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2/14/2013 Peaks of the Past

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

100 Years Ago – 1913

Dr. J.D. Hinshaw has closed a deal for the Hilton rooming-house and residence and will take possession right away. The doctor will have his home and office in the building and besides this will equip a modern operating room and convert a portion of the building into a general hospital. This is an enterprise that has long been contemplated here and we are glad to know that it is going to be a realization. The doctor should be rewarded with the success his undertaking so well merits.

The board of commissioners was in session the fore part of the week and, besides the regular routine, appointed road overseers as follows: District No. 1 Henry Goschen, Uly Camper; No. 2 J.H. Kerhof, E.D. Davis; No. 3 Aug. Reuker; No. 4 J.O. Sparling; No. 5 Charles Aikin; No. 6 C.A. Barton.

A bill has been introduced in the legislature to cut off a portion of Fremont County and create a new county to be known as Sunshine County. The new county would have a population of 8,000 and a valuation of $3,000,000. The movement was inaugurated by Florence people who are opposed to going up to Canon City to transact county business.

Theodore Shoemaker, forest supervisor of Leadville, was an arrival here on Tuesday, having a little work for the Forest Service in this section. Theo. says for scenery the Sangre de Christo range surpasses all other mountain ranges in the state.

G.W. Heath of Wetmore, a pioneer of Colorado, died at his home there on Tuesday after a prolonged illness, aged 69. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of Greenwood Post No. 102, Grand Army of the Republic. He is survived by a son and four daughters.

50 Years Ago – 1963

 Highway Patrolman Richard A. Downey of Canon City spoke to the Custer County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday night and, assisted by Bill Finch, showed colored movies of accidents investigated by the Ohio State Patrol. Members of the Chamber also re-elected C.L. Canda, Jr. president at a dinner meeting held in the Community Building. Elected to serve with Canda for the coming year are James Christoff, vice-president; Mrs. Lois Ferron, secretary; Mrs. Anna Hanssen, treasurer; and directors Lawrence Entz, Bill Kleine and Earl Cress.

Westcliffe had two inches of snow Sunday and Monday, but since Monday we’ve been having our usual winter sunshine that feels so good to the old back. On the 12th, the temperature dropped to minus 18 degrees and it never got warmer than 21 degrees.

Announcement has been made here that Mrs. Ruth Luthi is acting chairman of the Custer County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Mrs. Ann Thornton will act as funds chairman for the drive which gets underway on March 1.

25 Years Ago—1988

By a unanimous vote by all present at a meeting on Friday, a new shooting sports club has been formed here. The Sangre Shooting Sports Club will be headed by president Randy Rusk. Fellow officers are Tom Flower, Mike Finnie, Ron Weaver, Arno Hartbauer and Clint Seiling. The club will strive to provide residents with a permanent shooting range, and work with state and federal agencies to further the sport of shooting.

The first snow course readings of the season were conducted last week by the Custer County office of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, and all five courses show good averages. South Colony’s snowpack stands at 91 percent of long-term averages; Westcliffe’s a 105 percent; Hermit Lake at 84 percent; Spruce Creek at 93 percent and Bigelow Divide also at 93 percent.

Raymond and Nora Jones of Silver Cliff are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday, Feb. 14.

For Valentine’s Day, the Pines Ranch will be serving a special shish kabob dinner, along with two-for-one sleigh rides.

10 Years Ago – 2003

With a shortfall of nearly $81,000 and expenses exceeding projected numbers by nearly $200,000, the county did not meet its 2002 budget. County administrator Ric Ferron said the commissioners have approved a resolution to take $197,000 from savings, leaving $1,528,000 in reserves.

The Westcliffe board of trustees on Tuesday tabled action on the proposed purchase of Vimont Park in downtown Westcliffe. At a public forum the night prior, five attendees were in favor of the $145,000 purchase and seven were opposed. The board has scheduled a workshop session on Feb. 20 to further discuss the proposal.

Custer County High School senior Sheri Read has been notified that she’s one of 40 Colorado students who will be awarded a prestigious Boettcher Scholarship. The scholarships will cover virtually all of her college expenses including tuition, fees and living expenses. She plans to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder where she’ll study architecture.

Memorial services were held last Saturday for popular Valley resident Steven R. Granato, late of Blumenau. He died at his home at the age of 48 of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Granato was an accomplished musician and well-known guitarist and had worked at the Silver Dome Saloon.

5 Years Ago – 2008

Numerous snowstorms, cold temperatures and windy conditions have given Custer County a wintry appearance for months. And while good for future water conditions, a number of county roads were closed last week due to the blowing snow. Sheriff Fred Jobe said gusts of up to 100 mph caused the closure of Colony, Verdemont and Copper Gulch roads, and that emergency crews used snowmobiles to rescue several stranded motorists and residents. The road and bridge department received help from Huerfano County, which brought in its large snow blower and an operator. The roads have all been re-opened, but another large storm was expected last night.

Five residents have been named to the newly formed tourism board. They are Angie Arterburn, Christy Veltrie, Cindy Howard, Bob Weisenbach and Kit Shy. The board will market Custer County, with funds from the recently voter-approved “pillow tax.”

Colorado State University in Pueblo has announced that Custer County residents Earl and Gayle Crouch have given a $100,000 gift to the college to endow a scholarship fund.

1 Year Ago – 2012

With both Westcliffe and Silver Cliff currently discussing a franchise agreement renewal with Black Hills Energy to provide electrical service to the two towns, an offer has been made by Sangre de Cristo Electric to provide those electrical services. The respective town trustees are expected to review the proposal during their March meetings.

Five Bobcat wrestlers are off to the state tournament in Denver today after successfully competing at the state qualifying meet. Heading to the state tourney are Wyatt Wommack, Jack Woods, Brandt Shields, Mark Canda and Cameron Ham.

The county commissioners met last week with officials of the Colorado Department of Transportation to discuss several possible projects here, including the Highway 69 project south of town to widen the highway and replace the Antelope Creek bridge; a possible park-and-ride at Highway 96 and County Road 271; and a potential project to improve the intersection of Highways 96 and 69 in downtown Westcliffe.