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Looking Back for Feb. 22, 1935

From the Friday, Feb. 22, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot

Slot machines are out March 1

Working through the approval of the various town boards, Sheriff Ed Rich has ordered all slot machines in the county be taken out March 1.

There are more than a dozen machines in Steamboat Springs and nearly 50 in the county, in Hayden, Oak Creek, Yampa and other places. They are leased by a Denver firm on a 50-50 basis and are very profitable, for it is a "cinch" game with the machine always winning. Some machines in a favorable location and at a certain time of year show as much as $75 profit in a month, though the average is not nearly that high. Yet it is certain the combined profit is above $2,000 a month.

Public opinion will approve the action of the sheriff and the town boards in abolishing this form of gambling.

Fredbo broke the Howelsen Hill jumping record 5 times

With a leap of 229 feet, Einar Fredbo, of Salt Lake City, broke the Howelsen Hill jumping record in Steamboat Springs on Feb. 17. He exceeded the 212-foot mark five times, making a jump of 222 feet when trying out the course Friday. In his two finals Sunday afternoon, he jumped 224 and 227 feet, and 220 on his first trial. The intrepid ski rider from Norway whirred past the spectators like a flash in the air, gradually dropping as the incline decreased. When he hit the hard-packed snow, the thud of the impact reverberated like a shot. Fredbo skimmed along the flat, stopped himself with a swirl and flashed a smile to the applauding crowd. His jump of 229 feet exceeded his record of 228 feet he made last year on Ecker Hill in Salt Lake City. He not only broke the record on Howelsen Hill, 212 feet made by Peter Falstad in 1931, he now holds the long-distance record for the state of Colorado.

Rules guide collection of sales tax for businesses

"When the people of the state get used to the sales tax there will be very little confusion," remarked Charles Armstrong just after he had issued the orders under which the new tax will operate. Perhaps the greatest confusion will come with trying to distinguish who is under it and who is not.

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The general line of stores won many victories in the writing of the rules. For instance, itinerant vendors of goods will have to take out a license and pay the taxes. People who make it a regular business to go door to door to sell hosiery, brooms, washing machines, shirts, ties and other merchandise come under the law and must have a license and pay tax.

Stores that have been doing the regular business have been trying for years to make the house-to-house merchants and the roadside merchants come under some law that would make them take out licenses and pay taxes. This law will do it. Roadside pop and cherry cider stands will have to be licensed and pay taxes on what they receive for their goods.