Phillips County’s first high school building was finished in 1912. S.S. Worley donated the land where the school was built, north of where the administration building currently sits, with the stipulation that no dances be held in the school. In 1960, due to reorganization of schools mandated by the state legislature, Phillips County High School officially became Holyoke High School and Phillips County was divided into two districts — Haxtun RE-2J and Holyoke Re-1J. In 1976, the Holyoke school district completed a new million-dollar-plus building which serves as the current high school, with the west wing added on in 1999. — source: Phillips County Museum
Peekin’ into the past
Five Years Ago
May 8, 2014
The Phillips County commissioners reported at their month-end meeting on April 30 that National Wind has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Minnesota. National Wind is the company who owns NECO Wind, which is in the process of developing the Haxtun Wind Project.
A small crowd gathered at the Holyoke Cemetery on May 4 as the Holyoke Cemetery Board held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the unveiling of the donor recognition wall. Located at the northwest entrance to the cemetery, the donor recognition wall recognizes and pays tribute to those who have donated time, energy and money to help make the cemetery what it is today.
Ten Years Ago
May 7, 2009
Bret Miles was named superintendent of Holyoke School District Re-1J on an official vote of the Board of Education at its May 5 meeting.
Linda Langelo, horticulture coordinator for the Golden Plains Area Extension, was recently selected as Phillips County Public Health’s Shining Star by Northeast Colorado Health Department. Langelo was instrumental in starting the Holyoke Community Garden and working with the WIC program.
With a jump of 22’ 3”, HHS trackster Kyle Carper smashed a 33-year-old long jump record at Saturday’s league track meet in Sterling. He cleared the previous record of 21’ 2.5” by over a foot.
Twenty-Five Years Ago
May 12, 1994
April 30 was the last day of business at Holyoke Sinclair, located at 115 E. Denver St. Owner Judy Schliep closed the business at the end of last month and noted that the property and business are for sale.
Tillie Fisbeck is the new deputy clerk/treasurer for the City of Holyoke. The final decision was made by the city council following a recommendation from the office committee at the May 3 meeting.
Quarters which facilitate the dispatcher station in the Phillips County Communications Center have been expanded to accommodate the ever-increasing technology. An open house featuring tours of the newly remodeled facilities at 100 E. Emerson St. has been scheduled for May 13-14.
Fifty Years Ago
May 8, 1969
The board of directors of the East Phillips County Hospital District, in special session last Friday evening, voted against letting an osteopathic doctor use Melissa Memorial Hospital. Two members of the hospital board met with the Chamber of Commerce board Monday morning of this week, and they explained that they had closed the hospital to the D.O. only until all means had been exhausted to obtain the services of a medical doctor.
Groundwater withdrawals for irrigation nearly quadrupled between 1960-68 in the northern High Plains of Colorado, according to a new report of the geological survey, Department of the Interior.
Seventy-Five Years Ago
May 11, 1944
Services were held Sunday for the first time in the church building purchased last fall by the Methodists at Paoli. The Presbyterian Church at that place was acquired by the Methodists and remodeled. The church property was moved into the new church home recently from a church basement which had been used for a number of years.
On May 6, Navy Tag Day, as proclaimed by Governor Vivian of Colorado, was observed by the Navy Mothers Club of Phillips County when tags were sold in the sum of $212. Haxtun, Paoli and Amherst, as well as Holyoke, were canvassed. The money raised by the tag day will be used for linens for hostess houses, hospital supplies, garments, layettes, canteen work, and for the comfort and aid to men on active duty.