Time Machine

Dessie Beck and her dog, shown outside the family home in Red Cliff, in a 1921 photo.
Photos courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Feb. 13, 2014

Employees reported that the roof caved in at the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore in Eagle. Heavy snow from a storm collapsed the roof of the 31-year-old building. That same storm, along with others, jumped the snowpack in the area 14 percent.

The 100-member Up with People group invaded the valley as they were getting set to perform at Eagle Valley High School.

Gypsum residents wanting to comment on the accessory dwelling units, often called mother-in-law apartments, were running out of time. The town of Gypsum’s citizen committee was hosting its final meeting regarding the issue.

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Eagle Valley High School principal Greg Doan was the spotlighted in the Enterprise.


Week of Feb. 11, 2010

Cub Scouts from Pack 231 in Edwards celebrated the Boy Scouts 100th birthday at their annual Pinewood Derby. Gypsum resident Prather Silverthorn earned his Eagle Scout medal with a Cedar Hill Cemetery Directory project that he built. Others who earned their Eagle Scout Medals were Chris Hing, Bryan Matthews, Trevor Grayson, Wade Fowler, and Josh Smith.

The town of Eagle hired Anderson Marketing to help promote the community.

Gypsum Animal Hospital was offering free dental exams to celebrate National Pet Dental Month.

Locals were pitching ideas for the Gypsum Creek Golf Course, formerly known as the Cotton Ranch Golf Course.

The Gypsum Chamber of Commerce was seeking assistance in the design and creation of a logo for the group.


Week of Feb. 10, 2005

Local non-profit SOS was spotlighted in the Enterprise.

Local citizens were questioning Eagle County’s spending priorities and asking commissioners to consider an assisted living facility.

The Greater Eagle Fire District dropped out of the competition for annexation for the Bond/McCoy and Wolcott areas. The upvalley Eagle River Fire District, was proceeding with the legal process involved in annexing the extra territory into their district.

Long-time local George Yoder purchased the former Z-Deli, and turned it into the popular Zach’s Mountain Deli in Eagle.

Caryn Thompson and Jeff Yarger announced their engagement.

Eighteen Eagle Valley High School students, along with sponsors, were headed to Italy for spring break.


Week of Feb. 9, 1995

A trio of 10-year-old boys, Dustin Scriver, Derek Fawcett, and Stephen Serba became heroes while playing in the Eagle Town Park. When they heard cries for help, the boys went across the street and found Frances Sansosti, 85, who had fallen outside of her home and broken her hip. Acting on her direction, the kids were able to telephone family members who summoned help.

The town of Eagle debated partnering with the school district on construction of a full-size gym to serve Eagle Valley Middle and Eagle Valley Elementary schools. The bigger facility would allow after-hours use for programs run by the Western Eagle County Metro Recreation District.

Developer Fred Kummer submitted plans for a 198-unit housing project, to be called “The Bluffs,” in Eagle. Housing costs were expected to be in the $100,000 to $170,000 range.

Eagle County considered building its own terminal at the Eagle County Airport.


Week of Feb. 14, 1985

The town of Eagle considered annexing the 550-acre Red Mountain Ranch parcel east of town. Developers Bob Stemwedel and Steve Isom proposed locating a regional shopping center on the site.

Local businessman John Beasley was nominated for the “Associated Grocer of the Year” award.

Local gymnast Heidi McCollum placed 14th in a regional meet in Nebraska.

Among the couples featured in a Valentine’s Day story were Rolland and Eileen Randall and Steve and Bev Goodier.


Week of Feb. 13, 1975

Eagle Valley High School cheerleader Lex Johnson won All-State honors.

Red Cliff Mayor Manuel Martinez appealed to the school board to turn the old Red Cliff school building over to the town.

A search plane spotted three snowmobilers who became stranded on Cottonwood Pass. Garfield County Search and Rescue retrieved the trio.


Week of Feb. 11, 1965

Wolcott rancher Leonard Horn was named Colorado State University Stockman of 1965. Horn and his wife, Dorothy, ranched the 2,000-acre V11 Ranch.

Eagle County school students initiated a letter-writing campaign to Colorado Gov. John Love, asking that the columbine be preserved as the state flower.

Sixty members of the Railway Historical Society ended up stranded when the train they were riding was derailed by a rock slide in Egeria Canyon between Toponas and Bond.


Week of Feb. 10, 1955

Among the locals filing mining claims were Robert Orr, Wren Eaton, and A.C. Gordon in Gypsum Canyon; Harold Warren, and Rulon Blaine on the Piney; and Bill Wallace, Jim Green, Bob Green and Omar McDonald on West Brush Creek.

A local preacher proposed creating a home for neglected boys in the Burns area. The facility was proposed at the Russell Ranch.


Week of Feb. 9, 1945

John Cowden Jr. of Lake Creek was reported missing in action. Cowden was a tail-gunner on a B-24 Liberator that was shot down over Belgium.

Sgt. Clyde Deane of Minturn was cited for outstanding performance of duty during the bombing of the Floridsdorf refineries at Vienna, Austria. Deane was an electrical specialist.

The seventh grade English class at Eagle was publishing a history of Eagle.

The Enterprise reported several hours of rain in the valley on Groundhog Day.


Week of Feb. 15, 1935

Eagle High School basketball player Clark Hilliard scored eight points in a 21-13 win over Aspen.

District Judge Bill Luby presided over a precedent-setting water rights adjudication case involving ranchers C.F. Lloyd and Wayne T. Jones and Brush Creek water users.

The town of Eagle filed an ordinance establishing fines for dogs running at large. Fees were $1.50 per male dog and $3 for female dogs.

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