All About Town

Written by: Suzy Metzler

March 7, 2019 Edition

Along the Quartz Creek, March 4, 2019


Pitkin is being hit with snowstorm after's getting tricky to figure out where to put the snow! We are spending a lot of time snow-blowing and shoveling snow. Sometimes it reminds me of the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, released in February 1993. Every morning there is wonderful, beneficial snow falling, and each day there is more snow to clean up! I really don't hear any complaining, though, because this moisture is just exactly what we have been needing!

Intersections here in Pitkin are starting to get a bit dangerous because the berms are so high on the sides of the streets that it's not possible to see traffic on the cross-street. I slow down at each intersection (unless, like 4th Street and 6th Street, they are not plowed at all, between Main Street and State Street) and carefully make sure a car isn't coming on the street I'm crossing or entering.

Snowmobiling and any backcountry activity should be done extremely carefully as there have been many avalanches in Colorado this year so far. Two people have died in avalanches in Colorado in the past two weeks. I have not seen it, but have heard, that a slide occurred a little over a week ago on the way up Cumberland Pass Road several miles.

A glance down River Street this winter


Yesterday the sun was out all day and the day before, it was sunny quite a bit. With the sun shining on the fresh, deep snow, it was so beautiful. It was hard to make myself look away sometimes. Even photos don't quite capture how gorgeous it was.

Looking up Main Street on March 5, 2019


Looking at the weather prediction for Pitkin over the next eight days, there is snow in the forecast for six of those days. It is hard to say how much snow we'll get, I know it's hard for forecasters to predict, but over the past week we have had about 2-1/2 feet of fresh snow. Sometimes there is wind with the snow, other times the wind is calm, and since we started getting all of this snow, we have not had very many below zero temperatures. Yesterday morning (March 5) it was a little bit below zero, but most other nights the lows have been in the 20's.


Many heard in early December that Ralph  Jaynes passed away on December 4. That news was very hard for many of us here to hear. I did not write a December or a January edition of All About Town and just after I wrote the February issue, I realized, I had not put Ralph's
obituary in at all. I apologize for that.

Ralph Jaynes

Ralph Carl Jaynes
1931 ~ 2018
Kiln, Mississippi

Ralph Carl Jaynes, age 87, passed away on December 4, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. He was born in Crossville, TN and was a resident of Kiln, MS. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clay and Ida Jaynes; one brother, David Jaynes; one daughter, Robbin Jaynes; and one grandson, Brennan Pitre.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marilyn Reeves Jaynes; children, Carl Jaynes (Maria), Genie Jaynes Matherne (Buzzy), Collette Jaynes, Chris Jaynes (Sally), Dane Jaynes (Sally); step-children, Billy Pitre, Craig Pitre (Vanessa); one sister, Joyce Guffey (William); one sister-in-law, Patricia Reeves; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Ralph retired from Dowell division of Dow Chemical Company on July 1, 1984, with 30 years of service. He received a 30-year safe driving award. He was a sales engineer and traveled many miles daily.

The family will have graveside services on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. in the Pitkin Cemetery.

Ralph Jaynes in the past year or two

Ralph Jaynes Memorial Bench (by Sue Rogers)

Hello, Pitkin/QCP/Ohio City Friends! I'm hoping to reach out to a lot of you to let you know that Keith and I are starting a fund for a bench at the Quartz Creek Pond for Ralph Jaynes. 

Ralph fished the pond often, sometimes taking a catch home to fry up for dinner.  He drove down daily on his ATV just to see what was going on.

Many of you have heard that he passed on Dec. 4, 2018 in the hospital near his winter home in Kiln, MO. Ralph Carl was born on June 23, 1931. He was raised in the Baptist Church, and became a Mason as an adult. He and wife Marilyn started coming to the Pitkin Area in 1979 when they purchased land for their RV in QCP.

In 1981 Marilyn purchased the Roger Smith Cabin, which is now identified at the top of Lower Chicago Park Road before the road splits. The carved waving bear by Benson Possien announces the Pitre and Jaynes cabin. Ralph was known to always be ready to help others with water hauling, moving in and out of their cabins for the summer, and giving good old wise mountain information. He had great stories to tell on many of his friends on the mountain, and just chuckled when one was told on him. Every morning through the summer, Ralph would wind his ATV down the mountain to the Silver Plume, stopping to visit on the way up or down with friends he passed along the way. Chris Nasso let him park in front of the Silver Plume so he wouldn't have too far to walk to claim his rocker on the front porch.  Chris, Kandy, or Kathy would bring his coffee out to him, and he and his cohorts would settle in to jaw for a while. They had fun making bets on who would stop at the stop sign out front, and who would not. Even on Sunday mornings when Chris and Kandy would close the store to attend church, Ralph and his "porch sitters" would stay, giving out information to anyone who needed it.  Lots of world problems got taken care of on that porch, and there will be a huge vacant spot there this summer.

The cost of funding a bench, plaque, and the cement to install it is approximately $1,000, and we have learned that it is better to get donations prior to ordering. If you would like to express your love and friendship to "M" and family in this manner, please send your check to Sue Rogers with Ralph Jaynes Bench on the Memo line.  I am notifying M of all donations coming in from each of you. My address is:  Sue Rogers, 28920 West Boston Road, Cheney,
WA 99004.

You can reach me at (361) 449-4909 or text me or email me at ksrogers41@hotmail. Thanks for your consideration--we know that some of you have already given your love, thoughts, and prayers to Marilyn. See you on the mountain this summer!


Elly Eidinger

Elisabeth "Elly" Eidinger - she and her late husband Bruno Eidinger owned the Pitkin Hotel in Pitkin for twenty years.

August 7, 1922 - January 5, 2019

Elly passed away on the morning of January 5; she was 96. Elly was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the only child of Ernst Moritz Schmidt and Johanna deBree. She endured a very unpleasant childhood and was only in her early 20's when Hitler invaded Holland. Nevertheless Elly was determined to better her life. A lady she worked for admired her determination and offered to pay for her schooling to become a midwife. After finishing her training, she was able to take over the practice of a retiring midwife. It was a career that she loved; delivering babies for women mainly from the "Red Light" district.

While running messages in the Underground during the war, Elly met her future husband, Bruno Eidinger. They were married on September 19, 1945. In November 1954, the family which now included son York, and daughter, Annuschka, immigrated to the U.S., first settling in New York City. They later moved to Odgen, Utah, then Long Beach, and Paramount, California. In 1961 Bruno purchased the Pitkin Hotel in Pitkin, Colorado, which they owned until 1981. Elly loved Pitkin and spent her summers there until she was well into her 80's. In 1964, the family moved to Grand Junction. Elly loved traveling, cooking and entertaining friends, but her greatest love was talking to people about the Bible and the wonderful promises from God of life in a restored paradise soon to be realized here on earth.

Elly is preceded in death by her husband, Bruno, in 1983, and grandson, Deke DeCrow. She is survived by children, "George" York (Aleen) Eidinger of Las Animas, CO, and "Susi" Annuschka (Tim) DeCrow of Grand Junction; grandchildren, Jason (Gina) Eidinger of Grand Junction; Jeffrey (Lori) DeCrow; Darrin (Chanelle) DeCrow, of Grand Junction; Lance (Holly) DeCrow of Silt, CO; Jennifer (Lex) Nichols of Rocky Ford, CO; Jackie (Ron) Campbell, and Sarah (Brent) Hackney, all of Grand Junction; Jeremy, Jude, and Isaac Morkus, and Barbara Zurn, and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at the Clifton Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on March 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 17, 2019.


Sometimes Pitkin is getting snow and Ohio City isn't, or Ohio City is getting snow and Parlin isn't getting anything with Highway 50 dry and County Road 76 between Parlin and Pitkin completely snowpacked. These past couple of weeks, there has been a lot of snow almost everywhere. At times it is hovering around freezing in Pitkin and it's too warm for snow to stick on the roads further down the valley. There has been a lot of moisture, though, throughout the whole County.

Big Horn Sheep at Means Ranch on County Road 76

Waunita Pass Road/River Street near 1st Street in Pitkin

Indian Head Rock on County Road 76

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