Ag council focuses on weed control, potatoes

Chieftain file photo Congstruction of Wallowa Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home took place in the ‘60s. Gwen Coffin, then publisher of the Chieftain, led the campaign to build the facilities, at the corner of Park and NE First in Enterprise.

By Hanna Brandt


Dec. 13, 1917

Mrs. Charles H. Castner, president of the state federation of women’s clubs, who was in Enterprise recently, has appointed Mrs. W. C. Hinterman chairperson for Wallowa County to care for disabled or tubercular children without proper nourishment.

The new agricultural council was organized at a meeting of farmers that took place at the courthouse yesterday. The council’s program will focus on weed control and potato improvement, among other things.

Numerous complaints have been received this month of cattle losses caused by blackleg. The disease seems to be more common than it has been in past years.


Dec. 11, 1947

The first radio program sponsored by the Joseph Chamber of Commerce will be broadcast on station KHQ in Spokane Saturday and will continue every Saturday night throughout the coming year. The purpose of the broadcasts will be to advertise the opportunities for recreation and business in Wallowa County.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Miller returned Friday night from a two-month tour through 21 states and into British Columbia and Mexico. They drove 9,600 miles in their car without car trouble or a flat tire.

Hundreds of shoppers have stopped to look at the display in the window of the Orren Foster plumbing store. A miniature replica of the city of Enterprise has been laid out, showing the mill, filling stations, churches and numerous cars, trucks and tractors.


Dec. 14, 1967

About seventy-five people gathered last Thursday evening in the courtroom of the county courthouse to hear an explanation of the latest proposal for the construction of a gondola lift from Wallowa Lake to the top of Mt. Howard.

Dr. Edward Press, Oregon State Health Officer, urged immediate immunization of all children who have not been immunized for measles. The Oregon State Board of Health’s Immunization Program estimates that thousands of Oregon children have yet to be immunized for the disease.

Sheriff Mark Marks announced that the search for Harold Noregaard of Baker has been called off. Noregaard disappeared in the Promise area north of Wallowa about two weeks ago after his car became stuck on a road in the area.


Dec. 10, 1992

Two proposed housing developments –– one from Mick and Sharon Courtney, Bill Hammack, Tim and Audry Melville, and William R. Kirby and the other from Bill and Sharon Forster –– will be unveiled before members of the Enterprise City Council on Monday. Councilors will hear from the proponents of the requests for subdivisions in “view property” in the hills west and north of the city.

Weather over the weekend was in the teens, causing the Imnaha River to freeze in the lower moving areas. A rapid thaw on Monday created an ice jam that picked up debris along the river’s banks.

Battling sub-zero temperatures, an enthusiastic band of late-night shoppers gathered in Enterprise on Friday for the first of three merchant Christmas giveaways at Warde Park. Thirty-two local businesses donated more than $400 cash, prizes and services as their way of saying “thank you” for shopping locally.

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