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11/14/2013 Peaks of the Past

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

100 Years Ago – 1913

The Town Board at its meeting last Friday considered applications for a liquor license. There were several applicants who desired the license to run a thirst parlor. On Monday evening at a special meeting the applications were again considered the result terminating in the selection of Jos. Spitzner, who has re-opened the bar formerly run by J.A. Pipes. In granting this license Westcliffe now has its usual quota of saloons, three.

A searching party led by Ranger A.H. Hoffmann of Mirage camped for three days near the head of San Isabel creek hunting for the missing prospector, B.F. Vance. No trace of the man or his dogs was discovered.

The southern round-up completed the season’s work at Patton Springs last week, after a month of bad weather. Johnny Patton, the champion camp cook of Southern Colorado, said it was the roughest autumn he was ever out in. Charles Kern represented the northern stockmen on the ride. Cattle looked exceptionally well this fall but a scarcity of bulls is very noticeable.

Josia Gill of Querida was brought down to the county hospital Tuesday. Mr. Gill is not a county charge has he draws a pension, but on account of his advanced age he was placed in the county institution in order that he might have better care.

A party in honor of his twenty-eighth birthday was given to Otto Elze in the Valley last Sunday evening. There were a goodly number of present and a delightful time was reported.

F.S. Canda is the possessor of a 1914 Cadillac automobile. It’s an elegant machine in every particular.

John McIssac is home from Canada. He arrived here Wednesday. The old gentleman looks fine.

50 Years Ago – 1963

The annual 4-H Achievement Night was held at the school gym last Thursday evening. Individual club member completion certificates were presented by the 4-H leaders, Mrs. Ralph Austin, Jack Geroux, Mrs. Merwyn Hood and Mrs. Marvin Miller. Trophies were presented by extension home agent Barbara Hawk and assistant extension agent Oliver Hill to the following: Debbie Vickerman, beef breeding; Jerry Hall, soil conservation, Tom Hall, turkeys; Diane Ferron, foods and bees; Deanna Godbersen, clothing; Lois Godbersen, style review; Jim Ulsh, rabbits; Dick Chockley, horses.

Big game hunting on this slope of the Sangre de Cristos hasn’t been a howling success, with many hunters coming back empty handed. Those successful include Wilbur Hartbauer, Oscar Eikelman and Hal Wamboldt who all got an elk. Harold Vickerman went to the Western Slope and also bagged an elk.

John, Paul and Bud Piquette who attend Western State College at Gunnison were home over the week-end.

25 Years Ago – 1988

District 2 county commissioner George Draper will return to a fifth term in office following his decisive will at the polls on Tuesday. The Wetmore Democrat landed 675 votes – 58 percent – over his two-time Republican challenger Chuck Steigerwalt. District 3 commissioner Bob Senderhauf, who was running unopposed, received 939 votes. County Clerk Mary Kattnig said 1,209 ballots were cast Tuesday, representing about 74 percent of the 1,669 registered voters.

Westcliffe zoning officer Mel Boone said construction should be finished in mid-December on the new $46,500 town maintenance building going up at Seventh and Rosita. Voters in Westcliffe approved its construction last year.

Sheriff Fred Jobe said authorities believe an escapee from the Pierce County Jail in Washington is possibly hiding out in the Rosita area. Officials in Tacoma, Wash., have identified the man as Norman Ray Freelove who escaped from jail there in September 1986; his story recently appeared on "America’s Most Wanted" resulting in several sightings from the public coming from this area. He’s considered armed and dangerous.

Lisa Kaufman of Silver Cliff successfully fended off an attack by a mountain lion last week in the Bear Peak area, about ten miles northeast of Westcliffe. On Saturday, Division of Wildlife officer Steve Keefer of Las Animas shot and killed a mountain lion kitten in the same area; it’s believed that its mother may have been the one which attacked Kaufman. Keefer said "I feel lousy" about killing the young lion, which he thought was an injured cat in hiding.

10 Years Ago – 2003

Sheriff’s deputies captured an escaped state prison inmate Monday after construction workers found him sleeping at a home under construction in the Dilley Ranch subdivision on CR 271.Sheriff Fred Jobe said the construction crew called 911 after arriving at the home Monday morning and finding Mario Rendonbrito, 44, sleeping inside. The workers gave the man food and water until authorities arrived. The inmate resisted arrest but with the help of the workers, the deputies were able to handcuff him and restrain him with duct tape. He escaped Nov. 7 from a work detail at the Fourmile minimum security facility east of Canon City.

A firefighter from the San Isabel area was arrested last week in California for allegedly stealing several thousand dollars worth of firefighting gear. The man had taken a San Isabel fire truck to San Bernardino to assist in fighting one of the wildfires there, and state patrol officers discovered the stolen goods in the back of the truck. He remains in jail in San Bernardino.

Local Division of Wildlife Officer Becky Manley had a run in with a cantankerous mule Monday, and by virtue of a missing fingertip it appears the mule won.

5 Years Ago – 2008

The Custer County Commissioners met behind closed doors last week reportedly to discuss charges leveled by employees against the courthouse janitor, who is alleged to have made harassing and racist comments. A source says the commissioners may have conducted a tele-conference with the county attorney and an official with its insurance carrier.

Custer County FFA member Amy West captured a fourth place win in the creed speaking contest at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Volunteers are being sought to help put up Christmas lights throughout the downtown area of Westcliffe this weekend.

1 Year Ago – 2012

The local Weight Watchers group has donated more than 300 pounds of non-perishable food to the Community Sharing Center in Westcliffe. The food collection was part of the national Lose for Good campaign, according to local Weight Watchers instructor Kathy Wacker.

Col. Michael Place of the 10th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Carson was the featured speaker at Sunday’s annual Veteran’s Day banquet hosted by American Legion Post 170. Post commander Ken Felty presented a commemorative coin for taking part in the dinner. Among the distinguished guests were retired Army Major General Joe Arbuckle and retired Marine Major General Bob Hollingsworth, both of rural Westcliffe.

Funeral services were held Saturday for life-long Silver Cliff resident Vera Kleine, who died Thursday, Nov. 8. She would have celebrated her 90th birthday later this month. She owned and operated a number of businesses and was involved in numerous clubs and civic organizations.