Walsenburg 1883: The coal mines west of town under Supt. Charles Lamb are progressing well and a new slope is being driven which is expected to produce 100 tons daily by October. 1890: With coal in great demand just now, the Rouse mine is running all day with many miners. The mine may turn out 1,000 tons each day this week due to being so far behind on orders. 1896: Will Orton did a beautiful job of painting and decorating W.B. Faulkner’s delivery wagon. 1902: Richard Trembath fired two shots into the Pictou school house during a dance Saturday night and is now enjoying his fame in the county jail. 1908: Mazzone Hall was crowded to its utmost capacity Wednesday evening for the entertainment of the popular Joseph Newman Company and on Thursday, the Norris and Rowe circus showed and proved to be a first class show. 1914: Phillip Regnier, prominent strike leader, married Marie Canstans in Aguilar. He is out on a $10,000 bond. 1920: The Denver and Rio Grande passenger station was destroyed by fire Tuesday night, which also consumed the west bound mail. The building was around 30 years old. 1926: Dorothy Baker is the new Miss Walsenburg and Margaret Hunt is Miss Huerfano. 1932: Receiving free tickets to the Valencia Theater were Gilda Galli for winning the women’s tennis tournament and Gerald Mauro for winning the men’s. 1938: The cool weather has exterminated the Sleeping Sickness epidemic which has killed more than 40 horses in Huerfano County. 1945: Died, Gertrude Brgoch, wife of Tony of Walsenburg. She was born in 1892 in Austria and came to Huerfano County from Trinidad 24 years ago. She leaves her husband, daughters Alice Green and Lillian Duzenack, sons Pfc. Tony and T-Sgt. Robert, and brother John Salen in Utah. 1952: Ruben Santistevan, hard hitting Walsenburg lightweight, continued his winning ways on the West Coast last week when he won his eighth consecutive fight. 1958: The Walsenburg municipal swimming pool drew approximately 10,000 visitors between opening Memorial Day and closing on Labor Day. 1964: Members of the St. Mary High School Pep Club earned $74.30 on their bake sale last Saturday. 1970: Eugene Gebinine Jr. won the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce Four Wheel Drive Rally, Myrrl Smith of La Veta was second and Dan Guadagnoli third. 1977: An application for a certificate of need for construction of a 60-bed nursing care facility in Walsenburg is expected to be submitted today. 1983: Walsenburg Sand and Gravel expects to complete
the one million dollar street improvement project in Walsenburg within the next week. 1989: Armando and Ann Cocetti, married in Hinsdale County, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with some 475 friends and relatives in the Walsenburg Community Center.
La Veta 1889: The Denver Times claims that a party of hunters and prospectors got lost on the east slope of the West Peak and found a 30 foot slab of rock inscribed with what looked like Chinese. 1895: The La Veta Milling Company is driving new piles around the mill lake to protect the shore from waves during high winds. 1901: E.L. Hazard has moved his harness shop to his new building next to the Baptist Church and his family is occupying the rooms at the rear of the shop. 1907: Wahatoya Tribe No. 4, Redman’s Lodge, was organized Monday with 18 members. S.J. Capps was elected Sachem. 1913: Mr. Parks, the blacksmith on Ryus Avenue, was halted by a gunman while entering the shop Tuesday evening. The man got away but evidently didn’t have time to take anything. 1919: The J. Ogden Mills ranch, formerly known as the old Alexander and Jones Kincaid ranches, has been purchased by Allen Roush and his mother, Mrs. J.B. Wright, for $22,000. It is one of the best ranches in the county. 1925: The cemetery, although located in a beautiful spot, with the convenience of city water, is in a decidedly neglected condition. 1931: G.R. Benefiel, undertaker, is asking people to assist him in finding out who is buried in the local cemetery and where they are located. 1937: The Ojo gas well is proving quite successful and the Alamo Oil Well No. 2 was spudded last weekend. 1943: Frank Perry and wife of Kansas moved here last week and bought the Brewer residence at the south end of Main Street. Mr. Perry is going into business with Warren Farrar in the Village Blacksmith Shop. 1949: The La Veta Indians gave a sound warning they aren’t to be counted out by defeating the Panther Cubs eleven 39-0 Saturday morning. 1955: La Veta Light, Heat and Power Company was purchased Sept. 16 by San Isabel Electric from C.C. Webster, owner since 1908. The price was approximately $66,000. 1961: Enrollment has reached 203, including 68 in the high school. 1966: Lloyd Weir leaves this week for duty with the Coast Guard in Alaska. 1971: Forty-four members of the school bands went to Fowler for that town’s annual Pioneer Day parade and won two trophies there. 1976: The La Veta Library will have an Open House in its new home Sept. 19 and will be open every afternoon except Sunday and Monday with librarian Willa Schaaf. 1981: New officers of Snowy Range 4-H Club are Richelle Falk, president; Wade Kreutzer, vice president; Lori Martin, secretary and Angie Meketi, treasurer. 1987: Winning the Summer Coed Softball League title was the team of Lee’s Cable TV, coached by Woody Arnold. Robbie Keeling and Elena Carlson won special trophies for being named the most improved players. 1993: Hazel Bankson has accused Town Board of sexual harassment and encouraging delinquency after it placed a wooden female figure often seen in gardening catalogs in the greenbelt in front of the post office.