90 YEARS AGO

March 31, 1921

Although it is against city ordinance and state law, young boys frequently shoot small caliber rifles in town. Complaints have come to the sheriff that boys have been free with rifles in the vacant tract between town and the depot. … In the last 10 years, at least four persons have been killed by weapons discharged by small lads.

The last meeting for the season of the Alder literary society will be held at the Alder church tomorrow evening. There will be the usual debate and an excellent general program. The debate subject will be: “Resolved that the morals of the world are getting better.”

Upsetting an old tradition, the month of March, which “came in like a lamb” went out with the same genial character. … Warm sunshine for a week past has dried fields and roads, and brought up grass and made winter wheat green.

JOSEPH – Dr. Mount ran his automobile off the bridge over the irrigating ditch in the lower end of town. No one was injured but the top of the car was damaged. You can never trust a car to cross a bridge by itself.

 

70 YEARS AGO

April 3, 1941

Trading his town property for a ranch Saturday, Bruce Dennis became the largest landowner in the county. He gave the E.M. & M. building to Donel Courtney for the Courtney layout in Sheep Creek, consisting of 2,600 acres of grazing land, farm buildings, 1,600 ewes and ranch and camp equipment. … The latest acquisition brought the Bruce holdings in the county above 13,000 acres.

James Lea Henderson of Wallowa, a volunteer, left Tuesday by train for the induction station at Portland as a replacement to complete the third call made on the county for selectees.

The U.S. Army wants to buy 1,000 horses in the West by the last of June and will take as many from Wallowa County as will pass inspection. An inspector will be at the fairgrounds in Enterprise to look at and buy horses at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9. Horses are wanted for the army remount services.

FLORA – The operetta of Tom Sawyer, given by the Flora school, Saturday night was well attended in spite of the rain and the talent of the students was greatly appreciated.

WALLOWA – The Moore mill in Wallowa, under the management of Ray Smith resumed afternoon April after being closed down since the cold weather started. Thirty are employed here. … The carpenters who have been working on the creamery plan to have their work finished by April 10. … They are building a new loading platform on the east end of the building.

 

50 YEARS AGO

March 30, 1961

A stubborn fire in the Jay Butner home west of town kept the Enterprise fire department busy for about three hours Saturday evening. … Three of the firemen were overcome by toxic smoke and had to be helped from the burning building. … The difficulty of fighting the fire was increased to a great degree by curiosity seekers who followed the trucks to the area.

Lloyd Thompson, formerly of Ione, Wash., brought the Enterprise Livestock Yard from Bill Schaan recently. Sale of the yard was handled by Pearl Beard Realtor.

PROMISE – Sunday was a real March day in Promise. We had about 2 inches of snow, most of it gone at this time.

The library in Joseph may be small in comparison to city libraries, but it does have a faithful librarian, Mrs. Estella Mastrude, and a very enthusiastic library board. When the chairman, Caryl Coppin, was given information concerning a library service for rural people, she and members of the board, Florence Brennan, Sally Rathbun, Edna Roundy and Hester McClain, made further inquiries about the service.

 

25 YEARS AGO

April 3, 1986

Plans to form a district with authority over water and sewer development at Wallowa Lake hit a snag last week. The Wallowa County Court rescinded its order of intent to adopt the proposed service district after District Attorney Rahn Hostetter concluded the action would require approval by valid water districts in the area.

Workers began ripping up Wallowa Main Street Monday in getting started on a $250,000 highway widening and storm drain project. 

Wallowa High School graduate Lois Fleshman recently celebrated her 75th birthday with the publication of her second book, “Arthur: The Man, His Tales and Whoppers,” about her father, pioneer Arthur Johnson.

EDITORIAL – Although most Americans seem to support the recent confrontation between the United States fleet and Khadafy off the coast of Libya, it is difficult to see the wisdom and benefits in this military confrontation. It is easier to see the possibilities of increased tension in the region and escalation of such activities into large-scale war.

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