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This week in History for March 10, 2011

La Veta
1902: Some three or four streets need to be opened up to traffic where new residences lately have been built.
1908: With the prevalence of diphtheria and whooping cough, school has been closed at least until March 16 to prevent the spread of these very contagious diseases.
1914: George A. Edmonston shipped the first cream from the new cooperative last week and says the farmers seem to be favorably disposed to this method of marketing their dairy product.
1922: A ladies basketball team was organized in town and they defeated the high school girls 20 to 14.
1928: Orval Clark was granted a lease by town board on land between Blocks 5 and 12 on unopened streets to use as a muskrat farm for an annual rental of $5.00.
1933: The three day bank holiday declared by Gov. Johnson on Saturday came as a surprise, and when it was followed by the president’s proclamation Sunday evening closing all banks for four days, it left the local people stunned.
1940: Six Huerfano County citizens, five of them current or former county officials, were indicted last week by a local grand jury for conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretenses.
1947: Donald Jameson and Douglas Gilbert, both La Veta High School graduates, were among the top 10% of the freshman class at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins.
1955: Town Board began steps to improve the water system at a cost of $58,500 and set a special election for April 12.
1963: George Davis of La Veta was elected chairman of the Huerfano County Democratic Central Committee by one vote over George Habib of Walsenburg.
1969: Sophomores on the honor roll for the past six weeks period are Eugene Quintana, Keith Flowerdew, Jeff Geiser, Buckie Padilla and Edward Aguirre.
1977: Icy conditions locally caused five auto accidents on county roads and highways March 2 and three more on March 4.
1985: The third issue of The Cucharan magazine will come out in April despite the setback of the Great Sewer Explosion.
1991: Born, a boy to Gary and Sandy Riggins, who joins Luke, John and Joel.

Walsenburg
1893: H.A. Cole will build immediately a nice 20 by 70 foot brick business house to lease to J.A.J. Valdez and Frank Day for use as a stationery and department store.
1902: The 12 coal mines within 12 miles of Walsenburg employ 1,200 men and the payroll totaled $864,000 last year.
1911: Tom Daily was arrested after he shot Dominick Morelli as the latter was emerging from the Pictou mine.
1920: Walter Crump bought Peter Krier’s house in the city as well as A.J. Steele’s 480 acre ranch southwest of here.
1927: The Walsenburg sign on Capitol Hill, which is 20 feet high, 100 feet long and contains 270 light globes, will be lighted for the first time on Thursday.
1934: Josephine Hernandez of Cameron won the Huerfano County spelling contest after being in a four way tie with Cassie Valdez of North Veta, Lorraine Benassi, Walsen and Esperanza Gallegos, Sunnyside.
1941: Expenditures of the Huerfano County commissioners in February was $7,022, bringing the total paid out for the year to $14,960.88.
1949: Margaret Montoya, 16, and Ned Valdez, 17, won the Talent Quest for the Stars of Tomorrow contest with their jitterbug dance. Second went to Joan Saccomanno, 15, a vocalist from Aguilar.
1955: Holt’s Drive Inn is now under the management of Josephine Marchiori and Mary Ozegovich. Open Daily. Pig in the Blanket special every Saturday.
1962: Output of coal during January was 6,909 tons, coming from the Calumet #2, Morning Glory, Maitland #1, Gordon, Major #3, Rugby #6 and Black Hawk mines.
1968: Dianna Walker and Robert Aguirre was named Sweetheart Queen and King at Walsenburg High School, with their attendants being Margie Tomassi, Rebecca Medina, Joe Santistevan, George Ross Lee and Tom Escobedo.
1975: City Council is considering the purchase of the old Safeway Store on West 6th Street for a city complex. Safeway is asking $90,000 and council estimates that $70,000 would be needed to remodel it.
1982: A Trinidad firm has won the contract to design the new emergency services building located in Fiesta Park.

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