100 YEARS AGOMay 20, 1909
The first commencement of the county high school (with three graduates) set a high mark for excellence, enthusiasm and success in every particular.
Articles for the Enterprise State Bank have been filed in the office of the county clerk. The capital stock is $25,000 divided into 250 shares of $100 each. The incorporators are Clyde T. Hockett, Chas. E. Fink and Chas. E. Crow.
J.W. Kern has resigned principalship of the Wallowa County high school as the result of the unpleasantness resulting from the class flag rush and faculty stop-order. Messrs. Kerns and Hull appeared before the board Saturday, where were also several parents who had complained their children's grades were withheld. There were considerable personal feelings manifested.
Tom Tucker, fugitive from justice in the county for two years, was arrested at Chinook, Mont., last Thursday and taken to the county seat the same day to await the arrival of Deputy Sheriff S.F. Pace. Tucker is the chief of the gang that created the riot at the dance June 17, 1907. Geo. Tucker has been acquainted of that charge.
70 YEARS AGOMay 18, 1939
When the Portland Rose Festival is on and the decorated floats glide throught the streets, the float of the Northwestern Electric Company will be of particular interest to Wallowa County residents. It is to be designed by Freda Hall, who was reared in Lostine and is the daughter of Mrs. Sadie B. Hull.
Three hunters of the U.S. Biological Survey service reported 65 coyotes killed in the county in April. E.C. Stoneman and John Laurence each killed 21 and William E. Fields reported 23. In the whole state the regular hunters took 1,365 coyotes, 56 bobcats, three bears and one mountain lion, while WPA hunters reported 497 coyotes, 43 bobcats, one bear and two mountain lions.
Dry weather does not appear to be unkind to rattlesnakes in the canyon. Mr. And Mrs. Alvin McFetridge were out for the first time this spring from their Joseph Creek Ranch and said they had killed 33 rattlers already, adding that they were not particularly numerous at that.
At the Enterprise High School student body election last week, these officers were chosen: Delbert Denny, president; Don Hombel, vice president; Ellen Poulson, secretary; and Jim Lampkins, treasurer.
50 YEARS AGOMay 21, 1959
The school population will take a big jump in Enterprise with 64 prospective first graders appearing on a list prepared by the school. While the list will change some, it would seem that a record-breaking class appears likely this fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Max Wilson, two of the grandest persons living anywhere and loved by all who know them, are to be honored at a testimonial potluck dinner Monday evening, May 25, at the civic center in Joseph.
The theme of the 1949 Chief Joseph Days parade will be "Oregon Passes in Review, 1859-1959," parade chairman Joe Naughton announced this week. The theme is keeping with Oregon's Centennial Year.
A proposed new lodge hall, club rooms and lounge for the Enterprise Elks Lodge has been completed through the planning stages and is ready to be submitted to the grand lodge for approval.
25 YEARS AGOMay 24, 1984
The oath of office was delivered to newly appointed Wallowa County Sheriff Roger Decker by Wallowa County Clerk Marjorie Martin in the county chambers last Friday morning. ... Decker has appointed Ron Jett his undersheriff.
The Enterprise High School girls' 1000 relay team took four seconds off their time at the state meet, establishing a new school record and taking fifth place in the state. Team members are Paula Roberts, Betsy Lathrop, Stacia Steinbeck and Wendy Wheeler.
"Rainforest" is the name of the watercolor painting by Enterprise High School art teacher Gary Wishart that received a Judge's Merit Award at the Pendleton Art Festival in the Armory May 11-13.
The Wallowa Mountain Loop road is now open - but just barely. Last week a crew was working to clear the first lane through the deepest of the snow, from Little Sheep Creek to the Imnaha, and over Lonesome Saddle to the bottom of the snow level in the Pine Creek drainage, reported Ron Bonar, assistant manager of the Hells Canyon NRA.