Here's today's journey back in time – one hundred years ago, reported by Sheridan newspapers on this day, Jan. 9 of 1914.
The Sheridan Post office resembled a warehouse as merchants took advantage of new – lower – parcel post rates. The post office was crowded with flour, horseshoes, cans of milk and cream and other merchandise.
The Sheridan Post reported the largest consignor was Sheridan Manufacturing company, which was sending 2,400 tons of flour to dealers in Moorhead, Montana. The flour was to be taken by rail to Arvada, then loaded on a sled which would take it the 40 miles to Moorhead by way of the ice-bound Powder River.
County Commissioners budgeted just over $83,000 for 1914. The Enterprise reported this was much lower than the $92,000 appropriated for 1913. Expenses expected in the coming year included $6,200 for the sheriff, $1,300 for the school superintendent, $1,200 for the county coroner and $30,000 for the road and bridge department. Commissioners also budgeted just under $12,000 for the new jail.
The Enterprise also noted that Mrs. Wissler was able to be up and about after having been confined to her room with a severe cold. Susan Wissler had just completed two terms as mayor of Dayton – the first woman mayor in Wyoming.