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Nov. 9, 1916

Former Governor Carey was in Pine Bluffs and Albin to deliver a speech.

It was reported that a chicken house belonging to the property occupied by Mrs. Clark on the west end of town was destroyed by a small fire.

Attorney O.E. Smith opened up an office across the street from the post office.

It was reported that Judge Mann was building a large garage.

A fence was constructed by Fred Higday around the school grounds of District #35.

At the time of printing the newspaper, it was reported that there were a total of 66,000 post offices in the United States.


Nov. 11, 1926

The icy waters of Lake Crescent, scene of the fatal accident where Pine Bluffs resident Francis J. Herbert lost his life on Oct. 22, was still holding the secret of his whereabouts as all attempts at recovery was being met with failure, although the boat in which he started out on his fatal journey was located and brought to the surface, together with his gun and some shells.

Miss Mildred McDowall and Mr. Eugene were wed.

An interesting and box supper at the Albin Consolidated School was enjoyed by a large crowd and the boxes brought good prices with the proceeds going to buy a victrola for the school.

Mr. Larson, Pine Bluffs agriculture teacher, took his stock judging class to Cheyenne to see the twenty car loads of purebred stock that were on exhibit.


Nov. 12, 1936

It was reported that 12,225 voters cast ballots in the general election in Laramie County, the largest number recorded.

Janet Christensen, nine-month old of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Christensen of Kimball, narrowly escaped drowning at her home.

Dr. A.L. Francis purchased a new x-ray machine.

The Albin school purchased 144 new steel chairs to be used in the gymnasium.

At the regular meeting of the Albin Town Council, protests against a saloon license were heard and it was unanimously voted by the council to reject the application.


Nov. 14, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Anderson and son Edwin of Albin had a narrow escape from death when they were overcome by fumes escaping from a furnace in their home.

John Podewitz Jr., charged with embezzling $930 from the Rural Electric Company while an employee with the company filed a petition with the clerk of the district court asking Judge Sam Thompson to order all REA books and records turned over to his auditors in order to adequately prepare his defense.

James P. Voigt was granted a liquor license in Pine Bluffs as he had purchased a building at the intersection of 5th and Highway 30 and planned to have his building ready to open for business the first of December.

Delores Knuppel and Jack Hockersmith were married.

Dale Scharnharst, of LaGrange, was expected back home after adjusting to braces and crutches after being in the Cheyenne hospital with polio.

W. A. Gross purchased a new Mercury sedan and sold his Chevrolet sedan to Dr. A.J. Kelly.

Beverly Jean Robinson was married to Norwin G Enborg.

Moritz Hopka, 74 of Grover passed away.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Vavra.


Nov. 8, 1956

About six inches of snow accompanied by 60 miles per hour wind, paralyzed parts of southeast Wyoming, Western Nebraska and Northeast Colorado with drifts up to eight feet in some places.

Voters in Banner County, Neb., approved a new court house with a favorable vote of 327 to 93.

Many residents from Egbert were stranded at friends’ home on account of the storm.

The Pine Bluffs Fire Department was called to the C.F. Kohli home in the west part of town when an oil stove in the home became overheated.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Deck observed their 50th wedding anniversary.

Births included daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Palm Jr., Rev. and Mrs. Norman Laesch and a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Smith.

Perry Milton Bowser, 59, of Golden Prairie passed away.


Nov. 11, 1966

Janet Stephens and Cal Gibbs were named Pine Bluffs High School Students of the Month.

A fire destroyed the Cliff Anderson garage in Grover.

Lewis Kessler of LaGrange received face and arm injuries when caught by a chain on a potato digger.

It was reported that 380 adults and school-age children attended the fall supper at the parish hall in Pine Bluffs.

The Albin Commercial Club was to host a pancake feed in hopes to raise money for Christmas street decorations.

Lawrence Person of Albin underwent amputation of the first finger on his left hand at the Kimball Hospital. He had injured the finger in a hay baler at harvest time.

Former Pine Bluffs resident Frederick Stanley (Fritz) Drysdale passed away due to an accidental gun shot to the chest as he was cleaning a .410 shotgun in the kitchen of his home.

Sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Doug Giberson, Mr. and Mrs. LaVern Haefele and to Mr and Mrs. James L. McWilliams. Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hopka welcomed a baby girl.


Nov. 12, 1976

Dwayne Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald V. Anderson, was awarded the 1976 Burlington Northern FFA award.

Two youths were injured during a one-vehicle accident 10 miles north of Pine Bluffs as the 1974 Chevrolet van they were riding in went off the road, skidded approximately 75 feet, then rolled four-and-a-half times landing on it’s side. One of the youths was charged with driving under the influence and driving without a license.

Area women of the Grover-Hereford area held a successful bake sale in Grover on Election Day to benefit the ambulance fund. Baked goodies were sold as fast as they were brought in and a total of $309 was raised.

Deaths included Carl Sandberg, 29, of Albin and Cora Montgomery, 75 of Cheyenne.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Smith welcomed home a baby girl as did the Mr and Mrs. John Sundin family.


Nov. 13, 1986

Air Force Airmen Joseph Corbin, Kyle Cloud and David Douglas were arrested for the shooting of cattle after a young woman was fined for littering told the authorities that the trio of men discussed the cattle killings, after telling the woman they would pay her fine for littering, but reneged on their promsie.

Two 4-H Clubs, the Hillsdale Tiptopper and the Albin Livestock club, were both honored for their 95 years of youth service.

Odin and Frances Holgerson were to be honored for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hamilton welcomed home a baby daughter.

Marian Helen Younglund of Carpenter became the county’s newest author when her book on her husband’s family, “A Younglund Family History” was published.

Deaths included Martha E. Damrow, 80 of Thermopolis, Wyo., David Carlton Harvey, 39, of Billings, Mont., Donald L. Fuller, 69 of Kimball, Neb., and Ida O. Prine, 98, of Bushnell.


Construction was progressing on both the high schools in Burns and Pine Bluffs.

The Albin Town Council, in a 3-1 vote, approved to turn over the operation of the community center to the recreation board.

Garfaye Reher was selected as the Pine Bluffs Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. She was nominated by Martha Thompson.

The Burns Town Council voted 2-1 to pass an ordinance banning burning in the town limits.

Lee and Maxine Boyce were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Pine Bluffs natives Brenna Heaton and Matt Hockersmith were members of the Central Wyoming College touring production of “The Star-Spangled Girl”.

The LaGrange sixth grade class visited the Museum of National History in Denver.

Students at the Pine Bluffs High School observed a narcotics search as police from the Cheyenne Police Department gave a demonstration.

Emelia Schell, 100 of Kimball passed away as did Mollie Hamlin, 103, of Greeley.


Those winning seats on the Laramie County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees were Patty Epler, Dwayne Anderson, Steve Trimble and Tom Morgan.

Devin Schnizel, son of Kevin and Vickie Schinzel of Pine Bluffs, received the American FFA Degree at the 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Catholic Father Ray Rodriquez was settling in the area as he took over duties at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pine Bluffs and the missions in Carpenter and Albin.

Hallie Faden of Banner County was back in New York City, working her job as a fashion model.


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