100 years ago
December 19, 1918
Tom Adams, well-known Wallowa County prospector, shot and killed George Holbrook at Homestead last Friday. He was arrested and is in jail at Baker, where Mrs. Holbrook also was locked up, with a charge of being an accomplice to the murder of her husband.
J. A. Van Wie is here from Portland attending to details preparatory to opening the new O. K. Theater as soon as the influenza ban is lifted. The walls are decorated, wiring is complete, picture machines are on hand and the chairs are ready to be set up. It is hoped that the disease will have passed after the holidays so that the new house can open.
Efforts are now being made to gather accurate data regarding the service rendered by Wallowa County in the war. The county has furnished probably more than 600 young men to the army and navy. Against that great total, stands the casualty list, now containing the names of 19 who have laid down their lives for their country.
A new bakery is to open February 1 in the Main street room now occupied by the Milton fruit store.
70 years ago
December 16, 1948
The members of the creamery cooperative, after considerable discussion yesterday, voted to approve a recommendation of the board of directors that the cheese factory operations and the creamery be consolidated in Wallowa.
Last Friday night the house on the Roy Daggett farm near Joseph, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Donly Daggett, burned to the ground.
Mrs. Katherine Bork has opened a lunch counter in the space formerly occupied by the Boswell taxi stand on Main street.
J. N. Daugherty, driver of the Lewiston-Enterprise stage line, has announced that this stage has discontinued service until spring due to bad road conditions.
The Savages of Enterprise and the Lostine Lions clashed Tuesday night on the Savage maple court. The Savages won 34-22.
50 years ago
December 19, 1968
Beginning in January, an older person who goes to the hospital under Medicare will be responsible for the first $44 of his hospital bill, Vern Welo, social security district manager, said. This is an increase of $4 from the present $40 deductible.
Strong resentment against the new federal gun control law which went into effect Monday of this week has been expressed locally. Many people have voiced surprise at the scope to the law, finding its provisions much more extensive and restrictive than they had thought.
The Hong Kong flu, Chinese flu, or some kind of flu, has swept into Wallowa county this week. Tuesday 52 high school students, or 23.5 percent of the total enrollment, were absent.
25 years ago
December 16, 1993
A sustained seasonal wind storm which started last Wednesday and blew through Saturday, hitting its fierce peak Friday, resulted in numerous reports of damages, especially in the upper end of the Wallowa Valley. One couple in Joseph, Scott and Stephanie Langton, lost half of a brand-new double wide mobile home ready to be set up on its foundation.
The Enterprise Savages were the top team in Class 1A-2A standings at last weekend’s Brian Muilenberg Invitational wrestling tournament at La Grande High School. The Savages compiled an 84-point overall finish, ahead of Grant Union, which was second with 79 ½ and Imbler, third with 48.
Appearing before the Enterprise city council meeting, the Oregon Department of Transportation offered to install a flashing traffic light at the corner of Greenwood and River Streets, on the north side of Greenwood. The light will aid in safe crossing for schoolchildren. At the same time, the ODOT refused the city’s request for a traffic light at the corner of North and River that would be used to control traffic when the city’s fire trucks roll on calls.