100 years ago: At the Durango City Council meeting: “Ordinance 516, governing pool and billiard rooms was introduced by the mayor and ordered published. The ordinance provides that all rooms shall be closed between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and forbids the maintenance of any private room in connection with the hall.”
75 years ago: “Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Gould departed from the ordinary when they entertained Dr. and Mrs. A. L. Burnett at dinner. The four enjoyed a complete Mexican dinner prepared in Albuquerque and flown to Durango by Dick Young in his plane. The food was still hot when it arrived. The dinners were prepared in the El Centro Café in Albuquerque.” Young picked the meals up before he flew the return airmail flight to Durango.
50 years ago: An advertisement read: “Wanted! Men – Women from ages 18 to 52. Prepare now for U.S. Civil Service job openings in this area during the next 12 months. Government positions pay as high as $446 a month to start. They provide much greater security than private employment and excellent opportunity for advancement. But to get one of these jobs, you must pass a test. The competition is keen. Lincoln Service helps thousands prepare for these tests every year. It is one of the largest and oldest privately owned schools of its kind and is not connected with the Government.”
25 years ago: “In a surprising change of face, Amoco Production Company is fighting the very county oil and gas regulations it had a part in drafting. With possible adoption of the county regulations only two months away, Amoco met last week with Ignacio Economic Development Council to urge the businessmen to help defeat passage of the regulations that would require production companies to meet standards protecting the land surrounding gas wells.”
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.