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This week in history for June 21st 2012


1900: The handsome home, fence and outbuildings of Fred Unfug on West Fifth Street received a bright coat of new paint last week.
1906: At present the County High School will occupy two rooms of the new school building being erected on Capitol Hill.
1912: Mrs. S.B. Shaw, noted evangelist of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, will speak at the 11 o’clock services in the Methodist Church.
1918: The old offices of Pritchard Lumber Yard on North Main Street burned to the ground Sunday.
1925: Three miners were killed and two injured in an explosion in the Gordon mine last Friday.
1931: This is the first issue to be printed on our new Duplex Model A press which prints 3,500 newspapers per hour.
1937: The Harley Sadler Company of 30 people will present “Rose of the Rio Grande”, a play with music and vaudeville, Saturday night in their waterproof tent set up in the Denver and Rio Grande Western rail yards on West Sixth Street.
1943: St. Mary Parish will open vacation religious schools for youth in Tioga, Gordon, Del Carbon and Cucharas, to be taught by the Benedictine sisters.
1949: Johnny Jr., the pint sized gentleman who has made famous the words “Call for Philip Morris”, will visit Walsenburg this Friday and will autograph all Philip Morris cigarette packs purchased from Don Haney’s Confectionery, City Pharmacy and Pete O’Rourke’s.
1955: Close to 600 pancake suppers were served by the Lions Club members Saturday night for the first Aunt Jemima Pancake Day.
1962: Paul Michael DallaGuardia, four, was chosen best Huck Finn at the annual VFW contest. There was a tie between Debbie Simpleman, nine, and Frances Pineda, eight, resulting in both receiving $25 savings bonds.
1969: Sun-Mon-Tue at the Trail Drive-In, Doris Day and Robert Morse in “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?” plus ‘The Power” with George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette.
1976: District Attorney E.U. Sandoval says he is innocent of all charges made in his indictment by the statewide grand jury probing alleged corruption in southern Colorado.
1982: Vandals set fire to the Goodwill collection containers in the Safeway Store parking lot, causing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage.
1988: City Council members suggested a beef up of police patrolling at City Park on West Seventh Street after increased vandalism recently.
1994: Ride the Rockies through Walsenburg last weekend drew some 200 volunteers, including the 235 Battalion from Fort Carson serving meals Sunday and Monday and Norma Lou Murr, assisted by Peggy Meyer, arranging housing for cyclists and their crews.

La Veta

1902: The school board has engaged the Misses Jester, Rowell, Armstrong and Woodward to teach the eight primary grades for the coming term.
1908: The forest fire that started about three weeks ago on Middle Creek is still burning what little timber it can find left to destroy.
1914: A 4th of July celebration will be held at the Sulphur Springs with fireworks on Sulphur Rock in the evening.
1921: A new road has been partially graded on the side hill to avoid what is known as the Schoolhouse Hill on the road up the Cucharas.
1928: C.C. Webster is positive that his Tudor is the only car in La Veta that can coast from the Kitchens’ hill to the Estes house at the town limits.
1934: The Apishapa pass scenic road from Cucharas Pass around the south side of the West Spanish Peak is to be open for travel in about two weeks after work was rushed the past few weeks by expanded WPA crews.
1940: Gordon Bates’ Orchestra, the best band in Trinidad, will play tomorrow night for the season’s opening dance in the pavilion at Cuchara Camps.
1947: About 250 Boy Scouts from eastern Colorado are encamped above the Sulphur Springs on Indian Creek.
1954: David Repola won a $25 savings bond as the best Huck Finn in the annual VFW costume contest held at the West First Street wading pool in Walsenburg.
1961: Bobbie Willis and Gloria Jean Kreutzer of La Veta are among the seven candidates for queen of the Jim Like Rodeo to be held in Walsenburg.
1967: Nola Geiser gave a Shetland pony to the Colorado Boys Ranch in La Junta for which she is a regular contributor.
1973: The Spanish Peaks Garden Club is still collecting paper for its recycling program. Bring tied bundles or boxed papers to Town Park on the last Saturday of each month between 9 and 12 a.m.
1978: The summer recreation program under the direction of Jack Estes is well underway with children hiking, fishing, doing crafts and learning about wild plants.
1984: The Cuchara Inn has opened under the management of Jim and Iva McAlpin and the hotel’s owner, Kilburn G. Moore, has purchased The Timbers Restaurant from Dave Evans.
1990: The new La Veta Postmaster, Tony Vecellio, started work Monday with assistants Debra Rabourn and Mickey Schmidt.

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