1205 WCC Out of the Past

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In just a few short days, a team of volunteers will begin processing Christmas baskets for needy individuals in our community, a tradition the Elks Lodge has been a part of since the ’50s. This photo is believed to be from one of the past years, but it was not dated in the Chieftain archives nor were the individuals identified. If you can help, send info to editor@wallowa.com.


Dec. 5, 1918

The Paradise store burned down early Monday morning with a total loss of building and contents. News of the fire was spread through the north end at about 3 a.m. by telephone, the bells awakening residents far and wide. Before help arrived, the building was in flames, and it was reduced to ashes in a short time. Some dynamite was stored in the back room of the store and when it exploded, it gave the alarm to the neighborhood. 

Sheriff F.D. Rinehart was about to sell a small lot of furniture, taken on an execution, Saturday in front of the court house, when A.J. McInturff, city marshal, interfered. The physicians had forbidden auction sales to prevent the spread of the influenza, and the city marshal was on hand to enforce the order. The sheriff withdrew and the sale was called off.

Jelly and jam, for army hospitals is greatly wanted now and will be gathered in Enterprise by the Girls’ Honor guard. There are many homes from which a few jars of the needed jelly and jam could be spared, and women are urged to take their gifts to Colvig’s drug store for the soldiers. Phonograph records also are wanted and may be left at the same place. They must be Columbia or Victor records.


Dec. 2, 1948

The Henley football squad of District 5 have carried their jinx into a third consecutive year by downing the Cougars of Wallowa 27-0 at Klamath Falls.

The farmers of the Chapman district north of Lostine have been discussing the possibility of having the electric line extended to their area in the near future. Also interested in an electric line are the residents of the Leap area, but no definite steps have been taken yet.

The Enterprise Auction sale yard had its smallest sale in several weeks last Wednesday. The highlight of this pre-Thanksgiving sale was the selling of live turkeys for 60 cents a pound.

A fancy work and food sale, sponsored by the Dorcas Ladies, will be held at the Lester Ruud jewelry store. All proceeds go for benevolences.


Dec. 5, 1968

The Victor sawmill, a mile or two northwest of Wallowa on Highway 82, burned to the ground yesterday morning. The fire is believed to have started from the burner pile, which may have been whipped by violent winds sweeping the valley floor. The mill was established about 1946 or 1947 and had been operated continuously since that time. There was no insurance, the owners reported.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Southwick of Wallowa have received word that their son, Stephen (Mike), who is serving with the airborne infantry on the front in Viet Nam, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism in action.

Judy Hendrickson was hostess and Rhee Lathrop co-hostess for Beta Xi of Epsilon Sigma Alpha’s backwards party and dinner. Everyone came dressed with clothes on backward. Dinner was started with dessert. 

The Enterprise wrestling team will be the largest this year that it has ever been, in number at least. There are 46 boys who are vying for a spot on the varsity for the 1968-69 Savages.


Dec. 2, 1993

The annual Wallowa County 4-H Radio Auction recently brought in the record amount of $5,992 from bids on donated items. Top bidder was Zacharias Logging, whose bid of $340 purchased the 1993-94 season autographed Trail Blazers basketball.

An elk hunter from Aloha suffered a fatal gunshot wound Nov. 24 while hunting in the Freezeout trailhead area of the Snake River hunting unit southeast of Enterprise. 

The annual county-wide Elks Christmas Basket Program, whose origins date back to 1956, is getting underway this week with the placement of food boxes in Wallowa County grocery stores, according to this year’s program chairman, Randy Morgan.

Irv Nuss of the Enterprise Lions Club presented a $1,000 check to Tony Chrisman, a member of the Wallowa County Health Care Foundation, which is currently trying to raise $75,000 to repair the roof on Wallowa Memorial Hospital.


In response to last week’s image of Lostine High School, reader Roger N. Makin offers the following:

I had to walk all the way to school from 1945 till graduation from good ol’ Lostine High in 1956. However, I only lived across the street. My claim to fame is that I won first place for amateur talent in the state of Oregon with my magic act. I performed at the Coliseum at Oregon State for the contest during the 1955-56 school year and brought home a large blue and gold first-place banner. I proudly had it hung in the hall of Lostine High. Later that year I joined the service, and when I returned, the Lostine School had been absorbed by Wallowa and my banner has never been seen since. I sure would like to have it back.

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