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May 24, 1917


Washington May 21---President Wilson signed the conscription bill after rejecting that section of the measure which would permit Col. Theodore Roosevelt to organize volunteer divisions.

President Wilson directed that an expeditionary force of approximately a division of regular troops under command of Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing proceed to France at as early a date as practicable. General Pershing and staff will precede the troops.

All men between the ages of 21 and 30, inclusive, whether citizens or aliens must register for selective service in the army.

Responsibility for registration will be placed upon the man himself. The punishment for failure to register is imprisonment not to exceed one year.


It’s coming to the Pine Bluffs Opera House. The great American play at last after all these years of waiting, coming here to Pine Bluffs and exactly same as in all large cities. Thrills! Thrills! Thrills! Three hours of entertainment that bristles with excitement. Pen Falters! Typewriter balks in trying to tell of its wonders. Nothing has ever equalled it. Secure that seat as soon as possible.

A meeting will be held at the Commercial Club rooms May 26, which every woman residing in Pine Bluffs is urged to attend. The meeting is for the purpose of taking final action in the matter of providing a rest room for the comfort of the women to come to Pine Bluffs from the farming sections to trade.

It is hoped to have the rest room open in a very short time.

Mr. and Mrs. Claud R. Hall, Miss Marguerite Doran and Rev. Father Schellinger motored to Denver Sunday afternoon in Father Schellinger’s car. They returned Tuesday and report a pleasant trip with some trouble on account of muddy roads.


May 26, 1927


Ira M. Schopf has recently installed an electric meat cutter in his store. The new machine cuts the meat at a very high speed and makes no splinters of the bones. It also cuts the meat even which cannot be done by hand.


Under the auspices of the American Legion and Auxiliary, a memorial service will be held at the Pastime Theater on Monday morning promptly at ten o’clock.

Ex-servicemen and families of Ex-servicemen are requested to occupy the front of the theater where seat reservations will be made for them.

Immediately following a short program at the theater, the service will be concluded at the cemetery where the boy scouts and a number of little girls will assist in decorating the graves of heroes gone before.

The Boy Scouts will conduct a special service over the grave of their assistant scout master---Harold Fuller.

During the past few days there has been considerable work done on the Pine Bluffs golf course. The greens are being re-sanded and oiled and new tee boxes are being made and put in place. There has been several new members join the club recently and more to come in.

“In Flanders field the poppies grow

Along the crosses row by row.”

In the spring of 1919 amidst complete devastation, the poppies bloomed in abundance on the battle fields of France where so many of our men had fallen in battle and today they bloom in abundance over their graves.

Because this flower represents the sacrificed blood of the boys who fell in battle, is has been adopted by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary as their memorial flower.

Each year millions of paper poppies made to represent the Flanders poppy are sold in the United States by these organizations to raise money for welfare relief among the needy ex-serviceman and their families.


May 27, 1937


John D. Rockefeller who died in his sleep at his estate at Ormond Beach Fla., Sunday morning, was buried yesterday at Pocantico, N.Y. He was 97 years old. Death was due to a heart ailment.

The guest speaker at the regular Tuesday noon luncheon meeting of the Lions Club was Supt. Clayte Hume, who spoke on the various phases of Youth Education.

Dr. M. L. Morris, J. B. Coordt and Jay Brown were elected delegates to the state Lions Convention at Gillette, June 8, 9, and 10. P. C. Reed, Cloyd Johnson and J. R. Parrish were elected as alternates.


Two men thought to be counterfeiters were taken off an eastbound bus here yesterday noon by Deputy Sheriff Andy Floy on a pickup order from Sheriff Carroll at Cheyenne. The men gave the names of John Falkers and J. Hoffman. Deputy Sheriff Bud Farber came down after them yesterday afternoon.

The Union Pacific’s newest contribution to the streamlined era in transprtation---a steam engine encased in streamlined fittings---passed through Pine Bluffs twice last week and attracted considerable attention. It pulled train No. 9 last week and returned pulling No. 6 eastward Sunday morning.

The engine No. 2906 is one of the Union Pacific passenger engines but has been equipped with Timkin roller bearings and has been dressed up with its new streamlined jacket. If it proves to be a success, more passenger engines probably will be redesigned and modernized.

Principal advantage of the Timkin bearings, it was stated, is that they eliminate the need for frequent greasing.


May 29, 1947



When the 30th graduating class of the Pine Bluffs students received their diplomas here last Friday evening Supt. Clayte Hume was completing his 32nd year of service with the local schools. In speaking to the class Mr. Hume remarked that he, too, was “graduating.” While he will remain with the schools in an advisory capacity, Mr. Hume will be succeeded next year as superintendent by Frank Supon, who has been principal of the high school and athletic coach.

In appreciation for the many years of faithful service in the Pine Bluffs schools, the local high school alumni is sponsoring a movement to present the popular retiring superintendent with a new automobile as soon as one is available.

M. L. Larson and Sons of Pine Bluffs have been elected to membership in the American Aberdeen-Angus Breeder’s association at Chicago, according to announcement by the association. Larson and Sons were among three purebred Aberdeen-Angus breeders from Wyoming elected to membership in the organization by the board of directors.

Harry Weber, four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Weber of northwest of Burns, suffered a broken left arm Saturday when he fell from a swing at his home. He was treated here by Dr. M. L. Morris.


May 30, 1957


Gorman E. Foley was ordained at services at the Lindbergh Baptist Church on May 20, when 22 delegates from 11 churches in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado met with members of the church.

Rev. Paul Lundgren of Albin was chairman of the council, and Rev. Frank Veth of Greely was secretary.

Reverend Foley who is pastor of the Lindbergh church has also served in other rural pastorates and student pastorates. He received his ministerial preparation at the Denver Bible Institute and the Omaha Bible Institute.

A prominent meat expert from the national livestock and meat board will conduct a meat demonstration in Cheyenne tomorrow.

William Robichaud from Chicago, a specialist in his field, will cover all phases of meat cutting and carving in the comprehensive program.

The annual fourth quarterly conference of the Pine Bluffs Methodist Church will be held Monday June 3. A complete review of the past year’s work will be made and reports given by each organization.

A covered dish supper will begin the meeting with Pine Bluffs host to the Egbert church members, who will meet the same night. District Superintendent Charles A. Nowlen will preside. Major item of business will be the proposed merger of the Colorado and Wyoming state conferences of the church.

Frank L. Prosser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Prosser of Pine Bluffs and husband of the former Miss Gladys J. Hermann of Carpenter, was graduated from recruit training May 25 at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill.

The nine weeks of “boot camp” included drill and instruction in seamanship, gunnery, life saving, sea survival, boat handling and the use of small arms.

After two weeks leave, graduates report to shipboard duties or service schools, depending on the qualifications each has demonstrated.


May 26, 1967


The Pine Bluffs business men met for a regular session Monday at the Royal Neighbor Hall. Discussion of the building of a permanent float was the main topic. The Jaycees and businessmen plan to be co-sponsors of the project.

The group decided to return the name of Trail Days and Teenage Rodeo Queen to the summer festivities held here in August. The name of Harvest Festival and Teenage Rodeo had been used the past two years.


Nine girls attended the AAUW senior girl’s tea at the Governor’s mansion in Cheyenne Saturday. Attending were Emily Culek, Emily Elwood, Renae Gade, Sonja Hanson, Sherrie Jessen, Anita Peters, Nancy Rohweder, Stephanie Safranek and Janet Stephens.

Mrs. Guy Johnson and Mrs. A. E. Carlstrum accompanied the girls.


May 27, 1977

Lacy Soppe, Julie Sailer, Brenda Wilson and Susan Decker were responsible for 46 of the 49 points which earned Burns track teams their fifth straight state championship and set five new state records. Jan Warnick, placed third in the discus for the additional three points.

Approximately a third of a billion acres are harvested each year in the U. S. Production from nearly one-third of that total is destined for farm exports.


May 28, 1987

In an effort to get dog owners in Pine Bluffs to license and control their canine pets, the town of Pine Bluffs will hire a part-time dog catcher.

At Tuesday’s meeting the governing body checked the list of licensed dogs in town and found only 35 had been purchased so far this year.

“We know there are more than 35 dogs in town,” Mayor Tim Conner said.

Wheat in the northeast Albin area was thriving with all the May rains and was just heading out, but a hailstorm Tuesday afternoon accompanied by fierce winds left damage of as much as 100 per cent in some areas and heavy damage in others.

Clint and Sheri Farrar, Hillsdale, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Faye Farrar to Richard Raymond Kwedor, son of Richard and Karen Kwedor, Casper, Wyo.

The prospective bride-groom is a 1978 graduate of Wheatland High School. The bride-to-be is a 1982 graduate of Burns High School.

They are planning a June wedding at the Pine Bluffs United Methodist Church.


May 29, 1997


One night after Pine Bluffs alumni gathered to reminisce about their school days at the old high school, vandals left a swath of destruction across the educational complex leaving behind broken windows, computers and overturned file cabinets.

Elementary School Principal Roger Humphrey was on scene Monday afternoon boarding up window spaces. “I’m in shock,” he said later this week. “It’s hard to believe that someone would do this to our school.”

Apparently the only stolen item was the school’s 1992 Taurus. The keys for the car were taken from the hook behind the school’s secretary’s area.

Evidence gathered points to more than one person involved. Blood samples, finger prints and clothing fabrics were sent to the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation in Cheyenne.


May 24, 2007

Justin and Karla Roadifer announce the birth of their daughter, Rhianna Lynn, born in Evanston, Wyo. on April 17, 2007. She weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. She has a brother, Jalen, also of Evanston. Grandparents are John and Nikki Potter of Rock Springs, Wyo. and Gary and Liz Roadifer of Pine Bluffs. Great grandparents are Lenora Zipay of Pine Bluffs, Albert Zipay of Clifton, N. J. and Evan Williams of Rock Springs.

Larissa Sabin and Kyle Barret, both of Cheyenne, would like to announce their upcoming marriage. The wedding is set for June 30, 2007 in Pine Bluffs.

The bride-to-be is a 2003 Pine Bluffs High School graduate and works as a CNA at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. She is also continuing her education.

The groom-to-be is a 2003 Burns High School graduate and is attending the University of Wyoming Outreach in Cheyenne, majoring in education.

Sabin is the daughter of Jeff and Brenda Armstrong and Barrett is the son of Herman and Mary Barrett of Cheyenne, formerly of Burns.

The Albin Baptist Church’s vacation bible school is from June 4-8.


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