Looking Back


100 years ago

Several cases of diphtheria have developed in Sheridan, as the result of which several families have been placed under quarantine.

Governor Carey vetoed the bill granting Mrs. Mary Stressner of Rawlins $2,500 because her husband was killed by escaping convicts.

The legislature of the State of Wyo spent the first fourteen days of their session in squabbling over who to be United States senator and the balance of the term has been used up in fighting the Governor and Immigration Commissioner Schenk. A few bills have been passed and many others recommended for passage, but if one-third of these get through the sessions will have to be continued over until late Sunday.

About two inches of snow this week changed the aspect of things in general.

A.E. Bowman, field agent of the United States Department of Agriculture, who has his office in Laramie, Wyoming, was calling on the farmers in this neighborhood this week.

75 years ago

The conference standing of the Pine Bluffs boys’ basketball team went up and that of the girls was lowered after the doubleheader Friday evening at Burns as the Burns boys took a 35 to 11 defeat at the hands of the locals and a victory was scored by the Burns girls who were leading 26-22 at the end of the session. With three conference games yet to play the undefeated Egbert squad which has won all seven games this season is leading the boys conference teams and stand an excellent chance of remaining undefeated and in first place.

Prospects of wheat crop here are best since the year 1930 – Soil conditions in this region are said to be better at this time than they have been at this season of the year for about six or seven years and those who should know say that fall wheat has never looked better here.

H.J. Speetzen has leased the Paramount Hatcheries from M.L. Larson and is making preparations now to start hatching for the 1938 season. He has the most modern of equipment and some of the finest flocks in the country to furnish eggs and there is no reason for anyone to send away from Pine Bluffs for baby chicks.

50 years ago

Monte Reher, first grader and son of the Leonard Rehers. (sic) was able to return to school Wednesday after being hospitalized at DePaul in Cheyenne from Friday to Monday with a broken left arm. Both bones in the arm were broken just above the wrist when he fell from a slide on the school play ground.

Mrs. Violet Marie (Bybee) Woods Bowen, 47, former chief telephone operator at Pine Bluffs, died Jan. 31 at Salt Lake City, where she had lived since her marriage to Bowen. Burial was at Salt Lake City. Mrs. Bowen had been employed as a telephone operator for more than 17 years starting at Kimball, then came to Pine Bluffs before being transferred to Ft. Warren at Cheyenne during the war.

Silver anniversary of her historic heart operation will be observed in August by Mrs. Paul A. Nicoli of Melmont, Mass. It was in 1938 that Dr. Robert E. Gross of Boston corrected her congenital heart defect in the first successful operation of its kind. Now 33, she is in good health and the mother of two sons.

25 years ago

Holding their first meeting in the new Town Hall last Wednesday night, Pine Bluffs council passed on third reading ordinances that change the town’s bar hours and days of the governing body’s meetings.

With no protests over a month and a half duration the council extended the time a retail liquor establishment may remain open on two days. Pine Bluffs Bar & Lounge, Jim’s Bar and Fiddler’s may remain open until 2:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The remaining days of the week the bars must close at 12 midnight.

10 years ago

Soon area residents won’t have to rummage through their memory banks in search of their Texas Trail Market patronage number, as a new service will be offered at the store. Beginning next week, Texas Trail Market hopes to start sending out letters to patrons, informing them of the new “Trail Card.” This card will not only help those who have trouble remembering their specific number, but will help the bookkeeper and cashiers of Texas trail Market.

In an effort to stimulate the economy of Pine Bluffs, Toby and Trish Kimzey of Pine Bluffs Gravel and Excavation have begun construction on a duplex located on Beech Street. The project was begun by the Kimzeys to offer affordable housing to families looking to relocate to Pine Bluffs.

Working hard at volleyball comes natural to Pine Bluffs senior Christina Gorman, as her love of the sport drives her to excel which doesn’t go unnoticed by fans or college coaches. Gorman signed a letter of intent with Laramie County Community College (LCCC) Feb. 12, giving her a full two-year scholarship as she plays on the Golden Eagles volleyball team with thirteen others.


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