100 Years Ago
June 28, 1917
At the Eugene Brown logging camp, a hot summer day is greeted with cold ice cream. Mrs. Brown served the novelty, using ice which remains nearly year-round under the sawdust and trash of the logdeck. Several high-placed officials and inspectors with the U.S. Forest Service joined in the treat last week.
Mrs. Rebecca Conley, mother of J. C. Conley, was walking on the porch of her home in Joseph when she fell and the bone in her right leg was broken in two places. She is 89 and has been able to get around with the help of a cane.
Workmen tore out the old flume leading to the E. M. and M. Flour Mill where it crosses West Second St. in Enterprise in preparation for building a new one below the street level. When the project is completed, West Second will run directly from Main to the depot without obstruction.
“I wish to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of your past patronage, particularly during the time I was away in the military service of the United States. Now that I have returned, I earnestly solicit a continuance of your patronage, and assure you that all your work will have my personal, prompt and careful attention.” W. A. Lindsay, The Nifty Tailor, Enterprise.
70 Years Ago
June 26, 1947
This week, the Chieftain loses the faithful and highly competent services of Mrs. Grace Conley, whose accurate, comprehensive and able reporting has done much to make this newspaper enjoyed by its readers. She is retiring and will move to California later this summer,
Miss Doris Lay went to work Monday morning in the office of the county school superintendent where she will be employed during the summer.
The Daggett Machine Shop in Enterprise recently sold Harley Tucker a new autocar with semi-trailer, in which to haul his Brahma bulls and bucking horses from rodeo to rodeo It is capable of holding 22 head of horses or 25 head of steers.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bay have bought the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Marks just across the bridge from Mr. Duckett’s power plant in Imnaha. The Bays hope to get moved in this coming week. They also purchased around 600 acres of rangeland lying up Sheep Creek on the west side of the road.
50 Years Ago
June 29, 1967
Sixteen million board feet of National Forest timber was purchased by Boise Cascade Corp. H. Donald Miller, district ranger of the Joseph Ranger District of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest announced the sale, located in the Wallowa Mountains south of Joseph. The timber sale cost the company $125,105, around $175 above the appraisal price.
A little over 1,100 of Wallowa County’s registered voters turned out for Monday’s election to turn down a bid for enlargement and remodeling of the Wallowa Memorial Hospital. The final tally was 510-617. The measure suffered the heaviest defeat in the Joseph area. A decision is pending on whether the county will try again this time for a smaller levy.
Leona Wagner has entry forms for the Wallowa County Amateur Rodeo July 8-9 at the fairgrounds in Enterprise. All of the traditional rodeo events are on tap and one that’s not so traditional –– wild chicken scramble.
Garland Gayle Hocker, son of Rev. and Mrs. Garland Hocker of Wallowa has been named “Boy of the Month” by the Wallowa Assembly of God Church. The honoree worked at the state guard station and the Joseph mill before going into the service in August 1966.
25 Years Ago
June 25, 1992
The Associated Ditch Co. has been exonerated of allegations that construction of the Wallowa Lake Dam in 1929 caused destruction of the salmon run by creating a total barrier to their spawning grounds in Wallowa Lake. The ditch company, which owns that dam at Wallowa Lake, was named as the defendant in a $550,000 lawsuit filed last December by the Nez Perce Indian Tribe in Lapwai, Idaho.
The purchase by Wallowa County Grain Growers of the Enterprise Oil bulk plant from D.B. Anderson Inc. will be effective July 1. Grain Growers did not purchase the cardlock pumps, which will be removed from operation June 30.
Lostine will be the place to be this July 3-5 as the community’s 120-vendor flea market will open its doors. Skinny the clown will be on hand with free balloons and toys for the kids. A rifle and a microwave oven will be given away as door prizes.
The junior cooking award at the Spring Fair held at the county fairgrounds went to Robin Hopkins. She received a book from the Imnaha Grange. Cammie Kuppinger earned the top clothing style revue award, a plaque sponsored by Dr. Richard Carlson.