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This Week in History of June 15, 2017

by Nancy Christofferson

Walsenburg

1890: The new Rouse coal mine produces 20,000 gallons of water each day, which is pumped out and piped to a reservoir on the hill for use in operating the boilers.

1896: J.W. Clifford is laying the foundation for the large new hotel he will build this summer in Gardner.

1902: Dr. Lahmer of Kansas City has concluded to locate permanently in Gardner and opened an office in the Hotel Clifford.

1908: Pablo Suazo, a 60 year old sheepherder, was killed by a Denver and Rio Grande engine at the Russell Street crossing.

1914: Schwab and Schafer Packing Company moved their headquarters to the City Meat Market building next door to the Huerfano Trading Company on Main Street.

1919: Dr. A.S. Abdun-Nur has left us for a new home in Nevada after eight years of practice in our community. A going away party was held in Princess Hall in Aguilar with about 100 well wishers present.

1925: The Cash Variety Store has moved to new quarters at 512 Main Street.

1931: The newly organized chamber of commerce will have its next meeting in the Avalon Café and the next after that will be in the Alpine Rose.

1937: A fishing pole found floating in the Cucharas River Sunday near Cuchara Camps told the tragic story of southern Colorado’s first fatality of the 1937 fishing season. He was Pete Fernandez, 44, of Loma Park Addition.

1943: The flow of water in the Cucharas River stands at the lowest point for this time of the season in the past 17 years, Mayor G.R. Mallett was informed by Water Commissioner Harold Craig.

1949: The final tally of 4-H enrollment in Huerfano County for this season showed a total of 230 members in 17 clubs, with four men and 19 women leaders.

1955: Miss Janice Conder of Walsenburg will be the official welcomer for Cotarco during groundbreaking ceremonies Saturday and afterward emissary to attract other new industries to Huerfano County.

1961: Solomon “Wally” Padilla was elected Grand Knight of the local council of the Knights of Columbus, succeeding Joe Falsetto.

1966: Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Furphy celebrated their wedding anniversary with a family dinner with eight of their children and their families. He was born in Walsenburg and raised on the family ranch at Apache, was in business with his father and brother and served as county coroner two terms. She was from Denver and came here to teach school. They had seven daughters and three sons, nine of whom are still living.

1972: Albert Garcia, owner of the new Western Auto Store in the old Ben Franklin site on Main, grossed $100,000 in his first six months in business. Born in Delagua in 1930, he spent four years in the Navy and attended Trinidad State junior College.

1978: Father’s Day Special, Levi Double Knit Pants, $10. Hobeika’s Ready to Wear.

1984: Star Drug’s The Other Side gift shop and Around the Corner Ice Cream Parlor will have their grand openings Saturday, June 16.

1990: The positions of Development Director and Executive Secretary of the Huerfano County Economic Development have been terminated by the board of directors due to a lack of funding. Current projects are obtaining hospital funding and the Scenic Highway of Legends.

La Veta

1877: Deputy Sheriff Lewis of La Veta has just received a telegram from Santa Fe, saying that Gonzalez, the murderer of the Brown family at this place last winter, was captured at that point, and asking for a requisition from the governor to bring him back to Colorado.

1882: E.G. Berry and Jasper Bruce are making a new lake about one mile south of town, which they aim to stock with fish. The lake is as much as 15 to 20 feet deep in places.

1887: Town Board approved a levy of eight mills to cover this year’s expenditures of $600, to wit, $300 for public improvements, $150 for streets and alleys, $100 for fees and salaries and $50 for incidentals.

1893: J.B. Wright, our new physician from Louisville, has his office located in the Krier building opposite to the drug store.

1899: Officials of the Denver and Rio Grande advised town board the jail must be moved again as it is still on railroad property.

1905: Isn’t it time to paint your wagon? First class paint at the Lumber Yard.

1910: There will be a matinee at Steele’s Moving Picture Show this week for the convenience of the farmers and their families who generally come to town on Saturdays.

1916: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Estes and the Karl Spielmanns have new baby boys at their homes and the Harold Craigs got a new daughter.

1921: The two foot long, nine and a half pound trout exhibited in the window of the La Veta drug store was caught by E. Shoemaker.

1926: About 200 people attended the dedication of the tablet at Francisco Plaza, unveiled by Mrs. A.R. Francisco and Eva Brennan for the Daughters of the Revolution.

1931: Died, Joe K. Kincaid, a resident of La Veta for 57 years, or since he was 21. In early years he freighted between Pueblo and the San Luis Valley in association with Henry Daigre, Colonel Francisco, Fred Walsen, A. Levy, Hiram Vasquez and the Hamiltons. For the past 30 years he has owned and operated the old Ryus store at the corner of Main and Ryus.

1937: Marjorie Byouk, daughter of Bessie, Los Angeles California, and Martin Byouk of Pueblo, married Gaston Santi at the home of the bride’s grandmother Mrs. M.M. Springer in La Veta. He is the son of Cesare Santi.

1942: The road to Sulphur Springs has finally been opened with the replacement of the bridges, but stops just before reaching the resort where there is a large rock slide.

1948: Tilda Ward, 43, died. She was born in Rouse but lived in La Veta for 30 years. She leaves her husband Don, sons William, Joe, Charlie, David, Moses and Melvin, all of La Veta, and Donald in the Navy, along with daughters Ophelia, Edith and Mildred of La Veta.

1954: The Huerfano County 4-H Fair has been set for August 20, 21 and 22, according to Ellis Smith, fair manager.

1960: Mr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson have purchased the home they live in on South Oak Street from J.J. Ferrari.

1966: La Veta Motel, televisions, kitchenettes, trailer and camping facilities, two blocks south of the post office on Oak Street.

1971: Steve Maes painted and repaired all of the picnic tables and benches in La Veta Town Park.

1977: The Spanish Peaks Garden Club is planning a Festival of Flowers to raise funds for the Francisco Fort Museum.

1982: La Veta girls chosen as finalists in the 1982 Colorado National Teen-Ager Pageant are Carol Aguirre, Shannon Jameson and Mitzi Scarberry.

1988: Governor Roy Romer will visit with La Veta residents on Main street beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, then go to Baker Creek Restaurant at Cuchara Valley Resort for breakfast with the public.

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