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This week in history, for November 21, 2013

Walsenburg 1871: Interpreters for the next term of district court will be David Tobin, Antonio de la Riva and William L. Harmes.

1880: Turkeys have been in demand at $1.50 and $2.00.

1889: The students of the Walsen mines school are preparing to give an entertainment Thanksgiving eve, Wednesday, Nov. 27. Do not fail to go.

1897: The children of the public school will give a literary and musical entertainment Nov. 27.

1903: The miners’ strike is not taking hold. Hezron, a property of the Colorado Fuel and Iron, is the only mine closed by it. 1910: The high school girls basketball team gave the girls from Blanca a severe drubbing Saturday evening, winning 34-6. The Walsenburg boys won 52-5.

1916: Died, Joseph B Provence, 80, of Red Wing, a resident of this county for 35 years.

1924: City Council raised the mill levy for 1925 to 16 to raise an income of $34,000.

1931: Colorado Fuel and Iron Company donated $500 to Huerfano County for the general relief efforts of the unemployed, bringing that campaign’s total funds raised to date to $2,486.55.

1937: For the first time in history farmers dominate the relief rolls in Huerfano County, replacing coal miners.

1943: The Pio Marck family has five members in the armed forces. They are Pfc. Adolph and Pfc. Louis with the medical corps, Sgt. Albert of the Coast Artillery, Seaman 2nd Class Ernest with the Seabees and Pfc. Ruth at the base hospital in Tacoma, Wash.

1949: The new Hudson Pacemaker for 1950 goes on display today at City Motors.

1955: A Denver youth is in jail here after a shooting spree which injured one local boy and terrorized three girls at Huerfano County High School.

1962: Walsenburg received 6.5 inches of snow containing .47 inch of moisture in the first substantial snowstorm of the season. 1969: Wildlife Conservation Officer Frank Cordova says hunter safety training classes will be compulsory next year for all persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1949.

1975: City Council, on a 5-2 vote, approved a ten percent wage hike for all city employees. Members also approved 11 liquor licenses.

1981: For Sale: 1,750 square foot home, with 360 square foot basement, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, garage. 412 Pinon, $26,000. Reata Realty.

1987: City Council will purchase two 1988 Chevrolets from Lenzini Motor Company for the extraterritorial water and gas departments for $26,000.

1993: An eleven foot high bronze eagle was completed by Gardner artist Jim McCain and presented to the Colorado Veterans Nursing Home on Veterans Day.

La Veta 1876: La Veta, November 20 – Our town was thrown into a state of intense excitement at 8 o’clock this evening through the report of the brutal murder of John Brown, his wife and their daughter at their farm three miles from town.

1881: F.R. Hill moved his lumber yard this week to the southwest corner room of Francisco’s plaza, just outside of the downtown fire limits set by the town board.

1893: Willet R. Willis has been determined to be the winner in the county commissioner’s race against Joseph K. Kincaid. 1899: The Woodmen of the World and their ladies will have a social Thanksgiving night to include supper, music, songs, recitations and other attractions.

1906: An immense amount of hay is being shipped from this point. The wagons are lined up at the [railroad] cars daily.

1914: Some swings are being put up on the school grounds for the little folks.

1921: Miss Julia Ward has accepted a position as deputy in the La Veta post office.

1927: The Methodist Church ladies will serve Thanksgiving dinner Saturday at 1:30 after the high school football game beginning at 11.

1933: C.C. Webster of the La Veta Light, Heat and Power Company says one good reason to have the street lights in the center of the roadway is to stop runaways and drunk drivers – sometimes.

1940: The county’s complete and final official election results announced last Friday show Ben Pascoe defeated Harry Capps for county commissioner by 30 votes.

1946: Ed E. Ault, who has a ranch near town, sold his herd of 300 dairy goats to the cheese factory.

1952: The La Veta Chamber of Commerce will have a community meeting Monday evening in the Park Lane Hotel with a guest speaker from the University of Colorado with a report on bringing business and tourism into this area.

1958: Columbine 4-H Club elected Joyce Goemmer and Sharon Sager song leaders and Gloria Jean Williams, news reporter. 1965: Special services and an anniversary dinner will be held Sunday in the First Baptist Church which is celebrating its 93rd birthday.

1971: Dale Davis was elected president of the 4-H Rodeo Board, Louis Magnino was re-elected treasurer and Bob Hasenack will be assistant fair manager.

1977: Cuchara residents reported up to 34 inches of snow last week which greatly aids the watershed. 1983: A new resident in the valley is Jean Waller who is employed by John and Barbara Harrison in the ski rental shop at Cuchara Valley Resort where her twin Janet Waller Heine works.

1989: Kaye Wainscott and daughter Dreama Miller have moved to 403 Oak, known as the old Bunt Wagner house and most recently owned by John and Kathy Moody.

1995: William and Virgie Shrout had 17 at their annual family deer and elk hunt gathering. The reunion is in its fourth generation since the Shrouts moved to La Veta Pass in 1938.