|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the third week in May.)
100 Years Ago – 1917
On account of the inclement weather on Monday, only a light vote was polled at the school election. G.B. Beardsley was elected to succeed himself as president of the board.
At the meeting of the Custer County Chamber of Commerce on Monday evening, new officers for the ensuing six months were elected. George Phillips is the new president and John Figge vice-president.
H.F. Knuth now has one of the Oakland Six automobiles here, his son Harold driving it up from Pueblo last Friday. Harold was accompanied up by Mrs. Allison who is visiting at the Knuth home.
Bishop Irving P. Johnson of Denver will hold services at St. Luke’s Church on Tuesday evening, May 15, to which all are cordially invited.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Tomkins are down from Denver to spend the summer at their beautiful mountain home at the base of the range.
Miss Brainard, who has been teaching in the rural schools of our county the past couple of years, has accepted the position as clerk in the Leary-Schoolfield Co. store.
Donald, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Ulsh in Silver Cliff, died on Wednesday afternoon of whooping cough. The funeral, conducted by Rev. Sara E. Doebler, will be held from the family home at 1 p.m. today. Burial in Silver Cliff cemetery.
The funeral of Mrs. L.M. Ulery, who passed away in Silver Cliff on Saturday last, was held from the undertaking parlor of Knuth, Ray & Son on Monday at 3 o’clock, after which the remains were interred in the Silver Cliff cemetery. The deceased had no relatives here.
50 Years Ago – 1967
A new active dinosaur quarry is now being worked on the eastern slope of the Uncompahgre Plateau south of Grand Junction. It is a research project conducted by Brigham Young University under a federal permit. Exposure of two dinosaur skeletons was first discovered in the area by Eddie and Vivian Jones of Delta. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are former residents of Westcliffe. She is the daughter of Mrs. Anna Falkenberg.
The Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club rodeo queen contest will be held Sunday, May 21, at the rodeo grounds, according to club president Harold Godbersen. Any girl 14 years old through 18 is eligible to enter.
Commander Clarence Haning says the Spencer-Young Post No. 1321 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the local Post home.
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Squire are the parents of a seven pound, 13 ounce baby girl, Robin Ann, born April 28 at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo.
25 Years Ago – 1992
The most recent unemployment figures for Custer County are disturbing – while normally in the single digits, the current rate here is 13.3 percent, more than double the statewide rate of 5.5 percent and greater than the national rate of 7.3 percent. According to state statistics, there are 777 people in our county’s labor force, with a full 103 now unemployed.
Bobby Elliott, a sophomore at Custer County High School, has just returned from the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation Leadership Seminar, held in Denver from April 30 through May 3. HOBY recognizes outstanding high school sophomores throughout Colorado, and helps them develop their leadership skills and potential. Elliott, son of Jerry and Linda Elliott of Silver Cliff, was sponsored by the Custer County Federated Women’s Club.
Toloa Pearl, Jenny West and Darell Geroux have successfully completed the one-year EMT-Intermediate course. They attended classes in Pueblo.
For the second year in a row, Mike Higdon was a volunteer at the recent state track meet at Fort Carson.
10 Years Ago – 2007
The Custer County Economic Development Committee will be meeting next Wednesday with various assessment leaders and community stakeholders to create a community action plan.
Third District Congressman John Salazar will be taking part in Memorial Day activities here in Westcliffe. He will be the keynote speaker at the special observation at the Westcliffe Memorial Park where he will recognize and thank all veterans, including the Civil War veteran buried at the Silver Cliff Cemetery.
The Westcliffe town board has tapped Robert Seefried to serve as the new town attorney. Others who applied for the job were Greg Watkins and Peter Michaelson of Westcliffe and Dan Slater of Canon City.
Army Staff Sergeant Patrick Lira of Westcliffe returned home to his family last week after serving in Iraq since February 2006. He’ll return to his job at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office on June 1.
5 Years Ago – 2012
Sheriff Fred Jobe said a tornado was reported directly over Westcliffe Sunday afternoon at about 2 p.m. He said the tornado did not touch down, and no damage was reported, though a warning siren was sounded. The National Weather Service in Pueblo said the funnel cloud was a result of a “supercell,” a rotating updraft which was accompanied by rain, hail and snow. While tornados here are uncommon, they’re not unheard of; the last tornado confirmed here was in 2007.
A 55-year-old Silver Cliff woman escaped without injury at about 1:30 a.m. Monday when flames engulfed and destroyed her trailer home. A good Samaritan who saw the blaze awoke the woman and helped her escape. Officials say the exact cause of the fire may never be known because of the extensive damage to the home.
Longtime Valley resident Arlie Riggs has been named Citizen of the Year by the Custer County Chamber of Commerce. Riggs was honored Friday night during ceremonies held at the Beckwith Ranch. Riggs was recognized for her active involvement in numerous clubs and organizations here.
1 Year Ago – 2016
A crowd of about 100 attended Tuesday’s county commissioner candidates’ forum at Lange Hall in Westcliffe. Harvey Goodman moderated the event which was attended by District 3 candidates Donna Hood and incumbent Kit Shy, and District 2 candidates Jay Printz, Dale Falske and Sandra Attebery. Key questions and discussion centered around the ongoing lawsuit against Wetmore rancher Robert Hamilton, and the 30 percent commissioner pay raise which was recently approved by commissioner Shy and term-limited commissioner Lynn Attebery.
Yesterday was check-out day for the 30 members of the Custer County High School graduating class. They did their “Senior Walk” on Tuesday, where they wore their caps and gowns and high-fived students and staff who lined the school’s halls. Commencement exercises will be held on Sunday, May 29.
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