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This week in history for January 31, 2013


1890: The women are finding out every time they fall that the bustle is not such a bad thing to fall back on.
1897: Diphtheria has caused several deaths in town and in Pictou, and chicken pox is spreading in the Apache area, with the result being closure of some of the schools.
1903: Died, Robert Japp, a Scotsman who came to Walsenburg in 1878 and opened up the Walsen Mines. During the fight between the Santa Fe and Rio Grande railroads over the right of way, he returned to the mines until the strike of 1884.
1909: Drs. Baird and Lester have installed a hot water heating plant in their offices on East Fifth Street.
1915: Mrs. Elizabeth Busch will open a shop in the new Kearn block on East Fifth with all the latest fashions from Denver?
1922: Saturday the military will be removed from Huerfano County and marital law ends.
1928: William F. Deal, 65, was run down by a boxcar in the Colorado and Southern switch yards this morning. He was an old resident now of Oregon and was visiting his sister Mrs. Charles Harriman here.
1934: A razor flashed last night as a climax to the President’s Birthday Ball in Eagles Hall.
1940: The first of eight deep test wildcat oil wells will be spudded this week on the Juan A. Martinez ranch 12 miles northwest of Walsenburg where about 9,000 acres are under lease.
1946: Approximately $3,000 worth of machinery has arrived for the Micek Door Check factory on East Fourth Street.
1953: Noble Brothers famous indoor circus will perform Wednesday in the Huerfano County High School gym. It is a two hour show of animals, aerial acts and clowns.
1960: Joseph E. Trujillo, 17-year-old student of St. Mary High School, has been selected for an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
1967: Former Walsenburg cage star Jerome Chambers scored 19 points Sunday for the Los Angeles Lakers, a member of the National Basketball Association.
1973: Dan Daher’s Enco Service Station at Highway 10 and I-25 has been purchased by Jack Herman of Walsenburg and his son Bill Herman will be manager.
1983: First day lottery ticket sales Monday, Jan. 24, were brisk, with some 4,000 sold in Walsenburg.
1989: Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will revive the Spanish Peaks Fiesta which will be June 3, replacing the Will Overhead celebration over the Memorial Day weekend.
1995: Pffaffenhauser Construction is removing the buried gas and diesel tanks at the corner of Main and Colorado, once owned by Castle Texaco, to make way for a new Subway sandwich shop.

La Veta

1877: Town clerk J.C. Swarts was ordered by Town Board to have himself a desk made at a cost not to exceed $7.00.
1883: A man by the name of Joseph Low took on too much bug juice Friday evening and remained overnight in the ‘boose. His assessment was $5.00.
1893: Our public school has closed after a four month term due to a lack of funds.
1900: John Stranger opened his grocery and feed store on Ryus Avenue this week and is doing a strictly cash business.
1907: What is known as the old hall belonging to Mr. and Mrs. McCue behind the La Veta Hotel is being torn down and only one corner, one story high, will remain.
1914: Joe Kincaid averaged about $70 a head for two [railroad] carloads of cattle which he took up to Denver last week.
1921: Everett Hazard is opening a cleaning establishment in half of the Mauldin building, while George Price is occupying the other half with a stock of army goods.
1928: W.S. Abbott has the contract for remodeling and redecorating a portion of the old La Veta Hotel.
1935: The President’s Birthday Ball in La Veta netted over $70.00.
1941: High school students recognized for having perfect attendance for the first semester were Maurice Bailey and Dora McCargish, seniors, and George Field, Rufe Martinez, Helen Belo, Catherine Duzenack, Charlotte Karst and Lydia Mae Peachey, juniors.
1947: The measurement of snow on the La Veta Pass course showed 26 inches, compared to 14.7 last year and the five year average of 20.l inches.
1954: Died, Paul Ghiardi, a native of Italy who came to La Veta in 1907. He has been involved with business with his grocery, hotel, theater and liquor store, farming, and had served as municipal judge and deputy sheriff. He leaves his wife and daughters Miss Constance and Mrs. George Yourick.
1961: First semester honor roll includes seniors Marie Galvan and Denzel Percifull and junior Kathy Kiernan.
1968: About 70 players attended the bingo party Saturday night in Odd Fellows Hall.
1975: Yellow Pine Ranch, 10 miles south of La Veta on Highway 12, will be the site of a Snow Rodeo Sunday, Feb. 16, the first of several such events.
1981: Jean Leri cooked up a menu featuring turkey pie Monday which was enjoyed by 31 senior citizens.
1987: Cuchara Valley Resort’s Junior Ski Team was host to young competitors from Sugarite, Angel Fire and Conquistador ski areas last Saturday.
1993: The La Veta Redskins upped their season record to 10-1 with a win over the Hoehne Farmers, 59-42. Josh Brgoch was high scorer with 20 points.

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