Looking Back


100 Years Ago

August 10, 1916

John B. Sloan Announces for

Office of County Commissioner

John B. Sloan of Cheyenne is the Republican candidate for the nomination for county commissioner to fill the four-year term. His announcement is published elsewhere in this issue of the post.

Mr. Sloan is one of the old timers of the state, having been in the army at Fort Laramie before there was a Cheyenne. He is thus well posted in Wyoming development and has always kept up with the times.

He held office which he now seeks during the years of 1913 – 14 and made a good record. His many friends read this will be glad to hear of his candidacy.

Mr. Sloan is impartial in his administrations and will give every locality a square deal.

Local and personal

Engineer Harvey finished wiring the Kit Carson and Hillers residences the first of the week.

Mrs. W.M. Nelson and daughter arrived last week to take up residence there. Mr. Nelson has been here for some time and is now joined by his family. They will reside in the Salem neighborhood.

T. E. Robinson has purchased the spot where the bakery now stands and will build a modern store there.

The Farmers State Bank has purchased the corner lot where the Hart Hotel stands and will build a modern brick building there in the near future.


75 Years Ago

August 7, 1941

Local firemen put out blaze in freight car

The local fire department was called out at 6 o’clock Monday morning to extinguish a blaze in a merchandise car in a westbound Union Pacific freight train. The fire had started in a shipment of rubber fan belts and a quantity of bottle corks. The car was set out of the train after the blaze was extinguished.

The train was at the coal chutes when the fire was discovered. Chief Ben Prouty of the fire department said. Prouty was also quoted as saying that no estimate of the damage to the stock or care was made although a fair-sized hole was burned through the floor of the car.

Three more men called from here for Army service

Three of the 13 men who have received orders to report to the Laramie County selective service board on Aug. 13 are men from the eastern part of the county. They are Donald R. Baker of Pine Bluffs, order No. 754; Delbert Stauffer of San Luis Obispo, Cal. Son of Mr. Mrs. J. E. Stauffer of Pine Bluffs; and Merl J. Sorick Hillsdale order No. 763.

On Aug. 26, 13 days later, a second group of 13 men are to be called from this county, draft officials said.

Questionnaires have now been mailed to men holding order numbers up to 3510.

Local man’s car entered at Cheyenne last week

Sidney Cowan, 21, Winnipeg Canada, and Joe Wright, 19, Sunbright Tenn ,. , Pleaded guilty at Cheyenne to charges of breaking and entering a car belonging to James R. Wilkinson, Pine Bluffs Rancher at 16th and Central in Cheyenne early last Thursday.

Acting Captain of Detectives Fred Sinclair said Henry Rolfe, 21, of Pittsburgh, Pa., had admitted buying one of the four gabardine shirts allegedly taken from the car.


50 Years Ago

August 12, 1966

Edward Cowles to be Burns School Principal

Burns schools will begin Wednesday, Aug. 31, it has been announced by Charles Smith, superintendent. Faculty workshops will be held Aug. 29 and 30, prior to opening of school.

All faculty members and school employees will be the same as last year with one exception. He is Edward L. Cowles of Pine Bluffs, who will be acting principal and teach chemistry, general science and mathematics. Cowles previously taught four years at Bushnell and 10 years at Carpenter. He holds a masters degree in physics and chemistry from the University of Wyoming.

Returning faculty members include Mrs. Mary Carson, grade 1; 3; Mrs. Thelma Brothers; 4 and 5; Miss May Wallace, 6; Mrs. Frances King, speech, English and Library; Leland L. Starrett, business education; Douglas T. O’Brien, Shop; Mrs. Beverly McVay, English and girls’ PE; Mrs. Barbara O’Connor, math, science and elementary music; David F. Gorman, biology and PE, John J. Burke, social studies; and Cleo C. Wheeland, instrumental music and band.


25 Years Ago

August 15, 1991

‘Hail Alley’ lives up to name in east county

Hail alley is still living up to its name as hail stones pelted crops, cars, roofs, windows, gardens and flower bets yet another time this summer last Saturday evening.

Hail alley is designated by meteorologists as the area of northeastern Weld County, Colo., southwestern Banner and Kimball Counties in Nebraska and southeastern Laramie County.

In a damaging hail storm Tuesday evening, a week ago, farms and ranchers north of Pine Bluffs were pelted with the hard balls, resulting in ravaged crops, damaged roofs, broken glass in houses and outbuildings, dented autos and other vehicles.

That Tuesday evening’s hail was not the pea-sized hail which has been dumped here and there about the county this summer. It was walnut-sized, Phyllis Cooney of north of town reported. They suffered roof damage at their house, she said, and corn fields were stripped at the Donald Anderson and Carl Sudin farms.


10 Years Ago

August 10, 2006

Dead in the water, reward offered

Like the plot of a predictable detective show on TV, so fares the rife of the Pine Bluffs swimming pool — a corpse in the water, blood trails and a confused victim asking, “Why?”

Sometime during the night of Sunday Aug. 6 and the morning of Aug. 7, an already dead rabbit, most likely shot, was thrown into the Pine Bluffs swimming pool.

Sonja Fornstrom, Town of Pine Bluffs Recreation Director, said she arrived at work at 5:30 a.m. on Aug 7 and at 7:30 a.m. discovered the rabbit near one of the pool’s skimmers.

As she walked around the pool, she pointed out her theories on where the rabbit was thrown over the fence into the pool, evident by blood spattered on the concrete and then said even double-bagging the dead rabbit in plastic did not prevent a trail of blood from the side of the pool out to the dumpster.

She said the town was required to shut the pool down until the deck could be cleaned properly with bleach water and to allow enough time for the chlorine to do its job in killing any bacteria the rabbit could have brought into the pool.

Fornstrom said the incident made her angry.

Pine Bluffs Police Sergeant Tom Mohren said a reward of $500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.


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