(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the third week in April.)
100 Years Ago – 1914
Now that the election is over and the strife has abated our people should get together on the best possible proposition for an adequate supply of water and a fire pressure. From our own observation we don’t believe there are ten men in town who are not in favor of doing this so long as it can be done at a reasonable cost.
Custer County must be producing prize fighters. We noted an item in Tuesday’s Colorado Springs Telegraph recording a fight in Denver featuring Henry Ficken of Ilse.
Three school districts of the upper end of the Valley gave an entertainment at the Colfax School Saturday evening which was highly enjoyed by all present. Quite a few attended from town.
On returning from Denver last week, Will Vahldick and Julius Stroehlke came through in a big Velie automobile which the first named purchased. It’s an elegant machine.
A carload of hogs was shipped to Colorado Springs last week by the Wet Mountain Land and Livestock Co.
The Westcliffe Mercantile Co. is equipping its building with its own electric plant.
Now that we have three physicians in our midst, why not appoint one of them City Health Officer? There are outhouses and filthy back premises here that need the attention of such an officer in the interest of the health of the community.
The annual Easter Ball of the Woodmen of the World will be held at the Eddy-Vahldick Hall on Monday.
Miss Stella Ackelbein came up from Canon City Monday and is the guest of the Misses Menzel.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Westcliffe voters very emphatically elected a new mayor Tuesday when more than 85 percent of the registered voters went to the polls and elected George V. Crow over incumbent Myron J. Chesley by a whopping 126 to 38 vote. Crow, a mechanic at Hanssen’s Garage, had served on the Town Board for about eight years. Chesley had served one term as mayor. Re-elected were three incumbents along with three new members to the board. Incumbents reelected were Alva Benson Jr., E.L. (Mike) Feldman and Ruth Luthi. New members of the board are Dona C. Geroux, Edward Hanssen and Roy Kidder.
It’s wet all over, it seems. Besides above normal snowfall at Marvin O. Rankin’s weather station in Westcliffe, an enormous amount of snow has fallen at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Kraehenbuehl at Alpine Ranch Acres southwest of town. Mr. Kraehenbuehl has recorded 110 inches of snow and 7.11 inches of precipitation.
Three Custer County residents were made exceedingly happy Saturday when they were given local merchants’ first “Trade in Custer County and Share in the Bounty” awards. Dominic Salameno received $25, Mrs. Nell Cash received $15 and Mrs. Alice Kelling received $10.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Seven candidates are seeking the three vacancies on the C-1 board of education, with the elected slated for May 2. The candidates are as follows: District 1: Robert Elwell, Mick Kastendieck, and Patti Schultz; District 2: Bet Kettle and Len Lankford; District 3: John Campbell and Harold Taylor.
The Custer County Senior Nutrition Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary today with a special luncheon at the Senior Center in Silver Cliff. Helene Simmons is site manager; workers who have been involved in the program since its inception include Francis Wernette, Margaret Stacy and Norma Salameno. Gladys Miller has served as head cook the past six years.
Word has been received of the death of long-time Westcliffe civic leader and former mayor Myron Chesley who died March 30 at age 84 in Zephyrhills, Fla. Chesley and his late wife owned and operated the Chesley Village Motel in Westcliffe from 1948 to 1974.
Tribune publisher Jim Little has been named the first recipient of the National Newspaper Foundation’s Robert Work International Fellowship. The $4,000 fellowship will allow Little to take part in a 15-day study mission next month to the Baltic nations of Russia, Poland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
10 Years Ago – 2004
Bill Compton, Colorado’s director of elections, has ruled that no laws were broken in Custer County as a result of potential “deck stacking” that occurred during the recent precinct caucuses here, when several registered Democrats switched their party affiliation to Republican in order to take part in the caucus, county assembly and primary election. Compton told County Clerk Debbie Livengood that, “absolutely nothing illegal” took place.
Ten candidates are seeking the four board positions on the West Custer County Hospital District in the May 4 election. Enos Mullett, is running solo for the two-year term, and nine candidates are seeking the three four-year terms: Joe Arbuckle, Don Camper, Ned Freestone, Jon Carmain, Jon Wallestad, Donna Walstrom, Gary Frickell, Dee Hoag and Jackie Bubis.
Westcliffe mayor Jess Price conducted last Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony for newly elected town trustees. They are incumbents Dave Purnell and Twila Geroux, and newly elected trustee Christy Veltrie.
5 Years Ago – 2009
Valley residents awoke Easter Sunday to a vision of white: snow, that is. Between six and 12 inches of snow fell throughout most of the county, which created hazardous driving conditions. Sheriff Fred Jobe said his deputies responded to a number of traffic accidents, though no serious injuries were reported.
Local deputies apprehended a 14-year-old local girl and arrested two Canon City men following a high-speed chase through Westcliffe and the Bull Domingo Subdivision. After receiving reports of an erratic driver in Westcliffe, deputies pursued the vehicle north of town where it reportedly reached speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. The vehicle crashed in a ravine, and the three occupants fled on foot; all were captured a short time later.
An unidentified sheriff’s deputy is currently on administrative leave with pay. Jobe said the deputy is being investigated for allegations of official misconduct and allegedly providing alcohol to a minor.
1 Year Ago – 2013
The Round Mountain Water and Sanitation District has announced that strict water restrictions are now in place due to the severity of the drought. RMW manager Tracey Garcia said the restrictions will impact heavy water users like the county Road and Bridge Department which uses water for road grading; the C-1 School District for its ball fields; and the two towns for their municipal parks. Additionally, residents within the district are being urged to limit water usage as much as possible.
Westcliffe trustees will meet in early May with Colorado Department of Transportation officials to discuss possible options for the intersection of Main Street and Highway 69 North (Third Street) in downtown Westcliffe. Among the options being considered for the busy intersection are installing a four-way stop or re-routing traffic along Fourth Street.
Saturday night’s prom and the After Prom event were a success, according to school counselor and student council sponsor Troy Bomgardner. Among the big winners during the After Prom activities were students Travis Moyer and Ambria Lane, both of whom won flat screen TVs.