100 years ago – October 7, 1915
By order of the Public Service commission of Oregon, the city of Enterprise is empowered to extend Depot street south across the tracks of the O-W railroad. The extension will run close to the east end of the Woolgrowers’ warehouse, and will give the city an outlet to the south and southwest now lacking. At a hearing set in Enterprise, the railroad objected strenuously, on the ground that the proposed crossing would be dangerous. The city took the ground that it wanted the crossing at Depot street or not at all.
The people of Flora are to be congratulated on their new schoolhouse, occupied now for the first time. It is the newest, and in many respects the best school building in the county, as regards completeness and efficiency of equipment.
To give the best service to the many farmers who must use butter wrappers, under the new law, Friday of each week will be butter wrapper day in the Record Chieftain job shop. Wrappers will be printed at reduced rate on that day only.
School notes: The domestic science girls have been canning fruit. The purpose is to have fruit this winter when the department opens the lunch room. Meals are served at noon during the winter……. Coach Worrell reports that football started this year with more vigor than previous years; over 25 boys responded to the first call. William Ault was elected captain and Sylvester Burleigh manager for the season.
70 years ago – October 4, 1945
The extent of demobilization in World War II is indicated by the fact that 126 Wallowa county men have registered their discharge papers in the office of the county clerk as of Sept. 30, 1945.
The first fall meeting of the Enterprise chamber of commerce was held at the Caton hotel Tuesday evening under the direction of the new officers, I. E. Snyder, president, and M. J. Rutherford, secretary. Approximately 35 members were on hand and several guests. Actions taken were the adoption of a resolution favoring the establishment of a state park at Wallowa Lake, and the endorsement of a permit sought by J. N. Daugherty to resume operation of the Lewiston-Enterprise stage. A resolution was adopted to petition the state highway commission to re-paint the yellow line in the center of the highway and to erect a guard rail along the road around Wallowa Lake.
Secretary of State Robert Farrell has awarded a placque to the city of Enterprise in recognition of the city’s excellent traffic safety record in 1944. The placque, a second place award for cities up to 2000 population was presented to Mayor M. J. Rutherford.
A car driven by Mr. McCormick of the forest service, and another driven by A. B. Amonino collided at the intersection of North and River streets in Enterprise last Friday, doing extensive damage to both cars and giving the occupants a considerable shaking up.
50 years ago – October 7, 1965
A reception will be given for Alvin Josephy, Jr. at Wallowa Lake Lodge on Sunday afternoon, October 17. Mr. Josephy, author, editor and historian, has just published his newest book, “The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest”, a history of the Nez Perce people up to 1887.
Mrs. Sally Kooch of Enterprise has been selected by the Oregon Heart Association to head up the associated activities of the Heart Fund in Wallowa county this year. She replaces Mrs. Dorothy Wergen who has been the chairman for the past several years.
On Sept. 28 the Enterprise FFA chapter traveled to Wallowa to participate in the District Soil Judging contest. The schools that took part in the event were: Imbler, La Grande, Elgin, Union, Powder Valley, Enterprise and Wallowa. Powder Valley placed first, with Enterprise placing second. The boys on the judging team from Enterprise were: Homer Thorpe, Kent Kozier, Randy Cherry, Dan Surber and Keith Smith. Kent Searles will be alternate. Others participating were John Hawley, Tom Zollman, Bill Hammack and Bob Andrews.
25 years ago – October 4, 1990
At least nine servicemen from Wallowa County are currently serving with U. S. forces in Saudi Arabia, in response to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. Michael Barstad, Marc Christman, Troy Davis, Brett Hays, David Little (not verified), Randy Lynch, Gary Morrison, Earl Perry, Steve Strong and Jason Werst were the names gathered by Shirley Parker for publication in the Community Church bulletin.
Tuesday night the Joseph city council recommended approval of an OLCC license for Louis and Elizabeth Travis of Tualatin, who are in the process of purchasing the Gold Room Restaurant and Cowboy Bar from Ron Schenck. The Main Street business has been closed for several months.
Showing this week at the OK Theatre: “Air America” with Mel Gibson and Robert Downey, Jr.
Jack Walker rushed for 154 yards and 3 touchdowns and Justin Harvey completed seven of 14 passes for 93 yards last Friday as the Joseph Eagles notched their third victory of the year with a 22-8 exhibition triumph over Imbler JVs.