A Look Back: July 7, 2017

A stroll down memory lane from the files of the Torrington Telegram

100 Years Ago
June 12, 1917
Goshen County Journal

Women to register July 17
CHEYENNE – In a proclamation by acting Gov. Frank L. Houx, Thursday, July 17, was designated Registration Day for the women of Wyoming, at which time all women of the state are called upon to register at their voting precinct, “For war service of such character and extent as circumstances shall permit.”
It is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 women will register. The proclamation places the management of the registration directly under the women’s department of the Wyoming Council of Defense.

Food prices rising
Retail food prices in the United States advanced on an average of 5 percent from April 16 to May 15, as shown in figures compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the year ending with May 15 (1917), they increased 30 percent. The biggest jump during the month was in flour, which advanced 29 percent. The increase in corn meal was 15 percent; beans 14 percent; bread 14 percent and rice 11 percent. The only drop in price was in onions, by 36 percent, and butter, by 9 percent.
The greatest increase during the year was made by potatoes, which advanced in price 149 percent.

75 Years Ago
July 8, 1942

Goshen Co. Fair, Rodeo cancelled
The Goshen County Fair and Rodeo will not be held this year due to wartime restrictions on tires and gasoline and the possibility the fairgrounds may be requisitioned for use as a military station, it was announced by the fair board.
Since Joseph Eastman, chairman of the Office of Defense Transportation, had requested the cancellation of all state and county fairs and rodeos in an attempt to conserve essential rubber, considerable speculation had been rife in the county as to whether the local fair would be held or postponed for the duration.
The decision was reached after due consideration of Eastman’s request and the fact most who would attend the fair would be required to drive considerable distance to do so.

County valuations increase $414,078
The 1942 valuation of property in Goshen County has increased $414,078 over the assessments for the year 1941, according to figures released this week by the office of J. W. Beatty, county assessor. Most of the raise was due to an increase in livestock.
The gross valuation for the entire county increased from $14,517,225 to $14,923,694. Soldier’s exemptions decreased from $592,818 to $585,209, making the net increase for the year from $13,924,407 to $14,338,485. This does not include the homestead exemptions, which are made up after the various county, state and library levies are compiled in August.

50 Years Ago
July 6, 1967

New EWC campus annexed
The Torrington Town Council on Tuesday accepted and approved a petition for the annexation into the Corporate limits of the town of Torrington a 441/2 acre tract of land situated adjacent to, and west of, West C Street in Torrington.
The track of land has been designated as the site for the new Eastern Wyoming College campus in Torrington, to begin construction immediately. The annexation was approved unanimously by the town council.

Torrington Little League all-stars
chosen for state tourney
Torrington Little League managers and officials picked the all-star team to represent the community in the state tournament in Riverton the first week of August.
Selected to the all-star team were: Tom Anderson, Joe Fuller, Gary Herdt, Chuck Kilgore, David Koza, Ron Hackbarth, Randy Thompson, Mike Anderson, Bruce Brown, Rodney Huckfeldt, Kelly Sittner, Ronald Brooks, Mike Deahl and David Haught

25 Years Ago
July 8, 1992

Residents protest water rate rise
Torrington residents who use large amounts of water will be paying more, following a town council decision passing the third reading of an ordinance to increase high-use water rates.
Local resident Orvin Hicks protested the increase. He said the ordinance penalized people with bigger lots and more lawn in town. He wondered if this ordinance would actually help conserve water or if it was meant more to raise funds.
“I really have to wonder,” Hicks said. “I’ve talked to neighbors who water every day, asking them if they’d go to every other day, and they say they’ll continue watering the way they are until their water’s shut off. That’s the attitude of a lot of people. I doubt this increase will help water conservation.”

LaGrange patrons continue battle
Citizens of LaGrange have vowed to continue their fight with the Goshen County School District all the way to the Wyoming Supreme Court if Necessary to reopen their school.
Their arsenal includes plans to try to create their own school district and campaign for favorable candidates for the school board.
“I think the school board was of the opinion that we were going to drop this thing,” said Bill Ward, president of Support Our School.
Several LaGrange residents filed the lawsuit May 7 in an attempt to force the school district to reverse its decision to combine grades seven through 12 with Southeast School. A town meeting was held July 6 to discuss the current situation and to determine the next action for the town. Despite the costs involved in continuing the lawsuit, the town decided during the meeting to continue with the action.
Town clerk Thelma Marshall said LaGrange is the “fightingest community” she has ever known.

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