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La Veta History for Feb. 18, 2010

La Veta

1904: I.R. Voorhees is pulling down the houses he bought at the defunct Pike’s Peak Coal Mine and will use the material to build a furniture store next to his present office on Francisco Street.

1911: Contractor D.H. Neeley has the walls of Mr. Pickens’new cement house on east Field Street about one-half finished.

1916: Although a completely new grade was made to the summit of Cucharas Pass, six or seven miles remain to be improved in Las Animas County.

1921: The Commercial Club plans to ask the county commissioners why the public road between La Veta and Badito is fenced off.

1926: La Veta Mill Company has completed the delivery of its last contract for ice to the Denver and Rio Grande amounting to 2,000 tons and is now filling another contract.

1932: An announcement has been made of the upcoming marriage of Miss Georgia Shultz and Mr. Otto Drum Sunday, Feb. 21 at the home of the bride in Trinidad.

1937: Betty Baker, daughter of Jack Baker of La Veta and a former silent film star, was seen in the movie “Yellowstone,” directed by her husband Joe McDonahue, at the Rialto Theater this week.

1944: The La Veta chapter of the Red Cross completed 1,012 garments and 104 soldiers’ kits in 1943, as well as knitting 29 sweaters.

1950: Surplus potatoes from the San Luis Valley can be purchased for one cent per hundred pounds for cattle feed.

1956: La Veta Chamber of Commerce will construct an airport as their project for the year and are considering locations.

1963: Unemployment in Huerfano County rose from 162 at the end of December to 187 at the end of January.

1968: Mrs. Evelyn Heikes resigned her position as librarian at Walsenburg High School to join her husband Robert, recently returned from Viet Nam, in California.

1974: Installed officers of the Future Business Leaders of America were Beth Pene, president, Geneva Smith, vice president, Cora Aguirre, secretary and Nola Long, treasurer.

1980: Many winter sports enthusiasts enjoyed the warm weekend weather on the cross-country trails at Panadero Ski resort above Cuchara.