Those were the Days |

Those were the Days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Hazel Tracy and Kate Flynn hold a suitcase between them at the Gypsum train depot after a dance in 1920.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Aug. 14, 2008

Work was slated to begin immediately on a series of projects aimed at improving circulation along Eby Creek Road. The work included adding a second southbound lane to U.S. Highway 6, building a sidewalk under the railroad bridge and installing left-turn signals at the Chambers Avenue traffic light.

The Eagle County Fair and Rodeo reported record attendance during 2008 with more than 7,400 people attending one of four rodeo performances. The Junior Livestock Sale also hit a record amount of approximately $225,000.

Longtime Vail resident Dean Canada died. In addition to his successful real estate career, Canada volunteered for the Eagle County Humane Society, The Literacy Project and he taught GED classes in Avon and Denver.

The volunteers of Outdoor Colorado were scheduled to start work on a new trail at Sylvan Lake. The group sent out a call for 75 volunteers to work on the “moderate” class project, which included stream crossings, bridge construction and other challenges.

10 years ago

Week of Aug. 14, 2003

A story about the life and times of Diamond Jack Alteri was featured on the front page of the Enterprise. A reported gangster from Chicago, Alteri ran the Sweetwater Lake Resort during the late 1920s and early 1930s. He ultimately lost the property when financial problems with the Internal Revenue Service mounted. Ultimately, Alteri was gunned down on a Chicago street in 1935.

The Eagle Pharmacy sign was catching the attention of national media outlets in town to cover the Kobe Bryant case. The statements, “Nothing to say, plenty to sell” and “It’s hard to put a foot in a shut mouth” were particularly popular. Meanwhile, a pair of pesky reporters from the television show “Extra” were warned to stop pestering people at the Eagle County Airport parking lot.

A national neo-Nazi group papered Eagle with fliers. The appearance of the racist handouts prompted complaints to both the Eagle Police and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Denis Luark of Burns won Grand Champion Beef honors at the Eagle County Junior Livestock Sale. Tom and Margaret Edwards and Black Bear Real Estate purchased the animal for $3,300.

20 years ago

Week of Aug. 12, 1993

The Gypsum Town Council voted to dismantle the town park skateboard ramp after the municipal insurance carrier expressed liability concerns.

Eagle Police officer Gary Ward brought home five gold medals from distance running events at the Fifth Annual World Police and Fire Games held in Colorado Springs.

Eagle chiropractor Jeff Roth was called into service, adjusting PRCA competitors in town for the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

Trent Eichler won the Eagle County Fair’s Biggest Zucchini Contest with a 17-pound squash. Sam Serna’s Grand Champion beef brought in $3,000 at the Junior Livestock Sale. Dale Brandon was the buyer.

Mary Jo Gerard’s serviceberry butter won a Grand Champion ribbon in the open class competition. In the talent competition, Adam Noah and Josh Blake sang Garth Brook’s anthem “Friends in Low Places” and Jason Ehrenberg dazzled the crowd with a series of magic tricks.

30 years ago

Week of Aug. 18, 1983

A 21-year-old Dotsero man, Edward Dorow, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of felony child abuse in the beating death of his two-year-old son.

The new Eagle Standard service station (now the Eagle Sinclair station) located along Eby Creek Road was nearing completion.

Avon Town Manager Dick Bloddget was lobbying Amtrack officials to develop a passenger stop at Dotsero. The railroad was actually investigating dropping Eagle County’s only scheduled train stop at Bond.

Extensive lighting damage caused a temporary equipment outage at the Castle Peak television translators. Channel 7 from Denver was knocked out and technician George Collet said the signal would be out of order for as long as a month.

Forty-two boys turned out for the first day of football practice at Eagle Valley High School.

Singles hit by softball players Wayne Cash and Ron Zatarain gave Dempsey’s the go-ahead runs to win the tournament trophy in the local slow-pitch league.

40 years ago

Week of Aug. 16, 1973

A slew of development proposals, including Eagle-Vail, Arrowhead, Beaver Creek and Benchmark, prompted some 50 citizens to sign petitions asking the county to delay decisions until a comprehensive land use plan could be adopted. Minturn resident Robert Gallegos was the spokesman for the citizen group.

A proposal for a new mobile home park at McCoy also drew objections from residents of that community.

Gypsum Town Council members accused one another of electioneering at the polls during the previous week’s special election concerning water system improvements. “The whole town was electioneering,” commented town attorney Hugh Warner.

The Hoza sisters — Anna Marie, Linda and Lori, each earned top awards in the Eagle County 4-H Demonstration Contest.

Dayna Wurtsmith of Burns was named to the Dean’s List at Colorado State University.

50 years ago

Week of Aug. 15, 1963

The Colorado State Highway Department proposed building two tunnels under the Gore Range at Straight Creek, which would cut 20 miles from the drive between Denver and Eagle along Interstate 70.

A photograph of a very sway-backed old gray mare owned by the Jouflas brothers of Wolcott appeared in a Kansas newspaper — the Wichita Evening Eagle. The horse was rather famous locally, and had recently appeared in the Flight Days parade.

A fight between hobos riding a westbound Denver & Rio Grande Railroad freight train ended when Bond Depot Agent Odis Simpson found the five battered men, and several empty bottles of wine, in a boxcar. Sheriff Jim Seabry, Undersheriff Ray Rey and Deputy Wayne Randall took the transients to the county jail to dry out.

The town of Eagle was planning an emergency hospital exercise, to give local residents a chance to practice setting up a temporary care facility in the Eagle School gym.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 13, 1953

The Mayer Ranch, adjoining Eagle to the south, provided an acre of land for a permanent site for the 4-H Junior Fair.

Two dozen people participated in a trail ride to the Mount of the Holy Cross.

Foster Smith opened a car repair shop just north of the country courthouse in Eagle.

The State Highway Department was examining several options for a highway tunnel bore that would be built under Loveland Pass.

After weeks of negotiation, the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers set an Aug. 31 deadline for a strike. That decision meant a possible work shutdown of the Gilman Mine.

Mrs. Harold Kumminau and Mrs. Allan Eaton entertained at a “pink and blue” shower held at the Eaton home for Jo Ann Randall.

The Lions Club set up backstops and nets at the tennis court at Eagle Town Park.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 13, 1943

Lt. Frank Doll completed his officer training at Fort Sill, Okla. Solider Mary Lorraine Mosher of Gypsum, a radio technician for the Army, was released for combat duty. Delberta Patricia Meehan and Dorothy Jean Whitlock, both of Eagle, were accepted into the Waves. They left for training at Hunter’s College in New York City.

County officials toured the site of a proposed new road into Fulford. The route started just below the forest ranger cabin at Yeoman Park and the route was through land owned by Frank Newcomer.

Local Boy Scout leaders Joe Rule, Leo Fessenden, Gus Meyer, Les Randall, John Doll and Ray Angel led a troop of 29 boys on a camping trip along the Frying Pan River.

Judge and Mrs. Bill Luby visited the group and brought along two huge freezers full of homemade ice cream.

80 years ago

Week of Aug. 18, 1933

Above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall was wreaking havoc with the local potato crop.

The American Legion was hosting a smoker in Gypsum. The boxing card included matches between Louis Sanders of Eagle and Bert Daily of Gypsum Creek, and the “Squaw Creek Bearcat” Ellis Bearden versus Bill Pallister of West Lake Creek.

The ladies of the Methodist Church were staging a three-act play titled “Her Gloves.”

Some 757 high-altitude farmers and their wives toured the seed plots and farms at Avon during a special public event.

The Silver Eagle Barber and Beauty Parlor offered a $1.95 perm “School Girl Special.”

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