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.
January 10, 1923
The increase of the herd of elk that each winter ranges on Copper Ridge and on the hills in the vicinity of the Hot Spring has brought on a problem for the state Game and Fish Department, which is growing with each succeeding season. While a few years ago there were only 14 animals in this herd, the number is now fully 300. Excursions of the elk into the ranches to secure feed at the haystacks is now the cause of much loss to local ranchmen each winter.
Game Warden Sam Stevens and S.E. Land of the state fish hatchery made a trip Wednesday to Slate Creek and the former L.W. McFadden ranch. They found 100 elk at that point and that 23 tons of hay had recently been destroyed on that ranch alone. Some ranchers in that vicinity are being compelled to purchase hay to feed their stock on account of the elk having eaten their supply. Mr. Land has sent in a suggestion to Sen. Fred Follett and Game Commissioner R.G. Parvin that the state purchase one of the ranches on Slate Creek and convert it into an elk farm, raising hay and making it a regular practice to feed the elk each winter. This is the largest herd in the state and, he points out, this is an ideal location for a state elk farm.
Rolled Road fine for autos
The fresh soft snow of last Wednesday and Thursday gave an opportunity for a real a test of the big roller build by Riley A. Armstrong to demonstrate his theory that Routt County roads can easily be kept open all winter. Mr. Armstrong made trips with the roller Saturday and Sunday, going down the highway as far as the junction of the Hayden and Hahn's Peak roads and rolling a six-foot swatch, going and coming, making a hard, packed driveway 12 feet wide. After this packed surface had a chance to freeze overnight, Everett Cole of the Steamboat Laundry got out his Nash car on Tuesday morning and drove over the rolled road. He found that the car traveled almost as well as on an asphalt pavement.
Mr. Armstrong's scheme is attracting much attention and is being copied at Mount Harris and Kremmling.
Lively local happenings
At Sidney, Messrs. Thams, Bartholomew, Utter and Brown shipped a carload of hogs to the Denver market Saturday.
Out at South Side, a surprise party was given for Mr. and Mrs. George Kemry. There were games, card playing and dancing with refreshments consisting of coffee, cakes, sandwiches, candy apples and nuts. The party broke up at 5 a.m. everybody present reported a good time.
A daughter was born Jan. 5 to Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Marshall of Yampa.
W.J. Matthews of Mystic, R.S. Fewquay of Brookston and Peter Stanko of Southside loaded a carload of hogs that left Steamboat Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hichens of near Milner are the proud parents of a baby boy born last night.
Miss Dorothy Wither returned to her school duties at Fort Collins last Saturday after spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Wither, in Steamboat.
Mr. Mary Brown went to Denver yesterday where she will spend several months visiting.
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Shaw are now located at Santa Ana, Calif., where they will be for the winter. They made the trip by auto, being eight days on the road.
The Misses Fern, Edna and Willa Danks went to Denver Saturday to join their mother, who is visiting there.
Mr. and Mrs. C.N. Smith received the news yesterday that their son, J. Frank Smith of Oak Creek, would today go to the hospital for an operation for appendicitis from which he has long suffered.
A dance was given last Friday night at the Elk Mountain schoolhouse.