The Spur Theater
is gone now, but was located where the
red dot is,
on Main Street.
Click Picture below to see
Courtesy LaVeta Historic Preservation Committee
and Kathy Kiernen Martin
Movie Passes were given to the kids who
would put the movie posters in windows
The Cabin owned by Julian and Doris Tracy,
home in the summer of 1958.
Don Dennis managed the Spur Theater in La Veta in
the summer of 1958. (Click here:
to see the old Spur Theater and a 1950's crowd at
the box office). He lived in a little cabin
on the banks of the Cuchara River and often fished
for his meals or ate at the local restaurant
(possibly the Branding Iron or the Grand Cafe) where
the kind proprietor learned he loved banana creme
pie, and always had some available for him. The
next summer, 1959, he worked for Charlie Masinton
in his stores, living in the La Veta Hotel and
eating with the Masinton family. He made so
many friends and continued to go back up to La Veta
to see the Masinton boys while he was in Pueblo college;
later he visited them at their college in
Boulder, the University of Colorado.
Don met Vern Warren (Class of 54) shortly after
his arrival in La Veta in 1958. Vern
was living in Pueblo and knew there was another room
available in the house on Gaylord St. where he
rented. Don moved in when Pueblo Junior College started after
Labor Day, and they roomed together until Vern left
to go to an aeronautical school in Tulsa, OK, early
1959. They flew together numerous times, and
when in La Veta with Vern, Don would stay at the
Vern Warren, 1958
VERN WARREN: A former classmate of
Vern Warren's wrote a couple of stories about him.
Vern jumped from a second story window in the high school,
to the bed of a pickup truck...... and didn't
Another time, he bet someone he could drink 10 glasses of
water all at one sitting, and the prize was to be a big
bottle of Pepsi.
He drank the 10 glasses of water, and then drank the Pepsi
he had won!
holds very special memories and Don and Ann have
gone back to visit several times.
This is where the restaurant was located, where there was always fresh banana creme pie for Don.
Photo courtesy of
www.cucharavalley.com Steve Perkins
The Chuck Wagon in
Cuchara, a favorite
place to go after work each night.
(See the history of the Chuck Wagon at bottom of this page
courtesy of the Huerfano World Journal newspaper).
Front: Wayne Kreutzer, Burney Archuleta, Fred Sanchez, Dan
Glenn Kreutzer, Leo Sager.
Middle: Dick Masinton, Robert Heikes, Richard Pezze, John
John Viola, Loren Albright,
Back: Eddie Shrout, Walter Greeman, Dave Miller, John
Tim Pene, Scott Klockenbrink,
Back: Coach Hildebrand, Glenn Kreutzer, John Wagner, Robert
Front: Dan Griego, John Welsby, Dick Masinton, Lloyd Snedden,
Back: Ann Walker, Marian Huffman, Virginia Galvan, Judy Geiser,
Front: Gladys Duzenack, Kay Wagner, Loren Albright, Virginia
Thirteen Seniors graduated in the Class of 1958. They
were Paul Duzenack, Virginia Shrout,
Jerry Nason, Kay Piner, Ann Walker, Dan Griego, La Vona Edmonds,
Frank Andreatta, Walter
Greeman, Kay Wagner, John Wagner, Gladys Duzenack
and Lloyd Sneddon.
Dick Masinton and the Class of 1959
Virginia Galvan, Josephine Griego, Martha Hasenack,
James Padilla, Tim Pene, Genevieve Sanchez,
Rose Lee Scholes, John Welsby, Judith Ann Geiser.
The Class of 1960 included Margaret Clair, Tyrus Escalante, Loren
Albright, Victoria Cruz, Bill Firm,
Jerry Geiser, Curtis Goemmer, Evelyn Harryman, Robert Heikes, Marian
Huffman, Richard Pezze,
Eva Sanchez, Eddie Shrout, Dianne Underwood, Lupe Vera,
Moses Ward, Ellis Weir,
and Harold Wilson.
La Veta Band
Top: Willa June Prator, Christine Quintana, Barbara Bay, Dick
Masinton, Ann Walker, Carl Drum, Glen Bay, Kay Wagner, John Filer,
John Beamer, Mr. Olsen (music teacher in tie), Curtis
Geommer, Ronald Cruz.
Middle: Scott Klockenbrink, Fred Scholes, David Parks, Harold
Wilson, Jerry Geiser, Denzel
Lupe Vera, Fred Sanchez, Tyrus Escalante, Loren Albright.
Bottom: Janet Brewer, Jerry Nason, Evelyn Harryman, Judy Geiser,
Loretta Duzenack, Vickie Cruz.
Front: Kathy Kiernan, John
Beamer, Loretta Duzenack
Back: Karen Kmetz, Gloria Williams, Janet Brewer,
Georgia Huffman, Glenna Walls,
Jim Carver, George Albright, Wayman Percifull
Back: Miss Ghiardi, Rose Lee Scholes, Clea Miller, Gladys
Ann Walker, Judy Geiser,
Margaret Clair, Virginia Shrout,
Marian Huffman, Lupe Vera.
Front: Mary Griego, Helen Weir, Leslie Campbell, Freda Scholes,
Vonna Hector, Virginia Galvan,
Josephine Griego, Vicky Cruz, Marie Galvan
Cheerleaders are Evelyn Harryman and Kay Wagner
Top: Harvest Ball Queen, Ann Walker
Left: Homecoming Queen, Virginia Shrout
Right: Blanca Tournament Princess, Kay Piner
Kathy Martin picture -
Paul Logan, La Veta
Click to enlarge
Spur Theater, La Veta, Colorado