100 YEARS AGO
Aug. 15, 1918
The first food cards to make their appearance in the county will be put into use shortly in connection with placing the sale of sugar on a ration basis. They will be put in the hands of dealers who will use one for each family. The purpose is to hold all families to the authorized allowance of two pounds per person per month.
If the county will supply the labor, work on the Flora-Enterprise government road will begin this fall and will be finished next spring. It will be constructed directly by the government, as no one offered to take the contract last spring when bids were requested.
Two large audiences in the opera house Monday night heard the health message that Captain R.L. Russell brought from army headquarters. He spoke first to a mixed audience on various preventable diseases and how the army has stamped them out. Then he addressed the men, particularly the registrants, giving them straight talk on the perils of certain diseases, which are often regarded lightly.
70 YEARS AGO
Aug. 12, 1948
Wallowa County Pomona Grange met with Promise Grange Aug. 7. A resolution was adopted opposing the use of daylight saving time by some towns in the county while others are on standard time, making two time systems in the county. The arrangement is very confusing and inconvenient to farmers, members stated. The resolution asked all towns to go back to standard time.
Thieves made a quick haul at the Caton Hotel during the momentary absence of the night clerk, Max Roberts, who was in the basement fixing the furnace. The robber(s) went into one of the downstairs rooms and seized two chenille bedspreads, a table lamp and several bath towels. In the main lobby they made off with a table model radio and a vacuum sweeper. Money in the cash registers was not touched.
A large number of people were camped on the upper Imnaha over the weekend. Most of the campers were picking huckleberries, which are said to be quite numerous in the area. Several parties of Indians were also on the river.
50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 15, 1968
Earl Woodward and sons, Dick and Donald, were chosen by the Wallowa County Stockgrowers as the Cattlemen of the Year. Kenneth Johnson was chosen by the cattlemen as the Grassman of the Year at the annual meeting.
The annual 4-H and open class fair began Monday with excellent crowds attending all events. One of the first big events to take place was the 4-H horse show in which Carol Probert, Christy Kiser and Kathy Evans were judged the champion horsemen in their classes, and Beverly Poulson, Vicky Hyatt and Sandra Buckley were judged the champion horse showmen in their classes. Patti Quinn was named the grand champion in the clothing division and Linda Bissinger in the knitting division.
Tuck Tucker and Mary Marks returned home Tuesday after 12 days in the high mountains helping Jack Hooker on a wilderness tour for a group from the East. All together there were more than 30 people and close to 50 horses on the trip.
25 YEARS AGO
Aug. 12, 1993
Sam Morgan Jr., of Enterprise, set a new course record at Alpine Meadows Golf Course with a score of 62 on 18 holes.
Tom Sheehy of Wallowa recited some of his cowboy poetry as part of the ice cream social and program sponsored by the Pomona Grange at the Wallowa County Fair.
A lawsuit in which Ric Bailey of Joseph charged defamation of character against several defendants has been dismissed by Judge Eric Valentine. The order officially dismissed all charges against defendants Dennis Gratton of Boise, Dave Shriner of Joseph and the Wallowa County Chieftain and its editor Rick Swart.
Enterprise High School FFA chapter member Benji Boyd gave his market steer a good bath Monday before going on to win the reserve grand champion ribbon for FFA market steers. Fellow chapter member Marc McFetridge showed the grand champion steer.