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Out of the Past: Diesel plant stabilizes area’s energy scene

A seven-foot cougar weighing around 190 pounds was brought in from Imnaha.

Published on December 20, 2017 8:56AM

Chieftain file photoThis photo is circa 1919 or 1920 based on similar images in the Pacific Power and Light Co. archives, a spokesman said. Enterprise Electric Co., which became Pacific Power and Light, was organized in 1911. Reliable electrical service was still elusive in the late 40s in the county. See 70 Years Ago entry this week.

Chieftain file photoThis photo is circa 1919 or 1920 based on similar images in the Pacific Power and Light Co. archives, a spokesman said. Enterprise Electric Co., which became Pacific Power and Light, was organized in 1911. Reliable electrical service was still elusive in the late 40s in the county. See 70 Years Ago entry this week.

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100 YEARS AGO

Dec. 20, 1917

A.I. O’Reilly of the state industrial work for boys and girls visited Wallowa County last week to pique interest in several statewide youth contests. The categories receiving particular attention are potato growing, vegetable gardening, poultry raising, pork production, sheep raising, dairy herd record keeping, baking, canning, sewing, food preservation, farm and home handicraft and rural home beautification.

The Enterprise Opera House will present Ole Olson, performing a Swedish comedy, this Friday evening. The show will feature new scenery, electrical effects and vaudeville between acts.

With Christmas less than a week away, the balmy weather continues. In the last seven days, the lowest reading on the thermometer has been 30 degrees.

70 YEARS AGO

Dec. 18, 1947

With the additional power from the Pacific Power & Light company’s new $200,000 diesel generating plant now available, customers have been able to resume normal use of service at all hours of the day, M.G. Rutherford, district manager for the power company says.

A seven-foot cougar weighing around 190 pounds was brought in from Imnaha by Alfred Zollman on Monday. The animal was shot and killed near the mouth of Grizzly Creek, Mr. Zollman reported.

The Eagle Cap Ski Club met last Thursday and elected Leland Ratcliff president, Warren Bonner vice president and Jack Wagner secretary-treasurer. The club put up a tow line on the ski course on Sunday and will have it in operation every Sunday and on New Year’s Day.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 21, 1967

One of the first prosecutions under a recent law passed by the Oregon legislature to make hunting by helicopter illegal was instituted here this week with the filing of a complaint in justice court against Theo Grote, Joseph mayor and operator of the Joseph Airport.

In open bowling at Playmor Lanes in Joseph, winners in the women’s division: Muriel Jones, first, bowled a 227; Gail Jones, second, with a 225. In the men’s division: Larry Jones rolled a 255 for first place, and Cliff Collinsworth was second with a 246.

The Wallowa Memorial Hospital continues to overflow with patients. Yesterday, 30 were registered and some patients had to be placed in the TV room as all the regular rooms were full.

25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 17, 1992

On Monday, the Enterprise City Council approved two subdivisions, which will add 65 lots inside the city limits. The council approved a 56-lot subdivision –– Wallowa Mountain Heights –– near the Forest Service Visitor Center on the hill overlooking town, as well as a nine-lot subdivision called Alta Vista located on three acres of land adjoining Cemetery Road.

The Alpine Twirlers Square Dance Club has had an active and successful year. Now in its 20th year of dancing in Wallowa County, the club has grown and added new members, including a second caller, Glenn Hauskins, who recently moved to the area.

When Heppner area ranchers Jim and Susan Ward count their blessings this holiday season, they will be especially grateful for the return of a timid stock dog by the name of Butch. Butch, who was lost in northern Wallowa County in October, was reunited with the Wards last month after a journey that took him several hundred miles across unfamiliar territory.



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