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. 14, 1923
Steamboat Springs people today had an opportunity to view a Moffat road train wreck, and curiosity had led many people to visit the depot where one of the big locomotives is off the track. As the westbound local was taking a siding yesterday afternoon to meet a coal train, the engine slipped off the rails directly opposite the depot, and there it still remains. Work has been maintained continuously ever since to get it back on the rails. All the wheels are off the track. The front ones are buried three feet into the ground.
Snow and ice on the track caused the trouble.
Finally a blizzard
The snow and high wind that struck Steamboat late Monday afternoon continued for less than two hours. In other parts of this section, roads were made impassable by huge drifts and the Moffat road was blocked, a freight train being snowed in just west of Tabernash. Monday's train from Denver was held there until Tuesday night and was then able to come west only with the aid of a rotary snowplow which had to dig out the line all the way to Craig. This was the first time since the railroad was opened to Craig that it has been necessary for the rotary to come over the western district.
As another result of the storm, no doubt, the roof of the large lodge at the dancing camp collapsed this week under the weight of snow. The building and its contents, which are the property of the Misses Porticia Swett and Marjorie Perry, who are presently in the east, were badly damaged. Part of the material can be salvaged, but it will require considerable expense to put the pavilion back in shape again.
Cleaned up the prizes
Hollis Merrill, Jesse Poulson and Carl Combs swept the field at the Hot Sulphur Springs ski carnival Saturday, taking the first three places in each of the big events.
The three came in first, second and third place in the Colorado Amateur contest, in the regular contest and in the free-for-all standing jump, which he will be allowed to take home after placing first two more times. Poulson won a silver medal and Combs a bronze medal.
In the skating contest at Hot Sulphur, Hollis Merrill won first place.
The Steamboat boys went to Denver Saturday on the No. 2 train and contested at the Gennessee course. They will remain for the big carnival next Saturday and Sunday and will be back for Steamboat's big 10th Mid-Winter Sports Carnival Thursday and Friday of next week.
News of friends
While walking on the railroad track at Oak Creek yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Agnes Walker was struck by a train and seriously injured.
A long string of cars were backed up and as she stepped off of the track her dress was caught by a projecting rod and she was dragged a distance on 10 car lengths. After remaining unconscious for many hours at the Red Cross hospital in Oak Creek, she has now been declared out of danger.
Malcomb Macfarlane, aged 10, next-to-eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Macfarlane of Yampa, died Monday at the Red Cross hospital in Oak Creek, where he had been operated on last Thursday for a ruptured appendix. He was one of the brightest scholars in the Yampa school where he was in the fourth grade. He was a grandson of George Crossan of Yampa and his parents are among pioneers of that section.
Mrs. Arminda Lee, widow of the late Sylvester Lee, died suddenly last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Harwig. Mrs. Lee came to Routt County with her husband in late 1902 and their home was for many years on a ranch near Hot Springs creek, seven miles north of Steamboat.