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This week in history for September 16

La Veta

1900: Mrs. James Carver lost her mother and two sisters in the Galveston flood, and former resident Harry Foster together with his wife and three children were also lost.

1908: During the fire that destroyed the Olympia Saloon and Edmisten livery, Stranger Hall caught fire three times but was saved, though with some damage to the roof.

1913: Snow on the Spanish Peaks yesterday morning is a good reminder that Jack Frost will soon be here.

1919: Enrollment is 190 in the elementary school.  The largest class has 43 students and the smallest, 35, under five teachers.

1924: A committee has reported favorably on the suitability of the town lake ranch as a site for a golf course.

1930: Another light frost demonstrated its appearance on the tender vines in town.

1937: Died, James Jasper “Jap” Bruce, a resident of Huerfano County since 1869.  He was born in Cherokee County, Georgia in 1862 and his father settled the family ranch three miles south of town in 1871.

1942: Albert Jameson is closing his repair garage at La Veta Automotive due to all the restrictions caused by the war.  It is the last public garage in La Veta.

1948: Mrs. Emmett Thornton has reopened the La Veta Beauty Shop she purchased from Mrs. Elton Holmes.

1953: The Redskins lost to Huerfano County High School Panthers last Friday in Walsenburg by a score of 25-7.  Bud Kreutzer ran in for the only touchdown.

1961: Highway 160, the Navajo Trail, is being dedicated today as a national highway.

1966: Kenny Arnold, Julie Ann Tracy, La Veta Briscoe, J.J. Klikus and James Carver went to Pueblo Monday to enroll in Southern Colorado State College.

1973: Led by senior quarterback Rod Falk, the Redskins crushed the Manzanola Bobcats 34-22 in La Veta Saturday.

1979: New residents of Cuchara are Larry and Jerrie Palmer and family of Amarillo.

1986: Evalyn Walker will celebrate her 90th birthday Sept. 27 with an open house in Masonic Hall, one day early because she says she can’t compete with the Broncos.

1990: Carl, Lorraine and Rod Drum are doing steady business at the Burger Station at the corner of Main and Virginia.


1898: Snow fell most of the day Sunday in town and the mountains received about two feet in the first storm of the season.

1906: The steam heating plant for the Klein hotel has arrived and it will be in operation within a few weeks.

1914: The circus train of Gentry Brothers Show will arrive Monday and the first performance will be that afternoon at the circus grounds near the Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad depot.

1920: Gussie Archuleta and Renaldo Bustos were married last Tuesday, Sept. 14 by Fr. Liciotti in St. Mary Church.  Following the ceremony, there was a banquet in the Opera House Café for hundreds of guests, after which the couple left on a wedding trip.

1927: Trinidad Junior College will open for its second year of operation on Sept. 24.

1934: Streets in the north part of the city, along with south Main, will be paved by a National Recovery Art crew.

1940: The Chamber of Commerce will honor four Walsenburg firms, Dick Abstract and Investment Co., Krier Stores Co., O’Byrne Hardware and Furniture and Sporleder Selling Company, for serving the public for fifty or more years.

1946: Huerfano County extension clubs plan to sponsor hot lunch programs in their various communities for school students.

1951: Harvesting of the 1,500 acres of sorghum and corn crops has begun in Huerfano County.

1957: Luncheon specials at Shosky’s Café include top sirloin steak, $1.95, or halibut or salmon steak, $1, all served with salad, potatoes, bread and coffee.

1962: Joseph A. Murray, executive vice president of First National Bank in Walsenburg, is observing his 40th anniversary in the banking business.  He was born in Gardner in 1902 but has been a city resident since he was five years old.

1970: Mrs. Harry Amidei sold the Moon Glow Inn to Earl Burch, including a six-room house, service station and four lots.

1976: Carl Tesitor and Emmett King were the winners of the inaugural Shosky Seniors Golf Tournament last Sunday at the Walsenburg Golf Club.

1982: September Special: Lube, Oil and Filter, $13.99. J.M. Tire.