From the Feb. 5, 1932, Steamboat Pilot
Poisoning case to trial in U.S. court
Mrs. Olive B. Lemmons, 50-year-old Routt County ranch wife, went on trial in federal court in Denver on Tuesday on charges of placing poisoned articles in the mails with intent to kill.
The trial is expected to prove one of the most sensational government cases in recent years. The ranch wife and former school teacher is alleged to have sent a deadly poison, disguised as quinine capsules, to two relatives of her husband, Matt Lemmons, a pioneer Routt County rancher.
Mrs. Lemmons was arrested Sept. 13 at her home on Snake River, five miles from Slater, by Deputy US Marshall Nona R. Esser. She was returned to Denver and later released on $2,500 bond.
Poison was sent by Mrs. Lemmons to John Lemmons of Laramie, Wyoming, a son of her husband by a former marriage, and Mrs. Kate Whiting of Dixon, Wyoming, a close relative of Mr. Lemmons, the government indictment charges.
As grounds for the purported poison plot, the government charges Mrs. Lemmons became very angry because of the financial aid given Mrs. Whiting and John Lemmons by her husband.
The alleged plot, government authorities claim, was frustrated when Harry Whiting, 18-year-old son of Mrs. Whiting, had the contents of some of the capsules analyzed and discovered they contained poison.
Comparison of Mrs. Lemmon's handwriting and the handwriting on the asserted poison packages is alleged to have shown they were addressed by her.
Mrs. Lemmons denied all charges against her.
show good increase
Routt County is right out in front as far as sales of automobile licenses are concerned. While nearly every county in the state showed a decrease in the number of plates sold this January, under January, 1931, Routt County showed a big increase according to John Crawford who sells them.
During January 1931, Routt County showed a big increase according to Crawford. During January, 462 license plates for passenger cars were sold while this year sales were a total of 534, an increase of 72.
Over 800 drivers' licenses have been sold. Some people still do not understand about the driver's licenses, says Crawford. Every driver, whether he owns the car or not, must have a driver's license. Serious consequences are liable to result if a person driving a car who does not have a license happens to have an accident as they will be held responsible even if the accident was not their fault. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent when making application for a driver's license and all people must apply in person. The charge is 50 cents each and the licenses do not have to be renewed each year, but are good until revoked by a court.
ski club scores again
J.F. Stehley took our boys out to Homewood ark Ski Tournament. Saturday night he phoned with the good news. Marvin Elkins had broken Homewood's Hill record for his event. This was Marvin's first trip to the outside clubs.
Steamboat's "Flying Speck," 8-year-old Douglas Armstrong was outclassed. There was no E class so he jumped in the D class with boys six and seven years older than he. Nothing daunted, Dougie flew 52 feet in as pretty form as could be wished.
Mr. and Mrs. Stehley attended the banquet and awards meeting that followed the tournament. Mr. Stehley was called upon to satisfy the crowd's curiosity about what we have done to improve Howelsen Hill. He reported everyone was talking Steamboat Springs and stated there was no further doubt in his mind about our getting a real crowd out here.