Looking Back for Jan. 4
100 Years ago
From the Jan. 1, 1904 Routt County Sentinel
At a special meeting of the board of trustees of the town of Steamboat Springs, held Jan. 1, 1904, the following resolution was submitted for adoption or rejection:
Whereas, the mayor of the town of Steamboat Springs is informed by Dr. H. C. Dodge, health officer within and for said town, that smallpox exists in said town; now, therefore, it is:
Resolved, ordered and directed by the board of trustees in said town that the public schools within said town be closed, and that all churches, lodges and all other public gatherings be prohibited within said town until further notice, and that said health officer is hereby directed to abate and prevent the spread of said disease by any and all lawful means.
Dance on Elk River
On Christmas night, 150 people gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Critchfield above Trull, and had a dance such as we used to have in the early days when the lovers of that art traveled 30 or more miles to participate in the doings.
The entire country from Elk River and Deep Creek were there, and musicians ’til you couldn’t rest. Even old man Kemmer took a hand in it, and then there were Russell, Turner, Greenlee and many others. They danced from early evening ’til way into the morning. Three different suppers were furnished and everybody is blowing about the swell time they had. It takes country people to get together and do things right.
A successful operation
Drs. Jefferson and Dodge, assisted by Drs. Neuman and Kernaghan, yesterday performed a very successful operation on the 4-year-old son of Mrs. Mulkey by removing a stone from the boy’s bladder.
The child has been a great sufferer, and an operation was found necessary to save his life. The little chap is getting along nicely now and will soon be entirely recovered.
70 years ago
From the Jan. 5, 1934 Steamboat Pilot:
Many weddings in ’33
While the year 1933 will be heralded as a year of depression, there was no depression in the office of John D. Crawford in the marriage license department. It was a banner year for marriages in Routt County. The office records show a total of 75 marriage licenses issued during the year.
This number does not, however, include all the marriages as there was a large number of couples who secured their licenses in other counties and some of them were married in other counties. It is safe to say that during the year 100 couples were wedded, practically two marriages each week.
Mr. Crawford is expecting a much larger crop of newlyweds in 1934, he says, and is prepared to issue the certificates as the demand requires.
At the request of county commissioners, A.M. Gooding prepared this message for Routt County including a general budget summary for the coming year:
The Routt County Board has prepared and files herewith its budget for the year 1934. Due to the novelty of this activity, it not having been required in any such detail in previous years, the budget has been the occasion of a considerable amount of effort and research. Every item in the 1934 budget has been the occasion of careful consideration, and every economy which has appeared at all possible, consistent with good county government and in compliance with the law, has been effected.
It was found indispensable to raise the 1933 mill levy (for taxes to be collected in 1934) over the 1932 levy because of the reduction of assessed values throughout the state. This reduction affected all classes of property, but it was particularly acute in Routt County because of a drastic reduction in the assessed valuation of nonproductive coal land, of which there is a large acreage in this county. While the valuation for 1932 was $13,067,170, for 1933 it was $10,885,090, representing a reduction of approximately $2.5 million. The levy for 1933 was as follows:
Ordinary county revenue 4.5 $45,062
Roads and bridges 2 22,214
Interest on bonds .5 5,342
Poor .9 9,616
Registered warrants 1.5 16,027
50 years ago
From the Dec. 7, 1954 Steamboat Pilot
FIS selection for Skeeter
Skeeter Werner, national junior skiing champion in 1950 and 1951, will have a crack at world competition next month when she enters the FIS meets in Sweden with the U.S. team.
Her selection to this country’s FIS squad marks a high spot in her skiing career and one for which she has been working for quite some time. She is one of the youngest members of the U.S. Ski Team and will be skiing under the colors of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
Skeeter and her 17-year-old brother, Buddy, have become a well-known skiing duo, winning many honors simultaneously throughout the nation.
Although Buddy did not make the U.S. downhill and slalom team for the FIS this year, he is the first alternate and may make the trip with the team if there are enough funds available.
for better rail service
Believing a good offense is the best defense, Northwest Colorado is taking the lead in attempting to bring better railroad service to northwestern Colorado.
Routt, Moffat and Grand counties and the towns and cities last week organized the Northwestern Colorado Railroad Service Association and petitioned the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to force the Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad to give this area better freight, passenger and mail service.
Commissioners Clause A. Luekens, J. Frank Stetson and William S. Green of Routt County attended a preliminary meeting Wednesday night and pledged to support the fight.
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