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This week in History for June 23, 2011

La Veta
1904: The delightful fire-cracker period is drawing near and peaceable individuals will probably have to put up with runaways, temporary deafness, nervous prostration and the like, all for the sake of what is termed patriotism.
1911: For Sale: 13 room house on 4 lots, barn, corral. Corner Main and Francisco.
1917: Town Board has discontinued the services of a marshal as there doesn’t seem to be a need for a regular police officer.
1923: Firecrackers are with us again and the period of celebration seems to be extending every year.
1930: Drilling has commenced on the Campbell ranch to which the Oakview derrick and machinery were moved, and oil was struck in the hole being drilled at the Ojo oil seep.
1935: The Weir brothers have started an ice delivery service.
1941: 4th of July activities will include a ball game with Walsenburg facing off with Valdez. In the evening there will be a modern dance in Muleshoe Lodge and an old time one in Kincaid Hall.
1946: Mason Daniels has started an ice delivery business, the first such since before the war.
1951: There will be an exhibition baseball game on the 4th of July between Walsenburg and Pueblo teams. Lots of street games for kids with liberal cash prizes are planned.
1959: Sam George first came to the La Veta area in 1906 to work in the Oakview mine, then homesteaded 160 acres on La Veta Pass, where he still lives, in 1907. He left mining in 1936 to operate the filling station at his home until his retirement in 1954.
1966: La Veta committeemen for the Democratic county assembly are Simon Aguirre and Jennie Cordova for Precinct #2 and Louis Magnino and Emma Cruz for Precinct #3.
1973: Paradise Acres, a 360 acre development northwest of La Veta on Pass Creek Road, has been opened by rancher and developer William C. Houchin.
1980: Brenda Benson and Lori Martin, both of La Veta, were selected 4-H Senior and Junior Rodeo Queens in the competition held in La Veta last Saturday.
1988: Kelli Kreutzer, 16, daughter of Wayne and Gloria Jean Kreutzer, was named Colorado State High School Rodeo Queen in Colorado Springs.

1902: Tony Bartolero has prepared a Boce (pronounced Bo-che) [sic] ground west of the fire hose house on west 6th street.
1910: Lucy Nielsen quit from the Colorado Supply Company store in Walsen to take the position as head of the dry goods department of the new Huerfano Mercantile Company, formed by the consolidation of Unfug Mercantile, Allen Stephens and some other Huerfano county stores.
1916: More than 1,000 people attended the formal opening of the Huerfano River bridge on the Spanish Trail highway.
1922: A large number of Walsenburg people went up to La Veta on June 20 for that town’s third annual fish fry.
1929: The Sporleder Selling Company had its fifth annual picnic last Sunday with about 60 employees and guests present.
1936: Completion of U.S. Highway 160, the Navajo Trail, from Walsenburg to Monte Vista will be one of the first of the Colorado State Highway Department’s record road construction by the WPA in 1936.
1942: Friday night is Bargain Night at the Fox Theater – 20¢ admission for “Twin Beds” starring George Brent, Joan Bennett and Mischa Auer, plus “Below the Border” with Buck Jones, Tim McCoy and Raymond Hatton.
1947: Marianne Schafer has been selected by the Spanish Peaks Saddle Club to be their candidate for Miss State Fair.
1952: Shirley Gale Hudson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hudson of Walsenburg, was chosen by members of the Walsenburg Saddle Club to represent Huerfano County in the Colorado State Fair queen contest and a coronation dance to honor her will be Saturday night in the Mule Shoe Lodge.
1960: Two New Mexico men were killed while climbing Blanca Peak near the glacier about 40 miles die west of Walsenburg.
1967: Mark Fini won the championship flight with a total of 85 to take the junior spring golf tournament Monday. Bob Ariano was runner-up with a 95.
1974: Rev. Fr. Maurice Gallagher will have an outdoor mass Sunday, June 30 at 5 pm in the Stacy Drive playground, followed by a potluck Mexican supper.
1981: For Sale: 1,750 sq. ft. house with 360 sq. ft. basement, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, garage, in Walsenburg, $26,000. Reata Realty.