100 years ago: John Graves was called to the witness stand. Graves is a nephew and brother-in-law of Isaac Cox and an uncle of Jesse Carmen. His recital of the events immediately preceding and succeeding the homicide was exact as given by Cox, as well as the account of the shooting and the reason for the same being necessary in self-defense that is to keep Sam Truby from shooting Isaac Cox. Cox, Graves and Carmen were accused of killing Truby.
75 years ago: The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has opened bidding on the logging and removal of timber from the site of the Vallecito Dam and Reservoir. The timber to be removed, an estimated 5,000,000 feet log scale, will include all merchantable timber, with the government contracting to remove and burn all unmerchantable timber, brush and slashing.
50 years ago: Eleven school children in the Thompson Park area will attend school in Mancos during the 1963-64 school year, according to an agreement reached between the board members of Durango and Mancos school districts.
25 years ago: In 1932, Durangos airport was a dirt strip where Fort Lewis College is located. The planes were guided to the makeshift landing area by residents shining their car lights on the field. Fifty-six years later, about 150 Southwest Colorado residents and visitors attended the official opening ceremonies at the new Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal.
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.