Big Labor Day at Oak Creek


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.

Sept. 7, 1921

For the past 10 years, Oak Creek has had a big celebration on Labor Day, but there is no question that the entertainment provided this year made the 1921 holiday observance the best yet. The program occupied three days, beginning Saturday morning and continuing until Monday night. There were big crowds representing all parts of the county each day.

Labor Day itself broke all records. The first event was a parade by several hundred members of United Mine Workers Nos. 1894 and 3030, under whose auspices the whole celebration was staged. The parade terminated at the baseball park where an appropriate address was delivered by Judge Charles Morning and his remarks were enthusiastically applauded. A number of interesting events followed, including a First Aid contest and several races.

In the afternoon there were a number of boxing and wrestling exhibitions in the open air before the grandstand which provided excellent entertainment. What had been announced as the biggest event, a 10-round match between Bill Woodward of Craig and Jack O'Brien of Denver, for a purse of $300 lasted only two rounds. In the third round both men fell outside the ring. When they toppled over the ropes, the Craig man landed on top. The match was declared a draw.

Bill Davis of Oak Creek and Joe Thomas of Glen Eden put on a good amateur two-round boxing exhibition and then two Steamboat boys, Murphy Combs and Irvin Soash, staged the fastest boxing match of the celebration. From start to finish it was all action. They were billed for a six-round bout but a knockout came long before the fight was half over. Soash showed fine footwork and speed but Combs held his ground, putting Soash on the floor for a count of eight in the first round. But then Soash placed a heavy one in Comb's abdomen. This seemed to act as a stimulant. The big boy started with a whirlwind of the most powerful blows his opponent had ever felt. A sledgehammer right followed by a strong left haymaker sent Soash to dreamland for the full count. For a little time afterward Irwin seemed rather in doubt as to his whereabouts.

A grand charivari

The charivari for newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Reid finally came off Monday night when a bunch of young old folks made the night hideous with tin-pans, wash boilers and frantic yells. Later, the Girls Ukelele Club came to the Reid home and gave a delightful serenade. Ice cream, cakes, candy and cigars were given out and the guests departed delighted with the reception they were given.

Breaks ankle dancing

Last Sunday at the ranger cabin on Rabbit Ears pass Mrs. O.E. Furlong had the misfortune to break both bones in her ankle. With Mr. Furlong and a party she was on her way to the Mount Harris band picnic when they stopped at the ranger cabin and got out. As the day was somewhat chilly several of the ladies joined hands and formed a circle, dancing around to get their blood circulating. The cause of her snapping bones was perhaps a turning of the ankle. Dr. Whittaker furnished first aid to the injured lady who was then brought home and is getting along as well as can be expected.

Busy stork

The stork made four visits to Steamboat this week. Two flights were Sunday morning when a girl was presented to Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Dinius and a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Gus Seastone. The mystic bird came again to Mr. and Mrs. John Williams and, still another time, on Wednesday, when a girl was left with Mr. and Mrs. William Cooney.

Happenings with

friends and neighbors

County Tax Assessor Thomas Allin has totaled 783 autos and trucks in Routt County with an average value of $464.02. Last year's total was 585, with an average value of $509.

Edgar Dorr, who, while attending high school here during the past several years has assisted at local drug stores, left Wednesday to enter Denver University where he will take a course in pharmacy.

The first snow of the season fell early Sunday morning on the highest mountains. A few flakes fell in Steamboat but melted as they struck the ground. On Monday night the temperature went down to 28 degrees.

Miss Rachel Wood departed Wednesday for Washington, D.C., where she will enter Wilsmere Normal college and continue the study of music. Mrs. Wood accompanied her. Miss Wood will be staying with an aunt and uncle in that city.


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