Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

Looking Back


100 years ago

October 9, 1914

Warren Richardson, candidate for county commissioner, has lived in Wyoming for more than 30 years; hence, is thoroughly familiar with the needs of the county and is able to render efficient service in the important position he seeks.

He is a strong advocate of good roads and if elected, he pledges himself to a thorough and systematic improvement of all roads of the county, consistent with reasonable economy. His motto is,

“Good roads for less money. Economy and efficiency. It is not what you spend, but how you spend it.”

His many friends have urged him to make the race for Commissioner on account of his interest in good roads and because they know that he has made a success of his own affairs and they believe he will be able to give the business affairs of the county a successful administration.

75 years ago

October 12, 1939

“The winnah, and a new champion!”

This plaudit came Tuesday to Ralph H. McFarland, Wyoming’s acting state commissioner of agriculture, a farmer in this vicinity for several years prior to receiving the state post, who combined nimble figures with stamina and a strong back to trim Louis

Buchholz, Nebraska’s agriculture department chief, in a potato picking contest at Scottsbluff, Neb.

A crowd estimated at 2,000 persons cheered the experts. McFarland garnered 133 pounds of potatoes to 114 for Buchholz in a five-minute contest.

The men, both stocky and both familiar with potato picking technique through long experience, started evenly but McFarland drew ahead in the final seconds.

As the two shook hands at the conclusion of the contest, Buchholz congratulated McFarland and then tendered a challenge to a turkey eating contest. McFarland quickly accepted and details of the contest are to be worked out later.

The potato picking contest was a feature of an agriculture celebration at Scottsbluff. Buchholz last week challenged McFarland to meet him on the field of battle, a Scottsbluff potato patch.

50 years ago

October 9, 1964

Seven persons were honored with 50-year pins Sunday at the Methodist church in the Hull community northeast of Albin for having been members of the church for 50 years or more.

Persons honored were Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Warner, 50 years; Mrs. Roland Warner, John Craton and Mrs. Frances Jones, 53 years; Mrs. Grace Carlson, 54 years; and Mrs. Norma Dunn, 62 years.

Mrs. Keith Warner, chairman of the commission of membership and evangelism, presented the pins to the members. Six of the seven persons began their membership in the Hull church.

The Rev. Robert Wigert of Mitchell was in charge of the service.

Mrs. Frances Jones of Moses Lake, Wash., was not present to receive her pin. Mrs. Dunn, who received her pin previously, was presented a corsage on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Byrle Hopkins and Elaine and Mr. and Mrs. Don Richards.

25 years ago

October 12, 1989

The Burns High School journalism staff returned from the Wyoming High School Student Press Association convention in Powell on Oct. 3, with the “Best of Show” award and a $250 check from the Josten’s company for their photo entry, “Pretty in Pink.” Criteria for the $250 award required that the photo come from an official school publication: a newspaper, magazine or yearbook. “Pretty in Pink” was used in the graduation section of the ‘88 Bronc yearbook, and though published in black and white, was entered in its full color version for the contest.

Alicia Heatherington accepted the awards for the Bronc staff, which also garnered “All-State Photo” and “First in Color” honors. Alicia and staff will decide on the type photo requirement to buy with the Josten’s award.

Other members who will help make that decision were: Julie Paul, Nicole Miller, Matt Mikesell, Neil Leininger, Toby Marlatt, Grant Kupko, Ron Pace, Keri Stockton, Naomi Brown, Debbie Bishop and Jessie Vierk.

10 years ago

October 7, 2004

The Pine Bluffs Post gained a sister newspaper last Friday, as owners Gary and Sue Stevenson purchased The Sun-Telegraph in Sidney, Neb. “We’re very excited about adding a daily newspaper,”Gary Stevenson said. In addition to The Post and The Sun-Telegraph, the couple owns the Saratoga Sun and they are partners in five other newspapers in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Pine Bluffs Post editor Denis Cheatham has been named the editor of The Sun-Telegraph in addition to his duties at the Post.


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