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This week in history for October 4, 2012

Walsenburg
1893: The present owner of the Butler Grant, who goes by the euphonious name of Dr. Chilley, paid $3,000 in back taxes.
1900: The new $250 post office safe arrived Tuesday. Fred [McHarg] now believes that the government funds in his care will not be liable to nocturnal seizure.
1907: J.B. Johnson and his son in law Fred G. Walsen made a business trip to Trinidad in Mr. Johnson’s auto, completing the round trip in seven hours.
1913: Fancy white Colorado potatoes, 100 pounds for $1.63. C.O.D. Store, West 6th St.
1920: The Mount Zion Colored Baptist Church has secured use of the A.J. Steele building on 7th Street where the colored barber shop used to be and will hold services there each Sunday.
1927: Roy Dick, 28, 703 W. 6th St., succumbed Thursday to complications of ptomaine poisoning caused by food eaten more than two months ago. He was the son of Andrew Dick Sr. and leaves six brothers and two sisters to mourn his passing.
1934: Connie Willburn, 11, was bitten by a rattlesnake at St. Mary’s Schoolhouse three miles north of Turner on the Huerfano.
1940: James E. Tressler is remodeling the former city hall building including both the apartments upstairs and offices on the first floor, part of which will be occupied by Caldwell Electric.
1947: Dick Holt will have a grand opening of his new Holt’s Drive-Inn tomorrow at 822 S. Main, opposite the Main Theater. It will seat 25-30 people inside.
1954: Donna Paddock was chosen homecoming queen at Huerfano County High School, her senior attendant is Carol Sanich; Shirley Duran is junior attendant; Phyllis Corsentino sophomore and Joan Price, freshman.
1961: The Huerfano County mill levy will remain at 24.20 this year and a budget of $806,913.90 has been adopted by the county commissioners.
1968: The St. Mary High School Crusaders, led by their speedster quarterback Mark Fini, demolished the Sargent Farmers 52-12 in a non-conference game there Friday night.
1975: The Walsenburg Elks Lodge honored long-time members Tuesday evening and John Matteroli headed the list with 56 years of membership.
1984: Some 60 Huerfanos made a half-day tour Friday of the Atlantic Richfield CO2 pipeline project on Sheep Mountain, on which the company is spending approximately $75 million. There are 125 now employed in construction and road building.
1991: Running for the Walsenburg mayorial slot are John Figal, William “Babe” Saleh, John “Jack” McNabb and Jay Crook.

La Veta
1896: J.B. Petrie is catching onto his new job as brakeman with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in great shape after an absence of eight years. Pete says the broad gauge cars are a little unhandy to start with after formerly braking on the narrow gauge.
1903: John Stranger, A.A. Foote and C.L. Martin were appointed judges of the November election for this precinct.
1909: Clemente Gallasino [Galassini] has purchased three lots on Ryus Avenue by the alley and opposite the lumberyard and will build a brick, stone or cement house there.
1916: Allen Roush has ordered a [railroad] carload of Fords and rented the room next to the meat market in which to store them. Having sold the La Veta Bakery to H.G. Hamilton, Mr. Roush will now give his entire attention to the automobile business.
1923: Albert Parks received 2,000 feeder lambs yesterday to fatten up on his corn crop grown at his ranch south of town.
1930: For Sale: Squash, one cent per pound. Inquire of Benton Vories.
1937: Through the courtesy of La Veta Light, Heat and Power Company, baseball fans are enjoying the world series from a radio outside the electric company office.
1943: La Luna Excelsior Company is building a new plant on land purchased from W.O. Karst, a little farther east than the old one near west Francisco Street.
1949: La Veta High won its second game of the season 38-6 over the Lakeside-Vineland Pirates with Russell Kreutzer scoring six touchdowns.
1955: President Eisenhower is said to be in excellent condition again after his heart attack and continues to improve at Fitzsimons Army Hospital.
1963: Died, Jennie Laura Hamilton, the widow of J.C. Hamilton who died in 1960. She was born in La Veta Aug. 30, 1877 to Julius G. and Betty (Lougheed) Krueger. She leaves six children and three brothers.
1969: Eddie Smith, Billy Mayfield and Scott Nepp are new members of La Veta Cub Scout Pack No. 250.
1976: Ray Scarberry has rejoined the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department and will no longer be manager of the La Veta Lodge. La Veta Chief of Police Ron Skidmore resigned Tuesday night and will take over Scarberry’s position at the Lodge.
1982: Carrie Smith was crowned homecoming queen, attended by Syna Kistler, Richelle Falk, Judy Rogers and Mitzi Scarberry.
1988: Spoon River Players are preparing to present an Ayn Rand production about a murder trial with members of the jury selected from the audience.
1995: A very cold and snowy weekend that polished off the garden flowers and produce brought three inches of snow and a temperature of 27 degrees.