100 YEARS AGO

Dec. 18, 1902

The new football grounds will be initiated and introduced to the public on Christmas by a football game between benedicts and married men. The proceeds will be applied toward the indebtedness of the Athletic Association.

FRUITA - L.J. Purcell, alias L.J. Pissell, has been visiting with his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Himelwright of Freezeout, for some days. Mr. Purcell claims to have built the second log cabin in the Park 18 years ago. The first he says was built by Cox and Roland at the mouth of Grouse Creek. on J.F. Rich's homestead. ... Both of these historic cabins are still standing, but, like their builders, are fast falling into decay.

The Chieftain turned out posters announcing a ball at Lostine, a masquerade at Paradise and a ball at Enterprise on Christmas night.

The Chieftain found out that the young ladies of Enterprise and surrounding country are organizing and practicing on a number of yells that will be used to encourage the boys in the football game on Christmas. The married ladies will be there in force, however, and expect to have a few chances to yell.

70 YEARS AGO

Dec. 22, 1932

Mild winter days have taken so much snow off the ground on Main St. in Joseph that there has been much talk of postponing the dog races set for Friday. But there would be too great a disappointment for the many boys who have been training their hounds, and also for the many persons in the whole upper valley who have been counting on seeing the sport.

While on the Snake River recently, Forest Supervisor F.W. Furst came upon a most unusual animal friendship at the ranch of J. Ray Johnson. A tame doe has adopted a puppy and watches over it and protects it.

An immense ice gorge came down the Imnaha River late Friday afternoon which old time residents say is the largest they have seen in a number of years. ... It was a spectacular sight for a few minutes and gave several people a little anxiety as to the safety of their bridges. A bridge at the Bailey Maxwell place at Rim Rock nearly went out from the impact of ice which lodged against its foundation.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 18, 1952

The tall tangle of tubes on top of the Vista Theater signifies that television reception is being tested in Enterprise. Arley Evans of the Evans Jewelry store has installed a 17-inch screen Emerson television set and is receiving the test pattern and music of the Northwest's newest and most powerful television station, KHQ-TV, Spokane. The new station, which is operating at 100,000 watts, is not on the air officially as yet, and is only sending out test patterns. Whether television would ever be able to penetrate the Wallowa Valley has been a much discussed subject here.

All the boys and girls from the eighth grade on down to lap babies are invited by the Junior Chamber of Commerce to their annual Christmas theater parties this Friday and Saturday at the Rainbow theater in Joseph, the Vista theater in Enterprise and the McClean theater in Wallowa.

The longest log hauling operation in the history of the lumbering industry in Wallowa County will get underway about the first of next month, according to Floyd Thomason, manager of the J. Herbert Bate Co. Logs will be brought from the former Eugene Pallette ranch on the upper Imnaha approximately 87 miles to the Wallowa mill.

25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 22, 1977

In a brief letter delivered to County Clerk Marjorie Martin last Thursday, County Judge Gene Wilson submitted his resignation as judge of the Wallowa County Court. The letter read, " ... but health is my immediate concern."

A lack of frost and snow accompanied by warm temperatures and abundant rain has virtually halted all logging operations in Wallowa County.

Makings of a Merry Christmas for about 87 Wallowa County families who might otherwise not be able to otherwise afford it will be delivered by members of the local Elks Lodge tomorrow, according to chairman, Gerry Perren.

Youngsters describe Christmas "like it is": "Christmas to me is making angels in the snow. ... Santa has to fly all over the world and I think he gets started at night. " (John Campbell, Wallowa kindergarten). ... "There isn't a Santa who can go clear round the world in one night. ... There's 100,000 Santas in the world." (Kirk Tyler, Joseph first grade.)

10 YEARS AGO

Dec. 17, 1992

Army private first class Randy Collins will be among the more than 30,000 troops who will be sent to the African county of Somalia this month to participate in Operation Restore Hope.

Moffit Brothers Construction of Lostine was recently awarded a certificate of appreciation for the work the company did in construction of the unique new Hells Canyon Overlook Road in rough and rocky terrain.

The Enterprise City Council on Monday approved two subdivisions which will add 65 lots inside the city limits.

"The need seems to be bigger than ever," said Lois Harvey of the local Oregon Children Service Division Tuesday about this year's Elks Christmas Basket project. "We already have 108 families. Usually at this time we have 87-90," she said.

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