100 YEARS AGO
Nov. 28, 1918
All persons who have knitted goods, either socks or sweaters, are asked to take them at once to Mrs. L.E. Jordan. A shipment is to be made on Saturday. No instructions have been received as to the future of Red Cross work of all kinds now that the war has ended.
Four more soldiers who left Wallowa county June 24 have fallen in battle in northern France. On that day in June, 44 young men left Enterprise, waving their hands and cheering as the train pulled out of the station. Six of them have been killed in action. All told, eight from the county have been killed in action.
More than $1,100 has been pledged for the soldiers’ monument to be erected in Enterprise. The subscription paper will be circulated farther until at least $2,000 is assured, for the committee wishes to have fully that much for the memorial.
70 YEARS AGO
Nov. 25, 1948
An enthusiastic squad of Cougars left Wallowa Tuesday for Klamath Falls where the eastern Oregon Class B champions will play Henley, District 5 finalists, in a semi-final state championship game. This was the first undefeated season for the Cougars, coached by Jack Jenkins, in 24 years.
Robert C. Hammond of Enterprise was chosen this week to represent Wallowa County in the “Conservation Man-of-the-Year” contest sponsored by the Eastern Oregon Wheat League.
Progress on the Enterprise Lions Club’s project to get street signs erected in Enterprise and houses numbered was reported by Doc Henry. The firemen are particularly interested in the program as good street signs and house numbers will enable them to get to reported fires more directly and quickly.
A play titled “Don’t Take My Penny” was presented to a large audience in the Joseph school gymnasium. It was staged by the junior class and directed by Mrs. Waubunsee. The class cleared around $80.
50 YEARS AGO
Nov. 28, 1968
For the sixth consecutive year, the Oregon CowBelles and the Wallowa County CowBelles are promoting a special brand of Christmas presents –– Beef Gift Certificates. The certificates, which are the equivalent of a cashier’s check, are redeemable for beef in any grocery store in the U.S.
Chieftain Editorial: The artist who drew the picture of Chief Joseph which is used on the new commemorative six-cents stamps must have got his inspiration from watching movies of Hollywood Indians. The face on the stamp bears about as much resemblance to Chief Joseph as it does to Hubert Humphrey.
Around 100 attended the Wallowa Adult Recreation Club’s first anniversary potluck dinner in the Union Hall. All Golden Agers in the county had been invited. J.C. and B.V. Gentle, brothers, played old-time music before dinner.
One of three groups in the Boise Cascade Joseph sawmill was honored last Saturday for having reached a new safety record. The crew of foreman Bob Cole was treated to a steak dinner by the company for a record 1,800 working days without a lost-time accident.
25 YEARS AGO
Nov. 25, 1993
Cub and Boy Scouts throughout the county brought in an impressive total of 1,839 pounds of food donated by county residents in the door-to-door Scouting for Food canned food drive. Other recent drives have brought in 1,491 pounds of food from Supermarket Saturday and 1,720 pounds from Enterprise High School during the homecoming drive, so the shelves of the Wallowa County Food Pantry are full. Food has also been shared with the new Wallowa Food Bank, which opened this week.
A $3 million improvement project that included building a new elementary school on the hill near Joseph High School to replace the old grade school building was one of several options introduced to the public at a meeting held by a Joseph school district committee.
In a semi-final Oregon Class 1-A football play-off on their home turf last Saturday, the Wallowa Cougars put together an amazing 4th-quarter rally, coming from behind, 14-0, to defeat the Dufur Rangers, 20-14. With the win, the undefeated Cougars advance to the state championship. They will face defending state champion St. Paul.