By Paul Wahl
100 YEARS AGO
Oct. 4, 1917
A dearth of stock cars, which has developed suddenly, is preventing the shipment of large numbers of cattle and sheep from Wallowa County. The Enterprise station of the railroad has ordered 79 cars, and Joseph, Wallowa and Lostine also have long lists of cars needed.
As Maud Horne was cranking her automobile at her homestead early this week, the crank flew back and broke her arm. Adolph Gaertner brought her to town where the fracture was set.
Writing from “somewhere in France,” John Tobin sends words to his parents that he is enjoying the best of health and having a good time. Because of strict censorship, he wrote nothing whatever of conditions or of his employment in the U.S. Marines. But he asked his family not to worry about him, saying he himself was not worrying in the least.
70 YEARS AGO
Oct. 2, 1947
The Halladay School of Flying expects to be in a position to start training veterans under the GI bill later this month. Several improvements are being made including installation of a shop and shop equipment and the employment of an additional mechanic.
Local law enforcement officials report that all slot machines and pinball games have been removed fro Wallowa County and that gambling in poolhalls has stopped. Stiff fines are promised in the future for persons caught gambling in private rooms and dives.
Well over a third of a million dollars worth of new building construction is under way in the county. The acute housing shortage tends to obscure the fact that one of the largest building booms in the history of the county is in progress.
50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 5, 1967
Several months of statement preparation are drawing to a close for the ladies in the Wallowa County Sheriff’s office. Laura Jean Locke and Della Wilkes have the county tax statements about ready to go with only the envelope stuffing remaining to be completed. More than 5,000 statements to property owners will be mailed.
Several folks appeared in Enterprise Justice Court, most of them receiving fines for failing to obey a stop sign. The standard fine for that offense was $7.50. Susan Guyton of Wilsonville, Ore., obviously had spent some time in England. She was cited for failure to drive on the right side of the road and fined $7.50.
Walter Johnson of Wallowa was pledged to the Sigma Chi fraternity at Whitman College in Walla Walla at the conclusion of the recent rush week.
25 YEARS AGO
Oct. 1, 1992
Billy Nichols from Pendleton was the featured entertainer for the recent anniversary steak feed for Marvin and Evelyn Lovell at Range Rider.
Wildlife Artistry and The Sports Corral, both in Joseph, are sponsoring a trophy buck and bull contest with a variety of prizes coming to the winners.
Wallowa Assembly of God church is sponsoring a showing of the World Wide Pictures film, “Zamperini: Still Carrying the Torch,” the true story of World War II hero and Olympic competitor Louis Zamperini.
Denny and Brenda Kaneshiro were recently members of a delegation of 84 Seventh Day Adventists who participated in a mission to the former Soviet Union. They report Russians are beginning to emerge from a cloud of ignorance that prevailed while the Community Party was in charge.