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This week in history for August 16th 2012


1881: The walls of the new store building of Messrs. Walsen and Levy are nearly finished.
1898: Ibar Johnson traded his coal mine near Rouse to Mr. Mason of the Huerfano for some fine horses.
1905: The lion is considered the king of beasts by all except the lioness.
1911: While trying out a new motor cycle Mr. Joe Ball, electrician at Walsen, sustained a severe fracture of the hip bone by being thrown from his machine near the town lake.
1918: The dining room at the Klein Hotel has been reopened under the management of Mr. George Klein and the St. James Hotel has had its dining room extended into the former billiard and pool room and since remodeled.
1923: James Janis and George Nicholas became owners of the café in the Oxford Hotel by buying out their partner Pete Hontus.
1930: William Oldham says he raised 15 tons of corn on 10 acres and 2,000 pounds of beans off of 20 acres at his property on the mesa on the north Santa Clara four miles above Pryor camp.
1937: Fifteen county employees are charter members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees with the application for the charter made Aug. 12.
1944: Work on the San Isabel Electric Association’s Rural Electrification line in the Huerfano Valley is well underway and is completed from the Dick ranch on Highway 85 to a point one half mile west of Badito.
1951: This morning Mayor Joe Mosco and Robert Meyer covered the entire city with 750 gallons of DDT in “Operation Sprayer”, with Mosco driving a jeep and Meyer operating the sprayer.
1957: St. Mary Quarterback Club will have an open house Tuesday evening in K of C Hall for the public to meet the new high school coach, Reggie Figal, who replaces Don Stimack who resigned.
1963: A flash flood in Sull Creek north of Walsenburg washed out a pipeline and left residents of the area without water.
1969: The heaviest animal sold at the 4-H Livestock sale was Brenda Corsentino’s 170-lb. steer which was purchased by Safeway Store for $39 a hundredweight.
1978: Lori Corsentino was a double winner at the annual 4-H Fair with the grand champion beef and lamb.
1984: Some 150 people came to Huerfano County to attend the summer convention of the Colorado State Assessors, hosted by Huerfano County Assessor Virginia Aragon.
1990: Federal funding of $5.5 million has been awarded to the Huerfano County Hospital District to assist in building the proposed $14 million medical center and veterans home. Construction is scheduled to begin next spring on 12 acres west of town donated by the City of Walsenburg.
La Veta

1883: Mr. Daigre told Town Board that the least amount he would accept for his land on which Locust Street [Main] would be extended to the north was $335.
1895: We occasionally have the visit of a meadow lark in front of our [newspaper] office. We are charmed by the music, and like the ‘new woman,’ this bird wears rather tight bloomers and a No. 11 shoe.
1904: A scarcity of coal miners is delaying the production at the Occidental mine and Supt. A.A. Foote offers the highest wages at the strictly non-union mine.
1910: C.E. Smith has his sawmill about set up on Indian Creek and when the 30 horse power boiler arrives he will be prepared to saw 10 or 15 thousand feet a day.
1917: Parents will be held responsible if their children are found using coaster wagons or roller skates on town sidewalks.
1925: La Veta played Oakview in a heavy rainstorm Sunday but carried off the big end of a 14-3 score.
1933: The M&M [Drug] Store is making a big improvement to its front which has been somewhat old fashioned. The display window was lowered and the entrance sloped to take the place of steps.
1940: All aliens in La Veta and environs over the age of 14 years must go to Walsenburg and register at the post office.
1946: All hard ball players are asked to attend the practice Sunday afternoon at 4 to prepare for the game with Gardner.
1953: The missing mushroom hunters from Walsenburg, Mrs. Joe Mosco and her son, were found by teenagers Dick Jameson, Richard Coffey and Gary Edminster of Cuchara Camps.
1961: Sharon Spielmann won the Beef Breeding championship at the 4-H Fair and Joyce Goemmer took the honors in Fat Beef for their animals.
1967: Safeway Store paid $85 or $75 per cwt to Wayne Smith for his grand champion lamb at the 4-H.