A Look Back

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100 Years Ago
June 28, 1917

Torrington Chautauqua
The Chautauqua will open on Wednesday afternoon, July 11, with a musical program by the Metrapolitan Musical Men. These men play 67 different instruments in rapid succession, in all classes of music, both classical and humorous. They are strictly entertainers.
In the evening the same people will play the prelude followed by Hon. L. B. Stringer, the young politician who will bring to us the message of cleaner politics. Patriotic, uplifting and non-partisan, his address will be flavored with the
present crisis.

Frontier Day
CHEYENNE – An interesting event on the opening day of Cheyenne’s 21st Frontier Days celebration, which is to be held July 23 to 28 inclusive, will be the dedication of Jim Baker’s Fort, a historic structure which recently was moved from the Snake River Valley, 60 miles from the railroad, to Cheyenne under an act of the legislature intended to preserve the building forever as a relic of early Wyoming defensive and utilitarian architecture.
The dedication of the fort, a massive two-story structure of hand-hewn logs, will take place at the conclusion of the historical pageant emblematic of the progress of the west from 1867 to 1917. The dedication will be attended by a large number of Wyoming pioneers, who since the early days have scattered to all parts of the United States and who are to hold a reunion during
Frontier week.


75 Years Ago
July 1, 1942

Local girl receives honor
Miss Helen McDonald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. McDonald of Torrington, was chosen this week as one of the flag bearers for Frontier Days, to be held in Cheyenne from July 21 to July 25.
Miss McDonald, a graduate of Torrington High School in 1941 and this year enrolled in St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, will carry the Wyoming state flag. This is the first time that a Torrington girl has been honored by being chosen as one of the Frontier Days attendants.


Sugar rationing rules interpreted by board
The public may apply for canning sugar at the local rationing office in the Eaton Building at any time when the sugar is actually needed, stated rationing officials this week. There have been no dates specifically set when application should be made, as some people have misunderstood.
The time to see the rationing board for sugar is when canning plans are complete and then only. Persons should not come in ahead of time. However, officials indicated, it would be a wise move if application was made before actual purchasing of the goods to be canned was done. There would then be no difficulty with having fruit on hand and being unable to secure sufficient sugar to conserve it.


50 Years Ago
June 29, 1967

Laramie firm low bidder on EWC facility
Bid opening was held last night at Eastern Wyoming College for the construction of a new campus, including an administration building, faculty offices and library.
Spiegelberg Lumber and Building Co. of Laramie was named low bidder as general contractor with a base bid of $547,100 plus $59,815 in added alternates, bringing the based bid to $633,915.
College president Al Conger said he was tickled to death the bids were much lower than anticipated and would now allow the college to provide much needed equipment that hadn’t been provided with the anticipated higher cost
of construction.

’68 Nat’l Wheat allotment 59.3M acres
Secretary of Agriculture Orville L. Freeman has announced a national allotment of 59.3 million acres for the 1968 wheat crop. This acreage “will produce the supply of wheat needed to meet expected domestic and export needs during the marketing year, which beings July 1, 1968,” the secretary said.
Amos Gillaspie, chair of the Agricultural Stabilization and Concervation county committee, said the decision follows wide-spread consultation with farmers, the trade, congress and officials of other government agencies. During recent weeks, 15 informal hearings were held throughout the wheat-producing area with farmers, processors and the grain trade. The vast majority favored an acreage allotment at the level announced.


25 Years Ago
June 26, 1992

Changes in assessment shock local farmers
Goshen County wheat farmers were shocked when they received tax assessments for 1992, County Assessor Debbi Surrat said.
The state legislature made changes in the “prescribed method” for assessment, resulting in a 92 percent increase in tax for wheat farmers. Last year, the tax assessed for each bushel of wheat was 30-cents. It increased this year to 57-cents.
A decrease in the landlord share from 50 percent to 5 percent is the major cause of the increase in the taxes, Surrat said.

Swim team captures 20 events
The Torrington swim team garnered 20 first-place finished in the recent meet held in Sterling Colo.
Torrington’s 46 swimmers competed against approximately 200 swimmers form Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.
Three team members broke records at the meet. Amber Varland broke the meet record in the 100-meter freestyle while Jenny Rost broke the record in the 100-meter individual medley.
Stephen Maxfield broke meet records in the 25-meter, 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle.

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