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This Week in History: May 5, 2016


1882: Benton Canon, who recently bought two thoroughbred Hereford bulls for $600, has nearly finished 12 miles of wire fencing around his ranch on the Santa Clara to contain them and his growing herd.

1889: County Commissioners B.N. Whitman, J.B. Hudson and A.J. Sanchez approved construction of a new county road between Walsenburg and Gardner.

1895: Leandro Romero married Candelaria, daughter of Decidero Cruz, at the Cruz residence at North V eta, followed by a dance in the school house.

1901: The Base Ball season is now on and supplies are available at McHarg Brothers’ store in the post office.

1907: Walter Notman, about 55, fire boss at Midway, was killed in the mine by a gas explosion.

1914: Three hours after Troop G, Fifth U.S. Cavalry, commanded by Capt. C.C. Smith, arrived, six members of the Colorado National Guard were arrested for looting a saloon on Seventh Street. The federal troops recovered 50 bottles of whiskey and 25 boxes of cigars.

1918: The Knights of Columbus presented a Hard Times Dance in their hall Saturday night with prizes going to Mary Bruce, Albert Lenzini and Albert Lowrey.

1924: Alex Cobsky, aged prospector of Silver Mountain, while in Walsenburg this week, had his wagon raided by a thief who stole two watches, bank notes and valuable papers.

1930: Walsenburg’s population according to the latest census is 5,507, compared to 3,142 in 1920 and 1,033 in 1900.

1936: John Sneddon and Margaret Valko were voted the most popular couple at the Young American Booster club dance in the Pavilion last Saturday night.

1942: The World-Independent will be one of the sponsors of a cooking school, “Vitamins for Victory”, May 11 and 12.

1948: Smith Furniture Exchange at 102 West Seventh Street will have a special reduction on prices this Friday and Saturday.

1954: Tony Correnti’s service station at Kansas and Main streets was broken into over the weekend and cigarettes and candy taken.

1961: Doris Conder submitted her resignation as city clerk to council Wednesday night.

1967: Laurel Davis will be valedictorian at Walsenburg High School this year and Kirk Ladendorf, salutatorian.

1973: HAPPY, Inc., Walsenburg’s teen center, will sponsor a babysitting service by the girls and an odd job service by the boys.

1979: Robert Dolzanie will be in charge of maintaining the pool and parks this summer at $640 per month, and Marcie Hudson, 19, will be pool manager at $480 a month.

1985: Carl Tesitor, chairman of the District Board of Huerfano Memorial Hospital since its inception in 1961, will resign effective June 1.

1991: M.A. Mortensen Company, one of Colorado largest construction companies, was selected to build the new 91,000 square foot, $14 million Huerfano Medical Center and Walsenburg Veterans Home to be completed by the summer of 1992.

La Veta

1878: F.L. Proctor and Joseph M. Hendrix, approved as trustees by Town Board at their last meeting, were sworn in as trustees and J.C. Goss sworn in as street supervisor.

1885: The Public Improvement Committee purchased 261 Box Elder and Mountain Maple trees at 20 cents each and 85 trees at 25 cents totaling 346 trees for $73.45. Many of these have already been planted in front of citizens’ houses.

1891: The La Veta Town and Improvement Company has been ordered by the town to remove the old house standing in Ryus Avenue and all other property they may have standing in the streets.

1897: Prospectors and miners are going to the new mining camp at Red River, New Mexico, via La Veta, Indian Creek and Middle Creek passes. Near there are also camps at Amizette, Hondo, LaBelle and Good Hope. La Veta is halfway between Pueblo and those camps.

1903: Gus Goemmer has rented the Edmisten ranches and his father and sisters will have charge of the Edmisten dairy.

1909: Mrs. M.M. Springer and her daughter have gone to Denver to purchase furniture for the new Springer Hotel which is nearing completion on Ryus Avenue.

1915: Railroad Park has been plowed and other wise prepared to plant a cabbage crop.

1921: The Ojo mine did not get much coal out last week on account of the trip slipping and causing a cave-in.

1927: The anniversary of Oddfellowship was celebrated in the Micheletti building April 30 with members from Walsenburg and Trinidad attending the supper, program and dance.

1933: Leslie Harrison won the position of president in the school board election with 247 votes, and E.M. Mills was elected treasurer with 224.

1938: Five hundred and forty-four votes were cast in the school board election, the largest number ever polled, to elect incumbent Lou W. Coleman president with 433 over R.C. Hern with 109 votes.

1944: La Veta Rotary Club will sponsor a musical program in the high school gym Tuesday night for Music Week, with school students and various local organizations presenting numbers.

1950: The 19 seniors and their sponsor, Miss Connie Ghiardi, took their Sneak Day Tuesday and went to visit the prison in Canon City and the Royal Gorge, followed by a baseball game and movies in Pueblo.

1955: High winds were no problem for the Redskins Friday afternoon as they poured on the heat to smother Huerfano County High School Panthers 18-5 in a non-league baseball duel played in La Veta.

1962: Dick Willcox broke the high jump record set in 1952 with a 5 foot, 11 ¾ inch leap in the district track meet held in Alamosa.

1968: La Veta school bands and choirs, including the elementary band, high school band, the dance band, mixed choir and special chorus, will present their final home concert of the school year May 6.

1974: Marilyn Schwarz, who is in her 40s, was the oldest of the 65 participants in the 15 mile Walk-A-Thon which raised $1,075 for the March of Dimes.

1980: Friends of the Arts Guild netted $71 on their Bake Sale last Saturday despite the two-foot snowfall the previous day.

1986: La Veta Postmaster Eva Mae Garcia died at the age of 52. She had served here since 1983.

1992: Deputy Marshal Jay Baker, who began his duties March 1, resigned as of April 30.

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