by Nancy Christofferson
1889: The New York State Exchange Saloon, featuring a five by fourteen foot ‘French plate glass mirror, piano, fine wines and brandies, has opened for business.
1894: Buy Selz Enterprise shoes for $2.00 at The New York Fair.
1899: J.J. Ferrick is building a house for T.J. Bradshaw who does not believe in paying $10 a month in rent when he can build a house for $30.
1905: We understand the miners at the Copper Bull wash their faces three times a day since they got a lady cook.
1910: The construction of the new railroad grade between this place and Huerfano Station will begin immediately and a graders’ camp is being prepared near the stockyards.
1916: Cotton blankets, $1.00 per pair at the Huerfano Trading Company store, Walsenburg, Oakview, Pryor, Tioga, Toltec or Turner.
1921: Colorado Fuel and Iron has cut miners’ wages by 30 percent and a coal strike is being threatened.
1926: Winds of sixty to seventy miles an hour damaged auto tops, sign posts, and chimneys, and left Lester and La Veta in the dark Wednesday night.
1932: Mark O. Danford, 57, oil man, was shot and killed by a jealous woman, who then committed suicide, in Denver. In the early 1890s he was in charge of the mechanical department of the Cactus newspaper and after attending civil engineering school, opened his own firm in Trinidad. His daughter Mrs. James M. Page died the same day.
1938: An Indian [good luck” swastika inadvertently reversed during construction in the community band concert park, two blocks off Walsen avenue on First Street, is the center of much scorn and many threats by those opposing the Nazi forces.
1944: Soy Bean Oil Shampoo, 39 cents, Creomulsion, regularly $1.25, now $1.09, Hob Nail Cologne, $1.00. Jones Drug, 124 South Second, Raton.
1950: Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Burress will celebrate their first year in Walsenburg with a formal open-house Sunday afternoon, from 1 to 5 o’clock in their new Memorial Chapel at 121 East 5th street.
1956: A large plate glass window was broken and a tire stolen from the new Chevron Gas Station at 641 West Seventh this morning.
1961: Annual salaries for the City Utility workers have been raised to $6,300.
1966: New directors of the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce are Norman Wolak, Wayne Van Schoyck, Joe Habib, Joe Bush and Robert Meyer.
1971: Craig Winslow was elected 4-H Council president, Jill Davis, vice president, Karin Sporleder, secretary, Gena Davis, treasurer and Toni Ugolini, reporter.
1976: Three couples, Guerino and Katie Menegatti, Guerino and Manella Andreatta, and Candido and Emma Andreatta, were feted at a dinner party in honor of their 60th wedding anniversaries.
1981: Federal Homes of Walsenburg will now offer a program enabling home buyers to pay for a home in five years with no interest or carrying charges.
1986: Huerfano County office holders who won in this month’s election gave a free dance Saturday night in the Walsenburg Community Center with music by the Vanishing Breed.
1991: The Washington School; Family Variety Show earned nearly $400 for school projects and drew about 300 people in the audience. Brent Stevens served as master of ceremonies for the show, which included 22 acts.
1876: The Honorable Casimiro Barela of Las Animas County is the youngest member of the state senate at 28, and the Honorable Urbano Chacon, 25, Las Animas County, is the youngest in the house. The latter is also the only editor in the legislature.
1882: Died, J. Dexter Colvin, of lung disease. He was a resident of La Veta for six years and postmaster for the past three, was a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public and town magistrate.
1892: The Misses Rubie and Anna Willis, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Willet R. Willis, left for Pueblo where they will live with their brother while they attend school.
1897: Charlie Mack, so we are told, is figuring on trading his pet bear for some monkeys owned by the Turks living on Bear Creek. What next?
1902: Former town clerk Samuel L. Strange died in California of dropsy. He was from Tennessee and came to La Veta in 1869 after serving with Wheeler’s Cavalry in the Civil War. He leaves two adult children in La Veta, Erskine A. and Mrs. J.M. Garren.
1907: A gang of Japs are [sic] unloading new 80-pound rails in the yards preparatory to laying heavy rails from La Veta to Codo, or within five miles of the summit.
1913: Dave Stewart has purchased the Cisney and Sparks meat market and will move it to the Eggleston building on the east side of Main.
1918: Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and we have much to be thankful for with the end of the late conflict in Europe.
1923: Frank Baysinger has taken Paul Erwin’s place as night man at Allen Roush‘s Ford garage.
1928: T.A. Williams, station agent, will remodel his new residence west of the river and make it thoroughly modern.
1934: La Veta Lodge No. 59, AF & AM celebrated the initiation of Dr. Earl Lee Monday night with a banquet at the Spanish Peaks Hotel. Walsenburg members in attendance were Vic Mazzone, Eugene S. Vories, Harry Capps and Otto Klein.
1939: Warren Farrar is building a 28 by 40 foot modern machine shop at his residence in southwest La Veta for blacksmithing, welding and lathe work.
1945: Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the county barns where the 4-H Fair was held last summer. The new stone building was not damaged.
1951: Charles Masinton and Joe Pisarczyk bought the real estate of John Albright at Cuchara Camps, including land, the building known as the Chuck Wagon and some cabins. Masinton already owns the grocery store.
1957: The Grandma Club surprised Mrs. Minnie Carson Friday afternoon to honor her on her 83rd birthday.
1962: La Veta High School students will present a comedy, “A Date with a Dream” featuring Jim Carver, Sharon Sager, Jimmie Wagner, Barbara Dixon and Adelyn Duzenack.
1967: Some 125 people attended a Bingo Party Saturday night in the Odd Fellows Hall.
1972: Rotary club’s newest member Maurice Heikes attended his first meeting Tuesday on Ladies Night with his new wife Irene.
1978: Huerfano County Commissioners set their 1979 budget at $2,659,675 which allows for all county employees to receive a $30 per month cost of living raise, the same as last year.
1983: The Palmer family is putting finishing touches on their new Four Seasons Sports and Rental building in Cuchara.
1988: La Veta Town Board approved a 1989 budget of $325,034 with a mill levy of 5.113, down from 6.8 this year.
1994: Friends of the Arts Guild elected Hazel Bankson, president, LaClaire Skaggs and Betty Philibosian, vice presidents, Janet Crawford, secretary and Jeanine Anderson, treasurer. Club members will have their annual Christmas caroling from the Belgian Trolley for the sixth year, followed by refreshments in the 1899 Inn.