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Time Machine

Compiles from the Eagle Valley Enterprise archives
1st Lt. Charles Hemberger of the 107th Engieers of the U.S. Army 32nd Division. After he returned from his service during World War I, Hemberger served as Eagle County Clerk and Recorder from 1916-17 and as a Colorado State Representative from 1926-30. He was a Fulford landower, after he acquired several parcels by paying past due taxes and the ower of the Red Arrow Ranch located along Cooley Mesa between Gypsum and Eagle.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |


Week of Jan. 29, 2009

An Eagle teen called the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and threatened to “bomb the high school tomorrow.” The 17-year-old male was later arrested and charged with false reporting of explosives – a felony.

Gypsum Creek Middle School students collected $1,681.98 in pocket change for their Pennies for Patients campaign.

Eagle Valley High School students who attended the inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C. reported to the Enterprise. Emily Boyd said she “will always remember the excitement of every single person present.” Bryan Matthews said that he would always remember the mood. “Everyone was really patriotic and hopeful for the future,” said Matthews.

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Eagle resident Glen Ewing offered skate-skiing lessons at the Eagle Ranch Golf Course nordic track. Great snow conditions brought out droves of skiers and snowshoers to the newly formed track.

Eagle Police Chief Rodger McLaughlin warned residents that the department would be enforcing leash laws for pets in order to protect the elk herd that was roaming the area.

Second Lieutenant Tess Quinn of Eagle married First Lieutenant Jeff R. Burke.


Week of Jan. 29, 2004

Longtime Alpine Bank officer Phil Frank left to join WestStar Bank. Frank was involved in numerous community groups in the area.

Land was being cleared west of the Eagle County Justice Center for placement of two singlewide modular structures for the duration of the Kobe Bryant rape trial. The Associated Press paid for one of the modulars, while various other press agencies shared the cost of the second one.

Eagle resident Karleen Bonaly, 92, died following a long illness. She was known by family and friends as very independent, warm and always laughing.

The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce presented the Eagle County Historical Society with a $2,300 check. The money represented the final payment from $8,000 worth of merchandise that was sold to guests at the Eagle Regional Visitor Center.

The Snowboard Outreach Society celebrated its 10th year in existence and the program had chapters in several states with more than 1,200 kids involved.

Gypsum resident Keddie Taylor was nominated to participate in the International Mission on the Environment during a trip to Brazil.


Week of Jan. 27, 1994

Eagle County officials and the state plumbing board squared off over the use of “studor” vents at the Lake Creek Apartment project. State officials claim the vents did not meet the state plumbing code.

A Gypsum teenager created a local stir when she claimed a gang of boys kidnapped her and pried the braces off her teeth. The girl later admitted to prying the dental hardware off herself, with the help of a friend.

After months of controversy, the town of Eagle was able to negotiate a deal to place a pedestrian path linking the Terrace subdivision with downtown Eagle outside the cemetery boundaries.

EVHS basketball player Wren Bindley scored 15 points in a game against Roaring Fork. Devils matmen posting wins in a tournament at Moffat County included Matt Medina, Robert Jaramillo, Zac Stratton, Eddie Vasquez, Kent Gledhill, Matt Moore, Rowdy Hobbs, Jody Hern, Josh Zimmerman, and Brad Hollandsworth.

James McCollum and Karie Peterson were declared the king and queen of EVHS Winter Homecoming.

Locally-raised jockey Pat Day won his 6,000 race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., riding a horse named “Miss Popsnorkle”.


Week of Feb. 2, 1984

Dedication ceremonies were slated for the new Eagle County Public Library, located in the former Athey house at the southwest corner of Sixth and Capital Streets in Eagle. Leonard Hammock, co-author of a history of the valley, and bookbinder Helmut Fricker were the honored guests.

Eagle County was investigating the possible under charging of commercial trash haulers for dumping trash at the landfill. At the same time, the county was ordering a scale for the landfill, in order to more accurately assess dump loads.

The Eagle Town Board designated the George Chandler property at the southeast corner of Sixth and Capital as the preferred site for an expanded post office.

Eagle County snow depths were above average, with 30.6 inches at McKenzie Gulch on West Brush Creek.


Week of Jan. 31, 1974

A fire destroyed the EVHS shop building, burning a number of student projects including horse trailers built by Mike Luark and Sumner Schlegel.

The Soil Conservation Service reported that snowpack for McKenzie Gulch on West Brush Creek was above average at 28 inches.

A broken rail caused two diesel engine units and 20 railroad cars to derail near McCoy. A railroad wrecker crew worked 18 hours cleaning up the mess.

The wreckage of a twin-engine plane that disappeared after taking off from the Eagle County Airport on Jan 20 was found near Bryce Canyon, Utah. Six members of a San Francisco family died in the crash.

Colorado Governor John Vanderhoof presented a “Colorado Young Farmers Week” proclamation to Maynard Smith of Eagle, president of the Colorado Young Farmers Education Association.

The Devils wrestling team clinched the title for the 1974 Gore-Yampa League, under the leadership of coaches Ralph Starr and Floyd Smith. Among the team’s top wrestlers were Mark Long, Joe Schwarz, and Tim Shankel.

In basketball, Devils player Russell Price had his best offensive game of the year, tallying 17 points against the Basalt Longhorns.


Week of Jan. 30, 1964

Rancher Leonard Horn of Wolcott traveled to Denver to testify before the U.S. Interior and Insular Affairs Committee on the subject of wilderness legislation. He argued that the wilderness was unnecessary.

Billy Sixkiller and Carol Ann Davenport performed piano solos at the monthly fellowship meeting of the Gypsum Methodist Church.

Piano teacher Jean Price of Eagle hosted a recital in her home, presenting gifts to her students who had recorded the greatest number hours of practice. Prize-winners were Iva Nelson, Sheryl Norman, Sally Johnson, Kathy and Susan Chandler, and Debbie and Jeri Norman.

The first snow survey of the Brush-Gypsum Creek watershed showed a snow depth of 15 inches at McKenzie Gulch.


Week of Jan 28, 1954

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain wrote that a Peeping Tom had been reported in Eagle. “It’s said he is young, dark and handsome. All we can say is, maybe we’d better hire him up as a reporter,” she observed.

Connie Lundgren was elected president of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority on the campus of Colorado State College in Greeley.

Frank Pierce was installed as the Noble Grand of the Crown Lodge IOOF. Other elected officers were Al Orlosky, vice grand; LeRoy Borah, secretary; and Victor W. Hendrickson, treasurer.

An ice jam at the Colorado River at the Burns bridge caused a backup that threatened several structures, including the living quarters of the R.C. Bearden family and the Burns post office.

The Forest Service reported a total of 245 fires on the White River National Forest in 1953, only four of which were started by lightening.


Week of Jan 28, 1944

Local Red Cross leader Mrs. Bea White reported that the women of the county had made more than 1,000 items during the past three months to ship to soldiers overseas. The Eagle County chapter had initiated a home service branch, forming a contact between servicemen and their families. Mabel Ethel was charge of the efforts.

Eagle County Sheriff Murray Wilson was elected president of the Colorado Sheriff’s Association.

An unidentified Gypsum man paid $225 for a cake baked by Mrs. Julius Vandel. The patriotically decorated cake was being auctioned off as a fund-raiser for war bonds.

The community was mourning the death of Gypsum pioneer Homer Daniel Davenport.

The Jack Bindley family received word that their son Ira, who was stationed in either Iceland or Greenland, would be home on a furlough in February. Pvt. Eugene Slaughter Jr. sent word to his parents that he had arrived in England.


Week of Feb. 2, 1934

The Enterprise reported that transcontinental trains would be running from Denver to San Francisco via the Dotsero Cutoff, starting in June. The new route was particularly significant because it shortened the route from Denver to Salt Lake by 173 miles.

Mrs. Julia Martin was assigned the new position of Eagle County Public Health Nurse.

Bearcat Bearden of Squaw Creek was slated to meet Charles Chaffin of Sweetwater in the boxing ring at the next American Legion smoker.

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