100 YEARS AGO
Aug. 22, 1918
First sales were made during the week of Wallowa county’s lamb crop, which will yield more than half a million dollars this year. It is one of the biggest items in the county’s production of wealth. Upwards of 50,000 lambs will be turned off in the next few weeks.
The auto fire truck ordered by the city last fall arrived this week in a carload of Fords bought by Rodgers Brothers. The new fire truck will be set up for service as soon as possible. The old truck will be converted into a car for general city hauling.
The Wallowa Milling & Grain company unloaded a car of new Studebakers for distribution in the county. Included in the shipment was one sedan, an enclosed car suitable for a family car for all seasons of the year. It is the first one to be shipped here for sale. It is a beauty, and when it was unloaded, it attracted much attention.
70 YEARS AGO
Aug. 19, 1948
Construction of a new 30x50-foot creamery building on the main street of Joseph across the street from the Shell service station will be started within a few days, according to announcements from the Golden Grain Dairy of Lewiston. Plans call for a receiving station at present with the manufacture of butter, ice cream and the processing of condensed milk to follow at a later date.
Edwin Kelsay was sentenced by Judge R.J. Green to serve four months in the county jail on his plea of guilty to obtaining money under false pretenses. He was charged with having cashed a $20 worthless check with Chris Bue of Joseph.
One of the largest real estate transactions of irrigated land in Wallowa County was completed when the 320-acre Harvey A. Mutch place four miles southeast of Enterprise on Upper Prairie Creek was sold to Dwight Halsey of Asotin, Wash
50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 22, 1968
The board of directors of School District No. 6 will hold open house and dedication ceremonies for the new Joseph High School and Upper Elementary school. The Jo-Hi faculty members and student body officers will conduct tours of the building.
The 4-H youngsters had a whale of a sale to conclude the 4-H and open class fair, which was held throughout the week. Linda Snyder had the grand champion market steer, which was sold to the Wallowa Branch of the First State Bank of Elgin for a record $48.
The 4-H auction at the conclusion of the fair was one of the best sales the youngsters have ever held. The 55 animals that crossed the auction block sold for a total of $10,883.81.
Audrey Hammack, with an armload of trophies earned at the fair received the cup from the Wallowa County Stockgrowers as the grand champion senior showman and received the rotating trophy for herdsmanship from the Stockgrowers. The herdsmanship trophy was earned by the Enterprise Livestock Club of which Audrey is president.
One of the few winners of more than one top place at the fair was Charles McDaniel. Charles earned a trophy, which the Wallowa County Cow Belles awarded for the outstanding 4-H beef project. This is the Jidge Tippett Memorial Award. Charles also received a halter from Homan Drug and a summer school scholarship from the 4-H Leaders Association for being the grand champion junior showman at the fair.
25 YEARS AGO
Aug. 19, 1993
Dwight Hopkins, executive director, and Carolyn Pfeaster, Wallowa County manager of the former HELP Inc., announce that as of Aug. 10 the new corporate name of the agency is “Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Inc.” or as it will be known in Wallowa County, “Community Connection of Wallowa County.”
Thanks to strong community support, 180 4-H and FFA youth earned a whopping total of $100,644.81 on their market animals sold at the auction that ended the 1993 Wallowa County Fair.
Auctioneer Roger Nedrow was presented with the non-Granger volunteer of the year award from the Pomona Grange for his many community service activities through the years.
Two families (Marjorie DeBoie and Jim Selvala) living in summer homes at the lake were frightened by a window-smashing bear that apparently was in search of a meal.