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4/20/2017 Peaks of the Past
(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the third week in April.) 100 Years Ago – 1917 The Lutheran Church in their last meeting nearly unanimously extended a call for a parochial school teacher to be salaried by the congregation. The school will be conducted in the basement of the new church which will be fitted out in the most modern fashion. Up to this time, 45 children have been promised for September. All branches found in our public schools will be taught up to the eighth grade besides German and religion. Marshal Wright calaboosed a few drunks last Friday who got a little boisterous on the street. The next day they appeared before the police magistrate and paid small fines. It will go harder with them or others who violate the laws in this manner in the future. A word to the wise is sufficient. All work continues on the Passiflora mine and heavy shipments are maintained, the ore going out at the rate of four or five cars a week. The ore shows up big in all portions of the mine, in the north end fully six feet wide. The present output could be doubled if it were desired to do so. The Passiflora company has purchased the old Bull-Domingo mill and has a force of men employed tearing out the old machinery preparatory to installing a modern reduction plant to handle the vast bodies of low grade ore. To rent: Two of the best mining claims in Custer County, the Gray Eagle and Song-Bird, adjoining the Herman mine. Monthly rental with option to buy. Apply to C.K. Abelson, 504 So. State St., Chicago, Ill. C.L. Ducy, deputy U.S. Internal Revenue collector, paid Westcliffe a brief visit the first of this week. 50 Years Ago – 1967 The Colorado Department of Highways will soon enter into negotiations to acquire outright, or buy easements on, 15 scenic strips under terms of the 1965 federal highway beautification act. Under that legislation, the federal government provides 100 percent of the funds needed to protect the view from a scenic stretch of highway. One of the areas is in Custer County: Colorado Highway 96, west of junction with Highway 165. Payments to Custer County wool producers through the national wool program have been made, according to W.O. Coleman, chairman of the county’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee. As of April 17, the payments amounted to $1,940.12 based on the 1967 support of 66 cents per pound. At Saturday’s invitational track meet at Monte Vista, Bob Secora won first place in three events in the Junior High division, setting new meet records for the 50-yard, 100-yard and 220-yard dashes. In the freshman division, Dick Kastendieck tied for first place in the broad jump. Keith Hood placed fourth in the mile run, and Randy Rusk took third in the half-mile run. 25 Years Ago – 1992 The status of several endangered species is improving in Colorado, and Custer County has become a stable home for two of those species. Local Division of Wildlife officer Dave Hoart said the Greenback Cutthroat Trout have been reintroduced and are reproducing in Cottonwood Creek and the north fork of Greenhorn Creek. Additionally, the DOW is attempting to re-establish the Peregrine Falcon. Because the falcons are extremely vulnerable, the exact locations of their established nests have not been revealed, but Hoart says there are two locations in northeastern Custer County. The St. Andrews at Westcliffe golf course north of town has been sold to Dave and Barb Peters. They purchased the nine-hole course from founder and developer John Manson, who designed and built the course in 1988. Members of the Columbine Club showed off their finest Easter bonnets during last week’s meeting, hosted by Helen Pearl. Those wearing their special holiday hats were Edna Boyd, Josie Schuster, Min Armstrong, Addie Heck, Jan Yaklich, Virginia Kness, Mattie Terrell, Annie Hanssen, Inez Falkenberg, Ara Weimer, club president Barbara Eberling, Margaret Cooper, Marge DiDomenico, Martha Still, Blythe Johnson, Evelyn Hanssen and Paulie Canda. 10 Years Ago – 2007 The board of directors of the West Custer County Hospital District last week accepted the resignation of clinic administrator Toloa Pearl, effective today, April 19. Pearl, who has held the position for the past nine years, said she felt it is time to move on to other opportunities. Sheriff Fred Jobe said the westbound lane of Highway 96 near MacKenzie Junction remains closed due to a rockslide that took place on Tuesday. He said clean-up is underway, but he urged motorists to be mindful of rock falls due to the spring thaw and recent wet weather. Funeral services will be held tomorrow for lifelong Valley resident Norman Schulze. Mr. Schulze died last Wednesday at the age of 81. From the Small World Dept.: Diane Simmons recently traveled to Paris, France to visit a cousin. Who did she bump into? None other than fellow Valleyites Fred and Margaret Karsten who were taking part in an Elderhostel trip along the canals there. 5 Years Ago – 2012 Beginning Monday, April 23, the Bureau of Land Management, the Colorado Division of Mining, and the Environmental Protection Agency will be taking soil samples at the Bassick Mine site and in the tailing sites surrounding the old town of Querida. The data gathered will be used to develop an Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis plan for the planned clean-up efforts at the site. The Bassick Mine was first developed in 1877 and was primarily mined for silver with lesser productions of gold, zinc and lead. Mining continued through the early 1900s when ore and tailings were processed using a cyanide process. The mine was abandoned in the 1950s. The Bassick Mine was the largest in the Hardscrabble Mining District, and the town of Querida had as many as 1,500 residents when the mine was operational. The local branch of Wells Fargo Bank will be closing its doors on Monday, June 25. A victim of Wells Fargo’s regional strategy plans, the local branch was a part of Wells Fargo’s acquisition of Fremont National Bank of Canon City in June 2006. Corporate officials say the five employees will be able to transfer to other nearby branches. 1 Year Ago – 2016 A heavy weekend storm left between one and three feet of wet snow throughout the county, and boosted the South Colony SNOTEL course to more than 100 percent of long term averages. The National Weather Service in Pueblo said the storm was much needed and very welcome due to the dry conditions recently experienced. Westcliffe Meats LLC recently opened its processing facility south of Westcliffe. The facility, owned by Hank Miller, is the county’s first meat processing facility that is certified and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Silver Cliff Senior Center will host a birthday celebration next Thursday for Valley resident Chuck Thornburg, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday.