100 Years Ago
July 1, 1915
Mrs. Elma Donaldson, wife of Willam Donaldson, died suddenly Friday forenoon in their home on Peter Wright’s farm, Chapman district. No one knows the circumstances of her death. Mr. Donaldson was out of the house and did not return until after 1 o’clock. When he entered the house he saw his wife lying on the kitchen floor, their four-year-old body crying over his mother. Mrs. Donaldson was dead, and life had been extinct, apparently, for upwards of two hours.
Independence Day will be observed generally next Monday, July 5. At Wallowa Lake Park there will be an amusement program beginning on Saturday and continuing through to Monday night. At some of the picnics in the groves the occasion will call for a three days celebration also. In the towns the stores will be closed tight on Monday.
On the hills immediately east of Enterprise, G. R. Matthis has probably the largest wheat field in the county. It consists of 1200 acres of land already plowed, and another quarter section will be broken this season. Of this about 800 acres has a crop now growing and it includes some of the finest wheat to be found in the county.
70 Years Ago
June 28, 1945
War has claimed the lives of two more Wallowa county boys. Telegrams from the war department yesterday announced the deaths of Pvt. David William McBath, son of Mr. and Mrs. William McBath of Wallowa, and of Pvt. Edwin Arther Boebel, son of Mrs. Guy Murrill of Flora.
Considerable damage was sustained in some parts of the north end of the county on Thursday night of last week when hail and a strong wind swept across the country. Damage was reported in a strip all the way from Wallowa on to the head waters of the Chesnimnus. In Wallowa hailstones two inches in diameter damaged cars, broke windows and tore up roofs.
George Cammack, 60-year-old Grangeville carpenter, was acquitted of a double murder charge by a district court jury last week at Grangeville, Idaho, after two hours and twenty minutes of deliberation. Cammack had been charged with shooting to death Clyde Morrow, 54-year-old northern Idaho stockman, and Mrs. Mabel Meade, 50, a Grangeville waitress. Cammack said he knew nothing of their deaths until after his arrest on the murder charge.
Approval has just been received authorizing the privately financed construction of 15 family units in the Enterprise-Joseph locality according to George W. Coplen, regional representative of the National Housing agency. Priorities for six of these units are reserved for construction in the city of Joseph and environs. These priorities for private construction have been provided to help relieve the general congestion prevailing in the cities of Enterprise and Joseph caused by the general expansion of essential war activities in both communities.
50 Years Ago
July 1, 1965
About forty trail riders put on their chaps and spurs for a four-day trek to the Snake river Monday morning following a night at Wallowa lake and a hearty breakfast at the Wallowa Lake Lodge. The trail ride was sponsored by the Wallowa Mountain Appaloosa Club with Appaloosa club members from as far away as Iowa and Minnesota signing on as hands. One man was killed and two received injuries as a result of a wreck which occurred about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, June 24, near the propane tanks about one mile west of Enterprise.
The Enterprise Lions Club will undertake a project to sell fireworks for the Fourth of July. According to Al Lee, president of the Lions, this is a project which is being undertaken by many Lions clubs throughout the state of Oregon this year. Lee, prior to making the announcement, checked the fireworks with Sheriff Mark Marks who gave his stamp of approval to the program.
25 Years Ago
June 28, 1990
Erich T. Highet, the 27-year-old La Grande man who was hit and seriously injured by a drunk driver during chief Joseph Days two years ago, filed a suit asking over $3 million in Wallowa County Circuit Court Monday. Highet charges several defendants, including the City of Joseph and the Joseph Chamber of Commerce, with serving alcoholic beverages to the driver who hit him, a 24-year-old Pendleton resident, after they “knew or should have known” the driver was visibly intoxicated. A small number of county voters turned out Tuesday to approve a one-year levy of $99,000 to supplement operation of the Wallowa County Nursing home. The vote in favor was 450 ‘yes’ to 371 ‘no’, according to figures released by the county clerk’s office Wednesday morning.
An appeal by Ramon and Gary Parmenter to erase conditions attached by Wallowa County Court for partitioning their property at the foot of Wallowa Lake is now under sole jurisdiction of the Wallowa County Circuit Court. The jurisdiction was established when the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals dismissed the same appeal earlier this month. A civil trial in Wallowa County Circuit Court to hear the appeal was scheduled for Aug. 9. It has been postponed, however, because Judge Gooding has excused himself because of conflict of interest in that Mautz Hallman is representing him in his suit to nullify the recent election results.