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This week in history for September 20, 2012


1882: At the State Republican Convention last week in Denver, Gen. Walsen received more votes than any other candidate for office, receiving 251 for state treasurer.
1893: Drs. Baird and Mathews’ old office is now on wheels and will be moved for use as a dwelling in another part of town.
1899: August Harmes of Harmes General Mercantile at Talpa was robbed of $60 or $70 by two men who were later captured near Pueblo.
1905: P.L. Sanchez is accepting bids for a 10-room brick dwelling house.
1911: Mrs. Filmore, 119 Spruce St., will make you a beautiful switch using your own combings.
1918: A battle plane promoting the Fourth Liberty War Loan will land at Walsenburg on Oct. 5.
1925: Robbers blew the two safes at the Colorado Supply Company store at Walsen, taking $200 worth of cash and about $300 worth of jewelry.
1932: Lenzini Brothers are doing some repair work on the old armory opposite the union depot to prepare it for renters.
1939: “Rubber tired” rustlers have been stealing cattle and ranchers have doubled the guard on their herds.
1946: Walsenburg Bowling Alleys, 718 Main St., will open for the fall and winter season Friday according to owners Gerald Mauro and Maurice Cowing Jr.
1952: Rose Marie and Betty Jane Jellison have returned to Creighton University in Omaha after spending the summer with their parents.
1958: Knotty Pine Inn Tuesday was burglarized of an indeterminate amount of change from the jukebox and two bottles of whiskey.
1965: St. Mary School last May became the first school in Colorado to accept the Neighborhood Youth Corps program which now employs 38 high school students who work 12 hours a week for $1.25 an hour.
1972: Between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended the Mexican Independence Day celebration here last weekend where Mrs. Elfida Vigil, 100 years old, won the $5.00 prize for being the oldest person in attendance.
1979: Elected officers of the National Honor Society at John Mall High School were Nancy Vialpando, president; Jacquie Garcia, vice president and LeRoy Salazar, secretary and treasurer.
1985: Walsenburg now has its own karate club – Aragon Taekwondo- with Ed Duran as president and Donna Rodriguez, secretary and treasurer. The club meets and practices in the Walsenburg Elks Club.
1992: If the Limited Gambling in Historic Rural Communities in Colorado issue is passed in the November general election, Walsenburg would see increased revenues through licensing and device fees.

La Veta

1881: Colonel Boone has donated use of the frame building just west of the new Methodist Church on Francisco Street to the Presbyterians for services.
1895: On Sept. 25 a special train will leave the La Veta Depot at 6:15 a.m. for Canon City to carry passengers to the fruit day exercises. $2.75 for the round trip.
1906: The Mountain View Mining Company on Grayback Mountain now has seven men working and the tunnel is in 400 feet with 200 feet more to reach the vein.
1912: School was cancelled this week due to the building not being completed and the cold interior due to the snowstorm. Classes will resume Sept. 23.
1919: The La Veta Milling and Produce Company was organized and purchased the flour mill, private home and block from V.G. Mills for $11,000 and Peter Verliff will be the miller. The company also will continue the ice business.
1924: Depositors of the old La Veta State Bank finally received 10 cents on the dollar as a settlement and deposits in the new La Veta National Bank have been boosted by the action.
1930: Post-graduate and special students in the commercial department at the high school include Dale Boyd, Lewis Richman, Kermit Haase, Jessie Donegan and Norabelle Vories.
1938: The well being drilled by J.G. Tompkins and Sons at the Sam George filling station on the highway five miles west of La Veta came in a gusher last Friday at 417 feet.
1947: Seventy-two students are enrolled in the high school including 20 seniors, 16 juniors, 20 sophomores and 16 freshmen.
1953: La Veta’s valuation dropped from $409,973 last year to $382,901 for 1953.
1960: Spanish Peaks Garden Club had its September meeting in the Chuck Wagon in Cuchara with hostesses Mrs. Hazel Cross, Mrs. E.S. Pipes and Mrs. Irene Henry.
1967: Elected officers of the sophomore class were Steve Robino, president; Dale Duzenack, vice president; Jan Rydberg, secretary and Maurice Heikes, treasurer.
1974: The La Veta area received about one inch of welcome rain Monday and the Culebra range and West Spanish Peak are covered with snow.
1980: Donations have reached $2,000 toward the $3,100 Big Red clock for the football field.
1986: Jim and Jo Foster celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary with a Red Baron Pizza Party since Jim was the first ever “Red Baron” pilot to advertise the brand back in 1978.
1993: La Veta Town Board unanimously passed Ordinance No. 170 establishing an 11 p.m. curfew for youth under 17 years following a summer of vandalism and malicious mischief, including the recent break-in at the school.

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