War-induced male labor shortage continues

1974 Chief Joseph Days Queen Kristi Johnson with princesses Pam Wilson Stitzel and Janet Josi Delatori.


July 25, 1918

The Wallowa National Forest again led all reserves of the Pacific Northwest district in receipts from grazing permits for the past fiscal year –– $28,830.

A deluge of rain fell late yesterday afternoon in the valley. After a few minutes of the downpour, water stood in the streets of town, and every hollow was a lake.

The shortage of labor due to the war has induced Mrs. K. S. Rogers to announce that the dining room of the hotel in Enterprise will close Saturday night and will not reopen until after the harvest. While all kitchen and dining room help is scarce, the new order is found necessary particularly on account of Toy Young, chef of the hotel. He has a 320-acre ranch largely in wheat, which he must harvest, and there is nobody to take his place for a few weeks at the hotel.


July 22, 1948

A new road from the city limits of Joseph to the lower end of Wallowa Lake will be completed this summer under a contract with the Pappin Construction Co. The road will be routed to eliminate the numerous sharp curves now on this section of the highway and it will be wider than the old road.

Sixteen hundred acres of excellent pasture and farm land at the head of Beaver Creek between Swamp and Crow Creeks has been sold by A.M. Pace to W. S. Strickler and W. G. Buchanan. The pasture land is considered of superior quality with an abundance of water and a heavy stand of grass, which makes very early pasture.

The Wallowa County Hospital has received a contribution of $1,000 in cash from S. L. Magill of Lostine in memory of his wife, and this donation has been matched by $500 of federal funds to make the largest single contribution to the hospital building fund to date.


July 25, 1968

The Board of Directors of High Wallowas Inc. met in what is anticipated to be one of their final sessions prior to closing their loan with FHA to construct a gondola lift at the head of Wallowa Lake. They reported that they have reached their goal of local funds for the project and have surpassed their goal of subscribers.

Mary Lou Brink returned to her home in Enterprise after a trip to Calgary where she was one of 16 contestants in the Toastmistress International contest. Speaking in the contest on the subject, “Do Not Write In This Space,” a humorous talk, Brink was chosen during the first day of the contest to go on to the finals.

In order to comply with current personnel limitations imposed by Congress, the Post Office Department has ordered that all Saturday window service will be discontinued.


July 24, 1993

“We’ve had wind, rain, rainbows, sometimes sunshine and a lot of fun,” Early “Taz” Conner of Wallowa said of last weekend’s third-annual Wallowa Band Descendants Nez Perce Friendship Feast and Pow Wow at the new outdoor grounds, while hundreds of people were arriving to enjoy the friendship feast Sunday. Despite the weather, there were still five drums, 60 Native American dancers from at least four states, more than 20 tepees and dozens of assorted tents and RVs, many craft and food concession.

A Texas company is negotiating with Union Pacific to take over the operation of the 84-mile Joseph branch line between La Grande and Joseph. Rio Grande Pacific of Fort Worth is negotiating for control of five Union Pacific lines in Oregon and Idaho.

Despite cold wind and falling rain, last weekend’s Jazz at the Lake Festival was fun for performers and spectators alike. Entertainment included the acappella group The Persuasions and dancers from the Elm Street Dance Studio in La Grande.

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