Looking back for April 20, 1934: Mining and oil will bring new property
April 19, 2009
75 years ago
From the Friday, April 20, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
There is a sound reason for the optimism that prevails through Routt County with the coming of spring. An early season with crop planting well under way is part of it. The new national measures promise to be of great benefit to the cattle and dairy industries, wool remains at a high price, and now sheep and their products are an important factor in Routt County.
Then, there are other things in the way of development of natural resources. There is increased interest in metal mining, with the promise that important development will soon be under way. Oil enters the game after a long wait in which major companies did not care to develop new fields.
Conservation camp on Yampa River ready May 15
Plans are under way for the establishment of the CCC camp on the Yampa River above Yampa, probably the only camp to be established in Routt County.
Organizers met last week at the Yampa River site to make an inspection for the location of the camp. The place decided upon is near the ranger station on the upper Yampa River. It is expected the camp will be in full operation about May 15 with a quota of 200 men. Barracks will be erected immediately, and the Lions Clubs of Oak Creek and Steamboat are urging the use of local lumber.
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The work will consist of repairing the telephone line, road and trails, and the building of new roads and trails. The camp is on the trail from Yampa to Trapper’s Lake, and it is expected that much improvement will be made at this entrance. The camp is in the neighborhood of Stillwaters, a favorite camping place for residents.
The camp on Elk River last year succeeded in making a wonderful improvement in that section, and it is gratifying that upper Yampa River so that it may undergo like improvement.
The third enrollment in the Civilian Conservation Corps is being held in the various counties of the state, the quotas of which have not been determined but all men who are between ages 18 and 24 who are not known to be on relief organizations will be eligible. Included in the eligibility lists will be those men now enrolled who desire to re-enlist, provided their enlistment has been satisfactory.
Every family should have home garden for summer
Miss Esther Elliott is urging every family to have a home garden this summer. She will tell of the importance of a garden in her talk over the radio Monday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m.
Harry L. Hopkins, federal relief administration, says a home garden is possible to almost every family either living in the country or in towns of 5,000 or less population. Without reference to other self-sustenance measures, which may be put into effect later, it should be the policy of the state emergency relief organizations to refuse to extend relief to any family failing to plant and properly care for an adequate garden when the facilities therefore are available, he said.
Miss Elliott will assist each family in planting for a garden. Application should be made at once for seed and for information about care of the garden. When seeds are provided, the family agrees to plant, cultivate and harvest the products of the garden to the best of their ability. They must agree to conserve a sufficient quantity for the use of the family during the coming winter, by canning, drying or storing the surplus. If there is more than the family can use the surplus is to be donated to the FERA to assist those who are unable to operate a garden. They also are required to cooperate with the garden supervisor and the relief administrator to make the garden program a success.