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Out of the Past: War effort causing material, labor shortages

Delving deep into Wallowa County’s history as recorded in the Chieftain

Published on November 14, 2017 3:27PM

The 1956 Lostine High School Boys Varsity Basketball team included, front, from left, Dale Bartness, Teddy Gaston, Gary Winters, Duane Jones and David Crow. Back, David Cherry, Don Hammack, Bill Hunter, Glen Bowen and Ross Courtney.

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The 1956 Lostine High School Boys Varsity Basketball team included, front, from left, Dale Bartness, Teddy Gaston, Gary Winters, Duane Jones and David Crow. Back, David Cherry, Don Hammack, Bill Hunter, Glen Bowen and Ross Courtney.

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100 YEARS AGO

Nov. 15, 1917

City fathers in Enterprise are mulling a plan to pave the business streets in the city, but the idea may have to wait. Those opposed say this is a poor time for any new undertaking with materials and labor expensive and scarce owning to the war conditions. The streets are in poor condition, however, and paving is considered the ultimate solution.

Sawmill and logging companies all over the northwest are operating shorthanded, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Companies are making special inducements to men to stay. Entities with spruce to sell are in luck, the U.S. Government is buying as much spruce as it can find for airplane propellers.

The first lawsuit in the history of Wallow Circuit Court involving an automobile crash has gone to a jury. The accident occurred in downtown Joseph. More suits arising from the automobile fad are expected in the coming months.

70 YEARS AGO

Nov. 13, 1947

The first butter to be made commercially in Enterprise for some time is coming out of a new churn installed at Raven Foods plant. The equipment had been held in readiness until the market situation had improved.

Mr. And Mrs. Clyde Fleenor purchased the Sweet Shop in Joseph from Mr. And Mrs. Hall. They are rooming at the home of Mrs. Emma Patten.

Wallowa County Grain Growers had its biggest year in ever, coop members were told at the organization’s recent annual meeting. A 150,000-bushel capacity grain elevator in Enterprise is the next major goal for the organization. Nearly a million dollars worth of grain was sold last year.

50 YEARS AGO

Nov. 12, 1967

A suit stemming from a car accident in June 1965 has been filed in Wallowa Circuit Court. The William A. Shoopman family is seeking more than $25,00 in damages from defendants John David Long and Gary Kiesecher. Shoopman’s widow alleges Long was operating his vehicle at speeds greater than would permit exercise of proper control and failing to keep a proper lookout.

Capt. David R. Hockett, U.S. Army helicopter pilot and son of Mr. And Mrs. Ray Hockett of Joseph, returned home recently a after spending the last year in Vietnam. He has been warded the distinguished flying cross, 24 air medals and the bronze star.

The Wallow High School football team remains unbeaten for the season and has advanced to the state playoff after defeating Maupin. They will face Sacred Heart in Klamath Falls in the first round of action.

25 YEARS AGO

Nov. 12, 1992

The developers of the Joseph Point Subdivision scored a victory in their battle to put expensive homes on the Wallow Lake moraine last week when their case was considered by the Oregon Court of Appeals. Twenty-six lots averaging about an acre each have been proposed.

A group of Wallowa County Churches has requested the Wallowa Valley TV Association begin rebroadcasting KMBI-FM, a popular Christian radio station in Spokane. A survey of members will be undertaken.

Wallowa Valley Players are preparing a production of Neil Simon’s comedy hit “Barefoot in the Park” at Joseph Civic Center. Desert will be served. Seating is limited.



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