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This week in history for October 11, 2012


1896: Twenty-one students are enrolled in the Gardner school where Mrs. L.C. DeCamp is teacher.
1902: Homes are under construction on Capitol Hill for A.P. McIntire, Mrs. Quillian and George Patterson and wife.
1908: Earl, Ethel, Frances and Jeff Rogers spent Saturday evening and Sunday with their aunt, Mrs. Joshua Morris, and family at their ranch at Capps.
1915: John Stamas and Mike Koukas were killed in the Walsen mine by a fall of rock.
1921: Sam Bulovsky and his nephew Alex have bought an interest in the Walsenburg Furniture Company and added dry goods and gents furnishings.
1929: Girls at the Walsenburg telephone exchange say “Please” on the average of 5,500 times each day, according to H.A. Mashburn, manager.
1935: Safeway Store opens Tuesday in its new location which is the former N. Joseph Grocery on Seventh Street, next to Table Queen Bakery.
1941: Died, J.W. Sears, a resident since 1915 and former mayor of Walsenburg. He and his cousin Everett operated a business at Fourth and Main streets.
1948: At the organizational meeting last night, the Walsenburg Jaycees named Floyd Murr, president, Eddie Mimovich, vice president, Gus Crump, secretary and Malcolm MacDonald treasurer.
1953: Walter Chavka, 57, owner of the Knotty Pine Inn since 1946 and former owner of Walter’s Pool Room on Main, died, leaving his wife Helen, daughters Millie Jean Read and Ann Kathryn Dallafior and son Dan. He lost his son Pete May 21, 1944 in the Mariana Islands.
1959: Tommie Jo DeVan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. DeVan, was selected outstanding WAC at Fort Riley, Kansas, for the period of July 1 through Sept. 30.
1965: The Knights of Columbus honored past Grand Knights Joe Stimack, George Turner, George Zanon, Mike Nigro, Wally Padia, Gerald Ariano, Joe Feiccabrino, Joe Falsetto, Leo Maes and Edward Joseph.
1971: Mr. and Mrs. Lou Tennis have purchased the former home of Charles Holford at 811 Kansas from Mr. and Mrs. Onesimo Cordova.
1977: Huerfano County Search and Rescue assisted three climbers who were lost on Blanca Peak last week.
1983: With enrollment climbing from 50 to 125 in the past six years, Gardner School needs more classrooms and a gymnasium.
1989: The new Huerfano County Law Enforcement Center will open Friday the 13th.
1995: Walt DeGurse is the new director of Social Services for Huerfano County, replacing Christine Schmidt who held that position for 29 years.

La Veta

1882: The county democratic convention will not be held in Walsenburg as announced. The central committee concluded that since the barbecue occurs in La Veta that day more delegates might wish to attend that as well.
1897: A special agent has been assigned here by the railroad to discover why so many sheep disappear during their transfer to the broad gauge cars.
1904: We have a potatoe [sic] sitting on our desk weighing two pounds, four ounces, grown on the George Baker ranch on Middle Creek.
1911: E.L. Smith opened his large new furniture store on the corner of Main and Francisco yesterday. He has a small room, 15 by 65 feet, partitioned off for a rental and a balcony for the display of carpets and rugs.
1918: The Republican headquarters look lonely, don’t they?
1924: La Veta Lumber and Supply is furnishing a lot of the finishing lumber and hardware for the buildings to be erected at the Sulphur Springs.
1931: The La Veta High School Cowboys defeated the Hoehne football team 25-0 Thursday afternoon.
1938: Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company of Pueblo will install a dial telephone system in La Veta and no exchange operator will be needed.
1944: Alimony: the high cost of leaving.
1951: The Cowbelle Home Demonstration Club purchased a new gas range for the Hot Lunch room at the high school to replace the old coal range.
1958: Died, Albert E. Foote, 64, born Feb. 1, 1894 in La Veta. He worked for the Denver and Rio Grande Western for 15 years and the Colorado Department of Highways for 13. He leaves his wife Mary, children Shirley Filer and Arthur Foote, and sister Jessie Donegan.
1964: The Redskins scored touchdowns in the first three periods to take a 19-6 victory over the Sanford Indians, with touchdowns by Dick Charlifue, George Galvan and Fred Herrera.
1972: Homecoming royalty are Sherry Leap, queen, Darlene Aguirre, senior attendant, Janice Riggins, junior, Nancie Aguirre, sophomore, and Tammy Smith, freshman attendant.
1978: Town Board approved the purchase of a new police car from Barbacovi Motors for $4,233. It is a four door Aspen.
1986: Colorado State Treasurer and Democratic candidate for governor, Roy Romer, will be fly into La Veta airport Oct. 17 to give a program. His wife Bea was here last week and lunched with the senior citizens.
1992: Because of Grandote Golf and Country Club’s failure to pay letters of credit in the amount of $50,000, La Veta residents will get a monthly raise of $13.50 in sewer fees to pay for the new wastewater treatment facility.