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This week in history for May 10th, 2012


1896: The ladies of the Methodist Church will have a tea at Mrs. F.S. Hanna’s home on the hill. Bring 10¢ for the pastor’s salary.
1901: The artist painter gave the front of Dr. Grantham’s drug store a vivid red color.
1907: Two girls baseball teams played to an 18-16 result and a poor, deluded boy named Walter Jones umpired the game and escaped with his life.
1916: This year’s graduates of the Huerfano County High School are Marie Busch, Hazel Murray, Pearl Phipps, Mae Weston, Evalyn Capps, Tinny Martinez, Augusta Archuleta, Tito Jaramillo, Rick Duran, Robert Riley and Otto Unfug.
1923: What may be the largest still ever captured in the county was brought in Monday from Bear Creek.
1929: The senior class of HCHS will present “Honor Bright” this evening, with James French, Bemma Lou Dickson, Archie Allen, Reba Greer, Brynley Jones, Gilbert Sefton and Enid Foote.
1936: The new social security plan is in place but no one may qualify if their income and assistance shall exceed $30 a month.
1942: A total of 12,059 Huerfano County citizens have been issued sugar rationing cards under the new program, and up to 12,300 are anticipated.
1949: Tripe, 2 lbs. 25¢; coffee, 53¢ lb.; Italian sausage, 59¢ lb. Black and White Grocery, 623 Main, between Mode O’ Day and O’Byrnes.
1955: Washington Junior High and Washington Elementary won the county track meets at HCHS athletic field over St. Mary, La Veta, Walsen, Gardner, Hill, Redwing, Badito, Pass Creek, Dand and Chama.
1961: Norbert Valdez, 13, and Bobby Ruiz, 12, were winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars marble tournament in Walsenburg and will compete in the Colorado championship in Denver Sunday.
1967: According to a new state law, all riders of motor driven cycles must have a driver’s license by July 1st. Cost is $2.25.
1973: The Choraliers and Junior High Stage Band will give an operetta tonight in Washington School auditorium under the direction of Jewel Geiger.
1979: LaVerne Maes of Walsenburg will reign as Fiesta Day Queen at the 1979 Colorado State Fair in Pueblo in August.
1985: The REA will observe its 50th anniversary Saturday. The Rural Electrification Administration was formed May 11, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the project brought the total of rural families with electricity from 10% to 99%.
1991: A total of 1,197 registered voters of approximately 3,500 voted Tuesday to elect to the Re-1 School Board Elaine Lenzini, Julia Romero, Ernie Reynolds and Mickey D”Ambrosia.

La Veta

1893: Heber Turner has sold a one-eighth interest in the Copper King mine on Indian Creek for Henry W. Jones for $60.60.
1902: W.S. Kimsey, health officer, says all dead animals must be hauled to the dumping ground east of town and buried two feet below the surface of the ground. Those leaving dead animals unburied within town limits will be fined.
1908: Town Board ordered the opening of the alley running north and south in Block 15, and that Virginia Street be opened on the east end to town limits.
1915: The school election was a banner one with 405 votes cast. W.H. Hamilton was elected treasurer with 216 and J.P. Stranger secretary with 208. Ell Smith holds over as president.
1921: Town Board ordered all card tables and gaming devices be removed from the pool halls.
1927: A.W. “Scotty” Scott made an expedition into the hills last Sunday and says the rocks and trees are about the same as they were 20 years ago when he used to hunt, fish and tramp around.
1933: This year’s graduating class includes Olivia Mestas, Melba J. Craig, Virginia Akers, Bert R. Powell, Dorris Dickinson, Rosa M. Vernon, Doris Stream, E. George Smith, David Lee Holmes, John Smalley Jr., Bessie Melba Byouk, Rose Marie Bowdino and Eugene J. Wilkinson.
1941: Eugene Vories has been appointed supervisor of the CCC camp in Idaho Springs. He is the brother of Benton of La Veta.
1947: Redskin Arrow supplement to the La Veta Advertiser – Just 13 more days of school! Yippee! By E.F.
1953: The lack of moisture in Huerfano County was clear to Forest Ranger Lewis A. Cummings when he found no snow at the La Veta Pass snow course.
1962: Dick Willcox broke the high jump record set in 1952 with a five foot, 11 and ¾ inch leap in the district track meet in Alamosa last week.
1969: New directors of Re-2 School Board are Gilbert Arnold and Fred Falk who defeated incumbents John Geiser and Dora Quintana.
1976: The mild winter is blamed for the total absence of snow on La Veta Pass where last year there were 23 inches with 7.3 inches of water content.
1982: The Spanish Peaks Garden Club and high school vo-ag students will build a wall and make plantings when Exxon station puts in the new tanks adjoining town park to screen them from view.
1988: The staff at Baker Creek Restaurant – Suzy Chiapetta, Moses Aguirre, Joe Cordova and Ernie Fognani – will offer a Mother’s Day Brunch buffet for $8.95.

Bertha Trujillo

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