100 YEARS AGOMarch 4, 1909
A project that undoubtedly means much for the upper valley, and probably for the whole south half of Wallowa County, is initiated by the filing in the clerk's office of the incorporation of the Wallowa Lake Light and Power company. Its purpose is very broad and includes appropriation of water for irrigation, power and light purposes. The incorporators are Jay H. Dobbin, Aaron Wade and L.E. Cavines.
CHICO - William Tippett's house burned down a short time ago. It was quite a loss, as they had got in a load of provisions.
H.S Brown, who owns a good ranch on the bluff above Troy, is out with the petition to the county court for a bridge at Troy. It has the names of 125 freeholders on it. If any place ever needed a bridge, one is needed there. For three weeks this winter, the entire Troy, Grouse and Eden country was without mail, and all trade was driven over the mountains to Lewiston.
Now is the time to use the squirrel poison, when they are first out. Get strychnine, the kind that kills. Don't be fooled by a cheap and inferior quality. The genuine is for sale by Burnaugh and Mayfield's.
70 YEARS AGOMarch 2, 1939
Reports from the high mountains indicate that many snow slides have dome down in the canyons in the last month. These followed periods of heavy snowfall that ended with rain. Ed Smith came down Lostine River recently and found a great slide had descended on the west side of the canyon about three miles above the pole bridge. ... Snow was four feet deep at Lapover cabin on upper Lostine River, Roy Schaeffer told Mr. Smith.
A second boat service was started last week on Snake River when Capt. W.P. Brenwink returned to the river on which he'd operated for many years. ... His vessel, the motor boat Idaho, carried about 11 tons of freight on the upriver trip, mostly lumber and groceries, and brought back a cargo.
Thirty years ago yesterday A.M. Pace entered the Wallowa Bank as a bookkeeper. ... When the First National Bank of Portland bought the Wallowa National, Mr. Pace remained with that institution as assistant manager, then as manager, a position he still holds.
50 YEARS AGOMarch 5, 1959
Plans to build a fish by-pass canal have been designed by biologists to carry migratory salmon both up and downstream, and completely around the Imnaha arm of the lake behind the 670-foot high Mountain Sheep on the Snake River.
Joseph High School took a second straight win from Huntington last night, edging the Locomotive out for the district basketball championship in a real thriller.
The much discussed and controversial Indian pow-wow plan here for July as part of the state centennial celebration have been abandoned, according to Harold Haller, who has been in charge of planning on the project. Haller said the state centennial committee had backed down on original offers to help organize and finance the project.
PROMISE - Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Burns of Wallowa, a son, Feb. 27. He has received the name of John, weight 7 lbs. 11 oz., 21 inches long. This is the first grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Scott.
25 YEARS AGOMarch 8, 1984
The Enterprise Fire Department's fleet of fire control vehicles welcomed a 1977 International cab-over pumper last Friday, March 2. The tanker holds 3,000 gallons of water and can pump 200 gallons per minute.
Bob Eddy, principal of Enterprise Elementary School for the past seven years, has been appointed by Gov. Vic Atiyeh to serve on the Task Force for Excellence in Education in Oregon.
Watching artist Dick Cross at work painstakingly sculpting a detailed dog sled scene in wax, no one would guess that until a year ago the closest he'd come to producing art was making molds for other people's work at Valley Bronze foundry in Joseph.