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This week in history for February 9, 2012

1898: The whistling recital of Miss Letitia Crowl, the Ohio mockingbird, was a brilliant success.
1904: The Philharmonic Lady Quartet of Chicago will appear here Wednesday, Feb. 10.
1910: The Huerfano County High School Class of 1910 gave a most enjoyable Colonial Ball in Mazzone’s Hall Wednesday evening, with the grand march led by Mary Hill and Goodman Davinsky.
1917: The county clerk’s office sold 292 automobile licenses during January.
1924: The headquarters for the city police were moved from the second floor of the county courthouse to the basement.
1930: More than 200 dairy and sheep men from four counties in southern Colorado will convene here over the weekend for the annual session of the Huerfano County Wool Growers Association.
1937: A bold robber was captured red-handed by night officers Lucas Sanchez and Emmett King in Mrs. Callahan’s café at 709 Main Street Saturday night.
1943: Work is progressing on repairing that section of the road north of Cameron that caved in last week, presumably caused by a sink inside the mine.
1949: The last three days of this week mark the end of the C.O.D. Grocery and Market, 121 W. 6th, James Benine, owner and operator, announced today. Following the sale, he will move the fixtures to his new location on Main Street adjacent to the O’Byrne hardware and furniture store and call the new business the Black and White System Grocery and Market.
1956: Delfino Salazar gave the program for the Rotary Club and told of his grandfather, Juan Manuel Salazar, who was one of the 12 men who founded San Luis in 1851. The town was named for San Luis Gonzaga, preceptor of the 12.
1963: A weekend storm left 12½ inches of snow in Walsenburg, containing 1.04 inches of moisture and bringing a temperature of nine degrees below zero.
1968: Doug Toller with 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Bob Ariano who scored 25 points, led the St. Mary Crusaders to an 82-59 lacing over the Sierra Grande Panthers.
1975: For Sale: 160 acre ranch in the Huerfano River bottom at Farisita. Good water right. $42,000 with owner financing.
1981: Walsenburg City Council received a bill from Sheriff Harold Martinez for $7,000 for housing city prisoners in the county jail during the previous year.
1987: Seniors at Walsenburg High School receiving all A’s for the past six weeks grading period were Sabra Faris, Willy Hudson, Abby Medina, Sandy Pfaffenhauser, Frank Trujillo and Carol Vezzani.
1993: About 100 people attended Effie George’s 100th birthday party at a noon buffet in the Iron Horse Restaurant. Effie received congratulations from both President Bill Clinton and TV’s Willard Scott.

La Veta
1901: The Misses Carver gave a party for their school friends which was ruined by a gang of boys who stuffed up the chimneys.
1908: The school board had a flag pole erected and bought a new flag for the school yard.
1913: J.K. Kincaid bought J.R. Killian’s two lots on east Ryus Avenue between Dr. James Lamme and Mrs. Conine’s residence and has plans to erect a new home.
1919: Some 12 or 14 [railroad] cars of ice have been shipped from here this week to the coal camps near Walsenburg. This is the second crop, the first being cut in December.
1925: Forest Supervisor A.G. Hamel has been transferred to the Pike’s Peak National Forest and one Mr. French will have charge of the San Isabel.
1931: According to the Pueblo Chieftain, exactly 40 years ago the first train reached La Veta on the new broad gauge tracks.
1938: Works Progress Administration will change its work schedule from six to eight hour workdays. Workers will receive the same pay per month as they will work 11 days for 88 hours per month.
1944: Showing Tuesday and Wednesday at the Chief Theater, “The Navy Comes Through” starring Pat O’Brien and George Murphy, plus “Ghost Rider” with Johnny Mack Brown.
1950: Persons employed as census enumerators for the U.S. Census this year are expected to be able to earn as much as $8 or $9 per day.
1957: The snow course on La Veta Pass measured 48.5 inches of snow, which compares favorably with the 33 inches found at this time in 1956 and the 10-year average of 26.8 inches.
1964: Bids will be taken to grade and pave three more miles of Highway 160 on the new La Veta Pass. Realignment of the old route began in 1961.
1974: La Veta High School Redskins defeated the Trinidad Catholic Tigers 62-50 and the Aguilar Wildcats 83-30 last weekend to bring the season record to 12-1.
1980: Winning at the district wrestling tournament and now bound for state competition are Ted Sanchez, Floyd Archuleta and Earl Kreutzer.
1988: Fashions by Gianni will have a Valentine fashion show and luncheon Friday, Feb. 12 in the Covered Wagon Restaurant. Tickets are $4.50.
1994: Friends of the La Veta Library are accepting donations of white elephant items and art objects for the second annual Valentine Tea and Silent Auction to be held Feb. 13.