Those were the Days
5 years ago
Week of May 29, 2008
Eagle Valley High School sophomore Beto Chavez was the organizer of a huge Cinco de Mayo party in Eagle that raised $8,000. After covering the event expenses, Beto planned to donate $4,500 to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
A couple of redheads — Hilary Henry and Kelsy Elwood shared valedictorian honors for the EVHS class of 2008.
Earl Eaton, the man credited with introducing Pete Seibert to the mountain that would eventually become Vail, passed away. He was 85 years old.
Sara Coulter was the first girl to cross the finish line during the annual Brush Creek Elementary School Biathlon.
10 years ago
Week of May 29, 2003
The Brush Creek Saloon was one of only two bars valleywide that featured a weekly billiards tournament. The competitive field averaged between 16 and 20 players weekly. “There are no other decent tables in the valley,” said regular player Mike Kelly.
The new Eagle bowling alley advised residents to “get ready to be bowled over.” The facility was so new, it didn’t even have a name yet. Among the resident suggestions for the facility name was “the Downvalley Alley.”
Jacob Brubaker, son of Krysta and Brian Brubaker of Eagle, was awarded Eagle Scout honors.
Personnel at the AmericInn reported a bear rummaging through the business dumpster.
20 years ago
Week of May 27, 1993
A New York man died after falling out of a raft at Dead Cow rapid on the Eagle River, 2 miles east of Eagle.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management finalized its King Mountain land exchanges, creating more than 4,200 acres of new public land in northwestern Eagle County.
Elizabeth Fritze was the valedictorian for the EVHS Class of 1993.
The town of Eagle was exploring options for a bike path connecting Shorthorn Drive with Castle Drive in the western part of town.
Eagle county approved development of a private cemetery at Shrine Mountain.
Harry Silver, director of the Colorado Mountain College Eagle campus, transferred to the CMC Rifle campus.
Josh Fitzsimmons and Hope Kelly were named “Biggest Clowns” by the EVHS Class of ‘93.
30 years ago
Week of May 26, 1983
Construction of the town of Eagle’s new water transmission line along Brush Creek stalled when the project contractor went bankrupt.
Lois Walker retired after 33 years of teaching in Eagle County.
Large dumps of spring snow prompted Vail to reopen. Some 6,000 skiers showed up for the first three days.
Members of the Avon Town Council were seriously considering changing the community’s name to “Beaver Creek.”
Up Sweetwater Road, Cale and Gail Coombs were opening up the 7-W Guest Ranch for the summer.
A massive mud slide closed Interstate 70 at Dowd Junction.
40 years ago
Week of May 31, 1973
Eagle County School District was contemplating building two new elementary schools utilizing an informal, open classroom concept. The philosophy involved grouping kids according to academic level rather than by traditional grades.
Starr Grahler and Dusty Walls announced their engagement.
The rock foundation at the Minturn Mercantile crumbled during a remodeling project, literally shaking the customers next door at the Williams Cafe & Bar.
The EVHS girls track team broke a number of records at a meet in Montrose. Peggy Parmenter set a school record for discus with 92 feet. Liz Chandler posted a record of 6 minutes, 21 seconds in the mile run. Alexis Johnson ran the 440-yard dash in 67.5 seconds. Laurie Mosher threw the shot put 30 feet, 3 inches. Jill Phillips set the record in 80-yard hurdles and the running long jump, and Nancy Gates took honors in the 50-yard dash.
Hunter and Joey Antonides were the new managers for the Independent Lumber Yard.
Marge Chandler stepped into a new role as a nurse practitioner, working alongside Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs in Eagle.
50 years ago
Week of May 30, 1963
Three young men broke out of the Eagle County Jail after overpowering deputy Walt Leiber and locking him in a cell. Colorado State Patrol dispatcher George Smith, on duty at the dispatch office in the county building basement, heard the men run away and gave chase. Smith caught one of the escapees and then radioed Sheriff Jim Seabry. Searchers found the other two men hiding in a gully in east Eagle near the Ed Watson home. When asked why they made the break, the prisoners said they were “tired of laying around this old hole.”
Harold Koonce announced that Koonce Chevrolet was terminating its garage and car sales franchise. Koonce said he planned to continue his Mick’s 66 Station and Hometown Supply businesses. Staff members Bob Shelton, Don Knupp, Chester Graves and Mike Randall were staying on with Koonce.
Denny and Lucille Eaton started work on a new building for their general merchandize business — the Serv-U-Shop. The Eatons were tearing down the old McGinley home on Broadway to make room for the new building.
Lloyd and Myrle Eichler opened the Dairy Kreme operation in Eagle.
60 years ago
Week of May 28, 1953
Opening day of fishing season blew in with high winds. Local anglers were disappointed when a dam broke on Brush Creek, creating roily conditions at their favorite stream.
A fire originating from a pile of sawdust destroyed the landmark log house on the Hemberger property along Cooley Mesa. The house, known by old-timers as the Zoellner place, was occupied by John Woodward. Employees of the nearby Gypsum Lumber Company were able to control the blaze before it spread to nearby lumber piles and machinery.
Dick Morgan of Eagle Valley Telephone Company announced the upcoming installation of dial telephone equipment in the Gypsum Valley, Dotsero, Sweetwater and the Colorado River Valley.
Gene Carlson, son of former Eagle residents Mr. and Mrs. Tony Carlson, signed on to play baseball for the New York Yankees.
A burglar broke into the Erickson Conoco Station in Gypsum, the Davis Standard Station in Eagle and the Martinez Standard Station in Minturn. Sheriff Murray Wilson was on the case.
70 years ago
Week of May 28, 1943
Eagle Civilian Defense workers staged a mock attack on the town, including imaginary bomb drops and fires started by the “enemy.” A system of warning signs and fire alarms worked well and everything was under control within minutes.
Army Air Corpsman Ralph Bayer of Minturn had recently helped deliver a bomber plane to Australia.
George Yost of Dotsero was sworn into the Army Aviation Cadet Reserve and was awaiting his call to service.
The first fish fry of the season was held at the Tom Taylor 7-Up Ranch along Brush Creek. The guests included Mrs. and Mrs. Al Boyton, the Fred Dice family, the Fred Rule family, Lynn and Wayne Randall, the McDonnell family, George Guenon, the Joe Clark Family, the Bob McIlveen family and the Tex Williams family.
80 years ago
Week of May 26, 1933
Mrs. Tex Williams of the Brush Creek Valley reported a large herd of elk was bedding down near her home.
Boxer Max Daley of the Gypsum Creek Valley triumphed over Russell Thorps of the Jones Ranch during a smoker at the American Legion Hall.
The Eagle Seniors baseball team shut out the Leadville Bearcats, 15-0.
Colorado Gov. Ed Johnson announced that $5,000 worth of highway construction had been authorized in Eagle County, in a work relief program. Workers would be paid 40 cents an hour and work 30-hour weeks.