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.
February 28, 1923
Howelsen slide at Steamboat Springs, which has twice given a world's ski record, first by Ragnar Omtvedt and next by Henry Hall, produced a new record for the hill last Friday at the 10th annual Carnival of Mid-Winter Sports when Hans Hansen jumped 210 feet and made a perfect ride.
The present world's record held by Henry Hall, 229 feet, was made at Revelstoke, Canada, last year. Lars Haugen, another nationally known champion, made 210 feet on Howelsen Hill last Friday but was disqualified by a fall. All this shows that, with proper work on the course, which these experienced riders have pointed out, the world's record may again be brought to Steamboat Springs. Haugen and Hansen are keen admirers of Steamboat Springs, its people and its slide and are very anxious that the necessary work that will make this slide the best in the world should be done.
The 10th annual carnival, held last Thursday and Friday, was a success in every way. The street events drew large crowds and were more interesting than in former years. Overall attendance was about average. It is believed that the sale of tickets and admission for the dances will pay expenses, which amount to between $500 and $600.
On Thursday night, dances were held at both the Progressive Cafe and the Cabin Hotel. One dance only was held at the Cabin Hotel on Friday night. There was a large attendance and the music was excellent.
Shall we skip
the election this year?
Tuesday, April 3, one month from tomorrow, is the date fixed by law for the annual town election. In the regular course of events the voters of Steamboat Springs would be electing a mayor and three trustees, the latter to be serving for two years. Judges of the election are scheduled to be appointed at the next meeting of the town board.
Outgoing officials are F.E. Willett, mayor, and Sam Stevens, J.M. Kellogg and Everett Cole, trustees. Other, hold-over trustees are E.G. Earll, Fred Moss and A.H. Poppen.
If the desire of some citizens are respected, no election will be held because of a very general desire that the present membership of the board shall continue without change. The affairs of the town were never given more conscientious attention with less expense than during the past year. There has been some discussion of holding a mass meeting to talk of this matter. Many think that a regular election should be held, possibly with a single ticket.
The settling of the snow is rapidly getting the roads in bad shape and hauling of wheat and coal to town will soon be interrupted. In town, water this week has been running down the middle of Lincoln Avenue and the sleds hunt for good going on the sides of the street. The town grading equipment has been in use, moving the big piles of snow to the outer edge of the sidewalk on the north side of the avenue and out into the street.
News of friends
Probably on account of the exposure of standing in the snow watching the sports during the carnival, there have been many cases of illness in town this week. Most of them have been termed lagrippe or flu, but no patients have been dangerously sick.
G.C. Merrill returned today from a three-day horseback trip to Milner, Bear River and Mount Harris.
The annual contract for the delivery of goods from the local stores was let this week, being again awarded to Lawrence Wren.
Wednesday, Feb. 28, was a birthday anniversary for Mrs. William Kitchens and a number of her friends took part in a surprise for her and her husband at the home of the newlyweds. There was a beautiful birthday cake, product of the skill of Mrs. C.P. Homer and the entire evening was a complete success.