Taken from the files of the Wheatland Times
July 23, 1919
Courtesy of Platte County Historical Society
A recent meeting was held with delegates attending from Casper, Glendo, Douglas, and Wheatland mostly to express indignation over road matters. Ever since the state commission took over the Yellowstone Highway through these places, they promised much improved conditions, but so far nothing seems to have been done—no permanent improvements and no maintenance to the road already there. Also they are concerned about the rumor that the government is planning to divert the road at Uva and have it proceed by way of Lusk, Newcastle, and Sheridan to Yellowstone Park.
The Hagenbeck Wallace circus which is appearing here is like a city into itself. It came complete with 22 tents—enough to cover a small farm. Several gigantic tents house the acts and the smaller ones provide all the services that the circus employees and performers need. 50 clowns and many wild animals highlight the show. After the performance the site will be completely disassembled and transported to a show train, one mile in length to head to the next show. It has exhibited in almost every town in this country and several places overseas. The state Holiness camp meeting is scheduled for the same evening. Both will be held under tents very close to each other and people are warned not to mistake one for the other.
Miss Norma Hay who was visiting with friends in Cody met with a serious accident when she was thrown from a horse. Her head was badly bruised causing a semi-paralysis of the muscles of one side of her face. Her mother left Wheatland quickly to join her daughter.
Dr. E.R. Corry of Chugwater underwent an unusually serious operation at the hospital. His condition is considered critical, but there is hope that he will recover.
The iron posts have arrived and are being distributed about the streets for the new street lights which will illuminate and ornament the business part of town.
Dr. Thurston wishes to announce that scientific chiropractic adjustment is available at his office in the Tisch Block.
The railroad shipping service in Wheatland is a joke, proclaims the editor. When ranchers have stock to ship, they want cars available —for which they pay dearly—and they want enough cars to ship their entire bunch at once. Many complaints have been voiced to high heaven (meaning official headquarters) with the result that service has gone from bad to worse. When a rancher drives his herd in ready to load and there are too few cars, he must split his load or drive them back home—either choice involving extra expense. “Drastic measures should be taken to give these ‘little tin gods’ a jolt they will remember.”
The contract has been let for a 30X72 addition to the high school. The addition will be two stories high with a full basement and will consist of 11 rooms.
Many area residents are enjoying the amenities at Fletcher’s Park. The facilities and the view there are topnotch.
Miss Edna Bruner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bruner, was united in marriage to Alfred VanAuken. The bride recently moved here from Decatur, Iowa, and Mr. Van Auken is also from there, recently returned from France, and choosing Wyoming as their new home. Miss Carrie Petty was married to Wm. Davis under a beautiful arch of native flowers. They will make their home at the bridegroom’s farm east of town.
18 million yards of silk, not needed during the war, will be sold at a bargain price with everyone expecting it to wind up in many creative frocks for the 1920 fashion trend.