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.
November 19, 1921
John M. Trull of Steamboat Springs has made application for patents upon a set of ingenious attachments through the use of which he believes that it will be possible to continue the use of automobiles throughout the winter in Routt County, no matter how deep the snow may be. He argues that if half a dozen cars with his invention are kept in daily use, the roads between Steamboat and Hayden can be kept in good shape for travel.
The plan is to displace the tires on the rear wheels with lugs and "packers" which may be attached on any make of truck or auto. There are from 12 to 14 lugs on each wheel, each 12 inches long and three inches wide. The packer is arranged so as to dislodge the snow and prevent it from clogging the wheels and making them lose their traction power. Runners, with a novel adjustment permitting them to cope with varying snow conditions, are to be attached to the front wheels.
Delinquent tax list
The offices of Routt County Treasurer E.W. Davis and of this paper have for the past two weeks been two of the busiest places in the county on account of the large amount of extra work in preparing for the publication of the annual list of delinquent taxes.
The list will this year be longer than ever before in the history of the county on account of the unsatisfactory condition of the market for both livestock and agricultural products. Ranchmen are presently in more cramped financial condition than ever before. Up to Nov. 1, only 64 percent of the county's portion of the taxes had been collected, meaning that $72,155.54 of the revenue which the county had expected had failed to come in.
Attendance at the Oak Creek school was reduced this week by 36 cases of chicken pox and tonsilitis.
Halloween was celebrated by nearly all of the young folks in Williams Park. There were three separate parties. Some of the girls turned out and followed the boys. In all, they numbered just one short of a score.
In spite of the warnings the children received not to destroy property, W.L. Yoast's mail box was torn down and smashed. Here's a warning: Uncle Sam often fines those who destroy mail boxes.
Mrs. Harry Kawin of Yampa asked a nice little circle of friends in Tuesday evening to help celebrate her son, Phillip's 12th birthday.
In the Elk Mountain section, W.R. Gray bought Mr. Woodcock's interest in the threshing machine, which is now at Matthew's ranch. They have three more jobs to do before the neighborhood is threshed out.
J.H. Page, night clerk at the post office, has been limping this week having received a badly bruised knee last Sunday when a horse fell with him.
Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Homer, who last week moved to Mrs. F.S. Marquette's house at the corner of Sixth and Oak, have decided to make another change and will now move to the Willard Kimball house on Crawford hill. The Marquette house will be occupied by W.O. Wright and family.