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— 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. 23, 1923

Twice today the long-distance standing jump record for Howelsen Hill was surpassed, 210 feet being covered by the skier, this being seven feet greater than made by Henry Hall when he broke the world's record on this course in 1917. On his record ride in the International Amateur class, Hans Hansen made 210 feet, keeping his feet and making a beautiful ride on his skis to the foot of the course. Lars Haugen duplicated this distance, but he fell.

With the finest weather ever enjoyed during a Steamboat Springs Carnival of Mid-Winter Sports, with the snow in the finest possible condition, a larger number of entrants in the various ski jumping events and street sports and with a large attendance from all portions of Routt and surrounding counties, the 10th annual tournament has been a decided success.

Fires break record

A sensational feature not advertised on the program for the entertainment of ski carnival visitors in the shape of three fires in the space of 25 hours, has put this city in the metropolitan class. In one case, a small house was practically destroyed with most of its contents.

The damage to the other two was small.

The most serious of the fires, at 10:30 a.m. today, was when a small dwelling near the bath house was very nearly destroyed. As with the other two, the blaze was caused by an overheated stove. Although there was a quick response by the fire department, the structure was gutted.

Late risers were rudely awakened at 7:30 this morning by the fire siren when a serious alarm sounded from Brooklyn and the log building occupied by Mrs. M.E. Zimmerman and children was in flames. A few buckets of water extinguished the blaze.

A blaze at the home of Emil Roper in the Crawford addition at about 9 a.m. yesterday was extinguished with little damage. There was a mishap in connection with the alarm, however, delaying town clerk Wesley Poulson while he was on the way to the blaze.

He was on horseback and was helping pull the horsecart with a rope. In making the turn from Ninth Street onto Aspen Street at the corner of the lumber yard, the cinch of Mr. Poulsons' saddle broke and he was thrown headlong into deep snow. By the time the firefighters were able to make a fresh start, they were informed the fire had been put out.

Out and about

Ed Minco of Martin's post office near the eastern base of Rabbit Ears Pass is here to attend the carnival. He came over yesterday on skis, making the 34-mile trip in 13 hours. The trip was difficult on account of being enveloped in clouds in the higher altitudes.

Phil Stevens of Yampa was in Steamboat Wednesday evening visiting his brother, Jerry, and attending the ski carnival.

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