Items of interest from the pages of The Chieftain from this week in years past.
100 years ago
Oct. 19, 1916
• Auto trucks give promise of solving the freight transportation problem for interior Wallowa County points. Two heavy trucks are now in service between Enterprise and outlying points, and they have proved a great success while the roads are hard and at all smooth.
• The heaviest shipment of stock from the north end of the county in a year was brought out last week and went to Portland on Saturday’s train. There were three carloads of hogs and two of cattle. The farmers are Lost Prairie and Paradise men.
• Construction work on the new concrete dam at the foot of the lake will be underway in a few days under the charge of J.C. Edsall. He will erect a temporary office at the site for his headquarters. Local men will be employed on the work as far as possible and such material as can be will be bought here.
• Charles E. Vest, long a resident of Joseph, died Oct. 17. A couple of weeks ago he scratched one hand and an alarming infection followed. Other complications set in, he suffered a stroke of paralysis and his heart proved not strong enough to carry him thru the many attacks.
• Tonight at the People’s Theatre: “War’s Women” – a scathing arraignment of the horrors of war, showing in all its brutal reality the suffering imposed on God’s fairest flowers – WOMEN. A delicate theme handled so as to give no offense.
70 years ago
Oct. 17, 1946
• Two girls and one boy are on the honor list at EHS for the first six weeks period. These three students, Nancy Coffin and Bob Rutherford, seniors, and Joan Ratcliff, junior, received a straight 1 average in all subjects. No sophomore or freshman made the honor roll for the first period.
• C.L. Booth and R.E. Stivers, two able-bodied men, working without the assistance of professional buck killers or their wives, picked off a couple of 4-point bucks down on the breaks of Joseph creek.
• One’s first impression on stepping into the halls of EHS is that he has made a mistake and gotten into the hospital. Four boys, Frank Hays, Mitchell Heasty, Kenneth Jacob and Mack Birkmaier, are hobbling to and fro on crutches and Bill Hays is minus a front tooth and has a cut lip. Not all are football casualties.
• 826 chest x-ray pictures were taken in this county when the mobile unit visited Wallowa, Enterprise and Joseph last week. This is about 300 fewer than were taken last year.
• A large sign, “Wallowa Christian Church” was placed on the south end of the Wallowa Christian Church last week. It was presented by Mrs. Etta Loney of Portland, in memory of her son, Carl Hyney, who was killed in Germany in World War II.
• Bill Hays, son of Mr. and Mrs. Omar Hays, suffered a badly cut lip and had some of his teeth knocked out when the crank of his car kicked and struck him in the face last Saturday afternoon. First Ronny, then Frank, and now Bill.
• It is reported that there were so many hunters out in the Lick Creek section last Sunday that the road looked like a popular highway. Someone estimated that there were about 800 persons in the woods, all looking for deer.
50 years ago
Oct. 20, 1966
• Donna Hadley, sophomore at WHS, Pat Johnson, junior, Patty Knight, freshman, and Janet Oveson, senior, are candidates for Homecoming Queen at Wallowa this weekend.
• Photo: The members of the local PEO, Chapter R, proved that there is a lot of musical ability in their midst when this group of ladies performed with song at the PEO meeting last week. Members of the chorale group are Bonnie Wilcox, Rachel Sutphin, Jeanne Jacobs, Lois Best, Frances Craig and Helen Stonebrink. Accompanist was Gail Swart.
• Photo: One of these four senior girls at Jo-Hi will reign as Homecoming Queen this weekend when the Eagles take on the Union Bobcats. Pictured: Susan Benson, Lynn Grote, Sheila McCain and Karen Wortman.
• An aroused Jo-Hi grid eleven came within minutes of pulling off the biggest Tu-Valley League grid upset of the season last Saturday at Wallowa. With less than 3 minutes remaining in the game, Wallowa punched across the winning touchdown to edge the Eagles 13-7. The victory kept the Cougars’ unbeaten skein alive and put them a step closer to clinching the Tu-Valley League grid crown. They need only one more victory to wrap up the championship. Dean Hatch and Dan Tippett were singled out for turning in an outstanding game for Joseph. Bob Keyser, Butch Winters, Tom Frazier and Rocky Wilson were tabbed at the standout performers for the victorious Cougars.
25 years ago
Oct. 17, 1991
• Over 60 pounds of marijuana were confiscated in connection with the arrest of Charley Day of Joseph. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at $2000 per pound.
• Exactly 50 years ago this week, a young attorney named Gwen T. Coffin, now 84, took over as editor and publisher of the then-Enterprise Chieftain, putting out the first issue under his ownership on October 16, 1941.
• The Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce recognized community leaders in five categories Saturday night during its annual awards banquet: Dr. Lowell Euhus, “unsung hero”; Larry Christman, “educator of the year”; Cassandra Botts, “civic leader”; Mike and Bev Hayward, “business leaders”; and Pat and Judy Wortman, “ag leaders.”
• The 14-yard touchdown pass thrown by Brent Eddy to Tim Martin with just over 3 minutes to go in last Friday’s Grant Union – Enterprise game was like a bolt of lightning falling from the night-time sky above Bill Ortman Field. It electrified Enterprise fans. It stunned the Grant Union Prospectors. The pass … was just the thing Enterprise needed to escape with a 22-14 victory.