100 YEARS AGO
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 make up for their shortcomings or to play and prepare for next fall.
As noted elsewhere, an especial effort will be made to observe Memorial Day properly this year. Next Wednesday, May 30, is the day. Charles H. Zurcher has been named marshal of the day, and it is hoped there will be a large gathering downtown to march to the cemetery where exercises will be held with music, speaking and the decoration of graves of soldiers. Rev. A. J. Adams will deliver a special Memorial Day sermon in the Federated Church Sunday morning.
Farm labor, particularly during harvest, appeals to Wallowa County farmers as the greatest prospective need, judging from the returns on the survey blanks received by J.E. Larson, district agriculture agent.
The Country Club was delightfully entertained last Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. J. E. Kelley. The afternoon was spent in sewing and class work in domestic economy conducted by Mrs. A. R. Rice. A delicious lunch was served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Sam Cagee. Favors were won by Mrs. J. W. Childers.
70 YEARS AGO
May 29, 1947
Cecil Best has purchased an interest in the Wallowa Valley Stages Inc., a corporation operating two bus runs between La Grande and Wallowa Lake daily. The deal was completed yesterday.
Eighteen boys exhibited 100 head of livestock at the annual FFA spring stock show Saturday, May 24, in Wallowa. Competition was keen as the boys eyed the $300 prize money donated by individuals and businesses in and around Wallowa.
Wallowa town baseball team defeated Cove Sunday for its third straight league win this season. The score was 14-11.
The Natt McDougall Construction Co. moved in yesterday with heavy equipment and the first of their crew to start construction on the final .88 mile of road, which will complete the Enterprise-Lewiston Highway. In the equipment moved out to the job were two new D-8 caterpillar tractors and dozers, a compression wagon and drill and a 2-yard Northwest shovel.
50 YEARS AGO
May 25, 1967
The Chief Joseph Days Court of 1966 made its farewell appearance last weekend at the Diamond Spur rodeo and the Lilac Festival in Spokane. The new court will take over official duties beginning this coming weekend. The members of the new court will be selected at the dance, which will be held at the Civic Center in Joseph Saturday evening.
Work on the new sewerage system at Joseph is moving ahead on schedule with one of the main lines through the business area already laid, the lagoon completed at the old Walker place southeast of town and some offal lines in. Laterals are being laid to individual property lines, and the property owners are required to make their own connections.
Fred Himelwright, the Wallowa County Cow Bells “Father of the Year”, was honored at a dinner sponsored by the Cow Belles at the Joseph Civic Center Saturday evening. A large number of friends and members of the family gathered for the tribute to one of the county’s best-loved and generous-spirited citizens.
Kirk McGraw, EHS senior and son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy McGraw, was the recipient of the “Savage Award” presented each year to the most outstanding all-around athlete and scholar. McGraw lettered in football, basketball, track and golf. He is a member of the National Honor Society and presented the Salutatory address at the graduation ceremonies last night.
25 YEARS AGO
May 28, 1992
Heather Pendarvis of Wallowa High School placed second in the discus at the Oregon Class 1A track and field championships in Monmouth last Saturday.
There will be magic in the air at the 22nd Annual Wallowa County Old Time Fiddlers Contest June 12-13 at Cloverleaf Hall, with $630 in cash prizes and 43 trophies at stake.
The Chief Joseph Days Court –– Princesses Kristil Botts and Jodi Bacon and Queen Jessica Olson –– were among individuals from Wallowa County who attended the four-day opening of the impressive Oregon Trails Interpretive Center at Flagstaff Hill outside Baker City last weekend.