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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wallowa County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on an August 2009 inventory:


Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Main Wallowa County Web site: http://www.co.wallowa.or.us/

Assessor's Office: Courthouse, 101 S River St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Attic (Wallowa County Courthouse): No public access. Contact the appropriate office (e.g., clerk, circuit court, etc.);
Basement Election Storage Room (Wallowa County Courthouse): No public access. Contact the clerk's office;
Circuit Court Office: Courthouse, 101 S River St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Clerk's Office and Vault: Courthouse, 101 S River St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Commission on Children and Families Office: Courthouse, 101 S River St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Governing Body (Commissioners') Office and Vault: No public access. Contact the appropriate office (e.g., clerk, circuit court, etc.);
Old Jail (Wallowa County Courthouse): No public access. Contact the appropriate office (e.g., clerk, circuit court, etc.);
Oregon Historical Society: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Oregon State University Extension Service Wallowa County Office (County Fair Records): 668 NW 1st St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Planning Department Office and Vault: Courthouse, 101 S River St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Surveyor's Office Area: Planning Department Office, Courthouse, 101 S River St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Treasurer/Tax Collector's Office: Courthouse, 101 S River St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Wallowa County Courthouse (All offices and storage areas): 101 S River St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Wallowa County Education Service District Region 18 Office: 107 SW First St, Enterprise, OR 97828;
Wallowa County Museum: 110 S Main, Joseph, OR 97846;
Wallowa Valley Together Project Office, PO Box 431, Enterprise. OR 97828.



Note: Titles listed in this inventory are exactly as they appear on the outside of a volume, box, drawer, or other container. If the title is only in brackets [ ], the record has no external identifying information. Text inside the brackets includes either exact title information from the inside of the volume, box, etc. or a functional title.

 

Aerial Photographs

1956-1958

Series provides visual documentation of changes made to county lands through development and by natural and man-made disasters. The photographs are taken at intervals along a series of flight paths to attain coverage of all or part of a county. They generally include flight path or township, range, and section numbers; show natural and man-made features; and are produced in black and white or color prints to varying scales. An index by quadrant may also be included.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Aerial Photos, 1958 (6 rolls of photographic negatives);
WC Aerial Photos [Wallowa County Photographs-with flight line index], 1958 (ca.300 photographs).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Aerial Photographs], 1956 (ca.100 photographs).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1899-1959

Series documents the payment of county and state bounty money to individuals who presented the scalps and other prescribed body parts of targeted predatory animals. The program was intended to control the threat to livestock. Examples of targeted animals include coyote, cougar, mountain lion, panther, wildcat, bobcat, lynx, and wolf. Records include registers, affidavits, certificates, and statements. Information includes claimant and affiant names; kind of animal; number of scalps; date killed or presented; and number, amount, and date of warrant. The records are also referred to as scalp bounty records.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Register of Special Scalp Bounty Claims, vol. 1, 1899-1959 (1 volume);
Scalp Bounty Reports [Warrant-trifolded], 1920-1923 (.70 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Register of Scalp Bounty Fund Warrants, vol. 1, 1942-1943 (1 volume).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1916-[ongoing]

Series documents the assessment of real and personal property, the determination of tax liability, and the collection of county taxes. Assessment, tax, and delinquent tax records are variously labeled as rolls, lists, or summaries. Records show property owner; description and value of urban and agricultural land, personal property, and livestock; assessments, equalizations, and taxes due; and notations on payment and delinquency in payment of taxes. Beginning with 1900, counties have only been required to retain permanently those assessment and tax rolls for years ending in "0" and "5."

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Assessment and Tax Roll, 1921, 1936-1937, 1956-1961 (7 volumes);
Assessment Roll [Continuing Real Property], 1973-1985 (10 cu.ft.);
Assessment Roll [title varies], 1990-2001 (10 cu.ft.);
[Delinquent Tax Roll], 1930-1941 (.30 cu.ft.);
Index [Assessment and Tax Roll], 1953-1956 (3 volumes);
Tax Collection Register [title varies], 1924-1925, 1927, 1930, 1940-1953 (17 volumes);
Tax Roll, 1986-1990 (4 cu.ft.); 1992-1993 (.50 cu.ft.); 1997-1999 (3 cu.ft.);
Tax Roll [includes assessment information], 1961-1970 (19 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Assessment and Tax Roll, 1916-1950, 1953-1957 (85 volumes);
[Assessment and Tax Roll Index], 1916-1933, 1936-1962 (61 volumes);
Tax Collection Register [title varies], 1931-1932, 1934-1940, 1953-1961, 1963-1986 (39 volumes);
Tax Roll [includes assessment information], 1972-1973, 1975-1983, 1985-1986 (16 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Treasurer/Tax Collector's Office:
Tax Roll, 1990-1991 (2 reels of microfilm); 1995-1996 (3 reels of microfilm); 2000-2001 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Tax Roll], 1975-2004 (22 inches of microfiche); 2005-present (4 CD-ROM discs).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Assessment Roll], 1986-1999 (3 inches of microfilm jackets and microfiche).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Assessment Roll], 1988-1990 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Tax Rolls], 1975-2002 (30 inches of microfilm jackets).

 

Assumed Business Names Registers

1913-1965

Series documents the registration of business names with the county clerk or recorder. Information includes assumed business name; description of business; filing date; and business owner, notary public, witness, clerk or recorder, and deputy's name. Series may also include an index arranged alphabetically by business name. Businesses which were registered were typically automotive sales, motorcycle repair, merchandise shops, butchers, and feed stores. Since 1964, assumed business names have been filed with the Secretary of State. Assumed business names have been inventoried through 1964. For more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Business Registry Section.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Assumed Business Name Record [with index], vol. 2, 1946-1965 (1 volume);
Assumed Business Names [Record], vol. 1, 1913-1946 (1 volume).

 

Attachment Records

1889-1966

Series documents liens placed on real property by the county to satisfy debts. Attachments are ordered by the circuit court and authorize the sheriff to seize or transfer property to satisfy debts such as loans, mortgages, or tax liens. The sheriff will hold the property in trust until the debt is paid or the property is sold. Information includes defendant name, statement of attachment, property description, statement of return when attachment is satisfied, return of execution, dates attachment is issued and returned, court order, and sheriff's signature. Attachment records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Attachment Record [Index], 1889-1920 (1 volume);
Attachment Record, vol. 1, 1889-1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Attachment Record [with index], vol. 2, 1920-1966 (1 volume).

 

Birth Records

1905-1944

Series documents the recording of births by the county. Records include certificates, affidavits for correction, registers, delayed entry for births and corrected entries. Information includes registration number; child's name, sex, legitimacy, birth date, and birthplace; name, residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation of father and mother; number of other children born to mother; signature of physician or midwife; filing date; and registrar's signature. Birth records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register births. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Birth records have been inventoried through 1920. For information concerning more recent records, contact the State Registrar. Also see Delayed Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division], 1915-1929 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Birth [Certificates], 1905-1906 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Birth Records], 1915-1929 (3 sheets of microfiche);
Record of Births, 1907-1944 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths, 1915-1929 (2 volumes).

 

Census Records

1900, 1910

Series documents the population, property, and agricultural production of the county. Records may include census rolls and abstracts, farm schedules, abstract of assessment and census, enumeration of inhabitants and industrial products, and enumeration of inhabitants and military enrollment. Information includes number of males and females per age category; head of household; name, age, and gender of household members; occupation and relationship of household members to head of household; and description and value of real and personal property. Information may also include nationality, physical description, birthplace, health, and religion of household members and agricultural production statistics.

Records at Related Web Sites:
Families of Flora [Census Abstracts for the Flora, Lost Prairie, Mud Creek, and Paradise areas], 1900, 1910 (oregongenealogy.com);
Federal Census Transcriptions [Wallowa County] 1900 (American History and Genealogy Project).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1887-1983

Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Exhibits, 1915-1927 (.75 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Transcripts, 1902-1931 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Cases Criminal Indictments, no. 1-45, 1917-1922 (.35 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-4564, 1887-1929 (54.65 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Documents-includes indictments and related records-trifolded], 1967-1975 (.20 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Papers [includes miscellaneous writs, venires, demurrers, orders, and related records], 1907-1929 (.70 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Unfinished Cases [Files], ca.1916-ca.1931 (1 cu.ft.);
Criminal Cases [Justice and Circuit Court Case Files], 1924-1936 (.25 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Court Papers [includes circuit court], ca.1934-ca.1970 (.35 cu.ft.);
Transcripts Circuit [includes justice court], ca.1917-ca.1982 (.65 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Index to Judgment Roll Defendant, vol. 1-2, 1887-1983 (2 volumes);
Index to Judgment Roll Plaintiff, vol. 1-2, 1887-1983 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Circuit Civil [Case Files], no. 8431-8934, 1980-1983 (6 cu.ft.);
Judgment Roll [Circuit Court-title varies], no. 4565-10407, 1929-1983 (92 cu.ft.).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1887-1987

Series records brief entries about the proceedings of court cases. Information includes date; plaintiff and defendant names; cause of action such as larceny, assault, divorce, or receivership; attorney names; and final disposition of the case. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the state court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Circuit Court Register [with index], vol. 12-14, 1946-1963 (3 volumes);
Criminal Docket, vol. A-B, 1887-1913 (2 volumes);
Criminal Docket [with index], vol. 1-3, 1918-1987 (3 volumes);
Equity Docket, vol. A, 1887-1907 (1 volume);
Law Docket, vol. A-B, 1887-1912 (2 volumes);
Record of Trials, vol. 1, 1976-1986 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
[Circuit Court Docket], 1930-1937 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Docket [Law], 1957-1960 (1 volume);
Court Register [also titled Case Docket and Fee Book-with index], vol. 2-11, 1902-1946 (10 volumes);
Divorce [Return Records], 1943-1948 (2 volumes);
[Divorce Return Records], 1934-1943 (2 volumes);
Dockets [Circuit Court Law and Equity], 1924-1926 (.35 cu.ft.);
Equity Docket, vol. B, 1907-1913 (1 volume);
Law Docket, vol. C, 1912-1913 (1 volume);
Register of Actions, vol. A, 1887-1893 (1 volume);
Transfer Circuit Court Docket, vol. 1, ca.1922-ca.1929 (1 volume);
Trial Record [with index], vol. 3-4, 1915-1926 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Circuit Court Criminal Docket District Attorney, 1918-1925 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Trial Record [with index], vol. 5, 1926-1942 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Circuit Court Journal [actually serves as register-with index], vol. 15-19, 1964-1984 (5 volumes);
Criminal [Docket-Circuit Court], ca.1983-1998 (1 volume);
Criminal Docket [with index], vol. 3, 1963-1987 (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1887-1985

Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. A-Q, 1887-1941 (17 volumes); vol. U-V, 1956-1966 (2 volumes);
Index to Circuit Court Journal, vol. A-B, 1887-1982 (2 volumes);
Law Journal County Court [changes to circuit court in 1971-includes insane commitment records], vol. B, 1920-1985 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. R-T, 1929-1937 (3 volumes);
Final Record [Circuit Court], vol. 1, 1928 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. W-Z, 27-34, 1966-1982 (12 volumes).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1887-1989

Series documents the recording of a variety of legal documents filed in the clerk's or recorder's office. These documents were not required to be filed with the clerk and often included filings such as birth and marriage certificates of individuals who were born or married outside of the county but wanted the document to be filed in their county of residence. Other documents include wills, obligation bonds, quit claims, deeds, conveyances, mortgage satisfactions, agreements, charters, partnership dissolutions, contracts, powers of attorney, liens, leases, marriage licenses, military discharges, ministerial certificates, medical personnel licenses, birth and death certificates, and affidavits of publication. Information includes dates filed, name of individual filing, type of action, and volume and page number where recorded. Series may also include alphabetical indexes of individuals filing a recording. Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Miscellaneous Records, vol. 1, 1887-1910 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Record [with index], vol. B-C, 1904-1936 (2 volumes); vol. E, 1961-1989 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Miscellaneous Record [with index], vol. D, 1936-1961 (1 volume).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1990-[ongoing]

Series documents the filing of transactions, authorized by statute, with the clerk or recorder of the county for the purpose of making the transaction a matter of public record. Information includes dates filed, type and description of transactions, filing numbers, names of parties involved, amounts charged or assessed, and clerk or recorder's signatures. Series may also include alphabetical indexes that contain volume and page numbers where recorded and names of individual filing transactions. Transactions include records that were previously maintained separately, such as mortgages; deeds; military service records; federal, mechanic's, and road improvement liens; mining claims; satisfactions; judgment assignments; notarial commissions; medical and ministerial licenses; oaths; and affidavits of publication. This series is commonly referred to as the Book of Records.

Since 1990 deeds, mortgages, mining claims, and military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Recorded Documents, which are indexed on computer. A public access terminal is available in the clerk's office.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Recording Index [to Recorded Documents-title varies], 2000-present (9 binders of computer printouts).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Recorded Documents], no. 17104-53931, 1990-2005 (30 inches of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Basement Elections Storage Room:
Recording Documents [title varies], no. 53603-61703, 2005-present (ca.20 cu.ft.);
[Year-Recorded Documents], no. 17104-53931, 1990-2005 (16 binders of microfiche).

 

Corner Survey Records

1867-[ongoing]

Series documents the establishment and/or restoration of survey corners or monuments by the county surveyor or registered land surveyors. Records include maps, field survey restoration notes, historical notes, and indexes. Information includes description of corners; existing markers; descriptions of new markers and any changes made to the locations; property owners; township, range, and section numbers; donation land claim information; date the new markers were set; and surveyor's signatures.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
[Surveyor's Township Records-includes corner surveys and field notes], ca.1867-present (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Surveyor's Area:
Bearing Trees of United States Surveys, 1903-1910, 1965 (1 volume);
Surveyor's Record [includes corner restorations-with index], 1898-1966 (2 volumes).

 

Coroner and Inquest Records

1896-1957

Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, race, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and inquest records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Coroner Inquest Records, 1906-1915, 1950 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Coroner's Docket [with index], 1896-1957 (1 volume).

 

County Budgets

1932-[ongoing]

Series documents the annual allotment of funds for county government operations as agreed to by the board of commissioners. Information includes total amount of funds budgeted for each office. Later budgets may include organizational charts and a narrative of each county office function.

From circa 1916 to circa 1969 county budgets were filed in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Budgets, 1938-1941 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Basement Elections Storage Room:
Audit Budgets [includes Wallowa County budgets], 1980-1986 (.40 cu.ft.);
Budgets [County], 1932-1968 (.50 cu.ft.);
[County Budgets-interfiled with municipal and district budgets], ca.1988-ca.1999 (ca..75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Wallowa County Budget], 1995-2006(1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Budget Report Wallowa County, 1939-1954 (1 volume);
Budget [Wallowa County-includes related records], 2000-present (10 binders).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1887-[ongoing]

Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Commissioners [Administrative Records], 1900-1979 (2 cu.ft.);
Commissioners' Docket, vol. 1-2, 1909-1935 (2 volumes);
[Commissioners Journals], 1994-1996 (1 inch of microfilm jackets); 1994-1996 (4 reels of microfilm);
Commissioners Journals-with index], 1920-1989 (4 inches of microfilm jackets);
Commissioners Journal, vol. A-P, 1887-1989 (16 volumes);
[Commissioners Records-includes minutes, agendas, exhibits, orders, and attachments], 1959-present (18 cu.ft.);
Index Commissioner's Docket [title varies], n.d. (3 volumes);
Index to Commissioners Journal, 1887-1900 (1 volume);
Index to Commissioners Proceedings [indexes Commissioners Journal], vol. 1-2, 1915-1988 (2 volumes);
[Microfilm of Commissioners Journals], 1991 (.25 inch of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
[County Court Administrative Case Files-includes orders and resolutions], 1936-1941 (.35 cu.ft.);
Court Proceedings [County Administrative-includes orders], 1958-1963 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Commissioners' Journals [with index], 1920-1989, 1994-1995 (1 binder of microfiche).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1877-[ongoing]

Series documents orders, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the board of county commissioners and the county court regulating and establishing guidelines for specific activities within the county. Information includes activity covered by order, ordinance, or resolution; administrative action number; who introduced; findings of fact; conclusions; recommendations; date heard; and hearings officer name and signature. Activities include noise abatement, nuisances, zoning, animal control, solid waste management, land division regulations, elections, comprehensive plan, and road and bridge use limits.

Beginning in 1887 orders, ordinances, and resolutions were included in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Commissioners Records-includes minutes, agendas, exhibits, orders, and attachments], 1959-present (18 cu.ft.);
County Contracts and Ordinances [with index], vol. 1, 1977-1988 (1 volume);
[In the Matter of the Joseph to Imnaha Secondary Highway-Records-includes agreements, reports, resolutions, and related records], 1931-1934 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Land Development Ordinance-includes subdivision and partition], 1995 (3 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Land Use Copies [Order Land Use-establishing zones], 1971 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Road Case Files-includes petitions, surveys, field notes, vacations, resolutions, orders, and reports], ca.1877-present (7 cu.ft.);
Road Index [includes abstract information about petitions, orders, viewers' reports, and other records in road case files], no. 1-4620, ca. 1887-ca.1910 (2 binders);
Special Road Districts [Records-includes notices, contracts, resolutions, petitions, and related records], ca.1926-ca.1941 (.35 cu.ft.).
Wallowa County Land Development Ordinance 1993 Major Amendments [includes subdivision and partition], 1993 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition], 1995 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Oregon Subdivision Ordinance of 1977, 1977 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Oregon Zoning Ordinance of 1977, 1977 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Zoning Articles [Land Development Ordinance-includes subdivision and partition], 1987 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Zoning Ordinance, 1971 (1 volume);
Wallowa County's Land Development Ordinances [includes subdivision and partition], 1998 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Roads by Name [Case Files-includes orders, resolutions, vacations, and petitions], ca.1908-ca.1969 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
[County Court Administrative Case Files-includes orders and resolutions], 1936-1941 (.35 cu.ft.);
County Court Orders, 1937-1959 (1.10 cu.ft.);
Court Proceedings [County Administrative-includes orders], 1958-1963 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office:
Orders [Commissioners], 1998-present (6 binders).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Wallowa County Land Use Plan and Ordinance Articles for 1987 [includes zoning and land division information], 1987 (1 binder);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan and Ordinance Articles for 1995 [includes zoning and land division information], 1995 (1 binder);
Zoning Subdivision Ordinance [Wallowa County Zoning Ordinance of 1971], 1971 (1 binder).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
1980 Update Material [Zoning Ordinance], ca.1980-1989 (.60 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Research/Survey Reports [Box 5-includes subdivision and zoning ordinances], 1977 (2 volumes).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1972-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and revision of a plan for the use of lands within the county. Series includes plans for transportation, energy, housing, population and economics, public facilities and services, urbanization, natural resources, greenways, recreation, agricultural and forest lands, land capability, resource quality, floodplains, landmarks, historic property, rural community center designation, and natural areas. Each plan includes background information about the subject; supporting documentation such as maps, charts, and diagrams; and a narrative description of each aspect of the plan and how it is to be implemented. Series may also include an overall "comprehensive plan" which contains both historical and current looks at county land practices and defines goals and policies adhered to during the creation and implementation of the plan.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Land Use Copies [1989 Periodic Review of the Wallowa County Land Use Plan of 1977], 1989 (1 volume);
[Land Use Plan-Wallowa County], 1995 (3 sheets of microfiche);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan, 1995 (1 volume);
Wallowa County-Nez Perce Tribe Salmon Recovery Plan, 1993 (1 volume);
Wallowa County's Comprehensive Land Use Plan, 1998 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Periodic Review [Records-Comprehensive Plan], 1980-1989 (1 cu.ft.);
Research/Survey Reports [Box 1-includes Wallowa County Comprehensive Plan], 1977 (1 volume);
Research/Survey Reports [Box 1-includes Wallowa Lake Basin Plan], 1973 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
[Comprehensive Plan Maps], 1977-1979 (11 maps);
Land Use Plan Document [Comprehensive Plan Preparation and Revision Records], ca.1972-ca.1985 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
[Comprehensive Plan Maps-includes water life habitat, land use, and wetlands], ca.1972-present (ca.25 maps);
Periodic Review [Comprehensive Plan], 1989 (1 binder); 1996 (1 binder); 1996-2001 (1 binder);
Wallowa County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Pre 1999-2003 Periodic Review Updates, ca.1977-ca.1989 (1 binder);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan, 1977 (1 volume); 1988 (1 volume); 1995 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan and Ordinance Articles for 1987 [includes zoning and land division information], 1987 (1 binder);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan and Ordinance Articles for 1995 [includes zoning and land division information], 1995 (1 binder).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Records Room:
Periodic Review Ordinance Revisions [Comprehensive Plan Goals], ca.1979-ca.1989 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Web Site:
Comprehensive Land Use Plan [includes zoning and land division information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

County Court Case Files

1930-1968

Series documents the actions of the county court in civil and some criminal cases. Records include complaints, judgments, decrees, summonses, warrants, affidavits, writs, and an index. County court cases include spousal support, employment compensation, satisfaction of judgments, and divorce. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; case type; and filing dates of actions and decrees.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Court Cases [Files], ca.1930-ca.1968 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1887-1985

Series records the proceedings of the county court for civil and some criminal cases. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; trial date; memorandum of subsequent proceedings; and fees charged. Cases include citizenship petitions, legal changes to name, commitments, and writs of habeas corpus. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Court Docket [Law], 1888-1898 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Law Journal County Court [changes to circuit court in 1971-includes insane commitment records], vol. B, 1920-1985 (1 volume);
Law Journal County Court [includes insanity and citizenship cases], vol. A, 1887-1920 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1955-[ongoing]

Series documents the preparation and organization of the county fair by the county fair board (including any predecessor group) and other county officials. Records include fair board minutes, reports, and annual premium lists and publications. Minutes and reports include information pertaining to county fair employment, budgets, sponsorship, capital improvements to fairgrounds, and event scheduling throughout the year. Annual premium lists and/or publications may include county fair history, names of fair officers, general fair rules and regulations, event schedules, exhibit lists, and photographs.

Contact the county fair at (541) 426-4097 to gain access to county fair records.

Records at the Oregon State University Wallowa County Extension Service Office:
Fair Board Minutes, 1991-2007 (1 binder); 2008-present (1 binder);
Fair Records [Premium Lists and Programs], 1955-present (1 cu.ft.);
Wallowa County Fair Board Minutes-Budgets, 1965-1990 (1 volume).

 

County Officials Reports

1908-1974

Series compiles the reports of county officials to the county court or board of commissioners. Series may include reports by the treasurer, surveyor, clerk, roadmaster, assessor, sheriff, school superintendent, county nurse or doctor, and other officials. Reports summarize the activities of county officials and their staff as they perform their official duties.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Clerk's Financial Statements, 1931 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Semi-Annual Account [Reports-Treasurer, Sheriff, Clerk], 1955-1974 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Annual and Semi-Annual Reports [Clerk, Sheriff, and Treasurer], 1940-1954 (.35 cu.ft.);
Experts Reports [Clerk, Sheriff, and Treasurer], 1908-1921 (.35 cu.ft.);
Semi-Annual Accounts [Clerk, Sheriff, and Treasurer], 1910-1940 (.35 cu.ft.).

 

Death Records

1905-1944

Series documents the recording of deaths in the county. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes registration number; place and date of death; name, sex, color, birth date and place, age, and marital status of the deceased; names and birthplaces of parents; primary and contributory cause of death; physician, registrar, and informant signatures; filing date; and date and place of burial. Death records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register deaths. County death records have been inventoried through 1920. Access to death records is restricted for 50 years following the date of death by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096. Contact the Oregon State Archives for access to state death certificates that are more than 50 years old. Contact the Oregon Center for Health Statistics for access to more recent death certificates.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division], 1915-1929 (1 volume);
Search for 1915-1929 Wallowa County deaths in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Death Certificates], 1905-1906 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Death Records], 1907-1944 (4 sheets of microfiche);
Permit for Burial or Removal, 1915-1921 (3 volumes);
Record of Births and Deaths, 1915-1929 (2 volumes);
Record of Deaths, 1907-1944 (1 volume).

 

Deeds and Indexes

1875-1990

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quitclaim deeds, homestead exemption claims, corporate certificates, agreements, correction deeds, special assessments of unzoned farmland, easements, and indirect and direct deed indexes. Information includes grantor and grantee name; recording and filing dates; property descriptions; title warranties; consideration amounts; witness and recorder names; and volume and page numbers of where recorded.

Since 1990 deeds have been filed in the clerk's Recorded Documents (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Receiving Book [Property Conveyance Register-registers deeds, mortgages, and land patents], 1891-1902 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Deed Record [title varies], vol. B-S, 19-106, 1875-1990 (105 volumes);
[Deed Record], vol. B-S, 19-103, 1875-1983 (53 reels of microfilm);
[Deeds Misc.-Miscellaneous-includes related records], 1888-1956 (.80 cu.ft.);
[Direct Index to Deeds], vol. 1-4, 1880-1978 (4 reels of microfilm);
Grantor and Grantee Index, vol. B, 1889-1906 (1 volume);
[Indirect Index to Deeds], vol. 1-4, 1880-1978 (3 reels of microfilm);
Instruments Private [includes deeds and mortgages], 1910-1917 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Deeds Direct, vol. 2-5, 1906-1990 (4 volumes);
Index to Deeds Grantee, vol. 1, 1880-1906 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Grantor, vol. 1, 1880-1906 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Indirect, vol. 2-5, 1906-1990 (4 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
[Patent and Deed Register], ca.1880-ca.1913 (5 volumes).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1860-1969

Series documents birth records generated by a court in response to a petition. Records may include petitions, decrees or orders, affidavits of correction, registers, and certificates. If the information provided with the petition met the requirements of the court, a decree was issued that served as a legal birth document. Most petitions were filed decades after the actual birth. They were filed in the county of residence at the time of petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. Also see Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Birth Certificates Decree Registration [documents births from ca.1860-ca.1925-title varies], no. 1-717, 1943-1955 (2 cu.ft.); no. 835-1067, 1958-1968 (1 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Journal Birth Certificates [Delayed-documents births from ca.1870-ca.1925-with index], vol. 1-2, 1943-1967 (2 volumes);
Petition for Registration of Birth [Delayed-documents births from ca.1898-ca.1920], 1945-1969 (.15 cu.ft.);
Register of Birth Certificates [Delayed-documents births from ca.1860-ca.1925-with index], vol. 1, 1943-1968 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
[Decree for Registration of Birth-Delayed-documents births from ca.1884-ca.1916], no. 718-834, 1955-1958 (.35 cu.ft.).

 

Election Poll Books

1902-1914

Series documents the registration of voters and the compilation of election results. Records may include the election poll books and/or the election voter register. Information includes elector's name and party affiliation, and in some cases, physical description, occupation, naturalization information, and names of parents and spouse. Election poll books and voter registration records have been inventoried through 1930. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Election Registration Blanks, 1914 (1 volume);
Election Voter Registers, 1902 (1 volume); 1906 (1 volume).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1913-1974

Series documents the tabulation and reporting of election results for the county. Records include voting abstracts and the record of election. Information includes election date; precinct name and number; office; precinct and total votes; victory margin; winning candidate; county clerk, board of canvasser, and justice of the peace signatures; ballot number; summation of votes; and election board's decision. Election voting abstracts have been inventoried through 1960. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Election Abstracts of Vote, 1920-1930 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Abstract of Votes, 1932-1960 (.80 cu.ft.);
Election Record, vol. 4, 1958-1974 (1 volume);
Record of Elections, vol. 2-3, 1913-1956 (1 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Abstract of Votes, 1937-1938, 1944-1946 (.35 cu.ft.);
[Abstracts of Votes], 1948-1949 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

Farm Name Registration Records

1912-1916

Series documents the application for and registration of farm names with the county clerk or recorder. Records may include registers, original applications, or certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; farm name, location, and description; and date and number of application and final application. Series may also include an index arranged either alphabetically by name of owner or by farm name. Farm name records have been inventoried through 1964.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Register of Farm Names, vol. 1, 1912-1916 (1 volume).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1864-1957

Series records ownership of county lands obtained from the federal government. Series includes records of land grants administered under a variety of federal programs such as donation land claims and homesteads. Donation land claims are the most common type of federal land grant in Oregon that is documented in this inventory project. Donation land claims resulted from an act of the 1850 Congress under which citizens of the United States, or those who filed a declaration of intention prior to December 1, 1850 and had resided upon or cultivated the land for four consecutive years, were granted a specified amount of acreage in the Oregon Territory. Donation land claims were unique in that acreage granted to married couples was divided evenly. Half of the acreage was placed in the husband's name while the other half was placed in the wife's name. Records include plats, indexes, and survey notes. Information includes township, range, and section numbers, names of donation land claim holders and claim numbers, claim dates, acreage, and descriptions of surveys.

Under the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers were given 160 acres of land in the public domain if they built a home on the land, resided there for five years, and cultivated the land. A complete homestead entry file includes such documents as the homestead application, homestead proof, and final certificate authorizing the claimant to obtain a land patent.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Receiving Book [Property Conveyance Register-registers deeds, mortgages, and land patents], 1891-1902 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Grantor and Grantee Index [includes patents], ca.1889-ca.1906 (1 volume);
Patent Record [title varies], vol. D-H, 1888-1917 (5 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
[Patent and Deed Register], ca.1880-ca.1913 (5 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM GLO Web site).

 

Foreclosure Records

1892-1927

Series documents the activities of the sheriff and other county officials relating to the foreclosure of property in order to satisfy creditors in cases involving delinquent taxes, mortgage payments, or court judgments. Records include correspondence, sheriff's deeds and foreclosure sale records, circuit court case transcripts of foreclosure hearings, writs of execution, certificates of sale of real property, judgment orders, receipts, tax redemption records, delinquent tax sales, and tax sale certificates. Foreclosure records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Tax Delinquency Certificates and Sheriffs Return, 1905-1911 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Certificate of Sale Book, vol. 2, 1905-ca.1910 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Record Delinquent Tax Sales, vol. 1, 1892-1905 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
[Certificate of Sale for Taxes], 1903-1907 (3 volumes);
Certificates of Sales [Tax], 1899-1915 (.05 cu.ft.);
Redemption Certificate [from delinquency sale], vol. 4, 1911-1915 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Certificate of Redemption from Delinquency Sale, 1917-1921 (2 volumes);
Sheriff's Sale Record [with index], vol. 1-2, 1894-1925 (2 volumes);
Tax Sale Redemption [Certificates], vol. 3, 1908-1910 (3 volumes);
Tax Sale Redemption for 1905 Roll [Certificates], vol. 2, 1903-1907 (1 volume);
Tax Sales Record, vol. 1, 1916-1927 (1 volume).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1945-[ongoing]

Series documents the activities of the county health and human services programs operated by the county. Series includes narrative or statistical monthly, quarterly, and annual reports or minutes discussing program goals, objectives, and accomplishments. Program areas include public and mental health; juvenile services; adult and family services; women, infant, and child (WIC) services; alcohol and drug abuse; and developmental disabilities. In 1994 the name of the Children and Youth Services Commission was changed to the Commission on Children and Families.

In 1995 the Wallowa County Mental Health Center converted to non-profit status and contracts with the county to provide services. Although the county commission appointed a mental health advisory board, it was inactive until 2005. The minutes for the Mental Health Advisory Committee are now maintained by the Wallowa Valley Together Project, a non-profit organization.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Public Welfare Commission Records, 1945-1948 (1.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Commission on Children and Families Office, Closet:
[Children and Youth Services Commission Minutes], 1991-1993 (.10 cu.ft.);
Commission on Children and Families Minutes, 1994-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa Valley Together Project, Inc. Office:
LADPC-MHAC Joint Committee [Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee-Mental Health Advisory Committee Records-includes minutes and agendas], ca.2004-2007 (1 binder);
[LADPC-MHAC Joint Committee-Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee-Mental Health Advisory Committee Records-includes minutes and agendas], 2007-present (.50 cu.ft.).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1887-[ongoing]

Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Wallowa County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Insanity [Case Files-title varies], ca.1908-1972 (1.15 cu.ft.);
Insanity Record [with index], vol. 1, 1888-1921 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Miscellaneous [Mental Commitment Case Files], 1999-present (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Law Journal County Court [changes to circuit court in 1971-includes insane commitment records], vol. B, 1920-1985 (1 volume);
Law Journal County Court [includes insanity and citizenship cases], vol. A, 1887-1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Mental [Commitment Case Files], 1981-2000 (2 cu.ft.).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1887-1927

Series records official decisions by the court and subsequent instructions to the sheriff to recover costs and awards related to debt, divorce, and other civil cases. The record serves as the official notice of the existence of a lien. Information includes title and case number; names of plaintiff, creditor, defendant, debtor, and attorney; amount of judgment; description of property levied on; writ of execution; disposition of case; decisions on appeals; dates docketed and satisfied; and volume and page numbers where recorded. Records may include judgment dockets, execution dockets, and fee books. Judgment and execution records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Circuit Court Judgment Docket, vol. 1, 1903-1923 (1 volume);
Execution Docket, vol. B, 1914-1927 (1 volume);
Judgment Lien Docket, vol. A, 1888-1902 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Execution Docket, vol. A, 1887-1914 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1908-1939

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Criminal Cases [Justice and Circuit Court Case Files], 1924-1936 (.25 cu.ft.);
Transcript from Justice Court Old, 1913-1917 (.10 cu.ft.);
Transcripts Justice Court Criminal, 1923-1939 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Justice Court [Case Files-Enterprise District], 1922-1925 (1 cu.ft.);
Justice of Court [Case Files-Enterprise District], 1916-1921 (1 cu.ft.);
Justice of the Peace [Justice Court Case Files-Enterprise District], 1907-1915 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1898-1962

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Recorders Court Docket [Enterprise District], 1911-1915 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Justice Docket, 1898-1905 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Justice Docket [Enterprise Precinct-with index], vol. 22-23, 1939-1942 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [Joseph District-with index], 1924-1942 (1 volume);
Justice Docket Small Claims [Enterprise District-with index], 1927-1962 (1 volume);
Justice Docket Small Claims [Wallowa District-with index], 1925-1953 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Wallowa District-with index], vol. 2, 1937-1954 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Justice Docket [Enterprise Precinct-includes three unnumbered volumes-with index], vol. 4-21, 1911-1939 (21 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Museum:
Justice Docket [Criminal-with index], 1910-1915 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Joseph District Small Claims-with index], 1921-1942 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Joseph District-with index], 1902-1921 (1 volume); 1915-1925 (1 volume);
Recorders Docket [City of Joseph], 1905-1942 (1 volume).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1909-[ongoing]

Series documents the subdividing and partitioning of land within the county. Records include survey notes, correspondence, photographs, satisfaction of agreements, maps of subdivided and partitioned land, and contracts and permits. Information includes subdivision names; lot, street, and alley dimensions; and township, range, and section numbers of land to be subdivided or partitioned.

Filed subdivision and partition plats are indexed with the clerk's Recorded Documents (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Land Development Ordinance-includes subdivision and partition], 1995 (3 sheets of microfilm jackets);
[Subdivision and Partition Plats-Originals], 1909-present (ca.500 plats);
Wallowa County Land Development Ordinance 1993 Major Amendments [includes subdivision and partition], 1993 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition], 1995 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Oregon Subdivision Ordinance of 1977, 1977 (1 volume);
Wallowa County's Land Development Ordinances [includes subdivision and partition], 1998 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Zoning Articles [Land Development Ordinance-includes subdivision and partition], 1987 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Records Room:
Minor Partitions Major Partitions Zone Change requests [Card Index-two boxes-includes subdivisions], 1966-1986 (.20 cu.ft.);
Partitions [Land-Case Files], 1978-1995 (2.75 cu.ft.);
Permits [Land Use Action Case Files-includes zoning, partition, conditional use, variance, and other actions], 1996-2004 (18 cu.ft.);
Subdivisions [Land-Case Files], 1972-1991 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Permits [Land Use Action Case Files-includes zoning, partition, conditional use, variance, and other actions], 2005-present (18 cu.ft.);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan and Ordinance Articles for 1987 [includes zoning and land division information], 1987 (1 binder);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan and Ordinance Articles for 1995 [includes zoning and land division information], 1995 (1 binder).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
[Miscellaneous Maps, Plans, and Drawings-includes subdivisions, Wallowa Park, Summary of Ownership Wallowa Lake, hydropower projects, tax code, vicinity, and hospital], 1912 -1983 (ca.200 maps).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Research/Survey Reports [Box 5-includes subdivision and zoning ordinances], 1977 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Web Site:
Comprehensive Land Use Plan [includes zoning and land division information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Land Title Registers

1906-1927

Series records the ownership of land within the county. Records may include title registers, land indexes, land registration registers, torrens registry of titles, indexes to registered land, certificates of title, town lot indexes, ownership registers, and plat books. Information includes parties involved, land descriptions, dates, number and nature of titles, subdivisions, title holders, terms, discharge dates, and registrar's signatures. The torrens system of land registration was abolished in 1972 by Oregon law. Additional land ownership records may be found in Deeds and Indexes.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Present Ownership Lands [title varies], ca.1906-ca.1927 (3 volumes);
Present Owners Lots, ca.1906-ca.1927 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Lots [Present Ownership], ca.1909-ca.1923 (1 volume);
Present Ownership Lands [title varies], ca.1909-ca.1923 (3 volumes).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1912-[ongoing]

Series provides a visual representation of the county and of physical structures constructed on county lands. Series includes maps, plans, and drawings that vary in size, scale, and date. Included are maps, plans, and drawings of counties and cities, election precincts, courthouses and other county buildings, cemeteries, rivers, Indian reservations, school districts, construction projects, and soil classifications. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Township and Range Property Ownership Maps-Fletcher-rolled], n.d. (ca.30 maps);
Wallowa County Public Ownership [Maps], 2008 (6 maps);
Wallowa County Stock Districts [Livestock], ca.2002 (2 maps);
Wallowa County Voting Precincts [Wall Map], n.d. (1 map).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Metsker's Atlas of Wallowa County Oregon], 1935 (2 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Wallowa County District Boundary Maps-large rolled], 1918 (2 maps).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Assessor's Code Maps], ca.1985-present (4 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Miscellaneous Maps, Plans and Drawings-includes construction and remodeling projects, subsurface sewage limitation, drainage basin, flood insurance rates, vicinity maps, and soil conservation district], 1918-present (ca.200 maps);
[Wallowa Lake County Service District-includes water and sewer improvement plans], 1988 (73 drawings).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
City of Lostine [Wall Map], 1949 (1 map);
City of Wallowa [Wall Map], 1949 (1 map);
Metsker's Map of Wallowa County, n.d. (1 map);
Old Maps [Assessors Maps], n.d. (.75 cu.ft.);
Wallowa County Precinct Map [Wall Map], 1956 (1 map).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
[Miscellaneous Maps, Plans, and Drawings-includes subdivisions, Wallowa Park, Summary of Ownership Wallowa Lake, hydropower projects, tax code, vicinity, and hospital], 1912-1983 (ca.200 maps).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Joseph Enterprise Wallowa [Maps], 1976-1986 (ca.20 maps);
Metsker's Atlas of Wallowa County Oregon, 1935 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes flood zone, soils, roads, watershed protection, airports, water system, utilities, and vicinity maps], ca.1950-present (ca.100 maps);
Quad Maps [Quadrangle], 1957-1987 (ca.60 maps);
Wetland Maps, 1991-1995 (ca.75 maps).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Tax Assessment GIS Maps [select county], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Marks and Brands Records

1917-1921

Series documents the registration of marks and brands by livestock owners and logging interests in order to clearly establish ownership. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; diagram of animal showing location and style of mark and brand; written description of mark and brand; and filing date. Types of livestock registered include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Log brands are also documented.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
List of Transient Livestock [includes some brand information], 1917-1918 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Brand Index [Livestock-includes few entries], vol. 2, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Museum:
[Oregon Brands-Guide-includes mostly eastern Oregon livestock brands], n.d. (1 binder);
Wallowa County Brand Book [issued by Wallowa County Farm Bureau], 1921 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1879-1983

Series documents the recording of marriages by the county and includes applications, marriage certificates and licenses, and indexes to marriage records. Information includes the names and residences of bride and groom; justice of the peace, minister, or name of individual officiating; fees charged; date filed; volume and page numbers where recorded; certificate number; date and place of marriage; and signatures of witnesses and county officials.

Beginning in 1906 marriages have been officially registered with the state of Oregon. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Marriage records have been inventoried through 1960.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Marriage Licenses], 1879-ca.1935 (7 reels of microfilm);
[Marriage Licenses-includes related records], 1879-1925 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
[Marriage Records-includes certificates, medical certificates, and affidavits], 1879-1960 (6 cu.ft.);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. A-J, 1887-1970 (10 volumes);
[Return of Marriage], 1911-1951 (21 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Wallowa County Marriage Database [Searchable Abstracts], 1887-1983 (oregongenealogy.com).

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1889-1973

Series documents the registration of individuals in compliance with the requirements of relevant Oregon boards of examiners to practice a medical profession in the state. Professions registered include physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopaths, dentists, nurses, druggists, chiropractors, chiropodists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Records include registers, certificates, and licenses. Information includes name of registrant; name of school; graduation date; names of members of the examining board; licensing and recording dates; and licensing or registration numbers.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Optometry Record [with index], 1905-1924 (1 volume);
Record of Physicians & Surgeons [includes nurses, chiropractors, and dentists-with index], 1889-1973 (1 volume).

 

Military Records

1878-1990

Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Since 1990 military discharges have been filed in the clerk's Recorded Documents (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Honorable Discharge Record [with index], vol. 1-6, 1919-1990 (6 volumes);
Military Roll, 1888-1900 (1 volume);
Muster Roll [of Capt. James McClain's Militia], 1878 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Mining Claim Records

1850-[ongoing]

Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.

Since 1990 mining claims have been filed in the clerk's Recorded Documents (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Quartz Locations, vol. B, 1, 1889-1983 (2 volumes);
Mining Deed Record [with index], vol. C, 1917-1973 (1 volume);
Mining Deeds [with index], vol. A, 1885-1902 (1 volume);
Placer Mining Location [Record-with index], vol. 1, 1894-1920 (1 volume);
Proof of Labor [Mining Claim Record-with index], vol. 4, 1975-1990 (1 volume);
Quartz Locations [vol. A with index], vol. A-B, 1882-1899 (2 volumes);
Record of Mining Deed [with index], vol. B, 1902-1917 (1 volume);
Record of Mining Notices Placer [with index], vol. 2, 1920-1968 (1 volume);
Record of Mining Notices, vol. 1-7, 1899-1987 (7 volumes);
Record of Notices of Suspension of Assessment Works of Mining Claims [with index], vol. 3, 1919-1974 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Record Certificates Issued to Co-Owners, vol. 1, 1907-1913 (1 volume);
Record Notices & Affidavits Co-Owners [with index], vol. 1, 1902-1914 (1 volume);
Record of Notices of Suspension of Assessment Works of Mining Claims [with index], vol. 1-2, 1894-1919 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Surveyor's Area:
North Townships/South Townships [Mineral Survey Records-Bureau of Land Management], n.d. (1 inch of microfiche).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).

 

Mortgage Records

1883-1990

Series documents the written interest in land providing security for the performance of a duty or payment of a debt. Records include mortgages; trustee's deeds of reconveyance; indexes, both by mortgagor and mortgagee name; and satisfactions. Information includes mortgagor and mortgagee names, property descriptions, mortgage terms, witness names, certifications, recording and satisfaction dates, volume and page numbers where recorded, and recorder's signature. Series also includes executor/executrix information when mortgages were transferred through wills and mortgages of land to individuals under the provisions of the Donation Land Act of 1850.

Since 1990 mortgages have been filed in the clerk's Recorded Documents (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Receiving Book [Property Conveyance Register-registers deeds, mortgages, and land patents], 1891-1902 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Mortgagees, vol. 1, 1883-1910 (1 volume);
Instruments Private [includes deeds and mortgages], 1910-1917 (.20 cu.ft.);
Mortgage Record [title varies], vol. 62-99, 1960-1990 (38 volumes);
[Mortgage Record] vol. M, 13-16, 59-90, 94-95, 1909-1913, 1957-1985, 1987-1988 (23 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Mortgages Direct, vol. 2-4, 1911-1990 (3 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Indirect, vol. 3-4, 1929-1990 (2 volumes);
Index to Mortgages-Mortgagor, vol. 1, 1883-1910 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
[Abstract of Unsatisfied Instruments of Writing], 1884-1892 (1 volume);
Microfilm [Mortgage Record], vol. 16-40, 1912-1935 (10 reels of microfilm);
Mortgage Record, vol. K, 1907-1908 (1 volume); vol. M, 1909 (1 volume); vol. 13-55, 1909-1955 (43 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Index to Mortgages Indirect, vol. 2, 1911-1929 (1 volume);
Mortgage Record, vol. G, 1899-1902 (1 volume); vol. I, 1902-1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Mortgage Record [title varies], vol. B-F, 1883-1899 (5 volumes); vol. H, 1902 (1 volume); vol. J, 1904-1906 (1 volume); vol. L, 1908-1909 (1 volume); vol. 56-61, 1954-1960 (6 volumes).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1887-1906

Series documents the granting of United States citizenship to petitioners. Records include applications, witness affidavits, court findings granting or denying citizenship, certificates, and indexes. Declarations of intention may also be included. Information includes name, age, and residence of applicant; applicant's dependents; date of filing of declarations of intention and petitions; and volume and page numbers where papers are recorded.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificates of Citizenship, vol. A, 1887-1906 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1904-1951

Series documents the process taken by applicants for United States citizenship in declaring their intention to become United States citizens. Information may include applicant's name, age, physical description, place and date of birth, method of immigration, date and port of entry, names and ages of wife and children, and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Declarations of intention may also be attached to naturalization petitions or naturalization certificates.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Declaration of Intention-with index], no. 190-205, 1931-1949 (2 volumes);
Naturalization Papers [Declaration of Intention], 1904-1912 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Petition for Naturalization-includes declarations of intention and other documents-with index], no. 150-173, 1934-1951 (1 volume);
Record of Declaration of Intention [no. 1 to 189-with index], vol. 1-2, 1906-1929 (2 volumes).

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1887-1953

Series documents the application for United States citizenship by aliens. Information includes name, residence, and occupation of applicants; place and date of birth; emigration place, date, and vessel; declaration of intention dates; name, birthplace, and birth date of dependents; and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Accompanying the petitions are witness and petitioner affidavits, oaths of allegiance, court orders admitting or denying citizenship, declarations of intention, depositions, and certificates of arrival.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Citizenship Petitions Granted], 1930-1953 (1 volume);
Naturalization [Petition for Naturalization], no. 149, 1929-1930 (1 volume);
Petition and Record [no. 1 to 50-with index], vol. 1, 1906-1912 (1 volume);
[Petition for Naturalization-includes declarations of intention and other documents-with index], no. 150-173, 1934-1951 (1 volume);
Record of Naturalization [County and Circuit Court], 1904-1906 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Petition and Record [no. 51 to 148-with index], vol. 2, 1913-1929 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Law Journal County Court [includes insanity and citizenship cases], vol. A, 1887-1920 (1 volume).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1913-1938

Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Relief Committee Records, 1936-1938 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Widows Pensions [Application Records], 1917-1928 (.35 cu.ft.);
Widows Pension Old [Application Records], 1913-1918 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1965-[ongoing]

Series documents the discussions and activities of the county planning commission as recorded in the minutes and agendas. Topics discussed include the creation, amendment, and appeal of zoning ordinances and county land use laws; county comprehensive plans; and election or appointment of planning commission members.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Planning Commission Meeting Minutes, 2005-present (4 binders).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Records Room:
Planning Commission Meeting Minutes, 1965-2004 (6 cu.ft.).

 

Prisoner Registers

1888-1991

Series tracks individuals incarcerated in the county jail. Information includes prisoner identification number; date entered; name, address, age, birth date, height and weight, eye and hair color, and nationality of prisoner; arrest date; arresting officer; crime committed; sentence; bail; court; release date; and remarks. Prisoner registers, which may also be referred to as jail lists, have been inventoried through 1965. Access to portions of these records may be restricted for 25 years after termination of custody by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496(3).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Register of Prisoners [vol. A with index], vol. A-B, 1888-1991 (2 volumes).

 

Probate Case Files

1886-[ongoing]

Series documents actions taken on probate cases brought before the county, district, or circuit court for settlement. Records include wills, receipts, claims, vouchers, petitions to sell, notices of annual accounting, final estate accounting reports, appraiser's affidavits, bills of sale, inventories, fee bills, appraisals, administrator and appointment certificates, and appraiser oaths. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Wallowa County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Court Case Transcript [Estate of Elizabeth Heaverne], 1925 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Probate [Case Files], no. 739-2733, 1929-2000 (48 cu.ft.);
Small Estate [Probate Case Files], no. 1-294, 1974-2007 (3 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Probate Register [with index-indexes case files], vol. 1-3, 1887-1969 (3 volumes);
Small Estate Index [to case files], vol. 1, 1975-1994 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Probate [Case File Index], ca.1940-ca.1950 (1 volume);
[Probate Case Files], no. 1A-121A, 1-738, 1886-1929 (18 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
[Probate Case Files], 1999-present (14 cu.ft.);
Probate Register [with index-indexes case files], vol. 4, 1969-1987 (1 volume);
[Small Estate Probate Case Files], no. 295-318, 2005-present (.60 cu.ft.).

 

Probate Estate Records

1887-1977

Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Estate Record, vol. 1, 1896-1900 (1 volume);
Record of Estates, 1903-1904 (1 volume); 1915-1957 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Record of Estates, 1957-1977 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Probate Account Journal, vol. 1, 1887-1898 (1 volume).

 

Probate Registers

1887-1987

Series records the actions taken by the county's probate court. Information includes case numbers, estate or deceased's name, administrator's or executor's name, dates and types of papers filed, and memoranda and court orders listed by dates of appointment of administrator or executor. Series may also be referred to as probate journals, dockets, or records of actions. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. In 1986 circuit courts with probate jurisdiction began recording basic case information on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN). This network functionally replaced probate dockets and journals previously maintained by the courts. The transition to full use of OJIN by all circuit courts in Oregon took approximately two years. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Wallowa County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Records Storage:
Probate Docket, 1896-1905 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. A, 1887-1906 (1 volume); vol. E-G, 1922-1941 (3 volumes); vol. I-J, 1948-1965 (2 volumes);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 1-3, 1887-1969 (3 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Probate Index, 1887-1987 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, B-D, 1906-1923 (3 volumes); vol. H, 1941-1948 (1 volume); vol. N, 1976-1982 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Probate Journal, vol. K-M, 1965-1975 (3 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Probate Register [with index], vol. 4, 1969-1987 (1 volume).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1873-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

See the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals) for more information about road petitions, vacations, and related actions.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Road Vacation Petition [the Old Cow Trail], 1915 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Roads Wallowa County, 1954 (1 map);
[In the Matter of the Joseph to Imnaha Secondary Highway-Records-includes agreements, reports, resolutions, and related records], 1931-1934 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record [Road Journal-includes petitions and surveys], vol. A, 1873-1887 (1 volume);
[Road Case Files-includes petitions, surveys, field notes, vacations, resolutions, orders, and reports], ca.1877-present (7 cu.ft.);
Road Index [includes abstract information about petitions, orders, viewers' reports, and other records in road case files], no. 1-4620, ca. 1887-ca.1910 (2 binders);
Road Index [indexes volumes A and B of Road Record], ca.1887-ca.1918 (1 volume);
Road Record [includes survey field notes, reports, and related information-with index], vol. B, 1904-1918 (1 volume);
Special Road Districts [Records-includes notices, contracts, resolutions, petitions, and related records], ca.1926-ca.1941 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Road Map of Wallowa County, n.d. (1 map);
Roads by Name [Case Files-includes orders, resolutions, vacations, and petitions], ca.1908-ca.1969 (1 cu.ft.);
Roads TPS-Rang [Road Case Files by Township and Range-includes petitions, surveys, vacations, reports, and related records], ca.1900-ca.1930 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
[Oregon Department of Transportation County Road Inventory-Wallowa County], 1989 (1 binder of computer printouts);
Wallowa County Market Road System, 1925 (5 maps).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1864-[ongoing]

Series documents the surveying and mapping of county roads. Records include road surveyor notes, alignment, profile, and other survey maps, and road registers. Information includes legal descriptions of the roads; road names and numbers; plans and profiles; township, range, and section numbers; dates of activity; and scales. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Enterprise-Imnaha Road Survey Map and Description-rolled], ca.1935 (.10 cu.ft.);
Plat Book [Road Survey Inventory], ca.1864-ca.1990 (1 volume);
Record [Road Journal-includes petitions, and surveys], vol. A, 1873-1887 (1 volume);
[Road Case Files-includes petitions, surveys, field notes, vacations, resolutions, orders, and reports], ca.1877-present (7 cu.ft.);
Road Index [indexes volumes A and B of Road Record], ca.1887-ca.1918 (1 volume);
Road Record [includes survey field notes, reports, and related information-with index], vol. B, 1904-1918 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Roads TPS-Rang [Road Case Files by Township and Range-includes petitions, surveys, vacations, reports, and related records], ca.1900-ca.1930 (1 cu.ft.);
[Wallowa County Market Roads-Enterprise Joseph Hurricane Creek], 1927 (1 map).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Old Oregon State Highway Construction Line Maps Wallowa County [title varies], ca.1934-ca.1959 (4 cu.ft.);
[Oregon Department of Transportation County Road Inventory-Wallowa County], 1989 (1 binder of computer printouts).

 

School District Records

1894-1969

Series reports the general and financial statistics of each school district located in the county. Information includes school district number and clerk's name; number of individuals within the district between ages four and twenty; number of teachers employed; number of school houses (owned by the district); number of legal voters; number of libraries and books within each; number of private schools; cash on hand at last report; district tax received from county; state schools funds received; general value of school grounds and furnishings; property values; enrollment; number of students enrolled from outlying districts; school census; and board minutes. Series may also contain school attendance and grade reports and data on students and parents. Records may be titled School District Clerk Annual Report, District Clerk's Book of Records, District Clerk Record Book, or Oregon School Register and Record Book, which is the most comprehensive record of school district activities. School district records have been inventoried through 1965. Access to student records may be restricted by state or federal law.

PDFs of annual school district reports and related records dating back to the late 1800s are available on the Wallowa County Education Service District Web site.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Budget Estimates [includes school districts], ca.1932-ca.1969 (.30 cu.ft.);
City and School Budgets, 1929-1932 (.30 cu.ft.);
[District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 42-Fairview], 1954-1960 (1 volume);
Fairview School [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 42-Fairview], 1942-1962 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. I Consolidated], 1945-1946 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 42-Fairview], 1924-1930 (1 volume); 1935-1939 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 21-Enterprise], 1924-1937 (7 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Education Service District Region 18 Office, Records Storage Room (District Clerk's Record Books):
2 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 2-Alder], 1947-1954 (1 volume);
3 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 3-Hurricane Creek], 1953-1954 (1 volume);
5 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 5-Prairie Creek], 1953-1954 (1 volume);
8 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 8-Elk Mountain], 1948-1953 (1 volume);
9 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 9-The Divide], 1944-1954 (1 volume);
10 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 10-Arko], 1946-1947 (1 volume);
15 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 15-The Buttes], 1949-1954 (1 volume);
17 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 17-Leap], 1942-1953 (1 volume);
21 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 21], 1938-1946 (1 volume);
22 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 22-Upper Liberty, 1949-1954 (1 volume);
33 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 33-Freezeout], 1943-1955 (1 volume);
34 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 34-Eagle], 1936-1946 (1 volume);
40 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 40-Lone Pine], 1937-1949 (1 volume);
44 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 44], 1956-1957 (1 volume);
45 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 45-Powwatka], 1939-1954 (1 volume);
48 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 48-Day Ridge], 1936-1943 (1 volume);
66 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 66-Waverly], 1955-1957 (1 volume);
80 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 80-Zumwalt], 1944-1954 (1 volume);
89 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 89-Armin], 1942-1945 (1 volume);
Dist 3 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 3-Hurricane Creek], 1937-1941 (.05 cu.ft.);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 3-Hurricane Creek], 1907-1912 (1 volume); 1909-1912 (1 volume); 1914-1918 (1 volume); 1923-1928 (1 volume); 1929-1934 (1 volume); 1936 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 77-Gwynne], 1942-1947 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 80-Zumwalt], 1929-1934 (1 volume); 1935-1940 (1 volume);
District No. 23 [District Clerk's Record Book-Reavis], 1951-1953 (1 volume);
No. I Cons. District Clerk's Record Book-District No. I-Consolidated], 1944-1951 (1 volume);
Rural [District Clerk's Record Book-Rural District], 1948-1955 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Education Service District Region 18 Office, Records Storage Room (Register and Record Books):
2 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Alder Slope], 1945-1947 (1 volume);
32/45 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Powwatka], 1940-1943 (1 volume);
Dist. # 4 Lower Liberty [Oregon School Register and Record Book], 1941-1950 (1 volume);
District No. 2 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Alder], 1941-1947 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-Hurricane Creek], 1904-1905 (1 volume); 1908-1911 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 3-Hurricane Creek], 1950-1951 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 19-Chapman], 1903-1906 (1 volume); 1914-1919 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 55], 1923-1925 (1 volume); 1923-1927 (1 volume); 1926-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 87], 1917-1921 (1 volume); 1921-1928 (1 volume);
School District No. 3 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Hurricane Creek], 1941-1949 (1 volume);
School District No. 8 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Elk Mountain], 1940-1943 (1 volume);
School District No. 9 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-The Divide], 1942-1949 (1 volume);
School District No. 13 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Pleasant Center], 1942-1955 (1 volume);
School District No. 44 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Bartlett], 1940-1955 (1 volume);
School District No. 66 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Waverly], 1942-1952 (1 volume);
School District No. 76 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Minam], 1947-1960 (1 volume);
School District No. 82 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Rimrock], 1944-1947 (1 volume);
School Register Arco School Dist. No. 10 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Flora], 1941-1949 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Education Service District Region 18 Office, Records Storage Room (Other Records):
Board Minutes [Wallowa County Non-High School Board-box 1], 1933-1945 (1 volume);
Board Minutes [Wallowa County Rural School Board-box 1], 1947-1963 (2 volumes);
Clerk's Annual Census Report [various districts], vol. 1-7, 1907-1970 (4 inches of microfiche);
[Clerk's Annual Census Report-various districts], vol. 1-7, 1907-1970 (7 volumes);
Clerk's Reports [Annual-includes various school districts], ca.1921-ca.1931 (1.50 cu.ft.);
County School [District No. 5 Report Records-includes school census, teachers quarterly reports, and district annual reports], 1957-1962 (.75 cu.ft.);
County School No. 6 [District-Oregon Elementary Pupil Cumulative Record], 1935-1941 (.80 cu.ft.);
[District Clerk's Annual Report-various districts], 1933-1942 (1 volume);
Record [School District No. 6-Joseph School Board Minutes], 1915-1923 (1 volume);
[School District Annual Reports and Teacher's Reports-various districts], 1894-1906 (1 cu.ft.);
[School District Budget Records-various districts], 1936-1943 (1 volume); 1943-1945 (1 volume);
Teachers Annual Report [various districts], 1917-1958 (3 cu.ft.);
[Teachers Quarterly Reports, School District Annual Report-various school districts], 1963 (.80 cu.ft.);
Wallowa County ESD School Records [Education Service District], 1896-1906 (1 inch of microfiche).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1888-2003

Series documents the official and financial affairs of the superintendent of schools concerning teachers, students, and schools located in the county. Records include annual statements on the condition of common (public) schools in the county, school district boundary records, school district accounts, and book purchases. Information includes financial information, school curricula, boundary descriptions, and enrollment and attendance data. Superintendent of schools records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Record of Boundaries [School District], vol. 1, 1902 (1 volume);
School Superintendent's Account Book, 1916-1930 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Education Service District Region 18 Office, Records Storage Room:
County School Superintendent's Record of Eight Grade Examinations, vol. 2, 1915-1918 (1 volume);
County School Superintendent's Register and Record Book, 1888 (1 volume); 1889 (1 volume); 1890 (1 volume); 1890-1891 (1 volume); 1892 (1 volume); 1893 (2 volumes); 1894 (1 volume); 1896 (1 volumes); 1898-1899 (1 volume); 1899-1900 (1 volume); 1900 (2 volumes); 1900-1907 (1 volume); 1901-1902 (1 volume); 1903-1904 (1 volume); 1904-1905 (1 volume); 1905-1906 (1 volume); 1906-1907 (1 volume); 1907-1908 (1 volume); 1908-1909 (2 volumes); 1909-1910 (1 volume); 1910-1911 (1 volume); 1911 (1 volume); 1913 (1 volume); 1914 (1 volume); 1915 (1 volume); 1916-1917 (1 volume);
County School Supt. Record of 8th Grade Examination [Superintendent], 1907-1915 (1 volume);
List of High School Graduates [also includes high school board minutes from 1909 to 1912], 1909-1962 (1 volume);
Record of Boundaries [School District], vol. 2, ca.1908-ca.1940 (1 volume);
Record of District Boundary Board, vol. 1, 1902-1912 (1 volume); vol. 2, 1912-1931 (1 volume);
Record of Eighth Grade Examinations [County School Superintendent's], vol. 3, 1918-1932 (1 volume);
Record of School District Boundaries, vol. 2, ca.1948-ca.1978 (1 volume);
Record [School District Boundary Board], 1946-1955 (1 volume);
Record [School Superintendent-includes school district boundaries], 1890-1899 (1 volume);
Register of State Certificates and Diplomas [with index], vol. 1, 1897-1948 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Employed, vol. 2, 1941-2003 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Examined, vol. 1, 1911-1936 (1 volume);
School District Tax Record, 1915-1928 (1 volume);
School Superintendent's Account Book [with index], 1900-1916 (2 volumes);
School Superintendent's Record of Annual Reports, 1930-1948 (1 volume); vol. 2, 1948-1964 (1 volume);
Superintendent's Record of 8th Grade Examinations [with index], vol. 1, ca.1910-1966 (1 volume);
Teachers Register, 1899-1941 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Education Service District Region 18 Office, Safe:
School Directory [includes all county schools-small volumes-title varies-with gaps], 1930-1966 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1504 Public School System [Wallowa County Directory of School Personnel, School Boards, and Statistics], 1962-1963 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Wallowa County Teachers [List], 1903 (oregongenealogy.com).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1850-[ongoing]

Series documents surveys of county land by the county or licensed professional surveyors. Records include log books, field notes, and plats. An index may also be included. Information includes survey dates; who the survey was for; donation land claims; township, range, section, and survey numbers; a history of previous surveys made for the area; descriptions of land, vegetation, and soil; landmarks; metes and bounds of tracts surveyed; and surveyor's names. Plats also include corner restoration marks, scales, dates created and filed, and donation land claim owners.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Original Field Notes [Survey-with index], vol. A-F, ca.1866-ca.1897 (6 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
Field Notes Old [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Surveys], ca.1860-n.d. (2 inches of microfiche);
[Recorded Surveys], 1899-present (ca.1200 maps).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Surveyor's Area:
County Surveyor's Office [Recorded Survey Register], 1899-present (1 binder);
North Townships/South Townships [Land Survey Plats and Notes-General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management], ca.1860-ca.1998 (6 inches of microfiche);
Surveyor's Record [includes corner restorations-with index], 1898-1966 (2 volumes);
Surveys Recorded [Card Index-3 boxes-alphabetical], 1899-present (.25 cu.ft.);
Surveys Recorded Legal Descr. Twp-Range [Card Index-Township and Range-2 boxes], 1899-present (.20 cu.ft.);
Surveys Recorded Town City Subdivision [Card Index], ca.1952-present (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).

 

Tax Lot Cards

1961-[ongoing]

Tax lot cards, which contain official descriptions of real property, are used to track land ownership and lot size and also may serve as a deed reference. Records include tax lot number; the location of the land in reference to township, range, and section; and a description and record of changes to the property, acreage, and land owner.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Official Record of Description of Real Property-by township and range], ca.1961-present (7.50 cu.ft.).

 

Water Rights Records

1873-1980

Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Adjudication Survey Wallowa River and Its Tributaries-Water Rights Maps-rolled], 1914 (ca.30 maps);
Certificate of Water Rights [with index], vol. 1-3, 1915-1980 (3 volumes);
[Certificates of Water Rights-title varies-with index], vol. 1-3, 1915-1980 (.50 inch microfilm jackets);
Decree Tributaries to Grande Ronde River [Water Rights Adjudication Records], 1915-1917 (2 volumes);
Imnaha River Original Evidence [Water Rights Adjudication Records-with index], vol. 1-3, 1929-1930 (3 volumes);
In Re: Wallowa River Contest Testimony [Water Rights Adjudication Records-with index], 1916-1917 (2 volumes);
In Re: Wallowa River Miscellaneous Papers [Water Rights Adjudication Records-with index], 1931 (1 volume);
In Re: Wallowa River Statements and Proofs [Water Rights Adjudication Records-with index], 1915 (5 volumes);
[In Re: Wallowa River-Transcripts-Water Rights Adjudication Records], 1917 (1 volume);
[In Re: Wallowa River-Water Rights Adjudication Records-includes statements and proofs, testimony, and miscellaneous papers], vol. 1-8, ca.1915-1931 (1.50 inches of microfilm jackets);
Irrigation Ditch Corporation Papers, 1917-1925 (.10 cu.ft.);
Matters Relating to Water Rights [Certificate of Water Right], 1918-1921 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Water Rights [with index], vol. A, 1878-1918 (1 volume);
Review Report on Columbia River and Tributaries Middle Snake River Basin, 1953 (2 volumes);
Water Rights Alder Slope Ditch Co., 1921 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Notices], 1888-1903 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Basement Elections Storage Room:
Water Certificates [In Re: Wallowa River-Water Rights Adjudication Records-includes statements and proofs, testimony, and miscellaneous papers], vol. 1-8, ca.1915-1931 (1 binder of microfiche);
Water Certificates, vol. 1, 1915-ca.1942 (20 sheets of microfiche).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Adjudication Survey of Imnaha River [Water Rights-with index], 1927 (19 maps);
Review Report on Columbia River and Tributaries Middle Snake River Basin, 1953 (2 volumes);
[Water Rights Ownership Map], 1873-1915 (1 map).

 

Zoning Records

1966-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and implementation of codes and policies relating to the zoning of county lands and to illustrate and locate the various zoned areas within the county. Records include uniform zone codes and ordinances depicting various zoned lands in the county. Information in codes and ordinances includes definition, code/ordinance numbers, purposes, uses, conditions for use, and changes made to codes/ordinances. Maps include area and/or zone descriptions, dates created, scales, and commissioners' signatures. Areas are typically zoned for residential, industrial, commercial, flood plain, agricultural, timber, public and government, and mineral extraction uses.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Land Development Ordinance], 1995 (3 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Land Use Copies [Wallowa County Oregon Zoning Maps], 1977 (225 maps);
Wallowa County Land Development Ordinance, 1995 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Oregon Zoning Ordinance of 1977, 1977 (1 volume);
Wallowa County's Land Development Ordinances, 1998 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Zoning Articles [Land Development Ordinance-includes subdivision and partition], 1987 (1 volume);
Wallowa County Zoning Ordinance, 1971 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office Vault:
1980 Update Material [Zoning Ordinance], ca.1980-1989 (.60 cu.ft.);
Zoning Permits [Card Index-2 boxes], 1971-1989 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Permits [Land Use Action Case Files-includes zoning, partition, conditional use, variance, and other actions], 2005-present (18 cu.ft.);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan and Ordinance Articles for 1987 [includes zoning and land division information], 1987 (1 binder);
Wallowa County Land Use Plan and Ordinance Articles for 1995 [includes zoning and land division information], 1995 (1 binder);
[Zoning Maps-converted assessor's maps], n.d.-present (5 volumes);
Zoning Subdivision Ordinance [Wallowa County Zoning Ordinance of 1971], 1971 (1 binder).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Record Room:
Minor Partitions Major Partitions Zone Change requests [Card Index-two boxes-includes subdivisions], 1966-1986 (.20 cu.ft.);
Permits [Land Use Action Case Files-includes zoning, partition, conditional use, variance, and other actions], 1996-2004 (18 cu.ft.);
Zone Changes [Case Files], 1977-1995 (.20 cu.ft.);
Zone Permits [Case Files], 1975-1995 (4 cu.ft.);
Zoning Permits [Case Files], 1975-1986 (2 cu.ft.);
Zoning Permits [Card Index-Alphabetical-2 boxes], ca.1971-1986 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Research/Survey Reports [Box 5-includes subdivision and zoning ordinances], 1977 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Web Site:
Comprehensive Land Use Plan [includes zoning and land division information], n.d.-present (Internet).


Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: August 25, 2009

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