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Out of the Past: Flora store fire put out with snowballs

The first of the new Enterprise High School band uniforms arrived last week.

Published on February 20, 2018 2:47PM

Chieftain File PhotoThis young man has a whopper of a steelhead in his hands. Do you know who he is? We believe the photo was taken in the mid-80s, juding from where it was found in the archives.

Chieftain File PhotoThis young man has a whopper of a steelhead in his hands. Do you know who he is? We believe the photo was taken in the mid-80s, juding from where it was found in the archives.

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100 YEARS AGO

Feb. 22, 1918

The annual report of the Enterprise Public Library board reflects the growth of the institution and shows it needs even more equipment than it currently has. It is likely that the board will ask the people of the community to supplement the income received from taxes and help the library add many new books for which there is urgent demand. There are 1,896 volumes on the library’s shelves.

The town of Flora was quite suddenly called from supper table visits recently when telephones gave the call that the G.C. Clarke store was afire on the roof near the chimney. As two of the wells in that part of town had exhausted their supply of water, snowballs were the next option, which did effective work.

A further decrease in the number of sheep in Wallowa County has been recorded during the year, as shown in the annual reports prepared for the woolen trade in eastern cities. The total is now about 65,000, while a year ago it was 80,000. Ten years ago, the county had more than 200,000 sheep.

70 YEARS AGO

Feb. 19, 1948

A report from the unemployment office in La Grande for Union and Wallowa counties lists 450 persons unemployed in January in the two counties. Forty-five new job openings were posted in January and only three were left unfilled by the end of the month.

With the closing date for filing for party nominations for various offices in the May primary election, there appears to be little prospect for competition. Two of the present county officials, Nora Anderson, county treasurer, and Marjorie Martin, county clerk, have signified their intention to seek re-election. All of the other officials have still not committed themselves or have declined to run.

The first of the new Enterprise High School band uniforms arrived last week. The uniform consists of a bright red coat trimmed with black, black trouser with red double stripe down the side of the leg and black west point style hat with a large red plume.

50 YEARS AGO

Feb. 22, 1968

A dance is planned at the Imnaha Grange. Music will be by Leonard Murrill, Fred Bornstedt and Gifford Botts, and supper will be served around midnight.

Richard Paul (Rick) Roper, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Shorty) Roper of Lostine, was taken to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital on Tuesday night when he lost control of the car he was driving on the curve at the junction of Hwy. 82 and the cemetery road northwest of Lostine. Roper received multiple cuts and bruises and a deep gash in his side, but apparently no fractures.

The motion picture adaptation of Shakepeare’s play, “The Taming of the Shrew,” will begin a three-day showing tomorrow night at the Vista Theater in Enterprise. The film stars Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

25 YEARS AGO

Feb. 25, 1993

A lack of an adequate supply of sawdust forced the permanent closure of Great Western Pellet Mill in Enterprise this week, according to owner Glenn Anderson. Approximately 600-800 tons of pellets were produced a month by Great Western and marketed in five states.

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is formulating plans to bring a cultural resource celebration to Wallowa County next spring, according to Bruce Kaufman, public information officer for the agency. Billed as “Windows on the Past,” the traveling show focuses on presenting Pacific Northwest history and prehistory.

Sharing a common goal to build a stable nursing population in eastern Oregon, Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center has made a four-year commitment to assist in the delivery of an innovative nursing program to three rural communities, including Enterprise.



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