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.
Feb. 7, 1923
The dates for the 10th Annual Carnival of Mid-Winter Sports has definitely been set for Feb. 22 and 23 in order that the Moffat road passenger train service will meet the convenience of the greatest number of visitors from other points.
The old professional takeoff upon which new world's records have twice been set will this year also be an amateur course as three former champions, who in succession made new world's records as professionals, are now riding as amateurs and are coming here to make long-distance standing-jumps which will surpass anything achieved before in the history of ski riding in the world. These men are Ragnar Omtvedt who in 1916 jumped 102 feet, 6 inches and stood; Henry Hall, who in 1917 exceeded this record with a jump of 203 feet; and Anders Haugen who in 1919 took the championship away from Hall, jumping 213 feet at Dillon.
Steamboat Springs is the home of a group of boys who in another two years should be able to compete against the world's best professionals for top honors. These men include Hollis Merrill, Jesse Poulson and Carol Combs.
The Moffat road has announced an excursion rate of one and one-third fare for the round trip for the carnival from all points between Hot Sulphur Springs and Craig.
A below zero week
After the usual Friday night snowstorm, it cleared off Saturday and that night the temperature dropped to 30 below, the coldest yet this winter, colder than any night since Jan. 11, 1922, when it dropped to 44 below. Sunday night started out even colder with the temperature dropping to 24 below. By morning it had clouded over and grew warmer.
Tuesday night was cold again with a reading of 21 below and off and on snow.
On Wednesday, the warmest day of the week, it was only 2 below. It has been below zero every night this week.
Each day the snow has settle perceptibly, official measurement is now a depth of 38 inches.
The head lettuce industry
It was only two years ago that the growing of head lettuce was first taken up in Routt County, the matter promoted by the Yampa Commercial Club.
An experimental tract of 10 acres was put in, with most satisfactory results.
Lettuce growing has since become an important industry for Routt County with several hundred acres being planted in the Yampa, Toponas and Steamboat neighborhoods.
Growers in the vicinity of Yampa alone have received $70,000 for their crop. The yield per acre this season should prove even more profitable. The Oak Creek Chamber of Commerce meets tomorrow afternoon to consider plans for the head lettuce season as a number of ranchmen in the Oak Creek vicinity will this year engage in the industry quite extensively.