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9/19/2013 Peaks of the Past

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

100 Years Ago – 1913

A fire bell for giving the alarm has been suggested to us several times as a needed improvement. It certainly is a needed improvement especially in case of fire at night.

The Westcliffe Mercantile Co. will open its new hall to the public by giving a grand ball on Friday evening, Oct. 3, to which a general invitation is extended. Admission, $1.00, supper 50 cents a plate.

The Custer County ball team goes to Rockvale for a game of ball next Sunday.

Charley Harris, a few years ago a resident of Westcliffe, arrived here last week from La Junta and is again employed in the blacksmith shop of Henry Stewart.

S. Malkiewicz Mulvay, having business in Central America which requires his personal attention, will sell all of his property in Rosita, including 100 acres of land, well improved, with crops, implements, horses and cattle at a low price. Write or call.

Miss Esther Mueller, who has spent time at her home here this summer, has returned to St. Louis where she is attending school.

50 Years Ago – 1963

Members of the Custer County Chamber of Commerce who attend next Wednesday’s dinner meeting at Lake Isabel are in for a real treat. Chamber President Jim Christoff announces that three experts will be present to explain the significance and effects of the Fryingpan-Arkansas water diversion project on this section of Colorado. On hand will be John F. Douglas, supervisor of the San Isabel National Forest; Ralph Adkins of Colorado Fuel and Iron; and James Ogilvie, Bureau of Reclamation project manager.

Agriculture in England will be improved because of John Shrimpton’s efforts. John, his wife Madge and their young son Charles left Custer County this week. John, a keen student, has been in Canada and Colorado since 1957 studying beef husbandry and agricultural practices before he settles down, probably in Dorset County, England. He came to Canada in 1957, at the age of 19, where he worked on Hereford and Shorthorn ranches. He came to Colorado soon thereafter, and worked for the American Crystal Sugar Co. in Rocky Ford and at a ranch in Gunnison. About a year and a half ago they came to Westcliffe to work for Ken Armstrong and to study methods of ranching in the Wet Mountain Valley.

Mrs. Frieda Hanssen was installed as worthy matron of Sangre de Cristo Chapter 134, Order of Eastern Star, in ceremonies held at the lodge hall Tuesday evening. Walter W. Hanssen was installed as worthy patron. Other officers for the ensuing year are Mrs. Catherine Benson, Mrs. Virgie Koch, Mrs. Lucy DeWall, Mrs. Lois Ferron, Harvey Rusk, Ray DeWall, Mrs. Jean Rusk, Mrs. Pearl Clark, Mrs. Annabelle Austin, Mrs. Myrtle Vahldick, Mrs. Leola Georges, George Koch and Lisle Vahldick.

25 Years Ago – 1988

Fire danger in the San Carlos District of the San Isabel National Forest remains low, according to forester Terry Rafferty of Canon City. "We get an average of about 11 fires a year of less than half an acre each in this district," Rafferty said. About 60 percent of the 400,000-acre San Carlos District lies within Custer County and also takes in portions of Huerfano, Las Animas, Pueblo and Fremont counties.

The seven residents of the C-1 school district’s fifth district who have expressed interest in the vacant board seat will be interviewed by the board next Wednesday. The seat was vacated by school custodian Gary Kessler who stepped down due to personal reasons. Those interested in filling the term are John Campbell, Richard Carleton, Roger Dalin, Wayne Phillips, Pele Strang, Harold Taylor and Chris Lampe.

Staff members of the new Colorado Visitor’s Center in Trinidad will be given the red-carpet treatment when they make a "familiarization tour" of Custer County on Monday. The group will be served three meals, including a barbeque at Bill and Carla Bowlds’ home, and they’ll visit the ski area, the mining communities, the David Marold ranch, Lake DeWeese and other points of interest. Coordinating the tour is Bob Halenda of the Chamber of Commerce. The state tourist center in Trinidad opened about two years ago.

10 Years Ago – 2003

The county commissioners have decided to take a look at the county’s policies regarding employees attending conferences after county treasurer Doris Porth, assessor J.D. Henrich and clerk Debbie Livengood raised concerns about a recent $4,000 trip to San Diego taken by zoning office workers Linc Lippincott and Dan Bubis.

A heavy blanket of snow covered the Sangre de Cristos on Wednesday. It was the first measurable snowfall of the season.

Toloa Pearl, administrator of the West Custer County Hospital District, has been elected to the board of directors of the Colorado Rural Health Center.

John Brandenburg will give a talk during Friday’s meeting of the Custer County Historical and Genealogical Society on "A History of the Colfax German Colony in the Wet Mountain Valley."

5 Years Ago – 2008

The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden says an earthquake which measured 2.5 on the Richter scale struck early Friday afternoon about 15 miles north of Westcliffe. Residents in the Hillside and Buck Mountain areas were startled by the trembler, though no damage was reported.

A number of local artists will join the ranks of 28 talented artists from throughout the West who will take part in this year’s Art for the Sangres exhibition and sale to benefit the San Isabel Land Protection Trust. Among the locals whose works will be featured are Shane Dimmick, Grace Wever, Sally Gilchrist, Sarah Woods and Doug Bayer.

Mikael Hallstrom of Finland is settling into life in Westcliffe as an exchange student through the American Scandinavian Student Exchange. He’s a junior at Custer County High School, and is staying with the Tedd and Dawn Mathis family.

1 Year Ago – 2012

Major General Joe Anderson, commander of Fort Carson, took part in formal covenant signing ceremonies Tuesday in the school gym. The covenant recognizes the support the Custer County community has demonstrated toward active duty military, veterans and their families. More than 200 attended the ceremony, including officials from Fort Carson, local elected officials and community leaders, members of the American Legion and VFW, business leaders, students and citizens.

Two overdue climbers from Fort Carson were found unharmed Monday after it was reported they hadn’t returned as scheduled Sunday night from a technical climb on the Ellington Arete on Crestone Needle. Search and Rescue volunteers located the climbers who apparently veered off route during their descent.

Tom and Terre Davis of rural Westcliffe are seeking nearly $6,000 in attorney fees and $1,500 in lost wages from Custer County following a lengthy battle with the county zoning office regarding Mr. Davis’s home chiropractic business. The zoning office recently granted a home occupation certificate after the county said the business was operating without proper permitting.