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This week in History- May 27, 2010

La Veta

1900: Messrs. Bombard and Francisco have done much to beautify the naturally delightful Sulphur Springs resort.  They have roofed over the spring, put in comfortable seats, added a sweat room and artificial lake and cleaned the picnic grounds.

1908: Some mine rails and cars are to be shipped to the Lost Tunnel Gold Mining Company’s properties on Rough Mountain.

1913: Floyd Patras and Clara Kincaid are the only graduating seniors of the La Veta High School for this year.

1919: The G.A.R. and Women’s Relief Corps will again have a Memorial Sabbath in the Baptist Church, and a Memorial Day parade to the cemetery the next day.

1925: Dr. Blair is rushing completion of a 48 by 72 foot pavilion with a double floor of maple at the Sulphur Springs resort.

1930: The Edwin L. Smith family has moved back from Denver and again will occupy their little apartment behind the store, where they are adding a sun porch.

1936: Tony Just and his seven piece orchestra will play for the season opening dance Decoration Day at Sulphur Springs.

1941: Mrs. C.E. Turner sponsored a picnic in Los Angeles, California for all former La Vetans with about 65 in attendance.

1946: A.E. Crosse of Seattle, Wash., was in town lately looking for old acquaintances.  He had the first telephone switchboard operation in town back in the ‘90s.

1951: Chuck Naroski’s orchestra of Walsenburg will play for the Commencement Dance after graduation. $1.25 per couple, extra ladies 50 cents.

1957: Mrs. Murray Daniels has agreed to deed part of the old plaza, now occupied by Albert Parks, for a museum.

1963: This year’s graduates are Olivia Galvan, J.B. Geiser, Irmajean Heikes, Georgia Huffman, Laura Padilla, Fred Rohr, Roger Roybal, Rick Sherbondy, Becky Thompson, Glenna Walls, Dick Willcox and Gloria Jean Williams.

1971: The senior class was entertained with a dinner served Monday evening at the home of Elizabeth Sue Rohr.

1979: Ricky Johnson was one of those honored by Academic Booster Organization for being the only student in third grade to have perfect attendance this year.


1906: The Great Western Investment Company, which bought about 150 lots in town owned by Colorado Fuel and Iron, gave six lots at the southwest corner of Indiana and Tyler for the new school now under construction on Indiana Avenue.

1914: Albert Pisarczyk reported to the federal soldiers stationed here that his saloon had been entered at night and a large quantity of bottled goods stolen.

1920: The Star Theater will show “The Heart of the Hills” starring Mary Pickford on Sunday night only.

1927: The terrible news of an explosion in the Delagua mine has reached our miners.  Three men were killed outright and 132 others were trapped for a two hours.

1932: Four of the men and two of the women taken in the federal liquor raid last Tuesday pled guilty to Justice of the Peace Allen Trujillo.

1937: Both the Chamber of Commerce and Junior Chamber of Commerce have asked City Council to put the city chlorination plant back in operation for health reasons.

1943: Mayor Gavin R. Mallett has proclaimed Saturday as Poppy Day in remembrance of our fallen soldiers.

1948: Monty Woolley, who skyrocketed to fame in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” stopped at Smith’s Grocery in Walsenburg Monday for a cold beverage en route across country with his chauffeur and secretary.  A.R. Benine visited with him at the store.

1953: James Phipps was elected president for a two-year term of the District No. 4, Walsenburg, Board of Education to succeed Dr. C.A. Brunelli who did not seek re-election.

1959: The Rev. Howard L. Delaney says the tuition at St. Mary School will be raised to $20 a year for elementary students and to $30 for high school students.

1964: Seventh Street School will have kindergarten graduation Tuesday and Hill School will have its exercises Wednesday.

1974: Demolition of the Teen Center, B&K Drive-in, two houses and other buildings is underway at Sixth and Albert to make way for construction of the new Safeway store.

1983: Just Travel will open an office in Walsenburg, to be located in Higbee Realty at 136 West Seventh Street.

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