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1/3/2013 Peaks of the Past

(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the first week in January.)

100 Years Ago – 1913

For the sum of one dime James Reilley won the ton of coal raffled at the New Year’s fair and ball on Wednesday. His prize was not so beautiful as some but it will certainly prove doggone useful while this kind of weather holds forth.

School was resumed in the principal’s room last Monday but the primary department gets another week’s vacation owing to the fact that Mrs. Braddock is not yet sufficiently recovered from her illness to teach.

After an idleness of a couple of weeks, work is to be resumed upon the Jocomo tunnel over beyond Rosita today.

Miss Mabel Haskell was voted the most popular young lady at the Catholic fair and ball and as a result was the recipient of a beautiful cut glass punch bowl set.

Dr. Hinshaw and wife have taken the Merriam cottage just across the street from the Forest office. The doctor will still have his office at the first door east of the post office.

“Dad” Newport says he swore off all his bad habits on the first with the exception of going fishing occasionally.

Mr. Stommel, who has charge of the telephone exchange at Canon City, was here from that point the first of the week, taking inventory of the exchange here.

Henry Neerman, an old-time and highly respected citizen of the south end of the Valley, died at his home there on Dec. 31, 1912, of pneumonia. Deceased was a native of Germany and was born Dec. 25, 1836. The funeral, we understand, will be held at the Valley Lutheran church tomorrow. Burial in the Lutheran cemetery.

50 Years Ago – 1963

The George Crow family spent the New Year’s holidays in Boulder visiting with his parents and other relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Christoff and family spent New Year’s day in Canon City with his father, Angelo Christoff.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy McIntosh of Washington, D.C. left Thursday after spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August N. Menzel.

The Rolling Cowboys wheelchair basketball team will play a game at the high school gym here on Saturday night, Jan. 12, against a team of adult Custerites. Under sponsorship of the Colorado Society for Crippled Children and Adults, the proceeds from the game will go to the Custer County chapter for the benefit of crippled children in Custer County.

The West-Central Guidance Center, mental health clinic to serve the Fremont-Custer-Chaffee county area, is scheduled to open and begin operating in January 1963. Only final details remain to be ironed out before the clinic begins to operate on a two-day-a-month schedule.

25 Years Ago – 1988

The first fatal accident of 1988 in Colorado claimed the life of Rosita Hills resident Arbena “Arby” Alward early New Year’s Day on the Lake DeWeese Road. Alward, 54, was a passenger in a Jeep driven by her husband at about 3:25 a.m. when the vehicle went out of control and rolled about three miles north of Westcliffe. The driver and a second passenger were uninjured.

A fast moving storm moved into the Wet Mountain Valley on Wednesday, promising to leave several inches of new snow and frigid temperatures. Earlier this week the thermometer plunged to a reading of minus 16 degrees.

The annual Audubon Society bird count in the Wet Mountain Valley took place on Sunday. Organizer Dave Johnson said 37 species were tallied, including a sighting of 23 Lapland long spurs – a bird which breeds in the Arctic tundra and is seen here only occasionally.

The vo-ag program at Custer County School is offering two adult education courses which will start next week. Vo-ag instructor Tom Flower will teach a basic welding course, and Cindy Kirby will teach basic computer skills.

10 Years Ago – 2003

After more than two years as a work in progress, All Aboard Westcliffe’s interpretive center on Rosita Avenue is nearing completion. AAW’s president Tim Thrun said the town of Westcliffe has approved a certificate of occupancy. He said there’s still a little work to be done in the basement level and in landscaping the outside.

A birthday party open house will be held tomorrow in Ula for Nellie Camper, who will be celebrating her 99th birthday.

Is the altitude bumming out your buns? Gale Miller of the county extension office will be offering a workshop next Thursday in the basement of the county courthouse on high-altitude baking.

Word has been received of the death in Denver on Dec. 24 of William “Bill” Humble. Mr. Humble, 73, owned and operated the Cloverdale Mine in the Sangre de Cristo mountains west of Hillside from 1968 to present.

5 Years Ago – 2008

For more than seven years, the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Silver Cliff has provided a variety of services to women in our community. Now, the center is in the process of constructing a new facility at Hudson and Cliff streets in Silver Cliff, just a few blocks from its present location on Highway 96. Director Nancy Shaydak said a variety of fund-raisers are planned to help build the $200,000 facility.

With the recent heavy and drifting snows, Custer County road superintendent Dave Trujillo reminds residents of the county’s newly revised policies regarding snow removal procedures. The top priorities are major roadways and school bus routes, followed by “collector” roads which distribute traffic between major roadways and local roads.

New Year’s Eve was reason alone to celebrate. But for Don Belveal, he had double the reason: it was his 65th birthday and he marked the occasion accordingly.

1 Year Ago – 2012

Another burst of wind moved across Custer County on New Year’s Eve, causing power poles south of town to break and damage to houses and vehicles. The windstorm was not nearly as fierce as the one that swept through here on Nov. 12 which leveled thousands of trees in the Sangre de Cristos and caused thousands of dollars in damages to homes and other structures.

The public is invited to a community focus group session next Wednesday in the school library to discuss what qualifications the C-1 school district should be looking for when it replaces outgoing superintendent Lance Villers. The meeting will be facilitated by John Merriam, retired Florence school district superintendent and now a consultant with the Colorado Association of School Boards who was hired by the local district to assist in the search.

The documentary film “Broomfield” about the town turned Denver suburb will be shown on PBS TV this Sunday. It was produced by local documentarian Jim Havey.