100 years ago: “A quiet, but pretty, double wedding occurred at the Goulding ranch when Miss Mary Morgan became the bride of Mr. James Clark and Mrs. Theresa Douglas the bride of Mr. Jack Goulding.”
75 years ago: “With a view to aiding local labor, contractor Martin Wunderlich has established a special patrol on the road to the Vallecito dam site for the purpose of turning back the increasing number of outside men who are seeking jobs on the construction project. It is the aim of the contractor and of the Bureau of Reclamation to use as far as possible only labor from adjacent territory.”
50 years ago: “D&RGW Engine 478, the regular workhorse on the Silverton daily runs throughout the summer, had an unexpected and appreciative audience when it pulled out onto the turntable after a repaint and overhaul job. Twenty-seven first graders from the Indian Bureau school at Teec Nos Pos, Ariz., visiting Durango lined the turntable pit to see the puffing engine. A quick toot on the whistle, a completely unfamiliar sound to an ever-increasing proportion of the population, sent them scurrying, but they were quickly back for more.”
25 years ago: “Professional rodeo is coming to the La Plata County Fairgrounds. So are some sheep. A summer-long package of weekly pro rodeos are planned for Durango and one of the first featured attractions will be Duain Madsen’s trained pulling sheep. The act consists of six sheep that pull Madsen and his wife Dee around in a wagon the way a team of horses would.”
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.