Walsenburg 1893: A shed was put up on the United Coal Company’s land two and a half miles up the track and more lumber is on the ground for other buildings. 1899: Henry Blickhahn is putting up a large hay and stock barn in the lower part of town for the accommodation of his fine herd of dairy cattle. 1905: Freeman Sumner, for the past five years the agent for the Denver and Rio Grande railroad in Walsenburg, has been transferred to Florence and was replaced by J.D. Cisney. 1911: Of the 18 students enrolled in the Beeville school, those being neither absent or tardy this term are John, George, Amelia and Arena Amidei and Verna Aibner 1917: A 24-piece Italian band and a new Italian war picture will be the features at the Walsen YMCA Tuesday. 1923: From 1907 to 1920, 34,802 coal miners were killed in this nation, just 16,000 fewer than American soldiers killed in the world war. 1929: Gaston and Oscar Santi have taken over the lease of the pavilion and swimming pool for the summer months. 1935: Maurice E. Cowing has declined the nomination to run for mayor against Incumbent Dr. G.R. Mallett. 1941: Considerable damage was done to the home of Mrs. Ada Neeley in the 100 block of West Fourth Street when the Walsenburg Holita Ditch overflowed and flooded the house. 1948: The Frontier Power Company office in Walsenburg announced this morning that a rate reduction has been placed in effect beginning immediately. 1954: County unemployment increased by 12.7 percent in the past two months and now totals 395 persons. In February, the figure stood at 771 persons without jobs. 1960: The St. Mary Crusaders walloped the Holy Trinity Tigers of Trinidad 51-29 to win a berth in the state parochial basketball tourney. 1966: St. Mary High School students won 11 awards at the third annual Trinidad State Junior College Science Fair. Their teacher Sr. Mary Lambert was named Most Outstanding science teacher in the district. 1972: Recall petitions against the District Re-1 school board members were being circulated in Walsenburg and Gardner today following a “resign or else” ultimatum given to the board Tuesday evening. 1978: The Walsenburg high school basketball games at the state tournament will be televised and shown on Channel 10. 1984: Letters of intent to run for County Commissioner from District No. 2 were filed by Donald E. Andreoli and Donald G. Andreatta, both of La Veta. 1990: Walsenburg and La Veta have been included, by amendment, to a resolution introduced in the Colorado Senate that will put the question of small stakes gambling on the November 6th ballot.
La Veta 1881: J.G. Cozad plays the lead character, Paddy Ryan, in the dramatic society’s play, “The Irish Tiger”, this Friday. Tickets are on sale at D.D. Ryus’s and J.F. Moore’s stores, at 35 cents for adults and 15 cents, children. 1896: The wind bloweth where it pleaseth yet we prefer this climate to the burning sands, bugs, lice, greenflies and ticks of Texas. 1902: A.H. Edmisten has put up a nice picket fence in front of his newly acquired property next door to the Clipper Saloon on Ryus Avenue. 1908: Work demolishing Edwin L. Smith’s old store was suspended because Town Board will not allow him to build a new frame store with iron siding under the fire limit ordinance. 1914: Mrs. A. Richards and Company will open the spring and summer millinery collection next week with imported and original models. 1920: Town Board has secured Adamson Park for use as a public camping ground next summer as well as some lots at the south end of Oak Street for the overflow. 1926: A new summer resort, Wahatoya Canon, is being developed on land leased from Mr. Young. Walsenburg people will build 18 cottages and stock the creek. 1930: Stanley Snyder has a new gas pump at the Old Curiosity Shop on Oak Street which supplies Independent gas and products. 1936: The Stitch and Chat extension club met Tuesday with hostess Mrs. Eugene Ellis and 18 members present. The new bylaws were adopted. 1942: The Citizens Ticket will have W.B. Hall for mayor, Karl Gilbert, clerk, Rev. J.H. Gerault, treasurer, and Ralph Garren, Joe Kincaid, George Smith, Tony Masinton, Emmett Smith and Lloyd Booth for trustees. The Independent party has already changed five of the six nominees for trustee. 1948: The La Veta Redskins have been eliminated from the district tournament by losing to Lakeside-Vineland twice, but they defeated Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek and Branson. 1956: The snow pack on La Veta Pass was measured at 25.1 inches, compared to 26.0 inches in 1955 and the 10-year average of 28.2 inches. 1963: Died, Edward Joseph Sanchez, 24, in an auto accident in the San Luis Valley. He is survived by his mother, Annie Sanchez, brothers Ernest, Henry and Richard Charlifue and Frederick Sanchez, and sister Mrs. Paul Gomez. 1969: On the honor roll from the eighth grade are Gary Riggins, Donnie Ryan, Henry Lupton, David Shrout, James Leatherwood and Henry Sanchez. 1975: New officers of the Columbine 4-H Club are Tammy Kreutzer, president, Billy Mayfield, vice president, Penny Kreutzer, secretary and Andrea Gray, reporter. 1981: The annual school band concert and barbecue dinner prepared by the Band Boosters will be this Sunday beginning at noon. 1987: Twenty-three La Vetans took advantage of the special airline rates last Tuesday and spent the day in Carson City, Nevada. 1993: Cuchara Valley Ski Resort in just the past week received bookings for more than 400 rooms during spring break.