100 years ago
March 15, 1917
Several changes in the Oregon game laws were made by the legislature which just adjourned. Among the provisions effective May 21 are the following: Both men and women are required to take out a hunting license altho women are exempt from purchasing a fishing license.
By a vote of 126 to 46, residents of district 21 last Saturday approved the issuing of $60,700 of bonds to build and equip a new school building in Enterprise.
The new locomotive ordered by the East Oregon company last fall, left the Baldwin Locomotive works at Philadelphia March 10, and is expected to arrive at Enterprise about the first of April.
Advertisement: Spirella Corsets. Training course taken in Portland and corsets fitted to any figure. Mrs. S.K. Clark, Corsetiere.
The dangers that are run by a person dealing in liquor in Oregon at present were illustrated in cases before Justice A.B. Conaway during the week. He imposed a fine of $250 on “Hank” Wright in the case in which he was found guilty last week. The money was paid.
Chapman: School closed for a period of five to six weeks last Friday, owing to the spread of measles and also due to roads breaking up.
70 years ago
March 13, 1947
In competition with thousands of high school seniors throughout the United States, Gerald Perrin of EHS has won a high place in the navy cadet examination.
Playing a fast checking game, the Wallowa basketball team beat a determined Enterprise team by a score of 37 to 28 last Friday to win the county championship.
The Wallowa County Health association urges all who can to send assistance to needy families abroad. The number of people suffering from cold and hunger is said to be almost unbelievable.
A special meeting will be held at the Alder Slope school house, District No. 2, March 14 for the purpose of discussing the question as to whether the school should be continued, or suspended and the children transported to Enterprise.
The statement made in The Chieftain last week that Mayfield’s was the second oldest business in Enterprise has been challenged. The Ratcliff Furniture company was purchased in 1899. Mayfield’s was established in 1903. The Chieftain was established in 1884 in Joseph and moved to Enterprise in 1893.
50 years ago
March 16, 1967
Stella Mastrude, who has retired as librarian at the Joseph city library after 20 years of service, was honored by the Joseph Chamber of Commerce. She was presented with an electric blanket and a bath robe, gifts provided jointly by the chamber, the city and the library board. Mrs. Bill Williams is now serving as librarian.
Joanne Snyder was crowned Sports Queen at EHS Saturday night. Brian Stockdale was crowned Sports King.
Wallowa made a gallant bid to win the State B Basketball title, but were defeated by Powers in the championship game.
Miss Ruth Rowbury, by finishing first in a written homemaking knowledge and attitude examination for senior girls, became JHS’s 1967 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.
25 years ago
March 12, 1992
A 2-passenger helicopter that crashed into the Snake River below Hells Canyon dam on Friday was pulled out of the water Monday by a team of rescuers headed by the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Department. The aircraft was recovered without the pilot, Jean-Jacques Goetz of Newburg, Oregon, who authorities believe died in the accident.
County cub scouts, parents and fans turned out for the annual Pinewood Derby at Cloverleaf Hall Saturday. A total of 59 cubs participated in the popular event.
Wallowa wrestler Joel Steele placed first in the 191-pound weight division at the Oregon Class 2A Wrestling finals.
Chris Gomes of Enterprise High School and Ray Soto of Enterprise Junior High each brought gold medals home to Wallowa County from the 9th Annual Oregon Special Olympics Winter Games held at Mt. Bachelor.
In its first outing to the recent district basketball tournament in La Grande under music instructor Norma Wetzell, the JHS Pep Band was named 1992 Wapiti League Champion as best pep band. Band members: Nicole Duncan, Josie Botts, Catriona Fraser, Jesse Peterson, Paul Vlietstra, Dan Burns, Jamie Collier, Brent Latta, Steve Dolbin, Leah Salmon, Jared Williams, Erin Lunde, James Schmeck, Clint Williams, B.J. Hamilton.