100 YEARS AGO
Feb. 14, 1918
Three young women employed by the county –– Ruth Holmes, Gertrude M. Hooper and Elba Conley –– have begun to levy a fine of one cent for each cuss word uttered in the courthouse. W.S. Burleigh quickly ran up a bill of 35 cents in the policy’s first month. The total fines for January were $1.40. All the money taken in is given to the local Red Cross.
County coroner H.B. Haisten resigned in December after five years. During his tenure, Haisten kept an itemized account of all fees received and all expenses incurred and discovered he was just $1.54 in the good for the five years in public office.
The Red Cross’s masquerade ball will be held at the opera house. Many gaudy costumes have been prepared, and prizes will be given for the most striking costumes made the cheapest.
70 YEARS AGO
Feb. 12, 1948
The Raven Foods plant has turned out the first Swiss cheese to be manufactured in Wallowa County in nearly seven years. Production of this type of cheese will probably be held to a limited scale until present back orders of cheddar cheese can be filled and Swiss cheese market futures become more stable, says manager Bill Fletcher.
Construction work was started this week by the Wallowa County Grain Growers on a new 150,000-bushel grain elevator on the site of the old salt warehouse between the depot and the present warehouse office in Enterprise. Construction cost is estimated at $85,000.
The Farm-Home and Commercial Electric Co. has been moving this week into the former Green Radio-Electric headquarters vacated several months ago by the Valley Appliance Co. A grand opening will be held. On display will be a wide assortment of electrical merchandise including refrigerators and ranges, oil furnaces and stoves, washing machines, radios, hot water heaters, vacuum cleaners, home lighting fixtures and home freezers.
50 YEARS AGO
The Soil Conservation Service completed the survey of snow and water content in the High Wallowa Mountains when weather cleared enough to fly to the various unsurveyed courses. Snow depth at Mirror Lake has reached the 12-foot mark, but the survey indicates that there is far less water in the mountains this year than there was last year.
Flow of streams in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties in the spring and summer of 1968 will be 25 to 40 percent below average except in Wallowa, where flows will be nearer 100 percent of the average. Water content of the mountain snowpack averages 77 percent in this northeastern Oregon area with lesser amounts on the main Grande Ronde watershed and greater amounts in the Wallowa Mountain.
Police Chief E. E. Johnson of Enterprise reported this week that children on bicycles are hampering the progress of firemen and their equipment en route to fires.
25 YEARS AGO
Showings of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” starring Denzel Washington begin at the OK Theatre.
Ed Marston, publisher of “High Country News” in Paonia, Colo., will speak on the topic of “The Changing West” at the middle school in La Grande. The presentation follows Marston’s participation in the Winter Fishtrap writer’s conference at Wallowa Lake.
The Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the winers in five categories of public service during its annual awards banquet last week at the Joseph Community Center. Those receiving awards included Dave Yost in education, Fairview Travel in business, Mack and Marion Birkmaier in agriculture, Cassandra Botts in timber, Jim and Vera Henderson in citizenship and Bruce Dunn, the chamber’s “unsung hero.”