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This week in History for August 25, 2011

La Veta
1900: That house of John Stranger’s is slowly but surely making tracks for its new location just west of his store on Ryus Avenue. It looked like it was VERY close to being washed away by the water on the west side of the creek.
1906: The range was capped with snow on Thursday morning and everything indicates an early frost.
1912: Green Bruce has a contract to quarry stone for foundations at the Alliance coal camp where the company is putting in new engines and boilers and the Pinion Supply Company has put up a nice store building.
1919: The District #9, La Veta, school board approved a raise in salary for teachers of $10 per month.
1925: The newspaper man in a small town is in a devil of a fix. Either he gets an item possibly of interest to two people, or he gets hold of something worth while but receives a polite note asking that it be kept out of the paper.
1931: Dr. Gordon has opened a dental office in the Ritter residence at the corner of Main and Field streets.
1937: The last dance of the season will be Saturday, Aug. 28 in the pavilion at Cuchara Camps, with music by Art Foote and His Air Castle Dukes.
1945: The life of a politician is divided into three stages, 1. He is nominated, 2. He is elected, 3. He is investigated.
1951: The Huerfano County Sportsmen’s Club drained and cleaned Bear Lake before restocking it with 10,128 native trout fry.
1956: Jitterbugging is one art that has developed by leaps and bounds.
1962: Important new features in the La Veta schools this year will be the new multiple purpose science room and the three Western States Small Schools projects under the supervision of Mrs. Ann Brgoch, Mrs. Bernice Hayes and James Ford.
1969: New superintendent Eugene J. Coburn says there are six new teachers this year, Roger Brunelli, Colleen Cooper, Jess Potter, Sharon Raye, Jay Wilkinson and Mrs. Alice F. Hey.
1976: La Veta and Cuchara will get Direct Distance Dialing (DDD) Monday, Sept. 6 according to Ed Swanson of Mountain Bell Telephone.
1984: Returning seniors on the football team are Kevin Cruz, Jerry Geiser, Dave Campbell, Mike Sanchez, Rich Sudderth and Bubby Mor­gan.

1901: The George Kearns house on East 5th was sold to Frank Anderson. This house has one of the nicest cisterns in the town.
1907: The Coors beer team ran away Tuesday evening, hit another horse and buggy so the horse ran neck and neck with them until they were stopped near the south entrance of the court house.
1916: The public library in the court house is open every Tuesday and Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Cost is 25¢ for three months, 50¢ for six months or $1.00 per year.
1921: A junior high school will be opened this term in the new high school building.
1928: About 250 students are enrolled for the fall term at Huerfano County High School, and more are expected next week.
1933: Bill’s Place of this city won the right to play for the state softball title against the champions of northern Colorado by winning the southern Colorado tourney in Pueblo.
1938: The 186 enrollees of the Gardner CCC camp are working on two major projects, the construction of the Ophir Creek road on Greenhorn Mountain and the erection of the forest ranger station and dwelling west of Gardner.
1943: Japanese from the Amache Relocation Camp near Granada are removing the buildings of the CCC camp near Gardner and will take the materials to Amache for their own construction projects.
1949: The Apollo Club, a musical organization of talented young people organized and directed by James Boyle and sponsored by the Lions Club, will present a musical variety show on Sept. 7.
1954: Walsenburg’s Geraldine “Jerry” Adams was one of five to receive a blue ribbon in the 4-H meal preparation competition at the Colorado State Fair.
1960: About 175 people attended the Cub Scout picnic Wednesday at the swimming pool park.
1967: About 40 sports enthusiasts met Friday to re-organize the Huerfano County Sportsman Club and elected John Richman, president, John Figal, vice president and Mrs. Steve Glorioso secretary-treasurer.
1975: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, have been set for the second annual Fiesta de la Plaza Leones to promote awareness of the Spanish-American heritage of the community.

Norman E. Wolak

Norman E. Wolak 11/11/1931 ~ 2/11/2024 Norman E. Wolak, 92, of Walsenburg, Colorado, passed away on February 11, 2024. He was born on November 11,

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