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|Named in 1887 at a town meeting. The name was suggested by R. V. Stubblefield after such names as Bennett Flat, Wallowa City, Franklin and Fairfield had been considered.|
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Enterprise First Named Franklin
Contributed by Jim Reavis
The city of Enterprise was laid out by R. F. Stubblefield and John Zurcher in 1886. The town was first called "Franklin" but this name was soon changed to "Wallowa City" and this name was used until September 3, 1887 when a public meeting was held for the purpose of rechristening the city and a majority agreed on the name of "Enterprise".
Enterprise was incorporated in 1888. The first elected municipal officers were: Mayor, J. M. Church; recorder, James L. Reavis; councilmen, J. P. Gardner, R. F. Stubblefield and W. H. Miller; marshal, R. L. Irwin.
The first school house, a two story frame structure, was constructed in 1887 and cost $1,000. This school building is reported to be the present Church photographic studio building at the northwest corner of Main and West First streets. It was the largest building in Wallowa county.
The first school taught in Enterprise was a private institution taught by Susie Zurcher during the winter and spring of 1887.
In 1901 records show the cost of running the city's school was $3,421.03. Three teachers handled 190 students. The teachers were M. K. Manning, principal, Miss Belle Forsythe and Miss Lena Devore (the late Mrs. W. W. Zurcher).
Three attempts were made to establish a private secondary school in the county before the people voted to set up a county high school in the building which is presently the Guest Apartments. The first such school was an academy established in Enterprise in 1892 by L. O. Hoffman. He ran the academy only one year.
Three years later the Wallowa Academy was founded by the Dotson Brothers who ran it two years and then gave up. In 1899 one J. S. Hodgin made the third attempt, but his venture lasted only a year.
The Hotel-Motel Enterprise is
conveniently located on Main Street across from the courthouse. The
hotel has been in continuous operation since it was built in 1902.
The walls are two feet thick and are made of native stone quarried six
miles from Enterprise.
|most recently several motel unites have been
A fine coffee shop and lobby offer an excellent view of the city and the Wallowa Mountains.
Hotel - Motel Enterprise, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Best, Phone 71 Contributed by Jim Reavis
Enterprise School Playground
An innovation for a small town was started last fall in Enterprise when a playground was equipped for children of the grade school. Devices of all kinds were installed for giving the children an opportunity for varied and healthy exercise. The playground at
|once became immensely popular, and has lost nothing of its hold on the small pupils to this day. It is crowded by children who delight in frolicking over the apparatus. When J. A. Churchill, state superintendent of education, was here in the winter, he said this was the best school playground in the state outside of Portland, and it is hardly excelled there. The picture of the ground last winter, presented herewith, was used in the state bulletin on school recreation, and is printed in this paper by courtesy of Supt Churchill. Contributed by Jim Reavis|
Least We Forget
With the great war in its most
critical stage on the blood soaked battlefields of France, America will
float its Third Liberty Loan, beginning Saturday, April 6. Wallowa
County seeks to show its loyalty by going over the top, by the close of
the third day of the drive. The people of the county wish to do this to
show their devotion to their country, to humanity, and to the three
or four hundred young men who have gone from here under Old Glory to fight
for the great cause.
Buy Liberty Bonds
Wallowa County has not fallen
down on any war appeal yet made. It went far beyond its quota for
the Red Cross, came up to the mark for they Y.M.C.A., and was the first
county in the state to pledge its full share of the Second Liberty Loan.
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