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Out of the Past: Slot machines coming to Wallowa County

A look back at the history of Wallowa County through the pages of the Chieftain.

Published on February 28, 2018 9:13AM

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Mar. 1, 1918

A new law passed by state legislators will require every school district in Oregon to conduct school for at least eight months out of the year. The old requirement made the minimum six months; that has been the extent of the term in many rural districts.

A meeting of all persons interested in putting on a horse show in Enterprise in early spring has been called at the courthouse. Proponents John O’Malley and John M. Fruitts hope to put on a one-day exhibit with no prizes and free admission.

The Joseph High School debaters advanced another step last Friday when they defeated La Grande in the state contest. They had previously won the Wallowa County championship.


Feb. 26, 1948

There will soon be slot machines in most Wallowa County towns, according to plans which are now under way. The machines have already gone up in Wallowa and Joseph and will be installed in Lostine, Imnaha, Flora and other suitable “spots,” according to local operators. Enterprise is still holding out against the machines, but official sentiment in their favor is said to be gaining.

The state game commission reports that 855,944 fish were released in the Union-Wallowa County watershed in 1947. This compares with a state total liberation of 18,376,874 fish.

Twelve registered Hereford bulls consigned to the fifth annual Tri-County Hereford Breeders sale at La Grande on Tuesday by N.B. Sandlin & Son brought an average of $650 per head, for the best showing made by any consignor to the sale. Most bulls at the sale sold between $200 and $450 with very few going over the $400 mark.


Feb. 29, 1968

A fashion show was held by the Craft and Fabric Shop at the Lostine gym. Around 200 enjoyed the clothing exhibits made from materials carried by the shop.

The Enterprise Lions Club is planning to sponsor a performance by the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra in Enterprise this fall. The orchestra director, Bob Groth, said that the featured number of the concert will be a piano concerto with Gail Swart, soloist.

Water content in the snow over the high Wallowa Mountain area is considerably below the measurements at this time last year, according to a survey made this week by Ted Grote and Don Baldwin who flew to seven stations in Grote’s helicopter. The snow depth here at the foot of Eagle Cap Mountain is 16 feet with a water content of five feet nine inches.


Mar. 4, 1993

Approximately 60 hogs died in a fire early Tuesday morning that destroyed a large old barn on property leased by Diane and Mike Shetler six miles east of Joseph. “My grandfather built that barn about 50 years ago,” said Diane, noting the property, including the barn, was owned by her father, Horace Daggett.

Representatives of the Oregon Parks Division will host a public meeting on March 15 to present information to the community about the new day use fee scheduled to take effect this spring at Wallowa Lake. The park officials intend to discuss the financial difficulties that prompted the new day use fee as well as how the fee will be implemented.

Seven women will be playing 11 characters in the musical “Quilters,” presented by Wallowa Valley Players and directed by Louise Kienzle. Cast in the lead as the mother is Patty Pangburn, and as her daughters (and other roles) Genevie Thomas, Tammy Crawford, Susan Davis, Lauri Jenson, Dawn Brumm and Heather Bowlers.


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