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VOL.' I. No. 35
Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday, Dumber 26, 1907.
Whole Number 455
WOMAN BEATER SLAIN BY
NINETEEN YEAR OLD LAD
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,Snake Elver Cattleman Assaults His Wife's
Mother and Is Shot Dead By His
Frank Raymond Runs Amuck In Drunken
" Rage And Is Stopped Forever By Shot
From Winchester In Hands Of
Frank Raymond, a well known Snake river cattleman, was shot
and instantly killed by his 19year old brother-in-law, Howard
Whittier, at the Whittier hom, 60 miles east of Enterprise, Saturday i
afternoon between 3 and 4 o'clock. Raymond came to the Whittier
home in a drunken rage and began abusing his three weeks bride, his
mother-in-law, and young Whit ier. He struck the latter with hi
fist, and with a broom. He turned on Mrs. Whittier and beat her
over the head with the broomstick until she fell spnseless, the blood
streaming from a gash on the head. Raymond then turned to his wife
and reached for his hip pocket as if he was going to pull his gun.
Young Whittier had grabbed a Winchester 30.30 and before Raymond
could pull, Whittier shot him, the bullet entering the left cheek and
coming out at the back of-the neck.
Whittier started that same evening for the nearest neighbor, Ralph
Russell, at Pittsburg on Snake river, seven miles from the Whittier
Tiome, He told his story and said he had come to give himself -up.
Sunday morning Russell took the boy to Constable George Robertnon.
A coroner's inquest was held Monday by Justice of the Peace. J. H.
Chattin, the verdict being that Raymond had come to his dea l) from
a gunshot wound inflicted by Howard Whittier.
Constable Robertnoh, acoompanied by Ralph Russell, started
Tuesday afternoon with his prisoner for this city, arriving late Thurs
day evening. "Over half the distance they had to come by trail over a
1eep canyon cut country. Whittier was turned over to Sheriff J. M.
Ulakely and put in the county jail to await preliminary hearing.
. Raymond was married December 2 to Lela E. Whittier, a beautiful
young girl and the belle of all the Snake river country.. It wan
.thought at the time to be an ill-assorted''match, as 'he was 44 years of
age, given to sprees. and always carried a gun. He left his bride
within a week after they ' returned home and went to Whitebird.
While he wan gone she went to her widowed mother's place, a home
stead adjoining the Raymond ranch. He returned home Saturday,
went over to Mrs. Whit-tier's and started the quarrel that ended in his
death. Raymond had resided in that locality for three years. He
was buried in a graveyard near then .
lliil relatives are unknown.
Mrs. Amelia Whittier with her two
daughters and one son came there about
a year ago and took up a homestead;
The boy Is a bright, hardworking lad
of excellent' reputation. His story tal
lies v it h (hut of his sister, and is. cor
robraud by the mother as far as the
knew of the events Mrs. Whittier did
not see the killing of Kay mond as 'she
lay unconscious on the floor from,
Raymond's blows. The Whittiers story
is believed by the neighbors and they
feel sorry for the hid and lelieve he was
justified. Young Whittier regrets the
killing but beliexes he could not have
acted otherwise under the circum
stances. The Whittier place is on Sonier's
creek, seven miles from Pittsburg on
imke rivejr, and GO miles east and a lit
tle north of Enterprise. It is about
15 miles south of the locality where
James Mahaffey met his death by fall
ing over a precipice.
Girl Found In ?
MUs Josie Zumwalt, 18 year old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Zum
walt of Zumwalt was found just intide
the dooi way of G. H, Vest's residence in
the south part of Enterprise at 4 o'clock
Tlyirulay morning in an unconscious
conditiuci. Medical aid was summoned
and Dr. C. T. llockett found thegirl in
a drugged condition. She remained
unco sciojis all .day but about four
o'clock partly came to but still unable
to tell how she came into such a pitiable
plight. Dr. Au 1 1 was also summoned
on the case unci Loth phychins say the
girl had u -t been drinking, as was the
street rumor during the day.
Miss Zumwalt attended the ball at
the rink Veduesdiiy night, and was
presumably on her way to Ed Lord's,
just west cf Vest's, and where she was
staying while in town. She was re
moved to Mr. Lord's home from Vest's
during the day. Disordered clothes
point to a far graver ctime but further
luvesMjiui.iuu una acuon are ueierrer.
until the arrival of Mr. Zumwalt, who
has been sent for and is expected to
reach Enterprise Thursday night.
Miss Zumwalt is a girl of excellent
repute and a member of a highly re
spected family. No arrests have been
made but it is said two men are under
surveillance. . .-
MADE -BY COUNCIL
Only Half As Large As This Year-
News Record Named As Official
At an adjourned meeting of the city
council Monday night, the levy for city
purposes was fixed at Zy2 mills or just
li-ilf wliut it was last ymr. It is ex
pected the school levy will be about th
came amount, and as the county and
state levy will not exceed 1U mills the
total rate in Enterprise for 1908 will he
19 mills, It was 34 mills in 1907. The
total rate in Wallowa last year was 82
mills, and this year it will he about the
same though the caunty levy is reduced
By unanimous vote the News Record
was named as city official paper for
1908, for the publication of all ordi
nances, notioes, reports and resolutions
at a rate to not exceed 5 cents a line
Council will meet again thin, Thurv
daj'j night to consider ordinances vacat
ing certain streets and alleys, and a
new franchise for the Homo lndepen.
dent Telephone company.
ir ,m i i w ' - ivy i r i x
That during tk:: last
YfAfc we have: LUiLT up
AN HOrJSrTADE" V)TH
HONIEST ?ZC?LE BY SELLING'
HONEST GCOD5 AT HOiVEST
PRICES-NEXT EAR SAME
W FEEL THAT WE cXn LOOK OUR. PATRON S .SQUARE IN THE
FACE AND WUH THEM A HAPPY NEW YEAR, BECAUSE WITHIN
OUR JELVE J WE ARE CoNJCIOUJ OF HAVING TREATED OUR
PATRONS RIGHT IN THE PA-5T. OUR PATRONAGE PROVED
THIS. IN THE-YEAR TO COME WE CAN PRoMI.SE To Do No
MORE THAN IN THE YEAR.S THAT HAVE PASSED: WE NEED
NOT, WEKNoW, EXTEND ANYTHINC BUT THANKS To OUR OLD
PATRON J. WE KNOW THEY NEED No INVITATION To COME
TO OUR .STORE. TO .THO.SE WHO HAVE NOT YET COME OUR
WAY, TO THE .STRANGER IN OUR TWN, WE EXTEND, HOW
EVER, AN INVITATION To CoME AND .SEE U J.
RESPECTFULLY, , ''
W. J. FUNK & CO.
School Cansus Shows Big (lain
A special school meeting of Enter
prise district will be held next Satuiday
afternoon at 2 o'clock at the school
house to fix the levy for the coming
year. The rate will be low, 3 or 3
mills unless the electors vott to add
another' room that is needed. The
expense for that would lie from $1500 to
Claude Lockwood, clerk of the dis
trict, has nearly completed the consni?
of persons of school ago, and it now to tals
332 as compared to 272, last Febru
ary. The district has lost 38 by removals
andpastiing the age limit, so the gross
gain has been 98, and a net gain of 00 in
HO mouths. This indicates a gain in
population of at least 200 in 10 months.
Vlsltorn Praise School VTork.
Many citizens visited tho public
schoole Friday afternoon in response to
the invitations suit out by Principal V.
M. Sutton. The pupils had written
work on their desks for the inspection
of the visitors, and were courteous in
showing it to everyone. The work
indicated excellent instruction on the
part of the teachers and splendid pro'
gress by the pupil.", and all who were
questioned by the writer, evinced the
liveliest interest in their studies and
both respect and attachment for theii
teachers. isitors commented espec
ially favorably upoti tho unifo m
courtesy ehown by the pupils, and the
fine discipline in evidence in each room.
The corps of teachers were praised until
their cars must have burned, and every
one reenied satisfied our schools are in
right hands. Mr. Sutton, Mrs. Sutton,
Mrs. linn villi) and Miss Church each
were iziven a nice present by their
scholars, who in turn were happily
surprised by a generous tr, at of nuts
and candy. ,
School closed rridny night lor a
week's vacation. It will re-open next
Monday n online.
County High School Notes.
Miss Katlrryn DuFur, the new assist
ant teacher, is expected here in a few
School will reopen next Monday in
the hew high school building.
Soeral Wallowa couuty students at
Weston and La (irando will not return
to those schools after the ho'.idavp, hut
will enter the county high school if they
can secure places to stay here in Enter
prise at reasonable rates. There is a
move by citizen" to rent a good house,
place a competent person in ch rge and
furnish board and room to out-of-towi
pupils at cost.
hew Year's Watch Meeting.
A watch meeting will be held in the
Christian church next Tuesday night
Mayor Boyd, W. E Moore, principal
of the county high school, J. A. Ihir
leigh, A. C. Miller, Thomas .Morgan of
I'rairie Creek, and perhaps others, will
make short talks.
Sanford places. Mr. Pratt is a railroad
man ami while he drew big pay he has
concluded there is nothing like owning
a homo and 100 acres of land in a
rapidly growing county like Wallowa.
Mr. Pratt is a line musician and is u
welcome addition to the concert band.
Sc'uool Houss at Troy.
Troy, Dec. 21 Lumber will he
brought soon from the Grouse sawmill
for the new schoolhouse that will he
erected here on the point by the north
bank of the Monaha just about whore
it en pties into the Grande Rondo.
Fixss Koad to Paradise.
Henry Mench, supervisor of Flpra
district, is doing some good work fixing
the Paradiso road cutting trues, etc.
Fine single driving horse, buggy, and
harness for sale. Time to suit pur
chaser. Kev. M. J. Thompson.
Delinquent Tax List Ordered Publish: 1
In News Record-Three Electioa
Killed By Fall
Wc rd was received in Enterprise
Sunday that James Mahaffey was
killed by a fall over a cliff along Deep
creek where he was herding sheep for
Tucker and Beaudon. The news was
telephoned from Iranaha by Dave
Tucker, and Coroner E. T. Anderson
and Deputy District Attorney J. M.
Rusk left Sunday afternoon for the
seer e of the accident, over 60 miles
east of Enterprise. They will bring
the body, probably arriving here Thurs
day. The foregoing is about ail that is
known at this time of the tragedy,
which is believed to have happened
Thursday as tho sheep were found
scattered on that day. . A rumor was
current Monday that there was a bullet
hole in tho body but it is unverified.
The deceased is a son of Wm . and C.
C. Mahaffey and was born in Madiscn
county, Ark., Aug. 24, 1881. He had
lived in Wallowa county 10 years. It
is a sad Cttristmas for his mother who
resides on West Main street. Besides
her, and the father, five brothers and
throe sisters mourn the yo 'ng "man's
The range where tho accident occured
is on the breaks of Snake river. Only
a trail leads out to Imnaha, and the
body will have to be brought there
lashed to the hack of a horse.
At the special session of the county
court held last week, the voting pre
cincts of Smith Mountain,' Eureka and
Pittsburg Avero abolished; the bound
aries of road districts 1, U, and 18 were
changed; the, dolimjuont tax list was
ordered published in the News Record
and over 10,000 of claims auainst the
general fund wero allow cd, warrants
issued and cashed. Following are the
oilluial minutes of
County Court Prcc3e31a?s.
Ente.rprise, Oregon, Dec. 10, 1.907'
Ordeied that the county court of Wal
lowa convene in 'special eession this
date, Dec. 10, 1907, for purpose of allow
insraud auditing bills, do general fiscal
business, establish and alter road and
elect on districts, and such other bus
iness as may coino before the court.
O. M. Corkins, county judge.
Special term convened. Present O.
M. Corkins, county judge; W. C. Wil
son and Sum Lltch, commissioners; J.
A. French, county clerk; J. M. Blakoly,.
In matter of allowing bills against
thmcounty: All just claims against
tho county allowed as Hied. .
Dec. 17, 1907.
Court couttnues to audit and allcw
all just claims against the county. 1
Dec. 18, 1907 ;
Court continues to. audit and allow
all just claims against the county.-
Dec. 11), 1907. 1 -
In matter of ordering warrant for
delinquent tax: Ordered warrant
issued to slwriff directing; him to collect
delinquent tax for 1900 as shown on tho
190G tax roll; said warrant to be issued
by the clerk.. -,; . ' ,' '
I . In mntitnr -rif rmhlfuhtncr .riulinrmnnf
tax list: Ordered .that, said list be
published in theicws Record, a paper
of general circulation throughout the
In mutter of changing road dis;riot
Continued on editorial page.
Meeting of Sheepmen.
J. II. Dobbin, president of the wool
growers association of Wallow a county,
announces a meeting of special import
Mice at ;ithe court house, Saturday,
December 28, at 10 a. m. AH sheepmer.
reqnested to attend.
Files On Homestead.
Ira Pratt, lcccntly of Ogden, Utah,
has filed on homestead three miles
s orth of Enterprise, just beyoi-d tho
In the four most reliable companies
' doing business in the United States:
Insurance Company of
Losses paid since organization
Springfield F. & M. In
German American In
Chartered in 1853 and carries large
re-insurance for protection of policy
These companion, tho Springfield in particular,
took the lead in paying San Francisco losses
100 cents on the dollar.
BURLEIGH & BOYD
Office, with Wallowa, Law, Land and Abstract Company.
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