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75 Years Ago

January 2, 1941

Ben Prouty to be new fire chief

The town board will meet this evening to appoint a chief for the volunteer fire department. D.B. Prouty, who was recommended for the position at a recent meeting of firemen, will more than likely be the appointee. It was also decided at the firemen’s meeting that the department would hold regular meetings hereafter on the third Wednesday of each month at the Lions club den.


Carter to open meat market

Les Carter, well-known local butcher, has leased the meat department of the O.P. Skaggs store here from S. Vogler of Kimball and plans to open a meat market there as soon as new equipment which has been ordered can be installed and other needed changes made.


Simkins home places first in lighting contest

First prize in the Christmas outdoor lighting contest sponsored by local firemen and the Lions club was awarded to H.N. Simkins, whose attractive holiday decorations earned him the $5 award.

Dr. M.L. Morris received $3 for second place and Kermit Watkins received $2 for third place.

Honorable mention went to the homes of J. Ben Coordt, A.E. Carlstrum, H.J. Speetzen, Andy Floy and E.H. Harvey.

50 Years Ago

January 7, 1966

Women uninjured as car hits cow

Mrs. Martin (Jo Ann) Soto of Carpenter and Mrs. Danny Hart of Pine Bluffs escaped injury Dec. 30 when a 1963 Ford driven by Mrs. Soto struck a cow and overturned two miles south of Carpenter, according to Sheriff Harold Conine.

Conine said Soto was traveling west about 55 mph when she slammed on her brakes in an effort to avoid hitting a cow in the road. Her car slid 130 feet on the roadway, struck the cow, slid 20 feet off the north side of the road and turned over on its top.

Damage to the car was estimated at $400.


Grass fire

The Pine Bluffs volunteer fire department was summoned Dec. 30 to a grass fire east of the Dr. Cunningham property around 9:20 a.m. Flames from weeds being burned off by L.L. Walters got out of control due to high winds and threatened the properties of H.N. Simkins and W.F. Behrends across the road. Firemen were able to squelch the flames and no damage resulted.


Broken ankle

Gary Roth, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Roth of Grover, was released from the hospital after suffering a fractured ankle when a colt he was trying to break on Dec. 19 fell over backward on him.


Local youth to receive highest scouting award

Boy Scout Troop 119 of Pine Bluffs will hold an Eagle court of honor Jan. 10 for John Wise, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford A. Wise of Pine Bluffs. John started out in Cub Scouts at age eight and is a sophomore in high school.

Life rank badges will be presented to Terry Fisher and Allen Klawonn, a Star rank to David Stoetzel, First Class Scout K.C. Spier will be advanced in rank by his brother Larry and Chuck Stephens will present Second Class badges to Judd Redden and Eugene Russell.


Pine Bluffs moisture above normal

Despite a dry fall, Pine Bluffs received 17.11 inches of moisture in 1965, 2.23 inches above normal, according to records at the local weather station.

Temperatures in 1965 ranged from a high of 100 degrees on Aug. 12 to a low of 14 degrees below zero on Mar. 25.

The average temperature for 1965 was 44.3 degrees. Average temperature for December was 41.8.

A total of 27 inches of snow fell in town in 1965.

25 Years Ago

January 3, 1991

W.I.F.E. to protest 1990 Farm Bill

Women from Pine Bluffs, Grover and Hereford, members of Chapter 10, North Weld County Women Involved in Farming Economics, will meet next week and will undoubtedly favor the national organization’s project of mailing empty bread wrappers to President Bush and members of the Wyoming Congressional delegation to protest the 1990 Farm Bill.

President of the chapter, Roberta Foster, Grover ranch wife, said she favors the action, but the complete membership will vote at a regular meeting.

The national president of WIFE, Elaine Stuhr, said this week that members across the nation began mailing the bread wrappers last week, containing only a few crumbs to emphasize the problems inherent in the new Farm Bill. She said the bill will hurt agricultural producers in farm income, and pointed out the detrimental effect those cuts in spending power will have on all communities and on every American consumer.


Bus service to begin

The Al-Pine community bus has announced that scheduled runs will begin on January 15. The service is open to all. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

10 Years Ago

January 5, 2006

Fire destroys family’s home

Kyle and Andrea Boydston along with their 15-month old son, Hunter, were left homeless after fire on Dec. 28 destroyed their home just southeast of Carpenter. According to Fire District #4 volunteer Mike Poelma, the whole trailer and all of its contents were lost in the blaze.

“When we got there, it was thoroughly involved. There wasn’t much that we could do,” Poelma said.

Kyle said he was unsure how the fire started, but a candle could be at fault.

According to Kyle, there were no injuries from the fire. He said the outpouring from surrounding communities has been a blessing.

“We have gotten so much stuff. We have couches, chairs, tables and other furniture. We really appreciate what everyone has given to us.”


New business interested in Pine Bluffs

Leon and Melissa Mitchell of American Eagle Towing Company were present at the meeting of Pine Bluffs Town Council to discuss a possible location to start a towing company in town.

“I own American Eagle Towing out of Cheyenne and also run a towing business in Buford,” stated Leon. “With ABC towing going out of business, I think it would be smart to start a towing business here. Not only for a service to you guys, but obviously to make an income.”

The council expressed interest in the business coming to Pine Bluffs and will stay in contact with the owners, hopefully to try and help secure a place for the business to get started.


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