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This week in history for September 30

La Veta

1900: O. Bemen and W.H. Adamson each lost a valuable horse Thursday, when they were run over by a train near H.K. Martin’s ranch west of town.

1906: John Kincaid and H.K. Martin formed a partnership and bought one of the best grocery stores in Oceanside, Calif., and will consolidate it with John’s dry goods store.

1911: Joe Micheletti of Oakview has purchased Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, on the corner of Main Street and Ryus Avenue, and says he will erect a business building.

1917: C.H. Brooks already has 800 bushels of dry land oats threshed out.

1923: C.H. Brooks will be the telegraph operator at Sierra railroad station on the other side of La Veta Pass.

1930:  San Isabel National Forest estimates there are 90 deer in Huerfano County.

1935: After two days of rain, the thermometer dropped to 26 degrees on the 26th, and nearly six inches of snow lay on the ground in the morning, with tree branches cracking in all directions.

1940: The senior class elected Gilbert Arnold, president; Ellen Gregory, vice president; Joy Utt, secretary; Eloise Utt, treasurer and Kathleen Utt, historian.

1946: The pleasant fall weather suddenly disappeared Sunday and a killing frost finished off the fruit crop and gardens.

1951: Most local hunters were successful on the first day of turkey hunting season with the largest bagged a 25 pound gobbler.

1958: A ski slope is being developed south of Highway 160 on top of La Veta Pass by Top O’ La Veta Inc., and it will have a 1,200 foot rope tow and a toboggan run.

1963: Elected to the 4-H Club Council were Barbara Willis, president; Carol Galassini, vice president; Joyce Goemmer, secretary and Karen Blase, treasurer.

1969: Nancy Britton was installed Worthy Matron and Dick Jameson, Worthy Patron, of Mariposa Chapter No. 63, Order of Eastern Star, at their last meeting.

1975: Chief of Police Ron Skidmore’s police cruiser and Town Hall are now equipped with two way radios.

1982: Members of the Denver Nuggets will tour Panadero Ski Resort Tuesday as guests of the team owner, B.J. “Red” McCombs, followed by lunch at The Timbers.


1898: The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad is shipping an average of 65 cars of coal each day, and the Gulf, 40, from the mines of Walsen, Robinson, Pictou, Maitland, Toltec, Sunshine, Abadair, Pryor and the largest producer of all, Rouse.

1905: The Colorado and Southern railroad tapped into the water main on Seventh and are now filling their tanks with city water.  They can fill the tank now in one hour, 20 minutes instead of 15 hours pumping.

1912: The Sunnyside store at Strong has the most complete stock of general merchandise in Huerfano County.  Albert Griesback, mgr.

1918: Miss Rose Brunelli has accepted a position in the Huerfano Trading Co. store.

1926: Several improvements have been made to the Boyle Brothers garage and agency on lower Main between 7th and 8th, which sells Overland Whippets.

1932: Casimiro Cruz had the privilege of visiting with Roosevelt when the presidential train passed through Trinidad.

1939: A nickel slot machine was taken from Froggy’s Poor Boy Inn on North Main early this morning.

1943: Huerfano County is fifth in Colorado in the collection of war bond purchases, with $460,419.75 to date.

1949: Of the 306 students enrolled in Huerfano County High School this term, 136 are boys and 170 girls.

1954: Eight men at Morning Glory mine worked 20 days and produced 746 tons to top coal production in Huerfano County during August, followed by Calumet where 10 men produced 703 tons in 20 days.  Total employment is 42, and tonnage was 3,271.

1961: City Council has set aside $1,200 in the 1962 budget to pay a building, plumbing and electrical inspector.

1968: Re-1 Board of Education adopted a general fund budget of $639,115, requiring an increase in the levy of two mills.

1974: Nortek Properties, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Huerfano County commissioners J.J. Stimack, Joe Kopine and Joe Rodriguez after the commission denied approval of the company’s request to rezone its 32,000-acre Emerald Valley from agricultural to planned development.

1979: Seventeen people are seeking the 11 city council jobs in the November election.

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