Compiled by Cheryl Jenkins
100 YEARS AGO
April 12, 1917
• Another landmark went up in smoke when the Mitchell hotel in Joseph was burned Saturday morning. Building and contents were a total loss, and it was with difficulty that other structures in the neighborhood were saved. It is reported there was $4,000 insurance on the building.
• Since the United States is in the Great World War, for how long a time no one knows, it is a matter of vital concern in town and on farms to see that food production attains a maximum and that economy be practiced in its consumption. As a forerunner to organized steps that may be taken later, every person owning or controlling any land should see that it is all in crop and that the largest possible yield be obtained.
• Having walked every foot of the distance from Chico to Enterprise, William Vanassche, mail carrier, concluded the stage is the thing. The roads are so soft, with half melted snow in some places and mud in others, that he concluded to come in Monday horseback. He had a saddled horse and two for packing. But the load was so heavy that he had to pack all three animals and go to it afoot. The ground was slippery and uncertain, but there was no choice.
• Building operations are going forward rapidly around the corner of Main and West Second streets. The brick front of A.R. Thompson’s plumbing shop is nearly finished. Forms are in for the large concrete garage S.A. Gotter is putting up for H.T. Weaver, facing east on West Second.
70 YEARS AGO
April 17, 1947
• “La Grande is the gateway to the famed Wallowa mountains, to which some enthusiasts have referred as the Switzerland of America, but to most visitors, the area is a class of its own. They insist it needs no comparison with the Alps. In fact, they declare the Wallowas have a finer scenic appeal than all the mountains of Europe.
• Vernon Hammack of the Enterprise FFA chapter received the state farmer degree at the state convention held in Pendleton April 9-11. This chapter also received the Keystone award, being one of the outstanding FFA chapters in the state.
• The Enterprise FFA boxers defeated their opponents, the Elgin boxing team, last Saturday night in the Enterprise gym by winning five of the seven matches.
• At the Christian Church in Enterprise at 7:30 there will be shown three moving pictures, which will be of interest and educational value to everyone. There are two religious films, “We Too, Receive” and “The Prodigal Son” and one educational film, “That Boy Joe.” The public is cordially invited.
• (PHOTO CAPTION) Miss Oregon, lovely Margaret Becker, shows scene of Oregon Wallowa mountains featuring this region and routes leading to it, which recently appeared in national magazines in an advertising program launched by the travel information department of the state highway commission to attract people from heavy centers of population to and through this area by featuring “things to see and do” while in the state.
50 YEARS AGO
April 13, 1967
• (PHOTO CAPTION) The Wallowa County Soroptimists club recently donated a small public address system to the Wallowa County Nursing Home for use during the weekly programs, which are presented to the residents there. The Soroptimists have been sponsoring the weekly programs and have noted in the past that several of the residents have had a difficult time hearing the programs.
• Lostine Junior High picked up enough second and third places to edge Joseph, 62-40, in a dual track meet held at Wallowa last Friday afternoon. Joseph captured six events and were sparked by Doug Sandlin who won three events: shot put, 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash.
• A stitch in time could net some local woman a 1967 sports model car valued at $3,000 and a mink stole specially designed for her. These are the top prizes in the National Grange sewing contest which closes April 30.
• Jack Pace of Enterprise won the top prize of $100 gift certificate in the Enterprise “Spring Opening” contest sponsored by the chamber of commerce. The total retail value of all merchandise displayed was $3,722.15. Jacks guess was $3750.85, only $28.70 off.
• The champion heifer at the Oregon Hereford Association sale at the Union county fairgrounds April 5 was exhibited by E.J. Snyder of Enterprise and sold to Wolfe Hereford Ranch for $300.
25 YEARS AGO
April 12, 1992
• A four-day school week? That is only one of a number of options being explored by Joseph School District Supt. Clark Bray to cut expenses in the face a budget shortfall of $171,00 to $371,000 for fiscal 1992-93, due at least in part to the Measure 5 tax limitation
• (PHOTO CAPTION) Wallowa sixth-graders have become amateur archaeologists this year, incorporating a number of subject areas in their research into archaeology, from reading to science. Above they show off the numbered ‘bison” bones they brought back to the classroom after a recent field trip and archaeology dig at the Willett ranch; the class plans to try to reconstruct the skeleton of the beast. Students archaeology-related projects will be on display at the Wallowa school science fair and art show April 21 in the Beth Johnson Room.
• And the countdown continues ... only 29 school days remain –– for seniors that is. So far, 16 seniors have been accepted to at least one college, or if they’re like Ryan Sheehy, they’ve applied and been accepted everywhere.
• Wallowa County girls tracksters captured firsts in four events at the ICUE Invitational at Elgin High School. Enterprise’s Jozie Hrenchir scored a convincing first in the long jump with a 14.85, and Monique Renoe aided the Savages’ cause with a 27.6 time in the 200 meter run.
The April meeting of the Wallowa County Cattle Women was held April 9, at the Cloud 9 Bakery meeting room. Betty Van Blaricom, chairman of the In-School Beef Program, reported that she and Connie Dunham presented demonstrations recently in two Joseph High School home economics classes. The Cattle Women team prepared stir-fry and marinated beef tri-tip. Money was presented to the classes to be used toward the purchasing of beef for the meat unit.
“Portable Sawmill” –– year unknown