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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...

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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...

Out of the Past: Wal-Mart store opens in La Grande
Out of the Past: Wal-Mart store opens in La Grande

By Paul Wahl

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 27, 1917

Notices have been sent to six more prospective soldiers to report to the local draft board: Thomas G. Murray, Enterprise; Lawrence Schindler, Joseph; Lawrence C. Brown, Lost Prairie; Daniel...

Out of the Past: Corset demonstrator enjoys Wallowa County
Out of the Past: Corset demonstrator enjoys Wallowa County

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 13, 1917

The sky was clear Sunday for the first time in weeks. Rain fell in western Oregon a few days before and put an end to the smoke, which had blown to this part of the state from forest fires in the...

Out of the Past: Joseph seeking new water supply
Out of the Past: Joseph seeking new water supply

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 6, 1917

Joseph City Council has instructed the water committee to look into the feasibility of extending the intake of the pipeline, which is now at the mouth of the river in the lake, to a spring on the west side of...

Out of the Past: 36-inch salmon caught in Hurricane Creek
Out of the Past: 36-inch salmon caught in Hurricane Creek

August 30, 1917

Rex Hillman died at the Enterprise hospital Monday morning as the result of injuries suffered Sunday afternoon when he was thrown from a horse while riding after cattle.

Main Street in Enterprise Saturday afternoon was...

Out of the Past: Patriotic League formed in Wallowa County
Out of the Past: Patriotic League formed in Wallowa County

Cheryl with a C

100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 23, 1917

Before a crowd that filled the grandstand at the fairgrounds Sunday afternoon, the motorcycle and automobile races were run. The time was as fast as the track would permit,...

Out of the Past: 100 years of Wallowa County history
Out of the Past: 100 years of Wallowa County history

100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 17, 1917

There has never been a season when so many vegetables have been canned by Enterprise housekeepers. There was considerable delay in the receipt of the canning apparatus ordered for the school and the town, and...

Out of the Past: Only two show for jury duty
Out of the Past: Only two show for jury duty

100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 9, 1917

The disappearance of Olen Reel, well-known Wallowa County stockman, from his Snake River ranch on Tuesday, under strange circumstances, leads to the belief he was drowned in the stream. His clothes were found on...

Out of the Past: Green pea crop looking good
Out of the Past: Green pea crop looking good

100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 2, 1917

The Enterprise Country Club was organized last Friday night and nine golfers were busy on the temporary course Sunday morning. Somebody is there nearly every day, learning the game. The temporary practice ground...

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