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Out of the Past: Smallpox outbreak nixes 1918 EHS graduation

From the archives of the Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on May 22, 2018 2:06PM

PFC Wilfred G. Sasser, a paratrooper from Enterprise, recently received 75 letters in one day during a stay at 1,500-bed Baxter Army Hospital in Spokane. The facility opened in 1943 and closed in 1945.

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PFC Wilfred G. Sasser, a paratrooper from Enterprise, recently received 75 letters in one day during a stay at 1,500-bed Baxter Army Hospital in Spokane. The facility opened in 1943 and closed in 1945.

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May 16, 1918

School will not resume in Enterprise this spring and there will be no commencement exercises for the graduating class of the high school. These changes were caused, of course, by the appearance in town of a number of cases of smallpox.

Taking advantage of an offer made by the U.S. government, Enterprise High School will offer a new course in agriculture next year. The co-operation between the government and the school districts is part of a new national endeavor to increase production on American farms and make rural life more attractive and profitable.

A largely attended agricultural meeting was held in Flora with the object of seeking better transportation facilities for the north end. The general conclusion was that the only hope of improvement lay in the use of the East Oregon Company’s main line railroad, which would shorten the wagon haul by 15 miles.


May 13, 1948

A new saddle and sporting goods shop will be opened in Enterprise within the next few weeks, according to an announcement by Al Harris of Klamath Falls. Harris is associated with an expert saddle maker with 46 years of experience and specializes in high-grade saddles.

A delegation of farmers led by Fred Himelwright met with the county court last week to express opposition to further testing under the Bang’s disease control law. The delegation said they believe the program would be ineffective unless enforced throughout the county and on both beef and dairy stock, and further expressed that the slaughtering of infected animals at this time would work an undue hardship on the dairy farmers who have wintered their animals on high priced feed and are now getting them into production again.

A proposition to license slot machines in Enterprise under an arrangement whereby the city would receive one-third of the proceeds, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Legion one-third and the operator one-third, was made to the city council last week. A motion to this effect failed for want of a second.


May 16, 1968

Sandra Buckley and Dan DeBoie have been named this year’s valedictorians for the Joseph High School Class of 1968.

Wendell Smith, an Idaho Power Co. fish biologist, reported that 549 anglers caught a total of 149 steelhead on the Snake River between January and May. “That figures out to one steelhead for every 3.68 fishermen, which is very good for steelhead fishing,” Smith said.

The Mezzo Forte Singers, a group of young musicians consisting of David Morgan, Henry Kinsley, Kathy Wolfe and Connie and Chris Callahan, presented a concert of folk, rock and variety songs with group participation to an audience of over 250 friends last week in the Wallowa High School Gym.


May 13, 1993

A 38-foot 25,000-pound sculpture called “The Day the Wall Came Down,” is taking shape at Valley Bronze Foundry in Joseph and will make its way to Berlin, Germany, to commemorate the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Designed by artist Veryl Goodnight, the sculpture depicts five horses leaping over the fallen wall.

With four Wallowa County sites authorized to be added to the Nez Perce National Historical Park last fall by the U.S. Congress, the park will open an office, probably in Joseph, in mid- to late-June. The authorized sites in Wallowa County include the old Chief Joseph monument and cemetery near the foot of Wallowa Lake, Dug Bar on the Snake River, the Joseph Canyon overlook on the North Highway and the traditional Nez Perce campground on the Willett ranch outside Wallowa.

“Virginia Woolf: The Work of Art,” a one-woman play spotlighting the life and work of the celebrated English novelist, will be presented by Portland actress Kathleen Worley at the Eagle Cap Chalet.


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