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This week in history for April 26th, 2012

1893: Died April 21, Mrs. Caroline Sporleder who was born in Hesse, Germany in 1839 and came to Walsenburg in 1876. Of her six children, only Louis B. survives.
1900: Fred Walsen Jr. leaves May 1 for Germany where his sister is studying music and they will tour Europe for four months.
1907: Thomas M. Miller, 22, was killed by Sam Irons in a prize fight in Palace Hall.
1912: Jeff Farr and Frank Moro [sic] drove up to the coal properties on Indian Creek west of La Veta and promise there will be development and production there soon.
1918: Madame Bruce, the remarkable “Yogi philosopher” will be in Walsenburg at the Victoria Hotel this week for personal readings, $3.00 and $5.00.
1925: The first rural mail route in Huerfano County will start delivery July 1, from Walsenburg to about 200 families living in the Cucharas, Turkey Ridge and Sandy areas.
1931: First man, “My wife says if I don’t give up golf she’ll leave me”. Second man, “Hard luck, old chap”. First man, “Yes, I’ll sure miss her”.
1936: The National Recovery Service is seeking men to work during lambing season.
1942: Sheep raisers predict a loss of at least 50% of the lamb crop due to the snow storm.
1950: Hannah Ugolini of Ugolini Farm Dairy, whose name and address is [sic] on every milk bottle with the plea, “I wanna go home, they need me”, received a wooden box containing a bottle mailed from Aberdeen, Washington.
1957: One of the two 60-foot tall smoke stacks on the Walsenburg Creamery was removed by crane after it was seriously damaged in Monday’s windstorm.
1963: Applications for occupancy of the 60 units of low rent housing currently under construction are being taken at the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 129 W. 7th.
1970: Winners of the third annual Boy Scout Pinewood Derby contest were Timmy Sandoval, first; Terry Olguin, second; Kevin Schmit, third and James Barela, fourth.
1976: Two federal grants have been approved for Walsenburg and $32,000 will be used at swimming pool park and $7,000 for a new park at the old Safeway/future city office complex.
1983: Cocetti’s 37-year-old Mondo’s Poor Boy is perched on blocks until it can be moved to West 8th Street to make way for Loaf “n Jug’s gasoline and storage tanks.
1989: The supply of summer water will be sparse as there is no snow on the Apishapa, Cucharas Creek or La Veta Pass snow courses and just 42% of average on the Huerfano.
1995: The county commissioners will appoint a five-member board to be responsible for the $38 million in bonds to fund the building of a 752-bed private prison in south Walsenburg.

La Veta
1896: You can now leave La Veta at 10 o’clock and reach Pueblo in time for dinner, transact five hours of business and be home in time for supper in La Veta.
1902: R.E. Roberts rented his house in town to Mr. and Mrs. Mahoney while he and his wife and her son Asa Arnold and family spend the summer on the old Hills ranch on the upper Cucharas.
1908: P.L. Estes just received a “show case” table for the drug store, a table with mostly glass and seats around it for resting or drinking your soda while looking at the goods it contains.
1914: W.H. Hamilton has closed his lakes east of town to both hunting and fishing.
1920: Clyde Estes is getting his soda fountain in the drug store shaped up for the summer business.
1926: The town board is going to put on a marshal for a while to straighten us out. We need it badly, for but little attention is paid to regulations except through compulsion.
1931: Burglaries were committed last night in the Baione pool hall and the Round-up pool hall and in each case cigarettes and candy were taken.
1938: The county commissioners have asked the state highway board for $10,000 for construction on Highway 111 from La Veta south to Cuchara Camps.
1943: The Goemmer brothers moved their house from Oak Street to their ranch on the Cucharas where it will be rebuilt for tenants.
1950: The school band, with 22 twirlers from the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades, will have a parade from the school to downtown to open Music Week in La Veta.
1956: Sometimes the guy who tries to act as cool as a cucumber ends up in a pickle.
1963: A general improvement district is being proposed for La Veta to provide and maintain a sewage treatment system at a cost of $140,000.
1969: Died, Eva Brennan who was born in La Veta June 6, 1887 to Henry and Alice Daigre. She had been a school teacher and owned a beauty shop after that.
1975: Miss Helen Schmidt was named first runner up in the Miss Huerfano County 1975 contest and Geneva Smith was second runner up.
1982: La Veta chapter of AARP was organized Monday at the 1899 Inn with 60 charter members. Elected officers were Chuck Fouch, president; Mildred Geiser, vice president; Lorraine Courtright, secretary and Pauline Ball, treasurer.
1990: Dianne Hasenack Wagenfehr and her month old baby Kasie Lynn, born March 18, were honored at a baby shower by 23 guests.