County celebrates the end of World War I

Cheryl Jenkins


Nov. 14, 1918

In Wallowa county, as in every other corner of the earth, the great victory won Monday morning in France was reflected in noisy demonstrations and heartfelt joy. At sunrise Monday morning, the telephone carried the tidings to many homes in town and in the surrounding country. Church bells were set ringing in Enterprise and the facts were known about town before business had started. When the Western Union wire opened at 8 o’clock, Agent Spear received a message, which he promptly sent up town, stating that the armistice had been signed.

The first action by the government affecting Wallowa county, taken on receipt of news of the signing of the armistice, was to cancel all future draft calls. A large call was due in a few days and now the men who would have gone are assured they will not be needed by the army but can remain at home.

The United War Work campaign is well under way in the county, and as a matter of course the quota of $10,000 will be reached and exceeded. The amount any person is to give is determined by his wealth, ordinarily shown by the assessed valuation of his property. The rate is one mill. Thus if a man is worth $8,000, his quota would be $8, but for good measure he should make it $10.


Nov. 11, 1948

Wallowa county Pomona grange met with Hurricane Creek grange for its November meeting Saturday. About 75 members were served at the dinner. Pomona grange went on record opposing daylight saving time and the use of butter substitutes in the state institutions.

Temperatures in Enterprise dropped to eight above Sunday morning to bring a sudden end to the pleasant period of Indian summer. Reports from the Blue Mountain area state that 2,500 panicky elk hunters are fleeing before a four-foot snowfall abandoning cars, tents and other gear in a frantic effort to get out before their situation becomes hopeless.

West Coast Telephone advertisement: Telephone service is growing both swiftly and surely. Although material shortages have handicapped us and continue to plague us, we are increasing our progress each day. We know and appreciate that telephone service has become a “must” for homes, farms and business.


Nov. 14, 1968

Members of the Wallowa County Shrine Club packed Burrows café in Wallowa as they prepared for their annual trek to the Shrine Hospital in Portland. Chairman Vic Cronin reported that when the caravan reached Portland it had grown to 86 vehicles from nine clubs in eastern Oregon and western Idaho. Locally there were 14 rigs laden with food for the hospital and 28 persons making the trip. Cronin said that this was the most “lucrative” caravan in the 14-year history of the event. The food carried by the local caravan was purchased through the proceeds of the Shrine Breakfast, the Ski Mobile project and individual donations.

Photo cutline: Gail Swart and Bob Groth, conductor of the Grande Ronde Symphony, look over the score to the Schumann A minor piano concerto, which will be performed by the orchestra in La Grande. Mrs. Swart will be the guest piano soloist for the performance. She is presently teaching music in the elementary school at Enterprise.


Nov. 11, 1993

A visiting Brownsville man was accidentally shot in the stomach Monday while target shooting on the Water Canyon Ranch about five miles outside Wallowa.

Melinda Lathrop, a senior at Joseph High School, was recently named winner of an essay contest sponsored by the Wallowa County Bar Association. Benjamin Boyd was second place winner and Carrie Sheehy was third place in the county contest.

Community Connection recently received a couple of donations that moved the organization forward in its attempt to raise local matching funds for the purchase of a $32,000 handicapped accessible mini van. The local organization needs to raise $8,000 as its share of the project and so far has received about $2,000 in donations.

The Wallowa Cougars dominated the balloting as Old Oregon League all-conference players were selected last week. On first-team offense, Wallowa placed quarterback Travis Jones, running back Raymond Seamon, wide receiver Steve Goss, tight end Reid Wynans and guards Leland Bauck and Cory Eagan. First-team defensemen included linemen Tom Armon and Jerrod Rogers, linebackers Bauck and Justin Niehus and defensive back Reid Wynans.

Don Kooch’s daughter, Kathleen Kooch Hanna from Hillsboro, Ore., wrote to let us know the horse is the photo we ran a couple weeks back was named Poco Bob Zip and is the son of a cow cutting horse champion Poco Bob. “My dad drove to Colorado Springs to get Zip, as we called him,” she said. “I am not sure when the picture was taken but think it was in the mid-60s.”

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