|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the third week in June.)
100 Years Ago – 1917
Recruiting officers after spending some days in their work here in enlisting recruits for a machine gun troop of the 1st Regiment Colorado Cavalry ended their work here on Tuesday. The following persons joined the honor roll: L.D. Miller, C.E. Seymour, T.M. McMullan, C.F. Parsons, Thomas Hugg, Joseph Dieckman, Dewey Austin, George Byrne, Harry Kettler, Clyde Ashton, Frank Hightower, Louis Bride, Keith Urquhart, Edw. Stevens, Chester Stacy, Edwin Carr, Chas. Parsons, Arthur Tyler, Ed Coleman, Chas. Smith and Russell Ray.
Registration day passed off quietly in Custer County, the result being 190 eligibles for Uncle Sam’s prescription army.
The labor shortage in Colorado is already so acute that metal mining men are alarmed as to the effect conscription will have on Colorado mines.
Louis Wagner, a prominent attorney of Denver and a man who has made great success in the mining business in Colorado, with his associates has taken over the great Bull-Domingo Mine here under a bond and lease from John R. Smith. The Bull-Domingo, next to the Bassick Mine, has been the greatest mineral producer in Custer County and the fact that it will be reopened and worked by practical mining men is cause for general satisfaction for its working will prove a great stimulus to the mining industry here. We are informed that Mr. Wagner will be here in a few days and that he will begin operations by the 15th inst.
G.B. Beardsley went to Denver Sunday and returned Wednesday in his new Cadillac eight, accompanied by his son, Geo. L. Beardsley, who returned from Chippewa Falls, Wis., where he completed his high school course this year with high honors.
Hunter Ray reports the Ray-Cusack Hall has been supplied with elevated seats, greatly to the appreciation of those who attend the picture shows there.
50 Years Ago – 1967
George Vickerman was re-elected president of the Custer County Stockgrowers Assn. at their business meeting held here Saturday. Other officers elected included Harold Vickerman, Stanley Coleman, Fred Berry, Ashley Rick, Tom Hook and Lisle Vahldick. The Stockgrowers and Cowbelles Centennial Celebration attracted the biggest crowd of participants in modern history. More than 600 people were fed at the barbecue held at the VFW building and Memorial Park Saturday evening. The diners declared the beef served them to be just about the best they had tasted anywhere.
Pat, Mary Ann and Sue Ellen Harmon returned to their home in Garden City, Kans. After spending several days at the Harmon cabin in the Alpine area. During their visit, Pat caught a 20 inch, 3 ½ pound German Brown out of Lake DeWeese. Sue Ellen caught her limit in the mountain streams and we presume Mary Ann cooked them.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Piquette attended graduation exercises at Western State College at Gunnison for their son, Paul on Friday. They were accompanied by Debbie Byrne of Silver Cliff.
25 Years Ago – 1992
Custer County remains one of 13 counties in Colorado in April with a double-digit unemployment rate. Custer County had 10.5 percent of its workers without jobs in April. That number is an improvement over March, when the county had a 13 percent unemployment rate. The figures here are nearly double the state’s rate of 5.6 percent in April. The state’s highest unemployment rate is in San Juan County, which had 27.4 percent of its workers without jobs.
County commissioner George Draper and county administrator Ric Ferron met last week with Colorado Health Department officials to discuss the landfill situation here. The state officials approved of the Oct. 9, 1993 date when the county’s current landfill on the Lake DeWeese Road north of town will be permanently closed. And they gave tentative approval to the creation of a new county landfill on Rosita Road, east of Highway 69. The new landfill site consists of 200 acres, and according to Ferron, the new dump should last for the rest of the lives of everyone in the county.
Dan Hudson, president of the Westcliffe Centre for the Arts, is seeking volunteers tomorrow for a clean-up day at the historic Willows Schoolhouse southwest of Westcliffe. Hudson said the Willows School will be the location for this summer’s various art workshops sponsored by the WCA.
10 Years Ago – 2007
The Community Clinic in Westcliffe has a new executive director. Terry Nimnicht of Cotopaxi was hired as CEO of the clinic during Tuesday night’s meeting of the West Custer County Hospital District board. Nimnicht replaces Toloa Pearl, who stepped down in March after nine years on the job. Nimnicht, who holds a master’s degree in health care administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., was praised by district board members Jon Wallestad, Jon Carmain, David North and Dee Hoag for his professional and administrative experience.
The Custer County CattleWomen held their annual meeting and spring luncheon last Thursday at the Maytag Ranch. Officers elected for the upcoming year are president Mary Ellen Lesage and officers Bonnie Julsen, Arlie Riggs, Claricy Rusk, Julie Fritz and Lisa Avery.
Rev. Dr. Dwight and Lois Zeller of rural Westcliffe have returned from a three-month trip to Northern Ireland, where Rev. Zeller served as interim pastor at the Riverside Presbyterian Church in Newry, N.I.
5 Years Ago – 2012
An open house celebration will be held this Sunday at VALI Assisted Living to recognize the tenth anniversary of the assisted living facility. Current VALI board members are Jennie Baily, Pam Camper, Deborah Christine, Beth Green, Robert Kattnig, Karen LeBlond, Mary Ellen Lesage, Janet Scura, Jan Sloan and Sandy Sunsen.
The annual Shakespeare in the Sangres festival opens next weekend in the outdoor amphitheater at The Feed Store in Westcliffe. This year’s festival will feature “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare and “The Lady’s Not for Burning” by Christopher Fry.
The public will be invited in early July to tour the new Valley View Park Home Community in Silver Cliff, located on the site of the former Kleine Trailer Park. The community features prefabricated homes approximately 400 square feet in size. Principals in the venture are John Comerford and Vicky Holstad.
1 Year Ago – 2016
County zoning director Jackie Hobby says new home construction permits are up 43 percent through mid-June this year compared to the same period last year. She says permits have been issued for 23 new dwellings, compared to 16 at this time in 2015.
Sheriff Shannon Byerly says this last weekend’s Beanstalk Music Festival at the fairgrounds in Westcliffe was a bit noisy but otherwise posed no problems. About 1,000 music-lovers attended the three-day event. “We were really pleased with the guests at the festival,” said Byerly. “Everyone was respectful and there were no incidents.”
A family picnic was held this past Saturday for John and Laura Piquette of Westcliffe, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 11.