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This week in history for September 13, 2012


1889: A large cave-in occurred near the Unfug Brothers store at the Colorado Coal and Iron mines [presumably, at Walsen] when the land collapsed into some old workings.
1895: S.H. Andrews of Sharpsdale was in town taking orders for his excellent rag rugs. He will make you one for 25¢ a yard but you must furnish your own rags.
1902: A.M. Rice is putting up a fine two story frame house on the southeast corner of Second and Russell streets.
1909: President Taft will attend the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo Sept. 22.
1916: Butter, 34¢ a pound; Fresh Eggs, 25¢ a dozen; Cash Supply Store, Ralph Levy. Phone 70.
1923: South Main Street is now paved and the work on Seventh is underway.
1929: The Valencia and Rialto theaters were turned over to their new owner, the Fox Coast Theater Corporation, on Sunday.
1935: Sheriff Claud Swift and his officers have confiscated about $5,000 worth of marijuana, or about 200 pounds, in recent weeks.
1941: There are now 541 enrolled in Huerfano County High School, the largest number in history, and 782 in the grades. St. Mary has an enrollment of 165 in the high school and 265 in the grades.
1949: The junior class at H.C.H.S. elected Oress DeHerrera president and Susan Lamme student council representative.
1955: Frontier Power Company tomorrow will cease to exist. San Isabel Electric will pay $1,165,000 for all of Frontier’s property outside of Walsenburg, and the City of Walsenburg will pay $750,000 for the Frontier power plant, lines, etc., within the city.
1961: A forest products factory which will employ between 15 and 20 girls and women opened in Walsenburg this week. It is the Atkinson Floral and Nursery Company, 340 W. Seventh Street.
1967: Ross Cruz of Walsenburg won the second annual Chamber of Commerce 4-Wheel Drive Rally Sunday over Medano Pass, Stuart Canada was second and Greg Geiger, third. There were 16 entries representing six cities.
1974: Huerfano School District Re-1 Board of Education approved a $300 annual salary increase for classroom teachers, from $7,000 to $7,300, effective Jan. 1, 1975.
1981: The old St. Mary High School was remodeled by volunteers this summer into the new grade school in the east section only. They were assisted by boys from Lathrop Youth Camp who cleaned and painted the faculty room.
1988: Sister Betty Werner is principal of St. Mary School and Sister Ernestine Lopez is secretary. There are 11 teachers, aides and coaches, with two being nuns and one a man.
1995: Club Rio at Rio Cucharas Inn west of Walsenburg will have a grand opening of its lounge and spa under the management of Chris Galvan Friday, Sept. 22, with live entertainment and snacks.

La Veta

1894: The Republicans of La Veta met for the first time since the granting of suffrage to women.
1901: Work commenced today on reconstruction of the Denver and Rio Grande depot here, which will be 68 by 24 feet with a nice glass front and all new doors and windows. Though part of the old structure will be used, it will virtually be a new building.
1907: Superintendent Van Etten of the Occidental Mine says he is reasonably assured that the railroad track would be laid, the machinery in place and the mine putting out 200 tons of coal per day inside of four weeks.
1914: According to the latest assessment, there are 2,901 homes in Huerfano County, of which 498 are farm residences and 2,403 urban.
1920: J.W. Tinsley has purchased the building in which he conducts his store and also the one occupied by the Post Office Book Store from Alex McDonald and will cut an archway to connect the two. The soda fountain, cigars and candies will be on the south side and the sale of books will be discontinued.
1927: S.J. Gaumer of Trinidad has leased the La Veta flour mill and will make corn meal and grind livestock feed.
1933: The Ojo No. 1 oil well is down 1,500 feet and the casing from the Alamo well is being brought for use at this site.
1939: Karl Gilbert is building a log home in the northwest section of La Veta and Ben Nason is just completing a new house in south part of town.
1945: Representatives of the La Veta Locker Plant were here this week and announced the plant will be in the Stranger building on Ryus Avenue and will have complete butchering services along with the lockers.
1951: The junior class has elected James Bailey, president; Myrna Bowdino, vice president; Marie Kreutzer, secretary and Walter Smith, treasurer.
1956: Returning high school football players are Felix Cruz, Keith Kreutzer, Jim Geiser, Lowell Goemmer, Dan Griego, Leland Heikes, Dick Masinton, David Miller and John Viola.
1963: The La Veta Redskins walloped Sangre de Cristo 25-0 in the first game of the season.
1969: Tailback Jeff Geiser ran and passed the Redskins to a 24-0 non-conference football victory over Aguilar Friday afternoon in the season opener.
1977: Gilbert Arnold is back in La Veta after driving his daughter to Alaska where she is teaching school this year. Her brother Gerald lives in Anchorage and another, Ken, is living in Turkey.
1984: Bubby Morgan led the Redskins to a 38-8 romp over Custer County last Friday with 315 yards and six touchdowns.
1991: La Veta Library volunteers have raised enough money to publish their third cookbook and Sept. 15 is the deadline for submitting recipes.