Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Andrew Christensen's house still stands today in west Eagle, across U.S. Highway 6 off Brooks Lane near the Fishing for Fun Bridge. Christensen was a major cattle producer in the area. His house is pictured here in the 1930s.
Photo courtesy of the Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 18, 2008

The America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament, featuring a dozen five-person teams, was being held in four Colorado high country river venues, including the Colorado at Dotsero.

An Eagle County High School reunion held in Grand Junction drew 168 attendees. The first graduating class from ECHS received their diplomas in 1910 and the Class of 1959 was the final group of ECHS graduates. In 1960, Eagle Valley High School opened.

Keegan Hammond, a student at the Colorado School of Mines, received the 2008 Eagle Valley Gun Club scholarship. Hammond was majoring in metallurgical and materials sciences.

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The Porchlight Players presented the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 18, 2003

The Eagle Town Board agreed, in principle, with Red Mountain Ranch developer Merv Lapin’s request for a revenue-sharing plan. Lapin proposed a rebate of as much as half of the revenues generated at the commercial development planned east of Eagle (the currently Eagle River Station site). The revenue sharing was earmarked to help pay for infrastructure improvements.

Five and one-half years after 18-year-old Cody Vernon disappeared, and two months after her body was discovered in a remote desert area, her one-time boyfriend was charged with her murder. A Mesa County grand jury indicted Jason Garner, 26, of Grand Junction with a first-degree murder charge.

A 12-year-old horse on a ranch near Bond fell victim to the West Nile virus. The animal was euthanized and local health officials stepped up their West Nile information campaign.

The EVHS girls softball team drummed Cedaredge, 17-1 and 13-2. In the second game, Lady Devils sophomore pitcher Chelsea Lueders struck out three and pitched a complete game.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 16, 1993

Neighboring property owners were organizing to oppose Jerry Rea’s proposed land exchange. The exchange involved a State Land Board parcel north of Edwards and U.S. Bureau of Land Management property located between Squaw Creek and Bellyache Ridge.

Eagle County School District was campaigning for a $49.5 million bond issue.

Eagle County Assessor Cherlyn Baker resigned to move to Oklahoma with her husband Dan.

The town of Eagle reviewed three large scale developments — the 150-unit Northbank apartment project, The Terrace subdivision and the Eagle Industrial Park.

The first heavy frost of the season hit Sept. 13.

A delegation from Eagle Valley Middle School traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the school’s Blue Ribbon award.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 22, 1983

Cash-strapped town of Eagle officials were trying to figure out how to whittle down a $6,527 subsidy that helped pay for the community’s recreation programs.

Eagle resident Larry McKinzie received his architect’s license.

Eagle County School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Schwahn promoted his “outcome-based education” philosophy in an Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce presentation.

Despite good blocking by Kim Eaton, Brenda Newby and good serving by Lanie Bryant, the Lady Devils volleyball girls lost to Battle Mountain. Lady Huskies player Stacy Bronn was instrumental in her team’s victory, contributing some killer serves.

EVHS sophomore quarterback John Harris completed six of 16 passes for 160 yards against the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs.

Bond/McCoy columnist Vern Seaman had this gem to share, “You can’t buy love with money, but you can get an awful lot of lust with it.”

Canyon City businessman Glenn Miller bought the old mining town of Gilman, and the mine beneath it, for $17.5 million.

40 years ago

Week of Sept. 20,1973

A couple of rock hounds looking for volcanic “diamonds” at the Dotsero crater discovered the badly decomposed body of a man, wrapped in four blankets and clad in a reddish-orange hooded gown. The Eagle County Sheriff’s office said they hoped dental records and the eight rings that the man was wearing on his fingers would help identify the victim. (Editor’s note: The case of “Cinder Sam,” as the victim was subsequently named, remains one of Eagle County’s unsolved mysteries.)

A 64-unit mobile home park along Brush Creek was proposed.

Seeking additional revenues for goals ranging from an additional policeman, a new trash truck and a municipal swimming pool, the Eagle Town Board considered a sales tax question asking voters to increase the amount they were paying from 2 percent to 3 percent.

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 19, 1963

The Eagle County Education Association elected new leadership that included Joan Braillier as president, Velma Larsen as secretary and Ronald Atkins as treasurer.

Charles Shumate, chief engineer for the Colorado Highway Department, said prospects for a second tunnel to eliminate Vail Pass looked promising. Shumate shot down rumors that the state would route the new interstate over Cottonwood Pass, saying Glenwood Canyon presented less of an engineering problem.

Meanwhile a contract was being negotiated to address “horseshoe curve” located on the west side of Glenwood Canyon.

60 years ago

Week of Sept. 17, 1953

The Enterprise reported that mid-September temperatures were hitting highs of 87 degrees.

Rancher Leonard Horn represented the Eagle County Cattlemen’s Association at a meeting of the Colorado Cattlemen.

Game warden Jack Combs of Gypsum reported that although 10 big horn sheep licenses were distributed in Eagle County, no animals were harvested.

Mr. and Mrs. George Barton sold their ranch at the southwest edge of Eagle to Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Montgomery of Denver.

Local attorney Hume White helped lawyer Frank Delancy of Glenwood argue water issues before the Colorado Supreme Court.

Ed Watson’s field of Russett Burbank seed potatoes passed two field inspections.

Glen Chambers was in the process of building a warehouse for his oil products, located at the north end of Broadway in Eagle. Denny Eaton and Mike Robiduoux were the contractors on the job.

Recent Eagle High School graduates were leaving town to pursue higher education. Betty Sansosti was headed to business school in Denver. Neoma Matthews was enrolled at beauty college and Pat Randall was taking a nursing Class at Mercy Hospital in Denver.

Pvt. Allan Nottingham of Avon took part in “Operation Big Switch,” a historic prisoner exchange at Panmunjon, Korea.

70 years ago

Week of Sept. 17, 1943

Eighth-grader Wayne Cowden was elected president of the Eagle Chamber of the Young Citizen’s League. Peggy Randall was the treasurer and Neil Fessenden was the corresponding secretary.

Twenty boys turned out for the Eagle County High School football squad: Royce Hoyt, Raymond Moore, Earl Brett, Nelson Yost, Fred Whiley, Dan Hensley, Ronald Estes, Morris Reynolds, Harry Salzgaver, Ervin Terry, Garfield Terry, Gene Sagrillo, Sam Olson, Lee Wiley, Junior Schultz, Bob Squires, Walter Squires, Bill Holland, Bill Bradford and Richard Sagrilla.

Eagle County residents invested $101,000 in war bonds.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 22, 1933

Mrs. George Watson gave a talk about bulb gardening and Mrs. William Luby discussed transplanting berry bushes and lilacs for the September meeting of the Eagle Garden Club.

E.J. Bindley announced a meeting of the Eagle Sportsmen’s Club, saying the group had important business to discuss.

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce hosted a harvest home festival and children’s costume parade.

John Greve of Oak Creek announced he was opening a “talking pictures” theater in Eagle. The first talkie shown in Eagle was “The King of Jazz.” The movie showings were scheduled every Tuesday evening.

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