The Way it Was

Train was overturned


— 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.

March 7, 1923

Alarming reports reached Steamboat concerning the mishap which struck the passenger train which left here Saturday morning. One rumor being that the train had been struck by a snowslide on "the hill" and swept down the mountainside, many people being injured. As a matter of fact, the train was derailed and two coaches turned over. The accident was on South Boulder Creek, east of Rollinsville, about 40 miles west of Denver. There were no injuries more serious than cuts from broken glass. The passengers rolled and fell to the right-hand side of the cars, heads, arms and legs going through the double windows.

Attorney J.M. Childress of Steamboat Springs was standing in the aisle of the smoker when the mishap occurred and he found himself standing on his head, his shoulders through a broken window. One hand was slightly cut, but his hat protected his face and head from the glass. R.I. Gwillim of Oak Creek, who was also in the smoker, landed on his feet, standing erect on the ground, with his body through a window. Mrs. Russell Baer of Steamboat was occupying a seat on the left-hand side of the parlor car and was able to retain a hold upon the arm and protect herself. Instead of creating a panic, the accident was accepted as a joke.

The first sound heard after the noise of the fall was a general laugh and a sigh of relief that it had not been worse. The lights in the cars remained burning and a work train soon arrived from Tolland to provide shelter for the passengers until a train arrived from Denver to take them to the city. The train reached them at about three o'clock in the


Where did it go?

E.H. McClenahan, state prohibition director, reports that he sent officers to Oak Creek Feb. 26 and that the next morning the proposed raid did not materialize. It ended at the same time. McClenahan claims that there was a tipoff.

The liquor was disposed of, at least it appears so, the men didn't find any.

"I venture to say that at this time Colorado is the driest state in the United States," McClenahan said.

Other interesting items

On Cow Creek, C.H. Hubbard left for Milner on horseback on Tuesday. On account of the bad condition of the roads, he had to walk a portion of the way and lead his horse.

Quite a large crowd attended the dance at the Milner pool hall Saturday night, regardless of the disagreeable weather. All report having had an enjoyable time.

Mrs. Ralph Hudspeth of Sidney and her sister, Mrs. Hugh Lawless of Steamboat Springs, left on yesterday's train for Marshall, Okla., in response to a telegram telling them of the critical condition of their mother, Mrs. C.B. Waggoner.

A radio outfit has been installed at the Upper Elkhead schoolhouse, 14 miles from a town or a railroad.

On Williams Fork, J.W. Scott is carrying the mail for a few days as Mrs. Scott has not been feeling well.

County assessor, Roy Hofstetter, was able Tuesday to return to his office after devoting several days' close attention to a case of the flu. His deputy, Arthur Schmidt, has not yet been able to return to his duties.


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