A Look Back: August 25, 2017

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100 Years Ago

Aug. 23, 1917

Goshen County Journal

Issue missing


75 years ago

Aug. 26, 1942


Civilian defense program underway

Complying with the request from the Seventh Corps Service Command for adequate civilian protection for all communities, Goshen County will begin preparations in civilian defense at a defense school to begin Sept. 13.

The local defense program is in the hands of the Goshen County Council of Defense, working under the supervision of the Wyoming State Council of Defense. A school of instruction was given by the state organization some weeks ago and Goshen County now has 11 men qualified to instruct local residents.

George Knight has been appointed commander of the local defense activities. There will be rescue, demolition and decontamination squads, canteen units and messenger services. The program will require approximately 160 men, women and children for the town alone, as well as additional numbers for the West Highway subdivision, Cannon’s Park and Torrington Heights.


Edwin E. Engleman, former superintendent of schools in Crawford, Neb., was appointed to succeed C.D. Carter as superintendent here at a special meeting of the board of School District No. 3 last Wednesday evening.

Engleman was superintendent at Crawford for some time before coming here. He holds a B.A. degree from Grand Island, Neb., a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Nebraska and an M.A. degree from Columbia University.

Engleman served in World War I and discharged with the rank of Captain. He is married and has a son who graduated from high school last year and a daughter who will be a junior in high school.


50 Years Ago

Aug. 24, 1967


Lynnea Hergert crowned Queen

Miss Lynnea Hergert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Hergert of Lingle, was crowned Miss Goshen County Farm Bureau before a capacity crowd on Thursday evening in the Friendship Room of the Tri-County Building.

First runner-up was Miss Dalotta Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Harris of Torrington. The other runners up were Barbara Booth and Lois Hill.

Earl Parsons presided at the contest, introducing each girl and asking her questions to be answered. Each contestant gave a two-minute speech entitled “Go and Grow With Farm Bureau.”

While the judges were tallying their scores, the audience enjoyed musical numbers by past Farm Bureau queens Judy Clauson and Margaret Greenwald.

Miss Hergert will compete in Lusk in November at the State Farm Bureau meeting.


Fuller receives Senate approval

James Fuller has received approval from the Post Office and Civil Service Committee of the U.S. Senate toward his appointed as Postmaster of the Torrington Post Office.

In a long-distance call Wednesday from Senator Clif Hansen’s Washington office, Doug Baldwin of the Senator’s staff told the Telegram that full senate approval was expected prior to the Labor Day recess.

Torrington has been without a permanent postmaster since the retirement of Oliver J. Colyer. Mr. Colyer vacated the office Jan. 31, 1964. Robert E. Michel was appointed acting postmaster effective Feb. 1, 1964, a post he still holds pending Mr. Fuller’s confirmation.


25 Years Ago

Aug. 26, 1992


Ethanol plant closer to reality

A Goshen County ethanol plant is closer to becoming a reality with Brimm Energy Inc. establishing bulk facilities at Torrington’s Hacker Oil location.

Brimm consultant Jim Glancey said the company fill four of Hacker’s storage tanks with ethanol Tuesday.

“Presently we have bulk facilities in Rock Springs, Casper, Sheridan and Cheyenne,” he said. “This will give us five locations we’ll be distributing products from.”

Brimm hopes to establish a market before bringing the company’s production plant in Louisiana to Goshen County, Glancey said.

“So, when the plant is built, the market will be established – or at least a good percentage of it,” he said. Installation of the bulk facility in Torrington “shows our commitment to Wyoming.”


Shake-up in Chamber leadership

Goshen County Chamber of Commerce President Milt Green has resigned his volunteer position, effective Monday, Aug. 24.

Green said frustration with the financial situation at the Chamber “was only one part” of the reason for his resignation.

“The Chamber is plagued right now with too many different power groups,” he said. “I felt we had lost sight of being a development promotion kind of group.

“I’m not saying that is bad,” Green said. “There is much more interest in the chamber being a community events planning board rather than an economic development entity.

“We’re playing major-league ball with a farm club in the first place and we’ve only got half a team on the field. “It’s kind of like taking a knife to a gun fight.

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