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This week in History for June 2, 2011

La Veta
1902: Dr. Milton the dentist will be in La Veta beginning June 1 for one week. Prices are: a full set of teeth on rubber plate, $8.00; gold fillings $1.00 and up.
1907: G.F. Carroll will commence showing a series of moving picture entertainments at the skating rink on the 15th.
1915: Amos Hayes arrived from California and is having considerable trouble with a cinder which blew into his eye during the volcanic eruption of Mount Lassen.
1921: Work has been progressing this week on construction of a grandstand at the ball field. It is to be a five tier structure, 48 by 16 feet and will hold 175 people. The backstop is 15 feet high with 16 foot wings.
1927: The Oakdale mine is going to hook on to the Trinidad Electric company power line at Ojo and abandon its local plant.
1933: Died, A.W. Scott, “Scotty”, druggist in La Veta since the 1880s until he was forced to close the store a few months ago.
1940: Mrs. Jack Baker painted a picture of the Spanish Peaks for the Chamber of Commerce to use as a backdrop for their exhibit booth at the Black Diamond Jubilee in Walsenburg.
1946: For the first time in history, La Veta received no mail for 30 hours, because of the railroad workers strike.
1952: The new memorial for Pfc. Felix B. “Cowboy” Mestas, La Veta war hero, will be dedicated June 10 in ceremonies at Ojo Springs at the foot of Mount Mestas.
1958: Between 175 and 200 persons attended the covered dish dinner and farewell party for Rev. and Mrs. C.H. Hatfield of the Methodist Church.
1964: The first precipitation received since the first week in April arrived with more than an inch of very welcome rain.
1971: Mitzi Masinton will represent La Veta in the Firecracker Queen contest in Walsenburg with the winner to be announced Saturday night.
1978: Friends of the Arts Guild is opening its new gallery on Main Street today with refreshments and works by local artists.
1983: Panadero Ski Resort partner Dave Evans says a 40-unit, $1 million hotel will be built just east of The Timbers restaurant in Cuchara where the Baldwins’ Los Cedros Lodge and two homes used to stand.

Walsenburg
1899: We would advise the lovers of dance not to miss the Cake Walk at the Walsen mines this week. It is expected to be the social event of the season.
1906: The Town of Walsenburg will claim all vacant lots within town limits north of the Denver and Rio Grande tracks by terms of the will of the late Fred Walsen.
1914: The graduating class of Huerfano County High School consisted of six young women this year.
1919: For Sale: 1918 Harley-Davidson 3-speed motorcycle with electric lights, speedometer and tandem seat. 16 hp. $225.
1925: About 2,500 employees and their families attended the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company picnic last Saturday at Cameron.
1931: John D. Rockefeller told CF&I president Arthur Roeder he is against cutting wages to the 10,000 employees in Colorado.
1937: Although area farmers and ranchers were happy, vacationers, school children and fishermen were not last weekend as heavy rains ruined their holidays.
1942: More than 1,000 miners in Huerfano County are out of work today with the expiration of an existing truce in the wage negotiations. No one entered the mines.
1947: Miss Joan Sample will be crowned Thursday night as this year’s Spanish Peaks Fiesta queen. Her attendants will be Mariann Schafer, Alma Denton, and last year’s queen, Frances Killion.
1955: The Huerfano County High School budget for 1955-56 totals $141,375.72 compared with $133,891.52 for 1954-55. A raise of salaries requires the $7,500 increase.
1963: Cheerleaders selected for the 1963-64 school year at St. Mary High School will be Nechie Tesitor, Sharon Padia, seniors; Gail Marie Spock, Donna Mauro and Diann Fink, juniors and Diane Tesitor, sophomore.
1969: The Walsenburg High School seniors enjoyed their two-day annual class trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.
1975: Ritchie Construction Company of Colorado Springs won the contract to build the new WHS buildings for $1,238,297.
1982: The old VE license plates for Huerfano County have been replaced with new three letter plates, with Sofia Trevizo getting the first of these plates, EZF001. When plates reach EZF999 Huerfanos will move on to EZG.