From the Oct. 8, 1942 News Record:
When the “Carlson’s Raisers,” picked men of the Marine Corps, made their sudden landing on Makin Island on Aug. 17 and brought death and destruction to the Japanese, two Gillette men were among the attacking party. They were Cpl. Lawrence Ricks, 22, and Pfc. Lester Burleson, 24. Private Burleson is the son of Mrs. Bessie Homses. Buddies since the almost forgotten “Boot Camp” days in San Diego, Ricks and Burleson splashed through the surf from landing barges before the sun way up, and were in the unit that gave the still half-asleep Nipponese soldiers and marines their first unpleasant warning that the Leathernecks had landed. Using orthodox and unorthodox weapons, they shot down Jap snipers in the coconut palms, blasted machine gun nests and struggled hand to hand to bring about destruction of over 300 Japs on the island. Together, the two Gillette men aided in destruction of three radio plants, quantities of gasoline and other stores and smiled sardonically through the grim of battle and the reek of powder as their grenades blasted American-made trucks to oblivion. Ricks and Burleson came through the 40-hour battle unscathed.
From the Oct. 10, 1978, News Record:
Jack Boyd York, 44 of Gillette has been bound over for arraignment in District Court on a second-degree murder charge. The decision was made Monday at a preliminary hearing before Justice of the Peace Charles Anderson. Testimony Monday included that of Undersheriff Sam Doyle about the investigation of the shooting death of Joseph McGough, 22, of Wimore, Pa. The body of McGough was found about 11:19 p.m. Oct. 1 in the kitchen of the mobile home where York lived. Doyle described differing explanations made by York of how a .38-caliber gun went off, the bullet apparently striking McGough through the heart. Also testifying at the hearing was Denny Kiser, who described himself as a close friend of York. According to Kiser, York never argued with anyone in Gillette and his house was always open to his friends. However, Deputy County Attorney Terry Preuitt cited testimony gathered during the investigation that described York as a jealous man and that he always carried a .38-caliber gun.
From the Oct. 3, 1957, News Record
One of Wyoming’s newest cities, Jeffrey City in Fremont County, was established by one of the state’s newest industries — uranium. A new uranium mill, said to be another of the state’s firsts, was dedicated during recent ceremonies by the Western Nuclear Corp. Founding of the new city was also dedicated at the same time. The city was named after Dr. C.W. Jeffrey of Rawlins who loaned the corporation $250,000 to “tide it over the financial hump.” It is located 75 miles north of Rawlins. The uranium mill has been in operation since the middle of July. The corporation is reported to have made application to the Atomic Energy Commission to increase the mill’s output from 400 tons to 1,200 tons a day.