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2/28/2013 Peaks of the Past

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

100 Years Ago – 1913

Thomas Warner, of Denver, an employee of The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company, arrived here Wednesday to secure a right of way for the company’s proposed connection to Wetmore.

The meeting of the Custer County Teachers’ Association, to have been held at the school-house here last Saturday, was postponed owing to inclement weather until tomorrow afternoon.

San Isabel Forest No. 20, Companions of the Forest, was organized here yesterday afternoon with a membership of twenty-two. The new Forest will be officered as follows for the ensuing term: Worth Companions, Mrs. Wadleigh and Mrs. Clancy. Other officers Mrs. Doyle, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Tyler, Mrs. Eddy, Mrs. Anderson, Miss Haskell, Wm. Hanssen, Dr. Hinshaw and musician Mrs. C.J. Mercier.

Thomas D. and Thomas G. Balman came up from Hillside on business Tuesday evening and returned Wednesday. While here they were looking for a site on which to erect a business block and were making inquiries about sand for the cement work, etc. They didn’t say positively that they would erect a building but the senior Mr. Balman told us to state it and inferred that he would verify the statement should anyone ask him about it. The Balmans have the utmost confidence in the substantiability of Westcliffe as a town and we will all be glad to have them interested in our municipality for they are mighty good people.

Harry Falkenberg’s condition has been worse since our last issue and on Monday he went to the Denver & Rio Grande hospital in Salida, Dr. Kindall accompanying him. At this writing Harry is reported improving again.

50 Years Ago – 1963

San Isabel Ranch of Westcliffe has purchased the top group of 39 bred Herefords at the first annual Hereford Days U.S.A. Auction at the Lamont Sale pavilion in Denver last week. Prices ranged mostly from $200 to $270 each. The Herefords were from the consignment of Fetcher Bros. of Steamboat Springs.

Donald R. Donley of Wetmore was re-elected to the Colorado Wheat Advisory Committee at an election held at the ASCS office here last Saturday. Charles Kidder was elected alternate. The newly elected 32-man wheat advisory committee consists of one representative from each of the 32 producing counties. Wheat producers will convene in Ft. Collins next weekend for a two-day wheat meet.

The Silver Cliff Club met Tuesday at the Inez Sumner home. The following officers were elected for the coming year: President Fern Sanchez and directors Norma Salameno, Lois Ferron and Velma Cowan. Ellen Roscoe was welcomed as a new member.

25 Years Ago – 1988

The Custer County School Board is shopping for an architect to finalize plans for an addition to the elementary classrooms. Superintendent Dick Wilson said the need for additional space in the classrooms is critical, a sentiment echoed by school board president Jack Geroux.

Current Chamber of Commerce president Carla Bowlds will be handing the gavel to president-elect Art Gaide during the March 2 dinner meeting to be held at the Mining Company restaurant.

Chuck Steigerwalt and family are back home from the winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Rosita poet Susan Tichy has been awarded a $20,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts to be used for research and writing a historical novel which will focus on the U.S. Army from the Indian Wars to the Philippine-American War.

10 Years Ago – 2003

The Custer County Democratic Central Committee is looking for a new chairman. Central Committee chairman Dave Mernitz, who has served in that capacity since 1998 when he replaced Sandra Attebery, has announced he’s stepping down. A search committee has been appointed to seek a new chair; members are Phil Ramer, Sandra Attebery and Debbie Livengood.

The Sangre de Cristo Christian Academy in Westcliffe will be holding a fund-raising pork chop dinner next Friday at the Mennonite church, located next door to the school.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow in Westcliffe for well-known Westcliffe resident Evelyn Ann “Evie” (Falkenberg) Miller. She died last Thursday at her home following a lingering illness. She was 88. For more than 50 years, she owned and operated Evie’s dry goods store in downtown Westcliffe, and she was a member of one of the Wet Mountain Valley’s most prominent early-day families.

5 Years Ago – 2008

An outbreak of illness has caused the Custer County Medical Center to shut down earlier this week. On the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 26, the clinic shut its doors because the primary medical provider on duty was sick. Doctor Robert Bliss, who has been out of town, was expected to return on Wednesday, and clinic administrator Terry Nimnicht said the clinic was expected to be open for a full day of service.

Custer County voters will have another choice when they go to the polls to vote for county commissioner. Jerry Lacy of Westcliffe has announced that he’s running for the District Three seat on the Green Party ticket.

The Silver Cliff town trustees have hired Ginny Linza as the town clerk and chief financial officer. She replaces Sue Hutton who stepped down earlier this month after serving in that capacity for more than 22 years.

The General Marion Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has presented its National Historic Preservation Award to Linda Kaufman of rural Westcliffe for her dedication to the ongoing historic preservation work underway at the Beckwith Ranch north of town. Making the presentation were local DAR members Jean Rusk, Dorothy Urban, and president Judy Wills.

1 Year Ago – 2012

Due to recent statewide redistricting, Custer County now falls within the newly created Senate District 35, which cuts a swath through 15 counties from the San Luis Valley eastward to the Kansas border. Custer County had been a part of the nine-county Senate District Two. So far, two candidates have announced they’ll seek the new District 35 senate seat, Democrat Crestina Martinez of Costilla County, and Pueblo Republican Alexander Mugata.

County commissioners Lynn Attebery, Jim Austin and Allen Butler honored two outgoing members of the county planning commission and the board of zoning adjustment. Skip Northcross was recognized for his 12 years of service on the planning commission, and Dave Tonsing was honored for his four years of service on the BZA.

The Antler General Store in Westcliffe is sponsoring an ice fishing tournament at Lake DeWeese over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, with cash prizes to be offered. In conjunction with the tournament, local Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Justin Krall will offer a free class on ice fishing techniques this Saturday at Cliff Lanes. After the two-hour presentation, he’ll take participants out to Lake DeWeese to ice fish.