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Threshing Outfit

     Additions to the threshing machines of the county are made every fear.  Some owners prefer engines using gasoline or distillate, and others stick to steam.  The machinery shown here was received a short time ago by J. R. Hammack.  The photograph was taken while it was on Depot street on the way through town from Alder Slope to Trout Creek.

Threshing Crew


     Early in September when threshing was in full blast through the county this group of men was caught by the photographer on the front porch of Harry Coleman's house on the S. P. Crew ranch on Hurricane creek.  It was the dinner hour,  so everybody was on hand.  Many familiar faces will be recognized by persons living in that section.

If any one can identify people in the photo we would like to hear from you!

Threshing Time

     Threshing machines are now busy all over the county, separating the wheat and barley.  The oats will come later.  The machine shown here is that operated in the Zumwall district by Ray E. Vest.  The engine is an oil pull, making it a desirable rig for a section where water is none too abundant at this season of the of the year.  The outfit was brought in

 late last season and finished a few jobs.  Many new threshing outfits are brought to the county each year.

The Beginning

The first grading on the Eastern Oregon Lumber Company's railroad to the north was began Wednesday July 8 in the Bank pasture in Enterprise.  S. O. Nerris held the plow and J. C. Edanll stood by and watched the work start.  Through the pasture the ground is level and little grading had to be done.  This was fortunate as a wonderfully tough sod lies on the surface, and beneath it is a mire.  Between the stringy sod and the subsoil which gums and clogs, the dirt was difficult to turn over and to move.  The grade now has been pushed several miles to the north of this starting point, and also finished clear through the city on the south and to the tracks on the Oregon Washington railroad.

Six Pines Ranch

     This is the home of Mr. and Mrs Haris Johnson on Parsnip creek north of Lostine.  Lying between the hills on which so much of Wallowa County's grain is raised.  The comfortable farm house, with the large _____ nearby, and the Bushes along the creek and the large pine trees at hand, it all has a very comfortable and homelike appearance.  The farm is in one of the most productive and prosperous districts of the county.

Old Stage Station

     In staging days the old station in the canyon had a great reputation for hospitality.  The meals were served by Mrs. Bert Woods were a joy to the traveler and there always was room for one more, no matter how full the house was.  The station was known as the Reavis house, and the buildings are still standing on a bit of comparatively level ground above the river, with the primeval forest still about them.

First Excursion Party

An object lesson, showing the progress made on the East Oregon Lumber company’s railroad, was given to half a hundred Enterprise people, Sunday, March 14.  The construction train was turned into an excursion train for the day, and became the first passenger train over the new road as far as then completed.  Part of the passengers rode in seats on a flat car and the others made themselves comfortable in the improvised way car.  The train left the round house a little before 11 o’clock, went to the end of the rails, then in T. D. Bonnel’s field, and got back to town at about 1 o’clock.  On the return trip, the train stopped to the rocky cut in the short canyon in the upper part of H. F. Kelly’s land.  The passengers grouped themselves around the front of the engine and had their pictures taken.  The small boy who is trying to cover the headlight is Bruce Carlton.  On returning to town the party gave an enthusiastic vote of thanks to Chief Engineer J. C. Edsall and H. Lee Carlton of the company for the treat.

Arko School

     A little down from the level of the Flora plateau in the northern part of the county, on the road to Troy is the Arko school.  It is in one of the most beautiful and most fruitful sections of the county, with a large farms of P. A. Shuman, George M. Cannon, George H. Lightle, W. H. Baker, William Murrill and other not very far distant.  Claude Cole is teacher, show here with his pupils.  The picture was taken in the all

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