|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the first week in June.)
100 Years Ago – 1918
Percy Noble’s store and residence at Texas Creek were destroyed by fire on Tuesday. All household goods were included in the loss, including a piano. The building was dry as tinder and was consumed by the flames in a very few moments.
The family of L.H. Schoolfield is rejoicing over having won the burro which was raffled off for the Red Cross and brought the sum of $23. We imagine they will have a cage built for their canary so that its songs can be heard by all neighbors from the front porch.
There was quite a large attendance at the meeting of the Custer and Fremont County Cattlemens’ meeting here Saturday. Of special interest was the talk of the Biological Survey on the extermination of prairie dogs which resulted in steps being taken to eradicate the pest. The dance in the evening was largely attended and a fine time is reported.
Ernest Georges of the Valley left last Friday evening for Denver with a view to enlisting in the service of his country and beating the draft if possible.
Bible School will meet June 9 at the Presbyterian Church. Everyone will receive a warm welcome.
The Attorney General of the United States has directed the registration of all German Alien Females, that is, “All Natives, Citizens, Denizens of subjects of the German Empire, or the Imperial German Government, being females of the age of 14 years and upwards, who are within the United States and not naturally naturalized as American citizens.” Such Germany Alien Females should appear at the post offices where they usually receive their mail and register in the manner prescribed between the dates of June 17 and 20, 1918.
50 Years Ago – 1968
The Colorado State Highway department will stabilize and pave a section of Colorado 165 between San Isabel and the Davenport picnic grounds. The cost of this project will be $100,000. This was the only road improvement allocated to Custer County by the Department of Highways out of the recently approved budget for the coming fiscal year.
Something new is being tried this summer for the Community Methodist Church school. Instead of the various age levels meeting in individual classes, all will meet together in the sanctuary. Ray DeWall, Walter Hanssen and George Koch will be in charge of the summer Church school. Miss Susan Rusk will be the accompanist and Miss Patsy Reis will direct the singing.
An open house will be held this Sunday, June 9, at the Community Building in honor of Mr. and Mrs. W. Art Lancaster who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. No gifts, please!
25 Years Ago – 1993
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon be seeking public input on a plan to bring about the recovery of the Greenback Cutthroat Trout which was listed as a threatened species in April 1978. The Greenback Cutthroat is the only trout that is endemic to the headwaters of both the South Platte and Arkansas rivers. Here in Custer County, cutthroats have been identified in stream waters in the Greenhorn Mountain area.
Stan and Kathy Mycko, owners of Kathy’s Chuckwagon here, sustained injuries Tuesday afternoon when their 1977 Chevrolet truck rolled on Highway 96 just west of the Bear Basin Road. Both were ejected from the vehicle and were transported to Parkview Hospital.
It’s “A La Carte” in Westcliffe with the opening of a new sidewalk crepe stand downtown. Owners and operators Coleen Jorge and Kathy Tonsing, both of rural Westcliffe, served their first crepe during the Memorial weekend, and will now be open every weekend and during special events throughout the summer at the corner of Third and Main streets. Jorge purchased the crepe maker in Paris and Dave Tonsing designed and built the fabulous cart. Chef Stephan Guyomard of Bear Basin Ranch helped the ladies perfect their crepe recipes for both sweet and savory options.
10 Years Ago – 2008
Sheriff Fred Jobe says a countywide fire ban goes into effect today, Thursday, June 5. He said he and fire chief Mick Kastendieck agreed to initiate the ban due to the current dry conditions and high winds.
The red party had a full complement of delegates from Custer County at the 2008 Colorado State Republican Convention held this past weekend in Broomfield. Local delegates and alternates in attendance were Bob Senderhauf, Daniel Zeller, Dale and Judy Hoag, Bill Crites, Carole Custer, Chuck and Susie Steigerwalt, Dave and Virginia Trujillo and Kathy Reis.
The seventh season of Saturday Samplers in Westcliffe will kick-off this Saturday at the historic “Westcliff” Schoolhouse. Local historian and author Irene Francis will present a program, “A Sample of Custer County History.”
Ray and Chris Duran of J.R.’s Fuel Stops, headquartered in Trinidad, have purchased Valley Fuel and Subway from Chris Haga and Dee Hoag. The transaction occurred late last week.
Devon Lyons of rural Westcliffe will be traveling to Libya next week to visit his future wife’s family. He’ll then begin classes at Emory University in Atlanta to study political science and Arabic.
5 Years Ago – 2013
Joe Arbuckle, chair of the West Custer County Hospital District, met with the county commissioners last Friday to discuss ongoing economic concerns with the district’s ambulance corps services. Arbuckle pointed out that the county’s population has doubled since 1990 and that emergency calls are up some 400 percent. Several options were discussed, including a proposal to increase the district’s mill levy by about 2.5 percent to cover the increased expenses incurred. That proposal would have to meet voter approval.
Sixteen-year-old Corey Lewenkamp of Westcliffe captured the first place victory in last weekend’s ten-kilometer Hardscrabble Mountain Race which benefits the San Isabel Land Protection Trust. Lewenkamp, who will be a junior next year at Custer County High School, completed the 10K course in 43 minutes, 39.4 seconds. Some 300 runners took part in the various runs.
Funeral services will be held here next week for long-time Valley resident Harry Nelson. He died June 4 at the age of 79. Mr. Nelson had been active in the Valley Rotary Club and was involved in other civic organizations.
1 Year Ago – 2017
Work began Monday on the $1.3 million Main Street capital improvement project in Westcliffe. The project, funded primarily by the Colorado Department of Transportation, will include paving, replacing gutters and sidewalks, replacing water and sewer lines, new vintage-style street lights and other improvements. The project is expected to take about two months.
At a meeting held June 1, the board of the Round Mountain Water and Sanitation District was informed that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has placed the district on notice that its wastewater treatment facility is out of compliance, and that the district needs to bring it up to date. “There is not a choice here,” said district manager George Medaris. “Failure to move forward is not an option.”
After 35 years here, the Minnequa Works Federal Credit Union in Pueblo has announced that it will be closing its branch here on June 30. The local office has two employees.