100 YEARS AGO
Mar. 14, 1918
Nine Deering combines have been sold for delivery this season by Keltner & Skaggs. Farmers are anxious for equipment that will reduce the number of men employed and make them more independent of outside crews.
John Oberg was the highest bidder for the old frame schoolhouse in Enterprise last week, offering $751 for the building. In payment, he will also grade the grounds and put in new concrete walks.
A farmers’ labor and seed meeting will be held tomorrow at the courthouse under the auspices of the Wallowa County Agricultural Council. One of the issues to be discussed is whether a wage scale should be adopted for the county.
70 YEARS AGO
Mar. 11, 1948
In a large real estate transaction completed last week, A.B. Stockdale and sons purchased the Daisy Rumble business block in Joseph to obtain desirable lots for the construction of a new theater. The property currently includes the Joseph Pharmacy, Rumble Apartments, Cash Grocery, Beith Hardware, the sweet shop, Joseph Fuel Co., the beauty shop and the shoe shop.
The May primary election shows signs of becoming a more interesting contest as the result of filings made during the past week. There are now four candidates for assessor, four for county commissioner, three for county judge and one each for sheriff, clerk, treasurer and coroner.
The J. Herbert Bate Co. has purchased the timber on the Hyland DeJean land on Eden Flat. Some negotiations have been made looking toward the acquisition of the mill at Troy by the J. Herbert Bate Co. and if the company acquires the mill, it plans to build a good road into the valley from that district.
50 YEARS AGO
Mar. 14, 1968
Dede Cissman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Cissman of Newport, won a gold medal crown at the Oregon Junior Olympics in Portland in swimming and diving competitions. Mr. Cissman was formerly manager of the J.C. Penney store in Enterprise.
The annual Tu-Valley Music Festival will be held in Enterprise this year. The following schools will be represented: Joseph, Enterprise, Wallowa, Elgin, Imbler, Cove and Union. Approximately 400 students will take part in the program.
Spring and summer water supplies for farmers, ranchers and other water users in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties will be seriously short in 1968 with extreme shortages expected for lands served directly by the Grande Ronde River, according to a report prepared by W.T. Frost, State Snow Survey Supervisor, representing cooperating federal, state and private agencies.
25 YEARS AGO
Mar. 18, 1993
Research done by Joseph High School junior Jeff Lenahan for his science fair project last spring was selected for a high school science publication this school year. His detailed research on radon levels at several sites in Wallowa County, including the courthouse, was published in condensed form in the Northwest Journal of Student Science.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is planning improvements that will include reconstruction of portions of three highways: Wallowa Lake Highway, Enterprise-Lewiston Highway and Joseph-Wallowa Lake Highway. According to Region 5 Project Development Manager Monte Grove, “planned improvements include rebasing and resurfacing; improving drainage; addition of a passing lane; shoulder widening and safety improvements.”
Laboratory test results obtained last week by city officials indicated Joseph’s water supply is safe, according to city recorder Gennine Sather. Questions about the safety of the water were raised recently by parents of Joseph students who reported that their children had been sick for long periods this winter.