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This week in history for December 6, 2012


1900: Twelve-year-old Jimmy Stewart, playing with friends near his home at Pictou, had his foot mangled when a train wheel passed over it but Dr. T.D. Baird saved his life.
1906: Mesdames Dickerson and Davidson will open the Arcade Café at the corner of Eighth and Main streets Sunday noon with a big dinner.
1912: Contractors Yano and Rice won the bid to build the new 16 by 40 foot basement and addition to the Methodist Church.
1919: The cold weather still prevails. The thermometer hit a low of four below zero and five or six inches of snow fell this week.
1925: Died, Emmit G. (Dick) Miller, 92, a teamster at Cameron Mine until the day of his death. Fourteen of his 19 children survive. He moved to the Picketwire in 1851 and later to the area of the Huerfano.
1931: Owen Boone, mechanic at the Murray Garage, won the contest to guess how many miles a new Ford Sedan can go at 20 miles per hour on five gallons of Ethyl gas. He guessed 175 and the actual reading was 175.7.
1937: All persons selling mine props or mine timbers are reminded they must pay state sales tax on all transactions.
1949: There will be a special blessing ceremony of the new Infant of Prague statue at St. Mary Church tonight, purchased by donations in fundraisers by the St. Mary High School sophomore class.
1955: Martha King won a $7,000 suit against the Colorado and Southern Railroad for her injuries received when her car collided with a train at the Hendren Street crossing in a blinding snowstorm in December 1953.
1961: The median income of Huerfano County families was $3,451 in 1959 according to the 1960 census, with 378 families earning between $2,000 and $2,999, and four earning $25,000 or more a year.
1972: Randee Mauro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mauro Jr., was selected “Miss State Total Fashion” in Denver during the Make It With Wool contest.
1977: Publisher Jay Crook was elected to his fifth term as Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce president, Dorothy McCart, Ed Swanson and Joe Feiccabrino, vice presidents and Dave Higbee treasurer. Ida Boscia was rehired as secretary.
1983: The 22 inches of snow that fell last weekend in Walsenburg left one and a half inches of precipitation.
1989: Five students of Walsenburg Middle School earned straight A’s for the first quarter. They are Leah Armijo, Krissy Montoya, Jimmie Pool and Ernest Reynolds, all sixth graders, and Ben Trujillo of the seventh grade.

La Veta

1895: Silver Mountain is again attracting attention after rich ore was removed from the Edith mine’s 60 foot shaft.
1901: FL. Martin is tearing down his old creamery building north of town and intends to use the materials to build rental dwellings.
1907: Another bond election will be today for the purpose of approving a high school building, this time with all five of the consolidated school districts voting. There are now 24 students enrolled.
1920: The Farmers Union cleared $51.50 on their dance and supper last Friday.
1926: Supt. Hurlbut of the Ojo mine has been appointed general superintendent and Jim McClure takes his former job. Jim Fisk is general manager. Two hundred tons daily is the output of the new shaft there.
1932: The county commissioners are facing appropriation cuts due to the condition that seems to be prevalent in all parts of the country – decreased valuations. Huerfano County assessed valuation has dropped three and a half million dollars in the past two years due to decreased farm values and mining properties.
1938: Violet Zember heads the sophomore class with four As, and Elvira Aragon with three is second.
1944: La Veta elementary and high school students donated $34.79 in the Junior Red Cross fund drive.
1950: With the completion of football season, George Konogeris was found to be high point earner with 104. Fred Falk was second with 62, and Earl Carver third with 58. The Redskins outscored their opponents 278 to 59 in total points.
1956: We learn John Elley is making a rapid recovery from the amputation of his left leg above the knee.
1963: Died, Milton Gilbert Utt, 65. He came to La Veta about 1934 while employed by the highway department. He leaves his wife, the former Wilma Boyd, daughters Mrs. Robert Andreoli, Mrs. Anthony Tesitor, Mrs. Aldo Felice and Mrs. Jack Thomney, and son Frank.
1969: Seventh graders on the honor roll for the second six weeks period are Dan Baldwin, Geneva Smith and Bill Duzenack.
1975: Residents wishing to cut their own Christmas trees this year will have to go to Beulah as there is no cutting in the San Isabel National Forest near Cuchara.
1981: Friends of the Arts Guild earned $1,500 on their Christmas Bazaar which was attended by about 200 people.
1987: Town Board passed a resolution to create the position of municipal court clerk and named Town Clerk Linda Taft to the position.
1993: Deputy Michelle Smith said after working in La Veta for 10 months she decided she is no longer interested in law enforcement and will take a job at the ski area.