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This week in history for August 14, 2014

Walsenburg 1882: General Walsen last week sold more than 100,000 pounds of wool, said to be the largest sale at one time ever made in the state of Colorado. 1893: Peter Krier, here five years, remembers that when he started his shoe repair shop was just about the same time as the Robinson mine was beginning to produce coal. 1898: If a newspaper man knew how many knocks he receives behind his back he would adopt another calling. 1904: A daring robbery took place at Ludlow when three masked men held up the bartender and three loungers in the saloon owned by Diego Tirtro and secured $400 in cash and other booty. 1910: The county clerk issued 846 Hunting Licenses during 1909, his fees amounting to $211.50 on the same. 1916: The basement of the new YMCA building at Walsen will be 40 by 88 feet with a bowling alley, shower bathing room, and a room for first aid instruction. 1922: In Sunday’s baseball games, the Lascar nine defeated Turner 15-11, the Merchants bested the Boosters 14-6 and the Rocky Mountain team beat Trinidad, 4-2. 1928: For Sale: Used 1927 Ford Roadster, $225, at Medvik Motor Company, South Main. 1934: One hundred and fifty couples from six states attended the Elks dance at Cuchara Camps with music by Ken Wolfe and His Music Masters. 1940: Greyhound races will be held nightly in the Huerfano County High School stadium during the Elks State Convention this month. 1946:

Tomorrow only at the Fox Theater, a double feature starring Roddy McDowell and Preston Foster in “My Friend Flicka” and “Thunderhead”. 1952: Louis P. Vezzani of Pryor has been promoted to sergeant with the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea. 1958: Sixteen births and seven deaths were reported in Huerfano County during June, according to the registrar of vital statistics, James B. Dick. 1964: Died, Teodorita P. Vigil, 88, who was born in Farisita in 1876. Her husband Pablo died in 1941. She leaves sons Raymondo and Noverto and daughter Mrs. Elviro Ribali, all of Walsenburg. Burial was in Garcia Cemetery. 1970: Cindy Roberts won the championship in Western Reining at the 4-H Fair and Paul Kenner was reserve. In Western Pleasure Riding, Jill Davis was champion and Cindy Roberts reserve. 1976: Harold Medill of Rye, Augustine Garcia, Gardner, and Mike Riggio, Aguilar, unseated Alton Tirey, Louis Edmundson and Tony Espinoza in the election of the San Isabel Electric Service Inc. board. 1982: City of Walsenburg building permits through July of this year hit $823,047 for 90 permits. 1988: St. Mary Parish has asked the Re-1 School District board to either pay $600 a month rent on the lot where the district buses are now parked behind the school garage, or purchase the vacant lot plus the St. Mary football field for $110,000.

La Veta 1881: General Pope of the U.S. Army passed through La Veta Sunday evening en route to Fort Garland. 1887: Martins Addition, including the home of F.L. Martin, will be within the town limits of La Veta with the new incorporation of the town next month. 1894: Virgil Barnard harvested more than 100 tons of alfalfa and says it’s the best crop he’s had since coming to this country. 1900: J.B. Andrews of Cherryville, Kans., who lived on Veta Pass some 30 years ago, returned to find some mineral he discovered then, but found the country so changed he failed to find any trace of it. 1906: Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Lee entertained about 40 people at the fourth annual campfire for children of the residents and campers of the upper Wahatoya 1912: John Denton is waiting for the arrival of his deed to his mining claim on the east side of Placer Creek, three miles north of Russell, so he can begin work before winter sets in. 1918: John Baione is on his way to France, Tony Baione is in Washington with the Coast Artillery and Joe Baione is in training at Fort Logan. 1924: An explosion in the Alamo mine killed Alex McBernie, fire boss, injured several other miners and killed the mules. 1930: E. Baione, manager of the Sulphur Springs, says the small cabins that rent for 75 cents a night or $4.50 per week are furnished with beds, mattresses, a table and a stove. He offers special rates by the month. 1936: Ross Cavalieri and His Society Band will play for the dance Saturday night in the pavilion at Cuchara Camps. 1942: The 4-H and County Fair will be Aug. 17, 18 and 19 in the new county fair building after opening Monday the 17th with a parade at 10:30 a.m. 1948: Dean Pitman of Kansas, 23, was killed by his pistol which fell from his belt as he got out of a Jeep near Mosca Pass. 1955: Although only three holes are complete, the new La Veta golf course near the town lakes is open for practice rounds. 1962: Maurice Heikes received the top price of $50 per 100 wt for his 770-pound beef during the 4-H Fair livestock sale. 1968: James “Jimmee” Howard, former La Veta boy who has been living in Hawaii since World War II, is an exporter of products made in the Philippines. 1974: Lester Denton of the Colorado Game, Fish and Parks Department, has been transferred from Delta to La Veta and is living with his father-in-law Lloyd Booth. 1980: Huerfano County Historical Society will sponsor an all-day celebration at Francisco Fort Saturday beginning with a parade with bands, wagons and horses and including an all-day Kangaroo Court with Marshal Jack Rickards and Hangin’ Judge Dick Colvin. There will be old time contests, lunch in the saloon, continuous entertainment and an old time fashion show and melodrama in the evening. 1986: Mountain Bell has announced this area will have the new area code of “719” beginning in 1988.