Memorial for WW I soldiers in the works

Chieftain archiveThis unique family photo of the Hays family was found in the Chieftain archive. On hand were, back, from left, Ted Hays Jr., Jim Hays, Sharon Hays, Ted Hays Sr., Virginia Hays with baby Jocelyn Chimino, Janet Hays and Stephen Hays. Front, Amy Hays Caveness, Tashya Hays Junkins, Berett Hays, Tyler Hays and Jaci Hays Speight. The photo was believed to have been taken in 1978.

Cheryl Jenkins


Nov, 21, 1918

The idea of a monument to be erected as a memorial to the soldiers of Wallowa County took definite form late last week when a committee met and made preliminary arrangements for the public undertaking. It is proposed to erect the monument in the middle of the street corner at Main and West First streets, the corner of the two banks. The details of construction will be decided later. The general idea will be to place a statue of an American doughboy on a massive base of native granite.

A new draw kiln was built this year by the Oregon Black Marble company at its plant at the base of the mountains above Alder Slope. The kiln is 40 feet high, of fire brick, encased in a sheet steel cylinder. The black marble is dumped in at the top and is drawn out pure white lime at the bottom after burning. It is carried on trucks to the warehouse, where it remains in bulk until shipped.

Henry H. Bruce was killed in action in France Sept. 26. He is the fourth Wallowa County boy reported to have given his life for his country in the great war for humanity.


Nov. 18, 1948

The new bowling alley at Joseph constructed by Dick Reece is now virtually complete and a large number of bowling fans are enjoying their favorite sport at this new recreation center. Four alleys are in use. The new building also houses a lunch counter where the hungry contestants can renew their energies.

One of the largest bears seen around here for some time was shot last week by Keith Moffit of Lostine who had gone out with his father, Mike Moffit, and their dogs to trail the animal. The bear, a brown cinnamon type, weighed 370 pounds dressed out.

A special telephone meeting was held at the Reavis school house on Tuesday night for the purpose of discussing possibilities of installing a telephone line through the Gwynne and Reavis districts. Around 14 families were represented. Keith Searles acted as chairman of the meeting. At one time, this territory had a telephone line, and there are still a few phones from it that could be used. Four were found at the meeting.


Nov. 21, 1968

The second calf sale of the season sponsored by the Wallowa County Stockgrowers was held Nov. 18, with 721 head crossing the block. Total amount of the sale was $92,939.

New officers were elected to lead the 4-H Leaders’ Association at a PP&L-sponsored banquet Tuesday night at the Joseph Hotel. Dallas McCrae is the new president; Larry Waters, vice president; Justin Snyder, immediate past president; Julia Gorbett, secretary; and Rae Mahanna, treasurer.

A meeting of those interested in helping with the Christmas basket program this year was held at the Community Action Center in Enterprise. About a dozen organizations were represented. Selected as chairman of the project was John Burritt, secretary and club manager of the Elks Lodge.


Nov. 18, 1993

Wallowa County is ready to forge ahead with plans to build a community service center in Enterprise, Lisa Lang, Executive Director of the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, reported. The structure will be situated on Hwy. 3 adjacent to Cloverleaf Hall.

Last weekend’s Supermarket Saturday –– a drive to collect food for the needy –– was a great success, according to organizer Carolyn Pfeaster. The people who worked at the Enterprise Safeway to raise over 1,500 pounds of food were Robin Davis, Jean Wiggins, Esther Carper, Carolyn Pfeaster, Lee Daggett and Jim Meyer.

The Wallowa Cougars looked good as they beat Culver, 54-6, in a first-round, Oregon Class 1-A play-off game. The victory was the 10th against no losses this year for the Terry Crenshaw-coached Cougs.

ODFW regional supervisor Jim Lauman of La Grande recently presented Prairie Creek rancher E.H. Van Blaricom with a Certificate of Appreciation for his work promoting cooperation between landowners and ODFW.

First place in the Outer Space cakes at the Cub Scout Father/Son Cake Bake were Chase Johnson, best of show; Teddy Jenkins, color; Jason Klages, neatness; Brent Beaudoin, originality; and Trevor Steel, best of theme. A total of 38 cakes were sold for $1,300.

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