Old-time cowman cashes in


— 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.

Sept. 21, 1921

Many old-timers will regret to learn that "Hi" Barnard, one of the best-known cowmen of this section, is about to "cash in," as he expresses it himself. Before being taken to the Rock Springs hospital from his ranch in Moffat county, he bid goodbye to all his friends, saying he would not return.

Hi was one of the best-known characters of the old range days and knew the cattle business "both ways from the ace," as he would express it. For years he was a foreman of Haley's Tow-Bar outfit and later acquired ranches of his own in what was western Routt and is now Moffat County. He was Haley's foreman during the stirring times of Tom Horn, when cattle rustlers were cleaned out of Browns Park. He was a man of few words, and those low spoken, never given to talking much, but a character unique among cattlemen and early settlers with many friends. He married "Queen Ann" Bassett. Separated now for many years, they are still best of friends.

Scores of old friends and associates wish him a safe journey when he crosses the "great divide."

Career of crime

runs out of gas

Three men having Army uniforms in their suitcases, J.D. Hodges, Dewey Shirley and Dewey White, held up R.W. Boles, a stock salesman from Denver, on the Victory highway near Skull Creek Monday evening, abandoned the stolen Hupmobile which they had been driving and which had given out, took their victim's new Ford Coupe and made a night drive up the Yampa River, seeking safety. Instead, they were gathered in by Sheriff Neiman Tuesday morning at Sidney, where they had stopped to purchase gasoline.

The men, who admit to being deserters from a post near Seattle, ran low on gasoline soon after leaving Bowles and it was easy to track them by their frequent effort to borrow fuel. Just before they reached Steamboat, they stopped at the Conrad Reister ranch, where they "bought" a gallon of gas but drove off, forgetting to pay for it. Mr. Reister telephoned Sheriff Neiman but they had already gotten through Steamboat. Not having gas to get over Rabbit Ears Pass, they went to Sidney and were stalled, waiting for a man to come with a key for the gasoline tank, until the sheriff arrived.

Local news

Olin Light of the firm of F.M. Light & Sons this week purchased from E.O. Furlong the fireproof building on Lincoln Avenue occupied by the Steamboat Creamery & Produce Co. Mr. Light is convinced that business property in Steamboat Springs will yield considerable profit through increase in values in real estate property. The property is considered an investment.

J.D. Coyner and Don McConnell, father and brother-in-law of D.H. Coyer of Trull, left yesterday for their home in Cherryvale Kan. after a visit of two weeks. In the early days, Mr. Coyner Sr. was a freighter on the plains and in 1866 he unloaded at Fort Collins the first lumber ever brought to that town from the east, having brought it from the Missouri River with a cattle train.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Powell, pioneers of the Yampa section, were visiting Steamboat Springs last week, preparatory to leaving for their home in La Jolla, Calif., after spending several weeks in Yampa. Mr. Powell is still president of the Bank of Yampa.

A party was given Tuesday evening at the Rocky Mountain Dancing Camp in honor of little Miss Gilleland.

Mrs. C.E. Baer and Misses Alma Baer and Mabel Acton have reached White City, Kan., in their Buick-six, having driven via Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Dodge City, a distance of 920 miles. They used 48 gallons of gasoline, an average of 19 miles per gallon.


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