100 years ago: United States Marshal Tom Clarke spent yesterday in Silverton where he sold the Peerless Mine to Chicago National Bank of the Republic, for something over $20,000. The amount represented a judgement against the property which had been assigned to the bank by C. I. Hawthorne.
75 years ago: Crews of the state highway personnel have succeeded in opening the Durango-Silverton highway to traffic, after several days in which Molas Pass was blocked by snow slips and heavy drifts.
50 years ago: You never know what you can do until you try. For months, the German shepherd dog of Clarence Haar had been safely restrained in the yard on the end of a 400-pound test nylon cord. But Friday, spurred by the sound of blasting, which the dog dislikes along with thunder the dog found a mighty tug could not only pull a picnic table all over the yard, but also break the leash. The dog is now back in the yard, on the end of a 700-pound-test leash.
25 years ago: Eight signs around Durango have been granted historical variances, meaning they wouldnt need to be replaced despite Durangos sign code. All are more than 30 years old, one of the criteria established by the Design Review Board. They also had to meet at least one of the other criterion for historical signs. Signs included Stuarts, Griegos Taco Hut, Toh-Atin and Parsons Drug.
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.