100 YEARS AGO
Sept. 8, 1910Several cases of diphtheria of malignant type, the death of a little boy near Bartlett and the illness of Dr. T.M. Gilmore at Flora has caused considerable alarm and uneasiness in the north country. Prompt quarantine measures were taken, however, and it is hoped the further spread of this disease will be prevented.
ELK MOUNTAIN - Sam Weaver and wife and Arch Alford came up from the Imnaha with a load of fine fruit last Monday.
The Lyric theatre is the name of the new motion picture show which Thomas Bruce is preparing to open in the new Ashley Building. ... He intends putting on a first class show of moving pictures and illustrated songs, with a change of programs three times a week.
A horse-buyer from Seattle, who makes quite regular trips into this county has just returned to that city with a good load of good horses for that market. ... The horse and mule raising business is on the increase in this county and, if it continues, a reputation for quality and quantity will attract the attention of many.
70 YEARS AGO
Sept. 12, 1940One of the events on the program of the coming country fair which has already stirred up a lot of competition is the Wallowa County horse race. It will be for county horses, three years or over, and will be for half a mile, making it a derby.
Something new in the way of transportation for Wallowa County appeared when Mr. and Mrs. Carter L. Smalley flew in Saturday from their home in Van Buren, Mo., to visit their daughter at the home of Mrs. Smalley's sister, Mrs. W.L. Sloan, on Prairie Creek. ... Many small planes are owned and used in their home town, and flying is becoming more popular every month.
JOSEPH - Going out Hurricane Creek way is a real joy since the new highway was finished. ... The new river bridge cuts off a former disagreeable bad curve. This road has long been a trial during spring and fall, but built up with a substantial rock bed, made wide and safe, one can bowl along at about any figure per (mile).
Another neon sign appeared last night to add to the light and color of Main Street. It is at Zurcher and Co., and reads simply "Zurcher's Toggery."
50 YEARS AGO
Sept. 8, 1960The annual Wallowa County Stockgrowers Feeder Sale was held on Labor Day with a good crowd and active trading. The number of cattle sold was down from a year ago with total sales numbering 2,078 head for a total of $320,769.95
Fifty years of electric utility service pioneering development, and the role of Pacific Power and Light Company in helping to build the areas it serves, are being recognized in 1960 in observance of the company's 50th anniversary year.
FLORA - Flora school started last Tuesday, Sept. 1, with Mrs. Boyle, Mrs. Sturm and Mr. Weston teachers of the high school and junior high and 12 students. Mr.Weaver has the upper (elementary) grades of nine pupils and Mrs. Spangler has the primary room with seven pupils.
Garold O. Harmon has been appointed as a member of the FHA County Committee for Wallowa County. He succeeds Robert C. Hammond, who has served his three-year term as committeeman.
25 YEARS AGO
Sept. 12, 1985Contracts for the first phase of construction of Camp Wallowa will be open to public bid in the first quarter of 1986, according to Phillip W. Robins, scout executive, Boy Scouts of America Blue Mountain Council.
Phase 1 includes complete rebuilding of the dining hall and three A-frame buildings currently on the property.
Wallowa County voters will have two ballots to mark when Oregon voters go to the polls Tuesday, Sept. 17, to decide the fate of a 5 percent sales tax measure.
Overcast skies and rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of persons and mules involved in the fifth annual Hells Canyon Mule Days last weekend.
Dell Palmer, Othello, Wash., was all-around champion.
Jess Earl, 82, and Clara Hearing presided over the two-day celebration as grand marshals.
Greg Snook of Joseph will gain agruculture/horticulture experience for six months in New Zealand as part of the FFA Work Experience Abroad Program.