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This week in History for September 11, 2014

Walsenburg 1893: There will be a special preaching held in the Ute school house next Sabbath afternoon at one. The choice of this unusual hour is to enable the preacher to catch the three o’clock train back home. 1899: Postmaster McHarg found a five inch long centipede in his yard and is displaying it in alcohol. 1905: Died, former county commissioner Joshua B. Hudson at his home near St. Marys. He was born in Maryland in 1841 but moved to Missouri at a young age and was married there. He leaves four sons and two daughters, Walter I., St. Marys, T.M., Gardner, Virgil D., Pueblo, J.B. Jr., Gardner, Mrs. H.H. Churchill, Pueblo and Mrs. Young Farr, Walsenburg. 1912: The high school opened Tuesday and with an enrollment of 52, including 29 in the freshman class alone, represents the largest number ever in the history of the school. 1918: In honor of Bishop Tihen’s visit, various Catholic societies will have a parade featuring a large service flag with 189 stars representing the number of Catholic men from the parish serving in the current conflict. 1924: The Cameron school opened Tuesday with an attendance of 134 pupils and four teachers – Mrs. Glenn Relish, principal, the Misses Vories and Shawcroft and Mrs. Massey. 1930: Mrs. John A. Meyer is the head teacher at Gardner elementary school with Miss Margaret Goss, assistant, while Mrs. Florence Shafer is principal of the high school and Miss Helen Foust of Oklahoma her assistant. 1936: Mrs. Hannah Morris, almost 93, remembers when her family came to Walsenburg in 1880. There were three stores, Levy’s, Fred Unfug’s and Baxter’s, and there was nothing but choke cherry bushes and scrub all the way from Main Street to Walsen camp. 1942: St. Mary Parish is placing on an Honor Roster of the men in the armed services the names of more than 200 members, of whom seven have died on active duty. 1948: Extensive remodeling has been completed at Furphy Mortuary, 325 Main. John Furphy bought the business from Alex Campbell who had it on the present site of the post office in 1903. The present site was purchased with the M&N Bottling site from the Presbyterian Church. 1954: Sylvia A. Herrera, Donald Romero and Irene Cruz were elected presidents of the senior, junior and sophomore classes, respectively, at St. Mary High School. 1961: Mrs. Kate Woodruff, during her teaching career between 1914 and 1946, taught at the rural schools at Camp Shumway, Big Four, Solar, Walsen, Farr, Maitland, Morning Glory, Pictou, Mutual, St. Marys, Apache and Cucharas. 1967: Banquet Frozen Dinners, Italian, Fried Chicken, Salisbury Steak or Haddock, three for $1.00. Black and White Grocery. 1973: With 92 in the senior class, 102 juniors, 93 sophomores and 111 freshmen, the Walsenburg High School enrollment is 398, down from 420 last September. 1979: Fire heavily damaged the Huajatolla Food Co-op, the only place to buy bread and food in Gardner since The Agnes closed, and the East Gardner Washateria. Arson is suspected. 1985: The Trail Drive-In will close for the season after the Thursday show and Owner Frank Piazza says he’s not sure he’ll open the Fox Theater, but maybe after football season.

La Veta 1895: Some person with more force than reason removed the section corner stone from its location in the roadway southwest of the school house. It was one of three accepted by surveyors as standing in its original location. 1901: Charles Boyd has added a nice barn to his property in town. He says he does not believe in paying rent to house a horse and buggy. 1906: A lodge of the royal Neighbors, the auxiliary to the Modern Woodmen, was organized Thursday with more than 20 members. 1912: Mrs. Mary Foote will teach the Oak View School this winter and Miss Jennie Tweedy will have the one at Alliance camp. 1918: Mrs. Cepha Smith, daughter of Mrs. R.E. Roberts and sister of Asa Arnold, both of La Veta, is now in the restaurant business in Los Angeles, California. 1924: The recent primary election in regard to county officials showed very plainly that it was Klan versus Anti-Klan, the Klan being represented by Republicans. 1930: The grade school has enrolled 183 students. Teachers are Mrs. Richman, first grade; Miss Parker, second; Miss Dobbins, third; Mrs. Lauth, fourth; Mrs. Sallie Jett, sixth and seventh; and Mr. Tompkins, seventh and eighth. 1935: A Works Progress Administration project of $21,000, of which $4,000 must be paid by the district, will construct a school gymnasium with a stage, lavatories, dressing rooms and a basement beneath. 1941: An early frost Monday night ruined gardens and heavily damaged crops. 1947: The junior class elected Albert Robino, president; Don Wagner, vice president; Tony Manzanares, secretary and Donna Hayes, treasurer. 1953: Starters for the football team this season are Donald Drury, Gene Milberger, Larry Drury, Donald Nauerth, Dick Jameson, Charles Ward, George Sneddon, Dave Kreutzer, Bud Kreutzer, Cristy Griego and Vernon Warren. 1959: Died, Elizabeth Isabel “Belle” Hector, who was born in 1900 and came to La Veta in 1919 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Heikes. She leaves her husband Frank, daughter Betty Sager and son Charles. 1965: Word has been received of the death of Tony Madle of a heart condition at age 56 in Washington State. A former member of the La Veta Legionnaires, he went on to become a professional baseballer in the minor leagues, including the Denver Bears. 1971: La Veta’s Junior and Senior High School band was the only band in Antonito’s Labor Day observance.. 1977: Mary and Mil Hicks have returned from another of their extraordinary European trips, visiting Greece, Italy, France, Austria, Germany and England. 1983: La Veta Redskins won their season opener by trouncing Cripple Creek 42-16 in a non league game Friday afternoon in La Veta.