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This week in history for February 21, 2013

Walsenburg

1882: Saturday night there was a dance in Naranjo’s hall in Gardner and Sunday Rev. Burch of the Baptist Church in Walsenburg gave services there.
1890: About a dozen good new houses will be built in the early spring in Tourist Addition, with one of the best for George Anderson in a lovely location.
1898: One of the peculiarities of this term of district court was the use of three interpreters at once, getting dialectic Italian to a partially Spanish jury.
1904: W.N. Houser is moving his livery business to the old Farr stable on Fifth Street as the new court house will be built where his present quarters are.
1911: The Columbine Base Ball Club has been organized for the coming season with Pete Atencio again manager, Russell Unfug, captain and W.A. Sumner, treasurer.
1918: The county sheriff’s department made 252 arrests during 1917.
1924: F.C. Quillian opened an up to date photography studio in the St. Charles Hotel.
1930: More than 5,000 people attended the annual Walsenburg Auto Dealers Association show and 15 cars were sold right off the display floor.
1937: The City of Walsenburg may face a law suit because of City Council’s failure to pay the 85% tax on liquor license collections.
1944: Dr. A.M. Guerrero Jr. is the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Guerrero Sr. of Walsenburg to join the armed services, having been commissioned first lieutenant in the U.S. Army medical corps.
1951: Chief of Police Ralph Levy has tendered his resignation to Mayor Joe Mosco Jr. and City Council, effective March 1, after 11 years as chief.
1958: Huerfano County High School won a thriller over Monte Vista 48-47 when Johnny Corsentino got a free throw in the last minute of play.
1964: Another snowstorm hit Walsenburg Wednesday, bringing the total snowfall since September to 54 inches.
1971: The 1970 census shows Huerfano County has 2,473 single family housing units, 215 multi-unit buildings and 52 mobile homes or trailers.
1977: For Sale: Three bedroom, one and a half bath home, with fireplace, three car garage, nice yard, good location, $40,000.
1983: Volunteers of all ages, shapes and sizes are needed to assist with the first annual Health Fair in Walsenburg April 9.
1990: While a local pastor spoke out against the limited gambling proposition in Huerfano County, Louis Vezzani, chairman of the Committee for Limited Gambling, pointed out it would provide employment for many of those who need it.

La Veta

1877: The town council in regular session approved for payment the bill of G.W. Morton for fifty cents for a broom.
1883: The Huerfano Herald office has become quite a popular reading room for that class of the community that likes to scan the press of the country and keep up with the times.
1896: Ryus’ Hall has been packed floor to ceiling this week at Professor Massie’s lectures on Phrenology and Hypnotism.
1902: A.A. Foote built an ice house and filled it with ice. That’s right, Arthur, you want to keep cool if you are in the coal business.
1909: A number of local residents have been in Denver recently to hear the discussions by the legislature about forming the new La Veta County.
1915: Thursday afternoon after school the senior high school girls beat the eighth grade girls at basketball 48-36.
1923: The American Legion Post will give a Washington’s Birthday Dance Thursday, Feb. 22, in Kincaid Hall with music by the Sun Kist Orchestra.
1930: The Junior Class play, “Mail Order Brides”, will be Feb. 27 and 28. Admission is 15 cents and 35 cents.
1938: Died, William Ellis Smith, 80, a retired railroad employee and present county commissioner, in the county courthouse. He was elected in 1932 and re-elected in 1936. His son Waldo is being recommended to fill his position. W.E. arrived in Huerfano County with his family on Feb. 18, 1882.
1943: Walter’s Barber Shop is raising prices effective tomorrow. Haircuts will now be 65 cents and shaves, 35 cents.
1949: Tom Harron, county road supervisor, said crews Wednesday had completed repairing and patching State Highway 111 between La Veta and the junction with U.S. Highway 160.
1955: Snow began falling in earnest this morning and the weather bureau has issued a livestock warning for this area.
1961: The La Veta Redskins won two Southern Peaks Class C league games over the weekend to move ahead of Creede to take first place.
1969: Glenna Lee Tracy was named D.A.R. Good Citizen of the Year for La Veta High School.
1975: The cross country skiing champions of the first Snow Rodeo at Yellow Pine Guest Ranch last Sunday were Barry Bradley, Steve Smith and Lee Folse, all of La Veta.
1982: Friends of the Arts Guild Mexican Dinner and Art Auction last Saturday in Masonic Hall was a great success.
1988: The Billy Bob Black Diamond Calcutta at Cuchara Valley Resort last weekend earned $350 for the Junior Race Team.
1995: The Francisco Fort Center for the Performing Arts was dissolved and the Francisco Fort Theater for the Performing Arts was organized with Bob Johnson, president, Bob Black, vice president, Bob Kennemer, secretary and Kalima Prator, treasurer.

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