|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the second week in October.)
100 Years Ago – 1917
The boys – our boys – were given a farewell and patriotic demonstration at the Ray-Cusack Hall on Tuesday evening in honor of their departure which proved a rousing success from every point of view. Gen. J.T. McNeely presided over the meeting and opened with a rousing speech and a few words to the soldier boys which were followed by like speeches and words of courage by Dr. W.S. Butterbaugh, Rev. Edw. Berkemeyer, Dr. J.D. Hinshaw, Rev. J. Reininga, each in turn, the speeches interspersed with music and patriotic songs.
W.G. Newland of Benton Harbor, Mich. has been here for ten days looking up a number of old-time mining properties in this district and at Rosita. He is also looking over agricultural and pasture lands with a view to making locations.
October 14th Chancellor H.A. Buchtel of the University of Denver will speak at Westcliffe at 11 a.m., Hillside at 3 p.m. and Cotopaxi at 7:30 p.m. It will pay everybody to hear the Ex-Governor give his great speech.
W.T. Decker and family have returned to Silver Cliff, after a couple of months at Hillside. ‘Billie” has been doing the farming stunt down there and will again take to the mines.
Dist. Atty. T. Lee Witcher was up from Canon City again Monday attending to some affairs that require his attention.
The Willing Workers will meet at Miss Doebler’s tomorrow. All the members and friends are cordially invited.
Harry Fischer and Charlie Brown left yesterday morning for Miami, Ariz., via the Ford racer which Harry had equipped for the long journey.
50 Years Ago – 1967
The U.S. Forest Service is doing a big job of road improvement on the San Carlos Ranger District in the Davenport and Ophir Creek picnic areas and on the Ophir Creek and Greenhorn Mountain roads.
Mrs. Annie Hanssen entertained the members of the Birthday Club at her home Wednesday evening. High score prize winner was Mrs. Inis Falkenberg. Mrs. Vera Menzel and Mrs. Laura Chesley received slam prizes, and Mrs. Sue Canda was given the consolation prize.
The open game season for cottontail and snowshoe rabbits opens on Oct. 21, according to Colorado Wildlife Officer Dan Riggs. The season runs through Feb. 29, 1968, and the bag limit is ten rabbits a day.
Recent overnight guests with Mrs. Ruth Lange were the Rev. and Mrs. Dean Holt. Since their return from Liberia earlier this year, Rev. Holt has been Rector at the Church of the Epiphany at Flagstaff, Ariz. They Holts were on their way east where they both plan to take post graduate courses at Boston University.
25 Years Ago – 1992
CCHS senior Tess Martin was crowned homecoming queen during Friday’s heartbreaking game against Cotopaxi. The Bobcats lost their winning edge by losing 0-36 to the Pirates. Other royalty recognized during the game were Lisa Rusk, Amanda Attebery, Adrienne Kastendieck, Cherish Reigel and Charlea Rorick.
The county clerk’s office says there are 1,755 county residents registered to vote in the November election. The breakdown is as follows: 942 Republicans, 415 unaffiliates, 396 Democrats and two Libertarians.
Dick Wilson, whose smiling face has greeted customers at the Jennings Market meat counter for the past 21 years, is retiring, and an open house will be held this Friday. “I’ll miss the people the most,” said Wilson. He will be replaced by Jim Barney.
Silver Cliff woodworker Ken Wisecup has chalked-up another claim to fame. One of his pieces is pictured in the October issue of Sunset magazine.
Wayne Ewing’s father, Arland Ewing of Gettysburg, Penn., was delighted with his recent visit to the Valley. Arland promises that he’ll be back soon.
10 Years Ago – 2007
Memorial services will be held here on Sunday for Richard Franklin “Dick” Milstein, who died last Wednesday in Canon City at the age of 84. Milstein was the founder and developer of the former Conquistador Ski Area here, and was an active early proponent of the Colorado ski industry.
The county commissioners have decided not to partner with the Horn Creek Conference Center to issue some $4 million in tax exempt bonds for camp improvements.
Bud Piquette, district manager of the Round Mountain Water and Sanitation District, informed the board last week that he’ll be stepping down from the position in early January. Piquette has served with Round Mountain for 35 years.
Good crowds enjoyed the third annual Oktoberfest celebration in downtown Westcliffe on Saturday. The event, sponsored by American Legion Post 170 and the Custer County Merchants and Chamber of Commerce, featured German food, beer, and live entertainment.
Two incumbents are being challenged in the upcoming race for two seats on the C-1 Board of Education. In district two, current board member Marti Frink is being challenged by Mike West. And in district three, incumbent Bill McAlee will face challenger Scott Camper.
5 Years Ago – 2012
For the second year in a row, drought conditions have impacted the Valley’s ranchers and hay producers. Hay yields have been down as much as 70 percent compared to average yields, some ranchers say, and some aur downsizing their herds as a result.
The towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff are making headway on their annual budgets for 2013. Westcliffe trustees have approved a preliminary budget of $512,725, and Silver Cliff trustees are eyeing a budget of $311,417.
The San Isabel Land Protection Trust has named Ben Lenth to the position of executive director. Lenth joined SILPT in 2009, and he replaces outgoing director Katherine Ripley-Williams.
Cassie Schwartz has joined the instructional staff at Club America. She comes to the Valley from New Jersey where she worked in health clubs and as an instructor.
1 Year Ago – 2016
County Clerk Kelley Camper says ballots will be mailed next week to 3,395 eligible county voters. The busy ballot includes races for President, U.S. Senator and Congressman; District Attorney, several state ballot proposals and for county commissioner in District 2 and 3.
The Custer County Sheriff’s office and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement agencies report another pot bust – the third this season -- on USFS lands seven miles west of Wetmore. Officials say one Mexican national was arrested and more than 1,000 plants were discovered.
Cindy Howard of the Custer County Office of Emergency Management says her agency will be conducting a “CodeRED” performance test this Saturday. Telephone calls and text messages will alert residents of possible emergencies.