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This week in history for August 1, 2013


1882: A large gathering met in Mazzone’s Hall one night this week to celebrate the 15th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Walsen. We understand about 200 people were invited.
1896: The county commissioners created Precinct #18 by dividing #6, and the new precinct will include the west part of town from Leon Street north to Precinct #17, to include the Walsen and Solar mines.
1904: Charles Demolli is putting up the capital to start an Italian newspaper here if he can find the proper building.
1910: Nina, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter N. Arnold, married Enoch Brunelli, eldest son of Charles Brunelli of Walsenburg, in the Arnold home on the Santa Clara.
1917: The new Star Theater was opened to the public Tuesday evening with about 800 people, 700 seated and 100 standing, which is its capacity.
1923: Paul Wayt and N.F. Kastner are the new owners of the Rialto Theater.
1929: Ernest Shepherd of Huerfano Drug has been manufacturing nearly 100 bottles of his lotion, “That Stuff”, per day.
1934: Kirkpatrick’s Circle K Bottling Works is hauling 600 gallons of water per day from the Ojo Springs to make its soda.
1940: Ed Mockmore was elected commander of the Walsenburg Post of the American Legion this week.
1947: Work on the erection of the city’s new one and a half million gallon pressure tank on top of Capitol Hill is expected to get underway within the next few days.
1953: Mr. and Mrs. Attilo Menegatti became parents of a baby boy July 29 and the Sam Barbaris had a daughter on July 30.
1959: Bride-elect Margaret Van Schoyck was the inspiration for a bridal shower July 24 in Community House.
1965: Judith Van Schoyck was married to Philip Lee Brewer recently in the United Church by the Rev. Ward Barter.
1971: David Garcia and Brian Chelon are members of the Santa Fe Babe Ruth All Star State Championship ball team and are going to Minnesota to play in the national regional tournament against a team from Iowa.
1979: Sangre de Cristo Care Center, 135 W. 7th Street, will now be called Walsenburg Care Center according to owners and operators Robert and Sandy Turner.
1985: Competing with seven other small school bands at Cheyenne Frontier Days parade last Saturday, the Walsenburg High School marching band captured the first place award for the second consecutive year. The 45-member band is directed by Ione Glumac.
1991: Work is scheduled to start next Monday to raze the old School District Re-1 school bus garage on lower Main to make way for the new Hardee’s restaurant to be built at the corner of Main and Seventh streets in Walsenburg.

La Veta

1881: This editor was given a tour of some of the mines on the West Spanish Peak, including the Whale #1 and #2, the latter of which is already well developed,the Iowa lode nearby, Setting Sun, Red Bird south of the Whale and belonging to Bruce and Depp, the Galena, Hartford and Nichel O. Time constraints prohibited visiting the Mt. Monarch and Highlander on the other side of the mountain.
1890: Town Board met to approve a contractor’s bid for building sidewalks and of the three received, accepted that of J.M. Elrod who proposed to charge twenty eight and a half cents per lineal foot.
1897: The La Veta Individual of 22 years ago said “The declining sun of last Tuesday dusted La Veta peak with gold and brought the titanic carvings of Wajatoya (Kiowa for Saddle Mountain) into wondrous relief”.
1905: M.M. Mulvihill was struck by lightning last Monday while working near Francisco Switch but prompt medical attention saved his life.
1912: Mrs. Ann Francisco has purchased the lot east of the old plaza where an old blacksmith shop stood on Main Street, and will have it torn down to make way for a front drive into the plaza.
1918: Mr. and Mrs. Roy McMain, brother of Mrs. Fred Vasquez, have moved to La Veta and Roy will assist Fred in the blacksmith shop on Francisco Street.
1925: Barnard Hamilton brought ye editor some beautiful strawberries grown at the Hamilton place on the hill east of town.
1931: Robert W. and Evelyn Atchison, married July 26, 1881 in Ellsworth, Kans., celebrated their golden anniversary.
1937: Fred Wagner is remodeling Mrs. Lilly Riggins’s home on East Field Street.
1943: Miss Clodean Drum has accepted a position as clerk at Coleman Drug Store.
1949: NOTICE: Positively no swimming in my lake near the town cemetery. Earl Kreutzer.
1955: This is the first year La Veta has played softball and although they are at the bottom of the Walsenburg league, they feel the experience gained exceeds the win and loss columns.
1961: Mr. and Mrs. Grant Harryman announce the engagement of their daughter Evelyn to Robert Heikes, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Heikes, both 1960 graduates of La Veta High School and students at Adams State College.
1967: A big family reunion is scheduled to coincide with the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Arnold Aug. 13 in La Veta.
1973: David and Alice Newsom of San Luis have been named managers of the Spanish Peaks Motor Inn, restaurant and lounge in La Veta by new owners Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Speer of Wichita, Kansas.
1979: Cliff Young, 44, of Fort Lupton, was named new superintendent of La Veta schools at an annual salary of $22,500.
1986: The Northern Lights in the La Veta Lodge is serving dinner from 5-10 every night and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Tuesdays.
1993: Re-2 School Board has received the resignations of teachers Ken Arnold, Brad Brillhart, Mike Engle and Marie Nigrini so is facing the new term a few teachers shy of a full staff.