Finishing touches being put on OK Theater

This is a group from the Enterprise Elks Lodge and appears to be a ceremony of some sort. If you know these gentlemen, what the event was and approximately what year, please contact editor@wallowa.com.

Cheryl Jensen

100 YEARS AGO

Oct. 3, 1918

To stamp out smallpox, which has lingered in the county since last winter, Enterprise schools has enforced a rule of the state board of health –– no pupils are admitted to school unless they have been vaccinated or have had the smallpox. The order was put into effect after it had been established that at least five cases of smallpox were in town and many children had been exposed.

Robert Berner, the first Wallowa County boy to die on the field of battle in France, was killed in action July 15, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Berner of Flora. Two other men from this county have died in the service –– Alfred Hagen, who succumbed to pneumonia in England, and Stanley R. Augusburger of a forest regiment who was lost on the torpedoed transport Tuscania.

A. Hackbarth will call the new theater he is building on Main Street the OK Theater. J.A. Van Wie was in from Portland last week arranging for painting the curtain and putting on various mural decorations, which will make the auditorium very bright and attractive. There will be five exits to provide for further safety.

70 YEARS AGO

Sept. 30, 1948

Wallowa County’s few remaining large sheep operators have been pulling out of the business fast lately. Latest to leave the ranks are Jack Titus, Kelsie Simmons, Wesley Wisenor and J.H. Dobbin. The sheepmen generally ascribe their unwillingness to stay in the business to the fact that experienced help is almost impossible to find.

The EHS student body held an assembly for the purpose of electing yell leaders. Jean Zollman, Audrey Ferguson, Ella Evans and Sue Rawlinson were chosen.

Harold Wade has purchased a hay baler this season for use on his farm. The machine ties the bales with twine instead of the usual wire. Mr. Wade is of the opinion it will save time and effort in the feeding of his animals.

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 3, 1968

Betterment of the upper Imnaha River Road started Oct. 2. The portion of the road to be bettered extends from the Dry Creek Bridge to Indian Crossing Campground. The work will include widening the road and improving the alignment.

Officiating at the opening of the Republican headquarters in Enterprise was Bob Carey, a candidate for the state legislature from this district. With him was Mary Lee Gosney, Republican chairman for the county, and Lora Johnson, chairman of the headquarters project.

Open house was held at the Bank of Wallowa County in Joseph when the time came for the official change of the management of the bank. Jim Cheatham is the new bank president and Bob Johnson is the retiring bank manager.

Two people were injured last Sunday when the pickup and camper in which they were riding toppled over a bank just above Cow Creek on the Imnaha Road. Injured in the mishap were Thomas Lang and Shirley Helstrom of Walla Walla.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 30, 1993

Bonnie Marks was recently officially sworn in as postmaster of the Imnaha Post Office. Marks, a 19-year resident of Imnaha, has worked at the post office approximately four years, including as acting postmaster since the retirement of Richard Patton from the position. He had succeeded long-time postmaster Naomi Doss.

Wallowa County Commissioner Ben Boswell said the county court does not necessarily endorse or support a proposal to incorporate the Wallowa Lake area into a municipality. At the same time, Boswell added the court is looking into the idea at the request of a group of citizens known as the Wallowa Lake Homeowners Association.

After two long years of planning and a community-wide fundraising effort, Eagle Scout candidate Jeff Lenahan, 17, of Joseph, supervised a crew of Boy Scouts, family and friends last weekend in landscaping the “triangle” at the south end of Joseph as an important part of his Eagle Scout project.

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