|Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the first week in September.)
100 Years Ago – 1917
It is easily seen by the number of hay stacks appearing in the Valley that the crop is the largest ever. And the harvest is now nearly completed.
A.J. Jones of Denver was here over night Tuesday auditing the books of the local D.&R.G. agent.
J.A. McMahon and Fred Norquist came down from their copper property in the Sangre de Cristo range seven miles from Hillside, and stayed over Sunday with friends.
Father Edmund motored up from Florence last Sunday and was the guest of Father Berkemeyer for a few days.
Master Harold and Miss Barbara Knuth left Tuesday for Pueblo to resume their school work.
Miss Hazel Walker returned to Canon City Tuesday where she will again take up her school work for the winter.
William Kettle Jr. went down to Canon Monday to spend the day. Billie says he has taken the train out of here every Labor Day for eleven years and just had to go somewhere to keep up his batting average.
The movie patrons were treated to pictures demonstrating what our army and navy can do at the Leary-Schoolfield Hall last Saturday night. Ralph Mason of Nebraska, who showed the pictures, was a much greater attraction than the films. He was only 7 feet, 6 inches, and built straight up and down like six o’clock.
Mercier Bros. are selling Dodge and Buick automobiles. No better cars on the American market. Buick 4, f.o.b. Westcliffe, $900. Buick 6, $1365. Dodge Bros. car $910.
50 Years Ago – 1967
Five hunting seasons opened to nimrods in state Sept. 1 and 2. Colorado hunting activity increased considerably during the first two days of September with the opening of seasons for mountain lion, high country quality deer, archery elk, buffalo and preseason for elk.
The Custer County 4-H Foundation is still accepting dues renewals. Payments of $10 in annual dues may be made to any of the following Foundation directors: Ashley Rich, Ben Kettle, Jack Geroux, Jim Christoff, Tom Hook, Wilbur Vickerman or Fred Berry.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis P. Wernette have moved to their home in Silver Cliff from Denver.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rankin and son Warren and Deanna Godbersen have returned from a vacation trip of a few days spent fishing at Jefferson Lake. The Rankins met their other son Norman there.
25 Years Ago – 1992
Horn Creek Conference Grounds has applied to the state property tax administrator for tax-exempt status on the basis that the facility operates as a non-profit, non-denominational religious camp. If approved, Horn Creek would join two other religious camps in the county with tax-exempt status: Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp near Hillside and Trinity Ranch near Wetmore. The 140-acre Horn Creek, which first opened in 1955, is expected to be assessed approximately $40,000 in property taxes this year, making it the largest single property tax payer in the county. Camp owner Paul Zeller said that if the request is approved, he plans to make annual payments to the road, fire and ambulance departments.
The Colorado High School Activities Association has honored Custer County High School football coach and mathematics teacher Gordon Thornton for his 31 years of service to the local school district.
From the Small World Dept.: frequent Valley visitor Jane Pedersen and son Andrew, of Chicago, were poking around their favorite Chicago bookstore when they found a tome authored by 19th century Valley resident Theodore Cockerell who later went on to become head of the botany department at the University of Colorado. Jane bought the book, and found it inscribed, “To Dr. J.A. Comstock with regards from the author, Oct. 1939.”
10 Years Ago – 2007
A 22-year-old Colorado Springs man died Monday on Aspen Trail Road, off the Oak Creek Grade, after he and a passenger lost control of the ATV they were riding. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Members of the Draper family, who operate the Draper Ranch near Wetmore, were named the Ranch Family of the Year during the annual Wet Mountain Western Days celebration in Westcliffe. On hand to accept the award were Leona Draper and her son, Buddy.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has agreed to study four intersections and stretches of road in Custer County which the county commissioners have deemed especially dangerous. Commissioner Chairman Dick Downey said the intersections are Highway 69 at mile marker 50.2 where there is a sharp curve; the intersection of Highway 69 and Rosita/Schoolfield roads; Highway 69 at Copper Gulch; and Highway 69 at mm 67.2.
Funeral services will be held this Saturday in the Denver area for former Custer County High School music and drama teacher Bill West. Mr. West, who taught here for 12 years, died Aug. 27 at his home in Westminster as a result of cancer. He was 57.
5 Years Ago – 2012
A 79-year-old rural Westcliffe woman, Shirley Goode, died Thursday evening when she lost control of her vehicle on Highway 96 at mile marker 13. Ms. Goode, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was the lone occupant of the vehicle.
Two Pueblo law enforcement officers were killed last Friday when their Piper aircraft crashed in a remote area of the San Isabel National Forest at an elevation of 11,200-feet about four miles southwest of Lake San Isabel in eastern Custer County. The two were on an air mission to detect illegal marijuana growing operations in the national forest.
A formal ceremony will take place at Custer County School on Sept. 18 when the county and the towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff sign a community covenant agreement with Fort Carson. The covenant expresses support of the military by the local governmental entities. Fort Carson’s commander, Major General Joseph Anderson and other brass will be on hand for the ceremony.
1 Year Ago – 2016
State and local law enforcement and fire authorities say they continue to remain perplexed about the cause of several small fires along the westbound lane of Highway 96 between Pueblo and just west of Wetmore that were extinguished on Tuesday, Aug. 23. All the blazes were extinguished by passersby and by fire department personnel. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the fires, which Sheriff Shannon Byerly says may have been started by a malfunctioning vehicle.
Some 25 members of the Custer County High School Band joined 225 band students from throughout the state to play the national anthem during last Saturday’s Colorado Rockies game in Denver. The local band is directed by Andrew Straight.
A total of 101 species of birds were tallied in the Wet Mountain Valley last Saturday during the annual summer bird census conducted by the Arkansas Audubon Society. Among the highlights was the spotting of a Burrowing Owl seen in a prairie dog colony south of Westcliffe; that species was last spotted here in 1988.