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County history for April 15, 2010

La Veta

1900: The rumor of the Denver and Rio Grande reopening the old narrow gauge service and replacing the telegraph poles between this place and Russell has enlivened the mining camps at Ojo and Spanish Gulch.

1909: Huerfano County now has 29 voting precincts, with the newest being #26 as a third precinct for Walsenburg, and the others being for the coal camps of Cameron, Toltec and Rocky Mountain and environs.

1915: The school children sold miniature U.S. flags on election day for five cents apiece, the proceeds from which were to purchase a state flag for the school house.

1922: Mrs. Andrew Francisco has leased the plaza to Mrs. Thomas Brazil and will go to the San Luis Valley to live with her daughter Mrs. Murray Daniels.

1928: Died, Ann Reid Francisco who married Andrew Francisco in 1873 in Westport, MO.  They made their lifelong home in the old fort built by Col. Francisco and Henry Daigre for a residence and suitable protection from the Indians.

1935: Mayor Elley says all horses, cattle and hogs now running at large in town will be impounded and costs charged to the owners.

1941: Dr. W.E. Burkholder, our new chiropractor from Rocky Ford, says he has spent the greater part of each summer in the La Veta area for the fishing.

1949: Town Board has raised the water rates to $15 per annum for private dwellings.

1956: The first annual Square Dance Jamboree sponsored by the La Veta Chamber of Commerce and Lightning S Guest Ranch will be tomorrow night in the high school auditorium.

1964: The county commissioners consolidated the precincts to a total of 11, with two of them in La Veta and seven in Walsenburg, plus Gardner and Pryor.

1970: Mountain View Baptist Church has a large basement which was its first sanctuary. It now is being remodeled for an apartment so a minister can make his home there.

1977: La Veta Public Library earned $132 on its bake sale and the money will go to paying off the building.

1984: Steve Carey was hired marshal to replace Chad Chaddick and will begin his duties immediately, and Phil Wilson was hired last week as deputy.


1903: Street Commissioner Matt Welsby was instructed by the Town Board to build a bridge over the ditch that crosses Fifth Street below the schoolhouse.

1910: Enrollment in the grade school now totals 606, with the average daily attendance being 414.

1916: Town Board passed an ordinance requiring billiard halls, bowling alleys, picture shows, auto liveries, peddlers,  plumbers and junk dealers to obtain a license to do business within town limits

1925: Mrs. Caroline Sporleder Young has completely redecorated and refurnished her music studio at 119½ West Sixth Street.

1931: For rent: two-room furnished apartment with bath, electric lights and garage, $18 month.  334 Colorado Avenue.

1936: The Colorado State Department of Public Welfare will open a county bureau in Walsenburg with one director, four workers and an office staff of three to handle old age relief, public assistance and aid to children and to the blind.

1942: Huerfano County High School will close this year on May 16 so that students can go to work to solve the labor shortage.

1948: Fernando J. Serafini will open his remodeled Unique Shop tomorrow at 603 Main, formerly Guaranty State Bank.

1954: George Turner, Nick Balich and Sam Galassini have formed a partnership to operate the recently abandoned Morning Glory mine.  The mine’s closure left 26 men unemployed.

1963: The City of Walsenburg hired Donald Stimack, freshman football coach at the University of Colorado, as athletic director for the city’s summer recreation program.

1969: The Washington School Band under the direction of Miss Ione Bates is today giving concerts in the high schools of Manzanola, Swink and Cheraw.

1974: Washington School cheerleaders for the 1974-75 school year will be Tammy Crump, captain, Renee Archuleta, Joyce Cruz, Jennifer Kramer, Mary Murr and Tammy Springer.

1983: Arts ‘n’ Things will sponsor “Taming of the Shrew,” presented by a cast of characters from the theater department of the University of Southern Colorado, on April 20 in Washington School Auditorium.

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