100 YEARS AGO
May 27, 1909
Rondowa is the official name of John Anthony's town at the mouth of the Wallowa River, heretofore known as River Junction. The name has something of a Spanish-Indian sound, but in reality it is a coinage of the name of the two rivers, Grande Ronde. ... Rondowa will become a post office, with Mr. Anthony as postmaster.
The bond election Saturday was nearly unanimous in Joseph for the bonds, with only two voting against out of over 70 votes cast. The proposition was on the issuance of $30,000 in bonds to erect a new school building.
That Judge Knowles is for the street enforcement of the prohibition law is made evident by the sentence imposed for its violation. Al Emmons was found guilty by a jury Thursday of selling intoxicating beverages. He pleaded guilty to three other indictments of the same nature, and was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and fined $300.
GROUSE - The farmers are well pleased with the investment in the North End Telephone company. It is a great convenience, as well as a pleasure, and the prospect is looking bright for the Asotin county farmers to extend the line from this place on to Cloverland to connect with the Asotin line to Clarkston and Lewiston.
70 YEARS AGO
May 25, 1939
On the Washington side of the line, progress is being made on the north interstate highway project, and it looks as if no delay will arise. Sites for test holes for the proposed bridge over the Grande Ronde river on the highway to Oregon were inspected Friday.
Granges of the county are sponsoring a cannery demonstration to be held at Hurricane Creek Grange May 31. Miss Lucy Case, extension specialist, will demonstrate the use of the pressure cooker, tin can canning and the new ways to can the old favorites.
The Gill brothers, Joe and Tom, have finished the reconstruction of the forest lookout tower, which they have built and operated privately on their Zumwalt ranch as an aid to the forest service in location of fires.
PARADISE - Farmers and stockmen alike are rejoicing over the heavy rains which fell the past week. ... Norman Beach and Beulah Ralls, who were both pupils in the Enterprise High School the past year came Friday and will spend their vacation at home.
50 YEARS AGO
May 29, 1959
News that Boise-Cascade Lumber Compay and Balsetz and Templeton Lumber companies are planning to merge broke early this week. Negotiations are still underway. ... Valsetz (Mt Emily Lumber Company) operates mills in La Grande, Elgin, Enterprise and Joseph in eastern Oregon and Lincoln, Wash. Boise Cascade operates sawmills in south-central Washington and southern Idaho.
Enterprise High School placed sixth in the state track meet held in Corvallis over the weekend. Gary Marr took first in the 100 yard dash, fourth in the 220 and sixth in the broad jump. Jim Victor was sixth in the high jump and Keith Simmons placed fifth in the 440. Marr, Green, Wagner and Victor placed fourth in the relay, setting a new Enterprise school record of 1:35.6.
WALLOWA - Mrs. Aura McKenzie, Miss Eula Marvin, Mrs. Emeretta Moffit and Mrs. Anna Miller Davis all celebrated the 40th anniversary of Wallowa High School by going to Wallowa Lake for a get-together Monday.
IMNAHA - Sam Loftus and Leo Foster took some cattle to Coot's upper ranch to the summer pasture the first of the week. ... Tom Rayburn and Bob Malcolm worked telephone line up Deer Creek and Double Creek.
25 YEARS AGO
May 31, 1984
A $20,000 donation, years of effort and wide-spread support from the county helped to land a state grant of $169,000 to build a new community center in Joseph (population 999).
"I've proudly worn the title of Wallowa County 'land czar' for four years and am now willing to pass the crown to someone else," says Wallowa County Planning Director Dan Stark, who will no longer wear the title after today. He has resigned to accept a job with similar duties for the city of Ontario.
Betty Spence and Alene Alford leave 66 combined years of teaching behind them at Joseph Elementary School as they retire and prepare for another phase of their lives, to include travel and time spent enjoying grandchildren.
Melvin Makin of Aumsville, who was raised in Wallowa County, is right on target to make the 1984 Olympic target shooting team for the summer games in Los Angeles. He holds the U.S. Record for rapid fire - 597 of 600 bull's-eye - and is rated sixth in the world.