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This week in History for July 14, 2011

La Veta
1903: C.L. Martin is building a 16 by 24 foot addition onto his residence in North La Veta with a bathroom ready for the water works when they are completed.
1909: Mrs. J. Hamilton of Oakview received a broken arm when her buggy turned over when she gave the right of way to Dr. Lamme’s machine on the Oakview road.
1914: H.W. Stewart is rearranging his mortuary to include a chapel.
1920: About 25 cars made the trip to Blue Lake Sunday, or rather to the old sawmill from which place the climb has to be made on foot to the lake.
1926: Messrs. Lea and Goemmer have shipped 500 gallons of strawberries from a one acre patch near the Devil’s Stairsteps, plus those they have sold locally. They have thus far produced 1,000 gallons at $1 per gallon.
1931: Local dairymen are feeling encouraged with the price of butterfat around 21¢.
1938: Robbers Sunday night broke into the Smalley Brothers Service Station on West Ryus and made off with three slot machines and some cash from the register. Two of the men have already been arrested since Marshal Garmes had noted their license plate number.
1944: The La Veta Liquor Store of Paul Ghiardi has re-opened for business in a room of the La Veta Smokehouse across the alley from his previous location in the hotel that was destroyed by fire in May.
1950: Carl Elley lost about 500 three-month-old turkeys in the hail storm several weeks ago but has since bought 2,000 more.
1956: The La Veta Merchants softball team went to Walsenburg last night and defeated the Lions Club 5-4, including two homeruns by LVHS coach Don Bone.
1963: Many people from La Veta and Cuchara were among the 820 in 300 cars counted at the grand opening of the Trail Drive-In Theater near Walsenburg.
1968: Died, Benjamin F. Seaman, 90, from injuries in an auto accident which killed his wife Frances. He was a former county commissioner who came to La Veta in 1886.
1975: The La Veta Library Board will sponsor a Summer Carnival July 26 in Town Park beginning at noon and featuring a Rotary Club barbecue, games and booths, followed by a street dance on Main Street in the evening sponsored by the newly created Cuchara Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Walsenburg
1901: The young Misses Griffin, Farr and Company have opened a soft drink emporium in the Court House yard.
1907: Contractor J.T. Hartman of Pueblo is well underway on the Peter Krier family’s new home on East 6th Street between Russell and Rito streets.
1916: The members of the local Camp Fire Girls left on Monday for a week’s outing in Cuchara Camps.
1922: The Tire Shop, 707 Main Street, sells retreads for $5.00 to $14.00. Daher and Neeman, proprietors.
1930: Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Levy will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Monday. They were married July 14, 1880 in the old Sporleder Hotel. She was the daughter of August Sporleder.
1935: Norma Pannell, singer, won the Amateur Talent Show at the Valencia Theater. Sam Bonfiglio, comedian, was second and Billy Campbell playing the accordion was third.
1941: Billy Williams, Donald Baer and Tommy Zellar received warm thanks from members of the Walsenburg police department when they found and returned the purse of a Gardner lady which contained $6.53.
1947: The Tony Zale and Rocky Graziano fight radio broadcast will be amplified for listeners tonight in front of the Dissler Furniture Store.
1953: Police and volunteers are looking for a lion cub that somehow escaped from its cage somewhere between here and Apache City on the 13th.
1959: The Gardner Women’s Society of Christian Service realized $29.20 on their ice cream social and program, with the proceeds to go toward the purchase of a heating stove for the Methodist Church.
1965: The Alamo Exposition Shows with 20 rides will have a carnival from Tuesday through Sunday at the fairgrounds under the auspices of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
1971: Betty Ridge, medical technologist, reminds brides their blood tests will take at least two weeks to be processed since the new law went into effect July 1 to fulfill marriage license requirements.
1978: The man caught during the robbery of the U-B Grocery store June 13 escaped from the Huerfano County Jail yesterday.