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Hauling elk in crates

A line of wagons hauling crates filled with elk embarking from Enterprise, Oregon on their way to Billy Meadows. The elk were part of a transplant program to bring a herd of elk from Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Manuscript of Wallowa River and Valley

An unfinished typescript with hand corrections of J. H. Horner’s work, Wallowa River and Valley. The manuscript details the history of the Wallowa Valley region in northeastern Oregon from approximately 1805 through 1950. The document includes extensive details on the origins of many place names in the region. The manuscript also includes a history of the Nez Percé people and their cultural traditions which Horner wrote in collaboration with Otis Halfmoon. Topics covered in the manuscript include Chief Joseph and the events of the Nez Percé war of 1877, settlement of the Wallowa Valley region, and local participation in World War I and World War II. John Harland Horner (1870-1953) was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Enterprise, Oregon, in 1911. He served as Wallowa County's deputy assessor from 1918 to 1924, before being elected county assessor in 1924. Horner also had a long-standing interest in the history of Wallowa County. For more than thirty years, he collected historical information and interviewed most of the area's early settlers and local Native Americans.

Horner, J. H., 1870-1953

Hauling elk in crates

A line of wagons hauling crates filled with elk embarking from Enterprise, Oregon on their way to Billy Meadows. The elk were part of a transplant program to bring a herd of elk from Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953

Crowd viewing elk loaded in a boxcar

A crowd gathered at the Enterprise railroad station to see the elk in a boxcar used to transport the elk from Saint Anthony, Idaho to Joseph, Oregon. The elk were part of a transplant program to bring a herd of elk from Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon.

Finley, William L. (William Lovell), 1876-1953