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This week in History for May 26, 2011

La Veta
1901: William H. Woodruff is stocking candies, fruits and nuts, newspapers, books and stationery at the La Veta Book Store.
1908: Charles A. Whitney of the San Juan Forest Preserve will take Ranger D.E. Fitton’s place in La Veta as supervisor.
1913: Miss Jennie Tweedy closed her school at Alliance for the term and now is clerking in the Cisney and Sparks store.
1919: Neal Baysinger was smiling when he left for military service in Europe and he was still smiling when he returned.
1925: A truckload of kids was selling for $1.50 a head last Saturday, since which time pitiful cries for mama have been heard on every side. The kids were of the four-legged variety.
1931: La Veta opened the baseball season Sunday with a 12-1 win over Alamo.
1938: Arthur, Ernest and Lois Prator of Tercio attended the Junior-Senior Prom in town last Friday evening in order to be with their former classmates for the occasion.
1944: Fire totally destroyed the La Veta Hotel, liquor store and the adjoining theater on Ryus Avenue and heavily damaged the bakery building on Main Street.
1950: She was only a candy-counter girl, but she sure knew her suckers.
1956: Charles “Jerry” Masinton, graduating senior of La Veta High School, has been named winner of the Engineering Experiment Stations scholarship to the University of Colorado.
1962: Richard Seals has been hired as new principal of La Veta High School to replace James Gribben who has resigned.
1970: This year’s graduates are Judy Mae Dean, Dee Ann Disert, Dale Edward Duzenack, Maurice Eugene Heikes, Norman Wayne Lupton, Donald Edward Magnino, Larry Morris Pittman, Floyd Stephen Robino and Wayne Sanford Underwood.
1976: District Re-2 School Board will remodel the present school building in order to house the Vocational Agriculture program for the 1976-77 school year.
1982: Volunteers for Inter Valley Animals (VIVA) will have a bake sale Saturday, May 29, in front of The Gallery on Main Street to raise funds for their spay and neuter clinics.

Walsenburg
1903: All veterans of the Blue and the Grey, also the Spanish war veterans, are earnestly solicited to attend the memorial services Sunday morning in the Methodist Church.
1909: All veterans of the Blue and Grey and the Spanish War are requested to wear their uniforms to church Sunday, meet at Wycoff Drug and march to the Presbyterian Church.
1916: A.C. Schafer was given a Sock Shower in honor of his engagement to wed Miss Lillian Erwin of La Veta.
1922: Hundreds attended the ball game to see Walsenburg defeat Dawson 14-10.
1930: Showing at the Fox Valencia Friday and Saturday will be “Roadhouse Nights” starring Charlie Ruggles, Helen Morgan and Jimmy Durante. It’s a scream!
1937: County Engineer A.S. Willburn has moved his office from the basement of the courthouse to the second floor and the welfare office has moved into the basement.
1942: Baseball grounds are being completed for youth at the county fairgrounds and on West 6th Street and county officials are working with City Council this week to establish additional recreational and playground facilities at Martin Lake.
1949: City Council has agreed to purchase the Coler Ditch systems for $50,000, including both Horseshoe and Martin lakes.
1954: Thirty-six eighth graders of St. Mary School received diplomas last night with William Pazar giving the valedictory.
1960: Emil Blasi and Priscilla Dratter were appointed co-editors of the St. Mary High School Paladin for the 1960-61 school year.
1966: Jari’s Café on Highway 10 at the I-25 interchange will give customers a piece of their new “Flavor Crisp” chicken Saturday to introduce the new feature.
1971: Although Memorial Day is Sunday it will be observed as a legal holiday Monday in compliance with the new federal law enabling many persons to have a three day holiday.
1977: Ernest “Butch” Bellotti , owner of U-B Grocery at 721 Main, was forced into the meat cooler while two men stole $37 from his sister, clerk Minnie Ugolini, at gunpoint.
1983: Mazzone Hall, built in 1905 by Charles Mazzone for his family home, was gutted by fire Wednesday morning after the Tuesday night meeting of the Knights of Columbus.