Steamboat Springs 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.
June 22, 1901
All automobile highways into Routt County are now open for the season. Travelers may come and go in any direction.
Rabbit Ears Pass was shoveled out Monday by a party of 25 workers, all from Steamboat and most volunteers.
On Tuesday at least five cars got through with little difficulty. Among the first across were A.H. Poppen of Steamboat accompanied by Mrs. John See, Elmer E. Yount and Ben Lybyer, who on Tuesday drove from Steamboat to Walden and returned the same day, taking four hours each way.
The last car had no help, but assistance with a team was given to each of the other four cars by George Wren, maintenance man for the country on Rabbit Ears highway.
The eighteenth meeting of the Routt Moffat Pioneer association held yesterday on the beautiful lawn of the E. Shelton home at Hayden was the most largely attended and the most enjoyable session that the old-timers have ever taken part in.
Many were present from different parts of both of the countries originally included in old Routt.
First to be served at a bountiful table were those over 50 years of age, a surprising number.
The Misses Margaret and Lulita, granddaughters of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Crawford, founders of Steamboat Springs, favored the assembly with music on the violin and piano.
A chorus of 12 voices led in the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" in which all joined. Samuel Reid gave a selection on the piano accompanied by Joe Cuber on the clarinet, Ralph White on the cornet and Harry Wood on the violin.
After a business session there were short talks by old-timers, a larger number speaking than ever before.
On behalf of the pioneers, Mrs. Emma Peck bestowed on Grandpa Shelton a silver shower, a great handful of coin, currency and checks in appreciation of his long service to the county. She requested that he purchase a gold headed can with the fund as a token from the association.
Alien without a license
Joe Gallicia of Curtis Gulch had no fishing license, but game warden Sam Stevens caught him fishing yesterday near the mouth of Trout Creek and brought him before Justice O.E. Mallory in Steamboat Springs.
The fine was $25 and the costs brought it up to $35.50.
Gallicia has been in this country for about 30 years but has never become a citizen, and hence he was subject to a payment of $5 for a fishing license. Warden Stevens states that he proposes to prosecute all those who fish without licenses, whether citizens or aliens.
Lively local happenings
Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Drake and their daughter, Mrs. Clyde Williams, entertained Thursday evening at an elaborate dinner party at the Williams' home on Elk River in honor of their son, Ashley Drake, and his bride, formerly Miss Ina Adams, who were married May 28.
Covers were laid for 35 guests, all of whom enjoyed a bounteous feast, after which the remainder of the evening was spent dancing. The bride received many beautiful and useful gifts.
Two popular young lady teachers were married Tuesday evening.
Miss Mary Officer became the bride of Val Brunner of Pleasant Valley and her sister, Miss Ruth Officer, was united in marriage with Robert C. Noyce, who is ranching in the South Side neighborhood.
The two weddings took place at the congregational parsonage, the Rev. C. Upham officiating at both ceremonies.
Immediately after, the two couples departed for the Frazier place where Mr. Brunner is engaged in ranching with his father.
The next morning they started out on a camping trip to Rock Creek, east of Toponas.
The brides are the daughters of L. Officer, a prominent rancher of the Cow Creek neighborhood.
Louis Summer and his wife and children of Sidney visited one evening last week at the H.F. Barber ranch.
Over by Brookston, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Monger and children and Mrs. Thomas Williamson visited Sunday at the Frank Johnson home.
The last bit of snow in sight from town disappeared yesterday on the Five Peaks east of town reservoirs.
There are still some big snowbanks on Storm Mountain.
They are likely to be gone earlier than last year when they lingered until July 27.
Mrs. Maud Trantham is preparing to reopen the Grand Hotel in Yampa.
George and Archie Wither have completed the cement foundation for a second cottage that they will erect west of the one they recently completed at the east end of Oak Street.