Lavena on Lake

Wallowa Lake boaters in the early 1900s. Photo courtesy of Jerry McCully.

100 years ago

July 3, 1919

There is a prospect of a through highway to Lewiston.

This would make Wallowa County a link in the route from Spokane and a large part of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and even California, sending much travel through the county over a road of great scenic beauty.

Surveyors on the new state highway through the valley have finished the canyon and are now approaching Wallowa.

On July 1 the old postage rates were restored, and letters may now be mailed for 2 cents and cards for 1 cent. The increase was a war measure and was cancelled as soon as the government saw its way.

The 4th of July festivities begin with an automobile parade through the business streets of town. There will be roast beef, bread and coffee free, and all the races and games will be free. The only charge will be for the dancing.

70 years ago

June 30, 1949

Four 7- and 8-year-old boys and girls who have admitted breaking windows and light fixtures in the Joseph school building have been questioned by police. The youngsters are all residents of Joseph. Damage to the school was estimated at almost $2000. The loss was not covered by insurance.

A community picnic sponsored by the Wallowa farm bureau and Wallowa grange will be held July 4 at Summit springs. Games, including horseshoe pitching and baseball are to be played. Those attending are asked to bring their own potluck lunch, and ice cream will be furnished by the sponsors.

At the last auction sale held at the Enterprise sale barn a good sized crowd attended with bidding quite active. Fat hogs sold at a top of $20.10; sows $15.60; sheep $23.10; weaning pigs at $15.50 each; veals $16. Good beef calves sold at $28 each; a pack mule brought $33; milk cows went for $125 each; and 19 head of Hereford long yearlings sold at $125 each.

50 years ago

July 3, 1969

The highest price paid for any wool pool in Oregon was received last Friday by the Tri-County Wool Pool (Union, Baker and Wallowa counties) when they sold their wool to the Nichols Co. of Boston. The pool shipped a total of 150,000 pounds of wool and received a check in excess of $60,000.

The 4-H Duke and Duchess were chosen at the fairgrounds Saturday. The Duke is David McCready, and the Duchess is Christy Kiser.

Leland Daggett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Daggett of Joseph, was awarded Boy Scout’s highest award when he was presented the Eagle Scout badge by scoutmaster Gene Boswell.

The Oregon State Board of Aeronautics has approved a radio for the Enterprise airport, as well as lights and runway paving.

25 years ago

June 30, 1994

Wes and Betty Conrad are being honored as grand marshals of the 1994 Wallowa 4th of July Parade.

With the opening of Alder Springs Family Medicine clinic, Wallowa County’s choice of local family medical care has expanded by one physician. Dr. Lawrence “Rusty” Woods.

The final legal obstacles to the building of a nine-hole public golf course along the Imnaha Highway east of Joseph were removed this week. Mike and Willa Mae O’Rourke’s application for a permit to construct the course was approved by county commissioners.

Matt McDowell of Joseph enjoyed a fine 1993-94 wrestling season, capturing his second straight national title and celebrating induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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