A Look Back: May 26, 2017

100 Years Ago
May 24, 1917
Goshen County Journal

Sheriff Sherman first to report in state
All obstacles apparently have been removed by the dispensation received from Washington yesterday by Gov. F.L Houx allowing the registrars in remote districts to mail by registered letter the registration cards, which will be filled out June 6.
J.G. Sherman, sheriff of Goshen County, is the first sheriff to report that all arrangements have been made in his county for the registration.

I hereby notify and warn a certain class of people who live in Torrington and vicinity, that I will strictly forbid swearing and profane language in my place of business.
I have come to Torrington to make friends with everyone and I am doing my best to do so.
I do not only demand order, but I am going to have everyone taken in the hands of the law, who cannot come in my place of business and act like a gentleman.
John H. Gorin, Prop.

75 Years Ago
May 27, 1942

Restroom/Lounge ‘Open House’ a success
One hundred and fifty-one visitors attended the first annual ‘open house’ of the county Restroom and Lounge, staged by members of the management committee on Friday, thus adding to the success of the commemoration of the founding of this project. This brings the total number of visitors to 12,960 as stated Saturday evening.
Plans for securing the Restroom and Lounge have been previously discussed for eight years and were worked on by a standing committee for three years. Direct credit is due the coordinating council, the city council and the Homemaker’s Club of this county for the founding of this valuable asset to our community.

Fifth draft registration set for June
The fifth registration for the drafting of men for the Army will be held in local board offices from June 27 to 30 inclusive, Harry Kilpatrick, local Selective Service director, said Tuesday. This registration will include all men born between Jan. 1, 1922 and June 30, 1924.
Present plans are to simply register the men of this age for a tabulation of the nation’s resources in manpower. Actual drafting of men in this group for the service is not contemplated in the immediate future. As in previous drafts, men who are at present employed in vital defense work will not be required to leave their jobs.

50 Years Ago
May 22, 1967

15 graduate Thursday at Goshen Hole
With dignity and composure, 15 Goshen Hole High School seniors marched with measured steps down the aisle to the strains of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Processional on Thursday night at the schools commencement exercises. The saddened but resolute young men and women elected to carry on with their graduation exercise as planned in spite of the tragic accident that took the lives of Larry and Terry Teeters. Terry was to have graduated with honors at the commencement exercises.
Following the invocation, Goshen Hole Supt. Harley Strayer announced that, since this usually happy occasion had been marred by the recent tragedy, there would be no salutatory or valedictory addresses and the girl’s octet would not sing. Mr. Strayer then presented Dr. Arvin Blome, associate professor of education at the University of Wyoming, who addressed the graduates on the theme, “Tomorrow.”

Beet losses in county reach $500k
The severe spring storm on April 29, 30 and May 1 cost Wyoming farmers and ranchers at least $11/2 million, it was announced today by Commissioner of Agriculture Jack Hertzler.
About 10,000 acres of sugar beets had to be replanted in the Torrington area and the loss in yield that could occur because of the delayed season could near the $500,000 figure, Hertzler related.
“These overall losses are based on conservative estimates and could amount to even more as further damage caused by the storm is discovered,” he said.

25 Years Ago
May 29, 1992

Ethanol firm considering Goshen County
Brimm Energy representatives will visit Goshen County next week to look at sites for a proposed ethanol plant, Dan Brimm said.
Brimm and James Glancey, also of Brimm Energy, will be in town to see if sites proposed by the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation fit their needs. Firm plans have not been made to more their plant to Goshen County as yet, Brimm said. He’s visiting ethanol plants around the country to view their current operations.
“There are a couple who have very successful operations,” Brimm said. “We want to look at their plant and maybe contract with the people who built their plants to move ours and set it up.

Agencies helping migrant workers
Area service organizations are gearing up to deal with the problems this year’s influx of migrant workers may face after previous drought conditions have slowed the growth of crops and the need for workers.
Migrant workers usually come to the area every year after Memorial Day to work for farmers cultivating and thinning beets, according to Jack Matthews, manager of the Job Services. He estimated an average of 1,250 come here to work yearly.
While many of the migrant workers have been in the area before, and have farmers they regularly contract to, a number will be first-time workers here, he said.
“There are a lot of families that are new to the area,” said Susan Jordan, Torrington director for the Department of Family Services. “Previously, we had the same ones returning. With the new families, there is the worry they won’t have something lined up.

10 Years Ago
May 25, 2007

Fort Laramie Mayor resigns
In a surprise move, Fort Laramie Mayor Robert Melonuk tendered his resignation during a special meeting on Tuesday. Mayor Melonuk cited health problems as the reason for his resignation.
Pro-tem Mayor Brenda Anderson immediately took the council into executive session.
Melonuk took an active role in the present and future plans for the town. He anticipated the opportunity for the town to become a tourist destination by making the downtown area attractive with shops and other things that would attract tourists. He wanted to work closely with Fort Laramie National Historic Site to encourage tourist visits to the town.
At a special meeting of the town council Wednesday, members voted unanimously to appoint council member Richard Monger to fill the remainder of Melonuk’s term.

EWC Board awards vet building contract
At a special meeting on Wednesday, the Eastern Wyoming College Board of Trustees approved the award of a contract to remodel and add cattery and kennel additions to the Veterinary Technology Building on campus.
The contract was awarded to Edward Hawley LLC of Torrington
Ron Laher, EWC vice president of financial affairs, said the contract calls for remodeling a larger room on the north side of the existing building into smaller animal holding areas and two new additions for a cattery and kennel. The project is scheduled to begin this month and will be completed by December.

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