100 YEARS AGO
March 7, 1918
Completed farm questionnaires returned to county agent Mac Hoke show an increase of 28 percent in the winter wheat acreage in Wallowa County and a forecasted 137 percent jump in spring wheat. The numbers reported on the questionnaires completed so far indicate that the county is preparing for its largest wheat crop in history.
A Lostine pig club organized in 1916 has proved profitable to each of the seven boys in it. To finance the club, four businessmen furnished the money to buy purebred Duroc Jersey pigs from the William B. Hunter stock, each boy making his own selection.
J. K. Marlin has reopened the bakery in Enterprise and is making bread for all the stores in town. Under government regulations, his bread must contain at least 20 percent wheat substitutes. He has been using rice flour as a substitute thus far.
70 YEARS AGO
Mar. 4, 1948
Local cheese makers F.G. Sheets and Don Cornwell of the Wallowa County Creamery won first and second, respectively, in the junior fresh cheese and senior aged cheese categories at the Oregon Dairy Manufacturers Association meeting held in Corvallis. Russell Waltz, manager of Consolidated Dairy Products Co., reported that Wallowa County Creamery is the only united in the consolidated organization that has shipped all first-grade cheese for the last 18 months.
The Gwynne School District, which includes the area midway between Enterprise and Lostine along the river and south, will be consolidated with Enterprise School District as the result of an affirmative vote in both districts in a special election.
“Everybody’s Crazy Now,” a three-act comedy, will be presented at the Joseph High School gym by the seniors. The cast includes Leland Duckett, Bill Daggett, Imogene Nuxall, Horace Daggett, Grant Warnock, Betty Shirley, Grace Lou White and Irene Talbott.
50 YEARS AGO
Mar. 7, 1968
The body of Harold Noregaard of Baker City, brother of Al Noregaard of Enterprise, who disappeared in late November, was found Monday near the Grossman road in the Promise country north of Wallowa. Noregaard disappeared on Nov. 28 and was presumed to be enroute to his brother’s ranch when his car apparently slipped off the road. His locked car was found near Promise and it was suspected that the elderly man had set out on foot for the Noregaard ranch.
Activity on the movie front at Baker stepped up this week and indications pointed to the start of location construction immediately as Paramount made its first local purchases and began to get production of “Paint Your Wagon” into gear. Sid Johnson, local builder and contractor, was secured to play a major role in construction of the film’s mining camp replica, a 50-building scene, from one to three stories, some complete for inside filming.
A total of 126 students from Wallowa County were enrolled in colleges and universities of the States System of Higher Education during 1966-67. Totals from Wallowa County included 13 students at the University of Oregon; 2, University of Oregon Medical School; 24, Oregon State University; 1, Oregon College of Education; 2, Southern Oregon College; 77, Eastern Oregon College; and 7, Oregon Technical Institute.
25 YEARS AGO
Mar. 11, 1993
Bryan Melville out-lived five other student finalists at the “Legendary Liar’s Revival – 1993” at Enterprise High School with a whopper about a hunting guide who found himself nose to nose with a bear at the end of a cave. Runner-up in the contest was Megan Fletcher, who told the tale of a 17-foot monster named “Friend.”
A proposal was made at last week’s Wallowa Valley Arts Council meeting by Debbie Straw of Enterprise. A former school librarian and art teacher, she would like to work toward establishing a year-round children’s museum in Wallowa County. WVAC agreed to adopt the project so Debbie can apply for preliminary grants to get the ball rolling.
The state will begin to regulate privately owned docks at Wallowa Lake this year in response to a request from the Wallowa County Court. Within the next month, the Division of State Lands plans to contact all known dock owners to notify them that they must obtain permission to use state property.
Two recent archive photos published in this feature have been identified. The shot of the young man with the giant fish was Ron Neil, identified by Angie Stubblefield Neil and Norm Neil. It was believed to be a photo from the early ‘70s. Identifications for last week’s photo of the three men on a bench was provided by Erma Stanton. Tom Gill is on the right and Joe Gill is on the left. The men are Erma’s great uncles. Jerry Witherrite guessed the amigo in the middle is Tom Jacob, as did William Strickland. Her adds that Jacob has a granddaughter who still lives in the valley. Vivian Bales Strickland as well as a great-grandson.