100 YEARS AGO
Jan. 10, 1918
Woolgrowers’ Warehouse Company’s new grain elevator in Enterprise –– the only grain elevator in Wallowa County –– has been completed. The elevator has a capacity of 75,000 bushels and was ready in time to receive part of the 1917 grain crop.
Preliminary steps to establish a city park in Joseph were taken by the council last Monday night. Under the proposed plan, the city will buy three lots, plant grass seed and trees and place benches throughout the park.
“Joan, the Woman,” which comes to the opera house in Enterprise on Saturday, is the latest great photoplay from Cecil B. DeMille. Produced for upwards of half-million dollars, the production requires 12 reels of film for a single showing.
70 YEARS AGO
Jan. 8, 1948
The Enterprise High School juniors have started rehearsals for their class play, a mystery titled “Hobgoblin House,” which will be presented in February.
The Raven Foods plant has completed construction of plant facilities for the manufacture of Swiss cheese. Completion of the facilities makes Raven Foods the only Swiss cheese factory on the West Coast.
Last Friday evening, a group of neighbors called at the new home of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Rawlinson and surprised them, bringing sandwiches, coffee, assorted relishes and pie. The neighbors also presented a gift of two pieces of myrtle wood to the couple for their new home.
50 YEARS AGO
Jan. 11, 1968
Paramount Pictures has had representatives in the area looking for a possible filming site for a screen adaptation of the Broadway musical hit, “Paint Your Wagon.” The production staff would consist of about 200 Hollywood technicians and 400 to 500 extras and would cost an estimated $10 million.
Progress on the construction of the new school in Joseph is about one month ahead of schedule and may be completed by June if no unforeseen problems arise. Workers have moved inside, and temporary heating facilities are permitting the electricians and plumbers to proceed.
Plans for the snowmobile races, which will be held Sunday at Sled Springs, 21 miles north of Enterprise on Highway 3, were discussed Monday night at a meeting of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce. A course has been laid out at the Sled Springs Ranger Station and ample snow has piled up to assure good sledding, chamber president Bud Rayburn said.
25 YEARS AGO
Jan. 14, 1993
In the midst of inaugural celebrations planned in Washington, D.C., when Bill Clinton becomes president next Tuesday, an event tied to Wallowa County is planned. The Nez Perce Tribe, in cooperation with the National Park Service, will host a reception “to acknowledge passage of the bill to expand the Nez Perce National Historical Park.” Among sites in the expansion are four in Wallowa County – the Chief Joseph monument site at the foot of Wallowa Lake, the traditional Nez Perce campground near Wallowa, Joseph Canyon overlook and Dug Bar crossing.
Charles Gray, a retired newcomer to Joseph who has been in the entertainment business most of his life, is planning to start an acting school in his living room next week. His class will cover makeup, costuming, lighting, scenery, and stage managing, as well as acting.
Mel Schuldt was sworn in as the new Enterprise mayor on Monday night, moving up from his council slot to succeed Larry Christman.