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2/8/2018 Peaks of the Past
(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the second week in February.) 100 Years Ago – 1918 Putnam Bros. of Ilse are reported as having sold their ranch holdings on Oak Creek to Ed. Griffin of Canon City, the stock and everything on the place being included in the deal. The Putnams will retire from business and will probably locate in Canon City and take the world easy. C.L. Ducy, representing Mark Skinner, Internal Revenue collector for Colorado, made a visit to Westcliffe last week to explain the provisions of the war income tax and to help those required to pay the tax in making out their returns. The payment of this tax becomes delinquent on March 15 and those who are subject to this tax and fail to make return by that date place themselves liable to a fine that will exceed the amount of tax they will have to pay. Better give this matter your attention. Work on the Passiflora Mine continues uninterruptedly and regular shipments of ore are being maintained. Moritz Piltz was born in Germany in 1842 and died at his home on the upper Antelope, where he had resided for many years, following the occupation of farming, on Feb.1, 1918. Besides the widow a large family of children survive, five sons and four daughters. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, Rev. E. Berkemeyer officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Rosita cemetery. D.&R.G. fireman Al Ball was sick a day or two last week but has been able to roll down over the branch since last Saturday. 50 Years Ago – 1968 Announcement was made here this week that Entz Grocery and Market of Silver Cliff will move their place of business to Westcliffe. Lawrence Entz told the Tribune that Fundy’s Market in Westcliffe had been purchased and would be combined with the present Entz stock and made into a small super market occupying the entire first floor of the Garritson building at the corner of Main and Second streets in Westcliffe. This will include the portion formerly occupied by the post office and what is now Evie’s department store. Entz said his plans now are to have the market open by April 1 . When opened, it will be under equal partnership of Harold Jennings and Entz. Jennings is married to Entz’s daughter Shirley. George Funderburk of Fundy’s Market, who had been in business for the last 42 years, said he plans to take life easy for several weeks and then try to live the life of a retired merchant. Entz and his wife Wilda have operated the grocery and market in Silver Cliff for the past 20 years. Previously, they operated a ranch at Bradford near Gardner. Entz also had worked at the Hanssen filling station in Westcliffe for four years and prior to that had endeavored to make dry land farming pay. It is hoped around here that the ground hog did not see his shadow on Friday. We have had enough winter already to last for several years. Three and one-half inches of snow fell in Westcliffe this week. Four inches fell at Silver Hills Ski Area east of town, assuring another good week-end of skiing there. 25 Years Ago – 1993 Lawrence Entz, outgoing president of the Silver Cliff Senior Center, has been honored for his active service to the organization from 1979 to 1992. Entz was presented a plaque by current Senior Center president Harold Godbersen at a dinner Tuesday at the Elk Run Restaurant at the Mountain Cliffe Ski Resort. The Valley’s five snow courses all show accumulations between 102 and 130 percent of long range averages, according to District Conservationist Alex Parrot of the Soil Conservation Service office in Silver Cliff. The five courses where Parrot took readings last week were Huerfano, South Colony, South Colony SNOTEL, Spruce Creek and Westcliffe. Chet and Mary (Reis) Kastendieck will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Feb. 21 in the school multi-purpose room. They were married Feb.21, 1943, at Hope Lutheran Church and have been life-long residents of the Valley. 10 Years Ago – 2008 Colorado Republicans and Democrats held their precinct caucuses on Tuesday. In straw polling here, Republicans backed presidential hopeful John McCain with 35 votes. Mitt Romney received 30, Mike Huckabee 22, Ron Paul 16 and Rudy Giuliani 1. Democrats gave Barack Obama 45 votes while Hillary Clinton received 20 votes in the nonbinding balloting. Silver Cliff town administrator Sue Hutton has announced her retirement effective yesterday. Hutton has worked for the town for the past 22 years first as the town clerk and later as town administrator. Jim Austin has announced that he’ll be seeking the Republican nomination for County Commissioner in District 3 for the seat now held by Kit Shy who declined to seek a second term. Austin and his wife own Candy’s Coffee in Westcliffe; he serves as a bus driver for Custer County Schools and a lifeguard at Club America. For 20 years, he was chief of police for the town of Basalt. Local nonprofit representatives gathered Friday at Cliff Lanes to receive funds from the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation through its annual Community Spirit Campaign. Some $137,000 was distributed to 51 local nonprofit groups. 5 Years Ago – 2013 State and federal forestry officials will hold a series of regional public meetings starting next week, including one in Westcliffe, to discuss the alarming spruce beetle activity here and in surrounding counties. Officials with the San Isabel National Forest and the Colorado State Forest Service will discuss the significant new spruce beetle activity in Custer, Chaffee, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas and Saguache counties. Babe Korchendorfer of Junkins Park has just recently learned how to swim – at age 91. Korchendorfer is a regular at Club America, where she’s been taking swimming lessons from Fran Hudson. Dozens of elementary school girls and their fathers, grandfathers and other relatives danced the night away on Friday at the school, during the annual Father/Daughter Dance hosted by the sophomore class. 1 Year Ago – 2017 Construction work is now underway on the long-anticipated elevator to serve residents and staff at VALI Assisted Living. VALI Director Maryanne Hammond says there is still a need of about $35,000 to complete the project. Dennis Sprecher, coordinator of the Custer County Recycling program, has reported that recycling efforts here in 2016 generated more than $8,000 for the county with most of those revenues coming from recycled cardboard. Funeral services will be held this Sunday in Oregon and on Feb. 18 in Westcliffe for former Valley resident Trudi Jo (Seiling) Moore, late of Jordan Valley, Ore. Mrs. Moore, who grew up in Custer County and was a member of prominent ranching families, died Feb. 3 in Oregon following a lingering illness.