Looking Back



June 7, 1917


Although it would be a daring aviator who would attempt to cross the Atlantic for a night air attack on Washington, if some intrepid German Zeppelin commander should attempt the feat he will not find the capital unprepared.

Apparently American army and navy officials have little fear of a German air attack on American coast cities. They are confident of their ability to give any would-be invaders such a warm reception that an attempted attack would not be repeated.

Petrograd, June 5---Russian scouts broke through four rows of wire entanglements in front of the German positions near Kovel and dispersed the Teuton barrier guards.

Further south in the Carpathian mountains Russian scouts penetrated the German wire entanglements near Pnevi, drove the Germans from their trenches and captured a machine gun, the war office announced.

London---The British have recaptured the advanced posts near Cherisy, taken by the Germans and have repulsed hostile raids near La Bassee and Nueve Chappelle, the war office said.

Rome---Regular troops have withstood a heavy attack by the Austrians on the western slopes of the San Marco in the Gorizia area. Austrian attacks elsewhere between Vertoibizza and the coast were stopped in the incipiency by the Italian fire.



The rest room is now fitted up and ready for use. The women of Pine Bluffs decided that such a room was needed and the result was that they immediately got busy, with the result above noted. The ladies have asked the Post to invite all the women from the country to take advantage of this room, as it was established for their use and benefit.


June 9, 1927


At the regular meeting Tuesday, the local Lions Club held their annual election and at the same time received the report from the delegates to the district convention. Lion Ross Nelson read the report which consisted of a number of closely written pages. Certainly it was a wonderful convention and Ross must have taken it all in as his report was complete. The material and the enthusiasm brought back by the delegates will be worth much to the Pine Bluffs Club during the coming year.

Lion Ross assured the club that the winning of the Gold Bell by Doc Morris was due entirely to the applause put forth by the rest of the Pine Bluffs delegation. Said delegation consisting in its entirety of Doc and Ross and their respective wives.

Geo. Lynch and wife were the victims of a terrible accident last Saturday at noon on the main street crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad at Kimball when the truck in which they were riding was struck by the fast passenger train No. 2 as it speed on the east bound track. Mrs. Lynch was instantly killed and Mr. Lynch lived only a few minutes after being taken to the hospital.


June 10, 1937


The weather man went crazy in Wyoming last Friday and dished out a real batch of winter weather when snow fell generally over practically all of Wyoming and extended into Colorado, Montana, the Dakotas and Nebraska. The fall here was variously estimated from three to six inches on the ground at one time, and as it was melting fast it would probably have measured well up to eight or nine inches had the weather been colder.

Wyoming’s drought and insect ridden stockmen greeted the soaking rain and snow storm with shouts of joy and predictions it will result in “our first real break since 1933.”

“It’s the first real break since the drought of 1934,” said Russell Thorp, Secretary of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. “This moisture, in addition to that we received a week ago means green ranges, fat cattle and paid-up mortgages for hundreds of Wyoming cattleman.”

Dr. H. D. Port, state veterinarian and secretary of the Wyoming Livestock and Sanitary Board, saw in the swirling snowflakes death for millions of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets.

“This is the turning point in the battle against the summer insect infestation,” Port said. “The grasshoppers and crickets can’t take this kind of weather.”

The moisture will kill the grasshoppers before they can hatch out and will aid in the development of a fungus which kills grown insects, he explained.

Lander, Wyo.---The body of Merlin S. Cook, 52-year-old salesman who died of exhaustion in a snowstorm 30 miles south of here Saturday, was sent to Denver for burial.

Cook dropped dead from exhaustion early Saturday morning after walking seven miles through two feet of snow in a blinding snowstorm in search of shelter after he had spent two nights and a day in his stalled automobile.

Carl Hubbel, star pitcher of the New York Giants, received the silver plaque annually awarded to the most valuable player in the National League, recently at the Polo Grounds, New York. Jimmy Dawson, president of the Baseball Writers Association, made the presentation.


June 12, 1947


Snow which fell intermittently throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday and melted almost as fast as it fell added considerably to the day’s precipitation record of 1.10 inches. The thermometer at the local weather bureau stood at 33 degrees at 6:30 last evening and farmers of the area were uneasy as to how low it might drop during the night. There was some hope that if the rain and the snow would continue throughout the night it might forestall a killing frost such as occurred here just two weeks ago on the night of May 28, when the temperature dropped to 21 and considerable damage was done to tender crops.


Lenore Ekstrom, Ernestine Carpenter, Tommy Shelor, Ethel Drysdale and Maureen Mercer are among those reported to be suffering affects of the mumps this week.

Walton Olson won the medalist flight in the tournament here Sunday and D. B. Prouty, Harold Johnson and M. L. Morris tied for second place.

Those placing in the first, second and third place in the championship flight were Johnson, Olson, and Prouty. First flight: Bud Johnson, Charles Binning and Ellis Hickman. Second flight; Ralph Hammond, Warren Fry and B. E. Lyons. Third flight: Stanley Safranek, James Souders and William Hardy.


The cause of the plane crash about 18 miles south of Pine Bluffs Sunday noon which critically injured two local young men has not yet been determined by investigators from the offices of the CAA in Cheyenne, it was announced here yesterday.

Gene Gordon, 21, pilot of the Taylorcraft plane which he had purchased the day before and his passenger, Arthur Hilzer, 19, are both in Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne in serious condition.

The plane was thought to have been flying at about 200 feet when it suddenly crashed to the ground. The craft was demolished but did not catch fire.

Henry Hilzer, father of the injured passenger, was said to be the only witness to the crash, which occurred on the Hilzer farm, where the elder Hilzer was working in a field.


June 13, 1957


Roger Wayne eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wayne of Harrisburg suffered a broken leg in a freak accident at Albin Saturday night.

While the family was witnessing the outdoor picture show, the boy took a blanket and rolled himself up to take a nap on the ground. What the lad had failed to notice was that the spot he picked for his nap was directly in front of another parked car, that of Rob Smith of Albin. When the show was over, Smith started his car and the front wheel ran over the boy’s legs.

The boy was taken to the Kimball hospital for treatment and was released Monday and is now reportedly getting along nicely.

Announcement has been made of the purchase by O. D. Stevens of the interests by his partner R. H. Magor, in the Pine Bluffs Bar and Hotel and the Pastime Theater.

Magor and Stevens had worked together for 28 years in the Union Pacific Railroad yards in Cheyenne before forming their partnership which bought the three businesses here in September 1945. Magor was an engineer and Stevens worked as a switchman.


Mr. and Mrs. William Kranz of Carpenter are parents of a daughter born June 7 at Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne.

A 6-lb., 11-oz. daughter, Lanna Kay, was born June 7 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Scottsbluff to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd May of Pine Bluffs.

A daughter was born June 8 at Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne to Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Soppe of Carpenter.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zimmerman are parents of a 6-lb. son born June 8 at Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne.


June 9, 1967


Thirteen Wyoming teenagers---all champion drivers in their home towns---competed for the titles of Wyoming’s safest boy and girl drivers at the state finals of the Jaycees safe driving auto Road-e-o here last Sunday.

Contest winners were Suzan Gronewold and David Nussbaum, both Pine Bluffs entrants.

Suzan, winner of the girl’s division, and David, boy’s division winner, plus receiving trophies and transistor radios, were also awarded expense-paid trips to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to compete in the national auto Road-e-o July 30-August 3.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peters of Kelly, Wyo. announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Anita Louise to Richard LaVerle Schimmel, son of Mrs. Donna Schimmel of Pine Bluffs and Verle Schimmel of Boulder, Colo.

The bride-elect is a 1967 graduate of Pine Bluffs High School and the groom is a 1965 graduate of the school.


June 10, 1977

Grover, Colorado, “Home of the Biggest Little Rodeo in the West,” will host the annual Earl Anderson Memorial rodeo next weekend, June 18 and 19.

Rodeo officials are Jack Anderson, chairman; Dave Bashor, arena director; Orlo H. Douglas, community club secretary and Wilma Smith, rodeo secretary.

Events will include bareback riding, bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, GRA barrel race, team roping and kids calf riding.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Palm, Jr. are happy to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Deborah Ann, to Gilbert R. Egle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Egle of Wichita, Kan.

Deborah is a 1975 graduate of Albin High School and has attended the University of Wyoming.

Gilbert is a graduate of Dallas Bible College and also a 1977 graduate of Fort Hays State University, graduating in psychology.

The couple will be married August 20 at the Albin Baptist Church.


June 11, 1987


For Sale---7-year-old Paint Mare, good looking, has had one colt.

Persian kittens.

1978 Chevy Monte Carlo, newly rebuilt motor, $1,300.

Open top 55 gallon drums w/lids, very clean, like new, $7.50 each or 3 for $15.

Notices---Pizza-to-go will now be opening at 4:00 p.m. Have a pizza delivered while you watch your favorite softball team.

Barn sale, one block west of Pine Bluffs Post Office. June 12-14. Shop tools hardware, building material, household, stereo, sewing machine, automotive, etc. Some old, some new and many, many items in between. 60 years of accumulation. 25 cents to $1,200.

Card of Thanks---Riedel: We wish to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude for all the flowers, cards and food and all other acts of kindness during sickness and loss of Lee Riedel, wife, mother and grandmother. A special thanks to DePaul Hospital and their nursing staff, and Dr. Lanier, Dr. Bindschadler..


June 12, 1997


Anyone knowing who was responsible for the devastation of the Pine Bluffs schools in late May should take notice.

The LCSD No. 2 Board of Trustees has voted to offer a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the extensive damage done to the schools over the Memorial Day weekend.

John and Theda Arnold of LaGrange are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

In lieu of gifts, the children and grandchildren ask that each guest bring a special memory of John and Theda’s lives together, written on a 3x5 card. It will be placed in their “Over 60 Years” memory book. There will be a short program in the afternoon presented by the family.

Carolyn and Pat Gross of Pine Bluffs are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Karah Renae, on Friday May 23, 1997 at United Medical Center in Cheyenne.

Tom, Debbie and Kaleb Morgan of Burns are proud to announce the birth of their son and brother, Tyler Wayne, on May 24, 1997. He weighed 8-lbs, 7-oz. and was 21 inches long.


June 7, 2007


Alvin L. Hicks, 59, of Pine bluffs passed away June 4, 2007 in Pine Bluffs.

He was born Dec. 14, 1947 at Greeley, Colo. He was a rancher and a farmer.

He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

Doris D. Fritz, 90, a longtime resident of Pine Bluffs died at the Long Care center in Cheyenne on Friday, May 25, 2007.

Doris Darlene Fritz was born in Marquette, Neb. on Jan. 29, 1917, the daughter of Axel and Claire (Dahl) Kindvall. She was raised and attended school in New Raymer, Colo.

She was married to Earl Fritz in Kimball, Neb. in 1932.

The family lived in Weld County, Colo. and moved to the farm near Pine Bluffs in 1942.

Doris enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing and painting pictures. She enjoyed watching car races.


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