100 years ago: Ray Duffy, “a ranchman, cattleman and bean grower,” was in Durango to patent a process “for raising beans with an expansive skin,” which would allow him to enlarge his bushels by pumping air into each bean.
75 years ago: Claude and Jim Pacotti descended from Silverton because the snow was too deep for them to work on a mining claim that was in process.
50 years ago: The United States Bean Marketing Association gained “substantial support” from a meeting the week before in Dove Creek.
25 years ago: Two snowboards were reported stolen at Purgatory Ski Resort. One had a “groove” sticker, and the other, a red Burton Cruzer, was described as being covered with stickers.
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.