Throwback Thursday: Candy stripers deck the halls, December 1970-ish

By Kristy Bleizeffer Dec 4, 2019

Sometime in December, maybe in the '70s, our candy stripers helped deck the hosptal's halls for the holidays.

We don't know exactly when because the photo was unmarked in the old hospital scrapbook, now housed at the Casper College Western History Center, which archives our vast collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia.

Sometime on that day in December, maybe in 1968 or 1972, one of Casper's two newspapers sent a photographer to snap this photo. We're not sure which paper it was either. 

We're hoping someone can help fill in the details! Do you recognize any of these candy stripers? Better yet, is one of them you? Tell us what you remember about decking our halls, or anything else you'd like to share, in the comments. 

Wishing you and yours festive halls decked with bows of holly, gay apparel and blazing yule logs. 


Myrtie Bain Peterson, pictured fourth from left in the photo above, reached out through Facebook to tell us a little more about what she remembers. She found the clipping in her own scrapbook and believes the photo was taken by the Casper Star-Tribune in 1969. 

She volunteered over 300 hours as a candy striper and remembers a Mrs. Hoover coordinating the program. 

In her Facebook response, Myrtie also posted photos of striper hat with her 300-hour charm, and photos from the mother-daughter tea from 1968 or 1969 and from Parade Day 1970. See them below.

Thanks for sharing, Myrtie!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is a series celebrating Wyoming Medical Center’s long and rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center which archives the vast Wyoming Medical Center collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia.