No snow on the trees this morning. Sure thought there would be, according to the weather report. But, it's cold! Out in front of my cabin, next to the shop, are two little bright yellow dandelions. How pretty!
I've mentioned before that we have church here in the little green schoolhouse on Sunday morning. The hymn books that we use are from my home church in Hugoton, Kan., when I was a kid 80 years ago - so, they have a lot of the old familiar hymns. The other day, a woman came in and got the keys to visit the old green schoolhouse, which is part of our museum. The schoolhouse has the old up-right piano. This woman came back to the shop with tears in her eyes. She had been playing some of the old hymns from that old book on the old piano. She said she had been searching for a book of that kind. So, I gave her one.
The Hahn's Peak Historical Society had a special meeting last week with members of the Wither family of Steamboat. The meeting was to officially give the "Wither house," here on middle Main Street, to the Historical Society. The house is the oldest home in the village, old in 1900, but nobody knows who built it and just when. Hahn's Peak's first white child was born in that house Nov. 19, 1900. The old building will be moved down to the Historical Society property and will be completely restored.
Then, there was the Dismuke family that came visiting. Their mother, Marion Van Deusen lived in Hahn's Peak as a girl in the 1890s, before the county seat was moved to Steamboat Springs. Their neighbor was former Judge Morning. And he was remembered because he grew turnips while they were still green, and gave them to the kids, which would give the kids a stomach ache. Oh my! What memories!
Last Tuesday evening, the crew at the state park had its annual get-together at Dutch Creek Lodge. The whole bunch gathered in the dining room for the lodge's good dinners and good fellowship. Then the group went to the other room, where Joyce Wetterberg gave tribute and gifts to volunteer workers at the park. There were 34 of these volunteers who worked seven days a week in service, such as campground hosts. It was also announced that Ken Brink, park manager, will be going to Denver for the winter and will not return, but will stay over there to help family. Also, one of the camp hostesses, Jane, saw two prairie falcons in a tree by the sunrise Dumpster.
Oh yes, Dick Wetterberg was honored. Dick cuts firewood and has stacks of it at his house on North Main Street. Dick sells this firewood and donates all the money, $2,000 this summer, to the Historical Society.
Ken Richards, whose cabin is off North Main, was here last week. His wife, Mary Low, had to stay home in Loveland to get her grandchildren started in school.