this week in history for October 10, 2013


1881: Judges of election for the Walsenburg precinct will be M. Standley, John Albert and Joseph Bourcey.
1894: B.N. Whitman has received his commission to be the postmaster at the newly established Apache post office.
1900: Walter Arnold had a hand to hand fight with a bear which he said looked to weigh a ton when it reared up in front of him. When he finished with him, however, he was found to weigh only 280 pounds.
1906: H.W. Read has about 30 tons of oats to stack yet, which will make about three tons of hay to the acre.

Ludlow anniversary news- Three hour gunfight; 800 shots

by Carolyn Newman
SOUTHERN COLORADO — It was the second week of the coal miners' strike, and living conditions in the tent colonies had improved somewhat.

Passionate Gardner- Seed Saving part 2

HUERFANO — During harvest and as we clean up the gardens, the question often asked is, “Can I save seeds and use them next year?” In general, yes, but first you need to know a few things to be successful.

Citizens with disabilities part 1

part 1 of 4

by Mary Jo Tesitor
HUERFANO — In an industrial-looking blue and white building on west Ninth Street, it is 9 am. Cars and vans pull into the parking lot to drop off chatty, smiling adults from private homes and public housing around the county, some in wheelchairs, some with canes or walkers, some helping others with assistive devices.

this week in history for October 3, 2013


1893: Thirty of the county’s rural schools are open for the year under the direction of 48 teachers.
1899: The enrollment in the District No. 4, Walsenburg, schools today reached 300 – the largest number of pupils in the history of the district.
1905: The teachers of the first grade in Walsenburg claim to be very hospitable and always welcome visitors to their classrooms, but when an energetic six inch centipede began an investigation among the students, he was met with assault and battery which ended his career.

Ludlow anniversary news- 1,000 shots fired west of La Veta

by Carolyn Newman
HUERFANO — An estimated 1,000 shots were fired at one mining camp one September day. It was just the first week of the 1913-14 coal miners strike that started Sept. 23 and had followed two days of quiet.

The strange story of Paul Frohlich

by Nancy Christofferson
WALSENBURG — It used to be one believed what he or she read in the newspaper. Unfortunately, not everything a reader wants to know appeared in those pages.
Back in the days before newspapers began to rely on celebrities and gossip, most of them carried informative items about their local business people, service organizations, churches and well, their well known citizens. Unpleasant subjects were often ignored, like why Fred Walsen paid a $15 fine in Pueblo back in his salad days as the state treasurer and city founder. What was that all about?

this week in history for September 26, 2013


1882: DeCamp and Cowing sold about 1,100 head of the sheep they raised on their property near Gardner for $3,000.
1889: Because the Colorado law requires one delegate to represent ten voters, the Republican Central Committee, which will meet Saturday in Mazzone Hall, will have 22 delegates from Walsenburg as its share of the total of 76 Republican delegates from Huerfano County.

Ludlow anniversary news- Strikers evicted from homes

by Carolyn Newman
SOUTHERN COLORADO COALFIELDS — The day came - Sept. 23, 1913 - a cold rainy day, when the coal miners had to move out of their homes. The strike vote had been unanimous and now all strikers were evicted from houses owned by the coal companies.
Not only did it rain for four days while families piled belongings and furniture in wagons to haul away from the coal camps to the tents, but sleety snow began. Families in wet clothes slept at night on wet mattresses.

Mother Jones ignited passion for coal strike

by Carolyn Newman
TRINIDAD — The grey-haired grandmother with a sweet face stood to speak in the West opera house in Trinidad 100 years ago Sept.14, 1913. But her words were not of the grandmother type.