A Look Back: December 8, 2017

100 Years Ago
Dec. 13, 1917
Goshen County Journal

Guernsey, Hartville dry after Jan. 4
The county commissioners have turned down applications for liquor licenses at Guernsey and Hartville.
This action was taken Dec. 12 after a deliberation on the matter for several days, which came as a surprise to many people in this end of the county.
The action on the part of the commissioners means that Hartville and Guernsey will to dry on Jan. 4, 1918, allowing the saloons a period of about three weeks to clean up their stocks and get out of business. Licenses for saloons at Wheatland were granted, leaving Platte County still on the wet list.
None of the saloon men affected b the commissioners’ have yet decided what they will do regarding the matter, but they may put up a fight for their existence.

Enlistments sought
The Navy will continue to accept registered men for voluntary enlistment after Dec. 15. Enlistment in the Navy both before and after Dec. 15 will be open to all men between the ages of 18 and 35. Registered or drafted men may continue to volunteer for Navy enlistment upon verification of the fact they are not within the current quota of any local draft board.

75 Years Ago
Dec. 10, 1942

Yarn scraps needed
A plea to all Torrington housewives for any scraps of yarn or old knitted garments that may contain yarn that can be salvaged is being issued this week by the Red Cross knitting unit.
The yard is vitally needed for use by the Junior Red Cross, who will knit afghans to be sent to the veteran’s hospitals for use by those soldiers who are able to sit up but who need a warm robe to throw over their knees.

THS wins ‘superior’ at play festival
Under the able direction of Miss Martha Gamble, the Torrington High School one-act play cast received a “superior” rating at the E.C.W.C. play festival last week in Lingle.
The cast selected for presentation at the contest “Last Night’s Paper, a comedy of high school life, written by Ann Walters. Included in the cast were Betty McCormick, Margaret Ann Lehmer, Hesper Engleman, Don Potter, Wayne Knutsen and Merle Noble.
Miss Frances Ferris of Casper, who served as judge of the plays presented during the conference, awarded Don Potter highest individual acting honors for the Friday evening performance.

50 Years Ago
Dec. 7, 1962

Torrington VFW Post leads state in membership
The Torrington Paul A. Johnston Post 2918, Veterans of Foreign Wars, is leading all posts in the state with more than 150 members in the 1968 membership campaign. The announcement came from Department Quartermaster Carl Riecke of Laramie and Senior Vice Cmdr. Ernest E. Fender of Riverton, state membership chairman.
Riecke and Fender reported 4.097 members for 1968, or more than 500 ahead of the same time last year. The 1967 membership is 6,791, concluding nine years of consecutive annual growth.
“The Torrington V.F.W. Post gives all Wyoming real encouragement,” said state Cmdr. George Reed of Cody. “Membership strength is the prerequisite to promoting our programs for our country, our veterans and our communities.”

Sugar Bowl package offered here
Wyoming Cowboy football fans who would like to attend the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day in New Orleans may take advantage of a “package plan” being offered locally.
A local charter is being arranged, including round-trip air fare between Scottsbluff, Neb., and New Orleans, a game ticket and four nights at the DeVille Motor Hotel.
Cost for the trip is $190 per person.

25 Years Ago
Dec. 9, 1992

Two-shot hunt ‘best ever’
The fifth annual Goshen County Two-Shot Goose Hunt “went off without a hitch” this weekend, said hunt director Mike Callahan.
“It was our best hung ever, without a doubt,” he said. “It really went well. The money raised was exceptional.”
Director Cactus Covello agreed: “I thought the local participation by all the people involved was just wonderful. If we would’ve had the snow in the morning we had in the afternoon, I’ms sure we’d have gotten a truckload of geese.”
Hunters bagged 25 geese, more than any other year in the goose hunt history. Net proceeds of the Two Shot art auction Saturday evening will go to fund 1993-94 Eastern Wyoming scholarships for two Goshen County students, Callahan said.
A contribution will also be made to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for wildlife habitat development and preservation in Goshen County, he said.
Board names Joyce Vandel to chair
The Goshen County Unified School District Board elected Joyce Vandel as its new chairperson during Tuesday’s meeting, with Larry Lippincot elected as vice-chairman.
Vandel said she is looking forward to the year ahead.
“If we can all work together, I think we can do a lot this year,” she said.
During the regular meeting, Torrington High School Guidance Counselor Marv Billings spoke regarding the Peer Leadership Program, saying “There is no one better qualified to train students than other students.
One of the students in the program told the board the program stresses abstinence over what is commonly called “safe sex.” Board member Paul Novak responded, telling the students their generation is looking down the barrel of a major problem and that no one on the board envies the students their position.
Statistics shared during the meeting showed that, in Torrington, four people have tested positive for HIV, four people have AIDS and at least one person has died of the disease in Goshen County.

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