|Peekin' into the Past|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Five Years Ago
Phillips County Commissioners reported at their July 31 meeting that the Phillips County landfill office was broken into Tuesday night, July 28. Stolen goods amounted to $1,200 worth of equipment, including computers, adding machines and a television/VCR combo.
After nearly 33 years, 25 of which he has been president, John Schneider will retire from Bank of the West on Aug. 6. Brian Gales will take over as president/branch manager the following day.
“The Curious Savage” will be on stage in Holyoke and Haxtun this weekend in a Phillips County Arts Council-sponsored event.
Ten Years Ago
Phil and Carolyn Wirges, owners of the Burge Hotel in Holyoke, are working to get the hotel back to its former glory, both inside and out. Their most recent project is redoing the front of the building to return it to its former look.
Patrick Thomas, a native of San Francisco, Calif., came through town on Highway 385 last Tuesday, July 27, riding his unicycle across the country to raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and America’s Second Harvest in Chicago.
Phillips County Players will present “The Price of Fame,” written and directed by Lincoln Hayes of Holyoke, Aug. 7-8 at Holyoke High School.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Tony Melendez, an armless musician who plays the guitar with his feet, will be in Holyoke on Aug. 11 and will present a family-oriented concert of original and popular music.
According to Holyoke weatherperson Dale Anderson, a tornado was observed southeast of Holyoke on Aug. 2.
An open house was held at the new Amherst Post Office on Monday, July 31.
Forty Years Ago
The Phillips County Historical Society announced Aug. 3 that an option to purchase the Schneller property has been signed. The building located at 109 S. Campbell in Holyoke will be purchased for a new location for the museum.
One hundred forty-four pints of blood was donated to the Belle Bonfils Bloodmobile last Monday afternoon at the American Legion Hall. The program will establish a “credit system” basis for replacement of blood used by Holyoke area residents. Each unit of blood donated will establish one credit with the blood bank.
Fifty Years Ago
The Temp.-Control building, owned by Ralph Lockwood, has been purchased by William Mason and will house Bill’s Radio and TV shop, which has been housed in the Gassert building at 230 W. Denver. The new location will be at 136 W. Denver.
Although the extended heat wave has abated slightly during the past few days, temperatures are still high, there has been little rain in this area, and widespread drought losses threaten crops across the eastern half of Colorado. Some farmers believe the drought condition is the worst since the 1930s.
Holyoke Enterprise Aug. 7, 2014