OUT OF THE PAST: Record price of $217.30 an acre paid for Alder Slope tract

<p>This photograph, taken at Minam, captures the last stage leaving Wallowa County and first train arriving in Wallowa County. Anyone who can pinpoint the year the photo was taken is asked to contact the Chieftain.</p>

100 YEARS AGO

July 4, 1912

The first licensed saloons in Wallowa County in six years opened Wednesday in Joseph. Two barrooms were opened, by Xavier Michellod and E.T. Schluer. … The Joseph ordinance, drawn up in the years since the county went dry on July 1, 1906, is one of the strictest in the state.

In the second trial concerning right of possession to 40 acres on Joseph Creek, a jury in Justice Conaway’s court in Enterprise decided in favor of James Wood. It was a forcible entry and detainer suit. Crawford Hunter, now occupying the land, will have to move off, the jury decided.

The record price for Alder Slope and probably for Wallowa County farmland was paid this week by Mrs. Emma E. Waugh, who bought 11 acres from W.C. Hinterman for $2,500 or $217.30 an acre. The tract sold was the old Rouse place.

A side track is being put in for the Q.E. Gwynne sawmill between Enterprise and Lostine. The mill is employing 20 men and is turning out a large quantity of lumber.

70 YEARS AGO

July 2, 1942

Commander Ault, who was reported missing following the Coral Sea battle of May 8, has been cited by Rear Admiral Sherman, commanding officer of the Lexington, for the Navy Cross, highest naval award for valor, in recognition of his heroic and successful attack on a Japanese carrier.

JOSEPH – Glen Sprague and Bill Warnock took advantage of the heavy hay crop all over Joseph and last week mowed all possible places for hay. Monday they got a spirited team from Homer Hayes … The team became frightened and ran away, spilling Bill Warnock off the rake, bruising him up a bit, and strewing the rake over the scenery. Although Joseph in the good old days usually had from one to three runaways every week, it’s quite an event now when perhaps one horse team runaway per year is the average.

Walter Brennan, movie actor and Wallowa County cattle raiser, was heard by many people here last Sunday night when he appeared on the Charlie McCarthy radio program. Mrs. Brennan and children are now on their ranch on Lightning Creek.

TROY – The annual meeting of the Troy Telephone company was held at the school house Saturday. New directors being elected were Merritt Holloway, Lightle Flat; Roy Carper, Eden; and Bill Richman, Bartlett. Joe Friddle of Fairview and Al Cole of Lost Prairie will hold office from the year before. Telephone dues were raised from six to eight dollars a year. Bonnie Teel was hired as operator for one year.

50 YEARS AGO

July 5, 1962

Members of the sawmill workers union at the J. Herbert Bate Co. turned out in full force last night at a meeting to review the status of the strike, which is now in its third week.

Approximately 500 people attended the 13th annual Wallowa County Junior Rodeo Saturday and Sunday, the largest crowd in the last three years. A total of 63 contestants took part in the winning of $414 in cash prizes in addition to merchandise and special prizes. All-Around cowboy was 9-year-old Bobby Schwene from Genesee, Idaho.

The Wallowa County Junior Women’s Club held a special meeting July 2. The main topic was the Indian cemetery project at Wallowa Lake, on which the Junior Women are hard at work this summer. … Gov. Mark O. Hatfield was kind enough to accept an invitation to visit the cemetery (during Chief Joseph Days).

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Homan and children spent three days in Seattle last week attending the World’s Fair. They reported an enjoyable time.

25 YEARS AGO

July 2, 1987

A Forest Service decision to leave a sheep grazing allotment in the Bear Creek drainage open to protect nearby Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep has drawn an appeal from the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association. That group contends that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife dictated a change in Forest Service policy.

Hattie Fisher, a 99-year-old former school teacher and the mother of Wallowa Mayor Bill Fisher, will be honored as grand marshal of Wallowa’s Independence Day parade.

If the weather cooperates, more than 130 booths will crowd Main Street in Lostine this weekend for the 14th annual Lostine Flea Market. Lostine’s Main Street will play host to activities ranging from the Lostine River Run and bed races to a dog show, cake walk and square dancing.

Front and back-of-the-book photos of Wallowa Lake State Park are featured in National Geographic Society’s just-released book, “America’s Outdoor Wonders: State Parks and Sanctuaries.”

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