From the vault: This week in Grand County history
February 21, 2017
Winter Sports Carnival
This year we pulled of the Winter Sport Carnival without the professional riders and our home boys and the riders from Steamboat gave an exhibition far superior to what we were able to produce a couple of years ago with professionals.
Fred Throckmorten jumped 100 and 110 feet and rode both jumps . The younger boys did equally as well and we feel quite sure that our club is making no mistake in encouraging the amateur riders, they are the ones that in tune will bring us fame.
Peter Prestrud rode his skis all the way from Frisco in Summit County to Sulphur Springs to attend the carnival. He expressed himself as very much surprised at the showing made by our local boys and was well pleased with the event. He was winner second place in the 5 mile cross country ski race making it in 37 min 55 seconds. He promises to come again next year.
The outlook is that there will be a stampede to secure stock-raising homesteads this spring. The inquiries are piling up for land to file on, and already there are rumors of frauds being perpetrated by the big cattlemen, by having dummy entrymen file on large areas of land. There doubtless are a good many tracts of land on which a man could make a living, but they are not very plentiful, and the person who has any chance of success , will need to be very careful about his location and the conditions, surrounding it. Land is a good thing to have if you can make use of it, but a decided drawback , unless it will support you.
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Knocking the neighbors is a game practiced regularly by a large number of families. It is a pity that so many of us cannot invent a better game for a home. Most families have a tendency to become insular. The members form a detached group by themselves and develop what we may term, for want of a better definition, a composite point of view. After a while this composite point of view becomes solidified and the family becomes incapable of looking at the outside world from any other. If the family is wealthy, under this process of insularity each member may develop into a snob. If the family is poor each member may become a misanthrope. It is a very curious malady and can usually be traced back to the conversation at mealtime. Wise parents will seek to direct this conversation toward better things.