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100 Years Ago

December 16, 1915

School house will be fixed at once

Board takes prompt action

The defect in our public school building here which was mentioned in last week’s issue will receive prompt attention by our school board. Wm. Dunstan, one of the efficient members of the board, was in town Tuesday and took the matter up at once.

Upon investigation it was found that the waste water from the drinking fountain was causing the trouble on account of a poor drainage system. Mr. Dunstan contracted with Harrison Huntwork to put in a proper drainage system, which will be done at once. He had a competent committee to examine the building and they consider it in no case endangered by the defect; so there is no occasion for any uneasiness in this matter.

Mr. Dunstan has shown his public-spiritedness and his interest in the public welfare by his action in this matter. He said when elected as member of the board that, although he lived in the country he would not neglect Pine Bluffs’ school and his actions show he is making good. The people here appreciate his promptness in this matter.

75 Years Ago

December 12, 1940

Mortensen is new dairy proprietor

A. P. Mortensen Tuesday took possession of the Stephens Dairy which he purchased of Charles W. Stephens last week. At present he is operating the dairy from the Clyde Barkell farm west of town where Stephens had conducted the business since purchasing it from Clyde Barkell nearly three years ago.

Mortensen is planning to move the equipment to his farm just east of Pine Bluffs as soon as he can get the necessary buildings completed.

Stephens, who purchased the Club Billiard parlors of Marvin Kieler and Albert Foster last Wednesday, took possession of that business Thursday morning and is planning to move his family to town as soon as he can secure suitable quarters.


Junior class play is full of comedy

“O-Kay,” a 3-act comedy, will be presented by the junior class of the high school Thursday evening, Dec. 19. When grandma hides her jewels so the “Black Terror” won’t find them, when grandpa finds someone has secretly unloaded his old “blunderbus,” and when a warning note tied to a brick comes crashing through the window—then things happen hilariously fast and with side-splitting situations. The cast includes Anna Mae Springer, Cleo Mykris, Ralph Reed, Gerald Maroney, Margaret Smith, Elaine Phillips, Mike Markobrad, Marshall Nussbaum, Robert Elwood, Mary Lynne Mercer and Verle Burt.

Plan to attend this play.


WPA project here to open Saturday

F. D. Bellamy of Cheyenne, works director of the WPA, yesterday informed Dick Klugherz, local foreman, that work would reopen on the local project on Saturday, Dec. 14. The work, which was shut down here on Oct. 4 at the beginning of potato harvest, will include the improvement of streets and alleys and must be completed by Feb. 28, unless a new project has been lined up by that time, which was not thought likely.

Klugherz predicted yesterday that there would probably be 10 or 12 men show up for work on the project here Saturday. There were 13 employed at the time the project was closed down.

50 Years Ago

December 17, 1965

Co-ed correspondent named

Miss Rebecca Janicek, 14, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Janicek, has been named Co-ed correspondent for the 1965-66 school year. She is in the Homemaking I class at Pine Bluffs high school. Her appointment was made by Miss Zella Gillaspey, home ec teacher.

Selected for her qualities of leadership and her enthusiasm for home economics, Miss Janicek will serve as junior advisor to the editors of Co-ed, national magazine for teenage girls. She is to keep them informed of activities at Pine Bluffs high school. More than 4,000 Co-ed correspondents throughout the United States and Canada report for the magazine.


Wrestlers compete

Ten Pine Bluffs wrestlers and Coach Howard Eisenhauer, plan to leave Friday morning to participate in the Casper invitational wrestling matches there Dec. 17 and 18. Schools from all classes will participate in the two-day event. Tom Romig, Dennis Sanders, Glenn Reher, Dave Gehrke, Larry Spier, Stan Butler, Rocky Heigis, John Wise and Nate Walls will begin their contests at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

25 Years Ago

December 13, 1990

Precious Pennies at West Elementary

Christmas is a time to show caring and to share. The 5th grade class has planned a sharing project called “Precious Pennies.” They would like all the elementary students at West Elementary to have the opportunity to participate and this is how it works. Each student will collect and bring pennies to school. There will be a container in each classroom to put the pennies in when they arrive at school. The 5th graders will pick up the containers each day, count the pennies and wrap them. Friday, Dec. 21, they will announce to each class how much was collected and present the money to Rev. Brown for the food fund.

Caring and sharing is one of the themes for our BEST program and we feel this is an opportunity for students to share with others.

Especially at Christmas we feel it is important for students to take the focus off themselves and what they want. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to help someone else.



Robbie Edmunds, son of Tom and Glenda Edmunds, won 1st in the Jirdon Agri-Chemical coloring contest, 2nd and 3rd grade boys division and won a 6-foot Christmas tree. Congratulations Robbie.

10 Years Ago

December 15, 2005

Facing mother-in-law a cinch after 2 tours in Iraq

Sgt. Elmer and Holly Miguel of California came Monday to spend a few days visiting with her mother, Karen Plinsky and grandparents, Kenneth and Phyllis Lundberg. Elmer has been discharged with the Marines where he has served two tours of duty in Iraq.


Sax and jazz

On Thursday evening, Richard and Louise Person met Jim and Karen Larson of Gurley, Neb. and Matthew Larson of Cheyenne for dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Later, they all attended the LCCC Christmas Concert at the Civic Center. Matthew plays saxophone for the LCCC wind symphony and also the LCCC jazz band.



In the Area Women’s Christian Coffee article in the Dec. 8 edition of the Pine Bluffs Post, it should read Mary Della Gerner portrayed Bathsheba in the Women of the Bible style show.


Laramie County Sheriff’s to enforce drinking and driving program

Laramie County Sheriff Danny Glick would like to announce that the Laramie County Sheriff’s department would be entering its second year of a successful Driving Under the Influence Enforcement Program.

The program is dedicated to reducing drunk driving within Laramie County and is funded by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant is administered through the Wyoming Department of Transportation Highway Safety Division

Grant funds are used to pay for the overtime for deputies to work D.U.I. Enforcement, and a portion will be used to purchase additional portable Breath Testers that assist the deputies in detecting those drivers that are over the legal limit.

During approximately 250 hours of overtime worked in 2005 the deputies made over 300 contacts resulting in approximately 150 citations and/or arrests. Deputies involved in the D.U.I. Enforcement program are also available to assist in emergency situations.


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