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This Week in Star Valley: Jan 9-15

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The Star Valley Independent is the area’s only newspaper.  The Independent has been covering the diverse and different communities of the valley, not missing a single weekly edition since February of 1901.  That’s over 5,400 newspapers covering the residents of Star Valley.

As you might imagine, in that time there have been some very interesting and odd things take place within the pages of the newspaper.

From nostalgic to controversial and from big to small, there have been many items that have made the ink of the Star Valley Independent.

Take a look back 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago this calendar week to see what made the news.  Do you remember any of it?  Are you surprised?

This week’s inset picture shows former Alpine Mayor, Victoria DeCora and other town officials as they examine plans for what is not the revamped Alpine Civic Center. This took place five years ago this week.

The main picture below shows Star Valley’s Hayden Heap as he pins an opponent from Bear Lake High School five years ago this week.

25-years ago:

Hayden Heap collects a pin against Bear Lake High School five years ago this week in January of 2009.

Hayden Heap collects a pin against Bear Lake High School five years ago this week in January of 2009.

Ad: At the Ford Theater, Oliver & Company.

(photo)  Star Valley’s Rulon Gardner and David Merrill placed first in the Green River Bill Thoman invitational.  Gardner was also named “”Outstanding Wrestler” of the Invitational.

Classified:  Christmas special trampolines 7-year warranty, starting at $269 or trade for wood stove or carpet.

50-years ago:

After a relatively mild winter to date, the past week’s weather underwent an abrupt change as the temperature dropped to subzero reading on five of the past seven days and nights in Star Valley.  The coldest temperatures recorded thus far this winter was 29 degrees below zero, official reading at the state farm weather station in Afton. . . .  The cold snap enveloped the entire inter mountain area, and towns such as Big Piney, Evanston, Logan and Idaho Falls also reported temperatures almost as cold as those in Star Valley.  West Yellowstone, Mont., recorded 36 below Tuesday.

Marilyn Erickson, a senior, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Erickson, is Star Valley High School’s 1964 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow announce Mrs. Kathleen Burton, home economics adviser.

(photo) Wyoming Highway Department employees and equipment were busy this week removing snow that had piled up from recent storms on Afton’s Main Street.  Road graders pushed the snow to the center of the street where it was loaded into trucks and hauled away.

75-years ago:

Little Yvonne Marie Robertson, age three died of croup, Sunday morning at the home of Russell Sessions having been ill only a very short time and not thought to be serious, consequently her death came as a great shock to her parents and those immediately concerned.

The Republican Women’s Club held their January meeting Monday evening January 16th at the home of Mrs. Chas. Brown.  Leola Allred led the club in singing patriotic songs.  Vice pres. Barbara Viegel led the”Pledge of Allegiance”. . . The women also did some handiwork, knitting, embroidery, etc.

Boys Under 21 Procured Liquor–Deputy Sheriff Albert Barrus and town officers Williamson and Beutler were busy two days of this week on a case of high school boys procuring liquor. The boys testified the liquor came from the E.W. Astle bar, and he was fined $25, although he claims he has not sold liquor to boys who did not claim to be of age. In many cases boys who are of age buy the liquor for minors, and the liquor retailers are not to blame.  Procuring liquor for minors is a very serious offense.

100-years ago:

Notice is hereby given that all applications for permits to graze cattle, horses and sheep within  the Wyoming National Forest during the season of 1914 must be filed in any office at Afton, Wyoming, on or before January 24, 1914.  Full information in regard to the grazing fees to be charged and blank forms to be used in making application will be furnished upon request.–James F. Jewel, Forest Supervisor.

Local Gatherings:  Telephone this office when you have an item of news.  Miss Afton Jones has been on the sick list during the past week.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Burton’s little baby is ill with blood poisoning.  Mrs. Hon Wilkes is suffering with a severe attack of pleurisy.  A large number of traveling men have visited Star Valley during the past week.

On last Tuesday evening and in accordance with the appointed time and place, the judges met and awarded the piano to Mrs. Luella Wilkes, she having received the highest number of votes during the Independent’s piano contests which closed on Dec. 31.

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