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Out of the Past: 100 years of Wallowa County history

Published on August 15, 2017 2:52PM

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Mystery solved: Several people contacted us to identify the gentleman in this picture. Kermit Wilson was named Father of the Year in 1960. His wife, Inez, joined him. At far left is Rita Reavis and at far right is Marine Huffman. The Wilsons are the parents of Nancy Wilson Waters and the grandparents of Diane Witherrite and have other descendents in the county.

Chieftain archive photo Mystery solved: Several people contacted us to identify the gentleman in this picture. Kermit Wilson was named Father of the Year in 1960. His wife, Inez, joined him. At far left is Rita Reavis and at far right is Marine Huffman. The Wilsons are the parents of Nancy Wilson Waters and the grandparents of Diane Witherrite and have other descendents in the county.

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100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 17, 1917

There has never been a season when so many vegetables have been canned by Enterprise housekeepers. There was considerable delay in the receipt of the canning apparatus ordered for the school and the town, and now that it has come, there is one part missing so that it is impossible to use it. Next winter will find canned goods of all descriptions scarce and expensive.

Young women of Flora sent to the Enterprise auxiliary $41 Red Cross money this week, representing chiefly the proceeds of a refreshment stand. The Flora girls asked that work be assigned them, for they are anxious to do their bit to help the soldiers.

A carload of grain sacks was distributed last Saturday at Enterprise to members of the Farmers union. All the afternoon a string of teams and autos stood in line to get to the freight car. There were not quite enough sacks to go around, and some farmers had to accept reduced quantities.

70 YEARS AGO

Aug. 14, 1947

Raymond Kooch has received six sorrel registered Belgian mares, which he is proudly displaying at his ranch. Mr. Kooch has long had an ambition to work with fine draft horses and expects to make working with the horses his hobby.

The CJD celebration showed a net profit of approximately $6,500. About 8,000 people saw the rodeo on the two days.

Workmen are pouring concrete foundations this week for the new diesel electric generating plant being erected by the Pacific Power & Light company between the railroad and the mill south of the Grain Growers plant. The new plant is being constructed to take care of the increased demand in the county for electricity.

50 YEARS AGO

Aug. 17, 1967

The members of the Wallowa County Stockgrowers roared their approval Saturday night at the announcement of the “Cattleman of the Year” and “Grassman of the Year.” Chosen as “Cattleman of the Year” was Hank Bird of Joseph, and “Grassman” was Ed Blockland, Lostine.

Extensive damage was done over the weekend to a county road grader, which was parked on Crow Creek Road between the Dave Young and Orville Makin places. Two or more gunmen worked the vehicle over quite thoroughly, shooting out most windows, flattening two of the large tires and shooting off the warning lights. Damages will run at least $500.

25 YEARS AGO

Aug. 13, 1992

News from Wallowa: One morning last week, Sharlet Doud had a great surprise when she went to water her flowers and discovered a rattlesnake in the flower bed. Needless to say, she did not finish watering. Mrs. Doud lives on the edge of town and some people think snakes are coming down into town because it is so dry out in the hills.

Shawna Rahn and Laina Stitzel were pictured showing off the reserve champion and champion ribbons they won in the very competitive Junior Division Western Equitation class of the 4-H Horse Show at the Wallowa County Fair.



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