This week in history

20 years ago Thursday, July 8, 1999

First Baptist invites you to celebrate 50 years

Sunday, July 11, 1999 will mark a special milestone for First Baptist Church of Buena Vista as the church celebrates its 50th Anniversary. The day will coincide with the church’s annual “Western Sunday.” While “Western Sunday” will reflect our country’s legacy, the Jubilee Celebration will focus on the spiritual heritage of the church.

... First Baptist Church was organized March 10, 1949, by a group of 12 persons, and became affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of America in October of that year. It was decided to conduct the celebration in July while so many of the summer residents are here to join in the festivities.

40 years ago Thursday, July 5, 1979

Correctional facility escapees captured

Three Buena Vista Correctional Facility escapees have been caught and returned to the institution.

Ralph Spencer, 21, and William Boggs, 22, were reported missing at 4:30 p.m. on June 27. Both were apprehended early the following morning on Trout Creek Pass. Spencer was convicted of aggravated auto theft, and Boggs was serving a sentence for second-degree burglary.

Another escapee, Thomas Duane Trussell, 25, was captured on Trout Creek Pass at 9:58 p.m. on June 29, a little over 2 hours after he was reported missing.

136 years ago

Buena Vista Democrat

Thursday, June 28, 1883

The Denver News is the leading and most enterprising paper in the state. Its Sunday edition numbers 16 pages.

The Denver Republican has taken up a fight against the Wood River country, or the Union Pacific Railroad, whichever you please. There is scarcely a necessity for this. Wood River will not hurt Colorado in the least, while the railroads will help us. It will give the people who are up there a chance to get into Colorado with much less trouble as soon as they get it into their heads there is nothing there to stay for.

The reports which come from Chicago regarding cable railroad are not encouraging. If the press agent may be relied upon as impartial they are but very little faster and afford but slightly better facilities than the horse car, and they are as sure in their aim and as fatal in their execution as the average toy pistol. The system is, at any rate, evidently better suited to suburban travel than to travel in the crowded streets.

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