Looking Back


100 Years Ago

Oct. 19, 1916

The Postmaster here received word from Washington that the Golden Prairie office would discontinue Oct. 31.

The basement of the Bushnell school house was nearly excavated.

Frank Beaver, the general proprietor of the City Hotel, had bought the Hart Hotel and planned to use it for rooms and short orders.

The registration board reported that 239 had registered in Pine Bluffs.

The new school house in District 35 was completed and was greatly appreciated by teachers and pupils.

St. Michael Peterson and Miss Eunice Josephine Reynolds were married.

90 Years Ago

Oct. 21, 1926

Part of the stolen goods from Hall’s Toggery had been recovered.

I.A. Peterson of the Pine Bluffs Drug store was installing a new Frigidaire fountain, which was to hold 40 gallons of cream.

Five stores at Burns were broken into and robbed of some of their contents.

Due to the crowded conditions of the schoolhouse, the first year pupils were to be moved to a back room of the town library.

George Haberkorn and Miss Elizabeth Barkell were married in Burns.

80 Years Ago

Oct. 22, 1936

Miss Mae Golden, freshman at Pine Bluffs High School, was named champion speller at the district meet.

M.R. Williams, former Pine Bluffs man, was recovering from injuries sustained when he was struck by lightning. He was knocked about 10 feet and was unconscious for a short time.

The Pine Bluffs Post and the Pastime Theater were sponsoring a pre-Halloween Theater Party for all young folks. All children 18 and under was to sign a pledge not to do part take in any pranks during the Halloween season and they received a free ticket to the Pastime Theater.

Mrs. Mamie L. Mizen was elected president of the southeastern district of the Wyoming Education Association.

The Golden Prairie school house was completed except for the door knobs, which were delayed in being delivered.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Reidel, Jr. of Albin passed away.

70 Years Ago

Oct. 17, 1946

Helen Drysdale was named winner of the state 4-H home economics judging contest in the clothing division.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Bowser celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

The Laramie County Democrats advertised a free dance and lunch at the Carpenter High School.

Bill Sorensen had been proclaimed champion spud picker, having picked 208 bushes in less than seven hours.

Leroy Armstrong, magician from Scottsbluff, performed at the LaGrange school house.

Mr. Abraham of Cheyenne became the owner of the locker plant and grocery store in Burns; former owner was Bill Moody.

Mrs. M. C. Jorgensen of Gallio underwent an operation for a rupture appendix.

Getting married were Jack Settlemire and Phyllis Smith as well as Miss Darlene Joyce Anderson and Lester Bonawitz.

Deaths included August S. Rathke, 71 of Carpenter, and Mrs. CarrieLuella Faris, 33, formerly of Carpenter.

60 Years Ago

Oct. 18, 1956

Dr. M. L. Morris reported that he gave 154 poliio shots at the Pine Bluffs school.

Rollin Bowers killed a large bobcat on the W.T. Young ranch north of town.

Eli Springwater Jr., Steve Gary McClure, and Jimmie Mathes, all entered guilty pleas to charges of the breaking and entering the Johnson Hardware store.

Dr. M. L. Morris posted bone of $500 in the justice of the peace court in Cheyenne on a charge that he had performed a criminal abortion.

David Oskoloff, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Oskoloff, formerly of Pine Bluffs, was reported to be recovering after being bitten by a black widow spider.

The Pine Bluffs rural fire truck was called to the Fred Gronewold farm, west of Lindbergh, to extinguish a fire in a lumber pile.

The Burns High School was getting ready for its annual carnival.

The Grover Town Council approved to complete the new well.

Clarke Theobald received the FFA’s highest degree, American Farmer, at the convention in Kansas City.

Jack Hockersmith suffered a broken right hand in an accident with a trailer engine.

Deaths included Howard Musser, 60, formerly of Grover, and Gerald Melichar, 47 of Pine Bluffs,who was the local blacksmith.

New arrivals included sons to Mr. and Mrs. Edward King of Bushnell, Mr. and Mrs. Alva Willoughby of Cheyenne and to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zorn of Pine Bluffs. Those having daughters were S/Sgt. And Mrs. Ralph Milton and to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Phillips.

50 Years Ago

Oct. 21, 1966

The Ide house, 10 miles east of Carpenter, was completely destroyed by fire, which was thought to have been started by lightning.

A pickup truck driven by Fred (Lars) Johnson of Harrisburg, loaded with baled hay caught fire. Estimated damage was $270 worth of hay and $500 to the pickup.

A ragging blizzard moved over Southeastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska causing power lines to snap and schools to be closed.

Thirty-two head of livestock were killed at the Tom Kelly ranch seven miles southwest of Pine Bluffs when they were thought to have been struck by lightning.

Mrs. Gillette of Grover reported a burglary to the sheriff’s office in Greeley of the Grover Conoco Station.

Former Pine Bluffs resident, Larry Bymer, was involved in a two-car accident in Scottsbluff. Damages to Bymer’s car was at $500 and $600 to the other car.

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Moore of Albin were honored at an open house for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Beatrice (Stubby) M. Gowen, 41 of Cheyenne passed away.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Galen Nighswonger, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Harland Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Murdoch became the parents of an adopted son.

40 Years Ago

Oct. 22, 1976

LCSD # 2 Superintendent Charles A. (Chuck) Smith officially resigned his position effective June 30, 1977.

Leonard Anderson was elected chairman of the LCSD #2 board.

Melissa Harding,daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.D. Harding of Burns, was selected to participate in the National FFA Band.

“Hillsdale Heritage”, a book complied of the histories of the settlers in and around Hillsdale, had been printed and ready for delivery.

Sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Baluska, Mr. and Mrs. Dick DeFreece and to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Lowery; a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Cushing.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd DeBruyn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

30 Years Ago

Oct. 23, 1986

The miniature golf course in Pine Bluffs at Reher Park was almost complete with the concrete pads ready to be carpeted and the walk-ways ready to be graveled.

The Town of Pine Buffs received four grants and a loan in the span of one week.

Students in Burns raised $1,279 by way of a bike-a-thon to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Dana Maurer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Maurer of Pine Bluffs, was named to the 76-member Midland Lutheran College Choir.

The Grover FFA Chapter was celebrating 25 years.

A daughter was born to Julie and John Thompson.

20 Years Ago

Oct. 24, 1996

The LaGrange-Bear Creek Unity Association was formed.

Gary R. Vetter, 52-year old Carpenter man, died from injuries he sustained after being dragged by a horse.

Juliano Barcelos, an exchange student from Brazil, was staying with the Serrano family.

Charles and Marie Pelton announced the birth of their daughter and Barry and Shannon Bryant announced the birth of their son.

Kosha Lerwick, Albin High School journalism student, won first prize in the “On the Spot Writing Contest” held at the Wyoming High School Student Press Association.

Construction on the high school projects in both Burns and Pine Bluffs were 24 percent complete.

Deaths included Eugene D. Miller, Evelyn Wester and Conrad Boettcher.

10 Years Ago

Oct. 19, 2006

Laramie County Commissioners DianeHumphrey, Jeff Ketcham and Jack Knudson were urgingvoters to pass the fifth penny tax.

Joy Walters and David Brucker were wed as well as Sean Bibbey and Kristie Brucker.

LCSD #2 began the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) to help teachers have a way to move up the career ladder.

The Lady Hornets gained the top seed in the regional tournament.

Ronnie and Nancy McDonald celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.

The Laramie County Library System was sponsoring a bookmark design contest to celebrate National Children’s Book Week.


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