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.
Nov. 30, 1921
M.D. Schafermeyer is installing a complete wireless station in the west room of his store building and will have it soon in operation. The plant will include radio-telephone with amplifiers, which will make it possible for a person in any part of the room to hear distinctly conversations and music thousands of miles distant.
Malcom Campbell, who has long made a study of the wireless telephone and who is assisting Mr. Schafermeyer in the installation, has been successful in catching concerts in the Catalina islands of California. It is expected the new outfit will make it possible for these concerts to be enjoyed by audiences in the Schafermeyer Building, which may later be fitted up as a small wireless theater, the first of its kind in this section of the county. Mr. Schafermeyer's purpose in installing this plant is to assist his son, Clarence, in mastering the science of the wireless telegraph and telephone.
Curfew to be enforced
In accordance with what is believed to be quite general sentiment in favor of the action, the town board has announced the provisions of the curfew ordinance will hereafter be enforced, beginning with tonight. A warning of 10 minutes will be given by the whistle at the electric plant, and when 9 o'clock arrives, any school child found on the streets will be subject to arrest unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Naturalization ups, downs
Friday was naturalization day in district court and several presented themselves for examination. Steve Daszpod of Oak Creek and Oscar Jacobson of Pagoda were the only ones admitted.
Steve Callas of McGregor and John Koler of Oak Creek were a little shy of the necessary knowledge and were told to study more and come again, at next term.
Somebody played a mean trick on Sam Mirich of Milner, who appeared for his final papers. Sam knows all about the government and would have gotten by except for a low-down trick pulled by an enemy. While he was in Steamboat, a heartless undersheriff brought to light from a secret place in the wall at Sam's place a perfectly good still. Some enemy who does not desire for Sam to be a citizen must have put it there for Sam was in complete ignorance of it being there and was protecting his mystification. The court thought it best to make Sam wait a while until the matter could be cleared up. In the meantime, Sam will make a search for the enemy who played so mean a trick.
The drizzling rain which fell last night for several hours after midnight changed before daylight to a wet heavy snow and today, for the first time, "Tuffy" Wren is using runners in making his deliveries for the stores. Many autos are still in use, however.
S.G. Jones, mail carrier on the route from Steamboat to Trull and Mystic, has discontinued the use of his auto and is using horses. This arrangement will probably continue throughout the winter.
A shipment of eight cars of cattle left Saturday night for the Denver market. Pat Cullen and Gerald Stevens, Doc Savage and Cochran Bros. each had two cars. Milbank Franz, Perry Clark and Fred May used the other two cars.
Sheriff Hampton of Moffat County and Prohibition officer Hunt last week raided the ranch of Tom Brown, 20 miles south of Maybell, where they confiscated some whiskey and mash. Brown had fled, but his wife, an Indian squaw, expressed a hope that he would be caught, "as he isn't any good anyway."
Mrs. C.E. Morey of Yampa last week suffered a paralytic stroke. She is being treated in the Red Cross hospital in Oak Creek.
Mrs. C.O. Rudisill and the children moved this week to Milner to be nearer to Mr. Rudisill, who is now devoting his energies to the opening of his new coal mine on Butcherknife Creek, west of Milner.
Attorney A.M. Gooding returned Wednesday night from Denver, where he had been on legal business.
The auto license plate numbers assigned to Routt County for the year 1922 run from 180,001 to 180,900.
The spirit of Thanksgiving has been everywhere. Dances were given at Hahn's Peak, Three Forks and Moonhill Thanksgiving evening. The dance at Hahn's Peak was preceded by a Thanksgiving community dinner, at which there were more than 50 present.
Many attended the box supper social at the branch school at Pleasantview Thanksgiving night. Proceeds of the social went to help buy an organ for the school.