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This Week in History of November 30, 2017

by Nancy Christofferson

Walsenburg

1882: J.L., Kate and Nate Patterson have gone to the new camp at Williams Creek and Cottonwood Creek 10 miles north of Gardner to view the iron prospects and report that some 500 men are already in the vicinity. Assays have been made as high as $30,000 in gold.

1892: The Reverend A.H. Quillian of Birmingham married Alva Ireland and Grace Freeman November 24. Alva and his brother own the Coyote silver mine on Silver Mountain.

1897: Died, Ed Baxter Jr., of typhoid fever. He was the son of the Baxter of Baxter Hardware and Trading, established in 1892.

1902: At least 2,000 people visited M. Bernstein’s store where he has on display his huge stock destined for the new store in Pueblo, the opening of which has been delayed.

1908: Paul Frohlich sold his hardware and furniture business to G.R. Caldwell and E.L. Neeley, brothers-in-law, on Monday. They are currently moving the Caldwell furniture stock into the new building. The new firm will be known as Neeley-Caldwell Hardware and Furniture Company.

1913: The governor has made a proclamation that Walsenburg is to be a city of the second class.

1918: The Denver and Rio Grande afternoon passenger train killed the delivery horse of dairyman Arthur Rose at the Main Street crossing.

1923: Died in California, Eugene H. Benine, a native of Tyrol. After seven years in South America, he came to Walsenburg in 1893 and in 1898 married Erminia Barbara Zadra, also from Tyrol. He leaves his wife and eight children.

1929: William Thomas Sharp died the 26th at the age of 91. Born in Missouri, he was a resident, stock raiser and merchant of Malachite since the days of the Indians and was a close friend of Chief Ouray.

1934: Walsenburg’s own Virginia Thomas was called to Trinidad to perform her Mae West impersonation.

1940: The school board plans to build a huge ice skating rink on a cement surface at Huerfano County High School.

1945: Thirty-nine people attended the 10th Anniversary banquet and program of the Huerfano Group of the Colorado Mountain Club in the Kirkpatrick Hotel dining room.

1951: The well-known Calumet No. 2 mine is being dismantled and the machinery sold.

1957: A howling wind storm Tuesday brought in a storm which left two inches of precipitation just in time for Thanksgiving travel.

1963: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Jerant were held up by three armed bandits who stole cash and merchandise at Kay’s Super and Kay’s Motel, 338 West Seventh Street.

1968: Head twirler Virginia Langowski led the Walsenburg High School band in their halftime performance during last Sunday’s Bronco game in Denver.

1973: Walsenburg Classroom Teachers Association learned their health insurance will be increased in cost from $10.00 to $20.00 per month.

1978: Santa Claus will be at the courthouse this Saturday, December 2, to draw for $100, $50 and two $25 cash certificates, sponsored by the new Jaycees club.

1983: Sabino Archuleta, 90, has died. He was born December 30, 1892 to Jose Guadalupe Archuleta, a county commissioner who died in office. Sabino was appointed to fill the vacancy and served 27 years. He leaves his wife Celestina, daughter Martha Sandoval, Walsenburg, brother Lupe of Red Wing and sister Onofre Martinez, Walsenburg.

1989: Huerfano Teltronics has all types of Radio Shack remote control vehicles and electronic toys for Christmas gifts.

1995: The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed the decision by District Judge Jesse Manzanares granting additional funds to District Attorney Jon Neil Barclay for 1994.

La Veta

1876: A Brooklyn medium has been vainly interrogating the spirit of George Washington to know what he thought of the present political muddle. All that he could get out of the father of his country was “spoilt fish.”

1881: “I will keep constantly on hand Walsenburg coal. Will deliver same direct from [railroad] car at $4.25 per ton. Jno. F. Moore.”

1887: With the resignation of Reverend C.M. Green, the Baptist church is without a minister and it is hoped Reverend M.A. Clark will preach until a regular pastor is found.

1893: There was a shooting match in town yesterday but the firing was wild.

1898: A half dozen of our young men have organized the George Washington Club to provide social and literary amusements. Robert McGraw has been elected president.

1903: The Bald Mountain Railway will commence operations Tuesday and begin shipping coal from the Occidental mine on Middle Creek. A gravity water plant from a spring in a nearby canon has been completed to supply the locomotive and the tipple has just been floored.

1909: A mule hitched to an old fashioned hay burner containing three Italians from Oakview became unduly elated and after an unusual burst of speed up Main Street, dumped the occupants of the vehicle on the sidewalk in front of Ritchey-Gibbons Hardware Company store.

1915: Six or seven [railroad] cars of cattle were shipped from La Veta this week to the Denver market. 1921: The local Athletic Association has leased the Micheletti building at Ryus and Main and will fix it up for social and entertainment purposes.

1926: Mr. and Mrs. Levy Kincaid initiated their new radio on Saturday evening by inviting 14 friends and relatives to supper and afterward tuning it in.

1931: Last Thursday our first snowstorm of the season left about 10 inches and the winds on Sunday and Monday effectively blocked roads until the trip to Walsenburg consumed no less than three hours.

1937: Several members of the local Sportsman’s Club went up to Charles Boyd’s ranch Sunday, assisting with the transfer of fish from the shallow retaining ponds to deeper water where they will spend the winter.

1943: Former resident and La Veta High School graduate Leslie Roth Harrison, 26, was killed in an airplane crash at Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He was a nephew of W.H. Harrison of La Veta.

1948: The Pleasant View Lions came from behind to beat the Redskins 42-38 Tuesday night on the Lions’ court.

1953: Miss Jackie Ferkovich came home from Colorado College to spend Thanksgiving with her mother Mrs. Mary Ferkovich on La Veta Pass.

1958: Mrs. Claud Brown, nee Wilma Zember, was guest of honor at a bridal shower November 22 at the home of Kathryn Gross.

1965: Mary Margaret Watson and Wayman Alan “Pete” Percifull will be married December 19 in the Cuchara Chapel.

1970: The DeMolay boys served a chili supper in Masonic Hall Friday afternoon and were well pleased with the financial results.

1976: Shop at Mr. Joseph’s Antiques, Main and Francisco.

1981: Friends of the Arts Guild will have its annual Christmas Bazaar this weekend in the Gallery on Main Street.

1986: Saturday’s all day snowstorm dumped from 18 to 20 inches on La Veta.

1992: Re-2 District School Board approved a revision in the open campus rule by allowing only high school students to leave the school grounds during the lunch break.

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