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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 2

1892  Leon C. Goodrich, an architect who worked on the designs of a lot of Natrona County buildings, was born in Fort Collins, Colorado.

1893  John E. Osborne took office as Governor.

1897. Irate woman "horse whips" editor of Evanston newspaper, but about what, unfortunately, I don't know. Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1899 DeForest Richards took office as Governor.

1905  Bryant B. Brooks took office as Governor.

1911 Joseph M. Carey took office as Governor.

1917   The Local News: The Casper Record for January 2, 1917
 

But, the Casper paper didn't feature Mexico at all.

Indeed, I'd be disinclined to put this one up, given the stories that I've been following, but for the fact that by only putting up the Cheyenne papers that covered the story in Mexico extensively I'm giving a false impression.  In Central Wyoming, when you picked up your local paper (there were two) you might not be reading about such events at all.

Residents of Natrona County Wyoming, on this day, were reading about a railroad disaster near Thermopolis. That spot, by the way, is still bad and there's been a train wreck there within the last couple of years.

Like residents of Cheyenne, they also were reading about the weird gubernatorial spot in Arizona.  Long term residents of Wyoming would recall, however, that Wyoming had a similar episode about 20 years prior to this one.

And there were the cheery economic articles, common to Wyoming papers of this era.
The Local News: They Cheyenne Leader for January 2, 1917
 
The Leader was less dramatic on its news on Mexico, just noting that Mexico might be getting a "sharp warning" from the US, given the directions that negotiations were heading.


In other news, labor laws were being debated and the Sheridan police force was locked up in an empty freight car.  That's embarrassing.

John Osborne, returned to Rawlins, was being vetted, apparently, for a VP position in 1920, showing that premature electioneering is not a new thing.
The local news, January 2, 1917: The Wyoming Tribune
 
Well, the holidays were over and back to work.

What did the papers have to say to Wyomingites on this day, that blury, hopeful to many, burdensome to some, first real work day of a new year?

We'll start with Cheyenne.


The Carey owned Tribune, after reminding its subscribers and advertiser to pay up all week, was starting the year off with a bolstering inspirational message at the top of its paper.

And the depressing news that it looked like things were breaking down in our negotiations with Mexico in Atlantic City.

1923  Secretary Hall, Secretary of the Interior, resigns due to the Teapot Dome Scandal.

1930  First commercial radio station in Wyoming begins operation.  KDFN later became KTWO and is still in operation.

1933 Leslie A. Miller took office as Governor.

1939  Nels H. Smith took office as Governor.

1949  Beginning of the Great Blizzard that struck the Northern Plains this yearIn Wyoming, the storm started on this date and lasted until February 20.  Snowfall in some areas measured up to 30".  The storm halted all inter town transport of all kinds within the state within 24 hours.  Seventeen people died as a result of the storm.  55,000 head of cattle and 105,000 head of sheep were lost.

1954     The film "The Caine Mutiny" premieres in New York.

1961  Jack R. Gage took office as Governor.

1967  Stanley K. Hathaway took office as Governor.

1974     Richard Nixon signed legislation requiring states to limit highway speeds to 55 mph.  The law was very unpopular in Wyoming..

1995  Jim Geringer took office as Governor.

2008     Oil prices reach $100 a barrel for the first time.

Elsewhere:   1905 Japanese Gen. Nogi received from Russian Gen. Stoessel at 9 o'clock P.M. a letter formally offering to surrender, ending the Russo-Japanese War, and sealing a humiliating event for Russia, but also creating lessons for the Japanese that they would follow to their detriment in the future.

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