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Walsenburg history for April 08, 2010


1902: Two miners were instantly killed in the Pictou boardinghouse when a shot [of dynamite] was accidentally fired.

1909: The town is leveling between the railroad tracks on each side of Main Street, laying water pipes and planting grass and low shrubbery for a public park.

1915: About 800 votes were cast Tuesday in Walsenburg’s three precincts to elect Joseph O’Byrne mayor, Charles W. Cox treasurer and Gabriel U. Furphy, Juan Y. Martinez and John J. Pritchard trustees for two years.

1922: The Drs. Lamme have purchased the stone building on West Eighth Street, which includes 120 feet on the corner of Eighth and Albert, for their medical offices.

1929: An estimated 1,500 children attended the Walsenburg Independent-Star-Rialto Theaters-sponsored Easter Egg hunt last Saturday on Capitol Hill.

1934: National Recovery Service officer Fred Sabon said he could use 100 teams for work on the seven and a half mile stretch of highway northwest of this city.

1941: Tonight and tomorrow at the Valencia Theater, “The Long Voyage Home” starring John Wayne and Carmen Morales, plus a second feature, Gene Autrey in “Back in the Saddle Again” with Smiley Burnette.

1949: About 800 people attended the Spring Spice fashion show yesterday at the Fox Theater, sponsored by the Civic League.

1955: Lonnie Micek, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Micek of Pryor, was the eighth straight county spelling champion from the one-room Dand school and the third Micek to win the honor.

1961: Options have been signed to acquire land around Martin Lake for a proposed state recreation area.

1968: The Colorado Game and Fish Commission approved the expenditure of $2,100 for blacktopping the existing dirt road from Highway 160 leading to the Huerfano County Golf Course.

1973: Ma’s Breakfast Nook at 609 Main Street was sold by Corine Garcia to Eluterio and Lelia Martinez.

1981: Walsenburg voters passed an additional one cent sales tax for paving and maintaining city streets, 328 to 278.  Less than thirty percent of the registered voters turned out for the election.

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