100 years ago: A complaint in Local News about the Western Union Telegraph Co. said, “The word ‘service’ is not found in the Western Union Telegraph company’s dictionary. This is no reflection on the local manager as he is a good, too good, an operator to be working for such a damn snide outfit. We stood the thing as long as we could and were obliged to kick over to the Mountain States Telephone service for results.”
75 years ago: Erwin DeLuche and family, of Cortez, visited the Idaho Mine, when the daughter’s puppy, a small terrier about 3 months old, jumped or fell down a 180-foot shaft. It “yelped twice as it fell.” Milt DeLuche and John Thomas “went down on the lifeline, expecting to find the puppy dead, but it was only knocked out.” They brought it up and “it seemed none the worse for its fall” a couple days later, “believe it or not.”
50 years ago: A mosaic designed and built by students who participated in the Fort Lewis College Upward Bound project was donated to the school after the eight-week program.
25 years ago: Fort Lewis College student Jeff Rottler and a wolf companion arrived at the southern terminus of the Colorado Trail at Junction Creek Road, completing a 469-mile hike from Denver in 66 days.
Most items in this column are taken from The Durango Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not be verified.