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This week in history for October 15, 2015

Walsenburg 1882: Ed Welch and Robert Graham, two old residents of Gardner, had a few drinks too many and concluded to end the scene with gunplay, with the result Mr. Graham was shot in the head, though his chances of recovery are good. 1890: Rouse is now home to 200 Negroes the company brought in and houses are very scarce. 1897: The old Turf Exchange saloon will get a 40 by 20 foot brick extension on the rear and it will be the saloon of the Dick Brothers when completed. 1903: The Women of Woodcraft will give a ghost dance Hallow’een eve, Friday, Oct. 30, in Mazzone’s Hall. Admission, $1.00, spectators 25 cents. Dancers are to dress in sheets and pillow cases. 1910: The ladies of St. Mary Church will serve supper in the courthouse Saturday evening, Oct. 29, at 50 cents a plate, before the dances in the Armory and Mazzone Hall where admission is $1.00. 1916: For Sale: 600 lots in Walsenburg. Easy payments. See C. Victor Mazzone. 1922: A group of young people “hitched” a ride to Cuchara Camps on Mr. Levy’s truck and picnicked at the

Boy Scouts’ cabin. 1929: Mr. Thornberry won the hunting knife that Unfug Hardware awarded for the first deer killed this season. 1936: William Krier, 83, died at his home on East Sixth. He was born in Belgium in 1853 and came to the U.S. in 1874. He served as city and county treasurer. He leaves his children Mrs. Harry Struck, Denver, Mrs. Ernest Lidle, Pueblo, Ed. W. Walsenburg, brother Peter, Denver and sister Mrs. Charles Agnes of Walsenburg. 1942: Official regulation of the press under the terms of the “New Order” were on Oct. 12 imposed on all the nation’s newspapers. 1948: The peacetime draft is here. The first six men from Walsenburg will report to the Pueblo recruiting stations Tuesday for exams. 1954: Mr. and Mrs. Max Lepkovitz have returned from a 6,000 mile vacation during which they inadvertently had their pictures taken for Life magazine along the new Canadian highway. 1960: Mr. and Mrs. Tobias B. Benavidez celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in St. Mary Church. 1966: P.C. Murr led the Walsenburg High School Panthers to a 7-6 win over Fowler in the homecoming game here Friday night. 1972: HAPPY, Inc., the Walsenburg Teen Center, received $11,538.00 from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. 1978: Star Drug, originally Merritt Brothers Drug when it opened in September 1914, is observing its 64th anniversary. 1984: Walsenburg City Council and Huerfano County Commissioners have approved an application to the Colorado Department of Corrections for placement of a new 250 bed minimum security prison in the vicinity that would employ at least 100 and possibly another 134 in related positions. 1990: Ed and Rose Duran of KC Athletics were named Positive Persons of the Week by the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce for their dedication to area youth.

La Veta 1876: La Veta, situated at the head of navigation on the San Juan branch of the Denver and Rio Grande railway, is a bran [sic] new town. It has almost all of the luxuries of civilization but up until Friday last had no graveyard. Then one George Huno, a Frenchman with no job who’d recently been disappointed in love, died in the night in the local hotel, making the sacrifice to start a cemetery. 1883: Many of our candidates for county offices have been traveling through town and county, especially the La Veta precinct where one third of the voters live. 1892: Columbus Day was grandly celebrated with a school program under the direction of the teachers Miss McGinnis and Mrs. Daigre. 1898: News is scarce, everybody is away at Walsenburg attending court. 1904: The filter at the town reservoir has been repaired and a good stream of water is now flowing through the ditch to refill the lake with fresh water. 1911: The high school opened Oct. 2 and already 16 pupils are enrolled with more expected. 1917: The Gardner Rural Telephone Company is contemplating extending its line up the Muddy to connect the residences of Jess Roche and Charles Wolf. 1923: Railroad business is picking up here on account of the movement of produce and livestock at this time of year. 1930: John Vories, Lewis Nolen, Bill Bruce, Glen Powell and Charles Erwin played hookey from school Friday and instead shot 12 rattlesnakes on the hogback near the butte. 1936: Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Crouse and Miss Leora motored to Pueblo Monday to hear President Roosevelt speak to a large crowd. 1941: Sixty-eight members of the La Veta Rotary Club and Rotaryans attended the meeting Tuesday night. 1947: Notice to Deer Hunters: As of Oct. 11, we will open at 3 a.m. for your convenience – The Snack Shack. 1953: Scoring touchdowns in every period, the Redskins Friday defeated the Trinity Bees “B” squad from Trinidad 26-0, led by Quarterback Bud Kreutzer. 1958: Janet Pene reigned as queen of the Harvest Ball last Saturday evening to wind up Homecoming activities. 1964: Frank Arnold is back home in one of the Farrar apartments after a trip to Blanca to assist his cousin Russell with cattle roundup. 1970: More than a foot of snow fell in three storms this week, with over an inch of moisture. 1976: Spanish Peaks Garden Club members have resolved to look into the unfortunate placement of Mountain Bell’s telephone poles on Pinon Hill. 1982: Three snowfalls were received the past week in La Veta and Cuchara. 1988: The Colorado Golf Association has announced it will have its Match Play Tournament at Grandote Golf and Country Club in 1990 after the course was ranked one of the top five in the state. 1994: For Sale: three bedroom, two bath home at 805 South Birch, with greenhouse, new furnace, $67,000. Southern Colorado Land and Livestock, 124 North Main, Walsenburg.