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A cast photo from the 1939 Eagle High School production of "Fingerprints." The Eagle Valley Enterprise reported that the three-act comedy was presented by the senior class and directed by Meleta Wilson. "A large audience attended and enjoyed it for many laugh were heard through the evening". Shown, standing from left to right, are Kenneth DuBois, Margie Stein, Dorothy Arthur, Bobby Clark, Betty Howland, Gertrude Nimon and Donald Van Horn. Seated, Rosemary Ginther, Marguerite Koonce and Irvin Wells.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of March 21, 2013

Eagle women were raving about the local hockey program. The women’s hockey league attracted enough players for five squads.

The town of Gypsum and Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District split the $122,000 cost of unexpected locker room maintenance to the Gypsum Recreation Center. Gypsum was also considering another $200,000 to remodel the Gypsum Creek Golf Course clubhouse.

The Eagle Valley High School Devils baseball team beat Battle Mountain 12-2, ending the game with a walk-off home run by pitcher Travis Edgar.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of March 19, 2009

The Eagle Methodist Church, working with the Salvation Army, was pleading with the community to fill their food pantry. Supplies had dwindled because of the economic downturn.

The Eagle Flea Market was open to shoppers Saturday and Sunday at a storefront on Broadway. Booth spaces started at $35 per day and $68 for both days.

The Gypsum town council and staff, together with deputies from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, were considering different town of Gypsum logos. Town council members also discussed the possibility of creating a curfew for children 17-years-old and younger.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of March 18, 2004

The Gypsum Town Council hired architects and financial consultants to complete plans for a new recreation center. The town was also pursuing grant funds and fund-raising to convert the old Lundgren barn into an amphitheater.

The Eagle Public Library hosted a book signing for local author Jim Driver for his paperback novel, “Satomi” which included local places and characters prominently in the story.

The Eagle Valley girls soccer game against Battle Mountain High School ended in a 2-2 tie.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of March 17, 1994

Eagle County School District decided to purchase the Miller Ranch property at Edwards.

Eagle County planned to build a 50,000-foot terminal at the Eagle County Airport to accommodate future commercial flights.

A 371-acre parcel of private land around Sweetwater Lake was one of the “carrots” Magnus Lindholm, of the Piney Valley Trust, was offering in a proposed public-for-private land exchange.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of March 22, 1984

The nine candidates for Eagle Town Board seats were divided on the issue of whether a town manager should be hired.

The “People for Eagle” citizen group announced plans to establish a new park in the downtown business district (on the lot where the Town Hall is now located).

Dempsey’s bar and restaurant in Eagle hosted a St. Patrick’s Day part at the establishment. Jon Jon Asper, bar manager at Berniece’s in Eagle, was vying for the dubious title of “Ugliest Bartender.” The contest was a fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

40 YEARS AGO

Week March 21, 1974

The Eagle Town Board approved preliminary plans for a project known as “The Lake at Eagle,” to be located by property owned by Ross Chambers between Highway 6 and Interstate 70 (now the Eagle Commercial Park).

The Eagle Town Board rejected a proposal for a 114-unit trailer park to be located west of the Barz Trailer Court.

Emmet Horst and his Polka Band were the featured weekend entertainers at Berniece’s Place.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of March 19, 1964

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain kicked off a huge local medical fund drive, aimed at construction of a medical center in town. Total cost of the facility was estimated at $30,000; and every family in the community was being asked to contribute.

County Judge Mabel Brooks announced her intent to retire after 31 years of continuous service.

The Rio Grande Railroad continued to have problems with a fire in the Rock Creek tunnel above Bond.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of March 18, 1954

The Town of Eagle bought 4,000 feet of pipe to replace a corroded water main on the Newcomer place along Brush Creek.

A lack of snow was causing locals to worry about the potential for a regional drought. A committee was at work creating water conservancy district for all of Western Colorado.

“Stranger in the Night” was the comedy play being staged by Eagle County High School.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of March 17, 1944

Staff Sgt. Ray Reynolds of Gypsum was awarded the flying cross, an air medal, and oak leaf clusters for his work as an armored gunner in 44 missions in the Pacific.

Soldier Tom Harman of Gypsum was stationed in Italy with the Air Force and was reported to be on the front battle line.

Center Joe Morris led the Eagle High School basketball team to a win over Delta.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of March 23, 1934

The Eagle Garden Club members defended their choice of the petunia for the official Eagle flower. Some citizens had complained that the sweet pea would be a better choice.

A Dotsero man was arrested for bigamy. The suspect, who had been employed as a construction worker on the Dotsero Cutoff, had originally been charged with wife desertion after he left his wife of two months in Dotsero. A check by authorities revealed the suspect had fled to New Mexico, where he had another wife.

Correction

The captions from last week’s Time Machine photos contained inaccurate information. There was a typographical error for Grace Miller (Little)’s name. The portrait of Addison and Bird Crawford Hockett contained some incorrect information. Bill Stephens Sr., the couple’s grandson, noted that it was Addison’s father Barclay Hockett who first settled in the Brush Creek Valley in an area now known as Hockett Gulch. Stephens added that Barclay Hockett was Eagle’s first postmaster.


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