Contact Us

This week in history for January 27, 2011

La Veta
1897: Representative Garcia of Costilla County has introduced a bill for $3,500 for a road across the Sangre de Cristo range by way of Indian Creek Pass.
1904: News, like every thing else, is dull at present and we are compelled to record any little happening of more or LESS [sic] importance.  Among other things, Mr. F.L. Martin informs us he has traded hens with Mrs. Lulu Vories.
1912: Alex McDonald has purchased both the post office and bakery buildings.
1919: For Sale: Four room house with large pantry and sleeping porch, city water and lights, on three lots with 24 bearing apple trees, west of the river. J.H. Jones.
1924: The grocery store of Mr. McLain was burglarized over the weekend but the contents of the safe were not taken.
1932: La Veta will send the best two students from each grade to the free performance of “Penrod and Sam”, based on the book by Booth Tarkington, at the Star Theater in the county seat.
1938: Saturday and Sunday were beautiful days until about 4:30 Sunday when a big cloud came out of nowhere and left about eight inches of snow in two hours time.
1944: There will be a meeting of the Taxpayers League Feb. 4 in the bank building to pay back money that was advanced on the lawsuit to cover misappropriated funds of the county. (?)
1950: With the closure of the cheese factory, D.D. Cole and Roy Spangler will have an auction of dairy cows and goats, as well as farm implements, Wednesday at the old Spangler place a half mile east of town.
1957: Four of Roe Piner’s best cows were killed and five injured when his barn on the Wahatoya blew down in the terrible windstorm Sunday night.
1964: Gas prices are being lowered from 32.9 cents to 23.9 cents a gallon.
1972: The Selective Service System announced the fourth annual draft lottery will be Wednesday, Feb. 2.
1979: Electors will go to the polls March 13 to decide on a $30,000 general obligation bond issue to rebuild Town Hall after last October’s disastrous fire.
1985: Feb. 9-10 will be the annual Pepsi-KILO Winter Carnival at Cuchara Valley Resort.

1903: The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad began hauling fresh water from La Veta to fill the tanks at Cucharas Junction because of the bad water there.
1911: County commissioners Alex McDonald, R.L. Smith and Antonio T. Bustos, with county clerk J.D. Montez and deputy clerk W.H. Freeland, were in Denver this week attending the convention of the Good Roads Association.
1918: Harry Graves has purchased the Auto Accessory and Tire Shop and will continue the business at 508 Main Street.
1923: A badly needed improvement has been made in the county treasurer’s office by the installation of a new desk running almost the entire length of the room.
1930: Cameron mine leads the eleven mines of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company in Colorado in terms of safety, having had no fatal accidents in 1929 and only 15 injuries.
1937: Walsenburg Aerie #1187, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, initiated Lester Costephens, Celeste Andreatta, Fred K. Parriot, Ernest Furlong and Martin Cubich.
1942: Total weight of the metal collected in the scrap drive is expected to exceed 50 tons, stored in the piles in the county yards.
1948: Initiated into the Quill and Scroll club at St. Mary High School were Rachel Martinez, Bernadette Mavrodis, Richard Corrari and Agnes O’Rourke.
1953: St. Mary Parish will have a fund drive beginning next week to liquidate the debt incurred in 1926 when the east wing of the school was built. Gerald Ariano is the general chairman of the drive.
1959: The annual Band-O-Rama program at St. Mary High School will be given Jan. 30 with Floyd Murr conducting, Tom Yourick guest pianist and Joe Dinise acting as master of ceremonies.
1965: Rev. Leslie Carey will be the first full time pastor of the two-year-old Church of Christ at 302 E. 5th in Walsenburg.
1971: There will be a Roaring Twenties party Jan. 30 in the Walsenburg Golf Clubhouse with music by Frank Montera and His Orchestra.  The $5 admission price will include a buffet dinner and the dance.
1978: Paula Jo Sterk, a senior at John Mall High School, is the new medical records clerk at Huerfano Memorial Hospital.