From Our Files: March 27, 2024

A new sign in 1974 identifies the three-acre high mountain lake as Riggs Lake. Frequent visitors are Ray (left) and Cleo Riggs, sons of Albert Riggs, for whom the lake is named.

March 28, 1974

Having served as temporary fire chief for 22 years, Ivan Hoy was finally permanently appointed to the position this week. City Manager David Crutcher recommended the promotion for Hoy, joking that the volunteer chief had successfully passed his “probationary period.” Hoy told City Council that he said in 1952 he’d take the job temporarily until the city could find somebody else. Hoy was asked in 1939 to join as a volunteer to the Fire Department when it formed.

The city’s 18th Avenue will be getting a long-awaited facelift for a proposed cost of about $170,000. The street is to be widened to a 40-foot deck between Tamarack and Mountain View with four-foot sidewalks. The project will require about 2,600 tons of asphalt. Due to rising prices of materials, the project would have cost only $142,000 if done last year.

Plans are to expand the Sportsman’s Holiday Hometown Carnival this year by urging clubs, churches and organizations to operate booths with games and food. The committee hopes to add live music to the carnival, in addition to security guards during off-hours.

David and Gail Carpenter will be practicing their art with the scissors as they open up Lucky 7 Barber Shop on Main Street. The man and wife team previously operated a barber shop in Springfield. David began cutting hair 10 years ago, but previous to that he was a logger, trucker and glazier, and a mechanic in the U.S. Army. Gail completed her education in the business two years ago. The two met in Brownsville where Gail once lived.

March 24, 1999

Truck after truck began hauling away 7,000 yards of dirt from the future home of the community center project behind the high school. Local contractors donated their time and equipment for the extensive site preparation. It is expected to take seven to 10 days to dig and haul off the unsuitable materials, and another week or so to haul rock back into the site.

A committee working on creating a single fire district for the Sweet Home area began work to resolve various issues before bringing a request to combine the districts to voters in 2000. A study was conducted to find a way to establish a stable financial base, maintain staffing levels and provide services to unprotected areas within the School District 55 boundaries. The conclusion of the study recommended dissolving the ambulance and fire districts, and creating a single district to handle both fire and ambulance services.