Craig Empire Newspaper Articles
for the communities of Youghal and
Moffat County, Colorado
(note: This collection of news articles is not complete. I searched for mention of the Thomas Alvin Smith family)
January 26, 1923 – YOUGHAL - Friday evening, January 26, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver of the Youghal Community, gave a box social, which was attended by 29 people. Those present were Miss Ethel Lindsey, Mr. and Mrs. Owens, Earl Kelly, Misses Stella and Mary Weaver, Mr. and Mrs. Sugar, Mr. and Mrs. Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Show and daughter Loretta, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith, Ernest Smith, Misses Rose and Julia Smith, Mrs. Wilcox and her two sons, Mr. Davidson, Curley Davidson, Walter Goldsmith, W. H. Faulkner, Mrs. Baker, Fray Baker, Robert Hamilton, and Albert Power. The evening was spent in dancing and playing games. All stayed until daylight. Tom Smith gave a party in honor of his wife’s birthday, and 35 people were present. It was one of the coldest nights at Youghal, but it did not keep people away. Mr. and Mrs. Owens and Miss Lindsey showed their grit by riding 18 miles in the cold. Those present were Mrs. Fannie Smith, Ernest Smith, Misses Rose and Julia Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Owens, Miss Lindsey, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Spurgeon and son Hubert, Mr. and Mrs. Sugar, Mr. and Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Baker, Fray Baker, Mrs. Wilcox, Albert Power, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver, Misses Ruth, Esther, and Gladys Carver, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Show and daughter, Robert Hamilton, Earl Carver, Roy Carver, Misses Helen and Louise Barnes. Lunch was served at midnight. Music was furnished by Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. Baker, and Mr. Hamilton. All stayed until broad daylight.
Feb. 7, 1923 - YOUGHAL – Youghal enjoyed a few days of nice weather last week. Mrs. A. V. Spurgeon has been on the sick list but is better at this writing. Youghal has come to life this winter. There has been a party or dance every two weeks since the Christmas entertainment and dance at the school house. Friday evening, January 26, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver, gave a box social, which was attended by 39 people. Those present were Miss Ethel Lindsey, Mr. and Mrs. Owens, Earl Kelly, Misses Stella and Mary Weaver, Mr. and Mrs. Sugar, Mr. and Mrs. Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Shaw and daughter Loretta, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith, Ernest Smith, Misses Rose and Julia Smith, Mrs. Wilcox and her two sons, Mr. Davidson, Curley Davidson, Walter Goldsmith, W. H. Faulkner, Mrs. Baker, Fray Baker, Robert Hamilton, and Albert Power. The evening was spent in dancing and playing games, and there was lots of fun. When supper time came each man drew a number which decided his partner. Mrs. Sugar assisted Mr. and Mrs. Carver in serving. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw, Mr. Baker and Mr. Hamiltong furnished the music, changing off so that all could enjoy themselves. All stayed until daylight when those going afar were again served with hot coffee and cake. Everybody reported a delightful time and hope that there will be something else going on before long to keep things lively and pass these long winter nights. Tom Smith, our mail carrier, is making his semi-weekly trips on horseback. We have been pretty lucky so far this winter, always getting our mail on time. The road is drifted full of snow in some places while in others there is no snow at all. Mrs. Arthur Power came over Friday evening to spend Saturday at home. She returned to her school on Sunday. Mr. Neiland has gone down to Lily park to work for Bill Edwards. Mr. and Mrs. Sugar and Mr. and Mrs. Myers walked seven miles in order to attend the box supper at Carver’s. So you see some of us have some spirit and backbone.
March 7, 1923 – YOUGHAL – (too late for last week) Tom Smith and family spent Sunday down at his mother’s. Roy Carver spent Monday evening with the Tom Smith children. Howell Power was a guest of Roy Carver one day last week. Ernest Smith and Misses Rose and Julia Smith took in the masquerade dance at Cross Mountain. Henry Wasson and Curly Davidson also took in that masquerade, and all reported a good time. They must have had lots of fun to ride 30 miles there in a snowstorm and back half the way horseback and nearly frozen when they got home. Such is life in the Far West. Youghal was visited on February 12 by one of the worst blizzards of the season. The mail was unable to go on account of the storm. The next trip the mail carrier, Tom Smith, and his brother Ernest took four horses to break the road. It now takes three days to make the trip, but we are thankful to get mail that often. Mrs. Charles Wilcox came over from Hell Canyon on her snowshoes last Wednesday and spent the night with Mrs. E. D. Carver. She started with a horse but soon saw that the horse could not make it to Youghal. She returned home on Thursday, accompanied by Arthur Power, on skis. Mr. Power came back the next Tuesday and reported lots of snow over in Hell Canyon. N. Wieland came home from Lily parl last Friday night to visit his family. Earl Carver and Ernest Smith got up a hard times dance at Carver’s Saturday night, February 24. Owing to the short notice only 33 persons were present. Everybody reported a delightful time. Earl Kelly rode up to Youghal to take in the hard times dance at Carver’s. He came around by Mrs. M. A. Baker’s and accompanied her and her son Fray Baker, and Charlie Mantle. Misses Louise and Helen Barnes rode up from Lily park Friday evening and visited with Mrs. Fannie Smith and family and took in the hard times dance. They returned home Sunday afternoon, accompanied by Earl Kelly. Mr. Davidson and Curly Davidson were over from Wolf Creek to attend the hard times dance. Mrs. Charlie Wilcox came over from Hell Canyon to do some trading and take in the dance.
March 26, 1923 – YOUGHAL – (Too late for last week)
We had all our nice weather in February, but March has brought more snow. There was snow and wind all day Saturday, but the snow was fine and didn’t pile up very fast. Ralph Reeve came over from his home on Wolf creek and spent Sunday night with Fray Baker and his mother, so as to be ready to go out on the Youghal express to Craig early Monday morning. W. H. Faulkner, Ralph Reeve and Tom Smith were summoned as witnesses in the Nick Weiland case. Fray Baker is acting as mail carrier while Tom Smith is in Craig. E. D. Carver took Messrs Faulkner, Reeve and Smith to Craig on the Youghal express. They left ahead of the mail man, but he caught up with them several times and had to pull the car out of the snow drifts. They got as far as Maybell the first night, and the following day had some trouble getting through the sand hills. Franklin Jones has been sick for the past two weeks with neuralgia of the stomach, but is getting better now. Mr. and Mrs. Jack South and Charlie Mantle came up from Skull creek Wednesday and spent the night with Mrs. M. A. and Fray Baker. They returned home Thursday. Mrs. E. D. Carver and children stayed at Faulkner’s store and post office while he was in Craig. Roy Carver was obliged to miss three days of school this week because of a bad cold. This is the first time he has missed during this term. Mrs. M. A. Baker has been suffering from a gathering in her head, but is some better at present.
Mr. Hovett expects to start Sunday school in our neighborhood about the first of April. Everybody is asked to come out and do what they can to make this a successful Sunday school this year. The exact date of the first meeting will be put on the blackboard at the Youghal postoffice.
Johnny Milheim returned to his homestead on Wolf creek last Saturday. He had been at work in Denver all winter. He came out from Craig on horseback. Mrs. Palmer visited with Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Spurgin Sunday and Monday, returning home Tuesday.
April 4, 1923 – YOUGHAL – One of the worst blizzards in many a year arrived March 20 and 21 on Blue Mountain. It lasted 30 hours. Tom Smith, the mail carrier and his brother Ernest and Earl Carver had just left Youghal to break a road through to Cross Mountain as provisions were getting low. They got as far as Wild Horse Corral in Calico Valley the first night, driving four head of horses to a bob sled. They finally reached Mrs. Owen’s home the next day on foot as their horses had played out, and spent the night. The Youghal folk feared the boys had perished in the storm and a search party consisting of E. D. Carver and Frank Estes went out getting to the A. V. Spurgin place the first night on the 26th, from which Mr. Carver had to return home, while Mr. Estes went on to Cross Mountain. The boys got through but got snowblind. Many homesteaders have lost a lot of horses and cattle due to the hard winter.
April 11, 1923 – Mrs. Arthur Power came home from Youghal Saturday to visit her family over Easter Sunday. She left the Hell Canon at 8 a.m. and didn’t arrive home until nearly midnight. The day being warm and the snow soft made it hard traveling on skiis.
April 18, 1923 – YOUGHAL – Last Thursday N. Weiland, E. D. Carver, Earl Carver, Albert Power and Ernest Smith put in the day shoveling out a drift at the entrance to Bear Valley and another near Miss Lampe’s, so the mail man could get through without getting his horses down. The mail is coming in by Lily Park on pack horses. The road by way of Elk Springs to Youghal is still blocked by snow. Curly Davidson broke the trail over from the Davidson place to Youghal Sunday with a team of mules, and had quite a time. Nobody has been over from Wolf Creek on horses since the blizzard of March 20.
April, 1923 – YOUGHAL – Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver of Youghal gave a dance Friday night, April 20. Music was furnished by Shaw’s orchestra consisting of four pieces. After supper was served little Loretta Shaw, age 4, entertained the crowd by singing several selections. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Claude Shaw and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shaw and baby, Mr. and Mrs. Atherton, Mrs. Fannie Smith, Ernest Smith, Misses Rosa and Julia Smith, Miss Helen Barnes, Albert Power, R. Hamilton, Henry Wasson, Fray Baker, Charley Mantle, John Milheim, Mrs. Wilcox, Mr. and Mrs. Shugar, Misses Ola and Frances Smith, Frank and Ollie Smith. They danced until daylight.
June 1923 – YOUGHAL – Earl Carver made two flying trips to Craig the last of the week in the truck, bringing back groceries for the Cash store at Youghal. He and his father, E. D. Carver, expect to run a truck line from Youghal to Craig, carrying anything either way. Anyone wanting to send cream can get it carried straight through from (can’t read this part)….everybody having a few cows to milk ought to take advantage of this and have a pay check coming in every week, and also help keep this truck line running as it will be a big thing for this part of the country. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have returned to their homestead at the entrance of Bear Valley after an absence of over a year. Miss Rose Smith returned home Sunday with Earl Carver from Cross Mountain. Mrs. Fannie Smith and Misses Rose and Julia Smith visited Mr. and Mrs. O’Brien Sunday afternoon. Most everyone around here went to the school election. Ralph Reeves was elected president of the board. Mr. Buck and family have returned to their homestead on Wolf Creek. We are glad to see our neighbors returning. Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver, son Earl and little daughter Gladys have gone for a short visit in Denver. Mr. Shaw, Mrs. Stevens and Miss Louisa Barnes accompanied them. Earl Carver, Ruth and Esther Carver, Miss Julia Smith and Ernest Smith took in the Skull Creek dance. V. Spurgeon and Mr. Shugar made a trip to Craig after grain this week. Mrs. Shugar is visiting A. V. Spurgeon for a few days.
June 6, 1923 – YOUGHAL- A. V. Spurgeon moved camp over to Wolf Creek so as to work the road on that side of Blue Mountain. M. Shugar and N. J. Weiland were helping him this week. Mrs. Fannie Smith visited Mrs. Claude Shaw one day last week.
Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver and son Earl returned home from Denver Sunday in a Reo 6 which they are going to make into a truck for an express line between Youghal and Craig. It is planned to go to Craig one day and back the next. Claude Shaw is putting in some grain on Mrs. Fannie Smith’s place. Mrs. Fannie Smith visited Mrs. O. D. Miller one day last week. Mrs. Gladys Harlan came out with the Carvers last Sunday and returned to Craig Monday. Misses Ruth and Esther Carver accompanied her back to Craig. Mrs. C. J. Wilcox had a runaway one day last week from the top of the divide between Bear Valley and Wolf Creek down to the Youghal post office where the wagon turned over twice. The brakes would not hold and the wagon bumped into the horses frightening them. Fortunately, no serious damage resulted. Mr. Birch and Mr. O’Brien are now shipping their cream to Craig by the Youghal and Craig Express.
June 27, 1923 – YOUGHAL – The Mantle boys are developing their mines on Blue Mountain this summer. They now have 100 tons of zinc and 20 tons of copper on the dump, and thousands of tons in sight. The lead mine will also be put in order for business this summer. Samples may be seen at the Youghal post office. Clark Shaw, Jim Buck and Frank Estes have been mixing and scattering cricket poison, which is sure killing them. However, there are still lots of crickets going in all directions. Art Fairchild and his brother Wesley arrived here from Palisade, Neb., for a short visit with the former’s friends. W. H. Faulkner, postmaster at Youghal, shipped samples of paraffin and asphaltum to New York Monday by parcel post at the request of some New York capitalists who have been exploring in the Blue mountain country. Mr. Jim Buck and children visited with Mrs. E. D. Carver and family Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Shaw, Misses Rose and Julia Smith, Miss Evelyn Tulber, Art and Wesley Fairchild and Ernest Smith were also callers at the Carvers on Sunday afternoon. Art Fairchild and Miss Rose Smith, Wesley Fairchild and Miss Julia Smith made a trip to Craig Saturday, June 16. Wesley Fairchild took the train home to Palisade, Neb., and to kill two birds with one stone, Art Fairchild and Miss Rose Smith got married. They returned to her home Sunday evening. They tried to give people here the slip, but the boys got a crowd of old acquaintances together in a very short time from Hells Canyon, Wolf Creek and Bear Valley, and after dark Monday they tried to see who could make the most noise on steel discs, cans, cowbells and six shooters until they were all invited in and treated, the men to cigars and the ladies to chocolates. After congratulations were said all went to the school house and enjoyed an all-night dance. Lunch was served by the bride and bridegroom. Bidding farewell to all their friends and acquaintances, the young couple left for Palisade, Neb., Thursday afternoon. They will visit relatives on the way. Earl Carver and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Shaw took in the dance at the Hell Canyon school house on Friday, the 15th. There is to be an old time picnic and Fourth of July celebrations at Mrs. Chamberlain’s on Wolf Creek. Jack South brought Mr. Davidson, Miss Evelyn Fuller, Frank Fuller and James Harrison out from Craig last Friday. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Ruffe and son Cecil and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harland returned to Cecil Ruffe’s homestead in Bear Valley Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver and family have been staying there all winter looking after things in their absence. The Carvers have moved to their own homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Jack South and eldest boy, who had been in Oklahoma all winter going to school, returned to their Wolf Creek homestead Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Fuller and family returned to their homestead Thursday. They arrived at Mrs. Fannie Smith’s just in time to help with the reception for Mr. and Mrs. Art Fairchild. Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Miller entertained Mr. and Mrs. Fairchild at a wedding supper Tuesday evening. Mrs. Lewin is visiting her mother, Mrs. Estes, and son, Walter, Goldsmith. They came over Saturday and visited Mrs. Fannie Smith and family, returning home Sunday afternoon.
June, 1923 – A crowd gathered Friday evening at the Bear Valley store and from there went to the Smith ranch where they shivareed Mr. and Mrs. Art Fairchild who were married this week in Craig. Mrs. Fairchild is the former Rose Smith. Curley Davidson, John Milheim and Mrs. Wilcox rode over horseback while the rest of the Hells Canyon folks went in a four-horse wagon. They included Mrs. Anna, Hazel, Gladys, and Leona Brass, Mrs. John Starck and Margaret Starck. Henry Wasson and Merle Carver. They later adjourned to the school house where they enjoyed a dance for the balance of the night. At midnight lunch was served by the bride and groom. John Milheim served breakfast for the Hells Canon crowd.
July, 1923 – The Fourth of July celebration at Mrs. Chamberlain’s was a great success. Quite a crowd gathered from Skull Creek, Bear Valley, Hell Canon, Wolf Creek, and all parts of Blue Mountain. Dinner was spread out under the quaking aspen trees. After dinner there were foot races, jumping, wrestling, tug of war, bucking mule, horse racing and boxing, after which supper was served. Then an all night dance with lunch at midnight. At daybreak everybody departed for their homes, tired and sleepy.
July, 1923 – The dance given at the Hells Canon school house last Friday night was attended by a large crowd, and the music was furnished by John Milheim. Cake was furnished by the ladies. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Shaw, Ernest Smith, and Henry Wasson accompanied Mrs. Wilcox home for breakfast after the dance.
July 11, 1923 – YOUGHAL – Mrs. M. A. Baker has returned from a visit with her son, Charlie Baker, and family at Price Creek.
N. J. Weiland has got his team, wagon and harness together and is hauling cottonwood logs from Lily Park to build a house on his homestead on Wolf Creek.Mrs. Fannie Smith and daughter Julia rode down on the Youghal Express to Cross Mountain last Monday to visit their son and brother, Tom Smith and his family. They returned with Ernest Smith Friday. Fray Baker has just finished plowing 25 acres of land for Albert Powers N. J. Weiland has just made a trade with A. V. Spurgin and got a cow and calf. He and his son went down Sunday and brought them home. Mrs. Shugar was a visitor at Mrs. Carver’s last Monday. Miss Esther Carver spent Thursday and Friday with Mrs. Shugar. Mr. Altherton has been on the sick list for some time. Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver took a hike last Sunday up to the copper mine, where work has just been started. Steve Mantle and Lou Huggins showed them around through the mine. After eating lunch and resting a while they started for home. On reaching the top of the mountain they came across Mrs. Wilcox, Henry Wasson, Miss Evelyn Fuller, Curly Davidson, Miss Lulu Karren and Johnny Milheim, freezing ice cream in a big snow bank. After snowballing and washing one another’s faces in the snow the ice cream was finally frozen and served with lunch, after which all departed for their homes. Mr. Shugar came after his wife last Sunday. She had been looking after Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Spurgis’s place while they were both away. Mrs. A. V. Spurgin returned Tuesday from Craig, where she had been for the past six weeks. She returned with a nice little baby girl of her own and two other girls who are going to stay with them while their mother is in Denver. The Fourth of July celebration at Mrs. Chamberlain’s was a great success. Quite a crowd gathered from Skull Creek, Bear Valley, Hell Canyon, Wolf Creek and all parts of Blue Mountain. Dinner was spread out under the quaking aspen trees. After dinner there were foot races, jumping, wrestling, tug of war, bucking mule, horse racing and boxing, after which supper was served, also under the trees. Then an all-night dance with lunch at midnight. At daybreak everybody departed for their homes, tired and sleepy, but satisfied having enjoyed a good time.
July 18, 1923 – CROSS MOUNTAIN – As the former reporter has moved way to Wyoming, she has requested the one who is writing the items this time to keep the people posted on the happenings in and around Cross Mountain until she can return and take up her duties as reporter. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Diesel had the misfortunate to lose their babe last Friday. The little one passed away at the home of Mr. Diesel’s parents in Craig. All the community extends sympathy to the bereaved parents. Otis Kelly had the misfortunate Sunday to get hit with a ball over the left eye and was painfully hurt. Otis Kelly, Thomas A. Smith and J. J. Stephenson are digging a well at Mud Springs this week. Otis Kelly lost a good work horse this week.
These parts seemed like a funeral the Fourth, as everyone was in Craig. The Mormon crickets have surely fixed things on Cross Mountain, as there will be scarcely any feed grown.
August 1, 1923 – CROSS MOUNTAIN – (Too late for last week) The farmers are cutting and stacking their rye. The baseball game between Cross Mountain and Price Creek Friday the 12th, on the Cross Mountain diamond, was enjoyed by a large crowd. The score was 24 to 15 in favor of Cross Mountain. After the game all gathered at the schoolhouse and had supper, and enjoyed a dance that night. Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Shaw of Youghal came up Thursday to play for the dance Friday night, spending Thursday night and Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Smith. Little Jennie Smith is spending the week with her grandmother, Mrs. Fannie Smith at Youghal. Frank Wilson is home at present from Denver. Frank L. Jacobs and John Phister were Maybell callers Friday of this week. Mrs. Roy Kelly and Mrs. Grady were callers at the Thomas A. Smith home Thursday. Little Ollie Smith left Friday morning for a week’s visit with his grandmother, who is planning on leaving for Sentinel, Oklahoma in the near future. Pete Hackler and family are planning on moving to Vernal for the balance of the summer and the coming winter. S. Kipple and family will leave in a few days for Wyoming. Mr. and Mrs. Otis Kelly were Sunbeam callers Thursday.
August 15, 1923 – CROSS MOUNTAIN – (Too late for last week) Fall harvesting is about done in this part of the country. Mrs. Roy Diesel is on the sick list this week. Otis Kelly was rounding up cattle this week, intending to sell and move to Missouri in the fall. Walter Barnes and wife spent Sunday and Monday at the home of John F. Johnson. Roy Kelly was binding wheat for Will White this week at the White Bear ranch. J. J. Stephenson was a caller at the T. A. Smith home Sunday evening. Ernest Smith stayed all night Sunday with his brother Tom while on the way to Craig. The Roy Kellys motored to Sunbeam Saturday evening. Earl Carver spent Monday night at the home of T. A. Smith. Those picnicking on the river Sunday were the T. A. Smith family and the Will Arnold family.
August 21, 1923 – YOUGHAL - The dance at Bear Valley school house was well attended. Earl Carver brought over a load of people from Wolf creek, including Mrs. Anna Brass and family. Curley Davidson brought a load of people from Skull creek who had been camping out all week down the Yampa river – Mrs. Biles and family, Mrs. Chamberlain, Otis Chamberlain, and Miss Marcella East. There were a good many other people from around this neighborhood. Lunch was served at midnight. Music was furnished by Cecil Ruppe’s phonograph. When daylight came all departed for their respective homes. Earl Carver made a flying trip to Denver week before last. He left with his brother Ralph on Saturday and returned on Wednesday. He was accompanied back by Miss Helen Barnes of Lily park and a friend of hers. Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver and family spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Anna Brass and Mr. and Mrs. John Starck on Wolf creek. They had a delightful lunch, served outside under the trees, and afterward went sightseeing. Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Miller brought Mrs. Arthur Powers home last Saturday and returned to Craig Sunday. Mrs. W. J. O’Brien and son James accompanied them to Craig. Mr. O’Brien and the other two children left Monday on the Youghal express. Mrs. Arthur Powers having bought all their stock, machinery and household goods, and Fray Baker took over their place. The O’Briens will return to Missouri where they came from this spring. Ernest Smith was a visitor in Lily park last Sunday and went to Craig Monday, returning home Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Spurgin are enjoying a visit from their daughter and a number of friends from Nebraska. There are 27 people in the crowd. Misses Ruth and Esther Carver left last Wednesday with their father, E. D. Carver, and brother Earl, for Denver, where they expect to attend high school this winter. Mrs. Zilio Barnes came out on the Youghal express from Craig Tuesday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Ruppe of Youghal. Ralph Reeves and Glenn Brown made a trip to Craig Tuesday, returning Wednesday. Mrs. M. A. Baker has moved onto the W. J. O’Brien place. Mr. Mock went to Vernal Tuesday to put up his hay. W. H. Faulkner was laid up with a severe cold Sunday.
August 29, 1923 – YOUGHAL – Miss Milly Weiland fell from a horse last Saturday and sprained her elbow. Mrs. M. A. Baker and Miss Mary Weaver of Elk spring were visitors at Mrs. Arthur Power’s last Sunday. Mrs. M. A. Baker called on Mrs. E. D. Carver on her way home Sunday evening.
Tom Smith, the Youghal-Cross Mountain mail carrier, had bought a racer car to carry the mail in, so now the mail goes out in the morning and back in the evening. Bill Edwards and Clare Kirk camped at Youghal last Monday night on their way out to Vernal. Mr. Kirk returned Saturday, and we understand Mr. Edwards has a position for the winter down there. Rye Wilson and another man drove up from Cross Mountain last Tuesday and took back Tom Smith’s big car, which is to be used by the mail carrier between Sunbeam and Cross Mountain. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harlan are enjoying a visit from his youngest brother, from Kansas. Another Kansas man came with him. Ralph Harlan, his brother and friend and Cecil Ruppe took a trip down into Utah to look for work for the winter. E. D. Carver and son Earl returned from Denver on Friday and are back on the job again, making regular trips from Youghal to Craig every Monday. Mr. Wagner and the preacher from Maybell were visitors at Mrs. M. A. and Fray Baker’s place over Wednesday.
August 29, 1923 – CROSS MOUNTAIN – (Too late for last week) The farmers around Cross Mountain are enjoying the showers we are having lately.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Kelly left Thursday for Miller, Mo., to take charge of his father’s place. Mr. Dudley took charge of their place here. Chester Kipple and family started to Wyoming Saturday. They took dinner at Tom Smith’s on the way out. The dance at Grange hall Friday night was well attended, and everyone reports a good time. Miss Helen Barnes and Earnest Smith took breakfast at the home of T. A. Smith after the dance was over. Mrs. Roy Diesel is able to be out again, after a week of illness. Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Smith made a trip to Maybell Friday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kelly were Sunbeam callers Saturday. Tom Smith is helping Joe Stephenson overhaul his car, as Joe is leaving in a few days to lo cate his trapline for the winter. The two men went to Maybell on business Sunday.
October 10, 1923 – YOUGHAL – Well, news around here is scarce as hens’ teeth, as several families have moved out for the winter. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Ruppe, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harlan and Cecil Ruppe moved to Vernal for the winter. Mrs. Fannie Smith and daughter Julia have gone to Sentinel, Okla. Mrs. Clyde Shaw is teaching school at Dry Lakes. Jim Birch and family, Mrs. Brass and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Starck and Mrs. David Karrens and family have gone to Vernal. Three different bunches of cattle passed through here last week on the way to Craig for shipment to Denver.
Tom Smith moved his family back up to his mother’s place this week from Cross Mountain where they had been all summer. Fray Baker returned last Friday from helping drive his and Steve and Hi Mantle’s cattle to Craig. Cecil Ruppe and Ralph Harlan came in Saturday morning from Vernal to dig the potatoes on their homesteads here. E. D. Carver made three trips to Craig this week to bring in provisions for W. H. Faulkner’s store.
Johnny Milheim left for Denver the last of the week. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reeves of Wolf creek were visitors at Mrs. M. A. Baker’s last Sunday.
March 12, 1924 – YOUGHAL - Cecil Ruppe and Ralph Harlen came up from Vernal last Thursday to get the rest of their furniture. They returned on Saturday. Mrs. N. J. Weiland accompanied them to Vernal, where she hopes to get work. Mrs. Power and children spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver and children. Mr. Godsy has been spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith. Tom Smith is having his jitney overhauled, so as to be ready to put it on the mail route as soon as the roads have dried up a little more. We certainly had fine weather during February, and now the snow has nearly all disappeared. A community meeting was held Sunday afternoon to see what the people here thought would be best to do with the Weiland children, since their mother has gone. There are seven of them, the youngest only 22 months and the eldest 11 years. A petition was gotten up asking the county to take charge of the children as people here can’t help them without depriving their own families. We hope the little ones will be taken care of, as they certainly need it. Fray Baker went to Craig on business Monday.
April 9, 1924 – YOUGHAL – March was sure a blustery month and not many days passed without a storm. But we haven’t the snow here now that we had at this time last year, although there is still plenty. All are hoping that spring will soon be here. Fray Baker, Lou Huggins, Arthur Atherton and Henry Watson took in the dance given by Mrs. Jack South at Skull creek. Tom Smith returned last Saturday evening from Craig where he was held as a witness in the Weiland case. Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver and children were visitors at Mrs. M. A. Baker’s Sunday. Miss Alice Rutherford, teacher of the Skull Creek School, and Charlie Mantle were callers at Mrs. A. Power’s Wednesday. They spent the night with Mrs. M. A. Baker and son Fray, and returned home Thursday. The school election will be held here this year on May 5. The ladies of the vicinity will serve hot lunch at a reasonable price, both at the school house and at W. H. Faulkner’s store, so that people not caring to bring lunch can be accommodated. At night there will be a dance at the Cecil Ruppe home. Tom Smith has asked a radio man to come out and demonstrate his radio to the people here. Other music is engaged in case the weather interferes with the radio music.
April 25, 1924 – YOUGHAL - Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reeve have returned to their home on Blue mountain, after making a trip to Hayden and Craig. They were the first people to drive a car into Bear Valley this spring and several times thought they would not get through. Charlie Baker and family left for their home at Dry lakes last week. Charley Thistle of Elk Springs came up with Charley Baker to help him move. Lige Estes and Clarence Davidson went with two teams to Craig to get grain. Mrs. Ralph Reeve and daughter Emily visited with Mrs. E. D. Carver and family a while before returning home. Cecil Ruppe came in from Craig Thursday to spend a few days with old friends here. M. J. Nieland has returned to his homestead on Wolfe creek from Utah. Those who knew Miss Julia Smith of Bear Valley will probably be glad to hear that she was married February 25 to Tilford Barton of Butler, Okla.
May 7, 1924 – YOUGHAL – Mr. Godsy spent Saturday at Tom Smith’s working on the latter’s car. The two spent Sunday at Carver’s and helped E. D. repair his car. V. Spurgin and Roy Hovett made a trip to Craig last week for grain. Mrs. A. Power, Tom Smith and Mr. Godsy spent a few days in Craig last week. Fray Baker carried the mail while Tom Smith was away. Mrs. A. V. Spurgin was on the sick list last week. Mrs. Carver went down and stayed with her while Mr. Spurgin was away. Fray Baker helped Mrs. Power move back to the homestead Monday. Curly Davidson and brother Clarence returned to their homestead on Wolf creek last Friday. They drove in a “racer” car, but were unable to get any further than the Youghal postoffice on account of the road being in bad condition. We understand that Mrs. Bazzlier has sold her homestead in Blue valley to a Mr. Miller.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Burch and family have returned to their homestead on Wolf creek. It looks like spring is here, to see the green grass and hear the birds sing. E. D. Carver and son Roy drove to Craig Thursday. They got back as far as Elk Springs, when they were over taken by a snow storm and had to leave the car and walk home. Evan Fuller came down from Mt. Harris Wednesday with a party looking for homesteads. They went back Thursday evening.
May 7, 1924 – CROSS MOUNTAIN – Mrs. Tom Gentry, who has been suffering from broken ribs she received in a fall some time ago, is now having a severe attack of rheumatism and will be taken to Juniper Springs for treatment. G. H. Bashaw and wife and Master Fred returned this week to their homestead on Twelvemile mesa, and will commence putting in crops and breaking more land. Mrs. Frank White and Mrs. Woods rode over to Cross Mountain Monday and called on Mrs. Dudley on the way home. Frank Barnes and wife are the proud parents of a new baby girl. Ray Bennett and Lewis Poling made a business trip to Maybell Monday. Carl Parks of Crooked Wash spent last week in Craig. Henry Weaver was a Craig visitor last week. Pete Hackler has put our roads in good condition. There are lots of tourists on this end of Victory highway nowadays. Tom Smith, the Cross Mountain-Youghal mail carrier, had a breakdown with his flivver Monday and had to make a trip to Maybell for repairs before he could get back to Youghal with the mail. We understand that Roy Gorton, who has been in Missouri for the past two years, is returning to his farm near Cross Mountain.
May 14, 1924 – YOUGHAL – Mr. and Mrs. Art Fairchild returned from Palisade, Nebr. last Tuesday to their homestead in Bear Valley. Roy Hovett drove to Craig Thursday to take a position there. Mrs. A. V. Spurgin accompanied him. Bransford Power has been visiting with James Harrison for a few days. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith and Miss Rutherford of Skull creek have been visiting Charlie Mantle and taking in the sights of Yampa river canon before Miss Rutherford returns to Denver. Mrs. M.A. Baker, Fray Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith and children and Mrs. E. D. Carver and children spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A. Power and family. The school election was well attended, there being 54 votes cast. Earl Fallis was elected secretary and Mrs. Wells treasurer. Mrs. A. Power and Fray Baker rode to Skull creek and drove to Craig with Mr. and Mrs. Jack South to attend to some business there on Wednesday. Mrs. Ralph Reeves went to Hayden the fore part of the week to consult a surgeon. Little Emily had a dislocated hip set while there. They returned Saturday on the Youghal stage, which is now making three trips a week. Mr. and Mrs. Art Fairchild, Tom Smith and Franklin Jones had business in Craig Friday and Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Ruppe and Cecil Ruppe returned to the homestead in Bear valley on Saturday. Mrs. M. A. Baker visited Mrs. E. D. Carver on Sunday. Bob Hamilton returned Thursday to his homestead on Blue mountain.
May 14, 1924 – CROSS MOUNTAIN – Joe Stephenson and Frank Jacobs are riding on White river this week, trying to locate some of Frank’s cattle.
Arthur Fairchild and wife, formerly Miss Rosa Smith of Blue mountain, returned to their homestead last week after spending the winter at Palisade, Nebr. We understand that Mrs. Joe Stevenson is to return to her home at Cross mountain. Also that Arel and Otis Kelley, with their families, will soon be with us again. A. Butler walked from his home near Elk Springs to Maybell and back one day last week. The school meeting at Lily park last week was quite well attended. George Kemper was a Mesa visitor Thursday morning. Fred Caldwell is visiting in our vicinity this week. Tom Gentry was an Elk Springs visitor Thursday, to see if the new California oil company had come to life yet. But there must be a “short” some place, for if they had the pep those young crickets have, there would be something doing over there right away. Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Bashaw and son Fred took supper with the Pete Hackler family Wednesday evening. Waller Barnes took Mrs. Tom Gentry to Juniper Springs Sunday. She will take treatments for rheumatism. Bill Allman is assisting Pete Hackler and Roy Dennett with the road work this week. Frank Jacobs and Cliff Caldwell have gone to Vernal on business. Clyde Owens was seen in our neighborhood one day this week.
June 4, 1924 – YOUGHAL – Cecil Ruppe has returned to Vernal, where he will work during the summer. Sunday school was organized at the Bear Valley school house on May 11. Mr. Hovett was elected superintendent, and Mrs. J. B. Ruppe secretary. Let’s keep the Sunday school going and growing. Everybody come. Art Fairchild made a quick trip to Craig on business one day last week, returning the same day. E. D. Carver made record time on his trips to Craig last week, making the round trip in one day. Mr. and Mrs. O. Miller returned to their homestead at the entrance to Bear valley last week. The Country club had a good turn out at the E. D. Carver home last Saturday night. The evening was spent in visiting and playing games. Mrs. Evan Fuller and son came in Sunday on the way to their homestead in Hell canon. Sunday afternoon we were visited by a good rain, and it has been raining off and on ever since. The ground sure needed it, as it was getting very dry. Postmaster W. H. Faulkner has been putting up shelving on the other side of his store, which he is gradually filling with dry goods.
June 24, 1924 – YOUGHAL – A. E. Shaw was seriously hurt while disking Friday morning. The pin that holds the doubletree came out and the horses pulled Mr. Shaw from his seat, the lever striking him in the neck. By night his throat was swollen so he could not speak. His son Clark took him at once to a physician, but he gradually grew worse, so it was thought best to send for his wife and children. Mrs. Shaw came from Lincoln, Nebr. and John Shaw from Denver, arriving Thursday. Clyde Shaw also came home from Wyoming, accompanied by his wife, who is teaching school near Maybell. At present Mr. Shaw is slowly recovering. E. D. Carver and son Roy made a trip to Denver last week, returning Saturday. Mr. Carver’s daughters, Misses Ruth and Esther, accompanied them home. They had been attending East Denver High school during the winter. Mrs. A. Power went out with the Carvers and will attend the Teachers Normal school at Greeley during the summer vacation. Our community meets are growing more interesting and are productive of lots of fun. Let’s keep them going and get together once a week for a good social time. W. H. Faulkner made a trip to Craig Monday with E. D. Carver. Mrs. Carver attended the post office and store while he was away. Our Sunday school is sure growing, 31 being present last Sunday. Homesteaders and oil leasers are now coming into this part of the country. A. Power, A. Mock, and Tom Smith had business in Craig Monday. What’s the matter? When we awoke Thursday morning we thought we must have slept for six months, as it looked and felt more like December weather than June. It was really snowing and the ground was white with snow – on the 19th of June.
July 1, 1924 – YOUGHAL – (Too late for last week.) Albert Power returned to his homestead last Thursday from the Wyoming oil fields. Ernest Smith returned from Oklahoma and Denver last Wednesday, to visit his brother, Tom Smith, and family, and his sister, Mrs. Art Fairchild. Little Hubert Spurgin had the misfortune to have a ladder slip while he was climbing up on a haystack, which resulted in breaking his right arm. The Youghal Sunday school was invited down to Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Shank’s place in Lily park last Sunday to a picnic, which was held under the big cottonwoods. After a brief talk by Rev. Beans the long table was covered with good things to eat. About 20 people went from here. Some were delayed on account of car trouble, but we all got there in time to get our share of ice cream and lemonade, and everything was greatly enjoyed by everybody. Mrs. Charlie Baker and her two children have been visiting their grandmother, Mrs. M. A. Baker. Mrs. Evan Fuller is suffering with a broken arm, caused by a wagon turning over. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Allison and family came in Sunday from Laramie to visit a while with Mrs. Allison’s mother, Mrs. M. A. Baker. They are on their way to Washington Arthur Power was on the sick list the fore part of the week, but is improving at present. Mr. and Mrs. Art Fairchild and Ernest Smith went to Craig Tuesday to look for work.
July 7, 1924 – YOUGHAL – Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reeves and little Emily Reeves and Bob Hamilton drove to Hayden last Thursday. Mrs. Reeves and daughter remained to take treatment for a week while Messrs. Reeves and Hamilton returned home Friday. Those who remember Earl Carver, son of E. D. Carver of Youghal, may be interested in hearing that he was united in marriage to Miss Gertie Hardhy of Denver, on the evening of June 22. A special school meeting was called last Saturday to decide how to fix up the school here. It was decided to get new flooring, change the windows all to the north side and to ceil the school house. On July 15 everybody is expected to meet at the school house and donate that day’s work to fixing the school house, the ladies to provide the eats. Mr. and Mrs. Art Fairchild and Ernest Smith moved to Craig to find work. Mr. and Mrs. Allison and family left for Seattle, Wash., on Monday. Mrs. Allison’s mother, Mrs. M. A. Baker, accompanied them. Mrs. Charlie Baker and two children returned to their home at Dry Lakes on Monday. There being no Fourth of July celebration going on around near here, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver invited the community to their place for a basket picnic. It was well attended, there being 35 people present, and all had all the ice cream they could eat, and ice cold lemonade, orangeade and coffee they could drink, beside heaps of other good things to eat. They departed early in the afternoon on account of several going to attend the dance at Elk springs. Everyone had a fine time and hears were all made glad by a good little shower of rain which fell just as everybody was leaving for home. Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Miller drove to Craig on Wednesday and remained until after the Fourth.
July 23, 1924 – YOUGHAL – Ralph Reeve drove some cattle he had sold to Jones the cattle buyer to the Sevens ranch. He returned Saturday evening and took in the Community club meeting at Mr. and Mrs. Art Mock’s. Mr. Burdett made a quick trip to Craig last Saturday with E. D. Carver. Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Carver arrived on Sunday from Denver to spend a week’s vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver. Mrs. Arthur Power returned home from Greeley Sunday, coming from Denver with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Carver. Fray Baker got up a picnic party Sunday to go to Harding hole on Yampa river. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Carver, Hal Power, Charlie Mantle, Misses Ruth and Esther Carver, Fray Baker, Roy, Gladys, and Mrs. E. D. Carver. All had a fine time wading, bathing and sightseeing. They crossed the river and saw the big cave where Mrs. Meeker and daughter were held captive by the Indians. Bransford Power has been on the sick list this week. The Community club meeting was held at Mr. and Mrs. Atherton’s place on Wolf creek Friday night, so …(didn’t get this sentence copied properly)….attend, so they were leaving for their home in Denver Saturday morning. There was quite a crowd out and everybody had a splendid time. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith drove to Craig Saturday to visit relatives over Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Diesel of Cross Mountain were Youghal visitors one day last week. Postmaster Faulkner is filling his empty shelves with a nice assortment of ginghams, percales, shirting and oil cloth. We are sure glad to see it as we won’t have to send away for so much stuff in that line.
August 20, 1924 – YOUGHAL – (Too late for last week.) Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Ruppe have moved to Craig, where Mr. Ruppe has found work for himself and team. Ralph Carver came over from Denver and spent a week of his vacation visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver. Henry Wasson’s brother came out from Craig and spent a few days with him. E. D. Carver and Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Smith attended the Democratic meeting in Craig Saturday. Arthur Power and son Brandsford have gone out to hunt for work for the winter. Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Smith and son Franklin left last Thursday for a two weeks visit with Mrs. Smith’s parents, who live near Ault. Miss Ola Smith and brother Ollie are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Atherton. Ralph Reeve, B. Hamilton, Art Mock, E. D. Carver, Fray Baker and Mr. Miller met and got the school house work started last Tuesday. Mrs. Mock, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Carver furnished the dinner at the Carver home. Last Sunday the Youghal Sunday school met the Skull Creek Sunday School at Jack springs and enjoyed a basket picnic, followed by a short session of Sunday school. Roy Hovett and sister, Mrs. Clark Shaw, now of Craig, visited over Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hovett.
September 17, 1924 – YOUGHAL – E. D. Carver made a trip to Denver last week taking his daughters Misses Ruth and Esther, Mrs. A. E. Shaw and Gordon Ellis of Maybell. The Carver girls will remain in Denver and attend high school this winter. Mrs. Shaw will visit her sons John and Donald Shaw in Denver for a few days, then go to Lincoln, Nebr. to care for her father, who is an invalid. Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Miller have moved to Craig where they will teach this winter. Mrs. A. Power has moved up to the Albert Power house for the winter so as to be able to be closer to school. Otis Chamberlain and his mother returned to their homestead on Wolf creek last Monday. E. D. Carver brought Mrs. Childress and little daughter in from Denver Monday. She visited at the Carver home until Friday when she went to her school at Three Springs. Fray Baker and Mrs. E. D. Carver went in with Mr. Carver Wednesday to take the election returns to Craig. A. E. Shaw and A. V. Spurgin also went as far as Lay, where Mr. Shaw made final proof on his homestead. Eighteen votes were cast here in the primary election. We had a hard rain Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon. It was greatly needed in this section of the country. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith are spending a few days in Craig. They took Miss Eva Fuller in with them, as she intends to go to high school this winter. Ernest Smith came in from Craig Wednesday night and returned Friday. Lige Estes, Arthur and Clarence Davidson returned to their homesteads the fore part of the week. T. A. Smith went to Craig on business Friday, returning Sunday. Henry Wasson spent a few days in Craig the fore part of the week with his brother, George Wasson. Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Carver spent Wednesday evening visiting Mr. and Mrs. William Ellis of Maybell.
October 15, 1924 – YOUGHAL – (Too late for last week.) We have had several little snows here of late. It looks like winter was going to set in early this year. News is scarce, since a good many have gone out for the winter. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morris and two children and Mrs. Art Fairchild came out Tuesday to visit Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Smith and family before Mr. Morris and sons leave for Texas where they expect to spend the winter. Mrs. Morris will remain in Craig and send the younger children to school. Ernest Smith, formerly of Youghal, went with Mr. Morris to Texas. Mr. Barnett of Sunbeam took T. A. Smith’s place and is going to put in some fall grain to feed crickets on next year. T. A. Smith turned over the mail route from Youghal to Cross Mountain to E. D. Carver until other changes in the mail route are made. Clarence Davidson drove T. A. Smith’s car to Craig for him Friday and returned with Mr. Carver on Saturday. Messers. Jones, Karrens, Johnson and Burdett passed through here Saturday with a bunch of cattle which they are going to ship to Denver. Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Smith and family left Sunday morning, driving through with their teams to Purcell, where they expect to make their future home. Mr. Snow and Mr. Evans passed through here driving a bunch of beef stock to Craig to ship to Denver.