100 years ago: An editorial demanded that the modern principles of prison reform be applied in the federal penal system. The author of the letter wrote: “We favor such work for prisoners as shall give them training in occupations, so that they may make an honest living when released from prison.”
75 years ago: An advertisement announced that Channell Motor Co. had cars available for trade, including a 1936 Dodge sedan, a 1935 Chevy coupe, a 1936 Nash sedan and a 1934 “Dodge Express.”
50 years ago: Eight San Juan National Forest personnel were sent to the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre National Forest to fight a 300-acre fire burning eight miles northeast of Uravan.
25 years ago: Local health and animal control officials urged people not to panic “in the wake of reports of the hantavirus and the plague” and issued a list of precautions to help prevent contracting the diseases.
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.