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Out of the Past: Government purchases prop up potato prices

Published on October 31, 2017 2:41PM

Does anyone remember the Davis Cafe on Main St. in Enterprise? This undated photo from the Chieftain archives is a shot of the staff at the time. Does anyone recognize these ladies? editor@wallowa.com

Does anyone remember the Davis Cafe on Main St. in Enterprise? This undated photo from the Chieftain archives is a shot of the staff at the time. Does anyone recognize these ladies? editor@wallowa.com

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100 YEARS AGO

Nov. 1, 1917

The potato market, which has been uncertain a tendency to grow steadily weaker, suddenly became firm last week when agents of the U. S. Government came into the county buying supplies for area army camps. They paid 1 cent a pound and bought at least three carloads near Enterprise at that price. Deliveries are being made now.

Guy E. Skaggs has bought W.E. Keltner’s ranch of 320 acres northwest of town and will farm it as a sideline to his hardware business.

A dance and basket supper will introduce the new stopping place on the Imnaha Road, the Midway House. Andrew Osmundson has erected a 15-room house, but the partitions are not in yet so there is plenty of room for the crowd expected for the event.

70 YEARS AGO

Oct. 30, 1947

Seems as though misfortune is what befalls Gene Hayes, son of Mr. And Mrs. Hugh Hayes of Wallowa. He was ready to leave the hospital after having his hand amputated from a mill accident when he was struck with appendicitis and had to undergo an operation.

Mrs. A. W. Cortney, a reader of the Chieftain, sends in her $3 subscription renewal. She was a pioneer of the Alder Slope community and says she enjoys reading the news of family and friends. She resides in Milton.

Editorial: A fashion note suggests that men should carry pocketbooks like women instead of cramming a lot of odds and ends into their pockets. We never had much use for so-called fashion experts and now we know that they are a bunch of ignorant, panty-waist four-flushers.

50 YEARS AGO

Nov. 2, 1967

Enterprise School District is presently in the middle of negotiations to attempt to overcome one of its most serious problems –– to provide enough room to meet the needs of their classes. The board has met with three architects and is expected to choose one shortly.

As a result of various consultations and discussions with teens and adults in Wallowa County, Mr. Craig, Wallowa County High School Counselor, has determined there is a need for an employment service for high school students. Individuals or businesses can call Community Action and render their requests.

Tory Shell of Wallow and Vic Crow and Floyd Kennedy of Joseph are among the singers rehearsing for a Christmas concert as part of the Wallowa County Chorus.

25 YEARS AGO

Oct. 29, 1992

A large amount of sophisticated growing equipment and 251 marijuana plants were confiscated in a police raid at a residence at the head of Wallow Lake. The plants were found growing in the basement of a home belonging to Wayne Doner.

Construction of Joseph’s water filtration system, including a control building and water storage reservoir, is well under way about a half-mile southwest of Joseph. The system should go into operation next summer.

Enterprise Fire Department’s big tanker truck is in Stangel’s Machine Shop for repairs following a noninjury accident.



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