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This week in History for June 9, 2011

La Veta
1895: About 200 Woodmen of the World members and families from Trinidad and Walsenburg came up Thursday morning for a picnic on the La Veta picnic grounds. Both the city bands were here and the entire group, 231 in all, then went up La Veta Pass on the Denver and Rio Grande railroad.
1903: Members of the local lodge of the Odd Fellows celebrated its second birthday last Saturday with a social time, late supper and entertainment in their hall.
1911: The proposition to issue bonds to build in District No. 9, La Veta, a new, large school house was voted down 59-44.
1920: A conductor on the D&RGW was killed when he jumped from a railroad car to the tender and fell beneath the wheels.
1926: Clarence Summers sold his store at Ojo to Carmen Fenicottero.
1932: Lawrence Kreutzer caught a four pound, five ounce trout, 22 inches long, in an irrigation ditch Tuesday.
1939: The county treasurer’s office in the courthouse was robbed Saturday night and $762.44 in cash was taken as well as tax records for all of 1938 and to date in 1939.
1944: The local Red Cross organization will have an Apron and Overall dance in Kincaid Hall Saturday evening, June 17, with music furnished by the Yokum Orchestra.
1952: State Representative J.M. McMath of La Veta announced he will seek reelection.
1959: A total of 425 people visited the Francisco Fort Museum Saturday, the largest number ever registered on a single day.
1965: John W. Albright has purchased 715.25 acres of land about a mile and a half northeast of La Veta for about $75,000.
1973: Cleo’s Drug and Liquor Store on Main Street was broken into and $50 in cash plus $200 worth of fireworks, knives, a watch and jewelry was stolen.
1979: Grayce Mestas Konieczny of Seaside, CA, has purchased her old family home, that once belonged to Felix B. Mestas Sr., at 128 E. Ryus, for a summer residence.
1985: Jeff Geiser, head coach at Adams State College, and Brett Arnold, who will soon to be his assistant, both La Veta natives, were part of the Golf with the Broncos last weekend in Denver.
1991: Grandote Golf and Country Club will host a beach party Saturday and Sunday with an 18-hole scramble, shish-ka-bobs and live music on the deck.

1892: The Doctors McGuire have purchased a fine electric battery of 40 cells with which to shock their patients.
1900: Dr. D.W. Mathews performed very delicate surgery on Mrs. Thomas Sproull and it is hoped she will recover.
1907: Town Board passed an ordinance compelling the laying of cement or flag stone sidewalks on Main Street from Third to Seventh streets at once, and for two blocks on each side of Main.
1914: Robert Caldwell came in Saturday night from the northwestern part of the county on his annual trip to the county seat.
1922: The Walsenburg Furniture and Dry Goods Company will open a dry goods, shoes, etc., store called the Huerfano Bargain Center in a room in the Victoria Hotel on South Main Street this week.
1930: Bunting and flags were put up on five blocks of Main Street for the Eagles and DeMolay conventions here next week.
1936: Thirty men, 10 teams and a tractor have been working on a bridge 37 miles east of Walsenburg on Highway 10 for many weeks and it will be completed soon.
1943: Walsenburg Elks Lodge No. 1086 will sponsor its annual Flag Day program Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock in the lodge.
1950: Preliminary census reports indicate the population in Walsenburg and Huerfano County is waning, with 5,579 in the city, compared to 5,855 in 1940, and 10,520 in the county, down 5,930 from 1940.
1957: County Clerk Conrad Cordova says 3,736 vehicles were registered in Huerfano County in 1956, and by May 31 of this year, his office had already registered 3,123.
1964: Huerfano County Sportsman’s Club is offering a $50 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who vandalized a toilet wall and chopped up two picnic tables at Lathrop State Park.
1971: First National Bank in Walsenburg will have its premier showing of its new drive up bank facility at Sixth and Albert streets on June 11 and 12.
1978: The comedy play, “Thieves,” was presented last Friday and Saturday at the Red Rocks Dome near Gardner.
1986: Nine Walsenburg merchants will participate in the Splash of Fashion Show June 21 poolside at Rio Cucharas Inn.

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