100 YEARS AGO
Jan. 31, 1918
Enterprise and Wallowa were the winners of the first round between the four high schools of the valley in the state debating league. Conclusions between Enterprise and Wallowa will be reached Friday night of this week. Each school will send its negative team to the other town. The winner will meet a team from Union County and the victor in that contest will compete for the championship of eastern Oregon.
On Christmas Eve, Mr. and Mrs. S.T. Daggett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in Joseph. Their sons and daughters to the fourth generation gathered for the occasion, numbering more than 50.
The thermometer registered 16 degrees below zero in Enterprise this morning, bringing the first touch of winter this season. Many locals welcomed the sharp, cold weather, which ensures hard ground for logging timber.
70 YEARS AGO
Jan. 29, 1948
Several hundred acres of the lower end of Wallowa Lake were frozen over this week. School was dismissed in Joseph on Tuesday morning to allow the students an opportunity to go skating.
B. Bohna has sold a registered Brown Swiss bull to Evergreen Breeders Association of Chehalis, Wash. The animal weighed 2,200 pounds. Mr. Bohna also recently purchased three registered Brown Swiss heifers. One of the heifers is a daughter, another a granddaughter and the third a great-granddaughter of a grand champion at the Pacific International Livestock Show.
Wallowa County 4-H clubbers grossed $18,413.46 in their 1947 4-H club year. Dairy club members made the greatest profit with $2,239.97, while beef club members came second with a total of $2,083.14. Members in clothing projects made 28 dresses and 184 other handmade articles, while cooking club members prepared and served 760 meals for their families and friends.
50 YEARS AGO
Feb. 1, 1968
Gov. Tom McCall and the Baker County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Paramount Pictures will film the $10 million budget motion picture “Paint Your Wagon” in the Wallowa Mountains. Location is a mountain meadow area in East Eagle Valley northeast of Baker.
The Wallowa County dinner for former residents and those who have interests in the area but who are now in the vicinity of Los Angeles was held as scheduled Jan. 21. The committee first estimated a possible attendance of 35, but a total of 98 showed up.
A sportsman can lose hunting or fishing privileges for up to 90 days if convicted of littering any of the shorelines or waters of the state. According to the Oregon State Game Commission, this is on of the provisions of the new anti-pollution law now in effect. The law provides that it is unlawful to discard any glass, cans or other trash, rubbish, debris or litter on land within 100 yards of the ocean or any other water area except in receptacles provided for holding such material.
25 YEARS AGO
Feb. 4, 1993
The Burnaugh building in Enterprise will be among proposed sites to be considered for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places at a meeting of the State Advisory Committee of Historic Preservation Feb. 11-12 in Salem. The Bowlby-stone structure, commonly referred to as the old Masonic building, was purchased in 1990 by Doug and Carol Terry and currently houses their canvas goods and art gallery business.
After a long hearing last week, the Wallowa County Planning Commission approved, with many conditions, the preliminary plat of the proposed Elk Trout Subdivision south of Joseph and north of the Chief Joseph monument property and the foot of Wallowa Lake. Among the conditions were the requirements that the applicants, WGK Development Inc. and Gary and Ramon Parmenter, settle their differences with Joseph and the Nez Perce and the National Historic Nez Perce Park representatives, who have unsuccessfully negotiated for the eight acres adjacent to the Chief Joseph monument.
The growth in amateur dramatic production in Wallowa County, both community theater and in the schools, has created a need for a registry of persons who enjoy designing, sewing or collecting costumes. A new “costume guild,” calling itself SeamAntics, is proposing to provide opportunities for individuals to volunteer to be in charge of creating costumes for specific school and adult productions.