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This week in history for July 25, 2013


1898: Major H.B. Wise shot Antonio Lopez during an argument over how much Wise owed for a ride in from North Veta.
1903: Three little musicians, the eldest 11 years old, came in from the south Friday with a mandolin, violin and guitar, and earned lots of dimes and nickels for their beautiful selections played on the streets.
1909: The Bon Ton Restaurant has been sold by Yee Sam to Sam Young and Co.
1915: Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Sporleder entertained Baron Alfred Von Waldberg at dinner last Thursday evening. The guest of honor hails from Germany and is writing a book about his travels around the United States.
1922: Cuchara Camps, by E.E. Edgerton, Principal of Ideal School: “The sparkling waters of Cucharas/Come rolling down from snowy crests/They greet the campers in the canyon/Giving strength and life and zest.”
1927: Sixth Anniversary Sale at Marcus Katz’s Walsenburg Jobbing House – Ladies Aprons, $1.00; Hats, $1.00; Percales, 15¢ a Yard; Men Oxfords, $2.98; Wool Suits, $18.50.
1933: About 1,000 men and women gathered in American Legion Park last night to hear Frank Hefferty, president of District 15, United Mine Workers of America, call for $5.25 a day for a 36-hour work week.
1939: It’s Pal Night at the Fox-Valencia tonight. Children 10¢, two adults for 41¢, to see “Wuthering Heights” with Merle Oberon, Lawrence Olivier and David Niven, plus “Zenobia”.
1945: Word was received here that Pvt. Joe A. Herrera Jr. of Walsenburg was wounded in action in Germany and is now receiving medical treatment in Oslo, Norway.
1951: A flash flood near the Huerfano Butte last night washed out the old Highway 85 bridge and some of the shoulders of the new Highway 85.
1962: The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a barbecue and entertainment Thursday evening in Cuchara for members and summer visitors.
1968: Forty-one classmates attended the reunion of the 1943 Walsenburg High School graduates. There were actually 110 members of the senior class, but, because of World War II, only 98 graduated while others enlisted for military service.
1974: Beef Rib Roasts, $1.49 per pound; Cornish Game Hens, 99¢ each; Bounty Paper Towels, 46¢ per 100 square foot roll. Safeway Store.
1980: Home Box Office, the cable television channel that offers first run movies, is coming to Walsenburg.
1987: The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will have a picnic in the new Heritage Park July 28 so members can tour the former Burlington-Northern railroad depot which Downtown Development proposes to remodel for a visitors’ center.
1995: Tom Redmond, owner of the 70,000 acre Wolf Springs Ranch northwest of Gardner the past five years, has filed an injunction to close two roads accessing Bureau of Land Management lands that cross his property without consent.

La Veta

1893: The creamery has been once again closed, this time due to the scarcity of water as well as milk.
1900: Rev. Alex Darley gave services Thursday evening in the Charley Mack school house up the Cucharas. The Darleys moved to Del Norte in 1870 and Mrs. Darley remembers crossing La Veta Pass before the railroad was built.
1907: George Hansen plans to erect a 24 by 28 foot building next door to Fred Dryden on Field Street, where he will have his residence and open a candy factory.
1913: Morgan Patterson and his son Russell trapped a black bear on the east slope of Raspberry Mountain and are hopeful of selling it to a zoo.
1919: John Hamilton has started building his new home next to the old plaza on the south, and it will be of Spanish architecture to help keep alive the historical portion of La Veta.
1924: A Dr. Blair of Pueblo has closed a real estate deal in which he will purchase the Sulphur Springs. He plans to build immediately a hotel, tourist cottages and a large dance pavilion, along with other improvements.
1936: Leora Crouse has purchased the Stewart barber and beauty shop just south of the Advertiser office on Main Street and it will now be known as the Leora Ellen Beauty Shop.
1942: The Spanish Peaks Grange of La Veta will sponsor a dance in Cuchara Camps this Saturday evening with old time music. Admission 60¢.
1948: The stretch of oiled highway from La Veta to the junction with Highway 160 was greatly improved when crews filled the chock [sic] holes and leveled the bad places caused by excessive snows last winter.
1954: Up to an inch of much needed rain fell locally today and the storm also broke the prolonged hot spell.
1960: Wayne and Dick Kreutzer led the La Veta baseball team to a 4-2 victory over the Lenzini nine last week in Walsenburg.
1966: The Spanish Peaks Garden Club will again have its flower show during the Huerfano County 4-H Fair on Aug. 13-14.
1972: A family reunion was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Goemmer for the Vernon siblings when Mrs. Goemmer was visited by her sister and four brothers with their families.
1978: The La Veta Library now has its new cookbook with more than 300 recipes available for sale.
1984: The first ice cream cones served at the Cash and Carry’s new soda fountain, formerly in the old drug store, went to Charlie’s grandkids Kai, Casey and Jamie Keairns.
1992: Rumors were rife this week that Cuchara Valley Resort had been sold, the same rumors that persisted last year at this time, but the owner, the Resolution Trust Corporation, which obtained the property through foreclosure, has denied these stories.

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