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Jean Wren

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Steamboat Springs Running Series registry opens

Summer races expected to fill up

Leaders with the Steamboat Springs Running Series sent out a survey to many of the record number of competitors who took part in summer races

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Hayden hospital opens

The hospital erected by the citizens of Hayden as a memorial to the late Dr. J.V. Solandt, a pioneer physician of that town, has been entirely completed and is now in operation, having received its first patient last week. Mrs. Earl Pate, a trained nurse, from Great Divide, is superintendent, and Mrs. Anna Bowman, for many years a successful hotel proprietor at Hayden, is housekeeper. The new institution is thoroughly modern and a number of rooms have been furnished by various individuals and fraternal organizations.

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Train was overturned

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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 pr

Howelsen slide at Steamboat Springs, which has twice given a world's ski record, first by Ragnar Omtvedt and next by Henry Hall, produced a new record for the hill last Friday at the 10th annual Carnival of Mid-Winter Sports when Hans Hansen jumped 210 feet and made a perfect ride.

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Steamboat's own train wreck

Steamboat Springs people today had an opportunity to view a Moffat road train wreck, and curiosity had led many people to visit the depot where one of the big locomotives is off the track.

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Stage set for big carnival

Feb. 7, 1923 The dates for the 10th Annual Carnival of Mid-Winter Sports has definitely been set for Feb. 22 and 23 in order that the Moffat road passenger train service will meet the convenience of the greatest number of visitors from other points.

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Another train blockade

Another chapter in the long history of misfortune of the Moffat road was added Sunday when the bridge across Bull Creek burned, interrupting through traffic. Officials estimate that it will take until Jan. 16, at least, to rebuild the structure, and it may be another week before it can be put to use.

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Why not an elk farm?

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.

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New farm feature for carnival

Dec. 28, 1921 The members of the Steamboat Commercial Club and the Sequoyah club held a joint luncheon yesterday at the Progressive Cafe and after the repast a profitable hour was spent discussing matters for the advancement of the interests of Routt County and Steamboat Springs.

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Get right keep right

Don't overlook the Week of Prayer! The dates are Jan. 2 to 6 inclusive. The places are the Protestant churches of Steamboat Springs.

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Coal crisis heats up

The mines of Routt County which last month employed 1,500 men are now practically idle. They are not officially closed but they are not working. No orders, say the operators. Many miners are leaving for other camps in the hope of obtaining work.

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Wireless service arrives

M.D. Schafermeyer is installing a complete wireless station in the west room of his store building and will have it soon in operation. The plant will include radio-telephone with amplifiers, which will make it possible for a person in any part of the room to hear distinctly conversations and music thousands of miles distant.

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Trouble in the coal fields

Trouble is brewing in the coal fields. Confidence that an increase in the capacity of the Moffat road to carry freight has encouraged Routt mine owners to invest in a great deal of development.

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Still more stills

When Bert Knight of lower Morrison Creek was arrested and fined for maintaining a still, he pled guilty and paid a fine. He complained that officers allowed Wallace Hallett of Oak Creek to swill liquor. He was told that if he could produce any evidence, Hallett would also be prosecuted.

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An ingenious invention

John M. Trull of Steamboat Springs has made application for patents upon a set of ingenious attachments through the use of which he believes that it will be possible to continue the use of automobiles throughout the winter in Routt County, no matter how deep the snow may be.

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Moonshiner faces pen

Deputy Sheriffs Oren Gray and Morris Pidcock came to Steamboat Sunday night and landed in jail one John Morey.

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Two perils for Moffat Road

Northwestern Colorado faces a double peril of suspension of transportation facilities, for not only would the Moffat road be tied up if a general strike of railroad employees should take effect as threatened, but a court order has been asked for by certain of the bondholders who maintain that the road must be shut down if wages are not reduced.

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Steamboat boys establish radio station

The world's voices, transmitted by electric waves, the most marvelous feat of an age of marvels, are being heard in Steamboat Springs.

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Had whiskey arrested break jail

Whiskey was responsible for some excitement out of the ordinary at Oak Creek Wednesday when Joe Johnson, who now has the former Bennie Laughlin ranch, northeast of Yampa, was arrested with his brother and they broke out of jail, only one of them being recaptured. He was tried yesterday before Justice O.E. Mallory in Steamboat Springs and fined $100, which he paid. The brother is still missing.

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Enormous crops, big problem

What is to be done with the enormous quantities of feed that have this year been harvested on Routt County ranches? In hay alone Routt County puts into the stack 100,000 tons a year.

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Old-time cowman cashes in

Many old-timers will regret to learn that "Hi" Barnard, one of the best-known cowmen of this section, is about to "cash in," as he expresses it himself. Before being taken to the Rock Springs hospital from his ranch in Moffat county, he bid goodbye to all his friends, saying he would not return.

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Bumper crops for fair

The eighth annual Routt County fair opened Wednesday, and in the number and quality of exhibits, the excellence of the program of sports and the attendance equals all previous events of the kind at Hayden. An abundance of moisture and favorable growing weather has resulted in bumper crops and better specimens of grains, grasses and vegetables than ever before displayed at the big fair.

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Big Labor Day at Oak Creek

For the past 10 years, Oak Creek has had a big celebration on Labor Day, but there is no question that the entertainment provided this year made the 1921 holiday observance the best yet. The program occupied three days, beginning Saturday morning and continuing until Monday night.

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Community house for island

August 24, 1921 The committee of ladies representing the Steamboat Springs Commercial Club, appointed to undertake the construction of a community house on the island west of town, has awarded a contract to Ernest Campbell to construct the building. He offered to furnish the material and put up the structure for $500. Work will commence at once.

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August 17, 1921 The special committee appointed by the Steamboat Springs Commercial club to assist the county commissioners in securing rights of way for Federal Aid project No. 80 up Elk River from Steamboat Springs is making considerable progress. It is now believed that the project will be carried to completion.

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Two-Bar Bill down again

Marion (Two-Bar Bill) Winters was before Justice O.E. Mallory twice last week on Wednesday to answer a charge of having broken into the cabin at the Willow Creek placer property and removing a quantity of materials, including the doors and windows of the building. He entered a plea of guilty and was fined. The case had hardly been closed before Winters was again arrested, this time on a charge of having made away with 1.5 miles of four-wire fence in California Park belonging to the Clay Springs Cattle Company. Ralph Denney of Clark is accused of having been associated with Winters in taking the wire.

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Boxing, baseball and rough riding

July 6, 1921 What had been planned by the Mount Harris Athletic Club as the most elaborate Fourth of July celebration in this part of the state Sunday and Monday was a big success though seriously interfered with by heavy rain. Races and other events had to be postponed until the track was in shape, as did Monday night's athletic events.

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The sheep troubles

Government men, state rangers and all kinds of officers have been in Moffat County this past week and, as a result, the sheep are this morning entering the White River Forest on which they have grazing permits. The cattlemen have been out in force but were not armed and the situation did not become critical.

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All highways open

All automobile highways into Routt County are now open for the season. Travelers may come and go in any direction.

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A shocking murder

Editor's note: Longtime Pilot & Today columnist Jean Wren, who compiled The Way it Was, died last week. Her contributions will be sorely missed. Beginning this week, the Pilot & Today is reprinting a selection of Jean's previous columns.

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America's smallest living baby

Pat Cullen of Steamboat Springs claims the honor of being the grandfather of the smallest living baby in the United States. It is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Squire of Brookston. When it was born Sunday it weighed only 1.5 pounds. Despite this fact, it is thriving and bids fair to become a healthy child. Mrs. Squire is doing nicely.

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Four killed on Moffat

Four section men engaged in removing ice and snow from the top of snowshed No. 32 on the Moffat road were instantly killed Monday afternoon when the shed collapsed, trapping them in the ruins. The shed, directly above Dixie Lake, was demolished. Some of the timbers slid down the mountain to the track below, which was also obstructed.

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2 shot in Oak Creek quarrel

Shooting from a second-story window of his building in Oak Creek, Ed Carnes fatally wounded town trustee B.F. Williams and struck his brother, Charles Williams, in the leg with two bullets last Sunday afternoon. The Williams brothers had been walking down the road toward Carnes' place of business when they were shot. Carnes claims that both men had guns, but others say only B.F. Williams was armed.

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Roads to the outside open

Spring is opening up in good shape. Farmers are getting at their work and the roads are getting good. Automobiles have been traveling between Craig and Steamboat for the past week.