Rilla Wiggins

What a glorious time of year! For most of September we’ve been watching the aspens change from a green to yellow, orange and red. This past week has been every color in every direction.

Like I’ve said before, “Autumn is my favorite time of year until spring comes.”

Some hunters aren’t seeing many animals but are having fun. But there were three guys in the shop the other day, and they were all excited. They had just seen six elk up toward Nipple Peak. And then the fishermen are all gleaming with sparkling eyes and wide grins. The fishing has been very good, and one fisherman showed me the big ones he had caught.

Took one final pink Jeep trip up Deep Creek last Saturday. Sure was beautiful looking out over Steamboat Lake to Sand Mountain. That’s a sight the old-time miners didn’t have.

Talked to Gail Gaineau, who lives in the old Larson house, and she was excited. Why? She was looking forward to getting out of town this weekend. She has not been east or west of Steamboat since last November. But, she wouldn’t tell me where she was going, or even which direction, so you’ll have to ask her when she gets back.

Our local historic old schoolhouse, and the museum, were headquarters for an enthusiastic bunch of members from the Colorado Preservation Club last Saturday morning. The group was here for its annual board meeting, and that group of 14 was welcomed by the ringing of the old school bell. We were a little late getting this affair started because we were waiting for our Historical Society’s president, Deb Pollack, to come from Craig. We finally got a message that when she got ready to leave, she found that she had a flat tire, then couldn’t get the lugs off to change it.

So, Shirley Galusha welcomed the group, and then introduced me, Rilla Wiggins, for the slide presentation of “Historic Hahn’s Peak,” which is made up of copies of pictures of old activities and people here in Hahn’s Peak in the years from 1870s through the 1930s.

There were seven of our locals to meet with this group, including Shirley and Rich Galusha, Chuck Stevens, Brian Heselback, Chuck and Gloria Root and Rilla Wiggins. The group brought box lunches and enjoyed eating inside and some outside.

Several friends from Kansas were vacationing at the Price cabin for the weekend. They were Angie Black, Marlene Logan and Meda Framwell from Kansas. Oh yes, Karen Price was there, too.

Patti Ragan did a lot of cooking the last week or so. Bill and Patti’s son, Jeff, and his business helper were here from Kansas City. It was a quick trip, just for a couple days. They had powered cement on a job and it started raining, so they came here to fish and ride the four-wheelers while that cement was drying.

Then Saturday morning, Billy and Bill, their oldest son, brother Bob and son Bill, also from Kansas City, came and they will fly home Monday. All had good luck fishing.

Then Bill and Patti will leave Oct. 8 for their winter home in Arizona. They are leaving early to attend the baptism of their great-niece’s first child Oct. 13. She will be baptized by her grandfather, who is a minister in Scottsdale.

Then Patti showed me a photo taken in Oklahoma City at a print restaurant. That’s where Patti sang back in 1955 for 2 1/2 years. The restaurant had quite an eating menu: 10 ounce filet with mushroom caps, $4. Sundaes were 35 cents. It was an elite place.

The new fire station, number two for North Routt County, over the hill west of the village on County Road 129, will be done in the spring. The building will house four rooms for four emergency vehicles, namely the fire truck, an ambulance a county plow truck and an office section. The construction of this building is being done by our local Fair and Square Construction Co., owned by Wayne Adamo.

And now, it is time for me to say “goodbye” again. I will close “Things ‘n’ Stuff Shop” Oct. 1.

Hope to write to you again come June 2003.

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