Peek at the Past


April 14, 2022


50 Years Ago, April 13, 1972: Bob Cronn, Sundance, who has been a collector of various objects for many years, showed two of his fairly new collections during the recent Hobby Day event in Sundance. Above, Bob stands in front of his marble and jackknife collections, both of which he started in February 1970. Many of the items in the collections came from second hand and antique stores. Bob said various friends and neighbors had given him help with his knife collection.

100 Years Ago

April 13, 1922

Verne Taylor and Mr. Deckleman were down from Alva, Saturday. Mr. Deckleman says they received a much heavier snow in his locality last week, there being about ten inches, and it was full of moisture.

After seeing so many of our citizens contract the flu, Dr. Clarenbach decided it must be a good thing and he tied into it himself this week. The doctor has not been able to answer calls for several days past.

Clifford Buckley moved out to the Henderson ranch on the Horton road this week and will go back to farming this summer.

A large flock of cranes circled over town Tuesday heading for the north. It was estimated that there were 200 of those harbingers of spring.

75 Years Ago

April 10, 1947

There is hope by the Tri-County Electric Association, that the R.E.A. power line will be built into Moorcroft by June, L.G. Landers, manager, said. Power generating facilities are in the process of being installed at Gillette, poles and wires enough for the line have been secured and the only item that is short to complete the first link is 33,000 volt insulators, which seem to be practically non-existent at this time.

John Goff announced this week that he had sold the Wonderview Park store on Highway 14 between Sundance and Moorcroft to J. Donald Sampson of Sheridan. Goff will soon start sawing lumber for the building of a store, filling station, café and dance hall at the highway junction of the Hulett road and Highway 14.

There is a possibility that railroad may be built into Sundance. The Sundance Commercial Club has received an inquiry from the office of Oliver Olson, member of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents relative to surrounding coal fields, trade territory, stock raising and shipments, agriculture and points of outlets for produce. Olson said that it was imperative that he have this information quickly and said he was connected with a railroad. He closed his letter saying: "If the I.C.C. will grant us the right to build, we may come into Sundance."

25 Years Ago

April 10, 1972

It is not often that small schools such as Sundance, WY or their teachers receive a recognition such as the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, but that is what happened last week. The announcement was made at a special assembly at the elementary school Tuesday that 3rd Grade Teacher Tammy Needham had won a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship award, one of two for Wyoming. Each will receive $28,500.


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