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This week in History for October 13, 2011

La Veta
1895: La Veta has started a football team and is beginning to play for exercise and amusement before winter snows make the ground too moist.
1902: Town Board managed to get together last Tuesday and allowed bills for $200.55 for labor and materials for the new fence around the La Veta Cemetery.
1910: The steam engine, mangle and ironer are being put into Fred Black’s new laundry.
1917: A fire in the Advertiser building when only part of this issue was out has demoralized us considerably but we shall soon be in a normal condition once more.
1924: E.E. Coleman has completed the school addition wing and the lower floor is already occupied. The assembly room when completed will seat 300 people.
1931: Cattlemen are finding it hard to gather their cattle for the animals are enjoying the prevailing fine weather in the mountains.
1939: Most area ranchers have posted No Trespassing signs on their land and in the newspaper ever since a careless hunter shot and killed a valuable horse of R.L. Kincaid just outside of town.
1945: Another new oil well has been sunk a mile north of Highway 160 between La Veta and Ojo.
1952: Claire Carver, Carol Beck and Lowell Goemmer performed on their saxophones during the 4-H Achievement Day banquet.
1959: The Redskins laced Sanford 59-6 to roll up their fifth straight football victory with Freddie Sanchez scoring three of the nine touchdowns and the other four scored by Loren Albright, John Viola and Richard Pezze.
1965: Proctor Hayes of La Veta was elected vice president of the Huerfano County Hospital Board.
1973: Tuesday Night Study Club celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the home of Wanda Jameson in Cuchara. It was organized in 1933 in the Lester home and Wanda joined at the second meeting.
1979: The La Veta Band Boosters Organization was formed Sept. 27 by parents to raise funds for the schools’ band instruments and supplies. Officers are Myrna Falk, president, Donita Sallee, vice president and Judy Welch, secretary and treasurer.
1985: Approximately 5,000 people visited Francisco Fort Museum this summer and the Huerfano County Historical Society earned about $7,000 from memberships, donations, gift shop sales and admissions.

Walsenburg
1898: David Owens was killed by a fall of rock in the Pictou [coal] mine and John James met death the same way in the Sunshine.
1905: The Sociological Department of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. is arranging for a series of entertainments to be given at the school house at Pictou this fall and winter. A musical program will be first, on Oct. 13, with local singers and readings.
1912: Five coal miners have died within four days, two at Ravenwood and two at Caddell mines, all by falling rock, and one at Robinson was killed by a trip.
1920: There was no Walsenburg World last week because without power the newspaper could not be printed and the devastating snowstorm that knocked down electrical wires left much of the city in the dark.
1927: Tony Kos, 25, who was injured in the Robinson No. 2 mine Oct. 5 by a fall of rock, has died of his injuries.
1933: A jury of 12 men awarded Meda Koos of La Veta $1,295 for damages suffered in an automobile accident caused when the car Dr. G.M. Noonan was driving struck hers at the far end of 7th Street.
1940: Army horse buyers will be in Walsenburg Nov. 5 to inspect animals for purchase.
1947: Thursday only at the Fox Valencia, Her First Kiss, Her First Dance, Her First Love! “Cynthia” starring Elizabeth Taylor, George Murphy and Mary Astor. Plus, a Gene Krupa musical and color cartoon.
1953: About 300 people attended the St. Mary School P.T.A. meeting last night to hear Rev. Elwood C. Voss, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Pueblo diocese.
1960: About 1,000 people attended the St. Mary School open house Sunday.
1967: Mrs. Jewel Geiger was presented the meritorious service award of the University of Colorado associated alumni for her service to the local alumni club.
1974: The seventh and eighth graders moved into the new Walsenburg Middle School last week.
1980: To cut costs, Re-1 Board of Education will not buy new textbooks, will limit Middle School athletic trips to 75 miles, cut out the National Assemblies program and reduce gatekeepers at high school games from six to two. It also is exploring the four day week concept.
1989: Walsenburg Middle School students have chosen Heritage and Civic League parks as their community projects and plan to clean them both once a month.