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This week in History for July 28, 2011

La Veta
1902: The La Veta Musical Club made its first appearance Friday evening, July 25, in the Opera House and the 25¢ admission fee to the concert netted the churches $20.
1909: Somebody made the remark “old signs never fail”. Haying commenced on the Petrie ranch Wednesday and the best rain yet this season occurred on the same day.
1914: J.E. Scott sold the Photoplay Theater to Mr. Ghiardi and he will combine it with his Crystal Theater.
1922: Showing at the Crystal Theater July 29, Hoot Gibson in “The Bear Cat”, plus a two reel comedy.
1927: When the new filling station of the Star Garage at Main and Francisco is completed, all four corners of Main at Ryus and Francisco will have a gas supply.
1933: S.W. Pressey’s syndicate has found oil at 800 feet at the Ojo Well No. 1.
1938: Material is being unloaded here for the new dwelling and garages to be erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the Forest Service at the corner of Field and Oak.
1944: So far World War II has cost $206,000,000,000, or $1,486 per person, the government having expended $89 billion in 1944 alone.
1950: Services at the Cuchara Chapel Sunday saw the debt on the church building cleared and a neat balance created by the collection of more than $50.
1956: Cuchara Camps has a new children’s playground west of the highway in the parkway with swings, a jungle gym and badminton court.
1961: The fourth annual free fly-in breakfast sponsored by the La Veta Chamber of Commerce will be Sunday, Aug. 13.
1967: The 1949 graduating class of La Veta High School had a reunion at the residence of Don Wagner, the Park Lane Hotel and Cuchara for a picnic. When the picnic was ruined by rain they went instead to the Leap cabin in Cuchara.
1975: The La Veta Library’s Summer Carnival proved so successful another is planned for next year. Several hundred people enjoyed the Rotary Club barbecue at $1.50 a plate.
1981: Cub Scoutmaster Tim Chambers took his 16 member troop on a fishing trip to Wahatoya Lake and they had more fun getting wet than fishing.

1899: With utter disregard of the wetness, people just wandered around during the showers Wednesday afternoon. They were so glad to see it.
1906: $66,000 worth of building has been done in Walsenburg since Jan.1 and with the new ice plant and school house on the hill going up, another $30,000 worth is underway.
1913: Pete Jensen has erected a Merry Go Round in the grove on west Seventh Street.
1919: The tourist – here is a field that needs only seeding and cultivating to make it of great material advantage to Walsenburg. Something should be done at once to induce the tourist to stay a while in our city.
1925: An auto used as a Trinidad to Walsenburg bus crashed into the front of the Opera House Café, startling two women eating lunch.
1932: There is talk that the minimum wage for relief contract workers on the state highways will be raised from 50¢ to 60 or 65¢.
1939: Carpenters have been rushing construction of an open air dance pavilion at the Gardner fair grounds for use at the Gallo day celebration, replacing the community hall which burned to the ground Saturday morning.
1945: A decision awarding Joe Mosco Jr. the right to continue in office as Walsenburg mayor and dismissing the claim of James B. Dick Jr. to the office was handed down by District Judge David M. Ralston.
1951: Numbering of houses south of the river will begin next week. At present, the addresses are listed as “John Smith, across the river”.
1958: The Very Reverend Howard L. Delaney, pastor of St. Mary Church for 14 years, has been honored with the elevation to Right Reverend Monsignor by Bishop Joseph C. Willging.
1965: Floyd Murr has been named Man of the Year by the Walsenburg Lions Club.
1972: Maitland No. 2, Huerfano County’s only operating mine, produced 3,924 tons of coal during the first six months of 1972.
1978: Jim and Judy Kissinger of Illinois have purchased McGraw’s Printing at 517 Main and it will be J&J Printing and Office Supplies.
1984: City Council received the final contract from HBB, Inc. to lease for 20 years the city’s six inch natural gas pipeline to Trinidad.

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