100 YEARS AGO
Oct. 24, 1918
Several cases of influenza having been definitely located in Enterprise, the physicians have ordered that the city take steps to check its spread as far as possible. School is closed and public gatherings of all kinds are forbidden. Billiard and pool halls may not open. Children are ordered not to come downtown except when absolutely necessary. People are asked not to congregate on the streets or anywhere.
The United War Work campaign is to be conducted Nov. 11-18. Wallowa County is asked to contribute a little more than $10,000 for the following war causes: YMCA, YWCA, Knights of Columbus, Salvation Army, Jewish Welfare Board, War Camp Community Service and American Library Association. Wade Siler is county chairman.
Fruit pits and nut shells, which have been gathered in nearly every household, may be taken to the office of Supt. J. C. Conley at the courthouse. They should be turned over as soon as any quantity has accumulated, for they are needed at once by the government, which extracts the carbon from them for making gas masks for the soldiers. The pits and shells also may be left at most of the stores in the county.
70 YEARS AGO
October 21, 1948
Burglars broke into three business houses, raiding slot machines. At Wallowa, the Tippett poolhall was broken into and two slot machines and a rifle and shotgun were taken. At Baird’s variety store in Wallowa, another slot machine was seized. In Minam the Fleser store was robbed of two slot machines. Police are interested in the burglary aspects of the case but are largely indifferent about the fate of the slot machines. The machines being illegal in the eyes of the law, are not the type of property in which the law enforcement officials and courts will interest themselves.
Cleve Whitmore of Freewater met with a surprise this week when he took his buck into Freewater to get it weighed, and it topped the scales at 290 pounds. It was killed in the east woods from Enterprise and was the largest buck most people here have ever seen.
James Huffman, 24, an employee of the J. Herbert Bate Co. sawmill at Wallowa, was critically injured last Friday when his clothing was caught in a counter shaft as he was working on a belt, and he was whirled into the machinery. His neck was broken and it is feared that the spinal cord was severed. He was rushed to the hospital in La Grande where he is still fighting for his life.
50 YEARS AGO
October 24, 1968
The Wallowa County Grain Growers announced plans this week to construct a 47,000-bushel elevator in the Flora area. Work was started on the new facility on Monday, according to Gene Hodgson, manager of the co-op.
Carl Yastrzemski, last year’s triple crown champion with the Boston Red Sox, spent last week at Joseph while visiting throughout Wallowa County. Yastrzemski, center fielder for the Red Sox, heard about Wallowa County from another big league player, Bobby Dorr, and just had to come see it for himself to believe it.
Six boys were the winners of the punt, pass and kick contest sponsored by Moffit Ford Sales in Enterprise. The local contest was held Oct. 12, and on Saturday all the boys were taken to The Dalles where they participated in a zone contest. The local boys made a good showing, but none of them brought home a first place trophy. The boys are Kim Conrad, Ross Kooch, Corey Lewis, Johnny Birkmaier, Dwayne Wallace and Danny Wallace.
25 YEARS AGO
October 21, 1993
In another round of applause for Wallowa County health care providers at the state level, registered nurse Gail Johnson of Enterprise was presented with the Rural Health Nursing Award at last weekend’s Oregon Rural Health Care Conference in La Grande.
Two Enterprise girls and one Elgin girl were selected to comprise the new Elgin Stampede Court at tryouts Oct. 10. Making up the court are Amber Follett and Dena Rynearson, both 15-year-old Enterprise High School sophomores, and Angie Thamert, 16, an Elgin High School junior.
The new sand filter basins and 1.3 million reservoir at the Joseph filtration plant south of town were filled with water, and water quality was being tested this week. If all goes well, Joseph residents should be drinking filtered water sometime next week.