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Comments on the October 8, 2017 Camp IOU newsletter.

“The roping was the Wrangler National Team Roping Finals. I have roped at the finals two other times, but have never had any luck. This is the largest payout I have received for an event. The horse I rode is a 9 year old mare that I bought about 2 months ago. She does everything right so it makes my part easy. Team roping is a sport that allows you to get away from the grind of the work week or day. You have to be focused and in the moment, much like golf. It’s also one of the few hobbies that will actually pay for itself if your lucky.” – Travis Nye

Re: Afternoon Tea at the Jersey Lilly 2016
Very many thanks for sharing this review – together with photos – of an astounding tea party. I was deeply impressed with the staging of the event and the trouble to which the ladies had gone to make it so special.

In Victorian and Edwardian times, the milliners of London created the most fabulous hats for ladies. Actresses led the fashions and not just the wealthy appearing in the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot Races.

I noted the beautiful tea services being used and the decorum of the event. Most impressive coming from our cousins over the pond!!!! At least some people appreciate the living standards and life style of a bygone age.

Please let the sentiments and admiration of a Brit be known to those who organised and attended this splendid function.
Warm regards as always.
Keith Shipman
Saarlouis – Nalbach
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

“My great uncle was Vern Thomason from Jordan area; since he also raised sheep we assume he may have taken the wool to Ingomar for shipping. We had some contact with him long ago, before he died; and we were able to go out to the old ranch with permission from the current owner (about forty years ago now). He told a story to my youngest brother, about a man who murdered someone in the area; and the law was going to be some days away at that time…Read more

LINDA LOU: Although Owen Badgett does not do email we got Peggy’s story to him by phone. And we will ask around for more information about the sheepherders that frequented Ingomar, and share with readers. Thanks Peggy!

“I knew Owen years ago when I lived in Miles City. I still have a poetry book that he autographed for me. Its in a box but I still have it! Owen used to come down to the Hole In The Wall where a bunch of us girls worked and he would come down and say hey and hang out for a bit.:) I hope he had a good turn-out at the Museum last night.” – Stephani S-C.

Camp IOU News


It’s Official: Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Inducts Jersey Lilly at Ceremony held at Great Falls February 3, 2018

Compiled by Linda Lou Crosby, from notes by June Nygren
Photographs taken by/or Courtesy of June Nygren

It was a gala event. Folks from all over Montana (and Alaska, New Mexico, Washington and even Florida) came together February 3rd, 2018, to celebrate newly inducted members to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. Among the honored people and places that made contributions to Montana’s history and legacy, were June Nygren and Boots Kope, co-owners of Ingomar’s famous Jersey Lilly Bar and Cafe – the official inductee. “There are 12 districts in Montana,” added June, “Each district having 3 inductees, totaling thirty-six inductees for the state.” The Jersey Lilly is in District 3. In our district, besides the Jersey Lilly, a Legacy inductee, there were Bob and Helen (Fulton) Askin (also Legacy), and John L. “Jack” Bailey, a living inductee. Read the full story here.


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Lilly Langtry Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea A Delight

Fine china, sweet delicacies, whimsical place settings and exotic teas awaited ladies who attended the Fourth Annual Lillie Langtry Old-Fashioned Ladies Tea this June at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, MT.

Adorned in their finest attire, genteel ladies, from 7 – 90+ years, were greeted by an enthralling setting, as Jersey Lilly co-owner June Nygren had transformed the western themed Bar and Cafe into a captivating tea room, with all the trimmings. June greeted guests with her new hat, and a lovely pair of white gloves, as this year’s theme was decreed a “White Glove Affair”. June then shared a short history of gloves, and a short history of the Jersey Lilly, for newcomers to the celebrated spot.
Read the story and view more photos.

A Visit from the Old West

Jan and Mike Hillenbrand visited Camp IOU early this summer, all the way from Thousand Palms, CA. They arrived in their motor home, and stayed a few days. Our paths originally crossed some years ago in the little California high desert mining town of Randsburg. (You gotta go there). The nearby gold mine was still active to some degree, characters roamed the dusty streets, and we hit real pay dirt when we entered the Hillenbrands’ General Store, with its old fashioned soda fountain. Read the story about the Hillenbrands’ visit and view more photos.


Cowboy Poet-Author Owen Badgett’s Newest Book Available

Photo of Owen Badgett by Linda Lou Crosby

Owen Badgett. Photo by Linda Lou Crosby.

Hang on to your hats folks. Eastern Montana cowboy poet Owen Badgett has a new book, and it’s arriving just in time for you to get a copy at the Jersey Lilly now. In Badgett’s newest work, ‘Thirsty Camels and Bogged Alligators’, Owen shares over 200 photographs with detailed descriptions, along with fascinating stories that describe his history of the Eastern Montana cowboy experience throughout the last 60 years. Read an Owen Badgett book, and you’ll get the feeling you are sitting around the campfire with some of the toughest cowboys and one of the best yarn-swappers of the Old West. Read the whole story here. 


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