Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

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100 Years Ago

August 31, 1916

Pine Bluffs to have addition to light plant

The new engine for the municipal light plant arrived here the 25th and is now being installed. This engine was purchased of the Fairbanks Morris people at a cost of about $2,600 including cost of installation.

It was shipped here from Beloit, Wis. And is large enough to serve Pine Bluffs until it becomes a city of twice its present size. The capacity is 50 horse, the fly wheel alone weighing 8,400 pounds.

It will be some two weeks before this new engine is in working order as time must be given for the foundations and the exhaust pit to settle. The engine will exhaust in a deep pit which will make it perfectly noiseless.

The city is also figuring on a larger dynamo and expects to have either an all night service or an extended service soon. Several motors are already operating in the town, but if all places in which they could be used including elevators, garages, blacksmith shops, etc.

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75 Years Ago

September 4, 1941

Local man loses eye in accident near here Friday

A. L. Fox, 67, Pine Bluffs

resident for a number of years, suffered the loss of an eye in an accident at the Lundberg farm near Albin last Friday.

A tractor which he was attempting to start, kicked back and the crank was thrown out, striking Fox in the eye and bursting the eyeball, which had to be removed by a Cheyenne specialist. Three stitches were also necessary to close a cut in his eyelid made by this glasses which were broke by the blow.

He was treated here b Dr. M. L. Morris and later sent to Cheyenne for further treatment.

Cooney purchases Harrison property for a home here

F. S. Cooney who with his family has been living in the Ira Schopft home for the past year has purchased the M. T. Harrison property on Main Street and plans to take possession about the middle of this month.

The Harrisons have not yet announced their intentions of the future, but will probably go south for the winter months. They have spent the past several winters at Brownsville, Tex. Where Harrison’s health has been much better than here.

Talbot L. Rudolph, the new coach at the high school, is understood to have rented the Schopft place for his family for this school year.

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50 Years Ago

September 2, 1966

Hornets to start grid season here against Hanna

The high school varsity team will open its 1966 football season Friday night on the home field against the Hanna Miners in a non-conference encounter.

Head coach Don Rounds and his assistant coaches, Ed Stevens and Howard Eisenhauer, are building their team from a nucleus of 39 candidates who have been working out nightly for two weeks. Bolstering the team will be 14 returning letterman.

Probable staring lineup for Friday’s game will be: Backs — Frank Stevens, Dick Rupke, Dennis Sanders and John Binning; Ends — Mike Reher and Dave Nussbaum; Center — John Wise; Tackles — Larry Peters and Allan Wulf; Guards — Larry Spier and Carl Gibbs.

All of the boys are lettermen with the exception of Peters, who did not play football last year. Other lettermen are Dave Schimmel, Glenn Reher, Rick Smith and Robin Wilhelm, who is 2nd string quarterback, but will be out for several weeks and perhaps the full season with two broken ribs received during a practice scrimmage Monday night.

Other games scheduled this month are Sept. 09 — the first Minuteman conference game with Harrisburg on the home field. Sept. 16 at Dalton, Sept. 23 at home with Potter, Sept. 30 at home with Lingle.

The team will play 10 games during the season with half of them being conference play and six of the 10 to be at home.

Open house fetes A. J. Reher on Golden Wedding

One hundred and seventy-five relatives and friends attended an open house for Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Reher on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday at the Parish hall.

The celebration was given by the couple’s six sons and one daughter, Mrs. Martin (Catherine) Colbert of Cheyenne and Alfred, Virgil, Leonard, Leland, Harold and Gene all of Pine Bluffs.

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25 Years Ago

August 29, 1991

Keeping tabs

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gilbert went to Cheyenne Wednesday and visited at the Ed Stoner and Frank Collins homes.

In the birth announcement of Tanner Patrick Barkell, born July 20, the names of the great grandparents, Gerald and Maxine Barkell were omitted.

Brett Nelson, Jesse and Daniel Curtis and Duane Gilbert participated in the Bridgeport, Neb. Rodeo last Sunday. Brett placed 1st in Steer Riding and Duane placed 5th in the wild cow riding.

Kay and Kristen Haefele and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Lanning went to Denver Friday and met Patrick Haefele and son Cody, at the airport. Pat and Cody spent the weekend visiting his mother Kay and sister Kristen and other relatives and friends.

Beckie Wilderness hit by pickup

Twelve-year-old Becki Wilderness was seriously injured when she was struck by a pickup on Highway 30 last Thursday afternoon.

The youth has been in Denver Children’s Hospital for the past week and his hopefully due home this Friday according to other mother Ann Wilderness.

Mrs. Wilderness, a witness to the accident, said that her daughter had left home Thursday morning to play with a friend. When the friend did not show up the young miss started walking with her bicycle east on Highway 30 toward the Antelope Truck Stop.

At the same time, a pickup driven by John Kauffman of Hillsdale was headed west passing by Wilderness car. Mrs .Wilderness said she looked through her rear view mirror and saw her daughter struck by the passing pickup and her daughter thrown into the air, her body landing in the south side of the barrow ditch.

Mrs. Wilderness said the Kaufman pickup was going around 40 miles an hour and had moved over to the center line and apparently Becki had not seen the vehicle and wheeled herself and bike into the path of the oncoming pickup.

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10 Years Ago

August 31, 2006

Semi overturns on I-80 near Pine

A tractor-trailer hauling onions tipped in the eastbound lane of I-80 Tuesday afternoon.

J. B. Walter of the Wyoming Highway patrol said the driver did not show signs of fatigue and said he most likely overcorrected after noticing he had gone a little into the media.

Walther said the semi slid about 200 yards before coming to a stop right outside the on-ramp to head east on I-80 at mile marker 401.

Walther said the driver suffered a bump on the head, but denied any treatment.

The accident never stopped traffic, but did cause it to be diverted for over an hour.

 

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