Possible draftees on pins and needles

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100 YEARS AGO

Oct. 31, 1918

Two old buildings on River street, opposite the court house, were burned down early this morning. They were the one-story frame structure owned by Mrs. W.R. Holmes and formerly occupied as a meat market, and the two-story frame pool hall and lodging house owned by Lawson Beecher. The pool hall was rented by F.E. Boland and two Chinamen had the restaurant in the small room adjoining, and also had the lodging rooms on the second floor.

Free delivery of mail starts in Enterprise tomorrow. Mail will be delivered only to houses on a sidewalk. Each house must be numbered.

Still awaiting word of the next draft call, the local board is rapidly getting ready for it. Men between 18 and 36 years of age are being examined every other day, at the rate of 200 a week. There are 600 new registrants between these ages, and the prospect is that 25 percent of them will land in class one.

The canning season ends today, by decree of the federal food administration. Therefore no more extra allowances of sugar for canning purposes will be granted. Each family will be permitted only the regular amount, two pounds a month for each member. It will be useless to ask for more, as the government rules are inflexible.

70 YEARS AGO

Oct. 28, 1948

In place of the Hobgoblin parade usually held on Halloween, there will be a free series of comics shown at the Vista theater for all grade school children.

The Wallowa County welfare office reports that there were 159 welfare cases on file during the month of September. The cases are divided among the following categories: Direct Relief - 17; Old Age - 133; Dependent Children - 10; Blind -2. The welfare office allows $24.75 per month for food to each old person receiving assistance. The clothing allowance for the aged is $5.50 per person. For other household expenses including fuel, lights and water, the aged receive $6.50.

A capacity crowd is expected to attend the Halloween masquerade auction box supper in the Lostine school auditorium. Corda Locke is auctioneer and a top price of $2.50 per box has been established.

The grange canning contest held at Wallowa was well attended. Three Joseph ladies walked away with first prizes, awarded by the White Satin Sugar company. First in jelly was won by Eva Wilson, first in tree fruit by Cora Freudenberg, and first in bush fruit by Vesta Himelwright.

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 31, 1968

Ruth Makin, secretary for the county extension office, was announced as winner of a 1,000-mile air trip this week. The announcement was made by Milo Moffit of Moffit Ford Sales who presented the trip.

The special calf and feeder sale Friday, sponsored by the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association, grossed local cattlemen $120,582.57 from 962 head of cattle. Prices at the sale were slightly higher than last year.

The vanguard of an army of elk hunters estimated at 15,000 strong has been streaming into Wallowa County in preparation for an all-out assault on a considerably smaller force of wapiti.

This evening there will be a serpentine through Enterprise and the band will play. At 8 p.m., the students will go to Ortman field where they will have a bonfire, lighting of the “E” and a pep rally in conjunction with homecoming activities. The Homecoming court is Nancy Ferrell, Chris McClaran and Audry Hammack.

Bill Britton of Lostine received bookend trophies for the best pen of calves at the Wallowa County Hereford Association sale. Britton received his trophies from Pat Wortman of the Hereford Association. The winning pen consisted of 20 steer calves averaging 406 pounds.

25 YEARS AGO

Oct. 28, 1993

The Enterprise High School cross country team faced a final pre-district test as it competed in the La Grande Invitational meet at Eastern Oregon State College. Savage boys placed sixth in the eight-team overall standings, compiling a 179-point finish. Leader of the Enterprise pack was David Melville, who was the 16th placer out of 86 runners. Other Enterprise boys entered in the run included Gabe Wishart, Justin Stenkamp, Sean Wishart, Chris Uchison and Ray Larson.

The Wallowa Homecoming Court includes Carrie Sheehy, Christy Stitzel, Kristy Hyatt and Jennifer Allen. Joseph Homecoming Court includes ShanRae Hook, Cresta Zollman, Traci Wearin and Melinda Lathrop. Enterprise Homecoming Court includes Stephanie Roberts, Lori Witherrite and Sarah Jackman.

Brad Higgins, Wallowa Memorial Hospital administrator, has been named the Wallowa County’s “Most Wanted” by the Wallowa County Junior Women, who sponsored the Most Wanted contest to benefit March of Dimes. Higgins collected $210 in bounty money over a two-week period, with Enterprise High School home ec teacher Debbie Hadden collecting $205 in bounty donations and coming in a close second.

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