100 YEARS AGO
June 24, 1915
Machinery for the East Oregon Lumber company is now arriving every day. The largest single machine that has come to date is the loader. This weighs as much as a locomotive. It will run on railroad tracks with its own power. When it arrives at a place where logs are to be loaded, it puts down its huge feet upon the ends of the ties and lifts up its body so that a railroad car can pass under it. Then the crane starts work and places the logs upon the car.
The county road gang, with the traction engine and scrapers, under the direction of Commissioner Newby, went up the Ant Flat road late last week, and will remain on this highway for some weeks. The men will go as far north as they can, cutting better grades, leveling and generally making improvements. This is the first road work done by the county on this highway for years, although it is one of the main arteries of travel. Of late the north end farmers have been complaining loudly of the need of some improvement.
Improvements in the local lines of the Enterprise Electric company will keep Superintendent R.L. Forsythe and his assistants busy all summer. Taller poles with wider arms are being put in, particularly on the branch lines leading out of town. The purpose is to separate the high and low voltage wires to conform to the state commission requirements.
70 YEARS AGO
June 21, 1945
Summer camp plans of the Boy Scouts in the Blue Mountain council are shaping up for another large season. Camp Wallowa at the head of Wallowa lake will open July 1 and extend until Aug. 19. Advance registrations in the neighborhood of 200 are now on hand and more coming in daily ... The camp has a capacity of 80 scouts and 20 leaders, a total of 100. It has been enlarged this year from the total of 80 it would accommodate last year.
A 50 per cent increase in gasoline to “A” card holders and a higher ceiling for “B” card holders has been announced by OPA. Starting June 22 “A” card holders will automatically get six gallons per coupon instead of four. The pending increase in rations for “B” book holders will be given those drivers “whose essential occupational driving needs exceed the present 400 mile ceiling.”
Word has been received here that Pvt. Ivan R. Roberts was wounded recently on Okinawa. He received a leg wound, but no details have been learned. He is now in an army hospital there. Pvt. Roberts is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Roberts of Enterprise. His wife also resides here.
50 YEARS AGO
June 24, 1965
More than two inches of rain during the last week and warm temperatures this week sent high mountain waters plummeting toward the Wallowa valley early this week to fill nearly all streams to capacity and some to more than capacity for some minor flooding of the area. With Wallowa lake now at its capacity and water still plunging from the high mountains it seemed likely that the Wallowa river which is boiling into the lake will continue its trend to rise as it did early this week. With the first rain a week ago Hurricane creek rose to a very high level causing some washouts along the irrigation ditch which supplies upper Hurricane creek and Alder Slope with water.
The officers of the Joseph Chamber of Commerce announced this week that plans are well underway for a registered horse show to be held in conjunction with Chief Joseph Days this year. They stated the show will be open to all breeds of registered horses and will be open to any resident of Wallowa county.
The Enterprise Penney store will discontinue operations of its local store at the end of the day on Saturday, thus ending a forty-eight year span of continuous operations in this area.
25 YEARS AGO
June 21, 1990
Residents of the Wallowa Valley were shocked and saddened at the news a young man raised in Enterprise was murdered last weekend in Lewiston, Idaho. Logan Hollingsworth, 30, was stabbed to death in his Lewiston apartment last week. Police have charged a 17-year-old, who was arrested in Hollingsworth’s car near Klamath Falls, with first-degree murder in conjunction with the death.
In the aftermath of one of the most controversial Wallowa County primaries ever, Union and Wallowa County Circuit Court Judge R.T. “Tom” Gooding has filed suit to prevent attorney Ron Schenck from succeeding him as judge. Schenck won a narrow 174 vote victory over Gooding in the May 28 election after a hard fought campaign. In two documents filed in Wallowa County Circuit Court — a complaint charging violation of election laws filed June 11 and a petition of contest filed June 18 — Gooding charges his opponent “with knowledge or with reckless disregard of their falsity” in his campaign publicity.
Wallowa County voters will be going to the polls Tuesday, June 26, to decide only one issue — a one-year levy totaling $99,000 (including taxes estimated not to be collected) to support the operation of the Wallowa County Nursing home for fiscal 1990-91 which begins July 1.