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Looking Back: A look back through the archives of the Pine Bluffs Post


Pine Bluffs Post archives

100 years ago

Burns, Wyo., Dec. 10 – The new Farmers' elevator here burned to the ground at 11:30 this forenoon. It was full of grain and although the loss is not definitely known, it is understood that both and contents were covered by insurance. This is a bad blow for the farmers of this vicinity for the capacity of both elevators here has been over-taxed to handle the present crop. It is not known certainly how the fire originated but possibly from the office stove. The manager, Mr. Watkins, had just gone up town to dinner when the fire alarm was given, bur the blaze had gained such a headway that nothing could be done and the people were obliged to stand and see one of their most valued concerns reduced to ashes – with all its contents.

75 years ago

According to latest reports from the North Pole Santa Claus has started his annual Christmas journey and will arrive in Pine Bluffs on Saturday morning, Dec. 17. He is to make his headquarters at the office of Dr. M.L. Morris during his stay here and all children in this territory are invited to call and see him and get their treats. All children also have an opportunity to tell Santa Claus their favorite Christmas wants.

Mrs. Marie H. Wilkinson, 61, wife of James R. Wilkinson, prominent Pine Bluffs rancher and Laramie county pioneer, died of a heart attack at the ranch home just north of town at 9:45 Sunday evening. Although Mrs. Wilkinson had been ailing for the past year or more, her condition had not been considered critical and she had been in excellent spirits Sunday.

Acute dilation of the heart, caused by over-exertion was given as the cause of death last Sunday of Mrs. Rose Seligman, 31, wife of Carl Seligman of Albin, by Deputy Coroner M.L. Morris of this city. Mrs. Seligman had gotten out of the family car when it became stalled in snow on the hill five miles north of Pine Bluffs Sunday morning as she and her husband and two young daughters were returning to their home at Albin after spending the night at the home of Mrs. Seligman's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Sanders, near Pine Bluffs. Being unable to get up the steep hill in the snow, Mr. Seligman is said to have backed the car down the hill and taken a "run" for it, and after reaching the top of the hill found that she had fallen in the snow. He brought her to town at once, but she was beyond medical aid when he reached Dr. Morris' office.

Jay Brown reports the bringing in of a fine irrigation well on his farm one mile east of Tracy last Friday. The well, which is a 20-inch hole and 86 feet deep, produced 600 gallons per minute in a test pumping Saturday. This well is on new ground which has never been broken and the tract should produce a fine crop of potatoes next season with this abundance of irrigation water.

50 years ago

Burns placed first in the Southeast Wyoming conference one-act play contest Thursday, Dec. 5 at Burns. Albin placed second with a comedy, "The Matching Piece." Yoder was third with "The Gimmick," Chugwater fourth with "Eh," and Carpenter's "Shock of His Life" was fifth.

Herman Arnold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cletis Arnold, formerly of Albin, but now of Linch, was graduated Nov. 15 from machinist mate's class 2209 A, naval school, Great Lakes, Ill.

A Kaycee service station operator who lost a leg Friday night when crushed between the bumpers of a car and a pickup truck was a former Pine Bluffs resident. Art Macy, 52, was standing between the bumpers of his car and a pickup truck when a car driven by Walter Bechtol of Garland, Tex., ran into the rear of the pickup. Authorities say his life was probably saved by a Texas man who rushed him to a Buffalo hospital where further loss of blood was prevented. Macy's left leg was almost severed in the accident. Only skin held it together.

The Pine Bowl, local bowling establishment which started out as a six-lane house, is completing an additional two lanes which they hope to have in operation by this Friday night. At that time they will have double-header scotch doubles at 7 o'clock and at 9 o'clock. The second session will feature moonlight bowling, when all the lights are turned off with the exception of those over the pins. The management states that "moonlight bowling" has been popular wherever it has been tried.

Laramie county sheriff's officers were investigating Saturday a breakin (sic) and safe burglary at the Albin Elevator, and also a breakin (sic) at the Albin school house. Both breakins (sic) were discovered Saturday morning and reported to the sheriff's office by Pete Thomas, county deputy at Albin.

25 years ago

In the spirit of the season the United Way is hard at work. An example is the Wyoming Food Clearinghouse program. Becky Massengill, Director, prepared a Food Box for Mel Holland from the Ag Crisis Relief Committee who, with many volunteers from the Golden Prairie Baptist Church, distribute to those in need in the outlying county areas.

10 years ago

Pine Bluffs Post archives

The Texas Trail Market grocery cooperative announced at their annual meeting last Monday that while they were able to operate in the black, no patron refunds would be issued again this year. Cooperative president Lloyd Sisson said there were two positive aspects to the financial report. "Sales were up a little bit and we operated in the black," Sisson said. The store had a total sales volume of $1,683,930 from September 2003, up just over $4,500 from the 2002 sales volume. The cost of sales in 2003 was $1,264,720, up over $10,000 from the previous year. The total operating revenue for 2003 was $421,048 and the general operating expenses totaled $458,604. This left an operational loss of $37,556.

Cody and Shawnae Branigan and Lash announced the arrival of a new baby boy, Logan Thomas born Dec. 1 at United Medical Center-West. He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. Grandparents are Sue and Bob Watson of LaGrange, Mick Branigan of Albin, and Carolyn Branigan of Evans, Colo.


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