Those were the days |

Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Pete Mann leads pack animals loaded supplies, or possibly ore, over Missouri Pass in the 1930s.
Photo courtesy of Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Aug. 28, 2008

Developers of the proposed Eagle River Station project reported they had completed a $19 million purchase deal for the 88-acre site with land owner Merv Lapin.

The $25.2 million Eagle Valley High School renovation project was under way. A new gymnasium, student commons area and technology wing were part of the plan.

The Eagle Valley Library District opted to postpone an 8,000 square-foot expansion planned in Eagle. Library board members said leaner economic times prompted the decision.

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The Western Eagle County Rotary Club helped the Eagle County Historical Society pay to paint the old Chambers barn at Chambers Park. The barn housed the historical society’s local history museum.

Eagle County completed a controversial $240,000 xeriscape project at the administration building downtown.

10 years ago

Week of Aug. 28, 2003

After a two-week murder trial that had all the elements of a television drama — a love triangle, drugs and lots of money — an Eagle County jury deliberated for only two hours before acquitting defendant Kathleen Denison. She had been charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of her estranged boyfriend Gerald “Cody” Boyd.

The town of Eagle hired a new police chief. Rick Sliger of Butler County, Mo., was slated to begin work in September.

EVHS juniors Ashley Woodworth and Marlis McChesney qualified for spots on the Universal Dance Association’s All State Team. The girls were working to raise $2,000 each to participate in a planned trip to London to perform in a New Year’s Day parade.

The Performance Automotive Has Beens won the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District Men’s C Softball Championship. The team members included Jeff Shreeve, Doug and Ty Sterkel, Butch Bruni, Bill Beasley, Kent Wilson, Jerry Smith, Bill and Brett Heicher, Ron Zatarin, David and Paul Hernandez, Andy and Bill Johnson, Carl Gray and Joe Bisant.

EVHS’s famed alumnus, professional jockey Pat Day, rode Ten Most Wanted to victory at the Travers Stakes in Saratoga, N.Y.

20 years ago

Week of Aug. 26, 1993

The 1,300-acre Eagle Ranch parcel on Brush Creek was for sale. The asking price was $6.8 million.

The Eagle Town Board approved two new businesses — Special Protection Inc. a manufacturer of canvas and vinyl products; and a tortilla factory, operated by Shirkie Evans.

The First Lutheran Church of Gypsum was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Peg Burr was the driving force behind that designation.

A Gypsum teenager made headlines by claiming that senior high school students kidnapped her and forcibly removed the braces from her teeth. However, upon closer questioning the girl admitted she made up the story. She had persuaded a friend to remove her braces.

Eagle County rescinded a building ban for Eby Creek Mesa subdivision. The county had been holding 376 lots in the subdivision as collateral after the original developer went bankrupt in the early 1980s.

There was a huge turnout for the Bertroch family reunion in Gypsum.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 1, 1983

Teachers were seeing double at Eagle Valley Elementary School. Four sets of twins were enrolled for the fall— Christopher and Phillip Blotiaux, Amy and Alice Nester, Wren and Foster Bindley, and Josh and Matt Levy.

EVES also reported that it was over capacity, prompting the creation of classroom space in the teacher’s lounge and in the school board meeting room at the district administration office. Work was under way on an 11,000 square-foot addition to the school.

The Sweetwaters Liquor Store on Chambers Avenue opened.

Foundation work was under way for a temporary, modular jail next to the Eagle County Courthouse in downtown Eagle.

Eagle County received a $40,000 check from the Colorado Lottery, which officials said would be reserved in a conservation trust fund designated for preservation of open space.

The 10-year-old Meadow Mountain Elementary School building located at Dowd Junction, which was only fully utilized as an elementary school for one year, was being used to handle an overflow of students at Battle Mountain High School.

Eagle County appointed a citizen committee to study the possibility of becoming a home rule county.

40 years ago

Week of Aug. 30, 1973

Eagle businessman John T. O’Leary announced his intension to renovate the Eagle Theater building downtown. His plan involved turning the building into office space.

Joan, Lori, Linda and Anna Marie Hoza won blue ribbons at the Eagle County Fair for their 4-H sewing projects. Deena Starr won a blue ribbon for her foods project and Elizabeth Chandler won for a veterinary science project.

In his “Mountains, Men and Memories” column, Chester Mayer reminisced about the days when hay production on Eagle Ranch reached as high as 3,300 tons in addition to 14,000 bushels of potatoes and 9,000 bushels of oats.

50 years ago

Week of Aug. 29, 1963

Ron Dodo raised the Grand Champion, 885-pound steer for the Eagle County Fair. Other 4-H’ers with prize-winning beef projects included Lynn Dodo, Diane Bagley, Kevin Norman, Dan Williams, Jim Cook and Lucille Norman.

In the 4-H dress revue, Susan Chandler, Charylnn Oleson, Sally Watson, Rosemary Wassam, Carol Davenport, and Linda Hill placed top in their units. Shirley Eaton was the grand champion.

Some county schools were so overcrowded that the school district brought in mobile classroom units.

The WSCS ladies hosted a smorgasbord at the Eagle Community House.

Miss Annalies Broger of Appenzell, Switzerland, married William A. Stephens in a ceremony held along Sweetwater Creek. The 120 reception guests were presented with tiny silver spoons from Switzerland as souvenirs.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 27, 1953

Charles Case of Edwards suffered broken ribs in a timber accident on the Flat Tops.

A falling tree in Edwards took down a power line, causing an eight-hour power outage throughout the valley. The incident occurred during the process of moving the Hubert Peterson house across the river at Edwards.

A local citizen committee used food coupons and cash to purchase a 100-person set of silverware for the Eagle Community House.

In service news, Sgt. Allen Sixkiller arrived in Camp Carson after spending a year in France. Harold Bellm of Gilman returned home from a stint in Korea.

The miners union and Empire Zinc Co. were holding last-minute talks before an Aug. 31 strike deadline.

Pauline Rochford and Arlene Ross hosted a meeting of the Progressive Home Demonstration Club.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 27, 1943

The Eagle Garden Club held its annual flower show, filling seven big tables with bouquets. According to the Enterprise, Eagle gardens were famous across the Western Slope for their sweet peas, gladioli, nasturtiums and roses.

Eagle County sent five young men off to boot camp — Eugene Slaughter Jr. of Gypsum, Arthur Boyd Clark of Minturn, Joe Romero of Edwards, Arthur Davenport of Gypsum and Earl C. Williams.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Yost received a telegram stating that their son Thurmond was recovering from a wound he sustained while fighting in Sicily.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 1, 1933

Federal and state governments committed to spend more than $600,000 on road improvements in Eagle County. Projects included work on Shrine Pass, the State Bridge/McCoy hill and the Eagle-Thomasville Road.

Eagle County was in the process of organizing for unemployment relief. The county’s employment committee included J.D. Allen, Judge Hume White and Elmer Lundgren.

A road work project planned along Tennessee Pass was expected to generate jobs for a number of county men.

A boxing match between Bill Pallister of Lake Creek and Ellis “Bearcat” Bearden of Squaw Creek was declared a draw.

“The lads were both out for blood and fought hard from gong to gong. Bearden’s clownish mannerisms in the ring are always worth the price of admission,” noted the Enterprise’s account of the match.

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