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This week in History for December 8, 2011

La Veta

1900: After the death of the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Juan Erwin of scarlet fever, the Woodmen of the World have cancelled the visit to their hall from Santa Claus on Christmas night in an effort to contain an epidemic.
1907: Dr. L.B. Roberts has commenced laying cement blocks for his new residence and office on west Francisco Street.
1913: Fifteen sacks of delayed mail arrived Sunday after being held up by the four feet of snow reported in the foothills west of town.
1920: Luther, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Bruce, broke his leg while playing with some comrades at school last week.
1926: The American Automobile Association has a new official route for tourists from Denver through this way and on to the south and west, which should bring a lot of traffic our way if the highway isn’t rerouted. [It was.]
1933: Mrs. Murray Daniels came over from the San Luis Valley last week on business and was marooned here by the snow blockade on La Veta Pass.
1938: H.A. Howard was elected president of the Commercial Club, Dr. Eugene Jackson, first vice president, C.C. Webster, second vice, E.E. Engberg, secretary and E.A. Stansbury, treasurer.
1944: The committee in charge of raising funds for the Blood Plasma Fund reports it sent in $598.22 this year earned through its 13 fund raising projects.
1950: P.W. Richert, director of music in the La Veta schools, will present the third and fourth graders in a musical program Tuesday, Dec. 12 and the high school the following Tuesday, Dec. 19.
1958: A total of 110 stockmen, their wives and guests attended the 10th annual banquet of the Huerfano County Hereford Breeders Association Friday night in the Methodist Church dining room.
1966: About 1,000 Christmas trees are available in the Cuchara area of the San Isabel National Forest for those who want to cut their own.
1975: La Veta Rainbow for Girls #75 is selling Christmas trees for an average of $5 at the Enco station.
1983: Four Sunwatcher condominium units at the ski area were burned to the ground Thursday, a loss of about $400,000.
1991: Town Board learned that the average income of La Veta residents is $9,000, making the town eligible for low income grants.


1898: The Dick Brothers are building an ice storage house 16 by 50 feet in size behind their bottling works building.
1905: J.P. Kearns’ corner building at Main and Fifth streets was sold to George Dick and the Pinon Supply Company will occupy it with the Walsenburg Investment Company.
1912: The Joseph and Cutter store on west Seventh was robbed of about $700 worth of goods Wednesday night.
1918: Mrs. Daniel Williams died at Big Four of the Spanish Influenza, leaving a husband and eight children, five of whom are down with the “flu”.
1925: Ralph Levy has sold the Seventh Street lot his coal office stands on for a modern Studebaker and Rickenbacker auto agency.
1932: City council will make drastic cut in the salary, wages and remuneration of all city officials whose remuneration is not fixed by ordinance, which would make about a 25 percent reduction in these costs.
1939: Huerfano County’s valuation is being increased by $488,718 because of the state’s 20 percent raise on railroads, to a total of $2,932,308.
1945: Tomorrow night all the Christmas lights in the downtown section will be turned on and the Walsenburg Junior Band under the direction of Charles Jandos will play several seasonal numbers.
1953: The new safety patrol at Washington School consists of Eugene Gonzales, captain, Charles Anderson, Patsy Stiglich, Martha Todd and Mary Ellen Manzanares.
1959: City Treasurer Arthur Benine warned council of the need for balancing the city budget after approving

$8,000 in bills for November which would leave a debit balance.
1967: St. Mary “B” basketball team took third place in the Hoehne tournament last week when the Crusaders defeated Hoehne 72-43 led by Gene Rizzi with 15 points and Gary Santi with 14.
1974: The new Day Care facility in the Walsenburg Community Center is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
1981: Those from Walsenburg High School named to the Santa Fe League All Conference volleyball team were Annette Herndon, Judy Vigil, Beth Schafer and Veronica DeVan.
1988: The five Walsenburg Middle School students who earned straight As for the quarter were Leah Armijo, Krissy Montoya, Jimmie Pool and Ernest Reynolds, all sixth graders, and Ben Trujillo, seventh grade.
1994: After voters defeated the county landfill question in the November election, the City of Walsenburg will begin closure of its dump after losing tens of thousands of dollars through its enlargement and improvements as the only dump in Huerfano County.

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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