Out of the Past: Slot machines coming to Wallowa County
Out of the Past: Slot machines coming to Wallowa County
A look back at the history of Wallowa County through the pages of the Chieftain.
Out of the Past: Flora store fire put out with snowballs
Out of the Past: Flora store fire put out with snowballs
The first of the new Enterprise High School band uniforms arrived last week.
Out of the Past: Plant begins producing Swiss cheese
Out of the Past: Plant begins producing Swiss cheese
Mining the Chieftain’s archives for local history
Out of the Past: Loose cow careens through Enterprise
Out of the Past: Loose cow careens through Enterprise
“Hobgoblin House,” a three-act mystery farce, will be presented by the junior class of Enterprise High School.
Out of the Past: ‘Paint Your Wagon’ to be filmed here
Out of the Past: ‘Paint Your Wagon’ to be filmed here

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 31, 1918

Enterprise and Wallowa were the winners of the first round between the four high schools of the valley in the state debating league. Conclusions between Enterprise and Wallowa will be reached Friday night of...

Out of the Past: Help Wanted –– Telegraph operators needed
Out of the Past: Help Wanted –– Telegraph operators needed
Frank McCully, 34, former mayor of Joseph, was selected as the First Junior Citizen of Wallowa County for 1947.
Out of the Past:
Out of the Past:

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 17, 1918

The first Wallowa County soldier to die in France is Harry A. Savage who lived on Eden Ridge for four years. He contracted pneumonia and died, according to dispatches.

Wallowa County post offices have been...

Out of the Past: County’s first grain elevator opens
Out of the Past: County’s first grain elevator opens

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 10, 1918

Woolgrowers’ Warehouse Company’s new grain elevator in Enterprise –– the only grain elevator in Wallowa County –– has been completed. The elevator has a capacity of...

Out of the Past: Enterprise voters have a say in street-paving project
Out of the Past: Enterprise voters have a say in street-paving project

100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 3, 1918

In addition to the dandelions in bloom in many sunny spots, pansies have come out in sheltered nooks around porches and houses. Mrs. O. L. Harmon gathered enough yesterday for a bouquet to be taken to...

Out of the Past: Cloud seeding proposed in Wallowa County
Out of the Past: Cloud seeding proposed in Wallowa County
Planned for the upper end of the Grand Canyon of the Snake River (Hells Canyon) is a concrete dam that would be the highest dam in the world at 742 feet high and 1,740 feet long at the crest.
Out of the Past: Diesel plant stabilizes area’s energy scene
Out of the Past: Diesel plant stabilizes area’s energy scene
A seven-foot cougar weighing around 190 pounds was brought in from Imnaha.
Out of the Past: Ag council focuses on weed control, potatoes
Out of the Past: Ag council focuses on weed control, potatoes
Around 75 people gathered last Thursday evening in the courtroom of the county courthouse to hear an explanation of the latest proposal for the construction of a gondola lift from Wallowa Lake to the top of Mt. Howard.
‘Intolerance’ comes to Wallowa County
‘Intolerance’ comes to Wallowa County
Delving deep into Wallowa County’s history as recorded in the Chieftain.
Out of the Past: Fire department gets 1,000-gallon tanker
Out of the Past: Fire department gets 1,000-gallon tanker
Delving deep into Wallowa County’s history as recorded in the Chieftain
Out of the Past: War effort causing material, labor shortages
Out of the Past: War effort causing material, labor shortages
Delving deep into Wallowa County’s history as recorded in the Chieftain
Out of the Past: Enterprise seeks solution to the ‘boy’ problem
Out of the Past: Enterprise seeks solution to the ‘boy’ problem

100 YEARS AGO

Nov. 8, 1917

J. Ray Johnson has sold his ranch on Trail Creek in Imnaha Canyon to persons whose names were not given out. However, it is known they are backed by Fred W. Falconer, so the purchase increases the already large...

Out of the Past: Government purchases prop up potato prices
Out of the Past: Government purchases prop up potato prices

100 YEARS AGO

Nov. 1, 1917

The potato market, which has been uncertain a tendency to grow steadily weaker, suddenly became firm last week when agents of the U. S. Government came into the county buying supplies for area army camps. They...

Out of the Past: School district approves $25,000 annual budget (1917)
Out of the Past: School district approves $25,000 annual budget (1917)

100 YEARS AGO

Oct. 25, 1917

Another shipment of knit good was sent to La Grande last week by the Enterprise Red Cross, consisting of nine sweaters, three mufflers, three pairs of wristlets and four pairs of socks. About 40 women and girls...

Out of the Past: Fine potatoes being grown in the county
Out of the Past: Fine potatoes being grown in the county

100 YEARS AGO

Oct. 18, 1917

As E. A. Crossley and family were driving along the county road past Frank Heskett’s home, their auto overturned seriously injuring Mrs. Crossler. Mr. Crossler had a close call and the children escaped...

Out of the Past: Three boys go on dynamite spree
Out of the Past: Three boys go on dynamite spree

100 YEARS AGO

Oct. 11, 1917

While Mrs. E.W. Daggett and daughter, Opal, were at home last Friday afternoon when their house on Alder Slope caught fire. It burned down, although some of the contents were saved. Mr. Daggett was away helping...

Out of the Past: Cranky auto crank injures Maud Horne
Out of the Past: Cranky auto crank injures Maud Horne

By Paul Wahl

100 YEARS AGO

Oct. 4, 1917

A dearth of stock cars, which has developed suddenly, is preventing the shipment of large numbers of cattle and sheep from Wallowa County. The Enterprise station of the railroad has ordered 79...

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