Time Machine: 70 Years Ago Burglars Escape With $270 From Eagle County High School

Burglars broke into Eagle County High School, pictured above, in 1952 and made off with money from the student union fund.
Eagle County Historical Society/Eagle Valley Library District

5 years ago

Week of April 20, 2017

The City of Eagle had a problem with the development of its new river park at the entrance to the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The property near the park entrance was owned by Phyllis Johnson of Eagle and Harlan House of Kansas and the owners were not interested in selling their land. But the city had previously released amenities maps that showed public improvements on private property.

Local bears have started coming out of their dens and wildlife officers are urging residents to be aware and to be careful.



Eagle’s Grand Avenue Grill has launched a new daily breakfast menu.

10 years ago

Week of April 19, 2012



Longtime Grand Eagle Fire Department Chief Jon Asper has announced his retirement. He led the department for 17 years.

The Ping and DeGraw families received the Nimon-Walker Award from the Eagle County Historical Society. The award recognized the family’s gift of a large collection of local photographs, compiled by the late Leonard Ping.

20 years ago

Week of April 19, 2002

Vandals spray painted graffiti at Gypsum Skate Park, broke into the taco stand next to Shop N Save and stole flags from Gypsum Town Hall.

Eagle Valley High School distance runner Ethan Vroman was working hard to qualify for state track and field competition just six months after a devastating knee injury during football season. After surgery and daily rehabilitation, Vroman set his personal best time on the mile.

30 years ago

Week of April 23, 1992

Dr. Ralph Cotton, owner of 30 acres of land south of Gypsum, applied for annexation to the city council.

James Johnson, described as an Eagle County activist and chairman of the local Democratic Party, announced he would bid for the county commissioner seat for District 1. Republican Rod Slifer had previously announced he would run for the seat.

Local law enforcement officials have reported a wave of thefts of car hood ornaments. Eagle police had handled 20 such reports.

40 years ago

Week of April 22, 1982

Eagle County elected officials were to get a pay raise. Following action by the Colorado Legislature, the annual salary of county commissioners was increased from $14,376 to $25,760.

Eagle Valley High School principal Wally Birlew was named assistant superintendent of auxiliary services and Al Abrams was named vice chairman of the Eagle County School Board.

Skier visits to Beaver Creek have increased by 95%. Vail Associates reported 218,450 ski days at the resort for the 1981-82 season, down from 112,000 visits the previous year.

50 years ago

Week of April 20, 1972

Frank Martinez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Martinez of Minturn, won the USAF Outstanding Unit Award. Martinez was stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California.

The junior class of Battle Mountain High School presented the play “Sunshine’s Cloudy Day”. Admission was $1 for adults and 50 cents for children, with proceeds going to the prom fund.

The Colorado Department of Health has issued a tick fever warning after a 7-year-old Fort Collins boy fell ill.

The movie showing at the Eagle Theater was Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.”

60 years ago

Week of April 19, 1962

Wage negotiations at the New Jersey zinc mine between company officials and representatives of the United Steel Workers of America have settled with a 16-month settlement providing for a 6-cent-per-hour raise for miners.

Eagle/Gypsum Methodist Church has scheduled an Easter sunrise service on Cottonwood Pass, followed by breakfast at Harrison’s Cafe. Service-goers were asked to meet at either church before 4:20 a.m.

Stanley’s Cash Story specials included a half or whole ham for 49 cents a pound and three tubs of grape jelly for $1.

70 years ago

Week of April 17, 1952

Burglars broke into Eagle County High School and stole $270 in student union funds. “The work shows evidence of a professional,” Principal LW Green said. A second robbery was committed at Silt High School the same night, but the thieves only netted $19 from that break-in.

“The hours of work and the number of dollars spent to turn a dust-covered baseball stadium in Eagle into a grassy park are starting to pay off this spring,” the Enterprise reported. “The complete park cannot be achieved overnight, but with the efforts of the clubs, city and organizations now concerned, there is no doubt that one day in the near future, Eagle will have a park that would honor to any town or city in Colorado..”

Ira Bindley has been named Treasurer of Eagle Town.

80 years ago

Week of April 17, 1942

Eagle County Colorado State University extension worker Dexter Lillie urged all local residents to plant victory gardens. “A home garden for growing fresh vegetables and vegetables for canning will be more important to your family’s well-being this year than any year before. Our armed forces need canned foods that used to sit on grocers’ shelves,” he said.

A front-page notice proclaimed, “Effective Monday, April 20, the following prices for beer at Eagle will prevail: Budweiser, 20 cents a bottle or two for 35 cents; Coors 15 cents per straight bottle; Schlitz, 20 cents a bottle or two for 35 cents.

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