Looking Back

A young cowboy tips his hat from a covered wagon during the 1986 Old West Days parade.

45 years ago ...

• State Sen. John Turner, of Jackson Hole, urged the graduating class of Jackson Hole High School to “make a commitment” to others and to the natural world. He was the main speaker at the graduation exercises at Jackson Lake Lodge, where 100 seniors received their diplomas.

• Members of the Teton County Search and Rescue team were trying to raise at least $1,000 to buy litters, radios, air splints and probes. The five-man team of Larry Broadstone, Scott Alberts, Boomer McClure, Dan Smith and Jim Anderson had been organized two months earlier to assist the Teton County Sheriff’s Office in some of the more technical rescue operations.

• Chad and Cindy Budge purchased the Jackson Hole Ski and Sports shop, located on the north side of the square, from Dick Winger.

• Garlene Kaufman, of Alta, was the first recipient of the $1,000 C.C. Mosely 4-H scholarship. The scholarship’s namesake at one time owned the Aspen M Ranch and the Red Rocks Ranch. He died in 1974.

Lady Bird Johnson and astronaut Wally Schirra were among those coming to town for a visit to Grand Teton National Park by the Advisory Board and Council to the Secretary of the Interior.

30 years ago ...

• The school board approved a school district salary package that gave Superintendent Tom Cusack a $3,825 raise, making his annual pay several hundred dollars more than that of Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan. Cusack, who was making $66,500 a year, had just been offered a top job in an Illinois school district.

• Teton County commissioners gave County Attorney Tim Day formal approval to prosecute former Jackson lawyer Cabel Venable on 28 counts of a half-decade-old felony fraud indictment.

• Bank of Jackson Hole announced 24-hour banking with its new automated teller machine. The card featured a reproduction of “Turn of the Cottonwoods,” a painting of the Tetons by the bank’s first board chairman, Conrad Schwiering.

• Despite soggy conditions the Old West Days Parade went on as scheduled. The Wyoming Ambassadors Club received $500 for its winning parade float entry, the Silver Bullet Saloon with Even Steven playing country tunes.

• The Teton Youth Soccer club won the state club champsionship in Laramie, thrashing Cheyenne in the final game 7-0.

London Fog, the American label known for its tan trench coat, planned to open a factory outlet in Jackson in space recently vacated by Jackson Hole Ski & Sports next door to Orvis on Broadway at the five-way stop. Other clothing factory outlets in Jackson included Benetton, Polo and J Crew, all located on Town Square.

15 years ago ...

• The week before graduation, four sheriffs deputies, a Jackson police officer and a highway patrolman followed an anonymous tip and at sunset watched high school seniors arrive at a party 16 miles up the Gros Ventre. Wearing night vision goggles, law enforcement moved in on the keg party between midnight and 1 a.m. Fifty-one teens were cited, and 23 of them were arrested. A parent who provided the keg faced a charge as well.

• St. John’s Medical Center’s board prepared to begin the search for a new leader after CEO Ron Ommen announced he would not seek renewal of his contract, which was to expire in March 2007. He was hired in 2001.

• The Bar J Chuckwagon float, with the musicians playing traditional Western tunes from atop a wagon, took first prize for the Memorial Day parade.

• Don Ludlow and 8-year-old Nikita won the Skyhoundz Hyperflite Canine Disc Championships at the Rec Center field.

• As Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Aerial Tram opened for one last season, a few dozen skiers and snowboarders took advantage of the lift to access the abundant snow still left at the upper elevations of the Tetons.

— 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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