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This week in history for Nov. 4 2010

La Veta

1902: The Old Ladies Society decided to provide a dinner on election day in the Hazard building opposite the Baptist Church for 25¢ a plate and took in $16 on it.

1909: Town Board ordered that some hitching posts be placed along the north side of west Ryus Avenue for all-day visitors.

1916: The kids did less damage than usual on Hallowe’en, not because they have reformed but because most people take more care in putting away their belongings.

1921: Lisle Thomas is building an adobie [sic] house which will have a stucco finish on west Garland, and be 53 by 33 square feet with five rooms, a bathroom, pantry and closets, in the popular bungalow style.

1928: Special Marshal Dean had a jail full of kids who were making themselves a nuisance on Halloween night.

1933: Pioneer John Albert said he saw the ruins of an old Spanish Fort prior to 1847 and they were fairly well preserved.  They were on or near the present Francisco plaza.

1940: Jessie Carver won first for her costume and Helen Feldman took second at Tuesday Night Study Club’s hilarious Halloween party.

1946: This will be known down through the ages as the year of the “big” snow.  Fifty inches of snow fell in La Veta with the depth increasing toward the foothills.  The weekend storm prevented church services and there were no school classes all week.

1951: Maryalameda Moore was crowned homecoming queen by Billy Riggins, football team captain at LVHS.  Her attendants were Margaret Viola, Henrietta Duzenack, Angela Ferrari and Myrna Bowdino.  La Veta beat Primero 12-0.

1960: Some 150 La Veta children and young adults trick or treated for the benefit of UNICEF on Halloween evening.

1966: Rev. and Mrs. Wayne Thompson and family are moving to Black Forest next week after spending four years in La Veta with the Mountain View Baptist Church.

1973: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Folse have opened Mike’s Leisure Life Enterprises at 206 S. Main, selling television sets, carpets, counter tops, eight track tapes and L.P. recordings.

1980: The high school forensics team won second in the Rocky Ford Invitational last Saturday out of eight teams in competition.


1898: We have often wondered why more circuses do not visit this town.  A happy thought strikes us.  The local democratic leaders furnish enough of that sort of amusement with no admittance charged.

1905: Several hundred dollars worth of property was destroyed Hallowe’en with signs maliciously torn down and many out houses overturned and demolished.

1911: The ladies of the Eastern Star will give a ball Thanksgiving Eve in Mazzone’s Hall.  Admission $1.00 for couples.

1918: Mrs. Della McMahon, daughter of our pioneer William Speed, died of the Spanish influenza and was buried in the family cemetery north of the Huerfano Butte.

1925: Bring those aching feet to me.  W.E. Bertram, chiropodist, office located in Barron’s Turkish Bath.

1932: A Walsenburg corporation has purchased the famous Ojo Caliente or Hot Springs near Toas [sic], New Mexico.  The property contains the hot springs, 40 cabins, a hotel to house 20 and bath houses.

1939: Midget Grocery and Market: Pascal celery, 2 bunches 11¢; grapes, 4 lbs. 27¢, pot roasts, 17½¢ pound.  The Wise Woman Is Seen at the Midget.

1945: Several hundred Huerfano County servicemen were discharged in October and many have returned home already.

1953: Two performances of the local talent show Nov. 12 in the Fox Theater will be for the benefit of the tennis court project.

1959: Elected councilmen in Tuesday’s municipal election were Harry Haines, Anastazya Lencz, Derito Bonicelli, Francis O’Rourke, Fred Eccher, Ida Sapeda, Gilbert Garbizo and Marie Pavlick.

1965: Mrs. Alfred Newman Jr. is the new correspondent for the Pueblo Chieftain.

1972: About 100 attended the Cub Scout Halloween party.  Prizes went to Steve Lee Barela, funniest costume, Neal Newman, scariest and Donald DeVan, most original.

1978: Xavier Atencio, Walsenburg native, has been an animator for Walt Disney for 40 years, working on Mickey Mouse cartoons.

1986: Cigarettes, $9.44 carton. Loaf ‘N Jug.

1991: Brian and Gretchen Orr have purchased SPIRIT magazine which has been produced for four years by Huerfano County Economic Development.

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