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This Week in History: May 19, 2016


1877: Cattle and sheep have suffered fearfully during the last storm. In some parts of the county one-third of the stock perished; sheep according to the shelter they had. But my estimate would safely say that 10,000 to 15,000 in Huerfano County perished.

1882: The county commissioners are considering building a county office building but the taxpayers disapprove of an expenditure of $1,000 or $2,000 or $3,000.

1890: Mr. Kebler of the Fuel Company visited Rouse and instructed that a new barn be built, the boiler house enlarged and the water works expanded.

1896: It was 83 degrees in the shade one day last week down in Spring Valley.

1902: The Brunelli brothers bought the McAllister ranch on upper Bear Creek for $7,000.

1908: On May 12, Roy Veach Hill married Mabel Pencie Farr at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Farr. The couple will live in the cottage built by the Farrs next door to their own on Capitol Hill.

1914: I passed your house the other day and it seemed about ready for another shine-up. Call P.A. Espe, Painter and Paper Hanger.

1920: Applications for Superintendent and Manager of the Spanish Peaks Recreation Playground Association will be received by Charles Furphy at Walsenburg.

1926: U.S. Senator Alva B. Adams will speak in Walsenburg June 3 at the democratic banquet in the Opera House Cafe.

1932: The Walsenburg-Independent will now carry the witty and humorous columns of Will Rogers.

1938: A pack train is being used to carry poison bran to the Cuchara Canyon 35 miles northeast of Walsenburg where millions of grasshoppers are expected to hatch.

1944: Fifty-four eighth grade students will graduate tomorrow evening after a banquet in the Rainbow Room of the Hotel Kirkpatrick provided by the Lions club, Rotary and the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce

1950: The music class under the direction of Sister Tharsilla will give a concert tonight in Knights of Columbus Hall.

1957: Twenty-two rural eighth graders will receive diplomas tomorrow in exercises in Washington School Auditorium.

1963: San Isabel Electric Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary June 1 in


1969: John Andrew Vucetich and Bernadette Pacheco, two outstanding seniors at St. Mary High School, have received scholarships.

1975: The elementary and junior high band and vocal students will be featured in two-night performances Monday and Wednesday, May 19 and 21.

1981: Some 125-150 people attended the Spring Fashion Showcase sponsored by the Civic League Friday in the Marlboro dining room which featured 88 fashions from eight local stores.

1987: J.J. Construction broke out a 20 foot long section of Cucharas Dam to alleviate the pressure of the overfilled reservoir. The 75-year-old dam was cracking in about a dozen places.

1993: Two Walsenburg firemen, Paul Kelley and Andrew Quirico, were treated for smoke inhalation following a house fire at 100 Tyler Avenue when an electric fire destroyed the home of Anthony and Linda Medina.

La Veta

1883: Miss Davis is in receipt of a handsome globe and map for the public school purchased with the funds derived from the school entertainment.

1889: Brother Foote is publishing the La Veta Times with the assistance of F.L. Herbin.

1895: Enos Frankenbury brought us a specimen of coal from his mine west of town on the railroad and it is one of the finest samples ever shown in Huerfano County.

1901: E.R. and E.E. Coleman and R.A. Mathew are working the Sucker copper claim near Krueger Mountain.

1907: Dr. S. Julian Lamme has purchased the Sulphur Springs on Indian Creek from Mrs. Andrew Francisco for $1,500 and will put in new bath tubs for use this summer.

1912: O.D, Howlett offers for sale 478 acres of good mountain land including 60 acres suitable for potatoes or grain. There is a substantial four room house on the land and a large log barn, all for $3,000.

1918: G.R. Benefiel, Ray Thomas and Harold Craig were appointed to fill vacancies on the town board left by the death of J.G. Hamilton and the resignations of Messrs. Rilling and Vasquez.

1924: The road up to Cuchara Camps is in first class condition and a number of local residents from here and Walsenburg went up last weekend for plenty of snowballing.

1930: W.H. Clifford visited Cripple Creek and says the old gold camp looks very different to when he knew it in its boom days. He returned by way of Phantom Canyon which is the most scenic route.

1935: Died, Lawrence Ward Shaw, 38, while trying to rescue a fellow miner from the fire in the Cameron mine. He was born in Missouri in 1897 and came to Colorado in 1917. He leaves his wife, the former Flora Sellers, brother Ranaldo and sisters Eileen and Leila.

1941: A new baptistery has been put into the Baptist Church and will be dedicated Sunday night with a dozen new members getting baptized. Formerly members had to go to Walsenburg for baptism.

1947: The highway detour around the new bridge north of La Veta was washed out by high water Saturday and travelers had to use Valley Road until Monday.

1953: This year’s graduates are Mildred Ward, Myrna Bowdino, James Bailey, Carmel Martinez, John Geiser, George Welsby, Edwin Holley, David Chavez, Matt Downs, Milton Melonas and Lee Lehman.

1959: Denzel Percifull received a ribbon for having the highest score, 555 points of a possible 650, at the Southeast Colorado 4-H Livestock Judging. Curtis Goemmer received 498 and J.B. Geiser, 468.

1965: La Vetans found themselves in a winter wonderland Saturday and Monday mornings with plenty of snow and a temperature of 25 degrees one night.

1971: Spanish Peaks Restaurant and Lounge will be closed Saturday evening, May 22, for the La Veta High School Junior Senior Prom and Banquet.

1977: Spanish Peaks Garden Club and La Veta Town Board hosted a reception Sunday afternoon in Town Hall to unveil the new mural of the Spanish Peaks by Mary Hicks.

1983: Barbara Edwards is preparing the Drive Inn for the summer.

1989: District Re-2 School Board raised the base salary for teachers from $16,200 to $17,100.

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