Looking Back


100 years ago

To the People of Wyoming: The Lincoln Highway Association has determined that the great highway to be forever called the Lincoln Highway, as a memorial to Lincoln, one of the martyred presidents, should cross the state of Wyoming from east to west. It is thought especially fitting that on the evening of October 31st there should be an old-time jollification to include bonfires and general rejoicing; this for the purpose of impressing upon the people-and especially the younger generation-the services and unselfish life of Lincoln, and for the further purpose of painting a big picture, so far as amusements are concerned, of the highway which is to cross our state. It also has been suggested that on Sunday, November 2nd, the clergy in the churches of Wyoming, as they will do so in other states, take as the substance of their sermons the life and ideals of the great Lincoln with the view of impressing them upon the younger generation. Joseph M. Carey, Governor.

75 years ago

What is claimed will be the biggest “fun event” of the year will be the indoor carnival being sponsored by the Pine Bluffs Lions Club at the Agricultural hall here on the night of Saturday, Oct. 29. Pete Carlstrum and Doc Francis are on the committee in charge of arrangements and they say that plans are being made to have every kind of attraction there that will make for good clean fun-and lots of it.

Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the Beard grocery store in Chugwater. A. Kent Beard, owner of the store, managed to save the accounts by going through a window, receiving burns on his hands. The safe was part also salvaged, as was part of the money. A new bicycle belonging to Jimmie Stafford, which was left in the building was burned. Jimmie worked in the store after school and had left his bicycle there for the night.

50 years ago

Roland Maldonado of Pine Bluffs, driver of a 1963 Chevrolet, was involved in a one-car accident at 9:30 Saturday night east of Laramie. Two University of Wyoming coeds, Karen Panek and Sharon Hughes, were listed in fairly good condition at Ivinson Memorial hospital at Laramie Monday night, recovering from injuries received in the accident.

The Great Western Sugar company’s Pine Bluffs receiving station had loaded out 40 carloads of beets up to noon Thursday. Their biggest day so far was Wednesday, when they received 58 truck loads, however a heavy day is considered to be in the 90s.

25 years ago

A perfect, 12-0 record in the conference, a 12th consecutive conference title shooting for a 14th Regional championship and to repeat as 2A State volleyball championship. Graduation four starters this year was considered a rebuilding year for the local squad by some, but really turned into a continuation of a tradition at Pine Bluffs.

The big question for the Pine Bluffs football team now is “will they let down knowing they are in the playoffs?” The Hornets will face Southeast this Friday on the Cyclones field in a game that could give PBHS an undefeated season in the SEWAC.

10 years ago

Students from Laramie County School District #2, as well as across the state, will find themselves taking assessment tests to see if they will be able to graduate. Before, students just had to make certain that they passed each of the minimum 25 credits, and now state statues are placed to make sure each student in the state is not only passing each of the unit’s needed, but that each can be proficient in each area.

The Town of Burns will soon receive a check from the state of Wyoming as part of the Job Growth and Reconciliation Act of 2003. The check will be in the amount of $2,441. The Act will create an estimated 1.2 million new jobs before the end of 2004, which will strengthen the economy and ultimately increase revenues.

A warm morning was the perfect setting for the annual NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass, and Kick competition hosted by the Pine Bluffs Lions Club and the Pine Bluffs Recreation Department Sept. 20 at the Carlstrum Field in Pine Bluffs. More than 24 contestants took part in the competition and six participants will go on to the sectional competition. Those winners were Cody Pfau of Grover in the eight to nine-year old girls division, Megan Heintz of Pine Bluffs in the 10-11-year-old girls division, Ashley Tucker of Pine Bluffs in the 12-13-year-old girls division, Dylan Haas of Pine Bluffs in the eight to nine-year-old boys division, Dakota Donaldson of Pine Bluffs in the 10-11-year-old boys division, Travis Werner of Pine Bluffs in the 12-13-year-old boys division.


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