Looking Back

Patrick Smith and Mike Halpin discuss plans for the reconstruction of Menor’s Ferry in January 1990. Bill Menor built the ferry in 1892 which was, for a time, the only link between the east and west banks of the Snake River.

45 years ago …

• Janell Owen won the 4-H Beef show grand championship with her Charolais-Hereford cross steer, Tim. The Grand Teton Lodge Co. purchased him. In other Teton County Fair action, Ida Chambers won a blue ribbon for her gladiolas, Tracy Tygum took a red ribbon for his handmade bridle, and Jennifer Crain and her dog, Mitzi, netted a blue ribbon in the pet show.

Jackson Drug Co. advertised itself as “your back to school headquarters.” The Sears-authorized catalog sales merchant behind Skeoch Motors advertised “order now in time for school.”

• The Jackson Food Market advertised whole fresh fryers for 45 cents a pound, picnic hams for 69 cents a pound and chunk slab bacon for 89 cents a pound.

• Jim Budge got Menor’s Ferry underway during the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the historic landmark that for years served as the only link between the east and west side of the valley. Bill Menor built the ferry in 1892, and it was restored and activated on Aug. 20, 1949.

Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club offered a ladies swing class every Tuesday morning for a minimum charge of $1 per person.

30 years ago

• A study that avalanche expert Rod Newcomb, of Wilson, helped complete recommended that the Wyoming Highway Department build avalanche sheds to protect Highway 22 where it crossed the Glory Bowl and Lower Twin slide paths on Teton Pass. The sheds would reduce the serious avalanche hazard facing winter travelers, it said.

• Three apartment projects were to add 59 units to the supply of rental units. A 27-unit apartment complex, the Jackson Apartments, had already opened in Cottonwood Park. The Virginian Lodge’s owner planned to construct 14 units behind the lodge’s restaurant. A two-building, 18-unit complex just west of St. John’s Hospital was due to be completed in September.

• The Sublette and Teton County county commissions selected Jackson Hole Republican Bob LaLonde to complete former state Sen. John Turner’s term in the Wyoming Legislature. Turner had recently become director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

• The Jackson Hole Guide profiled Teton County Library’s new children’s librarian, Debbie Schlinger. Her main goal, she said, was “to make books fun for kids so they’ll keep coming back.”

• Pete Cook of The Liquor Store was named Business Person of the Year by the Teton County Board of Realtors. Cy Richard of BBC Realty was named Realtor of the Year.

15 years ago

• With the summer Olympic Games about to start in Athens, Greece, two athletes from northwest Wyoming were touted as medal contenders. Barb Lindquist, of Alta, was considered a favorite for bronze in the women’s triathlon. Afton resident Rulon Gardner, who won gold in 2000 in Greco-Roman wrestling, entered the 264.5-pound weight division as the bronze medal favorite.

• Bill Campbell and Skip Helm, the new owners of Teton Village Sports, said they aimed to maintain its “great reputation and strong brand name.” The store in Crystal Springs Lodge had been in business for nearly 40 years.

• The new school board chairman, Gary Trauner, said his top priorities were openness and honesty. “I don’t know that we have done a good job of letting people know what we believe in and what we are doing,” he said. He assumed the chairmanship after Steve Ashley stepped down, citing personal and business issues.

• The Nature Conservancy listed for sale more than 452 acres of the late Gladys Moulton’s ranch west of Jackson Hole Airport, most of which was protected by a conservation easement. “Personally, I think this is one of the last great pieces of riverfront property in Jackson Hole,” said the Realtor with the listing, Clayton Andrews, managing broker at Sotheby’s International Realty.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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