100 YEARS AGO
Dec. 4, 1902
Nearly every available man and team has gone down to work on the new road being built by the Eureka mining company from the Dobbin cabin to the mouth of the Imnaha. The contract for construction was let to Chas. Wallace for $10,000 and he expects to have it completed within 60 days.
FRUITA - Now that the native grasses are becoming more and more valuable each succeeding year, ranchers of the Park are beginning to look more closely after dividing lines. Already differences of opinion as to where these lines are have led up to red hot "cuss" words and commands to "keep off my grass."
There are no more new cases of scarlet fever and those who have been afflicted are progressing rapidly toward recovery.
SNAKE RIVER - Mr. Giles has a new house under construction. He got his lumber from the Idaho side. It will be the first lumber house in this part of the country which I hope will not be the last of the kind as they now have a wagon road to the river on the Idaho side.
70 YEARS AGO
Dec. 8, 1932
Owing to the large tax delinquency, the treasury of Wallowa County has no money to pay general fund warrants, and it is uncertain when they will be paid. The situation developed as a surprise and a shock to those dependant on this fund.
Taxes and public expenses were the subject of long and not altogether harmonious discussion at the county budget meeting at the courthouse Monday. George S. Craig had his fighting clothes on, and questioned nearly every act of the county court.
After a stirring debate, members of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night voted approval of a sales tax for the state of Oregon. The matter came up in the course of discussion of legislation to relieve the critical tax and financial condition of the state, county and towns.
Men working at the city and county gravel pit north of Enterprise dug up a few very large fossil bones Friday afternoon. One bone in particular was more than six inches in diameter and two and a half feet long.
Mrs. Henry Schaeffer, first white woman married in Wallowa County, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1932, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. May Hawkins, below Wallowa.
50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 4, 1952
A thumping 27-12 victory over Drain on the Roseburg field Friday gave the Wallowa Cougars their second consecutive state championship in the Class B football league. ... It was the 33rd win in 36 games played during the past three years under the coaching of Dan Rollins.
The demand that a drive-in, any kind of drive-in, be established in Enterprise is growing stronger each week, it seems. For the second week in a row an auto smashed into the front of a downtown store. The latest accident occured about 12:30 p.m. when a car belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Alex Guest of Enterprise drove through the front door of Crystal Market.
PRAIRIE CREEK - Liberty Grange met Wednesday night with a surprise potluck dinner for Jean Butler who just returned from Korea. ... Jean showed pictures of Japan and Korea for the program.
25 YEARS AGO
Dec. 8, 1977
Gerald J. Tucker of Imnaha announced this week that his book, "The Story of Hells Canyon," is now published and ready for distribution. He spent 37 years as a district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service ... and is described as "knowing Hells Canyon, its people and history more intimately, perhaps, than any man now living."
Jerry Gorbett was the winner of the Wallowa FFA chapter's Creed Speaking contest held Nov. 28. Second place winner was Shevelle Hewett, with Tony Chrisman taking a third.
Last Thursday evening Cloverleaf Hall was the scene of a Wallowa Valley Activities Program-sponsored panel on the pros and cons of the Equal Rights Amendment. Nearly 200 people were present to hear opposing arguments from both sides of the issue.
The City of Joseph has hired Clarence Cooper as new Chief of Police, and is accepting applications for a CETA-funded patrolman.
10 YEARS AGO
Dec. 3, 1992
Before an overflow crowd of over 40 residents, the Joseph City Council approved a zone change from select residential to commercial for five lots adjacent to Indian Lodge Motel to allow for the expansion of the motel into a complex utilizing the entire block.
All of Wallowa County is invited to travel to ol' Hamlin town with the Missoula Childrens Theatre as it presents "The Pied Piper" at OK Theatre Saturday. Appearing in the title role will be Andrea Strobel of Wallowa.
In the relatively near future Wallowa County must either obtain additional property for its landfill or begin hauling solid waste out of the county, probably to a site near Boardman. These are two of the options now being studied by the Wallowa County Solid Waste Advisory Council.
Community leaders talked about everything from no growth to plans for a destination resort when they were called together to prioritize local development projects for the next two years. The meeting was called by state representative Ray Baum who is preparing for the 1993 legislative session starting in January.