A Look Back: January 5, 2018

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100 Years Ago
Jan. 3, 1918
Goshen County Journal

Girls sewing club win state championship
The girls sewing club at Lingle won the state championship for 1917. The state has given them a big banner with the inscriptions: State Champion Sewing Club 1917. Mrs. J. A. Koenig is the club leader and the members of the club are to be congratulated on their success.
Fourteen girls belong to the club: Beulah Koenig, Dorothy Kirk, Mary Israel, Edit Israel, Carie Spurgin, Elsie Johnson, Marie Morse, Bessie Brewer, Jessie Brewer, Wanda Iseal, Fern Jones, Gladys Bennett, Anna Ford and Helen Roundtree.

D. E. Brown announces candidacy for sheriff
To the citizens of Goshen County
Dear friends:
Many of my friends of Goshen Count have urgently requested me to announce myself a candidate for the nomination for sheriff. After giving the matter due consideration, together with my unquestionable qualifications earned by several years of service in that line of official work, I will again throw my hat into the ring and say that, while in my formers aspirations I have lost by small margins, I have always been a cheerful looser but a good stayer. My nomination for sherriff of Goshen County will be subject to the voters at the Republican Primaries of 1918.
Yours truly,
D. E. Brown

75 Years Ago
Jan. 7, 1943

County seeks to obtain labor camp
Through the cooperation of the Farm Service Administration and Employment Security Commission, local farmers, businessmen and leaders of wartime agencies met at the AAA office Wendesday to discuss means of securing one or more labor camps for Goshen County in an effort to alleviate the acute labor shortage facing farm and ranch operators.
Led by W. R. Morten, chairman of the Goshen County USDA War Board, the meeting brought out that these camps can and will be established through the FSA in facilities that already exist, such as tourist camps or the CCC camp at Veteran. The camps would provide a permanent habitation for labor that could be recruited from the southern states, so that through placement by the employment commission, laborers would have some place to live while transferring from one job to another in the county.

McCormick named regimental commander
Effective Dec. 31, 1942, E. L. McCormick of Torrington became regimental commander of the Wyoming State Guard with the rank of colonel.
Col. McCormick, who has been plans and training officer with the state guard since its inception, and who held the rank of major, was promoted by executive order to the new post, reporting to Col. R. L. Esmay.
Because of his many duties with the state Selective Service, it was the wish of Col. Esmay that he be relieved of the active command of the state guard regiment and that Col. McCormick be promoted.

50 Years Ago
Jan. 4, 1968

EWC offers funds for police training course
Guido Smith of Eastern Wyoming College on Thursday night offered assistance to the town of Torrington in establishing a police training course here. City officials were enthusiastic as Smith made the proposal.
Smith said the course would offer officers a 40-hour training period in many phases of law enforcement, including local law. Total cost of the program would be approximately $500. The college would pick up two-thirds of the cost with the city paying the remainder, with the college share coming from adult education funds.

DeBrot wants city-owned land brought into city limits
Torrington Mayor Ed DeBrot on Tuesday asked city attorney Joe Maier to prepare legislation which would bring most city-owned property into the Torrington
city limits.
Specifically mentioned by the mayor were the cemetery, airport and the Little League ballpark. Council and the mayor indicated no concern over the dump and sanitary facilities.
At the same time, Maier was asked to check to see if other city-owned lands might be included in the ordinance. Passage of the legislation would give local police jurisdiction over the lands, which they do not now enjoy.

25 Years Ago
Jan. 6, 1993

Bible school has new president
The new president of LaGrange’s Frontier School of the Bible is not sorry he followed his calling to minister to the school’s Bible
“We love it here,” said Nelson Miles. “We love the town, this whole area and the people.
“It’s a great place to raise a family. There is a family atmosphere (at the school). The students
are close.”
Miles, his wife, Cheryl, and three children, Michelle, Garry and Lindsey, moved to LaGrange just over two months ago from Santa Rosa, Calif. Miles was a teacher and athletic director in the Christian high school, as well as a local youth minister, he said.
A commissioned minister, he came to Frontier because he and Cheryl felt it was what God wanted them to do.

Council rescheduled hearing for Sunday tavern opening
The Torrington Town Council hearing on the opening of bars on Sunday was postponed Tuesday night because more people were in attendance than fire codes allowed for the size of the building.
Mary Ed Jolovich asked the more than 65 people attending if they would mind if a portion of the meeting was postponed to Jan. 19, so the council could arrange for a building that would accommodate more people. Town clerk Sandy Pittman said the hearing has been rescheduled for the next town council meeting and will be held in the auditorium at Torrington
High School.

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