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Out of the Past: Wilson reunion draws four carloads

Published on June 21, 2017 8:38AM

Out of the Past

Out of the Past

Chieftain File Photo
Aviation Radioman Third Class Teddie W. Hays of Enterprise was a radioman gunner aboard a Douglas “Dauntless: dive-bomber, which attached a small Japanese convoy on the opening day of the raid on Truk Feb. 16, 1944.

Chieftain File Photo Aviation Radioman Third Class Teddie W. Hays of Enterprise was a radioman gunner aboard a Douglas “Dauntless: dive-bomber, which attached a small Japanese convoy on the opening day of the raid on Truk Feb. 16, 1944.

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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 the windlasses has been in the air for two weeks.

Byram Mayfield was elected to succeed himself as school director at the annual meeting of District 21 (Enterprise). George M. Gaily was re-elected clerk. Teachers for next year have already been chosen.

Miss Joyce Craig will sing a solo at the Red Cross benefit tonight at the People’s Tavern.

A jolly crowd from Joseph and Enterprise motored in on Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wilson’s. The guests brought a lovely picnic dinner, which was spread on the lawn and throughly enjoyed by all present.

The annual Wilson Family reunion was held at the home of Albert Wilson at Paradise. Four car-loads attended from Joseph and Enterprise. All of the children of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Wilson were present except Parke who is with the cavalry in Wyoming and Mrs. Mabel Carruthers of Peace River, Alberta, Canada.

70 YEARS AGO

June 19, 1947

Saturday evening at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds dance hall, Betty Louise Strohm, 18, of Joseph was officially selected as queen of the Wallowa County Fair. She is a 1947 graduate of Joseph High School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Strohm.

Gene Boswell, who has been in Bend since last fall, has returned to Enterprise and plans to make his home here again. He has purchased the Vet’s Taxi Service from Ed Tippett.

The 8,000 acre ranch owned by Averill Combs, formerly the Mark Sevier place located two miles out of Wallowa, has been sold to J. W.. McMichael and Mr. Hawkinson of Nevada. All of the cattle (approximately 300 head, not including calves) and equipment were included in the sale.

Mrs. Art Prince and Mrs. Willard Collins gave a kitchen show at the former’s home in Wallowa in honor of Betty Lee Wortman of Enterprise.

The two flying clubs at Joseph Airport, the Joseph Flyers and Hells Canyon Flyers have merged under the name Chief Joseph Flyers and will retain two Piper trainers for its use. Raymond Johnson was elected president of the merged clubs.

50 YEARS AGO

June 22, 1967

The storms reported last week proved to be rather costly for Roy Daggett of Joseph. As they passed over his place north of town, they unloaded some mighty electrical charges and one happened to strike three young bulls that were huddled near a wire fence by and irrigation ditch. Together they were valued at well over $1,000.

Dick Gosney is the new president of the Enterprise Lions Club. Don Van Maren is first vice-president and Bob Hawkins is second vice-president. Clarie Turllinger was named president of the Lady Lions.

While riding on the first of June, Rita and Joe Poulson came upon a large brown bear in a canyon near their home. The unlucky bear came within range of the .22 rifle carried on the saddles and, quoting Rita, “that was the end of Mr. Bear.” The bear was judged to be about two years old and weighed around 160 pounds.

Darrell Garrett of Lostine came home from Germany recently where he has been stationed for three years in the service. He has been discharged.

Lorin Ricker, local attorney, was appointed Justice of the Peace by Gov. McCall. He intends to move his office upstairs in the courthouse. He will replace Uley McGinnis, who had been serving temporarily after the resignation of G. A. McCubbin.

25 YEARS AGO

June 18, 1992

Bob L. Lewis, certified public accountant, has announced the opening of his office at 102 S.W. First, Enterprise. He has 12 years of experience and offers a full range of financial services.

Cool and rainy weather last week kept some fishermen off Wallowa Lake last week, but generally improved the rainbow trout fishing.

Amy Zollman, daughter of Steve and Joyce Zollman of Enterprise, is a member of the 1992 Elgin Stampede Court. She was selected after tryouts in May. The court will make an appearance at Chief Joseph Days.

Mildred Baird, Lottie Chrisman and Genevieve Gelsinger of Wallowa went to La Grande Sunday to visit their brother Roland McCrae who is in the Valley View Care Center. He was reported to be about the same.

Enterprise city officials this week were monitoring report of gas fumes coming from the basements of at least two Main Street businesses. City maintenance supervisor Dawson Neil said the problem was probably caused by heavy rains the past week, which raised the local water table. Some downtown business owners believe the problem stems from a gas spill at Steve’s Conoco over Memorial Day weekend when an estimated 5,100 gallons of unleaded gas spilled into the ground after a rubber hose between the holding tanks and the gas pumps failed.



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