A Look Back: November 10, 2017

100 Years Ago

Nov. 15, 1917

Goshen County Journal

More new buildings planned for Torrington

An important addition to the business structures on Main Street is contemplated for the near future. We learn that plans are being considered for the erection on the corner immediately opposite the new Eaton building of a three-story brick and steel building, to cover the entire front of two lots and extending back to the alley.

The first floor will be occupied by a bank and stores and the upper floors by offices. It is also reported that, next spring, the First National Bank will erect a fine building covering its two lots south of the Elquest Building. We hope there is substantial foundation for these rumors.

The old Eaton Building is to be removed to the rear of the old location and prepared for rental purposes. Some half-dozen applications for it have already been made, among others, one from a Denver gentleman who is anxious to establish a bakery here.

75 Years Ago

Nov. 11, 1942

Registration for gas rationing postponed

The six Rocky Mountain states, including Wyoming, received information Tuesday from the office of Price Administration that registration for gasoline rations had been postponed until Nov. 18 – 20. The original plans for registration were changed when it was learned that delivery of the rations books could not be made on schedule due to a printing “bottleneck.”

In order to expedite registrations, the Goshen County Defense Council, through its chairman E. B. Cope, announces that registration next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be held at the following nine schools: Torrington, Lingle, Ft. Laramie, Huntley, Yoder, Hawk Springs, LaGrange, Veteran and Jay Em.

Application forms have been mailed from the local rationing office to all car owners listed by the Treasurer’s Office in Goshen County. These completed applications, with the registration card received from the Treasurer when the owner’s 1942 license was obtained, and the serial numbers of all tires mounted must be brought to the registration centers.

‘Blazers down Bulldogs in Armistice Thriller

The Torrington Trailblazers came back in the fourth quarter of the annual Armistice Day Classic to break a scoreless tie and steamrolled the Bulldogs from Wheatland 19-0.

The Bulldogs recovered the kickoff and were in possession of the ball almost continuously the first half, threatening repeatedly to score but always finding the ‘Blazer line like a brick wall, just short of pay dirt. Dudney’s two, 75-yard punts placed the Trailblazers out of hot water.

Torrington received the second half and, after an exchange of punts, began a touchdown drive sparked by a beautiful 30-yard pass from Marks to Riggins. With the ball on the 2-yard line, a quarterback sneak plunged over for the touchdown, the try for point after being missed.

Torrington then received a Wheatland fumble deep in Bulldog territory. Constant line plunges put the ball on the 1-yarder where Haskins plunged over. 

Near the end of the quarter a pass from Marks to Glassburn was batted high in the air, where Ray, a Trailblazer tackle, caught it and carried it over from the five.

50 Years Ago

Nov. 9, 1967

Goshen Stockgrowers sales 

responsible for 8,000 head

Four Goshen County Stockgrowers Association sales this year have been responsible for the sale of more than 8,000 head of yearlings and calves in the Goshen County Area this fall.

The association sales are a relatively new concept at marketing cattle in this area. Ranchers who belong to the association have an opportunity to sell their cattle in load lots of not less than 20 cattle in a minimum of time. This method of marketing brings to the cattle rancher feeder cattle that are fresh and sifted to meet his needs in the feed lot.

Champion and reserve champion loads of steers are judged at each sale. The sale barns donated prize money for these top pens. Prices received for top quality feeders were consistent throughout the sales and the consignors were satisfied with the marketing of his product in a more attractive package.

Torrington VFW fifth in drive

The Paul A. Johnson Post 2918, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Torrington, is in fifth place among the 45 Wyoming campaign. The announcement came from Department Quartermaster Carl Riecke of Laramie, who reported 2,786 members for 1968, compared to 2,534 for the same time last year. The 1967 membership is 6,790. Senior Vice Commander Ernest E. Fender of Riverton, formerly of Huntley, the state membership chairman, has set a goal of 7,000 members for 1968.

Wyoming V.F.W. Commander George Reed of Cody declared “the fine Torrington post is again coming through with a fine membership campaign, which is essential and the prime prerequisite for conducting effective programs of Americanism, aid to veterans and their families and services to their communities.” Reed said our challenges and opportunities are greater than ever before.

The four posts leading Torrington include Glenrock, Sundance and Thermopolis.

25 Years Ago

Nov. 11, 1992

Local man invents heated wiper blades

Necessity is the inventor of many things, including a heated windshield wiper blade, developed by a Torrington businessman.

The idea for “Electro-Blades” came to Midstates Engine Sales owner Bill Powell 20 or 30 years ago, although the actual designing of a prototype didn’t begin until just a few years ago, he says.

The blades solve the age-old problem of ineffective wipers during snow and drizzle, Powell said.

“When you’re driving down the road, all of a sudden you can’t see because snow and ice are building upon the rubber part of the wiper blade,” he said. “It keeps the blade fron contacting the windshield and doing its job.

“You’re sunk, then, when that happens,” Powell said. “The head from the windshield doesn’t melt that snow and ice.”

Although the blades won’t initially clean frost from a windshield, they will keep the windshield and wipers from icing up while driving, he said. The blades consist of a way to heat the rubber, a heating element inside the rubber blade powered by the cars 12-volt battery system. They come with all the necessary wiring, including a dash-mounted switch to turn the wiper heat on and off.

EWC students learn limits of alcohol

Eastern Wyoming College is urging students to drink and drive – on a simulated computer program called Limit.

The program, part of Alcohol Awareness Week at EWC, is sponsored by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Limit allows young adults to see how various factors affect the level of intoxication and ability to drive. It demonstrates the effect of alcohol, based on the person’s weight, food consumed and drinking pattern. 

Before the computerized “party,” the user is warned of the physical, social and legal problems caused by alcohol consumption.

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