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This Week in Star Valley: December 9-15

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The Star Valley Independent is the area’s only newspaper and has been covering the varied communities from Smoot to Alpine for over 110 consecutive years.

In that time some of the news from the valley has changed dramatically. Some of it is still the same as it was 100 years ago.

Take a look back 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago during this calendar week of the year and see what made the pages of the newspaper.

This week there is an example of how things change 25 years ago.  The Silver Stream Lodge, HiWay Market and Jeep’s Bar all ran ads this week.  None of them are what they used to be.

Someone broke into the high school 50 years ago this week.  There was apparently some police work involved including a single set of tire tracks.

This week’s inset picture is from five years ago when the Braves basketball team played in the Cheyenne Invitational and met with Governor Dave Freudenthal.

25-years ago:

Ad:  Silver Stream Lodge, we will be open for dining December 22nd, 29th & 30th.  Don’t forget our Seafood Extravaganza, New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31st, call for reservations, 883-2440.

Ad:  At HiWay Market, broken shrimp ,4 ½ oz. can 99c; popcorn 2 lb. bag, 75c; Kraft Philadelphia plain cream cheese,  8 oz., 99c; Shasta 2-liter root beer, 79c.

Ad:  Jeep’s Bar New Year’s Eve Party!  A complete evening of entertainment & fun!  Jeep’s proudly presents “Rambunctious” Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 30, 31 & Jan. 1.  Remember it’s Jeep’s Bar to celebrate the New Year.

50-years ago:

Students of Star Valley School District 19 will get a vacation from classroom work starting Friday afternoon when school will be dismissed for the holiday season. . . .  The annual Christmas vacation will begin Friday afternoon, Dec. 20 and school will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, 1964.

Star Valley High School Broken into by Burglars—Two suspects are being questioned and investigations are proceeding on an attempted burglary at the Star Valley High School early Sunday morning. . . .  In investigating, Policeman Braegger followed the men’s tracks in the new snow, and the tracks led around behind the high school to a broken window.  He then notified Highway Patrolman Delaine Roberts, who followed the car tracks out of town, and finally apprehended them near Alpine.

75-years ago:

Grandma John Stumpp passed away at her home in Osmond Saturday morning, December 17, 1938, after being sick just a short time.  Pneumonia was the cause and at her age, she was not able to withstand the sickness.  She slipped peacefully away without suffering very much.  She would have been 80 years old next June.
Calling, Calling, all boys and girls under 12 yrs. in Star Valley to come to Afton December 24th at 1:00 p.m.–Santa Claus.

There will be a children’s dance Monday, December 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Valleon.  This dance is being sponsored by the Afton South Ward Deacons.  Good music and a good time is guaranteed.

Dave Roberts and wife of Etna were visitors in Afton one day this week.

100-years ago:

Deputy State Game Warden, Lorton M. Cranney was in from the prosperous and thriving community of Etna yesterday, and incidentally made this office a pleasant call.  Mr. Cranney informs us that during the past week the farmers have finished threshing their grain and that the yield for this year will exceed 60,000 bushels.  He also informs us that their citizens are getting out to saw logs and contemplate the erection of a new Meeting House next season.  Among other things Mr. Cranney stated that the cement piers for the interstate bridge have been placed in Snake River, which is an assurance that the structure will be completed next spring.

Another name was stricken from  the ever lessening list of early pioneers, when on last Sunday afternoon at about 4 o’clock John Nield passed away a the home of his son-in-law A.J. Taysom, death being due to old age and general debility.

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