(Editor's note: This week's Out of the Past column was compiled mostly by Enterprise sixth graders Isaac Rowley and Challis Gorbett as part of their Serve-a-thon work for the Wallowa County Chieftain.)
100 YEARS AGOOct. 7, 1909
At the regular meeting of the Enterprise City Council Monday night, the marshal was directed to notify the owners of the soft drink houses to take out licenses or close up. At a special meeting Tuesday, the full amount, $400 a year, was decided on as the license rate. Neither soft drink house proprietor took out a license, and the marshal closed both places Tuesday.
L. Graves' four-room home in the northwest part of town was destroyed by fire Monday night about half past 10 o'clock. ... It took some time for the alarm to be given, and when the chemical and hose carts arrived it was too late to save the building. It was new, built this summer. Mr. Graves had $450 insurance.
A seven-mile tunnel through what is known as the "backbone" between the Salmon and the Snake rivers, conveying an adequate amount of water to create power three times greater than that of Spokane falls is a project now receiving the attention of capital.
The Wallowa City Council has elected A.G. Wigglesworth to fill the unexpired term of Dr. G.W. Gregg, who recently moved to Ashland.
70 YEARS AGOOct. 5, 1939
The E.M.& M. Building was sold at auction yesterday by the county to Bruce Dennis for $27,250. He paid one-fifth of this or $5,550 in cash and agreed to pay the remainder in ten equal installments with interest at six percent. Possession will be given immediately.
C. Raymond Johnson left his car standing in front of the courthouse Saturday evening with the key in it, as has been his practice. His ranch employees occasionally use the car and he has left it so that they could take it when they wished. But Saturday night someone else concluded to use it, and the owner could not find a trace of it.
Five Wallowa County families will be settled on their own farms in a few months by the Federal Farm Security Administration, under the tenant purchase plan of the rural rehabilitation division. The fortunate five will be selected by an exacting and even harrowing process of elimination. They will have 40 years to pay off the mortgage held by the government bureau, with interest at 3 percent.
Ross R. Falconer sustained a broken leg Friday morning when he attempted to jump into a moving car at his farm house on the Imnaha and was brought to the Enterprise hospital where he is a patient.
50 YEARS AGOOct. 8, 1959
Damage to the right wing, tail and possibly to the landing gear occurred when a light four-passenger Cessna 180 piloted by Sid Winzler of Joseph crashed on take off last week at the Joseph airport.
One of the casualties of the hunting season was Isaac Cole who died of a heart attack while hunting south of Heppner Sunday morning, Oct. 4, 1959.
The motoring public is showing considerable interest in Ford's new-sized car, the Falcon, which goes on display today in the showrooms of the local Ford-Mercury dealer on Main Street. The new 1960 line of Ford cars now includes three series, the regular Ford, the Falcon and the Thunderbird.
Six citations were issued by the state police in alleged game law violations during the past week. Four of those charged have appeared in court and paid fines. Appearance of the other now is pending.
25 YEARS AGOOct. 11, 1984
The public is invited to attend dedication ceremonies for the new 67,000-acre Eagle Cap Wilderness additions on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. The dedication will be held at Rock Springs, an overview which borders the wilderness area approximately 24 miles east of Elgin.
Circuit Court Judge Tom Gooding last Friday rescheduled for Nov. 5 Brian Scott Madison's entry of pleas on four Wallowa County grand jury indictments. Among other charges, 21-year-old Madison is accused of the Aug. 17 murder by strangulation of Kevin Broyhill in the Hurricane Creek Canyon.
That fewer than a couple thousand Saler cattle reside in the U.S. seems to qualify the red, French breed as an exotic. And for Tom Birkmaier, 16, the Saler breed may be the ticket towards a career in the livestock business.
The approximately 4,000 customers of Pacific Power and Light Co. in the Wallowa Valley last Thursday had a little darkness thrown into their day. ... Power to the entire system was shut down twice, once at about 10:40 a.m. and again at about 12:40 p.m. while PP&L made repairs at the Hurricane Creek substation.