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This week in history for July 29, 2010


1899: The sound of the curfew bell not only sends the young people home but also reminds the family man of the time.

1907: County Commissioner Alex McDonald of La Veta received painful injuries yesterday while plumbing at Peter Krier’s commodious new two-story home in Walsenburg and fell through the rafters.

1916: Cole Brothers Big World-Toured Shows and Trained Wild Animal Exhibition will be in the city next Wednesday.

1922: Two armed rangers attacked and brutally assaulted union officials at Sandoval’s Saloon near Sunnyside.

1928: Main Street merchants and other business houses sustained thousands of dollars in damage after a deluge caused by a cloudburst flooded the streets.

1936: Heavy rains and raging arroyos caved in the highway near Maitland camp.

1941: All city, county and state offices, in addition to banking institutions, will be closed all day Aug. 1 for Colorado Day.

1946: School records found recently from 1892-1893 show that Walsenburg District No. 4 owned 79 double student’s desks, 101 single desks, one armchair, four teacher’s desks, nine chairs, four coal stoves, four tin pails, six dippers and two pump organs.

1951: Two of Huerfano County’s biggest taxpayers, the Denver and Rio Grande Western and Colorado and Southern railroads, paid $60,669.83 to County Treasurer Tom Solomon this week in second half taxes.

1957: Gov. Steve McNichols today received a report that predicts Colorado’s population in 1980 will be 2.8 million [official census of 1980 recorded 2,889,735].

1963: About 400 people attended the amateur rodeo in Gardner last weekend to see Sonny Mangeno win the bronc riding competition, Benny Hensen, the bull riding, and Boog Trainham win first in bulldogging.

1970: Kathy Martinez, 17, was named champion of the 4-H Dress Revue and Bernice Rogers, 16, was reserve champion.

1977: Flood waters came within two feet of going over the Cucharas River bridge on South Main Street last Thursday following a 40-minute downpour of hail and rain.

1984: Robert and Sandra Turner have owned Walsenburg Care Center five years.

La Veta

1902: Several cans of Rainbow Trout were turned loose in the Cucharas a short time ago but it seems very doubtful if they can live on account of the scarcity of water.

1909: A flying machine has at last crossed the English Channel.  The distance of 22 miles was made in a little less than one hour.

1915: The La Veta Rod and Reel Club, organized last year, is soliciting help to build a ditch from the north fork of the Cucharas to the big lake which at present sometimes goes dry, so they can stock it.

1921: The street light pedestals have lately been painted white to complete the tombstone effect but probably drivers will still not see them at night.

1927: Miss Minnie Adamson has just completed having a cottage and a garage built in her tourist court by the river.

1935: H.A. Howard has purchased Block 24 behind the school house from the Eggleston brothers for use as a pasture.

1942: Sam Masinton has been transferred from Lowry Field in Denver to New Jersey.

1948: Now we’ve seen everything!  Ben Nason of the town’s street and alley committee took the maintainer out on a Sunday to fix the streets after a nice shower of rain on Saturday had softened them up.

1953: The war that took the lives of nearly 25,000 Americans and cost the United States $15,000,000,000 is ended.  A cease fire in Korea began at 6 a.m. July 27.

1959: Friday and Saturday at the Spur Theater, Glenn Ford in “Torpedo Run” plus Walt Disney’s “Light in the Forest.”

1965: The annual Huerfano County Quarterhorse Show will be Saturday in the Harry Willis Arena two miles east of La Veta beginning at 7 p.m.  After the show there will be a Western swing dance in the La Veta High School auditorium at 9 p.m.

1972: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Duzenack announce the engagement of their daughter Irene to Maurice Heikes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Heikes, all of La Veta.

1979: A Pueblo man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide as a result of an auto-pedestrian accident four miles south of La Veta which killed two women.

1986: About 175 people have golfed Grandote Golf and Country Club since the first nine holes opened last Saturday.