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Those were the Days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Workers use horses to pull a grain binder, which cut the grain and bound it in sheaves, ca. 1910.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Aug. 7, 2008

The Eagle Town Board launched land use hearings for the Eagle River Station proposal.

The principal partners of Next Realty announced that Lowe’s had signed a letter of intent to build a store at the Tower Center property in Gypsum.

Kacey Bair’s steer was the grand champion market beef animal at the Eagle County Fair. Laura Gerard had the grand champion swine, Jamie Bair had the grand champion sheep and Vickie Olson had the grand champion rabbits.

A front-page story detailed the Peace Corps experiences of Eagle residents John and Katha Hartley. The couple volunteered for the organization from 1992-94 and were stationed in Grenada.

10 years ago

Week of Aug. 7, 2003

Jury selection began in the murder trial of Kathleen Denison. Denison, the owner of the 77-acre Draggin’ A Ranch was accused of shooting her estranged boyfriend, Gerald “Cody” Boyd, to death at the ranch in June of 2002.

McCoy resident Steven James Ball, 26, was facing felony animal cruelty charges in connection with the deaths of seven cats in a burned-down mobile home and the shooting deaths of two dogs.

The Eagle County Commissioners approved a $2 million contribution to purchase the 4,300-acre Bair Ranch as a working ranch and open space.

Longtime Brush Creek rancher Ken Norman died. Norman was instrumental in the formation of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and served as a volunteer firefighter for many years.

20 years ago

Week of Aug. 5, 1993

A staff shortage prompted the Eagle Combined Courts to set up a new policy whereby telephones were not answered between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m.

Fulford neighbors Adolph and Edith Diemoz, and Richard and Francis Turgeon were embroiled in a lawsuit involving the Turgeon’s attempt to run a hydroelectric plant pipeline down a historic street. The “street” in question was overgrown with bushes and shrubs.

Friends eulogized Eagle resident Vic Lindersmith as a great storyteller.

The newly formed Eagle Valley Library District was seeking voter approval to finance construction of two new libraries in Eagle and Avon.

Eagle County Manager Jack Lewis, County Agent Joe Winstead and Buildings and Grounds supervisor Mike Bradley were showing off the new barn at the county fairgrounds.

Eagle Policeman Gary Ward won a silver medal in a 10K cross country run in Colorado Springs.

Eagle resident Velma Larson celebrated her 80th birthday at a Colorado Rockies game. Larson was accompanied by Glen and Janet Ewing and their children.

In McCoy, Travis Kirby caught a seven-foot long bull snake in Edith Kirby’s front yard.

30 years ago

Week of Aug. 11, 1983

Eagle County School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Schwahn announced that the district was facing an approximately $300,000 shortfall resulting from new limits on state funding.

Darrah Marie Lorig of Eagle wed Clayton Robert Miller in a ceremony at the bride’s family home in Eagle.

Softball players from the Eagle River Land and the New Electric teamed up for a tournament squad called “Badwood.” The squad took second in the Leadville Boom Days tournament. Joe Andrews was credited with carrying the team to its first win and shortstop Brad Stiles was named tournament MVP.

Local restaurant owners Marvin and Eva Hornbaker prepared a meal of fried chicken, rolls, slaw and baked beans for a Denver soup kitchen. They prepared enough food to feed 350 people.

40 years ago

Week of Aug. 9, 1973

After months of controversy, Gypsum residents voted, 99-88, to accept a federal grant to pay for municipal water system improvements.

Eagle County and the school district were working out the details for a new county land use regulation to require that developers make a land or cash contribution for school purposes.

Moore’s Standard Station in Eagle posted an “Out of Gas” sign, reflecting the nationwide gas shortage. Micky Day, operator of the Eagle Conoco station, said he was receiving only enough gasoline to stay open for customers three days a week.

District Attorney Jack Healy appointed Larry Eskwith to the position of deputy district attorney for Eagle County.

Joe Arens was hired as Eagle’s newest, and only, police officer.

50 years ago

Week of Aug. 6, 1963

Cloudbursts near Sweetwater, Piney and Brush creeks resulted in enough flooding and mud to block roads. The hardest hit area was the Gypsum Creek Valley where ditches washed out and fences were torn down. Muddy water was window-high around the Chuck Albertson home at the old Doll Ranch.

Fred Rule retired from his position as vice chairman of the Eagle County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Commission. Burns rancher Bud Gates was appointed to the post.

Valley residents were relieved to hear that the Rio Grande Railroad’s No. 1 and No. 2 trains would continue regular mail delivery to the area.

Eagle County formed its first planning commission, and the group was charged with creating a master plan for zoning and long-range development. Members were Art Bowles, Vince Eichler, John Benton, Marguerite Knott and Chester Mayer. County Attorney Gene Lorig offered legal advice to the group.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 6, 1953

County residents were anxiously awaiting word regarding negotiations between the Empire Zinc Company and the local miner’s union. The two entities were at odds regarding wages at the Gilman mine.

Women of the local home demonstration clubs presented the Eagle Town Board with a petition asking for an investigation into the purity of the town’s water supply. The petitions also called for cost estimates for a new water system.

Harry Nottingham of Avon was elected president of the Eagle County Pioneer Association. Carl Forester was named vice president and Lola Borah was elected secretary-treasurer.

Wolcott rancher J. Perry Oleson, who had been sentenced to serve 18 months in prison on an income tax evasion charge, was granted a reprieve so he could finish some of his ranch work before reporting for his sentence.

Dr. Alec Allen was staying at his summer home at Yeoman Park.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 6, 1943

A marauding mink killed 50 broiler chickens belonging to Lillie Ray of McCoy. She later caught the animal in a trap.

Two Gypsum brothers, both serving in the Army, met up in North Africa. Sgt. Dud Claphan, had seen his brother Elwood’s name posted in a town about three miles from his camp so he started scrutinizing crowds of soldiers and eventually found his sibling.

Judge Bill Luby issued a citizenship oath to 81 Camp Hale soldiers.

Thirteen Eagle County men were sent off to the war: Jack Oleson, George Hammer, Howard Ault, Jasper Scott, Walter L. Sexton, Clarence McMillan, Ajpolinar Martinez, Antonio Vigil, D. Ray Bass, Lester Macon, George Robert Cottam, Tom Daughtery and George Carlow.

80 years ago

Week of Aug. 11, 1933

A governor’s committee agreed to center highway building on four main cross-state roadways. Two of the roads would travel east and west and two would travel north and south

Hershey Wilson’s “darting left jab” carried him to the championship match at Grand Junction. His manager was local rancher Wayne T. Jones.

A 14-year-old boy, William Chelsey of Gilman, drowned while playing with friends at Bolt’s Lake.

The Eagle County Commissioners raised the pay for road workers to $2.80 for an eight-hour day. After conferring with Judge Ethel, the commissioners also agreed to pay $5 per month to 17 old-age pension applicants.

A group of “Brush Creekers” camped out overnight at Yeoman Park to picnic and enjoy some fishing. The party included the Allen Clark and John Clark families, Jim Ross, Paul Davis, Mrs. Zetha Simmonds, Bobby McIlvee and Clyde Allen.

The Eagle senior baseball team planned a Sunday doubleheader. The first game pitted the team against Leadville and in the second, players were set to face Avon. “Baseball fans will be treated to a lot of good baseball at bargain prices,” the Enterprise promised.

A pilgrimage group, travelling by horseback and on foot, planted a cross and an American flag on Mount of the Holy Cross at an elevation of around 12,000 feet.


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