Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Betty Jo Knight (Schmidt) poses with her doll at Gilman in 1930.
Photo courtesy of Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 11, 2008

A lack of quorum issue forced a monthlong delay in the Eagle Town Board’s Eagle River Station public hearings.

Fifty-five volunteers converged at Sylvan Lake State Park to build the first section of a trail planned to stretch five miles from the visitor center located near the Brush Creek fork all the way to the lake. The work crew was gathered by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

Rescue workers from all over Colorado gathered at Fulford Cave for a two-day cave rescue training session.

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Eagle’s downtown was poised to see a series of changes during the coming few months. The Brush Creek Saloon was slated to move to its new three-story building at the intersection of Third and Broadway, Inkahoots clothing store located in the yellow house across from the Eagle Pharmacy moved to 233 Broadway and the Eagle Valley Enterprise moved to the old town hall building at 108 West Second St.

An eleventh hour settlement between the town of Eagle and the former owners of El Tejano nightclub adverted a federal discrimination trial. The town’s insurance carrier opted to settle the case.

Jerry Smith of Gypsum caught a 27-pound catfish at an undisclosed, local location. His catch was 34 inches long and Jerry had a great fish story to tell.

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 11, 2003

Eagle’s new indoor ice rink was slated to open during a special Oktoberfest celebration.

Four Eagle residents filed petitions to run for school board. The candidates were Vern Brock, Mark Beagley, Greg Macik and Mary Ann Stavney.

Lightning and heavy rainstorms passing through the area left the entire town of Gypsum without electricity for several hours. Glenwood Canyon was closed for one whole night and traffic on Vail Pass was reduced to one lane.

Wolcott native and longtime Eagle resident Eileen Randall died. For many years she worked for the Eagle County Colorado State University Extension Office and she was an active volunteer for the local senior citizens group.

Red Hill Elementary School teacher Linda Feucht shared photos from her trip to Australia. Feucht won the trip during the previous spring’s Evening of Stars teacher appreciation dinner raffle.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 9, 1993

A group that supported wolf reintroduction in Colorado raised concerns from local ranchers. The group suggested the Flat Tops as a possible reintroduction site.

Lights were being installed at the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District sports complex near the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Developer Bill Clinkenbeard was exploring the possibility of building a golf course on an unnamed parcel of land south of Gypsum.

The Eagle Valley Library District installed a book drop box at the Gypsum Post Office.

Sophomore Brian Richardson made his debut as the starting quarterback for the Eagle Valley High School Devils.

Metcalf Archaeology celebrated a topping-off party at the company’s new offices under construction at the Eagle Commercial Park.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 15, 1983

A draft 50-year management plan for the White River National Forest drew protests from citizens concerned about a proposal to close 80 to 450 road miles in the Holy Cross District and 88 to 363 road miles in the Eagle District. Local residents were particularly concerned about the proposal to close the Old Fulford Road, a four-wheel drive road that once served as a stagecoach route.

The U.S. Postal Service was looking for a new post office site in Eagle. The Eagle Town Board passed a resolution urging that the new facility be located on the south side of U.S. Highway 6.

More than 100 members of the Mayne family turned out for a reunion at the home of Roy and Elva Mayne in Gypsum.

Senior tailback Bob Ross led the Devils with 195 yards rushing in 23 carries during a 25-7 win over the Lake County Panthers.

Marcie Smith, Kellie Faulkner and Kim Bauman led the Lady Devils in two-game volleyball victories over Lake County.

40 years ago

Week of Sept. 13, 1973

Deer-proof fencing along the north side of Interstate 70 was scheduled for completion by the end of the month. The Colorado Highway Department wanted to complete the 4.8 miles of 8-foot high fencing before deer migration started, according to Project Engineer Lew Sturm.

Several Gypsum residents paid a visit to the town board, urging them to hire a town marshal. Mayor Evan Mayne noted that the town’s $14,000 annual budget couldn’t accommodate a new employee.

The Colorado Water Conservation District proposed construction of the Iron Mountain Reservoir, on Homestake Creek above Red Cliff.

Gail Jean Mayne and Michael J. Haselhorst announced their engagement.

Emmett Horst’s polka band performed at Harrison’s in Eagle.

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 12, 1963

A violent cloudburst along Gypsum Creek swept bales of hay down the valley and surrounded homes with muddy water.

Local 4-H’er Mallory Nottingham reported about his trip to the National Citizens Short Course in Washington, D.C.

George Bone, the driver of a produce truck, escaped uninjured when he overturned along U.S. Highway 6 near the west Gypsum entrance. Surprisingly, the truck doors stayed shut so no produce was lost in the accident.

Local hunters were looking forward to the opening of grouse season.

Charlie Hazzard and Oda Schultz were named president and secretary of the Eagle County Pioneers Association.

Bill Schultz escaped serious injury during a Labor Day accident that happened at Sweetwater. A dozer blade came off his tractor and dropped on his right foot. Although the injury was painful, no bones were broken.

Eagle Valley tailback Larry Bagley ran the ball 20 times in a 20-7 victory over Kremmling.

60 years ago

Week of Sept. 10, 1953

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain reported that when she took her young son, Rich, to the Silver Eagle Barber Shop for his first haircut, the tyke put up such a fuss that passersby thought some poor child was being beaten. Barber Ira Bindley reportedly suffered frazzled nerves, a tired back and sore muscles in the effort.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Morgan of Eagle Valley Telephone purchased a telephone exchange in Milton, Iowa. The Eagle exchange and Morgan Manor Hotel in Eagle were managed by the Morgans’ daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Randall.

The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad re-opened its station at Pando, which had been closed since World War II. The station was re-opened to service the reconstruction effort at Camp Hale.

70 years ago

Week of Sept. 10, 1943

The Eagle Public School reported there were 73 students enrolled in the grade school and 37 enrolled at the high school.

The Enterprise offered readers a brief lesson in “soldier slang.” A “bubble-dancer” meant a dishwasher, an “angel whisper” was a bugle call, and “bean guns” was a reference to rolling field kitchens.

Sgt. Ray Reynolds, a former hand at Red Mountain Ranch near Eagle, had been in 71 air battles for the Air Corp. He was awarded an oak leaf cluster for courage.

Phyllis Barnes, the fountain girl and clerk at the Eagle Pharmacy, was headed out for college in Greeley.

A hobo dance was planned at the Sweetwater School.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 15, 1933

Eagle County joined the rest of the state in voting overwhelmingly to repeal Prohibition. The final county tally was 675 in favor of the repeal and 151 opposed.

“There was not much interest in the election. The drys seemed to feel they were whipped and mostly stayed away from the polls,” the Enterprise reported.

The first arrest for violation of the beer restriction in Eagle County was made when Burns storekeeper G.H. Shroeder was cited for selling beer for consumption at a pool hall. He was fined $5

A large crowd turned out to watch a baseball match between Fat MCaulley’s “Fats” team and Peewee Brooks’ “Leans.” The Fats team lost and had to pay off by buying the Leans team members a chicken dinner, cooked by Mrs. Alvord at the Eagle Cafe.

Grace Edge and Melvin Eaton were united in marriage during a ceremony at the Methodist parsonage.

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