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Legacies: May 23, 2024


100 years ago

Taken from SUN files of
May 23, 1924

Grant Shields last Saturday commenced the removal of the buildings purchased by him from the school board and which have occupied the new school site, using his ten-ton caterpillar tractor for that purpose. Mr. Shields purchased the three W.R. Colton lots on east Pagosa street between the Walter Himes and Ralph Flaugh residences, and thereon has moved the Boone, Mack and Putnam dwellings. He also bought the W.C. Hyler lot, which joins the above lots on the rear but faces Lewis street, and has moved the Parmenter building there. He is now engaged in moving the J.W. McGee residence to the latter’s newly purchased property east of the livery barn on San Juan street. There only remain to be removed the Hollowell barn, which will be taken to the Bloom lot on Lewis street, recently purchased by Mr. Hollowell, and the Dr. Mary Fisher office building, which will be moved two lots south of its present location.

Miss Ila Reynolds, primary teacher in the Pagosa Springs school the past term, will on Monday commence the West Fork summer school, which is in Mineral county.

75 years ago

Taken from SUN files of
May 20, 1949

The Most Reverend Joseph C. Willging, Bishop of Pueblo, will be in Pagosa Springs on Sunday, May 22, to dedicate the new Catholic Church. The Dedication will take place in the afternoon and Confirmation will also be held that afternoon.

The new Catholic Church was started this last fall and is now complete and it is truly an excellent piece of work. It has been constructed of cement bricks with press ed brick trim. The building is an imposing structure and is a good two stories high. It is complete with steeple, bell and rooms for the priest. The inside is finished and has a large arched ceiling.

The residents of this area can be justly proud of this fine building which will stand for many years.

The certificate of incorporation of the Red Ryder Round-Up was received by the board of directors from the Secretary of State last week. This means the group is now legally incorporated as a non-profit group under the laws of the State of Colorado and may issue certificates of shares for membership in the corporation.

50 years ago

Taken from SUN files of
May 23, 1974

The weather remains dry here, fire danger is high in much of the county, and there have been some pretty stiff winds and breezes the past week. The San Juan River has not been very high and indications are that it won’t. Fishing ­— when the wind isn’t blowing — is good and tourists are starting to be numerous.

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lucas announced this week that they have purchased the Wayside Grocery and Texaco Station from Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Belmear.

They will continue to operate a grocery and market there, along with the service station. They also handle fishing equipment and picnic supplies and plan to expand the stocks of merchandise in all departments.

The establishment will be open from early in the morning until late in the evening for the convenience of their customers and the traveling public.

The family has been in the community the past year or so and has teen-age children in the local school.

25 years ago

Taken from SUN files of
May 20, 1999

A telephone poll could start today designed to evaluate the attitudes of Archuleta County residents concerning growth and the quality of life within the county.

The poll is the outgrowth of pressure applied to the county commissioners by segments of the population asking for development and implementation of measures to direct and control growth.

Hired by the commissioners to conduct the poll is the Durango firm of Tosch and Associates.

“Each of us has to make decisions,” said Commissioner Ken Fox, the chairman of the board of county commissioners. “I can make a decision, but I want all of the information I can get to help make the decisions. This survey provides an opportunity to see what the desires of the community are relevant to land use issues. This will give us a community-wide vantage point instead of relying on more vocal, special interest groups.”