Those were the days |

Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
The 1947 Eagle High School basketball team was the first in the school's history to make it to state competition. In the back row are Walt Leiber, Neil Fessenden, Fred Foss, Bob Randall and Larry Byers. In the middle are Stewart Poet, Bob Childers, Wayne Cowden, Bob Berger Lynn Randall and Coach Nick Buchholz. Albert Haggart, Jimmy Rule, Willard Wilson and Nickie Palese are in front.
Photo courtesy of Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 25, 2008

Trinity RED Eagle hosted a public open house to present information about the proposed Eagle River Station development.

An anonymous tip led Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputies to the Wendy’s parking lot in Eagle where they staged an undercover drug deal. The deputy involved was able to purchase two eight-balls of cocaine for $200. Before his arrest, the drug dealer told the undercover cop that he could supply crack cocaine and he was looking for someone to work with him.

The Porchlight Players community theater group performed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Eagle Town Park stage.

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Mollie Hay, owner of In Kahoots clothing store opened her new location at 233 Broadway.

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 25, 2003

Western Eagle County Ambulance District Director Tom Kelly was seriously injured when he was thrown from a horse while responding to the scene of a hunting accident on the Flat Tops. Kelly suffered a fractured leg and had to be flown to Denver for surgery.

Derek Byron, 15, of Eagle skated non-stop for two hours, logging 469 laps at the Dobson Ice Arena during the Vail International Hockey Association Skate-A-Thon. His efforts shattered the previous lap record.

Fifteen-year-old bow hunter Tyler Tenbrook bagged his first deer — a large four-point buck.

Gypsum resident Paul Steinfort was one of the honorees at the Colorado Cares ceremony in Denver. Gov. Bill Owens recognized the volunteer efforts of state winners. Steinfort was honored for his role in organizing the Eagle County 9Health Fair as a local Lions Club volunteer.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 23, 1993

Adam’s Rib developers returned to Eagle County with a proposal for 1,343 units and a golf course along Brush Creek. The sketch plan called for work to begin in 1995.

A wolf-hybrid dog attacked a 3-year-old boy in Gypsum. The child required 52 stitches after he was bitten on the arms, legs and face.

The Slaughter Ranch in Gypsum was honored as a Colorado Centennial Farm, in recognition that the property had been held by the same family for 100 years. The original homestead deed was granted to Ed Slaughter in 1882.

Rushing yards racked up by Rowdy Hobbs, Brad Hollandsworth, Alan Bigelow, Jody Hern, Greg Thompson, Zac Stratton, Wayne Eichler and Brian Richardson were instrumental in a 21-0 Eagle Valley High School football win over Meeker.

Scott Miller joined the Eagle Valley Enterprise staff as a general assignment and features reporter.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 28, 1983

A passing motorist saved a Gypsum family when he spotted a fire in their mobile home, located at the Wilson Trailer Park. The report came in at 1:20 a.m. and firefighters roused the residents by pounding on their front door.

The vice president of a local paving company was sentenced to six months in a federal prison in connection with a bid-rigging scheme.

The Waterford Ranch Company was making plans for development of a 11,000-acre tract of land located north of Wolcott. The company had purchased the land from longtime local sheep rancher J. Perry Olsen.

Despite a series of injured players, including starting quarterback John Harris and linebacker Dave LaFramboise with sprained ankles, the EVHS Devils posted a 34-6 homecoming win over Paonia.

Ken Norman was named as the Eagle County representative to Club 20.

40 years ago

Week of Sept. 27, 1973

Fifty citizens turned out for a meeting where Kummer Corp. representative Norm Montgomery explained the proposed Adam’s Rib ski area planned along Brush Creek.

Eagle Fire Chief Jack Johnson brought out the fire truck to help rescue a guinea pig that made a run for freedom from his 10-year-old owner Alan Lunk. The animal hid in a drainage pipe under Fourth and Broadway in Eagle. Johnson, Fred Swanson and some other volunteers used a fire hose to flush the pet out of the pipe and back into captivity. The rescue was witnessed by a crowd consisting of nearly every kid in town.

Members of the Eagle Volunteer Fire Department spent a Sunday morning at Gilman loading scrap iron from the New Jersey Zinc Mine into railroad cars. The effort earned the department $700. Participants included Jack Johnson, Jack Merchant, Bob Shelton, Bud Burr, Sam Yantzer, Steve Koonce, Stan Knupp, Bill Beasley, Jim Burk, Biff Long, Rod Carter, Chuck Shafer and Joe Aherns.

Strong play by Tom Foral, Benny Rivera, Dave Schiessl, Jeff Hughs, Marlon Nottingham, Miles Collett and Scott Morgan led the Devils to a 27-14 victory over Hayden.

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 26, 1963

The efforts of Gene Slaughter, Larry Bagley and Dick Mayne were credited for the Devils first win of the season. The team beat Plateau Valley.

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain reported the lower valley was enjoying some unusually warm fall weather. A killing frost had not yet occurred.

An 18-year-old girl was killed when her car plunged off “Inspiration Point” on the Trough Road near Radium. The vehicle bounced down a 600-foot embankment and the accident was witnessed by passengers and crewmen on board a Denver and Rio Grande Railroad train traveling through the area.

Julie Tolbert, Phyllis Bindley, Bill Johnson and Larry Prendergast gave reports to the community about their respective trips to the Boys State and Girls State events.

EVHS vocational agriculture teacher Dean Ewing took a leave of absence to accept a job at Canon City. He was leaving to work in the vocational rehabilitation program at the Colorado State Penitentiary.

60 years ago

Week of Sept. 24, 1953

A wage dispute prompted Battle Mountain Miners Union Local 581 to call a strike. The miners were seeking a two-year pay raise agreement.

Ike Cowden was the big gun in a football game between the Eagle High School Eagles and the Aspen Skiers. Buddy Harrison and John Buchholz scored touchdowns on passes thrown by George Smith.

American Legion Yarmony Post 195 was planning a Harvest Festival at McCoy.

Mrs. Gordon Whittaker, her daughter Mrs. Joe Carter and her daughter-in-law Mrs. Bill Whittaker escaped injury in a car accident that occurred in Glenwood Canyon near Bair Ranch.

70 years ago

Week of Sept. 24, 1943

Citizens who purchased war bonds on Sept. 30 earned free admission to the Eagle Theater for a showing of “The Powers Girl” starring Ginger Rogers.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise was instrumental in bringing two Eagle County boys together on the battlefields of Sicily. Soldier Eugene Hyrup was walking along a tent village row when he spied an Enterprise inside one of the tents. Eager for some home news, he introduced himself to the soldier inside — Duane Larson of Brush Creek. Both men were thrilled to meet up with someone from home.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thatcher of Gypsum were four-star parents. All four of their sons — WC., Freeman, Warren and Wallace — were serving in the armed forces.

Soldier Max Daley, known locally as an outstanding boxer, was stationed in Ireland with the Army. Darrell Barnes of Eagle enlisted in the Navy.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 29, 1933

Holy Cross Trail newspaper editor O.W. Daggett, 72, of Red Cliff was seriously injured when a bus he was riding in crashed at the cement bridge seven miles east of Eagle.

Gene Slaughter took first place at the Harvest Home Festival for his red soil potatoes, rutabagas and cucumbers.

In anticipation of the Dotsero cutoff’s completion, the Eagle County Commissioners were looking at upgrading potentially dangerous intersections located between Sweetwater and McCoy. Targeted intersections included Sweetwater Road, Coulter’s Camp, Red Dirt Bridge, Burns Camp, Station 763 and the tunnel at McCoy/State Bridge.

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