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

Looking Back


100 Years Ago

October 28, 1915


Kit Carson says, “tell everybody I’m still a-livin’.”


The candy sale given by the school was quite a success, $18 were taken in.


J. N. Brooks has purchased the Rufus Wymer place, formerly owned by Geo. Karlstrum, now occupied by Frank Wynne.



Joseph A. Hobbs of Little Horse Creek, Wyoming and Edith M. Lyon of Pine Bluffs, were married Sunday afternoon October 24 at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Kauffman’s two miles east of town by Rev. Edwin Bowling.

75 Years Ago

October 24, 1940


Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, former governor of Wyoming and at present director of the United States Mint, is to be the principal speaker at a Democratic rally here next Monday night. The meeting is to be held in the auditorium of the high school and all the county candidates are to be present.



B. K. Bunch purchased a new Chevrolet sedan from the Land-Reed Chevrolet company this week.

The L. D. Christys purchased a ‘36 Chevrolet in Cheyenne Friday.

Henry Swanburg purchased a Chevrolet sedan from Land-Reed Chevrolet company this week.



Doris Mercer complained yesterday that his classified ads in the Post kept him so busy that he hardly had a moment’s time to spare. It would be hard to convince him that there is much excuse for an unemployment problem.

50 Years Ago

October 22, 1965


Mr. and Mrs. Bob McLaughlin and Mr. and Mrs. Jim McLaughlin left Oct. 9 on a hunting trip to Jackson. Mrs. McLaughlin got her moose early in the week and the group also had killed one elk. They plan to return this weekend.


Carpenter Hunters Return

Clayton Butler Jr. and four Pine Bluffs men, George Mills, Ed Zorn Jr., Marvin Sanders and Dale Fisher, returned Thursday from a 10-day elk and moose hunting trip in the Pinedale area. They were successful in bagging their game, but a dressed moose, being cooled under a tarp, was stolen from their camp.



Norman Vern Loveland of Pine Bluffs and Miss Bonnie Jean Knuppel of Grover were married at Kimball Oct. 14. Judge James Bourret performed the ceremony.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Loveland of Pine Bluffs and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Knuppel of Grover.



A marriage license was issued from the office of County Clerk Lester Gopp in Cheyenne to Frank J. Suppon Jr., of Pine Bluffs and Sharon K. Mothershead of Cheyenne. The couple was married in Cheyenne Sunday.

25 Years Ago

October 25, 1990


Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Nichols saw an unusual sight Sunday afternoon, when they observed a cow moose and her calf in the Loverchecks yard. The Loverchecks were not at home but the moose stayed around their house and yard for some time eating grass, finally wandering up a canyon and were not seen again, but the calf was later struck by a vehicle on Highway 85 and killed.


Pawnee’s Pride – the FFA

Monday and Tuesday, the FFA attended the State Judging Contest at Colorado State University. Members of the teams were: Land Classification – Chad Bymer, Mike Crouch and Tony Jones; Horse Judging – Jaime Allen, Tracy Hatch and LeAnn Sierman; Dairy – Wendy Ahlbrandt, Jay Burnett and Debra Everitt; and Farm Management – Tad Allen, Jeff Burnett and Katie Cozad. Tracy Hatch received a white, LeAnn Sierman received a blue award for individual Horse Judging. Jay Burnett received a white, Debra Everitt, red, and Wendy Ahlbrandt, blue for individual Dairy Judging. Katie Cozad received a white, Tad Allen, red, and Jeff Burnett, blue for individual Farm Management. Jeff Burnett was also recognized as being the second highest individual to place in Farm Management. The team awards were Horse Judging – Silver Award, Farm Management – Gold Award and 3rd highest, and Dairy Judging – Gold Award and 1st over-all. The Dairy Judging team will compete at National Convention in Kansas City in early November. Wendy Ahlbrandt also competed in the FFA Creed Speaking Contest receiving a silver award. Way to go FFA!

10 Years Ago

October 27, 2005


Turkeys could be seen cutting through the Pine Bluffs Cemetery Friday morning. Ten years ago, Pine Bluffs received about 30 Rio Grande turkeys from Oklahoma in a program between the Wyoming Game and Fish and Oklahoma. Three groups of 10 turkeys that included one tom, one jake, and eight hens were released on the bluffs south of town, in hopes the Rio Grande turkeys would fare better in Wyoming than other species of turkeys that had been transplanted here. In exchange for the turkeys, up to 75 antelope from F. E. Warren Air Force Base were transplanted to Oklahoma.


Promise Keepers Bring Father and Son Together

Chad Palm of Jay, Okla. met his father, Carl Palm, in Denver to join him at the men’s “Promise Keepers” meeting last week. Chad returned home with Carl to spend the weekend visiting with grandparents Carl and Pat Palm. Others attending Promise Keepers include Dean and Steven Anderson, Mark Cronk, Cody Branigan, Pastor Don Blomberg, Cal Oliverius, Lee and Brett Malm, Don Jacobsen and Brian, Michael Booth and Miquel Chavez.


Banner Co.

With all the highway work being done on Highways 88 and 71, signs warning of closed roadways are frequently ignored. Highway workers barely took notice when a woman drove past their sign and over the hill to the trench they had dug in the middle of the road. After the workers explained the detour route to town, she went on her way. They were surprised however to see the same woman coming toward them from town a couple hours later. “Oh,” she said as she again pulled up next to the trench crew. “Is it closed in this direction too?”


Watching Great-grandchildren

Not many people 94 years old have the privilege of watching their great-grandchildren play sports. Ceylon Kopsa comes to Hereford to visit her daughter and family, Donna and Melvin Hoke. She frequently comes to Pawnee High School in Grover to watch her great-granddaughters, Janelle and Adele Cass, play volleyball, and great-grandson, Brent Cass, play football. Ceylon lives in Loveland and enjoys coming to Grover to visit and remember the “good old days” when she lived here and also attended school in Grover. Her parents, William and Nancy Bowlin, homesteaded just east of Grover in 1906. Ceylon was born on the homestead in 1911. She married Wesley Kopsa in 1935 and left the area but kept in touch with many friends. Being widowed in 1954, she went into nursing, retiring from Loveland Hospital in 1976. She has been a very hard worker and very active person all her life. She walks two to three miles every day and keeps her own house and yard. Ceylon plays in a kitchen band twice a week and entertains in senior center and nursing homes. Ceylon crochets many items including toilet tissue holders, dolls and tops on tea towels. She is very active in her church and is planning to travel this fall to several western states, visiting her other children. She gives God the glory for her long life and good health, enabling her to keep busy.


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