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Chieftain file photo
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...

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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...

Out of the Past: First grain elevator to be built
Out of the Past: First grain elevator to be built

100 YEARS AGO

July 26, 1917

Wallowa Lake was selected for the Pioneers Reunion Merry Gathering at the sixth-annual reunion as the permanent meeting place of meeting. This site was selected for its adaptability for such occasions and easy...

OUT OF THE PAST: Garden club has summer outing
OUT OF THE PAST: Garden club has summer outing

100 YEARS AGO

July 19, 1917

The barn built last year by Hugh Wilson on his farm near Joseph is recognized as one of the most complete in this part of the state, and the main barn is 36x82-feet with an ell 42x40-feet. The foundation and...

Out of the past: Enterprise-Lewiston highway nearly finished
Out of the past: Enterprise-Lewiston highway nearly finished

100 YEARS AGO

July 12, 1917

On the departure of Rev. A. J. Adams, the board of the Federated church presented him a handsome gold watch chain as parting gift. He is moving to a church in Buhl, Idaho. Rev. M. D. Reed will replace...

Out of the past: Graingrowers build new elevator in Wallowa
Out of the past: Graingrowers build new elevator in Wallowa

100 YEARS AGO

July 5, 1917

Rising consumption rates for gasoline are believed to be the culprit causing a shortage in Wallowa County. The supply at Standard Oil’s station was exhausted recently and it was not known when the next...

Out of the past: Flume finds a new home under Main Street
Out of the past: Flume finds a new home under Main Street

100 Years Ago

June 28, 1917

At the Eugene Brown logging camp, a hot summer day is greeted with cold ice cream. Mrs. Brown served the novelty, using ice which remains nearly year-round under the sawdust and trash of the logdeck. Several...

Out of the Past: Wilson reunion draws four carloads
Out of the Past: Wilson reunion draws four carloads

100 YEARS AGO

June 21, 1917

Not in all its history has Enterprise had such an epidemic of house moving as is now on. Old buildings are traveling in all directions, making room for improvements. The squeaking of trucks and rollers and of...

Out of the past: Crow wins Dorrrance Scholarship
Out of the past: Crow wins Dorrrance Scholarship

June 7, 1917

Actual work on the new $60,000 School house for Enterprise has begun. E.A. Freeden is here from Portland as superintendent of construction for John Almeter, contractor, and is engaged in the preliminaries. These have consisted to...

OUT OF THE PAST: Harris top shooter
OUT OF THE PAST: Harris top shooter

May 31, 1917

None of the familiar features of the old-time stage coach were visible in a published photo, but a representation of the Chico stage leaving Enterprise the morning of Tuesday, April 10, of this year was shown. The team of six...

Out of the Past: Final piece of Enterprise-Lewiston Highway being built
Out of the Past: Final piece of Enterprise-Lewiston Highway being built

MAY 24, 1917

School is over for the year and the vacation season is on to the joy of hundreds of children. Examinations in all grades have kept pupils on nettles during the last week, but now they know the worst, and have the summer in which to...

Out of the Past: Joseph High wins state debate
Out of the Past: Joseph High wins state debate

May 17, 1917

The appeal of the Y.M.C.A. for money for its army work touched a responsive chord in Wallowa County. YMCA leaders determined that $800 was Wallowa County’s share of Oregon’s total contribution. Lostine was the first...

Out of the Past: Talking movies come to town
Out of the Past: Talking movies come to town

May 5, 1917

The annual spring cleanup for the city has been set by the council to start next Monday. The city will furnish a wagon to gather or collect rubbish. The wagon will be driven along a street or alley, and rubbish collected at the lot...

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