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County history for April 22, 2010

La Veta

1901: Notice – After tomorrow my barber shop will be closed all day every Sunday.  Parties wishing to get shaved will please call in on Saturdays. Alex Young.

1907: The excelsior factory is now running full blast processing cottonwood and the baler was expected to arrive yesterday.

1914:  Rev. and Mrs. L.W. Gunby took the children of the Methodist Sunday School out to the hills Friday evening for an “egg fry” which from all accounts provided plenty of fun for children and adults alike.

1921: Friday’s blizzard blew in the front door of the school house.

1927: May the 16th has been set for a preliminary housewarming for the new Methodist Church; the roof is expected to be on by that time.

1935: Charles Hector is experimenting with grape vines to see if they grow and produce fruit at this altitude.

1940: Charles Hector won the contract for the mail route between the depot and the post office with a bid of $180 per year.

1945: La Veta elementary and high school students donated $32.40 to the Crippled Children’s Fund drive.

1951: Town Board has lifted water restrictions and will permit irrigating from 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m., west of Main on even days and east of Main on odd days.

1956: Marjorie Hasenack and Donna Dee Jordan will represent the town in the Huerfano County jacks championship tournament sponsored by the La Veta chapter of the VFW Saturday afternoon.

1962: The Redskins traveled to Walsenburg to face the Panthers but the latter won an easy 13-3 decision in seven innings.

1970: Former La Veta resident Frank Raymond Moore, 85, a grandson of Col. James A. Coffey, founder of Coffeyville, KS, died and was buried in California.

1976: Huerfano County Commission for District #2, Joe Kopine, first elected 17 years ago, says he will not seek re-election.

1982: Jim and Nola Geiser say the Cracker Barrel Lounge in the La Veta Mall is open Tuesday through Saturday with live entertainment on weekends and will soon open a restaurant in connection.

1989: The square dancing group now is meeting in Christ the King parish hall.


1894: Saturday night’s entertainment at the school house brought in $34.90, quite a gratifying result.

1900: Saturday a Colorado and Southern freight engine left the track just this side of Huerfano station and got stuck in the mud.  Until the track was cleared, C&S and the Denver and Rio Grande railroads ran their trains on the Santa Fe tracks.

1908: The high school geology class explored the fossil beds south of town last week and obtained some nice specimens.

1917: Voters will decide on a $100,000 bond issue to build county high school buildings in Walsenburg and La Veta.

1924: Thirty-eight unclaimed dogs were killed by police in two days in an attempt to prevent the spread of the rabies epidemic.

1933: Dr. G.R. Mallett, new mayor of Walsenburg, promises to promote business and industry in the city and environs.

1941: The natural history museum in Hill School will be formally opened tonight under the direction of the Misses Ruby Bell and Janet Chatin.

1947: Five U.S. Army airmen were killed in a plane crash near the Rattlesnake Buttes, the worst crash in Huerfano County history.

1953: Dr. C.A. Brunelli was honored at a steak dinner last night in Shosky’s Café for his seven years’ service on the Huerfano County High School board of directors.

1961: The Huerfano Co-operative Association was incorporated by Augustine Garcia, Anthony J. Pando, Fred Waggoner, Theodore Gomez and Ralph C. Garcia.

1968: Huerfano County March of Dimes chairman Jeanette Linscott has announced the Walsenburg Jaycees will sponsor a benefit dance April 27 in the pavilion with music by Frank Montera and his orchestra.

1975: One of eight young women of Walsenburg and La Veta will be crowned Miss Huerfano County in the third annual Miss America pageant Friday evening in Washington School Auditorium.

1981: Richard Falsetto, three-time Walsenburg city councilman, was named city treasurer to fill the unexpired term of Richard Ridge, who has resigned.

1986: Abby Medina was the only junior class member to receive all A’s at John Mall High School.