Business and Professional News from the 1900s

Judge Mays went across the river this morning, and in company with Mr. Rorick, of North Dalles, examined the grade leading to the top of the Klickitat mountain with the view of seeing what is necessary to be done to put it in good condition for the teams hauling wheat to this market. Mr. Mays has collected several hundred dollars from Dalles business men, which will be expended on the grade under the supervision of Mr. Rorick. (The Dalles Chronicle, October 3, 1900)

A beaver enterprise is soon to be started at Wood River by J.L. [sic] Loosley and D. Harshbarger. They will build an enclosure of woven wire and capture and stock it with beavers. The animals will be domesticated and the fur will be marketed. (Portland Oregonian, October 28, 1900)

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Political News from the 1900s

Chancey Wallace, who has been foreman in the Herald office for several years, has gone as a delegate to the republican state convention at Pocatello, from whence he expects to go to the Blackfootcountry and other sections on a tour of recreation. He expects to be absent about six weeks, when he will return to Nezperce and assume his position in this office. Mr. Wallace is missed by his may friends here who will rejoice in his return. (Nezperce Herald, August 2, 1906)

Chancey Wallace expects to leave Saturday for Boise to attend the republican state convention. (Nezperce Herald, August 27, 1908)

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Indians Grab Choice Land.

LEWISTON, Idaho, Sept. 28.—State Land Selector Chancey Wallace has just returned from the Coeur d’Alene reservation were he has been appraising and listing for sale or lease school sections belonging to the state. The state owns 20 sections of land in the reserve, which was thrown open for settlement this summer.

Mr. Wallace says that the Indians selected the best agricultural lands on the reserve. The school land has been appraise for $10 an acre, and several applications for purchase have been made. But two of the school sections are chiefly valuable for timber.

Source: Spokane Spokesman Review, September 26, 1909.

Awarded Scholarship; Enters Gallaudet U.

John R. Wallace, son of Mrs. C. Wallace of the Volney Hotel, will leave Saturday for Washington, D.C., to resume his second year work at Galludet [sic] University. The university is one of the best known American institutions for the deaf.  Mr. Wallace won a scholarship to the university through scholastic and athletic achievement at the Washington state school for the deaf at Vancouver, Wn.—Spokane Daily Chronicle.

The many Nezperce friends of John Wallace, son of Capt. Chancey Wallace of this city, will be glad to note his continued rise along the line of his ambition, and that notwithstanding his handicap in hearing he is forging his way to the top.

Source:  Nezperce Herald, September 21, 1922. 

John Wallace in Eastern Athletics

“Johnnie” Wallace—at least he will always be known to his old home town folks as Johnnie—son of Capt. Chancey Wallace of this place, is making his mark as a basket ball player in fast company back east. In a group picture of basket ball stars of Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C., the Washington Star of Sunday, Jan. 8, gave a good likeness of Johnnie. In referring to the play of his college, the paper said his team was scheduled for games with William & Mary College of Richmond, Va., and St. John’s Military Academy of Annapolis, Md.

After finishing in the school for the deaf and dumb at Gooding, Johnny took two years in the deaf and dumb institute at Vancouver, Wn., and is now on a five-year course in chemistry at the National College in Washington, D.C. He has gone strong for athletics, and in spite of the handicap of defective hearing, has been among the best in ring sports, football and basket ball throughout his school life.

Source: Nezperce Herald, February 16, 1922.

Wrestling Match Saturday Night.

Lovers of the mat game will have a chance to see a fast and exciting contest next Saturday night at the opera house when Johnnie Wallace, the 135-pound champion of the Idaho deaf school, who is now home on his vacation, and Walter Harvard, weight 135 pounds, champion of the Nezperce Indians, will meet in a catch-as-catch-can match, best two in three.  Both these young men have had considerable experience at the game and as both have ambitions to climb up higher, they both want to win and that is what will make it a contest worth seeing.  The bout will be under the auspices of the Nezperce fire department.  Ladies will be admitted free.  Admission 35 and 50 cents.  Ringside seats 75c. Main bout at 8:30.

Source: Nezperce Herald, August 31, 1916.

He “Delivered The Goods.”

We noticed last week by the Idaho papers that Chancey Wallace, of Nezperce, has announced himself a candidate for the office of secretary of state. We hope the Idaho press and politicians will forgive us if we mix in this matter in Chancey’s behalf. To make a long story short, we “found” Chancey on the Kamiah grade, selling watermelons, some fifteen years ago and, being hard pressed, hired him for a printer. He soon demonstrated to us that he knew his business, in fact, he “delivered the goods.” After four years with us on the old Nezperce Herald, as state central committeeman of old Nezperce, we urged his appointment as state land selector for north Idaho. Receiving the appointment he applied himself to his work and was known by his superiors as the man who made good. Continuing in public service, he was appointed postmaster of Nezperce and so thoroughly did he master this later work that his reports were accepted by the government as received and with the exception of the first quarter none ever came back for correction. Mr. Wallace now comes forward and asks for your franchise for the high office of secretary of state. If you nominate and elect him you can rest assured that your trust will never be betrayed and that the state’s business will be conducted with the same care and precision as has characterized his public work in the past. As a true and disinterested friend we would ask you on primary day to remember Chancey Wallace, the man who has always “made good.”—Clarkston Republic.

Source: Grangeville Globe, August 31, 1916.

Nezperce Boy in Championship Wrestle

The wrestling championship of the Idaho State School for the Deaf at Gooding will be decided the afternoon of Christmas day, when Johnnie Wallace, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chancey Wallace of this city, and Ben Yearwood, for seven years a student of the Illinois State School, will make an hour’s endurance trial on the mat.

They will go in at 130 pounds, and are well matched all around for the contest.  Yearwood claims that he held the championship at the Illinois school at 110 pounds, and has thrown all comers at the Gooding school except young Wallace whom he has not yet tried.  Johnnie Wallace is an all-around amateur athlete, and has held the boxing championship of his school since the winter of 13-14, when he defeated the next best ring performer who had him bested considerable in size and weight.  Johnnie is very popular here at his home, and the outcome of his wrestling bout will be watched with much interest by his grown-up as well as his many younger local friends, who are all banking him to win.

Source: Nezperce Herald, December 2, 1915.

The Amego Club

Miss Virla Wallace was a clever hostess last Monday evening when the Amego club responded to a kind invitation to the Lyric Theatre. After the show the young ladies were ushered into the candy kitchen and delightful refreshments were served. The next meeting will be held at the home of Miss Susie Kelly.

Source: Nezperce Herald, August 26, 1915.