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Out of the Past: Hail kills pigs, chickens; damages gardens

From the archives of the Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on August 7, 2018 3:52PM

Bike and children, is there anything that more accurately represents summer. This images of a group of kids from Joseph did not contain identifications or an explanation of the reason for the photo. If you have insight, email editor@wallowa.com.

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Bike and children, is there anything that more accurately represents summer. This images of a group of kids from Joseph did not contain identifications or an explanation of the reason for the photo. If you have insight, email editor@wallowa.com.

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100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 8, 1918

Walter S. Brockman, the largest owner of cattle in Wallowa County, was found dead below a Snake River trail Monday afternoon.

C.C. Boswell was notified this week that he has again been awarded the contract for carrying mail between Enterprise and Imnaha. Boswell ordered a new passenger auto stage that will have pneumatic tires and travel at a speed of 35 miles per hour.

Rain interspersed with hail on Monday night in Joseph killed several pigs and chickens and damaged gardens. Leaves on vegetables were battered to pieces, apples were hit hard enough to be bruised and raspberries were knocked off bushes.

70 YEARS AGO

Aug. 5, 1948

Approximately 75,000 rainbow trout and 10,000 eastern brook trout were taken in the Ray Dunsmore plane last week to the horse ranch on the Minam River for liberation. Sixteen trips were made in with fish, which were taken on from the ranch by packhorses.

Max Storoe won first in the whiskeroo contest staged to advertise the Chief Joseph Days celebration. He received a $100 prize. Second prize of $50 went to Ted Grote of Walla Walla, Wash., who turned the money over to the Joseph Chamber of Commerce to promote a bigger and better show next year.

Herbert P. White, a livestock newspaperman for Western Livestock magazine, visited Wallowa County last week. “In all my travels, I seldom find so outstanding a herd,” White said of J.H. Morton’s cattle.

50 YEARS AGO

Aug. 8, 1968

Four high school students from Wallowa County will be among the participants in Eastern Oregon College’s second-annual band jamboree this summer. They are Debbie Clegg and Andrew Gilbert of Enterprise; and Benjamin Freudenberg and Dale Dotson of Joseph.

An electrical storm shortly before noon last Saturday touched off a destructive fire four miles northwest of Enterprise on the Bob Hammond ranch. In about three hours, the fire, fanned by changeable wind gusts, had charred an estimated 1,250 acres of range and wheat land.

Wallowa County Fall Fair begin this week with 4-H and open class exhibits in home economics, crafts and hobbies, and floral and land products. As usual, the public is treated free to all exhibits and events.

25 YEARS AGO

Aug. 5, 1993

An exciting pig scramble has been organized by fair board member Ed Wallace to follow the lamb scramble on the last day of the county fair. Pigs for the scramble have been borrowed from the John Fregulia ranch.

A bulldozer “big enough to move a mountain” piloted by Dave Turner of Joseph was pushing dirt and boulders around at the construction site of the new City of Joseph water filtration site just southwest of town during a progress check at the end of last week. The official completion deadline for the project, July 31, has already passed, but the construction is estimated to be finished by the end of August.

Joseph artists Leo E. Osborne and Terri Malec Osborne are participating in this year’s juried “Sculpture in the Park” show and sale in Loveland, Colo., this weekend at the Benson Park Sculpture Garden. The Osbornes are among 150 sculptors from across the country who will be exhibiting their work in this unique outdoor garden.



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