OUT OF THE PAST: Sad news for county: sudden liquor rationing goes into effect

<p>This historic photo shows a Joseph baseball team (circa 1913) standing in front of what is described as the first truck in Wallowa County by Art Reel, now of Grants Pass, who graduated from high school in Wallowa and has deep roots in both ends of the Wallowa Valley. Reel said that the truck was purchased by his grandfather, George Frank Reel, in 1912.</p>

100 YEARS AGO

March 13, 1913

On Saturday, March 22, the next Market Day will be held in Enterprise. … A great variety of articles was sold last Saturday. So large was the crowd in town that late arrivals found all the hitching racks and posts occupied and teams were unhitched and horses tied to the wagons.

The enlarged Jennings Hotel in Joseph was opened Monday night with a sumptuous dinner set by the proprietor, Frank Stevenson. This was followed by a dance. Mr. Stevenson now occupies the whole building with his hotel.

The county high school fund is almost exhausted and the future of the institution is beset with some uncertainties. At its meeting last week, the county court found there remained only $20.50 in the fund and the court announced that it would allow no more bills for supplies.

Mrs. D.W. Warnock of Joseph died early this week in a hospital where she had gone for medical treatment. Mr. Warnock and their youngest son were at her side when the end came. Mr. Warnock telegraphed to relatives here that he would start home with the body on Tuesday. … There are nine children.

70 YEARS AGO

March 11, 1943

Sad news reached Enterprise Monday morning with the announcement that liquor rationing had gone into effect. The suddenness of the announcement gave customers no chance to lay in reserve stocks giving rise to widespread indignation and gloom.

What the residents of the Chico, Lewis and Crow Creek communities need is a lanky Kentuckian with a single-barrel shotgun and a couple of hound dogs to rid them of a perfect epidemic of “coons” which have recently invaded their chicken houses and killed many of their chickens.

“Boots” Shell, formerly of Enterprise, was seriously injured Saturday afternoon while moving cattle on his ranch on Snake River. His horse bucked off a 50-foot rock cliff, landing several feet below in the rocks. … At daylight Bert Zimerly of Lewiston, Idaho, landed in a plane and rushed the injured man and his wife to a specialist.

WALLOWA – Had it not been for the cool thinking and quick action on the part of Mrs. Marion McCrae, the McCrae home east of town might have suffered severe damage when it caught fire last Wednesday morning.

50 YEARS AGO

March 14, 1963

The Enterprise Elks Lodge announced the winner of the annual Elks college scholarship last Tuesday evening. Recipients are Bill Denney, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Denney of Joseph, and Carol Brooks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brooks of Wallowa.

Five county students have been working very hard for the past four weeks in preparing to play in the All-State Band during the week of March 20-23. They are: Ben Boswell, Joseph; Steve Barber and Richard Miller, Enterprise; and Gwen Lyman and Tom Shell, Wallowa.

IMNAHA – Wednesday evening Wayne Marks, Grant Warnock, Tom Rayburn, Mike Marks, Homa and Duane Sandlin, and Bob Fletscher met at the Grange Hall to decide on wiring the hall. They plan to have electricity in before the dance this Saturday, March 16.

EDITORIAL – Now that Gov. Hatfield is out canvassing among the pole vaulters and politicians in a bid to get the 1965 Olympic Games for Portland, it might be a good time to put a few plugs in for holding the games in Wallowa County. There isn’t anything Portland has which Wallowa County doesn’t have better, that we know of.

25 YEARS AGO

March 13, 1988

Wallowa County school districts are following the state’s lead in developing policies to deal with students and staff who are infected with the AIDS virus or AIDS Related Complex.

A few bald eagles have been fishing at the head of Wallowa Lake this winter and they remind us that once hundreds of these birds perched in the pines and cottonwoods and watched for the spawning fish which swarmed up the Wallowa River each year. They also remind us that our mountains were once called the Eagle Mountains. And that one of Old Chief Joseph’s names was Eagle Wing.

Making healthy choices involving the use of alcohol is the primary focus of a non-judgmental program called Youth Intervention, according to coordinator Tillie Johnson. The program has its roots in a 1983 Wallowa County Drug and Alcohol Council Survey which showed a majority of youths responding indicated regular and/or abusive use of alcohol.

(From photo cutline) – Coleman and Chrisman Insurance of Wallowa won the Wallowa Valley Town Team tournament and regular season championship. Team members are Terry Collins, Dennis Roberts, Gail Barton, Jeff Stoffel, Greg Oveson, Ron Lathrop, Wes Gorbett, Jeff DeVore, Dan McKenzie and Terry Jones.

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