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1/4/2018 Peaks of the Past
(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the first week in January.) 100 Years Ago – 1918 Some of “the boys” were a little short on wet goods for New Year’s so they resorted to skimming the liquid off of some shellac. It satisfied their thirst and must have worked all right as no fatalities have been reported. The New Year’s ball was largely attended and was a social and financial success. Harry Falkenberg, according to word received by his parents, is in charge of the telephone business at Houston, Texas, where he has about 700 phones to look after. Harry takes a cheerful view of the war question, feeling that Uncle Sam will soon terminate the war once he gets into action. The public school for the after-holiday term opened on Wednesday. Still no snow and nice, bright, warm weather prevails. More like June than January. An extra reel entitled “How Roscoe Makes Love” in which Roscoe White, well known here, plays the principal role, was shown at the picture show last Sunday evening and was highly enjoyed by all. The picture was produced at Raton, N.M., Roscoe’s home before he left for Camp Funston, where he is now in training for the war. Harold and Barbara Knuth and Miss Olivette Schneider returned to their school in Pueblo Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. John Reis have returned from Denver. Frank Cress of the Valley is now pulling a trailer after his auto. A mighty handy contrivance. 50 Years Ago – 1968 The big snowfall that is still covering Custer County is bringing smiles to ski enthusiasts here, and especially to Miss Clara Reida and Miss Margaret Locarnini, operators of the Silver Hills Ski area about 12 miles east of Westcliffe on State Highway 96. Over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays nearly 500 persons skied on the Silver Hills slopes. Miss Reida said the course has an 18 inch packed base and several inches of new snow have fallen on that, making skiing very good. Certified ski instructors Cliff and Hannah Gibbs and Jack Holt of Pueblo are offering instructions. Kenneth Hoza is maintenance man for the equipment and several local school kids have been working at the ski area; they work half a day and get to ski the other half. A/1c Roger Camper left Thursday to return to Minot Air Force Base, South Dakota, after spending his leave here with relatives and friends. Miss Linda Coleman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Coleman of Westcliffe, and Gerald Cecil Elliott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Elliott of Fort Collins, were married on Dec. 23 at Hope Lutheran Church here. Miss Peggy Coleman was maid of honor for her sister. Bridesmaids were Lynn Stock, Patsy Coleman, Joann Paxton and Pat Ulsh. Roy Gueswel of Fort Collins was best man and ushers were Gary Coleman, Delbert Shaw, Jack Elliott and Ray Elliott. Following a honeymoon, the newlyweds are at home in Fort Collins. 25 Years Ago – 1993 During Tuesday’s meeting of the Westcliffe Town Board, county/town administrator Ric Ferron discussed the possibility of getting 911 emergency telephone service for the county. Ferron said that installation and equipment for the 911 service is less expensive than originally estimated and the county can have the service installed for about $50,000. The sheriff’s department would need two more dispatchers to man the service 24 hours a day, and once installed, the 911 system would add about a 70 cent surcharge to Valley residents’ monthly phone bills. Newly elected county commissioners David Rumph and Cleo Day will be sworn into office next Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the courthouse. The honorable Harold Taylor, County Judge, will preside. Brent Patterson, former general manager of the Mountain Cliffe Ski Resort here, was one of four people killed last week in a helicopter crash at Powder Mountain, Utah. CCHS senior Lisa Ann Rusk has been honored by the General Marion Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for her involvement in school, church and community. Presenting the “Good Citizen” pin to her was her grandmother, Jean Rusk. 10 Years Ago – 2008 County road supervisor Dave Trujillo has announced revised snow removal procedures. Major roadways and school bus routes will be the top priorities. Next up are collector roadways that distribute traffic between major roads and local roads. Last on the list are local roadways and cul-de-sacs. For more than seven years, the Lighthouse Pregnancy and Resource Center has provided services to women in the community for their center at 507 Main in Silver Cliff. The new center will be built at the corner of Hudson and Cliff streets, just a couple blocks north of the current facility. Director Nancy Shaydak said some $200,000 needs to be raised to build the new center. Brian Riley, executive director of the San Isabel Land Protection Trust, has announced that strong community support has allowed the Land Trust to complete Phase One of the Wet Mountain Valley Ranch land Protection Program. The final property to be protected is the 2,800 acre Frank Kennicott Ranch which lies between Beckwith Ranch and the Pines Ranch. 5 Years Ago – 2013 In a 2-1 vote, the county commissioners have agreed to dissolve the Custer County Airport Authority, citing a souring of the relationship between the airport board and the commissioners. Voting for its dissolution were commissioners Allen Butler and Lynn Attebery; commissioner Jim Austin opposed the action. A Custer Search and Rescue crew was involved in locating a 25-year-old Crestone man reported missing in the Willow Lakes area of the Sangres. The man was located the day after Christmas suffering from hypothermia. Sheriff Fred Jobe has announced that Deputy Carl Dryer has been named the sheriff’s employee of the year. Dryer was recognized for hosting the annual National Night Out event; for instituting the annual barbeque for graduating seniors; and for his valor during the Wetmore Fire. 1 Year Ago – 2017 In interviews with Silver Cliff Mayor Steve Lasswell and Westcliffe Mayor Christie Patterson, both said their goals for 2017 include better cooperation between the two towns. The Rotary Club’s community van project has a new vehicle. A federal grant provided funds for the new 2016 handicapped accessible mini-van. Key volunteers with the van project are Gary Kassebaum, Mike Banks, John Johnston, Steve Allen, Merton Young and Jerry Pickerell. The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Brand Inspection Division reminds Custer County ranchers that brand owners must submit five-year assessment fees early this year.