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Looking Back


100 Years Ago

June 29, 1916

Dance at Mitchell Ranch

C. L. Hoard gave a very successful dance Saturday evening, June 24 at A. B. Mitchell’s ranch. A large crowd attended and enjoyed a good time. Many from Pine Bluffs attended and there was also a quite a number of Cheyenne people there. They were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meyers, Mr. and Mrs. N. petrie, mr. and Mrs. Chas Embry, Mrs. C. R. Hall, Mr. Harold Brinker, and Mr. Pat Hayes. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Hoard and the crowd dispersed at daylight.

Over south items

Frank Land has 40 acres of the finest oats on the South Divid just south of his house, so he claims, and we will agree that these are the best oats we have seen this season.

Jim McDowall can easily claim the best field of wheat on old ground, while A. E. Carter has 4320 acres on sod just across the fence from Jim McDowall which is as pretty as any picture ever taken. Just drop over and see these fields of grain. They are not the only fields of grain, however, that are good on the South Divide, but we think they are the best.

Frank Land went up to Bard’s Saturday night to play for the dance.

If crooked rows grow more than straight ones in Ira Adams will undoubtedly have a large yield of spuds this year. He already has spuds as big as eggs.

A good many of the corn growers over here are plowing their corn the second time.

The Rockaway boys trimmed the Bushnell ball team Sunday to the tune of about 30 to 10.

Jim Kieler hauled lumber the first of the week to build a barn. This listens good.


75 Years Ago

July 3, 1941

Pine Bluffs man good Samaritan, but loses $50

You can take it from M. R. Hemphill that it doesn’t pay to be kind to strangers. It cost him about $50 to be a good samaritan. And as a result, Deputy Sheriff Andrew Floy this week was looking for both the stranger and the money.

It all happened this way. W. H. Irwin, a friend of Hemphill’s, met the stranger at a local bar and invited him to dinner. They ate with Hemphill who discovered some five hours after the stranger had left, that forty or fifty dollars in cash which he had in two pocketbooks were missing.

Deputy Floy has a warrant for the man’s arrest.

Youth arrested at Burns charged with auto theft

An Indiana youth was under custody this week, following his arrest at Burns by Patrolman Howard Dickson on a charge of stealing an automobile.

He is George C. Fry, 16, of Evans Landing, Ind. He was held at the Laramie County Jail in Cheyenne. Authorities reported the car was stolen from Idaho Springs, Colo.


50 Years Ago

July 1, 1966

Albin man and son visit Sweden after 60 years

A. P. Sandman, 82, and son Vernon of Albin arrived home Saturday from a three weeks visit to Sweden. They made the trip both ways by jet liner, quite a change from the trip when the elder Mr. Sandman came over in 1904. The journey then took a full week, while the jet trip took only between six and seven hours.

When Sandman, a tailor by trade, landed in the States, he worked for some time at Grand Siland, but the call of the outdoors was too strong and he then worked for a time at farming and ranching. He soon came on to Wyoming and took up a homestead just south of Albin, which is still the family home.

They found his old home in Sweden still in good repair and the present occupant of the place remembered him and his family and also recalled their leaving there for the states.

The younger Sandman, a native of the Albin community, is postmaster at Albin. He reports that crops in his father’s native Sweden looked green and wonderful and the country seemed very prosperous.

Bob Keenan shoots 2 under par, best score for course

Read ‘em and weep, you old vets of the game of pasture pool, or better known as golf.

A youngster, Bob Keenan, who will be 20 next week, played the nine-hole course on the bluffs Monday evening 2 strokes below par, or 30.

Keenan, who has been an ardent fan of the sport, has captured many of the local tournaments and only last week placed third in a flight at the Fathers Day tourney at Kimball.

Bob, a summer employee at the Farmers State Bank, will be a junior at the University of Wyoming next term.

Jack Hilterbrand, president of the local golf association, reports tat as far as he knows, this is the lowest score ever for this course.


25 Years Ago

June 27, 1991

Communities to host Fourth of July Celebrations

Three major Fourth of July celebrations will take place this Thursday in Laramie County.

The Carpenter community will host an afternoon and evening of festivities at the school beginning with races at 4 pm. Attendees will then dip into a cream can supper being served from 5:30 plm. T 7 p.m.

The finish to the Ninth Annual Fourth of July celebration will be a dance in the gym beginning at 8 p.m. and concluding at midnight.

There will be no fireworks display because Carpenter is included in the ban because the town is not incorporated and falls under the county ordinance prohibiting the detonation of fireworks.

Pine Bluffs, however, does not come under the county ban and will hold its annual fireworks extravaganza at the baseball park on the Thursday night.

Fire District No. 5 is again sponsoring the event and volunteer firemen will begin lighting the fireworks just after dark, somewhere around 9 p.m.

This year Pine Bluffs Recreation Department will be holding a Street Dance at the community center parking lot. The dance will follow the fireworks. Music will be provided by the Sound Connection. A note of caution, the Pine Bluffs Police Department will be enforcing the open container law on the Fourth and specifically at the Street Dance. That means no drinking of alcoholic beverages is permitted in any area except in the Pine Bluffs Bars.

The Pine Bluffs police also note that it is against the town’s ordinance to ignite any fireworks within the corporate limits of the community.


10 Years Ago

June 29, 2006

May, Rageth attend Girls State in June

Ashley Rageth and Randa May were recently selected to represent Pine Bluffs High School and their community at the American Legion Auxiliary Wyoming Girls State. The 64th session of Girls Stae was held at Northwest Community College in Powell from June 10 through June 17.

once the girls committed, they were responsible for two-a-month meetings from February through the state session in June.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsored this premier program that provides the delegates with the opportunity to “learn by doing,” gaining knowledge of government and the political system on the city, country and state levels.

The girls were introduced to the duties, rights and privileges of citizenship as they interacted with 141 other delegates from across the state.

All delegates had to write a bill and campaign in the primary election to be elected to a national, state or county office. Both bills written by Rageth and May passed.

Rageth was appointed to Director of the Department of Game and Fish and May was elected a partisan officer-National Party chairman.

The entire week was very structured and devoted to the study of Americanism with the emphasis on citizenship and friendships. The delegates were honored with the presence of Governor Dave and Frist lady Nancy Freudenthal at one of the general sessions.

All delegates who compete the full session were encouraged to apply for a number of scholarships citizens.


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