Walsenburg 1880: We have the particulars of an unusually rich mine discovered on Williams Creek which will appear in the next issue. 1892: A man died in the Rouse mine, the third killed there in three months and the 12th or 14th in the past three years. 1899: Monday J.T. Howell, 12-year old son of William Howell, superintendent of the Solar mine, shot a pelican measuring eight feet, six inches from tip to tip and five feet, six inches in length. 1905: The J.P. Kearns building at Fifth and Main streets was sold on the first of this month to George Dick. The Walsenburg Investment Company has been occupying the front rooms for some time and the Pinon Supply offices will occupy others after Dr. I.B. Lahmer vacates. 1911: About 45 couples attended the dance in the McGuire camp school house Saturday and the dinner afterward at the hotel. 1917: Malachite, Red Wing and Sharpsdale area women organized a Red Cross branch Sunday with 14 members who will make warm clothing and accessories for our soldiers both overseas and at home. 1923: The Business and Professional Women’s Club gave a dance in Maccabee Hall last Wednesday night. 1929: Felix Abeyta leased 160 acres at Cuchara Junction to Mid Continent Air Express for an airport. 1935: A new dress store, the Style Shoppe, has opened at 504 Main by Mrs. J.E. Bowen and Mrs. Joe Zgut. The location was formerly occupied by Service Drug. 1941: A “Give A Doll” campaign for the benefit of Walsenburg’s under privileged children will begin Friday, sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi, a newly organized sorority of Walsenburg business women. 1947: Miss Viola Garcia married Julian Pacheco of North Veta last Saturday in Sacred Heart Church. 1953: Jellied Calf Tongue, 95 cents a pound; Head Cheese, 69 cents a pound. Schafer’s Grocery and Market, 608 Main Street. 1960: Half a dozen accidents occurred last weekend due to the icy highways and strong winds. 1966: Huerfano Memorial Hospital will raise daily rates by $2.75 for a total of $21.00 for semi-private and $27.75 for private rooms. The increases are necessary to cover the recent payroll raises. 1972: The ecumenical March of Thanksgiving last Wednesday evening was attended by more than 100 people. 1978: Lifelong Walsenburg resident Ralph Levy was honored by four generations of family in celebration of his 90th birthday. He was born at 414 Main Street
where he still lives, and served in both world wars. His children are Ralph of Pueblo and Elaine Lenzini, Walsenburg. 1984: Marjorie Figal of Walsenburg has been named to the Colorado Association of School Boards Honor Roll. 1990: Hardee’s, a fast food restaurant, which purchased and demolished the buildings at Seventh and Main streets, will invest more than $750,000 to develop the property. When opened, it is expected to employ as many as 50 people.
La Veta 1876: A grand ball in the spacious school house is in contemplation for Christmas Eve, and it is expected that our crème de la crème party will take place on New Year’s Eve, at Mr. Brink’s large hotel on the occasion of its opening. 1882: E.G. Berry received 20 fine little carp for his lake south of town. The carp will be in no danger after a blast of giant powder has destroyed the other fish. 1889: The weather has been very pleasant this week. Verily December is as pleasant as May. 1895: At the shooting match Wednesday the visitors from Walsenburg carried off the laurels, or more to the point, most of the turkeys. George Kearns won five birds and Gus Prator was second with three. 1901: The Powell brothers are fixing up the old school house on Main Street into a fine looking residence. Frank Powell bought the building last spring. 1908: The Denver and Rio Grande passenger train and water wagon were blockaded by snow and wrecked between here and Walsenburg Wednesday. 1915: We understand that Meredith Martin has sold his meadow land north of La Veta, with the reservoir, to John Pritchard of Walsenburg 1922: The stock show will be held on the northeast corner of Ryus and Main streets and will include the Kincaid corral, the Colorado Fuel and Iron warehouse, the Wheeler barn, railroad stockyards and the land adjoining, all of which will be fenced off. Admission will be 25 cents and 50 cents. 1929: There is no excuse for the lack of lawn or beautification at the school grounds. 1935: We are told that a project for surfacing the streets of La Veta is soon to be underway. There have been so many contemplated projects that seeing is believing. 1942: Bertha Dole won the 25 cent War Savings Stamp for suggesting the name “Redskin Pow Wow” for the school newspaper. 1948: The town, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and Chief Theater are making plans for a big Christmas party on Dec. 24 for the youngsters of the community. 1954: About 80 members and guests attended the Spanish Peaks Grange Christmas party with entertainment by Billie Ann Walker, Kay Wagner and Jack Coe. 1961: The 13th annual show and sale sponsored by the Huerfano County Hereford Breeders Association will be this Thursday and Friday. 1967: Garry Mayfield is the new World History, American History and Civics teacher at La Veta High School. 1973: The engagement of Angela Baudino, daughter of Mrs. Enis Baudino of Aguilar, to Joe Geiser, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Geiser of La Veta, has been announced. 1979: The Friends of the Arts Guild will have its annual Christmas Art Show and Sale in the old Presbyterian Church Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16. 1985: Friends of the Arts Guild will have its annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale in The Gallery Saturday with arts, crafts, handcrafted ornaments and refreshments. 1991: The 22-voice La Veta High School choir under the direction of Robert Pringle entertained the residents of Happy Care Home last week.