Looking Back

Teton County Fair and Rodeo Pee-Wee Princess candidate Josephine Gwilliam, 6, shares a laugh with fellow candidate Syndey Judge during the speech and modeling section of the pageant in July 2005.

45 years ago ... ...

• Grand Teton National Park acquired two registered Morgan geldings from Point Reyes National Seashore, where they were raised. The horses added quality to the 11-horse Teton park remuda, the Jackson Hole Guide reported.

• Hazel Francis, La Mar Hardeman and Bruce Peterson were among the 2,500 people who feasted on chicken at the ninth annual Wilson Firemen’s Picnic. Members of the Fire Department prepared a ton of chicken, 800 pounds of potatoes and 150 pounds of onions, and stocked 120 cases of beer and 30 cases of soda pop. The Wilson Homemakers ran a dessert bake sale.

• Tuesdays were Harvey Wallbanger Nite at the Pink Garter Steak House, and Thursdays were Marguerita Nite. “Serving the finest steaks, king crab and rainbow trout for dinner and superb sandwiches for lunch,” the steak house advertised.

• The Teewinot Broadcasting board of directors announced Olan Riniker to replace Richard Dunn as president and general manager of KMTN-FM radio station in Jackson.

• When the Jackson Hole Guide asked people what they thought of the evening shootout on Town Square, one visitor from Mesa, Arizona, said it was too artificial. “Those screaming girls coming around the corner is just too much,” he said. “In Texas they have guys that come staggering out of saloons and have shootouts on the street. That looks more authentic.”’

30 years ago ... ...

• From horse shows to horticulture, diaper derbies to demolition derbies, organizers of the Teton County Fair aimed to make it a diverse event. “Jackson isn’t just an agricultural community anymore,” said Frank Grimes, president of the Teton County Fair Board.

• The Bureau of Reclamation was busy with projects from South Park to the National Elk Refuge, building or enlarging ponds and wetlands so ducks, swans and geese could rest and eat. The goal was to make up for habitat and food lost during construction of the Jackson Lake dam and the lake drawdown.

Wilson Fire Chief Conan Beesely and his crew served nearly 4,000 people at the fire station’s 24th annual chicken fry. Proceeds went toward the department’s new 1,250-gallon pumper, which was to be delivered in October.

• Though the next capital facilities tax election was about four years away, the Teton County Library board hired a firm to search for potential sites and assess needs for a new library. The 50-year-old log cabin at 320 S. King St. was just 6,847 square feet. A 10,000-square-foot structure was needed to meet existing needs, Director Nancy Effinger said, but the board hoped for 20,000 square feet so the library would have room to grow.

15 years ago ... ...

• Jackson’s Justin Dykes tied for third in bareback riding at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette.

• Some valley residents hated the boxy, corrugated metal-sided design of 810 West, a publicly subsidized development with a mix of free-market and deed-restricted homes. But a Realtor noted that prices for the free-market homes had increased 45% in a little over a year, and new homeowners liked their digs. “It’s built so that resources are efficient,” Art Association employee Amy Larkin said.

• Department of Energy officials faced harsh criticism from Idaho and Jackson Hole residents who packed a Snow King conference room to oppose a plan to build a plutonium plant at the Idaho National Laboratory, about 90 miles upwind from the Tetons.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who had recently announced her retirement, spoke to the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Rungius Society.

• As Grand Teton National Park considered options for bike paths, 200 cyclists gathered to ride Teton Park Road in honor of Gabriella Axelrad, a teen killed by a van while biking the road in 1999. “Any park with bicycles should have pathways,” said 14-year-old Jacob Axelrad, Gabriella’s brother.

— Compiled by 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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