100 YEARS AGOMay 6, 1909
The contest for Wallowa County Queen of the Portland Rose Festival was opened Monday morning in this city and so far there have been three nominations - Miss Edna Browning, Miss Eula Forsythe and Miss Joyce Craig. Voting opened brisk and far more votes were polled Tuesday than at the city election.
Work was begun clearing away the under brush at the Whitmore springs Monday morning, preparatory to the actual work of digging the trench for the city water works. Superintendent Uhlen says the laying of the pipe would begin in about two weeks.
C.M. Lockwood set fire to an old chicken house in his back yard Sunday and it made a hotter fire than he bargained for. Other outbuildings would have caught, and probably his residence, if it had not been for the efforts of a large crowd that gathered, attracted by the big volume of smoke.
W.D. Hammack of Kentucky arrived in Enterprise the latter part of the week, overland from Lewiston, and will visit his relatives of the same name in this vicinity, also look over the county with a view to locating. Mr. Hammack is a lawyer by profession.
70 YEARS AGOMay 4, 1939
Shearing has begun at sheep ranches on Snake River and the crews have gone by boat from Lewiston. ... On his trip up the river, Captain W.P. Brewrink took doors and windows for the new residence of Harry Van Pool, and on the return trip had 3,000 pounds of wool tags from Kenneth Johnson at Temperance Creek and J. Ray Johnson at Rolling Bar.
David C. Rich of Joseph has bought the shoe repairing shop in the front room of Payne's cream station and is now in charge.
Bird Frashier was reelected Enterprise fire chief, when 11 members of the volunteer fire department met at Sam's Café Thursday evening for their annual meeting and banquet. Other officers elected were Archie McRae, assistant chief; Allyn Bornstedt, secretary-treasurer; and Ben Strickler, Vernon Long and Harold Burgett, directors.
The main body of the CCC company, which is to be located in the county this season, arrived Tuesday from Camp Dent, northern Idaho. Two extra coaches and two baggage cars brought the 135 men and their officers.
50 YEARS AGOMay 7, 1959
Queen of the Chief Joseph Days celebration, eastern Oregon's major western show, is Darlene Turner. Queen Darlene was crowned at the coronation dance held at the civic center in Joseph Saturday night before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. Named as princesses of the royal court were Karron Howerton and Pat Emmons.
Two boys, Terry Mitchell, 7, and his brother, Rex, 21 months, looked like they had been blasted with shotgun pellets when they arrived at Wallowa Memorial Hospital Wednesday night of last week. A box of dynamite caps had exploded in the boys' midst after Terry struck the box with a piece of metal. ... They are now recovering at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell of Wallowa.
Don Clark has been named valedictorian of the graduating class of Joseph High School. Sharing salutatorian honors are Sandra Harrit and Dale Zollman.
Friday was May Day and a raging snow storm swept over a large part of Wallowa County. At the height of the storm, flakes almost two inches across were falling, reducing visibility to about 200 yards. ... Heavy snow has been recorded in Wallowa County every month of the year, and a few years ago six inches or more fell on June 16, knocking limbs off hundreds of trees.
25 YEARS AGOMay 10, 1984
With this issue of the Wallowa County Chieftain, the newspaper concludes its first century of operation. The first issue of the "Wallowa Chieftain" was published May 15, 1884.
Douglas Mallory, Jr., of Troy was named top scholar in Wallowa County by the DeWuhs-Keckritz Educational Trust and will receive a scholarship of $2,000. Other county recipients are Amy Zahm of Wallowa and Dawn Heller of Lostine, $1,500; and Paul Everest and Duane Olson of Wallowa and Cynthia Witty of Enterprise.
The Wallowa County Court has spent nearly a year monitoring the actual operating budget of the Wallowa County Nursing Home and, according to Judge Stan Farris, "We know now we can operate with less taxpayer subsidy than in the past." Voters will be asked in the May primary to approve a three-year operating levy of $100,000 per year for the nursing home.
Installed as 1984-85 Enterprise FFA chapter officers at the annual parent-member banquet held April 26 were John Mackin, president; Stephanie Rudger, vice president; Angie Stubblefield, secretary; Tom Birkmaier, treasurer; Chuck Simpson, sentinel; Kristi Wade, reporter; and Mike Coggins, assistant reporter.