Time Machine: 50 Years Ago Gilman Mining Ceases After Illinois Fertilizer Plant Closes
5 years ago
Week of May 12, 2012
John Schneiger, former City Manager for Fruita and New Port Richey, Florida, has been hired as the new City Manager for Eagle City.
McCoy’s 76-year-old man – Thomas Landauer, was killed in a pre-dawn getaway crash along Colorado Highway 131 north of Wolcott.
Zeth Ramsey, a graduate of Eagle Valley High School and Colorado Mesa University, signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers.
10 years ago
Week of May 12, 2011
RED Development of Kansas City, Missouri, submitted a revised plan for its Eagle River Station commercial / residential project located east of the city. The proposal included 582,000 square feet of commercial space and 550 rental units for the 88-acre property.
Eagle has planned a new spring event called Get Out Expo. Events planned for the celebration included a 10k track race called Boneyard Boogie.
A group of local seniors traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where they visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ol ‘Opry, and the Opryland Hotel.
20 years ago
Week of May 10, 2001
Members of the Downvalley community have turned out in droves to help build a new playground in the Eagle Ranch subdivision. Over 500 local residents volunteered their time for the project.
The first phase of the Buckhorn Valley subdivision in Gypsum was selling well. Forty of the 52 lots available were purchased quickly.
Eagle Valley High School high jumper Aura Brink qualified for the state competition. Kim Smith and Chris Gamble also headed to the state championships.
30 years ago
Week of May 16, 1991
The Eagle County Council of Commissioners agreed to authorize the construction of a ball field complex on county property, but attached a caveat to the approval. The commissioners said the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District needed to visit their constituents to get approval to spend about $ 350,000 on the field’s development.
Rick Dunford has been appointed to the Eagle Town Board of Directors. He was appointed to the post following the resignation of Roy Robinson.
The only witness to a $ 10,000 equipment theft in Glenwood Canyon was murdered at his residence in Silt. Law enforcement officials said the two crimes did not appear to be related.
EVHS track stars Yoko Bigelow and Travis Kirby have won titles at Colorado State Track Meet. Bigelow took first place in the girls ‘long jump and triple jump and Kirby won the boys’ discus event.
Marge Gates, director of the Eagle County Nursing Service, received the Nightingale Award at a special ceremony in Denver.
40 years ago
Week of May 14, 1981
Eagle County and the Town of Eagle both rejected a proposal for residential development located on a four-mile strip along the Eagle River east of town. The county said the project was premature because the city was not looking to expand in that direction.
Surveys by the Soil Conservation Service showed that mountain snowpack was at its lowest level since the 1930s. The 1981 snowpack was only 60% of the average.
Danelle Starr was elected President of the Eagle Valley High School Student Council for the 1981-1982 school year. Blake Faulkner was elected Vice President of Public Relations and Missy Gerard was elected Vice President for Business.
An Eagle team took second place at the Colorado Women’s Bowling Association tournament held in Fort Collins. Team members included Isabel Thompson, Susie Frazee, Peg Railsback, Shirley Shelton, Georgia Filter, and Mary Ann Wilson.
50 years ago
Week of May 13, 1971
With the announcement that Gulf + Western Industries was planning to shut down operations at its New Jersey Zinc Company fertilizer and smelter plant in Illinois, workers at Gilman learned that shipments from the local mine would cease to the mid-May. “Operations at the Gilman mine can be continued, but only if other outlets can be found for the concentrates produced there,” the Enterprise reported.
Doctors DP Hostettler and Russ Bianco of the Glenwood Medical Clinic have announced their intention to provide medical coverage for the Eagle / Gypsum area. “The success of the plan depends, in part, on the availability of a full-time, responsive RN,” Enterprise said. The newspaper noted that “such a woman” might already live in the valley and be available for work.
60 years ago
Week of May 11, 1961
The newspaper reported that there was a strong possibility that the management of the Eagle County airport would be handed over to the Eagle County government. A representative from the Denver office of the Federal Aviation Administration met with county commissioners – HA Nottingham, Vince Eichler and Jake Lucksinger – to discuss the transfer.
Grand Junction attorney Gene Lorig traveled to Eagle County to examine the area as a possible location for his practice. The county had not had a practicing lawyer since the retirement of Hume S. White.
A front page article noted that Congress was reluctant to move forward on various proposals from President John F. Kennedy. “More importantly, and eclipsing everything, is a heightened awareness of the seriousness of our national security stance. The abortive invasion of Cuba brought the fact back to the official home of Washington and the rest of the country.
The Eagle Dairy Kreme opened for the summer season with menu items including chicken in a basket for 65 cents and a barbecue sandwich and malt for 40 cents.
70 years ago
Week of May 10, 1951
Voters in the Eagle School District turned out in record numbers to elect Gene Luby as school board chair and Dan Rule as treasurer. A total of 257 votes were cast in the election.
The Eagle Lions Club organized a boxing club for the “physical development” of boys in the area.
Sam Rodriguez of Red Cliff killed in action in South Korea. He was first reported missing in action on February 2. The Enterprise noted that American casualties in the first nine months of police action in Korea amounted to 58,550 people.
The film presented at the Eagle Theater was “Tarzan and the Amazons” with Johnny Weissmuller.
80 years ago
Week of May 9, 1941
Eagle County lost two early settlers with the deaths of John Welsh and Mrs. Albert Fulford.
The county’s leading breeder, Welsh died at his daughter’s home in Denver. He began his career as a bricklayer and miner, and eventually became the owner of one of the largest cattle farms in the Eagle Valley.
Mrs Fulford was renowned for having walked from Red Cliff to Battle Mountain and to Gypsum Valley when she arrived in the area in 1883. She married Albert Fulford in 1924 and died in Glenwood Springs Hospital.