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6/27/2013 Peaks of the Past

(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the fourth week in June.)

100 Years Ago – 1913

The excursion from Pueblo last Sunday gave the many to take advantage of it a delightful day’s outing. The weather was fine and from Canon City to Westcliffe the trip is just one pleasing scene after another. At this time vegetation in the Valley is in the height of its glory, and the verdant meadows and grain fields made a sight well worth viewing. Wild flowers are out in brilliant array and the air freighted with their fragrance was most exhilarating to the visitors from the lower valley. The train consisted of six coaches, an observation car and a baggage car and they were loaded to their capacity.

Dr. Kenney, the dentist, has secured quarters at the City Hospital or his dental parlor and moved thereto.

J.T. Williams shipped a car of ore to the smelter the first of the week, a part of which was taken from the King of the Carbonates mine and the balance from the Pioneer at Rosita.

The mountain lakes of this vicinity are beginning to be visited by numbers of people in quest of the finny tribe and some excellent catches are reported.

Mrs. M. Lowe has purchased the Wm. Davis residence in Silver Cliff and will move it upon ground next to the Lowe residence for a photograph gallery.

Frank Kennicott lost a fine 4-year-old colt last Sunday. The animal had been brought in to break and while tied in the barn became frantic and reared back and broke its neck.

Try the home-made bread at Hilton’s Bakery.

50 Years Ago – 1963

This is rodeo weekend in Custer County when the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club stages their annual Westcliffe Stampede. The affair will get underway with a rodeo performance at the rodeo grounds here at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. This will be followed by the annual rodeo dance at the school gym Saturdaynight. A parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will start the activities for the second day of the Stampede.

Custer countians who attended the 96th annual roundup of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Assn. in Glenwood Springs last weekend included Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Rusk and family, Dr. Ben Kettle, Mr. and Mrs. George Vickerman and daughter Wilma, and Mr. and Mrs. C. Wm. Benson.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill McCarty inaugurated their first annual barbecue Saturday evening for Lake DeWeese property owners. Live entertainment for the affair included Delwin Benson with several selections on his accordion, Peggy Whitcomb, several vocal numbers, and Merlynn Pinnell giving a demonstration of baton twirling.

Custer County students home for the summer include John Piquette, Paul Piquette and John Stewart from Western State College in Gunnison; Ric Ferron from Colorado State College at Greeley; Maureen Byrne from St. Scholastica’s Academy at Canon City; and LeRoy Dietrich and Dan Kettle from The Abbey at Canon City.

25 Years Ago – 1988

While Colorado’s sluggish economy noted a slight downturn in retail sales in the fourth quarter of 1987, a rebounding Custer County had the greatest rate of growth of any of the state’s 63 counties during that period. Based on retail sales taxes collected, retail sales here increased a whopping 59.5 percent in the final three months of ’87 over the same period in 1986. It was by far the leader during that time period; only six counties experienced increases greater than 20 percent, while 22 counties noted sales declines. The University of Colorado report says sales here reached $2.511 million during those three months.

Back roads such as State Highway 69 through Custer County may be becoming major routes for cocaine traffickers, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Sheriff Fred Jobe, who recently attended a training program sponsored by the State Patrol and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, said heavy cocaine traffic is filtering up through New Mexico from South American sources.

Hillside rancher George Koch was honored Saturday by the Custer County Stockgrowers Association for his 36 years of service to the organization. He was presented a plaque by association president Fred Berry and Corwin Brown, president-elect of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

10 Years Ago – 2003

Members of the Class of 1953 were special guests at Saturday’s annual alumni banquet at Custer County High School. Classmates in attendance were Bob DeGree of rural Westcliffe, Wes Colvin of Las Animas, Chet Koch of Canon City, Bob Baker of Westcliffe, Albert Kidder of Kansas, Raymond Seybold of Pueblo, Paul Montgomery of rural Westcliffe, Sally LaMora of Colorado Springs, Margie Eakins Oregon, Helen Milliard of Arkansas, Joe Martinez of Florence, Russell Koch of Pueblo and Tom Paxton of Penrose.

Valley ranchers, residents and members of the Friends of Beckwith Ranch imprinted some 40 working and retired livestock brands in a new sidewalk at the Beckwith Ranch on Tuesday.

Following five months of classroom instruction, six Valley residents are now Emergency Medical Technicians serving with the Custer County Ambulance Corps. They are Connie Burhenn, Patty Hardin, Nancy Flinn, Diane Garrett, David Host and Chuck Ippolito.

5 Years Ago – 2008

Roy Gillmore has taken over as president of the Custer County branch of Colorado Mountain Bank. Gillmore, a Valley resident the past 10 years and a 30 year veteran of the banking industry, will take the job previously held by Bob Lynch, who will be working out of the Fountain branch of the bank.

High school counselor Leah Lahtinen has been elected president of the board of directors of the regional West Central Mental Health Association which serves Custer, Fremont, Chaffee and Lake counties.

CCHS building trades instructor Bruce May says the third home built by his high school class is now on the market. The craftsman-style home in the Bobcat Subdivision in Silver Cliff is being offered for $225,000.

Wedding bells will be ringing this weekend for local district conservationist Jim Sperry and Buena Vista veterinarian Julie Kinderknecht. Following Saturday’s ceremony, the couple will be at home in Westcliffe.

1 Year Ago – 2012

District three county commissioner candidate Kit Shy defeated one-term incumbent Jim Austin in Tuesday’s Republican primary election. Shy, who served one-term as commissioner beginning in 2004, received 584 votes to Austin’s 446.

Fifteen-year-old Madeleine Woods of rural Westcliffe will be leaving in early July for Tauranga, New Zealand, where she’ll spend a year as part of the Rotary International student exchange program. Woods is the daughter of Randy and Sarah Woods of rural Westcliffe.

Wendy Rusk was installed as president of the Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club during the group’s annual banquet Monday. Other officers are Dale Mullen, Patrick Lynch, Karen LeBlond, Julie Stepanich, Mike Liebman, Grant Lewinski and out-going president Terry Nimnicht.