THE WAY IT WAS
Blizzard victims buried
Steamboat Springs — March 28, 1923
The bodies of Jay Sorric and his 14-year-old daughter, Thelma, who lost their lives in last Wednesday’s blizzard, were buried last Wednesday at Craig. The widow and her remaining five children, all younger than Thelma, are in destitute circumstances, and Mrs. Sorric is crippled with rheumatism. They will probably be sent to relatives in Nebraska.
Mr. Sorric came to Moffat County from Kansas seven years ago and located on a homestead near the head of Fortification Creek, 32 miles from Craig, where he earned the reputation of being an industrious and honest citizen. Last year’s crop failed due to drought, leaving his family with no means to purchase proper clothing and the little girl who perished in the storm is said to have been clothed only in khaki, having no underclothes.
Moffat to come
from under the snow
The blockade of the Moffat road resulting from the severe storm of two weeks ago has not yet been broken. No train from Denver since that of March 14 has gotten through, but it is hoped by railroad officials that the line can be reopened by next Monday.
Derailed locomotives and snowplows first blocked the road, then a snowslide carried away a snowsled at Dixie Lake, burying the track with debris. The track is now reported clear between Denver and Corona, but trouble is being experienced with a huge Mallet engine, off the rails just beyond the Corona shed, which for a week was “dead” and covered with snow. It was dug out and fired up on Monday. Work is difficult on account of blowing, drifting snow.
Passengers are still traveling by way of the State Bridge and Wolcott, a stub train being operated on the tri-weekly schedule between Tabernash and Craig. Letter mail is being transferred from the Denver, Rio Grande and Western, but it has been impossible to arrange for the transfer of parcel post, as the wagon road from the State Bridge to Wolcott is nearly impassable from mud and melting ice.
Miss Rachel Wood of Steamboat Springs took part Tuesday evening in a concert given in the auditorium of the Bible Institute in Los Angeles where she has been a student since last fall. The entire concert was broadcasted from the powerful radio set at the institute. Miss Wood’s piano solo, “The Butterfly,” was distinctly heard here by her parents on the wireless at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Hanks.
News of friends
There will be six barbers under one roof on Lincoln Avenue before long. Hugh Lawless and Charles Eckstein have rented a portion of the Bamforth building and will move there on April 1. They are securing thoroughly up-to-date equipment and will install a third chair. Mr. Bamforth is remodeling the other half of the building for his own shop, is adding another chair and will put in a plate glass front.
F.M. Light arrived home last week from California, where he had spent several months, most of the time in San Diego. He is much improved in health.
J.L. Norvell left Tuesday for Yampa and Toponas and on to Denver, from where he will leave for Arizona or southeastern Utah to purchase cattle. Before his return, he will probably visit Los Angeles, where his two eldest daughters, the Misses Ruth and Edith, are students at the Bible Institute.
George Wither returned yesterday from Boulder, where he visited his wife and sons who have been spending the winter there.
Leo Dawson, formerly a Hayden boy, has re-enlisted in the aviation service and is at a flying camp in Illinois. During the war he attained fame as an ace in France, performing valiant service.
J.M. Whetstone came up from Hayden on Tuesday for a visit of several days in Steamboat Springs.
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