100 YEARS AGO
June 10, 1915
Water users on irrigated lands are filing their claims this week with officials of the state water board, who occupy the rooms of the county court in the court house. The officials spent last week at Wallowa and Lostine and will go to Joseph next week. The sessions are in the nature of a court proceeding. All water users in the valley have been notified of the proceedings, and must file their claims, or lose their rights to the water for irrigation purposes ... These claims, accompanied by maps prepared by engineers of the board, will be turned over by it to the Circuit court which in due time will issue a decree covering all water rights on the Wallowa river.
In the county baseball league, Enterprise and Joseph are now even, each having won three games and lost one. Wallowa has won two and lost two and Alder Slope has lost four.
While returning to Chico from Enterprise J.J. Poulson was painfully injured ten days ago. He was driving a team and Henry Ibberson was riding with him. They were going down Johnson creek, on the new road leading down to Crow creek, when one of the horses began kicking. The tongue of the hack broke and the horses started to run, of course upsetting the vehicle. Mr. Poulson was holding tight to the reins and was thrown out heavily. One of the horses was found farther down the road with a leg broken, and the animal had to be shot.
70 YEARS AGO
June 7, 1945
Freddy Falconer had the misfortune to lose a large barn by fire early Saturday morning. The barn was full of hay, harness, pack saddles and camp equipment. There was very little insurance. The loss amounted to from 1000 to 1500 dollars. No one knows how the fire started.
In the past few weeks several local boys have reported what they have seen around German concentration camps, testifying to experiences similar to those already reported in the press and over the radio. T-4 Max Bauer, who is serving with an army band unit, writes his mother, Mrs. Ethel Wade ... “We have been busy the last few days playing memorial services for the dead from a concentration camp near by. Those that had been buried were buried in a common grave while a great many hadn’t been buried at all. The American authorities forced the German civilians to exhume the bodies and give them a decent religious burial. The German civilians from several small villages were also ordered to attend the funeral and witness the results of German brutality within the camp.”
50 YEARS AGO
June 10, 1965
The Wallowa County Court, meeting Friday with the county budget committee, voted to allot $5,000 of State money received for county Fair promotions to the Joseph Chamber of Commerce for use in putting on the Chief Joseph Days show. The action contained a proviso that the Chamber qualify under state law for the use of the funds which are limited to Fair promotion purposes ... The Fair Board — Reid Johnson, Dave Wagner and Don Wallace — took strong issue with the decision contending that the Board could use all of the $20,000 plus received from the state for county Fairs, and more, for its normal 4-H, FFA, and Open Class Fairs and for its building program at the fairgrounds.
Work on construction of the Hells Canyon dam in the Snake river was expected to get under way this week following awarding of a $27.9 million contract to the Morrison-Knudsen company of Boise by Idaho Power Company at Boise Friday ... This will be the third of three dams constructed in the Hells Canyon stretch of the Snake river.
EDITORIAL: The arguments generally advanced in favor of restricting the sale of mail order guns, and otherwise licensing and regulating the purchase and ownership of firearms by civilians, are not very impressive in our opinion.
25 YEARS AGO
June 7, 1990
A spring Wallowa County snowstorm last Thursday undoubtedly discouraged some car owners who had planned to take part in the first Mountain Cruise car rally based in Joseph last weekend, but the weather cleared for the Show ’n’ Shine event Saturday, drawing a large crowd to enjoy the lineup of 75 shiny cars on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday ... “We didn’t get as many cars as we expected, but the number we had was just right for a first show. We’re definitely going to do it again next year,” said Chuck Garrett, rally organizer.
After 20 years at Joseph High School, Principal Bill McCadden has resigned to accept a position as principal of Chiloquin High School in Klamath County.
Persons interested in becoming involved in a move to petition the Wallowa County Court to form a health care district are asked to contact Pam Latta or Gail Searles.
The Wallowa County Band will hold its first rehearsal after a year’s absence by director Bob Clegg Thursday, June 7.
PHOTO CAPTION: First year junior Pam Bales makes the pancakes that won her a championship in the Better Breakfasts event at the 4-H Spring Fair.