|(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the last week in December.)
100 Years Ago – 1917
Christmas exercises were held at the new Lutheran Church on the evening of the 24th, which were enjoyed by a large attendance.
Jack Byrne has been appointed an associate member of the Council of Defense to assist the registrants in making out their questionnaires.
Quite a number of our people motored over to Coaldale last Sunday and indulged in a turkey shoot at the Eddy-Brooke farm.
John Reis and wife of Antelope left for Denver last Saturday to eat Christmas dinner with relatives. Miss Mary Loens accompanied them.
“Banjo” Henning has purchased himself a Ford car and we have already noticed a young lady or two giving him a mighty pleasant smile.
Send your soldier boy a box of the finest candy, made especially for him. Already wrapped and ready to mail. $1.25 per box at Dieckmann’s pool hall.
Everybody is invited to attend the Mask Ball at the Ray-Cusack Hall on New Year’s Eve.
Miss Jennie Stock, after a visit with her folks at Rosita, returned to Canon City on Thursday, accompanied by her sister, Miss Mary Stock.
Ed. Brandon and son Harold drove over to Salida in their new Studebaker car on Wednesday. They were accompanied by Carson Bell who will give the waters of Poncha Springs a test for their virtues upon his rheumatism.
Strayed – a 2 year old steer, red and white, branded PH2 on left side. A reward of $5 is offered. Notify Paul Hoza of Ilse.
50 Years Ago – 1967
Residents of Custer County certainly had a white Christmas this year. They’ll have a white New Year’s and the chances are real good that the snow cover now on the Wet Mountain Valley will also give us a white Easter. Weather observer Marvin Rankin has measured nine inches of snowfall since the 48 inches reported last week, making a total of 57 inches thus far this December.
The annual firemen’s benefit dance, an event that has been going on here for more than half a century, will be held Saturday night, Dec. 30, at the high school gym. Tickets are $2 per couple. Music will be furnished by Buddy Johnson’s orchestra of Pueblo. Current officers of the fire department are Clarence Schlosser, president, and directors Ray Lewis and Dan Riggs, with Gayle Patterson serving as chief and Lee Chadwick assistant chief.
A/1c Roger Camper is spending about two weeks leave here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Schulze. Roger will return to Minot Air Force Base, South Dakota, next week.
25 Years Ago – 1992
After two and a half years, a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against the Custer County Chamber of Commerce. In June 1990, a local youth sustained a broken leg and other injuries while taking part in a llama race in downtown Westcliffe; the boy was dragged when his llama bolted. The youth’s family was seeking compensation for medical expenses related to the incident; the family and the Chamber both agreed to a settlement amount of $18,500 which will be paid by the Chamber’s insurance carrier.
Starting next week, local 4-H members will be able to learn about aviation and aeronautics. Private pilot and retired educator Allen Butler of Silver Cliff will be leading the 4-H course, which is open to all kids ages 12 to 18.
Leo French of rural Westcliffe has graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor of science degree in mining engineers. French, the son of Alice French of rural Westcliffe, already has a job, as mining engineer for the Arch of Wyoming surface coal mine in Hanna, Wyo.
10 Years Ago – 2007
Westcliffe town trustees have agreed to increase its annual payment to the Custer County Sheriff’s Offices for law enforcement services in the town. Sheriff Fred Jobe told the trustees that so far in 2007, there have been 2,222 calls for law enforcement coming from the town, compared to 2,625 calls in the county and 608 in Silver Cliff. The town trustees agreed to up the yearly stipend from $19,000 to $25,000.
The Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club has elected new officers for the coming year. The new club president is Treasure Merchant; other directors are Willie Britt, Robin Roberts, Elin Rusher, Gary Joseph, Scott Camper, Laura Longo, Tom Flower, Kathy Fischer and Jeb Stoltzfus.
There’s a new bundle of joy in the Tracewell household. Nancy got Jerry a German Shorthair pooch for Christmas, and Jerry is just beaming.
5 Years Ago – 2012
Custer County had a white Christmas, with as much as a foot of snow falling in the days before the holiday. Temperatures have been in the single digits.
The Westcliffe town trustees received an update on The Bluff project from Richard Stermer. He told the board that grading on the site has been completed, and the installation of underground electrical wiring is 80 percent complete.
As in previous years, Custer County Sheriff’s deputies will be giving rides home to folks who do a little too much partying on New Year’s Eve. The free rides will be given to county residences or motels; Sheriff Fred Jobe said his deputies won’t take revelers from one bar or party to the next.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow in Canon City for long-time Custer County Assessor Dorothy Tomsick. She died Dec. 23 at a Pueblo care center following an extended illness at age 84.
1 Year Ago -- 2016
The white Christmas turned to be a black-out for many Valley residents. Strong winds toppled numerous power lines, resulting in power outages for some 2,000 customers of Sangre de Cristo Electric. Outages were reported early on Christmas Day and Sangre de Cristo Electric work crews spent their holiday restoring service; most customers had power restored late the next day. Local weather-watcher Ted Ballard said there were reports of wind gusts of more than 100 mph.
New construction in Custer County is up more than 25 percent over last year. The county zoning office says 48 new dwellings were built so far in 2016, up from 36 in 2015.
The “chalkbeat” website, which provides independent journalism for and about Colorado public education, had an article last week about the Custer County school district’s efforts to provide affordable housing for teaching staff. The local C-1 district is remodeling the former preschool building for employee housing.