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8/10/2017 Peaks of the Past
(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the second week in August.) 100 Years Ago – 1917 Work on the new Lutheran church is progressing nicely. The building is towering up into the sky and is going to be an ornament to the city when completed. Geo. Phillips as president of the Chamber of Commerce received assurance from Gov. Gunter and Congressman Keating of their support of the petitions sent them requesting that those drafted from this county may remain until after the harvest. Walter Mueller left on Monday last on his return to California where he will enter the training camps and prepare for war service. Last Wednesday, August 1, was Colorado Day and was observed in Westcliffe by our merchants taking a lay-off. Miss Antoinette Schneider returned Saturday from her attendance at the State Normal Summer School at Greeley. An automobile party from Ardmore, Okla. and bound for the Yellowstone park, have been here several days visiting friends. The party which registered with the Clay ranger station comprises Eugene Nivoche, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Byrne, C.A. Byrne and others. Ferdinand Dietrich returned the first of the week from a trip in Fremont County where he has been consulting medical men. Mr. D. is in very poor health. Richard Kastendieck came in on Monday’s train carrying a fishing rod. We never saw the fish. Suppose they were forwarded by express. 50 Years Ago – 1967 The annual Custer County Fair will be held at the fairgrounds here this Saturday and Sunday. Judging for all home economics, horse, poultry, rabbits, crops and miscellaneous exhibits, followed by horse showmanship and halter will get underway Saturday at 10 a.m. Beef, sheep and swine judging will take place at 1 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 will be the fat stock sale followed by gymkhana. S/Sgt. Warren D. Rankin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rankin, returned to his home here Wednesday evening. He is awaiting discharge papers from the U.S. Air Force after serving a four year enlistment. He has been stationed at Samsun A.F. Base in Turkey the past 15 months. Pvt. E-2 Richard Squire, Sgt. Vernon Kidder and Pfc. William Pospahala left last Friday by air to take part in the annual summer camp of Army Reserves at Fort Knox, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. James F. Christoff announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Catherine M. Christoff, to Charles E. Piquette, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Piquette. Cathy will be attending Colorado State University at Fort Collins this fall. Charles has enlisted in the U.S. Navy and will leave later this month to start his naval training. No definite wedding plans have been made. 25 Years Ago – 1992 A 60-year-old Westminster man died Sunday after falling nearly 100-feet from an ice field near the 14,000-foot level of the southern escarpment of Crestone Needle. His 49-year-old companion sustained relatively minor injuries after falling a lesser distance. The man’s body remains at the bottom of a steep ravine awaiting volunteers who will recover the remains. David Rumph glided into victory Tuesday in his bid for the Republican nomination for County Commissioner in District 3. Rumpf received some 47 percent of the votes in the GOP primary, over challengers Fred Berry and Rich Dumont. With no Democrats or independents seeking the seat, Rumph will likely win in the November general election. The seat is currently held by Bob Senderhauf who declined to seek another term. More than 1,300 people attended last weekend’s ninth annual Jazz in the Sangres festival, according to Valley Arts Council president Suzanne Schooley. The new principal of Custer County School, Gary Frickell and his wife, Gail, have arrived at their new home in rural Westcliffe from Meeker where Frickell had served as principal of the junior high school there. The Frickells are familiar with Westcliffe; Mrs. Frickell’s father was Dr. George Stanley who had lived here a number of years. 10 Years Ago – 2007 Next Wednesday, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church will formally dedicate its new church building. Leading the ceremony will be Bishop Arthur Tafoya of the Pueblo Diocese and Father Vicente Paz en la Casa, pastor of the local church. The old church building was demolished in January and construction on the new 6,300-sf facility got underway in March. The original Catholic Church was built in Rosita in 1877; in 1880, a mission was established in Silver Cliff and around 1890 the church building was moved to a site along present-day Highway 69 south of Westcliffe. In the 1930s, the church was moved to its present location. This weekend’s Saturday Sampler at the “Westcliff” Schoolhouse will be about oceanography. It will be presented by Valley summer resident Dr. Philip Rabinowitz, a former professor at Columbia University and current professor at Texas A&M University. Some 100 square dancers from throughout Colorado and adjoining states took part in last weekend’s annual three-day Hi Country Weekend square dance extravaganza at Custer County School. 5 Years Ago – 2012 A test pilot had to quickly land a newly built experimental airplane after it lost power during its maiden flight from the SilverWest Airport Tuesday morning. The experienced pilot, from Scottsdale, Ariz., was hired by a local couple to fly for the first time the Glass Air 3 plane the couple had been building for the past 12 years. The pilot, who was alone on board, had a hard landing in a ravine west of Highway 69 and suffered only minor injuries. The plane apparently sustained only minor damage. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. Once again the county is researching the viability of mapping the county’s flood plain areas, a first step to being eligible for flood insurance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, the county is reviewing the possibility of establishing building codes – rather than just the existing zoning codes – which would be required under FEMA designation. The matter was brought before the commissioners by local real estate agent John Johnston who said the county should explore the issue. Harold Godbersen is retiring after 40 years of delivering Avon products locally. His last “Avon Calling” delivery was this week. 1 Year Ago – 2016 Rain has finally come to the Hayden Pass Fire site in the north Sangre de Cristo mountains, allowing firefighting crews to reduce their numbers. Since last Friday, nearly two inches of rain has fallen in the burn area; the number of federal firefighters remaining on the 16,500-acre site now totals 49. In recent days, state Parks and Wildlife workers removed approximately 200 Greenback and a rare species of Cutthroat trout from Brush Creek in northern Custer County; the trouties will be returned to the creek once water quality is deemed normal. Jules Sapp has been named the new director of the Club America fitness center in Silver Cliff. She and her family recently moved to the Valley from Florida. Valley golfer Fred White hit a hole-in-one last Wednesday at St. Andrews on the par four hole eight. White was playing during the weekly Business League when the near miraculous event occurred. Memorial services are pending for Valley resident Charles “Chuck” Thornburg. Mr. Thornburg died July 31 at the age of 100.