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This Week in History for March 10, 2016

Walsenburg 1883: Another man has been crushed by a boulder at the coal banks. 1890: The horse race offering the $500 purse has been cancelled because one of the horses is sick. 1896: Ernest Adolph Lidle, 41, left Germany in 1882 and went to Trinidad, then Walsenburg where he has been operating the City Meat Market, and is now in partnership with Christ F. Lutz, 30, also a native of Germany. They have just secured a contract to provide 500 pounds of sausage per week to the Sopris company store. 1902: Walsenburg has three churches, two newspapers, a bank, water works, electric lights, two depots, an opera house, one lumber yard, a wholesale liquor, wholesale grocery, bottling works, three hotels, two liveries, two restaurants, long distance telephone service, one department store and a fire department. 1908: A fire in the rear of J.B. Johnson’s store Wednesday was quickly contained with the use of a fire extinguisher with bichloride soda and sulphuric acid. 1914: For sale: Plymouth Rock Eggs for setting. Fifteen eggs for 75 cents. See A.S. Neely. 1919: The new Shaddy Brothers Mercantile will open April 1. 1924: The Colorado Bakery will open soon in their new building one and a half blocks west of the post office on West Sixth Street in an up to date brick building. 1930: Huerfano Drug Company installed a new $500 cash register which shows a complete record of each transaction on a printed slip. 1936: The annual firemen’s ball Saturday night drew one of the largest crowds of the year which danced to the music of two bands until the early hours of Sunday. 1942: St. Mary School will be closed tomorrow so the priests and sisters can attend the installation

of the Most Reverend Joseph C. Willging as bishop of the diocese of Pueblo in Pueblo. 1948: John Boddy of 316 West Cedar holds the recognition of being the first Walsenburger to subscribe to the World Independent during its current sales campaign. 1954: Bobby Vigil, a Walsenburg’s marble champion, will be a part of the Parade of Champions in Denver Monday. 1961: George Niebuhr was re-elected chairman of the Huerfano County Democrats, Erma Menghini, vice president and Mina Yourick, treasurer. Wilfred Martinez was elected secretary to replace Ida Boscia. 1967: Receiving awards at the first annual Agri-Business Dinner were J.H. Avent of Gardner for Conservation, John Corsentino, Walsenburg, Farmer, and Floyd Jeter, Walsenburg, Wildlife Conservation. Joe C. Corsentino was named Huerfano County’s nominee for State Outstanding Young Farmer award. 1972: U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant David J. Ladurini has completed training as a fighter bomber weapons system operator and will be stationed in Thailand. 1978: The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a fashion show, dinner and dance April 14 in the Rio Cucharas Country Club. 1984: The new Children’s Room in the Huerfano County Public Library basement is almost complete. 1990: Longtime owner and operator of the Rambler Restaurant, Nola Geiser, is the new manager of Marlboro Inn Restaurant and Lounge.

La Veta 1881: The newspaper office sports a brand new sign,the handiwork of L.W. Burtch who is also our barber, carpenter, surveyor, assayer and paper hanger. 1889: Our county clerk for the past eight years, John H. Brown, came to Huerfano County in 1862 and has operated a general store in Walsenburg for 12 years. 1895: Fred Sager, John Goemmer and Joseph Ward, students at Tillotson Academy in Trinidad, live on the third floor fo the school and can prepare their meals in the basement. $1.50 per week is the cost of board. 1901: A small railroad bridge just west of the depot caught fire from some ashes off the night passenger train and will be rebuilt. 1907: C.L. Martin shipped in three (railroad) carloads of ice from South Fork for the meat market. This is the first time anyone can remember that La Veta has not been able to produce her own ice crop. 1913: Five cases of smallpox have been discovered in the eastern portion of town and the school will be closed for one week for fumigating. 1918: A wreck on La Veta Pass Sunday caused a railroad car loaded with emigrant goods to fall over the grade just east of the big tunnel, killing four horses and three mules and turning the man’s auto into twisted steel. 1923: Frank Lacombe came over from San Luis with wagons Tuesday to get the La Veta Leader newspaper printing outfit. 1928: Albert Campbell bought that portion of the Red Sager ranch, lately owned by Allen Roush and his mother Mrs. Rosa Wright, lying north of the railroad track, and the latter retain about 100 acres on the south side. 1934: The Luptons have leased Tony Bowdino’s ranch adjoining town and Mr. Bowdino has moved his family to their Wahatoya place. 1941: Russia is the only nation in the world that is truly neutral. She honestly hopes all the others will lose. 1946: E.H. Hollenback, a prospector who has lived in the hills north of La Veta for many years, was taken to Colorado State Hospital as mentally unbalanced. 1952: The elementary school and junior high students will present a musical program tonight in the school gym with a square dance performed by the fourth and fifth grades. 1958: Ken Leatherwood is leader of the newly organized Short Circuit 4-H Club and Elden Falk, assisted by Jack Rickards, is leader of the Big Spruce Forestry Club. 1965: La Veta received about a foot of snow this week and sub-zero temperatures. 1971: The home of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Aguirre and children on West Grand caught fire which destroyed the kitchen. 1977: Thirty-one members and sponsors of the high school ski team enjoyed a ski trip to Wolf Creek March 7. 1983: Re-2 School Board will hire a Denver firm to build the cafeteria addition to the elementary school with a bid of $189,000. 1988: The fashions of Karen Kmetz and Barbara Leighou will be featured in a style show and luncheon March 25. 1994: The Scenic Highway of Legends members of Huerfano and Las Animas counties had a dinner meeting in Baker Creek Restaurant at the ski area.

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