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This week in history for September 6, 2012


1898: Motto – If it’s in the World it happened; If it ain’t, it never did; For there’s nothing from its Editors; or from its Devil hid. [A newspaper devil was the printer’s apprentice]
1905: Fifty-six members of the Grand Army of the Republic from Huerfano County took the special train from here to Denver yesterday to attend a big reunion.
1912: Three railroad carloads from Walsenburg went to Idaho Springs to attend the Elks convention.
1918: Word was received from Andrew “Scotty” Campbell that he had arrived safely overseas with the 43rd Balloon Company.
1924: Gorgeous gowns, beautiful new fall coats, peerless fall hats and every kind of men’s wearing apparel will be shown at the Fall Fashion Review in the Star Theater on Sept. 16 and 17.
1930: The Misses Julia Yourick, Angela and Anna Matkovich and Gertie Padovan motored to Trinidad Sunday to attend a Labor Day dance.
1936: Polls in the 30 precincts of Huerfano County will open at 7 o’clock Tuesday morning for the primary election.
1942: One useless old tire provides enough rubber for use in 12 gas masks and one old shovel enough to make four hand grenades. Bring in your scrap for America’s fighting weapons.
1948: Ten softball teams, representing the best in southern Colorado, will fight it out for the State Invitational Championship in Walsenburg next Saturday night
1954: Orlando Herrera, stationed with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific, has been selected as one of the top athletes by the Armed Forces Sports Almanac. His best sports are softball and boxing.
1966: School District Re-1 now has 1,317 students enrolled; 447 in Washington School, 65 in Seventh Street, 210 in Hill, 488 in high school and 107 in Gardner.
1972: The Navajo Trail Association is observing its 40th anniversary. The Navajo Trail is an 848 mile long highway between Garden City, Kans., and Prescott, Ariz.
1977: The 4th annual Fiesta de Los Leones will be Sept. 16, 17 and 18 according to Chairman Hilbert Navarro, beginning with an adults only dance Friday, Sept. 16 in Elks Lodge with music by Jay and the Latin Jesters.
1983: Four young women, Virginia Castro, Irene Trujillo, Carla Medina and Barbara Applehunt, are vying for the title of Plaza de Los Leones Fiesta Queen.
1989: Walsenburg City Council voted to let a contract to George Galvan to remodel the city-owned house outside of La Veta for $6,759.14 and then lease it with five acres for $400 a month.

La Veta

1900: A party of four hunters on Indian Creek split up and when reunited, found one of their number was missing. A search found his six-shooter, empty. Fearing he was dead, one man emptied his canteen to steady his nerves and another fainted. Farther on they found a rifle near a tall spruce tree, and then their friend’s purse. The hunters heard a groan and found their friend in the tree with his clothes shredded, chased there by a bear.
1907: Due to the greatly increased enrollment the students of the eighth grade and high school are crowded into one room, where they must sit two to a seat.
1913: Ye editor and his family spent several days in Cuchara Camps this week and enjoyed some delicious meals of grouse and trout prepared by C.H. Ellison, the hotel chef.
1919: Dr. Humphreys is assisting Dr. Chisolm at the hospital, and Miss Blackmer is serving as their nurse.
1925: Mrs. Evelyn Atchison had been searching for her baby brother for 52 years until they were reunited when he visited La Veta last week.
1937: The Colorado State Entomologist says Huerfano County has the heaviest infestation of grasshoppers as any county in the state.
1944: A severe hail storm hit Cuchara Camps Tuesday and after the clouds lifted the first snow of the season was seen on the Spanish Peaks.
1950: The L Club Mothers earned $95.03 selling meals to Athletic Club members during their outing to Cuchara Camps.
1956: Enrollment in La Veta schools is 198 according to the new superintendent, Edwin Hildebrand, who replaced Don Bone.
1964: Grade school teachers this year are Alice Kopine, 1st grade; Bernice Aguirre, 2nd; Bessie Moore, 3rd; Jacque Goemmer, 4th; Frances Magnino, 5th; Alta Hoffman, 6th and Bernice Hayes, 7th and 8th.
1970: On Saturday night a “Sweet 16” party was given for Mitzi Masinton by her parents in the banquet room of the Spanish Peaks Motor Inn.
1976: Friends of the Arts Guild will have a Fall Art Auction in the former Presbyterian Church.
1982: Cuchara Valley Emergency Medical Services hosted a barbecue in the Recreation Hall in Cuchara to raise funds for a new rescue truck.
1988: The Redskins kicked off their 1988-89 football season by defeating Custer County 12-0 in Westcliffe in a heavy rain with both touchdowns scored by Todd Eddleman.
1994: Town Board set the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Senior/Teen Community Center for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

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