OUT OF THE PAST: Twenty inches of new snow fall on Powwatka Summit

<p>This mystery photograph was found by Charles Hankins of Enterprise on the ground behind a Main Street church in Wallowa. He is concerned that someone lost a treasured family photograph; contact him at 541-805-4362 if it belongs to you.</p>

100 YEARS AGO

April 10, 1913

A step toward the construction of a sewer system in Enterprise was taken at a mass meeting last night. A good representation of property owners was present and the sentiment was unanimous in favor of proceeding at once towards the improvement.

Two mining leases and contracts of sale that may have important results for Lostine and the whole county were filed with County Clerk Bilyeau Tuesday, April 8. Two groups of quartz mining claims on the south fork of the Wallowa River were leased to the Wallowa Development Co. of Aconda, Mont., which took options on them at an aggregate price of $135,000.

In the new state game law, the open season in the Eastern Oregon district includes the following: Deer – Aug. 1 to Oct. 31; bag limit, three in the season. Each game license will have three coupons on which a record must be kept.

Jack Johnson, the Imnaha horse breeder, came up from the river on Tuesday and on Wednesday deported for Montana, where he hopes to buy a fine Morgan horse. He defends the Morgan breed against all breeds of horses.

70 YEARS AGO

April 8, 1943

With 13 billion dollars as the goal, the U.S. Treasury is opening the 2nd War Drive April 12 to what has been heralded as the largest and most important financing campaign ever undertaken by any government. Victory fund committees have been set up in every community throughout the nation, and plans are being mapped to carry through to a goal of $100 in bond sales for every man, woman and child in the U.S.

EDITORIAL – When historians sit down to write the history of the present war, we venture a guess that the government’s treatment of the Japanese in this country will come in for some pretty severe criticism. There is very little to be said in favor of it.

POWWATKA – Bernard Wortman has been farming on the river. It has been so cold up on top that the snow hasn’t gone very fast. Ed Thompson said there were 20 inches of new snow which fell on the summit last week.

To speed movement of tractors in custom work, a program has been developed to convert 20,000 farm tractors to rubber tires. The county farm transportation committee will have details soon.

50 YEARS AGO

April 11, 1963

Gene Boswell, one of Wallowa County’s most active youth leaders, has been selected by the Wallowa County Cowbelles as their nominee for Wallowa County “Father of the Year.” Boswell was sponsored for this honor by the Eagle Cap Agricultural Club and Boy Scout Troop No. 157 of Joseph. … Mr. and Mrs. Boswell have one son, Benjamin, 16, who is a probationary member of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 grade point average.

What is believed to be the largest ranch sale in the history of Wallowa County was concluded here recently with the transfer of title of 22,000 acres of deeded land between the Imnaha River and the Zumwalt road by Mr. and Mrs. Jiggs Fisk to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Benson of Phoenix, Ariz. … Fisk acquired initial holdings in the huge ranch operation in 1947.

Elizabeth Dawson and Bill Denny are co-valedictorians of the Joseph High School Class of 1963. … Salutatorian of the class is Toby Ann Bright.

EDITORIAL – A lot of people have been amazed at the reluctance on the part of many people in high places to take a stand on the effect of smoking on lung cancer and other diseases of the body. … In the meantime the government keeps up the business of subsidizing the tobacco industry out of taxpayers’ money while it encourages cancer drives and research.

25 YEARS AGO

April 7, 1988

The Wallowa County Wellness Group – founded last fall by Enterprise teacher Sharon Forster, physician Dr. Mike Driver and psychologist Dr. Chris Hazard – not only exceeded all expectations when 70 residents signed up, but was recently selected the most innovative wellness project in the state by the Community Health Promotion Award Program.

Thanks to the generosity of the Wallowa County Soroptimists, residents now have an opportunity to receive instant cholesterol screening at the Health Department.

Photo Caption – Last week Enterprise Cub Scouts continued a project started by Joseph Scouts to establish a Bluebird Trail of birdhouses along Dobbin Road. Among members of Pack 562 putting up homemade birch houses were Charlie Brennan, Marc McFetridge, Gabe Wishart, Jason Parks, Jared Black, Clint Morgan, Ryan Harbert and Andy Roberts.

Ernestine Kilgore, who was appointed Wallowa County treasurer when incumbent Don Woodward resigned Feb. 29, will have to run as a write-in candidate in the May 15 election.

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