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Reflection: Plays, ties and commencements


May 22, 1913

100 years ago

“The Freshmen” at Hanna

Miss Purvis, the principal of the public school, and the High school room, has gotten up a play “The Freshmen” which will be given here at the Commencement exercises in the hall at 8 o’clock on the evening of the 29th. The play was taken to Hanna last Friday and put on at the Hanna opera house to a good big crowd and was much enjoyed. The baseball team from the school here played the Hanna school boys and lost by a score of 12 to 6, in the afternoon. Miss Purvis, Mrs. Ekdall and Rev. Newport accompanied the High school pupils on their trip and all were enthusiastic over the treatment accorded them there. The occasion was more of an entertainment of the Saratoga school by the Hanna school. The Hanna School gave a fine dinner at noon to the visitors and again after the play a supper was served. After the play a social dance was indulged in for a few hours. The trip was undoubtedly a very beneficial one for the scholars, for the spirit of friendship showmen was marked in a high degree. Prof. Hume of the Hanna school is getting much credit as well as his pupils, for the enjoyable time spent there, by the Saratoga people. The play will be put on here next Thursday night and will be well worth attending. The school may decide to take the play to Encampment on Saturday the 31st.

May 26, 1938

75 Years Ago

Annual tie drive is due here soon

The annual drive of the Wyoming Timber company, the big drive of the Medicine Bow forest, is now well on its way down Douglas creek to the Platte river and Fort Steele, according to reports from Laramie this week. The drive started early last week, and Saturday ties were squeaking and jamming the narrows of Douglas creek. The drive- by far the most colorful of this region- will deliver 300,000 sticks to Fort Steele for loading. A Fox Movietone camera crew is reported to be on location at the narrows at Devil’s gate along Douglas creek, where pictures are being taken of the ties as they squeeze through the gate. About 40 men are working on the drive, which will take about six weeks to complete. The timber is cut in the area around Keystone and is floated about 90 miles before reaching the railroad loading point at Fort Steele. The other drive from the Medicine Bow forest, down the Laramie river to Laramie, is said to be near its destination.

May 23, 1963

50 years Ago

Commencement exercises for 23 seniors tonight

Diplomas will be presented by Bruce Nixon, chairman of the board of education, to the 23 members of the graduating class of the Platte Valley high school during commencement exercises tonight at the school gym. Awarding of 10 scholarships to eight outstanding students will be made by Robert Randall, acting principal. Dr. Ray L. DeBoer, professor of speech at the Colorado State College in Greeley, will be featured speaker for the evening. Valedictory and salutary addresses will be presented by Jack Glode and Bennie Yates, respectively. The Rev. Dean Adington, vicar of St. Barnabas Episcopal church, will give invocation and benediction. A baccalaureate services Sunday evening, the Rev. John Ferren of St. Ann’s Catholic church delivered the sermon and the Rev. W. F. Senior, pastor of the Saratoga Presbyterian church, read scripture. About 150 class members, relatives and friends attended the exercises.

May 25, 1988

25 Years Ago

Campbell earns music award

Meghan Campbell, daughter of Doug and Kathy Campbell, was presented with a $100 award during the Saratoga Middle School spring concert. The money was donated by people attending concerts throughout the year. A committee comprised of Saratoga Middle School principal Karen Ammann, music instructor Barbara Johnson, and band instructor Bill Rathbun selected Meghan’s application. She will use the money to defray costs of attending the University of Wyoming music camp from June 12 to June 24. While at music camp, Meghan said she will be studying madrigals, guitar, conducting, music theory and taking private piano lessons. Meghan has taken band for four years, piano lessons for seven years and said she would like to make music her career.


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