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This week in history for December 20, 2012


1901: There will be a shooting match for turkeys at McNally’s Saloon near Walsen mines Sunday.
1907: Frank Mauro’s saloon near Tioga is nearly complete.
1912: Joe Crump’s saddle was stolen from his horse while it was hitched in front of Baxter and Kearns Hardware. $5.00 reward.
1918: About 200 bottles of whiskey were confiscated by the sheriff during a raid at Walsen camp.
1925: The John Dand school house – a modern one room school – is about completed and Miss Katherine Read was hired to teach after the resignation of Miss Elizabeth Yelonek.
1930: Archie Moorehouse with his new orchestra entertained at the football dinner given for Huerfano County High School players in the Methodist Church Sunday evening.
1936: Santa Claus will arrive in Walsenburg Saturday afternoon on the 3:07 Colorado and Southern passenger train.
1941: Announcement was made Dec. 12 of the marriage of Joe Edward Faris and Mary Alice Frasher in Albuquerque on Nov. 28.
1946: The Huerfano County Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the Colorado Federation, was organized Dec. 10 with Richard Ingles, H.C.H.S., president; Henry Nardine, Washington School, vice president and Joyce Talal, H.C.H.S., secretary. A major objective of the group is to guarantee a $2,400 salary per classroom unit.
1952: Twenty-eight Walsenburg people joined the caravan to Camp Carson in Colorado Springs to donate blood to the Red Cross for use in Korea.
1957: The Gambles store building, owned by Catherine Chatin, received a new aluminum front and large neon sign last week at a cost of about $2,500, the first remodeling of the front since Marcus Katz occupied the building in the 1930s.
1964: The 70-piece Walsenburg High School band and 50-voice mixed choir will give the annual Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. next Tuesday in Washington School.
1970: Ed Wilkins Jr., chief deputy county treasurer the past nine years, has been named president and general manager of Spanish Peaks Insurance, Inc., at its newly established offices in the J.C. Penney building.
1977: Dear Santa Claus. I have been a good boy. Please bring me a pink panther a toss across game. Mr Mouth Big Loader and The Fuzzy Pumper Barber. Paul.
1983: St. Mary School preschoolers charmed their audience with their presentation of “The Smallest Angel” under the direction of Sister Jan Reisdorf.
1989: Paperback Trading Post had its grand opening last week in its new location at 111 W. 4th Street, having moved from 607½ Main Street.
1995: The Lady Panthers defeated Cheyenne Mountain , a 4A team, 53-51 with Michele Eccher the high scorer with 26 points, but her sister Tammy scored the final basket that won the game. They are now ranked first in the state.

La Veta

1897: The Pringle Comedy Company played in town two nights this week to crowded houses, keeping their audiences in roars of laughter. This is a good company and we hope, through the auspices of Billy Woodruff, to have more of the same every few months.
1903: The foot bridge on Front [First] Street in the McComb Addition has received some much needed repair and a new railing has been placed along the side.
1909: Ice on Mill Lake measured seven inches thick this week and cutting will begin when it reaches 12 inches.
1915: The Methodist ladies made more than $67 at their bazaar and supper given last Wednesday.
1921: A skating party was staged at mill lake Sunday but the next day a big thaw set in and we enjoyed summer time again until this morning, when a cold blast hit the town.
1927: Several truck loads of Christmas trees were cut on the Walls ranch and shipped to Kansas and Walsenburg, and also were sold locally.
1933: Pete Gross and Ralph Garren will vacate the Smoke House and move their pool hall to the Baione building.
1939: Workmen this week began dismantling the railroad roundhouse, an old landmark. The roundhouse, used for conditioning pusher engines for trips over La Veta Pass, has been a familiar sight in La Veta for some 50 years.
1945: Paul Serace, president of Colorado Cheese Company, said when the factory was restarted here in 1941, 39 gallons of goat milk were received on the first day, where now the average is about 500 gallons. At its peak, the company was receiving up to 1,600 gallons.
1951: About 60 attended the P-TA meeting last Thursday and saw an interesting film about tuberculosis.
1958: Sophomores on the honor roll for the second six weeks were Marie Galvan and Helen Weir.
1966: The Redskins lost a tough game of basketball and handed Walsenburg High School its first victory of the season, 65-60. Jim Willie was high point scorer for La Veta with 26.
1972: The street Christmas decorations went up Monday which was sunny and not too windy.
1978: Dear Santa Claus – Guess what I want for Christmas I want a tie fiter and 4 + jaws.
1984: Town Board approved a 3.2 liquor license for the new Cliff Brice Station and convenience store.
1990: With temperatures registering at 16 below zero, volunteer firemen fought and extinguished a fire at the home of Henry Langowski, 134½ East Francisco, and later the same evening answered a call to the Tim Heine home, 222 West Garland, for a chimney fire.

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