100 YEARS AGO

March 27, 1913

Two important road matters were acted on by the county court at a special meeting held Monday afternoon. An appropriation was made to start work on the Grouse creek road, to the Park on the Imnaha. The Sam Wade road at Lostine was allowed.

A touch of midwinter was felt in the county Wednesday morning. The thermometer registered six below zero in Enterprise. It moderated as the day advanced but did not get really warm.

A bachelor club has formed by a few of the recluse young men of the vicinity. Adolf Gaertner has taken his oath against all females and was made president of the club. Glen Van Koten is vice president. The secretary’s name is not mentioned, for obvious reasons.

Lambing crews are not starting for Snake River. J.H. Dobbin started on Monday, going as far as Zumwalt with the crew in charge of Guy Huffman. The latter went on to the river with the following men: W.A. Stanton, Earl Wortman, H. Clymens, Memory Bell, Wm. Dymint, Guy Spencer, John Edgmand, Cecil Paton, Con Norris, Robert Mathis, and John McKenzie and his sons, Orville and Ray.

70 YEARS AGO

March 25, 1943

This is the last week of the Enterprise Chieftain, pioneer Wallowa County newspaper published since 1884, a period of almost 60 years. Don’t be alarmed, however, for next week the Chieftain will appear very much in the same manner as it appears this week. A new name, however, will adorn the masthead – Wallowa County Chieftain.

Photo caption – Together in Africa: In the above picture are Glen Madison, Wilmer Cook, Melvin Carper and Lester Prince. These boys left together for the service on April 9, 1942, went through various camps together, left for overseas together in August, and are believed to still be together in Africa. Derrial Lutje is also with them.

The Enterprise Firemen chose March 17 St. Patrick’s Day to hold their annual meeting and banquet. … Kenneth Biggar, fire chief, presided, and the following officers were elected: Glen Marr, fire chief; Victor Cronin, assistant chief; George Justice, secretary-treasurer.

Parties who drove to the head of the Lake last Sunday report having seen 60 deer feeding on the east lake hill. They also report that ice and snow still cover the lake, and that there is four feet of snow on the roofs of the buildings on the Methodist campgrounds.

50 YEARS AGO

March 28, 1963

About 250 enthusiastic dancers attended the Queen’s Dance sponsored by the Joseph Chamber of Commerce to select and introduce the candidates for queen of the 1963 Chief Joseph Days show. … The seven candidates are: from Wallowa, Treva Cowan, Linda Keeler and Gloria Imsland; from Joseph, Sandra Otto, Orla Mae Teel and Jeannie Mead; and from Enterprise, Pam Preece.

Nearly 1,500 Wallowa County residents received polio and tetanus shots at the mass immunization program held at the fairgrounds last Saturday. According to Wallowa County Health Nurse Rita Snyder, 717 persons received tetanus shots while 1,073 persons were inoculated with Sabin oral polio vaccine.

Mrs. Claire L. Shirley, formerly of Joseph but now living in La Grande with her son, recently sold her 96-acre ranch, located one mile east of Joseph. Buyers of the ranch were Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Josephy of Greenwich, Conn., and New York City. Mr. Josephy is a writer of Indian lore with his most recent book on famous Indian chiefs just off the press.

A public meeting is being called for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at the courthouse to discuss the plans and operations of the proposed county nursing home, and also future action that should be taken to get construction underway.

25 YEARS AGO

March 24, 1988

In the light of an opinion handed down Tuesday by the state attorney general’s office, the Wallowa County Court approved a zoning permit Wednesday for the construction of a state highway division maintenance facility on the hill west of Enterprise. The approval is subject to five conditions to restrict visual impacts of the project.

The back room of the Eagles Nest Inn restaurant was filled to standing room only as Wallowa residents turned out to discuss community development March 15. … Dawna Miller was named chairman of a town clean-up committee and Carol McCrae was selected to head the committee for economic development.

Photo cutlines – Fergi Fest 1988: Don Bronson and Dan “Fireball” Roberts in the Tucker Downhill; Paul Prow hugs the “Bikini Snow Woman”; youngsters enjoy the music of the Side Road Band; Harold Klages and Charlie Kissinger rest between runs; several entries in the Lawn Chair Derby; John Whalen wipes out in the Tucker Downhill.

Old photo identified as Camp 5 Lumber Camp

Gary Hulse of Wallowa correctly identified the photo that ran with the March 20 Out of the Past column, according to Murna Noregaard Downing, who supplied the photo. Here’s what he said about it in an email:

“The picture in the Chieftain , of buildings in the woods, brought in by Murna Downing of Enterprise is the Camp 5 Lumber Camp of Palmer Lumber Co and later owned by Bowman Hicks Lumber company. It is located in Township 3N, Range 41E in Section 34.

The Palmer Lumber company had a barn for horses, a store and houses at this site.  Logging trains came up Howard Creek to reach the Camp. 

“It fell into disuse once Bowman Hicks developed Maxville as their main camp. 

“There are many interesting historical features at the camp, including one remaining building, old livestock corrals and cement pits where a locomotive could be driven over the top and the maintenance men could work on the undercarriage.

“A picture of the camp is featured in The Old and the New, the Post Offices of Wallowa County by Irene Locke Barklow, but not correctly identified as the Camp 5.”

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