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

Looking Back


100 years ago

Nov. 13, 1914

That war is fought by boys is a familiar truth that we often forget. But the records of our own civil war prove it overwhelmingly. The department rolls show that in the great rebellion there were enlisted in the army of the north 2,778,309 men, and of these 25 were 10 year old and younger, 225 12 years and under, 1,523 14 years old and under, 844,891 16 years and under, 1,151,438 18 years and under, 2,159,798 21 and under and 618,511 22 years and over. Thus the average of the whole army was 19.7 years. When war thus takes away the young manhood of the country, who can estimate its cost?

75 years ago

Nov. 16, 1939

One of the best attended farm sales here for many months was one held yesterday by W. M. (Mike) Miskell on the Garden farm near Lindbergh where he has farmed for the past several years. Grain and feed, of which there was considerable in the sale, sold exceptionally well. Oats, for instance, brought well over the market price for the day.

Thirty-five head of cattle were sold, milch cows bringing as high as $72 and stock cows up to $50 a head. Hogs, of which there were about 30 head, also brought good prices. Farm machinery and household goods also sold well, according to Miskell, who was well pleased with the results of his sale. He says that Pine Bluffs Post advertising certainly gets results. There were buyers there from as far south as Grover, Colo., and from over in Nebraska as far as Scottsbluff and Mitchell.

Miskell plans to leave within the next few days for California.

50 years ago

Nov. 13, 1964

The Union Pacific railroad, in cooperation with the agriculture extension service of the University of Wyoming, invites the public to attend a free educational program on the company’s agriculture improvement car. The car will be in Pine Bluffs near the depot on Friday, Nov. 20. The car will be open for morning meetings starting at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon meetings at 1.

“Beef Rings the Bell,” a brand new color and sound motion picture on production of beef, will be featured. The movie released last spring received wide acclaim from the beef cattle industry. T. R. Robb, extension entomologist from the University of Wyoming, will be on hand to discuss the safe use of pesticides and supplement the story told by the film.

Local extension personnel have also been asked to assist with the program. F. D. Wentz, Union Pacific agricultural agent, will be in charge of the car.

25 years ago

Nov. 16, 1989

Just over 55 percent of Laramie County’s voters went to the polls Tuesday and defeated a sales tax increase, approved a plan to distribute $2.3 million in overage money and Cheyenne residents okayed a bond issue and mil levy to their schools. In the special election eastern Laramie County voters stayed with the majority of their brethren in Cheyenne opting not to approve a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund $10 million for Cheyenne’s proposed Museum Complex and $1,762,000 requested by the towns of Albin, burns and Pine Bluffs.

Countywide the percentage of favorable votes for Prop. 2 was 42.3% and those opposing totaled 56.6%. County election officials put the tally at 7,662 for Prop. 2 and 10, 261 against.

The county overwhelmingly agreed to distribute $2.3 million left over from the county jail 71% or 12,952 said yes, while 4,888 (26.9%) voted no.

The town’s of Albin, Burns and Pine Bluffs will receive a portion, $100,000 each plus a small percentage based on population, from the overage fund. Cheyenne will receive an estimated $1.8 million.

Pine Bluffs was the only town on an individual base to approve the sales tax increase. 204 voters approved the measure, while 122 cast no votes. Albin’s area voters punched 63 no votes and 51 said yes. Burns had almost the same percentage with 160 no ballots and 122 saying yes. Carpenter School voters blocked out 83 negative spots while 35 favored the increase. Meriden Store saw 21 say no and 17 yes.

On Prop. 1, the overage issue, Carpenter was the only area to vote against the dispersment of the jail money, 65 to 51 was the vote. Albin’s tally was 83 yes, 29 no; Meriden Store 26 yes, 12 no; Pine Bluffs 266 yes, 58 no; Burns 235 yes, 48 no.

10 years ago

Nov. 11, 2004

Kimberly Nusbaum received the American FFA Degree at the 77th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. On Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004.

It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes Nusbaum’s demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agriculture business, production, processing and service programs.

Less than one in the 165 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree.

Nusbaum, the daughter of Brian and Christina Nusbaum, is currently attending Chadron State College. She is a member of the Grover FFA Chapter and her agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor is Jack Sifers.

Nusbaum will receive a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate to commemorate the achievement. The recognition program is sponsored by BASF, Case IH, Farm Credit System and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The National FFA Convention is the nation’s largest annual youth gathering, welcoming students, parents and educators from all across theUnited State.

FFA is a national youth organization of 464,267 student members preparing for leadership careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,194 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


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