OUT OF THE PAST: Bate mill, with payroll of 226, announces closure

<p>This photo of an early-days fire on Lostine's Main Street was provided by the Wallowa History Center, which obtained it several years ago from eBay, where it was listed as being from the Poley Family Collection. While history center director Mary Ann Burrows said she hasn't yet researched the time and place of this fire, there was a major fire in Lostine that destroyed "the Christian Church, the Lostine Pool Room and the Thomas Barber Shop," as reported by the Enterprise Record Chieftain in its April 3, 1932, issue. This photo was also published in Irene Barklow's "Lostine: Heart of the Wallowas" book in 2012.</p>


Feb. 19, 1914

C.H. Evans of Lostine is now the state game warden of Oregon, having been chosen for the position last Wednesday at Salem. He will take office the first of March, but will move to Salem this week.

Cupid was very busy in this part of the country the early part of the week. Three weddings were performed in as many days: Lena Heglund to Chester G. McFetridge, Margaret Mavor to Harry Huffman, and Hattie Eggleson to Watterson W. Poague.

The ice harvest season has been on in earnest this week. Several wagons have been hauling from the creamery company’s pond to the storage houses of S.E. Combes and the hotel.

CHICO – A party of 20 from Chico and Crow Creek attended the dance at Mrs. Dupree’s on the Buttes last Friday. They report having the time of their lives. They took supper in the evening at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Shirley then all went on their way rejoicing.


Feb. 17, 1944

Fires are becoming too frequent in Enterprise. Last Saturday fire destroyed an old barn or outbuilding on Baker Heights, and Monday night about 11 o’clock the fire department was called to the home of Mrs. Betty Tippett in the north part of town, where fire had broken out and practically destroyed two attic rooms.

Friends here will be interested to hear Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Zollman have received word from their son, Myrle, and he is a sergeant in the commandos somewhere in the South Pacific. He writes that he is as well as can be expected.

WALLOWA – Roland Bramlet of the medical corps who has been home on his first furlough in 18 months visiting at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Bramlet, yesterday started on his return to duty in South Carolina. … Joe Conner, Bill Poulson, Melvin Scott and Gene Hook, all seamen second class, left for Farragut, Idaho, Friday to report, and from there will be sent elsewhere. They had been home on a 15-day leave.

TROY – A sawmill is to be put in at Troy. Lester Hoagland of Walla Walla has bought a mill site from Forest Wilson on the Wenaha River. This will be just above the old Troy flour mill site. More men will be employed as the work progresses. They expect to have the mill in operation sometime this summer.


Feb. 20, 1964

The management of the J. Herbert Bate Co., Wallowa County’s largest sawmill operation, announced Friday that the company would discontinue operations at Wallowa and dispose of its properties there. The announcement came as a complete surprise to employees and the community. … Currently there have been around 226 men on the payroll at the mill and about 75-80 more engaged in logging operations as independent contractors.

IMNAHA – A crew of Forest Service employees went from below Imnaha over to Snake River and then back into the Imnaha by way of Freezeout Saddle. They rolled one horse during the trip but it was not injured.

FLORA – Flora got wind and snow all day Sunday. The county plow was busy early Monday morning. … Friday afternoon Mrs. Zana Shuman, Mrs. Bonnie Jean McCall and Mrs. Erma Weatherman were hostesses at the school where they served kool aid and cupcakes to the children, teachers and mothers.

Mrs. Velma Clark, an elderly widow residing on north Main Street in Joseph, took up a stand (in a chair) in front of the Clarneau Roofing Co. Wednesday to protest the parking of the company’s trucks in front of her residence.


Feb. 16, 1989

The Wallowa County Court is looking into a plan which could make rural route/box addresses a thing of the past in the county next year by re-addressing all rural residences so they would be easy to locate, especially in an emergency. … The rural addressing program would tie in with the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch system, which is due to become operational by July.

After nine consecutive days of below-zero weather, an arctic cold snap eased its grip on Northeast Oregon over the weekend. Temperatures rose above freezing for the first time since Jan. 31 Saturday, with Enterprise reporting a high of 34 and low that dipped only to 4 above zero.

Photo Caption – A group of about 30 residents gathered at the foot of Wallowa Lake last Friday afternoon for an old-fashioned skating party. The lake ice was reported eight or nine inches thick.

A colorful array of plaids and even a few authentic kilts were donned by 80 county residents who gathered at Wallowa Lake Lodge Friday to celebrate the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The entertainment started out with a group of five local girls – Josie Hrenchir, Marjie Sackett, Patti Simpson, Heidi Miller and Jessica Baynes – dancing the “Highland Fling.”

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