Paul Bernal, operator of the Taos Pueblo Taxi Service, has received a franchise from the State Corporation Commission authorizing him to conduct a taxi-passenger service between Taos and Raton. "This special service will be operated at the convenience of patrons and they may contact me at La Fonda Hotel here," Bernal said today. Bernal said he would continue in operate a regular taxi service between the plaza and Taos Pueblo. ["THE TAOS NEWS", Thursday, July 30, 1959 - Tr. by R. Ramos]
BUCK TO WELFARE
Former Secretary of State Natalie Smith Buck has been named personnel director of the Welfare Department at a salary of $480 a month. Director Murray Hintz said Mrs. Buck met all qualifications under the merit system. ["THE TAOS NEWS", Thursday, July 30, 1959 - Tr. by R. Ramos]
Governor John Burroughs was the guest of honor at a barbecue Friday night staged by the Red River Chamber of Commerce. Lots of Red River people asked questions about when the Red River Questa highway will be completed and the governor indicated they will definitely get the improvement. The decisions will be made in August, he indicated. Most of the Red River-Questa highway was blacktopped a couple of years ago but some eight miles remain to be finished. Anyone who has been over the road in dry weather and battled the dust clouds will agree the improvements should be high on the list of state projects. ["THE TAOS NEWS", Thursday, July 30, 1959 - Tr. by R. Ramos]
Despite the heavy rains which hit Red River on Tuesday, the area is booming with a number of special community projects. S. E. Bolton, installing a line new ski facility at Red River for next winter, is amazing local folks and visitors alike with the tall ski-lift towers which are being erected on the mountain side. Some 13 towers have already been placed and the work continues to go forward, They are put in place by a big "cat" and Mrs. Harold Lintznish says it's hard to attend to her work the project is so fascinating.
The swimming pool, under construction by Jack Chamblis is nearing completion and all the Red River visitors are anxious to take advantage of the facility. ["THE TAOS NEWS", Thursday, July 30, 1959 - Tr. by R. Ramos]
Cesario Lujan of the pueblo said many of the men there are very interested in the proposal to erect a memorial to men who lost their lives on Bataan during World War II. A large number of Taos Pueblo men served in the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the war and several died on Bataan. The Veterans Association recently presented the plan to the Taos Kiwanis Club which will spearhead a community drive to construct the memorial. Cost of the project is $519. If a contractor carries out the work or "much less" if materials and labor are donated locally, according to a spokesman for the Bataan group. ["THE TAOS NEWS", Thursday, July 30, 1959 - Tr. by R. Ramos]
Pecos Conference set At Pot Creek Aug. 29
The annual Pecos Conference will be held at the Fort Burgwin research center at Pot Creek on August 29th and 30th when approximately 100 anthropologists and archaeologists from all sections of the United States are expected here, according to Dr. Fred Wendorf. Dr. Wendord is director of the laboratory of anthropology at the Museum of New Mexico, and also director of the Fort Burgwin research center, which is an affiliate of the Wichita Foundation. Graduate anthropology students and hired laborers have been working under his direction at the research center during the past three summers, not only restoring the old fort itself, but excavating a number of indian ruins in the vicinity. The famous old fort, which was used as a garrison for U. S. Army troops from 1852 to 1860, is being faithfully reproduced in its general outline and construction, but will be fitted with modern facilities so that it can be used as laboratories and offices for the anthropological researches which it is planned to continue for some years in a gradually extended area. So far the exploration and excavation activities have been confined to a radius of a few miles, but already a number of interesting pit-houses have been unearthed, and the remains of an ancient pueblo, probably inhabited as early as 1200 or 1300 A.D. Students working with Dr. Wendord this season include LaVerna Pendleton of Santa Fe, a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Laurens Hannack of Albuquerque, a New Mexico University graduate, Natalie Vytlach, a graduate of Mills College who is doing graduate work at New Mexico University, Ronald Wetherington, a Harvard graduate, and John Whillum, a history instructor at Hebron Academy, Herbon, Maine. The board of directors of the research center will meet at Fort Burgwin on Tuesday, Aug. 25, to make plans for the conference of anthropologists and archaeologists which will convene later in the week, and to discuss problems of the work in progress. Members of the board include: Jack Brandenburg, Taos, Stephen Mitchell, Chicago and Taos, C. A. Erwin, Santa Fe, W. J. Keller, Santa Fe, Oliver Seth, Santa Fe, Dwight M. Rounds, San Francisco, and Mrs. Mary Meyers, William Rounds and Ralph Rounds, all of Wichita, Kan. ["THE TAOS NEWS", Thursday, July 30, 1959 - Tr. by R. Ramos]
Topics From Taos
A Rich Strike in a New District – Mining and Other notes from Taos and Amizett
Correspondence New Mexican
Taos, New Mexico, April 2. – Word comes from the Taos country which confirms what has already been published in the New Mexican lately regarding the fine mineral bodies of the Arroyos Hondo section and the Taos spur of the Sangre de Cristo range. A prospector, whose name was not given has struck a gold lead to the north of the Arroyo Hondo district which is regarded as the best thing yet uncovered in that section. It is a true spur ledge, nine feet in width, with a pay streak of thirteen inches carrying gold, silver and copper. Three assays, averaging $90, have been made of ore taken from within ten feet of the surface. This magnificent property lies in a section totally unprospected until now, and is creating a stir in the camp. Parties are being formed to thoroughly prospect the surrounding country, which will be the nucleus of a new district in a few days.
A daily mail will soon be in operation from Tres Piedras to Amizett.
Geo. Berry, Sr., has taken the contract for the mail route from Tres Piedras to Arroyo Honda.
The new vault in the county clerk’s office is a thing of beauty and a joy to the heart of the clerk.
B. Barron, the new hotel man, is doing a splendid business. He has the patronage of the best class of people.
The woods are full of prospectors from Colorado camps, waiting for the snow to allow them to get into the Rio Hondo canon.
There is talk of opening a new road from Taos to Barranca, a distance of only eighteen miles. All that is needed is a crossing at the mouth of Taos Creek.
George Miller, County Surveyor, has received an appointment as U. S. Deputy Mineral Surveyor, and will soon open an office in the new town of Amizett, in the Arroyo Hondo camp.
John Craig has filed final proof papers on his homestead claim in the Agua Lobo settlement, and has moved into town. Mr. Rhodes will occupy his farm this season.
Lock Wamsley has made great improvements on his toll road at the Rio Hondo Crossing. He is one of those who built roads in Colorado twenty years ago and knows how to build them.
J. J. Lucero the present postmaster, will step out in a few days to give place to A. Valdes, the newly appointed postmaster. Most of the people here will be sorry to see Mr. Lucero go out, as he has made a very satisfactory official.
Don Juan Santistevan is in Santa Fe representing Taos County at the Bureau of Immigration. This neglected section should have a better showing than formerly in the publications of that bureau. No part of New Mexico can surpass it in material resources and attractions. [Wednesday, April 5, 1893 - New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) Volume: 30 Issue: 39 Page: 1 - Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
Diphtheria in Taos County
Dr. T. P. Martin, Captain E. Safford and Attorney F. T. Cheetham made a business trip to the north end of the county, last Wednesday. Dr. Martin reports the breaking out of diphtheria at Pina, and was called thither on account of it. – Taos News. [Saturday, August 2, 1919 - Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NW) Volume: CLXII Issue: 33 Page: 5 - Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
Invading Taos Valley
That is an important piece of news that comes from Taos Valley via Denver touching the proposed extension of the Denver & Rio Grande road across the valley and into the Taos mountains.
For a year or more it has been rumored that parties connected with the narrow gauge system were more or less interested in the development of gold bearing quartz leads in this mountain range and recent movements by officials of the road and capitalists known to be associated with them confirm such reports.
The Taos Valley is one of the choicest garden spots in all the Rocky Mountain region. Its broad acres are abundantly supplied with water, and its soil and climate are such as to make it an ideal home for the farmer. No where on earth do small grain crops attain such perfection as here. Time was when the Taos Valley afforded the bulk of the bread stuffs for all northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and pack trains of flour and grain were sent to Mexico and exchanged for other commodities. But when the railways came and left Taos Valley isolated this industry languished and the foreign product supplanted the home supply that had to be hauled out of the valley by ox and burro trains.
Now it seems that there is hope that the former glory of this attractive region may be restored. There are undoubtedly large and valuable mineral deposits on the mountains between Taos and Colfax Counties. The whole country is a mass of amethyst and white quartz, in regular form, and gold leads opened there, have indications of being permanent, while the gold is free milling end of a high grade.
Another interesting feature about the railroad situation is that another line, from the east, is likely to get into that region within the year; this is a project known as the Trinidad & San Luis Valley road. It will be well for northern New Mexico people to keep an eye on that locality. [Thursday, March 30, 1893 - New Mexican (Santa FE, NM) Volume: 30 Issue: 34 Page: 2 - Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
The Taos Road
To Be Christened the New Mexico & Western Railroad – Engineer Smith on the Route
Much interest continues to be centered in that mysterious railroad survey west from Maxwell City. The Raton Reporter says:
The surveying party, in charge of E. H. Smith which left Raton September 11 to make a survey for a railroad from Maxwell City to Elizabethtown and Taos, returned Monday night and Mr. Smith has established offices on 1st street over Blumenthal’s Store, where the plats, maps and estimates are now being made for the New Mexico and Western Railroad. Mr. Smith, when seen by a representative of the Reporter, said: “We have a good line and it can be built at the minimum cost for mountain work. It will open up and develop one of the richest mining and agricultural sections in the southwest. The mines about Baldy, Elizabethtown, Ute Creek, Amizett and a couple of new camps will start up when our railroad is built and become large producers; the husbandman of the Taos Valley—(the most prolific in New Mexico)—will then have a market for his products at good prices and Taos County will soon become one of the richest in the territory. Taos will not be the terminus of the road, but no more field work will be done this winter.” [Saturday, November 25, 1893 -- New Mexican, NM) Volume: 30 Issue: 237 Page: 4 -- Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
Depredations At Taos Pueblo
Two Men Kill a Cow Belonging to the Indians – Their Horses Captured and Taken to Taos – Attemp0ts to Hush the Matter Up
Information has been received in Santa Fe from Taos, that since the death of Captain Nordstrom the impression has gotten out, that there is no one in the territory to guard the interest of the Pueblo Indians at Taos, and therefore some stealing and killing of cattle belonging to the Indians has taken place.
According to a reliable source, a few days ago, two men, who were recognized, entered the woodland pasture of the Pueblo, carrying rifles. Soon after a shot was heard, and on investigation a cow was found to have been shot and killed, but thinking the men would return to carry away the meat, the carcass was allowed to remain. That night the men rode into the timber, tied their horses near, and proceeded to skin and cut up the carcass. The Indians, intending to capture both the men and the horses, secured the latter first, but in so doing, frightened the men, who escaped.
The next morning the horses and saddles were taken to the town of Taos, where one of the animals was claimed by Deputy Sheriff Santiltevan, who said it had been stolen from his table the night before. The men implicated in the killing of the cow are said to be connected with some of the county officials in Taos County, and much influence is being brought to bear to prevent the Indians prosecuting the case; money is being used freely, and every effort made to hush the matter up.
Nevertheless, the killing of the cow belonging to the Indians will be brought to the attention of the proper officials of the Indian office at once and steps taken to prevent further trespassing on the property belonging to the Taos Puelbo. [Saturday, January 22, 1898 - New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) Volume: 34 Issue: 281 Page: Copy of 4 - Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
A Deputy U. S. Marshal Wanted in Taos County
The Republicans of Taos County are making a strong effort for the appointment of a deputy United States Marshal for that county.
It is claimed that there is an absolute necessity for a resident United States Marshal in that section and certainly a good case is being made out by the petitioners.
The applicants for appointment are half a dozen in number, among them Mr. Edward Hatton of Red River; Honorable Malaqnias Martinez, ex member of the territorial legislature, and Mr. Carlos Romero of Taos.
Summing up the situation it does seem as if the best interests of the government and of the people of Taos County would be served, should United States Marshal Foraker heed the desires of the citizens of that part of New Mexico and make the appointment asked for. [Tuesday, October 19, 1897 - New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM) Volume: 34 Issue 203 Page: 4 - Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
Considerable Activity Taos County
Enough potatoes for home consumption at least will be raised in the county this year.
Ducks are reported plentiful on the Black lakes, and several hunters have gone from Taos to verify the report.
The farmers of the Taos Valley are already planting wheat, oats and other crops. The acreage seeded will be larger than ever before.
The patriotic services at the Presbyterian Mission in Taos on Sunday evening were largely attended, and the exercises were very interesting.
Royal Berry, who has for some time been employed in the store of A. G. Miller at Taos, has bought a half interest in the general merchandise business of Mr. Tendy at Tres Piedras. [Saturday, March 17, 1900 - New Mexican (Santa Fe, NW) Volume: 37 Issue: 23 Page: 1 - Transcribed and contributed by: Frances Cooley]
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