Those were the days |

Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Harold Stoner, home on furlough in this 1940s era photo, posed with Sophie Knight at Gilman.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and the Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Nov. 13, 2008

The town of Eagle was considering a plan to bring curb-side recycling to the community. The plan involved having local company Honeywagon take over trash-collection services for the community.

In other Eagle capital news, construction drawings were nearly complete for a new $15 million lower basion water treatment plant. The proposed plant, located near the confluence of Brush Creek and the Eagle River, was planned to meet expected demand resulting from development of either Eagle River Station or the Haymeadow projects.

Two reported mountain lion sightings in Eagle prompted reverse 911 calls from the Eagle Police Department. Chief Rodger McLaughlin noted there was not reason for alarm but said he wanted residents to be aware of the animals’ presence.

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A “You know You’re a Redneck” fund-raiser was planned for Gypsum resident Nick Luchycky, who was battling cancer.

10 years ago

Week of Nov. 13, 2003

Local off-road motorcycle enthusiasts lobbied the Eagle Town Board to maintain access to U.S. Bureau of Land Management parcels through town open space. Group members presented a petition with 128 signatures in support of their position.

Eagle County hauled out generators and emergency heaters acquired for the anticipated Y2K crisis that never materialized and put them to use in a tent erected to handle the onslaught of national media in town for the Kobe Bryant court case.

Don Manson an Dan Kuranich’s customer shoe-making business — D2 — was featured on an episode of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” The television show detailed how the business custom-crafted a pair of shoes for a man who was born with genetically disfigured feet.

The Eagle Valley High School football team lost 28-12 in their second-round playoff game against top-ranked Eaton.

20 years ago

Week of Nov. 11, 1993

A motorist stopped near Eagle by State Parol Trooper Charles Broshous proved to be a fugitive from Los Angeles wanted for murder. The suspect’s story was slated to air on the “America’s Most Wanted” television show.

The Gypsum Town Council was questioning a proposal by local rancher Ned Goldsmith for a private landing strip in the Gypsum Creek valley.

Eighth-grader Jason Martin had just returned from Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala.

Local architect Larry McKinzie was elected president of the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce. Other chamber officers included Dan Godec, Phil Frank, Arlene Quenon, Linda Wescoatt, Kevin Lindahl, Steve Peters, Sherry Brandon and Mary Ann Beals.

Eagle resident Sharkey Beasley celebrated his 91st birthday.

A 45-year-old Gypsum man accidently shot himself in the foot when he attempted to “finish off” a cow elk he was hunting.

The Concerned Citizens of Eagle County, a grassroots environmental group that opposed the development of Adam’s Rib Ski Area, hosted a meeting in Eagle.

30 years ago

Week of Nov. 17, 1983

The EVHS Devils football team beat Norwood in overtime. Linemen Mike Osterfoss, Kyle Eddings and Scott Green helped drive back the Maverick’s defense. The victory earned the Devils, coached by John Ramunno, a playoff game against Holyoke in the Class A 11-man semifinals. It was the team’s best football finish since 1958, when the Devils were state Class A, eight-man football runners-up.

Voters approved a property tax increase for Eagle County School District, slated for salary hikes and operating costs.

Gerald Rose was named Eagle County Senior Citizen of the Year.

The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District was accepting bids for construction of a swimming pool.

In a plea-bargain arrangement, Dotsero resident Edward Dorow pleaded guilty to child abuse in the beating death of his 2-year-old son.

40 years ago

Week of Nov. 15, 1973

Students from the University of Colorado School of Business were conducting a mail survey of Eagle residents to test their attitudes about the proposed Adam’s Rib Recreation Area development.

Eagle’s telephone service provider, Eagle Valley Telephone, along with Mountain Bell, was scheduled to meet before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to resolve a dispute over toll call equipment.

One of the three men who had escaped from the Eagle County Jail three months previously was arrested in New Mexico.

Two new officers — Bob Brown and Bill Heyer – joined the Eagle Police Department.

The Koonce Company started construction of a new automotive service center in Eagle, located behind the Eagle County School District administrative headquarters. (The building now houses Bonfire Brewing.)

50 years ago

Week of Nov. 14 1963

The body of a missing hunter, a 27-year-old Westminster man, was found not far from his hunting camp along Booth Creek. The man had been missing for two weeks. Evidence suggested the man had died after falling from a steep ledge.

Hans Larsen announced the sale of his ranch on Brush Creek to the Norman brothers.

The federal government announced that Eagle County was off limits for travel by Iron Curtain diplomats or Russian citizens. Presumably, the proximity of Camp Hale was the reason for the restrictions.

Mr. and Mrs. Herb High were in the process of opening a Western Auto Company business in a building they had formerly used as an Eagle restaurant.

Gene and Margo Lorig welcomed a new baby boy, Kenon Edward. Eddie and Pam Myers welcomed a new baby girl, Tammy Joan.

60 years ago

Week of Nov. 12, 1953

Quick action by the fire department likely saved the west side of Eagle’s downtown business district along Broadway. The fire broke out in a building that belonged to Bill Morgan — the Eagle Cafe and Pool Hall. Mrs. Eldon Wilson, who lived in a nearby apartment, summoned the fire department at midnight when she woke up smelling smoke. The fire was quickly extinguished.

The Enterprise reported a successful big game season with county hunters having particularly good luck along Gypsum Creek. The local game warden reported checking between 15 and 20 bull elk being taken out of the area.

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce started construction on a new building for the Eagle County Junior Fair. The 24-foot by 64-foot galvanized steel structure was planned at a donated site on Mayer Ranch, located south of town.

State Game and Fish officials advised the Castle Peak chapter of the Izaak Walton League that year-round fishing on the Colorado River was a distinct possibility.

70 years ago

Week of Nov. 12, 1943

Eagle County was lagging far behind its goal for the United War Chest, having collect only $1,400 toward the desired $3,000 goal. The deadline for collections was only days away.

Rancher Carl Lloyd of the Red Mountain Ranch near Eagle reported a successful sale of Herford bulls. Lloyd sold 40 head at an average price of $258.81 per head.

Eagle resident Eddie Belding was an aviation cadet at Santa Ana Air Base in California. He was participating in pre-flight training. Soldier Bill Forest, a county resident, was stationed in the South Pacific.

County Treasurer Forest Cave reported $380,476 in property tax collections.

Mrs. George Carlow left for Purcell, Okla., where her husband was being trained as a Navy aerial gunner instructor.

80 years ago

Week of Nov. 17, 1933

Local ranchers were paying close attention to a Supreme Court decision that, in effect, nullified Colorado’s 1929 grazing law. The ‘29 law said state courts could determine whether sheep or cattle would graze on specific public lands.

Forty-four railroad cattle cars shipped from the Eagle Valley — a total of 1,435 head. Participating ranchers included Mrs. Emma Steacy, Don Dodo, William Schumm, Frank Doll and Son, W. B. Wolverton, John Van Horn, Gulling Anderson, Burr Fuller, Carl Steward, Clarence Stephens, Henry and Jim Stephens, Frank Newcomer and Gordon Whittaker.

The Eagle County commissioners and rancher Carl Lloyd reached a settlement for right-of-way acquisition from a new highway through the Lloyd and Jones ranch holdings east of Eagle.

A new highway and river bridge located west of Gypsum opened to travel.

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