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Out of the Past: Cars jamming new roadway to Lewiston

From the archives of the Wallowa County Chieftain.

Published on July 10, 2018 4:12PM

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Cully Hicks arranges a pony ride for Jess Earl in this undated photo from the Chieftain’s past.

Chieftain Archive Cully Hicks arranges a pony ride for Jess Earl in this undated photo from the Chieftain’s past.

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July 11, 1918

Two years ago, the city of Enterprise bought a 37-acre tract south of town for a park, and it is much used already for picnics and gatherings of various kinds. The land is generally timbered and is traversed by a series of streams over which bridges have been constructed by volunteer labor on park days. Much work remains to be done on the park, and a county road should be built along its east border, where the ground has been dedicated for that purpose. The land was bought because it was the last pleasant wooded tract close to town suitable for a park, and it was about to be sold in small lots for homes.

The new Flora stage line from Enterprise is greatly appreciated by patrons at both ends, as well as the many served along the route. It is running with a good number of passengers and plenty of light freight on every trip. Lee Thompson’s house at Wenaka burned will all contents, Saturday morning. The cellar with everything it contained and the smoke house with $100 worth of meat also were burned.


July 8, 1948

Attendance at the fair averaged only about 700 paid admissions per day for the three-day show. The carnival, dances and sale of programs also accounted for additional receipts. The series of queen’s dances brought in net profits of approximately $500. This was considerably less than last year.

An estimated 1,000 cars passed over the new highway to Lewiston July 2-3, according to Edwin Garrett, who lives at the bridge where the highway crosses the Grande Ronde river. A steady stream of cars were going both ways, he reports. The highway has been dry and in fair condition.

Final plans for the new Wallowa County hospital building have been received and were presented to the county court this week for approval. The court expects to proceed as rapidly as possible with applications for federal assistance in financing the building.

The Wallowa Record moved its paper equipment to its new location last week. Max Colburn, publisher, purchased the building from Anson Rugg. It is located across from the I00F hall. The paper will be published on Thursday instead of Friday from now on.


July 11, 1968

The General Telephone Co. has set aside $26,000 for work on the telephone lines in the Wallowa area. The men working are Earnest Easley foreman, Wesley Conrad and William McCrary. They are cutting the 10-party lines down to 5-party or fewer.

The Fourth of July holidays brought more cars to the Wallowa Lake State Park than could be handled within its confines. Compared to the 8,287 that registered there last year, last weekend’s 9,435 was an increase of 1,148 cars. Some had to be turned away for lack of space.

The Enterprise City Council took steps to correct the conditions, which exist at the city dump. The solution which was proposed and accepted by the council, is to hire a caretaker for the dump to supervise dumping and to lock the gate to the dump during the time when the caretaker is not on hand.


July 8, 1993

Wallowa County social service agencies currently doing their work from cramped ill-equipped offices scattered around Enterprise got some welcome news last week when they learned that a block grant application for a ne, centrally located Community and Senior Service Center has been approved. It will be situated on the Hwy. 3 adjacent to Cloverleaf Hall.

The 1993 edition of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce’s Crazy Daze celebration is more than a sidewalk sale –– it’s a revival. The two-day event –– a Wallowa County summertime tradition –– was conspicuous mostly by its absence last summer, but it makes a comeback this weekend thanks to the work of local businesswomen Shirley Donnigan and Helen Bobbitt.

Wooden seating for approximately 2,000 people at Harley Tucker Memorial Arena is being replaced with steel, vinyl-covered seating and foot treads. “We had a wonderful turnout last Wednesday,” chamber manager Darlene Turner said of the 15 volunteers who showed up to help tear out the wooden seats and otherwise put the rodeo facility into shape.

One of the most visible signs that a real estate boom is under way is the construction of Wallowa Mountain Heights, a 52-lot subdivision on the west hills overlooking Enterprise. It is one of four subdivisions in the county that is being developed.


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