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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 6

1836.  The Alamo falls to Mexican forces.

1866   William F. Cody married Louisa Frederici in St. Louis. 

1884  Sheridan, Wyoming, incorporated.  Sheridan is named after Philip Sheridan, who was born on this day.

 Sheridan.  Main Street.  1887.

1917   The Casper Record for March 6, 1917: Assists "Our Boys" of National Guard get Employment

A similar article had appeared in one of the Cheyenne papers a few days prior.  This points out that, at that time, and frankly because I've focused on the Cheyenne papers this has tended to be ignored, only Cheyenne had real "breaking news". The other papers tended to catch up a couple of days later, including the Casper papers.

Casper, as we'll see, was undergoing a huge boom, but that hadn't caught up with its papers yet.  They were much less advanced than the two Cheyenne papers, even though Casper, amazingly enough for a then much smaller town, had several papers.

Anyhow, there was legitimate concern for the employment fate of National Guardsmen.  No statute protected their status at the time, and earlier in the Punitive Expedition Guardsmen from other states had returned home to unemployment, sometimes desperate unemployment.

Of course, in Wyoming, particularly in oil regions like Casper, but also in agricultural regions, indeed everywhere, there was a really heated economy, so that was much less likely. That may explain why the Guard had such a hard time actually filling up several months prior.  And, as a practical matter, but probably not obvious to these men and the state, most of the Wyoming National Guardsmen would be right back in uniform in very short order.
The Cheyenne Leader for March 6, 1917: Deming's approval of Wyoming's troops

Wyomingites were cheered that Deming New Mexico appreciated the qualities of their National Guardsmen.

Meanwhile, a big party had occurred for the returned Colorado and  Wyoming Guardsmen in  Cheyenne.

And the Leader claimed that Americans were solidly behind Wilson's policy of "armed neutrality".
1933     A nationwide bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt went into effect.

1973   President Richard Nixon imposed price controls on oil and gas.

2008  Former President Clinton spoke at the University of Wyoming.  Attribution:  On This Day.


  1. Wish there was some kind of control on gas prices at the pump now. Great photo.

  2. Gas prices are a really odd deal. In overall terms, gas prices have actually not been at historic highs. If measured for inflation, the gas prices of the early automobile era, the teens and the twenties, were extremely high, compared to modern times. If measured as a percentage of an average person's income, they were much, much higher back then. I believe this is even true of the 1950s.

    Of course the real impact comes in when looked at in terms of a price rise's impact on the economy. In 1973, the rise in prices was having a devastating impact on the economy. That can still occur, but it doesn't seem to have quite the same impact it once had. It would appear that a combination of factors keeps a rise from being as severe as it once was, although nobody enjoys it.

    For something truly bizarre, last year energy, in terms of raw or refined fuel products, were one of the top three US exports for the first time in eons, even as we remain a major importer.

  3. On that photo, given that it's on Main, I'm pretty sure that it was taken from the base of Courthouse Hill in Sheridan. Quite a different view from what the same location offers today.