Looking back for Oct. 12, 1934
October 10, 2009
Steamboat Springs — From the Friday, Oct. 12, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:
Only diseased sheep were put to slaughter
The rumor factory has been busy in the past few weeks regarding the slaughter of condemned sheep in Routt County, the report being that thousands of head of sheep have been killed and buried when the carcasses could have been used for food.
Here are the facts: Under direction of County Agent Moon, the government has purchased 23,386 head of sheep in Routt County. Of this number, 6,204 have been condemned as unfit for human food and were killed. The committee to pass upon the sheep is made up of Samuel D. Lighthizer, of Hayden, and Andrew McDermott, of Steamboat Springs. They have worked faithfully for nearly three weeks. Their instructions are plain, to cull out tubercular and otherwise diseased sheep, and as both are sheep people and responsible citizens, it may be assumed they used good judgment and knew what they were doing.
Passing upon more than 23,000 sheep in three weeks it is possible that some were possibly killed that might have been used for food, but they played it safe, for the point has not been reached where diseased food has to be given to human beings.
Library sale will be used for new books
The Steamboat Springs Library is highly rated among public libraries of Colorado for the number of patrons who borrow books and for the efficient manner in which it is managed. Mrs. Pearl Colley, who has been librarian since the opening of the institution, has kept in touch with modern library methods. Her aim is to keep the stock of books as nearly up-to-date as funds will permit. As there is no appropriation for the purchase of new books, those interested in the progress of the library are always ready to cooperate in any program that will provide funds for the purchase of new books.
With the understanding that they will have the full cooperation of everyone in Routt County in the success of their project, the library board will sponsor a white elephant and cooked food sale at the library Oct. 27. This means there will be two chances for library boosters to help secure a fund for the purchase of new books: one is to bring articles of food for sale and then to buy something that has been offered.