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Out of the Past: Fire department gets 1,000-gallon tanker

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

Published on November 21, 2017 10:06AM

John Anderson poses with the antlers of a large buck he recently shot. From the Oct. 4, 1962, edition.

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John Anderson poses with the antlers of a large buck he recently shot. From the Oct. 4, 1962, edition.

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Nov. 22, 1917

The practice of playing cards for turkeys at Thanksgiving time was discussed by the enterprise City Council. It is the council’s opinion that this is nothing but gambling and is forbidden by law.

W. G. Winchester is constructing an ice skating rink just south of the fairgrounds dance pavilion. A tract 40x200-feet will be enclosed and roofed over. Flooding will begin when the weather is cold enough.

While hunting ducks last week at the McFetridge Pond on Lower Prairie Creek, Irving Johnson accidentally discharged one barrel of his shotgun and blew off the great toe and joint of one of his feet. The boy remains hospitalized.


Nov. 20, 1947

Approximately $200 was taken from Coyle’s Cafe during a robbery after the business had closed for the night. The robber entered through the door by means of a pass key. A former employee is suspected.

FOR SALE: Green and dry slab wood 50 cents per cord on nine cord orders. Joseph Fuel Co.

The Dorcas Society of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church is collecting clothing to be sent to Europe or used locally. Several large bundles have already been sent overseas. Leave donations at Lester Ruud’s Jewelry Store.


Nov. 23, 1967

Mr. and Mrs. Vern Repplinger have sold their 600-acre ranch on Prairie Creek to James and Joan Petty of Asotin, Wash. This is considered to be one of the best irrigated hay ranches in the valley.

The newest addition to the Enterprise Fire Department’s arsenal of equipment has a 1,000 gallon tank and a pump that delivers 250 gables of water per minute. The vehicle carries 400 feet of reconnect 1.5-inch hose and 200 feet of booster line.

The much-ballyhooed, long-awaited and acclaimed mega-movie “The Sounds of Music” has come to the Vista Theater in Wallowa. Showings include 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Large crowds are expected.


Nov. 19, 1992

Ken Reid, one of the founders of the Wallow County Small Woodlands Association, was recently selected Wallowa County Tree Farmer of the Year and is a finalist for the state award. He also received the honor 1985.

Wallowa County Memorial Hospital Administrator Ron Bender will be out of a job at the first of the year, the first casualty of the new hospital district he helped create.

Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed by a Joseph High School cast in the school’s cafeteria.


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