Those were the days |

Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Guy Truman Barnes poses in Missouri at age 15. Chaps and pistol were optional. The Barnes family homesteaded on Castle and Eby Creek.
Photo courtesy of Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Aug. 21, 2008

The town of Gypsum reported exploding sales tax revenues following the Costco opening in town. During 2006, the town collected a total of $3.1 million in sales tax and by 2007 that number had grown to $5.3 million. During the first six months of 2008, Gypsum’s sales tax revenues totaled $3.6 million. In comparison, the town of Eagle had collected $1.5 million in sales tax during the first half of 2008.

Castle Peak Ford, the sole major car dealership in Eagle County, announced it was closing after nearly 10 years of operation. Jeff Carlson, president of Castle Peak Automotive and Glenwood Springs Ford, said that his company simply had too much capacity and had to downsize its operation.

The LaFarge gravel pit between Eagle and Gypsum received a 10-year special permit extension from Eagle County, but the facility’s business hours were cut back from 14 hours per day to 12 hours per day.

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Eagle’s new tennis courts, located near the pool and ice rink facility, opened to general acclaim.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his wife Cindy attended a fund-raiser in Eagle County.

10 years ago

Week of Aug. 21, 2003

Eagle County School Board President Barb Schierkolk announced she would not seek a second term. During her three years on the school board, she had served with three different superintendents.

The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District announced the new Eagle Ice Rink would open in October.

The Eagle Valley High School girls softball team was looking to repeat its stellar 2002 season The previous year’s squad finished first in the league and won the district tournament. The 2003 team had a number of returning players including Cassidy Warner, Jessica Jagger, Sara Lybarger, Brianna Ehlert, Chelsea Lueders and Amy and Morgan Strakbein.

The Eagle Valley Library District honored Bill Burnett of Minturn. Burnett served on the library board for 20 years.

After completing a trip to Kentucky and Tennessee during their summer vacation, Addie and Nicole Lagace of Eagle had visited 48 of the 50 United States. Alaska and Hawaii were still on their to-do list.

20 years ago

Week of Aug. 19, 1993

U.S. President Bill Clinton vacationed in Vail, prompting a need for extra security measures throughout the valley.

Fred and Charlene Hartle turned over operation of the popular Valley Restaurant to their son Larry and his wife Sandy.

Nancy Ricci was named interim principal at Gypsum Elementary School.

Della Hoza of Gypsum played chaperone for a delegation of local teenagers when they traveled to Denver to see Pope John Paul deliver remarks during World Youth Day.

Local softball players participating in the annual Old Geezers Tournament in Grand Junction included Ron Moses and Butch Reynolds.

Gypsum resident Todd Hennessey, who had recently graduated from college, accepted the coaching job for the Vail Avalanche Hockey Team.

30 years ago

Week of Aug. 25, 1983

John Brendza was one of the new teachers hired for the 1983-84 school year. He was slated to teach seventh grade social studies at Minturn Middle School.

Thunderstorms swept through the town of Eagle, causing heavy damage to some homes. Ralph and Janice Starr reported $2,000 worth of damage to their residence at 245 Capitol St. and a home owned by George Chandler at the intersection of Capitol and Sixth streets was damaged when three feet of water flooded the basement.

After learning the price of an indoor swimming pool would hit $1 million, well beyond its budget, the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District opted to proceed with plans for an outdoor pool. The estimated cost for the outdoor facility was $400,000.

A historic wood bridge at State Bridge in northern Eagle County collapsed into the Colorado River.

Enterprise reporter Dorothy Lorig wrote an article about the women who held key positions in Eagle County. Females featured in the article included Eagle County Attorney Beth Whittier, Deputy District Attorney Terri Diem and County Coroner Donna Meineke.

Leslie Fedrizzi received the Eagle Business and Professional Women’s Club college scholarship.

Ted and Nettie Reynolds were crowned king and queen of the Eagle County Pioneer Association.

Enterprise sports reporter Ray Tencza picked an all-star team for the local men’s softball league: Mike Erickson, pitcher; Jerry Bailey, catcher; George Smith, first base; Carl Merkling, second base; Mouse Mickley, short stop; Steve Wujek, third base; Joe Bisant, left field; Steve Evancho, right-center field; Rick Loom, left-center field; Wayne Case, right field.

40 years ago

Week of Aug. 23, 1973

The Eagle County School Board was working with the county on a formula for school land dedications from developers.

Around 200 residents of Minturn and Red Cliff attended a county planning commission meeting, questioning the need for several new proposed developments.

Local 4-H’ers Eddie Havener, Vienna Sue Gates, and Linda and Anna Marie Hoza were delegates to Camp Tobin at the Colorado State Fair.

Dean Gates won grand champion honors for his steer during the Eagle County Fair.

50 years ago

Week of Aug. 22, 1963

During a “mock disaster” exercise, a makeshift emergency hospital with 25 beds was set up in Eagle. The exercise’s intent was to give the local Civil Defense group some practice at preparing for emergencies.

The newly rebuilt American Legion Hut in Gypsum was set to re-open for a Labor Day dance.

Eagle County School District Superintendent Art Watson announced that all teaching and staff positions for all the schools in the district had been filled.

As students prepared to return to school, the district raised the price of school lunches to 20 cents for elementary students and 25 cents for students in grades 7-12.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 20, 1952

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars hosted eight disabled vets for a weekend fishing trip at Piney Lake.

The Enterprise complimented some local gardeners including Sarah Rogers, Tom McBreen, H.K. Brooks, Mrs. Wallace Weeks, Mrs. O.W. Randall and Mrs. George Watson on their beautiful yards and flower beds.

Among the servicemen making home visits were Pfc. Vernon Ashcraft and his brother Darrel along with Leslie Bertroch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Garland Bertroch.

Mr. and Mrs. George Carlow and their children Pat and Janice were on a two-week vacation trip through the northwest and into Canada.

A representative from the State Employment Service was visiting Minturn, Eagle and Gypsum to recruit workers for the peach harvest.

A U.S. Forest Service beetle camp was set up on the Red Tables, in the Cottonwood area. About 15 men were working for the program, which was a follow up to previous year’s spraying efforts.

Mr. and Mrs. Wren Eaton were the proud parents of a baby daughter, Kathy Sue, born in Glenwood Springs.

John Clark was the high bidder at a public auction for the Andree building, located one block east of Broadway in Eagle. The 50-year-old building was originally built by Peter Stein, and it was used as a blacksmith shop.

Mrs. Dave Davis of Eagle won a brand new automatic Westinghouse washing machine by writing a clever slogan for White King Soap.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 20, 1943

In service news, the Enterprise reported that Thermond Yost, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Yost of Dotsero, suffered leg and arm wounds while fighting in North Africa. Sailer Tom Perch was in Eagle for a visit after completing basic training.

Local students Shirley Wilson and Evelyn Jean Rule placed first in the Poppy Poster Contest sponsored by the American Legion.

A truckload of peaches overturned near the Diamond Bar Ranch east of Eagle.

Six wardens from the Colorado Game and Fish Department conducted a “raid” in Eagle County, searching the cars of people who were fishing in the area. One man was charged with poaching when a deer carcass was found in his vehicle and two men were fined for possessing fish that didn’t meet size requirements.

80 years ago

Week of Aug. 26, 1933

Rumor had it that boxer Jack Dempsey was going to referee a fight card in Rifle featuring local welterweight Hershey Wilson versus Augustine Perez.

The Enterprise was filled with the news of a special Sept. 12 election. The election would decide whether Colorado voters wanted to repeal the 18th Amendment (Prohibition). State legislators were already at work on specifics for Colorado liquor sales.

Mrs. Harry Dickerson won the most blue ribbons at the annual Eagle Garden Club competition.

The Enterprise offered full editorial support for the National Recovery Act — a key part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal.”

Seventeen truckloads of native and rainbow trout were planted in the Eagle retaining pond on the Eagle River.

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