100 YEARS AGO

Aug. 8, 1912

The Joseph city warrant of $3,000, drawn to pay for extras on water works construction, was legal and must be paid, Judge J. Knowles held in Circuit Court on Monday. The question was brought into court on a proceeding on equity in which F.D. McCully, as a taxpayer and a citizen, sought to enjoin the payment of the warrant.

Enterprise came to the help of Elgin this week, sending an electric generator to the Grande Ronde city, which had been in darkness for several days after the Elgin generator burned out last Thursday. … No generator or dynamo was available until one formerly used here was located.

A heavy rain last Friday and Saturday did heavy damage to grain and hay throughout the county. The rain upset precedents, for rain is never expected at this time in the summer, so no one was prepared for it.

The controversy between Eagle Cap and Mount Hood for the honor of being the highest peak in Oregon is likely to be settled in a few days. Clyde B. Aitchison of the state highway board is coming to Enterprise on Saturday to make an ascent of Eagle Cap. He will bring an aneroid barometer guaranteed to be accurate to take the altitude of the peak.

70 YEARS AGO

Aug. 6, 1942

Luann Brady, 15, of La Grande, was drowned near the upper end of Wallowa Lake about 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon. … She was paddling and treading water about 15 feet from the boat when she shouted, “Lois, the water is deeper than I thought.” With this remark she screamed and sank.

C.E. Page, deputy city marshal of Lostine, was severely beaten and manhandled last Saturday night when he sought to arrest and jail Howard Calvin for allegedly having knocked down one “Snip” Allen of Wallowa. The assault upon Page was alleged to have been made by Allen Thomas, Art Lubbes, Lyle Berry, Glen McCrae and perhaps others who sought to prevent the arrest and jailing of Calvin.

Privates Clayton Roderick McKenzie, Sam White Shinn, Ethan Laural Bradford, Clarence Paul Nuxall and Guy A. McCubbin left Enterprise last Friday by train for the reception center at Fort Douglas, Utah, under the leadership of acting corporal Wallace Stanton Terry.

A.B. Stockdale closed the Stockdale Motor Company Saturday evening for at least the duration of the war. … Bill Fleser will try to keep the pumps operating, but further than that the business will be closed.

50 YEARS AGO

Aug. 9, 1962

During a three-day trip last week to Ice Lake, the Matterhorn and Sacajawea Peaks Forest Service wildlife specialist Rod Canutt and Ranger Don Miller saw 11 mountain goats.

The Wallowa County Fair Board is sponsoring the Wallowa County Fair Aug. 13 to 16, in cooperation with the Wallowa County 4-H Leaders Association, the Wallowa County Flower Show and the Oregon Wheat League.

The harvest of the Wallowa County pea crop got underway at the Lamb-Weston harvest sites Monday. … A 12-hour shift of workers was used Monday to begin harvest and around-the-clock operations started Tuesday. Fourteen viners have been in operation at the Paul Evans’ place north of Joseph. … When all viners are going, the total will jump to 30.

Photo caption – A group of seven girls, members of the Girls Friendly Society of the Episcopal Church, have been working at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital as nurses aides. … Members of the group are Elaine O’Malley, Judy Buchanan, Cardi Dixon, Joyce Trezona, Suzanne McCready, Robin Reid and Sonya Lozier.

25 YEARS AGO

Aug. 6, 1987

Old-fashioned dress for old-fashioned fun is being encouraged for Saturday’s Wallowa County Centennial Homecoming Picnic in the day use area of Wallowa Lake State Park.

While the Wallowa County Fair is under way (Aug. 6-12), the Wallowa County Extension Service, located in a mobile home near the fairgrounds, will be the headquarters and information center for fair activities. … However, the continued existence of the Extension Service, which is celebrating its 75th year in Wallowa County, will be decided by voters next Tuesday, Aug. 11.

An outpouring of support for Mark Hemstreet’s proposal to build a small Shilo Inn on the Grande Ronde River near Troy focused on the economic benefits to the county at a conditional use/variance hearing before the Wallowa County Planning Commission last week.

Beginning with next week’s issue, a new editor will be at the helm of the Wallowa County Chieftain. Richard Swart, 30, editor since 1994, is moving to Ohio to take over the weekly ag publication Farm and Dairy. Assistant editor Richard R. Evans has moved into the editor’s position.

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