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This week in History for December 1, 2011

La Veta

1902: Turkey seems to be a luxury this season and not enough birds were secured for the usual shooting match.
1908: With the formation of the proposed new county, La Veta would be county seat which would be beneficial to the town and a good road from thence to the upper Huerfano would shorten the distance to market and shipping points from that area, there is but little doubt, but there are other hard facts to be encountered with which the people should be made conversant.
1914: With the purchase of Mrs. Conine’s property on Ryus Avenue by John Kincaid, he and his immediate family own the entire south side of Block 1 from the alley east, except for the Galassini home property.
1922: Another meeting to organize a Girl Scout troop will be held this evening in Galassini Hall.
1930: The Thanksgiving snowstorm left about 30 inches in the La Veta area and about four feet on the upper Wahatoya and in Cuchara Camps.
1937: An unusual load occupied a truck that went through here Monday, being three live elk on their way to Stonewall after having gotten a free ride all the way from Wyoming.
1945: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Arnold are moving to Trinidad and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Arnold will remain on the farm adjoining La Veta on the east side.
1950: The Redskins won their seventh game of the football season, defeating Antonito 46-14 with George Konogeris scoring three touchdowns and two extra points.
1957: Twenty years ago Roy Spangler bought a number of lots in east La Veta and built the six-room adobe house now occupied by the Gilbert Arnold family.
1963: Total receipts from the 15th annual bull sale of the Huerfano County Hereford Breeders Association were $20,345 with the top price being $720, compared to $800 last year.
1971: Mrs. Juanita Granieri announces the engagement of her granddaughter Frances Heikes to Gayle Cunningham. They will wed on Dec. 10.
1980: Marilyn Schwarz has returned and moved into the big stone home on Main Street formerly occupied by the late Kate Gross.
1987: Substantial snowfall and low temperatures left a 16-inch base at Cuchara Valley Resort and the ski area plans a Dec. 12 opening which will include two lifts, Baker Creek Restaurant and the Warming Hut.
1992: The school board agreed to dismiss classes on Dec. 10 so students may take advantage of the free day of skiing at Cuchara Valley Ski Resort.


1900: A Slavish wedding at Rouse on Saturday succeeded in placing two young men in jail, one for carrying a gun and the other for creating a disturbance.
1907: The basement for Fred E. Klein’s new store building on Main Street is completed and the walls are going up rapidly.
1913: Albert Piscarsky was found to be carrying dynamite caps from Pueblo to Walsenburg by the state militia.
1920: A large deposit of soap, in the form of volcano ash, was found near Gardner and shipped out by a Denver company.
1926: Orthanite S. Schooler, 26, was killed by an avalanche of rock in the Barbour coal mine.
1931: John Biava soon will open the Quality Meat Market in the building formerly occupied by McCoy and Johnson at 514 Main Street.
1938: Just 10 families remain at the old community of Mustang, including Alma C. and Clarence Eklund, who have presided over the post office since the area was settled in 1907 as Larimer. Eklund also published a newspaper there for six years.
1944: Huerfano county turkey growers will ship the 1944 crop between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3 and the central dressing station at the fairgrounds will be open Dec. 26 and 27.
1952: Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Walsenburg estimate 75 families in the county would not have Christmas except for the receipt of the organization’s baskets for the needy.
1960: A recount of last month’s ballots show Conrad Martinez edged out Sabino Archuleta 2062-2035 for county commissioner instead of the latter winning by two votes. Archuleta has been commissioner for 27 years.
1966: Huerfano Memorial Hospital was forced to raise daily rates by $2.75 to $21 for semi-private rooms and to $27.75 for private ones.
1973: City Council reinstated the 10 p.m. curfew for all youngsters age 16 and under, and the police department has been instructed to be vigilant for transgressors.
1978: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Micek announced the engagement of their daughter Mary Jo to David Tesitor.
1985: Huerfano County’s preliminary budget for 1986 has been set at $1,300,025 which requires a levy of 19.95 mills, an increase of 1.9 mills over 1985.
1993: Last week the first grade classes at Washington School dressed as Indians in Mrs. Hanisch’s class and as Pilgrims in Mrs. Remmert’s, then joined together for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

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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