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Gretchen and Rowena George, twin daughters of Frank and Rowena George, shown in a 1917 studio portrait."They were seven-month babies and doctors said in those days that seven-month babies couldn't live," notes the photograph's information. Their mother passed away when the twins were just four days old. "Their father Frank must have been an outstanding man and father," notes the photograph information.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Aug. 15, 2013

U.S. Senator Mark Udall and State Senator Gail Schwartz joined a group of Eagle County Commissioners and Gypsum Town Council members for a tour of the biomass power plant that was being built in Gypsum.

Eagle County hosted Stage 4 and Stage 5 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

A historic building tour of Eagle included Red Canyon High School, the Eagle County Courthouse, Wells Fargo and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Week of Aug. 20, 2009

An Eagle Art Battle Benefit was being held by One Eagle. Artists were competing with each other, with a winner to be chosen by the audience. Artwork was then going to be auctioned off at the conclusion of the event. Some of the local artists included Dustin Zentz, Robin Gustlin, Robin Nash and Shanna Dempsey.

Gypsum resident Tiffany Myers was selected to participate in the 3-day opening and closing ceremonies by carrying the courage flag in the Survivor Circle for the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk in Denver.


Week of Aug. 19, 2004

While defense and prosecuting attorneys were brainstorming their legal strategies for the upcoming Kobe Bryant rape trial, local court administrators were working out critical logistics issues, including keeping the local court system running smoothly, while accommodating a case that was so big.

The Gypsum Fire Department used its big truck and water sprayer to put a little more fun into “Family Fun Day” at the Gypsum Town Park.


Week of Aug. 18, 1994

A proposal for a glass-walled, 5,000 square-foot house on a ridge at Wolcott, north of I-70, had the Eagle County commissioners scrambling to check the open space plan, which called for protection of unique land forms. There was some discussion of a county purchase of the property.

Lindsay Merry, 11, was the winner of the Eagle Valley Library reading contest.

Ben Kohl and Michelle Morgan were the first place winners in the Gypsum Jubilee fishing tournament. Kenny Slaughter, 7, won a prize for being the best dressed fisherman; and Marci Jones was the best dressed fisherwoman.

County officials staged a party for retiring Nursing Service Director Margie Gates.


Week of Aug. 23, 1984

A tank car on a Denver and Rio Grande Railroad train leaked a cloud of hydrochorlic acid, into the air, prompting the closure of Highway 24 in the Camp Hale area. Twelve people were treated for inhalation of the poisonous gas.

In what some perceived as a deliberate move by the Eagle Valley Television Corporation, TV screens across the valley went blank at the climax of a movie titled “Enola Gay: The men, the mission and the atomic bomb.” The EVTV Corp. had been concerned about a lack of dues payments.

Mort Doll’s six-pound cabbage won a purple ribbon at the Eagle County Fair.

The U.S. Postal Service was looking for a new post office site in Gypsum.

The up-valley based Eagle County Emergency Services Hospital District was considering expanding its boundaries westward to include Eagle and Gypsum.


Week of Aug. 22, 1974

Sewer and water service concerns in west Eagle were prompting some talk of annexing that property to the town.

For the first time in weeks, water in the town water system was running clear enough to pass state drinking standards.

Plans were being made for a 75th anniversary for the Eagle Methodist Church.


Week of Aug. 20, 1964

Eagle and Gypsum joined a coalition of local towns who were protesting the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad’s decision to discontinue passenger trains 1 and 2 from Pueblo to Grand Junction. County Attorney Gene Lorig was arguing the case before the Public Utilities Commission.

The Eagle County School Board announced that construction problems would delay the openings of new schools in Minturn and Gypsum.

Bond resident Don Matlock, working on a D&RG rock gang near Salida, was bitten by a rattlesnake but suffered no serious effects.


Week of Aug. 19, 1954

Eagle residents were furious over a proposal that the town give up its assigned post office name (“Eagle”) and allow that title to go to the post office at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Spings. The idea was reportedly favored by top Air Force officials and Colorado Governor Dan Thronton. Proponents suggested that the town of Eagle be assigned a new name, such as “Glory” or “Peace.” Local wags were suggesting some other names, including “Dead Duck,” “Old Crow,” and “Falcon.”


Week of Aug. 18, 1944

Three young Minturn boys, ages 8, 9 and 14, drowned in a swimming hole south of town. The bodies were discovered by playmates.

Eagle County School Superintendent Kathleen O’Rourke, facing a teacher shortage as school was about to open, urged local residents to take the teacher examination test and apply for jobs.


Week of Aug. 24, 1934

A cattlemen’s committee was set up to get enough ranchers’ signatures to qualify the local herds for tuberculosis inspections. Committee members were Charles Albertson of Burns, George Hartman of Piney, Gene Slaughter of Gypsum Creek, Burr Fuller of Sweetwater, and George Watson of Wolcott.

After stealing a car in Leadville, four young men were involved in a wreck on Tennessee Pass that seriously injured two. Sheriff Murray Wilson was called out to search for the two remaining passengers, who had fled into the woods.

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