by Nancy Christofferson
1882: The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad now employs constantly 1,200 men to operate and keep in repair their road.
1890: Improvements in Walsenburg during the past year total fully $150,000 worth, including $35,000 for the complete Edison electrical system and $15,000 for extensions and other advances of the water works.
1895: Scarcely had midnight struck New Year’s Eve when the steam whistle at the power house sounded, followed by the firing of revolvers, the ringing of the alarm bell and the firing of the anvils in front of Chatin’s blacksmith shop. The din was kept up for one hour.
1900: 1900 received a royal welcome from Walsenburg. Bells rang, whistles blew, guns went off and we all yelled. It wasn’t Sunday, you know.
1906: The year 1906 was welcomed into our town with the usual amount of noise, which no doubt proved highly entertaining to the watchers and highly disagreeable to the peaceful citizens who were trying to sleep.
1911: Miss Estella Scholes of Maitland has moved to Aguilar where she will play and sing in T.P. Steele’s moving picture show.
1917: Antonio Buci [sic] killed a 1,000 pound bear in his corn field on Turkey Creek.
1922: About 150 members and guests attended the New Year’s Eve watch party in the Baptist Church.
1928: No public gatherings, assemblages, parades or other demonstrations shall be held in Walsenburg because of the mass picketing and violence prevalent, by order of Mayor John J. Pritchard.
1934: Charges were filed against Joe Bain, proprietor of the Golden Eagle, for selling eggs without a license.
1939: Over the New Year’s holiday, a large plate glass window was smashed at the Saliba liquor store, two slot machines were taken from Norman George’s grocery on West Seventh and another from the Walton Laney service station at Main and Colorado.
1945: Mrs. Lola Tafoya finally received word of the safety of her son Corporal Raymond Castro who has been interred as a P.O.W. by the Japanese in the Philippines for three years.
1950: During December, 19 births and 10 deaths were reported in Huerfano County, of which 15 births and nine deaths occurred in Walsenburg.
1956: The first child born in Huerfano County in 1956 arrived today in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Vigil of Cemetery Hill.
1961: Ernest Wadhams, 902 Pennsylvania Avenue, has offered land in northeastern Walsenburg for construction of a new hospital after Dr. James M. Lamme announced the closure of his facility.
1966: Ruthie Bachicha, Walsenburg High School graduate, is the new secretary and bookkeeper at Paul Krier Insurance Agency, 108 West Sixth Street.
1971: Nick Tafoya, Washington School seventh grader, won the stereo set in first National Bank in Walsenburg’s Christmas drawing.
1976: Retiring Chief of Police Lino Sanchez was honored after serving the force for 18 years.
1981: Through the combined efforts of county officials, the City of Walsenburg, the Town of La Veta and the State Health department, Huerfano County now has a 1980 ambulance.
1986: Walsenburg has received no precipitation since December 10, though an eight inch snowfall earlier in the month brought precipitation for 1985 to 16.03 inches and to 31 inches so far this season. December high, 62, low, 14.
1991: Walsenburg police officers Carlos Chavez and Edward Martin Jr. received recognition from the American Red Cross for saving the life of Municipal Judge Julian Medina when he suffered a heart attack at his home.
1877: Businesses include Sam Todd’s Hotel, the flouring mill, D.J. Martin dry goods, W.A. Moore, general merchandise, W..B. Hamilton, livery, I.H. Lewis, meat market and C.W. Ryus, druggist.
1883: Charlie Ryus has gone to work for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad.
1888: M.T. Hills was sworn in as new town trustee to replace J.D. Tracy who was removed from office because he had moved from this district.
1894: Sixteen couples attended the Ladies Cinch club dance Monday night in the school house.
1899: The La Veta Hotel, S. Boyd, proprietor. The travelling public can always depend on the best of treatment. First class table and comfortable beds. Rigs ordered for travelling men. Denver and Rio Grande Dining House. 1904: J.M. Elrod won the contract to build the telephone line to the West Spanish Peak.
1909: C.S. Emmert proposes to start a company to supply electric light, heat and power from the upper canon near C.M. Mack’s ranch at the Gap down to the prairies beyond La Veta, though Judge F.B. Tiffany will continue to supply the town.
1914: The New Year was ushered in with the usual commotion of whistles, ringing of church bells and firing of guns. 1919: Tuesday and Wednesday nights the thermometer hovered between 12 and 16 degrees below zero, which with some 12 to 18 inches of snow means some winter.
1924: A.L. Vincent and J.J. Shippee are preparing a camp in the timber where logs can be cut for use in construction of cottages at the proposed resort of San Isabel Clifton Springs on what is known as the former Mack ranch.
1930: Fred Arnold, youngest son of Asa Arnold, and Virginia Drury, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Drury, were married. They will live on Oak Street while he is employed at McLain’s grocery.
1935: Eight dances in one week is proof positive that La Veta people like to trip the light fantastic, especially during a holiday.
1940: Showing at the Rialto Saturday and Sunday nights, Jean Arthur and Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” plus a color cartoon, “Jitterbug Knights”.
1946: A meeting will be held in the high school auditorium January 7 to begin efforts to reorganize the ailing Parent Teacher Association.
1951: La Veta Town Hall on Francisco Street is to be sold to the La Veta Fire Protection District for $2,500 and the town will buy the building on Main owned by the Charles F. Boyd Estate for $1,050 to convert it into a town hall, contingent upon a special election in the old bank building at Francisco and Main streets.
1957: The final edition of the La Veta Advertiser, established in 1895 and appearing weekly for 63 years, was published December 27. La Veta news will now appear in the Walsenburg World Independent.
1962: Died, George R. Benefiel, born in 1875. He is a former mortician of La Veta and also with his wife operated the Park Lane Hotel.
1967: R.B. Long has purchased the La Veta Motel on Oak Street from Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Warren and plans to remodel and update the rooms before summer.
1972: Ronald Ortivez and Marie Sanchez, both of Walsenburg, were issued a marriage license recently.
1977: A fun evening was spent by about 40 people ice skating, roasting hot dogs and enjoying a big pot of beans in Cuchara Tuesday night.
1983: The county commissioners denied a request by Cuchara residents to remove snow from the Chapel and Community Center parking lots for holiday events. 1988: Our favorite classical guitarist, Jay Aljinovich, has deserted us after 10 years and moved to Denver.