120 years: 1948

His election in 1948 marked the beginning of the 24-year congressional career for U.S. Rep. Wayne N. Aspinall. Known as “The Chairman,” Aspinall would become one of the state’s most influential politicians, focusing on Western land and water issues.

E.L. Bacon purchases the U.S. Bank at Fourth and Main, and Dr. Geno Saccomanno starts pathology departments at the Veterans Administration and St. Mary’s hospitals.

KEXO radio goes on the air,  with studios at 2508 North Ave.

Home Style Bakery starts baking at 940 North Ave.

Orchard Avenue Elementary School is completed.

The Grand Junction Eagles semi-professional baseball team is formed.

President Harry S. Truman makes a visit to Grand Junction during his Whistle Stop Tour.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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