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Out of the Past: Corset demonstrator enjoys Wallowa County

Published on September 12, 2017 2:53PM

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Sept. 13, 1917

The sky was clear Sunday for the first time in weeks. Rain fell in western Oregon a few days before and put an end to the smoke, which had blown to this part of the state from forest fires in the region.

William Mahan of Joseph has bought a new Ford car.

Mrs. L. O. Kennedy, representing a corset company, spent several days in Enterprise demonstrating at the store of Hanna and Link. Her travels take her through many sections of the northwest and stated that the Wallowa mountains were in a class by themselves for their rugged beauty.

Yanks are running in the streams at the head of the lake and each day sees scores of autos going in that direction loaded with people and fishing paraphernalia.


Sept. 12, 1947

Jack Lexington was cut severely on the right leg last week while working at the mill at Minam. He was operating the swing saw used to cut up slab wood when the saw, in some manner, bounded back and struck him on the leg. He was taken to a hospital in La Grande and received 60 stitches. He expects to be released this week.

The forest service reports that O’Neal Construction Co. has now set up camp on the Chesnimus near the Frank Green place and expects to be in full operation on the new road up the Chesnimus by Oct. 1.

Two new swings have been added to the play yard at the Reavis School this week and new outside steps are being built from the road to the school yard.

Gospel meetings with Frank Driver preaching will be held at the American Legion Hall in Enterprise. Services are planned each evening except Monday for the foreseeable future. Plain gospel preaching. Good congregational singing.


Sept. 14, 1967

Mick Courtney of Courtney Motors in Enterprise announced his firm will hold an open house to show the new 1968 model Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge cars and Dodge trucks. Coffee and donut are on the menu.

Erwin Real Estate announces that Frank Hays has received his real estate license as a salesman and is working at the firm.

FOR SALE: 1965 Volkswagen only 23,000 miles, $1,295. Call Leo Goebel.

Marine Lance Corporal John W. Roberts, son of Mr. And Mrs. Ivan R. Roberts of Wallowa, is in Vietnam serving with a Military Police Company.


Sept. 10, 1992

Joseph City Council accepted the bid of Tom Gleasman Construction for the city’s new fire hall. The bid included a building and floor but no electricity or heating. It was the only bid received.

Albert H. Durgan has announced his retirement as CEO of Pioneer Bank after 34 years of service. A reception was held Sept. 15.

Randal Johnson and Denny Dawson are offering self-defense classes at the Enterprise High Gym. “We welcome all ages –– men and women.”

Linda Botts, who assisted Kathy Schaeffer with the Joseph High School volleyball program last season, moves into the head coaching role for this year.


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