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100 Years Ago

August 3, 1916

Contract let for the new schoolhouse

Jack Rundall, former Pine Bluffs man, gets the contract

The bids for the construction of the new school building here were opened Monday and Jack Rundall of Chappell, Neb. being the lowest bidder was awarded the contract. Herbert Linn of Kimball received the contract for the plumbing.

The bids received were as follows: J. Sorenson of Cheyenne, $12,450; R. N. Lafontain of Cheyenne, $21,317; W. G. Kallaghan of Cheyenne, $20,740; Kenny and Rochett of Central City, $20122. Jack Rundall of Chappell, $17,948.

The contractor is to furnish all material and construct the building according to plans and specifications under the supervision of the architect Dubois of Cheyenne. Building is to be completed by December 1, 1916.


75 Years Ago

August 7, 1941

Hail does damage in Albin region Friday afternoon

Hail, that old enemy of the wheat farmer, struck a considerable strip of country north of Albin last Friday afternoon. Wheat farmers who suffered varying degrees of damage from the storm, according to reports received here, were Mrs. W. W. McGill, Dave Person, George Rabou, Sam Haldeman, W. T. Young and many others over a widely scattered area from northwest to northeast of Albin.

No estimate of the damage done has been received here, although some fields of fine wheat were said to have been damaged to the extent of 50 percent.

Because of late spring rains, the wheat in the Albin region which suffered most from the recent hailstorm was nearly a week later in maturing than similar crops farther south.

A few farmers who have finished their harvest are now able to rest easy, without fear of fire or hail, either of which is capable of turning a bumper crop into a big loss within a few hours time.

New management for dance here Saturday night

Charles Stephens and H. N. Simpkins who are starting a new series of dances at the Ag hall here, have secured Al Rose and his new seven-piece band for their opening night — Saturday August 9. Al promises a fine program with good music, a blues singer an’ everything.

Pine Bluffs has been without dances for a long time now and the boys should be given generous support in their attempt to reestablish the regular bi-weekly affairs here.

Gene Patton hurt when thrown from tractor Tuesday

Gene Patton suffered a fractured vertebra Tuesday when he was thrown from a tractor while unloading a bunch of the machines for the Pine Bluffs Motor Company here.

He was taken to a Kimball physician for treatment and was able to return to his home here yesterday.


50 Years Ago

August 5, 1966

Wednesday marks opening of Western Plains Fair

The Western Plains Fair is to open Wednesday August 10, at 1 p.m. at Frontier park and pavilion in Cheyenne and continue through August 13, according to Stan Christensen, fair secretary.

“This fair provides an excellent opportunity for county residents to see the actual work of hundreds of Laramie County youth and adults and to view what is actually grown in the county,” Christensen said.

Over $15,000 in premiums will be paid to winning exhibitors in addition to some 50 trophies which have been donated by various Cheyenne merchants.

Among exhibits will be open class, 4-H club work, vocational agriculture, Future Farmers of America and educational school projects.

Horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, agronomy, floriculture, culinary arts and crafts, electrical projects, foods and numerous other exhibits will be on display in competition for ribbon and premium awards. Top exhibits will receive a chance to be displayed at the state fair in Douglas, Christensen said.

Free horse shows will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Joanna Hughbanks, Robert Herchenroeder Wed July 17

The wedding of Joanna Sue Hughbanks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hughbanks of Harrisburg and Robert G. Herchenroeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Herchenroeder of Longmont, Colo. was performd July 17 in St. Andrews Episcopal church at Scottsbluff. The Rev. Terrence Keef of Kimball performed the ceremony.


25 Years Ago

August 8, 1991

Man points gun at deputies

In district court in Cheyenne this week, Donald Wubben, 43, of rural Hillsdale, has been charged on two counts of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, charge, for threatening two Laramie County Sheriff’s deputies stationed in Pine Bluffs with a shotgun.

A tiral date of August 14 for Wubben who threatened Deputy Dick Dunsbergern and Deputy Terry Wiedenhaft with a shotgun last Saturday morning and resisted arrest after pointing the weapon at them . He was disarmed and taken to county jail after the confrontation.

It was determined at the county sheriff’s office that while there wre no bullets in the shotgun barrel, there were cartridges in the magazine.

The two sheriff’s deputies stationed in the Pine Bluffs division of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department were met by Wubben with a shotgun and the front door of a rural residence north of Hillsdale Saturday and with a rifle at a rear door by a young woman when they attempted to serve papers dealing with a civil court action from Fort Collins in Laramie County, Colo.

Deputy Sheriff Dick Dunsbergern, chief of the Pine Bluffs division of the sheriff’s department, was accompanied by Deputy Terry Wiedenhaft. Wubben, principal in the court action, met the pair with the shotgun and a young woman, apparently his daughter, holding the rifle.

After the two deputies erved the papers, Wubben threatened them with the shotgun and was subsequently disarmed and placed under arrest for aggravated assault and felony interference with peace officers. The young woman was instructed to drop her weapon as she approached the deputies with the rifle and she cooperated.


10 Years Ago

August 3, 2006

Trail Days royalty has busy summer

Representing and promoting Trail Days also couldn’t come easier to this year’s queen, Heather Haug, as she has attended every Trail Days and has competed in the rodeo ever since she was old enough to do it.

“The rodeo is my favorite part and Trail Days has always been a part of my life,” Haug said.

Haug competes in barrel racing while her attendant, Callie Capraro will compete in barrel racing, pole pending, goat tying, breakaway and team roping at this year’s Trail Days rodeo.

This year the royalty duo will both be on hand to help out behind the scenes at the annual Trail Days teenage rodeo from office work to keeping the arena clear during roping events to holding score cards during the rough stock events.

Capraro, who just moved into the area a little over a year ago, says that she competed in last year’s rodeo.

“I wanted to be a part of the tradition of Trail Days and the opportunity just presented itself,’ Capraro said.


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