|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the second week in March.)
100 Years Ago – 1918
The Herman claim of the Passiflora mining company is being developed by numerous openings that promises to develop it into a greater producer than it has ever before been. Principal work is on the north end of the property and development work has been done in the levels from 125 to 250 feet depth and the ore showing continues good, the ore in the lower levels being of the best grade. Some shipping continues all the while.
The Custer County Teacher’s Association will hold its next meeting March 9 at 1 o’clock in the Westcliffe school building. It is important that all teachers of the county be present.
Mrs. J.A. Caughman and the children arrived from Cripple Creek Tuesday on a visit to relatives in Silver Cliff, the family of Wm. Byrne.
The Canda Bros., Judge F.S. and Rockwell, were passengers to Canon City on Monday’s train.
Miss Mary Squires of Silver Cliff is assisting as aid in the telephone exchange here.
Buy thrift stamps. It is the opportunity for those of limited means, as well as the rich. Every dollar helps and billions of dollars are needed in the war effort.
G.B. Beardsley of this city has been advised that he is a winner in the cash-prize nation-wide contest among the National Surety Company’s 10,000 agents for the greatest relative amount of business written for 1917.
Mrs. Scheible’s afternoon tea pleased very much. The proceeds for the new pipe organ at the Lutheran church were $29.25. The amount tells better than words how generously the citizens and farmers responded to the purpose.
50 Years Ago – 1968
The Custer County high school Bobcat newspaper was proclaimed a winner in the annual student newspaper contest conducted by the Colorado Press Association. The award was presented last week-end at the annual convention at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. Miss Lois Godbersen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Godbersen, is editor of the mimeographed Bobcat, and Miss Linda Kleine, a staff member, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kleine, both seniors, were on hand to accept the award. Mrs. Frances Peggram is faculty sponsor of the Bobcat.
Tom Hook, Fair Board president, has announced that the Custer County Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at the Westcliffe Rodeo and Fair Grounds. Hook said the fair has moved ahead two weeks this year in order to avoid conflicts with other fairs and to alleviate some conflicts with the busy August haying season in the county.
The Westcliffe Town Team won two basketball games in the Canon City league last week. One of the games featured Ray Lewis dunking in 39 points for one of the high individual scores in the league this winter. Other local boys on the team are Jim Patterson, Harvey Geroux, Chet Koch, Clarence Berry, Ricky Squire and Richard Lange.
25 Years Ago – 1993
After a successful Winter Carnival this past weekend which attracted hundreds of skiers, the Mountain Cliff Ski Resort closed for the season on Monday, March 8. Resort co-owner Mund Shaikly said snow conditions have been deteriorating due to warm daytime temperatures. On Sunday afternoon, he informed about 75 seasonal employees that they were being let go. He said the 36-unit Mountain Cliffe Inn will remain open, as will the Elk’s Run Restaurant and the Bear’s Den Lounge, both located in the ski day lodge.
The Soil Conservation Service office in Silver Cliff reports good conditions on the local snow courses after the season’s second reading. Long-term percentages range from 122 percent on the Huerfano course to 152 percent on Spruce Creek. Those conducting the recent readings were District Conservationist Alex Parrott, John Nelson of the Salida SCS office, and local volunteers Chris Lampe, Harold Godbersen, Rob Canterbury and Robert Talent.
Larry and Geri Hess have announced the opening this week of Frontier Kitchens and Baths. The new business will open in downtown Westcliffe, in the former Dr. Stanley home.
10 Years Ago – 2008
March roared in like a lion, with nearly nine inches of snow falling in Westcliffe on Saturday. Unsettled weather is expected to continue through this weekend.
Custer County’s electronic voting machines and paper ballot scanners are good to go. On Monday, County Clerk Debbie Livengood said that Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman has recertified all voting equipment here which had been purchased through Hart Industries in 2006. Coffman had earlier found problems with some voting equipment in other Colorado counties.
The Custer County commissioners agreed unanimously last Friday to serve as the conduit for some $4 million in bonds to be used by the tax-exempt Horn Creek Conference Center. The funds will be used for various capital improvements and expansion projects at the Christian camp.
Around 30 people attended a meeting this past Saturday in Westcliffe to discuss the possible formation of a Habitat for Humanity organization here to help provide affordable housing. Mike Liebman is spearheading the efforts; others on the steering committee include Myke Jones and Joe Arbuckle.
5 Years Ago – 2013
Military veteran Anna Orgeron has been named Veterans Service Officer for Custer County. She replaces Ken Felty who recently passed away.
In a 4-2 vote, the Westcliffe town trustees have agreed to provide $6,000 for sealing and maintenance work on the town’s two tennis courts. The total cost is expected to be $13,000, but volunteer Larry Simmons, who is working on the project, said he will obtain the additional funds through donations and grants.
Carolyn Abraham took part in the recent game dinner hosted by the Bronx (N.Y.) Pipe Smoking Society. Carolyn whipped up a cougar cassoulet using mountain lion meat provided by Jack and Jean Canterbury. It was served alongside raccoon bacon, roasted red fox and other delicacies.
1 Year Ago – 2017
Custer County Extension Agent Robin Young is out of a job. The county commissioners met last week with CSU president Tony Frank to discuss the matter. Because the commissioners say the issue is a “personnel matter,” details of the dismissal weren’t made public, though people close to the situation said Young had been unsupportive of some local 4-H projects.
A wall of water, carrying huge boulders and massive tree trunks, ripping apart bridges and damaging or destroying homes: this isn’t a scene from a B-grade disaster movie, but instead a worst-case-scenario of what could happen this year in the Wetmore and Greenwood areas should flooding occur on the Junkins Fire scar along South Hardscrabble Creek and vicinity. A public meeting on the situation will be held this Saturday in Wetmore, with officials from the Army Corps of Engineers expected to be on hand.
Rev. Lyle Stuehrenberg of Canon City is the interim pastor at Hope Lutheran Church here. He will help the congregation celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Westcliffe church.