Looking Back



Jan. 18,1917

M. R. Hemphill will start the erection of two modern dwelling houses in block 23 this week. These houses will be in the same block with the Bechtelheimer home. They will be of the best material and construction and when completed will be a much needed addition to the homes in this city. Mr. Hemphill has had several requests to build homes and sell to residents who are now renting, and there is also a demand for houses to rent.

Mrs. A. B. Mitchell will entertain the members of the Vivian Club at her home tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Rev. Father Schellinger left Sunday night on a two weeks vacation to western Wyoming and Utah. He will stop at Green River and visit his brother for a few days. They will then go to Salt Lake City, stopping en route at Evanston and Kemmerer, Wyoming. Several days will be spent in Salt Lake City. Father Schellinger will be back in time for services on Sunday, January 28.

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Lower are the proud parents of a son born a week ago Tuesday.

O. G. Dodt will be the next in line for a well. We need more water since Colorado went dry.

Dario Resto, alias Ralph Smith, has purchased a racing car and is seen joy riding every day. We did not get the name of it, but it looks like a Stutz Bear Cat.

The estimated Wyoming output of gold and silver for 1916, as announced by the Bureau of the Mint and the Geological Survey, in a joint statement us given as follows: Gold 4,054 fine ounces, valued at $83,800, and silver, 4,700 ounces.


Jan. 20, 1927

Announcement comes from California that Miss Ellen C. Anderson, formerly of Pine Bluffs and John C. Forbes of San Diego, Calif. were united in marriage last Saturday, January 13. Miss Anderson left here about a year ago with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Anderson to make their home on the coast.

Miss Anderson was raised from childhood in the community of Pine Bluffs. She has a large circle of friends in this community who extend her and her husband congratulations and best wishes for a married life.

Mrs. Hugh Ray has been on the sick list with tonsillitis for a few days.

Mrs. Gladys Stauffer and three of her friends came down from Chugwater Saturday night and visited at the Stauffer home till Sunday evening. The young folks enjoyed the dance at Pine Bluffs Saturday evening.

Mrs. Bert Bergerson of Cheyenne is at the home of her brother Gust Anderson helping to care for the children who have been quite sick with the flu.

Merval Moffit, who underwent an eye operation in Cheyenne week before last, was able to be brought home week, and the fact that he is still improving will be good news to his many friends.


Jan. 21, 1937

Wyoming paid final tribute yesterday to former U. S. Senator Robert D. Carey, 58, one of its most distinguished sons, who died suddenly at the home of his niece in Cheyenne Sunday night of a heart attack.

Senator Carey was the only native son to serve both as governor and senator. His father, the late Joseph Maull Carey, had held both offices before him, but he had come from the east.

The little twin boys of Claude Nussbaum were taken from the incubator at Memorial hospital in Cheyenne the last of the week and are now thriving under ordinary care.

The twins were taken to the hospital following the death of their mother here two weeks ago.

Mrs. Howard Kingry spent Monday evening in Pine Bluffs having a tooth removed.

Wm. Bresnahan helped in the Guy Smith store a few days last week while Mr. and Mrs. Smith were both on the sick list.

The Wyoming Public Welfare Department allocated $53,938 to county welfare boards for the aid of 4,186 persons during January.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tener returned to Kimball recently from California after an absence of several weeks. While the mercury did not register as low there as here, the weather was much more disagreeable, Mr. Tener said. River in the vicinity of Los Angeles froze over, “the first time in history.”

Mr. and Mrs. Tener are former residents of Pine Bluffs.


Jan. 23, 1947

A group of local Boy Scouts is being trained for a boxing tournament which is to be held at the high school here on the evening of Feb. 12 under the sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club.

James McNally, who is training the boys, says he expects to have them in shape to present a very credible performance by the night of the bouts. Arrangements have been made to secure a ring from the American Legion at Cheyenne for the event. Tickets will soon be on sale by members of the Boy Scouts.

Mrs. Elvira Bunch, who underwent a major surgical operation at a Kimball hospital last Friday is reported to be making a satisfactory recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Hubbard of Riverton were guests over the weekend at the home of Mrs. Hubbard’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Kaser at Egbert, and with her sister, Mrs. Dale Fisher and Mr. Fisher of Pine Bluffs.

Mr. and Mrs. James N. Golden returned Sunday from Cheyenne where Mr. Golden had been recovering from an operation at Memorial hospital.

Miss Gladys Stauffer has returned to her home at Las Vegas, Nev., after having spent a couple of weeks visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Stauffer. Miss Stauffer made the trip and return by plane.


Jan. 17, 1957

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Strube Sr. announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Phyllis J. Lloyd I. Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Walters also of Pine Bluffs.

The bride-to-be graduated with the class of 1955 from Pine Bluffs high school and Nebraska Wesleyan University one year. She has been employed by the Internal Revenue Service in Cheyenne the past seven months. Her fiance was graduated from the same school in 1950 and attended Colorado A and M. He served two years in the army with overseas duty in Japan and Korea. He is engaged in farming south of Pine Bluffs.

Pvt. Leonard H. Harms, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Harms of Pine Bluffs, recently participated with the 8th infantry division in “War Hawk,” a two weeks field training exercise in Germany.

Harms, a mechanic in service battery of the division’s 56th field artillery battalion, entered the army in March 1955 and received basic training at Ft. Carson, Colo. He arrived in Europe in 1956.

The 18 year-old soldier was graduated from Pine Bluffs high school in 1955.

Approximately 40 friends gathered at the F. W. Poelma home Saturday evening for a pot luck supper and housewarming. A money gift was presented to the honorees.

Mr. and Mrs. John Fornstrom of Pine Bluffs are parents of a son born Jan. 12 at Memorial hospital. The lad has been named Richard Alan.

Kurt Lee is the name given to a 8-lb. Son born Jan. 12 at the Kimball hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Lundberg of Pine Bluffs.

A Pine Bluffs resident, C. D. Henderson, had the lucky number which won him a 1957 Buick automobile in a car drawing Friday sponsored by several Cheyenne mechanics. The winning ticket came from Garvalia Piano and Music company, a regular Pine Bluffs Post advertiser.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wilson and Melody and Paul, Mrs. Kent Reynolds and Mindy and Vicki and Mrs. Fred McBride of Sterling were Sunday dinner guests at the Walter Onigkelt home.

The Lee families at the Pine Bluffs Post have been enjoying a carton of fine oranges received last week from C. R. Anderson, former Albin rancher, but now of Mesa, Ariz. Where he is operating a citrus farm.


Jan. 20, 1967

By finishing first in a written homemaking knowledge and attitude examination for senior girls on Dec. 6, Sonja Hansom has become the 1967 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for Pine Bluffs high school.

Miss Hanson has won a specially designed silver charm and she is now eligible for possible state and national scholarship awards.

Nearly every family in the community has had some member ill during the week with a wave of sickness hitting the area. Absences at school have been running about three to four percent, according to Supt. Frank Supon.

He stated that the heaviest hit class seems to be second grade, but that children were, for the most part, out for a day.

Amongst illnesses being experienced are measles, chicken pox, strep throat, laryngitis, bronchitis and 24-hour flu.

Mr. and Mrs.Gerald Green of Carpenter are the parents of a 7-lb. 11 ½ ounce son born Jan. 11 at DePaul hospital in Cheyenne.

All highway patrol vehicles are being equipped with fuel transfer kits to assist stalled vehicles.

Patrolmen will not accept payment for the fuel but will provide self-addressed envelopes with brief mailing instructions. Motorists can send in the payments at their convenience.

Mrs. Robert Smith and Sandra of Albin called at the B. E. Lyons home Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Thompson attended rosary and funeral services last week in Cheyenne for Mrs. Leo Waters.

Don’t Delay!-- Get your entries in for the Pine Bluffs Women’s Bowling association City Tournament, Feb. 3-4-5 and 10-11-12. Entries close Jan. 28. League secretary, Mrs. LeRoy Gardner.

Mrs. Fred Constable was a dinner guest at the Ray Nussbaum home in Kimball, to help Pamela celebrate her 3rd birthday.


Jan.21, 1977

Pine Bluffs Motors John Deere Division will again host the Annual Farming Frontiers this year on Tuesday Jan. 25.

The day’s events will begin at 10 a.m. with a film to be shown at Parish Hall, showing the latest developments and research in agriculture. Another film will be shown at 1 p.m.

The reading of sealed bids on district housing and buses took the majority of time at the regular meeting of the Laramie County School district No. 2 board of trustees last Thursday.

Patty Gieber, a Pine Bluffs High School senior, has been selected for ‘Who’s Who Among American High School Students,’ 1975-76 edition. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gieber.

The Burns Broncos defeated two rated teams in the past week and took over the number five spot in the state ratings.

Mrs. Kathryn Rhode died Monday, Jan. 17, at West Nebraska General Hospital in Scottsbluff after a sudden illness. The wife of Lloyd Rhode, Many Wells Ranch, Pine Bluffs. She was an active member of the Pine Bluffs community for twenty-two years.

Theresa Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Sanders of Pine Bluffs, has been named to the Dean’s List at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. for the first semester of the 1966-67 school year.

Area students recently listed on the Academic Dean’s honor roll at the University of Wyoming included:

Burns: Sharon Anderson, Paul Butler.

Carpenter: Gail and Lynn Leininger.

Pine Bluffs: Dennis Anderson, Dwayne Anderson, Kent Butler and Charles Fornstrom.

Albin: Diane Romsa.


Jan. 22, 1987

The Town of Pine Bluffs was granted $ 77,000 by the Farm Loan Board last Thursday to pay for 50% of the construction cost to update part of the community’s electrical system.

Mayor Tom Conner said the funds would be used to build a new re-closure bay at the town’s substation on 4th Street.

At last Wednesday’s council meeting the local liquor establishments asked to be allowed to be open on Jan. 25, Super Bowl Sunday.

Larry Nussbaum, speaking on behalf of the three tavern owners, said the group had agreed to three of four days they would like to be open for extended hors. The days suggested were Jan. 25, Friday and Sunday of the annual Trail Days celebration and either the Laramie County Roping or New Year’s Eve. The council agreed to the request as presented.

Grace Mae Campbell, 79, Pine Bluffs, died at home Monday, Jan. 19, 1987.

Joseph H. Schacher, 84, Pine Bluffs, died Monday, Jan., 19, 1987 at Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne.

Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, Carolyn McIntyre will be at the DVR office in Pine Bluffs, Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the afternoon.

In the Jan. 19 game Pine Bluffs Feed & Grain beat Burns Insurance three games to one. Kathy Skinner was high scorer for Burns with eight points and Sandy Gordon was high for P. B. feed & Grain with 12.

Carla Jean Romsa and Todd Lee Stock are planning a February wedding at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Laramie.


Jan. 23, 1997

How much should local government intervene in providing low cost housing for some residents in Pine Bluffs on one hand, but could result in being a detriment to community landlords on the other?

A pair of commercial property owners expressed their concerns to the town council Monday night after reading about a possible affordable housing project in the community.


Max. Min. Precip.

Jan. 15-20

Wed. 28 1

Thurs. 28 0

Fri. 38 7

Say. 53 31

Sun. 58 23

Mon. 64 24

The Pine Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce has a new president.

Kathy Porter was recently elected to head the organization. She is a partner in Gold Talon, Inc. of Pine Bluffs and is married to Sidney Porter. They have one son, Zack, an eighth grader at Pine Bluffs Junior High School.


Jan. 18, 2007

With standing room only left in the small Albin Elementary School cafeteria Monday night, many individuals attended the public hearing held by Laramie county School district No. 2 Board of Trustees to show support for the new Albin charter school application.

With more than 80 individuals present, LCSD No. 2 Board Chairman Tom Hirsig reminded everyone that the hearing was only being held by the board to determine community support for the charter school.

After going into executive session for about an hour Monday night, the Laramie County School District (LCSD) No. 2 Board of Trustees decided to purchase property for the Pine Bluffs Elementary facility.


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