Saturday, October 26, 2002
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.
Nov. 2, 1921
Deputy Sheriffs Oren Gray and Morris Pidcock came to Steamboat Sunday night and landed in jail one John Morey. This is not the John Morey who sells groceries but the John Morey who sells moonbeam. He is an Austrian and is claimed to be a very persistent manufacture. Gray and Pidcock, both of Yampa, had been watching to catch him with satisfactory evidence for some time.
John had his misfactory in the timber about three miles from Phippsburg and was busy producing when called on by the officers. They found a good-sized still made from a copper wash boiler, several barrels of mash and some whiskey.
John Morey, moonshiner, was bound over and will be brought before district court in November. If found guilty of this, his second offense, he may be sentenced to the penitentiary.
Since the beginning of the summer season, John E. Love has been employed as a private night watchman in Steamboat Springs, his salary having been paid for by about a dozen of the business houses.
While the auto roads were open and robbers from outside could make a raid and escape with relative ease, these citizens felt that they were justified in the expense.
Now that winter is approaching, they feel that it is no longer fair that Mr. Love's salary should fall upon a few.
The employment of a night watchman to guard against both lawbreakers and fines is very properly a municipal expense, to be borne by all taxpayers, but the town trustees have this year been observing a policy of rigid economy and have felt that they could not make the watchman's salary a municipal matter.
Many property owners feel that a night watch should be maintained throughout the winter as it is during the cold weather, that there is the greatest danger from fire resulting from overheated stoves.
Mr. Love is faithful and conscientious and is willing to continue at a comparatively small salary. An effort is therefore being made to secure the cooperation of all of the business houses in the matter. If all will contribute toward the fund each share will be small.
News of friends
Mrs. I.J. VanCamp of Yampa was in Steamboat yesterday visiting friends.
Lenora, the 10-year-old daughter of R.A. Armstrong, fell from a pair of stilts Tuesday and broke an arm.
The boys were out in force on Halloween, but little damage was done, as Town Marshall Auter and Night Watchman Love were on guard. A couple of boys spent a few happy hours in town lockup, but were released with a warning.
Miss Hazel Light and her brother, Wayne, left Wednesday for a visit with their sister, Mrs. Charles Murphy, at Spicer, in North Park.
They are making the 40-mile trip on horseback, and on their return will bring several decrepit horses, which will serve as food for the foxes at the Light fox farm, the animals being especially fond of horse meat.
J.H. Burroughs held his auction sale last Saturday and it was a success. Mr. and Mrs. Burroughs moved into Steamboat yesterday and will be here until about Sunday, when they will go to Santa Fe to visit Mrs. Burroughs' mother. They will very likely visit other southern states during the winter.
Deputy Sheriff William Cross returned home Monday night from Buena Vista, where he had taken Fay Rachels and Ray Kehn to serve a sentence in the reformatory for killing an Ayshire calf belonging to Warren Henry of Pershing.