(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the last week in January.)
100 Years Ago – 1914
A crew of railroad carpenters is tearing down the water tank at the depot this week for removal to other quarters. The water column put in some months ago takes the place of the tank here.
Dr. Preston reports good assays from the ore that is being mined in the Bismuth property. They have a couple of cars of ore stored in the mine ready for shipment soon we understand.
George Morton has bought 240 acres of the Ferdinand Dietrich ranch across the Valley. Consideration $2,500.
Holland Coleman is up from the lower Texas Creek country this week, spending a few days with the forest office employees. Mr. Coleman will take the position as ranger since Lewis Miller resigned.
Tom Reichenbach will take the job as lineman for the telephone company the first of the month.
Jacob Beck, Frank Green and Joseph Kiesler, all of the south end of the Valley, departed from this point Monday, bound for Denver to attend the stock show festivities.
Harold Brandon brought in two bobcats which fell prey to his traps, on Tuesday.
San Pepper, the cattle buyer, was an arrival in the Valley Monday.
Prof. A.L. Haley, cartoonist, magician, vocal and trombone soloist, at Eddy-Vahldick Hall Feb. 7.
Dr. and Mrs. Hinshaw and the Misses Nellie and Jo Bream autoed to Salida yesterday.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Custer County Commissioners Ralph Austin, Francis Hall and Jack Tibbetts met with the State Highway Commission and chief engineer Charlie Shumate in Denver Tuesday afternoon. The commissioners’ only request before the commission was that the portion of Highway 69 in Custer County be taken into the state highway system and that the road from Gardner to Westcliffe be surfaced. They also requested that the bridge across the Huerfano River near Badito be rebuilt and the highway in that area be realigned.
Shari DeWall, sports editor of “The Bobcat,” CCHS newspaper, won the top award in a sports story writing contest at the ninth annual high school journalism clinic at Adams State College in Alamosa last Friday. A sophomore at CCHS, Shari is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. DeWall. In addition to Shari’s award, the Bobcat staff brought home the second place award for mimeographed school newspapers. That award was presented to Bob Kattnig, editor of The Bobcat.
The Priscilla Club has elected new officers for the ensuing year. Vera Kleine is president and other officers are Luzetta Vickerman, Wilma Kattnig and Leona Hood. Program committee members are Leota Godbersen, Clara Hanssen and Ruth Seifert. Membership committee members are Min Armstrong and Nettie Miller.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Colorado Republicans in the statehouse are pushing for a pay raise for county officials. Custer County is one of 27 counties grouped together in the lowest pay-scale categories. Elected officials here, with the exception of the sheriff, now receive $18,750 annually. The bill would raise those salaries 58 percent, to $29,600. The sheriff’s salary is now $20,700; the bill would raise it almost 74 percent to $35,900.
Registration continues for the adult education classes being sponsored by the Custer County Adult Ranchers organization. Adult Ranchers advisor Tom Flower said the courses to be offered include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, computer training, welding, small engine repair, introduction to photography and furniture refinishing. The classes will begin on Feb. 13.
Several former Valley residents made a pilgrimage to the old hometown earlier this week, including Dot and Earl Cress, now of Canon City, and Albert and Carla Berney, now of Colorado Springs.
10 Years Ago – 2004
Tennis anyone? A group of local tennis players spearheaded by Larry Simmons of Westcliffe is working with the town of Westcliffe to build two courts at Hermit Lane and Fourth Street, the current location of the Colorado Department of Transportation building which is being relocated. Town trustee Paul Wenke said that planning and raising funds for the project is the town’s main concern now. The estimated cost for the hard-surfaced and fenced courts will be about $90,000.
Students at Custer County High School have been celebrating WinterFest this week with a variety of activities. Candidates for WinterFest royalty are Ruby Beltramo, Brittany Tovrea, Tami Livengood, Ashton Newville, Dawnielle Weeks, Sarah Calvin, George Hammersmith, Zach Fox, Peter Host, Jordan Hedberg, Matt Hastings and Max Dunlap.
Sarah Woods, whose magic with paint and canvas is well-known in the Valley, is participating in an exclusive gallery exhibit called “Wildlife Discovery 2004” at the Trailside Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Valley Re-Max real estate agency has been sold by John and Sharon Copley to Greg and Tammy Norris.
Funeral services are being held in Westcliffe this Saturday for long-time Silver Cliff resident Frieda (Entz) Hanssen. Mrs. Hanssen died last Wednesday at the age of 89.
5 Years Ago – 2009
Custer County High School junior J.T. Gillmore brought home two reserve championships from the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Winning the reserves were Gillmore’s landrace pig and his chester pig.
The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that it is seeking 60 short-term workers in Custer County to conduct next year’s census. Testing sessions will be held in Westcliffe on Jan. 31 and again on Feb. 9 for all applicants.
TV viewers may have captured a glimpse of local soldier, Army Capt. Will Canda, who was on duty during President Obama’s and Vice-President Biden’s wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
1 Year Ago – 2013
The towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff both report increases in the numbers of building permits issued in 2012 compared to the prior year. In Westcliffe, 27 building and zoning permits were issued; that’s five more than in 2011. And in Silver Cliff, 44 such permits were issued in 2012 compared to 33 the year before.
The Wet Mountain Tribune captured the 2012 Small Market Newspaper Media Award from the American Legion Department of Colorado for its coverage of veterans’ issues. The award was presented during the annual Colorado American Legion conference last week in Colorado Springs. Local Legionnaires attending the conference were Charles Bogle, Ted Ballard, Bob Dreher, Carol Kennedy, John Vaclav and Anna Orgeron.
Memorial services are being held today for life-long Wetmore rancher and long-time county commissioner George Draper. Mr. Draper died last Wednesday. He was 86.