The Star Valley Independent has been covering the area for nearly 110 consecutive years! In that time there have been some very interesting headlines and stories. Take a look back at the newspaper 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago to see what was making ink during this week of the year.
Respected educator dies–Funeral services for prominent Star Valley educator E. Joy Erickson have been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5. Erickson had suffered for several years with a liver condition that resulted in a liver transplant on June 27 of this year. . . . Dr. J. Allen Lowe reported to the Independent that the junior high and high school students will be dismissed after their fourth period class Friday. This will allow the teachers in both schools to attend the funeral.
Star Valley to join new district–When football and volleyball season roll around again Star Valley will be in a new district rather than a region as in the past. . . . the school will be in the 3-A Southwest District, which will include two other schools, Jackson and Kemmerer. Under the system only one school in football will advance to the state playoffs and two schools will advance in volleyball.
Evanston, a former member of the region, was moved to class 4-A status and will join Rock Springs, Green River and Rawlins in the 4-A Southwest District. Former members of the region, Powell, Worland and Thermopolis will form the Northwest District. All of the schools will remain in Class 3-A.
Members of the Star Valley Braves Class A State Champion football team will be honored at a community banquet to be sponsored by the Afton Lions Club. . . . The club feels fortunate to have made arrangements to have Bob Devaney, football coach for the University of Wyoming Cowboys, and Glenn Jacoby, director of athletics, present as guest speakers. . . . Like the Star Valley Braves, the Wyoming Cowboys also finished a very successful 1961 football season, winning six games, losing one, and tying two. They share the 1961 Skyline Conference Title with Utah State University .
All parents of students from grades 7 through 12 are asked to attend Parents’ day to be held at the Star Valley High School on Friday, Dec, 8. . . . Classes for all junior high and high school groups will be held. Parents will answer present in class for their children.
Will Wilkes one of the old residents of Star Valley passed away at the home of F.P. Cranney in Auburn late last Thursday evening November 27. . . . Mr. Wilkes was 75 years of age and has been partly crippled since he was 4 years old. He has lived in the valley for nearly fifty years and came here from Logan with his brother Charles when they were both young men. He was born in Logan, Utah, July 23, 1861. Mr. Wilkes was never married , but lived most of the time with his brother Chas. Wilkes of Bedford or with his half- brothers, the Cranney boys.
In order to keep up with other schools in visual education, the High school has purchased a new picture show outfit. Besides feature picturers, many education films will be shown. This apparatus can be set up in any of the class rooms. Films on chemistry, agriculture, physical education and nearly every other subject will be show on it in the classes.
Meeting an expressed need for adequate reference books in the library of the high school, the latest edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, revised and adapted especially for lower age groups, has been purchased for the library.
Big Closing Out Sale, commencing Dec. 4, 1911, Geo. O. Walton, of Montpelier, Ida., will sell his entire stock of pianos, organs, violins, guitars and all kinds of musical merchandise at cost and below. A chance to buy a piano or organ at factory price on your own terms; all other goods cash; mail orders promptly filled.
Ad: We have just received a large consignment of Christmas Toys, which were shipped in mistake, and we will sell them out at low prices, rather than send them back. Ed. Lewis Cheap Cash Store.
Most of the wards of the valley celebrated Thanksgiving in public assembly. At Afton a service was held Thursday morning at 10 am. with quite a nice crowd present. Geo. Hale gave the oration on “Why we celebrate Thanksgiving.” Mrs. Groom sang. Stella Gheen recited.
Wednesday afternoon Hyrum T. Clark shot his foot with a twelve gage shot gun, and the accident will undoubted leave him a cripple. He had the stock of the gun resting on the ground and had hold of the barrel, and was reaching for something with his other hand when the gun slipped form his hand to the ground and, being cocked, went off, drilling into his ankle bone. Dr. Groom was called hurriedly and took out several large pieces of bone.