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1/10/2013 Peaks of the Past

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

100 Years Ago – 1913

The government thermometer registered 30 degrees below zero here during last Sunday night and 32 below on Monday night. This has been the longest extremely cold spell within the recollection of the oldest inhabitant. Down at Canon City the mercury dropped to 21 below.

The lights were turned on at the depot Wednesday evening for the first time. They came slow but they came good.

Owing to the delay on the main line our train reached us about three hours late Monday evening and our people retired that evening without first digesting the contents of their mail, a usual custom here.

George Houle, although wearing a good, heavy driving mitt, froze blisters on his fingers while coming up from Hillside Tuesday.

A Grand Ball will take place at the Town Hall in Rosita on the evening of January 24th, the proceeds to be used for the benefit of the school. Everybody is invited to enjoy this good time and aid a worthy cause. Tickets, including supper, $1.00.

Miss Millie Vickerman, her many friends will be pleased to know, has again secured her clerkship in the house of the Colorado legislature.

Mr. Walter Piltz and Miss Lois Payne, popular young people of the Rosita country, were united in marriage on Thursday, the ceremony being performed by Justice R.W. Blackett.

Congressman Taylor advises the Tribune that he is now ready to make his annual distribution of vegetable and flower seeds and will be pleased to send an assortment to all those who will write him. Parties should address their letters or postals to Hon. Edward T. Taylor, Congressman at Large from Colorado, Washington, D.C.

50 Years Ago – 1963

On Monday, new postage rates went into effect around the country. According to Westcliffe Postmaster Jim Christoff, these are the principal changes that will concern the general mailing public. First class letters will require five cents per ounce. Also up a penny will be air mail letters from seven to eight cents; post cards from three to four cents and air mail post cards from five to six cents.

Six members of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association will participate in the 21st annual meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative at Las Vegas, Nev., Jan 14-17. Scheduled to attend from the local system are: Paul Huntley, president, Coaldale; Willard A. Walker, secretary, Westcliffe; and directors Dall McCrory, Cotopaxi; Leon Hook, Hillside; Fred Vahldick, Westcliffe; and manager Norman Knudsen, Buena Vista. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson will head the list of speakers.

Dr. H.W. Sanders will go to Denver Saturday where he will attend the Symposium on Emergency Medical Care in Mass Casualty Situations being held at Fitzsimmons General Hospital.

25 Years Ago – 1988

A check for $30,000 will be coming soon to the Westcliffe Medical Clinic, earmarked to help pay Dr. Richard Carleton’s salary for one year. The funding grant was announced Tuesday in Pueblo by the Colorado Trust. Dr. Ben Kettle, chairman of the Custer County Medical Foundation board, said he was pleased with Tuesday’s announcement.

Roger Dalin, chairman of the hospital district committee, has been busy meeting with the various subcommittees conducting preliminary research and groundwork on the proposal to form a special hospital district which would generate property taxes to help fund the local clinic operations. John Piquette and Jim Christoff are serving on the financial subcommittee and Roger Camper, John Piquette and Jeanne Pearl are on the service plan committee.

Funeral services were held yesterday for Edith H. Hall, late of Wetmore. She died Jan. 9, 1988 at the Florence nursing home at age 101. She was born Jan. 1, 1887, in Wetmore to Jacob A. and Sarah (Parker) Betts, who acquired their land in Wetmore in 1868 and built their home in 1872. Mrs. Hall was born, raised and married in the family home and lived there her entire life until illness required hospitalization. She is survived by two sons and a daughter: James Hall of Wetmore; George Hall of Agate; and Donna Coleman of Howard.

10 Years Ago – 2003

Project coordinator Chuck Schultz says volunteers are needed this Friday to help work on the new skate park under construction in Silver Cliff. While ice skaters may not be able to break in their blades this winter, the facility should be open to skateboarders and rollerbladers this summer.

Sara Kettle of the San Isabel Ranch has returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where she met with Congressional leaders to speak on behalf of the Beef Cattle Genetic Consortium. She was invited to represent the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and Colorado State University.

The county commissioners have approved new zoning permit fees and special use permit fees. Zoning permit fees for residential structures will go from 30 to 40 cents per square foot. Special use permit fees will go from $400 to $500. Zoning officer Linc Lippincott says a new fee structure will go into effect for those who begin construction without obtaining the necessary permits; that penalty will be three times the pre-construction costs.

The West Custer County Hospital District has announced an addition to the clinic staff. Charlotte Stark started work Jan. 2 as family nurse practitioner.

5 Years Ago – 2008

The 2008 election season is now underway: Lynn Attebery has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for District 2 county commissioner; he was narrowly defeated by incumbent commissioner Dick Downey in 2004. And Custer County Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for their precinct caucuses on Feb. 5.

The Family Health and Education Council and its childcare facility in Westcliffe are being forced to vacate its facility due to some $30,000 in unpaid bills and tax liens. The town of Silver Cliff, which serves as fiduciary agent for the organization, made that decision Monday night.

The Sangre de Cristo Sports Shooting Club will hold a membership meeting this Saturday at Cliff Lanes. Current officers of the organization are president Russ Conner and directors Don Barilla, Don Golden, Lad Cazedessus, and Stan Smith.

1 Year Ago – 2012

The C-1 board of education will be conducting a community survey to determine the public’s feelings about school performance and about which school programs should be given priority as the board makes budget decisions. Members of the board are Brenda Gaide, Gary Frickell, Randy Woods, Monty Lee and Brad Stam.

Jeannie Culpin of Wetmore will be awarded the Fremont-Custer Historical Society’s W.T. “Doc” Little Memorial Award this Sunday for her historical preservation efforts in the Wetmore area, including the founding of the Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical and Historical Society and the establishment of a history center in the Wetmore post office building.

Bob Senderhauf has announced his retirement as chairman of the Custer County Republican Central Committee. He said he’s stepping down in order to possibly pursue a political office. Vice-chair Rob Canterbury has assumed the chairmanship.

1 Year Ago – 2012

The C-1 board of education will be conducting a community survey to determine the public’s feelings about school performance and about which school programs should be given priority as the board makes budget decisions. Members of the board are Brenda Gaide, Gary Frickell, Randy Woods, Monty Lee and Brad Stam.

Jeannie Culpin of Wetmore will be awarded the Fremont-Custer Historical Society’s W.T. “Doc” Little Memorial Award this Sunday for her historical preservation efforts in the Wetmore area, including the founding of the Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical and Historical Society and the establishment of a history center in the Wetmore post office building.

Bob Senderhauf has announced his retirement as chairman of the Custer County Republican Central Committee. He said he’s stepping down in order to possibly pursue a political office. Vice-chair Rob Canterbury has assumed the chairmanship.

 
 
 
 
 
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