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This week in history for October 23

Walsenburg 1883: Pete Deus and his father Captain Charles Deus have recently formed a partnership at Malachite under the firm name of C. Deus and Son for the carrying on of the flouring and general merchandise business. They have just completed building a new store room. 1889: Died, August Sporleder, 71, an invalid. After he arrived in town in 1873, he owned the only hotel for some years. His wife died 11 years ago. He leaves his daughters Mrs. Alex Levy and Mrs. Fred Walsen, both of Walsenburg, and son Charles H. of Las Vegas, N. Mex. 1895: S. Valdez of the Walsenburg Commission House has added a wood yard with kindling and stove wood fuel by the cord, delivered. 1901: The Colorado and Southern passenger train from the west Wednesday morning brought a load of Japanese from the Pacific coast to work in the Colorado Fuel and Iron mines at Walsen. 1907: J.S. Windsor, whose shop is on East Sixth Street, has been in the harness making business for 22 years. 1913: Stockholders in the World Publishing Company, owner of the Walsenburg World, are

Wallace C. Hunt, J.B. Farr and J.D. Montez. Hunt is the editor. 1917: An athletic association was formed at Huerfano County High School with Charles Brunelli, president, Bruce Buckland, vice president and Albert Stanley, secretary and treasurer. There are 50 members so far. 1923: Dr. Charles Brunelli is now prepared to do dentistry work in the ground floor of the new addition to the St. Charles Hotel. 1929: Fully 2,000 people attended the annual HCHS- St. Mary High football game Friday afternoon to garner $490.90 in gate receipts. The Panthers won, 6-0. 1935: Valentine Supancic’s Broadway Grocery on West Seventh Street is undergoing remodeling to make it self service. 1941: A total of 1.38 inches of welcome rain fell in Walsenburg this week. 1946: Died, Frank Skrzynear, 62, from Poland, from injuries received in a fall of rock in the Butte Valley mine at Alamo. He is the second mining fatality this week. He leaves his wife, five daughters and two sons. 1953: The first snow of the season blanketed Walsenburg and Huerfano County today. 1959: The office of Leo Maes, joint agent for the Colorado and Southern and Denver and Rio Grande Western railways, has been moved to the depot. 1965: Carl Tesitor of Lenzini Petroleum Company has been elected vice president of the Colorado Petroleum Marketers Association. 1971: City Council approved an ordinance zoning the three newly annexed areas, Espe and Sproull additions to be residential, and the Vigil for heavy industry. 1977: City Council approved the renewal of liquor licenses for Ann Mosco, San Isabel Liquor Store; Sherma Jerant, Kay’s Liquors; and Ben and Shirley Abila, Central Tavern. 7/Eleven’s request for a 3.2 carryout liquor license was refused. 1984: Jill Clark and Dianne Hanisch propose to convert the second floor of the county owned building at Fifth and Main streets into a mining museum. 1990: The Huerfano County Commissioners are considering a preliminary budget totaling $7,571,601 for 1991, and decreases in 14 of the county’s 17 taxing districts will require an increase of 2.9 mills.

La Veta 1877: Town Board agreed to pay the bill of G.W. Morton for $1.15 for the purchase of a tin bucket and cup for use in the calaboose. 1883: The Board of Registry in La Veta precinct registered 314 legal voters on Tuesday and Wednesday, which amounts to nearly one third of all the voters in the county. 1891: A special meeting was called among the citizens about the opening of Veta Pass by Denver and Rio Grande which has ceased running trains. The question is, “How long can the D&RG hold the right of way between La Veta and Garland without operating the same?” 1896: The new 65 pound rails are within two miles of La Veta and soon the old 40 pound rails will be sent westward. 1902: The chicken pie supper to have been given by the old ladies last evening was indefinitely postponed on account of the sudden death of one of their number. 1908: Ed Berry, who died two weeks ago, first came to Francisco’s fort as a driver for W.B. Hamilton in 1870. As an employee of the Hamilton brothers, he cut the first rafters for a shingle roof and put up the first house. The old landmark still stands and is a part of the adobie building belonging to Mrs. A.L. Francisco. 1914: W.H. Hamilton is cutting his third crop of alfalfa this season, unusual at this altitude but made possible by the warm weather of this and last month. 1920: The barbershops in La Veta have changed their hours and are now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays. 1927: Mrs. James Lamme and Mrs. Adolph Unfug of Walsenburg spent Thursday with their father Joe K. Kincaid in La Veta. 1933: There are about 70 men now working on the Apishapa forest road south of the West Spanish Peak, which helps the local unemployment situation. 1939: Twenty-five people went on the farm tour around La Veta, visiting Hugh Sager’s hybrid corn variety test, a phosphate fertilizer demonstration at Ewell Woodring’s and R.L. Kincaid’s feedlots. 1945: The Women’s Society of Christian Service will have a rummage and food sale Nov. 2 and 3 in the building adjoining La Veta Light, Heat and Power. 1951: The seventh graders are planning to have a hayride, wiener roast and party for Halloween at the Goemmer ranch. 1958: The junior class elected Curtis Goemmer, president, Robert Heikes, vice president, Loren Albright, secretary and Margaret Clair, treasurer. 1964: Receiving all As for the first six weeks of school were Patty Thompson and Kathy Huffman in the high school and John Huffman of the eighth grade. 1970: The Redskins beat the Saguache Indians 42-6 here to win the Southern Peaks League championship for the second straight year.