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This week in History for May 1 2014


1883: Postmaster Harmes of Huerfano Canon said a great many children there and at Turkey Creek are dying in the diphtheria epidemic. 1889: A corps of Denver and Rio Grande Railroad surveyors came Monday to make proper surveys for enlarging the facilities for loading coal at the various mines, especially at Pictou where there is little room for tracks. 1895: There is a rumor the D&RG will run a track up from Apishapa to the town of Aguilar. 1901: Some miscreant, without fear of the law, stole the feared volume of Colorado Statutes from Justice of the Peace Arnold’s court last week. 1907: S.J. Capps and Sons offer for sale a large tract of 1,080 acres of land for sale within seven miles of the Santa Clara coal camps, with water, alfalfa, large pines for a sawmill and a school house. 1913: The town board is accepting bids for a concrete crossing and aqueduct at Main and Third streets. 1919: A ten and a half pound son has been born to Frank Mauro. 1926: The Elks Lodge has closed negotiations to obtain the Murray property at the corner of East Sixth and Russell streets as the site for their future club building. 1932: The Delcarbon upper grade students planned to climb Greenhorn Mountain Saturday but the blizzard intervened so they had a

covered dish dinner in the schoolhouse with some of their parents. 1938: Paul Nesbit has been hired to replace C. Albert Anderson as superintendent and principal of Huerfano County High School. 1944: Miss Margie Thornberry has accepted a position in the mining engineering department of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company. 1951: Tom Dabney, manager of the Frontier Power Company here, says they are installing a new mercury vapor light on the South Main Street bridge. 1957: Thirty-nine students of Huerfano County’s rural schools attended the convention of the Young Citizens League in Denver where Danny Vasquez, 13 and a seventh grader at Pass Creek, was elected state president. 1964: Ellis Beef Ravioli, 30¢; 49½ oz. Tide, 80¢; 2 bath bars Camay, 33¢. Safeway. 1971: Winning the Cub Scout pinewood derby were Nicholas Agnes, first, David Vigil, second and Anthony Pino, third. 1977: The LMN Wagon Train of Tanky Lowry, John McNabb and Frank Noga will leave Walsenburg Community Center June 30 and travel up the Huerfano River, cross Pass Creek and reach La Veta Pass on July 4 where the holiday will be celebrated. Extra horses are for rent for those who want to ride along. 1983: Spectators are invited to the Grand March of the Junior Senior Prom, “A Night in Paradise”, in the Walsenburg High School gym Saturday Night. 1989: The Roping and Riding Club is making good progress on construction of the Gardner arena but more volunteers are welcome to help get the arena ready for the rodeo in June, which this year will be combined with the Firemen’s Ball on June 24.

La Veta

1881: G.W. Frederick, president of the La Veta Coal and Mining Company, of Emporia, Kansas, is here to supervise work on the company’s mines on the West Spanish Peak over the summer months. 1887: The WCTU Hall will be the future meeting room for the city fathers, at a cost of 50 cents per meeting, to include fuel and light. 1893: The Alamo Hotel has obtained the services of a good barber in the person of J.C. Cooper, a colored tonsorial artist. 1899: Clough and Anderson, the railroad grading contractors working on the new standard gauge line, have moved their hospital for smallpox sufferers three miles east of town where there is a good spring. 1905: The coal and hay scarcity which almost amounted to a famine has been troubling this locality the past two weeks and people have been burning any old thing they could get their hands on. 1911: On heavy, wet grounds, and in a heavy rain, La Veta defeated the fast Columbine team from Walsenburg 9-2. Pitcher Walter Prator allowed only three hits during the five innings. 1917: Walter “Sunny” Prator and Miss Lillie Price were married Thursday by Judge Paul Ghiardi. She is the orphan living with the Charles Prator family. 1923: Lisle Thomas is preparing a tennis court next to his home for use by himself and the other tennis fiends. 1930: At the Crystal Theater Saturday and Sunday, Hoot Gibson in “A Mounted Stranger”, a picture full of pep and action, plus a two reel comedy, “Newly’s Headache.” Admission 15¢ and 35¢. 1936: Otto Drum resigned from Town Board on account of having a civil service position with the post office and J.F. McMillan was selected to fill the vacancy. 1942: School was very quiet this week since so many students could not get to town due to high water. 1948: The ladies of the Presbyterian Church entertained the members of the high school senior class with a breakfast Thursday morning. 1955: Most kids are well informed about everything they don’t have to study in school. 1961: The two month old adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hildebrand arrived last Thursday and joined a sister, Nancy. 1967: James Ford has resigned as instructor of commercial subjects at La Veta High School and Mrs. Avis Young will take over his classes until school closes. 1973: Karla Falk was guest of honor Monday evening at a bridal shower in the Hub Restaurant at the Spanish Peaks Motel on Ryus Avenue. 1979: La Veta Fire Protection District will soon have its second fire truck. It has a 1,000 gallon capacity. 1985: Bubby Morgan was recently named the winner of a 1985 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. 1991: Reiging over prom activities last Saturday night were Queen Landei Lessar and King Shawn Smith.

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