Large blizzard strikes |

Large blizzard strikes

— 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 previous columns.

March 23, 1923

An Equinoctial storm that was a record breaker throughout the central west took the form of snow and high winds from the northeast in Routt and Moffat counties.

Commencing in the afternoon, the snow was heavy and soggy as the temperature was well above freezing.

When the blasts of wind started, shortly after midnight, the snow was converted into a hard crust wherever it lodged and by morning roads and trails were well nigh impassable.

Mail carriers on star and rural routes found greater difficulty in getting over the roads than at any time since the beginning of winter.

On the Mystic route it was impossible to make the trip on Wednesday, but contractor Sam Jones got over the roads with his rig yesterday.

On the Columbine-Slater mail line, Birkey Byers, the stage driver, was four hours on Wednesday getting from Columbine to the ranger station, a distance of two miles, and then he had to give up hope of reaching Snake River. Several times his horses got down in the deep snow and he narrowly escaped losing them.

From 1 a.m. until 8 a.m. it was almost impossible to face the wild, howling storm. It will be days before the streets and sidewalks are restored to normal condition.

Lively ring contests held

The members and guests of the Leo Hill post of the American Legion greatly enjoyed the smoker given last Friday night at the Odd Fellows hall, a lively program of amateur wrestling and boxing matches arranged by a committee, C.H. Vaux, Carl Welch, Harper Forgey and T.W. Poulson. Music was provided by the Steamboat band and a quartet consisting of Hugh and Wynn Roberts, Irvin Soash and Dewey Edmondson.

Ring contests were between Ivan Thomas and Wynn Roberts, Jule Lajala and Edward Groesbeck, Hugh Matthews and Borden Neiman, George Wren and Lawrence Wren, Herman Zimmerman and Donald Moss, Dewey Edmondson and Hugh Roberts, Willard Smith and Oliver Welch, George Steele and Jule Lajala, Chub Davis and Lyman Reardson and C.H. Vaux and Wesley Poulson, concluding with a fast three-round bout between Russell Ohman and Dean Wendell resulting in a draw. All events were carried out in a classy manner.

Lively local happenings

What is believed to be record time in dehorning cattle was made last week by Frank Squire and George Lobb in handling a bunch of 2-year-old steers owned by J.L. Norvell. With the aid of their assistants, they dehorned 372 animals in two hours and 55 minutes, considerably better than two a minute.

Dimple, the 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Mack of Mount Harris, had two fingers cut off last week when her hand was accidentally struck by a hatchet in the hands of her oldest brother when she was picking up kindling which he was splitting. The severed members were quickly put in their natural place where they are being held by splints. It is hoped they can be saved.

Candy Sandoval, wife and baby, who have been at Haybro since last fall, came to Steamboat yesterday for a visit with Mrs. Sandoval’s mother, Mrs. Will Law. They were among those delayed by the snow blockade of the railroad south of town.

Mrs. J.M. Childress and Mrs. Charles E. Baer left last week for California, going by way of State Bridge. Mrs. Childress will visit relatives in Los Angeles, while Mrs. Baer will visit her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Harvey Woolery at Pomona.

George Kemry and family have been on the sick list. C.E. Hadley and Peter Stanko were feeding Mr. Kemry’s stock until Wednesday, when the Coyner boy came, to remain until George is able to get out. Mrs. Emma Kemry is with her son’s family during their illness. The J.A. Brobeck family has moved into its handsome new bungalow on Pine Street that has been under construction for several months.

Hogs, hens, houses, harps and Hupmobiles do not satisfy the spiritual nature. You know it’s true. Come to church next Sunday, the last Sunday before Easter. Others are doing it, why not you? At the Methodist Episcopal Church there will be a Bible school meeting before the 11 o’clock service. In the evening there will be a special program by the young people, if the train comes in. If the train doesn’t come in, there will be a slide show, about 50 slides, on China.

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