100 YEARS AGO
June 20, 1918
The largest draft yet called will leave the county, 50 men destined for Camp Lewis. The departure of so large a number will be made the occasion for a demonstration and, as is usual, it is expected the stores will close and half the town go to the station to see the men off.
At the sheep shearing Beaudoin plant on Little Sheep creek, 12,000 head were sheared; 8,400 belonging to Peter Beaudoin and the rest for outside owners. This clip at the price set by the government is worth approximately $77,000.
More sugar must be saved. This is the edict of the food administration and those who are already curtailing their use of sugar are asked to cut down their consumption still further, while those who have so far neglected to make any material decrease in their use of sugar are urged to face the sugar situation squarely as loyal citizens.
70 YEARS AGO
June 17, 1948
The Enterprise chapter of the Future Farmers came home from the Union stock show with several blue and red ribbons. Eugene Conrad, Mack Birkmaier, Keith Stein, Wayne Lathrop and Ronny Repplinger all participated.
Justice William Douglas of Washington, D.C. arrived Monday to spend the summer in his mountain home up South Fork near Lostine.
The community of Paradise has been hit by some bad electric storms and hard rains. The storm last week put all the phones on the Paradise ridge out, striking many poles and trees near the phone lines.
50 YEARS AGO
June 20, 1968
Wallowa County youths nearly swept the top honors at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show in Union recently. The grand champion market steer was exhibited by Charles McDaniel of Wallowa. Mark McCrae of Wallowa exhibited his grand champion market lamb.
After eight children, 33 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, Mr. T.G. (Grover) Johnson of Wallowa County has been selected as the 1968 Oregon Father of the Year.
High Wallowas Inc. received word this week that their proposal to form a corporation to sell stock in the gondola lift from Wallowa Lake to the summit of Mt. Howard has been cleared. This was the final stumbling block which kept the project from moving ahead several weeks ago.
25 YEARS AGO
June 17, 1993
Last week, location scout Doris Woempner of Joseph accompanied a four-person filming crew around Wallowa County to film locations shots for an ambitious eight-part documentary on the Native Americans of North and Central America being produced by film star Kevin Costner. The documentary is to be called “500 Nations.”
Fiddler Don Norton of Imnaha played his way to first place in the open division of the Blue Mountain Old-Time Fiddlers Contest at Cloverleaf Hall Saturday. With fiddlers from three states competing, Wallowa County fiddlers captured first in five of the six divisions at the finals.
The spectacular “night glow” is one of the highlights of the Wallowa Mountain High hot air balloon festival, which kicks off in Enterprise. The event typically attracts a huge crowd.