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This week in history for July 126th 2012


1896: Charles Martin, the handsome young barber, is sporting a new Overland bicycle.
1902: Real estate agent George Dick has sold the Unfug property east of the Hayden home on Sixth Street to Antonio Ariano.
1908: For Sale: Oak roll-top desk, $22.00. Inquire of the Walsenburg World office.
1916: Died, Mrs. James I. McGinn, nee Hazel Peet, 18. She leaves a husband and infant son.
1922: Scoutmasters G.S. Darley, Cecil Caldwell and Clyde Pritchard took the boys to Cuchara Camps for an outing in the scout cabin which has a 10 by 20 foot sleeping porch.
1930: A caravan of Walsenburg and La Veta farmers and businessmen will drive to Gardner July 31 to inspect crops there and have lunch at the Mountain Home Hotel.
1936: Jack Lloyd, 68-year-old soldier of fortune, adventurer and the “Original Globetrotting Reporter” stopped over in Walsenburg Monday en route to the Texas World’s Fair.
1942: Oscar Santi, chairman of the scrap rubber drive in Walsenburg, has been named chairman of the salvage division of the Huerfano County Association for National Defense.
1948: The City tomorrow will begin to spray the entire area of Walsenburg with DDT in efforts to squelch any possibility of poliomyelitis raging in this region.
1954: The American Food Products Company, Inc., an offshoot of Pillsbury Mills, will open in the Marcon building near the railroad tracks on West 7th Street next week.
1962: Dr. Richard Kyle Edmonds, 51, was believed to be driving drunk when he killed a seven-year-old boy and injured five others.
1968: Fr. Maurice Gallagher announced tuition rates at St. Mary High School will be reduced $50 for the first child and no additional charge will be made for additional children.
1974: The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has discovered the fire which destroyed the high school gymnasium was started with paint remover.
1980: In the City of Walsenburg, water usage is up to nearly three million gallons a day, compared to the 200,000 gallons a day used in the winter months.
1987: The City of Walsenburg mosquito spraying campaign will begin Monday in Ward II, south of the railroad, if there is no wind. The chemical is malathion and gardeners should rinse homegrown vegetables well before consumption.
1993: The Rev. Fr. Ben Bacino of Pueblo has assumed duties as priest of St. Mary Parish to replace Fr. Tom Quinn. Fr. Bacino is the grandson of John Batista Zancanelli who operated a cattle ranch at the foot of the East Spanish Peak.

La Veta

1882: Leaving for California this week in eight good wagons were J.W. Rowley, wife and five children, Burr Chapman, wife and baby, Hiram Chapman, wife and baby, B.F. Chastain, wife and four, W.B. Martin and Charles Brinkman.
1895: William Culler is making the best ice cream ever sold in La Veta and has a nice parlor for the ladies. Ten cents a dish with cake; 40 cents for the quart.
1903: A number of La Veta people took advantage of a cheap ride to the summit and back Sunday on the Denver and Rio Grande’s wildflower excursion.
1909: An excursion train will come to La Veta Aug. 15 from the San Luis Valley when Blanca will cross bats with La Veta. The train will stop for several hours at the summit for excursionists to enjoy the scenery and wildflowers.
1916: Engineer Kishman got too strong an arm Sunday and pushed a few freight cars off the wye.
1923: Grover Kimsey was injured by a propeller of a plane he was flying back east.
1931: Mrs. Ray Thomas was considerably frightened Saturday when her big front window was shot out.
1938: About 1,200 nature lovers enjoyed the D&RG wildflower excursion to La Veta Pass last Sunday.
1944: Verna Bell Moore had an accident with a runaway team but was fortunate not to receive any injuries.
1950: Since the cloud seeding project started Huerfano County has had a one hundred percent increase in rainfall.
1956: The Hopsons have 10 good horses they are renting out by the hour from the field across the Cucharas River from the chapel.
1964: The number of visitors to Francisco Fort Museum for the season which began April 2 edged close to the 3,000 mark this week.
1970: Thirty-four guests attended a bridal shower for Miss Gayle Walls.
1976: County Clerk Albert Vigil will register voters Saturday, July 31 in La Veta Town Hall from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
1982: A fashion show and luncheon Friday, Aug. 6 in the 1899 Inn will be a fundraiser for the Emergency Medical Services. Admission will be $5.00 and only 40 guests can be seated.
1988: Visiting Francisco Fort Museum was Jim Francisco of Mulvane, KS, who with his brother serves in the Kansas legislature. They are the grandsons of former resident William Francisco who was related to the Colonel who built the plaza.
1994: A fundraiser Sunday earned $500 for Stan and Dorothy Swim who lost all their belongings in the fire that destroyed the Cuchara Lodge where they were managers.