100 YEARS AGO
Dec. 11, 1902
Monday witnessed one of the most effective chinook winds that ever swept the hills of Wallowa County. In the morning stockment and farmers started forth with sleighs and sleds. By evening there was scarcely a vestage of snow and the roads in a fair way to becoming muddy.
C.S. Swain is at work in the county surveyor's office making a map of the county which shows all the legally laid out roads. This map will be of great valure to the county court and the public.
T.M. Littleton was down from Trout Creek Monday and remained until Tuesday. The chinook left him stranded on his sled as it did many others.
Huffman and Devore of the Flora Shingle Mill were in the city Wednesday on a business trip.
The Enterprise Photo Studio offers the best and most appropriate Christmas presents in the county, stereoscopes and stereoscopic views, mountain scenery of Wallowa County, etc.
70 YEARS AGO
Dec. 15, 1932
Continuous cold has been the portion of Wallowa County for a week past, with temperatures below zero every night. ... In such extreme weather fueld goes at an alarming rate, and water and drain pipes that are not properly protected are sure to come to grief.
For the purpose of considering the distribution of Christmas boxes of food to needy families, a meeting will be held Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock in the office of Mrs. Margaret Huffman, county health nurse. Every church and fraternal organization in town is asked to send a representative.
Special taxes were levied by the county court last Wednesday on 21 school districts which had failed to vote the amount of tax required by law. Every district is supposed to have at least $650 to run its school a year.
Following in the steps of their fathers, Richard Tippett and his wife, who was Betty Harsin, are building their home on Lightning Creek, Imnaha canyon. The cold snap stopped actual building and the couple are making the best of a snug tent on a tight board floor for present.
JOSEPH - One cold night last week while Joe Bennett was driving on upper Main St., his team became frightened and at the turn of the road near J.A. Whitman's was thrown out and injured. ... Mr. Whitman found Joe when he was about to perish of the cold and gave first aid.
FLORA - The temperature in this community fell suddenlty last week. It was from 16 to 22 below.
50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 11, 1952
Electricity was shut off throughout the valley for about half an hour last Thursday morning when a 125 foot tree blew down across the Pacific Power & Light company main lines between the power plant and the lake.
An advance crew, headed by Earl Erby as foreman, has arrived in Enterprise to start preliminary work on PP&L company's new 66,000-volt transmission line from Elgin. ... Well over $800,000 is to be invested in this new power supply.
The city of Enterprise took on its annual "Christmas look" this week with the setting up and decorating of Christmas trees along Main St. ... The snow which fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning added greatly to the beauty of the decorations and has given the city a real Christmas spirit.
Major Warner Crow and family returned home Saturday from Albuquerque, N.M., where he had been stationed since August, 1951. He has received his discharge and will re-enter business in Lostine with M. Crow & Co.
25 YEARS AGO
Dec. 15, 1977
Anyone paying a visit to the County Courthouse basement may think the furnace hopper contents are a bit strange these days. And indeed it looks as if the traditional coal has been replaced with the droppings of someone's rabbit hutch.
"Santa is coming to town," the town of Wallowa that is. The Wallowa Service Club is sponsoing a Santa Day at 1 p.m. when children will be able to talk with the jovial old fellow at the street intersection by Shell Mercantile.
New officers elected by the Wallowa Lake Tourist Committee are: Alice McCully, president; Mike Vali, vice president; Edna Roundy, secretary; Ray Combes, treasurer; and John Bryant, director.
The first of several mountain sheep were moved Saturday morning from their range on Sheep Ridge on the east side of the Lostine River drainage to Bear Creek. Vic Coggins, assistant district biologist for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, was in charge, and was accompanied by Frank Olsen, district ranger for the Bear Sleds district, and Gwen Coffin.
10 YEARS AGO
Dec. 10, 1992
Ron and Debbie Kellermann of Joseph officially became owners of the Tiny Tot Shop in Enterprise's Wallowa Valley Mall Tuesday, Dec. 1, when Kent Lozier unceremoniously turned the keys over to Debbie. The children's clothing store was managed by the late Effie Lozier from 1954, when she and husband Leonard purchased the business from Helene Dillon, until she died this fall.
Enterprise High School graduates Kevin Melville and Becky Jones were both awarded the coveted American FFA degree at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City last month.
The State Parks and Recreation Commission recently voted to increase camping and day use fees. Included in these increases will be a $3 per car day fee and a $3 full hook-up camping fee at Wallowa Lake State Park.