Those were the days |

Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Clark Gates, left, Bert Gates, standing, and Walter Gates gather around the campfire during a 1920s era hunting trip.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Oct. 23, 2008

The town of Gypsum released the results of its most recent community survey. Residents said the lack of affordable housing was the biggest barrier preventing business growth and that water quality and quantity, growth management, traffic issues and the appearance of the town were the most important issues facing Gypsum. On the topic of town services, the Gypsum Recreation Center and the Gypsum Public Library topped the list of popular amenities.

Todd Palin, “first dude” husband of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, dropped by the Eagle Diner in a campaign stop organized by the Eagle County Republicans.

During a summit held at Beaver Creek, area officials gathered to discuss the ramifications of the national economic crisis. “Employment in construction is going to take a big, big hit,” predicted James Chung, president of Research Advisors, a research and marketing firm for resort industries.

The election season shifted into the final weeks with District 1 Eagle County commissioner candidates Democrat Peter Runyon and Republican Dick Gustafson, and District 2 candidates Republican Debbie Buckley and Democrat Jon Stavney amping up their campaigns.

10 years ago

Week of Oct. 23, 2003

During a “listening forum” hosted by the Colorado Department of Transportation, Eagle County Commissioner Michael Gallagher lobbied for a high speed monorail system as the key element in a transportation proposal to carry passengers from Denver to the Eagle County Airport.

Brush Creek residents strenuously objected to Eagle Ranch’s’s plan to place 43 homes on a 60-acre site located three miles from the center of town. The Eagle Town Board approved the project in a 4-2 vote.

Mary Ann Stavney and Vern Brock were competing for the Eagle seat on the Eagle County School Board.

The Eagle Valley High school football and volleyball teams were preparing for post-season play. Volleyball co-captain Trista Sandoval was hoping for a better outcome as the Lady Devils prepared for the state tournament in Denver. The previous year they were swept from play in the early rounds.

20 years ago

Week of Oct. 21, 1993

A proposed land exchange that would convert thousands of acres of public land in the Piney River Valley north of Vail to private status was raising the ire of many local residents.

Magnus Lindholm, owner of the 22,000-acre J. Perry Olson ranch north of Wolcott, was trying to acquire some U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management property in exchange for some land in Costilla County.

Allen Black was named county assessor, stepping in for Cherlyn Baker, who resigned to move with her family to Oklahoma

The Eagle County School Board was evaluating Superintendent John Lange.

Eagle County was seeking voter approval for a half-cent sales tax.

Simone Simonoff, Sara Mayne, Emily Gates, Jamie Wilson, Karie Peterson, Ginny Beaumont and Heather Pacheco led the Lady Devils volleyball team to a win over Battle Mountain High School.

BMHS scored a final-second football win over the Devils despite strong play by Brad Hollandsworth, Tim Bishop and Nick O’Neil.

Richard Doak joined the Eagle Ranger District USFS office as a full-time law enforcement officer.

30 years ago

Week of Oct. 27, 1983

The Enterprise front page photo featured Dale “Spike” Stout of Gypsum petting a fawn.

The Eagle County Airport Commission, led by Dave Green, asked the county to allocate $800,000 for acquisition of land for a new 7,000-foot runway.

Rayl Levy and Bob Zimmerman announced their engagement.

The Concerned Citizens of Eagle County, the Sierra Club and the Colorado Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit challenging the USFS approval of the proposed Adam’s Rib Ski areas. Gene Lorig was the local group’s spokesman.

The Devils football team clinched a berth in the state playoffs with a victory over Hayden. Kyle Eddings led the defense with 13 tackles. Bob Ross was at the top of the state rushing charts with a total of 1,463 yards for the year.

Amtrak announced that the California Zephyr would no longer stop at Bond for passengers or to change train crews.

40 years ago

Week of Oct. 25, 1973

Colorado Mountain College approved the expansion of educational services into Eagle County by adding facilities in Eagle and Vail.

The town of Eagle asked the county to jointly purchase the old Eagle Elementary School property located on Broadway. Town manager Chuck Shafer said the building could be used for offices and the old gymnasium could be transformed into an indoor swimming pool.

A skull found four miles east of Eagle on Red Point was identified as that of a 59-year-old Leadville man who had disappeared following a car accident 18 months earlier.

Newly elected officers of the St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society were President Gaye Grounds, Vice President Eileen Randall, Secretary Patty Tenbrook and Treasurer Pat Koonce.

Alexis Johns and Alan Brock were the EVHS Homecoming queen and king.

Tom Foral, Benny Rivera, Perfecto Rivera and Ken McGinnis racked up points in a 42-0 Devils win over Plateau Valley.

50 years ago

Week of Oct. 24, 1963

A freak shot from an accidently discharged rifle injured a couple who rented a room at Harrison’s Motel in Eagle. When a hunter in a neighboring room accidently shot his rifle, the bullet blasted through a wall into the adjoining unit, going through the man’s thigh and hitting his wife in the hip.

Gypsum rancher Glen Schmidt lost three animals — a cow, a calf and a bull — in traffic accidents that occurred within one hour of one another. The animals had wandered out onto U.S. Highway 6.

Some trigger-happy hunters hit a high-power line near Wolcott while shooting at deer. Their haphazard shots resulted in a daylong telephone outage for the Wolcott/Sheephorn area.

The Devils football team was leading the Colorado River Valley League with a 4-0 record, but the squad was toppled in a non-league game against the team from the Buena Vista Reformatory.

60 years ago

Week of Oct. 22, 1953

Some 200 hunters lined up outside of the Eagle County Courthouse to get elk licenses. Only 100 validated licenses were available. Most of the men brought their sleeping bags and bedded down during the night before the sale commenced. They faced 19-degree temperatures. Enterprise Editor Marilla McCain, noting that a number of the camped hunters were imbibing in alcohol, wrote that “any man would have been a fool to try and see a night like that through drinking water.”

There were only three Eagle area men lucky enough to snag licenses — Bob and Marion Mosher, and their brother-in-law, Bob Scarrow.

At an Eagle Chamber of Commerce meeting, state representative John Vanderhoof and D.R.C. Brown assured local businessmen that there was federal support for a proposal to drill a traffic tunnel under the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass.

The Enterprise celebrated its 55th year of publication.

Eagle Mayor D.E. Johnson announced the town was planning construction of a new water system.

70 years ago

Week of Oct. 22, 1943

Soldiers at Camp Hale came to Eagle to show off “modern war equipment,” including a mountain Howitzer gun, 12 MI rifles, a 50-mm machine gun, six carbines and a complete Phillips pack outfit.

The Eagle County High School Pirates were set to play the Eagle High School Eagles in football. However, because of the number of county high players who were still at work in the potato fields, the school was going to have to field its younger team members, who had an average weight of 130 pounds.

Eagle resident Judy Allen was chosen Harvest Queen at a Camp Hale festival.

Soldier Jim Nimon sent a letter home to his parents, informing them that he was fighting with the Seventh Army in Sicily.

Three escaped convicts from Wyoming were the suspects in the theft of a 1942 Ford belonging to Dr. C.M. Parkinson. The doctor’s chief concern was to recover his instrument case, which contained $500 worth of surgical equipment.

80 years ago

Week of Oct. 27, 1933

A budget-cutting measure by the state government resulted in the loss of $2,000 in monthly revenue to the county road and bridge fund. The Enterprise noted that meant the county would have to cut back its planned road work.

The Daley brothers — Bert, Max and Matt – were scheduled to box during a smoker planned at the American Legion Hall in Gypsum. According to the Enterprise, youngest brother Matt was the fastest member of the clan and he carried a wallop with both hands.

A masquerade dance was planned at the Dreamland Hall in Wolcott.


Betsy Seeger of Roundup River Ranch noted incorrect information about the facility was included in last week’s Those were the Days column. “Roundup River Ranch is a member of SeriousFun Children’s Network, formerly Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. While we are fortunate to receive some support from the sale of Newman’s Own products, Roundup River Ranch only receives a small portion of its operating budget through the efforts of Newman’s Own and Newman’s Own Foundation. Camp will always be completely free of charge to the children and families served thanks to the support of individual, corporate, and foundation donations.”

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