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This Week in Star Valley: March 18-24

This Week in Star Valley: March 18-24

The Star Valley Independent has been covering the news of the valley for over 110 consecutive years without missing a single edition.

Over that time, the newspaper has seen everything from tragedy to comedy while covering the many unique communities that comprise Star Valley.

Take a look back in time 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago to what made the pages of the Independent this calendar week of the year.


25-years ago: 

Brenda Inskeep and members of her class celebrate St. Patricks day five years ago this week at Holdaway Elementary.

Brenda Inskeep and members of her class celebrate St. Patricks day five years ago this week at Holdaway Elementary.

Road construction is scheduled to start on Afton’s main street the first week of April, according to the Wyoming Highway Department. Washington Street (U.S. Highway 89 through Afton) will be resurfaced with plant mix pavement and applied with plant mix seal.  The seal will also be applied to the highway from First Avenue north the Catholic Church. The overall project will involve the installation of storm drains, concrete curbs and gutters and existing side walks will be replaced. New sidewalks will be placed between First and Third Avenues.  The concrete median strip will also be removed and a new strip will be replaced between Fourth and Fifth Avenues beneath the Elkhorn Arch.

Ad: At the Great Put-on, Prom dresses are 20% off.  Wrangler stonewash overdyes, pink & blue, green & blue.

Ad: Playing at the Ford Theatre, Three Men and a Baby.

50-years ago:

Ad: New Banking Hours, effective March 23rd will be:  Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 to 2:00; Friday (extended hours), 9:00 to 5:00; Saturday, no banking service.  This will give our customers the same total banking hours per week.

Smoot news:  Enjoying a few days home between quarters at the USU at Logan were Evelyn Crook, Ronald Taggart, Neldon Kingston, Ernest Daugherty, Reynold Johnson and Dwaine Stumpp.  Eddie Hunsaker is also home from Snow College at Ephraim, Utah.

75-years ago: 

Freedom Resident Dies of Injuries Received When Car Turns Turtle—John T. Nelson of Freedom died last Sunday from injuries he received when his care overturned near Grace, Idaho, several days previously. . . .  He was taken to the hospital where he lived several days before he succumbed.  He leaves a wife and several children.

All the worry about who will have the mail after next July was settled this week, when the awards were made  Carl Roberts and Albert Miles were awarded the contract to haul the mail from Afton to Cokeville. The Cranney boys, Willard and Owen were awarded the lower valley route, and Rachel Hale got the contract to carry the mail from Afton to Fairview.

The Star Valley Chamber of Commerce has asked the state planning board to consider approval of the construction of an $80,000 reservoir in the southern part of the valley to store spring flood waters.

100-years ago: 

I am fully convinced the time is ripe for all citizens who are opposed to the liquor traffic in all forms; to buckle on their armor shield and use every means they have at hand to oppose it strongly; as the majority  of our town council seem to be in favor of licensing a saloon in Afton, and thus add to our present deplorable conditions.

Smoot news:  Bishop F.P. Cranney, before leaving for the Twelfth State Legislature announced that he had been released as bishop of the Smoot Ward, but since his return it is reported that the Stake authorities have requested him to remain in his official capacity until the next quarterly conference convenes.  Mr. and Mr. O.C. Jensen have returned home from the lower valley.

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This Week in Star Valley: March 18-24

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