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Glimpses from the archives of the Chieftain

Published on March 27, 2018 12:54PM

This is a shot of a basketball team with an E on their jackets winning at the state level. Is the E for Enterprise or perhaps Elgin? Elgin sports generally didn’t make it onto the pages of the Chieftain, but there are exceptions to every rule. If you know anyone in this photo and the circumstances, please share at editor@wallowa.com. Last week’s shot of the gentleman in the full-length mink coat was Maurice Bales, who at the time of the photo owned Jack Wagner’s Mens Store in Enterprise.

Chieftain archives

This is a shot of a basketball team with an E on their jackets winning at the state level. Is the E for Enterprise or perhaps Elgin? Elgin sports generally didn’t make it onto the pages of the Chieftain, but there are exceptions to every rule. If you know anyone in this photo and the circumstances, please share at editor@wallowa.com. Last week’s shot of the gentleman in the full-length mink coat was Maurice Bales, who at the time of the photo owned Jack Wagner’s Mens Store in Enterprise.

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100 YEARS AGO

Mar. 28, 1918

The new daylight saving plan goes into effect Sunday after noon. All over the country, by sanction of Congress, clocks will be advanced one hour and will be set back again in October.

Seniors at Enterprise High School will perform a play this spring as soon as the measles runs its course. The play had to be delayed when three of the leading actors were taken down with the malady.

Style letter from the style shop: There will be no camouflage of flowers on new spring hats, but honest to goodness flowers. Wide ribbons will be used effectively with huge bows on account of the height of crowns of the new poke styles and bustle shapes.

70 YEARS AGO

Mar. 25, 1948

Most of Wallowa County was buried under one of the heaviest snowfalls on record yesterday morning. On Wednesday morning, the snow stood approximately 17 inches deep in Enterprise and measurements indicated that a total of 22 inches had fallen during a 24-hour period. Snow depth at the Wallowa Lake guard station was approximately three feet.

A meeting of the Eagle Cap Ski Club was held last night in the circuit court room to make plans for clearing, development and paying for the 30 acres of land recently purchased for a new ski course on Mt. Joseph.

The backward dance at the Grange hall Saturday night was well attended and everyone reported a fine time. The men went on the hill to hunt cougars while the rest of the party finished.

50 YEARS AGO

Mar. 28, 1968

Quadruplet lambs, two male and two female, were born on Feb. 26 at the A.T. Wright ranch. Quadruple births of lambs occur only once in every 100,000. All four lambs are healthy and of approximately the same size.

One of the largest and most extravagant musical programs ever offered in Wallowa County will be presented to the public in the Enterprise High School gymnasium. Schools from Union, Cove, Imbler, Elgin, Wallowa, Enterprise and Joseph will combine their musical talents to present the TuValley Music Festival.

Mary Lou Brink scored her second Toastmistress Speech Contest win as the club held its annual speech contest. Speaking on the topic “TV Commercials – Is This Progress?” she won the award over four other contestants. Brink will be the club’s representative in a higher level speech contest in a few weeks.

25 YEARS AGO

Apr. 1, 1993

A Wallowa County man described as one of the most notorious fugitives in the United States was arrest Friday by police officers outside a Lewiston, Idaho, bus depot. Harry Anthony Hantman, 44, who had been living at 813 Engleside Ave. in Joseph for the past four years, was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Marshals Service. He had been living in Wallowa County for about 20 years under the assumed named of Thomas Andrew Dorian.

The Wallowa County Court will conduct a “measure election” in May to discover whether constituents think a national park should be established in Wallowa County. The U.S. Congress has been asked by the Hells Canyon Preservation Council and other environmental groups to study the proposed creation of a so-called Hells Canyon/Chief Joseph National Park and Preserve.

The Wallowa County Planning Commission gave its approval to Gary and Ramon Parmenter’s application to develop the proposed Elk Trout Estates subdivision at the foot of Wallowa Lake on Tuesday. The approval for the 72-lot subdivision was granted with conditions, including some that address concerns of local ditch companies and others related to protection of the Chief Joseph Historical Monument.



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