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Frank McCully, 34, former mayor of Joseph, was selected as the First Junior Citizen of Wallowa County for 1947.

Published on January 24, 2018 1:29PM

Education has changed over the decades as this photo from a classroom indicates. No names or dates were attached to this photo. If you know the individuals pictured and which school this might have been, please respond to editor@wallowa.com.

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Education has changed over the decades as this photo from a classroom indicates. No names or dates were attached to this photo. If you know the individuals pictured and which school this might have been, please respond to editor@wallowa.com.

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100 YEARS AGO

Jan. 24, 1918

For a time, Mrs. Samuel Scott was judge of the circuit court this week. Anxious to have the case disposed of, Judge J.W. Knowles turned over to her the divorce suit between her parents, Jacob and Nettie Crawford of Imnaha, and the decree and order were entered in accord with her findings. Mrs. Scott concluded that a divorce should be entered.

A course in telegraphy is being offered at the YMCA building in La Grande by Western Union. Thousands of operators are need to fill vacancies created by young men going off to war.

Three Enterprise boys –– Bruce Carlton, Ray Davis and Jack Mattoon –– set out Tuesday astride an old horse for Crow Creek, Chico, Lewiston, Chicago, New York, London and other way points. They were reported missing on Tuesday evening and straggled in last night after failing to make it past Crow Creek.

70 YEARS AGO

Jan. 22, 1948

The auditorium of the Enterprise School was crowded Wednesday night with people who came to hear Dr. Stewart Merrill speak at the PTA meeting. Dr. Merrill, in his comprehensive talk on polio, outlined the symptoms of the disease and explained the importance of early diagnosis and hospitalization of the person affected.

Frank McCully, 34, former mayor of Joseph, was selected as the First Junior Citizen of Wallowa County for 1947 by a committee representing the presidents of the Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa commercial clubs. Vernon Long, chairman of the junior chamber selection committee, said that McCully has been outstanding in his work of advertising Wallowa County to the Northwest and has brought about cooperation between Wallowa County and the Clarkston, Lewiston and Spokane chambers of commerce.

Ray Magee, 33, was killed and Donald Estes, 26, was seriously injured around 3:30 p.m. Thursday when a light Taylorcraft plane owned and piloted by Magee crashed on the Magee farm four miles north of Enterprise. The plane struck the ground only 150 feet from the back door of the Magee residence and bounced and skidded on its nose to the corner of the garden fence, only 50 or 60 feet from the house.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 25, 1968

The eastern area advisory committee to the Intermediate Education District State Commission met in Ontario last Saturday where they discussed proposals for consolidation of the IED school boards of eastern Oregon. Representatives from Umatilla and Morrow counties indicated that they were interested in combining their two counties, but the other eight counties – including Wallowa County – indicated, without exception, that they were not interested in consolidation. Alice McCully’s fifth grade at the Enterprise School received a surprise visitor last week when Ilene Anderson’s parked Jeep pickup rolled down the hill from the high school ag shop, across the lawn, across a service driveway and into the wall of McCully’s classroom. As a result, there was a large hole knocked in the side of the room and the window casing was dislodged, but only the nose of the pickup poked into the classroom.

The first candidates to come out for local and district offices in the May election have filed for places on the ballot, according to county clerk Marjorie Martin. Local offices up for grabs in the election include county commissioner, delegate to the national convention for the Oregon Second Congressional District, county sheriff, county clerk, assessor, county treasurer, justice of the peace for Enterprise district and justice of the peace for Wallowa district.

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 28, 1993

Private landowners may be required to plant trees along streams in an attempt to lower water temperatures and improve conditions for anadromous fish under proposed rules being considered by the Oregon Board of Forestry. The board is drafting an amendment to the state Forest Practices Act in an attempt to protect aquatic habitat, wildlife habitat and water quality.

“The Wizard of Oz” musical opens tonight on the Joseph High School cafeteria stage. Approximately 35 students in grades 5-12 are involved in the JoHi Drama Club production, directed by music and drama instructor Norma Wetzell.

After Sears’ company announcement that it will be closing 113 retail stores nationwide and discontinuing its traditional “big book” catalog, the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog outlet in Enterprise will be closing. Steve Swift, owner of the local outlet, said that while the decision “wasn’t a complete surprise,” he was disappointed by the announcement.



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