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W. C. Eads

      True to life, here is W. C. Eads, with his son “Bill” in the wagon seat, and some of their fine stock in their care.  The picture shows Mr. Eads as he was leaving the county fair, taking home one of his fine Shorthorn bulls.  A couple of calves are in the wagon, poking their heads out around “Bill.”  Mr. Eads’ home is on Alder Slope, where he

raised some grain and hay, to feed to his pure bred cattle and horses and hogs.

A Land of Waterfalls

      One striking and beautiful feature of the scenery of the Wallowa mountains is the multitude of waterfalls.  The two here shown are readily accessible.  That at the reader’s left is the familiar falls in the east fork of the Wallowa river a mile and a half above the lake.  That at the right is found above a mine up the canyon of the main river.  The water come tumbling down the mountain side for hundreds of feet, the upper

course of the falls being dimly seen in the picture above the brink of the large falls in the foreground. ____________________________.

T. F. Rich Store on Upper Prairie Creek in 1880's


     Shows one of the first stores in the upper Wallowa valley.  It is Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Rich on their farm east of Joseph in the ________ Rich are shown in the picture which shows both the store and their home.  This couple were the grandparents of David Rich of Enterprise and were the aunt and uncle of Mrs. Mabel Thompson of Joseph.


Sunday School Picnic

      The Reavis Sunday school held its annual picnic in June at the feet of the mountains near the Rutter cabin.  Member of the Alder school and many other friends were also invited and the attendance exceeded 125.  The crowning event of the day was the dinner, prepared and served by the Alder Slope women.  Part of the contented picnickers are shown here.

Snake River

These are some of the slopes on Snake river that a week ago were buried under two feet of snow which, fortunately, has melted away.  The ground is again bare on this great ___________________________________.  _________________the cattle and stock.  This view is a Rolling Bar, in the upper part of the river’s course past Wallowa county.  Near here Elben F. Dotson winters his sheep.  This shows a comparatively quiet stretch of the _________________ tly from the water.  Along most of the course of the stream the hills rise precipitously, their summers ultimately being a mile above the water in places.  The grass will be green and the flowers in bloom in a _______________________.

Sewer Digger

     When the sewer digging machine which is now working in Enterprise, began operations it attracted much attention here.  There always was a crowd about it, watching the buckets eat their way into the earth.  The picture here shown was taken when the machine was standing in River street, in front of the court house.  It stopped work for a few hours for the repair of a broken iron brace.  With so heavy a machine, engaged in such strenuous work, shot halts for repairs are

frequent.  But George Gordon; the contractor and owner of the machine, is never worried.  He says sewer digging is all a gamble anyway, for no one can tell what is under the ground, and so he is always ready for hard luck, while trying to dodge it.

Road Day at Wallowa

     Road day was observed in Wallowa on Tuesday, April 14, with a large turnout of town people.  The week before Joseph had its road day and two weeks later Enterprise followed suit.  At Wallowa chief attention was given to Stanley lane the highway leading east of town, to the upper valley and to the north end.  It was estimated that 100 men and upwards of 20 teams joined in the work of hard surfacing this road.   Gravel and rock were hauled and spread over the highway which is to be transformed into a one hard pike.

Ray's Ferry

      Nothing illustrates the isolation of Wallowa county better than the fact there is only one good road connecting this mountain empire with the outside world, and that is nothing to brag of.  It is the road, paralleled by the railroad, down the canyon of the Wallowa river.  Another road, indifferent at heat and at times almost impassible, is that leading north from Paradise, down Deer creek to the Grande Ronde river, over that on a ferry and thence on to Anatone, Washington.  A mail route is maintained over this road between Paradise and Anatone.  The old ferry boat and landing are shown in this

picture.  A boat was built last winter and it crosses a short distance from the old place.

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