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This week in History for June 30, 2011

La Veta
1901: Jasper Kerby just bought for his livery stable a new double seated carriage at a cost of $150 for the use of sightseers coming in on the train.
1909: The railroad company is building two side tracks, each a half mile in length, on the Crumley ranch to accommodate the number of cars in the busy season.
1915: Mrs. Stella Craven, sister of Mrs. Edmonston, Mrs. Cutler and Mr. Sparks, is moving from Kansas to La Veta and will occupy the Strange house on Virginia.
1921: Miss Minnie Adamson has purchased what is known as the Colonel’s Park from her brother and offers to tourists camping spaces, rooms and a garage.
1928: Mr. Clark now has a half dozen furnished cabins for tourists, with electric lights, wood for fuel and hot and cold water.
1934: Parties are here from Kansas to start operations building a summer camp on the George Young place up the Wahatoya.
1940: Thirty-two enthusiasts attended the Huerfano Group of the Colorado Mountain Club’s weeklong nature study camp in Cuchara Camps.
1946: Charles Krier, his dog and a few bloodthirsty citizens killed about 30 rats in Charlie’s feed store last week.
1952: Mitch Kelloff will open the new Spur Theater July 2 with a new projector, screen, air conditioning, stage and curtain, rest rooms, lobby and push back seats. The film will be “Skirts Ahoy” with Esther Williams.
1961: The La Veta Art Gallery and Native Craft Shop will open this weekend on Main Street in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.
1967: The American Legion will have, for the 20th consecutive year, their annual fireworks display on the night of July 4th and say it is “one of the biggest ever”.
1973: Work is progressing very well at Panadero winter recreation area above Cuchara, according to Dave Jones, project manager, and groundbreaking for the office and information center is expected next week.
1979: The annual Fourth of July parade in Cuchara will begin at noon in front of the Country Store and end in the parkway where games and contests for the kids will be held.
1985: July 28 and 29 have been set as the dates for the annual Colorado National Texas Longhorn Show and Sale at Cuchara Valley Resort.

Walsenburg
1906: The north bound Colorado and Southern passenger train collided head on at Apache Friday night with the south bound regular freight, with Engineer Thomas badly injured about the head.
1914: Ying Lee, who has lived here the past 20 years, learned his wife has died in Canton, China. He had returned home four times to see his family but the law prohibits his wife from coming here.
1920: The Merritt Brothers sold their 1,800 acre sheep ranch for about $40,000 through the Neelley Realty Company.
1927: Bill Flynn, 14, holds the Walsenburg public school perfect attendance record of five honor awards, representing 720 days of perfect attendance, or five consecutive years.
1933: Approximately 700 men turned up last night at the World-Independent office to hear the round by round returns of the Carnera-Sharkey fight, blocking traffic on lower Main Street and extending a half a block up and down the street. The Italian, Carnera, won the decision.
1939: A modern drive-in, Froggy’s Poor Boy lunch counter, is being built in the old Martin Park adjoining the M&O Garage on the north side of Main Street.
1945: Since the local U.S.O Center has been closed, the Walsenburg Elks have opened their fraternal home to servicemen, including the showers, club room and parlor.
1951: Rev. Joseph F. Trudel will offer a solemn mass in Sacred Heart Church in Gardner in celebration of the golden jubilee of his ordination, followed by a dinner.
1956: Edward Cruz says he will again give free tennis lessons to Walsenburg children.
1962: Elaine Vanotti of Bear Creek will be queen of the Jim Like rodeo starting this weekend, with attendants Gloria Jean Williams and Barbara Willis of La Veta.
1968: Fourth of July at Lathrop State Park will include races, games, horseshoe pitching, bingo, a penny scramble, food booths, fishing, boating and the Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher contest.
1975: Miss Lori Corsentino, 15, of Walsenburg was crowned Huerfano County 4-H Rodeo Queen Saturday night at a coronation dance held in La Veta. Diane Hasenack of La Veta is runner-up.