100 YEARS AGO
Sept. 12, 1918
Free delivery of mail will be started by the post office department in Enterprise the first of November. It will be what is termed village delivery, a modest copy of the real city delivery. Regulations require that each patron must provide a box or receptacle of some kind, or have a slot cut in the door, so that the mail can be delivered without delay, whether there is any one home to receive it or not.
Business transactions of every man of means since 1913 are being checked up by H.M. Maloney, deputy collector of internal revenue at Portland, to learn whether they have paid their income tax as required by federal law. He is working at the court house this week, and will go later to the grain warehouses and other places where records of purchases and sales are kept.
The lower Prairie and Swamp creek Red Cross club held a splendid meeting with 25 pairs of socks and 13 sweaters have been turned in and four comforters made since June 1. This is surely an excellent showing for farmers’ wives and daughters.
70 YEARS AGO
Sept. 9, 1948
Approximately 30 acres of wheat and 330 acres of pasture grass were burned last week on the Oscar Maxwell farm east of Wallowa. About 60 volunteer fire fighters fought the blaze.
Thirty-seven candidates for positions on the Enterprise high school football squad this season turned out for practice the past week, Coach Lowell Yeager announced. Lettermen returning this year are Zollman, Ferguson, Eads, Poulson, Best, Evans, Bacon, Homan, Young and Strickland.
Fall Style Show – the latest fall fashions for men, women and children at the Enterprise High School Gym. Apparel exhibited by Harold’s, Joseph Dept. Store, Enterpriser, Viola’s Dress Shop, Margaret’s, Fisk’s Outdoor Store, Beauty Nook, J.C. Penney Co., Wagner’s Men Store and the Tiny Tot Shop. Sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.
50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 12, 1968
Gene Wilson, owner and operator of radio station KWVR in Enterprise, fulfilled an ambition of 40 years last week when he flew solo in an airplane. Wilson has been taking flight instruction from Bud Stangel in a Cessna 150.
A group of farmers recently inspected a of a grain field, which has been ravaged by a herd of over 60 elk: Chuck Gavin, Bill Kirby, Vic Coggins, Ron Bartels, Arnold Cornwell and Jim Cornwell. The field, with a history of production exceeding 70 bushels, is expected to yield less than 10 this year.
Two men on the Boise Cascade mill crew, Ken Barklow and Leonard Whitten, were awarded cash prizes last Friday for suggestions to improve the efficiency and safety of the mill. Barklow’s suggestion was for a safety light at each end of the carriage; Whitten suggested that an air cylinder be installed in the feed trough to raise stuck cants.
A full-time caretaker and the cooperation of the public has made a vast change at the city dump. What used to be heaps of trash and garbage infested with skunks and bugs has recently undergone complete excavation to mash all the old car bodies and cover everything with a substantial layer of earth.
25 YEARS AGO
Sept. 9, 1993
The Wallowa County Rotary Club has taken on the project of sponsoring the Wallowa Valley Junior Soccer League for the first time this year. About 300 local youth played soccer last year.
During its 13th year, the Hells Canyon Mule Days committee is honoring a couple, Jim and Jean Brooks, who have traveled with their black mules and wagon from Idaho for Mule Days every year since the celebration was founded in 1981.
Old-time musicians Charles Trump, Cara Samples, Ellie Trump, Tyson Samples and Len Samples entertained at the Wallowa County Cattle Women annual Labor Day steak feed at the livestock yard.
The historical photo of the church published in the Aug. 29 edition was a shot of the Baptist Church built at 203 E. Grant St. Enterprise First Baptist Church has since relocated to 1420 W. North St., and the original facility now houses a congregation of the Church of the Nazarene.
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Here’s a memory of Elton Minkler from Roger Hockett of Newcastle, Wash. (JHS Class of ‘64)
“He was a positive, upbeat individual. If you were a student in Joseph in the late 50s and mid-60s, you saw Elton almost every day. Always a smile on his face, a face you will never forget.
Elton and his wife (I can picture her face but cannot remember her name) lived in the log house across from the Forest Service station at Wallowa Lake. My most distinct memory is watching Elton play basketball and make his patented underhanded layup shot. I thought he might come apart at the seams with all the motion the shot involved, but he was very accurate.
People like Elton and Bill Williams made going to school in Joseph a positive experience during that era.”