Looking back for May 24, 1935: Oak Creek man killed leaping from aerial tram

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George Milosovich, former resident of Oak Creek, was killed Wednesday, May 15, when he leaped from a bucket on an aerial mine tram on the slopes of London Mountain near Alma, Colo. He went down 100 feet to his death. Robert Hurd, also riding in a bucket just ahead of the one in which Milosovich was riding, jumped to save himself and dropped only 11 feet. He received cuts and bruises from contact with the steel towers that support the cables of the tram system.

The men were riding to work up the mountainside on the aerial tram, when the bucket in which Hurd was seated became detached from the messenger cable and started careening wildly back down the hill. As Milosovich saw the loose bucket coming down toward him and gathering speed, he made the jump tho he was then 100 feet in the air. His body was crushed and nearly every bone broken. Had he stayed in the bucket, he might have saved his life. The runaway bucket struck the other with a heavy impact, but did not tear it from its fastenings or throw it from the track.

Oak Creek-Yampa road project is making headway

The steam shovel work on the Oak Creek-Yampa road started last week under supervision of L.J. Hesser for Ed Selander who is doing this part of the job for the Larson Construction company of Denver. Stanley Larson was in Oak Creek and Steamboat last week arranging for the pushing of the contract as rapidly as possible. Mr. Mitchell, who has been in charge of another project for the company, is temporarily in charge of operations.

A carload of galvanized iron culvert material was unloaded at Oak Creek several days ago. A crew is at work fencing the rights-of-way and removing buildings which interfere being trucked from a bed in the river located near Tow Creek. The material is being carried on the long haul because it is a quality that is acceptable to the state highway department.

Million fish eggs have been placed in a local hatchery

C.A. Ribbing left for Denver Monday morning after spending seven weeks in Steamboat Springs for the purpose of filling the Steamboat Springs fish hatchery with rainbow trout eggs from the local streams. Sam Stevns, custodian of the hatchery and local game warden, assisted Mr. Ribbing in securing the 1,275,000 eggs which now fill the trays in the 40 troughs of the hatchery. Each tray carries about 4,500 eggs, and there are eight trays to each trough. The hatchery is a bit overstocked. With the available rainbow eggs in this section, there is urgent need of enlarging the hatchery.

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