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.
Jan. 3, 1923
Steamboat Masons and their families staged a "watch" party Sunday night lasting until after the new year arrived.
They were delightfully entertained by a recently installed radio set, which is now working in the fine shape.
Special programs put on by The Los Angeles Times, the Fort Worth Star Telegram and other big broadcasting stations were picked up and reproduced so that all could enjoy the wonderful music.
The air is full of beautiful melody, and always has been. It took the modern miracle of radio to bring it more forcibly to the attention of the world. Many of the Masons are learning how to "tune in" and the new set will be a constant source of pleasure and entertainment.
Road Roller a success
Riley Armstrong has this week been testing his big snow roller built at the Victory Service Station with a view of keeping the streets of Steamboat Springs and the highways in the vicinity open for the use of autos the year around. Results have been most satisfactory.
He is convinced that if rolling is commenced with the early storms and repeated with each fresh fall of snow, autos should be able to travel will little difficulty.
It has been found that the roller crushes the snow down to less than one-half its depth and that after freezing one night it becomes hard enough to bear up a team, the horses' hoofs making little impression.
A bride from Bulgaria
Frank Kabaroff, a well-known Bulgarian living at Milner who for the past five years has been employed in the coal mines in Curtis gulch, left yesterday for Denver, where he will meet his bride to be, who is on her way from Bulgaria to Colorado. They will be married in Denver, and in a few days Mr. Kabaroff will return to Routt County, bringing his wife. He is highly thought of in the Milner neighborhood and will receive congratulations from a large circle of friends.
Water famine danger past
Yesterday was a happy day for Mayor Willett and the town trustees of Steamboat Springs as it saw the completion of the new pipeline bringing water from Fish Creek to augment the town's supply, which was heretofore depending entirely upon the limited flow of Spring Creek.
Men were engaged in the work during the past six weeks, defying the fiercest storms. In appreciation of their effort, it is proposed to give them a dinner at the Pioneer hotel tomorrow evening. All those who have been engaged in construction of the pipeline will be guests, along with the mayor, trustees and town officials.
Interesting local doings
C. Ray Monson, who last week became district attorney of the 14th Judicial District, and Addison M. Gooding have become associates in the practice of law, and have moved to the Maxwell building, where they have taken a suite of offices.
The dance at the Mystic Grange Hall was well attended, considering the stormy night.
At Hahn's Peak the dance was a masquerade and, lasting to the "wee" hours, was a complete success.
The James Wheeler family were Saturday night guests of Mrs. Dora Roark, having come down on skis from their homestead west of town.
The usual ones attended the dance at Trull New Year's night, and all report a splendid time.
Although 10 days ago the snow gauge showed only a depth of 42 inches, and there has been a foot of fresh snow since the ground was covered yesterday to a depth of only 31 inches, the snow having settled considerably.
Tuesday was clear and that night it dropped to 13 below zero.