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Out of the Past: Arrival of gasoline supply cheered by all

Published on September 4, 2018 4:14PM

Do you know this man? He’s Elton Minkler, formerly a math teacher in Joseph and in 1963, elevated to serve as Wallowa County Supt. of Schools. He succeeded Ward Weissenfluh. Minkler’s salary was $7,000 annually. Share your memories of Elton Minkler editor@wallowa.com.

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Do you know this man? He’s Elton Minkler, formerly a math teacher in Joseph and in 1963, elevated to serve as Wallowa County Supt. of Schools. He succeeded Ward Weissenfluh. Minkler’s salary was $7,000 annually. Share your memories of Elton Minkler editor@wallowa.com.

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Cheryl Jensen

100 YEARS AGO

Sept. 5, 1918

Wallowa County sent 32 men to the army yesterday. It was another husky and cheerful crowd, and the boys were cheering and waving flags as the train bore them away.

Harvest has advanced far enough in the county to indicate that wheat will make an average yield of close to 20 bushels to the acre. Winter wheat will make about 17 bushels, and spring will go over 20.

A car of gasoline arrived at Enterprise on Monday night’s freight and was pumped into one of the Standard Oil’s storage tanks, relieving a four day shortage of the needed fluid. The supply was exhausted on Friday, and small stocks at garages and in private tanks were so lowered that some auto drivers were unable to travel.

70 YEARS AGO

Sept. 2, 1948

Petitions were being circulated this week in school district No. 75, Trout Creek, and in district No. 21, Enterprise, to obtain the necessary signatures to call an election for the purpose of voting upon the consolidation of the two districts. The Trout Creek school has been suspended for four or five years and the children have been transported to Enterprise.

Approximately 3,500 persons, including several carloads of Wallowa County residents, and a number of people from Union County, attended the celebration at Fields Spring State Park in Washington Saturday marking the opening of what is unofficially called the Chief Joseph Trail.

Members of the Eagle Cap Ski club worked on the club’s new ski run on Mt. Joseph Sunday and made a considerable showing. Much of the heavy work was done by Elzie Makin who brought his bulldozer on the job. Indications point to a very good ski course this winter with a lot of enthusiasm in the sport.

Many improvements have been made at the head of Wallowa Lake this summer. The old store has been torn down. A new store and café have been built further east, on the road to the Pacific Power and Light grounds. Several new cabins have been built here and there over the area. New and modern stables have been built by Mike McFetridge this year. He has also built several large corrals for his saddle horses, which are rented for trips into the high mountains.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 5, 1968

The 15th annual Labor Day sale at the Enterprise Livestock Auction Yard was down somewhat from last year in number of cattle sold with total receipts of $413,001.29 on 2,534 head. Average price for yearling steers was $25.66; an average steer this year brought a total price of $178.33.

Wallowa County schools, at the close of the first day of registration, show a decline in the number of students from enrollment of last year. Total enrollment of the Joseph, Enterprise and Wallowa districts this year stood at 1,522 students as compared with 1,581 last year.

Opening of school is an exciting time when you are a first-grader. Shawn Magee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Magee, and Jimmy Birkmaier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Birkmaier, were pictured with their teacher Mary Lou Victor at the Enterprise school. Shawn and Jimmy can both write their names already and think school is just about the finest thing that ever happened.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 2, 1993

Five Wallowa County families were honored at a special ceremony where they received certificates from the Oregon Historical Society acknowledging their land as a Century Farm: Liza J. McAlister and family, present day owner of the rural Enterprise farm which originated in the family in 1884; George F. Wood and family, which includes three generations living on the Wallowa area farm settled in 1884; David P. Bird and family, owner of the John W. Huffman Farm on Big Sheep Creek which has been in the family since 1888; Melvin Lathrop and family, owner of the Leap area farm homesteaded in 1889; and Reatha McCormack and family, owner of the James Wesley Chenoweth Farm on Alder Slope, which has been in the family since 1893.

History was made at the Wallowa County Fair when, for the first time ever, a former winner of the Homemaker of the Fair Award won the title again. This year’s “homemaker” was Dody Yaccarino of Lostine, who also won the award in 1981.



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