100 years ago: “Quite a bunch of Shiprock fair visitors, who went down in their automobiles, got no further than Farmington and after waiting for a day for the weather to clear up, came back, on the ‘old reliable’ Farmington limited – limited as to comfort and speed.”
75 years ago:“Twenty-four pair of Chukar partridges, received by Dr. Erwin Burnett from the state fish and game commission will be ‘planted’ on ranches near Pagosa Springs and in the Cortez-Dolores section with hopes that the game birds can thus be propagated and increased to plentiful numbers under the protection of the law.”
50 years ago: “Julia Morris, 541 Fifth St., is mourning the fate of the fine hubbard squashes she grows in her garden. Someone destroyed most of them. ‘Why do they do that dirty work at night and destroy the gardens?’ she asks. The squashes were thrown in the alley, not taken away to be eaten.”
25 years ago: “The Durango Natural Foods store sprouted in a small backroom on Main Avenue in 1973 with a handful of members. Fifteen years later, it’s a flourishing member-owned corporation grossing more than $275,000 a year with a membership of more than 1,100 households. Pat Blair, the former manager of the store, is credited with much of that success.”
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.