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This week in history for April 5th, 2012


1901: Although the turnout for the town election was very light, with only 81 votes counted, 20 of the ladies cast their first votes.
1909: The old Solar mine west of the Walsen and Robinson mines is to be reopened and will be worked from a shaft rather than a slope. The new shaft will be just east of the old opening.
1913: A party of our citizens drove to the top of the range to see the Buffaloes on the Trinchera Estate and saw 83, which was a very pretty sight.
1918: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sears of Talpa lost their son Edward, 19, who fell and was killed during a horse race. The couple lost four children to diphtheria a few years ago and just one son and two daughters survive.
1923: Some of the girls who got their hair bobbed last winter are now spending their money buying tonic to make it grow faster.
1930: The county commissioners agreed to spend $15,000 to grade and surface the roads to the camps north of Walsenburg with crushed red rock, all the way to Alamo.
1936: A big Easter night dance is being planned at the Blue Glade Ballroom, formerly Maccabee Hall, by the Slovanian Federation made up of the Croatian Fraternal Union No. 292 and the Slovanian National Benefit Society No. 299. The Bernie Jerman orchestra of Pueblo will provide the music.
1944: City Council approved an ordinance to appropriate $23,092.65 for expenditures for the fiscal year beginning in April, based on a 90% collection of city taxes.
1950: Chester Sperandio and Fred Eccher are the owners of Walsenburg’s newest motel, the E&S at 120 W. 10th Street.
1956: Davy Crockett Moccasins, $1.98 during Value Days at Fashion Shoe Mart, 705 Main Street.
1962: Fred Menghini got a $1,500 building permit to install a new store front at Star Drug, 507 Main, and the Starlite Inn obtained the same for $1,200 for 110 W. 6th Street.
1967: The Walsenburg High School 480-yard low hurdle relay team set a new record Saturday at the Alamosa track meet. Members are Angelo Montez, P.C. Murr, Luis Mall and Don High.
1973: Winning in the sub-teen novelty category at the 4-H Talent Show were Gretchen Sporleder, Lylia Vezzani and Toni Wells with a musical pantomime.
1979: Offices for the city clerk and building inspector, plus a reception room, vault and restrooms in the new city hall complex are scheduled to be completed next week.
1985: Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) gladdened the hearts of county officials by paying its 1984 property taxes of $1,758,187.09, and early, too.
1991: New doctors at the medical center in Walsenburg are Dr. Christopher Unrein and Dr. David J. Parker, both doctors of osteopathy.

La Veta

1890: Solomon Boyd of the La Veta Hotel was paid $1.20 by town board for preparing prisoners’ meals during March.
1897: That spring wheat F.L. Martin is growing on the hillside north of town is growing nicely and presents quite a green and attractive appearance from the town.
1904: An all day snowfall Thursday left ten inches and the land should now be in prime condition for the planting of crops.
1911: Mrs. Blanche Becker resigned her position at the Cisney and Sparks mercantile and will open her own millinery and ladies furnishings shop.
1916: Owing to the delightful weather the past two months, Cuchara Camps and Sulphur Springs have been popular Sunday drives – more than is usual at this time of the year.
1922: A baseball league is being formed by La Veta, Walsenburg, Turner, Aguilar, Ravenwood and Rye.
1928: Another foot of snow Wednesday raised farming prospects several percent but further windstorms have since equalized the benefits derived.
1933: Eugene Fischback is installing hot and cold water in the cottages at his campground on Oak Street.
1939: Twenty five years ago, in 1914, Alex McDonald bought the school house on Field Street for $550.
1945: La Veta residents are in the throes of a scarlet fever scare after Gene Milberger, second grader, was quarantined.
1951: The La Veta Chapter of DeMolay will sponsor “The Gay ‘90s”, a troupe of 22 male actors and musicians, in the school auditorium Saturday evening, April 7. Admission 25¢ and 50¢.
1958: Minnie Matteo was elected president of the B-Loyals at the Baptist Church, Hazel Anderson, vice president, Annette Kirkpatrick, secretary and Rose Logan, treasurer.
1966: Glenna Fay Walls and Fred B. Rohr Jr. were married March 20 in the Baptist Church.
1974: Helen Schmidt was chosen state recreation chairman and song leader at the Future Homemakers of America convention in Fort Collins.
1983: The Division of Wildlife recently released a herd of 20 bighorn sheep in the Mount Mestas area.
1989: After 40 years of beautifying La Veta, the Spanish Peaks Garden Club is forced to disband because of decreasing membership and lack of funds to maintain Francisco Fort Museum grounds, the town park and planters along Main Street.