One of the less noted, but very notable, aspects of this story: Rather than retaliating, the U.S. Army declared that Grattan had exceeded his authority. An explosive situation was not allowed to escalate, but the seeds of distrust and future violence had been sewn. Gratten had handled the entire situation very badly. But the Army, in its follow-up, was wise to regard his actions as improper, in spite of the disaster it was to his men.
1878 Robert Widdowfield and Union Pacific detective Tip Vincent killed in the line of duty by Big Nose George Parrott's gang near Elk Mountain. Widdowfield and Vincent were attempting to apprehend the gang which had attempted to rob a train.
1898 Iron Post office established. Attribution: Wyoming Places.
1941 The Wyoming Aircraft School won approval from Civil Aeronautics Authority. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1942 The Evacuette, a newpaper of the North Portland Assembly Area, ran as a headline story that Japanese internees, the newspaper's audience, would be going to Wyoming.
1950 300th AFA, Wyoming Army National Guard, Federalized for service in the Korean War.
1953 First letters sent out in an effort to organize a Wyoming State Historical Society. Letter sent out by Lola Homsher. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1998 The Manges Cabin in Grand Teton National Park, added to the National Registry of Historic Places. Attribution: On This Day.
2015 Lex Anteinternet: And the band played on. . .well maybe not so much
Earlier this week we ran this:
Lex Anteinternet: And the band played on: In Saturday's Tribune an article appeared noting, again, the loss of over 3,000 oil industry jobs in Wyoming, and a 50% reduction i...
Yesterday (August 19), however, Governor Mead sang a different tune, and one that wasn't nearly so rosy. We have to given him credit for that.
Mead, in a press conference flaty stated that Wyoming is entering a "difficult period" and that the State may need to consider tapping into its "rainy day" funds. For those who might not be aware of what those are, they're funds that the state specifically puts aside for stressed times.
Governors do not, to my recollection, ever suggest this. That's truly a dramatic statement for a sitting Governor, indicating just how dire the state's condition may be. That Mead would suggest considering it speaks very much in his favor, as this has tended to be something that simply isn't discussed. Reactions to the Governor's speech have been generally favorable, although there's no present support for actually tapping into the funds. Mead, of course, wasn't requesting to do so right now, only indicating that it might become necessary.