100 years ago
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 town to respond with nearly $60 and more has been pledged since. So Wallowa County has done its part handsomely, just as it did when volunteers were called for.
The Joseph High School debating team has won the high honor of champion of Oregon, defeating Silverton last week in Eugene. Arthur Rudd and Guy Davis comprised the Joseph team at the finish.
Horses have been discarded on the Imnaha stage route, and mail, passengers and freight are now being carried in automobiles. It seems likely that the line will be patronized more liberally than the old wagon stage, with its slow all-day trip.
70 YEARS AGO
May 22, 1947
The annual drive to raise funds for Boy Scout work will be held next week. There are 78 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in Wallowa County.
The cancer drive in Wallowa County has been concluded successfully with a total of $424 sent to state headquarters.
Work on the fairgrounds track has recently been completed and the track put in excellent shape. Work has also started on the new grandstand which will have a seating capacity of 700–800.
The Wallowa County Fair Queen candidates have now been selected from each of the county’s districts: Louise Weinhard, Wallowa; Jean Warnock, Lostine; Jean Beast. Enterprise; Sarah Tucker, Flora; Betty Strohm, Buttes; Jackie McDetridge, Joseph; and Geane Simmons, Imnaha.
A new flying club has been organized in Enterprise with the following officers: John Bornstedt, Marvin Searles and Stan Farris. A contest to select a name for the club is now being conducted.
The Wallowa town team defeated a determined North Powder, 12-7, last Sunday. A week earlier in their first game of the season the Wallowan’s outscored Union, 7–1. Batteries for Wallowa! Conrad, Kennison and Rinehart.
50 YEARS AGO
May 18, 1967
The WCGG main office in Enterprise was burglarized during the night last week. Reported missing was approximately $750 in cash and a Polaroid hand camera.
A dedication ceremony was held at St. Katherine Catholic church in Enterprise last Sunday afternoon to dedicate to new parish hall and Sunday School classrooms.
Dwight Wolfe, 4-H member, exhibited the Grand Champion 4-H steer at the Spokane Jonior Livestock Show last week.
The Lostine Neighborhood Club met at the home of Mrs. Warner Crow with a luncheon put on by the second group. The next meeting will be held in the church basement. This will be a quilting party to get 2 quilts ready for overseas missions.
PHOTO CAPTION: The children of the Flora school were given a rare treat on Tuesday morning when Ray Harris, Don Swart and Allen Lambert flew a helicopter to Flora to take some pictures. They landed in the south yard only a short distance from the school. Those on hand were Wesley Wilsey, Brenda Cannon, Dena Shuman, Donna Shuman, Jeffery Curry, Lule Shuman, Doug Wulff, Debbie McCall, Ray Harris and Miss Susan Drenth.
25 YEARS AGO
May 21, 1992
Tuesday’s primary election turned into a cliffhanger for two of the candidates for Wallowa County Commissioner when only 15 votes separated challenger Ben Boswell from incumbent Les Carlsen.
Members of the Enterprise Fire Department were called to provide an extra measure of safety as clean up crews began removing soil contaminated with gas at Steve’s Conoco in Enterprise, the result of a spill that occurred over the weekend.
Honored at the annual Enterprise High School Mother’s Silver Tea recently Deena Haefer, Outstanding Senior Home Economic Student and recipient of the FFCL/FHA chapter’s scholarships; and Jonna Collins, Outstanding FFCL/FHA member.
Heather Pendarvis of Wallowa High School emerged as the undisputed girls discus champion at the District 4-1A meet with a throw of 114-9.
A standout javelin throw by Enterprise’s Jim Martin was a highlight of the District 8-2A track meet. Martin heaved the spear 192.5, setting a new district record.