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100 Years Ago

December 23, 1915

The Dixie Minstrels to appear in Pine Bluffs

A keen intrest is felt in local circles over the comeing of the all-colored success, the Dixie Minstrels, who will appear at the Pine Bluffs opera house Monday night Dec. 27 in one of the best minstrel entertainments that is on today. This minstrel show is somewhat different from the average minstrel troupe, as the company carries a clever chorus of pretty creole girls instead of being all men, as is usuraly the case with other minstrels. The attraction is one of the funniest and most novel affairs ever presented and everything presented is to please and there is nothing to offend. There will be two free street parades. (Editor’s Note: Spelling errors in this article were in the original.)


Home talent play

We hear much these days about home talent and home talent plays; but we wish to notify the public that Pine Bluffs has surpassed anything in these parts and many other parts in a home talent play given by the high school last Saturday night at the opera house, entitled “Out in the Streets.”

The play was an excellent one with a good moral. Each actor played his or her part well. Professor Hume showed great skill in selecting the various characters—each one seemed to fit in his or her particular place. We regret that we cannot make personal mention of each character and point out the stars that deserve special mention. This troupe is capable of playing before any audience. Between the acts of the main play was given specialties, pantomimes, dialogues, songs, etc, which were well rendered and greatly appreciated by the audience.

The large hall was crowded with an appreciative audience—every seat was taken and standing room was at a premium. All who witnessed the program pronounced it a complete success.

75 Years Ago

December 19, 1940

Raises big squash

Oliver Bergstrom brought a squash to this office Tuesday which would have caused a riot at the county fair. The giant vegetable, after being weighed and measured was put on display in the Carlstrum Dry Goods window, where it will remain until the first of the week when Mrs. H. N. Simkins, local chairman of the Red Cross, will put portions of it in the Christmas baskets which she and her committee will prepare for deserving families.

The squash weighed 62 pounds and measured five feet in circumference.


WPA employees will get checks before Christmas holiday

All men employed on the WPA project here will receive their pay checks for December in time for Christmas.

The project opened here last Saturday and payment for the work of graveling the alleys in town will be mailed to them by the state administration which is making an effort to mail out December payments to all employees in the state.

All Wyoming WPA workers will receive at least one pay check for two weeks work during the month of December, before Christmas, and the Wyoming Work Projects Administration is making every effort to schedule the work of its employees so that most of them may earn and receive their full December pay before Christmas or during the holiday week.

This is not easy or possible in all cases because WPA workers cannot be paid before they perform their work, nor can they be permitted to work more than eight hours per day or 40 hours per week, but work schedules have been pushed ahead as far as possible.

50 Years Ago

December 24, 1965

Insurance agency sold to Stephens

Richard D. Stephens has purchased the insurance part of the business of the Leonard Smith Agency here from Kenneth Smith.

The business, which was established by Kenneth’s father, the late Leonard Smith in 1923, has been operated by Kenneth since 1949.

The real estate business is being continued by Kenneth Smith, assisted by Reuben Anderson.


School notes

The Pine Bluffs matmen, who went to Casper over the weekend, gained some useful experience though all were defeated when they met wrestlers from class A and AA schools. The Pine Bluffs squad was the only class B school participating.

25 Years Ago

December 20, 1990

Sadie Rudeen passes 100th birthday

Sadie B. Rudeen, Long Beach, Calif., celebrated her 100th birthday on December 18, 1990.

She was a resident of the Hawk Springs and Albin areas for 36 years.

Sadie Blackman was born in Wisconsin and came to Wyoming as a young lady, to teach school. While here she met and married Gus A. Rudeen. Their six children, Winifred Sheahan, Betty Prouty, Lawrence and Jack Rudeen, Shirley Harned and Dorothy Coen were born and raised here.

When Gus died in 1961, she moved to Long Beach, Calif. and lived by herself until a year ago, when she moved to a retirement home.

She has 18 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.


1st team All-State

Congratulations to Tad Allen and Tony Jones who were selected 1st team All-State by the Rocky Mountain News Sunday, Dec. 9. Tad was selected as a quarterback, and Tony as a defensive back. Tad was also selected 6-man Player of the Year for the entire state of Colorado. Both players will compete in the 6-man/8-man All-State game this summer in Alamosa. Tad will also participate in the 11-man All-State game this summer in which he will compete against players from all levels of Colorado high schools. Tad is the first 6-man player in the past 5 years to be selected to this team. The community is proud to congratulate Tad and Tony.

10 Years Ago

December 22, 2005

Christmas contest

winners announced

Many Pine Bluffs residents decorated their homes with Christmas lights, reindeer, angels, Santas and nativity scenes to help bring the Christmas spirit to the community and win the Christmas decorating contest, sponsored by the Pine Bluffs Recreation Department.

According to Pine Bluffs Recreation Director Sonja Fornstrom, 10 homes were chosen to receive a prize from the town.

On Monday night, an outside entity spent an hour and a half driving around the lit up community, judging each home on their creativity and lighting use.

“The judges told me that they had trouble just picking out 10 and said that every house decorated should receive an honorable mention,” Fornstrom said.

“They also commended the town for the big star on the hill.”

The top 10 homes chosen in alphabetical order were Betty Bymer at 617 E. 6th Street; Don Eggli, 105 Beech; Dave Gorman, 600 E. 10th ; Jim Fornstrom, 413 Blair; Tom Mohren, 915 Beech; Leonard Reher, 608 Beech; Angela Robson, 1002 Swan Ave.; Judy Sanders, 1279 N. Main; and Terry Steege, 608 Beech.

“It seemed like there were more decorated homes in the town,” Fornstrom said. “I was really impressed with all the decorations. There were a lot of nice ones.”

Fornstrom said she hopes to make the Christmas lighting contest an annual event.

“I know that in Greeley they have one where homes can only win every three years. Maybe we could do something like that,” Fornstrom explained. She said nothing was set in stone right now.


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