THE WAY IT WAS
Enormous crops, big problem
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.
Sept. 28, 1921
What is to be done with the enormous quantities of feed that have this year been harvested on Routt County ranches? In hay alone Routt County puts into the stack 100,000 tons a year. With two-thirds of last year’s crop still on hand, another enormous harvest has taken place. It is safe to say that there are 160,000 tons in stack. The crops of wheat, oats and barley are also bountiful, piling up an enormous total of valuable product in the hands of the farmer with prices very low. Wheat will find a market, but the other grains are going begging.
The Moffat is in receivership, but it would seem that united action by all the commercial clubs and all the business interests of the section, laying out the facts before the receivers of the Moffat railroad, might be able to result in an emergency lowering of the freight rate, thus enabling the sending out of some of the produce and bringing in cattle. That would bring prosperity, not the hectic prosperity of two years ago, but a steady and substantial basis of lasting prosperity.
Jumbo caught with hooch
Chris Pasch, better known as “Jumbo,” proprietor of a pool hall at Oak Creek, was arrested by Chris Hunt, federal prohibition officer, on Saturday, charged with having a quart of liquor in his possession and was brought to Steamboat. He gave bond of 500 to appear for a preliminary hearing in 10 days. This is his second offense and if found guilty in district court may be facing a penitentiary sentence.
Hot ashes dumped carelessly in dangerous places and a few puffs of wind caused two small fires Monday morning, either of which could resulted seriously. By coincidence, two church edifices were endangered. Fortunately, no harm was done in either case. The first blaze was discovered in the alley between the Methodist Church and the home of L.L. Brown, and the other one, which called out the fire department, was in the same alley, two blocks east. At the latter point, live coals had set fire to dry grass, carrying the fire to some boards resting against the side of the barn in the rear of the Catholic Church. If it had not been properly discovered, a bad blaze would have occurred.
News of friends
Streeter Reinhardt was greeting old friends in Steamboat last week, coming from the oil fields around Rawlins, where he has been employed for several years. His brother, Small Reinhardt, also is employed in the oil fields. Their father, Dick Reinhardt, is in Alaska. Streeter says he is going to Alaska next spring, as that is to be the next great oil field.
The Hayden schools opened this week with an enrollment of 58 in the Union High School, 35 in the junior high and 90 in the grades.
Two Steamboat exhibitors at the recent county fair have regrets over mishaps suffered by their entries while being taken to Hayden on the big highway truck. Some beautiful pieces of fancy work sent by Mrs. Ohman were badly damaged by being flooded with oil and the fine specimens of clay modeling made by Mrs. H.C. Heintze were badly broken. Although they were her first attempts, Mrs. Heintze had made very lifelike statuettes of Washington, Lincoln, Pershing and Uncle Sam.
Law Drake went to Denver Saturday with four carloads of cattle for himself, Ralph Drake and Will Cooney.
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