A horse stands in front of the Pete Jones Livery and Feed Stable in Holyoke’s early days. The building was erected on Denver Street one block east of Interocean Avenue in 1907. The 50-foot-by-75-foot barn had the capacity for 44 horses. It was destroyed, along with the old town hall, early in the morning of Nov. 22, 1927, in a fire that was said to have been the biggest blaze the town had experienced in many, many years. Fortunately, the horses had been turned out in the corral for the night, so there was no loss of livestock. — Source: Phillips County Museum
Peekin’ into the past
Five Years Ago
Jan. 9, 2014
Phillips County commissioners noted at their Dec. 31 meeting that the County has made the final payment on the lease-purchase agreement for Phillips County Event Center, a $3.7 million project completed in 2009/2010 at Phillips County Fairgrounds.
Holyoke fourth-grade teacher Kimberlee Bennett has recently taken up a new hobby — creating glassware art, which she calls her FUNtastic designs. She’s chosen to call the budding home business “My Front Porch.”
AA Sarita Tienda Hispana is the new name for the Crazy Prices Store, located at 136 N. Interocean Ave. in Holyoke. Hiram E. Rodriguez purchased the business from his uncle, Juan Manuel, effective Jan. 1. Rodriguez’s parents, Francisco and Sara Rodriguez, will manage the store.
Several business moves are occurring on Denver Street in Holyoke. Ron Koch has opened a new shop, “Ron’s,” at 235 S. Campbell Ave. after selling HeadQuarters at 114 E. Denver St. Wolf Auto Center is relocating from 136 W. Denver St. to 320 W. Denver St. Heidi’s Coffee & Bake Shop has closed at 112 W. Denver St. and will be locating soon to the former El Dairy King at 242 W. Denver St.
Ten Years Ago
Jan. 8, 2009
Christopher Matthew Hansen, son of J.J. and Samantha Hansen of Lamar, Nebraska, was born Jan. 3, claiming honors as the first baby born at Melissa Memorial Hospital in 2009.
HJHS Student Council members dedicated a new tile Dragon sign in the junior high commons area Tuesday morning, Jan. 6.
A first-time national championship was earned by HHS Dragon wrestler Chad Stroh when he won the 18-and-under 125-pound class in the Rocky Mountain Nationals Who’s That Tournament in Denver on Jan. 3.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
Jan. 13, 1994
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Ken Pierce began his one-man post out of Holyoke last week. Phillips County will be his main territory, with his actual troop office being in Sterling. Since Gene Hinck of the Holyoke post retired from the CSP last summer, there has been no trooper based out of this county.
Dr. Myrlen Chesnut recently attained board certification with the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice. While this doesn’t necessarily give him any more privileges in the medical field, the board certification represents the recognition of the attainment of a higher standard of training as set forth by the American Osteopathic Association.
Returning from a week-long trip south of the border, a group of 18 people from First Christian Church of Holyoke left behind them a newly built two-room house in Juarez, Mexico.
Fifty Years Ago
Jan. 9, 1969
Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Lewis announced last week that they had sold the Lewis Funeral Home to Larry and Tommy Thompson, effective Jan. 1. Larry has been employed by Lewis as a mortician for the past five years, and Tommy worked for him a short time before moving to Monte Vista, where he has been employed as a mortician. Tommy expects to move to Holyoke about the first of April to assist his brother in the operation of the mortuary.
New Year’s Day at 1:30 a.m., an 18-year-old local youth backed his car through the south front window of Dee Vee Floral and Gift Shop. His car, parked in front of Scheunemann’s Department Store, traveled backward in a 140-foot arc before striking the building, according to Paul Plummer, Holyoke police chief.
Six Englewood youths ranging in ages from 13 to 15 were taken into custody at 3:50 a.m. last Tuesday by Holyoke police. The youths, in a stolen car, drove into the Big Wheel Conoco east of Sterling, had the tank filled with gas and drove off without paying.
The low mark for the winter season was recorded here during the night of Dec. 30-31 when the temperature dropped to 18 degrees below the zero.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
Jan. 13, 1944
Highline Electric Association recently received a cash allotment of $410,000 for use in extending its lines over 532 highline miles in Phillips, Chase, Sedgwick and Logan counties. The money was approved and paid by the St. Louis office of the Rural Electrification Association. The new proposed construction will make Phillips and Chase counties the best electrified district in the middle west, according to the superintendent and president of the local association.
From Jan. 17-29, the nation’s shoe stores will be able to sell “ration-free,” at $3 or less a pair, a percentage of their stock of women’s footwear. This does not mean the shoe supply has increased. It is being done for two purposes — to enable merchants to dispose of a limited quantity of wearable shoes, mostly novelty types, which have been lying on their shelves and to provide civilians with additional shoe mileage.