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this week in history for October 10, 2013


1881: Judges of election for the Walsenburg precinct will be M. Standley, John Albert and Joseph Bourcey.
1894: B.N. Whitman has received his commission to be the postmaster at the newly established Apache post office.
1900: Walter Arnold had a hand to hand fight with a bear which he said looked to weigh a ton when it reared up in front of him. When he finished with him, however, he was found to weigh only 280 pounds.
1906: H.W. Read has about 30 tons of oats to stack yet, which will make about three tons of hay to the acre.
1912: The town trustees are planning a 35 mill levy to defray town expenses, which were formerly paid from the profits from saloon licenses, if the prohibition question is approved in the November election.
1918: Manuel Martinez, fine groceries, fruits, candies, cigars and general merchandise. South Main Street.
1924: The new post office on Main Street opened this morning.
1930: Corsentino brothers began yesterday the loading of sugar beets from their place just east of Walsenburg for shipment to the American Sugar Company at Rocky Ford.
1936: Closing Out Sale: Sofa and Chair Set in Burgundy Mohair, $65.00. A.J. Dissler, 133 West Sixth Street.
1942: The St. Mary Parish fair, an annual event for the past 31 years, has been called off for this year due to the war conditions.
1948: The First State Bank, Colorado Employment Service and the county courthouse will be closed Oct. 12 for Columbus Day, though the post office will be open for regular business hours.
1954: The Hideaway, the club just beyond the railroad overpass on Highway 160, will have its grand opening Saturday night.
1960: Rita Archuleta will be Walsenburg High School homecoming queen and Pat Medina, Ida Gomez, Louise Quintana, Carol Lessar and Shirley Ann Martinez will be her attendants.
1966: School District Re-1, in cooperation with Trinidad State Junior College, will offer night classes in math, G.E.D., typing, shorthand, knitting and sewing.
1971: Vying for the title of W.H.S. homecoming queen are Laura Vezzani and Debbie Bonicelli. Attendants will be Cinda Behringer, junior, Sharon Santi, sophomore and Gaylene Garbizo, freshman.
1977: Although the new Pizza Hut north of town was slated to open next week, City Council has not yet approved a water tap.
1984: Construction has begun on a new commercial building adjacent to George’s Drive Inn. It is an 1,800 square foot building destined to be Jill Sudar’s used furniture and clothing store.
1991: Ray Price has returned to Huerfano County after assisting with reconstruction of some historic buildings at Boggsville. He lived in the Alamo area north of Walsenburg beginning in 1925, attended Black Hills School and left for the Army in 1942. He is related to the Bent brothers, Vigils, Fields, Josefa Jaramillo Carson and Daniel Boone.

La Veta

1876: The first meeting of the town trustees was held Oct. 9 on the day of the town’s incorporation with members G.W. Morton, Joseph Baker, J.B. Brink, Samuel Todd and Chairman John M. Francisco.
1887: F.M. Fain and J.D. Tracy were removed from town council as non-residents and the board elected as replacements M.T. Hills and F.A. Moore. J.W. Manley was elected marshal and street commissioner.
1898: William Smith was made district chairman with Alex McDonald, both of La Veta, was made secretary at the democratic, populist and silver parties convention here last Monday.
1904: One of the heating stoves in the primary department collapsed Wednesday at the school house but prompt action by the janitor averted a serious fire.
1910: G Stands for Groceries and Also for Garren. Go to One to Get the Other.
1916: Kincaid’s Hall was packed Saturday evening for the performance of the four women composing the Beverly Entertainers, the first number of the Winter Lyceum Course.
1922: A child’s dresser made by Robert Baldwin in Canon City is constructed of more than 3,000 little pieces of wood and is on sale at Ownbey’s furniture store on Main Street.
1928: Dick Baker and George Coleman have the contract to build a cement house of roomy proportions on the Crouse ranch. Levy Construction Company of Walsenburg is moving the old house from the same place to a more convenient location.
1932: There will be an agricultural exhibit in the basement of the Methodist Church on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The annual event is this year sponsored by the Rev. Hanford Miller along with the farmers and housewives.
1939: O.D. Howlett is celebrating his 75th birthday today and tomorrow he and his wife will observe their 53rd wedding anniversary.
1945: The Girls Glee Club elected Virginia Lee Sager president, Barbara Brown, vice president, Jewel Parker secretary and Dorothy Mae Kopine, treasurer.
1951: Sixty friends attended the Harvest Breakfast served by the ladies of the Women’s Society of Christian Service Wednesday morning in the Methodist church.
1958: A recent visitor at the Francisco Museum was Henry Thomas Sefton of Texas, whose father H.T. Sr., also known as “Baldy Scott”, was a prominent cattleman here in the early days.
1964: Ranger Mosier installed a 50-foot tall antenna at the forest service station last week to communicate with the forest service truck.
1970: Peggy Arnold, senior, was crowned homecoming queen last Friday by Bucky Padilla. Her attendants were Nancy Bailey, senior, Irene Duzenack, junior, Amy Cross, sophomore and April Cross, freshman.
1977: Bill Butler of the Wahatoya attended his 50th high school reunion in Lamar and so did Ines Prator of La Veta. They discovered they are cousins.
1983: Deputy Gary Kramer, who began his duties on Sept. 24, has resigned, according to Marshal Chad Chaddick.
1989: An estimated 2,500 people attended the third annual Oktoberfest celebration last Saturday, where there were 70 booths with arts and crafts, foods and general merchandise.