The Star Valley Independent has been covering the many varied communities of the area for over 110 consecutive years without missing a weekly edition. From the economy to politics to local news and sometimes weird and strange occurrences take a look back in time 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago to see what made the pages of the local newspaper during this calendar week of the year. This week’s five year picture recalls the force of a local avalanche that claimed the lives of three men from Smoot.
Mayors of Lincoln County’s cities and towns unanimously opposed a study of consolidation of law enforcement in the county. The county commission has dropped the idea. The county commission had asked Sheriff Deb Wolfley to study the concept last month as a possible way to save money and avoid duplication of effort, but Wolfey halted the study until a meeting with the mayors could determine if they wanted the study continued.
(file photo) “I’m 103 born to be free, older than the Statue of Liberty.” Vinnie Baker Anderson makes her annual ride down main street with her niece Elcie Walker. She has lived to see the last 19 US presidents hold office.
When Vinnie Baker Anderson was born in Richmond, Utah, in 1883, the nation was recovering from another assassin’s bullet, Chester A. Arthur was the 21st president, and the average life expectancy was about 60. Vinnie celebrated her 105th birthday last week. In 1888, two years before Wyoming gained its statehood, Vinnie and her family moved to Freedom. . . . The Bakers were among the first cheese makers in Star Valley. She not only helped milk the cows and make the cheese, she also pulled sagebrush to help clear the land for farming. . . . Her posterity numbers 58 with three children and five grandchildren. She has survived four husbands, one child and her 11 brothers and sisters. Who would have thought in 1883 that Vinnie would have lived to see a stage actor in the White House or men on the moon?
The unusually late arrival of significant snowfall on the Star Valley terrain has been the subject of much comment, and generally the extended fall weather into winter has been enjoyed by most residents. But as happened just a few years ago, the situation is anything but amusing or enjoyable to a large number of farmers and others whose water pipelines have frozen up, due to inadequate insulation from the cold, usually provided by heavy snowfall.
Temperature Drops to 35 Below, Lowest of Winter Season to Date—The weather made news in all parts of the United States during the past week, and was a major topic in Star Valley also. . . . the frigid Arctic air mass that enveloped nearly the whole nation dropped temperatures to sub-zero here for four days . . . and established a new low for the winter.
Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Crook announced the wedding of Charles Crook to Eva Peterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Peterson of Grover. The wedding took place at the Logan Temple, January 4, 1938. Charles is leaving the last of the month for a mission to the Southern states. They are both graduates of the Star Valley High School. We join in wishing them a very happy and prosperous married life.
The Star Valley Baking Co. of Afton has just this week installed a new bread mixing machine in their bakery. This machine is of the newest type and cost the boys $855.00 In addition to mixing bread, they can mix anything from beating eggs to churning butter. It resembles a mix-master on a large scale, and is practically the best machine yet made for a modern bakery. They can mix bread or anything else much faster and better than with their old machine.
Ad: Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Valleon. A good dance, a gay crowd, music you will enjoy. Admission 10c and 40c, Ladies free until 9:15.
On last Tuesday night death entered our midst and bore claim to one of Star Valley’s aged and early pioneers in the person of Mrs. Hannah Welchman, first wife of Mr. A. P. Welchman. Mrs. Welchman was among the early settlers who took up their abode in this community, having resided in Grover for the past 22 years. She had lived to that elderly age of 84 years and on last Sunday morning was taken down with la grippe of which she suffered until the end.
Pulling Contest in Fairview–Who has the best pulling horse in Star Valley? Well, that we don’t know, but there was rather an exciting time in our sister town of Fairview on last Monday. A wager was made between John Tolman of that place and Messrs. John Venter and Geo. Yeaman representing Afton, each having the faith of superior pulling qualities of their horse, and as a result of contest the Afton delegation was on the spot at the appointed time and presented Orson Eggleston’s horse which was honored the decision according to rules and regulations, aside from this there were many other “keen contentions and eager rivalries.” Mr. Frank Taylor of Fairview wishes to announce that he will challenge any team in Afton, after the expiration of a month, to pull according to weight and size, and will wager $50.