|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the first week in December.)
100 Years Ago – 1917
Posters six and seven of a series being issued by the government and containing an appeal to the railroad man that “The Nation is Counting on You” have just been distributed by the Denver and Rio Grande to all stations, shops, roundhouses, freight depots, etc. on the system. One poster bears the appeal, ‘Protect our children. Our country is at war to make the world a better place for our children to live in. Success depends very largely upon the service our railroads render. Are you helping to increase the efficiency of every engine, car and yard.’”
The turntable in the railroad yard here went on the blink Monday morning, making it necessary to run the engine backward all the way to Texas Creek.
August Kelling, son of Frank Kelling in the Valley, sustained a broken leg last week when his saddle horse fell with him. The lad was taken to Canon City where the limb was set. He was brought back from Canon last Sunday by John Hanssen who drove down after him.
Harry Schwab shipped two cars of cattle to the Denver market last Saturday, and Charley Jones one car. They accompanied the shipments through.
Mrs. Hamlin and daughters have purchased an automobile, one of those charming Chalmer sixes, through the Canon City agents, York and Anderson.
The home talent play given in Silver Cliff will be reproduced in Rosita tomorrow evening. The little mountain hamlet should turn out enmasse, they will surely enjoy every minute of “Why Smith Left Home.”
Miss Hazel Walker returned to Canon City Wednesday after spending the Thanksgiving holiday at home.
50 Years Ago – 1967
Local growers are reminded that the 1967 marketing year under the wool and mohair program ends Dec. 31. W.O. Coleman, chairman of the Custer County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation committee explains that payments for the current year will be made after details about wool, mohair and lambs are filed with the local ASC office.
Custer County residents who attended the boxing matches at the Canon City Elks Lodge Wednesday evening included Dona Geroux, Jim Christoff, Fred Luthi, Leland Niles, John Comstock, John Koch, George Hoffman, George Funderburk, Jim Harris and Joe Payton.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Miller went to Gunnison Wednesday to bring their son Warren home from Western State College for the Christmas vacation. Ronnie Squire is also home from Western State for the holiday.
25 Years Ago – 1992
Put away those skis – at least temporarily. The Mountain Cliffe Ski Area here has announced that this weekend’s planned grand opening celebration has been postponed due to recent heavy winds which have made snow conditions less than ideal. The slopes have been closed the past two days but are expected to reopen tomorrow. The new date for the grand opening will be announced later.
Eight students at Custer County High School have been named in the 26th annual edition of “Who’s Who Among American High School Students 1991-92.” Those included are Kim Baker, Crystal Kantjas, Shannon Orndorff, Lisa Rusk, Tracy Bernstein, Shannon Koch, Steve Rorick and April Squire.
County Commissioner George Draper of Wetmore and his wife, Leona, have returned from Las Vegas, Nev., where he served as a judge for the Miss Rodeo USA competition.
10 Years Ago – 2007
Great Outdoors Colorado – GoCo – has approved a $2 million grant to the San Isabel Land Protection Trust to help preserve the 3,800-acre Music Meadows Ranch south of Westcliffe and owned by the W.F. Parker family. The Land Trust must raise an additional $750,000 through its Wet Mountain Valley Ranchland Preservation project to complete the matching fund requirements.
The town of Silver Cliff has given the Custer County Family Health and Education Council until Jan. 16 to pay its past due bills, including some $8,000 in state unemployment taxes. The organization, which provides a variety of services to local youths and families, is headquartered in Westcliffe though Silver Cliff became its fiscal agent several years ago for it to qualify for a state Department of Local Affairs grant. Silver Cliff Mayor Allen Butler said the facility will be shut down if the bills aren’t paid.
The Valley’s art community was saddened this week to learn of the death of renowned local artist Parker Boyiddle. Mr. Boyiddle, a member of the Kiowa Tribe, died Dec. 4 of an apparent heart attack at Kellogg, Idaho where he was working on an art installation. He was 60. His artwork is in numerous public and private collections and in recent years he had created large three-dimensional pieces at Disneyland and Disney World.
5 Years Ago – 2012
A Pueblo man reportedly committed suicide last Friday afternoon by driving his vehicle off Highway 96 in Hardscrabble Canyon. According to Sheriff Fred Jobe, the 42-year-old man drove his vehicle along the edge of the highway for some 1,100 feet before deliberately plunging over the side of the cliff near mile marker 18. Jobe said the vehicle was airborne for some 300 feet before plunging into Hardscrabble Creek. The man was declared dead at the scene; Jobe said a suicide journal was found in the vehicle.
The Westcliffe town trustees have adopted the town budget for 2013. Expenditures are expected to be $511,800 with revenues at $443,500. The town also has nearly $1 million in reserves. The only “no” vote for the budget bill came from trustee Joe Cascarelli who was opposed to the property tax hike from 4.999 mills to 5.366 mills.
Shoppers in Westcliffe now have a new option: The Salty Pine Floral and Boutique shop has been opened by owner Pepper Stafford. The shop is located on Main Street in the space formerly occupied by Wanda’s Garden.
1 Year Ago – 2016
Two Custer County High School sophomores have been approved by Rotary International to serve as Rotary Exchange Students during the next school year. Violet Funk is expected to live and attend school in Germany, and Kayla Carter Spencer will be moving to Denmark for the coming year.
Outgoing District Attorney Thom Ledoux has asked the Custer County Commissioners for an additional $9,000 in funding which would bring the county’s total contribution to $110,000 for the coming year. Ledoux says his 11th Judicial District office is facing a $200,000 shortfall in state funding.
Funeral services are pending for 30-year county resident Herb Weimer who died Nov. 30 at the age of 92. Mr. Weimer was an avid historian who specialized in local mining and railroad history. He was active in numerous local organizations including Meals On Wheels.