100 YEARS AGO
Aug. 29, 1918
In a premature explosion of black powder on Big Sheep Creek last Thursday, William Beaudoin was severely burned and cut about the face and hands, Grant Tucker was struck above the eye with a piece of flying glass, which cut a deep gash, and Fred Bird received minor injuries on his hands and face. Richard Bird, a fourth member of the party, came out without a scratch.
Backed by the judgment of a Nevada mining engineer, the men who recently filed on a large area of mineral land in the high mountains reached by the South Fork, are preparing to begin development of the property.
Postmasters have been instructed to receive applications for enlistment in the U.S. Army from men who have passed their 46th birthday and who have not yet reached their 56th birthday in any of the following staff departments: Medical, Signal Corps, Air Service and Quartermaster Corps.
70 YEARS AGO
Aug. 26, 1948
Several hundred people from Wallowa County are expected to drive over the new Enterprise-Lewiston highway Saturday to attend the program at Field Springs state park across the Grande Ronde river, marking the formal opening of the new highway. The highway will be in reasonably good condition barring heavy rains. It is reported, and persons who have already driven over the road state, that it is an unusually scenic drive.
Chief topic of conversation among the sportsmen these days is the open season on cow elk in the Chesnimnus and Minam river areas. Strong sentiment against the action of the state game commission in opening the season on cow elk in these areas has developed and a number of petitions are being circulated in opposition to the regulation and asking for a change limiting elk hunting in Wallowa county to bulls.
The cookhouse and all contents at the Blue Mt. Pine Mill, owned by Frank Kessler, burned. Fire was caused by an overheated oil stove while the cook was preparing dinner.
50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 29, 1968
Jeff Oveson of Wallowa was named champion FFA beef exhibitor at the 1968 Oregon State Fair this week. Exhibiting five head of Herefords, the 16-year old made a near sweep of beef competition, then placed high in showmanship and herdsmanship.
Mike Kirby of Enterprise took one last fling at the cable glide at the local swimming pool this week before heading back to the regimentation of the school house. The cable glide was donated to the pool by the Enterprise TV Company and Weaver Hardware.
New officers of the Wallowa County Cow Belles were installed recently to lead the organization through the next year: Elaine Morse, secretary-treasurer; Ruth Fleming, president; and Gladys Marks, vice president.
25 YEARS AGO
Aug. 26, 1993
Telephone customers from Joseph, Lostine and Wallowa voted overwhelmingly to eliminate long distance charges within the county during an election conducted in July by the Oregon PUC. Currently the phone company GTE charges long distance rates on calls between Imnaha and Joseph and Lostine and Wallowa.
Women from Wallowa County who joined the Official Sesquicentennial Oregon Trails Wagon Train for a two- day trek through the Blue Mountains were Janet Doyle, Jan Bailey, Janie Tippett, Uhlrike Straus and Marilyn Goebel.
Bill and Donna Lands moved to Joseph two years ago from Spokane to open their Old Town Café on Joseph Main St. This summer they expanded their operation by opening a Rock Garden annex offering an outdoor barbecue.
A world globe, commemorating the life and service of former school librarian Lorna Lyon, was recently presented to the Joseph High School library by Connie Steen, representing Laureate Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Receiving the gift was ShanRae Hook, current Jo-Hi student body president. Lorna Lyon served as school librarian 1969-1985.