100 Years Ago
April 8, 1920
• Diamonds still missing: The preliminary trials of John Lewis Willliam S. Sherman and Winfred Koenig, charged with stealing diamonds and jewelry belonging to the Byrne-Duff Jewelry Co, of Omaha, from Clyde Smith’s drug store on the night of March 28 were postponed from the date originally set to next Tuesday, April 13. No more of the stolen property has been recovered than that found on the Sylvester Sherman ranch on March 30.
• Railroad Improvements: There seems to be no hesitation in the Burlington quarters in Lincoln with reference to the fact that that road eventually expects to make the line through Torrington it main trunk from St. Louis and Lincoln to the northwest. The steadily increasing traffic from the North Platte valley stock region and the Wyoming oil business is causing more and heavier burdens on the lines in the eastern part of the state, as they now exist.
• Highway From South: As will be noted in another column of this issue of the Telegram the State Highway Commission is advertising for bids for twenty two miles of the Cheyenne-Torrington highway. The section on which bids are being asked lies between the top of Horse Creek hill in Laramie county to a point just east of Bear mountain in Goshen County. This is the route which the commission has determined upon for the highway, as it seemed to meet the requirements of othe greatest number of people.
75 Years Ago
April 12, 1945
• Big Rehearsal For Minstrel Show Is Slated for Sunday: All the professional participants in the Lions club big minstrel show slated for April 26 and 27 are asked to be present Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Legion hall for the first major rehearsal. Those who are not professional members of the show are also urged to be on hand, according to E. M. (Doc) Loy, in charge of the arrangements.
• Mrs. Glen Carter To Open Zephyr Grill In the Near Future: Mrs. Glen Carter announced this week that she had purchased the Zephyr Grill and Café from Lloyd W. Kniess, and following a complete remodeling and redecorating, will open the business in the near future, probably before May 1. The kitchen in being relined with new celotex and other improvements are being made throughout the building. Under the new management, the Zephyr Grill will cater to social functions which can be conveniently served in the dining room.
• Hopeful Outlook Held For Purchase of Lake: The purchase of Miller’s lake is under consideration by the Wyoming Game and Fish commission, it was learned this week. A group of local men met with the commission in Cheyenne last Friday in an all-day meeting and were accorded courteous treatment. Sunday, Gov. L. C. Hunt and members of the commission came to look over the site here and members of the local Izaak Walton chapter are hopeful that the lake may be purchased and opened as a state fishing resort.
50 Years Ago
April 13, 1970
• Your Census Taker Is Coming: Mary C. Velous, District Manager, reports that the 1970 Census of Population and Housing nearing completion in the area, that in about another week the census takers should have visited every residence on their lists. Census takers began visiting households on April 1 and have been working continuously to cover their territories.
• Cited For Outstanding Service At College: Joann Reed, a senior a Mary Washington College, was cited recently for outstanding service to the College at a recent awards ceremony held on the campus. A political science major, Miss Reed has been an active participant in College affairs. She is currently serving as a Senator in the Student Government and served as Exchange Editor of the College newspaper, the Bullet, during the first semester of this academic year.
• Telegram Presses To Roll Mornings: The Torrington Telegram will begin printing its Monday and Thursday issues in the morning beginning Monday, April 20 it was announced today by Bud Zarling, publisher of the local bi-weekly. The newspaper previously went to press about 4 o’clock in the afternoon and will now go to press at 9 a.m. on those two days. “This will be of greater benefit to our subscribers as well as our advertisers,” stated Zarling. “The Telegram will now hit the newsstands by 10 or 10:30 in the morning and during the summer months it will be delivered by carrier boys well before noon.”
25 Years Ago
April 14, 1995
• Goshen Care Center future uncertain: “The citizens of Goshen County have a responsibility to provide health care to the people of the county,” president of Goshen Care Center board George Nash said. The dilemma is not whether to provide health care facilities and services, it is how it will be provided. The Goshen County Commissioners, at their April 5 monthly meeting, presented a proposal from Lantis Enterprise of Spearfish, S.D., to build a new private nursing home.
• Bedsaul – Private home endangers passage of capital facilities tax: A proposed private nursing home endangers the passage of a capital facilities tax that would not only address expansion of the county’s nursing home, but improvements that would help current residents, according to Goshen Care Center’s administrator. However, Milt Bedsaul, the administrator, wasn’t hopeful the facility would remain open if the South Dakota-based firm does open a private facility.
• G&F joins fight against prairie dogs: The Game and Fish Department is joining Wyoming’s county weed and pest control districts in their objection to placing the prairie dog on the federal Endangered Species Act list. Wyoming Game and Fish Deputy Director Joe Whit has written to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, saying that prairie dogs are best managed with methods not allowed if an animal is considered threatened or endangered under ESA. According to surveys conducted by Game and Fish, Wyoming has prarie dogs living on 131,000 acres in the state.