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Contributed by Jim Reavis
Shaw's Variety Store, built in 1919
In 1919, this was one of the most modern buildings in the community. This is the S. D. ____ Bldg. Which is now Shaw’s Variety. The wooden structure at the rear of the building was the old News Record which ran competition to the Chieftain around 1906.
Ready for the Road
Now-a-days the wool goes out of Wallowa County by railroad. Before the branch line was built in, however, freight wagons hauled the clip to Elgin. A string of wagons was gathered and moved out in a long caravan. The picture here shown represents the wagons around the barns of the town place now owned and occupied by Fred W. Falconer. This is the old Gardner place and at the time the photograph was taken it belonged to Jake Bauer.
In this early photo Glenn Russell is shown standing beside his mowing machine with arm and hat aloft to show how high the rye hay was growing in his field. The hay is higher than his upstretched arm indicating that it must have stood at around nine feet. Date of picture is not known.
First County Court Action Rejects Petition For Bounty On Squirrels
The first official
act of the county officials of Wallowa County was a preliminary meeting at
Joseph, the temporary county seat, on April 1, 1887, of the county court.
The first regular session of the court was held on April 6 and the first
officers of the county were: county judge, Peter O’Sullivan,
commissioners, J. A. Masterson and J. A. Rumble; Sheriff, R. H. Coshow;
Clerk, D. B. Reavis; assessor, R. M. Downey; treasure, E. J. Forsythe;
superintendent of schools, L. J. Rouse; surveyor, George T Vail; coroner,
T. G. Dean. These were appointed by the governor.
Kooch Family Settled Farm 100 Years Ago
Century Farm in Wallowa County, according to Oregon Historical Society
records, is owned by the Kooch family.
Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McFetridge and children held a family reunion in the
summer, when every member of the circle was present. The family has
contributed much to the development of the county. Those in the group are
Mr. and Mrs. McFetridge, the parents and the following children: Mrs.
Locke Rutter, Mrs. Cordelia Wagner, and William H. Millard. Fred, Alvin,
Elmer, John, Chester McFetridge and Mrs. Effie Mullen.
Hahns Machine & Supply
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