100 YEARS AGO
Feb. 7, 1918
There was a period of frenzied excitement on South River Street when a cow belonging to H.F. Kelley escaped and charged through the neighborhood. Several townspeople leaped for safety as she ran east, eventually tiring herself out and ending up at F.E. Gildersleeve’s place.
The erection of grain elevators at Joseph, Lostine and Wallowa this season is probable as a result of meetings held under the direction of government experts and county agent Mac Hoke. In each of the three communities without an elevator, it is proposed to organize a new company to erect and operate one.
Another election year has arrived, although there are no signs of it in Wallowa County. Several county offices will be open, including sheriff, clerk, treasurer and one commissioner. No candidates have come out yet.
70 YEARS AGO
Feb. 5, 1948
“Hobgoblin House,” a three-act mystery farce, will be presented by the junior class of Enterprise High School. It is a play that will send ice-cold shivers down the spine and make every hair stand on end, the organizers say. Bette Lou Tilton directs.
Applications for licenses to operate pinball games in Enterprise were heard by the city council. The city has no ordinance covering the licenses so no action was taken. The attorney general has repeatedly ruled that pinball games violate the state anti-gambling laws.
About 60 farmers attended the annual meeting of the Wallowa County Soil Conservation District. Around 12,248 acres have been surveyed in the county for soil and water conservation treatment and 47 farmers have applied for conservation farm plans on 20,000 acres.
50 YEARS AGO
Feb. 8, 1968
The Grande Ronde Symphony will present a program including Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the College Theatre.
Tree losses in Wallowa County are increasing, according to a joint survey conducted by the Oregon State Forestry and the USFS. Approximately 13,900 acres of public and private ownership shows signs of light to heavy bark beetle infestation.
“Birth of an Airport,” a three-page feature story about the Enterprise Airport written by Duane Best, appears in the February 1968 issue of “Pilot,” a national pilot’s magazine.
25 YEARS AGO
Feb. 11, 1993
Almost one-and-a-half years after a movie production company touched down in Joseph, the Walt Disney Pictures film “Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey” is being released this weekend. Scenes were shot at the John and Louise Freel farm on Hurricane Creek Road near Joseph, the top of Mount Howard and Eagle Cap Wilderness.
Auditions for the Wallowa Valley Players’ spring production of the musical “Quilters” are planned. The play’s main characters are a woman and her six daughters whose individuals lives are woven together into a patchwork quilt of life in the American West.