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O UT OF THE P AST
Jan. 13, 1916
Grant County Journal
100 years ago
No More Mud Taxes
The people of Grant county are
out for a better road down the John
Day Valley and they are going to get
it this year if they keep up the work
they have started, and pull together —
Just how the road is to be built, no one
we have not heard any of the boosters
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ing, increased taxation or otherwise.
Undoubtedly there is an excel-
lent chance for getting state aid on
the road, if the matter is put in shape
where it can be shown that the people
of this section need the road and are
willing to help themselves. But it is
not likely that the state will do any-
thing until the county gets busy.
Every man in the interior of the
county at the present time is digging
up his share of the cost of hauling
freight over a road that is impassable
for heavily loaded wagons a good
part of the year, and there are mighty
few of them who would not vastly
prefer to devote this money to getting
a good road.
Bonding the county has been sug-
gested as a method for getting the
roads built. Undoubtedly a bond issue
would be far better than the present
conditions, but it will be well to go a
little slow on the bonds. They are easy
to sell and hard to redeem.
But get together and keep boosting
for the roads. As soon as Prairie peo-
ple hear from the Dayville boosters,
who have been promising us a visit,
an organization will be formed here,
or better still, the Commercial Club
brought to life.
Jan. 10, 1941
Blue Mountain Eagle
75 years ago
Big Industry is Coming Back
With the proposal of both the gov-
ernment and state to raise the tax on
liquor, the bootleggers are beginning
to organize. The high tax portends a
rosy future and if and when liquor
gets higher than $1.00 a pint there
will be many little new industries
spring up in the county. The head of
every gulch will have its industry.
The prospects look good.
Good money can be made boot-
legging when booze gets more than
$1.00 a pint.
Grant County has moonshiners
the grasslands were somewhat over
grass for growing beef. It puts pounds
on cattle and fattens them better and
But there were some winters that
per remembers long, hard winters in
the valley when ranchers were forced
to feed hay to the cattle and livestock
for up to six months.
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ing permit on the Malheur for 12 head
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he had built this permit to 50 head
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cattle, the number which he ran at the
time he waived his permit to his son,
Elsworth Hopper, in the earlier
days of his career, used to run on the
passed Malheur Forest lands on both
Hopper’s permit was transferred
to his son and daughter-in-law, Dar-
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They now have a permit on the House
Creek allotment which is made up of
forest land up-stream from the home-
al warmth for customers.
“Our burritos and nacho supremes
of deli sandwiches are being sold.
The most popular combination is a
half sandwich, soup, and pop.
Hunt and her husband Bob decid-
ed to pursue other types of work, after
operating Hunt’s Economy Mini Mart
About four months ago Bob be-
gan selling new and used vehicles for
Phil Long Ford of Baker City. Hazel
soon longed to go back to work and
jumped at the chance to open the deli.
“It(’s) a small enough business
I can work it by myself with a little
help,” Hazel said. The Hunts previ-
ously had a deli area within their Prai-
rie City mini mart. The Hunts moved
to John Day last November.
The deli is open Monday through
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Although catering services are not
available, group take out orders can
be prepared in advance by calling
Jan. 11, 2006
Blue Mountain Eagle
10 years ago
JOHN DAY – Lindsey Wyllie
has digital photography on display at
FirstBank all month.
Jan. 10, 1991
Wyllie has been doing profession-
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al photography for a year and a half.
25 years ago
His favorite things to photograph are
Hunt’s Deli plans on staying
action shots, like sports and rodeo.
with the old favorites
“I’ve always been interested in
In addition to menu items sold by photography, as far as rodeo and wild-
the previous operators, Fred and Deb- life. The last few years I’ve been fortu-
bie Bond, Hunt’s Deli also offers four nate to have the ability to really get in-
types of meats for deli sandwiches volved, and from there the passion has
with three choices of bread and 25- grown into a business,” Wyllie said.
cent coffee. The restaurant previously
Wyllie only does digital photog-
frozen yogurts, and various lunch
“It’s where the industry is going,”
Eagle file photo
“I’ve tried to stay with what
Wyllie has just opened his own
Elmsworth Hopper, one of the oldest permittees of the
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Malheur National Forest, first came to the Silvies Valley
well,” said (Hazel) Hunt.
nologies building. He can do just
country as a boy seven years old (from the Jan. 13, 1966,
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edition of the Blue Mountain Eagle).
with the help of her sister-in-law Mu- family, senior, sports, action, animals
riel. It had previously been closed for and collages.
who can make better whisky than the )RUHVW ¿UVW FDPH WR WKH 6LOYLHV9DO- a few months.
Collages are his specialty.
cheap drug store variety.
ley country as a boy seven years old.
Hunt had advertised on the radio
“I try to be a little bit different in
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Jan. 13, 1966
to opening day.
niche,” he said.
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His father bought a wagon and
“During the cold, cold weather it
He has also worked at the Blue
50 years ago
horses at Baker for transportation to was bad (business) but it’s picking Mountain Eagle as a freelance pho-
Hopper Uses First Grazing
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Permit In Silvies Valley
Elsworth left for better grasslands in a one-year lease on the restaurant por- announcing ball games and occasion-
Elsworth Hopper, one of the oldest Montana.
tion of the building, have installed a ally working in the studio, and as an
permittees of the Malheur National
He didn’t stay long. The stories of pellet wood stove to provide addition- auctioneer for about 25 years.
O ur S incerest T hanks
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