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This week in history for March 29, 2012


1893: The marshal made a mistake and put a man somewhat under the influence through the window of the Wycoff Brothers Drug Store instead of in the cooler.
1900: We believe the town ditch should be either boxed or tiled because it’s unsightly and unhealthy. It also encroaches the wagon road along the Cucharas road especially just above the Colorado & Southern depot.
1908: The new sewer system has been formally accepted by the town board and anyone desiring to connect with the same should make formal application with the town clerk.
1916: Elected directors of the Walsenburg Chamber of Commerce are John Kirkpatrick, Fred Sporleder, Ralph Stanley, all for three year terms, Ralph Snodgrass, Ernest Krier and Dr. A.L. Trout, two years.
1922: We hear 3rd Street is to be extended across the arroyo.
1929: Hazel Lakes of Farr School won the county oratory contest and Edwin Pospahala of Walsen was second place winner.
1936: The Huerfano County High School senior class play “Little Women”, featuring Rosann Dissler as Jo, Kay Unfug as Meg, Birdie Larsen as Beth and Joyce Merritt as Amy, will be presented tonight.
1943: Died, W.E. Wilson, 81, a pioneer rancher of Red Wing, who drowned after falling into an irrigation pond near his home. He leaves his brother Robert and sisters Mrs. A.A. Campbell of La Veta and Mrs. Bruce Tirey of Malachite.
1949: Huerfano County coal pits produced 552,931 tons in 1948, with Kebler #2 the best producer and Gordon the second. Average employment for the year was 636.5.
1955: Vince Ferraro was elected president of the PTA last night, replacing Louis Nardine. Mrs. Lewis Edmundson was elected first vice president, John Mall second vice president, Mrs. Allan Withers secretary and Mrs. Asad George, treasurer.
1963: Laurel Davis, 14, Walsenburg Junior High, Henry Rohr, 13, La Veta School and Deidre Lenzini, 13, St. Mary School, won top honors in the county spelling bee and will represent Huerfano County in the Rocky Mountain News state contest in Denver.
1970: Twenty-seven “pink ladies”, also known as the hospital auxiliary, were feted by the hospital staff for their three years of hard work.
1977: Middle School teacher John Geiger resigned as president of the Walsenburg Classroom Teachers Association and vice president Joan Crump will replace him.
1983: Former City Councilman and retired PAD employee Max Romero has been hired county mapper, replacing Gene Benine who resigned. He will receive an annual salary of $16,050.
1989: Gerald and Erin Jerant recently opened Hollowpoint Gun Shop at 340 W. 7th..
1995: Wow! Walsenburg got just what it needed this week when 18 inches of snow in two storms fell, bringing the March total to 28 inches and the season’s to 63 inches.

La Veta

1882: Our daughter, Keo A. King, has been suffering with a bout of pneumonia and nearly died, so the paper is out late this week [written by Editor/Owner J.B. King].
1896: It is a pity that some people cannot learn to attend to their own business. Recently, while we were trying to raise a flirtation with a good looking, unmarried schoolmarm, a crusty old bachelor wished to know how our wife and children were. It was indeed embarrassing.
1903: V.N. Lester has purchased the Bissell property on east Ryus Avenue and we understand he will build two more nice dwelling houses for renting purposes.
1910: All groceries on sale at cost and some below at the Post Office Store until this department is closed out. C.B. Campbell.
1917: Died, Martha Jane Prator of pneumonia. She was born in Georgia in 1860 to Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Bruce and came to La Veta in May of 1870. On Dec. 5, 1880 she married Augustus Prator and they lived on the Wahatoya. Of eight children born to the couple, seven survive their parents.
1924: The school board of District #9, La Veta, is contemplating bonding for a two-room addition to the building to relieve the congestion.
1931: The new street lights have been moved from the center of the street to the sidewalks and motorists will have little excuse for running into them anymore.
1938: About 600 are registered to vote in the town election.
1945: The freshman class had its party last Friday night with 35 people in attendance to enjoy games and dancing with Mrs. Frost playing the piano.
1953: Playing at the Spur Theater Sunday through Tuesday, “She’s Working Her Way Through College” starring Virginia Mayo and Ronald Reagan, plus “Flame of Araby” with Jeff Chandler and Maureen O’Hara.
1961: The Pep Club had its annual banquet to honor the ball clubs and their coach.
1968: Bryan Denton’s term as town marshal ended March 14 so Myrrl Smith is filling in until the town election.
1975: Wanda Jameson left March 21 for a 22-day tour of Australia.
1982: The house being moved from the Rorick ranch took three days to reach its new location in Huajatolla Estates. The first time this house was moved was as a two-room residence when the Smiths bought the old Drum ranch about 1910.
1989: After one of its most successful seasons, Cuchara Valley Resort closed Wednesday due to a lack of snow and above average temperatures.

A traditional German Dance

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