Joseph boy’s unit stops Nazi tanks

Chieftain archivesJeff Lathrop, left, is pictured with the registered Hereford calf he has just won at the 1967 Wallowa County Fair. The animal is presented to him by the Burns and Dougherty Ranch, of Wallowa.

100 Years Ago

Aug. 5, 1915

Tomorrow — Friday, August 6 — at 2 p.m. is the day and hour set for the city council to hear protests or inquiries regarding the lateral sewers to be constructed this season in Enterprise. The meeting will be in the corner room of the ground floor of the public library. The purpose of the meeting is to ascertain whether the lateral system proposed by the council meets with the approval of all property owners.

The contract with Aviator Herbert Munter to appear again this fall at the county fair, was received by Secretary C. H. Zurcher of the fair association last week, signed and returned to Mr. Munter. He agrees to make at least one flight every day for five days, for which he is to receive $500. He writes that he has mastered many sensational tricks of aviation and will give the county fair the benefit of his very best performances.

During the last decade, the forest service has classified as agricultural and opened to public entry more than 15,500 individual scattered tracts of land in the national forests, comprising more than 1,700,000 acres, says an article by the chief forester, published in the year book of the department of Agriculture, just issued.

70 Years Ago

Aug. 2, 1945

Reports were widely circulated on Thursday of last week to the effect that President Roosevelt had arrived at Lap Over camp for a visit at the summer home of Justice William O. Douglas. Republicans vied with Democrats in their excitement over this development and passed the word along until the whole county was buzzing with the “news.” The Chieftain checked a half dozen or more apparently reliable sources for details on the story but found no one who had first-hand information.

Mrs. Norman Conaway received in the mail this week the following letter addressed to her husband by L. P. Ward Sr. of Houston, Texas, father of Lt. Les P. Ward Jr., who piloted the B-24 Liberator bomber to a safe landing here a few weeks ago: “You will no doubt be surprised to receive this package, but Mrs. Ward and myself, the parents of Lt. Lee P. Ward Jr., whom you, by the guidance of the Lord, helped to land the large bomber on the golf course in your little city on the night of May 30th, 1944, wish to place this littler Testament in your hand, expressing our thanks to you in the part that you took in the saving of the lives of this crew of men.”

From the Oregon Journal of July 27 comes news that Pvt. Glen Scott of Joseph was in a tank unit that knocked out three Nazi Mark IV tanks before being itself put out of commission with a shell hit in the turret which killed the tank commander.

The annual meeting of the Wallowa County Cattle and Horse Raisers association has been set for Wednesday, August 9. Committee meetings will be held in the morning at the courthouse and the general meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the court room.

Kenneth Hook narrowly escaped serious injury Saturday when a panel milk truck he was driving for Tom Willett of Wallowa crashed into the bridge over the Wallowa river just west of the lake lodge. The truck was demolished beyond repair but the driver was not seriously hurt.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 5, 1965

County Fair week, August 9-13, will display 4-H projects and open class exhibits on the fairgrounds at Enterprise. While 4-H horsemen are parading and competing on Monday, the sewing, foods, knitting, arts, and hobbies will be entered and tagged for judges.

The 20th annual celebration of Chief Joseph Days was heralded as one of the best shows staged in the history of this popular western program by several thousand spectators who poured into the county to take part in the three-day festivities. In spite of a severe heat wave which saw temperatures going to 107 in Portland, and similar figures in other parts of the Northwest, attendance of the show and related activities was strong.

Vice-Admiral John T. Hayward, U.S. Navy, will serve as marshal of the Westward Ho parade Friday, September 17, during the Pendleton Round-Up. The admiral has told news reporters that he hopes while in this area to visit Wallowa county, and particularly Enterprise and Wallowa Lake.

25 Years Ago

Aug. 2, 1990

Rocky Steagall continued his domination of Chief Joseph Days rough stock events and claimed the coveted Harley Tucker Memorial award with an 81-point bareback ride Sunday in the final performance of the Chief Joseph Days rodeo. Steagall, Irrigon, pocketed $500 for scoring the highest amount of points at PRCA rodeos in Union, St. Paul, Elgin and Joseph, plus another $3,100 as only the second cowboy to do it three times. He won it last year and in 1986. The only other cowboy to win the award established in 1976 is Butch Knowles, Heppner, Ore., who won it in 1982.

After a Chief Joseph Days weekend free of any serious accidents, a one-car mishap on Trouthaven Road west of Wallowa Lake sent three young Joseph-area girls to Wallowa Memorial Hospital Monday. Katie Bothum, 14, apparently lost control of the 1983 Ford pickup she was driving on some gravel, and collided head-on with a tree about 1 p.m. Monday.

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