Those were the days |

Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Emma Mae Newby rides through snow on Bellyache Mountain in the early 1920s. She taught at the little log schoolhouse on Bellyache.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Oct. 2, 2008

After a monthlong hiatus, the Eagle River Station development plan was back before the Eagle Town Board.

Eagle Town Planner Bill Gray resigned to take a position with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Gypsum was poised for an influx of new businesses including AutoZone, Alpine Party Rentals, Mountain Living Furniture and Design, and Mountain Beverage.

Eagle Valley Middle School eighth-graders participated in an overnight camping trip to Sylvan Lake State Park.

Mike Janelle was named Commuter of the Year by ECO Trails. Janelle, who had died suddenly in November 2007, “embodied the spirit of the award in his commitment to commuting daily to Beaver Creek from Wildridge — uphill both ways.”

10 years ago

Week of Oct. 2, 2003

Eagle Valley High School graduates Josh Denboske, Erin Cochrane and Brittany Schlegel were featured in a “Life after High School” story.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management was asking for volunteers to contact hunters on Bellyache Ridge, just east of Eagle, to explain which routes had been closed to motorized vehicles.

John Hardesty a landowner on Brooks Lane, was wrangling with the town of Eagle after he put up a gate closing a railroad crossing located on his property. He said he was protecting himself from liability and wanted the town to apply for official public access status. The gate prevented some 20 residents from accessing their homes.

A goal by Chad Kessler, off an assist from Diego Chavez, helped the Eagle Valley High School soccer teams to a 3-1 win over Aspen.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 30, 1993

The Eagle Town Board debated annexation of Eagle Ranch.

The Federal Aviation Administration nixed a proposal that would bring a control tower to the Eagle County Airport

Trooper Mike Lederhause retired from the Colorado State Patrol.

Stacy Burton and Simone Simonoff led the Lady Devils to a homecoming week volleyball win over Olathe. Tim Bishop was the rushing leader in the Devils’ football match against Meeker.

Matt Moore and Emily Gates were crowned EVHS Homecoming King and Queen.

30 years ago

Week of Oct. 6, 1983

Eagle Town Manager Susan Sanfillippo was offered the job as town manager of Cortez.

Developers who had recently purchased 11,000 acres of what was formerly the J. Perry Oleson Ranch at Wolcott announced plans for a mobile home park, rural home sites, recreational vehicle parking, a guest ranch and minor commercial development at the site.

EVHS star senior tailback Rob Ross dominated the state in rushing, posting a total of 891 yards to date in the season. He credited linemen Scott Green, Kyle Eddings, Mike Osterfoss, Dee Keller, Darren Ridgeway, tight end Nathan Bryant and split end Chris Fedrizzi for creating the holes for him to run through.

40 years ago

Week of Oct. 4, 1973

The 63-year-old Minturn Mercantile building was demolished after it was declared a safety hazard.

The Gypsum Town Council backed away from a proposal to hire a full-time police officer. Board members agreed to pursue a cooperative law enforcement agreement with Eagle County instead.

The Eagle Town Board rejected an administrative proposal to establish a $10 per year business license fee. Members expressed concerns that the fee would hurt local businesses.

Eagle County adopted its first land use master plan.

Eagle Ranch was selling 1,800 heifers in one of the largest single owner cattle sales slated at the Farm and Ranch Livestock Commission event in Fort Collins. John Hamilton was the ranch manager and Don Culver was the managing general partner.

Devils football players Tom Foral, Ken McGinnis and Dave Schiessl were the leading rushers in a 25-0 win over Rifle.

The identity of a body found in a shallow grave at Dotsero remained a mystery.

50 years ago

Week of Oct. 3, 1963

Two runaway teenagers from Denver, ages 14 and 16, attempted to drive to Emerald Lake on the Flat Tops in a stolen 1961 Ford convertible. When the vehicle bogged down in the rugged, four-wheel drive area, the teens shot bullets through the car windows and body. Their adventure ended when the older boy accidently shot himself in the leg. The younger boy walked to the Joe Albertson Ranch on Derby Mesa for help. Eagle County Sheriff Jim Seabry picked up the teens.

Martha Simonds was crowned EVHS Homecoming queen. Her attendants were Julie Tolbert, Cheryl Rimbert, Hariette Friend and Diann Bagley. The Devils football team broke a long losing streak and defeated Roaring Fork, 21-14.

Eagle County School District presented a ballot question to local voters asking approval for a bond issue to build two high schools — one at Maloit Park outside of Minturn and the other in Gypsum. A four-room addition was also proposed for the elementary school in Eagle.

60 years ago

Week of Oct. 1, 1953

Brush Creek Rancher Glen Horton took a trip to Pittsburg with Dr. Alex Allen, a summer resident of East Brush Creek.

Joe Allen and Bob Burford were hunting bear in Gypsum Canyon.

Ralph Saffeels sold his property on Lime Creek (at the head of West Brush Creek) to some Grand Junction businessmen.

Enterprise reported the death of Charles Albertson at 80 years old. He was one of the original Burns homesteaders who built the area into a cattle empire. Albertson was a leader in promoting irrigation for that part of the county.

Bill Gates was named “Youth of the Week” by the Junior Cattlemen’s Association of Colorado.

Cpl. Joe Dice of Eagle was an instructor with the Airborne Flying Quartermasters in Ft. Lee, Va.

Bill Stephens, Frank Lovison, Claude Gerard, Pete Nolan, Nick Strubi and Frank Towndrow won champion honors at a Future Farmers of America judging contest.

70 years ago

Week of Oct. 1, 1943

A runaway locomotive backed into the turntable pit at the Minturn train yard, which closed the facility for 12 hours. A wrecker crew from Bond helped clear up the damage and placed the engine back on the rails.

A solider from Red Cliff — Sgt. John Lund — escaped injury when a German shell that ripped through the wing of the bomber plane he was traveling in failed to explode.

Sgt. Clark (Butch) Hilliard was home on a 16-day furlough from his Army Air Force assignment in the Aleutian area.

Classes at Eagle County High School were dismissed for three weeks so students could help with the potato harvest.

William J. Meehan was elected president of the Eagle County Lions Club.

80 years ago

Week of Oct. 6, 1933

Sheriff Murray Wilson discovered a crude counterfeiting operation in a cabin on Gypsum Creek. Bill Fowler was accused of passing out counterfeit quarters. He was casting the coins out of lead hardened with glass.

H.K. Brooks, chairman of the Eagle County Sportsmen’s Association and the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, posted an advertisement asking hunters not to shoot deer or elk before the official hunting season began.

Eagle County marked its 60th anniversary.

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