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Out of the Past: Three boys go on dynamite spree

Published on October 10, 2017 3:10PM

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This  photo is a shot of Jim and Mary Palmer and their British Austin, according to Bud Fisher of Sherwood, Ore.    The Palmers resided in Enterprise around the mid-50s to mid-60s. Jim was an automotive mechanic and log truck driver. Mary was a waitress at several Enterprise restaurants.

Chieftain File Photo This photo is a shot of Jim and Mary Palmer and their British Austin, according to Bud Fisher of Sherwood, Ore. The Palmers resided in Enterprise around the mid-50s to mid-60s. Jim was an automotive mechanic and log truck driver. Mary was a waitress at several Enterprise restaurants.

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100 YEARS AGO

Oct. 11, 1917

While Mrs. E.W. Daggett and daughter, Opal, were at home last Friday afternoon when their house on Alder Slope caught fire. It burned down, although some of the contents were saved. Mr. Daggett was away helping thresh at Marion Langston’s place. The family spent the night at the S. T. Daggett home.

Three boys were brought to the county jail last week after they had exploded three sticks of dynamite at A. R. Murrey’s sawmill camp on Alder Slope. One stick of dynamite was placed in a cook stove at the mill’s bunkhouse and was set off by means of a fuse.

The Southwick families of Wallowa have proven their patriotism by furnishing six boys for their country’s service. Four are sons of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Southwick. Brothers Frank and Fred recently enlisted in the cavalry.

70 YEARS AGO

Oct. 9, 1947

Eugene Hays of Wallowa has been a patient in the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. He had the misfortune to meet with a painful accident at the Freels Feed Mill in Wallowa crushing his right hand so badly that it had to be amputated.

Otis Varney was painfully hurt at the Mt. Emily Lumber Co. mill in Enterprise when he fell from the green chain on the second story to the rock-covered ground below. He struck on his back and was unconscious for several minutes. It was his second day on the job.

Mothers of students in the Enterprise School Band have organized to help the members of the band buy new uniforms. As their first money-raising project, they will hold a cooked food sale at Thompson Auto Supply.

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 12, 1967

Robbers cut up a safe in the Enterprise School District offices with electric saws and made off with $54 cash. Entrance to the school building was effected through a classroom window, and the supply room was entered by prying loose a door molding and pushing back the lock. Investigators are examining footprints in the dust created by the saw.

When a 400-pound bear is lumbering toward you at a distance of under 25 yards, what do you do? Opinions vary considerably on this, but Aaron Guest, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Guest, solved the problem by firing a high-powered rifle slug into the bear’s heart, and then spent the next several minutes trying to stop his legs from shaking.

David Andres, Dick Beaudoin and Ron Beach are representing the Enterprise FFA Chapter at the national convention in Kansas City, Mo. They left Saturday by train.

25 YEARS AGO

Oct. 8, 1992

Boise Cascade has initiated a salvage logging operation in the Whiskey Creek area north of Wallowa in an attempt to combat a western spruce budworm infestation. BTO Logging has been contracted to remove approximately 1.25 million board feet of affected timber.

Enjoy a Mexican Buffet every Friday night with enchiladas, tacos, burritos, Spanish Rice and more at Joseph Junction in Joseph. Only $4.25 per person. Live music by “Possum Trotters.”

The Chieftain carried ads in opposition to Measure 9, noting “hate is not a family value.” Ballot Measure 9 was a ballot measure in Oregon concerning gay rights, pedophilia, sadism, masochism and public education, that drew widespread national attention. “All governments in Oregon may not use their monies or properties to promote, encourage or facilitate homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism or masochism. All levels of government, including public education systems, must assist in setting a standard for Oregon’s youth, which recognizes that these behaviors are abnormal, wrong, unnatural and perverse and they are to be discouraged and avoided.”



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