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This week in history of February 16, 2017

by Nancy Christofferson


1883: Dr. M.L. Felkner, a graduate of medical school in Chicago, has arrived in Walsenburg and is already physician for the Colorado Coal and Iron mines at the coal banks as well as the iron mine at Placer.

1896: The Gardner school has had a very successful four month term and will close next week.

1901: The new Gardner blacksmith, Mr. Medill, will occupy part of the old hotel building as soon as Rev. Chenowith is able to move into the new parsonage.

1907: Pete Martinko, 35, was killed by a fall of rock in the Rocky Mountain mine. One of the first deaths in this mine was Superintendent Whiles’ own father, shortly after the mine opened, and the company, Consolidated Coal, was found negligent.

1912: There was no school in McGuire Monday on account of the stove pipe being so full of soot that the fire would not burn.

1918: The ladies of the Methodist Church will serve a Washington’s Birthday dinner in the Mazzone building on February 22.

1923: The new school building at Cameron was dedicated and is the largest and most modern of any rural school in Huerfano County.

1928: Died, Janet Caddell, 65, who was one of 11 kids, nee McLennan. She was born in Scotland and came to Walsenburg in 1887. She leaves children William, Edward G., Richard C., Mrs. Dale Jellison, Mrs. Earl Peet and Mrs. Frank Owens.

1933: Someone likes pork. The Schafer Packing Company was entered by unknown parties and about 1,700 pounds of pork were carried away to the main highway.

1939: Mrs. Ellen Kastner, director of the public welfare office, reported that no relief has been received for the 70 widowed mothers recently discharged from the Works Progress Administration’s sewing room project.

1944: Richard B. Morris of Denver has taken over duties as advertising manager of the World-Independent, replacing Lyle Lindesmith who was inducted into the army forces.

1949: A folk dance and song program is scheduled for this Friday evening in St. Mary Auditorium under the direction of Juan Nunez.

1955: Girls Sun Suits, 98 cents, Boy’s Cap, 99 cents, Creepers, $1.79, at the Deb-n-Heir Shop, 716 Main Street, next to City Motors.

1962: Ground is expected to be broken for the new hospital by next summer.

1966: Died, Cora Lee Mockmore, 65, a native of Texas. She came to Walsenburg in 1923 to be near her sister Myrtle Baldwin and worked for Sears and Sears Garage until 1949 when she became librarian for the Huerfano County Library. Her husband Edward died in 1950. She leaves her son David.

1972: The 1970 Census of Housing counted 2,922 housing units in Huerfano County, with 2,145 of them having at least one television set.

1978: Died, Ruth Sumner, born in Ohio and a resident of Walsenburg since her father Frederick E. Cowing brought her here at age one month. Her husband Welling is deceased as are two children. She leaves her sister Mrs. Eleanor Frick.

1983: Free angle parking for tourists only will be allowed on two blocks of east and west Sixth Street beginning March 1.

1989: The Gardner Roping and Riding Club will have a belated Valentine Day’s dance Saturday evening with Redwing providing the music.

La Veta

1881: Senator Harlan has formed a stock company in Iowa to run a 2,000 foot tunnel in his mine on the West Spanish Peak.

1893: Charley Mack has returned from looking over Indian Territory and the Cherokee Strip but says Colorado has it over all of them.

1899: Mrs. Roy Springer has purchased the old Bissell building on Main Street and will open up a restaurant and short order house.

1905: The snowstorm on Sunday was accompanied by a temperature of 24 degrees below zero.

1910: Monday was a record day at the Oakdale mine with 1,014 tons of coal hoisted from the old mine and100 tons from the new.

1916: Dr. McCaskill in 1881 was the first to raise Hereford cattle when he brought in six bulls from Illinois and bred them with the best of his range cows. In 1882 he sold two bulls to Benton Canon for $300 each and in 1884 H.B. Sager bought two bulls and some cows to become the first to raise registered cattle in the county.

1922: The town board upheld its reputation of ignoring wishes and protests of the citizens by letting the sewer system contract to Reed Construction Company of Denver for $24,500.

1927: Charles Powell is building a two room bungalow with a fireplace on his ranch for the purpose of renting it to tourists.

1934: A fourteen inch fall of snow Saturday saturated the ground in the rare absence of wind.

1940: County Agent Phil Miles will take applications from farmers and ranchers south and west of La Veta for the purpose of forming a rural electrification district. Estimated cost of construction is $800 per mile.

1945: Betty Jane Moore was selected as the Colorado State Champion 4-H Holstein Calf Girl for 1944 by the Holstein Friesian Association of America.

1951: The Cowbelles ladies auxiliary of the Southern Colorado livestock association was organized Saturday by the women of Huerfano and Las Animas counties.

1956: Dickie Willcox brought a record player to school so the class has been listening to records when it’s too cold or snowy to play outside.

1961: The per capita cost for maintaining schools in this area was $301.81 for the 1958-59 school year.

1966: Jo Jr. Petites Unlimited, Sizes 3-13, from $13.95 at Lee’s Fashions.

1971: Died, Maria “Mary” Amiday, 68, who used to live next door to the Forest Service. She leaves two sons, a daughter and her brother John Vecellio of Trinidad.

1976: Town Board is considering a new ordinance raising monthly water rates to $6.00 for the first 10,000 gallons.

1981: Sara Murphy recently took over the historical and cultural survey from Elaine Baker and it will become a part of the project from which a play will be written and produced under a federal grant of $50,000.

1987: Ray and Judy Fisher of Denver were in town last week checking on the progress of the remodeling project of their building next to the Cash and Carry, which will be a bakery and deli when completed.

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