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Out of the Past: Wal-Mart store opens in La Grande

Published on September 26, 2017 2:26PM

Yet another photo -- this one extremely high quality -- from the files with no identification or date. The vehicle is likely a  1955 or so Austin and appears  A50. It is uncertain who in Wallowa County may have owned a British-made vehicle in that era. Any guesses? Send to editor@wallowa.com.

Yet another photo -- this one extremely high quality -- from the files with no identification or date. The vehicle is likely a 1955 or so Austin and appears A50. It is uncertain who in Wallowa County may have owned a British-made vehicle in that era. Any guesses? Send to editor@wallowa.com.

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By Paul Wahl

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 27, 1917

Notices have been sent to six more prospective soldiers to report to the local draft board: Thomas G. Murray, Enterprise; Lawrence Schindler, Joseph; Lawrence C. Brown, Lost Prairie; Daniel DeLoss Akin, Enterprise; Guy Fisher, Lostine; and Fred R. Nichols of Enterprise. They will be sent to U.S. Army training camps and then to serve their country in the Great War.

You couldn’t have better dance music if you hired an orchestra. The Victrola is all the best bands and dance orchestras. And the Victrola is always ready. Come in and have a listen at Billings and Axtell Drug Store in Enterprise.

Thomas DeCourcey left this week for Chico, Calif., where he and Sam Suther have a small alfalfa and fruit ranch. They went down there last winter and bought the place, and Sam has remained on it since. Both are in love with California.

W.H. Baker was up from Arko earlier this week sawing wood with his motor saw. He uses his Overland car for the power source.

70 YEARS AGO

Sept. 25, 1947

Byron Daggett and Bill Ferguson have formed a partnership under the name of the Wallow County Sales for the purpose of dealing in used cars. The business has been functioning for several weeks and sold approximately 70 cars during the past month. The company may take a new car agency, Mr. Daggett states.

Excavation has been completed for a 24x42-foot basement and addition on the north side of the Christian Church in Enterprise. The walls will be of cement block construction, providing room for a new oil heating plant, recreation room, kitchen and restrooms in the basement and larger Sunday school rooms on the main floor.

Edelweiss Inn at Wallowa Lake has returned to its winter season schedule; no more Wednesday night dances, but Saturday night events continue. This week, music is by Virg Orton and his Rhythm Airs of La Grande.

Wallowa County voters will join the remainder of the state’s residents in voting on the implementation of a sales tax Oct. 7.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 28, 1967

Donna Tippett, Kay Denney and Mary Powers are this year’s candidates for homecoming queen at Enterprise High School. The football team will play Nyssa.

Burglars struck recently at the Riverside Shell Service in Joseph making off with nearly $300 in merchandise and cash. Entry into the store was gained through a window leading into a restroom from the back.

Several cars of the Wallow County Cannonball were derailed last week as the train was enroute to La Grande. The derailment, which involved nine cars, occurred about two miles east of Wallowa at the Wayne Wolfe place. Shifting lumber on one of the cars is believed to be the cause.

Specials at Gateway Market in Joseph this week include five pounds of apples for 59 cents, a 10-pound bag of potatoes for 39 cents and No. 1 dry onions for 7 cents per pound.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 24, 1992

An estimated 200 persons turned out last week to voice their opposition to the proposed Prairie Creek pipeline project unveiled last summer by the Wallowa County Soil and Water Conservation District and Associated Ditch Company.

Five members of the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Posse have received silver buckles to commemorate 15 years of service: John Duckworth, Norm Witherrite, Grant Warnock, Roger Decker and Bud Zollman. The posse was founded in 1972 by former sheriff Guy Davis.

A full-page advertisement announced the grand opening of Wal-Mart in La Grande.



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