Editor's note: Longtime Pilot & Today columnist Jean Wren, who compiled The Way it Was, has died. Her contributions will be sorely missed. The Pilot & Today will be reprinting a selection of Jean's previous columns.
August 17, 1921
The special committee appointed by the Steamboat Springs Commercial club to assist the county commissioners in securing rights of way for Federal Aid project No. 80 up Elk River from Steamboat Springs is making considerable progress. It is now believed that the project will be carried to completion.
An agreement has been approached this week with Patrick Cullen, whose claim for damage was the largest encountered. Mr. Cullen has agreed to abide by the decision of the committee. He also offered that if a slight change was made in the route, he would deed the right of way for little or no money. Condemnation suits were this week filed in two other cases, giving immediate possession to the public.
The contractors, who are to complete the project by Oct. 1, are now putting on more men and teams.
Boy burglars convicted
Three boys, all sons of well-known Oak Creek families, were tried by Judge Morning in juvenile court for having broken into the Oak Creek Cash store. They took a quantity of candy, tobacco, shoes and other goods, including an auto tire, which were cached near the Oak Creek depot and were much damaged by recent rains. Mrs. Frances Browning, proprietor of the store, estimated the damage to the goods was $64. All three boys were committed to the State Industrial School at Golden, but only the oldest, who is 15, will be taken there now. Sentence was suspended during good behavior for the other two who are but 12 and 10 years of age.
New school and teacherage
The directors of the Cow Creek school district No. 26 have decided to replace the old log school house at the Elmer Dorr Ranch, built about 18 years ago, with a neat new frame building. The new structure will be 20-by-36 feet, being large enough to serve as a community center and providing a place for public gatherings. It is also planned to put up a new teacherage at the new school building, a two-room building 20-by-12 feet in size, similar to the one at Hilton gulch, in the same district.
Interesting local news
The many Steamboat friends of little Miss Catherine Carver are delighted with the news that she will give a recital during her present visit in Steamboat Springs. While only 12 years old, Miss Carver has won recognition as a highly accomplished pianist. Born in Steamboat Springs, Miss Carver left with her parents for California when she was but 4 years old.
Developing great musical ability when she was yet a baby, she has had the advantage of training with the best artists on the coast and will continue her studies in New York with the best masters in the country. The concert, given by the P.E.O., will take place at the Methodist church on Monday evening.
Ben Butler, caretaker at the court house, is building a neat new residence on the Boulevard on Crawford hill.
The three-room frame house that the family has been occupying will be moved to the rear of the lot and will be converted into a barn. The new home will be six rooms, with stucco exterior and a concrete foundation.
While many sections of the country have this week been sweltering with temperatures in the 90s, and with nights getting not lower than 70 degrees, Steamboat has been enjoying delightful weather. On four afternoons during the past week there were showers.
Warmest for the week was Friday when the temperature rose to 80 degrees. Lowest points, 36 and 35, were reached on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
John M. Sampson is certainly a very happy Shoemaker, his wife having presented him with a fine healthy 8-pound girl last Friday evening.
George Moffat and his son, Gordon, last week enjoyed a camping trip at the lakes north of Buffalo Pass.
Carl Howelsen starts in a few weeks on a trip to his old home in Norway, his first visit in 20 years. He will remain for the winter. Before coming to America, Carl held the ski championship in Norway.
He now proposes to show his fellow countrymen that he has kept in practice in Steamboat Springs.
The raising of head lettuce, tried this year at Yampa for the first time appears to have been an encouraging success.
A number of Yampa ranchmen are planning to next year plant large crops.
Mrs. R.M. Perry, wife of general superintendent of the Moffat Coal Company of Oak Creek, last week underwent an operation at Glenwood Springs sanitarium for the removal of her tonsils and the extraction of several teeth.