100 years ago
June 7, 1917
Actual work on the new $60,000 School house for Enterprise has begun. E.A. Freeden is here from Portland as superintendent of construction for John Almeter, contractor, and is engaged in the preliminaries. These have consisted to date in laying out the grounds, determining elevations, etc.
Five weddings in the first week prove truth of the old saying ... Although June is not a week old, the month has justified its name as the month of weddings. Five having been performed in Enterprise already. With such a good start, Cupid should make a record showing before the 30 days of June pass. The weddings are as follows: McIntyre-Mullen, Hayes-Jensen, Neal-Emmons, Baker-Loftus and Vest-Emerson.
Priest & Weaver have moved into the new garage built for them on west Second Street, half a block south of Main. It is a modern brick and concrete building, with concrete floor throughout and large basement for heating plant and for storing stock.
70 YEARS AGO
June 12, 1947
Election of officers was featured business of the Wallowa Junior Chamber of Commerce in the organization’s third bi-monthy meeting held in Lostine on Friday evening, June 6. Warner Crow was chosen to serve as the first president. Malcolm Dawson of Joseph and Ermil Sater, Wallowa, were elected to first and second vice-presidencies, respectively.
The Wallowa County Farm Bureau has awarded two yearly scholarships to 4-H club summer school. The beef club scholarship, which is to be given annually in honor of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Dorrance and known as the “Dorrance, Scholarship,” was awarded by a Farm Bureau committee to Joan Crow of Lostine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Crow.
A family reunion of the Zollman families was held at the lake on Wednesday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beard and Mr. and Mrs. David Beard of Jericho Springs, Mo. They had been visiting at the home of their son and brother, Denzil Beard, and family at Milton and all came over for the reunion.
4-H club member writes prize play ... Miss Aleta Breshears of Wallowa won third place in the 1947 state 4-H club radio play-writing contest, it was announced by OSC at Corvallis. A $40 cash award will be divided among the eight winners, and seven of their plays, hers among them, will be broadcast from KOAC during 4-H summer school.
50 YEARS AGO
June 8, 1967
Chosen as Duke and Duchess of the 4-H play day, which was held last Saturday, were two young riders Linda Lathrop and Steve Zollman. They were among nearly 100 riders competing for the honors.
Susan Benson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Haven T. Benson of Wallowa Lake, was chosen as queen of the 1967 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. The announcement of the queen selection was made at the dance, which was held in Joseph last Saturday night. Queen Susan was crowned by out-going queen, Karen Quinn, at the intermission of the dance.
From all early indications, a big crowd is expected for Wallowa County’s first annual amateur rodeo scheduled for the fairgrounds July 8-9. Rodeo festivities will get under way Friday night, July 7, with an old-fashioned Western dance at Cloverleaf Hall.
25 YEARS AGO
June 4, 1992
Harry Petersen of Joseph led the field of local competitors with a first place finish in the second heat of the street stock class of the Wallowa Valley Racing Association after posting a second place finish in the first heat. Other local winners include Ron Bender of Enterprise who was second and third, respectively, in the street stock event, and Tom Roath, of Enterprise, who was second on one street stock heat and third in the street stock main event.
Wallowa Lake artist Leo E. Osborne received not only first place in sculpted mammals category at the Masters Carving Competition recently held at Racine, Wis., but also the Best of Show award for his sculpture “Yellow Wolf Moon Dream.” The piece depicts a sleeping wolf sculpted in a birdseye maple burl.
The Jack and Harriet Finch Imnaha Memorial Scholarship committee met recently and has awarded the scholarship for 1992 to Jill Stilson, daughter of Jim and Judy Stilson of Joseph. The Cow Chip Lottery was won by Madeliene Bell who donated $50 back to the scholarship fund. The pine needle handcrafted basket made by Arlene Lovell was won by Janet Fields and the bells by Jean Stubblefield.