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9/26/2013 Peaks of the Past

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

100 Years Ago – 1913

After an exciting chase which took them across the Greenhorn range, through the Devil’s Hole and over the Sangre de Cristo, Louis D. Miller and Neil McKinley, officers of the San Isabel National Forest, succeeded in running down a well mounted convict who escaped from the state road camp between Pueblo and Rye. The capture was made west of Medano Pass in the Great Sand Dunes of the San Luis Valley on Monday, Sept. 22, after a long chase over rough trails which the heavy snows rendered almost impassable. The rangers continued the hunt after all other pursuers had given up on account of the severe storm and the ruggedness of the country.

A birthday party was given for Miss Pauline Beardsley last Saturday afternoon. It goes without saying that all the little folks present had a fine time.

Mrs. Hugo and Mrs. Charles Hartbauer of Grand Junction arrived here last Saturday on a visit to relatives, the family of Gottlieb O’Graske in the Valley.

Charles Pearson, the shoe maker, after spending some time in the western part of the state, struck this point again last week enroute to New Mexico.

50 Years Ago – 1963

Custer County will again have a movie theatre when Lawerence and Louiese Jones open the newly remodeled and redecorated Jones Theatre here Saturday, Sept. 28. Mr. and Mrs. Jones purchased the old Canda Theatre last June and have been working practically every day getting the movie house ready to open. The extensive remodeling includes mahogany paneled walls, indirect lighting, modern rest rooms and a drinking fountain. Leaving no stone unturned to provide for the comfort of their patrons, the Jones will have a popcorn machine.

Custer County School Superintendent Larry Mortensen welcomes the teaching staff for the 1963-64 school year. They are R..J. Peggram, principal; Dan Kersey, commercial; Gordon Thornton, math and assistant coach; William Finch, music; Mrs. Frances Peggram, English; Earl Everett, coach; Mrs. Arlie Riggs, P.E. and home economics; Gerhard Elges, shop; Mrs. Helen Hibbs, first grade; Miss Hattie MacLeod, second grade; Mrs. Lila Vigil, third grade; Mrs. Dorotha Cress, fourth grade; Mrs. Elizabeth J. Wood, fifth grade; and George Vigil, sixth grade.

Leonard Reis has been appointed to the Farmers Home Administration advisory committee, it was announced today by the Custer County supervisory committee.

The quaking aspen are turning gold in some spots and should be well worth seeing by the weekend.

25 Years Ago – 1988

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that it will auction the Conquistador Ski Area in November. According to the SBA’s portfolio management office in Washington, D.C., the resort will be auctioned off as one unit, which includes 3,000 acres – 2,000 of which are a designated Planned Unit Development – water rights, the 36-unit Castile Lodge and the downhill ski facilities. The asking price has been $7.5 million, though the SBA has set the minimum auction bid at $3.25 million. The SBA has controlled Conquistador since 1982, when a New York holding company which owned the resort was unable to make its payments to the SBA.

Dr. Richard Carleton has resigned from the Custer County Clinic in response to a salary offer made by the hospital district board. In a 3-2 vote taken during an unannounced meeting last Wednesay, the board offered Carleton a salary of $25,000 plus 21 percent of the clinic’s gross receipts during 1989. Carleton had been seeking a salary of $55,000 plus approximately $8,000 in benefits. Currently, he’s receiving $48,000 plus benefits amounting to around $7,000. Voting in favor of the new salary offer were board members Keith Hood, Jeannie Pearl and Kenna Lawson; Ben Kettle and Mary Ann Moon voted against the plan.

Dee Hoag has joined the staff at the courthouse as secretary to Lyle Chadwell, the County Extension Agent.

10 Years Ago – 2003

Last weekend’s "Let’s Roll" fundraiser at Cliff Lanes raised more than $17,000 for the Wet Mountain Fire Protection District.

Chuck Ippolito has been named captain of the Custer County Ambulance Corps. He replaces Joyce Abbey who is planning to move from the area.

Last week, Paul Richard White, 30, was arrested in Aurora for allegedly killing a co-worker there. Following his arrest, authorities say he confessed to having killed five women and dumping their bodies in various locations around Colorado. The Tribune has learned that White was issued a summons here in March for discharging a firearm from County Road 341. Undersheriff Ted Wiggin said White appeared in court here in April where he pled guilty to the charges and paid $72 in fines and fees.

A rather handsome foot-tall Chukar has taken up temporary residence in downtown Westcliffe. The Asian native’ habitat is generally confined to Utah, Nevada and Colorado’s Western Slope.



5 Years Ago – 2008

A 54-year-old Silver Cliff man, John C. Walker, died Monday afternoon after his vehicle struck the back of a semi-truck and trailer on Highway 67 just north of Wetmore. Walker was driving a 1992 Ford Bronco which he had acquired just days before the accident.

An 1888-era residence off the Oak Creek Grade just north of Silver Cliff was burned to the ground earlier this week after the Canon City owner decided to make way for new construction. Known to old-timers as the Wolff residence, it is believed to have served as the home to the superintendent of the Geyser Mine.

A 61-year-old Illinois man was found early last Thursday morning after spending a cold night in the wilderness after becoming lost while hunting mushrooms in the Ophir Creek area. Search and Rescue Captain Bob Pruiksma said the man was cold and tired, but otherwise was okay.

A painting of the Great Sand Dunes by local artist Charles Frizzell has been accepted in the National Park Service’s "Paint the Parks" exhibit which will go on a national tour beginning Aug. 1 in St. Louis, Mo.

Vickie Donley of Wetmore attended the recent Obama rally in Pueblo. Bill, on the other hand, did not go.

1 Year Ago – 2012

A 61-year-old Pueblo man sought there on charges of probation revocation on original charges of sexual assault on a child was apprehended in Wetmore last Friday after the sheriff’s office received reports of a man lurking in the area and potentially stealing property. Dogs from the Colorado Department of Corrections were brought in, and the man was found in the woods. When the man saw authorities, he said he would not be taken alive and reached for a weapon but was subdued.

A work by local photographer Sharon Langfeldt is one of 200 photographs from photographers in 77 nations chosen to be exhibited in The Art of Photography 2012 show at the San Diego Art Institute. The six-week exhibit opens on Sept. 29.

The Rurals Team captured the win against The Townies during in last weekend’s Rider Cup competition at St. Andrews Golf Course. Members of the winning team are Frank Terpening, J. Button, Brenda Gaide, Shawn Gaide, Corb Griffin, Jerry Johnson, Lee Kreibaum, Scott Lundstedt, Patrick Lynch, Brian Lockhart, Mary Seifert, Julie Stepanich and Ken West.