|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the first week in July.)
100 Years Ago – 1917
With many of our people attending the celebration in Salida and the picnics in the Valley the Fourth in Westcliffe was a quiet one until evening, when nearly everybody returned and attended the big ball at Leary-Schoolfield’s Hall which proved a grand success.
Messrs. R.E. Myers and Emmet Nutter shipped the first car of ore from their manganese property the first of the week. The ore goes to Chicago where it is utilized in a glass factory. If it proves satisfactory other shipments will immediately follow.
Manager Jos. Bradley of the Metals Products Co. has secured by purchase the Victory, Royal Gem and Cymboline mining claims and by lease the Victoria, Lucile and Protection clams, all located at Rosita.
We have been informed that the “professional land locator” has been operating in certain quarters of our county recently. The unsophisticated would be wise to seek information from local authoritative sources before allowing themselves to be gulled by such vampires.
G.B. Beardsley, Thos. Clark, Charles Harris, Judge M.B. Willey and Geo. Phillips motored to Canon City yesterday to attend the meeting of the Masonic Lodge there.
Goddard Frank, wife and family of the Valley departed Wednesday for Wyoming expecting to remain away some months in the hope that a change of climate will prove beneficial to Mrs. Frank’s health. Grandpa Jones accompanied them.
Walter Mueller, a volunteer in the U.S. Artillery service, is home on a visit to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Miller in the Valley.
50 Years Ago – 1967
Custer County is beginning to take on a rodeo air with merchants displaying paintings on their windows advertising the Westcliffe Stampede to be held July 15 and 16. The window decorating was done by Margaret Locarnini. The Saddle Club is sponsoring the Stampede and expects to have one of the best ever. There will be a parade Saturday morning and rodeo action Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The annual rodeo dance will be held in the school gym Saturday night and will feature music by Dale Brown and the Sundowners. Cowboys wishing to compete should contact Clarence Berry. Edker Wilson of Sanford will furnish the stock again this year.
Custer County’s entry in the Old Timers baseball league lost two games at Canon City last Friday. The Westcliffe Team, members of the Canon City recreation league, lost to two teams. The team will play another doubleheader in Canon City this Friday.
A/3c Roger A. Camper left July 5 for the Air Force Base at Minot, N.D. after spending his first leave here following completion of basic training at Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas.
Robert Donley of Wetmore has been elected treasurer of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers at Colorado State University at Fort Collins.
25 Years Ago – 1992
A crowd estimated at more than 2,500 attended the annual Independence Day celebration in Westcliffe last weekend, capped off with the annual fireworks display at Lake DeWeese.
The Custer County Stockgrowers Association and Custer County Cattlewomen held their annual meetings this past weekend. New officers for the ensuing year for the Stockgrowers are president Harvey Geroux and board members Lucky Engleman, Keith Hood, Kevin Mitchell, Fred Berry and Curt Wilson. Elected president of the Cattlewomen was Nancy Handy; directors are Milla Leu Vickerman, Sheron Berry, June Coleman, Phyllis Wilson Arlie Riggs and Cynthia Huber.
Brig. Gen. Mason Whitney, commander of the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Fighter Wing at Buckley Air National Guard base, has announced that an Environmental Impact Study will be conducted on the special-use airspace proposal known as the Redeye Complex, which encompasses Custer County.
Memorial services were held Tuesday for Karol Smith of Canon City who died June 30 at the age of 73. Mr. Smith was well-known in Custer County; as long-time head of the Colorado Motion Picture and Television Commission, Smith was instrumental in bringing numerous production crews to Custer County over the past several decades.
10 Years Ago – 2007
National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Magnuson of Pueblo saw a tornado briefly touched down southwest of Westcliffe on Friday. There was no damage reported. Magnuson said he’s aware of one other tornado here in the past decade.
There’s a new boss in the Custer County zoning office. The county commissioners have named Jackie Hobby the director and code enforcement officer. She replaces Christy Kesselring who left the office last month. Hobby, an employee of the zoning office since 2006, will supervise administrative assistant Elizabeth French and zoning office trainee Brian Clince.
Two local ladies will be heading to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For national competitions after winning awards last month in the Colorado Country Music Association competition. Becca Riggs was named female vocalist of the year in her division in traditional gospel and country music, and Addie Heck won three awards in songwriting.
5 Years Ago – 2012
Late last week, county sheriff and fire marshal Fred Jobe canceled this year’s fireworks display over Lake DeWeese. He cited extremely dry conditions, the current county-wide fire ban and the numerous wildfires throughout the state as the reason for the decision.
The planned development of the proposed “Bluff” park on the western edge of Westcliffe was unveiled last week. The first phase will include walking paths, landscaping, parking areas and other improvements, and efforts are underway to raise approximately $800,000 for the project. Long-term plans call for the construction of an amphitheater and additional improvements. Among those attending the unveiling ceremony were land donors Richard and Audrey Stermer, design coordinator Jim Bradburn, and Westcliffe mayor Christy Veltrie and Silver Cliff mayor Larry Weber.
Some 160 members of the Pikes Peak Range Riders of Colorado Springs held their annual ride at Bear Basin Ranch near Westcliffe last weekend. The group’s annual ride is to promote the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in the Springs. Gary Ziegler, owner of Bear Basin Ranch, is a member of the organization.
1 Year Ago – 2016
The big Fourth of July weekend is over, but the fun continues with the annual High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival which gets underway tonight and continues through Sunday. Some 20 bands from throughout the nation will be performing during the festival.
Colorado’s AAA magazine, EnCompass, featured a write-up on the Mission:Wolf sanctuary near Westcliffe in its July/August edition.
The congregation of the Community United Methodist Church in Westcliffe welcomes new pastor Yevette Christy. She and her son, Joshua, moved here from Cheyenne, Wyo. Pastor Vette replaces Pastor Deb Christine who accepted a similar position in Bozeman, Mont.