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This week in History for August 12, 2010

La Veta

1902: Chicken stealing has again started in La Veta and the parties came near getting a dose of red hot lead on Monday evening.

1908: Of the seven La Veta High School graduates of last spring, four young ladies are teaching at salaries of from $50 to $75 a month, and of the two young men, both are enrolled in state colleges.

1915: A Denver and Rio Grande push car loaded with tools and dynamite got loose at the top of La Veta Pass and rolled 14 miles into the La Veta yards unobstructed.

1922: W.B. Black lost three of his dairy cows to lightning this week.

1927: Attention has been drawn to the lack of any sign at the junction of the new road and the old adjoining the Smith ranch northeast of town, directing the stranger which route to take to get to La Veta.

1933: Still it rains and everything is lovely for a record harvest – if it doesn’t hail.

1938: The County 4-H Fair August 23-24 will have 18 livestock exhibits and about 100 different other entries.

1943: The sixth annual 4-H Fair Aug. 13-14 will offer $100 in prizes.  Activities include the opening parade at 10 am Friday, softball games and a free movie that night and a dance in Cuchara Camps Saturday.

1949: The new 24 by 50 foot non-denominational log chapel at Cuchara Camps will be valued at $10,000 upon completion.  Harry Overend, architect of Wichita, Kans., designed it and R.M. Baker, contractor of Walsenburg, built it.

1954: Chuck Naroski and his band will play for the 4-H Club Dance Saturday, Aug. 21, in the La Veta High School gym.

1959: J.B. Geiser and Eddie Angelovich, both of La Veta. were the winners of the tractor driving competition at last weekend’s 4-H County Fair in La Veta.

1964: “Indian Summer” will be the theme of the annual Spanish Peaks Garden Club show held in conjunction with the 4-H and County Fair next week.  It will be presented in the basement of the Methodist Church.

1970: Juanita Vail won the grand championship for her gelding and Mark Vail was reserve champion at the 4-H Fair.

1976: Tomorrow’s 4-H Fair rodeo will feature two new events, pole bending and barrel racing for the girls.

Walsenburg

1898: The Mosca Herald asserts that every local newspaper has a right to assume that any citizen who does not take the local paper cannot read anyway.

1905: The John F. Stowe’s monster pavilion Uncle Tom’s Cabin Company, the largest show of its kind any where traveling on its own train, will be in Walsenburg to perform August 21 under waterproof tents.

1912: W.E. Doyle offers for sale a fine span of sorrel horses, a set of harness and a two seated runabout for no less than $225.

1919: John R. Foley and William McPhail have purchased the former F.E. Cowing grocery store on Main Street and they will call it Star Grocery when completed.

1926: J.W. Yost, Huerfano County High School principal, says the dress code will continue this year with the same restrictions.

1931: George Giro, 16, an employee of Lenzini Petroleum Company, was badly burned Monday when his oil soaked overalls caught fire while he was burning weeds.

1937: Removal of the Denver and Rio Grande Western tracks south of Walsenburg will cut off tax revenues to lower Cucharas School District and it may be consolidated with the upper Cucharas district.

1942: Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will assist big game hunters in finding lodging, guides and facilities during the upcoming hunting season.

1948: Walsenburg dry goods stores, including Krier’s, J.C. Penney, Maldonado and Maes Men’s Store, Mode O’ Day, M. Kalmes, Unfug Apparel, Colorado Supply Company Store, Fashion Mart and Hobeika Apparel, agreed to begin closing at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, as of August 21.

1953: Jose Escobedo won the first place award in the Spanish Peaks Fiesta fiddlers’ contest, followed by Tom Trujillo, second.

1960: A recreation development has been proposed for 1,200 acres around Martin and Horseshoe Lakes.  At $300,000, it would include home sites, a golf course, small airport and several more lakes.

1967: Gardner School is to have a 40 by 80 foot addition in the form of a steel building with a kitchen, rest rooms, storage, a gymnasium and auditorium, for $10,862.

1975: Colorado Chautauqua 1975 will start with a three day run in Walsenburg Friday.

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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