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This week in history for April 11, 2013


1899: Walter Houser, county assessor, has arrived at an agreement with Las Animas County over the establishment of the joint county line.
1905: John H. Fox, the former county treasurer of Las Animas County, was shot and killed in the Trinidad post office by Joe Johnson, a deputy sheriff.
1911: The Colorado and Southern Railroad will give special rates to those wishing to go to Pueblo to see the aeroplane show.
1917: The owners of the Walsenburg Independent are C.H. Sanchez, Charles Agnes, P. Krier, the Guaranty State Bank, John L. East, A.S. Abdun-Nur, Nick Agnes, J.W. Thomas, all of Walsenburg, W.B. Wayt, Pueblo and T.M. Hudson, Chicago.
1923: The new Walsenburg band being organized by Professor Lara had a practice session last night in the courthouse with about 20 members present.
1929: The Western Army Store, 725 S. Main, has been improved with a remodeled front.
1935: Mrs. Kate Woodruff has been appointed Pictou School principal for next year, and her teaching staff will include Frances Moran, May Bortman and Helen Allen.
1941: Graduates of the Farisita school, District No. 8, will be Simon and Benjamin Aguirre and Arthur and Bernice Costello.
1947: City Council passed a resolution changing the municipal election from the first Tuesday in April to the first Tuesday in November.
1953: Local Employment Office Manager John George says approximately 800 are employed with agricultural work in the county, plus 2,330 with other work.
1959: Dennis Maes, 14, an eighth grader at St. Mary School, took first place in the Colorado-Wyoming parochial school spelling bee held in Denver.
1965: A spring concert, with the theme of “Some Enchanted Evening”, will be presented in St. Mary School Auditorium April 20 with Sister Suzanne’s Glee Club and individual singers and dancers.
1971: Rexall Sale: 100 Aspirin, 2 for 80¢; Aerosol Shaving Cream, 2 for $1.10; Adhesive Tape, 2 for 60¢. City Pharmacy.
1977: The City of Walsenburg is facing fines after failing to take action after the Colorado State Board of Health cited it for allowing water to seep into the Cucharas River from the sewage plant.
1983: The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will honor Carl Tesitor for serving as chairman of the Huerfano Memorial Hospital District Board for the past 20 years.
1989: Seventh and eighth graders on the honor roll from Gardner School are Rahil Briggs, Rachel Dimond, Yolanda Madrid and Autumn Remmert.
1995: The county commissioners have received a contract with the Colorado State Department of Corrections for a 752-bed privatized prison.

La Veta

1885: The Committee on Public Improvement was ordered to purchase $40 or less worth of trees and distribute them to the citizens for plantings along the streets.
1894: There was quite a gold excitement last week. Some parties who were sinking a well at the corner of the park came upon some loose rock that showed the mineral and there was even talk of staking claims on Main Street.
1901: J.M. Elrod has made a progressive step and placed a street lamp in front of his store on Main Street.
1908: Klein’s Bakery and Confectionery will open Tuesday, April 14 in the north half of the Mauldin building with a grand opening and lots of good things to eat. Souvenirs will be given.
1916: The state has announced plans to open the Spanish Trail, as the highway to southwestern Colorado will be known, to through travel in June.
1922: C.L. Martin’s six room modern home, on four lots and with a good garage and outbuildings, on Second Street in McCombs Addition, is for sale.
1928: Billy Woodruff, while cutting meat in McLain’s Market Saturday, recalled the happy days of the 1890s when he was right hand man at Dave Ryus’ Old Reliable store on the corner.
1934: Charles Powell says work is progressing to rebuild and enlarge the dance pavilion in Cuchara Camps.
1938: Dr. C.E. Willburn has purchased the residence on East Field Street near Main known as the Tessari property.
1943: Died, Fannie Hamilton Simpson, former postmaster, born in Kansas City, MO in 1861 and a resident of this town for 60 years. She leaves her daughter, Mrs. Ray Coleman of La Veta.
1949: Sixty-five people attended the Spanish Peaks Grange meeting and program and eight new members were accepted.
1955: Huerfano County has been included in the five million dollar “emergency dust bowl” fund area by President Eisenhower and money will be available to ranchers.
1961: Died, Minnie Ann Martin, who with her husband C.L. owned the present Goemmer home and operated a meat market until they moved to California in 1920. Her husband died two years ago.
1968: Leroy Wright, son of Mrs. Nola Geiser, has left for service with the U.S. Army in Viet Nam.
1975: Twenty-two youth in Huerfano County will be eligible for part time employment for the summer months under a federal grant to the Community Services Division.
1981: For Rent: in the La Veta Lodge, furnished efficiencies, $125/month; one bedroom apartments, $150; two bedroom, $275.
1988: Sixty La Veta and Walsenburg Masons and members of the Eastern Star enjoyed dinner in the La Veta hall Friday night with musical entertainment by Maurice Heikes and Eileen Bankson.
1993: The Colorado Department of Health demands immediate closure of the landfill but the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division regulations are so stringent that shut down may take months.

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