The Star Valley Independent has been covering the area for nearly 110 years without missing a single edition. Take a look back at the pages of the newspaper 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago to see what was making the news this week.
Principal Alan Allred of the Metcalf Elementary in Etna announced this week that summer school will start June 30 and run through July 25. Class times will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Principal Allred also pointed out that the Metcalf Library will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the summer. He is encouraging all students to use the library regardless of whether they are enrolled in summer school.
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(photo) Amy Sue Barrus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd W. Barrus of Afton, gets a drink of pure, cold intermittent spring water from one of three all-steel drinking fountains installed recently by the town of Afton. Two of them are on Main Street, one is at the city park.
How much do you know about the facts of your community? The Afton Chamber of Commerce, in line with “Ask Me” program of the Wyoming Travel Commission, is seeking to help local people, especially those who come in contact with tourists a lot, to know more about Star Valley so they can be of help to the many travelers who come this way and seek information.
How far is it to Yellowstone Park 135 miles (on Highway 89.) To Grand Teton National Park? 100 miles. Jackson? 75 miles. Salt Lake City? 200 miles. Is there any good fishing here? Salt River runs the length of Star Valley with many tributaries which are good. Snake and Greys Rivers are good, too. What kind of fish are caught? Cuthroat trout, German Brown trout, Rainbow trout. Also, whitefish. What is the elevation here? 6239 feet. Any place to swim? Sulphur springs Riverview Resort. How many elk horns in the arch? Over 3,000. What is the range of mountains to the east? Salt River Range. To the west? Caribou Range. What is the chief industry of the Valley? Dairying. Where is the nearest campgrounds? Swift Creek 1 ½ miles. Allred Flat, about 22 miles south. Many others in Alpine-Palisades area. How hot does it get here? Seldom above 90 degrees. How cold? About 40 below.
Smoot news: A good rain would surely be appreciated at this time. However, none of the crops are suffering.
Star Valley to have a Modern Laundry – Arrangements have been made this week for opening a laundry and cleaning establishment in Afton. C.F. Rockwood, manager of the Jarrett Appliance Co., is now prepared to do al laundry work.
Bad Man Coming. The sheriff of Idaho Falls is registered at the Star Valley Hotel this morning. He is here to try and head off a bandit who is coming this way from Idaho. Brigham Gardner, our own deputy sheriff, has also been notified and is out on the same business. Hugh Whitney, the bandit, in company with another man, robbed a saloon at Monida, Idaho, and they boarded a train. At Spencer, Sheriff Milton boarded the train and arrested them and took them into the smoking compartment, and relieved them of their guns, which he laid on the seat. He then proceeded to hand cuff them when Whitney reached around him and grabbed a gun and shot him in the abdomen. The conductor then grappled with him, and Whitney shot him in the left breast. The bandits then pulled the bell cord and stopped the train, and held the passengers at bay while they left the train and disappeared. They separated, and Whitney started east apparently headed for Jackson Hole.
Millions in sight. The pleasant news that the Allred family are heirs to a fortune which runs into the billions of dollars, is the story that is current now, and there are bright prospects that they will soon come into their own. According to the story, the property is the estate of Lord Calvert, who in Colonial days was given a land grant by the King of England, and they city of Baltimore has been built on the land. When the revolutionary war came on, all his heirs cast lot with the American Army, which so incensed him, he being an ardent Britisher, that he leased the vast estates of which he was possessed to the state for ninety-nine years in order that it be kept from them. The leased expired several years ago and an attempt was made at that time to divert the property to its rightful owners, but because of the adverse action of the Bank of England, where a great deal of wealth is held, nothing was accomplished. Now another attempt is being made. . . . The property is said to amount to about four billions of dollars, and the known heirs, a number about 2200, Each heir would received about two million. Here in Star Valley, N. C. Allred, Seymour Allred and M. A. Allred, are heirs who are entitled to receive the $2,000,000 each, and we hope they get it.