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This week in history for April 4, 2013

Walsenburg

1881: Colorado Coal and Iron Company shipped 5,977 tons of coal out from its Walsen mines during February.
1889: Peter Krier, the shoemaker, is building a new business house, 16 by 45 feet, on West Sixth Street.
1896: Paul Sowers, a ranchman of the Santa Clara, was found dead after being crushed by his wagon, possibly by a runaway.
1903: A.J. Steele quit his job as stable boss at Walsen Mines and moved Antonio Bertolero’s old saloon to McNally camp where he will run a dance hall.
1910: A number of people went out to see the Penitentes last Friday and were disappointed not to see them.
1917: A flood light is now focused on the large flag on top of the Krier store at Sixth and Main streets.
1925: Bids for the new Union Depot will be let April 13. The new brick, concrete and steel building is expected to cost in the region of $30,000.
1931: Kids jammed the Fox Valencia Theater for the special Easter theater party for which admission was three colored eggs.
1936: Nick Agnes, supervisor of the W.P.A. hot lunch program, says more than 900 school children are being served daily in La Veta, Walsen, Pictou, Fairview and three schools in Walsenburg.
1942: Closing Out – A.S. McIntire, Since 1906. Everything Goes But The Walls – AND – The Sidewalk.
1948: Coler Ditch Reservoir Co. has offered to sell its lakes, Martin and Horseshoe, to the City of Walsenburg.
1955: A two year old dream will begin to be fulfilled today when the Boy Scouts and other organizations will plant 2,000 willows and tamarisk cuttings for a park at the Huerfano Butte.
1963: Strict water restrictions in Walsenburg will begin Monday because of the low snow pack in the mountains.
1969: Carl Sporleder says he was born in the adobe house at the corner of Fifth and Russell where Dr. W.S. Chapman later built his office. The house was where his grandfather brought his bride from St. Louis.
1975: A new station will be placed at the entrance of Lathrop State Park to allow for more uniform enforcement of collection of visitors’ fees, according the Manager Mike Head.
1981: Vying for the title of Miss Huerfano are Brenda Baca, Patsy Caughlin, Laura Lee Garcia, Stella Garcia, Rosa Navarro, Shannon L. Webb and Toni Lee Wells.
1987: Gil Romero won $100 and Mary Vallejos, $50, Saturday in the Walsenburg Merchants’ Appreciation Day drawing.
1995: Armida’s, 526 Main, is having its second anniversary sale.

La Veta

1877: On the depot platform, awaiting transportation, is a mammoth safe weighing 7,000 pounds, intended for the bank of Messrs. Thatcher Bros., and destined for Lake City.
1883: The Misses Davis and Slayman are entitled to the thanks of the community for the school entertainment, which netted $11.50 for the purchase of maps and charts.
1893: John Bruce and Quincy Zimmerman, returning from hunting, had a gun go off between them, putting a hole in Bruce’s hat and setting Zimmerman’s clothes on fire.
1900: F.G. Bombard and J.O. Francisco are at last making improvements to the Sulphur Springs for summer tourists and the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad has promised to advertise the mineral springs.
1907: For Sale: A 160 acre farm but a 10 minute walk from town, dwelling, outbuildings, good water right, $3,000.
1914: The La Veta Rod and Reel Club was organized to stock mountain streams and lakes on government land.
1921: There will be a special election April 8 to decide if Oakview School District No. 32 should be consolidated with District No. 9, La Veta.
1927: Will Kincaid will move into town and take possession of the family residence and half the store and business, while Levy Kincaid will move to the ranch and become a fulltime stockman.
1933: Some of those who saw the big meteor pass thought the end of the world was about to occur.
1940: Levy Kincaid sold the rest of his sheep, 1,783 head, to a commission company. The animals averaged 75.5 pounds each.
1945: Miss Selma Sanchez of Pueblo has returned and reopened her beauty shop in La Veta.
1952: In Tuesday’s election, the people of La Veta voted yes, 124-20, to have the pipeline between the intake and the reservoir covered.
1959: Bertha Boyd, operator of the garage and filling station since 1928, says when she used to carry the mail up to Oakview she’d return with a load of coal.
1967: The engagement has been announced of Rosalyn Joyce Goemmer, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John O. Goemmer, and James O. Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Smith.
1974: The only high school students earning straight As were all juniors, Helen Schmidt, Geneva Smith and Lindy Vezzani..
1980: Harry Willis donated the last piece of property necessary to complete the new high school football field and track.
1986: After the closure of Cuchara Valley Resort Feb. 27, also closing permanently were Valley Art Gallery, Su’s Books and Gifts, the Timbers Gallery and the Mountain Rose.
1994: Cally Mote’s Cut and Curl Corral, complete with a tanning salon, will open at 139 W. Ryus in the old post office building.

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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