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This week in history for October 22, 2015

Walsenburg 1889: The sweet smile, the glad grip, that deep personal interest, all that is courteous and clever combined, go to make up the sanguine candidate, before election. After election is different . . . 1894: Mrs. A.E. Bunker has opened a photography outfit at Rouse, in a tent next to the Duncan Meat Market. 1900: Many citizens of town are placing a third board to their sidewalks, adding much to the comfort and safety of pedestrian travel. 1906: Mr. Trounstine has just received at the news stand in the post office a consignment of 40,000 postal card views of Walsenburg and vicinity. 1912: The John E. Frank Players will present “The Love Pirate”, a three act comedy drama, Oct. 28 in Mazzone Opera House. High class vaudeville between acts. Tickets 25 and 50 cents. 1918: A board of health in co-operation with the mine companies plan a central hospital in Walsenburg for the care and treatment of the victims of the Spanish influenza. 1924: Forty miners at Morning Glory mine near Camp Shumway went on strike yesterday against the $2.00 a month fee by the

company for recharging the miners’ light batteries after the mine inspectors condemned carbide lights. 1930: Stella Price has the highest grade average at Huerfano County High School at 96. Receiving 95 were Nellie Joyce Coleman, Ellen Conder, Mary Giecek, Edward Race, Mary Race, Margaret Saliba and Barbara Santi. 1937: The enrollment at Washington School is now 703 students, taxing the building’s capacity and forcing the use of tables for desks. 1943: Henry Franciscotti, about 28, is reported missing the past two days since he went deer hunting near the family ranch at the head of Ideal Canyon. 1949: A referee of the Colorado department of employment security last Friday in Walsenburg took under advisement arguments in a dispute at the Morning Glory mine, operated by the Minnequa Fuel Company of Denver. 1955: The Census Bureau reported this week that the average American income last year was $2,300. 1961: Matthew J. “Buddy” Kilmurray, an employee of the Walsenburg Creamery, died. Born in 1911, he came to Walsenburg in 1924, graduated from St. Mary High School in 1930 and married Frances Mauro in 1931. 1967: Jeanne Habib will reign as St. Mary High School homecoming queen this weekend with attendants Sharon Eccher and Sandy Lessar. 1973: Walsenburg members of the Retail Clerks Union went back to work Monday at Safeway Store after a three day strike for higher wages. 1979: Terry Toller, an attendant at Lenzini’s Conoco Station at the west end of Seventh Street, was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening. 1985: Tom Escobedo, a teacher and coach at Walsenburg High School for more than 10 years, has resigned effective Nov. 14 and will take a job with Lathrop Youth Camp. 1991: Bill and Linda Schafer announce the engagement of their daughter Beth Suzanne to Troy Alan Kreutzer, son of Wayne and Gloria Jean Kreutzer of La Veta.

La Veta 1881: The bill of Samuel Todd, whose hotel has the contract to feed prisoners in the jail, was approved by town board in the amount of $3.00 for 12 meals. 1892: A special committee of Judge Daigre, A.A. Foote and Mr. Jones will go to Denver to discuss with the Denver and Rio Grande officials the resumption of train service over La Veta Pass. 1899: George Mason, for sometime an employee of A.H. Edmisten at the livery stable, decamped with a horse, clothes, a six shooter, watch and $13.75 in cash. 1905: Mr. Hardy and his son Frank will build a home on the ground where they are at present engaged in manufacturing brick adobies at the south end of Main Street. 1912: The firm of Cisney and Sparks has rented the Eggleston building across Main Street from their store for a much needed warehouse for their growing business. 1919: Because there are 52 children enrolled in the primary department, it is necessary to divide the day so half of them will attend from nine a.m. until noon and the other half from 1 to 4 p.m. 1925: Miss Bessie LaVeta Marker of Oklahoma who is visiting was reminiscing about her father owning the drug store here some 35 years ago. His pharmacists were Will and John Lake. 1931: Tony Masinton will be the La Veta delegate to the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows next week in Alamosa. 1937: La Veta has lost one of her oldest characters with the death of W.J. “Daddy” Lea. Born in Tennessee, he came to Colorado in 1891 and to his ranch near the Devil’s Stairsteps south of town in 1908. He leaves seven sons and two daughters. 1942: It was so wet last week the football game between La Veta and the Junior High at Washington School was cancelled. 1948: A bridal shower honoring Mrs. Eugene Heikes was given Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Emmett Brown. 1954: The rampaging Don Drury was practically a one man team for the La Veta Redskins Friday as they completely trimmed the Hoehne Farmers 42-6 in La Veta. 1960: The new post office at the corner of Oak Street and Ryus Avenue will be officially dedicated Nov. 5, according to Postmaster Gilbert Arnold. 1966: Vern and Marie Bristol, married Oct. 19, 1916 in Roundup, Montana, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a family dinner with the Julian Tracy and Proctor Hayes families. 1972: Seniors on the honor roll for the first six weeks are Diane Vezzani, Gary Riggins, Henry Sanchez, Bob Schwarz, Dave Shrout, Dennis Brgoch, Pam Chevreaux, Sue Heikes, David Penney and Don Ryan. 1978: Mother Nature helped alleviate the continuing drought by dropping some rain in La Veta and one inch of snow on Cuchara. 1984: Funded by private investors, the La Veta airport is undergoing a half million dollar improvement project with a five inch thick asphalt runway 5,800 feet long and 60 feet wide, which will be striped and lighted.

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