100 YEARS AGO
August 30, 1917
Rex Hillman died at the Enterprise hospital Monday morning as the result of injuries suffered Sunday afternoon when he was thrown from a horse while riding after cattle.
Main Street in Enterprise Saturday afternoon was lined with automobiles standing parked along the walks, while other cars were moving back and forth. Not a horse was in sight. Presently one team turned into the street. It was a Standard Oil Co. team, hauling the company’s oil tank. This one team was delivering gasoline for all the automobiles.
A Chinook salmon 36 inches long, weighing 10 pounds and 10 ounces, was caught the first of the week by Charles Zell in a small stream near Hurricane Creek. The fish took a spoon hook, with which the boy was after trout, and was landed after being played until tired.
70 YEARS AGO
Aug. 28, 1947
Safecrackers, who had made previous raids on the Jay Templeton service station and Tippett’s Tavern, broke into the Snyder Lumber Co. safe last Thursday night and also raided the Graingrowers office.
Around 150 people in Wallowa County attended the annual Wallowa County Pioneers picnic and meeting held on the picnic grounds near the Hurricane Creek Grange Hall. It was the first gathering of its kind in several years, due to the war. It was voted to merge the old pioneer association with the Sons and Daughters of the Pioneers.
News from Wallowa: The “Seal Them Light” canning 4-H Club met with their leader, Mrs. Leota Henderson, Monday afternoon. Record books were checked, and most of the girls have canned their required amount of fruit for the year.
50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 31, 1967
J.C. Gentle and family attended an old-time fiddling contest in Baker Friday night. The contest was for the nine northeastern counties of Oregon. Mr. Gentle won first place and was aided by his brother, R.V. Gentle, who seconded for him on the guitar.
Imnaha news: Fire has been one of the main topics of conversation on the Imnaha this week, and everyone is breathing easier with them under control. Some of the smoke jumpers could be seen jumping and landing and the chemical planes seen dumping their loads. Lou Warnock, Mike Marks, Kid Marks and Charlie Marks were in the Lookout Mountain vicinity moving cattle that were in danger from the fire.
25 YEARS AGO
Aug. 27, 1992
An August snow storm over the weekend helped to put the damper on several forest fires which broke out last week.
Two of Wallowa County’s leading ranching families were honored by the county Stockgrowers association during its annual dinner Saturday evening. Mack and Marian Birkmaier were recipients of the Cattleman of the Year award, and the Yost Ranch, represented by Paul, James and Vicky Yost, was winner of the Grassman of the Year award.
Three Wallowa County high school students, Carrie Phillips, Jenni Blanchet and Jeremy Ornelas, recently spent two weeks at the Missoula Children’s Theatre performing arts camp in Montana. Out of 128 young performers accepted for the camp from all over the country, only five were from Oregon.