A Look Back: September 1, 2017

100 Years Ago
Aug. 30, 1917

Goshen County Journal

New regulation affects restored lands
A departmental regulation under the date of May 17, 1917, makes a most decided change in the method of procedure under which lands restored to entry after the state has relinquished Cary Act lands.
The establishment of prior rights through any act of settlement – squatter’s rights – is absolutely forbidden now and the regulation provides that no act of settlement may be made for a week after the date on which the lands are subject to homestead entry.
No act of settlement initiated at an earlier date than a week after the lands have been opened for entry under the Homestead Act will be recognized in determining the right of entrymen in cases of simultaneous applications.

Statesmen to eat Goshen Co. spuds
Carleton Clinton, the Goshen County potato king, informs us that he has an order for a carload of specially selected potatoes to be shipped to Washington, D.C. Each potato in the car must be of a size and shape suitable for baked potatoes in the high-class restaurants and hotels at Washington.
Goshen County is attaining a nation-wide reputation for the fine potatoes raised here. The growers should all cooperate along that line by sending a select product to the markets.

75 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1942

Gala celebration to be held Labor Day
The lid is off for a rip-roaring good time for everyone on next Monday, Labor Day, as plans draw to completion for a rodeo and a free street dance and barbecue.
Everyone is requested to wear western clothes to the festivities, which will be held on the main street of Torrington. The rodeo, sponsored by Bill Poage and Bill Coy, will be at the Goshen County Fairgrounds.
The barbecue will begin at 7 p.m. and the street dance at 9 p.m. Preceding the feed there will be a concert by the Torrington Municipal Band and a specialty program featuring singing and dancing and other entertainment.
“Come one, come all” is the blanket invitation to everyone in Goshen County.

Prospects good for local gridders
“The prospects for Torrington High School football season are good, but no too good,” said Coach Wesley Evans this week.
Ten lettermen from last years’ squad have returned, but the turnout this year is smaller than it has been the past several years. It will be necessary to break in a new quarterback and center, but there will be experienced boys in the other positions.
Evans said the main opposition in the conference teams will be from Wheatland and Douglas, who both have their usual strong teams back this year. Other strong opposition will come from Cheyenne, Laramie, Midwest, Scottsbluff and Mitchell.

50 Years Ago
Aug. 31, 1967

4-H livestock exhibits set state fair record
“We have more livestock entries this year than ever before,” reported J.M. Nicholls, state 4-H club leaders, as the gates of the 1967 Wyoming State Fair opened Monday in Douglas.
“The question now is where to put them,” he said. “For example, we have 180 horses entered – 51 more than last year – but only 90 stalls to put them in.”
Nicholls and his co-workers in the University of Wyoming Extension Service were also hunting space for 240 beef cattle, 19 more than last year, 70 dairy cattle, up five from 1966, and 360 sheep, an increase of 15. The only decrease this year is the number of swine, with 40 entered compared with 46 a year ago.
“We expect about 7,000 entries in all divisions from approximately 3,500 4-H’ers,” Nicholls said.

Torrington enrollment up 48
Enrollment in the Torrington Public Schools reached 1,813 on the first day of school on Aug. 28, compared to 1,765 one year ago.
Superintendent Blaine Ronne said about 40 to 50 more students have enrolled or will enroll this week and next.
The senior class of 138 is the largest since 1963, when 143 were enrolled. Late enrollments may set a new senior class record.

25 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1992

Returning EWC students tighten rental market
Eastern Wyoming College students may have trouble finding housing if they don’t already have a place to live, said Lois Waggoner, ERA Waggoner Realty salesperson.
“We have such a shortage of rentals, it is just unreal,” she said.
Waggoner manages 23 rentals for people from all over the world. She said all of those rentals are full.
The rental situation is “so bad, people are leaving security deposits at least a month in advance to hold a house so it will be available to them,” she said.
There has been a shortage of rentals all summer long, not just since the students returned, Waggoner said.

Livestock team earns state title
Goshen County 4-H members returned from the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas after placing first in the state 4-H Livestock Judging Contest there.
Team members were Mystie Yiek and Geri Miller of Torrington and Kirk and Kevin Haas of LaGrange. In addition to being the top team, members earned individual awards.
The teal will represent the state of Wyoming when they attend the National Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky., in November.
The team of Eric Green, Brad Beaman, Dawn Price and Jeff Williamson, representing Torrington FFA, brought home second place honors in the state dairy judging competition at the fair. It was the best finish ever for a Torrington FFA team.

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