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La Veta history for March 11, 2010

La Veta

1901: A.H. Edmisten had some ore assayed at 53 percent copper, mined at a depth of 60 feet in the vicinity of Ojo.

1907: A company of capitalists bought much land around old Garland City and Fort Garland, and will build large reservoirs on Trinchera and Wagon creeks to sell lots.

1912: Died, Jasper Bruce, 81, a native of Georgia who joined the Confederate Army in 1862 and served throughout the war.  He settled his ranch three miles south of town in 1871.  He leaves six sons and four daughters.

1918: The town of La Veta has 23 young men serving their country in Europe.

1924: The proposed Badito reservoir project has been withdrawn and the land re-opened to homestead entries, with the usual preference to ex-service men.

1932: A representative of the American Fruit Growers Association was in town last week to discuss the raising of cauliflower and lettuce in the La Veta vicinity.

1938: The completion of the “missing link” in Highway 111 at the junction with Highway 160 is in sight.  Workmen are now placing a culvert in the fill at the west end of the Killian ranch.

1945: The date of La Veta and Huerfano County’s annual auction to benefit the Red Cross has been set for March 25, in the county building two blocks east of Main.

1951: The fifth and sixth grade operetta “Tom Sawyer” was a pleasing attraction. Jimmy Geiser played the title role and Lowell Goemmer was Huck Finn.

1958: Kenneth Arnold and Larry Olguin will represent La Veta’s fourth graders in the Huerfano County spelling bee.

1963: A fire on the roof of the Colorado Highway Department maintenance building on Main Street was spotted by Mrs. Alex Berno and the volunteer fire department responded quickly to avoid the building’s complete destruction.

1971: Kenneth Arnold graduated from Northern Colorado University in Greeley last Saturday as a speech major.

1978: The storm last Friday forced down an Army helicopter with a four-man crew on Highway 160 at the top of North Veta Pass.

1983: The Bakers will open The Smokehouse in the former Cracker Barrel Friday and offer live music Saturday night.

A traditional German Dance

Ah, the traditional German Oktoberfest dance, known as the Enten Tanz (translation: chicken dance.) The Oktoberfest celebration in La Veta last weekend was its usual

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