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This week in history for October 14, 2010

La Veta

1898: Oliver Bemen was Oliver Bemen just the same after his nomination for county commissioner.  Politics don’t change him.

1908: The proprietor of the lumber yard has disappeared, leaving mourning creditors.

1917: Some of the La Veta winners at the first annual Huerfano County Harvest Fair were George Zember for his driving stallion, Kreutzer brothers for their heavy draft mare, G.A. Mayes for the largest cabbage and L.M. Kreutzer for his pink Mexican beans.

1923: Two railroad carloads of lettuce were shipped out from La Veta Saturday, grown in the patch north of the roundhouse.

1928: Mrs. Kit Magee’s new cabin in Cuchara Camps is just about completed.  El Coleman has finished the fireplace.

1933: Don’t forget to see the autumn coloring.  Last Sunday cars were parked all along La Veta Pass, the occupants admiring the green and yellow tints on the hillsides.

1940: While remodeling his house, J.P. Stranger found an old postcard dated Jan. 12, 1887.

1945: Mr. and Mrs. John Smalley received word of the death of their son, George, 21, of illness on Luzon.  He was the youngest of their four sons serving in the military.

1950: A.B. Cloud Jr. will open a hobby shop in the Park Lane Hotel with supplies for making model cars and trains, copper tooling and figurines.  One door west of the hotel entrance on Ryus Avenue.

1956: The remaining residents in Cuchara Camps decided to join forces with pot luck dinners every Wednesday evening in the Chuck Wagon, which closed for the season.

1962: Lawrence Kreutzer, 90, is the only living charter member of the La Veta chapter of the order of Odd Fellows, which was organized April 26, 1904.

1968: Seven inches of snow fell Tuesday night, the first fall of the season.

1973: Karen Quintana was named Homecoming Queen and her court was made up of Shirley Engelman, senior; Lindy Vezzani, junior; Crystal Leap, sophomore and Amy Aguirre, freshman.

1977: Dr. Patrick J. Hemming has assumed the veterinary practice of Dr. William Bennett in La Veta and will have his clinic at 402 E. Ryus Avenue, in a small building behind his home.

Walsenburg

1899: Sheriff Jeff Farr attended the trial of William McGinnis, train robber, for the murder of Sheriff Edward Farr last July in northern New Mexico.

1905: J.B. Farr is having the stone work on his Main Street building pointed up, and is otherwise giving it a new dress.

1912: The First Aid to the Injured Society at Walsen camp will give a benefit dance at the lower school house on Oct. 26.

1919: Mrs. Edith Lester will receive insurance after the death of her husband Dr. Pliny P. Lester of the Colorado National Guard who was killed on the hogback north of town in 1914 during the coal strike.

1923: Dr. Charles Brunelli is now prepared to do dentistry work in the ground floor of the new addition to the St. Charles Hotel.

1930: The annual Catholic Fair and Bazaar Oct. 22-25 will include dinners and dances each night, a vaudeville show and big prizes.

1937: The county courthouse was approved for a Works Progress Administration project for its $3,295 remodeling, to employ 16.

1944: One day only, Thursday, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour in ‘Dixie” plus Fred MacMurragy and Claudette Colbert in “No Time for Love”, at the Fox Theater.

1949: A Walsenburg woman gave 50¢ to a group of five hunters when she heard one saying they “hadn’t a buck between them.”

1954: Joe Habib, general chairman, says St. Mary Parish will have a one day festival Oct. 23 with a supper, games and bazaar booths in the school auditorium.

1960: Died, Winifred Maynard Owens Murray, the teacher who retired just last week after teaching in Walsenburg and rural schools for the past 37 years.

1966: Mario Amidei of the Rambler “66” Service Station recently won $50 for operating the cleanest Phillips “66” Service Station in all the Rocky Mountain Region.

1972: The first rain storm since early September was enjoyed Wednesday.

1978: This year’s St. Mary Bazaar will feature a smorgasbord with turkey, roast beef, ham and side dishes, no Italian food.  Adults, $3.25, children under 12, $2.00.

1984: The county commissioners, city council and chamber of commerce will have an appreciation dinner for officials of ARCO, Panadero and HBB, Inc. Nov. 10.

A traditional German Dance

Ah, the traditional German Oktoberfest dance, known as the Enten Tanz (translation: chicken dance.) The Oktoberfest celebration in La Veta last weekend was its usual

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