A Look Back: February 2, 2017

100 Years Ago
Jan. 31, 1918
Goshen County Journal
Vocational education and normal training in Torrington
Professor James R. Coxen, state director of vocational education for Wyoming, and J. O. Creager, Commissioner of Education, were recently in our town. These men are making a tour of the state in the interests of Vocational Education and a number of other features of public school education.
Professor Coxon has recently been employed by the State Board of Education and the University of Wyoming. He will have charge of the supervision and direction of Vocational Education in the public schools of the state. The Board of Education, under the provisions of the Smith-Hughes Act and with Prof. Coxen as director, is setting on foot a system of vocational education in this state. Already there have been established four schools for vocational education in agriculture, located in Torrington, Lovell, Lander and Sheridan. The Smith-Hughes Act also provides for vocational education in homemaking and in all of the industries, work carried on in a work shop
or factory.
Cafe sold
The Palace Café was sold this week by the proprietor John Gorin, to W. E. Rowe of Scottsbluff, Neb. Mr. Rowe is an experienced restaurant man and expects to add a bakery to the present establishment in the near future. We have not learned what Mr. Gorin’s plans are, but understand he intends to remain in this country and engage in some other line of business.
The mask is off
After “feeling the pulse” of the democrats for many months through his “Garcia” letters, our friend Judge Charles Winter has once more come out into the open, thrown off the progressive mask and declared himself to be a candidate for nomination on the republican ticket for the office of United States Senator.
75 Years Ago
Feb. 3, 1943
School pupils really “Buy ‘Em”
Pupils of the Torrington public school, in a concerted drive during the last school week, purchased a total of $1,242.85 in war savings stamps.
The undertaking, supervised by the student council of the high school with the help of all homeroom teachers and the principals, was organized so the home rooms competed against each other. A thermometer was graphed to show the daily sales.
Aggregate sales for the week on a per pupil basis proved the eighth-grade “A” room the victor with a total of $121.05 worth of stamps, while combined classes of the eighth grade were also high, with a total of $176.85. Classes of the fourth grade ranked second with purchases totaling $141.30, followed by the senior class in the high school, which purchased stamps in the amount of $129.25 during the week.
Farm labor recruitment underway
Labor is now being recruited for those farmers who recently signed up with the USES under the year-round labor plan and is expected to arrive here in the next week to 10 days, depending upon transportation facilities, Federal Security Agency officials reported this week.
The men will be temporarily housed at the Traveler’s Motel, pending their employment by local farmers and ranchers. Anticipating that some of the laborers may require additional training in various fields, Sam Hitchcock of the Department of Education is expected to be available to carry out any needed schooling.
Many of the workers have families, who will be transported to this vicinity as soon as the men have secured permanent employment. Transportation, food and medical care are taken care of by the FSA, through orders from USES war manpower
50 Years Ago
Feb. 5, 1968
Holly Sugar Corp. reports record sales
Holly Sugar Corp. reported record sales and an increase in operating earnings for the nine months ended Dec. 31, 1967, according to company president John B. Bunker
Sales for the period reached an all-time high of $82 million, compared with $72.9 million for the first nine months of the previous year. Income from operations advanced to $2.7 million for the period ended Dec. 31, 1967, from $2.5 million for the corresponding period last year.
Per-share income from operations declined to $1.71 from $1.92, because of the greater number of common shares currently outstanding.
Mr. Bunker said this year’s nine months income was further reduced by extraordinary items totaling 33-cents per share, producing a net income per share of $1.38. Non-recurring charges included the closure of one processing plant.
Post Office announces new air service
Sen. Gale McGee (D-Wyoming) announced today the Post Office Department has completed its plans to inaugurate air taxi service to transport mail to several towns and cities throughout Wyoming.
These air service routes should be in full, daily operation by March 1, 1968.
Four separate routes will be inaugurated and will supplement existing postal transportation facilities in Wyoming. The individual routes are: Casper-Worland-Riverton; Cheyenne-Rawlins-Rock Springs; Cheyenne-Wheatland-Newcastle, and; Denver-Cheyenne-Casper-Sheridan.
“This network of air taxi routes will add significantly to the efficiency of transportation of the mail in Wyoming and will be a welcome addition to the overall transportation system of the state,” McGee said.
25 Years Ago
Feb. 3, 1993
Lumberyard sports new name
A 71-year-old Torrington lumber company went down in the annals of history
Fortunately for customers, only the name and ownership have changed.
Century Lumber Center, formerly R&M Lumber, will continue to provide the same good service always available at the yard, according to manager Jerry Lamm.
Chicago Lumber of Omaha, the parent company of Century, is an employee-owned company that has been in existence for years, Lamm said.
“Their strategy is the same as ours has been,” he said. “Work hard, make as much as you can make and sell as much as you can sell.”
EWC receives major donation
Easter Wyoming College Foundation will receive in excess of $50,000 as a result of contributions from Torrington resident Mary Lou Atkins.
Her late husband, L.C. Atkins, was president of the First National Bank.
According to Foundation president Jeff Marsh, Mrs. Atkins had donated a gift of stock in the former Torrington National Co., the holding company of First National Bank before its sale, to the EWC Foundation. The contribution carried the stipulation that an insurance contract be purchased on her life with the interested generated from the policy be used for an EWC scholarship, Marsh said. The Foundation is also the beneficiary of the policy.
The interest will provide an approximate annual scholarship of $1,000, he said. The scholarship will be named the L.C. and Mary Lou Atkins Scholarship.
Mrs. Atkins said she set up the contributions because she believes in the power of higher education and in the promotion of Eastern Wyoming College.
“And hopefully, this will encourage other people within the community to contribute,” she said.

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