|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the second week in May.)
100 Years Ago – 1918
The closing exercises of the Westcliffe public school will be held at the Ray-Cusack Hall on Friday evening, May 17th, beginning at 8:30. The program will consist of songs, plays, declamations, drills, pantomimes, and the eighth grade graduation exercises. Admission 15 and 25 cents; benefit Junior Red Cross.
Another promising strike is reported as having been made on the Herman claim, just a short distances south of the principal workings on the property. At a depth of only a few feet an 18-inch streak of carbonate ore has been encountered that runs 40 ounces of silver, per ton. Along with the carbonate ore is a small streak of cerussite of lead.
Martin Kattnig and Everett Caughman, two more of Custer County’s brave sons, leave today for Camp Logan, Denver, to go into training for the army.
Walter Putnam and Joe Fischer went to Canon City Wednesday where they were acquainted with the mysteries of Elkdom on that evening. Thomas Putnam and Lee Mercier accompanied them.
All property owners in Westcliffe are hereby notified and requested to immediately haul off their ashes and other waste matter and rake up all rubbish on vacant lots or streets and alleys adjoining their premises that it, too, may be hauled off.
The little mountain cottonwood trees about town are beginning to put forth their leaves once more.
Little Margaret, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Cavander, on Friday evening last sustained a broken arm, the result of falling off a teeter-totter. She is getting along fine.
50 Years Ago – 1968
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carey are announcing the opening of Carden of the Rockies, a Christian school camp located on 250 acres northwest of Westcliffe on the slopes of Gibbs Peak. The purpose of Carden in the Rockies is to afford children with an opportunity to grow spiritually, morally, mentally and physically while absorbed in a program of fun and high adventure. Mr. Carey is the grandson of Edward and Edith Brandon, early pioneers of the mountain region west of Westcliffe. The camp is named for Miss Mae Carden, founder of the Carden System.
The Custer County Woman’s Club will hold their annual dinner meeting and installation of officers on Thursday, May 16, at the Community Building. Officers to be installed are Mrs. Thelma Kelly, president, and Mrs. Catherine Benson, Mrs. Marie Funderburk, Mrs. Laura Chesley and Mrs. Elizabeth Geroux.
The State Game, Fish and Parks department has planted a total of 9,400 catchable size Rainbow trout in Lake DeWeese thus far this year, 5,000 of them being put here this week. Last week, 16,200 German Brown fingerlings were put in the reservoir and might make for good fall fishing.
25 Years Ago – 1993
The season’s fourth and final snow course readings were held last week, and snow and water levels remain above average. At the South Colony site, snow depth was 66.5 inches which is 134 percent the long-range averages. Water content of 30.2 inches is 161 percent of average.
Ray and Mary Lou Koch, devoted members of the All Aboard Westcliffe organization, have begun the process of gathering detailed information on the dilapidated and nearly falling down 1901-era train barn located on the western edge of Westcliffe on Rosita Avenue. AAW hopes go receive grant funds to stabilize the structure. The Kochs have been working closely with University of Colorado history professor Thomas Noel, who says, “You have a one-of-a-kind building there in the Valley. The train barn is the last single-locomotive storage building remaining in the state.”
Members of the 4-H Rocketeers Club had a successful launch at the Silver Cliff Town Park. Members taking part in the event were John Zechlin, Patrick Cravens, Kathleen Schultz, Matt Senderhauf, David Schultz and Danny Hiskus. Kathleen’s rocket exceeded 1,000 feet on its second launch.
Memorial services will be held this Sunday in Westcliffe for former Community United Methodist Church pastor Michael G. Strayer. Mr. Strayer died May 7 at his Westcliffe home following a lingering illness. He was 57.
10 Years Ago – 2008
Preliminary results of the investigation into the cause of the Feed Store restaurant fire last week have ruled out arson. Sheriff Fred Jobe said investigators with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation have determined the cause to be a cigarette butt not properly extinguished in a wooden planter on the north deck outside the sprawling historic wooden building. Building owner Garrett Carlson said he hopes to have the restaurant open for business by May 18.
Two incumbents and two new board members have been elected to the West Custer County Hospital District board of directors. Returning are incumbents Dee Hoag and Jon Wallestad; joining them will be Karla Joseph and Roy Gillmore, who will take the seats being vacated by David North and Jon Carmain. The district election was held Tuesday, with 223 votes cast.
Twenty-four members of the Columbine Club gathered for their annual spring luncheon last week to help celebrate the 90th anniversary of the club, the oldest civic group still functioning in the Valley. The oldest living members of the club are Inis Falkenberg, Paulie Canda and Virginia Kness. Following lunch, the members and guests played their popular card game, Whist.
5 Years Ago – 2013
A Rosita mom and her three children sustained injuries early last Thursday morning after their van slid off Rosita Road. Officials attribute the mishap to the snowy and icy road conditions. One of the children sustained head injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.
The three “people’s choice” prize winners in last weekend’s spring gallery opening at the Third Street Gallery in Westcliffe were Sharon Langfeldt, first; Jim Havey, second; and Curt Gillespie, third. The Sangres Art Guild sponsored the show which featured works in its 2014 calendar.
Members of the Valley Rotary Club heard last week from Rotary Exchange Student Ya Un “Angel” Huang of Taiwan, who spoke about her year living and studying in Westcliffe. She’ll be returning home in two weeks.
Beverly Allen of rural Westcliffe has been named Outstanding Faculty Member at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where she serves as the university archivist and records manager.
1 Year Ago – 2017
Tomorrow, members of American Legion Post 170 will install more than 50 American flags along Highway 96 from Silver Cliff to Westcliffe. The flags will remain up throughout the month, and will recognize three patriotic events and holidays: Veteran’s Appreciation Day this Saturday, March 13; Armed Forces Day on May 20; and Memorial Day on May 29.
The Silver Dome Saloon in Silver Cliff will host a special celebration this Friday in honor of its 12,000 consecutive days – 33 years – of service.
Four Custer County High School students traveled to Boulder in late April to take part in the prestigious Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado. Students attending were Aniston Shearer, Katie Florom, Jessica Henrich and Nicole Henrich. They were accompanied by school counselor Troy Bomgardner, media specialist Sam Frostman and volunteer James Gearhart. While there, they visited with CCHS grad and CU student Emily Crossley.