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100 years ago

June 26, 1914

C.H. Malm, a successful young stockman of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., was at the yards with a bunch of choice hogs, says the Denver Record-Stockman.

They were Duroc Jerseys of his own raising and good enough to sell at $8.15 the top of the market for the day. Mr. Malm’s father, A. P. Malm, was one of the pioneers of the Pine Bluffs country. He engaged in the stock business, but for many years confirmed his operations to cattle. However, some five years ago he and his son decided to try the hog business in addition to their cattle operations and they have been at it ever since,

“We have found it a paying business,” said Mr. Malm at the yards today.

“We feed Durham wheat and corn during the finishing period and run the hogs on alfalfa pasture while they are growing. Alfalfa growing is rather a new experiment in our country, but we are growing it with success and now have some 25 or 30 acres seeded. We also grow our own corn and all the feeds given to our hogs are home grown. Hog production in that part of the country is growing very rapidly. Stockmen find that it pays to raise hogs and they are getting into the business in largely increasing numbers every year.”

75 years ago

June 29, 1939

Lee F. Bond, director of Smith-Hughes agriculture and boys’ athletic coach in the Pine Bluffs high school, has resigned to accept a position as agriculture director and assistant boys’ coach in the high school at Riverton, Wyo.

Bond, Who graduated from the University of Wyoming with the class of 1937, has been a member of the high school faculty here since mid-year of the 1937-38 school term. Before coming here to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of M. L. Larson, he was director of a CCC camp near Cody, Wyo.

Sometime in early August , Mr. Bond, accompanied by Mrs. Bond, will leave for Riverton.

50 years ago

June 26, 1964

Miss Bonita Dotson, one of eight members of Golden Star Theta Rho at Bushnell, who attended a state assembly at Fremont, Neb., June 11 and 12, was crowned queen Thursday night.

There was a crown bearer, flower girl, four princesses, four countesses and four attendants. Miss Dotson received a dozen long-stemmed roses from the other clubs in attendance at the affair.

Other girls attending from the Bushnell lodge were Karlene Christiansen, Carol Zorn, Peggy Zorn, Billy Davis, Barbara Hickman, and Charlene Hopkins and Echo Hopkins of Kimball.

Sharon Provance of Scottsbluff was elected president, and Carol Zorn was elected treasurer. Among 17 appointive officers, Miss Dotson was named right supporter to the president.

25 years ago

June 29, 1989

For the first time in many a year Pine Bluffs will be without a staged fireworks display on the fourth of July.

The Golden Prairie Community Club, last year’s sponsoring group has disbanded, and no other backers have been found to keep the annual event alive.

The hardship of raising $2,500 a year in the community has been the number one difficulty, former organizers say. “You can’t keep going back and asking the businesses along Main Street to shell out that kind of money,” one club member said.

Although donations were requested from those attending the fireworks show at the city ball park, there was never enough collected to pay the bill. For the past several years the Demolition Derby profits has been used to offset the expenses. But now there is no one to run either event.

Pine Bluffs residence are also reminded that it is against the law to discharge fireworks within the town’s limits.

10 years ago

June 24, 2004

Burns Mayor Don Phillips announced at the Burns Town Council meeting Thursday night the Laramie County School District #2 (LCSD #2) plans for demolition of the old Burns High School Building. The Wyoming School Facility Commission recommended to LCSD #2 that it would be in the best interest to have the building demolished.

The three story school was built in 1919 and housed all twelve grades from quite some time before a new school was built.

Phillips would like to see if the building is structurally sound, and if so, would like to save the old school for community use.

According to Phillips, an engineer would be in Burns soon to look over the building and to check for any asbestos.

“We need to see what the engineer says first. We don’t want to do too much before (that happens),” says Phillips.

Phillips explained that he looked at the building and didn’t see anything wrong with the bricks from the outside, but also said that an old boiler was housed in the basement, which might contain asbestos.

“I myself would like to see it saved,” said Phillips.

“There is a lot of history in that building. Many people from around here have gone through there.”

If the building could be saved, Phillips would like to see it benefit the community. Some ideas that he has expressed are a daycare or a recreation center for the youth.

“When I was a pup, the town council never pulled to the youth, and I was upset about that,” Phillips told other council members at their meeting.

“Anything for the youth, and I am for it.”

Phillips emphasized that these plans are not set in stone, but he has talked to some community residents.

“Some people would like to see it saved, and others I have talked to say that it is a lost cause,” said Phillips.

For now, the fate of the old Burns High School building remains up in the air, waiting on the final say of the engineer.


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