Although her 90th birthday is Sept. 12, Wilda Zollman celebrated it the evening of Aug. 8 at the Wallowa Lake Lodge. In attendance were longtime friends and family, including: Dr. and Mrs. Lowell Euhus, Nola Grissom and daughter Tera, Greg and Claudette Wieck, Herbert and Nadine Bork, and Terri Bronson as well as daughter Julia, and grandson David McCarver and his family.
Wilda enjoyed a slide show of photos from her 90 years, listening to the music of Evelyn Swart and singing her own rendition of a song she composed about her love for Wallowa County to the tune of Red River Valley, which brought the house down!
Wilda Irene Zollman, born Sept. 12, 1925, has lived 85 of her 90 years in Wallowa County. She grew up on a ranch at Shamrock Ridge north of Enterprise where her parents farmed 200 acres of hay. She attended school at Flora until 7th grade and then lived and worked for Marcel and Vera Norton, east of Flora, milking cows for $5 a week.
Wilda met Wilbur Zollman over at Uncle Ira’s at the age of 14. She worked at the cannery and lived at the Alder Slope place. They began dating and were married when Wilda was 17 in Walla Walla, Wash. They moved to town and lived in a house with no indoor plumbing and water for four months. They celebrated when they got plumbing in!
In 1948, Julia Ann Zollman was born, in the old hospital, adding much joy to Wilbur and Wilda’s life.
Wilbur and Wilda were a hard-working team, cutting wood for a living and then buying a ranch on the outskirts of Enterprise and creating a living with farming, woodcutting, milk cows and hogs. The cream was sold and the milk fed to the hogs. It was hard work but a rewarding life.
After Julia married Charles McCarver in 1965 and left home, Wilda worked at the potato harvesting for several years. She was part of the Cow Belle club and attended church at the Enterprise Assembly of God. More joys came as daughter Julia and Charles McCarver provided four grandkids: Helen, Kenneth, David and Kimberly. All the grandkids spent time on the ranch, but David and Kimberly spent several summers helping Grandpa and Grandma.
Wilda enjoys reading and croqueting and makes a mean pie, according to local Enterprise resident, Keith Byrd. She loves people and has many friends in Wallowa County. In 2001, Wilbur passed away and Wilda continued to live on the ranch until 2010 when she moved to Nampa, Idaho, to be near family. She now lives with daughter Julia and near two of her grandchildren, and she has seven great grand-children just in the Nampa area that she enjoys seeing frequently.
Cards to Wilda can be mailed to 11106 Brassy Cove Loop #102 Nampa, ID 83651.