Looking Back


100 years ago

The billiard table to be used by the Pine Bluffs Recreation Club has arrived and has been placed in the club room.

The slaughter of jack rabbits still continues in these parts. There seems to be plenty left according to reports of the farmers.

The new front in the Bender Barber Shop is a great improvement to that part of town.

The mails between here and Salem, Albin, Gallio, Golden Prairie and Gary are again making regular schedule time.

“Mama, Santa Claus isn’t married, is he?” “I don’t know. Why do you think he isn’t, dear.” “‘Cause if he was Mrs. Santa wouldn’t let him stay out that way at night.”

75 years ago

Gustave H. (Gus) Romsa, 61, widely known former Laramie County peace officer, died early Tuesday morning at Memorial hospital in Cheyenne after a brief illness. He died of blood poisoning as the result of an infection in his hand, caused by a scratch from a rusty nail.

One of the largest buildings in Burns, a large cement garage that had been condemned for the last two years, collapsed as a result of the heavy snowstorm early in the week. The building was used to store county road machinery, none of which was damaged.

Someone borrowed my .22 caliber Remington rifle. Please return it to me or to Pete and Bill’s station. George Reed.

The Bushnell basketball boys played the Goodview team here Friday night. The score was 13 to 11 in favor of Bushnell.

Tracy Bomhoff, who has been a patient at Memorial hospital in Cheyenne, during the past week returned home Tuesday.

50 years ago

One of the three men arrested as suspects in the Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapping Saturday morning at Los Angeles, Barry Worthington Keenan, 23, is a grandson of Frank and Mary Worthington, who owned the Coyote Crossing ranch 10 miles east of Hereford until the mid-20’s, according to M. Clay Foster, Grover rancher who now owns the former Worthington 640-acre ranch.

Approximately 60 persons attended a Boy Scout court of honor Friday evening at the Scout House when Scouts and leaders received badges and recognition for their leadership and achievements. Scout Master Ron Spier presented the first class badges to Terry Fisher and Allan Klawonn; second class badges to Robin Wilhelm, Warren Fry Jr., Dickie Russell and Rickie Pelton.

25 years ago

The rag dolls, the baby dolls, Betty Boop, bears and rabbits and an antique Kewpie doll in the collection of Iva Higday, visited residents at Whispering Pines this week and spent the day at the Senior Citizens Center to provide people with some Christmas cheer.

The Active Women’s Service Organization would like to announce the winners of the 3rd Annual Best Decorated Christmas House contest. Winning 1st place of $25 was the Don Tipsword home. The Tipswords have generously donated their prize money to charity. Second place winners of $20 was the Tom McIntosh home and the Martin Steege home won 3rd place and $15. Honorable mention went to Ellen Thompson.

If you lack for something to do, you might want to try running a tree farm like the North Star Nursery just north of Pine Bluffs operated by Jack and Emma Curless and their son, John Curless. They have turned their acreage into a sanctuary for thousands of trees, ranging from evergreens to shade trees, and the operation spills over into a portion of the former Arthur Mortensen farm along the bluffs east of town. The nursery received its name from a former mail route which passed the farm.

10 years ago

Two explosions and the resulting fire consumed the old Pastime Theatre building early Monday morning taking with it two of Pine Bluffs newer Main Street businesses. According to the Pine Bluffs Fire Chief Tom McDonough, the initial 911 call was received at 1:59 a.m. Monday. The first firemen were on scene at 2:02 a.m. McDonough said there was one small explosion as they prepared to enter the building. Before they could make that entry, a large explosion shattered the front of the building.

The cause of the explosions that ripped through the two downtown Pine Bluffs businesses cannot be determined. The building had several furnaces, but the origin of the explosions and the fire remains unknown because of the extensive damage to the structure.

The Burns Town Council decided to raise the garbage rates for residents of the Town of Burns at their regular meeting Thursday night. According to the Town Maintenance Supervisor Joe Gracik, since the Eastern Laramie County Solid Waste Disposal District will be raising their rates at the beginning of the year, the town of Burns will need to raise their rates to compensate for the money being paid to the landfill.


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