100 YEARS AGO
July 26, 1917
Wallowa Lake was selected for the Pioneers Reunion Merry Gathering at the sixth-annual reunion as the permanent meeting place of meeting. This site was selected for its adaptability for such occasions and easy accessibility. The strongest outsider in favor of the site chosen was Dunham Wright, owner of Medical Springs in Union County. Mr. Wright is fond of the scenic beauty and hospitality that pervades the confines of Wallowa Lake and surrounding country.
At the Methodist parsonage Monday forenoon, Dr. O.W. Mintzer performed the marriage ceremony that made husband and wife of James H. Henderson of North Carolina and Miss Ola Henderson of Virginia. These young people, accompanied by W. L. Henderson, an older brother of the groom, came to Asotin on the auto stage. The contracting parties are recent arrivals in the west, but were formerly acquainted with each other in the south. They will farm in the Paradise section.
The Woolgrowers Warehouse Company will build the first grain elevator in Wallowa County and in Oregon east of Pendleton, at once at Enterprise. It will be constructed on the railroad track, immediately west of the company’s concrete warehouse, will be wooden covered with sheet iron and will have a capacity of 50,00 bushels.
70 YEARS AGO
July 24, 1947
Workman have been busy at the Wallowa County hospital the past week closing an entrance from the kitchen through one of the four-bedrooms and cutting a new entrance to the kitchen from the hall. This change will eliminate traffic through the room where patients are kept. A 25 cubic-foot electric refrigerator is also being installed in the kitchen.
Wanda Bassett of Wallowa was named queen of the Chief Joseph Day celebration at the queen’s dance held at Edelweiss Inn, receiving the most votes in the contest, which has been running for several weeks. Coronation ceremonies were held at a special coronation ball.
A fire swept over a number of acres on the hill at the lower end of the lake Tuesday afternoon between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. sending up great columns of smoke. Approximately 50 volunteer firefighters turned out to combat the flames and to keep them from reaching the Frank McCully and Charles Fogelquist homes.
50 YEARS AGO
July 20, 1967
The Wallowa Valley Babe Ruth League team made a tremendous showing at the Baker District Tournament both in playing ability and in sportsmanship. The officials themselves commented most favorably on the excellent conduct of the team and the fine spirit of the team followers who had a greater representation there than any other region. Dave Miller turned out to be one of the outstanding pitchers of the district, and Verl Lewis played a spectacular part as defensive shortstop. When playing La Grande, the Valley team surged from a 6-1 losing score to a 7-1 win.
Perhaps the nation’s best-known rodeo announcer will be at the mike during the 22nd annual Chief Joseph Days July 28-30. That’s none other than Pete Logan who is the only man to have announced seven of the eight national finals productions.
Some of the telephone lines on the river are good weather predictors. Last winter, they went out when it got too cold. This spring they went out when it was too wet and now the 303 line is going out in the middle of the day whenever it gets too hot. The repairman has done his best, even installing a fan in the box where it is cutting out when it gets over-heated, but evidently what we need is either some cooler weather or new equipment.
25 YEARS AGO
July 23, 1992
Earl Kipp and James Spencer, both of Lapwai, Idaho, were on hand at the WHS gym Sunday afternoon to compete in the traditional dance contest (age 7-11) finals at the second-annual Wallowa Band Descendants pow-wow. Spencer placed first and Kipp third in their division. Both planned on being back for Chief Joseph Days this weekend.
Rodeo cowboys, drugstore cowboys, rhinestone cowboys, midnight cowboys and plain old cowboys from old Joseph will be there. So will Mike McFetridge. McFetridge, 84, is what you might call a real, died-in- the-wool, salt of the earth kind of cowboy. When McFetridge dons his pointed boots, chaps and Resistol hat, he’s usually headed out to ride for cows along Kuhn Ridge or Marr Flat. He doesn’t dress the part once or twice a year to fit in in rodeo crowds, he lives it.
CJD Queen Jessica Olsen along with Princesses Jodi Bacon and Kristil Botts have been traveling throughout the state for the past year representing Wallowa County and the Chief Joseph Days rodeo. Now they will have the opportunity to play hostess at their own rodeo festivities.