100 years ago: An “important notice to registrants” said, “There has this day been mailed to you a questionnaire which you are required by law to execute and return within seven days from date hereof.” Failure to do so could constitute a misdemeanor, punishable by a sentence not to exceed one year’s imprisonment, or immediate induction into military service and a trial.
75 years ago: A wanted advertisement, taken out by Mrs. E.M. McGregor, sought a home for a pet squirrel and chipmunk.
50 years ago: In response to publicity received after a massive snowstorm in Durango, a large group of skiers from Wichita, Kansas, checked into the Strater Hotel to hit the slopes at Purgatory.
25 years ago: Ku Klux Klan leader Shawn Slater made an appearance during a racial awareness forum at Fort Lewis College, which cost FLC a total of $53,400 in legal, administrative and security expenses.
Most items in this column are taken from The Durango Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Accuracy of content may not be verified.