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This week in history for February 12, 2015

Walsenburg 1872: Married Feb. 11 in St. Mary Church, Juan Martinez and Sinforosa Venavides, both of Rio del Huerfano. 1882: Louis DeCamp has purchased the branch store of Benton Canon in Gardner. 1890: G.K. Vaughn has procured a new Remington type-writer and has opened an office in the court house for those needing such services. 1897: A little son was born Feb. 7 to Mr. and Mrs. Alex Levy. 1903: Died, Mrs. William Dick, 37, nee Mary O’Brien. She was born in England in 1865 and came to Walsenburg with her parents 18 years ago. Married 15 years, she leaves her husband and four children, and sister Mrs. Albert Hauser. 1911: Thirteen saloon proprietors of Walsenburg have been arrested in the latest crack down on allowing gambling on their premises. 1916: Last Friday evening in Chapman’s Hall the Walsenburg high school boys basketball team defeated the Pueblo Centennial Bulldogs 25-19. 1922: Beginning Feb. 19, I will make for you One Dozen Portraits in the Tourdine style for $7.50. Affleck Studio, on Sixth Street near the Post Office. 1928: Bennie’s Delight is the name of the new restaurant at 128 East Sixth Street. 1934: The Catholic Daughters of America have decided the show must go on despite the heavy snow and will have their scheduled dance tonight. 1940: Huerfano County will receive a total of $40,947.29 for welfare work during February: of this amount $33,307.60 will be used for old age pensions and $4,650 for direct relief. 1946: Sgt. Joseph N. Medina of Farisita has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his accomplishments in Leyte. 1952: St. Mary High School students who will attend the 19th annual Press Convention in Denver will be Edna Mae Ballotti, Barbara Bak, Dorothy Bartalussi, Theresa Fernandez, Catherine Fertitta, Marilyn Krier, Shirley Gregory, Joyce Habib, Patricia Sudar, Rose Trujillo and Georgina Valdez. 1958: For the regular meeting of the Lions Club, Miss Carolyn Florea, English teacher at Huerfano County High School, told of her experiences hitchhiking through Europe. 1964: The Wahatoya Wranglers 4-H Club elected Patricia Martinez, president,

Kathy Kimbrel, vice president, Vonna Crump, secretary and Larry Bellotti, treasurer. 1970: The first annual Knights of Columbus Valentine party for members of Walsenburg Council 2139 and their wives will be tomorrow night in the Walsenburg Golf Club Restaurant. 1976: Marian Tressell has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the fall semester at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas. 1982: Winning first place trophies in the Elks Club Hoop Shoot at St. Mary School were David Toller and Stephanie Vigil, Gabe Dasko and Shona Dasko, Jason Cicero and Danielle Cicero. 1988: Receiving straight As at Walsenburg High School were Meena Herbert, David Kline, Landei Lessar, Lisa Mattivi, Lisa Naranjo, Bryon Rodriguez, Mindy Simpleman, Bridgette Soltis and Laralee Zgut.

La Veta 1883: John F. Moore has purchased the entire kiln of finished brick at Mr. Bird’s brickworks at the head of Main Street and is selling it at $12.50 per 1,000. 1890: Town Board determined to lay sidewalk on McAuliff’s Burnt Section to replace the boards that were destroyed, and also a Crossing on the Alley on the east side of the property. 1896: La Veta has two blacksmiths, two general mercantiles, two doctors, three coal banks, three saloons, and one each hotel, barber, drugstore, exclusive boot and shoe shop, general repair, meat market and livery, yet by the advertisements [in the newspaper] you would not know one half of these business firms exist. 1902: Edwin L. Smith this week opened the La Veta Bank in his building on Main Street and is serving as its cashier. 1908: The election for consolidating the Sager and Wahatoya rural school districts into La Veta, District 9, will be Feb. 29. 1914: The La Veta Commercial Club elected Alex McDonald, president, W.O. Van Etten and E.L. Smith, vice presidents, H.M. Stockwell, treasurer and Dr. S.J. Lamme, secretary. 1923: Local news is scarce and people seem to be taking on the pattern of the groundhog, staying pretty close until winter shows some sign of breaking. 1930: Brothers H.C. and D.B. Summers have purchased the Tony Bowdino ranch on the Wahatoya for $24,000, which includes some good water rights, 400 acres of land and some cattle. They will open a dairy. 1936: The La Veta Hotel is having its ice house filled with 20 tons of 18-inch thick ice cut from the Charles Powell reservoir up the Cucharas. 1942: Died, Miss Sarah Lou Bruce, 73. She was born in Cherokee County, Georgia in 1868 and was a resident of La Veta for 71 years. She leaves sisters Mary Quinton, Glenwood Springs and Fannie Erwin, La Veta, and brothers John, George and Arthur, all of La Veta. 1948: First La Veta is snowed in and then it gets blowed in. Looks as though the weather man has a grouch against this section of the country. 1953: Died in Mesa, Arizona, J.W. “Jack” Baker, 84. Mr. Baker was a rancher in the La Veta area and ran a dude ranch for some years on Middle Creek. 1959: Judith Geiser was the La Veta High School winner of the annual Good Citizenship Award given by the Daughters of the American Revolution. 1965: The Cuchara ski area is preparing to hold its first ski tournament this Saturday and the snow conditions are reported as excellent. The area is one eighth of a mile off Highway 111 about ten miles southwest of La Veta. 1971: A son was born Feb. 6 to Tom and DeEtta Lessar, formerly DeEtta Brgoch. 1977: The local cross country ski enthusiasts enjoyed a full moon tour Friday night along Baker Creek south of Cuchara. 1983: Town Board is expecting the new maintenance building and fire station, at 7,500 square feet, to cost about $70,000 just for the insulated shell. 1989: Cuchara Valley Resort will have its annual Billy Bob Black Diamond Classic and Winter Carnival on Feb. 17-20.