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1/31/2013 Peaks of the Past

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

100 Years Ago – 1913

Custer County teachers last Saturday met at the Westcliffe school building and organized a county teachers’ association by electing T.C. Higgins president and Miss Agnes Mills secretary. A program was arranged for the next meeting to be held Feb. 22.

A carload of thoroughbred bulls, mostly Herefords, were received here on Monday from Denver, where they were purchased by the stockmen of our Valley at the stock show there last week. As high as $175 each was paid for some of them.

John Edman and Wm. Cochran, working the Reveille claim on the Bull-Domingo flat, are encountering some fair ore in a streak that is about a foot wide.

A couple of trappers from Canon City spent a short time trapping just north of the DeWeese Reservoir on Grape Creek and besides a number of similar animals successful in trapping twenty five coyotes.

J.D. Batie, who has been running on the branch train the past year as engineer, has been removed to the main line, and with his wife and family will move to Pueblo. Good luck, Jerry.

A.V. Stauffer, representing Daniels & Fisher, wholesale dry goods dealers of Denver, paid his regular visit to local dry goods merchants here this week.

Wood thieves are said to be operating in one quarter of town. Say, if they happen to get the stick with the giant powder in it won’t they wish they had secured their wood some other way?

50 Years Ago -- 1963

The Custer County Chamber of Commerce will hold a dinner meeting in the community building next Wednesday. Roast beef will be served by Susie’s Café for $1.50 per plate, and reservations should be made with president C.L. Canda, Jr., or vice-president Jim Christoff. County residents are looking forward to a prosperous year in 1963. Hardscrabble Canyon is supposed to be paved and because of this, along with a paved highway coming from Lake Isabel, a great influx of tourists is expected.

Don Moss and Walter Hanssen of the local Soil Conservation office took a snow course reading at Bigelow Divide early this week. They found 15.3 inches of snow which had 3.05 inches of water. The Bigelow Divide snow course was established last year, consequently there is nothing to compare the present reading with.

Custer County’s representative to the Colorado Wheat Advisory Board will be elected at a meeting of local wheat growers at the ASCS office in Westcliffe on Feb. 15. Donald R. Donley, the present member of the committee from Custer County, will give a report on the Colorado Wheat Administrative committee. The meeting will be conducted by county agent Don Svedman.

25 Years Ago – 1988

Valley real estate agent Bob Senderhauf, 43, was sworn in Monday by County Judge Whitney Sullivan as a member of the board of county commissioners to fill the vacancy in District 3 caused by the recent death of Joe Reid. Senderhauf was selected by a first ballot of the Republican vacancy committee on Friday afternoon. Others considered for the post were Randy Rusk, Jim Frank and Ken Battershill.

The upper end of the Smith Creek campground near Wetmore has some new residents in the area, some 20 new bighorn sheep that were transplanted there on Saturday, Jan. 23, by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. A team of volunteers and DOW personnel successfully trapped 27 sheep near Tarryall Reservoir in Park County, treated the animals with medication to combat lungworm and other disease, tagged them, and transported them for release near Wetmore. Twenty sheep were transplanted, including two yearling rams, eight ewes and nine lambs, five of which are female. The other seven that were trapped were released back into the Tarryall area. This transplant represents an attempt to establish a new herd in the area. Local Wildlife officer Dave Hoart says efforts in recent years to establish herds along the Arkansas River, in the Grape Creek area and at Greenhorn Peak, have resulted in huntable populations.

A bon voyage party will be held next Tuesday for Randy Berry of Hillside who will be leaving the Valley on Feb. 12 for a year-long stay in Australia, where he will attend college under the Rotary International scholarship program. Berry, a 1983 graduate of CCHS, will attend the Kathleen Lumley College in North Adelaide, Australia.

10 Years Ago – 2003

The West Custer County Library in Westcliffe on Monday finalized the purchase of the Community Building from the Civic Association. The purchase price was one dollar, the same amount paid by the Civic Association in 1944 to owner Dorothea Tinkham. Library director Marty Frick said the library hopes to utilize the space for an archival center and other purposes, depending on future fund raising efforts.

Sheriff Fred Jobe said a 48-year-old Silver Cliff man died Friday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after allegedly raping the teenage daughter of his ex-girlfriend.

The C-1 board of education has approved a proposal by the senior class to travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in May for the annual senior trip. Faculty sponsors for the class are Kristie Lyon, Paul Piquette and Roberta Eggleston.

5 Years Ago – 2008

There’s now a third contender for the District 2 county commissioner seat. Wetmore resident Tom Milliken has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the post. Republicans Lynn Attebery and John Campbell are seeking the GOP nomination for the job, now held by fellow GOP Dick Downey who is term limited.

For calendar year 2007, real estate sales in Custer County totaled $50.8 million, a 22 percent decline from the previous year’s total of $64.9 million. Transactions totaled 352 in 2007, a 21 percent drop from 445 in 2006.

A low-grade earthquake was felt by some residents Friday night, as a result of a 3.1 magnitude quake that hit about three miles north of Texas Creek. The USGS Earthquake Center in Golden reported no injuries or damage.

1 Year Ago – 2012

Custer County High School freshman Madeleine Woods, 14, has been selected to travel to New Zealand for her sophomore year to study under the Rotary International student exchange program.

The Custer County Commissioners on Tuesday presented service award plaques to two county road and bridge employees who have a combined 50 years of service. Honored were 20-year employee Larry Haynes of Wetmore, and 30-year maintenance supervisor Byron Reis.

A four-month exhibit at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center will feature works by Valley artists Douglas Kahn and Renee Alpert.

Chris LeCuyer of Silver Cliff landed a 37-inch Tiger Musky last week while ice fishing at Lake DeWeese.