100 years ago: “Dick Stewart departed for his bachelor quarters at the Idaho this morning after a few days in town fraternizing with congenial spirits.”
75 years ago: “Martin Wunderlich, contractor for the Vallecito dam on the Pine River site, has begun construction of the camp, which will be used by his force of men for the next three years or more while the dam is being built. Wunderlich has established his employment office at the dam site, where applicants for jobs will be examined for possible placing.”
50 years ago: This item appeared in the section called Silverton News: “Beautiful May weather here in the high country. Sunshine and soft, drizzly-type rain, to help ease up the worry of all those campfires.”
25 years ago: “A campfire started by three young boys 10 miles northeast of Durango spread out of control, causing the La Plata County Sheriff to declare the Durango Hills subdivision a ‘disaster area’ and deputies to evacuate five homes. Officials said Saturday night that the fire had been contained, but residents would not be allowed to return until sometime Sunday.” About 500 acres were burned in the fire, and high winds caused the blaze to threaten 35 homes in the subdivision.
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.