100 YEARS AGO
Sept. 26, 1918
To the camps of the East Oregon Lumber Co. go first honors in Liberty bond purchases in Wallowa County. Bond purchases of $6,700 were made by the men. Every man in the camp, except one, a transient, had bought bonds.
A carload of barrels arrived for the Oregon Black Marble Co. for shipping out lime. George Houser, manager of the company, expects to have the staves for the barrels made here in the future, believing he can save money and also give work to local men.
The government wants fruit pits and nutshells, and the Red Cross has undertaken the collection of them all over the nation. The war department has requested the boys and girls of the country to help collect them, the carbon in which is used in making gas masks. Each member should try to furnish at least 200 peach pits or 7 pounds of shells –– enough material for one mask.
70 YEARS AGO
Sept. 23, 1948
The Reavis School held its annual pet show. Each pupil brought his favorite pet to school, so several cats were there in costume. Dogs and horses were among the other pets exhibited.
Gross revenues from slot machines and punchboards in Wallowa County are now running around a third of a million dollars a year. This is roughly five percent of the county’s total income. Twenty-five slot machines in Enterprise brought in to the city’s coffers a total of $989.27 in July and $2,203.85 in August for a combined total of $3,193.12.
The new playground equipment consisting of a slide and swings, purchased by the Enterprise Lions Club, was installed at the park adjacent to the swimming pool last week and hundreds of eager youngsters have been giving the equipment a good workout.
Skiing enthusiasts plan another work day at the new ski course Sunday setting up the power plant for the ski tow. The new course is located about a mile above the old course, on the road running south of Joseph and west of the lake. It is enough higher than the old run to be in the area of heavier snow and it is believed that skiing will be possible earlier and later in the season.
50 years ago
Sept. 26, 1968
A Joseph woman apparently took her own life last Wednesday afternoon by soaking herself with kerosene and setting fire to her clothing. Victim of the human torch death fire was Mrs. Velma Clark, 72, a long-time resident of Joseph. She apparently became distraught over cars parking in front of her home on Main Street across from Mac’s Grocery.
Wayne McFetridge was awarded a Pope Pius X medal for his 25 years of teaching the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in St. Katherine’s Parish. Father Timothy Collins, pastor of the parish, made the presentation.
Exhibitors and spectators at the light horse and purebred cattle show Sept 21-22 were fortunate to have the use of the fine indoor arena at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise. Tripp’s Dannyway won the silver buckle award for the all-around working horse, competing against 143 others. He was ridden by Ruth Hug.
25 YEARS AGO
Sept. 23, 1993
A $1.1 million facelift at Joseph State Airport will be completed by 1995 if plans developed for the Oregon Department of Transportation go forward. Widening and lengthening the runway, installing a perimeter fence to keep deer out and removing trees to increase aircraft clearance are in the works.
Members of the 1994 Chief Joseph Days Court are Shannon Vernam, Carrie Snyder and Josi Botts, all of Joseph. They were chosen after riding and speaking tryouts Sunday afternoon.
Local businessmen Fred Tippett and Paul Castilleja recently set up the Paul Tippett Memorial Fund to raise money to install lights over the football field at Joseph High School. To date, local businesses have donated around $2,000 in cash, plus pledges for labor and equipment.
Award winners at the Oregon Improvisation Festival for high school drama students from all over the state included Amy Washburn, Crystal Meador, Steve Dolbin and Will Roundy.
Terri Wilson emailed to help us identify the recent Wallowa sports photo featured in Out of the Past. The year was 1997, their record was 26-0, and they won the state title that year.
Participants were, from left, top Pam Hagenah, Katie Carman, Tara Touve, Coach Terri Wilson, Laina Stitzel, Angie Hagenah and Cherise Prince. Bottom, Jody Wynans, Cristina Ross and Beckijo Smergut.