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this week in history for September 26, 2013


1882: DeCamp and Cowing sold about 1,100 head of the sheep they raised on their property near Gardner for $3,000.
1889: Because the Colorado law requires one delegate to represent ten voters, the Republican Central Committee, which will meet Saturday in Mazzone Hall, will have 22 delegates from Walsenburg as its share of the total of 76 Republican delegates from Huerfano County.
1896: The new school in the Cucharas School District has twelve foot ceilings, slate blackboards on two walls and a square cupola with a bell. Over the door is a sign reading “Fairview District No. 25”.
1901: County Assessor Sanchez reports the 1901 assessed valuation for the county is $1,991,892, excluding railroad and corporation properties, for an increase of $859,068 over last year’s $1,132,824.
1907: The editor who can please every one of his readers is not suited for this earth, but is entitled to wings.
1915: Nineteen girls and 25 boys have signed up for the high school basketball teams.
1921: The county commissioners have purchased a Best 60 horsepower Caterpillar and a Galleon Giant Premier grader for the maintenance of our roads.
1927: More than 1,200 people celebrated at Gardner for the opening day of the annual fall fair and festival.
1933: A farewell wiener roast was given at Martin Lake in honor of Mary M. Romero and Aurora Aragon, graduates of St. Mary High School who are leaving to attend Adams State Teachers College.
1939: Claude Atencio, local recreation director, says more and more people are participating in the daily volleyball games at the Seventh Street playgrounds.
1945: The county road known as the Alamo Cutoff, between Toltec and Butte Valley coal camps, will be completed this week with an all-weather surface of red shale from burned out mine dumps.
1951: A “night club” dance complete with table service, lush atmosphere and floor show will feature the Lions Club’s annual Ladies Night affair this Saturday night.
1960: Two city patrolmen saw an unidentified flying object about six feet long fly past their car about three o’clock Monday morning on West Seventh Street.
1966: St. Mary Crusaders beat Hoehne 18-0 in their home opener with touchdowns by Frank Medina, Doug Toller and Rick Santi.
1973: Mr. and Mrs. Nick Shepic celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 13, 1913 in Trinidad, five days after she arrived from Yugoslavia. They had never met.
1979: Walsenburg post office will become a first class office Oct. 6 due to increased revenue.
1985: Twelve more firms have joined the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce, bringing the total membership to 125 businesses.
1993: King Royal Brothers Three Ring Circus will give two performances in Fiesta Park tomorrow, sponsored by the Walsenburg Volunteer Fire Department. The circus features more than 100 exotic animals including Bengal tigers and performing elephants, all under one gigantic tent.

La Veta

1881: The town board met in a special session to plan appropriate funeral services for the late President Garfield and Col. J.M. Francisco will head the committee to arrange the program.
1893: The potato crop around here is excellent and large in amount. The selling price is one dollar per hundred pounds.
1898: The whistle and buzz of the threshers can be heard daily; the amount of grain will no doubt be a good deal larger this year although the snow storm of last week caught several farmers with their grain not cut.
1904: Superintendent A.A. Foote fell twenty feet from the tipple at Occidental Mine and received several broken fingers, a broken nose and bruised hip.
1910: Mrs. Ell Smith is the new manager at the Spanish Peaks Hotel and announced she will have special Sunday dinners for 35¢.
1917: The first snowfall of the season arrived on the 26th.
1923: Walter Campbell won first [place at the State Fair for fat steers and will get a free trip to the big stock show in Chicago in December. Max Elley won second, Neil Smith, third and Fred Smith, fourth, in the same class.
1930: Lewis and Chester Richman, Harold Gross and George McLaughlin have fixed up a cute little miniature golf course on an empty lot on Field Street.
1936: Works Progress Administration cooks will serve hot lunches at the school to all students who desire them at a cost of five cents for all ages.
1943: Little Marilyn Lammers enjoyed her fifth birthday party with her young girl friends.
1949: Gilbert Arnold related stories about the 15 months he spent in Iceland for Thursday night’s meeting of UNESCO.
1956: H.W. Craig, District No. 16 water commissioner, says the flow in the Cucharas River is the lowest in 54 years. Restrictions on water use in La Veta will remain in place.
1962: LVHS students won second in the county Road-E-O driving competition, behind Walsenburg High School in first. St. Mary was third.
1969: Former LVHS graduates Christine Aguirre, Donna Disert and Kenneth Arnold are now enrolled in college in Greeley.
1975: High School Principal Roger Brunelli has been named acting superintendent for Re-2 schools to replace H.C. Marburger who resigned last week.
1981: Dance to the music of the Night Wings, playing country and rock, Friday and Saturday nights at the Cracker Barrel in the La Veta Mall.
1987: The one and a half million dollar, 44-unit Pleasant View apartment complex was started three weeks ago and should be completed by Dec. 1.
1995: The Milagro Café and Gallery has been opened by Todd Murray and Stacie Moore at 103 E. Francisco Street.