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This week in history for January 24, 2013

Walsenburg

1898: The team of Solomon Brady took fright near the town pump, ran away, and collided with Dan Strebie’s team, upsetting both wagons.
1905: In order to get the Colorado and Southern Railroad officials’ train here from Trinidad, the snow plow cleared cuts of drifts up to four feet deep.
1911: Big dance at Palace Hall, ten cents admission and five cents a dance.
1916: Miss Grace Biernbaum and Master Benjamin Jaramillo will present their graduation recitals Feb. 10 in the studio of Miss Caroline Sporleder.
1922: A movement has been started for an athletic club for Walsenburg since La Veta has one and the camps have Y.M.C.A.s. Why not one for Walsenburg?
1928: Jimmy Boyle’s famous seven piece orchestra will play for the dance the night of Jan. 25 in Maccabee Hall. Don’t miss it.
1934: About 50 or 60 boxers have already entered the boxing tournament to be held in Walsenburg in the near future, according to organizer Babe Shosky
1940: Red cheeks and runny noses brought on by sub zero temperatures from the Canadian border to the Texas badlands are a boon to southern Colorado’s coal industry and the Walsenburg field alone has produced 30,000 tons in the past 10 days.
1946: Guy Savio, foreman of the Cameron mine six years, will transfer to the new Pictou mine in the same capacity when the Cameron closes within the next two months.
1952: More than 600 tickets have been sold for the Dixieland Minstrel Show presented tonight by the Lions Club in the Fox Theater.
1958: Fred Alan Menghini, 18, has been nominated by US Sen. Gordon Allott to take an exam for entrance in the Air Force Academy.
1964: Baby Beef Liver, 39¢ lb.; Italian Sausage, 75¢ lb.; Grade A Eggs, 58¢ Dozen; Circle A Meats, 234 W. 7th Street.
1970: Since the City of Walsenburg first introduced natural gas and opened the gas plant in August, it has sold 22,094 cubic feet through the end of December.
1976: The Rambler Motel complex has been sold by Jim and Barbara Wright after almost exactly eight years of ownership. Mrs. Nola Geiser will continue as restaurant manager.
1982: The county commissioners signed a contract with the state for $72,800 in energy impact funds to remodel the community center into an emergency services center housing offices, ambulances and fire equipment.
1988: Rio Cucharas Inn is now serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.
1994: Forty-one Re-1 students presented the school board with a petition saying the youth feel they should be allowed to wear clothing supporting their favorite bands even if the insignia includes images of illegal substances.

La Veta

1900: Mr. Vernon of the upper Cucharas made his way into town Tuesday but reports having to make his way along the side hills to avoid the heavy snow in the valley.
1906: Town Board met in regular session Tuesday evening and passed an ordinance to make the clerk and treasurer elective offices.
1912: Thirteen [railroad] cars of cattle left here Saturday for sale or exhibit at the Denver stock show.
1918: Quite a large number of our local residents are in Denver this week for the stock show.
1924: Mr. and Mrs. Neal Baysinger are moving to Pueblo where he will work with the Sallee brothers in connection with flood prevention plans. Some of our oldtimers will remember when the Sallee family lived south of town.
1930: Snow and bad weather have made the Magnolia Mining Company on Grayback Mountain inaccessible and it is doubtful anything can be done before spring.
1937: Mr. and Mrs. John A. Green were the recipients of a farewell party in the Ojo Canyon School before moving to Walsenburg where Mr. Green will take up duties as county superintendent of schools.
1943: M.F. Alexander purchased the old Vasquez blacksmith shop building on East Francisco Street and moved it to his goat ranch east of town.
1949: Back in the 1890s when the copper boom was on in the foothills west of town the Colemans found a large sheet of almost pure copper on their claim.
1955: A total of 1,662 vehicle registration plates for 1955 have been issued in Huerfano County.
1961: The telephone company added 31 new phones in La Veta during 1960, to bring the present total to 304.
1967: Lucille Woodring was installed president of the Tuesday Night Study Club, Elizabeth Willis, vice president, Wanda Jameson, secretary and Lorraine Courtright, treasurer.
1974: Last Tuesday many La Veta residents who work in Walsenburg were unable to reach home because of the blowing snow on the highways and some stayed overnight in the Marlboro Inn.
1980: Editor Hazel Bankson says the smiling face at the office of the Valley Voice at 105 W. Francisco Street is the new receptionist and copy editor Jeanine Werner.
1986: Open House for La Veta’s new $800,000 gymnasium/junior high school complex will be tomorrow, Friday, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
1992: Sharon Sager of the Sundown Saloon sponsored a bus trip to Cripple Creek enjoyed by 36 people who spent their time on the bus with singing hits from the ‘60s.

A traditional German Dance

Ah, the traditional German Oktoberfest dance, known as the Enten Tanz (translation: chicken dance.) The Oktoberfest celebration in La Veta last weekend was its usual

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